Natural Spring Beauty

April 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

One of the best parts of the warmer weather is the beauty options that pair perfectly with the tan skin and colorful clothing. I’ve never been a fan of wearing a lot of makeup and I usually try to go for a subtle or natural look.¬† Lately I’m loving the look of glowing skin, especially for the evening. I’m also a big fan of brightly colored lips to go with a natural or subtle eye. There are many different ways of achieving a natural look without sacrificing makeup altogether. I also have a few favorite cosmetics that I enjoy using to create my own natural/glowing look, which you can check out at the bottom of this post.

Here are a few of my favorite celebrity natural/subtle beauty looks:

Miley Cyrus with short ombre hair and a natural beauty look

First of all, I love Miley’s haircut. I think the short hair gives her a much classier look and really looks stunning with the long gowns she’s been wearing to red carpet events lately. I love her makeup, especially her glowing, bronze skin, nude lip color highlighted with some pink gloss, and the way it complements those pretty blue eyes.

Rooney Mara with illuminated skin and red lips

Rooney Mara has a very unique look and I think she plays it up well. Her pale skin looks great with the hint of pink blush. Her soft eye makeup looks very chic paired with the lip color, a distinguished red with a tint of pink. Her haircut is was (she recently went ombre!) very different, but I think she almost always pulls it off in a classy way.

Emma Stone with blonde hair and glowing skin

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Emma Stone’s hair when it was bleach blonde, but I think she looks very pretty with the soft makeup and nude/pink lips. The matching blush complements the lip and hair colors, as well as her light peach dress. Her skin looks glowing and smooth, but its a shame she covered up all of those cute freckles! I think this was a great look for her, but very different from what she normally goes for.

Amanda Seyfried with wavy hair and red lips

Amanda Seyfried has beautiful hair and I think it looks so pretty like this! It looks as though she is wearing barely any makeup except some light mascara, eye shadow, and probably foundation. The red lips look gorgeous with her natural face.

Elizabeth Olsen's Natural Look

Elizabeth Olsen has a very captivating face, even more so when she has such a natural look. I love the traces of freckles and the mauve lips. The blush complements her light eye color and lastly, her hair looks very natural. Can you tell she is my favorite Olsen?

Here’s a selection of my favorite beauty products that I use to achieve my own natural glowing look. I don’t really change my makeup very much but recently have been adding a few products to my daily mix to achieve a bronze glow and a natural, glossy lip. I’m always open to receiving recommendations for other great beauty products that can be used to enhance the natural look!

My Favorite Spring Beauty Picks

1- Benefit “Sun Beam” highlighter, $26, benefitcosmetics.com

2- Maybelline “Baby Lips” in Peach Kiss, $3, target.com

3- YSL “Golden Gloss” in Golden Peony, 30$, sephora.com

4- Maybelline “Volum’ Express Falsies” in Blackest Black, $6, soap.com

5- Dior “Original Tan” bronzer in 002 Honey Tan, $46, nordstrom.com

6- Tarte “Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush” in Amused, $25, sephora.com

7- Sephora “Long-Lasting Eye Liner” in 01 Black, $11, sephora.com

Note: I’m a brunette with tan skin so if you have a different skin/hair color you may want to go with other color choices. I’d recommend trying out the products before purchasing so you can see how they look/wear on your skin.

Currently Coveting: Spring/Summer Accessories

April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

The weather we’ve been having is pretty crazy, however even the slightest bit of sun and early blooms have definitely gotten me itching for summer time. Here are the top 5 accessories that are on my list for the upcoming season.

1. Printed Aviators

Warby Parker CrawfordWarby Parker x Suno “Crawford”, $175, warbyparker.com

Though I’ve usually thought of myself as a standard, black/tortoise wayfarers type of girl, my style is slowly shifting as I’ve developed an appreciation for details, prints, and color. These are great for adding a little extra something to any spring or summer outfit and they could even be worn in the fall season.

2. Bright Clutch

Anya Hindmarch Valorie

Anya Hindmarch “Valorie”, $395, net-a-porter.com

Ever since last year, when I had the opportunity to work as a PR intern at Anya Hindmarch, I have absolutely loved this clutch. It is made of a matte rubber material, which gives it a unique look. The color is obviously very bright, but the bag itself is small enough to complement a neutral dress with the slightest feminine touch. It’s a perfect accessory for people, such as myself, who were hesitant to get into the color trend as a result of being so accustomed to wearing neutrals and darks!

3. Mint Scarf

Rag and Bone Clement

Rag & Bone “Clement Scarf,” $115, rag-bone.com

I think a spring scarf is one of the best transitional pieces. From a tan leather jacket to a colorful blouse, this mint scarf would look great with many things from my spring wardrobe. I love the color because it is a subtle pastel, yet is rich enough to add some flair to a casual look of denim and a neutral-colored shirt.

4. White Nail Polish

Nars EcumeNars “Ecume,” $18, beauty.com

Technically this is a beauty product, but polished nails really complete a look… so lets call the polish a faux-accessory. I never thought I’d make the full transformation from dark nails to completely white ones, but I tried out Barielle’s “Enduring” this weekend and I must say, besides the chipping, I’m loving it! I really owe the infatuation to the Nars polish though, because it was the first white polish to catch my eye. Perhaps I should make the purchase instead of going with the salon version.

5. Statement Ring

Bauble Bar Cameo RingBauble Bar “Cameo Ring,” $162, baublebar.com

As I’ve become more fascinated with adding color to my outfits, I’ve also developed a stronger appreciation for jewelry. Bauble Bar has a great selection of pieces in all different prices ranges. I especially love this ring because it is classic-looking, but the textured resin setting makes it stand out from the average cameo piece. I also think it would look great with white nails.

Currently Coveting: Spring Essentials

March 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

Happy Friday! You’re all thinking about weekend plans… I’m thinking about leather and purple shoes. Here’s a list of my top 5 wants/NEEDS as of right now.

1. Romantic Leather Skirt

Acne_Leather_Skirt

Acne, $1400, net-a-porter.com

The perfect combination of girly and chic. I love how pleated leather looks, especially this rich tan color. This would be a great skirt for a day-to-night transitional look, with a sleeveless white blouse and black pumps. Currently searching for a more moderately priced leather skirt, if you spot one give me a holla.

2. Purple Suede Peep-Toe Pumps

B_Brian_Atwood_PumpsB Brian Atwood, $350, saksfifthavenue.com

I don’t usually wear a lot of color but I absolutely love the rich, saturated hues that I’m seeing from S/S ’12 collections. These are so cool, if they go on sale I’ll have to figure out a way to make them work.

3. Best sneakers ever

Maison_Martin_Margiela_SneaksMaison Martin Margiela, $615, net-a-porter.com

Yeah I know these are probably the complete opposite of those purple pumps, but I LOVE them. I was a big dunks fan back in the day and these take high-tops to a whole different level. Want them on my feet now.

4. Monogram Necklace

Bauble_Bar_Necklace

Bauble Bar, $56, baublebar.com

This necklace is perfect for my sudden obsession with color. Can’t decide which color I love the most but I will definitely be ordering one of these soon.

5. Sleeveless Python-Print Blouse

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Equipment, $208, farfetch.com

I love button-down blouses…They’re definitely one of my go-to items for a look that can be worn both in the office or when going out at night. Equipment ones are especially gorgeous and very well-made. I love this sleeveless one and the python print would go nicely with leather pants or a pair of jeans. It would also look cute with a white sweater layered over it so the collar peeps out on the top, especially on one of these chilly days.

Aly’s Apartment

February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Got a new camera… We were just having some fun shooting in my sister’s apartment yesterday.



NYFW: Rag & Bone Fall Winter ’12

February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Friday, the tenth, I went to my first ever NY Fashion Week show. I saw the Rag & Bone Fall Winter ’12 show, which was at 5 PM at Pier 57, right on the Westside Highway at 15th.

The show was amazing and the venue definitely gave it some personality, as it was off the beaten path of Lincoln Center, where many other NYFW shows take place. The runway was longer than usual and there was seating only to the left, so everyone had the same side-view of the models and looks. Here are some of the photos my sister and I took from our phones & instagrammed:

The collection was abundant with textures, patterns, and my personal favorite, mixtures of leather and fur. I loved the shades of maroon, navy, and black. The patterns were gorgeous– especially the darker florals used for a bag and jackets, and the stripes in a variety of long, draped vests that were cinched at the waist with belts. I definitely will be adding one of those vests to my list. The Rag & Bone shoes never fail… Need multiple pairs. A collection of handbags was also introduced, which included a larger, rectangular-shaped leather bag with large pockets and a small “rag & bone” logo embossed on the front. As for the makeup, the mix of grunge with pale faces and dark eyes was very fitting. I especially loved the messy hair.

I took a video of the finale. It’s a little dark but I think it’s pretty cool to see the run-through of the entire show:

Obviously I took many pictures on my iPhone but they didn’t do the clothing justice. Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection, from fashionsta.com (click to see the rest of the looks from the show):

Wear Neon Now Without Looking Like You’re On Your Way to See Avicii

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not that there is anything wrong with Avicii but come on.

Neon colors were all over many runway looks of Spring ’12, including Rag & Bone, Nanette Lepore, and Chanel, to name a few of my favorites (see below).

Rag & Bone Spring ’12 RTW

Nanette Lepore, Spring ’12 RTW

Chanel, Spring ’12 RTW

And I love it. But it’s difficult to play off of these looks in the winter without looking highlighteresque. Doesn’t mean you have to wait til spring to incorporate some of this brilliance into your outfits. Here are some tips/great pieces to wear now!

1. Start with a Sweater

(Neon Sweater, T by Alexander Wang, $195, farfetch.com)

I love this color, and I think this sweater would look great either by itself or worn with a white button-down underneath (fitted, or not). This is a great piece to have in your closet because the color is subtle enough to pass as either a pastel or a neon. You can also find some great neon-colored sweaters at Topshop and J Crew.

2. Accessory Accent Piece

(Pyramid Stretch Bracelet, Asos, $14, asos.com)

This bracelet is both inexpensive and easy to wear with solid or neutral colors– from black to white to tan.

(PS1, Proenza Schouler, $1595, barneys.com)

In love with this color. It’s an investment but it sure is a beautiful one. Yes, it is a bright color for the winter but I think it could be played off well with black (I’m envisioning a pea coat and black scarf), or even a white top in the evening.

I’m seeing this MUCH less expensive version from Old Navy all over right now. And there’s also Cambridge Satchel, who recently started making a metallic version which is pretty cool.

3. If you’re daring/going somewhere warm…

(Neon Legging, Rag & Bone, $187, rag-bone.com)

It’d be pretty tough to get away with these now in the chilly temperatures of the east coast. But if you’re somewhere warm, go for it. You won’t catch me wearing these for a few months, but I love them too much to not include them in this post.

(Vintage Striped Washed-Silk Shirt, Equipment, $250, net-a-porter.com)

I think this is a great shirt to slowly transition your wardrobe into spring mode because it isn’t full-on NEON IN YOUR FACE. There’s also a similar pink and orange version of it sold at Intermix, which is probably better for spring.

So don’t be scared of neon. I would advise to keep the rest of your outfit simple though, until it gets warmer. In the spring, you can go ahead and turn yourself into a tye-dye Lisa Frank highlighter zebra and adorn yourself with glowsticks. Just kidding please don’t.

Golden Globes 2012: My Favorite Looks

January 16, 2012 § 3 Comments

Last night, after my dad was done screaming and watching the Giants game (ending with a happy scream), I sat on the couch and ogled over the fashion and beauty looks on the red carpet. In case you didn’t get to see, or even if you did, here’s a list of my favorites.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen
She looks like a beautiful, blonde, curvy-petite goddess/mermaid.
Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci
What a step up from Lisbeth Salander. The gown is beautiful on her and shows off her gorgeous slender figure. And I love how she pulls off the short hair.

Charlize Theron in Dior 

She looks absolutely stunning. I love the details in the dress and the hint of sexy leg. She also has a great makeup look– very natural looking and her eyes are accentuated by that beautiful Cartier diamond hairpiece.

Zooey Deschanel in Prada

She’s so freaking cute and the dress looks beautiful on her. Plus– have you see the adorable tuxedo nails?

Jessica Alba in Gucci

The lilac complements her glowing skin tone wonderfully. She also just had two kids. Wow.

Other notable mentions include: George Clooney, Tilda Swanton, Chris Colfer, and Piper Perabo

I didn’t like Angelina Jolie’s look and I never will. #hadtosayit

As for the beauty looks, I loved the natural look (pink-nude lips combined with a long eyelash and a slight glow) as displayed on Charlize, Jessica Biel. I also though Helen Mirren and Rooney Mara had great looks.

Can’t wait to see more stunning red carpet looks this award show season!

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