Amateur

I’m wearing: forever 21 jacket, h&m dress and tights, swatch watch, anthropologie headband, ray ban sunglasses, hellen lima bracelets

People often ask me if I miss Florida. In all honesty? Not really, not yet. But I’m sure that will inevitably change. These photos were one of the “test-shoots” we (Elliott and I)  did in downtown Orlando before I embraced fashion blogging for good. We had just received a new lens from his generous parents and were still figuring out the “blurry background” trick. As for the outfit, I apologize we didn’t capture the shoes (how amateur! Motorcycle boots, FYI). The chick seems so indecisive: sunglasses or headband? Turns out, they were both fine. What I’m not so sure about are the purple tights and the squishy dress. And the cropped jacket. Other than that though…




Meow

I’m wearing: topshop blouse and hat, seven for all mankind jeans, dkny coat, arezzo boots

I love when retailers dive into inventive mode with their winter hat designs. There’s not much you can do if the main requirement is as demanding as preserving your body heat in place, but Topshop totally hit the right note with this cat-hat. See how it turns a lame winter ensemble into something more intriguing?



To Go Flats

You know when you hear about a product you think is a great idea but don’t believe you’ll ever actually need it and then someone buys it for you? That’s how my story began with Fast Flats ($14.29) (shoes that were made to replace your heels midway through the night.) But just that statement alone didn’t take me to Walgreens to grab a pair. It took my husband, who reports on hearing non-stop complaints that my feet were hurting during our trip to Vegas. I don’t believe him!

But I did recall my feet stopped hurting after I gave them a try (he had already spent the money, might as well use it). And what a ble-s-sing! Best invention ever, hands down. Let me walk you through.

They feel like you’re barefoot. Is that supposed to be a good thing? Yes, and you know good and well how it feels to touch flat surface after hours of standing on a stick (aka stilettos). Then why not play wild card with your own flats? No need to buy a new pair when you can bring your own, right? If your flats are so bendy they’ll fit in a itty bitty clutch, the one you usually take out on this type of occasion, be my guest. I know my flats won’t fit in anything smaller than a shoulder bag, and I’m a 6 1/2.

Let’s face it, they are kind of ugly. Still better than the next best thing, which are flip-flops, and we don’t wanna go there. Unless it’s summertime and not a special occasion. The last question I asked my husband: Oh yeah? Now where am I supposed to store the shoes I was wearing before? No answer. He carried it for me all night. I’m a lucky gal.

Red Bug

I’m wearing: bloomingdales scarf, h&m sweater dress and boots, zara pants, tom ford sunglasses, sister in law’s glove, swatch watch, trevita and hellen lima bracelets

Alright, I know these photos turned out t0 be more about the bug than the outfit itself, but don’t you just love my mother-in-law’s red convertible? It’s the cutest car ever. I want one! As for the outfit, if I’m being honest it’s just playing a supporting role in this production. Talking about supporting roles, the Golden Globe’s last night were so much fun to watch. In my opinion, Salma Hayek and Sophia Vergara knocked it out of the park, both sporting beautiful gowns and stunning figures. Oh to be a Hollywood star!



Las Vegas: Hop In!

I talked so much about my Vegas trip this week it’s only fair I let you guys take a glimpse beyond the limited photo backgrounds of Viva Las Vegas and Encore posts. It’s always best to let the images do the talking (I really suck at being descriptive).

beautiful sunset as we headed back to the airport

gondolas

christmas tree

venitian

wax museum

sinatra

louis vuitton window display


resort

encore casino

the view from our room

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Encore

I’m wearing: h&m shirt, topshop sweater, seven for all mankind jeans, boutique 9 boots, urban outfitter bag and belt, tom ford sunglasses

Ah how I miss the days of hanging out at the Encore garden. If I must recommend an over the top, fantastic, swanky hotel in Vegas, that is it. Restaurants: ridiculously good, decor: extra fancy  (and modern), casino: less smoke than any other, customer service: off the charts. What’s not to love. Just look at my “satisfied customer” pose and you shall be convinced.


Brush Solution

I’ve been trying to find the perfect way to store my makeup for at least ten years now, no joke. The day has finally come when I don’t have to look through multiple powder dirty makeup bags to never find the right brush when I need it (a week later it’ll appear behind something somewhere in my bathroom), because some genius posted a picture of brushes buried in coffee beans on a website. I can’t remember the name for the life of me. Heart ya whoever you may be. 

This, my friends is the best brush holder ever invented, I promise! I’ve seen something similarly done at Sephora, but even so. First of all, it does the job of putting your artsy tools at easy reach like no other, it looks fabulous and smells amazing. All for $14 doletas total ($7 for two thrifted glass vases and another $7 for a coffee bean bag purchased at the grocery store. It’s a winner.

This was so easy to make I feel kind of silly laying out instructions, but for the sake of keeping it informational, here ya go:

  •   Pour coffee in its most solid form in one, two or how many you need glass vases. Make sure you leave half an inch or even more of glass uncovered on top so the coffee beans don’t overflow once add brushes to the equation. Mine is kinda a little too full because I don’t follow my own instructions.
  •   Start burying your brushes with the hair up one by one in your vase.

I made two vases. One for smaller brushes and another for the big guys. Do I have enough counter space in my bathroom? Of course not, but most likely I’ll either showcase them one at a time or just keep both in the cabinets. It’ll be a mystery where the freshly brewed coffee scent comes from.

  •   If you’d like to keep it neat, line your brushes up according to your preferences. I went with purpose (facial in one line, eye in another). For better visibility, stadium seating alignment will do the trick (higher in the back, lower in the front).

Because I also have the same problem finding my pencil-liners I figured, why not throw them in too? It’s so much easier spotting the right colors this way and perhaps, grabbing the right one for a change (the mental picture of me lining my lips with black eye-liner remains vivid in my memory). Just say it… another genius idea. Only this time I thought of it first. Finally!