This past weekend I saw the musical 9 to 5 based on the movie of the same name. Dolly Parton (a woman whose musical talent is even bigger than her breasts or her hair) wrote 17 new songs for the production. 17 songs! That lady is impressive.
I wore a thrifted sequin top, my favorite GAP skinnies, eBayed clip-on earrings, and fake eyelashes. Note the Dynasty inspired pose.
The shoes were a DSW find. Here’s a close-up of the fake eyelashes:
These specific eyelashes are from MAC, but I’ve also bought some great ones at Forever 21 and the drugstore. I swear by Lash Grip Eyelash Adhesive for attaching them. It dries very clear and stays put. I’ve found it’s best to let the glue get a little tacky on the eyelash strip before you stick it to your lash line. And be very patient. Once the lashes are attached, I like to coat both my real and false lashes with mascara. You know, for added realism.
I love lipstick. A lot. It’s a really easy way to change the vibe of an entire outfit. I can swipe some on with jeans and a t-shirt* and suddenly, I’m dressed. (*and by jeans and a t-shirt, I mean a bathrobe. I’m classy.)
Also, buying lipstick is super fun. You get to try on a ton of different colors and make kissy faces at yourself in a mirror in public. And purchasing makeup is a great way to get complete strangers (who want to sell you something) to tell you you’re pretty.
Something about wearing lipstick is also very satisfying. It leaves pretty, feminine lip marks on your glasses, straws, and make out partners. You always have an excuse to pull out a compact and check it, so you can use your mirror to check out the people sitting at the table behind you while being discreet. And reapplying it is enjoyable. I love putting on makeup. I also love options. You can carry more than one lipstick and change them halfway though the night. That’s a lot more difficult to do with eyeshadow.
Earlier today I made a strawberry pie using this recipe from Vegan Visitor. It was really easy and turned out super pretty. Observe:
This Saturday I came out to an event at The Body Shop at Northpark with a gaggle of other DFW bloggers. (I know that gaggle is for geese, but there really should be a collective noun for bloggers. Maybe a “posting of bloggers”? Or a “vanity of bloggers”? I’ll work on it and get back to you.) We got our makeup done, partook in free food, and generally got pampered. It was AWESOME.
That stuff in the bottle, the Honey Bronze, is magical (It contains no actual honey, so it’s vegan. I checked.) It makes you look like you were airbrushed by God. Or at least by whoever does the cover of Shape. It gives you just the right amount of glittery golden-ness. Here it is on Erin of Work With What You’ve Got:
In case you can’t tell, it’s on her right arm and not her left. Erin also said to put it in your hair to make it manageable and shiny. Trying that ASAP.
Aren’t Elissa’s rings fab? I might have a girl crush on her. Or a regular crush. Whatever. She’s at Dress With Courage.
I physically can’t pass up an opportunity to have my makeup done. I wore a denim bustier from Urban Outfitters, a tulle layered skirt from H&M, and the necklace I made myself by basically twisting together a ton of jewelery I don’t wear anymore.
When we were in Hawaii we went to Pearl Harbor and toured the USS Bowfin, the USS Missouri, and visited the memorial at the USS Arizona. Here are some pictures I took inside the submarine:
And here’s a picture of me wearing a romper/playsuit casually leaning against a giant anchor making a totally normal face:
I wore a sequined miniskirt to drink a very large soy latte because cocktail wear should not be limited to cocktail hour. Also, daytime sequins are seriously happening.
The jean jacket is my favorite one from Old Navy a thousand years ago, and the sheer white shirt and sequin skirt are both from Express. I see all of these pieces as neutrals, so I threw on some teal eyeliner just under my bottom lashes to add a pop of color. Also, putting eyeliner only on the bottom of your eyes kind of makes you look like a badass. Try it.
These ice cream cones were at the coffee shop and they are pretty.
Alex was there too. She’s also pretty.
These are her loafers. Love.
This weekened my parents and I went to Cottonwood Arts Festival. There were dogs decked out in Derby hats:
I wore a turtleneck denim halter that I made out of jeans. I know it sounds crazy. This book told me to make it.
Step 1: Divide hair in to two sections and braid.
Step 2: Use copious amounts of bobby pins to secure said braids to the back of your head.
Step 3: Stand overlooking the beach with the sea breeze tousling your hair and wait to be photographed.