Sometimes (okay, a lot of times) I wear ridiculous things. The particular evening I wore this outfit was no exception. I wore two black lace dresses (you know, for modesty) over my underwear. And a mask I bought in Venice as a headband. Because I’m classy and well-traveled.
Shirley wore a denim jacket that may or may not be mine, amazeballs boots, and killer lipstick. She looks like a sexy Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All. I dig it. She blogs about music at AD NAHSEAM. She has great taste (obvs, she’s friends with me). Check her out.
This photo-shoot playtime moment happened in the Community Garden right outside of my friend Shirley’s apartment in south Boston. It is so pretty. And apparently, very exclusive. It’s not like a community garden in Dallas where you can just have a plot because it’s Texas and there’s plenty of room here. In Boston, you have to have connections. We don’t, but luckily someone was gardening and they were kind enough to let me pose all over the place.
I bought the dress at a vintage store in LA and the necklace is from Forever 21. This is what I wear when I lean casually against gazebos, a favorite pastime.
That’s not just single-winged eyeliner. No. It’s double-winged. For extra awesomeness.
I did some serious colorblocking this past weekend. (I know, I’m late to the trend. Also that word might be used waaaaay too much.)
The silk top and pink shorts were thrifted and worn together at the suggestion of Elisa. She’s a genius. The earrings were purchased at Canton First Monday Trade Days and the shoes are DSW. The two-headed lizard bracelet is from ShoptheLook.net. How great is it?! I’m obsessed.
I visited friends in Boston and we went to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. He’s the guy who makes glass stuff like this:
He wears an eyepatch. Also, I made this face:
Note: that sculpture is not a Chihuly.
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.
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.
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.
Last Sunday Ivonne and I had our makeup done at The Body Shop as part of a beauty event at the Dallas Galleria. It was awesome. They have a new makeup line that is seriously gorgeous. Shalini Vadhera did our makeup. I wish she could come over and do my makeup daily. Or I could come to her. I’m flexible. Let me know what works for you, Shalini.
I wore a vintage hat-type thing that I scored in Canton for $5. The lace top was my Grandma’s and I wore floral shorts from Urban Outfitters. I foolishly didn’t get an outfit shot, so here’s a super-attractive photo of me talking where you can see my clothes:
Here’s the eyeshadow palette from their new Brush with Fashion line. The art was designed by a student at the London College of Fashion.
Thanks so much to The Body Shop, Shalini, and Rebecca Levy-Levitt, who invited us to the event!
I embraced my little monster status when I went to the Lady GaGa concert. This was a last-minute look pulled together from items in my closet. Because I already owned all of this. I can’t decide if that makes my wardrobe awesome or insane. Or both.
I actually have the same wig in blue. Believe it.
I bought the wig at a wig store in Asheville, NC. I walked in determined to buy a wig and walked out with this one. The shoes are from a company called Pleaser. Yeah, I know. They look like it too. And the shorts! I’m wearing them again. They’re surprisingly wearable for an item of clothing whose washing instructions say “DO NOT WASH. Wipe with damp rag.” Which is slightly unsettling and gross. Oh well.
A couple of weeks ago I got my makeup done at MAC and the makeup artist did this sick asymmetrical look on me:
If you truly want to give a makeup artisit free reign on your face (which I recommend- it’s fun!), you have to be very clear that you actually want them to go nuts. If you just say you want really dramatic makeup, all you’ll get is a dark smokey eye. To get my makeup artisit to do this to me I had to reassure her multiple times that I wanted to be covered in glitter and that my ultimate goal was to look like an alien.
Since I didn’t feel this was dramatic enough, I later paired it with a blue lip. I mean, makeup washes off. Why not have fun with it?