Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stars from yester-year we’re STILL obsessed with

Hollywood’s Golden Age, running roughly from the 1920s to the 1970s, is a time we all look back on with varying degrees of nostalgia. It was a time of body-conscious silhouettes, bouffant hair styles, smouldering stares and impeccable styling. Of course, this great style wasn’t just restricted to the studio film stars, who fronted some of the most exciting and memorable films of the age, but to the singers and dancers who also performed and wowed the world. In a world of fast-fashion, trends that change with every season and ‘newness’ practically on-tap, this period of signature looks and perfectly pieced together ensembles should be revered for its classicism, for the effort that went into looking so polished and perfect. We’ve selected some of our favourite vintage looks from some of the world’s vintage stars whose looks we’d still like to replicate ourselves today.

Eartha Kitt

Once described by Orson Welles as ‘the most exciting woman in the world’, Eartha Kitt was a fiery woman whose talent seemed to know no bounds. Throughout the fifties and sixties, Kitt worked as an actress of Broadway theatre and film, and a commercial singer (her song is the classic Christmas hit ‘Santa Baby’). A creative and versatile artiste, her achievements in performance cannot be overlooked; but she was also famous for her staunch anti-war stance on Vietnam and was an advocate for LGBT rights. A woman with conscience and creativity, her style saw her adopt svelte bodycon dresses and two pieces, whilst her hair was always coiffed to curly perfection. Recreate her style by opting for sweetheart necklines, chandelier earrings and statement jewellery; for off-duty occasions, turtleneck sweaters and chic tapered trousers.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth’s star rose to huge heights during the 1940s, starring in popular and critically acclaimed films like Gilda and Cover Girl. She was one of the most recognisable actressesin the world, famous for her effortless charm, her singular good looks and even served as inspiration for Stephen King’s book Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. One of her most famous looks was in the aforementioned film Gilda: to perform the iconic song and dance number ‘Put the Blame on Mame’ she wore a strapless, all-black dress with a split up the leg and a pair of matching gloves. The block-colour scheme conveyed her femme-fatale status in the film; it is a colour that is powerful, sexual and entirely self-possessed. Consequently, many have found the look to be alluring and sensual, brought to life by her winning smile and her tumbling curly hair.

Betty Grable

A contemporary of Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable was another of the 1940s and 1950s’ biggest stars, only contracted to a rival film company. Alongside her string of Technicolor musicals and her starring turn in How To Marry a Millionaire alongside Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall, she was most famous for her pin-up style. In particular, a photograph of Betty wearing in a bathing suit, her curly hair piled right on top of her head and glancing cheekily over her shoulder has become one of the most iconic film photographs of the twentieth century. Unafraid to play with high hemlines, recreate
Betty’s style with high waisted shorts or jeans to accentuate your waist and finish with a silken floral shirt or blouse on top.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sephora Play Box - October 2015

Okay, so I was super excited to find out that October's theme was Korean skincare. I had really high expectations for this box since September's was pretty amazing.

I was expecting the box to look a little different, but it looks the same. As mentioned in the previous post, this is my first subscription box. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into. So, since the packaging looked the same I didn't photograph the box with the products. I regret not doing so! It's something I'll continue on doing.

Before I breakdown about each product, I have to give you my thoughts on the overall suggested regimen. I really wanted to love it! I wore it for a week and then I stopped. It was way too much product on my skin and I broke out a bit. I RARELY get a pimples!! If I do it's maybe 1 or 2 every blue moon. That's when I decided to try each product separately. There were products I loved and definitely plan on using them!

The samples I received:

1.  Dr. Jart's Day Tint - $48

What it does/supposed to do? This tint is supposed to do a little coverage while providing moisture and some sunscreen.

My thoughts: I was skeptical about this product. It surprisingly has the perfect amount of coverage for my skintype. I liked it a lot more than the BB cream by Smashbox that I currently use. I didn't really feel like it was more moisturizing than any other BB cream I've used. However, it is more moisturizing than foundation. (I haven't worn in like 2 years). My reason for wanting to purchase this is because of the good coverage without looking "cakey". I did have to mix a little of my BB cream to make it the right shade for my skin tone. I think for $10 more I'm going to upgrade to this tint and ditch my BB cream. As for getting to the right skin tone, I might use a cheap BB cream from either the Faceshop or tonymoly to mix it with.

What it does/is supposed to do? A lightweight moisturizer that's extra hydrating. 

My thoughts: EEP!! This one is a game changer! I am so obsessed with this product! I have extremely dry skin and this has been life changing. Okay, I'm being a bit dramatic..but I really love this aqua bomb. The fact that it's so lightweight, but mega powerful (in the hydrating sense). It leaves your skin super soft and smells amazing. It's a gel like consistency that kinda looks like toothpaste, but just glides on your skin. I apply it after my shower, right before makeup, when my skin feels dry randomly, etc. I have super dry skin and I feel like this is what's going to keep my skin healthy through winter time. This is the only product that I feel is a necessity and is probably going to be the first that I buy from this box.

What it is/is supposed to do? A unisex fragrance with citrus and amber notes.

My thoughts: This is definitely a high quality perfume/cologne! The scent lasts all day and even after showering. As for the scent, I felt that it was a little too strong for me. It reminds me of something a candle should smell like (not in a bad way). It has a very clean scent! 

What it is/supposed to do? A moisturizing toner to even out skin tone. 

My thoughts: This smells amazing! That was the first thing that I really liked. While putting it on, I didn't feel like I was doing much difference. It did make my skin feel refreshed once applied. After a couple weeks, I noticed my skin tone much more even and brighter. This is another to purchase for me! The reason I love a good toner is because you skin tends to look much cleaner.

What it is/supposed to do? A deep cleaning face wash.

My thoughts: I loved that this face wash has a warming effect when applied to skin. It feels amazing on the skin. However, this product made me breakout like crazy! I really wanted to love it, but I couldn't. I still use the sponge with my normal face wash. The sponge is really nice and delicate to use around your eyes. 

What it does/supposed to do? Sheet mask that is supposed to give you a glow.

My thoughts: I've actually used this one before, so I was happy to receive another. I'm a sucker for sheet masks. The fact that this is normally $6 and I paid $10 for my box, makes the subscription worth it for me. I've noticed that with sheet masks is that they leave your skin super soft and moisturized. I think you actually see a glow, you need to use more than one mask. It's definitely nice to put a mask on after a long day. I think that these sheet masks are great, but I prefer the cheaper ones from actual Korean brands. 

I'm happy I got to try and learn about new products. I still think this box was worth it even though it made me break out. I'm really looking forward to seeing what November's box will consist of.

Here I am fresh faced with most of the beauty products on my face. This was taken right after showering. Does my skin look dewey?

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any favorite Korean skincare products you can't live without?

Let me know what you think!


Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th!

 I've never believed in unlucky days, so I never quite understood the dread of Friday the 13th. I've always thought of it as a regular day. This morning I woke up with a different mentality and told myself it would be a lucky day. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, but it was definitely a good day. It's amazing how the power of thought can affect you! It makes wonder why I don't tell myself positive things in the morning everyday. It's definitely something I'm going to work on.

These days my life has been filled with uncertainty and change. I've been beyond stressed and worried about all the changes happening. I now look forward with excitement of the possibilities that lay ahead because of the positive day I had. 

The weather today was amazing! It was perfect for what I've decided is my uniform. My uniform for the month consists of booties, jeans, and an oversized sweater. I'm not really feeling like wearing dresses or skirts these days, but I'm sure that'll change. 

Soda combat booties via Lulu's $35 

While looking for a new lunch spot, I made my boyfriend stop at this colorful wall. I thought it would be a great background for my mostly black outfit. The mural is by Michael Reeder. It's absolutely gorgeous in person and my photo doesn't do it any justice! You can see a bigger picture here, in case you're not a Dallas local.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Style

Finally the weather has cooled and I can bring out my sweaters.  

I'm sure you've noticed my style do a major change. It's much more relaxed and casual. It's a bit difficult deciding what to wear and how to get the most wear out of garments. I think that's what started to frustrate me about vintage clothes. I always felt like I could wear a garment once or twice a year. I don't think what my current style is evolving to will say this lax forever. I miss my hats and brooches, I just haven't quite figured out how to style it with the modern. 

Today I threw on an oversized sweater with my "girlfriend" jeans from Gap. I really like the way these looser on the leg, but not waist jeans fit.  I'm also super obsessed with the crop jean look; I love wearing  them with heels. 

Sweater - Gap - $14
Jeans - Girlfriend Jeans via Gap - $35
T-strap Wedges - Doll House via Ross - $10

As the season brings winter, I hope to refine my style. I'm planning on posting a lot more, so I hope to hear from you all!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gloomy Weather

Finally the weather is cooling down! I'm so happy to finally wear my coats & sweaters. I wore this outfit to hang out with the girls & do a bit a bit of shopping. The weather was cloudy with a chances of rain, so I wore my black trench coat. Also, is it normal to own more than one trench? I own at least 4 & in different colors! 

Coat: Gifted
Scarf: Vintage via thrifted 75 cents
Dress: Cynthia Rowley via Marahalls $15
Booties: Gap $35

I chose not to wear tights because the weather is not that cold. Where are your favorite tights from? I'm struggling to find a decent pair that doesn't look shiny from the elastic.

Would really love to hear from you about your favorite tights!