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Fall Cleaning

October 4, 2011

{ Robust Red Hues: MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo, Nars lipstick in Gipsy, Revlon lipstick in Sultry Sable }

Last night I started switching out my summer closet with my fall and winter pieces, and that includes make-up. While I’ll still bust out bright orange (see here) and fuschia lipstick (see here) every once in awhile and I’ll always enjoy painting my nails neon pink, my go-tos for the cooler months have always been richer, darker colors like robust red lipstains and murky nail lacquers; what can I say, I love when my nails look like a dirty pond! My perfumes also change - in the summertime I like lighter, crisper scents like Chloé’s Eau de Parfum and in the fall and winter I can’t get enough of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique Eau. I’m also eager to try out Tom Ford’s new scent, Violet Blonde.

I like to consider this my “Fall Cleaning”, I throw out stuff that I haven’t worn or used in a coons age and make room for new goodies that I will undoubtedly accumulate. Here are some products I plan to use for the next six months…

{ Faux Tan: Nars bronzer in Laguna, Benefit Glamazon }

{ One of my favorite scents for Fall: Jean Paul Gaultier in Classique Eau }

{ Murky nail lacquers: Essie in Power Clutch, Revlon’s Power Canvas, OPI in Lincoln Park After Dark }

..Beckoning Fall..

August 17, 2011
tags: alice by termperley, , , , fall trends, flares, , grace choi, , mali sabatasso, , Modcloth, moon ring, mother denim, pamela love, , , shirt dress, , , , , , , vanessa bruno, victoria horning, what to wear for fall
by Sonia

August is a tough month. People are either away, enjoying their last bits of summer or they’re like me, cursing the continuing humidity and anxiously waiting for that first crimson leaf to emerge. Fall will forever be my favorite season mainly because I’m happiest when I can comfortably layer my clothing and can walk around without breaking a sweat.

There are few things more beautiful than autumn in New York; the streets become quieter, the trees transform into rainbows of oranges, reds, and yellows, people are pleasantly wrapped in light jackets or chunky knits, and there’s an unmatchable crispness in the air. I’ve already begun thinking of different outfits to wear once that first fall day really hits, and these are just a few items I wouldn’t mind adding to my roster.

  1. Topshop Silky Stripe Tee - $66
  2. Pamela Love Moon Sterling Silver Ring - $425
  3. Grace Choi Fur Collar - $21
  4. Stella McCartney Burgundy Trousers - $330
  5. Asos Wide Brim Fedora - $43.10
  6. Mother Denim Drama Jean - $148
  7. Victoria Horning ‘The Cluny’ Bag - $895
  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Michaela Silk Dress - $498
  9. Forever21 Faceted Rhinestone Necklace - $12.80
  10. Rag & Bone Newbury Suede Bootie - $495
  11. Essie Nailpolish in Chinchilly & Wicked - both $8
  12. Style By Marina Shirt Dress - $78
  13. Mali Sabatasso Green Turquoise Ring - $275
  14. Alice by Temperley Fur Gilet - $410
  15. Vanessa Bruno Color Block Jumper - $324
  16. Modcloth Belt - $18


A Little Romance

February 1, 2011
tags: ballet slipper pink, , , feminine colors, , hue, monochromatic, , nude color, romantic hues,
by Sonia

Keeping in line with last weeks post “In the Nude” (see here), I thought I’d feature some romantic nudes and ballet slipper pinks that although subtle in color, add that perfect amount of femininity to any look. Although it’s a color I rarely wear, I always feel immediately polished and put together whenever I throw in a good nude heel or blush pink top. It also happens to be a color that works with almost everything; a bold red lip, a pair of black skinny jeans (see mine here) or simply on its own, this whimsical hue belongs in every girl’s wardrobe. Not to mention that its soft, delicate look makes it ideal for spring which, I hope, is just around the corner…

  1. Modcloth Dianthus Fields Dress - $89.99
  2. Giuseppe Zanotti Laser Cut Pump - $750
  3. Topshop Petal Trim Swing Top - $55
  4. Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Suede Satchel - $1,595
  5. Essie Ballet Slippers - $8
  6. Asos Round Retro Glasses - $16.38
  7. Forever21 Bold Pearlescent Necklace - $7.80
  8. Topshop Slipper Sock - $50
  9. Wink Camille Skirt - $210

Festive Nails

November 15, 2010
tags: Clear Polish, , , festive nails, glitter nails, Kiss Me at Midnight, L.A. Girl Flare, , nailpolish, nicole by opi, Red Sparkle, sparkly nails, Top Coat,
by Sonia

Essie Top Coat $8; Nicole by OPI in ‘Kiss Me at Midnight’; L.A. Girl FLARE in ‘Red Sparkle’ $2.50 •

Nail polish is one of the best ways to embrace transitioning seasons. In spring I veer toward feminine pastels, summer calls for salmony pinks and coraly reds, and the fall and winter are perfect for warm grays and deep reds. This season however I’ve really been feeling glittery nails. Not only do they add a little sparkle to my everyday looks, but they are just the right touch of twinkle to get me that much more excited about the fast approaching holiday season.

For this set of sparkly nails I started with two coats of “Kiss Me at Midnight”, one of the latest holiday colors for Nicole by OPI. After that I used “Red Sparkle” by L.A. Girl Flare which is a festive mix of glittery red and silver. Lastly, to smooth everything out I finished with “Top Coat” by Essie which goes on smoothly and is relatively chip resistant. While I’m totally into this current nail color, I can’t wait to try out some other combinations once this starts chipping.

Nailed It

May 7, 2010
tags: , Essie Collection Summer 2010, Essie Colors Summer 2010, Hard Candy Nail Polish, , peel off nail polish
by Sonia

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved playing around with nail polish. My obsession started when I was given a book full of nail design ideas as well as an assortment of “peel-off” nail polish; but once I realized that the peel-off polish came off within seconds I was onto the real stuff. I would have my friends over and we would spend hours painting each others nails, never satisfied with just one color.

Once this phase passed, I was onto Hard Candy nail polish; not necessarily because of the array of bright colors, but because of the trendy plastic rings that came with the bottle. You weren’t cool unless you were wearing atleast two of these rings.

Then something happened… I stopped wearing fun and ridiculous shades of nail polish.  All I seemed to be wearing was a couple of variations on bright red! BLASPHEMY. Thankfully, this boring phase only lasted a few years. While I’d like to think that I was the sole reason I started wearing bright colors again, I’m going to have to give props to my friend Claire who randomly started getting her nails airbrushed with wild designs in high school.

My friend Claire's nails

Now I can’t seem to get enough of brightly colored nails, and I know I’m not the only one. Pastel, neon, even hologram nails are popping up all over magazines and style blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a basic red or pink, but adding some turquoise or neon purple into the mix never hurt anyone!

Essie is definitely my favorite brand of nail polish. The color assortment is endless, it goes on smoothly, and is pretty much chip proof… unless you bite your nails like me. The summer collection comes out on June 1st and I can’t wait to try out some of the new colors.

Essie Collection Summer 2010