Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Matchy Monochromatic Makeup

Apologies for the alliterative title. It was easy. I took the path of least resistance. Enough said.

I have always been drawn to these monochromatic tonal makeup looks that you always see in runway photos and in magazine editorials, but have discounted them as not really applicable to real life. But lately having been thinking a lot about trying new makeup looks that are both easy and different, I revisited this look, once again with the help of Lisa Eldridge's online videos (because, of course).

The look that she showcases here actually seems like it could translate pretty seamlessly into real life, and once I tried it and liked it, it made me open my mind to more unconventional eyeshadow colours that I would have probably otherwise avoided like the plague. Tawny blusher as eyeshadow on my lids and (again) no liner! Scary!

I decided to try and emulate this look as closely as possible (right down to the contacts) because the tawny colours seemed really serviceable, and probably because the model is so stunning it really makes you want to try it.

What can I say... I'm a sucker for good marketing.

What I Used.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Simple Summer Shapes

I got this white top in a sale last week, thinking it would be a great layering piece. I have been lusting after a top in the newer, boxier, cropped shapes, but have been consistently let down by bad fabrics, weird fit, and a number of other things that prevented me from pulling the trigger.

This one seemed to fit the bill perfectly. It is a thick and heavy knit fabric, virtually indestructible, and should require zero maintenance and hold its shape nicely. There is nothing so versatile as a white top, even for those of us who routinely spill coffee down the front of ourselves.

I didn't envision myself wearing it without something underneath it, but the weather has been fantastically summery this week, and it is actually just the right length to wear with a mid to high-waisted bottom and not have too much midriff (or even any) showing. Yes, it still might show if you raise your arms up over your lead, but for a casual summer vacation day, I think it's perfect. I especially like the way the wide, cropped shape of the top looks against the A-line of the skirt. You don't really need much in the way of accessories at all, because the shapes do the talking.

Stay tuned, as you will undoubtedly see a lot of this piece well into the colder months ahead.

Whistles top / Maxx Studio skirt(old), similar / Chinese Laundry shoes(old), similar / Silver cuff (old). similar

Make it Happen.