Sunday, September 25, 2011

all hallow's eve

one of my favorite parts of fall has always been halloween. I love everything about it; witches, ghosts, costumes, parties and trick-or-treating. I was totally the kid who stayed as the same character for multiple halloweens. I'm pretty sure my mom made me not one, not two, but three dorothy costumes because she was my favorite. I even brought it back two halloweens ago (not the same costume of course) when I was in Germany visiting my cousin Nilene who, with the help of her friends and boyfriend, hand created costumes for all the characters.

while I like to take the time to carefully select the perfect costume each and every halloween, sometimes (like last year) a costume can slip your mind. blasphemy I know! but it was my 21st birthday and that celebration was deemed more important than halloween since it would happen once in my entire life. during those times, or hey even the random costume party or theme night, being able to throw something together in a pinch can make or break the evening!

that, my dear friends, is where makeup comes quite in handy. with the help of a few eyeshadow colors and some imagination you can instantly transform your look from everyday to someone else entirely.

with a few oceany colors; dark blue/navy, turquoise, sea foam green and pearly white, I was able to create an eye look fit for a mermaid.
add a touch of purple and wing the ends out and you're a peacock in a pinch. hello last years halloween costume!

to create the wave of color going from darkest in the outer corner to lightest on the inner corner the tried and true "smokey eye, apply the darkest shade (dark blue/navy) to the outer corner of your eye in a sideways "V" shape. then take the second darkest color (turquoise) and apply it after the navy, blending the two together slightly over one another. next take the second lightest color (sea foam green) and apply it from where the turquoise ends to just before the inner corner. lastly, take your lightest shade (pearly white) and apply it to the inner corner/tear duct. i like the take the same color and mirror the colors on my lower lash line as well, helping to make your eye appear larger. connect the outer corners together in a soft point, and do the same around your tear duct. don't forget to curl your lashes and add a few coats of mascara to complete the look.

with an eye look as crazy as this, just remember to keep the rest of your makeup pretty simple. clear and glowing skin and a simple lip. the color combinations for this look are endless and so are the different costumes that would be created!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

fall faves

so, my all time favorite season would have to be fall. I love the layers, the comfy fabrics and the completely different style just a few months can change. Don't get me wrong, summer is amazing; sundresses and sandals are my go-to staples (and totally inappropriate for any other season in New England), but to me there's nothing cuter than cable knit sweaters, pea coats and a great leather riding boot. To get myself ready for fall, I pulled a few of my favorite pieces from last year that have the perfect preppy crispness that just screams fall to me.

Cable knit: maybe it was my years of working at Ralph Lauren, but to me nothing says back to school like a cable knit sweater. I've always preferred the v-neck variety, but a crew neck is great for layering a button down or polo underneath. Just as comfy as a hoodie, but you look a million times more put together.

Stripes: besides floral print, stripes are hands down my favorite pattern. I love the crispness of them, how tailored they look and are just the perfect amount of nautical. This rugby has been in my wardrobe for years now, and still looks just as good as when I bought it. I love it so much, I even bought it in pink. But the best part of keeping them in rotation? The older they are, the softer and comfier they get. If you think a horizontal stripe will make you look wider, go with a thicker stripe like this one. Too many little stripes is what adds onto your body. Or a chevron stripe is great and is everywhere this season.

Lace: perfect fabric in my opinion. Kind of multiple personality, if you want to personify fabric. Can be sweet, girly and ultra feminine or when mixed with the right accessories sexy and badass. I love when I see girls rocking lace with black pieces and leather, like combat boots or a leather jacket. I prefer to keep my lace sweet, by wearing it with silk, cotton or sequins. This shirt is great to wear with boyfriend jeans and looks super cute with a variety of different colored tank tops underneath.

Pearls: cute and casual all rolled into one. This sweatshirt material pullover balances out the boyish factor with the delicate sprinkling of pearls around the top. While I have a strict no hoodies/sweatshirt policy outside of my apartment, this little beauty is able to sneak in under the radar. Perfect for when the days start getting chilly.

I also snuck in a few rando's in the picture, like my thick sweater tights; perfect for making some of my favorite sundresses fall appropriate. Throw on with a cardigan and boots, you're good to go! I love leather bags for the fall, especially this one with it's saturated color, gold hardware and roomy inside. Perfect with the gorgeous foliage, and a great bag to use if you're in school. Chunky jewelry, like the leather and gold bracelet is perfect for fall. So much easier to accessorize when you're not worried about sweating, swimming and everything else the summer entails. Fall means back to a schedule for most people, and what better to do that with than a great watch. While many people carried the white watch trend on through the summer, I mean hello white does look amazing with a tan, I still like it for the fall. It will look great with navy and all the gold accessories I see myself wearing. And finally, changing seasons means changing scents. While during the summer your scent can be fruity and light, I like to wear a sexy, sultry scent during the fall. Something a little spicy with almost a men's cologne smell to it. My favorites? Burberry Brit and Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb.

Hope everyone else is as excited for fall as I am. Caramel apples, pumpkins, Halloween, the leaves changing, the smell, my birthday... The list goes on and on.


Friday, September 23, 2011

grown-up glitter

while some people consider glitter better left in the hands of little girls under 10,  i of course think otherwise. the same way tulle, bows and the color pink, can be grown up and have a prominent place in a grown-up girls life, i believe glitter can too. the key is simply moderation. proof of these beliefs can be seen on any given day with my signature glitter nail or in this next nail look. my inspiration came from a picture i saw the lovely Lauren Conrad post a few days ago with a cute aqua colored glitter manicure. except in her case, it was loose dry glitter, which i always find too messy to even bother with. since i can't find the link anywhere, your imagination will just have to do. but without further adieu, grown-up glitter.
 twist on the classic french manicure by using glitter polish instead of traditional white.
i opted to go for a super skinny line of glitter to make it as cute and classy as possible. feel free to go thicker if you like, for this look i think the thinner the better.

to get super skinny and smooth lines like the ones i have here, use a nail polish with a thin brush (not like the normal nail polish wand in most bottles. i use this one!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

i feel pretty, oh so pretty

i think i've done a fairly accurate job of expressing my love of skirts, dresses and anything exceptionally girly. the majority of my outfit posts have included one of the two, and a large percentage of my wardrobe includes pieces that are flowery, lacy or made of tulle. so, when i came across this blog post by the lovely and talented laura, or lollipop26 from her glory days of beauty guru-ing, gushing about her new mesh skirt from h&m, i knew i had to have it. not only is is tulle and blush colored, hello two of my favorite things!, it was like the grown up version of a tutu that i've been desperately seeking out. now while it doesn't completely fit the bill in the tutu department, it does manage to put a smile on my face and twirling it mandatory. here are a few different looks i put together for a piece that some may consider hard to style.
cutesy- tucked inlacy tank (Old Navy) long sleeved long cardigan (C&C California) both belted with brown leather (Silpada). light and cute date look. perfect for class. layers are great for fall.
casual- long mint t-shirt scarf (C&C California), same brown leather belt from previous outfit. comfy, casual and simple. great for a breezy sunday, shopping with girlfriends or getting work done in the library.
femme- same lace tank, black mesh collored shirt (Zara). great night look. dressy date. night out with the girls. sexy, while appropriate.

three totally different looks, with one amazing skirt. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

flower power

with fall approaching, i've taken to cozy-ing up some of my favorite summer sundresses. perfect way to transition summer pieces into the fall? layering!  this dress has been one of my favorites for a few seasons now. i love the color, cut, style; pretty much everything about it. and while it's spaghetti straps may have been fine for a hot summer day, today's temperature managed to dip a bit. to combat these cooler temperatures i threw on this bright and floral- two of my favorite ways to describe clothes!- cropped cardigan. love the bright colors and the way the two pieces came together. layering cardigans, tights and boots is my favorite way to continue to wear spring and summer pieces through the fall. and any excuse for me to keep wearing dresses, is a good one in my book!


Monday, September 12, 2011

let's see how long this lasts...

besides the fact that i've been slacking majorly on my blogging, today i decided to start a bobbles&lace tumblr. of course you may be wondering how i expect to keep up with two sites to update, and honestly i'm wondering the same thing. hence the "let's see how long this lasts". i like the quick little blurb style that tumblr uses, and is wicked easy to update via my phone. so, on days (like the past 14 or so) when i'm sucking at doing a full post, snack on a bite of my tumblr action.