Fashion

Blushing While Pale

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DSC_0780Maje ‘Eclair’ jacquard knit poncho-style scarf in nude, Sandro ‘Elixia’ silk top in ecru, BDG ‘Twig’ skinny jeans in white slash, customized Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in moonstone and pelato, Joie sandals, Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

I used to always avoid two things: 1) going matchy-matchy, and 2) pastels that might closely resemble my complexion. In the past couple of years, however, I’ve learned that matchy outfits can be sublime when executed with finesse, and that even my pale ass can’t resist the dreamy shades of nude and blush that have become ubiquitous in fashion this season. So how does a pale girl who prefers a little edge work a matchy-matchy ensemble comprised of white and pastel pink? By adding small and subtle elements of darkness that can cut the cloud of soft cashmere and silk with sex appeal. It’s a super easy solution. By exposing my lacy black bra (the current lingerie as outerwear trend is seriously fabulous) and accessorizing with a black choker and sleek black sandals, I’ve successfully eliminated any traces of unwanted preppy-ness from this look. (No hate towards my preppy peeps, it’s just not my style!)

I’m one of those girls who’s always cold, but sometimes a jacket is too heavy, and cardigans make me look like a 12-year-old attempting to look like a 70-year-old, so I’ve spent a lot of evenings making everyone uncomfortable as I insist that I’m fine, while I shiver uncontrollably like a complete asshole. Enter wraps and poncho scarves: they’re such a sophisticated, yet hip way to stay warm on cooler summer days and nights. I feel like an absolute movie star in this thing, and I love how you can leave it open or wrap it all the way around for equally elegant and dramatic effects. As for this lovely silk top by Sandro, I always prefer a peplum when it’s not so structured. The movement and ease bring a little something special to an otherwise simple piece—which is currently on sale! Another shopping tip: dropping a ton of cash on basic denim is insane and totally unnecessary. BDG is a brand that covers all the basics you need in your wardrobe without making a huge dent in your wallet, and they run super true to size. You’re welcome!

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion, Promotional

Piece, Love, & Flannel

IMG_0356Joie romper, Piece Apparel ‘Providence’ flannel, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Brandy Melville tattoo choker, sunglasses a la Nasty Gal.IMG_0404NARS blush in ‘Deep Throat,’ NARS velvet matte lip pencil in ‘Dolce Vita,’ Kat Von D tattoo liquid eyeliner in ‘Trooper,’ Benefit Cosmetics Instant Brow pencil in ‘Medium to Dark.’IMG_0361

IMG_0389Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ bag; nail design with matte finish by Cammie at Keiki Salon in Fenway.IMG_0385Sometimes, basics are what take your look to the next, not-so-basic level. That’s essentially how I feel about Piece Apparel’s entire inventory. Every brand and store sells their own versions of the “basics,” and you can wind up swimming in a sea of staples that are almost, but not quite right. Piece Apparel makes quality basics in just the right cuts and colors to round out your wardrobe and step up your style—like their flannels, for instance. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ve spent the last few years totally immersed in the 90s fashion revival, and thus searching for the perfect flannels to complete my updated grunge vibe. A great flannel should be easy to find, but I instead found myself repeatedly disappointed by flannels that were too big, used heinous color combinations, or were smothered in studs and other unnecessary embellishments. The Piece Apparel flannels have a classic feel, and are loose enough that you easily can rock one around your waist or open over a T shirt, but tailored enough to wear it comfortably under a sweater, or tucked into your pants without the hem surpassing your underwear. A pair of tights and a leather bomber will take this look right into Fall.

Need to update your Fall wardrobe? You can use the discount code ANNIE20 for 20% off your next Piece Apparel online purchase! 

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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Beauty

Makeup: Not a Mask…

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Now that you’ve had some time to mull over my skincare advice, it’s time to talk about putting makeup on that face. Although makeup is partially about coverage, people forget that it’s really meant bring out one’s natural beauty. The perfect makeup job embraces your unique face rather than hiding it. After all, you’re not frosting a cake. Here are my secrets for applying makeup that will give you a naturally flawless complexion.

1. First of all, if you’ve been using ANY scented makeup on your face, get up and throw it away!

2. Never apply makeup without moisturizing first.

3. Apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer both your face and neck with your fingertips. (There are a lot of primers out there. Theirs is the undeniable best.) This helps makeup last longer.

4. Now comes concealer. I just use my fingertips, but you can use a concealer brush or makeup sponge. I am utterly devoted to the Stila Perfecting Concealer. The name says it all. It gives maximum coverage without looking fake. Although so many of us struggle with dark circles, you don’t want to apply too much liquid concealer to your under-eyes; it tends to crease throughout the day and take your eyeliner/mascara down with it (see #6).

5. Unless you have issues such as acne or acne scars, you probably don’t need to use a heavy liquid foundation. Instead, I would suggest Clinique CC Cream or Stila Tinted Moisturizer.  You might be surprised to see how well these products can even out your skin tone, and less likely to clog your pores. If you do need more coverage, I would recommend finding a Clinique liquid foundation because their products are gentle and natural looking. Whether you’re using a CC cream, a tinted moisturizer, or a liquid foundation, please, for the love of god, apply evenly to your face AND neck. Foundation that stops at the chin is a brutal, dead give-away. Even old ladies in Palm Beach know better these days. Again, I apply my CC cream with my fingertips, but makeup sponges are the key to making sure your color is consistent (see #8).

6. To achieve that matte effect, I depend on bareMinerals foundation powder. I use this Sephora Collection retractable kabuki brush (great for travel and on-the-go touch-ups) for my face and neck, and the bareMinerals traditional concealer brush on my eyelids, under-eyes, and any blemishes that need a little extra coverage. bareMinerals products usually have SPF, which is always a major plus!

7. When it comes to bronzer, I tend to be a bit of a mad scientist—because with bronzer, there’s a thin line between a healthy glow and an obvious orangeness (especially when you’re as pasty as I am). To keep things natural, I turn to bareMinerals again. I like to mix their Tinted Mineral Veil, Illuminating Mineral Veil, and a hint of their Faux Tan powder and apply the concoction to my face, neck AND chest (depending on how low my neckline might go) with a bronzer brush like this one.

8. Makeup sponges are your best friend: once you’ve completed the previous steps, use a sponge to make sure you don’t have any build-up at your hairline, eyebrows or upper-lip. You should also use them to make sure you’ve applied color evenly—make sure your face and neck match and that you haven’t turned red spots into equally noticeable white ones. I like the sponges infused with vitamin E, which you should be able to find at any CVS or Walgreens.

9. To give myself a little extra shimmer, I use a touch of NARS blush in “Albatross” (sheer golden sheen) as a highlighter for my cheekbones, forehead, and nose.

10. Then blush. Use a brush like this one to apply your blush. I personally love NARS blush in “Deep Throat.” I think it’s a little more flirty and natural looking than their infamous “Orgasm.” But they have a huge selection, and you should find the one that’s right for you.

11. Reach for your sponge again to carefully blend that blush—make sure you don’t have build-up around your eye bones. Blend, and blend, and blend—blending is the secret! (If you caught that reference, you are one saucy individual.)

12. Take it all off at the end of the day!

Stay tuned for more makeup advice, and stay saucy!

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