Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Wish List + Gift Guide

details on polyvore, click the link and images for product information

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! I know I did--got out of the city for a while, constantly ate tasty food and met new people. It's always wonderful to surround yourself with loving people and great food, I'm so thankful! So now that Thanksgiving is over, time to bring on the gift guides, wish lists and party plans for the upcoming christmas holiday! The above is my mix of a wish list (I've been eyeing that Alexander Wang silk shift dress all season long!) and gift guide (there are accessories for every type of friend--traveler, makeup obsessed, journalist, jewelry-holic and perfectionist) with a wide range of prices from splurge-worthy 'let's use daddy's credit card' to affordable 'buy one for everyone!' Hope you get inspired and enjoy :)

--Christine

Monday, November 19, 2012

memories and discoveries 11.19.12


favorite look I saw at marusya's pre-fall collection 

Dying for this dress from the Margiela collab at h&m!! 

became really addicted to the treats at paris baguette in ktown :)

buffalo exchange with the bestie this weekend! Spotted: black wide leg trousers from The Row only $38!

in love with this look from hello kitty + forever21


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Daniella Kallmeyer






Went to Daniella Kallmeyer's event for unveiling her new fashion film. Spent the night with the lovely Rebecca from the Beauty Bookie and the talented writer and model Adane. Great time with great people and scored more lip tar haha. xx 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Beauty Fix: Makeup Setting Spray

Product: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray


Normally, makeup and beauty is a pretty overwhelming category for me. There are so many products that each do different things, different colors for different face tones, seriously the list goes on and on. So, when I do find a product that I like and it does something very functional, it really excites me! Urban Decay's makeup setting spray is no different.  I received this item in a recent beauty kit that was free with my order (what I ordered is to come!), and cautiously tried it out. After the first day, I noticed that the product does deliver on what's promised: oil-control and no smudged makeup. I was shocked when my eyeliner and mascara did not hang on the bottom of my eyes like panda eyes! The next day, I used the spray more vigorously and on top of lipstick. Same deal, very happy. It's a light misting spray, keeps all my makeup in place, and has gained a spot in my makeup necessities. You should try it too :)

--Christine

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Memories and Discoveries 11.8.12

Hot Bread Kitchen opened up a space near my home...checking it out this weekend

miss this weather and pretty path of trees..instead, stuck with snow now

liked this outfit I tried on at bloomingdales, vintage havana sheer blouse (very dries, right?) and hudson waxed denim

want these boots! from topshop


the brooklyn kitchen gives specialized cooking classes...I've been eyeing one for making croissants!

Memories and discoveries for the week, have any?

--Christine




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DIY: Bejeweled Headband

Make your own bejeweled headband:

Supplies:




3 ways to wear it:




Cost: Less than $20 depending on how many gems purchased

Supplies: 
Braided headband (similar here)
gems of 3-4 different shapes and sizes
hot glue gun

Directions: 
1. After gathering all supplies together, finalize the design you want on your headband by laying out the gems on the table.
2. Next, with a hot glue gun start glueing the gems to the headband. I applied the glue directly to the headband then placed the gems on top, it helped me keep my design straight and neat.
3. Hold down each gem after glueing for 15 seconds to make sure it stays on.
4. At the end, you can check your design and fix any imperfections. Since you're using a hot glue gun, the gems can be removed and replaced fairly easily.
5. Enjoy and try your headband in different ways! 

Making this headband was very simple and fun. I initially came up with the idea because I had the braided headband on hand except it didn't match my hair color. So, I couldn't wear the headband by itself, but I still wanted to somehow use it. I came up with the idea of adding gems to it instead to make it more appealing and cover the mismatched color. To find the gems, I went to the supply stores within NYC, but if you don't have any craft stores nearby, I saw some cool wholesale gems on eBay. To create the actual headband was pretty easy, and I say it takes less than 15 minutes. I'm pretty excited about the finished product!

What do you think?

--Christine  








Friday, November 2, 2012

Beauty Fix: Gold Spattered Nails






nail polish: faceit, inspiration from here

I love this easy manicure. It feels very appropriate for fall and winter when we crave to clothe ourselves in dark and muted colors with the subtle embellishments of gold and silver (reminding us that the holidays are nearing!). I found the inspiration of this manicure from my beauty board on pinterest--a place where I can always find inspiration for my makeup and hair. To replicate, follow the steps below.

Tools needed: 
Black nail polish 
a shimmering gold (not matte) nail polish
plastic wrap (or soft wrapper...don't use anything too stiff, it'll ruin your manicure)

Steps: 
1. Apply two coats of black nail polish to nails and wait to dry
2. Take plastic wrap and crumble in hand, hold a portion of the wrap that is crumbled between fingers
3. Take gold nail polish and lightly paint the plastic wrap
4. dab on each nail to desired effect (I dabbed it twice on each finger)
5. Wait till nails dry, clean excess nail polish, and add top coat if needed

Easy, right? Versatile too. You can try this manicure straight away with nail polishes that you already have. Try other color options to suit your mood and occasion--the possibilities with this technique are endless!

Let me know if you've come up with another great color combo, or if you have questions :)

--Christine 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Black on Black on Leopard

two tone jacket: bebe, leopard sweater: ann taylor loft, shorts: express, tights: hue, shoes: perche

Black on black with a touch of leopard--an easy combo to put together when in a hurry. Wore this outfit this past weekend on a pretty warm Saturday. It's a simple outfit to put together and comfortable to wear all day except for the heeled boots. After staring at all the sample sale signs in the west village, I ran around the city looking for a halloween costume. My feet died, so I ended up opting for worn out boots to complete my zombie look (and save my feet!!). Some people are celebrating Halloween now, or still have an upcoming round of trick-or-treat. What's your costume?

--Christine