Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Cheer in the City






Some of the scenes I tried to capture during Christmas day. Honestly, this winter hasn't felt holiday-ish enough for me. No constant cheer or winter break (which is a month of lounging, meeting up with old friends and prepping your stomach for holiday gorging). So in lou of my holiday spirit, I tried visiting the tree on christmas day. Fun fact: the christmas tree at Rockefeller Center this year was chopped down from my home town in jersey. Sad to say, the tree in person was quite sparse, but I still have pride in knowing that tree grew up with me! On Christmas day, the tree was extremely crowded, so I kept asking myself what are all those people doing crowding around the tree and gawking? Then, I reminded myself that I am one of those people, and I should stop being such a grinch. My day got better as I proceeded downtown to a favorite italian restaurant for dinner reservations, only to find the restaurant was actually closed (serves me right for reserving online?). Scrapped italian food for indian, was a little disappointed, but looking back it's all too funny. Another story to go into the story book and to remind me to plan better next year. Speaking of next year, I still have nye to look forward too :) Hope everyone had a happy holiday time!

--Christine

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Simple Styling Sundays: holiday look 3 sophisticated showstopper

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T-minus seven days before all the family gatherings and finalization of new year's plans. I wanted to finish the three part segment of simple styling sundays: holiday looks with a show-stopping piece fit for any fancy x-mas time or new years extravaganza. If there's one time in our semi-normal lives to dress fit for a ball, it's new years! So why not go all out? Just make sure you don't go way too over the top, you don't want all eyes on you for any other reason besides being the bell at the ball. Pair simple accessories with your dress, but I do recommend splurging with makeup if you want more drama. Add winged liner and a bright lip, but keep nails clean and simple. From behind, you want your dress to catch attention, but up front, you want your smile to shine the most! So, have fun with this outfit--just make sure to keep it balanced!

If you missed the other holiday looks, you can take a look here and here

--Christine

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Simple Styling Sundays: Holiday Look 2--Dressed Up Casual

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Apartment party for New Years? Dinner date with friends before Christmas? Trying to figure out how dressed up you should be for holiday festivities? f you're at a gathering where you know you can be completely comfortable and just let loose, try the more casual route. However, how casual is casual during the holidays? Probably not that casual...try to always have a glam edge to your outfit. I love a subtle metallic and embellished collar mixed with comfortable pieces that aren't over the top. Note that you can also save your feet at a friend's apartment! Try stylish oxfords or a sleek flat to finish any relaxed look. 

Countdown to feasts and parties galore continues!

--Christine

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Simple Styling Sundays: Holiday Look 1--The Embellished Tuxedo

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December has finally come alongside the 25 days of christmas countdown on every channel and website. Ever since scarfing down that turkey and buttery mashed potatoes, time has flown by and isn't stopping anytime soon. Though still 23 days away, you now feel as if you have no time to decide what to wear to all the parties (yes, you are so popular!...) you are invited to. What to do now???
Holiday outfit styling is probably up there on my 'favorite things to do' list. I define my holiday outfits by the 3 S's-simplicity, sleekness and shimmer. It's all about luxe dressing, and I want to provide inspiration and tips for looking your best all through out the holidays. My first look--a revisited tuxedo look with embellished details. 
I've spoken about a tuxedo or two piece before and its powers to pull together any look. I've also mentioned how it merges feminine and masculine elements for a subtle and empowering sexiness that every girl should indulge in. For my first holiday look, I chose to revisit this look and get it ready for the holidays. Primarily, I used pieces with embellishments to pair together for a shimmery effect. The trick for pairing many embellished pieces together is to make sure that they don't overpower each other--this is where simplicity really comes into play. What I love the most about the tuxedo outfit is that it can really take you from party to party. Appropriate at an apartment party your friend is hosting for NYE or grabbing drinks at an upscale lounge, a dinner party downtown or a simple date--it'll always make you look your best.

More outfits to come during the countdown to the holidays!

--Christine


Beauty Fix: Winter Pout






lipsticks: nars pure matte in volga, ardency inn in lovecat 

I recently ordered this NARS lipstick for winter. This past year, I've been wearing more and more lipstick and have decided to adopt this deep matte purple into my collection. I love the richness of this color--it's the new red. The only problem (and maybe a big problem) with my nars lipstick is that it doesn't go on evenly. Though it's very light with an initial satin texture, I find my lips getting dried out within an hour alongside having uneven color. I really wanted a super matte lipstick for winter to compliment the weather (shine does feel more spring and summer), so I guess I asked for too matte of a lipstick. Shame shame, I still want to wear this gorgeous color, so I've been coming up with tricks to wear it. The best one I've come up with so far also helps my lips look fuller. First, I apply my nars lipstick like usual (line and fill in), and then in the center of both my lower and upper lip, I apply the red lipstick. From the picture above, you can see that the colors compliment each other, so they blend well. When doing this trick, you don't have to worry about perfectly applying the red, you can add as much or as little in the center. The result: fuller lips and seemingly perfect color. It only took 2 lipsticks to get there!

Try this trick out and let me know how it goes!

--Christine