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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Boyfriend Trend: Boyfriend Jeans, Military Style Coat, & Oxfords


Denim 
boyfriend jeans are the ultimate item in the boyfriend's wardrobe. The boyfriend style also includes unisex or looser in appearance than most women's boyfriend jackets, oversized jumpers, dress shirts, and military style coats. Another key front in the ''boyfriend'' phenomenon are oxfords. Bellow is my favorite and super comfy pair of oxfords.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Street Style: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

During NY Fashion Week many people worn their coats wide open despite freezing temperatures. Fashion Blogger Zina Charkoplia matched salmon Zara coat with Celine bag, Nike sneakers, and completed the look with a long grey scarf.


Fashion lovers worn camel, grey, pastel, or even white, or pink coats as opposed to black very characteristic to NYC.
Another distinct trend seen in street style is that destroyed boyfriend denim cuts take over skinny jeans.



Folk style is going global. All around the world fashion houses like Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, and Burberry presented collections that were folk inspired and rich in knitting patterns. I am looking forward to seeing more folk inspired clothes in chain stores!


Another noticeable trend on the streets of NY was Chinese plaid pattern, whether on coats, scarfs, or whole suits.


Chriselle Lim rocked Tommy Hilfiger plaid suit.


During Fashion Week most of the days were very cold, so I wasn't surprised to see at Lincoln Center a parade of colorful furs. To my satisfaction most fashion lovers chose faux furs.


Polish Fashion Blogger Jessica Mercedes in a pastel blue fur vest.




While some people dressed for the slushy weather, many continued to dress up for fashion shows.


A unique artist Martha Napier promoted her Marnani Design Studio on hard sidewalk outside Lincoln Center by illustrating street style with paint. In spite of cold wind and frozen paint, her proved skill to print fashion quickly draw attention of the press.





Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lancôme Beauty Box 2013


Lancôme offers Beauty Boxes every holiday season. This year collection includes 12 full size products, 2 samples, and a train case (a $315 value for only $59.50). Regular price for my two favorite Lancôme products alone, Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover ($28) ‎and Hypnôse Star Mascara ($28), equals the cost of the case full of luxury goods.


Black case with red lining has two zipped pockets, and it’s big enough (8 x 12 inches) to hold all my makeup. Smaller top pocket has a perfect size to storage makeup brushes when traveling. You could definitely find more luxurious train cases on the market, but considering the price it is a good quality.


Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque (Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque) is a very supple universal matte dusty rose that will truly complement every skin tone. Since I got it, I use it almost every day!


Color Design Lip Shades (Lancôme Lipsticks)
Love It is a dusty nude cream pink, and it’s currently my favorite lipstick for the day.
Fashion Icon is a berry metallic lipstick that matches the dramatic/night collection.


Juicy Tube in Miracle is a sheer pink with icy sparkle (Lancôme Juicy Tube in Miracle).


Hypnôse Drama Mascara, as the name suggests, is perfect for creating dramatic night looks. I am fan of the Lancôme Mascaras, because it’s the only brand that I am not allergic to. My all time favorite is Lancôme Hypnose Star, which makes my lashes long, carbon black, nicely separated, and fabulous!

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover is another Lancôme product that my highly sensitive eyes love! The
Lancôme Eye Makeup Remover bought alone it’s on a pricey side ($28), but it is well worth the price!


Le Crayon Khôl Eyeliner in Black Ebony glides on easily and blends beautifully. I like to use it on my waterline.

All over Shadow and Liner brushes are my least favorite items in the set. You will probably not use them, if you already have your favorite professional makeup brushes. All over the shadow brush is almost too big for this purpose, but not fluffy enough for blending. 


Color Design Mono Eyeshadows are sensational!
(Lancôme Color Design Mono Eyeshadows)
Drama is a violet with a blue sheen. I was worry that it may be too bright for me, but I couldn't be more wrong. The unique purple shade complements my blue eyes as no other eyeshadow I had ever own. I always get many compliments on my eyes when I wear it. 
Off the Rack is gregarious, shimmery, very light pink with a cold/icy undertone. It appears more metallic when applied wet. The shade can be applied all over the lid. 
Clock Strikes 12 is a perfect, easy to blend, matte grey for the smokey eye.




La Base Pro Makeup Primer Sample
I am still trying out Le Base Pro Primer. After applying this silicone based primer foundation looks airbrushed (primer fills well lines and covers pores). I need only a tiny dab to do my entire face, so I have a feeling that even this small sample will last for a long time. I would recomend this product for dray or mature skin.



Deluxe Sample of New Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate



I bought my Beauty Box at Macy’s, available for $59 with any Lancôme purchase.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Glittery Christmas Postcards


Tools & Materials:
     ·       Scissors, Ruler & Pencil
     ·       Glue 
·       Tracing Paper
     ·       Martha Stewart Crafts - Deep Edge Punch (Embroidery)
The Punch costs about $18, but if you like crafts you will definitely enjoy this useful tool.  It's perfect for decorating cards, invitations, etc.


Which glue to choose?
My favorite glue for crafts is Crafter’s Pick - THE ULTIMATEOnce recommended to me by a crafts store associate, I never changed for another brand. 
"Non-toxic, a high performance adhesive formulated especially to give a flexible water resistant bond to difficult to glue surfaces".  The formula works with plastics, metals, papers, buttons, ribbons, and more. However,  always test your glues before applying.  

Another glue I like is Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive ApplicatorIt's basically to two sided tape that is safe for thin papers, photos, etc. 

For photos I also use Pioneer Photo Glue Stick that dies clear. 

Papers and Envelopes:
If you are going to send your postcards through the post office it's best to use standard postcard size. You will also need some decorative wrapping papers.
In the example I used:
·       Landscape Fold Cards in Silver (4 1.2 x 6 1/4 size)

Step 1
Use Deep Edge Punch to create lace pattern. Pay attention to pictures on the Punch to keep the pattern consistent. 

Step 2
Use a postcard as a model to create 4 1.2 x 6 1/4 glitter rectangle.
Than, stick the rectangle to the front of the folded card, so that the glitter is seen below laced pattern. 



Step 3
Save this image as JPEG, and print it.
Lay the tracing paper on top of your print, 
and trace over the lines of the drawing with a pencil.










Step 4
Flip your tracing paper to another side, and copy the Christmas tree shape to the back of the glitter paper. Next, cut out the Christmas tree shape.

Step 5
Use any carton paper to create two small rectangles to be attached at the back side of the tree. They will create 3D look by adding extra lift to the tree

Step 6
Finally, stick the tree to the front of your card.



More easy DIY holiday cards ideas!