Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ice Cold

It has been over a month since the world was introduced to the magical and icy kingdom of the newest Disney film Frozen, and the movie's success has continued to snowball with the film's recent Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature Film! From the charming characters to the catchy musical numbers, it is not hard to see why the world has fallen in love with Frozen. If you are anything like me, and the obnoxious number of Frozen fans out there, you have probably had "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" stuck in your head for a solid few weeks now. Inspired by the snow covered landscapes of Arendelle and the cozy Scandinavian patterns worn by Elsa and Anna, I created modern takes on the characters outfits by mixing colors and textures. Is your outfit in need of a "Fixer Upper?" Let these outfits inspire you to add some spark to your winter wardrobe!

Frozen Inspired Outfits

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Top: Black Sweetheart Crop $10.00 (Select Fashion)
Skirt: Yellow Tweed Mini Skirt $146.00 (Avenue 32)
Shoes: Platform Court Shoes $41.00 (H&M)
Bag: PU Frame Clutch Bag $43.00 (Accessorize)
Necklace: Green Stone and Crystal Octagon Pendant Necklace $22.00 (Macy's)
Earrings: Nadri Snowflake Stud Earrings $ (Bloomingdale's)

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Top: Metallic Jacquard Front Shell Top $33.00 (House of Fraser)
Skirt: Fresh Slice Maxi Skirt $25.00 (Nasty Gal)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry Perfect Ten Pump $42.99 (6 PM)
Hair Clip: Pearls and Crystals Hair Comb $19.99 (Target)
Earrings: Gold Border Pearl Stone Stud Earrings $6.56 (New Look)

Dress: Lipsy Sheer Panel Embellished Bodycon Dress $48.00 (House of Fraser)
Shoes: Modern Vice Adele Platform Pumps $52.49 (Macy's)
Bag: Ballroom Clutch Bag $48.50 (Accessorize)
Bracelet: Platinum Plated Snowflake Pendant Bracelet $17.41 (Bridgat)

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Top: Windsmoor Ivory Bead Trim Top $25.00 (John Lewis)
Skirt: Tianna Embellished Mini Skirt $49.95 (Forever New)
Shoes: Michael Antonio Love Me Suede Pumps $49.00 (Zappos)
Bag: Neon Hard Clutch $24.90 (Delia's)

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Top: Black Bustier $25.00 (Warehouse)
Shorts: Charli Scallop Hem Shorts $32.00 (Boohoo)
Shoes: Side Zip Peep Toe Booties $15.00 (Body Central)
Bag: Braided Fringe Hobo Bag $26.90 (Wet Seal)
Necklace: Gold Antler Necklace $30.00 (Etsy)
Tights: Edna Fleece Tights $18.00 (Pieces)

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Dress: Blue 50's Flare Belt Dress $35.00 (Dorothy Perkins)
Jacket: Cropped Boucle Jacket $29.99 (Mango)
Shoes: Worthington Daniela Tall High-Heel Boots $26.99 (JCPenney)
Scarf: Eira Long Wool Scarf $34.00 (Pieces)
Earrings: Betsey Johnson Silver-Tone Crystal Crown Stud Earrings $26.00 (Macy's)

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Crossing the Line

It is the new year and it is time to welcome in  new trends! For a while now the cosmetic world has been all about bold lip products, from lipsticks to lip stains. Though I do not see this lippy trend going out of style anytime soon, why not experiment with something new? Lately, I have become a big fan of bright and sparkly eyeliners. Throughout the holiday season, I relied on my gold eyeliner to help add a festive touch to my outfits. Depending on the color you choose, sparkle eyeliners can either be statement making, or just a nice accent to a bolder lip color. Personally, I have not quite gotten used to darker lip colors, so I decided to incorporate color into my everyday makeup routine in a more subtle way. Great for an evening look, brighter liner colors such as turquoise and hot pink really pop when the sun goes down. Similarly, more subtle color such as navy blue and gold can work for the day when your black eyeliner starts to get a little boring. Are you a fan of bold eyeliners? Or are you more of a bold lip fan?

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $19.00 (Sephora)
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner $19.00 (Sephora)
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $20.00 (Sephora)
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner $4.50 (NYX Cosmetics)

Loreal Paris 24 Hour Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Liner in Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Royal
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Radium
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in El Dorado
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Bobby Dazzle

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner has a flexible sponge applicator that makes for easy application. While I love the color of the liner, I think this brand was my least favorite. In order to obtain a rich color, several coats were needed.

In the past, I used the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eye Liner for my everyday black liner, but have recently switched to the Loreal Paris 24 Hour Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Liner. The sharp point of this felt tip applicator is so easy to maneuver and can create both slim and thick lines with the tilt of the pen. Not only does this liner last longer, but it does not run after several hours like the Maybelline one. My new favorite!

I am not usually a fan of bristle tip liquid liners because they are harder for me to create precise lines, but surprisingly this applicator was simple to use. The Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner comes in a wide range of sparkly shades that really pop. I like to pair my colored eyeliners on top of my black liner so that I don't lose the dimension that the darker shade provides. The only downside of this product is that it starts to flake after about 9 or 10 hours, which is not really that bad. But when it claims to last 24 hours, I expect it to last longer.

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