Category Archives: Hair & Make Up

Cruella, Cruella De Vil

Halloween 2014 brought on one of the best costumes I have ever pulled together. Miss Cruella De Vil, a classic Disney villain that utilizes one of my favorite color palettes!

Naturally, with my insatiable love for all things glamour, creating her look wouldn’t be too difficult as it just so happened that we had this funky, polka dotted Isabel De Pedro dress on sale at work, and so I was able to work it into my own glamorous rendition of the wild fur lover, Miss De Vil.

I wore the entire ensemble to work at Fred Segal and was heavily applauded for my artistry. On my break I strolled through downtown Santa Monica and the masses just loved it. I had cars drive by and yell, “Cruelllllaaaaaaa!” and lots of people ask for photos. It felt amazing!

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Dress: Isabel De Pedro

Coat: UNIF

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Fascinating Fascinator

Who doesn’t LOVE a gorgeous fascinator?! I mean, is there any fashion accessory out there that is more fun and unique than a fascinator? With all kinds of different shapes, textures, colors and beauty it’s hard not to put one on every day.

This post features an absolutely STUNNING head piece from Vivo Masks. Vivo Masks specializes in beautiful masquerade masks, gorgeous fascinators, and even a few top hats. Because everyone needs at least one top hat in their wardrobe. ; )

To my delight, this fascinator arrived in a beautiful hat box! For having so many hats, it is a bit shocking that I’ve never owned a proper hat box before…

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Thanks again to Vivo Masks for the beautiful headpiece!

Dress is from Nordstrom Rack

Shawl is from a $1 box at a thrift store

Hat is from Vivo Masks

Shoes are Jeffrey Campbell

Belt is Anna Klein

Photos shot by Damon Holm

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Glam Noir

A long time ago I found this gorgeous piece of wearable art on Etsy:

If you checked out the link, which takes you to the Etsy listing, you will see the jaw dropping price of almost $500. Wayyyy out my price range, but oh SO beautiful. I added the item to my favorites list and oohed and ahhed over it for years.

When it comes to shopping for unique pieces, my motto is “when in doubt… search eBay.” Some of my greatest finds have come from eBay, and always at a great price! Recently I was browsing eBay for an unrelated item, and stumbled across a beaded collar necklace that looked incredibly similar to the Etsy piece, and it was much more affordable, so I had a “treat yo self” moment.

My friend Sam and I got together to shoot the piece. I created the look, and she took the photos at her studio. My hair didn’t come out quite the way I hoped, but what can you do… once a half can of hairspray is in the hair… you’re not gonna make it look any other way.

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Generally I don’t like to fit any particular mold of one specific style, and tend to draw creativity from multiple genres of fashion. My inspirations for this look pull from goth and glamour, basically what I like to call “glam noir.”

A big thanks to Sam for letting me test out her amazing photography and editing skills. You can see more of Sam’s work on her FB fanpage here.

We took a TON of photos, however I don’t have the mad editing skills Sam has, and so she was kind enough to send me these images for use. This last one is my favorite.

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Same Shirt, Different Day.

Same shirt, same pants, same attitude.

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clinicwedgeDifferent shoes, different hair, different details, different day.

Wearing:

Shirt: Urban Outfitters

Pants: Ross

Saddle Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (from Mod Cloth)

Spiked Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell (from Solestruck)

Holographic purse: Nine West

Sunnies: DIY

Necklace: LA boutique

Goth is Dead!

Ugh, when will all these goth kids GET IT?! Goth is DEAD! 😉 Just like punk is dead, emo is dead, disco is dead, skater is dead, Lolita is dead, and blah blah blah. But guess what…? I dress how I want!

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What’s that? I’m invited to Bat’s Day at Disneyland? Well of course I’d love to go! Any excuse to play dress up! I wanted to explore the newest form of Gothic styling known as “pastel Goth” which basically includes all the lovely shades of black and rich textures; but features touches of soft pastel colors. All the cool kids seem to be doing it, so I wanted to be cool too.

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The Raid Shoe, by Jeffrey Campbell

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DIY chain & mirror harness.

 

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Iridescent, pastel and holographic handbag is by Nine West. This purse is EVERYTHING!

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A day filled with laughs, waiting in lines, giggling, photo taking, booze, more laughing and aching legs due to wearing brand new leather platforms to a giant amusement park. Although I don’t label myself as Gothic (or ever claimed to be “Goth”) I do adore Gothic fashion. Bat’s Day is a spectacular day to see all forms of Gothic styling from classy, really high end Victorian gowns to Hot Topic punk kids. Of course there is still a presence of mainstream public, so Bat’s Day is quite the interesting spectacle for those unaware of this special gathering.

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Wearing:

Shirt: Velvet Heart

Corset & Garter Stockings: eBay

Skirt: Guess (I found it in a thrift store!)

Socks: Karmaloop

Shoes: Raid, by Jeffrey Campbell

Coat: Forever 21

Purse: Nine West

 

Not-So-Mellow Yellow.

Having a gloomy day? Why not brighten it up with a splash of yellow?! It’s an uplifting, and bold color that makes the wearer feel bright, cheery, and energetic! Every guy and gal deserves a little yellow in their closet.

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I was recently scouring the clearance racks at everyone’s favorite superstore– Target! I was lucky enough to come across this simple, color blocked yellow skirt, on clearance for $8! I couldn’t pass it up! The material is lovely and the skirt is as comfortable as skirts get!

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On  this day I was headed to a fashionable friend’s party, so I had to make sure my outfit was on point. After two hours of mixing, matching, and complete outfit changes, I arrived at this perfect combination of color and print.

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… and let’s not forget to accessorize!

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Wearing:

Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack

Button Up: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: Target

Belt & Hand Bag: Big Buddha

Shoes: Event platform, by Jeffrey Campbell. (nastygal.com) 

 Sunnies: DIY

Jewelry: Forever 21, and various boutiques

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Pin Up Style, Baby!

Remember I went to a pinup shoot a while back? (In case you missed it, you can read about it HERE.) I helped style some of the girls, and I got a few sessions of my own in. Of the four different looks we shot, I’ve received the sets from two of the photographers that day. They came out so great and I am one lucky girl getting to participate in the day’s festivities.

This set was shot by professional photographer, Isaac Suttell. Please see Isaac’s website for more of his phenomenal work!


Isaac’s photos came out absolutely stunning and I couldn’t be more honored to have had him shoot me. On a personal note, I’m not one for being tan, however this particular set of photos inspires me to get a little more sun this summer! Hehehee. Although I must say, Isaac captured me as a porcelain doll. Thank you Isaac!