bras that actually provide support are impossible to wear with it. thus, the ensemble usually ends up requiring a cardigan, hiding the sexiest part of the dress.
yes, I own one of those adhesive, seemingly gravity-defying bras, but it makes my chest look unsupported. the dress is a size zero, the size i typically take at the retailer, so I know it’s not simply too big. sometimes i wonder if designers for real-people retailers (i.e., urban outfitters) actually expect their shoppers to have perfect breasts, as this conundrum seems to occur all too often. grr.
medical leave means i’ve been re-discovering reading for pleasure. stuff i have/am currently/hope to soon read:
currently reading: chris matthews’ kennedy & nixon. yeah, i’m a dork. BUT chris matthews published this before all that hardball nonsense, and it’s actually great commentary on the cultural impact of a famous rivalry in politics. i probably shouldn’t admit that i’m actually reading this book for a third time.
just finished: mindy kaling’s is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns). hilarious - i gobbled it up in two days. mindy is so down to earth and hilarious.
less-recently finished: chuck palahniuk’s latest, tell all. makes you question the nature of identity, but not in the same way fight club does. though a bit repetitive, the characters contrast each other well and i liked the book’s overall motif.
up next: david sedaris’ dress your family in corduroy and denim. how have i not read this one yet?
i admit that my night time beauty routine is inconsistent at best (who’s doesn’t fall by the wayside when she’s had too many cock tails?) however, i try to use at least one of the following before hitting the sack:
neutrogena intensive moisture wrap: though excellent everywhere, I usually rub this stuff into my hands.
rosebud lip balm: for when I wake up in the middle of the night and my lips are chapped because i forgot to turn the A/C off.
cocoa butter: rub on cracked heels, put on socks, and voila: happy feet in the am.
lush’s R&B: rubbing this stuff into my split ends before bed makes for a good hair day. the first two ingredients are oat milk and organic avocado oil. need i say more?
clean & clear popped pimple relief drying paste: self-explanatory. i’ve heard tooth paste is also effective for this purpose, but it’s never worked for me: i just end up with a refreshingly minty breakout.
cleansing towelettes: i tried so many before i found ones that didn’t actually make my skin worse - for some reason, the generic store brand work best. and come on, once you’re in bed, you’re not going to get up and go wash your face.
clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion: my day routine is so face-product-heavy that keeping it simple at night is sorta necessary. this moisturizer is no-frills and effective.
note pad & pen: there’s a reason it’s called “beauty sleep.” if something’s keeping you up, write it down on a post-it and stick it somewhere you’ll see it in the AM. then forget about it and fall asleep, already.
the walk to my psychologist’s office from the friendship heights metro is long. friendship heights is right on the border with chevy chase, maryland, creating a pocket of suburbia within the district. it’s about the only area of DC where i can say with confidence that i feel 100% safe walking alone after dark, as a SWF.
"Please don’t say I work hard. Nobody is forced to do this job and if they don’t like it, they should do another one. If it’s too much, do something else. But don’t start doing it and then say, ‘Aaaah, it’s too much’ … Then, suddenly, they become artists. They are too weak. Too fragile. Non. We have to be tough. We cannot talk about our suffering. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta.”
the cat eye, an the iconic eye make up look, became fashionable arguably thousands of years ago.
the traditional cat eye is a somewhat obvious (if not exaggerated), upturned liquid-liner swoosh past the natural length of one’s eye lashes. i find the effect doll-like in an endearing way.
the cat eye has proved versatile enough to be an effective costume component:
[angelina jolie and lady gaga]
ostensibly, this kind of drama is rarely appropriate in real life. the subtle cat eye more closely resembles a thick eyelash, calling for charcoal and/or pencil (not necessarily liquid) liner. the subtle cat eye still enlarges/”opens up” eyes, while also creating the illusion of more voluminous lashes without falsies.
[candace swanpoel and nicole richie]
the cat eye takes a lot of practice to perfect - techniques vary by eye shape. a good tip from dita von teese: stretching your eye lid while applying liner will ultimately distort the line, so don’t do it.
when i see and/or read about this girl in the press, i usually want to remind her that she’s a famous actress and should thus wipe that scowl off her face. however, thursday’s photos of her gracing the sidewalk outside grauman’s chinese theatre with her hand- and footprints gave me a touch more respect for the girl. she changed out of black velvet pumps into vans (!!!) halfway through the ceremony, causing much ado in the fashion world.
i’ve been guilty of the same faux pas more times than i can count: what sensible girl doesn’t keep a pair of flats in her bag when she knows her feet are gonna quit as soon as the picture-taking is done? kudos to kristen for having the balls to give up on her heels while the cameras were still flashing. i actually love the tomboyish/high-fashion-meets-low-brow look she’s pulling off. also a good call lining and cropping that sheer marios schwab frock (runway spring 2012, according to the cut). though i’m sure that was her stylist’s call.
the first photo in this series was the result of accidentally hitting the shutter button on my iphone while lying in bed. when i saw the beautiful result, i began applying filters. voila, more wallpaper than a girl could hope for.
I fell in love with this adorably oversized winter hat, which happened to be the possession of my friend’s boyfriend. you can’t see them well in this photo, but there are strings will fuzzy balls attached to the ears. i looked like a forgotten dr. suess character.
scarf: free people / sweater: forever21 / dress: urban outfitters / hat: personal property