Friday, January 31, 2014

Winter Wear: Vintage Coats

Outfit Details:
vintage coat
ASOS floral smock dress (majorly on sale)
vintage bow
American Apparel beanie
Folli Follie bag
Bonlook Fancypants glasses
Melt Cosmetics "Stupid Love" lipstick

I've been collecting and wearing vintage most of my life, and I often end up making minor alterations. It's something that a lot of vintage purists are against - admittedly, I can understand it - but for me, it's all about enjoying them. I've never treated my antique furniture or vintage clothing as museum objects. I live in them and give them new life. I bought this coat last year, and given the shape, the length was a little overwhelming on me. I brought up the hem quite a bit, and now it's one of my most well-loved and frequently worn coats. And isn't that better than just letting it hang in the closet?

p.s. These photos were taken at the farmhouse we rented through Airbnb, so unfortunately I don't know where the prints are from!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter Uniform.

Outfit Details:
J.Crew Majesty Peacoat (from Westfield - check out my most recent posts!)
Ariat jeans
Seychelles "Theory" boots
Coach duffle
Zara scarf (old)
Quill + Tine tartan leather touchscreen gloves

My trip has already come to an end; it flew by and I'm not ready for it to be over. Back to reality, and my winter uniform. See you on the East Coast.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Road Trip!

As much as I hoped that 2014 was going to be the best year yet (and it still could be!), it got off to a pretty rocky start. I needed to take a few days to pull myself up and out of a rut, and sometimes the best way to do that is to hop in a car and go on a road trip with your best friend. Actually, I hopped on a plane and then in a car, but you get what I mean. Our destination? A kitschy dreamland I've always wanted to visit, Madonna Inn. We're here for a couple of days, and then I'm back to New York and Kim's back to LA. Though short and sweet, I can already tell you that this is just what both of us needed...a few days in a glittery, pink paradise. The only thing that could make it better is if Miku was with us. I'll be back with a regular post tomorrow, but in the meantime please make sure to follow our adventure on instagram. You can also follow Kim for even more pics along the way. We're off to eat pink champagne cake! See you soon.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Upon The Rooftops

Outfit Details:
Corey "Jenna" faux fur coat (I got it at a sample sale, but it's currently on sale on Gilt and Amazon)
Loose Fit Rococo Dress from Emerging Thoughts
HUE socks
Lancaster x Betty bag (c/o)
Seychelles "Duty Calls" heels (also on sale in taupe and blue here)
Little Fille turban
Prada cateye sunglasses

Considering the endless layers I've been wearing for the past few days, it's hard to remember this day that I was able to comfortably remove my coat. And that was only last week. Winter, you fickle little devil.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Makeup Monday: Glittering Eyes

Products used:
Anastasia Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel mixed with Make Up For Ever Glitters in No 8, Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in "Perversion", Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara, NARS Blush in "Orgasm", Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in "True Pink"
(For my brow routine, please check out my full brow tutorial.)

Back when I first started getting acquainted with makeup, I usually purchased multi-purpose products to get more bang for my limited bucks. I bought sample sizes of pigments and glitters that could be used on the eyes, lips, cheeks or nails, depending on the mixing medium I used; it was a great way to experiment without having to fully commit. Right now, I'm crazy about my new Anastasia Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel, which can be used on the eye, lips, face, or body. I like mixing it with loose glitter or pigments for an intense effect, but it can also be used to seal your brows or liner that tends to smudge. Though I can't help loving glitter, I usually stay away from it because of fallout. But this didn't budge, so bring on the glittery makeup!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Paint a picture so bright

Outfit Details:
Trina Turk coat (from last year - see my "Candy Wrapper Coats" post on Westfield Style for more coat ideas)
Ted Baker Bow Top
handmade skirt
Tabbisocks sheer polka dot tights
Seychelles "Ready For Anything" Heart Pumps (c/o)
Quay "Kitti" cat-eye sunglasses
Lulu by Lulu Guinness bag
Sorrelli ring
MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick

Just when I talked about wearing neutrals, I found this bright set of photos that were somehow never posted. Quite the contrast, don't you think?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter Wear: Me and My Snow Bunny

Outfit Details: Topshop hat - from men's dept, old. (similar ones here and here)
Anthropologie Toggle Trapeze Coat (on sale!) 
Zara cropped turtleneck
Forever 21 plaid overall skirt
Ketzali scarf (c/o)
Lancaster Paris x Betty bag (c/o)
Alberto Fermani over the knee boots (old, but these are similar) 
vintage gloves
MAC Russian Red

I already posted a few photos of this winter outfit on Westfield Style and my instagram, so some of you may have already gotten a peek at my strangely neutral outfit. In fact, that's what I touched on in my last Westfield Style article: embracing neutrals. Most of my winter wardrobe consists of bright colors - especially red - but there is something very easy about grabbing this tan toggle coat and having it match just about everything. But that's enough about the outfit, because what I really want to talk about is Miku. Did you see my video of Miku making snow angels? I wish I caught every moment on video, because that was the least of it. She was deliriously happy: rolling down hills, digging in the snow, and generally having a wintery blast. It's hard to believe that this little gal ever lived in Florida. She's a snow bunny; she was born for this weather. As for me, I'm staying bundled up. But whether in the hot hot heat or freezing snow, as long as I have little Miku by my side, I'm happy as can be.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Makeup Monday: A Few Of My Favorite Skin Care Products

I get asked about my favorite skincare products all the time, and I'm always a little hesitant to make recommendations because 1) I'm not a skincare expert and 2) what works for me may not work for you. I also don't have a routine that can be pinned down - I switch things up as I see fit, experiment with new products all the time, and use a lot of home remedies (egg white mask, homemade exfoliants, etc). I have a pretty strong allegiance to Mario Badescu products because they work for my skin and have a pretty nice price point. I also happen to get my facials there regularly, so it gives me the opportunity to try samples and find new products to bring into rotation. Here, I highlighted a handful of my current favorites. You can see more of my favorite skincare products on my Westfield Style "New Year, New Skin" post, including a bargain buy that I've been using for years.

1) Mario Badescu Whitening Mask - being a pale girl, every little scar or blotchy spot is amplified. This helps even out my skin tone. It's not a miracle worker - so don't expect it to completely erase acne scars - but in conjunction with the Vitamin C serum, it makes a big difference for me.
2) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate - I love the way this feels; it's tingly and not too abrasive. I feel like I have new skin, after using this. Ask for a sample before committing, because it's by no means cheap. They also have the gentle version but this one is my favorite.
3) Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion - I use this after every cleanse, morning and night. This gets what the cleanser leaves behind. If I don't use a toner, I don't feel clean.
4) Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum - This, in conjunction with the whitening mask, keeps my skin tone even and glowing. I also get the Vitamin C mask treatment whenever I get my facials and I absolutely swear by it. If you find yourself at Mario Badescu, add it on to your facial!
5) Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes - I never go to bed with makeup on, ever. Even if I'm in the car on a road trip, I make sure to have some of these towelettes on hand. I don't use them daily, but they're great for travel.
6) Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads - when my skin feels a little rough (literally), I turn to these to help the texture get back to normal.
7) eos Sweet Mint Lip Balm - Since I wear a lot of matte lipsticks, I am a fanatic about keeping my lips soft and hydrated. I go back and forth between this and Burt's Bees (and good old Aquaphor). I also exfoliate regularly with a little bit of sugar and honey.

Admittedly, I have an arsenal of masks and treatments that I use that aren't on this list - anti-aging for days, my friends. If you saw everything I have in my cabinet, you would think I was crazy. But for the most part, I'm pretty happy with my skin - so I just go with what works for me. I say "for the most part" because I do feel like my skin needs a little something extra; NYC climate can be a little rough on my skin. One thing I've been wanting to try out is Biologique Recherche P50, which was recommended to me by Helena and has rave reviews. Have you tried it? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter Wear: Country Getaway

My Outfit Details:
gas station hat
Zara scarf
Anthropologie toggle coat
Madewell buffalo plaid shirt
Denim + Supply jeans
UGG Australia Adirondack Winter Boots (c/o)

Bobby's outfit:
Coach jacket
H+M jeans
UGG Australia Butte Winter Boots

Bobby, Miku, and I took a few days to unwind in the Catskills. Nothing makes me feel more refreshed than time in the country, and this was no exception. When we arrived at the house we rented, we had to sled down the very long driveway, since it was too steep and slippery to drive the whole way. No cell phone service, thirty minutes to the nearest store, and ninety-five acres of privacy. For someone who lives in a busy city, that's a dream come true. We spent our time exploring the property, watching Miku roll down hills of snow (she was in her glory), and sipping hot chocolate by the fire.  On the second day, I was kind of bummed to wake up to rain and melted snow - but as you can see from these pictures, the snow came back and it was beautiful. The next day was a winter wonderland of blankety snow, all over again. It was perfect.

This post is part of my collaboration with the UGG Australia Creative Council. #creativecouncil

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Keiko Lynn for Modus Man Giveaway!

The limited edition Keiko Lynn for Modus Man shirt I designed is finally here! We received the final sample just in time for our country getaway. I was able to coax Bobby into taking his coat off for a few quick photographs, but I'll have some more studio shots for you, soon. I'm really excited to see the final product come to life - it was a true marriage of ideas. Modus Man is all about unique shirts, with attention to little details (buttons, stitching, notches) and hidden surprises (like the contrast cuff and collar). After perusing many fabric samples, I decided on a navy blue and white pin dot cotton fabric, with a navy floral for the collar and cuffs (which have a unique v shape). I liked the idea of having a special something when the sleeves are cuffed - especially since Bobby pushes his sleeves up, a lot! I guess it's pretty obvious that I designed it with him in mind.

You can see more details and purchase the shirt here, and even have the chance to win on for yourself (or for someone special). You have three ways to enter, below. Good luck!

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My Tattoos (so far)

The folks at Best Ink asked me to share the stories behind my tattoos, and since I've gotten these two new ones since my last tattoo post, it seemed appropriate!

First, you can vaguely see my first tattoo. It says "she wakes up lonely" - only it looks more like "she wakes uplonely" because the spacing is really wonky. I got this the day I turned 18. My mom picked me up and said, "Let's get tattoos!" We both left with horrible, awful, no good, very bad ink. But the memory of that day is why I will never cover it. Sometimes it's more about the experience than anything else, although, I would never recommend getting a tattoo on a whim, at the age of 18.

The geisha is about seven or eight years old, at this point. I'm part Japanese, and though I have no relationship with my father, I always identified with that part of me. I barely look like anyone on my mom's side of the family - and my name makes me stand out, even more. I decided I wanted to get a geisha tattooed on my ribs, and sat with it for a couple of years before committing. I knew I didn't want anything super traditional, even though I have tremendous respect and admiration for Asian tattoos. I wanted a modern interpretation, and I asked André Greppi to design it, for me. It was tattooed by Brian Dewitt in Orlando, Florida. Tonight's Best Ink episode challenge is all about Asian artwork, so this geisha would fit right in. Not to mention, half of Bobby's tattoos!

Last year, I got my anchor tattoo, in honor of my great-grandpa. He was my absolute hero, and still is. I had some awful men in my life, as a child - but my grandfathers and great grandpa were always absolutely wonderful and were true father figures, to me. We always called my great grandpa "Papa" and marveled at his war stories and sailor tattoos, which were an anchor and a portrait of Betty Boop. My mom has Betty Boop, in his honor, and I have an anchor, which was free-handed by Legion Avegno at Fallen Sparrow in Kissimmee, Florida. It's strange, because as I was getting tattooed at my last session, I was telling Amanda about how I was excited to show my great grandma. She passed away as soon as I got home, and I didn't get the chance to show her. She loved my "Papa" tattoo, and I know she would've loved the new flowers. We're a tattoo loving family, and it's all because of Papa. Even my grandma has a tattoo! P.S. Legion does amazing portraits (he did the one of Bobby's dad, and of Vester) - so if you're in the market, check him out. My mom is planning on having Legion do a portrait of my great grandma, because there is no Papa without the love of his life, Moe.

My most recent addition is something I've been waiting on for a long, long time. With the exception of my first tattoo, each of them were planned way in advance. They are permanent, of course! This one took a little longer than usual, because I was dead set on having it done by Amanda Wachob, and wasn't willing to settle. There's no secret to getting on her waiting list, except to be patient. It was 100% worth the wait. I'm absolutely in love with my flowers, and she is so lovely and incredibly talented. People always want to know the deeper meaning of each tattoo, and though there are motives, this is what it really comes down to: I like tattoos, and I think of them as beautiful art that I can appreciate for the rest of my life. I'm not big on fine jewelry, or luxury handbags and shoes - I'd much rather accessorize with makeup and tattoos. To each, their own, right?

Thanks, Best Ink, for prompting me to share my stories! Make sure to tune in to tonight's episode to see the Asian Ink Challenge, and keep up with Best Ink Wednesdays 10/9c, only on Oxygen. In the meantime, I'd love to know: do you have any tattoos? Share your pictures and stories in the comments, below!