Monday, September 29, 2014

Invisalign Treatment Update

It’s time for another Invisalign® clear aligners treatment update! I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. For those of you who missed my last posts (read those posts here), I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment in exchange for sharing my experience, once a month.

 This was my first checkup since getting the attachments (click the photos for full size, so you can get a better idea of what those look like), and I am happy to report that Dr. Zhu says I’m right on track! It might not look like much, yet - my front teeth are still pretty crooked (though less so) - but the biggest difference is how it feels. My bite is more comfortable and my back teeth have been pulled outward, creating more space for my tongue to comfortably sit without me biting the edges. I forgot what it’s like to not have a tongue that’s constantly numb on the sides! Dr. Zhu explained that my upcoming aligners are going to start shifting the front teeth more noticeably, so I’m looking forward to seeing even more progress.

Fortunately, that’s really all I have to report, this time; I was in and out of the orthodontist’s office in less than twenty minutes. Just a quick check up and chat with Dr. Zhu to make sure the treatment was going well, my new sets of Invisalign clear aligners, and I was on my way. Here’s hoping that the rest of the treatment is just as easy!

p.s. If you are interested in Invisalign® treatment, you can request more info, here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Boots

Outfit Details:

BDG polka dot shirt
Forever 21 suspender skirt (last seen here)
vintage Coach bag
Karen Walker “anytime” sunglasses
Ariat "Gold Coast" boots (c/o Ariat)
Goorin Bros hat

Fall is officially here, but the last weeks of Summer were a nice little preview. While I’ve grown to love Summer, I was happy to unpack my tights, sweaters, and ever-growing collection of boots. Fall is my favorite time for dressing; I’m happiest in layers. I recently got these bordeaux Ariat boots with the perfect heel height and width - something I often struggle with - and took them out for the first time. I’m always careful to bring extra shoes when I’m breaking in the new ones, but these were comfortable from the get-go and I wore them all day. I also went out and bought a lip color to match the boots, because I get way more excited about vampy lips than pumpkin spiced lattés. Pumpkin pie and hot apple cider, on the other hand…give it all to me. What makes you excited for Fall?

p.s. I'm currently in Tokyo - follow my travels on instagram!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blue Eyes Makeup Tutorial with Canon PIXMA

Despite my life practically being centered around technology and brightly lit screens, I have an undying love for tangible pages, whether in a book, a magazine, or on an inspiration board. Pinterest is a great source for gathering inspiration, but there’s nothing like having it all displayed right in front of me, literally pinned up on the wall. I’ve always loved seeing mood boards at shoots and showrooms, and began borrowing that practice for my Makeup Mondays. Now that Helena and I have a shared studio, we have our computer set up with our Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer (which was generously given to us), which she uses to print her fashion inspiration, and I generally dedicate to beauty. I use it with both my laptop and my phone, with the PIXMA Cloud App, to wirelessly print from my social media platforms and inspiration folders. While I think my next project will be making a gallery wall of Miku’s photos, this time, I made a mood board for today’s tutorial!

I originally set out to create a 60s Mod mood board, with images of Twiggy and Peggy Moffatt dominating my inspiration folders. But after my recent change of hair color, I found myself drawn to shades of blue and turquoise, and decided to create a tutorial for a look inspired by these images:

Want to recreate this look? Follow the steps, below!

1. Start with freshly primed eyes.

2. Apply bright blue liner all over your lids and lower lash line. This will make your shadow really pop!

3. Wet your shadow brush. I like to spritz it with Fix+, but plain water will do.

4. Using your dampened brush, apply bright turquoise shadow everywhere the liner is.

5. Pack bright blue shadow in the crease.

6. Using a dry brush, sweep green shadow above the crease.

7. Blend the three colors into a seamless transition, concentrating on diffusing the edges.

8. Pack black shadow into the outer edges of your upper lid.

9. Blend, blend, blend.

10. Line your lower lash line with navy pencil.

11. Line your upper lash line with navy liquid liner.

12. Add mascara, and you’re done!

Thank you, Canon PIXMA, for partnering with me on today’s makeup tutorial! To learn more about the Canon PIXMA MG7120 and the PIXMA Cloud App visit Canon on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. - here are some suggested products:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Makeup Monday: Two Toned Lips and Tips

Kat Von D "Adora" metallic red lipstick on top, Lullabye glittery magenta lipstick on the bottom. Rings: Mejuri guardian eye ring, Catbird ampersand, arrow from local boutique, last one from Artists + Fleas.

I got a gel manicure for my Tokyo trip, and just for fun, decided to match my lips to them. Red and pink is one of my favorite color combinations. To those who wonder how well this wears: I'll admit that it can be a pain in the butt to keep the colors separate. If you press your lips together, they'll inevitably blend a little, creating more of an ombré effect than a stark contrast - but both are pretty!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Have a great weekend!

Photo of me and Kimbly, taken from my instagram.

This past week was great for so many reasons, but the main one would have to be that I got to spend some quality time with my best friend. She lives on the opposite side of the country, which makes our hang time all too limited. But luckily, since I'll be seeing her in November, we didn't have to have the sad goodbye. Plus, tomorrow morning, Bobby and I will be on our way to Tokyo! I can't believe it's really happening. I'm so excited! I'll still be posting regularly, but in the meantime, here are some links I've been clicking on:

- Central Perk is open until October 18th, so any Friends fanatics (ahem, Christine) out there need to get over to Lafayette and Broome St, before it closes.

- Stila brought out the brights for Trina Turk.

- I treated myself to these bow shoes (predictable) and this cat bag (even more predictable). FYI, the shoes seem to run a tad large; I think I have to exchange for a smaller size. P.S. This ice cream bag has Kimbly written all over it.

- I know I'm late to the game, but Kim introduced me to Stay Home Club and now I want everything.

- We recently had dinner at Cherry and now, I can't stop craving their sushi. I highly recommend it!

- I watch this gif whenever I need a laugh.

- If celebrities were cocktails, with Bobby! I'm with Swifty. Gingerale, straight up.

- This rad lady photographs shelter dogs in her handmade, fresh flower crowns to help get them adopted. Check out her #rosesandrescues hashtag to see some of the pups.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Transitions

Outfit details:
Imogene + Willie hat
Eileen Fisher maxi cardigan (c/o)
old J.Crew striped shirt
thrifted skirt (similar style, also lots of options on Etsy)
Flogg platform sandals (on sale 60% off, also available in taupe)
ASOS quilted cat cross body bag
Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses

I took these photos right before Flores colored my hair, and even though it was merely a halfway point to its current state of blue/green, I really enjoyed having the lighter color. Ever since I stopped coloring my hair all the colors of the Manic Panic rainbow (which was over ten years ago), I've gone as dark as possible. I've tried every color under the sun - except blonde - but I feel most like myself when my hair is either black or a very dark brown. I'm having fun with the blue, but when I'm over it, I might try going back to this lighter shade. We'll see. 

I've been wearing this skirt a lot, lately; it's the perfect transitional piece. I recently found it at a Florida thrift store, and since this type of skirt was popular in the 90s, I highly recommend checking your local thrift stores, Etsy, and Ebay for similar ones. You're sure to find something! I almost didn't buy this one, which seems crazy when you consider the fact that it literally cost me $2 and I've already worn it four or five times.  I just didn't feel like trying it on, and wasn't sure it would fit. Have I ever mentioned that I hate trying things on? Either way, I just outed myself as the laziest shopper in all of existence. The end.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Birthday Girl

Outfit Details:
Anthropologie "Inez Swing Dress
Seychelles "Ampersand" bow heels 
H+M heart bag
Spongebob bandaid, naturally
(special thanks to Amy K for my Happy Birthday banner, Amanda for my unicorns, and Bobby and Kim for the cupcakes and balloons!)

Yesterday was my birthday! Kimbly is visiting from LA, so I spent the day with her and Bobby. We ate cupcakes, drank slurpees, and went bowling. The previous day, I had a joint birthday celebration with my good friend Eliot. Every year, we say we're going to have a party - and every year, we fail at planning it and end up doing nothing. But this year, we managed to pull it together at the very last minute, and had a casual bbq on Helena's and my studio rooftop. All of our friends came out, and it was the best. There's nothing better than being surrounded by your favorite people. Thank you to all of you who have been sending the happy birthday wishes!

p.s. Happy birthday to my Grandma and Grandpa. I love you, both!

Friday, September 12, 2014

#9WNYFW: Backstage at NYFW

Backstage with Stila for Alice + Olivia.

Outfit Details:

H+M top
Trina Turk "Ferne" skirt
GRAFEA camera bag
Ted Baker bow bag
Nine West Noriko boots - c/o Nine West

During NYFW, I’m usually backstage as often as I’m attending the shows, covering the beauty behind the scenes. While sitting at a show and watching the runway is a lot more relaxing and less hectic, I actually enjoy backstage, quite a bit. Seeing the work that goes into each model’s look is incredibly inspiring; I learn so much, just by watching the artists in action. But since being backstage requires being on my feet for hours at a time, I usually choose my outfits with comfort and mobility in mind. I lose the heels and go for flats - or in this case, my Nine West boots - that can help me tiptoe around the artists and models without getting in anyone’s way. I also swapped out my usual backpack - the more comfortable alternative to my cumbersome camera bag - for a smaller, more stylish camera bag that takes up a lot less space. I know that NYFW is a time for people to dress their best, but I have to find a balance between the two worlds of being a seated attendee and working behind the scenes. I'm more concerned about taking photographs than being in them, but still don't want to look like I rolled out of bed. The compromise? I dress like my usual self. I would wear this mod mini and my over-the-knee Noriko boots from Nine West any day of the week, but I especially appreciated them during this one.

p.s. This post was made in collaboration with Nine West.