Friday, October 31, 2014

The Nightmare Before Christmas

As promised, here are our full costumes: Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I must have seen this movie a hundred times; it was always one of Tessa's absolute favorites and subsequently, one of mine. I usually like to DIY my costume from pieces I already have in my closet - or make them from scratch - but this year, I thought I would put the emphasis on my makeup. When I found this t-shirt dress at Tokyo Disneyland, I knew it was meant to be. We ended up finding the mask at Don Quijote (also in Tokyo). I originally intended to do full body paint, which was one of my worst ideas in the world. At the last minute, I decided to forgo the body paint and wear stockings on my arms and legs. The face makeup is a mix of Ben Nye Clown White and MAC Chromacake in Marine Blue, with mixing medium and a tiny bit of foundation to give it a grayish cast. I went in with Sugarpill shadows to create some depth and highlights, glued on some fake lashes, and topped it off with a wig. Now, we're off to a Halloween party!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Jack and Sally.

p.s. full costume photos, soon!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Looking for more last minute Halloween ideas? Good, because it's time for another Halloween makeup tutorial! Click the photo to see my step by step Hedwig and the Angry Inch makeup tutorial, exclusively on Westfield Style. 
P.S. Go see Michael C. Hall in the Broadway revival, if you're in NYC!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Makeup Monday: Pop Art Makeup Tutorial

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With Halloween quickly approaching, a lot of us are scrambling to put together a last minute costume. I'm a big fan of DIY costumes, whether they're self-made, put together with items from your closet, or in this case, heavily reliant on makeup. I've already decided on my final costume - which you'll see on Halloween! - but I had a lot of fun experimenting with different makeup looks, to celebrate the occasion. This one is reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein's work, which was inspired by comic book art (hence the red dots, to recreate the print patterns). Want to recreate this pop art makeup look? Follow my step by step tutorial!

1) Prep your face with primer and foundation. 
2) Apply bright shadow to your lids. I used Sugarpill's "Afterparty"

3) Use liquid liner to draw a thick, graphic cat eye. Refer to my tutorial, if you need some pointers! 

4) Outline the shadow with a thick line, above or at the crease. 

5) I switched to a felt tip liquid liner to outline some of my features. I mainly stuck to the left side of my face, outlining my jaw, nose, cheekbone, etc. 

6) Color in your brows with black liquid liner. I made mine a little furrowed, to emphasize the comic-book aspect of it.
7) Use the back of a small brush and red cream blush or shadow, to dot your face. I did it in diagonals, to keep a sort of order. I used a Ben Nye cream, with a light hand, but this face and body product (or a MAC chromacake) would work really well. I imagine a red liner would also do, in a pinch! 

8) Apply red lipstick and blot excess. I used NARS Jungle Red.
9) Line with black liner. For this, I used regular black eyeliner.
10) Use a white cream shadow to create artificial highlights.

That's it! Add a bright wig or a thought bubble (or both!) and you're done!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Link Roundup

(photo from my instagram)

- I hope you're following Barbie's instagram.

- A look back at my past Halloween costumes.

- I'll be living in this shirtdress.

- If guys made haul videos. Hilarious. (thanks for sending, Helena!)

- Golden Girls nail decals. They also have Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, 90s, and so many more!

- Death From Above 1979 released a new record, after a decade. Let's dance!

- The most incredible makeup transformations.

- Diane Von Furstenberg, on Oscar de la Renta. May he rest in peace.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Insta Outfits

1) Warehouse Fluffy Teddy Coat, Dusen Dusen sweater from Emerging Thoughts (old), Urban Outfitters skirt (similar), vintage Coach backpack (modern version

2) Penelope Chilvers needlepoint flats, Eileen Fisher boyfriend jeans. 3) Sweatshirt from Tokyo (bought on Takeshita-Dori), Greylin skirt (old), Keiko x Bonlook sunglasses, ModCloth "Lovely and Lush" cat purse.

4) Vintage shirt, skirt, and bag. UGG oxfords, Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses.

5) Long sweater from Laforet in Tokyo, old J. Crew sweater, vintage cutoffs, UGG "Charlotte" ankle boots. 6) Clashist Lena Dunham Birthday Suit tee, Topshop beanie.

7) AG Jeans bomber and jeans, Léon shirt, vintage Coach "City" bag (available herein their Coach Classics collection).

8) Zara checked scarf, Armani Exchange Cocoon coat. 9) Comptoir Des Cotonniers trench and shirt, Eileen Fisher boyfriend jeans, Penelope Chilvers needlepoint flats, vintage Coach backpack.

10) Minna Parikka shoes.

11) Keiko x Bonlook sunglasses, Topshop plaid double breasted coat, ASOS oversized smock t-shirt (majorly on sale), old Zara shorts, Modern Vice spectator oxfords (one pair on sale in size 6.5), vintage Coach backpack.

12) Warehouse Fluffy Teddy Coat, old Anthropologie sweater, Hudson "Florence" shortalls.

13) Zara cropped turtleneck (old, but this one is similar), vintage skirt, Keiko x Bonlook sunglasses.

Not all of the outfits I post on my instagram end up making it to the blog; it's a lot easier to carry around a phone than a giant camera, after all! Here are some recent looks, complete with all of their details.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tokyo Diaries: Part Three

I stopped in Sanrio while passing through Harajuku, and bought these amazing unicorn slippers.

We had chicken nanban and oyakodon for lunch at Hashidaya in Shibuya. Coincidentally, we later ended up going to their Nakameguro location for Shabu-Shabu, with Eri and Rui. Totally different but equally delicious meals!

Mercer Brunch in Roppongi. Everything comes with a side of the most delicious french toast - even my veggie filled salad! One thing I learned is that Tokyo makes the BEST french toast. Who knew?

Shibuya crossing...I had a mild panic attack, after spending a little time in this area. I know that sounds so silly, being that I live in NYC, but I live in Brooklyn for that very reason. I also avoid Times Square for the same reason...I get a bad case of anxiety. But this was more about the fact that I was feeling claustrophobic and wearing an oppressive sweater during a heat wave. It was cold, when I left our hotel! I ended up buying the dress (above) and changing, because I felt like I was dying a slow, sweatery death.

But on our way out, we ran across a Where's Waldo? flash mob, so that was the best thing, ever. We later ran into them in Harajuku, and they all yelled, "Keiko-san!" Good memories, those Waldos.

The Hello Kitty is for my niece, but the onesie is all mine. If I could live in them, I would!

Outfit Details:
Zara striped knit dress
Vivetta hands collar
Seychelles flats (old)
ModCloth "Lovely and Lush" cat bag

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gemvara Color Muse

Over the summer, I had the absolute pleasure of collaborating with Gemvara on their Color Muse series. I spent the day showing them around my apartment, neighborhood, and studio. And of course, trying on and falling in love with beautiful jewelry by Gemvara, a bespoke fine jewelry company that's located and produced right here in New York! All of their jewelry is designed on their website with their customization tool, made to order and shipped directly to the customer in under two weeks. They have no pre-existing inventory, so everything is absolutely one of a kind; there are countless styles, 20 gemstones, and 9 precious metals to choose from. It’s so special to have a unique piece of jewelry that was not only completely customized to my liking, but also made right near my home. I'm always mixing metals and stacking rings, so I designed myself this triple ring with both gold and silver, and black onyx. I'll be sharing more from our shoot, soon, but in the meantime - check out my color story to get a peek into my world and see what inspires me!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tokyo Diaries: Part Two, Tokyo Disneyland

Wearing: Disney bow and sunglasses, vintage blouse, American Apparel skirt, Seychelles flats (old), ModCloth "Lovely and Lush" cat bag.

If you had any doubt that I would visit Disneyland in Tokyo, please allow me to put that to rest. I'm not the type of girl who wants to get married in the castle and make my bridesmaids dress as Disney princesses - though I will totally come to your wedding and dress as Snow White at your request - but I do love a day at Disney, and luckily, so does Bobby. Many of you have even asked me if I live in Disney World, and the answer is yes/duh/obviously. I live in Minnie Mouse's house (look how I'm right at home in her humble abode), which is quite a problem at Magic Kingdom, since they got rid of her house and the rest of Toon Town. Luckily, it's still intact and lovely as ever in Tokyo, and freshly decorated for Halloween. If the whole famous mouse character/fashion plate thing doesn't work out for Minnie, she certainly has a future in interior decorating. Oh, Minnie, is there anything you can't do?

The best part of visiting Tokyo Disneyland was the Haunted Mansion, which was decked out to the theme of The Nightmare Before Christmas for the holiday season, and a close second was the myriad popcorn flavors and equally varied and adorable containers. I spent half the day hunting down the red bow to match my outfit, because I'm a logical adult who makes important and adult-like decisions. Actually, I take everything back: the best part of Tokyo Disney is that everyone gets dressed up in a theme for the occasion, and many of them go all out. As you can tell by my not-so-understated ensemble, I totally appreciate that commitment. Tokyo Disneyland, you just get me!