This is a bit late, but I figured posting something is better than nothing (*cough* KIMMI *cough*). I had wanted to take more detailed photos during the day with better lighting, but at this rate, the post would never go up if I waited any longer.
My chica Aja works as a correspondent for Maxim and brought me as her +1 for the annual Maxim Hot 100 party. I have a good number of party outfits just waiting for a special occasion, so I was excited to break out my never-worn Peter Pilotto for Target dress! I absolutely adore Peter Pilotto’s beautiful prints, vibrant colors, and sculptural silhouettes. The dress paired perfectly with my neon Brian Atwood Maniacs, which were a birthday gift from Kimmi.
Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target
Shoes: Brian Atwood
Necklace: Marni for H&M
My sister, Amanda, may be one of the biggest beauty product addicts I know. And when it comes to lipstick, she is definitely the worst addict I know. She can rock anything from a classic red to an experimental purple-y black lip color. I, on the other hand, had a “collection” of pretty much just lip balm. So this past Christmas, Amanda decided she wasn’t having any more of this solely lip balm stuff and gave me my first fancy lipstick: Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo. And thus began my own little lipstick addiction.
Guerlain Rouge G:
As you can see, I loved the Guerlain lipstick Amanda gave me enough to get another. They’re obscenely expensive b/c they’re full of crushed rubies or whatnot but they are actually worth the money. I have not encountered something as long lasting and moisturizing at the same time. Plus, the colors have great, rich pigmentation. And the case is like a fancy little luxe space ship.
YSL Glossy Stain:
Glosses suck. They don’t last, they slip everywhere, they have wimpy color. Glossy Stain is like an anti-gloss. The color has great lasting power, stays put thanks to the tacky (but not uncomfortably sticky) texture, and the colors are beautiful and saturated. It’s not super shiny but it has a sheen that eventually wears off after I eat. But the gloss stains my lips with the color, which stays even after I eat. And unlike a conventional lip stain, it’s not drying. Anti-gloss anti-stain Glossy Stain.
Dior Addict Lipstick:
This is the lipstick I carry with me in my bag all the time. Specifically, I’m never without Dior Addict in Dior Kiss. It’s appealing to me in the way lip balm is but it’s better. Really moisturizing, absorbs quickly, and feels great on. The color is a bit sheer but definitely still there so you can slop it on without a mirror and still look nice.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar:
I guess they’ve changed the packaging since I’ve purchased mine but I’m assuming the formulation is still the same. Anyway, this stuff is a little more high maintenance b/c I have to apply it carefully w/ a lip brush but it’s perfect for a crazy-over saturated-with-color lip. And even though it takes more care to put on, once it’s on it stays. It’s a touch drying, but only just a touch. Nothing that my trusty old lip balms can’t solve :P
I may be on shopping ban, but there is a loophole. Here is my short list of Holy Grail shoes for which I am allowed to break shopping ban (as long as they are on sale). I’ve been lusting over all of these shoes for years now.
Your basic, sky-high platform pump. Black and peachy nude please.
Brian Atwood New Maniac
Maniacs are hands down the most comfortable pumps I own. They are perfectly proportioned and I can dance the night away in them. I absolutely love the asymmetrical, low cut of the New Maniac. Would love to have a pair in black suede, although the pink is adorable too.
Manolo Blahnik BB
I need (using the word ‘need’ loosely) black pointy pumps, and Manolo makes some of the most comfortable shoes out there. I need some height, so I like the 105 mm (4 inch) heel best. Basic black patent leather to start with, although maybe someday I can own a rainbow of BBs.
Christian Louboutin Declic
Last but certainly not least…the Holy Grail of Holy Grails…the pink glitter heels. Many, many years ago I almost purchased a pair of pink sequined Manolos, but my first true love was always the Louboutin pink glitter Declic. If I ever find these for resale in my size…they are mine.
Air Jordan 4 rebuilt in premium leather as part of the Hender Scheme “Hommage” collection
Halfway through my year-long sneaker ban, but here are some kicks on my list…
Air Jordan Retro Taxi 12
Actually saw these at Kicks Sole Provider in Santa Monica, but they didn’t have my size :(
Source: Nitrolicious (Instagram: @nitro_licious) - love her shoe collection & how she isn’t afraid to wear her kicks.
Air Jordan 3 Wolf Grey
Hoping to get these this fall!
Nike Roshe Run
I just really want a pair of Roshes. Maybe two, one for running and one for casual wear.
Black/Siren Red: I like any all black + splash of color combo. I might like these too much to wear to the gym though…
Source: Sole Collector
Hyperfuse Laser Crimson: I’ll admit, I probably like the monochromatic look because of Red Octobers hype, eek. But I saw these at Fred Segal in Santa Monica and was feeling em.
Source: Doctor Soles
Nike Roshe Run Palm Trees: I wish these would come to the U.S.!
Source: Sneaker News
Chuck Taylor Platform Plus
Haven’t decided if these are fugly or not. Maybe the right amount of fugly…or nah…
Adidas Superstar 2.0
My pink Superstars were a fave when I was in middle school. Kinda want a pair for nostalgia’s sake, and I think they look pretty clean with shorts.
Source: Madame Couture
Technically, I am on a makeup ban right now too :( but a girl can dream. Current products I’ve been lusting over:
Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Rieuse and Wonderland
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Sweet Lilac
And finally, some lippies I’ve had on my wishlist for a while now…
Illamasqua Lipstick in Kontrol and Apocalips
Well, trying to. My friend Aja and I tried to check out the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress exhibit next to LACMA, but it was inexplicably closed for the day. Couldn’t let the outfit go to waste though, so here is my first (sad) attempt to not be completely awkward posing for blog photos…
Dress: Diane von Furstenberg
Necklace: Marni for H&M
Purse: vintage (from my grandma)
I am currently on shopping ban because I am trying to save up for a gigantic back tattoo (and also because I have way too many shoes). BUT that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream…
Jump from Paper purses
I am so, so, so obsessed with this brand. I absolutely love the cartoon-to-real-life concept of these bags, and I definitely plan on getting the “First Date” once I get a few tutoring hours under my belt.
Perfume bottle iPhone case
I am a sucker for crazy iPhone cases. I own a 3D Hello Kitty, a 3D Stitch (from Lilo and Stitch), more than one Rabito, and a furry Rilakkuma-esque teddy bear case. It is ridiculous, and yet I still want this clear perfume bottle case SO badly…I mean, it shows off the gold iPhone!!
Mikimoto x Hello Kitty
Pearls are my luxury jewelry of choice, as I have pledged against purchasing and wearing conflict diamonds. If I ever get married, I would request a pearl engagement ring, as there is something so beautiful about the process by which nature forms a pearl. So when it comes to pearls, Mikimoto is THE ultimate. They are perfection. A collaboration between Mikimoto and Hello Kitty is just too much for me…
The sun is out (at least in California), and it is prime time for some spring cleaning. Conveniently, we have recently discovered a pretty cool way to recycle your closet…and yet another website to check for online shopping sales >_<
Designer discount and consignment websites are all the rage right now, and they are a great way to get your hands on some great pieces even when you are a broke graduate student (me). Kimmi and I are addicted to the Real Real and Vaunte, both of which sell lightly used designer items and dead stock. Similarly, Fashion Project consigns designer and name brand clothing, but rather than giving you cash in return, they donate on your behalf to a nonprofit of your choice (& give you a $40 Nordstrom gift card as further incentive).
We seriously love this idea. Especially because two of their partners are our favorite nonprofit organizations: UNICEF and Global Giving (which supports fundraising for CHEDRA, a local Ugandan nonprofit started by my dear friend Moses).
Whether you have some things you’ve been meaning to donate or just love a good deal, we recommend checking out the Fashion Project website. The prices are actually very good (right now, there are shoes from Lanvin, YSL, Louboutin, Miu Miu, Manolo… all on sale for less than $150), and it’s really nice to know that your purchase is going to help someone in need.
Here are just a few cool finds from Fashion Project…but don’t worry Kimmi, I know I am still on shopping ban :(
PS. I really wish my feet were a size 10 or 11 sometimes…they always have shoes on sale!
And here’s a glimpse of my shoe collection. There are highs and lows (heels, that is), but they reflect my love of cool little details on a neutral palette.
(LD Tuttle, Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Golden Goose, Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Church’s on him)
(Salvatore Ferragamo on him, Christian Louboutin, Dries van Noten, Christian Louboutin, & Maison Martin Margiela)
(Unif, Roger Vivier, Chanel, & Alexander McQueen)