october crush list!


october 2014
1. ear cuffs When I was in middle school I begged {and begged, and begged, and begged} my mom to let me get my cartilage pierced; but, alas, it never happened. Nevertheless, I still love the look; so I'm super excited to see that ear and cartilage cuffs have returned. Even better? A lot of them are clips {i.e. no actual piercing required}. My favorite pieces are BaubleBar's Gemini Ear Cuff in Rose Gold {also available in Gold, which I am coveting}, Dipper Ear Cuff Set, and Freeway Ear Cuff Set. The juxtaposition between elegant and edgy is just perf!

2. mab mini I fall in love with a new Rebecca Minkoff style at least every season; this time around it's the MAB Mini Tote, which completely has the makings of an It Bag. The Black is a fave of mine because it works with most of my wardrobe; the True Turq would look amazing with denim; and the Black Cherry is just ridiculously sophisticated. Such a chic aesthetic, yes?

3. utility jackets Moto and bomber jackets have always been the outerwear style that I gravitate towards; but lately I've been swooning over utility jackets. Their versatility is incredible; working with the grungiest of denim, or dainty dresses. It also doesn't hurt that they have that military vibe I've been digging lately. My current top pick is Forever 21's Hooded Utility Jacket in Navy and Olive. The length is perfect; the color choices were made for fall; and the price is just right.

4. smoking slippers Ballet flats will forever hold a place in my shoe collection; but smoking slippers have become my new favorite flats. The masculine aesthetic looks incredible with feminine or edgy ensembles {think breezy button-down blouses or leather skinnies}; while being completely comfortable for 24/7 wear. I'm currently adoring the Sole Society MIIA Printed Smoking Slipper in Brown Black and Camo.

5. manis on the move I alwaysalwaysalways say this, but I will say it again...Ciaté never fails to make the cutest polish collections; and their latest releases, the Big Beauty Bus Collection, and theNail Taxi Collection are no different. I'm seriously coveting both. Like now.

What's on your October Crush List?



{beauty board} the complete cat eye


The DSQUARED2 runway makeup look you see below {worn gorgeously by Cara Delevingne} has been a favorite of mine for years; but it also perfectly illustrates how to best wear that coveted cat eye. With just a hint of concealer; a nude lip; sheer rosy cheeks; and not one, but two liners {a pencil followed by a gel} to score that fierce feline flick. Here are 5 of my faves for nailing the look:

complete cat eye

{1} Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black {$24.00}

{2} RIMMEL LONDON Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer {$5.99}

{3} NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Rose Garden {$5.99}

{4} butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black {$18.00}

{5} Charlotte Tilbury 'K.I.S.S.I.N.G' Lipstick in Nude Kate {$32.00}



NOTD: nails inc. Leather Effect Nail Polish in Clerkenwell


Two coats of nails inc. Leather Effect Nail Polish in Clerkenwell. Eggshell / Off-White Texture.

I have had this polish since around the time I reviewed the nails inc. Leather Effect in Noho {read: too long}; and yes...am only just getting around to reviewing it.

I lovelovelove this color because it has the neutrality of a nude; yet it's striking the way whites tend to be. The formula, however, I'm not in love with.

Texture polishes such as OPI's Liquid Sand line are usually very long-lasting; but the Leather Effect, while being beautiful to look at, definitely lacks that trait. In fact, it wears the same way that a standard creme would; the difference being that, with a creme shade you would wear top coat - with an effects polish you don't. Additionally, the dry time is a bit longer than your average texture polish, so it has a tendency to get messed up very easily.

Yes, it's pretty for short-term wear; but the formula itself can be frustrating to deal with. Not sure if I would recommend this one for anything other than the color.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


Beachy Bright Nails Hit The Runway




OPI partnered with Jeremy Scott to create a unique nail look for the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 runway show at Milk Studios on Wednesday, September 10. Lead nail artist Miss Pop worked with the designer’s beachy hippie inspiration to create colorful patterned nails that accented the collection’s vibrant prints.

That’s Hot! Pink, Life Gave Me Lemons, Can’t Find My Czechbook, Juice Bar Hopping, and A Grape Fit! were applied to models’ nails randomly using a dry brush technique. Miss Pop used the technique of individual brush strokes with little lacquer applied one after the other until the nail was filled to achieve a look of playing with paint on the nail.

Every model’s hand featured a different set of designs, mixing multicolor nails and individual bright hues partially or fully painted on with the airbrush-like technique, while some nails were left in the new nude – Matte Top Coat.

New to the runways, the playful nail art was carried through to the male models. Several of the male models also featured one of more of the bright, paint-inspired nails. “The next step for polish is getting it on men, including nail art,” says Miss Pop, lead nail artist for OPI at Fashion Week. “I am happy Jeremy Scott is taking this first step. There are no rules with this look. The colors are the palette and the nails the canvas.”

Nails were prepped with one coat of Base Coat and finished with Matte Top Coat.



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