2.13.2010

Smitten Saturday

Red Ahead Nude lips are my affliction; perhaps because I embrace bold eyes. I love thick, luscious lashes rimmed in blackest black liquid kohl liner; thus, with such a statement being made with the peepers, you don’t want to overwhelm your audience by blinding them with a pouty red pucker. Perhaps now you can see my dilemma my loves.

I’ve always worshipped crimson kissers. The old-fashioned noir glamour such a look expels is simply mystifying and intriguing, with just the slightest hint of scandal behind the candy apple façade. Unfortunately, I’ve never had the chance to try out such a seductive style myself. I suppose I’m simply intimidated to attempt such a brazen look; frightened, you might say. But as of late, it has begun to call my name. I dream of slicking on mark’s Gleamstick Hook Up Lip Color in Passionate for a flaming, high-shine look. I am convinced that Nars’ bittersweet Fire Down Below has the ability to boost confidence with a single swipe. And there’s no denying that the satiny finish of Yves Saint Laurent’s Fard A Levres Rouge Pur in Opium Red is sure to lure the leading lady lurking within to step up to the forefront for a standing ovation. To displace bold eyes for red lips or not, that is the question. What’s your stand, kitty cats?

Seven Up Bubbly effervescence. Sweet bits that are creamy, frothy, and nectarous. Dolls, I am not discussing a new beverage available at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, mind you; I simply have Sarah Seven, my design crush du jour, on the tip of my tongue. Unlike many who strive to whip up fierce, rugged frocks with attitude, Sarah Seven prefers to sugarcoat her creations via saccharine titles, candy-coated colors, and honeyed fabrics. Fancy That is made syrupy with ruffles, rhinestones, and gauze; Powdered Sugar is sweetened with sparkly organza, silver beading, and layers of tulle; and A Peaceful Afternoon becomes luscious with cream-colored lace, ruffles, and silk. It’s a sugar rush for your wardrobe; and truly, there’s nothing sweeter than that!

Pride and Pendants Darlings Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will forever be one of my favorite books. I have read it countless times, and never tire of the independent Elizabeth Bennett or the oftentimes ornery Mr. Darcy. Another thing I never tire of? Pendants that are so representative of the era depicted in the Victorian tale.

This rose-colored I Lilac It Ring, what with its antique, burnished-gold frame, pink rhinestones, and Victorian portrait has made my heart skip a beat ever since I first spotted it weeks ago. In my mind’s eye I can easily imagine Elizabeth Bennett herself fawning over this Ornate Charmed Necklace. The elegance found in this demure Paint My Portrait Necklace in Gold has left me completely gaga. And this little Ladylike Locket Ring? Such a clever place for storing a treasured photograph. It’s true my loves; I’m fully convinced that even the sharp-tongued Elizabeth would be quite pleased with these pretty pendants. The question is…are you?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It and Sarah Seven for the pictures.


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56 comments

Style (R)evolution said...

That cream strapless dress Rocks!! Love it

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Your new layout is GORGEOUS!! I love it. :)

I wish I looked good in red lipstick but for some reason I don't. I think my lips are too small or something. It's such a shame. Sigh. But I love seeing it on other people. And yes, I love smokey eyes! At least I can pull THAT off! Lol.

I hope you have a terrific weekend, hun! xoxo

Liya said...

great post!!

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Sara Lynn said...

Yay I am about to head out for the day and I am glad that I caught your post first, I def am going to do the heavy eyeliner and nude lips. I really like that look too.

I have to read Pride and Prejudice. I cannot believe I have gone this long without reading it.

I hope that you are having a wonderful Saturday!

Joanne said...

It's a little off-topic, but today I'm smitten with a homemade lasagna being made in the kitchen ... which we will fashionably have for tomorrow's Valentine dinner :)

J. said...

I love a beautiful red lip, but I'm an eye girl as well. When I worked as a makeup artist, red was the hardest shade to work with but when it's right, it's sooo good!

J. said...

Love the new look by the way...

GraceFace said...

I adore red lips, but I stick to a pale red lipgloss for the most part :)

Leia said...

Oh! You've changed your layout! I love it :)

TeenageDirtbag said...

"To displace bold eyes for red lips or not, that is the question."

And my answer is; deffinetly no!
Choose what you want, not what rulez says ;). I do so.

Lottie said...

i love this post! congrats on the thing in ifb btw :)

janettaylor said...

Love Ur new blogstyle, Erika!

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Hurry up!

My Favourite Things said...

I did a bold red lip for New Years and loved it! It's nice to switch it up every now and then. Love Sarah Seven dresses!

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mom & son said...

Happy Valentines, sweetie!
Btw, I love your new header.

Emz said...

I love pretty ball gowns and ruffles and tulle! Too bad it so doesn't work with my get up 15 minutes before class starts routine haha. And obsessed with this week- hmmm.. Definitely some Marc by Marc Jacobs bags and the various Christian Louboutin shoes that popped up all over the Valentine's Day movie!

K said...

Sigh. I want to pull off the bright red lips, but it seems like lip stuff always wears off quickly or creeps into the lines of my lips. Maybe one fine day...

nookie said...

love red lips:)
I have a red Chanel lipstick and I don't miss any ocassion to wear it:)

Monica said...

i love pride and predjudice!

sincerely, the fashionista from thesilentswagger.blogspot.com

Viva La Fashion said...

i'm smitten with that white dress this week. and reading. :)

Michelle said...

I've been all about bright lipstick lately. I used to favor a smokey eye, but now I just wear mascara so I can play with lipstick more.

Leah said...

I am smitten by your new blog layout Erika. I love the color...so pleasing to the eyes.

Happy Valentine's day my friend!

PS...I'm in the Bay area now. I'll be here for a few days then leave via LAX. xoxo

Mimi said...

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to try out red lips for a change. Plush, that white tulle dress is beautiful! I'm sure they would pair up wonderfully together. Happy Valentine's Day dear!

Melmo said...

aw i love pride and prejudice as well. the movie is also wonderful. so romantic :)

I would say just try red lips. I'm sure you'll like it. I'm a big fan. especially for the evening!

Bored and Crafty said...

Aww thanks for dropping by my craft blog, Erika. Your comment made my day :)

(this is Meream of All Women Stalk, btw)

Cafe Observer said...

Go 4 it, CF! Dare to try a new facial style even if it's limited only to your luscious lips.

Diane said...

wow i love the new layout!!!

Marz said...

That dress is seriously gorgeous! I want to wear THAT for valentines day!
I always used to want red lips before, but I could never find the right red for me, but your post has inspired me to retry!
-Marz

ANN said...

I love nude lips and I agree, Pride & Prejudice will always be one of my favorite books.

ellie said...

The pic certainly gives that feeling like a princess look. Very adoring.

Really love my cocoa butter lippy to get me through these horrible winter days we are having.

Treacle said...

Oh my goodness, darling! I love, love, love your new design!

Drama Queen #1 said...

Fabulous post. And the new layout? L-O-V-E it.

-DQ#1

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I have the same problem with red lips! I've always been about playing up the eyes... maybe it's time for a change!

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

Oh I totally agree with the nude lips/bold eyes thing. Though red lips are so beautiful too... hard choice to make!

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Julia said...

I have always admired bold lips on others but have to say I prefer playing up my own eyes. A slight cat eye and the bat of luscious lashes is music to my ears.

xoxo
FashionEye

Lady said...

Ahhh I love the new look for your blog honey!! You de-linked me? =[
I don't like bland lips, I like extravagent colors!

XOXO AnnNicole said...

Oh I'm obsessive over pride and prejudice! It is amazing! And same with the jewelry: always very lovable.

XOXO Nicole

Dancing Branflake said...

Love your new format! I also love all the things you mentioned.

Jessica said...

I LOVE red lips! Although I normally also go bare lipped, I love focusing on the eyes, plus its sometimes hard to remember to always reapply lipstick. BUT I think every girl should own the perfect red color for her. It took me all summer but I finally found it at Laura Mercier, not too orange, not too pink, Juuuust right. Scarlet red. Matte.

And P&P is a total fav. That story is amazing! I am so Elizabeth.

Rachel said...

I absolutely love red lips! It's such a fabulous look and an amazing confidence booster. :)

The I Lilac It Ring is so pretty! The cameo is such a gorgeous shade.

Tasha said...

i love this new layout! so cute! im in the mood for a new layout as well! i also love pride and prejudice! classic love story!

Emily said...

I love fire engine red lipstick. Nothing is more bold and classic! :)

wulanasihsetyarini said...

i love ur new theme and layout..
and ur post is great
love the 1st pic

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Clare said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous new layout! Oh I just love love love love it!

And I also love that dress and Pride and Prejudice!

bowsnhearts said...

I love the nude lips + bold eyes look very well as well. In fact, most of the time, I just use nude colours on my lips.

I have seen Sarah's designs before on ETSY and loved them so much!

Victoria-H said...

Aw you are just too sweet ! :) Thank u so much !
Lovely post, have a nice Valentines Weekend ^^

Meg said...

Gosh, I like the new colours. And I love anything with cameos!

meraldia said...

I like nude lips very much. Natural look is perfect for me! I live your new layout, Erika!

thetragicallychic said...

i love pride and prejudice too! =)

sharonlei said...

Erika, your new layout is beautiful! I LOVE love love it! I'm smitten with it. :) What are you V-day plans?

xx Love & Aloha.

JADOIRE said...

Ohmygaawd, gorgeous dresses!

kumar said...

hi how are u

very beautiful post dear

happy valentines day enjoy

miriam said...

love your new look, erika!

dasha said...

so pink and gorgeous! <3

COCAMIA said...

Gorgeous layout! Love the new setup, the colors are perfect!

FashionJazz said...

I adore ur new lay out hun!!!Loved ur post!! Have a great Valentines day xx

Style, via TIa said...

The off white strapless looks like it could be a wedding dress.

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