It’s been awhile since I’ve done a hair inspired Pinterest Picks but this weekend I saw a few photos on pinterest that were so refreshing. After hat-friendly, harsh winter weather and holiday updos, ie too much product followed by general laziness, your hair is in need of some love. It’s time for a hair-product detox. Maybe even a haircut. With spring oh so near I am in love with delicate hairstyles that are beautiful but don’t require a lot of work. The whole point is have clean, healthy hair that looks great but at the most requires a tiny braid here or there, maybe pinning a few pieces back. Cute bobby pins optional.
This Fancy Friday isn’t so much expensive as it is not easily accessible; if you live in the states anyway. ANNA + NINA is based in Amsterdam. Yep, the Netherlands. If I had access to this awesome boutique I would probably shop there on the regular. They just have extremely cool, unique items at decent prices. Sure, you could find similar items elsewhere but their pieces have a certain vibe that I find special.
You may remember seeing some ANNA + NINA pieces in a few of my recent ‘How She’d Wear It‘ posts. I love their branding. It’s like a mixture of a garden shed, an apothecary, insect museum, a library in an old mansion, and your hippie best friend’s bedroom. The thing that drives me nuts is that their online shop is only a snippet of what they have in their store. I’m missing out on all kinds of goodies. Check them out!
My belly is full of viognier, salami, blue cheese, and bread. The odds of me caring about this week’s episode of “PLL” is not high, but of course I say that now, before I watch it and with good deal of resentment it’s interrupting my Major Lazer listening. And yet I’ll still probably get sucked in. I won’t even pretend that I’m hate-watching this show at this point. I am straight up enjoying it, if only because it is unapologetic hot-garbage. This show is the female version of what Mark Wahlberg and Vin Diesel have been churning out over the last decade+. Does it make sense? Who cares. Is it good? Doesn’t matter. Is it fun? VERY.
Ezra is likable. Spencer is pretty likable, though crazy. And only when she’s away from EmoToby. Otherwise I’m not a fan of the rest of these main characters. So it is pretty disappointing that Spencer has apparently kicked her speed addiction. She’s back from rehab and having aural flashbacks to the night she attacked Alison with the shovel. Spencer’s mom has invited a drug and rehab counselor to come live with them so Spencer can have 24 hour care. No computer or cell phone allowed. No high school either. Adderral abuse totally requires 24 care and quarantine. Like Ebola. Spencer has Ebola.
MEANWHILE Aria is off wasted at a college party awkwardly close-mouth kissing some presumptive frat boy who looks 30. At least her tastes are consistent. She is up at Syracuse visiting her dad. So I’m guessing there will not be any throw-away scenes in the bathroom at high school this episode. We were running on like 20 straight episodes with one of those! :( Aria calls Emily to check in while new love interest dude with his chin beard and jean jacket smirks on over. This dude talks like he should be on a soap or “Revenge.” He plays guitar. His guitar’s name is Antonio. This guy may need an anvil dropped on his head.
Hanna, never in class, runs into special agent Johnny Utah at the Brew. He never backs down from a moment to flirt with underage girls. He hands Hanna the note that Paige slipped into a cop car and asks her what she knows about the note and about Alison supposedly being alive. Hanna doesn’t totally convince him that the note is BS. Hanna tells Emily about the note and Emily instantly knows what happened. Tow truck dude asks Hanna out on a date.
Spencer hops out of the shower and hops into a bed full of dirt. She finds a note from A that says “I know you dug her grave, now I’m digging yours.” Spencer looks scared/confused, but screw that I would be out of control pissed if I jumped into bed, all clean and beautiful and got dirt all over me. This is unforgivable. A has gone too far! To make matters worse she wakes up the next day to rehab dude force-feeding her vegetable smoothies. He also suggests yoga. And is wearing a cardigan. Poor casting ABC Family – this dude doesn’t fit the clean-living hipster mold.
Johnny Utah’s boss is back after a long hiatus. Roma Maffia, veteran of Nip/Tuck has always been great at acting smug. She thinks Hanna wrote the note and tries to pressure her to confess. But “something doesn’t jive” for Johnny Utah, who sorta believes the note. Roma is not supportive, but encourages Utah to follow Hanna and her friends and help them paint their nails and light shit on fire. Ok I made up that last part.
Aria’s jean jacket dude is really just a sensitive, neglected youngest child. Blah blah. Antonio starts playing in the background of a heart to heart on a lake. At Episode 22 you introduce us to some new dude and we’re supposed to be like “oh hell yeah a new dude for our cast to throw themselves at?” Is that what the 13-30 female demo wants? Once again ABC Family, anti-ADD meds, pro-sleeping around.
Alison’s mom comes over to visit Spencer and sorta drops some hints that she might be A. Or at least a psycho. The woman is definitely creepy. Spencer barely reacts to this. She goes for a run with hipster dude the next day and has a crazy flashback about chasing Alison with a shovel. And apparently smashing Alison’s head in. Dark. Spencer is apparently using what she thinks are other people’s memories to fill in the gaps in her own memory. Spencer cry face is much better than Aria cry face but still borders more on extreme constipation than extreme emotion.
Emily is ballsy this episode. She jumps out in front of Mona’s car as Mona is on her way to Ezra’s. Mona confesses to her role in Ezra’s research to Emily. She claims to actually have been into Mike. Aria leaves Syracuse and pays Ezra a visit. Aria demands that he leaves town. He wants to stay and work things out. She says hell no. As a parting gift he gives her a copy of his manuscript that may or may not have some clues in it. Aria tries to resist reading it for all of 90 seconds but then dives right in. She sends an S.O.S. text to all her buddies. Even Spencer manages to get a hold of her phone to receive the message.
Hanna sees a note from Paige to Emily and realizes that Paige gave the cops the note about Alison. Aria drops some bombs courtesy of Ezra. Ezra thinks that A is Alison’s mom. Spencer thinks that A is Alison’s mom, because of her attempted murder flashbacks. Hanna wants cheesypuffs. Emily doesn’t have any. Damn it Emily, always messing everything up.
Spencer returns home to find her mom waiting and pissed. They fight and Spencer goes up to bed. Alison’s mom, lurking in the shadows of Spencer’s bedroom sneaks up right behind Spencer, just as Spencer’s mom calls out. Mrs. Dilaurentis slithers away, unseen, but yeah that was creepy. The episode closes with a crappy cover of Billy Idol’s White Wedding and a preview of next week’s episode, in which Spencer apparently will be in a wedding dress running through the woods at night. UM WHAT THE HECK. EmoToby doesn’t believe in marriage, he believes in Crew Pomade.
The Oscars on Sunday proved to me that a neutral face can make a large impact. Sometimes I get caught up in doing a dramatic eye or a bold lip, that I forget a more neutral palette can go just as far. Ladies, for those of you that are afraid to look too natural and like a full face look, don’t fret just yet. Neutral doesn’t mean no makeup. It just means working with a color palette that is more along the lines of your natural skintone. Don’t be fooled by nudes and neutrals. We’ll be using both for this look, but they aren’t the same thing. Nudes are flat colors such as bone, or brown and they look great on everyone regardless of their skin tone. Neutrals are those colors found naturally in your skintone such as rose, peach, or bronze. Make sense?
First things first….a clean face. Wipe it down. Make it clean. Moisturize and serum up your skin. We want pristine, clean looking skin to start with this look.
Start with a base. This can be your BB Cream, tinted moisturizer or foundation. Depending on your coverage and preference, apply it all over. Next, grab your concealer. Concealer is a MUST for the perfect looking neutral face. Why? Since everything is going to look clean and flawless, we can’t rely on intense pops of color to distract from a blemish or under eye circles. It’s as if you’re starting with a perfectly blank canvas. Everything should be the same color across your entire face. Use powder if needed to help absorb any access oil or to help mattify your look. You’ll get a chance to mix textures and add shimmer later on for more depth and intensity.
Bronze away. But not with a heavy hand. This will just help to bring out the natural radiance in your skin. Remember to apply bronze to your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, and neck. Or all the points where the sun would naturally hit your face. Pick a cheek color. Based on your skins natural undertone, pick a color to compliment that tone. This is when you’ll be choosing colors based off those “neutral” roses, peaches, and bronzes. This is also the point where you can choose to add a highlighter on the cheekbones for extra dimension.
Now, onto the eyes. Again, go with those soft natural tones. For the eyes, you’re safe to stick with nudes. Bone, brown, beige. Basic everyday colors you can sweep all over the lid. Here again you can play up the textures and add shimmer to your inner corner, or at the brow bone. Speaking of brows, don’t forget to define and fill. They are the frame to your face after-all. Don’t forget the mascara and apply generous coats to make your eye POP!
For the final step, we want to tackle the lips. You guessed it…neutrals! Like your cheeks, this is the time to pull some more color in to play off your natural beauty. Opt for a peach lipstick and shimmer gloss for your warm undertones, or a rose pink combo for the cool undertoned gals.
Seems fairly easy, right? It’s like your normal makeup routine but with basic shades. Try it out and let me know how it goes!
For March we’re going to explore the world of tartans. With spring around the corner it seemed like the best choice was a trend that has one foot in winter and another in spring with a variety of dark and light patterns. This week I’m focusing on my personal favorite ‘Black Watch tartan’ which is a Scottish tartan of navy, green, and black. It seemed like the perfect choice for the beginning of March where people are still feeling the harshness of winter, we even saw a smidge of snow over the weekend, so take your darkest tartan pattern and wear it till the sun shines. And maybe even after if you’re feeling bold.
I normally don’t accessorize to this extent but felt this outfit needed it. Part of the fun with Black Watch is all the classy British imagery that comes to mind, and this outfit is a play on something you might see a Downton Abbey guy wear on a foxhunt. Gaudy jewelry and a feminine blouse and flats keep this outfit playful and girly.
How does one wear tartan leggings? With confidence and luxe but casual accessories. These leggings are going to attract a lot of attention, but really the same rules apply with this look as with our first; to keep things feminine contrast the Black Watch pattern with differing colors and styles. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a school uniform, so don’t be afraid of mixing Black Watch with bright or badass leather pieces.
The dresses: Pretty much everyone decided to wear white and cream dresses with heavy embroidery, beading, or chiffon. It felt like a wedding show rather than the Oscars and I really love white dresses, but I was really bored with all the reconstructed antique wedding gowns. I know a lot of people play it safe for the Oscars but this year felt especially safe. Ironically, the two outfits I liked the least ended up being black dresses. Usually I love those choices, which tend to be sleek, classy, or vintage dresses but these reminded me of 90s disasters with high necks and unflattering silhouettes. My favorites were all over the place, either perfectly simple or mastering complicated shapes and details. Either way, I love seeing what people put together. Here are my faves and least faves.
Lupita Nyong’o in Pradaphoto via Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP - Lupita’s dress and headband reminded me of Cinderella. She looks like a goddess. The deep plunging neckline, simple gold headband, and equally simple wrap bracelet. Plus, this ice blue is perfect. Lupita won the night for Oscar outfits.
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueenphoto via Steve Granitz/WireImage - Sandra’s dress is simple but stunning. It’s such a great color as well as a great shape. I love Sandra and I know she’s been known for some flops but this is a win. Plus her hair is elegant and balances the chiffon drape of her gown.
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armaniphoto via Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images - My only complaint is the arms, otherwise I love the entire outfit, from her hair to her earrings to the dress. Many other guests chose to wear champagne colored dresses but the shape and detail of Cate’s dress stand above the rest.
Kate Hudsonphoto via Jason Merritt/Getty Images - Kate Hudson, interesting. Wasn’t sure about the cape at first but it’s growing on me. The whole thing is high glamour, old Hollywood which I wouldn’t expect from Kate but she pulls it off. Another incredibly flattering shape.
Olivia Wilde in Valentinophoto via Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP - She’s wearing a turtleneck! Who wears a turtleneck to the Oscars besides Annie Hall, sorry, I mean Diane Keaton. Her hair looks fine as does her makeup. She always looks beautiful no matter what sack she’ s wearing. It’s just not a flattering cut, especially across the chest, and I know she’s pregnant but she’s been to other award shows, like the Golden Globes, and looked fantastic.