I was curating the perfect collection of clothes and accessories for a trip to Paris and Amsterdam in June. THAT'S NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE! I guess I'll have to model the 20+ looks in the house. Here's a few of the stand-out pieces in my "cancelled trip to Europe" suitcase.
I had to move mountains to get these Dior D-Trap ankle boots (available at Dior). These fishnet cutout boots were a key piece on the runway. The reinvented combat boot has a leather flap with double buckles and a few signature Dior features - the bee, gold Christian Dior logo and black star on the sole. These boots would have turned heads in Paris - maybe next year..
I'm a HUGE fan of Moschino t-shirts. They're high quality and make a statement. I was planning to pair this Moschino BULLCHIC! t-shirt (available at Farfetch) with a Tibi turquoise jacquard midi skirt and the Dior D-Trap boots. It would have been my Carrie Bradshaw in Paris moment. No worries - this t-shirt will not go to waste.
My sunglasses collection is overflowing, BUT I managed to fit one more pair in there. These DiorCamp aviator sunglasses (available at Farfetch) were made for me. The straight pink arms don the CD logo and the slightly tinted pink lens adds sofiticaticon. LOVE!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to snag this Christian Dior Book Tote (available at Dior). It is gorgeous. The Toile de Jouy embroidered pattern was inspired by Mr. Dior's muse. I love the complexity of the pattern, along with the grey shades and Christian Dior signature on the front.
The Dior book tote is timeless and while it is reinvented each season, the old ones never go out of style. Interesting fact - you can collapse these totes and pack them nicely in your suitcase.
The iconic Moschino teddy bear has a three dimensional effect and a playful vibe. The teddy bear makes an appearance each season and is super cute. I like that this one is bursting through a piece of art. From a fashion obsessed state of mind - this Moschino teddy bear t-shirt (available at Farfetch) is a piece of art.
I have a very basic hairstyle - a slightly slanted bob, colored black. It's chic, but you can't do much with it. Albeit, hair clips do add a little flare. I purchased this Off-White two-toned hair clip (available at Revolve) to hold my tiny strands together and add a little contrast. The white and black clip holds my thin hair nicely and looks great against my black hair.
I was curating the perfect collection of clothes and accessories for a trip to Paris and Amsterdam in June. THAT'S NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE! I guess I'll have to model the 20+ looks in the house. Here's...
My usual Must-Haves list is comprised of designer clothing and accessories that I have-to-have or am lusting over and can't afford. These days, the must-have items on my list are necessary beauty products during a pandemic. Never thought I'd say that!
I'm sensitive to scents and hate the smell of hand sanitizer, but it's a necessary product to have on hand! I was so happy when NCLA Beauty launched a small lineup of Hands Clean sanitizer available in lavender, eucalyptus, watermelon and unscented. You can pre-order these little bottles of hand sanitizer at Revolve.
I got lip fillers (and botox) a few days before the stay-at-home order came into effect AND my lips are perfect - BUT, now I have to wear a face mask. Enough said! I'm happy to see many of my favorite clothing brands producing face masks - I know the quality is there. I pre-ordered three cute GRLFRND masks at Revolve.
The best place to order cheeky, cloth face masks is Etsy. You can also order personalized masks. If you want a hefty mask with replaceable filters, there are many online stores to choose from. I believe face masks will be around for a while and everyone should have at least one.
It seems like many people are struggling with DIY beauty these days. Most rely on hair, nail and tanning salons to keep their beauty in check. Fortunately, I prefer to do my own gel nails and apply self tanner at home. I do however get my hair colored every three weeks and had to learn a new skill during these unusual times.
dpHUE is my go-to hair coloring brand. The dpHUE root touch-up kit is easy to use, the color is perfect and the solution completely covers roots (even greys). Paired with the dpHUE gloss, this color touch-up duo is perfect for someone who requires single process coloring. I posted a lengthy DIY root touch-up video a few weeks ago - Scroll down a little..
Another necessary step in most beauty routines is waxing or threading the upper lip and eyebrows. The Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover is an excellent DIY threading tool. You simply twist the handles, while gliding the coil spring along your upper-lip. It's painful, but does a great job removing unwanted hair. You can purchase this Tweezerman beauty tool at Sephora.
Being able to do your own nails is a necessary skill to have. You never know when your go-to salons (and the entire world) may close for months!
I was introduced to gel nails a few years ago and went to the salon four times before deciding to do it myself. I purchased gel polish in a variety of nude shades, base and top coat polish, remover, foils and an LED nail lamp. My go-to brand is CND.
I recently discovered Static Nails. The lineup includes reusable press-on nails (I gotta try these) and long-wear polish that promises to last up to 10 days. The shades are gorgeous and it seems like either one would be easier than applying/removing gel polish. Of course, I have a few items in my cart!
Admittedly, I like tanning beds. BUT, the last place I wanna be is baking inside a horizontal UV radiation bed that someone else just laid in. SO, I'm going back to DIY self-tanning. My go-to brand is St. Tropez. I've been using it for years. BUT, as of late, I'm experimenting with new brands. I'm going to apply Luna Bronze Self Tanning Lotion later today..
This process takes a little practice. I suggest purchasing a light color, a tanning mitt and body exfoliator. Read the instructions carefully and stay away from water and excessive activities that will make you sweat for at least 6 hours.
Applying self-tanner is a quick way to enhance your stay-at-home skin. On the bright side, if you screw it up, nobody will see it - Unless you post pics.
My usual Must-Haves list is comprised of designer clothing and accessories that I have-to-have or am lusting over and can't afford. These days, the must-have items on my list are necessary beauty...
I'm ending 2019 with the ultimate must-have list. I purchased a home this year and have been cheating on fashion for decor. Now that I'm settled in my palace, I need a little fashion fix.
The ASAI Panel Contrast Tie-Dye Top (available at Farfetch) is half jumper and half mesh. There's a lot going on here - scalloped trims along the cropped tie-dye mesh and a multi-colored wool panel with a rolled neck. Perfection. I'm gonna pair this smorgasbord of a top with khaki high waisted joggers and embellished booties. Oh, and maybe I'll also don the Dior camo book tote - We'll get to that..
I love Christian Dior bracelets and had to have the Dior Dark Blue J'Adior Bracelet Set (available at Dior). I like to mix and match bracelets to create new combinations. I have the pink and Burgundy Dior J'Adior set and the dark blue set will match perfectly. These cotton woven bracelets have been on trend for a while and are still going..
Christian Dior has a lovely and trendy collection of bracelets, including the Dior White Crystal Clair D Lune Palladium Finish Bracelet (available at Dior). I love the juxtaposition of woven bracelets and pearls or crystals. This one is on my wish list. Hint hint..
From the moment I saw this Acne Studios Oversized Shearling Coat (available at MyTheresa) walk the runway, I had to have it. The retail version is even better than the cropped runway style. This insanely warm coat is decadent. I had to size down twice, but the hassle of return shipping was worth it. The shearling-trimmed suede panels give this coat a modern Marlboro look. This coat is heavy and super warm. LOVE!
I have been lusting over a Dior Tote for a few months. This one wasn't on my list, but rather an "allow me to mend your heart" gift - Best Husbano ever! I'm bummed that I won't spend Christmas with my entire family, BUT getting a Dior tote kinda numbs the pain!
This Christian Dior Book Tote Camouflage Embroidered Canvas Bag (available at Dior) was made for me. I love camo print and camo green is my favorite. This unexpected gift lifted my spirits and earned him some snuggles!
If only I had the body to don an Alexander Wang cropped sweatshirt.. One can dream. This Alexander Wang Embroidered Cropped Cotton Mock-Neck Sweatshirt (available at Modaoperandi) would pair perfectly with high-rise joggers, for a chic, street-wear look. This is my style, but Imma have to loose a few pounds to don this cropped silhouette.
I'm ending 2019 with the ultimate must-have list. I purchased a home this year and have been cheating on fashion for decor. Now that I'm settled in my palace, I need a little fashion fix. The ASAI...