Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Something Old"

Photo from Eva D.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue..." Today's post is all about revamping a vintage dress for wedding season.

I was recently sent the above photo from reader Eva D. from Madrid, Spain. She was gifted this vintage maxi dress from her aunt and plans to wear it at an upcoming wedding

She asked for some style recommendations, and I immediately went to work.

I think that the dress' high neckline would look best with an up-do and some statement earrings. To balance out the earrings, I would also add a few fun bangles or some rings. If neither bracelets nor rings are your cup of tea, I suggest a fun colored manicure and a bold clutch.

Here are some ideas:

I've seen a lot of coral around this season. I like that the color is in between the orange and pink tones in the dress' skirt. Not only is coral in harmony with the two colors, but it's also a little softer and more romantic than the orange. I recommend a smokey eye to make her eyes pop.

Wearing red lipstick automatically makes me feel more dressed up and glam, which is why I've centered this look around a red pout. I've chosen gold accents to warm up the black and add some sparkle.

Wedding ceremonies tend to be formal events, and what's more sophisticated than black? I think that the black accents make the dress look more elegant. A cropped black blazer makes this sleeveless dress appropriate for church and makes it look oh-so-chic! The metallic clutch breaks up the outfit without stealing the show.

I also propose trying a belt to show off (or create) a small waist. I've mixed in some neutral leather accessories with touches of blue. A fashion turban with gently waved hair turns this vintage dress into a modern and effortlessly cool look.

Eva, I hope that these looks can help inspire some styling ideas. Please let us know how you end up wearing the dress!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Inexpensive Facial Serum

I suffer from sensitive, dry skin and am consequently on a constant look-out for hydrating products. I've used serums on and off for the past few years and notice the effects every time.

Serums are thick liquid-like products with active ingredients like vitamins and anti-oxidants. They are designed to penetrate and treat various skin conditions, such as redness, dehydration, wrinkles and dark spots.

Due to their large molecules, moisturizers can only penetrate the first layer of the skin in order to hydrate it and seal in moisture. A facial serum, on the other hand, is able to penetrate into all three layers of the skin because it is made of smaller molecules. Its ability to go down deeper into the skin allows it to help target and combat different skin problems.

Many serums can be on the expensive side. Most cosmetics companies position serums as a specialty product, and therefore hike up the price with the promised benefits.

In the last few month, I’ve tried out a few different serums (each under $40) and wanted to share my finds with all of you.   

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld Emoji

Source: chaos-mag.com
They say that a fragrance line is a marker of a brand's success, an all around sign that the company has made it. But, what do they say about having your own set of emojis? Fashion designer and all-around fashion genius, Karl Lagerfeld has not only unveiled his own perfume but also his own emoticon app.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hot Rollers 101

Hot rollers are great for quickly adding some curl and volume to your hair. I've been asked many times how I curl my hair with hot rollers, so I've decided to create my first video post to give step-by-step instructions for at-home results

1. Start with clean hair and make sure that it has fully dried.

2. Allow curlers to heat.

3. Choose roller size. (The width of the roller will determine the curl size.)

4. Part hair in sections and roll hair up from the ends before securing. (Larger sections of hair in a roller create a less defined curl or looser waves.)

5. Allow time for rollers to set. (The longer they are in, the tighter the curl.)

6. Remove rollers.

7. Separate curls to give them a more natural look. (I usually opt to tousle curls with my fingers.)

8. If curls are tighter than desired, allow time for curls to relax to desired curl or wave before spraying with hairspray.

Rolling technique improves with practice (so don't get frustrated). 

You can find rollers at most superstores (i.e. Target), beauty supply stores and department stores. I bought the Remington set used in the video from Wal-mart for under $20

While living abroad in Spain, I found it harder to get an inexpensive set. I ended up purchasing a Babyliss set from el Corte Inglés for about 60€, similar here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bedroom Decor Inspiration

A space can really affect my mood and I think it's time for a bedroom revamping. My bedroom decor is outdated and doesn't re-energize me, so I have turned to Pinterest for some decor inspiration.

Let's start off by comparing some color palettes. 
I'm partial to turquoise, white and gray. I snapped the photo on the left of an Anthropologie store display to keep as a reminder of an unexpected color combo.


Desk space that can multi-task
I need a nice work area to be productive and stay organized. I would like a small work space that can double as a vanity. Here are some great ideas!


I'm really loving that yellow...hmm, I might need to reconsider the color palette.

Let's look at some bedding.


Closet organization ideas.
Swapping regular closet doors for French doors is a great way to put my shoe collection on display.


I've got a lot to think about, but I have a better idea of where to start. I'll be following up with you soon!

Photos are from pins that were taken from my Pinterest account.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Rainy Days

Rainy Days by fashionlingual
April showers bring May flowers...

So it's not April yet but those Spring showers are already here. Just because it's raining doesn't mean we have to stay indoors. It's the best time to dig out those rain boots from the bottom of your closet and throw on that trench immortalized by Kate Moss.

Source: burberryplc.com
I love that this trench is trimmed with lace - it converts this masculine piece into something totally femme and delicate. I like to add pops of color and prints whenever I can. Since pastel colors are trending this season but don't really flatter my skin tone, I've tried to only add a hint of them to stay on trend but stay true to my style.

¿How are you wearing pastels this season?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Copy the Look: Kim Kardashian

Look For Less: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian's latest buzzworthy news: her much debated appearance on the cover of Vogue U.S. magazine. Some don't believe that she has rightly earned the coveted spot, while others embrace what she emodies: real-women curves and diversity.

Source: AP Photo/Vogue, Annie Leibovitz
Source: hollywoodlife.com
Controversial debates and funny photo parodies aside, it can't be denied that this new mother has been caught sporting a more fashion-forward look ever since linking up with boyfriend, Kanye West. Dressed up, dressed down, she looks great and works her curvy figure!

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