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{Style & Beauty} The Perfect Black Tie Wedding or Formal Event Look

24 Aug

Since I’m loving weddings this week, I thought I would share the perfect look for your next black-tie or formal affair.

This outfit took me through three events this summer, including a ballroom black-tie wedding, an outdoor wine country wedding, and a fancy dinner on the town, and will no doubt take you straight through fall and right into winter, too:

  1. Chanel Half Moon Wallet on Chain in Grey Metallic (pictured above in Black).  Finally, the perfect evening handbag:  with six credit card slots, enough room for your smartphone, lipstick and keys, and a crossbody or clutch option, you’ll never need another evening purse again . . . except this one in every color.  Find it at Neiman Marcus and Chanel boutiques.
  2. David Meister Drop Shoulder Gown.  This drop shoulder jersey dress has more interest than a strapless gown, figure flattering side ruching, and a bold enough brooch embellishment that you can forego a necklace.  Available at Bloomingdales.
  3. Dior Ondine Crystal Flower Temple Sunglasses in Black.  The perfect way to bring the bling.
  4. Stuart Weitzman Jazziest Platforms.  Black satin beauties guaranteed to lengthen your gams and bring your style to new heights.

And of course, don’t forget to complete your look with a smoldering eye and peachy pout:

  1. Les Quatres Ombres de Chanel in Smokey Eyes.  If the intensity overwhelms you, try a softer version with the Murano quad.
  2. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink.  You could always try MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack or Smashbox’s Cream Eye Liner in Black – the most important thing is using the right brush.
  3. MAC Lipglass in Clear.  Sure, it’s sticky, but it stays put.
  4. Chanel Joues Contraste in In Love.  Of course.
  5. Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black.  Get waterproof if you’re a crier, but stick to the original formula and brush instead of the newer Diorshow Black Out.
  6. Dior Rouge Lipstick in Mazette No. 028.  This perfectly bright cherry coral can be lightly applied as a sheer wash or layered for an intense pop of color.
  7. MAC Lashes in No. 36.  A not too obvious fringe to bat around the ballroom.
  8. Chanel Le Crayon Levres Precision in Rouge.  Line, fill and blend with one tool.

For a less spendy look, try these alternatives:

  1. MAC Cine-Matics Smoky Black Makeup Lesson.  Makeup made easy with all you need for your smoky eye look in a compact travel case with mirror:  three eyeshadows, Technakohl eyeliner in Graphblack, Zoom Lash mascara in Zoom Black and two brushes.
  2. Nars Blush in Orgasm.  This contemporary classic needs no introduction.
  3. Boots No7 Lip Glace in Cherry Kiss (or try Tangerine Twist).  Target comes through with this imported essential you’ll use every day.
  4. Nars Creme Lipstick in Blonde Venus (or try Belle de Jour).  Good for brunettes, too.

And for a complete – almost – all in one solution (with a most befitting name), try NARS Limited Edition Everlasting Love Artist Palette:

Happy Glam-ming!

The Outlaw Mom (TM) Seal of Approval:  I have owned, tried and tested each and every one of these fabulous products and trust me, ladies, they will not let you down!

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Love Weddings

24 Aug

This week I’m loving weddings:

Wedding season is wrapping up and we’ve been to three beautiful weddings – including a first-time marriage for our 65-year old uncle and his blushing bride – and witnessed two engagements – including my own lovely bachelor brother Uncle B’s proposal to Aunty C.

My own wedding was a mere four years ago, but already, Gump’s (where we registered) is sending me its wedding magazine.  Perhaps they were thinking that I’m done with my starter marriage and on to the next?

First or fourth, official or un-official, weddings rock.

Like our wedding bands pictured above?  Visit Philip Press Master Platinumsmiths on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for the ultimate in custom made engagement rings, wedding bands and one of a kind handmade pieces for your jewelry collection.  Don’t think you need to be engaged to wear one of these amazing designs:  a right-hand ring is just what every girl needs.

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Covet Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR

17 Aug

This week I’m coveting Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse OR:

This luxurious multi-usage dry oil is just what your sun-parched skin needs to become silky and smooth after too much beach and pool time this summer.  Your whole body benefits from basking in this oil’s sheer sun-kissed shimmer.  It comes in a non-tinted version, but why on earth would you skip the golden glow?

I spied it at the Space NK shop inside Harvey Nichol’s, but you can get yours online for $44 on Amazon, $55 at Bliss or $56 on Beautyhabit.

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Love The Newspaper Nail Art Trend

20 Jul

This week I’m loving the Newspaper Nail Art trend:

How cool is this?!  It’s one of my latest finds on my newest favorite timesuck, Pinterest.

Find step-by-step instructions via a pin on my “So Cool” Pinterest board and check out other fabulous nail art ideas like these gorgeous marbled nails – complete with a detailed tutorial – at Hey, Nice Nails!

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Covet Hempz Age Defying Moisturizer

6 Jul

This week I’m coveting a big vat of Hempz Age Defying Herbal Body Moisturizer:

It’s summer, Ladies!

Time for baring it all in skimpy skirts, sundresses, and swimsuits.  To get summer-ready skin, slather on some of this heavenly scented, silky hemp seed oil infused lotion and feel your skin drink in pure moisture.  Nothing compares (except maybe this fresh handmade Dream Cream from Lush).

Find it at your local beauty supply store for $25/bottle.  Image from Hempz Bodycare.

Survival Of The Fittest {Paul Smith Spectacles Review}

21 Jun

When I was little, my mother thought I had muscular dystrophy because I couldn’t squat, sit and run like the other kids.

It didn’t help that I was duck footed (thanks, Dad) and waddled around, hips swaying from side to side led by wayward outward pointing toes.

A few years later, in the first grade, it was also apparent that I couldn’t see.  I’ve donned a pair of spectacles – or contact lenses – since then to perfect my less than perfect minus 10 prescription.

Those are just a few of the traits that would have made me easy sabre tooth cat prey if these were Paleolithic times.

Can you imagine:  while my father and brothers were out hunting woolly mammoth and my mother was busy  harvesting berries, I would have blindly wandered off into the blurry distance and straight into the fangs of any number of eager carnivores.

As far as survival of the fittest goes, I would be dead meat.

Recently – and to my vain horror – my opthamologist told me that my eyes are not happy with the amount of time they spend trapped under anaerobic hydrogel material and that I need to wear my glasses more often.  I hate wearing glasses.

For one, I try to mask every indication that I would not be here today if it were not for modern science keeping me and my progeny from going the way of the Dodo.

Secondly, glasses are a pain.  They fog, they slip, they mess with your depth perception.

The worst thing about glasses:  they’re ugly.  I know countless of people wear glasses, including everyone in my family and Hubby, but I have never warmed to the idea of wearing 5-inch thick coke bottles over my otherwise attractive eyes.

But health is health.  So I’ve decided to go for it and toss the contact lenses for a while.  Lucky for me, I stumbled upon these supremely awesome spectacles from Paul Smith:

Aren’t these just a vision of beauty?

They’re so lightweight it’s like not even wearing glasses at all.  Plus, the funky blue color means I can shorten my makeup routine and go without my usual blue shadow.

Best of all, they can handle a heavyweight prescription like mine.

{These are the high index lenses if you can believe it}

They also come in a light gunmetal-ish grey if you’re not so adventurous and a metallic red if you’re bolder than I am.  Find them here.

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Covet Christian Louboutin Mixed-Media Platform Slingbacks

8 Jun

This week I’m coveting these flirty Christian Louboutin Mixed-Media Platform Slingbacks that are simply perfect for summer:

Who else could blend leopard print, snakeskin and a whimsical summer patent pattern into a sexy 6-inch peep toe platform other than Monsieur Louboutin?

With shoes like these, you’re guaranteed summer fun no matter the occasion* or the outfit.  Pick them up at Saks for $1,095.

*Not recommended for park playdates due to heel height, unless you plan to aerate the lawn.

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Covet The All New Audi A7

25 May

This week I’m Hubby is coveting Audi’s 2012 A7:

Park that Honda Odyssey, ladies.  Lose the Subaru Outback.  You know you want this.

In a word:  beautiful.  In another word:  fast.  With a hatchback, it’s practical, too. And at less than $75k for the Prestige trim with Sport Package and Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, it’s a bargain your family can’t refuse.

{Big thanks to Hubby for this week’s CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. while I take the week off from blogging}

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. {Mother’s Day Edition} Covet Hermes’ Un Jardin Sur le Nil

4 May

This week I’m coveting the fresh green fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Nil from Hermes:

Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift, you can snag this scent – one of four in Les Jardins Collection – for $90 at Neiman Marcus’ Scent Event (going on until May 8th) and nab four travel-sized fragrances in a colorful straw tote for yourself!

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Love Glitter Nail Polish

27 Apr

This week I’m loving glitter nail polish and the “youth-ifying” effect it has on my mood:

Think you’re too old for glitter on your fingers?  Think again.  Essie’s Carnival layered over a blush pink or sheer silver short nail is perfect for wedding season and Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday layered over a dark hue looks modern for night.

Or, for a Mommy and Me manicure that’s super fun, brush a coat of Happy Birthday over clear polish.  (Don’t skip the clear coat or you’ll never get that glitter off!)

Get your glitter on for $8 at Beautyland Beauty Supply in the Stanford Shopping Center (Essie) or $18 at Nordstrom (Lippmann).

Images from Deborah Lippmann and Essie.

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