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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!

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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 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.

A Royal Curmudgeon

29 Apr

It’s official.  I’m a crotchety old lady.  I must be.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t be so utterly disappointed in Kate Middleton’s choice of wedding attire.

It’s not that the dress isn’t lovely.  It is a beautiful frock.  But it’s just a dress.  An evening gown, maybe, but not a royal wedding gown.This morning I patiently waited to catch a glimpse of what I imagined would be a fantastical creation befitting a soon-to-be royal.  Instead of a regal gown on par with the pomp and circumstance of princely nuptials, my heart fell flat to see the simple Sarah Burton design which looked more appropriate for a quiet wedding in a meadow of the English countryside, instead of Westminster Abbey.

I don’t think I’m alone in my dismay.  The disappointment of some well-respected designers seemed to be palpable in their comments on the dress.

Isaac Mizrahi is quoted as saying, “I loved the dress. I like plain things a lot right now so this was a winner.”  While he loved the dress and the way it allegedly complimented the bride’s figure (made curvier with hip padding!), therein lies my personal disenchantment with the whole ensemble.  It know it was a British wedding, but did her dress have to be that boring?

To be further ornery, I must differ with Mr. Mizrahi.  The dress was not exactly flattering for the bride’s figure, given that the shaped bodice negatively showcased the flatness of her bosom and the pointed, structured darts at the chest created unseemly shadows under her breasts.

Plus, the design failed to take advantage of her lean, willowy stature and cut her figure short in the torso and the legs.

After being thoroughly disappointed by the dress, I was even more disheartened to learn – and see – that Miss Middleton had done her own makeup.  Perhaps my philosophy is a bit outdated, but I still believe that you need to put on your face before going out in public . . . especially when you’re marrying a prince in front of millions of people.  The amateur, natural look just doesn’t cut it.  Likewise, a half-up half-down do is much too informal for the occasion.

As I said, it’s official:  I’m an old fuddy-duddy.

For more details on Sarah Burton creation’s for Alexander McQueen, see Fashionista’s coverage here.

Images from Fashionista and Huffington Post (both crediting Getty).

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