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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: 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: 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.

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).

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.

In Love with Love

15 Feb

Love, Chloe, that is.  I inexplicably fell head over heels for Chloe’s new fragrance the second I swiped the Nordstrom catalog sample on my naked, eager wrist.

It’s a strange feeling for me since I usually take the time to develop a relationship with a new scent before committing.  I tend to go for the superficial qualities at first.  You know, what’s the name of the perfume:  is it bold; does it represent me?  Who makes the perfume:  no second rate houses or trendy celebrity fragrances.

And it’s hard for me to stray from my normal type:  bold, musky fragrances like Dior’s Addict and Guerlain’s Samsara.  While I have been known to dabble in florals, those have just been daytime perfume dalliances (Givenchy’s Fleur d’Interdit; Chanel’s Chance; Bulgari’s Omnia Crystalline), not what truly satisfies me.  No; to be mine requires a bit of that mysterious je ne sais quoi characteristic of all my prior nighttime companions.

Even after getting past the first step, I like to dance around the final act of purchasing.  It’s the thrill of the chase, I suppose.  Before letting a new, unknown perfume envelop my body and titillate my senses, I need the build up of anticipation before the initial spritz.  I flip through magazines searching for the fragrance inserts; spray testers on countless paper strips at the perfume counter.  Sometimes this goes on for months.

And I need to feel connected.  Ready to take the plunge.  If I’m going to welcome a new fragrance into my life and show it off as my signature scent, there must be the potential to mesh well together.

But instead of my usual coy flirtation, this time, I jumped headlong into my love affair with Love, Chloe after only one brief catalog sample encounter.

Making a beeline to the perfume section of the Neiman Marcus cosmetics department, I swung my hair back over my shoulder for effect and announced,

In the bedroom

I’d like to buy the new Love, Chloe perfume.”

Do you want to try it on?”

No.  I know I like it.”

Brazen, right?

But I was sure.  In fact, I was so taken with this exotic bouquet, that I bought the perfumed lotion, too.  (If you’re wondering, the fragrance is a cross between Houbigant’s Quelques Fleurs and Hermes’ 24, Faubourg – a warm, spicy, sophisticated powdery floral, evoking the smell of luxurious finely milled face powders of makeup days gone by).

It’s only been two days since falling prisoner to my latest perfumery fantasy, but I’m still enamored by my impulsive affair.  There’s a spring in my step and a smile on my face, knowing inside that my new treasure and I are onto something good.

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