Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tour of my bathroom beauty shelf

Since beauty is such a vital part of fashion, I thought I'd give you all a quick tour of beauty shelf. These are the products I use regularly at my bathroom sink. Makeup bag tour coming soon.

For face:
-Kiss My Face Peaches and Cream Moisturizer
-Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Toner (This smells like summer in a bottle.)
-Pure Simplicity Pomegranate Scrub (Again, I love the smell.)
-Mario Bedescu Drying Lotion (This is the miracle acne cure I prayed for in high school.)

For hair:
-Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream (good for frizzy hair)
-Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel (This is my number one secret for amazing curls. I adore this product and don't know what I'll do if they ever stop making it.)
-Dove Extra Hold Hair Spray (I use this rarely, just if I tease an updo or something)
-Repair Through (This spray is from a Japanese company and it's the ultimate product for detangling dry, frizzy hair like mine.)

For body:
-Avon Moisture Therapy Hand Cream (I use this all over my body. It is the ultimate product for emergency moisturizing.)
-Austin Essentials Lemongrass soap (My Aunt Lori's company)
-Goddess soap
-September Morning soap
-Philosophy Frozen Lemon Custard Body Souffle (In case you hadn't noticed yet, smells are really important to me.)

-Demeter Laundromat
-Demeter Salt Air
-Marc Jacobs Daisy
-Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
-Lush Snowshowers

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Amor y tacos

Inspired by the book Amor Y Tacos, I made some west-coast Mexican tacos and sangria for my parents and Ryan, and we all ate out by the pool.

The tacos had grilled tilapia (marinaded in sangria), pineapple jicama salsa, avocado cilantro sauce, and queso fresca, all on corn tortillas. They were quite good if I do say so myself.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wedding part two

As many of your know, my brother got married in a small outdoor ceremony a few weeks ago. Last night was the reception with around a hundred friends and family members.

Here's what I wore...

Dress - Zac Posen for Target (bought on Ebay)
Shoes - Target
Clutch - vintage
Claw bracelet - Asos
Watch - Citizen
Earring - Mum's
Corsage - Kroger Florist

My mom made her dress (with a little bit of help from me). The pattern is Butterick 6533 and it's an amazing shape. The color she picked is pretty amazing too.

Also in town from Austin are my aunt Lisa, uncle Ken, and their kids Zoe and Phil. They are the extended family I'm closest too, so I'm so glad they could come.

The reception was great: the food, the bar, the photo... and, of course, Ben and Jenn, who looked amazing. I liked Jenn's dress even better than the one she wore for the wedding, and I just adored her little net veil.

All in all we had a blast. I got through me speed with only one ambulance siren interruption, and the whole night was joyous and full of celebration!

Lisa made wineglass charms as favors.

Isn't the caption on the cake perfect!

My Ryan

We went into the photo booth with our plates of food.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fictional Fashion Icon: Hannah/Belle from Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Hannah (alter ego: Belle), the main character of Secret Diary of a Call Girl (which is perhaps my favorite show), lives life according to her own rules and she dresses that way too. With a flair for color as well as structure, she isn't afraid to wear radical and risky outfits. She's the British version of Carrie Bradshaw (and she has more sex).

Hannah is always fashion forward, but when she goes out on a job as Belle she also has a kind of classic bombshell sensuality and sultry beauty.

I also love that she is never afraid to play dress up and has fun with costumes and wigs when the opportunity presents itself.

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