Make a Winter Outfit Less Boring With a Summer Print

It’s mid-winter and sweater weather has become mundane. We dote on the return of steamy summer when the only layering is of SPF and satin lip gloss. While magazines suggest adding jewelry to liven up an outfit, I look to summer’s mixed prints for not only inspiration, but hope for a warmer tomorrow!

*All photos self-shot

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BB Tip: Odds are you have a summer print in your closet, so consider adding a marled sweater to your collection. Marled fabrics are made by combining strands of 2 different colors and are literally sold by every brand you can imagine.

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Outfit

  • Express White Bootcut Jeans
  • Nickels Faux Leather Boot Marlon
  • AB Studio Marled Sweater
  • Violet and Claire Kimono Wrap Top
  • 14K Plated Green Agate Earrings from Brooklyn BK Bazaar

Say It Ain’t Snow!

Cole-Haan-Air-Michelle-BootsI will admit, I hated these Cole Haan Air Michelle Boots when I first bought them. They were a size too big and the heavy, steep heel was an uncomfortable burden to carry. But when you have a wide foot that spans sizes 10 to 11 and everything in between depending on the brand, there is always room for compromise.

I found the boots years ago while on the hunt ‎for the perfect Ugg alternatives and know that Cole Haan creates quality shoes for big-foot Amazons, such as myself. I fell for the waterproof suede, shearling lining, and stylish aesthetic which easily blends in with both Manhattanites and weekend snow bunnies.

I decided to take Tim Gunn’s advice and “make it work.” However, it wasn’t till I found these Dr. Scholls Cozy Cushion Insoles that I transformed the Cole Haan hunkers into go-to winter essentials.

Dr. Scholls Cozy Cushion Insoles

Not only did the linings add the necessary bulk to create a snug and stable fit, they also evened out the steep vamp to make walking, or in this case plowing through a mix of mushy and semi-hard snow, a breeze. Made of waterproof suede and shearling lining, these boots helped me conquer the 2016 snowpocalypse and the years these boots lasted me.

 

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Makeup Haul and Review – The Makeup Show 2015 Holiday Pop-Up NYC

This Makeup Haul and Review is from The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up held in Metropolitan Pavilion on Dec 15, 2015.
Makeup Haul and Review - The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up NYC
My friend and makeup enthusiast Amber was the one who told me about The Makeup Show; a series of national pop-up shops where beauty industry professionals congregate over deeply-discounted cosmetics and supplies while networking and getting tips varying from social media to makeup application.
All I needed to hear was “deeply-discounted cosmetics” and I was in. Here’s what I snagged at the 2015 Makeup Show Pop-Up Shop for the holidays.
Stilazzi Synthetic Face Brushes – S107 & S108
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I have a fetish for densely-packed brushes so I hurriedly asked the Frends Beauty saleswoman what they should be used for. She replied ,”These are for buffing foundation, but for $5 you can use them for whatever you want” — Sold!!
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I use Stilazzi S107 domed brush with my E.L.F. HD maximum coverage concealer (which I use interchangeably as foundation) and tapered Stilazzi S108 brush with highlighters/illuminators, cream blushes, and even to transform my new matte shadows (see below) into contour powders.
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 1 – Neutral Matte
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Shopping for matte eyeshadow is like shopping for a cardigan; boring yet necessary. I first looked at the Crown natural palette but deemed it too large for my subway makeup routine and not pigmented enough for my Mediterranean skin tone, so I kept wandering (for hours I might add) till I stumbled upon Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 1 – Natural Mattes at Alcone.
The shadows are silky, pigmented and look like they’ll last forever – in fact, the saleswoman at Alcone reassured me that her professional makeup artist friend is still using it after 2 years.
With the exception of having a built-in mirror, this matte eyeshadow palette is perfect. The Viseart natural matte palette was offered for $20 off the original $80 price tag. It was ultimately the most expensive piece I snapped up at the pop-up.

Crown Blending Crease Brushes – SS027, C441, 1B116

Crown Blending Crease Brushes - SS027 C441 1B116
I know I just kind of dissed their eyeshadow, but when it comes to brushes, CROWN is clearly king. I needed something to help me with my new matte palette (above) and the staff was knowledgeable about their products. They explained the differences between natural and synthetic, but affirmed that the ultimate factor when choosing makeup brushes is personal preference.
Crown Blending Crease Brushes - SS027 C441 1B116
Since I naturally gravitate toward dense brushes, now was my chance to buy blending essentials so I bought these three Crown crease brushes:
SS027 Deluxe Blending Crease – The Crown deluxe blending crease is full, very round and dense. It combines my preference for thick brushes with the necessity of a crease blending brush. Old habits die hard I guess!
C441 Pro Blending Crease – Made of Natural goat hair, the Crown pro blending crease is narrow, and since it’s a natural brush, has stiffer bristles. I found it to create a more precise effect when blending.
1B116 Round Crease – Crafted of Italian badger bristles (how do they shave one of those?) I bought this for a quarter of the price of the similar Hourglass #6. Viseart shadows are very pigmented and this brush picks up a lot of color as well so I uese it for precise color applications. I then wipe it off and use it to blend and smudge.
Make Up For Ever – Rouge Artiste Intense & Artist Liner
Make Up For Ever - Rouge Artiste Intense-Artist Liner
Buying MUF was a no-brainer as all their products are always on-point. I’ll also add that the staff had the patience of angels when dealing with my constant back-and-forth.
I ended up buying 3 lipsticks, 4 eyeliners, and 1 brow pencil for under $60 and I still feel pangs of sadness that I didn’t leave with more.
  • Moulin Rouge (43) – Classic red with warm undertones.
  • Satin Bright Orange (40) – A trendy orange that’s perfect to play with in the summer or pair with brown shadow to make it work for fall, as in this look.
Artist Liner – Intense Pay-Off Gliding Eye Pencil: Although my first choice would be the brand’s water-defying Aqualiners they had limited color selection. The sales staff assured me that Make Up Forever’s Artist Liner worked just as well and clients don’t notice much of a difference.
  • M-24 Matte Majorella Blue – Resembles the cobalt blue that’s on trend every Fall.
  • M-80 Matte Plum – A sophisticated eggplant purple.
  • I-34 Iridescent Green Tree – My sister picked this one and last I remember it’s teal-green.
Eyebrow Pencil in 05 – Also my sister’s – nice from what I saw.
Honorable Mentions:
FACE Stockholm Art Eye Pencil – This was the brand’s first makeup show and the discounts were OK. Still the staff was incredibly nice and helpful and showed me that this eyeliner has a built in sharpener and smudger on the end, making it super handy. They should show this feature off more!
Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Glider Pencil Eyeliner – I tested the eyeliner on the back of my hand and could see remnants of it the next day; which shows the amazing lasting power of the liner. They were barely discounted at the show so I don’t feel guilty about waiting to purchase it later online.

Excess Baggage: The Handbag Awards 2012


Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012
Although it was slightly overshadowed by a plug for InStyle Magazine and Kenneth Cole “productions”, the 2012 Independent Handbag Designer Awards were held last night at the Time Life building to honor innovative staple accessories imagined by a group of small fish in a very overwhelmingly large pond.

Kenneth Cole at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012

Described as the handbag fairy godmother, Emily Blumenthal organized the event which welcomed InStyle Managing Editor Ariel Foxman among other craft-friendly guests. She humbly asked the audience the rhetorical question: “Without these events how would we ever find these designers?”

Carlos Falchi Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012

2012 Independent Handbag Designer Awards also partnered with Ebags which is now Handbags.com, which I see is an attempt to go over the heads of handbag giant Zappos.com . Hopefully they can strike a chord with the small business advocates in the audience as they will be the preferred platform to sell the emerging handbag designers’ creations.
Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012

My personal favorite was the aqua colored Farah clutch (above) by the gorgeous Iranian-American sisters of the Ita Collection. It stole my heart–and first prize for best overall handbag.

See a list of the 2012 Independent Handbag Designer Award Winners here.