Friday, May 28, 2010

Playing With Fyrinnae Newcastle and Zoya Hot Lips in Resolution


I look very tired in this look. There's a reason for that. My Oberon kitty decided to start yelling outside the door at 4 am. No, he's not Lassie - he wasn't trying to warn of impending danger. We're not really sure what he was after. So my husband picked up the Cicero kitty and sat him in a bed right outside our door to deter Oberon from making noise (Cicero is the Alpha male). So do not blame it on the makeup.

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Fyrinnae Eye Shadow in Newcastle - all over lid
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Showstopper - in crease using a crease brush
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Next to Nothing - brow highlight
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack

Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom - On cheak
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne - on top of Pearl Blossom to give it more sparkle

Lips
  • MAC Cremestick Lip Liner in Pink Treat
  • Zoya Hot Lips in Resolution - Love Zoya Hot Lips! Just sayin'...
If you're a Fyrinnae Fan and don't have Newcastle I think you need it. It reminded me of MAC Reflects Glitter in Antique Gold, but with a frakking ton of pigment. Gorgeousness!

Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions: I owe you a HUGE appology

Dear Rapunzel Had Extensions,

In 2007, I purchased a sample of you. I naively dipped my brush in the sample and swiped it across my bare eye. I was dissappointed because I had heard such wonderful things said about you and I couldn't believe you were so average! I must admit - my review on MUA said this:

"I bought a sample of this because I read another MUAer's post saying it was "like crack". Well, I'm not that impressed with it. I was hoping for gold, but on me it was chalky and just a pinky orange with very little shimmer. It does have a decent amount of pigmentation, I'll give it that. It's staying power is ok (survived most of the day). But I don't I'd go out of my way to buy it. I will not repurchase."

I was so wrong about you.

What I did not realize is that your uniqueness and special qualities could be brought to light by one simple addition: Pixie Epoxy. I didn't realize how special you truly were until JoeyBunny showed me the way.

Sincerely,
Styrch
(Your newest, and very repentant, fan)

Take a look at this gorgeousness!


All I did differently here was add a bit of Pixie Epoxy on my lid before patting on Rapunzel Had Extensions. It is a truly gorgeous duochrome I got both that peach and that gold out of a single shadow. Truly amazing!

Breakdown
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions
  • MAC Next to Nothing - brow highlight
  • MAC Moth Brown - as highlighter
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Travel Defualts - Do you have a default travel makeup routine?

While I was packing for my recent trip to Philadelphia I started to think: I always take the same eye shadow palettes with me when I travel. Usually I throw in something a little more fun, just in case, but I still end up defaulting to using the same shadows in some form or another.

My Travel Default Shadows
  • MAC Moth Brown
  • MAC Magic Dust
  • MAC Showstopper
  • MAC Next To Nothing - ok let's face it: This is a default for me anyway.
 I always end up taking the little Barbie Loves MAC quad I made out of Moth Brown, Playful, Magic Dust and Springtime Skipper. I also always take my MAC Smoking Eyes Quad. Every eye I make has at least one of the default shadows mentioned above.

I also have a default liner: MAC Pearlglide in Wolf.

My Default Lipstick
This is trickier because I almost always switch this up somehow (in some shade of nude or pink) but I always have my Chanel Crazed lipstick with me. I don't always use it.

So with my giant collection of shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses do I have default? The answer is simple: I can't look like a drag queen on a business trip, but I want to stay "myself" too. Therefore, MAC Moth Brown is a great shadow for me - neutral, but just a slight hint of purple gray.

Example "Travel Face"


Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Magic Dust - All over lid area
  • MAC Eye shadow in Moth Brown - Crease and corner
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Next to Nothing - Brow highlight
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Smoking - on top of liner
  • MAC Pearlglide in Wolf - line upper and lower
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack

Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Beauty Paowder in Pearl Blossom
  • MAC Blush in Plum Foolery
Lips
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine
  • Fyrinnae Lip Luster in Devil Horns
So do you have a travel beauty arsenal? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Please let me know what your favorite items to take with when you fly below.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Soap In My Hotel Room Is A Rambaldi Artifact

For you Alias lovers put there - what does this remind you of?




Ok, so I really think they are trying to do two diamonds overlapping but it just looks SO MUCH like a Rambaldi thingy I had to post. Do you think Sofitel even realizes it? Yeah, probably not.

Here's the packaging:



It's a frakking Rambaldi device!

Sometimes you just have to be amused by the little things.

(how did my toes get in there?!?)

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Polish - Zoya Shivon (Twin Sister to China Glaze Awakening)

You know how I called China Glaze Awakening "Princess Leia in the Gold Bikini"? Well, Zoya Shivon is "Princess Leia Kicking Ass in the Gold Bikini:



She's kicking ass in the Gold Bikini because she's a bit darker and more vibrant, by the way. Here are some more images:



I love this color so much I had to have it from two different brands! Ha! Now if only I could get this exact color in a Lipstick...

Color
Rose Gold duochrome. It's like that gold bikini and that skirt morphed into one color. LOVE! also a good choice for people who are tired of your standard Pinks and Reds because this color has a bit of spunk.


Application
Two coats, no problems.

Wear
Has the usual Zoya wear on me - perfectly long wearing. For me that means I need to replay it on Day 3 at the latest.

Bottom Line
You don't need it if you have China Glaze Awakening, but if you don't have either this is the one I would get.

If you do know of a lipstick this shade, let me know immediately! Thank you.

See my comparison for Shivon and Awakening.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Polsih - Zoya Buffy: Not The Vampire Slayer

To be perfectly clear: Zoya Buffy is a good polish. It's just not my color. Maybe it's your color, though.

This is what happens when I buy a polish for the name only - I end up with something that is not to my liking. Poor poor Buffy. The name "Buffy" evokes images of "Vampire Slayer" and butt-kicking and to me this polish is anything but. It's very girly, and serene. It's just not me. But maybe that's also "Buffy". Ms. Summers was a girly girl at heart.

Color
Blush color "nude" (I hate that term because it isn't nude for everyone) with pearly gold finish. Would probably look better on someone else's skin tone. On Darker skin tones I think this could be striking.

Application
Two, possibly 3 coats. I had issues with this one - not the easiest application and drying.

Wear
Wear was fine with Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and Seche Vite. I don't think this polish likes Seche Vite very much.

Bottom Line
If Buffy is your thing, go for it. But she's kick-ass enough for me.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Window Shopping: Alexander McQueen on Gilt

Now, I'm not going to say too much, but I was browsing the Alexander McQueen sale on Gilt today and a few things stood out (both good and bad). Obviously, the price is way more than I would ever be able to afford. So I quickly took some pics and thought I'd share with you what stood out to me. In retrospect, after grabbing these images from Gilt, clearly I'm being drawn to silhouette right now.

It's not the print that is interesting here, but the way the hips are designed. You'll see that echoed in several other things I chose to look at further. 

This jacket was interesting because it looked to me like it was doing the same thing structurally to the shoulders that was being done to the hips in the previous dress. The print here, really does call attention to itself - you'll see an example further down of why it interests me.


Sort of "The Matrix goes to Prom" and I'd totally be on board with that except I don't like the shoes chosen for this look. Personally, I'd like the skirt to be shorter, but I think it is the length that makes it interest here. But ugh on the shoes with that dress!


This is what I was saying about that print! This look reminds me of a moth or bones or something scary. I find it nearly impossible to take my eyes away from it because I find this piece so disturbing. The structure of the jacket really adds to that feel for me and emphasizes the sharpness and harshness - almost a bug-like quality. Easily my favorite of the selection on Gilt just because it makes me think about aliens.

Sort of ethereal don't you think?

Here's that alien-bug print but with color. I threw this in just to contrast. I think I like the tan version better but this dress would just be fun to wear, I think. Not too wild about the fabric loops on the back - I don't want to keep checking myself to make sure my dress didn't catch on anything . (You will see this detail in several of the other items on Gilt). 

No, just no. I don't care who you are (alive or dead) Shiny harem pants = no! The poor model looks like she has chicken legs!


And of course there is a dress that is just gorgeous and simple, redeeming the Harem Pants. Well maybe not entirely. But I love this dress. I have several friends I'd love to see this on. Sorry I don't have the cash to buy it for them.

Anyway, did you check out Alexander McQueen on Gilt today? If so, what did you think?

Don't have a Gilt Group Membership yet? Get an invite through me!

All images from Gilt Group.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Check Out JoeyBunny's New Blog!

The lovely JoeyBunny who blogs on PinkSith has created a new blog around her extensive eyeshadow collection: Too Many Eye Shadows.

Her mission is to use a different shadow every day. I am totally psyched to see what combos she comes up with. What about you?


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Polish - Zoya Lola (a.k.a Twin Sister to OPI Pompeii Purple)

I don't know how a polish can be both a "Cream" and a "Duochrome" but here's the proof the concept exists.



Zoya Lola is, in my eyes, the younger sister of Zoya Layla (The Power Pink). Younger sister because she has just a little more "pop" and "pizazz" and doesn't quite know what she wants to be when she grows up (Cream Polish or Duochrome). Maybe she's content being both. But here's the thing: She our little Lola has a twin sister: OPI Pompeii Purple. I kid you not - they're nearly indistinguishable. I'll do a comparison sometime for you.

Color
Hot pink cream, base that is nearly identical to Zoya Layla, but it has this overtone duochrome of blue-purple. The effect is very cool.

Application
As you can tell, I had some difficulty. I think this has to do with my bottle being very old. I used three coats to apply it, and it didn't dry very easily (thus the mishap on my index finger). But under normal circumstances I expect this would be a two coater.

Wear
As with most Zoya colors, I have not had a problem with the wear. On me, I can get 3 days of good wear. On normal people, I bet you could go a lot longer.


Bottom Line
You don't need Lola if you have OPI Pompeii Purple, but I think I prefer Lola. You may not need Lola if you have Layla, unless you want the duochrome finish.

The Evil Twin - just silly
According to my husband, if there are twins one of them is always evil. According to him, The Evil Twin is the one that "came out on the left". Go figure.  Between OPI Pompeii Purple and Zoya Lola? I may have to do some testing to see which one is the Evil Twin.
(Note: Having known several sets of twins, I don't believe in my husband's Evil Twin theory).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Maya Luz Showing Collection 'Creature' Spring/Summer 11 at Styleweek Providence


I got a lovely little invitation in my mailbox to attend Maya Luz's show at Styleweek Providence. The show will take place on June 11th at 7 pm at The Hotel Providence. We are encouraged to extend the invitation, thus I am extending it to you, my lovely readers, in case you are in a position to attend. I am most certainly unable to do so (very regrettably because I would LOVE to attend). All they ask is that you R.S.V.P. to  "rsvp at styleweekprovidence dot com".

As you recall, Maya Luz is the designer from this past season on Project Runway who quit and decided not to show at Bryant Park. I looked her up after her departure and fell in love with her bags.

Please let me know if you are going to go. I would love to hear what you think!

Biker Chic - Playing more with Fyrinnae

I am in total lust over this eye shadow. Let me tell you up front, these pictures do not do Fyrinnae Biker Chic Eye Shadow justice:


Fyrinnae Biker Chic Eye Shadow is a color that has a black base but is loaded with a TON of blue sparkles. It's sort of Chanel Nuit de Russie for the eyes. Sadly I do not own that polish, so I have to make due with substitutions like China Glaze Blk-Bila-Bong but I'm off track. The point is I am in LUST with Biker Chic. See the pic on the Right - you can see a bit of the sparkle I'm talking about. My camera just didn't pick it up very well. I did have to apply it over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I want to try it over a few other things as well (like one of MAC's Greasepaint Sticks or something).

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy - small amount on lid
  • Fyrinnae Eye Shadow in Biker Chic - patted heavily onto Pixie Epoxy. Reapply after blending with the Satin Taupe
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe - Blended in crease as much as possible try not to mess up the Biker Chick (I still have something to learn about blending with Fyrinnae here).
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch - Brow highlight color
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder - Line the entire eye, waterline on lower lid. As you can see - it washed out quickly.I need MAC Carbon Eye Shadow so bad.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plush Black
Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Blush in Stray Rose
Lips
  • MAC Lipliner in Dervish - used this to add a slight touch of pink.
  • Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Bare Sholders - main lip color. It's VERY nude color (well, pale white girl nude color). :)
Thoughts on Fyrinnae
I must admit, Pixie Epoxy has turned me into a bit of a Fyrinnae convert. I really hated this line before I owned it. The true test will be when I try it with Rapunzel Had Extensions because that was my huge let down. Always looked so pretty on other people, but it never looked that way on me. Maybe the secret is in the Epoxy. But we'll discuss that at a later date.

Window Shopping: Totally Lusting After This Shoe

Ruelala had a Rock & Republic sale today. I discovered my love of Rock & Republic shoes last year shopping with Sumo in San Francisco area. Here's what I have my eye on today:


Paulina, by Rock & Republic 
(normal price $350)


And the Back

The price is just still too much right now for me to impulse buy, sadly. It also comes in other colors (purple and gray) but I like the brown. 

Don't belong to Ruelala? Use my Invitation Link!

Makeup for "Date Night" at the Melting Pot

The Melting Pot in Dayton Ohio recently had an awesome deal where two couples (total of four people really) could eat appetizer, salad and entree for the grand total of $70. That's a GREAT Price. My husband and I went with another married couple that we know. But when it came time to do my makeup I was totally not into it.


I feel like the Melting Pot ended up on my eyes, and not in a good way. I wanted clear definition in my colors and lost that. I also wanted to highlight how cool Improper Copper is under Gleam, and that was washed away too by the much stronger Expensive Pink. It was my first time working with Improper Copper and let me tell you - I am going to have to work with it some more because it is GORGEOUS! I wanted to use it for eyes, cheeks AND lips... maybe I'll do just that some day.

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Cream Colour Base in Improper Copper
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Gleam
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Expensive Pink
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack

Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Blush in Afterdusk

Lips
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Bettina
  • Zoya Hot Lips in Meow
Anyway, we had a wonderful time at dinner. Megan was our server. They stuck us at a booth in the bar area - which was good because we were away from the other guests. My husband and his friend can get very loud and obnoxious when they are together. I think my hubby just brings it out in people.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quest for My Pretty - Shakeology Cleanse One Week Later

Hey everyone!

I thought after my very quick drop of 5 lbs on the Shakeology Cleanse I would stop back in and let you know how I am doing now.

  • Yes, I have gained some weight back. But I expect this is because a lot of what I lost during the Shakeology cleanse was probably water. 
  • Cravings - these are practically gone. I haven't eaten ice cream all week (though I did have desert at The Melting Pot Dayton yesterday). I haven't had coffee in a week. For me that is huge. Actually, chocolate probably is the only craving I can't ditch but my shake partially takes care of that for me.
  • No, I haven't exercised yet. But I'm planning on it! I promise! Purchased Turbo Jam from Beachbody.com to get me started.
  • I am still drinking a Shakeology shake every morning.
  • I am still drinking Green Tea every day. In fact, reader Spudsbud and I have made a pact to try to work Green Tea into our routine just because it's better than a lot of other stuff.
  • I have been consuming at least one piece of fruit a day instead of chips or something else. 
  • I had my first alcoholic beverage last night - I haven't been wanting to drink it as much as I did before the cleanse. This may change as I also picked up a bottle of Prosecco and two bottles of Sake last night. But we'll see. Trying to be better about this.
 Still haven't had soda since, what, March?

Anyway, I very much want to do another one of these Cleanses because of how good I felt afterward. I don't know how often you can do them, though. I do wonder if the Shakeology is responsible for my craving reduction, as it claims to reduce cravings. Still doesn't mean I like the healthy food any better though!

Current Weight: 203.2 lbs 

My Face of the Day for The Althea Harper Trunk Show

You know I agonized over what I would wear on my face to Althea Harper's Trunk Show. I had this picture in my mind - and I think I got pretty close to what I wanted to do.


I was really feeling the MAC Circa Plum this day. I wanted to something pretty with it. In the end I sort of covered it up, but it still looks nice.

Breakdown

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Paint Pot in Perky - all over lid
  • MAC Pigment in Circa Plum - Patted on top of Perky
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Shale - Swept all over the Circa Plum (see I said I covered it up). Shale is an under appreciated color in my opinion, by the way.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Shadowy Lady - touched into crease very lightly.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Next to Nothing - brow highlight
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Tilt - Using pencil brush, fill in lower lid with Tilt
  • MAC Kohl Power in Feline - Waterlined the entire eye, then smudged a little bit along the top with Shadowy Lady
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
Tilt Tip: MAC Tilt is a duochrome eyeshadow. Try it over black sometime. You get some interesting green hues. 

Face
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • MAC Blush in Strada
  • MAC Blush in Plum Foolery
Lips - Why do I always get my hair sticking to my lipglass? Oh right - sticky MAC lipglass
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine
  • MAC Lipglass in Quick Tease

And an odd profile shot which for some reason I decided looked nice and wanted to share.

Doesn't my cheek look pretty? MAC Strada is (was) MAGIC!

Polish - Zoya Alegra


When I hear the word "Alegra" I often think of a song I had to play while taking violin lessons as a child (Suzuki method). I think it was spelled "Allegra" however.  For a long time, that song was my favorite to play because it went very fast in comparison to the other songs in Book 1. This polish is much more exciting than that song ever was to play.

Color
Deep fuchsia with glitter. Packed with sparkle! I didn't originally think I would purchase this one because I have so many other pink or red glitters but I thought it might be different enough to pick up. For me it was different than anything else I own.

Application
Alegra could have used 3 coats. I only used two. My application is patchy on some nails.

Wear
Very well. I actually let a friend of mine use this polish before me and she had it on her nails for a week at least.

Bottom Line
I'm in love with Alegra. I would suggest purchasing her if you're on the fence. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pretty in Dayton Mentioned in Zoya's Blog! Super cool!

I'm scrolling through my Google Reader, and Oh my gosh! My hand is staring back at me!  I'm totally psyched that Zoya decided to use my picture of Richelle in their blog for suggestion for their post Hot Prom Looks from Zoya Nail Polish. That totally makes my day. Had to share!

Here is  my pic in question:


Read my review of Richelle , in case you were curious and missed it.

Prom in Dayton - The Ride and Other Things

Now this is something you don't see every day...


I don't have pretty dresses for you right now but I just wanted to show this shot and talk about The Ride. Happened to see this when I was waiting in line to get in to the Althea Harper Trunk Show and snapped the pic. Wow have limos come a long way since I went to prom! When I went to the Prom - the first time we had a limo and there was nothing special about it. What was special was that I was a sophomore in a limo full of seniors (no one but seniors could go unless they were invited by a senior at my school). I remember stepping out of that limo in my giant-ass skirt and running up the steps of the Michigan Union (Ann Arbor) and feeling like Cinderella - showing up someplace I wasn't expected to looking fabulous and totally single. The experience totally overwhelmed me and that we had a limo as our coach was the icing on the cake. I was just having a good time. I think that was true for all of us riding in that car that night - just friends having a unbelievably good time. Of course, my date had asked to be his girlfriend afterward and sort of ruined that evening because I wasn't interested - so I leave that out of my happy memory of my first Prom.

The second time I went to Prom (when I actually was a senior), we didn't even take a limo. We took my boyfriend's P.O.S. car which he lovingly referred to as "The Hamster" because it ran like there were hamster wheels powering it.  This was just fine with me because I was going to the Prom with my oh-so-wonderful boyfriend. I was so happy, I totally didn't care what we arrived in. Who I was going with was the big deal to me - we hadn't really told that many people we were dating (for stupid high school "political" reasons) and this was our "coming out" party, so to speak. I wouldn't have cared if we'd had to rollerblade to Prom - actually, I probably would have thought that was pretty cool.

So do you really need a limo? No,  you really don't. But you might want it depending on your circumstances. If you're going from my experience - you only need one if you're a going with a group of friends and someone there is trying to impress the girl and possibly date her later. That being said, there is something special about arriving in style. So if you were in the group that chose the Pink Ride, you totally score points with me for going that extra mile. It is a little ridiculous though - but fun ridiculous!

Incidentally, of the Prom Dresses I saw that night I did notice the following Trends:
  • Floor length (duh, and THANK GOODNESS)
  • Sequins, but not on the entire dress (more like an embelishment)
  • Prints for Formal Wear!!! (totally into this and wish I had pictures)
  • Silhouette - the simple straight gown seemed to be very popular. With criss-crossing straps in the back. Nice to know my prom dress would have fit in today (though mine didn't have rhinestones).
As for the boys, there is a trend that I noticed: There is always some silly *coughfuturedouchecough* wearing a white tux who thinks he's the sh*t. Usually with a pimp hat. And his lady spends the rest of the night trying to keep him from getting his white tux dirty. This was true when when I went to the prom, and still seems to be the true today. Also still popular - little boys in silly looking zoot suits. I think it's nice they are having fun  because they probably won't have as much fun with their other formal attire in their life but sometimes I think these little miniature men should go with the KISS approach. Keep It Simple Stupid!

Also stupid: Choosing the Cheesecake Factory for Prom when it doesn't take reservations. Go somewhere that takes reservations! Don't make your ladies wait, fellas! Ladies, if you're doing the planning, you should know you don't want to stand around in heels.

I know. I get mean when talking about Prom. No, I don't have any particular reason. I'll shut up now.

The Tokidoki Display At My Local Sephora

Last week during my trip to the Greene for the Althea Harper Trunk Show I also stopped in Sephora, of course. They were introducing their latest family member: Tokidoki. I had never tried Tokidoki before and I didn't have time to play with too much while I was there, but the clerk said the Perfetto Eyeliner Pens were amazing.

Here are just some pictures of the display:




I did get a chance to play a bit with some of the eye shadows. For those of you who are brown/taupe lovers, you really may want to think about Chromatico Eyeshadow in Bulleto. I think that was the one I was entranced with. I may pick it up myself.

If you have had experience with Tokidoki please, let me know what you thought of the line in comments below. I may have to pick up some goodies the next time I have some spare cash.

Polish - Zoya Malia and comparison with Perrie

Hot damn! I think this is the best my nails have looked in a long while...


It's amazing what the right polish at the right time can do for your nails (and your mood). Think this was named after Malia Obama? Probably. I'm guessing so.

Color
Light Purple Lilac. My picture actually turned out a little more blue than Malia looks indoors. It's actually a touch warmer than my pic.


Application
Two coats cream dream. I didn't even do any touch up on my nails.

Wear
Staying on strong like a good Zoya polish does. I do have a little bit of tip wear the second day, but it's not bad at all. Certainly not enough to make me want to change my polish.

Bottom Line
Malia is a good solid choice.

Comparison with Perrie
As luck would have it, Zoya sent me the following swatch set for Sparkle and Shine with my recent Hotlips order.


(I may reconsider not purchasing Flash after seeing this set) 

While gushing over the fact that they sent this (yay to the marketing team!) I took the opportunity to compare Malia with Perrie.


As you can see Perrie is a lot lighter than Malia and a little more red, but sort of in the same family. I think they would make an interesting Konad pair if anyone were up to the challenge.

Psst! Zoya - you can send me swatches like this ANYTIME you want! I love it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fashion Report: The Althea Harper Trunk Show at Envy



As I mentioned last week, Althea Harper would be having a trunk show at Envy, at The Greene in Beavercreek Ohio. Being only a 20 minute drive from my house you know I had to go.

(Are you ready for a long post?)

Althea Harper, as you probably know, was a contestant on Project Runway who I've been keeping my eye on. She has local Dayton roots, be even if she didn't I think she'd still be a designer to follow. This was not the first time I had met Althea - but I had never been to a trunk show before. I didn't know entirely what to expect. When I hear the word "Trunk Show" I usually think "Bridal" but I know they are used in other contexts as well. I sort of knew a bit about them - that usually you get a chance to peek at samples of a designer's line and quite often the designer is there to answer questions. But that's really all I knew. I had been to Envy before and I was unsure how anything productive could happen in a store that small with the crowd Althea Harper would attract (more on that later).

Althea was as lovely as ever, very kind and gracious with her time with me as well as everyone else. She clearly had been working up to the last minute - her hands were blue! Poor woman! I bet she was dying those strips of jersey she was selling at Envy as scarves right before the event. There were even some dye splotches on her dress (which at least one person asked me if they were intentional). I'm pretty sure they were not - only Althea knows for sure!

About the Althea Harper Line
***Now Online at AltheaHarper.com***


The price range is about $150 to $500. Her sizes are from size 2 through 14, I believe. When Althea told me the sizes, I frowned and said I was dissapointed. Ok, I loudly pouted. She asked what size I was, and I replied to which she said "You are NOT a size 18, really???" and that I should just talk to her if I saw something I liked. She totally made my day with that statement! Her Sittella dresses did seem rather forgiving so I suspect there may be a piece or two I can fit into - but I don't think my body type is right for them. In any case, I had my eye on other items from her namesake line.

By the way, it seems that Althea Harper has continued her Sci-Fi influenced theme that she took to Project Runway. Personally, I'm excited about this because, well, you know me and Sci-Fi. If I can work that love into my wardrobe, all the better.

Assimilation - Spring/Summer 2010
While the name of this collection has me seriously freaked out (Assimilation?), the items in the collection are quite practical and serene. It reminds me a little of Stephanie Meyer's The Host - You will be Assimilated and peaceful! Although again, only Althea knows her true inspiration and why it was named "Assimilation".

Althea's favorite item from the collection, she mentioned, was the white blazer which she said could be used in a variety of occasions. I think it was the "Charley" jacket she was referring to (pictured right, image from Althea Harper.com). I am not positive if I picked out the correct jacket from her collection. I'll be honest - I didn't get a good look at it at Envy. However, there were a few other items from Assimilation that I did get a look at and loved quite a bit!

The Nicole Vest - $380
A knitted piece where the only thing special about it seems to be the yarn. Why did I like this piece? Anything that calls to mind visions of Tauntauns from Star Wars is a good thing by me - and that's exactly what I thought of when I laid eyes on it (sorry Althea - I hope you don't take offense). But you know what? I could see myself wearing it so it was one of the items I focused on the most. I am into layering at the moment. I think it makes me look thinner. Something like this light-weight knit would be perfect for me. I consider it to be rather seasonless in it's design (though the price is still too high for me to afford comfortably). You can see a much better picture of how it wears on her site. I suspect reader sorchabeanrmt will like it as well - I thought of her when I saw it.

The Horse Skirt - $275 (pictured way below on model)
This reminded me a lot of something I would see in Anthroplogie. In fact, I've seen skirts like this at Anthropologie. I would have considered getting a skirt like this at Anthropologie if they carried my size. Sumo owns a skirt from Anthropologie with this gathered detail but in a pin-stripe. Regardless, I still think this skirt is awesome! Althea Harper's skirt had a print with gathering detail, gathering to the right side of the skirt (if you're wearing it). The effect overall is quite pretty. I love skirts like this because if you're moving around or sitting you don't have to worry quite as much about wrinkling it because folds are already built in.

The Contour Dress - $275, image from AltheaHarper.com
My friend pulled this right off the rack and stated how much she liked it. I am including the image from Althea's website because it is much better than the picture I was able to take at the Trunk Show. If I were ever able to buy any dress from Althea Harper this might be it. I suspect that the nature of the print on this dress would do a lot to enhance a woman's figure and flatter rather than bulge.

Overall this line didn't really catch me as much as her fall line. My friend thought that the colors were too drab for her liking - I agree but I don't mind. I would have a hard time finding homes for some of these pieces individually in my personal wardrobe. I just don't dress in light blue and tan. But I know some people who do and the piece they need could be found in Assimilation.
Contour Dress detail on the Print

On the Left: Contour Mini - $375 (reminds me of Cylons in a good way, the sexy way)
On the right: Horse Skirt - $275 and The Boyfriend Tee $165 - I thought this shirt was overpriced. Actually I think the outfit is overpriced for my tastes. I wish the model had untucked the shirt and slapped a cool belt around her waste and the shirt instead. tucked in just looks strange.

On the Subject of Althea's Scarves
I suspect these were a last minute decision of Althea's, probably something quick and cheap fans could buy to support her brand. I had every intention of picking one up - until I realized that the threads on the end of some of the scarves was coming undone - the last thing I would want would be to lose the Althea Harper label off my strip of tie-dyed jersey cloth! I don't want one rushed, though. Also, I had a difficult time finding Althea's mother to make the order. So I will wait until these are available on her website (if they are to be available).

Guess what! Prices and styles for Althea's spring collection are available to purchase now from her website! It's up so get shopping!

Anyway, on to Fall!

Althea Harper - Fatalistic Futurism: Fall 2010
I wanted to highlight a few pieces I love from Althea Harper's fall collection. You can view the entire collection on her website. Sadly, not all of it was available at her trunk show so I don't have great pics for you.

The Big Large Chunky Hoodie (name unknown) - Image from Althea Harper.com
This stood out to me mostly because it's a knit and I love knits. I think the model in this picture absolutely sells the look. I got to see this lovely chunky wonderfulness in all it's glory at the show and you know what? It's just straight knit stitch! The twist - it's made of shoe string yarn! Althea let me in on that little secret. I'm busy trying to track some down now because I absolutely think it would be fun to knit with. This sweater, though I could make it myself, is on my short list of things that Althea Harper has created that I would like to own in the near future.

The Dress I'd Love to Own But Could Never Wear (name unknown) - Image from Althea Harper.com
I specifically asked Althea about this dress because it has been in my mind for weeks since this collection debued. At first I thought the knitted sleeve on the sheath was strange but it really grew on me. When I asked Althea how she came up with the idea for this, she said that she "threw it in at the last minute" as a way to bring the print into the show in another way (she had previously used it on a shirt). She then added "It's in L.A. at the moment - Kourtney Kardashian has it." My jaw pretty much hit the floor. Of course I would pick the dress La Kardashian had her eyes on! Considering I don't always agree with the Kardashian Fashion Sense, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Regardless, I love this dress. LOVE!



I do hope that Althea returns at some point to really show off her fall clothing, because she did have some quite fun pieces in there.

Sittella - Althea Harper's Other Line


What is a "Sittella"? Based on some Google searching it's some type of song bird or a winery. I am not sure which one Althea Harper intended to evoke (if either). But my money is on the song bird.

I did not know this before the show but Althea brought a line of dresses, all of which were jersey (that I saw) and around $200 or less (most around $150). I was excited to see her designing for those of us who can't afford her namesake label. Nearly all the models were wearing clothing from this label, probably because she was expecting the cheaper brand to be more popular with the Daytonites. Of course, if you're shopping in Envy, you're probably used to paying a bit more for your clothing, but that's another story.

The Characteristics of Sittella
Based on what I saw of this line, here are the characteristics I can tell you about it.
  • Sizes: Small, Medium and Large - Sorry ladies, no XL. I was hoping!
  • Jersey, Jersey, Jersey - It was breathable, light, soft, and apparently (according to the models, very comfortable. But I questioned how well it would hold up.
  • Blue, Grey, Green, Brown color palette - a little drab. I would have loved to see some of these dresses in awesome bright shades. The friend I took with me was very turned off by this. I love drabs, but I do think Althea could totally rock this line by producing a rainbow of colors.
  • Long dresses - at least knee length or longer.
  • Very Body-conscious - if you have curves of any kind, this clothing will show them. If you have curves you don't want seen, they will be seen! Not for the woman who is self-conscious of her spare tire.
  • You better love your boobs - because they will get shown off! And you know I love myself items of clothing that are boobalicious but I have fears about wearing these dresses. I think they would look lovely on the less-endowed-than-me crowd.
I really saw some of these dresses being layered either over swimsuits at the beach, or with a cardigan at work. As Althea's sister pointed out - they could even be worn on the red carpet if properly accessorized. I'm not sure I totally agree with that statement, but Althea has worn the same dress her sister was wearing at an award event so it has happened. The point is - these dresses are easily adaptable. Am I jealous of those who can wear these dresses? You bet I am! I encourage you to check out the line when it becomes available on Althea's Website next (next month I believe).



Althea's Sister Wearing One of the Dresses
(Due to the cramped space I took this sitting down - not the most flattering shot, I am sorry)


Hair and Makeup For the Models

Hair and Makeup was apparently provided by Hausfelds (which you know I love if you follow my posts about my ever changing hair color). The hair was very carefree, and fit very well with the jersey dresses in the line. I did ask one of the models for a closeup of her makeup (above). You'll notice the double eyeliner - black, followed by a streak of gold before the shadow complimenting her dress. The look was quite striking, in my opinion. It reminded me of a subdued version of the MAC for McQueen look back in 2007 - just a smidgen Egyptian with a less bold blue than McQueen wanted.

Lips were neutral with a little bit if shimmer. Because there wasn't much shimmer in the eyes I think this worked very well.

I didn't get a chance to find out what was used but I know that Hausefelds used to sell Jane Iredale - I don't know if they still do. If it is Jane Iredale I suspect they had to do something trixie to get that awesome gold used on the double liner here.

Envy As a Trunk Show Location for Althea Harper

While the Trunk Show was fun I did think there were some things that Envy could do to improve the experience for their attendees. Here are my suggestions:
  • Check "The List" - If you're going to take the time to take names, give them priority. Otherwise, why bother with a list?
  • Open On Time - The doors opened about 15 minutes late. When it's raining outside, not a good thing.
  • Organize Your Interior - People seemed to expect a "Meet and Greet" line for Althea. There also seemed to be maybe a line for drinks. In the end, there really was no line. Having a clear delegation of space would help. If you don't intend lines, then make that more apparent by having your staff mingle instead of huddling around the register.
  • Don't Block The Doorway - There was a big round table directly in front of the door with tanks and scarves as well as Althea flyers. Put a stack of fliers on a pedestal by the door, move the tanks and scarves to the side. Let us enter easier. It may work for day to day traffic, but in this case it was too much of an obstacle.
  • Give The Models A Plan - The models hung out in the back at first and didn't really seem to know what was going on. Make sure they are helping the crowd mingle if anything.They are there to be seen! Use them as greeters even.
  • Provide Better Access To the Designer's Clothing - There was a rack in the corner which made it difficult to get to and browse. If you don't intend on selling your stores regular content, I suggest removing it from your racks temporarily and putting Althea's content in it's place somewhere. There was great "Along the Wall" rack in the back across from the food that would have been perfect.
  • Food And Drink Should Be Easier to Access - Put that table along the side, not in front of the register where the hallway narrows. Remove clothing from that area if necessary.
  • Use the Register For Orders - Yes, Althea's Mother was taking orders but unless you were psychic it was hard to get that information, and she was sitting back by the dressing rooms. Why not provide a place behind the counter where it would make sense to put her and allow shoppers for easy access? I didn't purchase anything partially because it was so hard to get to the person taking orders.
  • There was no place for anyone to sit - I was lucky enough to share a seat with Althea's soon to be Grandmother-in-law (yes I did offer her the entire seat but she suggested we share - very sweet woman). Other people might have stayed longer if there was some seating.
  • Showcase the Designer Immediately - There was a good 10 minutes before Althea made her move to introduce herself and her collection. While that's ok to take the time to get everyone in, Have a set up that puts her in a place of importance and lets people know where she's going to talk (and that she'll do it soon). It's her day, let her shine!
  • Offer a Discount on Regular Store Merchandise to People Who Attended - Just a little bonus of goodwill I'm suggesting. :)
Yes, I'm being really picky on Envy. But I do think improving the attendee experience would assist both the store and the designer. So says the User Experience Specialist in me!
    Talking With Althea (and Her Family) About Personal Things

    Quite by accident, as I mentioned, I ended up chatting with Althea's sister and Grandmother-to-be. The mentioned that Althea would be getting married in Dayton, and did not reveal a date. Grandma-to-be said she didn't know it, so I'm not sure if it's set yet or not. However, I did ask Althea a very important question: Would she be designing her own wedding dress? "Of course! And the Bridesmaid Dresses!" she answered. She said that many of her Twitter followers have been telling her she should have Carol Hannah (friend of Althea's and former competitor on Project Runway) design her dress. But Althea dismissed that idea quickly - "Like I can't design a wedding dress?" Of course she can! And you know what? I can't wait to see it!

    Myself (left) with the Gorgeous Golden Goddess Althea Harper (right, of course)

    Did anyone else attend? If you did I would love to hear what you thought. I was so excited about this. It was quite a fun event for me to attend, but I'm looking for some other Fashion Lovers to go with me if she ever comes around again. Let me know who you are in the comments below!
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