June 30, 2011

Item of the Week: Orange Silk Satine

Somehow these orange silk "Julia" trousers from Satine just appeal to me. The gorgeous colour is irresistible even though I do wonder how many times does one wear orange silk trousers?

$425 at Satine

June 26, 2011

Inspiration: Urnatur

I just loved the Anthropologist videos and photos on Urnatur, a Swedish retreat that just seems magical and gorgeous, as though everything designed belongs in a fairytale. It's interesting to see the way that the retreat is designed with cabin and treehouse architecture that I would describe as "rustic folksy woodland meets modern."

Also very much worth checking out is the Urantur site which has more photos of the lovely retreat built by forester Håkan Strotz and his wife, biologist and designer Ulrika Krynitz.

June 24, 2011

Item of the Week: Heels that Suit You

I think these shoes from Danish shoe designer Lola Ramona are such a witty, cute little spin on a man's suit and tie.

$199 at Modcloth

June 22, 2011

What I Love Now! - June Jewels

This month I'm in love with: Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder (add vitamin C to your favorite toner), Luxirare's gorgeous food posts (think yummy science experiments!), Girl from Savoy's Sunny Soiree Dress, and I'm still obsessing over Ellis Faas's Creamy Eyes so I reshot the makeup in natural light.

What do you love right now?

June 19, 2011

Inspiration: Kirsten Dunst for Band of Outsiders

I just find this Tea Party photograph of Kirsten Dunst with a massive toy elephant having tea at the Huntington Botanical Gardens to be so delightful and charming - and yes since it's a lookbook outfit, I do want her clothes! Check out the remaining lookbook photos from Band of Outsiders at Fashion Gone Rogue.

June 18, 2011

Item of the Week: Timo Weiland Sweetheart Dress

Timo Weiland Sweetheart Cocktail Dress in Landscape Print

First of all the matching beret is just absolutely hideous in my opinion, but I love and adore the natural landscape print on the dress. The use of printed sheer silks in changing patterns are a lovely and slightly unexpected combination. Personally I've never come across Timo Weiland before as the brand is fairly new, but if this dress is any indication of Timo's future aesthetics, I definitely look forward to more designs!

$466 at Forward by Revolve

June 14, 2011

Review: Tatcha Aburatorigami Papers

I got a sample of these Tatcha papers tucked inside one of my online beauty orders. They are just simply gorgeous handmade 100% abaca leaf papers with bits of gold leaf throughout - almost too precious to use as merely blotting papers! 

I did try one sheet on my face as I tend to have oily/combination skin and they are definitely very absorbent. You can tell they are very well made, much more substantial than Boscia's Blotting Linens, which I already carry in my makeup bag, though also considerably more expensive at around 40 cents a sheet versus 1 cent a sheet. 

Verdict: An amazing luxury item and definitely fun to try out - but I think far too expensive for everyday use for most gals. I'd rather invest my beauty dollars in a really good moisturizer or a fantastic makeup brush.

$12 at BeautyHabit for single pack of 30 sheets

June 12, 2011

Inspiration: Paris-Byzance

Photography: Luciana Val and Franco Musso
Model: Guienevere Van Seenus

How gorgeous is Guienevere? I love the concept, makeup, and somehow thanks to the magic of Karl blue velvet doesn't look tacky anymore!

June 09, 2011

Item of the week: Lace Shrug Alice Temperley

Selena Lace Shrug

I seem to be a bit enamored of lace recently. Perhaps Kate Middleton's wedding dress has just launched my love of white lace. This shrug above is too beautiful -  intricate and gorgeous!

$1,275 at Net a Porter

June 07, 2011

Ellis Faas Love Part II

I wanted to do a look with the Ellis Faas E105 Creamy Eyes that I had mentioned before - nothing too complicated. However, I had to fake the Ellis Faas look somewhat since I don't have the entire range of products. Also I found that with photography, makeup looks much lighter than it does in person.

Update: I decided to reshoot the makeup in natural light to give it a bit more justice

Becca - Luminous Skin Colour - Sand
Ellis Faas - Creamy Eyes - E105
Korres - Mango Butter Lipstick - Natural Pink

Here's a How-To video from Ellis Faas on applying the creamy eyes. I think because of the lighting and amount of product it appears much darker on her than on me because I already had tons of it on:

June 06, 2011

Ellis Faas Love Part I

After watching beauty review videos on Ellis Faas from Kokolaroo and Lisa Eldridge, I decided to take the plunge and buy one of the Creamy Eyes eyeshadows in E105. For those not familar with the Ellis Faas range, nearly all the products are liquid and come housed in gorgeously sleek pens with either brush or sponge applicators.

For me, it's a gorgeous brown that on my eyes can range from milky warm chocolate when I wear a light layer to almost a taupe lavender brown when I go more intense with it. It sounds a bit odd how one colour seems to have many colours within it, but the whole premise of Ellis Faas colours is that they are never pure primary colours, but rather mixes of colours.

The bottom of each pen has the colour and number so you know what you're putting on your face. And yes, the heart I drew is with the actual eyeshadow colour itself so you get a sense of the pure colour set against white. It's highly pigmented yet so easy to blend with fingers or brushes. And it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. Also it's nice that the product does "set" once it dries and lasts all day so you can also use it as an eyeliner.

This is a video of Ellis Faas explaining how she came up with the products. I love the Makeup Not War concept and frankly if the Creamy Eyes pens weren't so darn expensive at $36 a pop or the fact that I need to trek to a SpaceNK counter to find these, I'd probably buy the entire range since I love the look of the makeup and the sort of painterly way it blends into skin.

A few of the Youtube beauty gurus have mentioned issues with the applicator - either product not coming out or gushing out. However, when I went to my local SpaceNK counter to buy, the applicator for Creamy Eyes had already been redesigned presumably to prevent those sorts of issues. 

So far my technique to use the pens has been twist for a few clicks, do my other makeup in the meantime, and then apply so the brush actually get saturated with the product. I also wash the applicator after every use. It's probably not great for those of us who are twist happy and need instant gratification, but frankly, given how amazing the eyeshadow itself is and the fact that I keep reaching for this eyeshadow more than anything else, I think it's worth every penny!

I'll post "in real life" photos of the product on myself for Part II tomorrow - stay tuned!

June 03, 2011

Item of the Week: Anthro Jaunty Bow Heels

I first mentioned how I had spotted a lovely pair of Maloles shoes at the SF Anthropologie in this earlier post and was delighted that the shoes were finally released online so I could post an actual photo. And size 5's are available no less! Though I have to admit these shoes are extremely pricey, given that they aren't even entirely leather. *sigh* A girl can dream...

$378 at Anthropologie
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