[Weekly Shades] Neon, Now. Right Now.

So it’s still winter. It’s still icky and gloomy and freezing freaking cold (I actually physically couldn’t feel my neck or face earlier today because of the wind). So my manicure is attempting it’s very hardest to remind me of summer, and oceans and craziness that happens with me and my friends (side-note: did you know it is possible to get lost in a bathroom? It is. I stand as witness).

 

 

 

I used China Glaze‘s “Turned Up Turquoise (Neon)” and then used OPI‘s “Black Shatter” on my ring finger, but I applied it very lightly, and then sort of swooshed the brush around as it was drying to get the cool almost zebra effect with it. Fair warning with the shattered part- you get one shot at it, so be careful.

 

 

xx

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Do Dating Rules Apply to Shopping Too?

Okay, obviously not all of them. I was thinking specifically of that one where supposedly (I’ve never tried it myself) if you hold off on sex for a few months, it’s even better when you do have it. I’m a fairly poor college student… My dad has informed me I get to go to Chicago, (oh the magical windy city, I love you) for my spring break. I’m going to not do ANY shopping until I go. I just decided this a few days ago, and to be totally honest, I’m dying inside already. So does shopping after an extended hiatus make it better? I’d like to think it will haha 🙂

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a shopaholic.

I plan on going all over the city when I’m there: to Akira in Bucktown, to Topshop, and basically the whole miracle mile… My bank account is going to take a major hit, even if I pay off my credit card now, and my dad gives me a little helping out money. I’m mentally preparing. And I already am missing it.

So if you happen to know any way to sooth my shopping deprived soul, or any good places to go to in Chicago *wink wink* I’d really appreciate it.

xx

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So It’s the New Year, The World Hasn’t Ended, What Now?

Predictions for the new year (and believe me, I’ve got a bunch of them):

Music: I should start by saying, a few of these artists I’m just waiting to blow up here in America, honestly not sure when they will, but I promise they will. I’d normally have put Lana Del Rey on this list, but after her absolutely awful SNL performance this past Saturday night, there’s no way in hell I’d ever pay money to see her live. And I give mad props to whoever fixes her voice on her recordings. They’re getting paid their money’s worth.

1. Sky Ferreira – Love this girl. She was originally a model, and I believe she still is modeling, but she’s quite young (20, if that) and can belt it. I recommend 17, Obsession, One, and 108, and for your viewing pleasure, I give you Obsession.

2. SHINee -These next two are going to sound weird, and I still tend to agree except I’ve read on multiple music-related trend forcasting websites that Korean pop music is going to be huge in 2012. Even though I can’t understand a word of these guys except ‘lucifer, love-a-tronic, and love-a-holic,’ I find myself singing in Korean (really), loving their beat and their dancing skills are killer. So, give the boys of SHINee a shot, and watch Lucifer:

3. Girls’ Generation – This is the 2nd Korean pop band, and these girls are even cooler to me than SHINee. There are 9, yes, nine of them. They remind me of the Pussycat Dolls but with a real fashion sense, and much better singing, though their whole ‘thing’ is refined, classy sexiness. I’m a fan of Run Devil Run, and The Boys. Here is The Boys in English (they also have the video in Korean). Honestly, I could see these ladies blowing up and the fast tempo is something I could definitely see being played in clubs in the near future:

Color Trends/ Fashion Trends: Some of these I’m jumping out of my seat for, and others I think I’ll try to avoid completely. According to Pantone (the people who decide all the hot colors for everyone – interior designs and on the runway), “Tangerine Tango” is the color for 2012, though some other ‘in’ colors are black (naturally), teal, sulfur yellow, nudes, pale pinks, and pale blues and grays. Other trends that are going to be in for 2012 include pastels, neutrals in layers, leather (thank god) is still in, color blocking, as well as patterns and lace, plus menswear with a twist seems to be staying for a while too.  I’ve also noticed quite a bit of Indian influence, in both patterns, style, and length of garments. Here’s a little taste of what was seen on the runway:

[SS2012 Eli Tahari; Style.com]

[SS2012 Proenza Schouler; Style.com]

[SS2012 Chanel; Style.com]

[SS2012 Valentino; Style.com]

[SS2012 Valentio; Style.com]

Nail Trends: I really  hope that that sharp claw-like nail thing never translates over to the real-world, there’s no way I could do it, sorry. But, I do love the polish trends that are already sweeping in this year. As a nail polish fiend, I’ve found there to be a few that are outstanding: Ready? Good.

1. New Neons – Pretty much anything goes, as long as it’s bright and gives your hands a bit of pop! I’m a fan of a bright teal-y green, magenta, royal purple, and if you’re going really crazy I approve orange, or even green. If you want to try out this trend but don’t want to spend a ton of money initially, I recommend American Apparel‘s nail polish. At $6 a bottle, you know you’re getting something good but if you don’t like it you’re not going to feel guilty tossing it (which by the way is a terrible thing to do. Don’t do it. Forget I even said it.)

2. Pastels – Anything really – from gray to blue to pink to buff to honey, it’s all in, and they all look good with everyone’s skin tones. Zoya has this promo video for a new line they have (I’m not a huge fan of the video, but it gives a good idea of color range for pastels)

3. Blue/greens – So far, I’ve fallen in love with the clean colors Nails, Inc. has to offer in the blue-green department, but obviously, as with everything else, this is just a jumping off point. The one shown below is Haymarket by Nails, Inc.

4. Glitters Gone Wild – Nicki Minaj and The Muppet’s collections from OPI have seemed to start this craze. I did a Weekly Shade on the Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection” earlier in the month, and I stand firmly by this one. I do think there are the right and wrong times to be wearing a full on glitter manicure, but the other trends of the year can be subtle enough that this one works. Also, Bloomsbury Square (a Nails, Inc. polish) is AMAZING. We bought it for my roommate for her birthday.

xx

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So I’m a Failure, Did You Know?

I’ve been quite the slacker the past weeks, and I’m truly truly sorry. Let me explain: I found out I have mono this past Wednesday and have been attempting to sleep it off while starting classes (they started last week also). Since then, I’ve had a quiz and 3 homework assignments due. And on top of that I’ve been figuring out the application to graduate school and what classes I need to take in the next year to graduate on time. Ugh. It’s all boring, I’m very aware. But I figured I owe you an explanation.

To make up for my lack of presence I give you a few predictions for the coming year, and I’m giggling to myself already about a few of them… And a DIY from FujiFiles, it’s a bit old in the fashion and blogging world, but I’m in love. It’s a perfect iPad case/ purse-y type clutch for my insane multitasking. Later today, I’ll post my weekly shade of nail polish (this one is really brightening up my crappy winter mood), and then depending on how quickly my physics homework and animal science homework gets done tonight, I’ll post a new outfit post (welcome to the redundancy department of redundancy, sorry) either tonight or tomorrow.

xx

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We’re All In the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking At the Stars

[Photo from Lookbook]

[Quote by Oscar Wilde; yes, I’m a literary nerd]

[Weekly Shades] Prettiest Peridot

I am grouchy! Do you want to know why? Probably not, but I’m telling you anyhow. A. Classes are starting up Monday – death – and B. My digital camera friend has taken an unexpected vacation and hasn’t told me where she went! (Her name is Pearl if you happen to run across her sunbathing somewhere).

I’m a little late on my weekly manicure, but I was in Iowa covered in a fashionable color of ‘chicken blood red’. (Yes, I’m totally serious, that’s what you get for having a real life job doing animal nutritional research. For anyone PETA affiliated, we didn’t hurt the birds or kill them, just taking blood to test for various levels of things to make sure they’re healthy. Now, shush, I was talking about more exciting fashionable thingies!

This is probably my favorite nailpolish ever. Chanel’s limited edition Peridot (shade #531). It goes on like a dream, only two thin coats needed to make it totally opaque, and it goes with everything. This is a ridiculous color; it shifts. Sometimes it’s green, sometimes it’s gold, sometimes it’s got this gorgeous cobalt blue tint to it. To be totally honest it reminds me a bit of an emerald beetle’s shell and I say this in the most attractive way possible, honestly, it’s beautiful. I’m a bit late on the blogging scene to be talking about this particular polish, but my love of it overpowers my lateness in the game, sorry.

 

[First Peridot picture close-up: Polish Police]

[Second Peridot picture: from my crappy Blackberry camera… I’m less than pleased Pearl!]

If you ever have a chance to buy it, jump on it. Have a lovely rest of the weekend! Outfit pics to come as soon as Pearl comes home to me!

xx

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GIRLS, READ THIS! I’m not Joking… Seriously!

http://www.refinery29.com/free-zoya-nail-polish

I’m sorry it’s not much of a post, but this is a MUST-HAVE if you like nailpolish; read the articles but essentially, there are NO catches, just pick out 2 nailpolishes from Zoya and in the checkout area enter the code given on Refinery29 and voila! Free things!!

Click!!! Click away!!

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[Enter Your New Obession] Welcome to the World of Leggings

Now I know leggings are sometimes the bitch of fashion; everyone makes fun of them at some point or another, but you know you own at least 3 pairs and love them, especially when no-ones looking. Am I right?

Well. This guy is an ingenious designer out of Australia (gotta love that country)! He’s been at it making creative leggings (and now dresses and skirts as well) for a few years, and finally starting to get a decent amount of recognition. Fair warning, they’re not cheap, but the quality of the fabric, and the patterns are top quality.

Please welcome Black Milk Clothing: I personally have 3 pairs of leggings and a dress. One of my friends got into this designer, and in literally two months she bought 2 skirts, 4 pairs of leggings, and a dress. OBSESSION.

The Clouds Dress – I own this one 🙂 The dress and skirt fabric is the same as the legging fabric, so let me tell you, it sucks in all the right places and just looks amazing overall! My one complaint is it tends to ride up (I’ve heard this can be solved with a cotton/jersey slip-type dress underneath).

Shattered Glass Grapes Leggings – They have these in a few colors, but the bright purple makes me happy; just the boost you need in the winter.

Ribs Black Swimsuit: Did I forget to mention they make swimsuits too? Welll, great news!  They do. People also wear these as body suits, with a skirt or jeans etc etc. I believe Ke$ha wore this exact one in a photoshoot actually…

Galaxy Green Leggings: I have these, LOVE them. The first time I wore them out, a drunk girl yelled after me saying “You’ve got a great ass! I love those! I want to touch your butt and I’m not even lesbian!!!” Her guy (friend? boyfriend?) holding her up says “Yeah, I wanna touch it too!”More Fair Warning: You WILL get hit on/called funny nicknames/get asked where you got these when wearing this brand. Not that it’s a bad thing, just feel like you should know. (In case you’re wondering, I was called ‘Space Pants Girl’ one night I wore these out).

Now fly! Zip that mouse over, at least go check it out, there’s some amazing stuff! (And I promise I’m not getting paid for showing off/ talking about Black Milk’s clothes). I also probably won’t be able to post anything until the weekend since I’ll be in Iowa doing research. So have a good week!!

xx

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Happy Pre-NYE!

I’m actually getting ready as I type this (talk about putting things off ’til the last possible minute)…

Lets get to it!

First of all I hope that everyone has an amazingly awesome new years eve, and 1st, since I’m probably going to be M.I.A. for a few days after this (going back to State and whatnot).

Dress: Milena Jodi Sequin Backless dress from Caruso Caruso in Birmingham,MI

Blazer: BCBG Maxazria Carmela Blazer

Shoes: Charles Jourdan Black Pumps

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Makeup: Nars Duo in Kalahari, Nars limited edition trio in Arabian Nights, and Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

My foundation is Benefit cream foundation in Spin the Bottle…. I’m not wearing any base-type makeup yet in these pictures though, only my eyes are done, and even my eyes don’t have mascara yet (which by the way, I use Benefit Bad Girl Lash).

This is the final product: There’s something to be said for hearing someone else’s opinion sometimes, there really is: this jewelry combo is courtesy of my mom, who rummaged through my jewelry for a good 5 minutes before nodding complacently, and smiling. I love her with all my heart. Thank you mom. i also apologize for the weird quality and color cast of this picture… Thank Blackberry for that…

 

Hppy Pre-New Years!!!

xx

 

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[New Obession] Kate Lanphear’s Style

Kate Lanphear; the current Style Director of ELLE USA, though she used to work for Vogue Italia, and started her career (and life) in Australia. I can very much appreciate the bower she wields, but even more… I’m getting a slight arm party obsession from her. She has killer fashion too, but it’s the accessories she’s got that are driving me crazy! Just let me prove it:

[Milan – November 2011]

[Paris – November 2011]

This whole outfit (minus the shoes, sorry, just not my style), is amazing! The bracelets though *drools* are wonderful.

[First two images credit to JAK & JIL]

[Last image credit to FEAR LANPHEAR]

Let me share some possibly ideas if you’re as crazy over her jewelry as I am…

1. Anything nOir: this is the one I’m dying to get (next paycheck, woo!)

Thin Single in Rhodium – $70

2. Some heavier pieces from CCSkye:

Single Metal Screw Bracelet in Gold and Silver – $125

Mercy Spike Bracelet in Gold or Silver – $185

3. I wish I could be more helpful with this last one… These three are mine:

Gray Leather and Gold Cuff – $28 – from Rococo in The Complex in Birmingham, MI (no idea what brand it is, I’d like to know too)

The skull bracelets I made and plan to start selling on my etsy account shortly: let me know what you think!! I’d love feedback: the black stones are onyx, and the rainbow skulls are dyed howlite, a type of turquoise. I’ll probably sell them for $12-$15 each.

Depending on how much I get done today *crosses eyes* I may post my NYE outfit… If not I promise it’ll be up tomorrow! Hope your weather is better than ours here!

xx

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