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13 posts from August 2011

August 29, 2011

PRACTICAL BEAUTY TIPS

For low-maintenance girls.

1. Let your hair get dirty. I used to wash my hair every other day but I've been stretching it out to three or four days. I just use dry shampoo liberally. I love Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo but I've started using Ojon Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Powder which is supposed to actually cleanse your hair. I also find it gives it a bit of extra heft.  Dirty hair is amazing because you can literally make your hair do anything you want when its a bit dirty, the natural oils totally change it's structure and capabilities. It gets so full and  and you can make it hold any shape, just get a teasing comb and start sculpting. Wash your bangs if you need to. Audrey Hepburn only washed her hair once a week! I don't know if I could go that long. You also spend less time in the shower, and keep your hair color longer if it's dyed.

2. Use toner, it helps with acne and oil production in hot climates. I read several times that they don't do anything, but I have noticed such a difference since I started using one, I have clearer skin and my makeup lasts longer. I use an astringent from Neutrogena.

3. If you normally use eyeliner or shadow during the day, try going without it for a week and see how you like it. I used to use a lot of liner out of habit but I decided to try a fresher look and I much prefer it. One thing I can't live without is a ton of mascara...I can't give it up. I probably literally wear about five coats on my upper and lower lashes for night time.

4. Get Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel so you dont have to spend so much time filling them in. It's two in one, it gives your brows a defined shape and it makes them stay in place.  Mine get crazy without gel...

5. Drink ginger tea if you get an upset stomach often. I tried it at the recommendation of a friend and I like it because it helps with nausea and also because its very spicy and warming. My favorite is Triple Leaf Ginger Tea.

6. Stop using moisturizers that come in pots--they accumulate bacteria. How very gross!! Use stuff that comes in tubes and pump dispensers. My mom and I got rid of some products we were using that were in pots and noticed we now get fewer blemishes. 

7. Don't forget to put sunscreen on your forearms and your ears. Just make sure your rub it in really well on your ears!

8. If you are travelling and forgot to bring a scrub, you can exfoliate with Vitamin C powder. I always travel with Vitamin C powder, in case it wards off colds...

9. To give your hair lots of body without using heat, make a ponytail on the very top of  your head, really get it up high! Twist the ponytail around itself to make a bun and secure it with bobby pins.Wear it like that all day and take it down at night for nice big hair, or you can even wear it to bed and take it out in the morning.

10. Flick your eyeliner up at a dramatic angle and put your blush very high on your cheekbones, then pull all of your hair back very tightly to give your face a new dimension. Alternatively to soften your features you could tease all of your hair into a soft cloud and pin it abstractly on top of your head, and leave some tendrils hanging down like they did in the seventies. Trying new things is fun.

August 28, 2011

Adolfo

I am so in love with this dress. It is the quintessential Adolfo dress! Probably from the seventies, maybe sixties. All of the Adolfo things my mom and I have are some of our favorites. I was digging around trying to find something to wear and I happened upon this dress and had to wonder why I haven't gotten it out more. 

My only regret is that I didn't photograph it with a matching Adolfo beret I have. I forgot! What a shame. It would have been perfect. It is seriously the coolest hat ever, I'll have to post it soon.

Worn with Prada pumps from last fall.

 

 

August 25, 2011

FIFTH ELEMENT

This dress by Threeasfour always reminds me of the blue alien opera singer from the Fifth Element. It was given to me by my friend Jackie from VOD boutique a long time ago, and its one of my favorite dresses I have! The detailing on it is so unusual. Worn with my mom's really old Roberto Cavalli sandals.

August 21, 2011

GOODNIGHT MOON

Wearing one of my sister's old Betsey Johnson dresses and showing off my new Miu Miu's. Sweet dreams wherever you are!

August 20, 2011

Carol's Hamburger Cake

I hope you excuse the lack of posts this week...my little sister Carol left for school in Wales on Wednesday. It was so hard watching her go, and I am devastated now that she is gone. We're all so proud of her for her hard work and being so brave, but I feel like I'd give anything to have her home right now.  Life feels very empty without her around.

I already miss the things we used to do together. It is very sad not hearing the sounds of her bustling around in the kitchen. A week or so before she left, Carol made this amazing hamburger cake (of her own design) for our neighbor's 4th birthday. Complete with fries and ketchup, even.

Well, I better sign off before I get too worked up again. It's been a very tearful week. Hope you enjoyed Carol's hamburger cake.

P.S. Thank you to everyone who sent such sweet farewell wishes to Carol on Twitter!

August 16, 2011

BABY NECKLACE

My mom and I were side by side browsing eBay when she found this bizarre 80's baby necklace,  and we completely freaked out. We have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival, and here it is, in all of its glory.

 

August 15, 2011

ICONIC

 Jane Seymour

Jacqueline Bisset

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Jerry Hall

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Briggite Bardot  

New York Dolls

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 Myrna Loy

Jean Shrimpton

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Lauren Bacall

Joan Collins

Debbie Harry

images via Ciaovogue, Malicious Glamour, Jean Shrimpton, The Girl Can't Dance, Freddie Frolic, tfs

August 12, 2011

GOLD FRAMES

Love these Miu Miu glasses! They arrived yesterday with a bunch of other goodies sent by Miu Miu--can't wait to show the rest! Wearing Current & Elliot leopard skinnies, Madewell gingham shirt, Rugby schoolboy jacket, and Zara studded flats.

Jane

Sea of Shoes is the personal style blog of Jane Aldridge.

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