14 posts categorized "Tutorials"

June 29, 2012

My favorite photo apps for iPhone!

 

1. DECOPIC
With DECOPIC you can make your pictures look like they came from a cute Japanese photobooth ;) you can unlock filters too by sending them to your friends! They have so many funny stamps.

 

2. Infinicam
It's called Infinicam because there are literally an infinite number of filters you can come up with! Each filter is generated by a code...when you discover one you like you can save it and use it again. Very cool frames and light leaks in this app!

 

3. Photo wonder

This one is awesome because you can put clothes and jewelry on your pictures. Also, they have eye enlarging and slimming options...pretty mutated.

Horses

4. Horse Lover's Camera
Full credit for this beautiful app discovery goes to Laura...ever since she turned me on to it, I have been horse cam-ing everything near and dear to me. I'm unashamed to admit to paying 99 cents for extra pony features.

Of course, Instagram is the beset way to share your pictures! Follow me, I'm @seaofshoes on Instagram. I've been down in Austin this week, had so much fun. Here are some of my pics from my trip!

Austintest

Wait, before I go, I have to show you my favorite new phone thing....it's called Hatchi and it's like a Tamogatchi for your phone! I already had one evolve to it's full form! I took the train to Austin and had a *lot* of time to kill ;)

June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, hope you're enjoying your day with whoever the special guy is in your life!

I've been wanting to share this for a while. My little sister is in charge of my dad's wardrobe, and with her help he has become quite the snappy dresser. She made this color chart for him to help him dress himself when she is away. Pretty cute, huh?

TAGS: Tutorials

June 15, 2012

My Favorite Green Smoothie

My mom and I have been really excited for her new Vitamix blender to arrive, and since it got here we have been smoothie making machines. This is the first recipe we tried, and so far, it is my favorite! I can't believe how energetic I feel after I've had one. I love to see all the greens that are going into the smoothie all layed out on the counter--so many beautiful veggies!

My mom found this recipe--she told me Paula Abdul loves it, so it has to be perfect, obviously.

Green Smoothie from Dr. Oz

1 cup chopped fresh kale
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen spinach
1½ tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
½ avocado
½ banana
½ apple
1 cup coconut water or apple juice, if you prefer it a little bit sweeter
A few drops of stevia for added sweetness (optional)

Serve over ice!

Check out my mom's blog for more of the smoothie recipes we're having! I am getting jealous of her Vitamix, maybe I should get my own...

May 07, 2012

3 Easy Hairstyles, and the Kérastase Diary winners!

3easyhairstyles

I had so much fun watching the Kérastase Diary contest...now that its over I wanted to show a few of the new styles I tried for mine ;) I got so inspired looking at everyone else's entries!

SOFT AND ROMANTIC CURLS

I started with the Kérastase Cristalliste Bain and Lait Cristal, allowed my hair to air-dry, and finished with the Lumiére Liquide (for the extra shine). I love the new Cristalliste formula, as it doesn't weigh down my hair. I used a Sultra Bombshell one inch clipless curling iron, wrapping small sections of hair OVER (rather than UNDER) the curling iron for more of a forties wave, brushed through with a soft bristle brush, and pinned one side away from my face.

SCHOOLGIRL BOW

This was a no-brainer. After I did the romantic curls hairstyle, I raked the front part of my hair back with fingers and clipped it with a BIG chiffon bow. I pulled out my bangs and played with them a little bit to make it a little more grown up, and added more of Kérastase's Lumiére Liquide for that extra shine.

SOCK BUN

SOCK BUN A fashion favorite at the moment ;) Probably because it's cute and EASY! I'm going to give you a basic run-down of it and link you to a Youtube video. Brush your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Cut the toe off of a sock and roll it into a doughnut. Or, you could buy a 'hair doughnut' at Sally's Beauty Supply. Pull your ponytail through the sock doughnut, and then start wrapping your ponytail ends under the sock doughnut. Repeat until you've reached the base of your ponytail, and secure with bobby pins!
Here is a video that shows you how!

Now...to announce the winners! Thank you so much for everyone who took the time to enter, I loved seeing what everyone did! Congratulations to the gorgeous ladies below, you will all be treated to the full Cristalliste Collection and a Kérastase in-salon visit!

Winners

April 30, 2012

FIVE MINUTES TO GLOWING SKIN

I might have mentioned this a few times before, but I'm a bit of a make-up and skincare freak, and I'm constantly trying to pick up new tricks. Recently, a makeup artist taught me to use powder sparingly and strategically, rather than sloppily dusting it all over and hoping my makeup stayed put.

When you obliterate shine all over your face, it can end up looking a little dusty and old-ladyish. No matter what your skin type is, that is never a good look for anyone!!  Working with shine and not against it makes for a much fresher face. I like to amp up the shine with some tricky highlighter and luminizer to give some extra dimensionality and glow.

First off, before I get started I should start with some skin basics...common sense, mostly!

  • The real key to glowing skin is taking care of yourself. Lots of water, less pizza, go to bed early, try to be more zen, all of those very difficult things. It's especially important to wash your face twice a day. Using very hot water is a must. A gentle toner will do wonders for your skin. I have always found most foaming cleansers to be too harsh. I am extremely happy with Dr. Hauschka's cleansing milk! I do a Andalou Naturals glycolic pumpkin mask and Fresh Black Tea Perfecting mask two times a week. I am always trying new moisturizers, right now it's Dr. Hauschka's Melissa day cream.
  • I'm an exfoliation freak and the dermatologist reccomended 3-times a week is not enough exfoliation for me! I exfoliate every other day and always use a gritty washcloth when I wash my face to remove product residue and daily build-up. The gritty washcloth makes an enormous difference. If you don't have a smooth canvas to put your makeup on, it will just not look as good.
  • Use moisturizer extremely liberally. Your skin will love you for it.
  • If you do not wash your makeup brushes constantly, they will give you pimples. Washing your face brushes twice a week in hot water with shampoo is really important!

Perfecting your base

  • Use your favorite foundation, if you are so inclined. I don't always use foundation, but I personally have always believed it's better for your skin to wear a little. Unpopular opinion, I know. It's a good barrier between your face and the stuff outside! I really, really love Bobbi Brown foundations--you WILL find a shade that matches your skin tone! I like to apply Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich foundation with a stipling brush.
  • Cover under eye circles with a creamy concealer. Use your ring finger to roll concealer as close you possibly can to your lash line, and cover your inner corners as well. You can use a  heavier concealer to hide any blemishes. 
  • Set your concealer by gently rolling a small semi-fluffy brush full of translucent powder under your eyes and anywhere else you put concealer. Repeat if you feel it's going to be necessary. (muggy days, long shifts, etc)
  • Set your foundation with a little bit of powder, but only powder where it counts. My oiliest areas are my eyelids, around my nostrils, my chin, and the very center of my forhead. I use a very small blush brush to apply my translucent powder because the point is to GLOW!

Now...amp up the glow! I hope my silly diagram is helpful.

  • For an extremely natural makeup look, I think it is important to use as many cream products as possible. Cream blushes, luminizers, and eyeshadows will mesh with your skins texture, instead of just sitting on it like powder does.
  • For my blush, I use Bobbi Brown cream blushes in a hot pink, and slightly darker shade of pink. I put the darker shade of pink under my cheek bones and the brighter shade of pink above my cheekbones for subtle contouring. I feather them out towards my temples.
  • Luminzer makes everyone pretty and looks very ethereal. Almost every makeup line has one now. I use Fresh's Satin Luster Face Pallete and I am in love with it! It has a peach, pink, and white highlighter. Use whatever suits your skin tone. I made a diagram to show where I put it, and where I concentrate it. I make the white highlighter double as eyeshadow and like to put a lot in my inner corners. I smudge the remainder on my temples.
  • Highlighter is not just for your face! I use a Maybelline white sparkly eye pencil liberally under my eyes, concentrating it on the inner corners. Sometimes I use a liquid white glitter liner over it for a dramatic pop. I use the same white sparkly eye pencil on the cupid's bow of my lips.
  • White-gold lip gloss is amazing. Use it as highlighter for your lips. I put a big dab of NARS Lip Gloss in Albatross in the center of my lips. It makes them look MUCH fuller! You must have a tube of it in your life. I put a sheer red lipstick on before I do my lip highlighter usually--they wear off nicely and are a no-brainer to put on. 

I find after I put on blush and shine, I don't want too much else! I throw on some mascara and a thin liner on top, and that is the most I'll ever do. The finished product is supposed to be pretty natural!

February 11, 2012

MY NEW CLOSET

Kind of in love with the set-up in my closet--so much space and I can see EVERYTHING! This will make getting dressed so fun. Still need to work on accessories storage. Is it weird that I have more silk scarves than I have pairs of underwear?

Jane

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

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