the gladiators

On August 16, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Damn I love a gladiator sandal.

Free People Cypress gladiators

These are the Cypress gladiator sandals from Free People, which carries a bunch of appealing gladiator styles, if you’re on the hunt. This was the year I finally found the knee-high gladiator. No support in the footbed so some kind of supplemental padding is in order, at least for me, but I’m pleased with their badassness overall.

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What is it about the gladiator? The ancient Greece connection, for sure. Basically those statues in the MFA? That’s exactly how I want to dress. Actually literally exactly. Sometimes.

Then there’s the encasement of the foot and possibly also leg, which can be pleasantly intricate or, equally pleasantly, simple, all while conforming to the shape of the foot (not masking or disguising the silhouette of the human foot but still enhancing it). The classic natural leather (or, these days, at least made to look natural). This kind of timeless design is invariably versatile, easily holding its own in a much more formal context. I don’t think I care about that, though…I just like them.

Have you seen designs from the brand Ancient Greek Sandals? Fantasy sandals.

[Then, also, Scandal.]

Free People Cypress gladiators

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Often I think my profile looks bizarre, I think because I hardly ever see it. Strange how different a face can look when you just shift the angle a little.

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Quick face breakdown: Kjaer Weis Desired Glow cream blush (love), Becca shimmering skin perfector in Opal (also love, but I like a lot of other highlighters as well. I love highlighter. I should write a post about that…), Benefit Gimme Brow, Milani blush in Luminoso (a little too shimmery for some purposes but a lovely peachy coral, famously popular in the youtube/bloglands), Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon in Amber Haze (so easy to work with, a great eye crayon), MAC Cream in Your Coffee lipstick (a new one, so good! My new favorite neutral, more mauve than I expected it would be from swatches), Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation (so, so good for a natural, light-medium coverage, only detectable where my skin was too dry), Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder. I’m late to the powder party but I believe in the power of powder now. I still don’t always wear it, but I believe.

Oh! And a few individual lashes (Ardell, short bunches), which, at least in person, make a massive difference. Kind of a pain at my bottom-rung lash application experience level, but they make a difference.

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From the front, though!

Express hi-rise cutoffs, Madewell belt, Skagen watch, Free People sandals, the wooden earrings I think from a street vendor? Other stuff thrifted. A peasant blouse that isn’t too…forced, is hard to find, but so worth it when you do.

This look is quintessential summer to me: white shirt, jean shorts, great sandals, minimal accessories.

Free People Cypress gladiators, summer essentials

Skagen watch theseventhsphinx

Love how mannish this watch, yet not comically oversized on my in fact not-really-that-small wrist. I am often wearing one Skagen watch or another.

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girl about town

On July 3, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

A vibrant pink lip pairs so well with florals.

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MAC girl about town lipstick

Madewell mira pumps

Love this sage green suede.

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Straw hat from Anthropologie, pumps and belt from Madewell, thrifted dress. On the lips: MAC Girl About Town with Lipstick Queen lip pencil in Hot Rose as a base (great pairing). Wearing the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in 123, which is fantastically like skin, and Stila convertible color in Tulip on the cheeks. MAC Rosemary & Thyme eye pencil under the eyes, a really pretty mossy sage green with a bit of shimmer. MAC brow set in Bold Brunette on the brows, which is a few shades darker than my actual brows and SO GOOD. Just what I was looking for as far as a natural-looking (and quick/easy) way to distinctly darken my brows. Dark brows and blonde hair are so great anytime, but especially for summer.

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the casual red lip

On May 23, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

I never get tired of jeans and a t-shirt. High-waisted or low-rise, v-neck, scoop, or crew, it’s the quintessential casual combo.

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The great thing about the unobtrusiveness of jeans and a t-shirt is the influence the other elements of the outfit suddenly gain. You can look slovenly or ultra-stylish; it’s all down to the accessories and peripherals. How could anyone who loves accessories pass up such a chance to let them shine? I dressed up the simple base with beige d’orsay pumps, pearls, and a belt. Belts can be so effective.

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And a casual red lip like this is so great, so throwaway. Even better with sneakers and tousled hair. An ultra glam red lip is all well and good, but the unexpected, tossed-on red lip is this delightful surprise. Lisa Eldridge recently did a tutorial on this kind of casual glam lip (all red lips are a little bit glam, no?), which I recommend along with the rest of her channel.

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Tom Ford Love Lust blush layered over Chanel cream blush in Affinité with the phenomenal Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer— a stunning, metallic gold cream highlighter—on the cheekbones. Geisha Ink Silk Mascara, which is excellent, a densely bristled wand makes it easy to coat lashes in one or two swipes (I take some of the product off on a tissue before applying to keep the lashes natural). This small Canadian brand does wonderful eye makeup, I would also recommend their liquid liner.

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Don’t usually go for graphic tees but love this one.

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Sole Society d’orsay pumps, Express high-waisted jeans, J Crew tee, Madewell leather belt, Pearl Paradise lavender metallic freshwater studs, Skagen watch, Michael Kors pavé open arrow ring, Ray-Ban aviators. On the lips: Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk lipstick and NYX lip pencil in Hot Red.

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How great is this cocktail ring? Gold molded into coral with jade stones nestled in. Thrifted.

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sick day

On October 17, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

“The loose hair strands of beautiful women don’t have to be combed.”

                                                                — Rumi

Have a cold. Feeling like:

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Here’s my going to get orange juice ensemble.

IMG_6217I can’t believe we got up from our nap for this.

Madewell jeans, thrifted shirt, Libeco Home linen scarf (linen a great weight for early autumn), Skagen watch. Actually really liking this ultra-sheer lipstick, Lipstick Queen’s Medieval, about which not surprised at all given that it is the darker cousin of my can-do-no-wrong Jean Queen and was on top of this recommended by Lisa Eldridge in her gorgeous natural Downton Abbey makeup tutorial (ft. Laura Carmichael, Lady Edith), which: worth a look.

I put a little on my cheeks as well (a great success, texturally), and that’s all we’ve got going on here today.

On the bright side, I wore my new kicks.

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New Balance Stadium Jacket 574s. Really liking this quite green shade of turquoise since last summer or so? Or since forever or so.

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weekend distraction: Caroline de Maigret for Madewell

On September 15, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I am utterly charmed by Madewell’s Fall 2013 campaign, and it is chiefly due to the model, Caroline de Maigret.

A lot of the looks are great, too (the styling is spot on trend in a relaxed, foolproof way), and as simple as they promise to be, but I don’t think I would have given them a second look if it were not for the severe, sublime architecture of this face. Oh, she’s Parisian, too.  Naturellement.

[You can also check out her interview.]

This campaign is a reminder for me of how powerful the presence of the model can be. It is making me take another look at Madewell not because I care about the pieces but because I’m so impressed with their choice of de Maigret.

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