bootie call

On November 17, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Ah, boot season.

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Spring is OK for boots but not sufficiently dry for the suede styles that are my clear favorites (if acquisition is any indicator). This, among so many other reasons, is why autumn reigns supreme. Another reason might be the predominance of plaid, for which I have always harbored a weakness. Perhaps it is my rural upbringing?

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In particular I am craving the extremes of thigh-high and ankle boots. Booties. Bootlets. Much browsing and buying and returning before I discovered these charmers from UGG (which lacks romance but there it is). These have a great cowboy silhouette in the toe, minimal yet sculptural detailing, a great pale wheat color, and the slightly tapered chunky heel that I am drawn to these days.

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Isn’t there something wonderfully pristine about a bare, unadorned throat? 

Ripple pearl drops from Pearlescence, Chanel Rouge Noir Illusion d’ombre smoked out with a sepia shade from the Viseart neutral matte palette, MAC Peaches blush (new, loving), MAC prolongwear brow set, Wet n’ Wild Megalast lipstick in Bare it All with Urban Decay 24/7 lip pencil in Naked, which is almost a perfect match, some other stuff you can’t really see…

In the hair I’ve been using the deep repair mask (as a leave-in treatment) and the styling cream (for definition) from the Carol’s Daughter Tiare line. Smells amazing and I like how soft yet defined my hair is. Doing pretty well with my resolution to wear it down more.

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On the nails: Zoya Taylor. Basically a realistic concealer shade for me thanks to a touch of peachy warmth. Really nice color, though the whole time I’ve worn it I’ve wanted to add gold glitter to liven it up. The formula I find OK but it cracks on me within 48 hours or so.

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J Crew flannel shirt, Obi-style leather belt (eBay), Express leggings, Breil Milano watch, Ugg boots, Rough & Tumble bag (more on this bag later, loving this).

I have a few of these obi belts and find them so versatile and sleek. Though I could also like this look without a belt at all, loose and casual, to me the belt is doing so much here to amp up the style factor. The power of a good belt.

Get thee a good belt.

x

girls, girls, girls

On February 16, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

I’ve been in the mood for nail polish lately. One good color can get me on a kick, wanting that pop of color. Was pleased with the colors in this LE Girls Lacquer set from Deborah Lippmann,* a brand that I find usually too expensive to bother with but will sometimes pick up on sale as I do like the formula of the cream line.

*More fun to call it lacquer, isn’t it?

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Hannah, more teal than it is showing here, my favorite of the set

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Marnie, three coats here so quite sheer, but a really pretty ballet pink kind of color with a hint of peachiness

The deep cranberry red is up next, looks promising.

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I haven’t been watching Girls but it seems to prompt interesting discussions, which I appreciate.

acquisitions: Revlon polishes

On March 18, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

 

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I hardly ever wear nail polish, as I can’t be bothered to take the time, and quite like the look of my natural nails, and can’t tolerate chipped or imperfect polish, and get distracted by shiny nails, etc. But I recently decided to give it more of a chance, and so was in the market for some. There was a great sale on Revlon polishes…so I have some nail polish now.

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What I want to say is: how chic are the colors of the colorstay line? I think these muted colors look so modern and sophisticated. I especially like the khaki green color (Spanish Moss). These are the colors I am drawn to when choosing clothing; sage, slate, cream, taupe, eggplant…and really I am drawn to these colors in any context.

A good beginning, no?

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