Spring In My Step.

Happy Second Day of Spring ! ! !

Ok, does anyone remember when the first day of Spring used to be on March 21st? I have always celebrated on March 21st and thought it was strange when we all started celebrating one day early. Well, according to Space.com, the first day of Spring is technically on March 20, we just had it wrong for a 100 years or something. The bottom line is the IT IS FINALLY SPRING.

It’s finally time for bike rides & pastel pinks & booty shorts with knee-highs & wearing white!! I know the whole ‘white after labor day’ thing is so 80s, but I still like to give myself seasonal boundaries in my wardrobe & makeup.

I have been counting down the days til Spring because I have been dying to wear my  Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Skyscraper III shoes that I wore at my wedding! ( I swear, I’ll stop talking about it someday.) If you don’t own a pair of Melissas, please go buy a pair. This brand uses recycled plastic called Meflex to make their shoes, which makes them eco-friendly & sustainable. All of these shoes also smell like strawberries n’ cream. I was obsessed with the Skyscraper III for months and when I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy them, they were on super sale! We were meant to be! They were the perfect shoe for an outdoor wedding and now, I want to wear them ALL THE TIME. 5 inch heels are why I married tall. (Also, so my children can be Olympic Beach Volleyball players)

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A few years ago, I gave up wearing Vans shoes. I thought I was too old to wear sneaks like that plus breaking in a pair of Vans is a long, painful process and all you get is stinky feet and blisters. An uneventful trip to the outlet mall lifted my ban on Vans, when I bought a pair of Mint Authentic Lo-Pro Shoes simply because I hadn’t bought anything else. A pity purchase, if you will but I scoured the rack for a size 8 and didn’t see my size until my second look. They were meant to be mine whether I liked it or not but obviously, I refused to wear them until Spring because of their pastel nature. And I didn’t want to ruin my soles on rain or ice, gross!! It’ll be nice to get back into a pair of Vans, I’ll just have to remember keep band-aids on hand.

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PSA: With the first day of Spring brings open-toed shoes, let’s not forget our pedicures, PEOPLE!!!

st. patricks day vibes

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My last name is Irish (maiden & married) and my festive asian Mother always made it a point to celebrate. She always got me a ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ pin and she would make corned beef & cabbage for dinner. And for this, I love St. Patrick’s Day. A lot of people hate this holiday because it usually means drunk people with their green beer and beads and all that mess. Don’t hate, celebrate! Today, I will be celebrating my small collection of green beauty products!

IMG_9083Nars Eye Paint in ‘Snake Eyes’ is actually black with green shimmer but when this gel liner is applied, it looks like an emerald! As you can tell, I use this on the regular. Lancôme Color Design Infinité eyeshadow in ‘Enduring Vert’ is so magical! This multi-dimensional eyeshadow mix pastel green & gold vibes to give an intense luminous look. I used it on my wedding day and it was the perfect accent! ( I’m sad that I dropped it.) Illamasqua Nail Varnish in ‘Milf‘ is pretty much the most perfect mint polish around. It is  glossy and chip-resistant, what more could I ask for?  ‘Going Incognito’ by Essie is one of my favorite darker polishes that I own. This bold emerald green is a favorite for cold weather! ‘Barrow Street’, a long-wear eyeliner by Nars was also a product I wore on my wedding day.  I brightened and opened up my eyes by adding this sea foam green to my waterline. It makes a huge difference without looking too dramatic.

I used all of my favorite colors for my face today!  Unfortunately, I don’t have green blush, so ‘Orgasm’ had to do. I am also giving Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ foundation two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Weightless and it’s never coming off. My kind of makeup. And of course, had to match my nails with my milkshake!!

IMG_9086  HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

drugstore impulses

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sometimes, i like to get treats from walgreens. i splurged on essie ‘all in one’ 3 way top coat, i couldn’t buy a top coat without buying polish! i chose ‘fashion playground‘,  pistachio shimmer that is perfect for spring! maybelline falsies in ‘black drama’ is my drugstore mascara go-to. i love how dramatic i can get my lashes! i took a chance on rimmel ‘stay matte‘ foundation, simply because it was 50% off. i typically like rimmel products because i highly doubt kate moss would endorse something bunk.

and you know i couldn’t resist 2 for $1 easter candy.

Airplane Etiquette: Makeup

Sorry for the lack of luscious posts! I have been preparing to travel for my upcoming wedding!

Actually, as I type this I am sitting on a plane to Miami. My wedding dress is my carry-on, so all of my makeup is in a checked bag. Ok, that’s a lie, I have a few essential items tucked away. (concealer, mascara, eyebrow brush, teeth whitener, & Baby Lips) This got me thinking about the time that I de-friended a girl on Facebook for saying that putting makeup on in public was unacceptable. I disagree. What do you think?

You won’t catch me contouring at Starbucks, but in the privacy of my seat 6B, I am definitely going to apply makeup. My cue to start is when the pilot says we are descending. I like to look as fresh as possible when I arrive to my destination. If I had put makeup on at 6:15am when I left my house, I would be doing my face an injustice. How do planes make your face dry and oily at the same time? And if I fall asleep in my neck pillow, my eyeliner could be ruined!

I don’t think putting makeup on an airplane makes me tacky or vain, I think it means I am using my time wisely! Plus, I’m positive nobody on the plane is worried about what I’m doing. 🙂

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speaking of babes…

last night, i watched ‘when you’re strange‘ a film about the doors. definitely one of my all times favorites bands. the film is pretty epic. after seeing this, i dont think too much was exaggerated in the doors film that oliver stone made in the earlier nineties. how sexy is jim morrison? such a classic hunk, bedroom eyes, great jaw line, those lips! mmmmm!  thanks jim for making this a very happy friday!

mara hoffman, why arent you my best friend? (sorry other best friends) i just wish you guys could make swim wear. bomb ass swimwear. this is totally my vibe! trippy exotic gypsy jungle princess! give it to me. if only i could find a career that isnt a stripper or ms. hawaiian tropic where i can wear bikinis all day!

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