Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School Makeup Routine

For my fellow Californians, how the hell are you dealing with this horrendous, too-caliente-to-function heat? I don't know about you, but I hate when I get to school because my makeup ends up looking like a hot mess from this blazing heat. Yah feel me? Anyways, I think I've found the perf makeup essentials for me. My current school/summer routine consists of BB creams and light powders.
The Garnier BB cream is ideal because it offers the right amount of coverage without feeling too thick or heavy on the skin. I love this formulation and I haven't tested out the oil-free one, but it does feel a bit too oily/shiny on my face (duh). In order to diminish the oil, I use this Smashbox Halo powder that I recently received in a box set. It's perf simply because the powder is light yet it offers a tad bit more coverage and my face doesn't look cakey whatsoever. I totes recommend. Last but not least, a chapstick, like this Maybelline Baby Lips moisturizing one, that has SPF is necessary in order to prevent your lips from also being affected by the blazing sun. Yes, you must have SPF in everything, even your damn lips.
Any products you're loving for this summer? 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear Favorite Looks

Fendi for Spring/Summer 2014 was one of the few interesting shows in Milan, tbh. Firstly, I enjoyed the sand runway, which I thought was great and complimented the clothes. Now, onto the fabulous, well crafted clothes and accessories. The color palette was one of the immediate things I instantly gravitated towards to. The reds, blues, yellows, and browns easily take the cake for one of the only collections this season with a striking, stunning color palette. The leather goods, as usual, were my favorites here. Hello, it is Fendi. There's never going to be a collection where I hate the leather/fur goods. I thought the leather bomber jackets were just insanely cool. The burgundy/reddish one combined with blue screams luxury. The shoes were another element of this collection. Silvia honestly keeps getting better and better with shoes and accessories. There was something casual about this collection, which was even evident with the suits. The combination of formality with casualness in this collection is what makes it a standout in a season full of lackluster clothes.

Ermenegildo Zegna Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear : Stefano Pilati's Comeback!

It's great to have Stefano back in the fashion game! During his tenure at Yves Saint Laurent, there's no doubt that Stefano produced some beautiful pieces and it's great to have him back at it. With his first collection with Ermenegildo Zegna, Stefano produced a collection that's masculine and full of so many wonderful, subtle details. There's a bomber jacket below that has a lust-worthy embellishment pattern all over that's subtle and chic. I thought the styling was also a key factor as to why I love this collection. That safari look at the end of this post is to die for while the layering in the earlier looks posted are undeniably masculine and interesting. It's a collection that's ultimately masculine, chic, and full of decadent fabrics that I'd love to get my hands on.
And my favorite piece from this collection:

V Magazine #85 Fall 2013 : Lady Gaga by Inez & Vinoodh

First and foremost, I actually detest Gaga and how many consider her "iconic" and "revolutionary" because well, uhh, she's not and her music is pretty generic, imo. However, these covers are so gorgeous and out of this world. Then again, they were shot by Inez & Vinoodh, two of my favorite photographers. They truly know how to show off someone's best assets and beauty so I'm not really surprised these turned out wonderfully. I love the custom made pieces for each cover, especially this badass, rock 'n' roll ensemble designed by Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent. Gaga is totally channeling Joan Jett here.

Besides the one above, I adore this cover too. It's such a strong, striking image. Someone on The Fashion Spot said there's something a bit Raquel Zimmerman about this shot and I totally see it!
 That whole plastic ensemble by Giorgio Armani styled with that 80s hair and glamourous makeup? Perfection.
Brit Brit, is that you? Jokes aside, Gaga looks so pretty here. That pretty, femininity she's exuding with hair and makeup styled with that badass, punk ensemble by goddess Donatella Versace that's excessively adorned with pins just works so well. It's the combination of two polar opposite things that easily works well in the end.
This one is my least favorite. The Balenciaga ensemble by Alexander Wang is okay and bit mundane, but the hair is a hot mess.
 I know I'm not a huge Gaga fan, but I'm debating about which three to get. Also, let's hope the issue itself is jam-packed with sublime, inspirational editorials. Don't let me down, V Mag!

Song of the Day: Klangkarussell - Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine ft. Will Heard)

I just heard the acoustic cover of this song by Will Heard and Cara Delevingne, but unfortunately I never heard the original until now. Let's take a little dancing break, no?

The original song doesn't include Will's voice/lyrics, but I think the addition of his voice makes the song more dynamic. I absolutely enjoy songs that have a danceable beat with catchy, compatible lyrics and this songs is a combination of that. Sick ass tune, my friends. Enjoy!

The Celine Look: Gap's Leopard Print Slip-on Sneakers

Remember those gorgeous leopard print Celine calf hair espadrilles and sneakers? Well, if you can't easily afford those, don't fret. I've managed to score some pretty good imitations from Gap that'll give you the look for a fraction of the price. Behold these beauties from Gap.
Even thought they easily looked like good Celine imitations. They'll easily give you the look for $59.95, which is a total deal. Luckily, my employee discount will come in handy and I'll manage to nab these for an even better price. Hmm, I'm thinking of styling them with some Gap slim cropped black trousers and a light blue Urban Outfitters button up shirt I have for a cool work appropriate look that screams fashionably professional yet a tad bit casual. Can't wait to receive them next week!

Friday, August 16, 2013

August 2013 Playlist

New month, new playlist. Yes, I know, I've been lacking on publishing these playlists on my blog on time but hey better late than never, no? For this month's playlist, I wanted to just place a bunch of fun, danceable songs together in honor of the last month of Summer. I also didn't forget to include some major obsessions I've been having like that Kelis song below, which is iconic, I swear. Sure, next month is probably still going to be absurdly hot and still considered "Summer" yet for many of us August marks as the last month of letting loose, vacationing, and just strutting our shit before our lives become consumed with work and school. Also, I've been having a huge electronica/house/garage thing lately, so there's some of that in here with the overwhelming amount of Disclosure. Hey, it's freaking Disclosure. They're absolutely rad! I wasn't able to locate a full version of the AlunaGeorge track included in this, but that clip below should suffice I guess. If you have Spotify, listen to it there. It's a breathtaking, danceable pop song. If not, I urge you to download it. Actually, download the whole damn album. It's that good. So cheers to the last month of Summer! Enjoy!
Jessie Ware - Running (Disclosure remix)

Major Lazer - Bubble Butt ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga, & Mystic

Kelis - Caught Out There

Disclosure - You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle

AlunaGeorge - Superstar

Ben Westbeech - Hang Around

Calvin Harris - Thinking About You ft. Ayah Marar

Phoenix - Trying To Be Cool

Jay-Z - Tom Ford

Brodinksi feat. Louisahhh! - Let The Beat Control Your Body

Mac Miller - S.D.S.

Katy B - Movement

Disclosure - F For You

Moderat - Bad Kingdom

Lone - Rapid Racer

Julio Bashmore - Au Seve

Disclosure - Voices ft. Sasha Keable

Todd Edwards - Echo Of The Past

Disclosure - Defeated No More feat. Edward Macfarlane

Royksopp - 49 Percent (Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso Remix)


photo from Vogue Paris June/July 2012

Saint Laurent Mens Fall/Winter 2013 Ad Campaign : Fletcher Shears & Wyatt Shears by Hedi Slimane

The new Saint Laurent mens ad campaign is out featuring Fletcher and Wyatt Shears of the band The Garden and I'm living for how perfect this is!
The artwork besides the images make it really enticing and different than most menswear ad campaigns. I also adore the whole suburban-teen-meets-grunge-revival feel about the campaign. This honestly feels true to the attitude and spirit of the runway collection presented earlier this year. Honestly, Hedi's dark, rock 'n' roll, badass attitude and aesthetic for the label keeps getting better and better as the seasons progress. By far, this has to be my favorite campaign thus far for the label. Here's the rest of the campaign:
The details, the jackets (that damn varsity jacket!!), and the damn carefree attitude...I love it all. Enjoy the video!


One More Time

Before Andreina, one of my best friends and someone I honestly adore, leaves my annoying ass to San Francisco for school, we decided to just spend a day with each other full of shopping, gossiping, and devouring food. It felt like any other day, which was absolutely ideal. Just one more time of us being idiots and shopping, yah know?
Anyway, obligatory outfit of the day? You betcha.
(The Smiths band t-shirt I received form my brother. Thrifted flannel. Distressed boyfriend jeans by Gap. Leather, black double-wrap belt by Dior Homme. Yellow sandals by Gap)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HARD Summer 2013 Diary Day 2: Empire of the Sun, Justice, Breakbot, Flosstradamus, and Dillon Francis.

While Hard Summer day #1 seemed pretty hard to top, day number two was absolutely fabulous. No issues (my phone didn't die and I didn't lose my friends lol) and endless dancing of course.
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The day started off pretty hectic. I, unfortunately with my getting lost/losing my friends fiasco of the night before, woke up late and immediately got ready once I woke up. I had no food, just plain ol' coffee as my little energy booster to get me through. After getting ready, I was running late and was panicking because I decided, I suppose, that I had nothing to wear for the second day. See, I was planning on going for a hawaiian shirt-meets-tropical kind of look yet I couldn't find anything that morning. I hit up a Goodwill, the mall and nothing caught my attention or didn't appear to be what I was lusting after. I had a shirt I had in mind at American Apparel and so I succumbed to temptation and bought it. It's not that I didn't like it. I actually did. It's well...the damn price. AA seems to be overpriced these days that I can't justify that I paid almost $60 for a thin shirt. Nonetheless, I was happy with my purchase, rushed over to Katie's house and did my makeup ASAP. We finally got to the venue and immediately tried to catch a bit of Crystal Castles.
After that, we had a calorie-fest and enjoyed some quintessential festival food: chicken nuggets and french fries. After scarfing down our food, we quickly walked to Breakbot's set. Ummm Breakbot is that man, you guys. Fantastic set, to be honest.
Bitches be taking selfies while other bitches be taking selfies, hunty.
Obligatory homegurls photo:
For my outfit, I was trying to channel a look I saw Diane Kruger had while shopping for groceries at Whole Foods. Yes, Diane Kruger's grocery shopping ensemble was indeed my inspiration. WERQ, no? lol. I opted for comfy shorts and cute, quirky accessories that I sported the day before.
(Pink iridescent sunglasses by Forever 21. Tropical jungle printed short-sleeve shirt by American Apparel. Denim distressed boyfriend shorts by Gap. Leather double-wrap belt by Dior Homme. Brown sneakers by Urban Outfitters. Neon pink and green bracelet by Gap)
After Breakbot, we sat for a while and just chatted. We then hit up Flosstradamus' set. We were eagerly anticipating Empire of the Sun's set so we then left about 15 minutes before they came on. After waiting for what seemed like hours (we were too excited, tbh), Luke Steele finally arrived and his presence was breathtaking. Those costumes and the effort that's involved is inspiring, seriously.
Empire of the Sun was honestly one of my favorite performances of the night.
After that, we saw Dillon Francis. I'm not usually into that hard, trap style but I actually enjoyed Dillon's set. Plus, he played his latest single with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, which I had no idea they even collaborated because TEED is one of my favorite artists!
After that, the three of us ran to Justice and ended the night on such a high note.
The night couldn't have honestly ended any better. The mix of Joan Jett, Aphex Twin, their own songs, some Goerge Michael and countless of fantastic EDM songs was truly epic.
Adios, Hard Summer!
See yah next year.