Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fancy That.

The eyes have it. They are the windows to the soul. She's got Bette Davis eyes. Debbie Gibson got lost in your eyes...the list of cultural references is endless. Maybe that is why I (eye?) get a little out of control sometimes when it comes to eye makeup. Despite occasionally being hidden behind sunglasses, a bold eye makeup look is quite the attention getter. It is as much on your face as in your face. Remember the story I alluded to in my lipstick post? Let's talk about that.

One lovely Saturday afternoon, Liz and I took a trip to buy some makeup. We started out at Bloomingdale's, and after picking up some products (Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner), we had the sudden urge to check out Sephora. While I do not normally shop there, after test driving a few of their fabulous branded eyeliners, I think I may be hooked. After much time spent swatching all the different color and formula options, I came away with their Liquid Liner in Glitter Khaki.

I never thought I was good at liquid liner application, but apparently it just takes some practice, a good applicator, and not some 99 cents Wet 'n Wild I convinced myself would do the trick. (Instead I ended up with black liquid in my eye and a lovely burning sensation. Do not recommend.) Sephora brand is only $10 and I love it. Needless to say, Liz and I went back a few weeks later and picked up some more goodies. I got another liquid liner in "Fancy Blue," and the waterproof crayon liner in "Flashy Blue." ($10 and $8 respectively). Can you say "Hi, I'm Awesome?" These liners are not for the faint of heart. They are loud and bright and scream for attention, and will get you many confused looks from passerbys. Not like there is anything wrong with that, I just figured I would warn you.

Glitter Khaki, Fancy Blue, Flashy Blue images courtesy of

Fancy Blue

I could go on forever about the wonders of makeup all day, but I will spare you the soap box speech. I happen believe that makeup is the quintessential and simplest way to put an original spin on any outfit. Discovering the treasure trove of eyeliner colors at Sephora was one of the best revelations ever: it completely revamped my product selection and rejuvenated my desire to put a little fun on my face. For such a great price, you have so many options and ways to change up your everyday look.

Now go dress up your face and report back!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bright Tights, Big City.

Color is big for Spring. Marimekko for H&M scarf, Essie Bright Tights nail polish

A few things you may not know about me:
- I enjoy Jay McInerney (hence the blog title reference, in case you didn't catch that)
- I run (and not just to sales, like in the park and races and stuff)
- I speak un peu de Francais
- I love New York
- Along with Liz, I resolved that in 2011 I would do more interesting things

On that last note, I have to say we have been very successful so far, and this weekend was no exception. As a single girl in this city, I am an expert at keeping myself busy. When you live alone in a studio apartment, you have to make a concerted effort to tear yourself off the couch and away from the TV if you want to make sure you have an active and interesting social life. I am involved in a charity, I joined a Trivia League, I am about to start training for my second half marathon, and am attempting to complete 9 races so I have guaranteed entry for the NYC marathon in 2012. I may enjoy shopping and makeup, but there is more to me than just that, and I consider myself to be quite the well-rounded individual.

If you love streetstyle as I do, you owe it to yourself to see "Bill Cunningham: New York." Enjoy watching the trailer here. Danielle and I had a fashion date on Friday that included the documentary viewing at Film Forum and then some signature cocktails at Kingswood. From beautiful clothes to beautiful men, it was a very successful evening. If I could have a fashion "goal" before I leave New York, it would be to be photographed by The Sartorialist or Bill Cunningham. Now that I've seen the movie, and what a loveable guy Mr. Cunningham seems to be, I might move him to the top of my list. Can you imagine seeing yourself in the Sunday Style section? Guh, amazing.

Saturday was a much needed lazy day complete with TV, errands with Antonia, and evening laundry. Oh, and the Supermoon of course! Gothamist has much better pics than I did, but here is my attempt anyway:

Looks like a regular moon

Sunday, on the other hand, was jam-packed with excitement. I woke up early and well rested, got myself together slowly, then went for a 3 mile run. I managed a great time without any leg pain so I was already off to a good start. Came home, showered, and got ready to meet Liz at noon.

First stop was Diablo Royale for what I thought was an unlimited bloody mary brunch. Turns out bloodies were not included in the special, but we got them anyway (and a large diet coke of course). The food was good and the vibe was fun, despite our server being a bit of a jerk. We enjoyed ourselves nonetheless, then set off for Soho to check out the color blocking options at Zara. Because really, what is a day or a blog post without a little fashion lesson. Colorblocking is all over the place this season, and I'm pretty obsessed with the idea. Probably because I own a TON OF BLACK for work and I'm sick of having a wardrobe full of boring neutrals.

Photo from Refinery29

I tried on a few things for fun, but nothing worked, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. A few random stores later, we stopped in Madewell, and on the sale rack I came upon an item that will be the perfect fit for a gaping hole in my wardrobe that I have been trying to fill for the past three years: the flowy chiffon skirt. I have been dying to wear one with loose sweaters and tough accessories. While the Madewell website claims a price $98, I got 25% off the already reduced price, and paid $55 including tax. Steal!

Photo from

A little more wandering, and some Peanut Butter Oreo ice cream at Emack & Bolio's it was time to brush up on our American film classics with "Taxi Driver" at Film Forum. Twice in one weekend, a record!

While saying that I liked the movie seems strange and wrong, I am glad I saw it. It is incredibly well acted, and it is always interesting to see what New York was like in the 1970s. Now, if you count how many times I used the word "interesting" in this post, you would see how successful this weekend clearly was. To squeeze in a little more productivity, I hit up the grocery store on my way home, and now I must attempt to cook for the week and repaint my nails. Not because I don't LOVE the neon orange, but because it seems to already be chipping.

And with that, I bid adieu. Goodnight Supermoon. Good Night readers. Good Night New York.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Orange You Glad (You Read My Blog)?

I love lipstick. Not as much as nail polish of course, but a love nonetheless. Okay...I'm gonna level with you, I love all makeup. I enjoy expressing my creativity in any way I can, which includes sometimes outlandish manicures, unexpected clothing combos, and not-so-subtle makeup. I am not afraid to be a little out there, no matter how many weird stares I may get. When I first wore my new "flashy blue" eyeliner, I realized that people in the office elevator and in the streets of Midtown Manhattan weren't staring at me because I had food in my teeth, it was because my eyeliner was...well...flashy. But that is a story for another time.

This post is all about lipstick: bright colored lipsticks dominated the Spring/Summer 2011 runways such as Ohne Titel and Jil Sander and are a huge beauty trend for the upcoming season. I actually started wearing hot pink lipstick about three years ago, and am super excited to rock them all summer long. I have three shocking pinks: two discontinued YSL Rouge Pur (loooove and were worth the splurge) and Nars Schiap (a classic and NOT discontinued).

Rouge Pur 128. Rouge Pur 32. Nars Schiap.

Recently however, I decided that orange was the new pink. Okay, not the new pink because I will always wear pink, but I got the idea in my head that I had to have an orange lipstick, and became determined to find myself the perfect shade. I never thought I would incorporate orange into my makeup wardrobe, but then I bought a slew of nail polish shades last year and now I am infatuated. I may be over orange juice, but orange makeup is my new best friend. And trust me, it can be yours too...for under $10!

While I loved the idea of orange lipstick, I wasn't ready to take the plunge with an expensive tube. Although I do think that department store makeup can be a nice little indulgence for the girl on a budget, sometimes I need to remind myself that the drugstore is a great place to do a trendy makeup test drive. So, after a little research, Google Image-ing, and some review checking on MakeupAlley, I came away with two oranges: Siren (the exact shade used at Ohne Titel) and Orange Flip. I tried to get a good swatch photo, but my lack of a real camera put a wrench in that plan. So instead you will have to be satisfied with product shots, some Photo Booth pics, and your own set of Google Image searches.

Siren and Orange Flip image shots from (Note: I purchased mine at Bed Bath & beyond for $5.99 and $7.49 respectively.) In the photos above they look pretty much the same, so here is my Photo Booth attempt to capture the colors:

Orange Flip on the left. Siren on the right.

Lastly I will say this: as a fair skinned, blonde hair, blue eyed girl, I think they are flattering. When it comes to a bold lipstick, or bold makeup in general, it is important to make sure you only buy products that look good, not only because they make you FEEL good, but you also have to believe that you can pull it off. Anything that gets you noticed means you better know you are awesome, and even more so for having the guts to go bright when everyone else is blending in.

And that is my little lip shtick.