Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Custom Retro Dresses

I have an hourglass, full figure. Even with weight fluctations throughout my 20s and 30s, I've always had my grandmother's large bosom and the milkman's trunk (yeah, no clue where my full bum came from). Finding dresses that fit properly have always been a challenge. So I usually just wear separates.

I stumbled upon The Petite Sophisticate over the weekend. I was actually looking up when Petite Sophicate (the store) went out of business as I had just purchased a Petite Sophicate black velvet blazer from a vintage store on Sunday. My search led me to Sadie Stein's blog.

As I'm going through a retro phase right now, I was pleased that she posted a couple of links to her favorite retro stores. One of them is an Etsy store that makes custom, retro dresses based on your measurements! Each dress is reasonably priced around $100 or less. When I showed the online store to my husband, he asked if I wanted to pick out a few for Christmas.  Well I guess my eyes lit up like a Christmas tree at this thoughtful and cool gift.

Here are the three dresses I picked out. One is a replica of Carrie Bradshaw's (I'm SATC obsessed!) pinstripe suit she wears when visiting her editor at Vogue. The Original Galaxy dress is a Dita Von Teese inspiration. I ordered it in dark gray. For the Karen Wiggle dress, I ordered it in dark navy with back belt, sleeve trim, and chiffon bow. I love the dark navy and black combination that is in this fall.

Once you pay for the dresses, Cynthia emails you which measurements she needs. I had to have my husband's help with some of the measurements (e.g., jacket length, skirt length, dress length, shoulder to shoulder width, etc.). She and her two assistants whip up the dresses and mail them to you 2-3 weeks after placing your order.

Karen Wiggle dress
Sex and the City inspired suit
Original Galaxy - Dita Von Teese inspired dress
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Winged Eyeliner

Creating a cat eye or a wing with your eyeliner is probably one of the trickest makeup techniques. Most of the videos I watch on Youtube start with pulling the corner of the eye taut and then starting the application of the eyeliner in the middle of the lid to distribute the bulk of the product.

This method simply doesn't work for me. I have droopy, hooded eyes and when I pull the corner of my eye to apply eyeliner, the wing ends up pointing down. So I've come up with a method that works for my type of lid.

I normally use MAC Penultimate and NYC liquid liner. However, I received the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black in the mail last night. It had good reviews on The color payoff isn't as intense as the NYC liquid liner, but the felt tip allows for greater control.

I start with the outer guideline of the wing.

Looking down in the mirror, draw a slanted line from the end of your lid lash line to your crease.

Draw a thin line across your lid.

Connect the outer guideline to the lid line. Start a quarter of the way down from the outer guideline and draw a slanted line to the lid. This will form a triangle.

Fill in the triangle.

This is the other eye (my left eye). I'm right handed
so I cross my arm over to my left eye, rest my elbow
on my makeup table, and rest my right hand on my cheek.

I start with my outer guideline.

I draw a thin line across the lid.

I make a perpendicular line starting slightly lower on the outer guideline to leave the "tail" of the wing. I connect the line to the lower lid line and fill in the triangle.

I then make the lid line a little thicker from the middle to the outer corner so it doesn't look like I have a wonky triangle at the corner of my eye.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spring Green!

Okay, I know it's not Spring, but the weather has been mild and in the upper 50s for the last couple of weeks. Feels more like Spring than late Fall. No complaints here. That means I don't have to wear winter boots and can still wear open toe heels.

So I came up with the following today. The green and yellow long jacket is from a few years past. I'm finally able to fit into it again. I love this colorful and unexpected jacket and it always gets compliments. I paired it with jeans (I only own 2 pairs), which I rolled the cuff (haven't done that since high school but it seems to be in again). To add a pop of color, I paired it with a coral-pink necklace.

Jacket: Anthropologie | Jeans: Old Navy | Necklace: J Crew | Shoes: Nine West (DSW) | Tshirt: Gap | Belt: No clue - very old | Lipstick: Covergirl 305 Hot Passion | iPhone case: Zazzle
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