Beauty, to me, encompasses more than just makeup. I think you can apply beauty to more than what goes on your face-it applies also to what you put on. And as any good beauty gypsy knows, it’s not just the makeup that makes us an eye catcher, but good fashion keeps the focus on us.
This will be my first post that is not makeup related and I am excited to get started. My background was originally in fashion, specifically fashion PR. I studied and worked in NYC back in the 90’s and slowly figured out that working in fashion and shopping for it are two different things. I was more interested in putting outfits together, accessorizing, and most of all using makeup to complete the whole look.
I still appreciate new designers, fabrics and trends and try to keep up with them without losing my original style. To me, the right style has to do with exuding ones confidence and appropriate cuts/fabric to bring out the best in your body. I am constantly looking for new and original styles and get motivated to enhance my new purchases with the right makeup look.
I have slowly been building my fall wardrobe since the summer and incorporating new items to compliment my past purchases. The first three things I focus on are handbags, sunglasses and scarves. They don’t have to match perfectly but should complement each other as well as your present wardrobe.
I was in Paris this past September and was able to buy a few things to get me started. I wanted to share my purchases which I am excited about and have started wearing this month:
I didn’t want to do black so I opted for dark khaki that easily and fashionably can replace black yet complement what I already own.
Chanel will always represent “classic and modern” to me and I still have and use all the bags I have purchased from them. They never seem to go out of style and can easily be reintroduced to your wardrobe seasons later. This particular bag felt so good on the shoulders and the length was right at the hips which gave it a youthful yet classy look. I use this with most of my neutral and intense colors in my closet.
I love sunglasses and own so many that I forget what I have. To me, sunglasses are fun to buy yet can be slightly technical depending on the shape, color and size. How many times have you reached out for sunglasses that look great in the case but all wrong for your face? I know I have many times but it’s amazing how the right pair can change your face and complete your outfit. I always look for shades that aren’t too dark for my olive skin, the shape isn’t too oval or square and most of all it should feel like the right fit when you try it on. Comfort is key followed by what complements your overall face and that includes skin color, hair color and overall appearance.
I bought two sunglasses on separate occasions because each had a purpose and most of all were unique.
This pair of sunglasses is made by Bottega Venetta. They are uber cool and totally glamorous. They looked so gorgeous in the case and when I tried them on, the salesman said “honey you need these.” So I impulsively bought them and loving them more everyday. They fit all my qualifications of comfort, color and right shape. The over sized lenses is what I feel gives them that old “Hollywood Glamour.” And the case is to die for, that alone is an incentive to buy Bottega Venetta plus it looks like an easy substitute for an evening clutch. 🙂
My second pair is made by Chanel and were bought the same time I purchased my khaki handbag. Again this was impulsive and “limited edition” which made me want them more. They have a pearl on each side and the frame is a matte light khaki brown. So clean, so cool…so Chanel. These are effortless to wear and look cool without trying to hard.
Besides being a brush queen, I adore scarves. To me, they are like buying lipstick, they complete the look and purchased based on my mood and the weather. I bought this Balenciaga scarf in the summer and totally loved the graphics printed on it which translated to “artsy and cool.” Also, you cant go wrong with a neutral color and black print. I throw this on when I have anything solid on and the graphics on the scarf give it a little “kick.”
I also love jackets and shoes but that is another post…for now hope you enjoyed looking and got some ideas for the winter months ahead.
Happy accessorizing! 🙂