These Are A Few Of My Favourite Trends

The weather here in Southern California has been a bit inclimate, albeit, lovely just the same.  The fluctuations have certainly kept us on our toes, having to don jackets while enduring heat-waves, all in the matter of a week.  For some reason I am starting to feel like Spring is definitely on the verge of kicking in full swing.  For this Spring/Summer I challenged myself with including more brights in my wardrobe, since they were all over the runways for Fashion Week, however, this lasted all of two weeks.  I’m simply not one for bright colours, I prefer rich earth tones, which is the reason Fall is my favourite season for fashion.  Nevertheless, in lieu of bright colours, there are three trends I’ve incorporated into my wardrobe, and have been loving.

COBALT BLUE

This colour has truly given my wardrobe a lift, and it isn’t terribly overpowering, but more of a jewel-toned splash of colour to create just the right amount of balance with all the neutrals I own.

Photos: Style.com (runway detail), Net-a-Porter.com (bag), MyTheresa.com (shoes)

ETHNIC PRINTS

I have had a great time mixing ethnic prints with others in my wardrobe, so reminiscent of my bohemian days, but done with much more sophistication and elegance.

Photos: MyTheresa.com (blouse), Net-a-Porter.com (bag), Shopbop.com (shoe), Mango.com (earrings)

FLORAL PRINTS

I have never been one for florals, even as a little girl, they always seemed much too cutesy for my taste.  Well, plenty has changed, florals have evolved to a great place, where I am happy to don them every now and again.  The look is edgy and fierce yet feminine.  Accessorizing is key when it comes to florals, the fusion of leather, geek chic frames or bold jewelry,  for example, surely help to deliver plenty of swag.

Photos:  Net-a-Porter.com (bag, earrings), Nordstrom.com (perfume), MyTheresa.com (shoes)

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Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Gel With AHA & BHA

Eureka!  I have been eager to review this product since using it for the first time, subsequent to receiving it a few weeks ago, however, I held off so I’d be able to give valid feedback.  Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Gel has quickly made its way to my list of favourites.  It is made from fruit AHA and plant BHA, and is highly effective at sloughing off dead skin cells, and other impurities which sit on the skin’s surface.  After cleansing the skin, 2-3 pumps of the Detclear Facial Peeling Gel is applied and massaged into the skin, as this is done the product forms into little balls.  As a result, the skin is being gently exfoliated.  It’s almost like a mini microdermabrasion in a pump, the outcome is very impressive, leaving the skin silky smooth and prepared for the products which follow.

This product may not be for everyone, the consistency is quite different, it is somewhat watery and light in texture.  it seems completely ineffective when I am using it, I prefer a richer products, however, the results are quite evident immediately afterwards.   My skin is noticeably softer and smoother, I also have brighter since using this product a few weeks ago and the price point is quite reasonable.  The Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Gel is available through amazon.com and Mitsuwa market and definitely worthy of 5 stars!

$16.99- $21.99

Mod Makeup, A Fresh Approach To A Timeless Classic

When it comes to makeup, my aesthetic has always been soft, fresh application whether for day or night.  When applied properly makeup should segue easily from brunch, to an upscale dinner party, if necessary.  One of my favourite makeup looks to attain this end, is mod.

Twiggy, the first supermodel to surface in the 60’s, pioneered mod makeup.  This look is the quintessential soft, fresh makeup look perfect for day into night, and application is super easy.  The main difference is in both the shadow and lip consistencies.  The shadow should be more of a shimmer versus a frost of the past, while the lips should be more of a soft, matte rather than the heavy chalky matte of the 60’s, resulting in more of a moist look.

To achieve a modern approach on this classic:

  • Start with Chanel’s d’eau fluid iridescent eyeshadow in cascade, which is a soft white or MAC’s prep & prime.  Although Chanel’s fluid iridescent is marketed as an eyeshadow, I prefer to use it as a shadow base.  It is waterproof, and will most certainly allow your shadow to stay put all day.  It is part of my personal makeup routine, and I wouldn’t be without it for long shoots or wedding makeup.  The liquid shadow has plenty of shimmer and sheen, which is a beautiful modern take on the frosts of the 60’s.  MAC’s prep & prime is an acceptable substitute, and also has great staying power.
  • Next, set the base  with a soft powder shadow in a subtle white shade.
  • Add, a black liquid liner, which will stay wet looking even once it’s dry, Smashbox and L’Oreal offer great options, and a great final touch is a white eyeliner on the inner rim of the bottom lash line to open the eyes.
  • Fill in the brows with a shade slightly darker than your natural brow colour for a defined look, and add lots of black mascara on the top, and a bit of the excess on the bottom.
  • Foundation should be slightly dewy or moist looking with a soft blush shade added on the apples of the cheeks and swept diagonally up toward the hairline.
  • Finally, finish with a soft matte lipcolour whether light or medium in colour.

There you have it, a fresh approach to a timeless classic.

Stylista Muse

This ensemble is a great answer to jeans and a tee, and Khadijat Oseni wears it well.  On those days you’d like to step it up a notch from jeans, while maintaining comfort and style, this look is ideal.  The blazer is from Urban Outfitters and the shoes Mea Shadow.  Check out the Mea Shadow shoe line for a look at the full collection of exquisitely designed, trendsetting shoes.

Photo: Hannan Saleh

Trend Alert: Designers Take On Crochet & Macrame

Although reminiscent of the 70’s and our dear, precious grandmothers, crochet and macrame are making  a strong comeback into the world of fashion.  The reinvention is far removed from the retro version of the past.  There is a sleek sophistication to the pieces, in everything from belts, shoes and hats to bathing suits, sleek dresses and tops.  The look of crochet and macrame is delicate and feminine, and with designers such as: Chloe, Lisa Maree, Etoile Isabel Marant, and M Missoni introducing their respective interpretations on this trend, crochet and macrame may be the season’s ‘must have’ for the closets of the fashion forward near and far.

Photos: Net-a-Porter.com (bag, bracelet), Nordstrom.com (hat), and ToryBurch.com (shoe)

Grateful For The Versatile Blogger Award Nomination!

MUSINGS OF A STYLISTA HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD…

Thank you Fashion & Style Guru for the nomination!

“The Versatile Blogger Award” Rules Are:

1. Add the award to your blog

2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you

3. Mention seven random things about yourself

4. List the rules

5. Award to fifteen or more bloggers

Seven Random Things About Me:

1. Vintage shopping is thrilling to me as I seek out hidden treasures

2. Taking photos makes me happy

3. Learning about the traditions of other cultures fascinates me

4. Singing brings me joy unspeakable

5. Dreaming big fuels me… next up, an all expense paid business or leisure trip to Paris, France

6. Simplifying my life has been healthy

7. Focusing on the “big picture” helps me stay free and clear of distractions and drama

My 15 Blogger Nominees:

Wilddarts

Laura Notor

Things to Cherish

Print and Pattern

Sinem Karisir

Yasmin Cruz

Photobotos

Le Zoe Musings

Sadie and Dasie

As Time Goes Buy

Chocolates and Raspberries

Brown Ponytail

Nonfashionista

Mosaic Gardens

Larissa Tyler

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric SPF 12

When it comes to foundation, I have always invested significantly more than I would on shadows, lipsticks, etc.  Because foundation sits on the skin, if high quality ingredients are not used, there is a higher chance of clogging the pores and encouraging breakouts.  Giorgio Armani Face Fabric is like a second skin, it uses a 3D micro-fil technology which, simply put means, it looks invisible on the skin while delivering coverage, and is light in consistency.

The texture is like none I’ve ever tried, as it is applied it seems to melt into the skin.  It’s difficult to discern where the foundation is applied once it is on because it blends so beautifully.  The product was formulated to accommodate those instances when layering for fuller coverage may be necessary, and even then the results are simply radiant, fresh and natural looking skin.  The product contains an SPF of 12, which is less than I typically use, however, layering the foundation over my sunscreen makes no difference in the overall amazing results.

Available at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com or Neiman Marcus and other fine retailers $49

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap

Dr. Bronner’s soaps have been around since 1858, soap-making is simply in the blood of this family, as the tradition continues over 100 years after being birthed.  I have a great appreciation for organic and natural products like Dr. Bronner’s, as they are so effective on the skin without the addition of harsh sulfates and other ingredients proven to be unkind to the skin.  The only challenge is the packaging, like most natural products, is a bit bland.  However, transferring the product to more appealing packaging adds pizazz to your sink and vanity, while allowing you to keep those creative juices flowing.

It seems so much more sensible to pay less for natural, quality products that work, versus a small fortune for packaging and brand.  Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap is a staple in my cleansing routine, it can be used on the body, face and even for laundering since it is au naturale.  It is eco-friendly, refreshing, versatile and chock full of certified fair trade ingredients, as well as certified organic oils & essential oils.  This product is most economical at Trader Joe’s if there is one in your area, otherwise Whole Foods stocks it and of course it is available online.

drbronner.com

Flattering Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Face shapes come in many different shapes and sizes, and factor in largely with the hairstyles we choose.  There are definitely hairstyles more flattering than others depending upon face shape.  The most popular face shapes are the heart, long, round, square and diamond.

The Heart Shaped Face like Scarlett Johansson’s is widest at the forehead and tapers to it’s narrowest point at the chin.

Flattering hairstyles for the heart shaped face are those which create the illusion of a narrower forehead, and stronger jaw line.  Bangs either straight across or swept off to the side will achieve this, while shoulder length or longer is ideal to create volume around the jaw line.

The Long Shaped Face like Sarah Jessica Parker’s is longer than it is wide, with a long straight cheek line.

The most ideal hairstyles for a long face are either short with volume on the top with bangs, or longer with volume around the jawline to create more of a balanced effect.

The Round Shaped Face like Drew Barrymore’s is curved at the hairline and chin lines with a wider width.

Becoming hairstyles for a round face are those which give the illusion of a narrower face like a short style with wispy bangs or longer with soft curls or layers close to the jawline, round faces should keep volume to a minimum unless the style is a shorter option.

A Square Face Shape like Kiera Knightley’s is straight at the hairline, with a squared jawline and wider face.

Hairstyles most enhancing for a square face are those with layers and length.  Flowy layers or soft beach waves and side swept bangs soften the angles on a square face.

The Diamond Shaped Face like Halle Barry’s is narrow at the forehead and chin with greater width through the cheekbones.

A diamond shaped face has many options, shorter styles look great, as well as longer, since the structure of the face is already quite balanced.

The Classic Smoky Eye

As a makeup artist in the entertainment industry, many of my clients require their makeup to transition seamlessly from day to night.  A classic soft, smoky eye (seen above on Kate Mara) is my favourite look to achieve this.  It segues easily from day to night, and requires plenty of layering and blending.  The biggest faux pas women seem to make with a smoky eye, is applying the colour too heavy with little blending, and choosing shades far too dark for their complexion. This translates into a heavy and overpowering feel for everyday wear, and gives the illusion of a raccoon eye.  A smoky eye does not mean finding the blackest black shadow, but is more about choosing a shade which will be most complementary to your skin tone, and the choices are numerous.  Of course, it all boils down to preference, and is completely subjective.  My preference has always been a softer, smoky eye, as I feel it looks clean and polished.  In the coming weeks I will be showing step-by-step instructions on achieving this look, as well as many others.  In the meantime… easy does it.