Because you asked. Because I’m self-absorbed. Because I can. It’s product time… because I assume that’s what you meant by posting “tell us about your new look” in the comment section of this blog.
I came home and said, “what the hell are they talking about, ‘new look?'”
The Suitor responded, “you don’t want to hear it.” Dear Lord. What are we going to fight about now? “Well, it’s just that lately you’ve been wearing things I say you look nice in, so people are responding” WRONG. It’s all about the hair and bronzer, pal. That New Year’s top wasn’t his choice; it was mine. “Well,” he said, “that was a compromise.” It was not. It was my begging him to help me decide what to wear and wearing what I wanted to anyway (don’t we all do that?!). The compromise was what I wore over the breast shirt (a long-sleeve top). So please chime in and let him know it wasn’t the button down that makes it a “new look” but the bronzer or hair, or anything but making him right. He does that way too often.
HAIR: I’m loving the Be Curly Aveda product combined with my Infusium. I take a large-barrel curling iron to the few stray curls that won’t behave. It softens things up a bit, especially around the face.
CLOTHING: I’m wearing more color. I love the cashmere cableknits from J.Crew right now, especially over a button-down. I’ve always loved that “back to school” look with a pair of abused jeans. I need to wear my navy gold-buttoned blazer more often. I still love my scarves as tops, but The Suitor can’t stand them. Says, “would you ever wear a shirt with that pattern?”
But I LOVE them! See here, and here, here, and sure, here and here. I have no doubt there are many others; the point is, I like wearing them. He hates them, so I’ve stopped. I know he has stopped wearing things he liked once upon a time because I made the face each time he put on his bright yellow shirt with his pale blue, way too big, uglyass jeans. I’m going out this Saturday night with the girls. He won’t be around. I’m wearing a damn scarf somewhere on my body, even if he does think it’s craptastic.
I’ve created this primitive diagram to help you out. If you want to get all tricky, you can experiment by taking a ring (yes, one that you’d wear typically on your finger), and slipping it on before you knot corners A & D together. Push the ring down, then slip your head through, pulling the corners into a knot behind your head, so the ring is now in front. You can push it up or down as if it were the knot of a men’s tie. You can also play with twisting the scarf a bit once it’s on your neck, before tying together corners B & C. No pins or bra needed! Though if you must, I can’t say enough great things about this bra!!!
MAKEUP: It’s all about the Nars. I’m such an addict for that font, and it doesn’t hurt with product names like “deep throat” and “orgasm.” I don’t use a self-tanner because I can’t handle that sweet smell. Don’t bother recommending one to me because now I’m addicted to a good bronzer (without that shimmer tell). So here’s what’s in my to-go makeup bag (opposed to my trunk of products when I feel I need a change): Blush & Bronze colors: Ninotchka (almost the color of bronzer, can definitely double as one. It’s not pink or peach, so it gives the effect of just a more contoured cheek.) Then for the apples, it’s all about Desire, a very bright in the palette pink, but on, it gives a healthy pinky flush up against the Laguna bronzer. For lips: I like anything that tastes like mint chocolate chip, and it is my estimation that Pout’s Plump does a body good… or at least a set of lips. Eyes: Okay, listen up. It’s all about a good eyebrow threading session. Someone somewhere said something about eyebrows being the frame of the face… someone was right. If I have a great eyebrow going, nothing else matters. Threading. I’m telling you. Then, I take a white shimmer stick and draw a thin line beneath the brow to highlight that bone. You can see it here.
For more on this subject, open the “preening” category where I mention the rest of my product addictions.