12.19.2014

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF FASHION...



MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
                                                                                                                     
...a Mulberry mini Cara Delevingne
                                                                                                                     


                                            
outfit: 1. mulberry mini cars delevingne leather backpack, $1380 luisaviaroma.com;  2. narciso rodriguez sandals, $695 barneys.com;  3. monica vinader fiji friendship bracelet, $250 monicavinader.com;  4. thomas wylde floral lace shorts, $1897 farfetch.com;  5. grey coat, $48 blackfive.com;  6. movado watch, $547 jomashop.com;  7. red valentino cable knit pullover, $495 stylebop.com
                                            



Stay tuned for more of the TWELVE DAYS OF FASHION countdown tomorrow.



XOXO, EÀLM
                                            



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12.18.2014

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF FASHION...



MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
                                                                                                                     
...the sparkliest sweater
                                                                                                                     


                                            
outfit: 1. gold sequined sweater, $299 calypsostbarth.com;  2. versace black leather & gold medusa bracelet, $475 ssense.com;  3. j.crew glasses, $49 jcrew.com;  4. swarovski embellished sandals, $657 net-a-porter.com;  5. lush breath of god bottle perfume, lushusa.com;  6. diptyque vetiver candle, $60 candledelerium.com;  7. cynthia rowley feather skirt, $365 cynthiarowley.com;  8. j.crew fireburst beaded necklace, $128 jcrew.com
                                            



Stay tuned for more of the TWELVE DAYS OF FASHION countdown tomorrow.



XOXO, EÀLM
                                            



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12.17.2014

ON THE NINTH DAY OF FASHION...



MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
                                                                                                                     
...feathered Fendi sandals
                                                                                                                     



                                            
outfit: 1. fendi sandals, $2480 nathalieschuterman.com;  2. kate spade emerald cut studs, $38 piperlime gap.com;  3. tom ford lip color, $58 selfridges.com;  4. alexander mcqueen punk fur clutch, $3435 harrods.com;  5. larsson & jennings watch, $381 larssonandjennings.com;  6. crew neck cable jumper, $125 joules.com;  7. F1017 unisex frame glasses, $56 firmoo.com;  8. j.crew collection cropped tuxedo pant, $198 jcrew.com
                                            



Stay tuned for more of the TWELVE DAYS OF FASHION countdown tomorrow.



XOXO, EÀLM
                                            



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12.16.2014

ON THE TENTH DAY OF FASHION...



MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
                                                                                                                     
...Tom Ford lenses
                                                                                                                     



                                            
outfit: 1. tom ford TF5147 FT5147 001 glasses, $242 bluefly.com;  2. jw anderson merino wrap crew neck sweater, $765 ln-cc.com;  3. saint laurent velvet cape, $2738 bysymphony.com;  4. matthew williamson silk maxi skirt, $780 matthewwilliamson.com;  5. black patent pumps, $340 dress-on.it;  6. vince camuto black ceramic link watch, $250 vincecamuto.com;  7. maison martin margiela line 11 quadruple cuff rings, $575 lagarconne.com;  8. givenchy antigona leather envelope clutch, $1300 lanecrawford.com
                                            



Stay tuned for more of the TWELVE DAYS OF FASHION countdown tomorrow.



XOXO, EÀLM
                                            



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12.15.2014

#FACETIME

                                                                                                                     
MY SIX PRODUCTS ( & TRICKS ) TO A DAILY GLOW
                                                                                                                     
1. Hydrate Your Body
2. Hydrate Your Face
3. Blend a Smooth Base
4. Top Notes
5. Eye Magic
6. Ambiance

                                            
products left to right:  jo malone cologne in blue agava and cacao, $60 neimanmarcus.com;  philosophy hope in a jar extra-rich moisturizer for normal to dry skin, $42 beauty.com;  smash box studio skin 15 hour wear foundation, $42 sephora.com;  diptyque vetyver candle, $60 candledelerium.com;  voss still water, vosswater.com;  mascara wands, out blush.com
                                            


1. Hydrate your body -
To quote the great model Derek Zoolander voicing an Evian commercial as a half-man, half-mermaid; "moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty." Silly as this scene is to watch, it does hold a sea of truth. The key to radiant skin is drinking plenty of water.

2. Hydrate your face - 
If you have dry skin like I do, you'll appreciate finding an excellent moisturizer. I learned through much trial and error the best emulsion for my distinct needs. If you happen to fall into my category—the kind of skin that drinks up the right amount of elixir only if it is a light consistency, but also very full and thick; free of unnecessary additives, but with a hint of refreshing aroma; long-lasting, but without leaving a greasy residue—then I highly recommend trying Hope in a Jar from Philosophy. I use a dime-size dab after washing twice a day, and it has transformed my skin.

3. Blend a smooth base -
Foundation is everything. This is something I take to heart in my beauty regimen, not only as an earthquake-country Californian. The rest of your makeup relies on the consistency and effectivity of your foundation. Without it, everything else will be sub-par in application and achievement. Foundation is again one of the parts of a beauty routine that varies greatly person to person: skin tone and quality are two big impactors (some lucky people have such great skin tone and quality that they look impeccable even foregoing a foundation!), but so also is the variable of personal taste in the theatricality of makeup; some like a lot, some like a little. (I play for the team of foundation, mascara, and chapstick only, with exception to special occasions.) Everyone is different and beautiful in their own expression.

4. Top notes -
Have you ever heard of olfactory recognition, the connection we make between smells and memories? This is something I often think about when choosing a scent. I choose certain colognes (yes colognes, I don't usually care for perfumes) for particular outings or to make certain impressions, or put on my day-to-day signature for work. I do this, because of the memories or feelings I associate with each scent. I enjoy being very cognitive about my scent selection process, and because I think much on this cognitive-olfactory connection, I choose to wear the scent that I wish most to associate with the memories I will make. 
When you're dabbing on a scent before you go out, thinking about how you enjoy the smell, how lovely it makes you feel, that feeling will only be deeper re-established each time you catch a hint of it in the air around you - and you will glow with the memory of it.

5. Eye magic -
Want in on a little-known secret that beauty products capitalize on? When it comes to mascara... the trick is in the wand. Of course, the commixture of ingredients in your brand of mascara does define, in-part, if your solution will be beneficial to volumizing, waterproofing, etc., though it is the wand that lends the biggest hand in the application of said effect. Find a shape that best fits your needs, and test it out with the formula you already have to see the difference. (Sephora offers a great pack to experiment with here.) I personally prefer a silicone wand that lengthens and volumizes (silicone because they are washable and reusable, making them more environmentally-friendly.)

6. Ambiance -
Much like how scent affects your mood, so do your surroundings. Pay attention in part to where your beauty regimen takes place—are you surrounded in good lighting, pretty things, music that makes you happy? Take a moment to evaluate the space you create for yourself. I like to light candles and zen-out while I wisp on my mascara. Allotted the ample amount of time each day, I'd spend my prepping by the same means I did in college; happy tunes blasting, with makeup application done between dance breaks and lip-sync intervals. Setting the stage of your look, and your day, starts with how well you revel in your beauty.



XOXO, EÀLM
                                            


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