$30 – chiarafashion.co.uk
$42 – harrods.com
My Sunday morning routine typically consists of two things – coffee and fashion magazines. But like much of the American population, I struggle to justify spending $1,000 on a skirt, no matter how cute it may be. As such, I also draw fashion inspiration from television (although when Gossip Girl went off the air, I lost one of my main sources of inspiration…).
These days, I count Elementary, The Originals, Covert Affairs and Hart of Dixie as some of my main sources of ideas, and I have found a few blogs dedicated to outfit matching. These sites are great for finding pieces that you love. Although many of the pieces shown on TV are still a bit much for the budget conscious fan, they are a great way to discern which brands you like. This can help you narrow down where to find dupes or similar styles that more closely match your budget.
Shop Your TV.com is a well organized site that includes pretty much every show that’s been on the air in recent years. Organized by network, this site makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also updated on a regular basis, so check in every week to find out what your fictional faves are wearing.
WornonTV.net is another great site with a lot of comprehensive information including where you can find your favorite pieces of clothing. It’s also very well organized, allowing you to find the specifics of your favorite characters. This site is not as comprehensive, but it does give ideas for dupes in the event that they can’t find an exact match.
TVFashionGuide.com contains a list of popular shows and movies, with a good backlog, so you can find your favorites from older movies like The Devil Wears Prada. This site is pretty easy to navigate too, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for your favorite outfits. It’s good for finding tricky outfits, as the guess work is done.
If you’re into TV fashion, give one of these sites a try and dress like your favorite characters (or mix and match so you don’t look like a clone). You’ll be shocked at how many TV fashion finds are actually affordable.
In the design world, Radiant Orchid is the talk of the town. Since Pantone named it the Color of the Year for 2014, it’s been popping up all over the place. If you’re not as excited about it as I am, then you clearly do not work near graphic designers, artists, architects, interior designers and other such people. I have worked in the design biz for about 6 years give or take, and I can tell you that interior designers really do like watching paint dry. Go figure.
Anywho, this color is all over fashion as well. Since makeup Mega Giant Sephora teamed up with Pantone Universe, they have been telling us in a not so subtle way what the best colors are. This year, it’s Radiant Orchid. But don’t fool yourself. It’s not pink. It’s not purple. It was indeed selected for you from a pile of stuff. A purply pink, Radiant Orchid is bright and springy, and it actually looks pretty good on a variety of skin tones.
I went to the Radiant Orchid eyeshadow class one Sunday morning at the crack of dawn. Not only did I learn how to apply the Bird of Paradise look without resembling Mimi from ‘The Drew Carey Show,’ I also walked out with $100 worth of stuff, including the Radiant Femme Artistry Palette (Sephora knows how to make me part with my money). The palette features other colors that can be made to look wild or neutral – it’s up to you, and of course, the signature shade can be incorporated into every look.
The color payoff is good, and the makeup has good staying power with the right primer. At $42, it’s a little pricey, but you get 25 decently sized shades that create a lot of looks for day, night and everywhere in between. If you’re a makeup junkie, go to Sephora and try this palette. Although Radiant Orchid is only the Color of this year, it’s actually pretty, and you’ll be able to wear it for a while.
While I love my mother dearly, I have to admit that she taught me nothing about makeup. I have been fascinated by makeup since childhood, but lacking a makeup fiend mom to teach me the ways of the mascara wand, I had to learn things myself, and it wasn’t always pretty. In high school, I was known for my Egyptian style eyeliner and my Revlon Rum Raisin lipstick. However, I didn’t always look amazing. I really didn’t learn how to control my hair until college, so it was a frizzy ball of straight waves throughout high school.
All of that changed when I faked my way into a job as a makeup artist at Bare Escentuals while I was in college. It was 2002, and the chain only had 4 retail locations in the country. Most of our foot traffic came from infomercials, so it wasn’t really hard to sell. Working there introduced me to one of my best friends, Sarah, who is the most amazing eye makeup technician. She taught me the art of subtlety, and with it, my eyeliner shrunk considerably. It now looks natural and pretty rather than a nod to Nefertiti.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Sarah in your life, there are now a billion You Tube tutorials from which to choose. I’ve rounded up my top 5 beauty vloggers. Check them out, and you’ll be on your way to glam!
Makeup Geek Marlena is so popular, she’s even launched her own line of products. Her tutorials are fun and easy to follow. She’s also super creative, so there are looks for a wide variety of situations.
I like Jaclyn because she’s also fun to watch and easy to follow. Her channel offers tips, product reviews, tutorials and more, so check her out if you really need to learn how to do something, or simply want to hear about a product before you try it.
Naseem is all about uber glam, and it doesn’t hurt that she is a stunning person. She offers a lot of tips that you can use to step up your look a few notches. Her site also features product reviews and a fit diary. It’s great for those who like a well-rounded lifestyle vlog.
Jackie Aina is a Nigerian makeup artist from Southern California who knows how to rock many makeup looks. Her blog is well organized, fun to look at and highly informative. Her Youtube page is a great resource for African American women who are looking for products, tips and tricks, and includes everything from celeb-inspired makeup looks to fun fashion videos.
Another lifestyle blog courtesy of British mum Louise, Sprinkle of Glitter adds humor and helpful tips on everything, along with several informative makeup tutorials. If you like your beauty with a fun twist or like watching other people live their lives, check out this blog.
I hope you all find these vloggers as fun and helpful as I do. Who is your favorite beauty blogger? Let me know in the comments section!
I like to call myself short. Although at 5’4″, I am not technically short, I seem to have found my way into a crowd of amazons and super models. I have also been to a lot of concerts at which I couldn’t see over the Sasquatch standing in front of me. So I consider myself to be short.
However, I absolutely love maxi skirts and maxi dresses. Although I have found that whenever I try them on, they swallow me whole and I end up walking on them. This summer, midi skirts are popping up everywhere. For those of us who walk on our pants, skirts and dresses, midi skirts are a good option, because they are long enough to be classy, and short enough not to cut our legs and make us look shorter.
Whether you choose a pencil skirt or a style with more flare, the midi is a comfortable yet office appropriate alternative to shorts or cropped pants. My favorite midi skirt came from The Gap. It’s a rayon/spandex blend that feels like yoga pants, so this skirt allows me to be a lazy slob without looking like one. I live in it over the summer. (Gap doesn’t sell it anymore, so this summer may call for a replacement, but I digress.)
For my not quite short, not quite average fashion girls out there, a midi skirt is a must-add to your spring/summer wardrobe. Check out the selection at ASOS, and boohoo, or find one at your favorite store.