This Girl’s Got Style isn’t focused on one particular girl, but the movie Bye Bye Birdie as a whole. I watched the film for the first time last week and although I didn’t care much for the story, I absolutely fell in love with the choreography and cinematography. The colors in this scene? Amazing.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bye Bye Birdie, it’s about a VERY popular rockstar, Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) who’s been drafted to the army. Aspiring chemist/song writer, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), and his girlfriend, Rosie (Janet Leigh), develop a plan to get Conrad on The Ed Sullivan Show and kiss a high school girl (Ann-Margret) goodbye.
Silhouettes is a hand lettering series by graphic designer Hannah Reynolds. I love how the letters are somewhat hard to read so it requires more concentration to focus on the quote; I tend to skim things really fast, so this forces me to slow down and let the words sink in.
I remember wearing glitter makeup in my teens. The older I get, the scarier glitter eye makeup becomes. A trend I have noticed from major cosmetic brands this season is the roll out of shimmery/glittery makeup products. Despite my reservations, I took up the challenge of creating a grown-up glittery eye makeup look.
My golden rules on glitter eye makeup:
1. Less is more. For a modern and sexy take, use the less is more approach. To ensure you don’t go overboard, build up the sparkle slowly. Sticky tape is definitely a handy tool to have to take care of any fallout.
2. Go for neutrals. To create balance, neutral shades are the perfect counterpart to glitter. It compliments it without being over powering. Pair glitter shadow with matte shadow to give your look dimension and definition.
3. Choose your glitter. If you are starting out with glitter eye makeup, ultra fine glitter is a good way to incorporate sparkle. Products with more subtle glitter offer more glitz and glamour without looking flashy.
1. Prepare your eyes
Just like any other eye shadow, glitter shadow should be applied after eye foundation/concealer and eye shadow primer for maximum staying power. For depth and definition, apply your normal eye shadow colors first before applying glitter shadow.
2. Apply glitter eye shadow
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow comes in many different shades. The one I am using is Kitten (nude pink sheen). It also comes with a mini liquid eye primer and mixing tray. I still like to use my own primer beforehand to ensure long lasting adhesion.
There are two ways of wearing the Stila eye shadow. The first is applying the shadow without the liquid primer (see top line of my hand swatch). The second is mixing the liquid primer (use half a drop, one drop is way too much!) with and the eye shadow (see bottom line of my hand swatch). You can see how pigmented the eye shadow becomes after adding the liquid primer! To apply, I used my ring finger to spread and dab it onto my eyelids slowly to make sure it’s even and smooth.
3. Eyeliner and Mascara
Apply eyeliner and mascara as normal. If you want to create more drama, try a pair of fake eyelashes to complete the eye makeup look.
4. The rest of your face
Let your eyes steal the spotlight. This isn’t the time to wear your statement lip. Keep your lips (wear lip balm or clear lip gloss) and cheeks natural (add bronzer to give your face some color).
A Little Birdy Blog has completely blown me away. Chloe is a (recently-turned) 16-year-old living in New Zealand and my goodness, she has such a strong eye for good design, color and composition; a powerhouse of everything creative. Her blogging how-tos are so spot on. I’d say more, but you’re better off just checking out her blog. Watch out, kids: this girl is going places.
Nadinoo was one of the first clothing labels I started following when I began blogging. Every collection of Nadia’s – the designer – resonates so well with the Drifter & the Gypsy aesthetic; I love it all! Her style is traditional & classic with that distinct English schoolgirl vibe (she IS British after all).
Nadia so generously lent me some pretty little things from her Autumn/Winter ’14 collection to wear for a fun D&tG studio photo/video shoot (sneak peek here). The video and images will be released early next month, so stay tuned for that!
Of course I had to take advantage of the short while I had the clothes to do an outfit post with at least one of the garments. This yellow dress was definitely my favorite. Can you believe I don’t own A SINGLE yellow item? I think that needs to change. Yellow is such a cheery color (although ironically I read that people most often lose their tempers in yellow rooms, so go figure).
It’s been a sad good long while since I’ve done a Career Day post. After Katie’s post, I took nearly a year off from the column.
I’ve recently been asked about if I’ll bring back the column. To be honest, I really missed it too. I love getting a peek into other creative people’s lives. Or maybe I’m just nosey. Either way, I’m bringing back Career Day!
To kick us off again, I’ve got Brian Morrow from Shark Pig.
Film maker. Day dreamer. Rapper. Creative director of Shark Pig, a full service production company/digital agency.
Haven’t heard of Shark Pig? Here’s a little background info for you…
I’ve done about a million weird gigs. I was a paper boy, a wood workers apprentice, a projectionist at a movie theater. I installed a telecommunications network at a housing project for Indian Monks. I worked at the flag ship Taco John’s in my home town – Cheyenne, Wyoming. I painted two building sized grain silos in the world’s weirdest town – Fairfield, Iowa. I was the head of Security on the movie Hesher. I got sent to Dubai as an air courier with one hour notice, same thing with Rome except that time I saw the Pope!
I’ve stood at the finish line of marathons and photographed thousands of runners drag their nearly broken bodies across. I’ve shot hundreds of graduations and hundreds of weddings. I’ve spliced fiber optic cable in cold tiny trailers and mounted giant satellite dishes on the top of radio towers. One time I was hired to pretend that I worked at this architectural design firm so it seemed like they had more employees during a big client meeting. I ended up editing a rap video and answering to the name “Brant.” It’s all in a days work.
I finally stopped taking day rates when I started a production company called Shark Pig. Now I just have one job, but it keeps me busier than ever. Our recent clients include: Levi’s, Purina, UGG, Midori, Audi, McDonalds, Pfizer, Lucky Magazine and Paul Mitchell to name drop a little. I’m currently producing a feature documentary on the life and work of Hal Ashby and trying to remind myself to read a comic book or play a video game from time to time.
Do you have questions for Brian to answer about Shark Pig, his life before Shark Pig, his personal life, his favorite pair of pants, etc.? Send them all over (don’t worry; they’ll all be completely anonymous) for Brian to answer at email@example.com by next Tuesday, October 21st. Brian will be on D&tG the following Tuesday, October 28th to answer your questions and talk more about his work and his life! So get cracking on asking some questions!