I saw this photo shoot from two of my pals Ashley and Emily and a few other people and I died. And then I looked at the photos again and I died again. And then I knew I had to share this with you guys so that you can die at how unrealistically beautiful these photographs are too.
These photographs sum up my style so well (okay so maybe I wouldn’t dress quiiiiteee so flamboyantly in real life, but we’re talking aesthetics here, so don’t get too literal on me). Color, but not too much color. Dreamy, but not too much dreamy.
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I found this white blouse at Crossroads. Ordinarily, I would have passed it up because it’s pretty plain, but lately I’ve been drawn to more minimalistic items. It’s nice and lightweight and could even be worn with some shorts in the summer.
This heavier denim jumper from Urban Outfitters provides a little more warmth. But still, fall is pretty mild in San Francisco, so you don’t need to be tooooo toasty.
The blouse has buttons on the side of the sleeves, so you can roll them up or leave them down.
Every so often Instagram‘s Weekend Hashtag Project catches my eye. This past weekend was themed glitter (#WHPglitter). Of course anything remotely girly makes me happy and I was excited to see what people would do with glitter (I even participated myself!). On Monday, Instagram picks their favorite submissions, but there are always so many more that deserve attention, so I’ve rounded up my favorites.
Overly made up skin is a one-way ticket to looking much older than you actually are. As long as your skin is well hydrated, a fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion. Here are my best tips to keeping makeup looking fresh and beautiful all day long.
1. Protect your skin
Keep your skin hydrated and protect it from the sun. There are many options, from the traditional face sunscreens to moisturizers and foundations with built in SPF.
SPF is not only limited to face products, there are also lip products that contain SPF.
2. Primer is your best friend
Face primers are incredibly light, provides a smooth base and helps to hold makeup in place. It goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup.
The same goes with eyes. Apply eye primer to minimize creasing and create a base for eyeshadow to cling to so it lasts longer. Avoid using cream shadows on lids, opt for powder eyeshadow.
3. Go (almost) Naked
When it comes to getting that fresh look, it is crucial to make your face look dewy, not oily. Skip foundation and use concealer to cover up shadows, spots or blemishes. This means you won’t have to worry about blotting away your makeup throughout the day. If you still feel exposed, go for a tinted moisturizer. It will even out your skin tone, add radiance and still feel light. If you still prefer foundation, choose a light coverage foundation and set with translucent powder instead of foundation powder.
Everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter and your teeth white. When applying bronzer, concentrate on high points of your face where the sun naturally hits you – your cheek bones, middle of forehead, bridge of nose, cupids bow and chin. Be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.
5. Stop Shine, Add Glow
Brush a light layer of shimmer copper eyeshadow across your lids for a more youthful take on smokey eyes. Or use a shimmery golden pink for a softer look. Place some lighter shadow in the corner of your eyes to help them pop.
For that instant glow, blend a touch of highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose.
6. Waterproof Mascara
The easiest way to avoid panda eyes at the end of the day is waterproof mascara. If you find that long wearing formulas irritate your eyes, sweep a clear coat of mascara over your regular mascara on your top lashes to seal the color and only use clear mascara on your bottom lashes.
7. Go Bright
Livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to the skin.
If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks or a pop of color on your lips are both good places to start.
There are few things I enjoy more in life than A+ patterns and colors. Add some gorgeous photographs to the mix and you’ve got Sally Scott’s Autumn 2014 collection. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much about Sally Scott because the website is all in Japanese, but do check out the collection nonetheless! There is even a mini video to accompany each photograph.
While I dye fabric with natural dyes on a weekly basis, I’ve never dyed yarn before and wanted to try my hand at it. My sister is an avid knitter, so I decided to surprise her with some naturally-dyed yarn in a warm, madder root hue.
Dyeing yarn is a little intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. Many people are afraid of accidentally felting wool when dyeing, but this only happens when the yarn is agitated; not by heat contact itself. For this reason, treat your yarn with care when dyeing–stir gently and never let the bath exceed 180 degrees Fahrenheit (in other words, do not boil your yarn!).
– Thread for tying yarn
– Madder root powder
– Cream of tartar
– Five gallon stainless steel pot
– Stainless steel stirring spoon
– Piece of cheesecloth
– Linen (or muslin for binding dyestuff ingredients)
– Kitchen scale (for weighing ingredients)
– Eucalan (for washing).
*All utensils used during dyeing should not be used for food afterwards–they are no longer food safe.*
Yarn spun with natural fibers is best, as there is no telling what colors acrylic or other manmade fibers will yield. For this project, I dyed Cascade 220 wool and Kona Bulky superwash merino wool. I also included a small piece of llama and cotton yarn to test.
1. Unwind yarn from skeins into a hank, loosely tying with string in several places to keep yarn together. Don’t tie too tightly, otherwise you might end up with tie-dyed yarn.
2. Presoak yarn (in a sink or bowl) in a mix of tepid water and one teaspoon of Eucalan per gallon of water. Eucalan doesn’t require a rinse after washing, so no need for that. The yarn should be wet when adding it to the mordant bath.
3. Fill your five gallon pot with enough water that your yarn can move around freely. Add one ounce of cream of tartar and two ounces of alum for every pound of yarn you are dyeing, stir to dissolve. Alum and cream of tartar act as a mordant, thus making the yarn take dye better and stay colorfast.
4. Add wet yarn to the mordant bath and gently simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. After an hour, turn off the heat and allow yarn to cool in mordant bath. Once cool, pour out the mordant bath and yarn into a sink.
5. Fill up your pot again with water, and this time add your madder root dye. I like to use about a 1:2 ratio when dyeing fibers–in other words, eight ounces of madder root for one pound of yarn. If your dyestuff is in large root/leaf pieces rather than ground into a powder, I recommend binding your dye in a piece of cheesecloth or linen (muslin works fine as well). You can either sew it into a loose bag or bind it using rubber bands or string. Try to keep the dyestuff a little loose in the bag, but not so loose that it will come out. Simmer your dye bag in the pot of water for one hour.
6. Add mordanted yarn to dye bath and simmer for one hour, stirring gently every ten minutes. Check the color of your yarn after an hour (remember fibers are darker when wet), and if the desired color is reached, turn off heat and let the yarn cool in dyebath for 6-12 hours for optimum color. If not, simmer for another 30 minutes to an hour.
7. Rinse yarn gently in cool water until water runs clear and give it another Eucalan soak. Lay it out to dry. Once dry, you can wind it into a ball using this handy method.