I’ll be honest and say I don’t reallllyyy follow fashion week much. At all. I’m vaguely aware that Paris Fashion Week is going on this week, but that’s about it. I don’t follow designers, I don’t follow trends and I don’t know what color is in for the season. But one designer I DO follow is Orla Kiely.
Some of my favorite movies are old movies. My parents made sure to expose me to a wide variety of films at an early age, so I gained an appreciation for old movies. You don’t have to worry about uncomfortable scenes or any foul language or violence; they’re the perfect films to watch with the family (and with friends or by yourself too!). Whenever, really. Here are some of my faves:
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S:
Super cliché, I know. But has there ever been a creature as gorgeous as Audrey Hepburn? I think not. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times and I’d watch it again in a heartbeat. At one point, I had most of the lines memorized. (I even did a photo shoot inspired by the film a few years back). I love the bustling of old New York City, the fashion, the classic love story and of course, Audrey Hepburn.
Here is my favorite scene from the movie (and quite arguably one of the loveliest movie scenes ever):
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK:
Before I saw this movie, I always thought of Jane Fonda as that woman who does yoga and used to act and is still really famous but hasn’t really been in movies lately. But MAN. The Jane Fonda in this movie is a BABE. No wait… make that a MAJOR BABE. Material for the next Girl’s Got Style? Perhaps. But aside from girl crushing on Jane Fonda (and Robert Redford ain’t too bad looking himself), the story’s about two mismatched newlyweds living in a NYC apartment the size of a shoebox and it’s super sweet and light-hearted and whimsical and you should just go watch it now already.
BRINGING UP BABY:
The first time I watched this movie I was in absolute HYSTERICS. I love Katharine Hepburn’s quirk and spontaneity. She and Cary Grant have the best chemistry together.
SEND ME NO FLOWERS:
I watched this movie randomly with the family one night when we all felt in the mood to watch a movie. It was one of those let’s-just-pick-something-that’s-available-to-stream-on-Netflix-really-quickly and we didn’t put much thought into it all. I was surprised the movie was so good since we basically picked whatever was most convenient on our streaming queue. The best kind of surprise!
Do you watch old movies too? If so, are any of your favorites on this list or do you have more to add?
last photo via the red list, all other photos are screenshots of the respective films.
Whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, the summer season is on your mind. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re bidding summer your last goodbyes (side note: today is the last day of summer!!) and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re getting ready for the warmer weather to come.
San Francisco is pretty weird in that we get our warmest weather during the months of September and October. Our famous Indian Summer means that we get to hold on to our sandals and sunnies a little while longer before the crisp air of autumn takes over.
Today’s recipe features strawberries, dates and matcha green tea.
Strawberries are definitely a superfood. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, anti-cancer benefits and anti-inflammatory. Strawberries contain the lowest in sugar of all fruits, which keeps blood sugar stable.
Matcha green tea is another food that offers a lot. It’s also rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports metabolism, provides energy, regulates blood sugar, supports longevity, cancer-preventive, boosts metabolism and aids detoxification.
This sorbet is naturally sweetened with fresh dates to keep it free of refined sugars.
– 1 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
– 1-2 medjool dates
– 1/3 cup coconut water
– Juice of 1/2 lemon
– Pinch of sea salt
1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. You might need to stop blender and use a spatula to push ingredients down from time to time (if using a Vitamix, just use the tamper to keep things moving).
2. Once smooth, place in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up, sprinkle on your favorite toppings (we used coconut flakes), then enjoy!
I feel like one of the best ways you can make someone feel special is by giving them a handwritten card. It’s a shame the world we live in is so fast-paced that quite often handwriting ANYTHING gets overlooked. Nothing beats a handwritten card. Seriously.
Shutterfly has given the traditional paper card a little facelift with their Mix & Match Stationery Sets. There are 7 different stationary sets to choose from and within those stationery sets, there are 15 card designs. After you pick a stationery set, YOU pick & choose how many cards (up to 12) of each design you would like within the set.
I’m completely indecisive and went for 1 of 12 of my favorite designs from the Everyday Expressions set to get the most designs in my package. It has cute, everyday sayings for a variety of situations which come in handy for the casual user. I’m going to use one for my parents’ wedding anniversary (coming up in less than a month!), a thinking of you card for a dear friend who recently had surgery and a thank you card for a designer who lent me some clothes for a photo shoot for the blog.
Tell me, do you handwrite cards? If not, make it a goal to handwrite at least 1 card a month! You will make someone feel really special, I guarantee it. ♥
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I wore this outfit to the Katie Dean Jewelry party at BellJar back in June. It was my first time meeting the jeweler herself and what a cutie she is! Katie moved from a small town in the midwest to Los Angeles to pursue her passion of making jewelry two years ago and her business has really taken of in that short amount of time!
Speaking of pursuing your passions, have you seen this BuzzFeed article about 11 people who quit their desk jobs to do something amazing? Soooo inspiring.
Anywho, Katie is just about as sweet as pie, so lace on lace seemed appropriate to wear to the occasion. I also put a bow on my bun because when in doubt, add a bow, ya know?
If I had to pick one makeup item from my makeup bag that is face-brightening and mood-altering in seconds, it would have to be red lipstick. It’s the fastest way to transform and lift your look (and not to mention a instant teeth whitener!).
How to pick a shade of red:
1. To test what color red best suits you, try a test patch on the top of your index finger. The color on your index finger will be a closer shade to your natural lip tone rather than testing the color on the back of your hands.
2. Consider the lighting. If you are going to be outdoors, pick a softer or sheerer shade. For evening, where there will be flash photography, go bolder so the flash doesn’t wash out your lipstick color.
3. If you have thin lips, avoid deep reds. They will make your lips look smaller.
4. Don’t throw out red lipstick in a shade that doesn’t work for you. It can still be wearable with a touch of lipgloss. Top it with a gold glass to warm and soften it. To take the red to a bluer shade, add a pink gloss.
The rest of your face:
1. Keep your lips as the focus, don’t play up your eyes. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye make up. A little mascara, eyeliner and neutral eye shadow will go a long way.
2. When it comes to blush, it depends on the color and depth of the lipstick. If it is a bright coral, either soft coral, peach or warm pink blush works well. For deeper reds and berries, go for neutral beiges, browns and pinks as they add a little color but not too much. They tend to be more defining rather than add a pop.
3. Coordinate your look. Dot a tiny amount of lipstick on the apples of your cheeks. Then blend in with your fingers.
My top picks:
1. Before applying lipstick, make sure your lips are semi hydrated by using a lip balm. This will make the application smoother.
2. Be precise. Whether you are applying red lipstick with a brush or straight from the tube, never do it in a moving vehicle. The results will not be pretty.
3. Applying lip linter will give your lipstick more staying power and more definition to your lips. Always use a red lip liner shade that matches your lipstick color. If it doesn’t match perfectly you will end up with a two-tone effect. Otherwise, find a lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color and use it to outline your lips.
4. To prevent “bleeding,” apply a little concealer around the edge of your mouth.
5. To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, after applying lipstick, put your finger in your mouth. Purse your lips around it and then slowly pull your fingers out to remove the excess lipstick color.
A few of my favorite gal pals (Editor-in-chief Roxanne Fequiere, creative director Allison O’Shea and their team of creatives) are working on a magazine called Golly. Pretttyyy much the magazine had me at its awesome logo* (hey, I AM a graphic designer after all!), but it’s much more than that. It’s a quirky/whimsical/minimalistic/colorful/color-blocked magazine that celebrates a new approach to the modern magazine world. And dang the girls behind the mag really know how to style a spread! I love that they’re not over-the-top highly polished with the styling; it’s a bit rough around the edges & unfinished, but in the best way possible. It’s real.
They released Golly Magazine’s first issue this past summer, but they now have a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to continue on (and with only a few more days to go, they’re almost at their goal!). Check it out & contribute if the spirit moves you to do so!