Thursday, October 31, 2013

Perfect Eye Shadow For Your Eye Color

I am a firm believer that no matter what your skin tone, hair color or eye color is, EVERYONE can pull off all shades of makeup. If done correctly, you can wear absolutely anything!

With that said, certain eye shadow will make your eyes really pop and appear brighter. 

When in doubt, you can always use Almay Intense i-Color! 

Blue Eyes

Almay Intense i-Color

SEPHORA COLLECTIONRetractable Waterproof Eyeliner in shimmering copper bronze

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS -Pure Cosmetic Pigment in Rust - deep burnt amber

NARSDuo Eyeshadow in muted gold shimmer/ burnt orange shimmer

Brown Eyes


Almay Intense i-Color

LANCÔME -Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Amethyst Glam

STILA -Eye Shadow Trio in Bronze Glow

BOBBI BROWN - Metallic Eye Shadow in Midnight

Green Eyes


Almay Intense i-Color

TARTE - Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner in matte chocolate brown

DOLCE & GABBANA -The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Cinnamon 80

BUXOM -Stay-There Eye Shadow in Schnauzer vivid violet plum

Hazel Eyes


Dusty pink
Deep purple

Almay Intense i-Color

MAKE UP FOR EVER -Diamond Shadow in Diamond Burgundy 311

CLINIQUE -Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Curvaceous Coal

ILLAMASQUA -Powder Eye Shadow in Inception, matte violet

Perfectly Glossed Kisses,


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jewelry Line to Obsess Over: Milk the Goat

It can be hard to find unique jewelry out there anymore, simply because of the crazy-high number of lines there are to choose from. I fell instantly head over heels for Milk the Goat's jewelry, in no small part because of how different it is. It's bohemian, but it's edgy. It's vibrant, but it's sophisticated. It's a line of love-forever statement pieces - pieces that demand attention and reinvent your outfit, but aren't so crazy you can't wear them every single day.

Milk the Goat's design is  headed up by Nicole Kunz, and features a team of amazingly talented artistic types from all over the world. They describe their aesthetic as "California Pinup Hippie" - which is a perfect classification, and one I'm obsessed with. It is just that - effortless and glamorous. You can see the free spirit of California and the eclectic cool of global traveler in every piece.

Some favorite pieces are below (price range is like $79 to $270ish) - go forth and shop! And as Milk the Goat also creates clothes, swimwear, shoes, bags, and more, keep an eye out here for more info on those, too!

Handbags and Hugs,


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DIY Artwork With Old Keys

I have been collecting random keys for the last few months. I knew I would want to do some kind of project with them but was racking my brain trying to think of something. Finally, I came up with an idea.  What are your thoughts?


  • Keys
  • Paint
  • Gems
  • Shadow box or wood plaque (with raised edges)
  • String or ribbon
  • Flat pushpins

I started by spray painting all of the keys white.

I couldn't find a shadow box at the craft store so I settled on a wood plaque with raised edges. Unless you're going for a more natural look, you can paint the plaque, like I did.

Once the keys were dry, I started gluing gems on them. I think it looks best to use different gems, so each key is a bit different. I also painted one with glitter nail polish.

After choosing some fun string, I looped it through each key. I made each piece of string a different size so the keys would hang at different lengths.

Finally, I used the pushpins to secure each piece of ribbon. Using a shadow box, or a plaque with raised edges (like I did) will ensure the pushpins are hidden and the keys are 'floating', instead or being flush against the board. If you can only find a flat piece of wood then you can secure secure the ribbon to the back of the wood to hide them and forfeit the floating effect.

Hang it on your wall and you have a one of a kind piece of artwork!

Perfectly Glossed Kisses,


Monday, October 28, 2013

SOF Scoop: Hortense of Hortense Jewelry

Hortense Jewelry is one of those lines that can be your secret to mastering that elusive French girl cool. There are two ways you can go with accessorizing to make a statement that is all you yet neatly on trend: maximalist or minimalist. It’s easy to stack and pile, but it’s an art to dot a low-key look with something so delicate that it just exudes style and confidence. Kind of like how speaking quietly can garner more attention than shouting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a big fan of the stack. But I’m falling more and more in love with delicacy and minimalism – think those thin, single band rings. Something about this simplicity is just so perfect, and a brand like Hortense Jewelry makes is so effortless. Invest in any of these expertly crafted pieces and you have an instant finish to any outfit. A barely-there rose gold chain dotted with a geometric-set diamond? The perfect partner to a soft tee. Who is behind this collection of love-forever, look-reinventing pieces? We just had to get to know the designer, Hortense.

SOF: How did you become a jewelry designer?

H: About ten years ago, I was working as an editor in magazines when I decided I didn't want to do that anymore, so I went back to school in Paris. I moved to San Francisco and went to the Academy of Arts. I became a metal smith and designer for two famous jewelry designers in San Francisco, and then started my own line five years ago. 

I always loved jewelry, since I was five or six years old. I would go with my dad to all the jewelry stores in Paris - Van Cleef Arpels, Cartier, these were all big inspirations for me. Jewelry has been a lifelong passion.

SOF: Where do you find inspiration?

H:  It's something I like to wear, and then I go from there. It's not themes, like it's not nature that I'm finding inspiration, specifically - I think of what I want to wear, what I like to wear, and create that. Recently, I've been using a lot of geometric shapes.

SOF:  What are your favorite materials to work with?

H: Rose gold. I always start with samples in rose gold. People can choose yellow gold, etc., they can choose others, but I start with rose gold.

SOF: How would you describe your personal style?

H: I wear just one or two pieces of jewelry at a time. Small, very dainty - a small statement. My style is minimalist - jeans or leather pants with simple shoes, a tee and a little necklace.

SOF: What lies in store for Hortense Jewelry in the future?

H: I want to explore shoes, I'd like to design espadrilles. I also want to create little pouches for traveling with jewelry, since there's nothing that makes it easy to travel with delicate jewelry. And leather purses, because I can't find the perfect one. I'd also like to create little ceramics for storing jewelry, for keeping it at home. For the jewelry, I'd like to expand to doing two or three new collections a year.

SOF: What is your favorite store, and what's the last thing you bought?  

H: I bought pants at Mohawk General Store in LA, one of my favorites. I love to shop at Steven Alan and Joie, too, where you can also find Hortense Jewelry pieces.

Handbags and Hugs,


Friday, October 25, 2013

What We're Wearing October 25th 2013

Today I'm wearing Flower Incognito Foundation Stick. This gem is only $8.98 at Walmart, how can you beat that price? This translucent stick goes on smoothly and provides perfect coverage, without feeling or looking heavy. With eight different shades, you are sure to find your skin's ideal match. And that's not even the best part - it's hydrating and stimulates collagen! 

Perfectly Glossed Kisses,


This was my apple-picking-perfect outfit last weekend. I had to pick this to show today, even though it might be old news by now, because I’m pretty stoked about this Charles Baudelaire sweatshirt from Ostwald Helgason. If we’re going to be brutally honest here, I really wanted the Edgar Allen Poe one, but I had a discount to use somewhere that only had good ol’ Baudelaire here. And you know me, I’m a smart shopper and hey, I have no problems with Baudelaire. He’s a cool guy. I’m happy to wear him. Especially over the tribal-patterned flannel shirt I basically wear everyday in the fall (you may remember it from last year – well get OVER it and get used to it). I’m also excited to wear Charlie with a gold brocade skirt I have, which will look lots like the runway styling of this pullover with gold brocade shorts – score.

Handbags and Hugs,