Saturday, August 1, 2009

Smitten Saturday

Caught You Redhanded Darlings, I saw you at the scene of the crime. I know your fingerprints are all over the objects in question. Face it, you’ve been caught redhanded. Don’t worry, so have I. Or at least, I will be quite soon. And you can blame it all on Redhanded. Earth-friendly, fashionable, vegan…these are not your typical eco-friendly, reusable bags. Redhanded’s carryall’s are a chic way to dress up your collection of accessories, while still displaying your love of the universe. Looking to add a little rebel rocker chic to your wardrobe? Look no further than the Handcuff Clutch. Searching for a bag to accompany you on that upcoming preppy yacht trip? The Fleetweek Tote is for you. Want to put an extra spring in your step? All you need is the Ladybird Purse. Doesn’t it feel wonderful to be caught redhanded?

Ice, Ice Baby I will not let lactose intolerance stand in my way. I will disregard all thoughts of the damage frozen sugary treats will do to my waistline. And I will cast all worries about brain freezes aside. After years of watching Ina Garten concoct frozen Espresso delights; Paula Deen put together spicy chilled Cinnamon treats; and Katie Lee Joel whip up creamy Caramel-Toffee confections, I have come to the very clear conclusion that the flavors thought up by Ben & Jerry and Haagen-Dazs just aren’t doing it for me anymore. My tastes have matured in a way I never thought possible; and the only way to truly satisfy them is by creating ice cream flavors of my own. Oh, making my own ice cream from scratch certainly sounds like a blast, but I simply don’t have the time to do so; therefore, enlisting the assistance of Perfect Flavor is the only solution to satisfying my sweet tooth. First I’ll start with a base – cheesecake or gelato sound quite appealing – next I’ll add vanilla. A mix-in of hot chocolate, and cookie dough; a cute name for my creation; and voila! An ice cream that suits my tastes to a T!

Good Vibrations Four things I cannot live without…mascara, under-eye concealer, lip gloss, and eyeliner. Any other cosmetic is pretty unnecessary to my collection, or so I think; but these four are with me at all times. Of course, it did take me a full three months to grow comfortable with using mascara, and learning how to avoid stabbing myself in the eye with the wand over and over again; but once that bridge was crossed, it was smooth sailing. Now, however, a new bit is available; one that has managed to pique my interest like no other…vibrating mascara. I have never been one to wiggle my mascara wand like the professionals do, but vibrating mascara? Well, it has the power to wiggle the wand for you. Lancome’s Oscillation. Maybelline New York ’s Pulse Perfection. Estee Lauder’s Turbolash. Could it be that the key to beautiful eyes and fabulous lashes lies in the mere push of a button and a few good vibrations?
Face to Face There’s nothing that I love more than a little face time in the mirror wherein I dissect every crease, crevice, and imperfection that may spot my appearance; but the truth of the matter is that it simply isn’t healthy. Non, a more appropriate way to put forth your best face is to don a second mug front and center across your chest. Alice + Olivia’s Painted Face and Bow Tee in White, sporting come-hither goo-goo eyes, a pink puckered mouth, and rhinestone embellishment’s is impossible to resist; Forever 21’s Couture Icon Tank is a metallic dream complete with a removable black self-tie bow sitting about the shoulder; the gossipy Kitson Conversation Tee, splashed with pops of color, rhinestones, and two chit-chatting best friends works for day or night thanks to the breezy dolman sleeves; and Superfine’s slouchy T-Shirt in Charcoal is a perfect top for a day of lounging about the house or running errands. As they say, two heads are certainly better than one!

Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear I’m one of those people who are always curious about the history of thrifted items. Who did they belong to? Where did they originally come from? The Significant Objects Project, on the other hand, feeds off of tall tales that accompany old treasures. Thingamajigs purchased at garage sales or thrift stores are then paired with a writer who pens a fictional tale about its history, providing the insignificant whatchamacallit with significance. The piece is then listed on eBay with the accompanying story; the individual who wrote the anecdote receives the proceeds, and Significant Objects? Well, they post the results – how much the item sold for, original prices, stories, photos – on their site for the world to see. Why on earth did I not think this project up myself?

Dear Diana It is not often that I lay my eyes upon a jewelry designer’s handiwork, and instantly proclaim… “I need that!” about each and every one of their beautiful baubles. In fact, the last time such behavior took place was when I fell head over heels for the Lola and George line. But it is happening again. Now, I am in love with Diana Warner. Her designs are a blend of New York sophisticate, and saucy simplicity; a juxtaposition formed via a childhood filled with dance classes and sports teams. I need? The Cocktail Ring in Aquamarine. I want? The Buddha Necklace. I love? The Eve Earrings. Dearest Diana you are a jewelry-loving fashionista’s dream!

What were you smitten with this week?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to la couturier, and Bloomingdales for the pictures.

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