Older Girl Beauty

Rue the day

I think I may have mentioned a few times that I’m not great with the whole “clothes” thing. And, usually I am fine with that, but sometimes it’s apparent I need to dress it up a bit. Like for the upcoming holiday season. Now that my birthday is over, I am now left to ponder what all I have to do for the rest of the year.

I’m sure that I will have to go to at least one party, prolly more, just like you. Those can be anything from family obligations or office parties to drinking at the bars with friends to forget that you have to go to the family obligation/office parties or just whatever. I know I want to make getting ready for these things as painless as possible, so I think I need the easiest thing a girl can wear, a LBD (little black dress). However… two problems (*that I am certain you will agree with me on): 1) I don’t wanna go out shopping for one & 2) I wanna spend my money on gifts & not a bunch on my clothing.

That said, I was happy I got the info on an upcoming event that would save me a bunch of headache (*and cash). The invitation-only, online boutique store Rue La La “will launch the exclusive ELLE Little Black Dress Boutique on Monday, November 23 at 11AM” and it will only run for *48* hours, with savings from 30% up to 80% off retail prices. This event has “Rue La La partnered with Violet Moon Gaynor, Senior Fashion & Accessories Editor at Elle.com, to hand pick 16 dresses from top fashion designers creating a covetable selection of LBDs”:

  • Badgley Mischka
  • Carmen Marc Valvo
  • Laundry
  • Robert Rodriguez

So, not only can you look good, you can be wearing a designer LBD for a lot less money. Nice.

Now, I know that I said it was “invitation-only”, but please – am I really gonna tease you with this info if you can’t get it for yourself? Hell no. So, I have an invitation code that lets you get signed up at Rue La La before the big event on Monday. But, I’ll only let you use it if you promise to take a pic of you in your new LBD heading out to party it up, okay? Okay.

The goodies go to………..

Let’s get this out of the way right up front:

The winner is: *winL*!!

Congratulations to them for winning the Birthday/Blogiversary goodies!
*Update: @WendyLoritsch (*man, I love me some twitter) just emailed me: ” OMG SERIOUSLY!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!? THANK YOU!!! :) You rock! I’m SO excited to try some of your favs.”

Thanks to everyone that entered – it was great to know what you guys liked, because, well – I’m nosy like that. 😉 I wish that I could reply to each of you, but let me talk about a few things that kept coming up in the comments:

  • I am glad that so many of you liked the idea to keep your products in the fridge. I swear you will notice a huge difference next summer. It’s suprising what just one little thing that can do.
  • I am thrilled to know that you guys enjoyed my NYFW coverage. I am glad you appreciated my perspective. I like to think that I made it just a little more accessible to all of those that don’t get the opportunity to be there themselves. Plus, it was hella fun.
  • The fact that I may have influenced any of you to actually purchase/not purchase a product is wow for me. Makes me feel good that my opinion made a diff. Really.
  • It’s good to hear that people liked the Daphne Guinness post. I don’t write much about fashion, but I think that was more about the person & the creative stuff about her/around her. If something else comes up I find interesting, I won’t hesitate to put something like this up again.

Thanks for coming around and I hope you keep coming back, because, like me – you just never know what you’re gonna get when you stop by. xoxo

The History of Beauty: You actually *CAN* walk in those??

I am *not* your fashion info go to girl, by any stretch of the imagination. However, I have picked up a few things here and there over the last year. Like, when people started talking about the “armadillo” shoes from Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2010 show, it was hard not to listen. They were unmistakeable – to the point that when I saw the new Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” music video I heard myself saying (out loud, mind you, in an empty room) “Holy crap, she’s wearing the Alexander McQueen’s!” Yeah…I don’t really do that – at least not about fashion stuff.

I kind of did that again when I read that someone had actually worn the AM shoes in public, on a Red Carpet, and hadn’t needed anything to assist in walking in them. I had to find out who this creature was and see proof of them out in the real world. Turns out it is the rich “couture collector”, Daphne Guinness.

I had no idea who she was, so I did some googling and found out some things:

    • She is the daughter of Johnathan Guinness, of the Guinness Brewery family – making her an heiress.
    • She spent part of her childhood in an artists’ colony in Spain, where she used to swim in Salvador Dali’s lobster-filled swimming pool.
    • She says that her weird obsession with armour “might have come from the Surrealists” that were there.
    • In the 80’s, she lived in NYC with her sister, and hung around with the likes of Andy Warhol, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the owners of Studio 54 and Fred Hughes, the editor of Interview magazine, while playing wih the idea of being an opera singer.
    • At 19, she married Spyros Niarchos, son of the Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos, whom she had 3 kids with and divorced in 1999 with a (disputed) $40mil settlement.
    • Her trademark skunk colored hair was “accidental”. She “..glue(s) bits on to it and this is how it turns out.”

All of that is just background to the woman she has become. She can be described as many things: “a designer, stylist, writer, filmmaker, collector and now a perfumer with a scent called Daphne”, but she can not be called boring, that’s for sure. In fact, some of her quotes crack me up:

Discussing why she created her own scent:

“She dismisses most perfumes, describing being sprayed with scent in a department store as ‘disgusting’, like being covered with mosquito repellent”.

Or when discussing how she didn’t fit in St. Tropez, while she was married:

“I remember, for example, going to that ghastly place in St Tropez, Cinquante Cinq, with all these people at the table eating in their bikinis and getting sprayed by those horrible hoses they’ve got in the canopy above, and there I was in full riding gear. Well, I didn’t want to be half naked in front of all these ghastly, repulsive pink people in their horrid little floaty dresses getting sprayed with water, did I?”

Gawd, so pretentious, but you can see how she completely wouldn’t think that – maybe that’s why it cracks me up.

 So, there she was, walking the Red Carpet with François Nars (NARS Founder and Creative Director) for the launch of the NARS 15X15 Project. The project is a celebration of the 15th Anniversary of NARS and the centerpiece of the project is the “15X15” book, in which Daphne is included. There is only a limited edition run of 1500, with the full $80 purchase price being divided between 15 different charities. However, there are indivdual portraits available for purchase, too.

Man, I love learning about creative people and things. Don’t you?

Happy Birthday/Blogiversary to ME!

I love my birthday – like a fish loves water. I used to countdown to my birthday starting 30days prior. I try not to do that outloud any more, as some people seemed to tire of it, like the spoilsports that they are. I also like presents – A LOT. Because I am greedy like that. *shrug* However, this year, in observance of my almost 40th birthday, I have decided to give away a present to one of you – my fun readers. (*except for my fab Int’l readers, of which I know there are many. I’ll try and make it up to you in the new year, okay?)

So, I asked some of my favorite brands if they would help me celebrating my birthday, and coincidentally, my 1st Blogiversary and they agreed. Check out what one lucky reader can win:

Talika Beauty of Your Eye Kit ($48)
CoverFX SkinprepFx ($45)
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)and Super Rich Olive Body Lotion ($10)
Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System (*sans bag) ($50.50), SuperBalm Moisturizing Gloss (14.00), Blushwear Cream Stick ($18.50), High Impact Mascara ($14.00) and Vitamin C Lip Smoothie ($17.50)
Kiss Professional Manicure Kit ($9.99)
Dashing Diva Nail Polishes ($56)

Holy Crap – That’s worth more than $300! Do I love me some great brands, or what?

So, because it’s *MY* birthday, I get to make the rules, sort of. Enter in the box below, one entry per person, randomly picked winner, etc. HOWEVER, I would also like to know what has been your favorite thing that I have written this past year, because I am all nosy like that. :)

The contest closes at Midnight on the night of the 17th, after I have enjoyed my entire birthday, and I will announce the winner on the 18th. Good luck and thanks for playing in my playground with me. :)


Okay, I think I have made it clear that I may not have the best skills when it comes to makeup application or hair styling. However, it appears that I *can* put out a good zombie (*with help from a little tutorial, of course).

Nate decided that this year he wanted to be a zombie, I figured, “Surely, I can do that” and off we went to get supplies. We went to the local Goodwill and picked up a shirt, t-shirt and tie for $4.85. Score! Then went to Walmart and got a little $1.99 Halloween makeup kit & $1.99 white hairspray. Lastly, we went to a Halloween superstore & got fake blood and “Bloody Scab” for $6 – Total $15ish. Not too bad, considering how much some of those prepackaged costumes cost nowadays. *cough*$40*cough*

So, after negotiating that he could go trick or treating with his friends without me, I could take pictures of his transformation, we were ready to start playing.

My fresh faced kiddo pre-zombification.

After we sponged him white, I set it with some Three Custom Translucent Loose Powder so it wouldn’t melt away. It pained me, but, dang I couldn’t find anything else to use. He *so* didn’t appreciate my sacrifice.

I tapped on some black cream to give him the hollowed out eyes look. He even directed me at one point, “You need more over here”.

While his “scabs” were drying on his face, we went outside and sprayed his tousled, gelled hair white. Looking at himself, he said, “I look like the guy on “America’s Next Top Model, only with darker eyes”. Oh, please, Jay Manuel only *wishes* he looks as good as Nate. (*Biased, table of 1).

After blackening the scabs a bit, we added on the fake blood and let it drip drip down.

After he put on his outfit and we dripped it with blood, too, he was ready to go out into the night begging for sweet treats.

Overall, I was pretty please with what I pulled off, but the real prize is the fact that Nate declared it “Awesome!” and he had a great night. It can’t get much better than that. :)

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