Thursday, August 31, 2006

Through pitch dark...

Model o' the Moment- Irina Lazareanu

I love models. I know, I know, they portray a very abnormal body image and provide "thinspiration" to crazy girls all around the world.But models represent for me a fantasy world of luxury and excess, and the allure of that image overpowers the negative rap that they get from mainstrea media.

When I read that Irina is also a musician, I instantly fell in love with her. She has a very Beatles-esque look (AND she's collaborating with Sean Lennon on an album), and beautiful pale skin and dark hair.

And she has the unusual face that I love in models.

P.S I'll try to post these model o' the moment things quite often.

Like Spinning Plates

Huzzah! First-day-back-to-school outfit possibilities!

I've finally figured out how to use photoshop to delete the unpleasant background of my messy room from these pictures. All my limbs are actually intact; I am just very bad at photoshop.

Option 1: If it's really cold, I'll wear this. Basically, it's tank top, sweater, and vest with jeans. Kind of safe, but warm.

Option 2: This seems a little bit too matchy matchy/ dressy. I love my tights though, and I love that sweater. (Inspired by MJ!)

Option 3: I LOVE this sweater. And the tights, of course.

Option 4: Trying too hard
I found this sweater dress in my mom's closet. I love it but I hate the feeling of feeling overdressed. If I wear this to school, I will feel overdressed.

Talks in maths...

In a mere week, I shall be back at youth prison school. Oh, how I miss the early morning zombie marching, the white-faced fear of English class, the inescapable feeling of doom while writing a physics test...
I guess the only thing that would make youknowwhat less painful is dressing up for the first day back. The first day is always a dilemma, because you want to show off all your new purchases, but you don't want to seem like you're trying too hard. So, while I sit here and ponder my outfit, I also thought up some easy outfits for all of my 2 readers. (I love you guys!)

Option 1 (trying not to try too hard): Jeans+quirky tshirt+funky necklace+flats

(picture from facehunter)

Option 2 (still trying not to try too hard): Skirt+tank+cardigan+flats+crazy jewellery

(picture from facehunter)

Option 3: Sweatsuit (if you must...) + extra nice hair and jewellery

Option 4: (conformity) Jeans+tshirt+hoodie+shoes
AE: conforming teens since grade school

I suspect that at my school, 20% would be option 1, 10% option 2, 10% option 3, 50% option 4, and 10% option z.

I hope to be in the option z category. As soon as I figure out my outfit, I'll post it. Promise.

P.S. Hopefully nobody will show up in Option Yuck: Leggings+Denim miniskirt+polka-dot top+headband+long pendanty necklace+flats

This girl is gorgeous and slender, but imagine how much better she would look if she weren't wearing those darned leggings!!!!!!

I feel my luck could change

Today, an event of immense excitingness happened to me. I found a four-leafed clover!!!! A REAL four-leafed clover, not one of those three-leafed clovers with a split leaf. After a few minutes of rejoicing, I decided that I would try to preserve it as a necklace pendant. I duct taped it to an old pendant of mine. Hopefully it won't shrivel up anytime soon. Here it is:

I have been hunting for four-leafed clovers all my life so this is actually a monumental time of my life. No kidding!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I might be wrong

I'm not a big beauty/makeup person, and I don't really find shopping for makeup too too enjoyable. Nevertheless, I have my own little regimen, and over the years I've found some great products and some horrible products.

NOTE: I am not getting paid to endorse any products; this is my honest opinion! Please comment if you disagree or have any other beauty suggestions! :)

SUPER DUPER BAD: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

I remember hearing how this stuff was the best mascara ever, and so cheap! I tried it and it's horrible: dry, clumpy, and irritating. I'm not so sure why the entire world seems to think this is great?


Admittedly, I have not tried a lot of different brands of mascaras, so I don't know if this is the BETS product out there, but I really like Clinique's high impact Mascara. I wear contacts, so my eyes are very sensitive to any type of product. The Clinique Line doesn't seem to flake as much as the aforementioned Maybelline, and it does not clump at all.

ABSOLUMENT HORRIBLE: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cream Cleanser, Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Astringent

My beef with the Neutrogena Acne line is that the cleansers are all very thick and scented and incredibly difficult to rinse off. I could still smell and feel the cleanser on my face after thoroughly rinsing it off, and that did nothing for my skin. The Blackhead Eliminating Astringent is too harsh and did not eliminate blackheads.


Clean & Clear Continous Control Foaming Acne Wash
Pretty good all-around cleanser, but could be too mild for people with very oily skin.

Clean & Clear's scrub is ideal for facial use, because it is so gentle. If you need a body scrub, try the St. Ive's Apricot line, which is made for facial use but is much too harsh.

I like Clean & Clear's line much better because they are much lighter and rinse off easily. However, there is still that smell that lingers on after rinsing, which worries me because having fragrance chemicals on my face surely cannot be a good thing.

Ivory Soap
Many people think that soap is too harsh for washing faces, but I find that as long as you follow up with a really good moisturizer, there's no difference. Ivory soap is unscented, gentle, and lathers nicely.


CLINIQUE's 3-step skin care line has been my savior for the past 2 years. It's a little bit pricey; probably about $100 for the 3 steps, but it lasts 8 months. (And plus, CLINIQUE always has bonus offers where you get a whole bunch of goodies, including the mascara that I was talking about!)

The reason I like Clinique's line is the lightness, rinse-ability, and gentleness. The foaming cleanser doesn't even sting if you get it in your eyes! I would recomment the MILD clarifying lotion and the moisturizing GEL (unless you have VERY dry skin). Also get a pump with your moisturizer so you're not dipping dirty fingers into the bottle or trying to pour it out which could cause it to spill. I don't like the soap version of the cleansing because soaps tend to melt away and get gross.

If you are thinking about purchasing this, I suggest waiting until there is a "bonus time", so you can take advantage of the little goodies. (usually there is an eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and a few trial-sized skincare products)

For hair care products, I tend to find that the really cheap stuff (Suave, Alberto, St. Ives, NoName) is horrible. I haven't tried any high-end products, but the drugstore brands are all about the same. I've found that if you rinse out your conditioner REALLY well, your hair will be softer and more manageable, but less shiny. That's just me, though. I rinse like a madwoman.

1) Best Smell

Herbal Essences, of course! I personally prefer the newer lines (fruit fusion, rainforest flowers) to the older scents. But I've noticed that they have totally revamped their look, so maybe they have new scents too!

2) Best Formulation

L'Oreal Vive Shampoo and Conditioner seems to be the most effective. The Conditioner can be very hard to rinse out, though. I've also noticed that L'Oreal is changing their look too, and I haven't tried the new Vive line.

Pantene also makes great Shampoo and Conditioner, but their prices have gone WAAAY up in the past few years, so I would pick the L'Oreal over Pantene.

4) Best 2-in-1

I still like Pert Plus's line of 2-in-1s. It rinses off easily and smells pretty good.


Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner is horrible. It feels like glycerine in your hands and does not rinse off. I doubt that fruit oils can actually help your hair in any way.

The Rest
I don't really wear makeup as in foundation, eyeshadow, blush, I really would not know. From what I've heard, MAC is really great.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Just like an angel...

I love love love Evangeline Lilly on Lost, not because she's a great actress, nor because her character is any good (basically a two-timing ho), but because she's SO DAMN HOT!!

Here she is at the Emmys:

This girl knows how to dress for her body type. She doesn't have so much hip, so she wears great strapless gowns to show off her shoulders. Love the colour.

Here she is workin' the red carpet in 2005:

Great gown...very classic yet unique.

I love how she chose not to tan too much (I am a sucker for pale-skin+ dark hair). Her hair looks great in that chic chignon and makeup is beautiful as always.

Some other honourable mentions from this year's Emmys:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Portia De Rossi

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Cracks in the pavement

At school, I rarely see anyone wearing anything that makes me go gaga, so when I discovered streetstyle sites, I had a bit of gaga overload. Not only are these women (and men) perfectly put together, they're REAL PEOPLE! inspirational.

From Facehunter (Paris & Europe)

I know I said I don't like leggings but she pulls it off nicely.

From The Sartorialist (NYC, some are from Milan)

Secret obsessions:
blunt-cut fringe
city bikes