Something old and Something New

by Chelle in ,


I have been feeling pretty uninspired about wardrobe and clothes lately. Normally I get really excited when the seasons change. Getting to think about what will shape the next seasons wardrobe, what will be the accent color. Will I paint my nails, and if so what color.  Most of the time it's finding new ways to wear old things, but I've been drawing a blank. 

A friend studying interior design recently told me that her professor said "You're grade will include how you present yourself during class, how you dress and carry yourself." This made me laugh, thinking back to rolling out of bed at 7:55 for my 8:00 class. Apparently - appearance has no affect your French grade... interesting... Anyway that got me thinking about personal presentation, dignity, worth and how that's reflected in the way I dress. 

How you dress yourself is like painting a picture - starting with a blank canvas. You get to inspire people with your work of art. (Pretty sure I've said that before.) Anyway thinking of a canvas helped and here's what I came up with for spring: 

Colors // Cream (after conversation with B), Black, Red, Pink, and Brown with Gold accents. 

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1. The cream shirt is a long loose flowey piece from Target. I bought two new shirts to create my spring wardrobe. I'll look for a few other pieces (mainly shoes). 

2.The black and white scarf was a 2008 H&M purchase. I bought that in France with B. She bought one for her Mom. We both still love and wear this scarf all the time. I love the pattern and it's a great accent for any outfit. 

3. Recognize these gold bracelets B? You gave them to me as a bridesmaid gift when you got married. Love them! They're my gold accents for spring! 

4. Instant Liner, Eye Liner from Clarins. Eye liner present quite the challenge. I still haven't mastered it yet, but it's a fun new look to try. I have a pinterest board dedicated to tutorials on makeup so hopefully I can nail this look as spring progresses. 

5. Opalescence Face & Blush Powder from Clarins. I love Clarins becuase 1. They're a family owned french business 2. All their products are plant based 3. When I buy foundation I get free samples like this blush and I love it! 

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1. The stripy shirt is my second spring purchase. Another Target find. Flowey, stripy, and light! 

2. Brown Bag! A friend gave this to me. Her friend lived in New York in the 60's and this purse is from that era. I love everything about it! 

3. Keds! All day every day I do love these shoes so much. This is my third pair. And I just love them!

4. Pink (Zora) and Red (Myrtle) nail polish from Julep. I love the muted pink and think there will be days for that and then days for BOLD red! Julep nail polish is great! It dries fast, it's vegan (not that I would eat it) and you can get some fun colors with their Julep Box. Joel got me a three month subscription for a gift last year. It was super fun! (Of course I forgot to cancel it so got a 6 month subscription - but no ones surprised there.) 

5. MAC Lipstick (Retro Matt Ruby Woo). I was all about dupes (which are knock off brands) but a sweet friend said, "No dupes!" and bought me this lovely red! It lasts all day and doesn't dry out my lips, so she may have had a point. 

6. Love this sent from Diptyque! I've been wearing it for the last year and it makes me so happy! It's The Do Son Eau De Parfum, " Sunny, Hazy, Creamy, indolent, seductiveness," which is of course my middle name. 

7. Gold necklace from Moorea Seal. She opened a shop in down town Seattle and you would love it. Clean, Fresh, Full of light, inspiration, and beautifulness. 

 I do have a few dream items on my list. Primarily shoes. But as I still can't decide what those will be I'm happy to kick around in my keds and soak up the sun that's been hanging around Seattle on and off the past few weeks. 


Summer Beauty Bag

by Brittany in


1. Gabriel Color mascara in black

2. Benefit Boiing concealer in 01

3. Zuzu eyeliner in Raven*

4. Benefit lipstick in La La Land **

5. Réserve Naturelle nail polish in black ***

A few months ago Jesse got me Rodin face oil and it is probably the most elegant thing I own... and it has resulted in my being able to ditch nearly all my make up except for these bare minimum basics! I really enjoy seeing how little I can get by with. Last summer I was definitely more efficient clothing wise.  This summer having to pack for weddings and other specific events combined with the knowledge that I do not have to fly home and the ample thrift stores here in LA means that my clothes collection has grown a bit (I have been very strict with the black and white only rule though!). But this summer I am much more efficient with my make up collection! 

*this eyeliner is the best gluten free and 100% natural (whatever that means) eyeliner that I have tried. It has trouble holding up under strong heat and humidity, but the benefits outweigh that in my mind. It's very strongly pigmented and the applicator practically puts the cat eye on by itself. They sell it at all Whole Foods and it is surprisingly affordable.

**this is both my lipstick and my blush currently... I'm a bit disillusioned with the much praised RMS Beauty products. Coconut oil is actually really bad for my skin I'm discovering... and I've read in a few places that I'm not the only one! I kept breaking out along my cheek bones and I cleared up right away when I stopped using the RMS blush. This benefit lipstick is a hand-me-down from my mom, actually, and I can only reach it with my finger and it's discontinued! So that is just so sad. If anyone has some good tips for gluten free, preferably organic, lipstick let me know! I'm considering this one from Ilia but I need to check the color in person. Berry-ish reds tend to look the most natural on my skin tones, but this one may be too dark. Thankfully I'm in LA this summer so there are actually stores that carry it unlike in Richmond! Anyways, I love minimizing by using the same product for lips and cheeks. It feels very French too. 

***I got this in France last year and it was so cheap and works so well and I just adore the shape and lines of the bottle. If i can't find a way to order it here in the States I may just pour whatever other black I get into this bottle.

A few other products that I recommend currently: 

Harry's Razors:  I will never go back to Venus razors again. Not only are these far and away better quality, but they are beautifully weighted and minimally designed. The colors are understated and elegant... no more garish pinks, purples and lime green (all my least favorite colors) and barbie-like sparkles. They are designed by the same people who designed Warby Parker glasses, for much the same reasons. They were shopping for razors and realized that the only razors that even remotely worked were utterly hideous to look at and preclusively expensive. The entire Truman package costs less than one pack of Venus refills. It comes (in beautifully designed packaging) with a razor, three blades and their own shaving cream. I am not entirely sold on the shaving cream... I still prefer this one. But for only five dollars more than the single razor, why not?!

Hanes boys T-shirts: Ok this sounds crazy but I was folding some laundry when I was visiting home earlier this summer and found my ten year old brother, Giles', t-shirt and on a whim tried it on. It is the perfect cropped basic T! I asked him if I could have one and he shruggingly agreed and said they were almost too small for him anyways (yikes.... he's almost taller than me!!! Don't tell him I said that though...I'm playing it cool with him). Anyways! I've loved it all summer! Something about the materiel makes it the easiest white thing either Jesse or I own to clean. I never have to spot clean it after washing (I have this gorgeous soft cotton Italian made white tank that actually gets more stains from being washed... I have no idea how it manages that... most high maintenance thing I own). And just look how cheap a five pack is!!! It is my new summer (all year) basic. 

While trying, unsuccessfully, to find a certain article from Garance Dore I discovered this article.... apparently Bite Beauty Lip Lab in New York will match the color of your favorite discontinued lipsticks! I think I will have to swing by there this fall when we are in Manhattan... maybe! They are certified gluten free by the US and Canada too! 


Gluten Free Makeup

by Brittany in


Recently I have been revamping my makeup to make sure that it is all gluten free... it was much harder than it sounds and so I want to share what I have found out in case you or anyone else who reads this needs to make the switch! (I'm looking at you, Tori B!)

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1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (as well as all their other primers!! This was exciting because I didn't have to replace this product) 

2. Hello Flawless powder foundation by Benefit ( another product I didn't have to change!) Shade: Champagne

3. Boi-ing industrial concealer by Benefit (I did have to replace my old concealer with this one, but this is much better than any concealer I've used in the past!) Shade: Light

4. Baked Matte Satin Blush by Lorac (I've had this since my wedding and it turned out to be a safe product... pretty much any makeup I've invested in in the past turned out to be safe but the cheap drug store products have not been.) Shade: Exposed

5. Volume Plumping Mascara by E.L.F. (I was really sad that my mascara had gluten in it and it was actually really hard to find a safe one. There were some people that recommended some companies that were all organic and such but they had terrible reviews--as you would expect. More on that later. Finally, someone said that Arbonne's Tripple Action Mascara was safe and it got good reviews. But when I got it I was really disappointed with it...I guess I have cheap taste in mascara! Elf's mascara is only 3 bucks!!) Shade: Black

* note, there is one mascara by E.L.F. that may have gluten in it: stay away from their Studio Lash Extending mascara.

6. Cream Eyeliner by E.L.F. (This is not as good as my previous glutenous eyeliner, but it's the closest thing to it that I could find...its al-right) Shade: Black

7. Brightening Eye Shadow by E.L.F. (they have so many shadow options that are so cheap!) Shade: Drama

As far as eye products go, I tried Afterglow Cosmetics, an organic and gluten free company, but the products just didn't work. I think that effective makeup and organic products just don't coexist. E.L.F. cosmetics are great for little things...you can find them at Target, also I've seen them at the Big Lots on Pearl in Tacoma. 

For foundation and other face products, Benefit is a great company and while they say in their FAQ section that they cannot guarantee there is no cross-contamination, I have read tons of forums (yikes...lots of craaaaazy people on those things) and there were no reliable reports of reactions to Benefit products. 

Smashbox claims to be a totally safe company, as does Lorac. I have not researched (meaning I have not read tons and tons of forums of crazy people complaining) them as thoroughly, since they were products I already owned, so I didn't need to check for other options. The companies themselves say very confidently that they're safe.  

I realized I forgot my lipstick in that picture... dumb cause that's probably the most important product as far as gluten is concerned!

8. Full-Finish Lipstick by Benefit. Shade: Lady's Choice

Some other safe lipstick companies: Nars, Smashbox, Lorac and E.L.F

There are other companies that are safe or have some products that are safe and when I find new things I will make an updated list! If anyone else has some favorite GF products, let me know in the comments section!