into the fog


Last week's fog made for a cool shooting atmosphere -- or it would have, had it rolled in a little earlier in the day. By nightfall, visibility was minimal, and I was furious that it was too dark to experiment out there. As it was, I learned three things about taking photos in fog: 1) it is cold, 2) any hairstyling will be almost instantly destroyed by frizz, and 3) no seriously it's cold; put some gloves on, stupid.

This isn't my favorite outfit, mainly because the comfortable-but-overlarge charcoal trousers need tailoring (preferably not by me!) and because the perfect pair of black riding boots still eludes me. (By the pestilent gods, I will find you before the season is out, perfect boots.)

In the meantime, I'll just be over here, chasing the fog and enjoying my last chances to wear fall jackets.

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diy makeup tutorial: make your own cream blush


Love the smooth, silky application of cream blush, but can't justify putting any more cash toward your cosmetics stash? (Guilty as charged, officer.) If you've got an extra palette of powder blush or pink eyeshadow gathering dust at the bottom of your makeup bag -- say, one of those questionable off-brand kits well-meaning relatives hand out on holidays -- you're good to go for making your own cream version.

Step the First: 
Find a powder color you'd like to see in a cream blush. If you don't like what you've got, you can color-mix a few different powders, or add a plain shimmer powder.

Step Two:  
Scrape a few chunks of powder into a clean makeup palette, compact or container. You'll see here that I used the back side of a lip brush to do the scraping, but any hard-edged tool will do.

Step Three:
Crush the chunks into a fine powder -- as fine as possible! Any large crumbs will make the end result look like sprinkles in pudding.

Step Four:
Pour a few drops of your regular foundation into the powder -- but not too much, or the foundation's undertone will change the blush color. I wanted a peach blush, so the yellow undertone in my foundation was a plus, but you might want to keep yours more on the pink side.

Step Five:
Add cream. Face cream, that is, and the thicker, the better. Runny lotions and moisturizers won't work, but a heavy facial cream or shea butter makes a good base. Remember -- the less cream you add, the bolder the blush color.

Step Six:
Mix well with whatever stirring tool you're willing to sacrifice and let the cream set for a while. If the mixture is too goopy when you go to put it on, stick it in the freezer to make it harden up faster.

Step Seven:
Apply the blush with your fingertips and enjoy that healthy exercise glow without needing to actually, you know. Do anything.

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storybrooke style


It's getting cold and rainy in the Northeast, and that means only one thing to my wardrobe: coats. Also boots, but mostly coats. I'm taking my winter fashion cues from Once Upon a Time this year, because despite the cast clearly freezing their asses off on the Storybrooke set in Vancouver, they always look fantastic  -- and not underdressed for CT's winter weather, luckily for me. Also, I don't think I could get away with a Night's Watch uniform in my everyday life.

Today's inspiration came from the kinda-hipster outfits Belle&co wore on the show recently, though if it were a little warmer out I probably would have gone with tights instead. Alas, I could not do the show's super-princessy hair justice -- in addition to being just plain terrible at hairstyling, mine frizzes at the slightest hint of moisture in the air. (Mom, tell me how I got your hair type, but not your curls.)

jacket: Target
blouse: uh...good question
skirt: Forever21
leggings: Charlotte Russe
boots: White Mountain

tinted moisturizer: Sonia Kashuk
powder&concealer: Maybelline
mascara: Maybelline
gel eyeliner: L'Oreal
lipstick: Covergirl
blush: you'll see in my next post!

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