Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Patterns for Spring: simple, poppy & floral.

patterns for spring 2014

patterns for spring 2014 by ziedarling featuring a striped t shirt
I've always been a fan of pattern. It can be silly, sassy, flirty or just all around awe-inspiring. Which is why, this Spring I've been rocking at least one pattern everyday. (Or two or three if I'm really feeling froggy!) My favorites? 
Simple black & white's:
I'm really into stripes & delicate black and white right now. Like really into it. Especially when paired with a zingy color like those citrus shoes (which are also fabulously patterned!). There's just something about simple black & white that really brings Spring in with a lovely softness. 
Pops of color:
I can go either way on this one: citrus pops or candy colored dresses. But an all over patterned color is just the thing for pulling in the freshness of Spring and finally saying goodbye to the darks & drabs of Winter. 
Let's be real for a second. There's never a time of year where I'm not just ecstatic about floral prints. But for Spring, try something different like an exotic-themed print. 
Do you have any favorite patterns for this Spring? Do you ever double (or even triple!) up on your prints? I'd love to hear what you are planning for your Spring wardrobe! xo 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

What I'm Working On: Clever, an editorial magazine

 Happy Monday, dear ones! Today I wanted to share something I've been working on in one of my design classes. We were tasked with making a cover, a contents page & 1-2 spreads for a magazine of our design/concept.
I decided I wanted to do a magazine talking about women and how fantastic we are. Especially all of the awesome things we can do & the behind the scenes of how we get to be that bad ass. Enter: CLEVER. Ideally, I'd actually love to make this a real magazine someday. I had such a blast working on it.
So much fun in fact, that I ended up making extra spreads, hehe. And next semester (my final semester of college!!!!!!!) we get to do a "hero" project that we completely flush out over the entire semester and really sink into. I'm heavily considering making the entire magazine. Which, if I do, I'd love to do a call for entries and try and make a little (big) zine of it! Get someone to help write articles, do interviews with some of you fabulous women out there & get some photographers involved. How awesome would that be? 
I was quite surprised at how much I really got into this project, though. Until this semester, the really editorial & print side of things didn't appeal to me much. Nor did working for an agency or a magazine or something similar. Now, those are some of the only things I can think about. Hah. Funny how things work out like that, huh? 
But anywho. That's what I've been working on lately and I'd love to hear what you think about it? I'd also love to see & know what you've been working on, darlings? 
Let's have a kick ass week, shall we? xo 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

the Spring Fling: A makeup haul for your Winter to Spring transition

   So I've finally joined the rest of the hemisphere in being excited for Spring. I wasn't for a while, as I really do love winter. But I've finally hit my enough point, heh! And with that, I've started warming up my make-up pallet too. 
   During the Winter, I wear a lot of red lipstick, smoky eyes, you know, the heavy stuff. But Spring, for me, always means pinks, peaches & everything light. Which is where the goodies I have for you today come in. 

+First up on my eyes list is this wonderful mascara I found recently. It's Too Faced "Size Queen".  It's got the most enormous brush ever that makes me feel like I'm using a tarantula to apply my mascara. (Not something I'd ever actually want near my face, trust me.) But in this case, it's actually quite fun. It also goes on pretty well & is a nice, rich black. I haven't had any problems with clumps & it's not too insane on price. Plus, let's talk about how happy I am to finally be carrying around something this cute! That pink! 
+ Next on my eyes list, is just your standard eyelash curler. I guess in the scheme of things, this should be first on my list... But anyway, you can get any of them that you find. This one was like fifty cents, but I have another one (somewhere) that was $10, so just depends. PRO TIP: Want even more intensely curly eyelashes? Heat it up a bit with your hair dryer! I'd say maybe 30 seconds, then let it cool for 10-15 second, then curl! This also is perfect for those who don't really wear mascara but still want your lashes to pop. 
+Then, last on my eyes list: Eyeko "eye do" eyeliner! I only recently stumbled on this & I'm already hooked. I used to use the Benefit liquid liner, but I never really could get the thickness I was looking for. The Eyeko liquid liner is perfect! I have the waterproof, carbon black one (not sure if there are others?) and I adore it. I'm pretty sure this has now become my favorite eyeliner to date. You can wear it thick or pretty thin. And to me, a little cat eye goes year round :) 
+ Benefit will always have my heart. I use a bunch of their products & especially their foundations/face goodies. They have one of the best ivory foundations I've ever found in an affordable brand. I use their liquid & powder, but especially in the Spring and Summer, I go with more powder, less liquid (if any). It covers nice, has an O.K. stay power and is just all around lovely. The one I use for my super pale pink-undertoned skin is "I love me" Ivory. 
+I have recently discovered I actually own quite a few blushers but nearly all of them are peachy-pink in coloring. No idea why I've done that. But I'm currently using and loving NYX Baked Blush in BBL05 Foreplay  I like the color for Spring & feel that it's poppy enough to be flirty and fun, but can be soft enough to feel classic and delicate. So basically, it wins no matter what you're looking for. 
+We've already discussed in length my burning passion for lipstick, but I've finally found a gloss that I'm actually happy with, yay! Plot twist: It's ELF lipstain & gloss in Lucky Lady. It's again, pretty peachy-pink (are you picking up my theme here?) and is pretty nice. Especially at the price point! It's $3 and ELF is just awesome all around. The stain goes on like lipgloss, and kind of does what LimeCrime's lipstains do in the fact that it turns into an almost matte lipstick. & The gloss isn't the best I've ever used, but when used very lightly, just to finish the look, it's quite nice and not really sticky. And did I mention that it's $3? 

That wraps up my go-to look for this Winter to Spring transition right now! I'd love to hear your thoughts and what products you use during the transition? Are you as peachy-pink obsessed as I am? xo 
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