Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics

Lately I’ve just felt like I want to throw out all of my cosmetics and start fresh.

Here’s why:

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This jumble represents most of what I currently own, but there’s another drawer full of random freebies, missteps and cast-offs that I can’t bear to show.

I grabbed an old lipstick last week and had it on before I realized it smelled bad. Further inspection determined that it was probably waaaay past its expiration date. Ick.

BTW, here’s how you know how long something is good after it’s opened. The first one is 12 months and the second is 24.

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I think the lipstick I was referring to above was from approximately 1998. Double eww.

Right now I have my eye on the new cosmetics line from British make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury. 

While I love the idea of having just a few, perfect items, I am perpetually attracted to the next new thing, particularly when there is some faint promise (wishful thinking?) of gorgeousness in the deal.

Here’s what captured my attention.

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This pretty lipstick is called “Bitch Perfect.” “Coachella Coral” also received high praise for flattering many different complexions.

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Lipgloss! I can’t get enough, which is one of my many problems. This is “Portobello Girl.”

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The blush has two colors, the outer for the cheekbones and the center for a pop of color. It’s appropriately titled Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop blush. This color is “Love is the Drug.”

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Emerald eyeshadow pencil.

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Skin perfecting powder, which I find myself increasingly attracted to given my advancing age. Sigh.

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And if you really want to start from scratch, you can get a curated look all at once. 

Spring 2015 Color Palette

I don’t really follow New York fashion week, but I did see a mid-week blurb announcing Pantone’s top colors for spring 2015.

If you’re not familiar, this is ground zero for fashion forecasting. Hot colors for fall 2014 were predicted to be cobalt blue, burgundy, and olive, among others, and I’ve definitely seen these on the racks and online.

In doubt? Check out the two new colors of Tieks that just debuted:

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 That’s the Gospel According to Pantone in action.

 Spring 2015 colors include:

  • Aquamarine: Sea and sky blue (Personal favorite)
  • Scuba Blue: A vibrant, deep turquiose blue (Another favorite)
  • Lucite Green: Soft mint
  • Classic Blue
  • Toasted Almond
  • Strawberry Ice: Soft pink
  • Tangerine
  • Custard: Soft yellow/cream
  • Marsala: Wine
  • Glacier Gray

Most of these are cool tones. See samples here.

I am most excited about Scuba Blue, which reminds me of the color of my favorite C&C California shirt ever, although there it was called “Steve.”

I wore that Steve shirt until it disintegrated, so pretty was the shade of blue and so soft was the cotton. This is one time I wish I was a hoarder and would have had the foresight to stock up on those shirts.

Here’s Scuba Blue:

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 Gorgeous.

 

Stitch Fix Love

Caveat: I am a lousy photographer, so the forthcoming images are not glossy magazine worthy.

But I still wanted (needed!) to share the contents of my first Stitch Fix shipment, because THEY ARE SO AWESOME.

I’ve been boring anyone who will listen (or isn’t fast enough to run away) about my Stitch Fix scores for the past week.

Since I’m new to Stitch Fix, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect.

After placing the order, I gorged on reading other people’s Fix reviews to get a sense of what might be coming my way. Last Thursday I found out.

Opening the box was like unwrapping the best care package ever:

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The five items in my fix:

1. Striped French terry moto jacket (hand modeled by MGM [7], while I snapped a pic with my iPhone)

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Ok, perspective is not good here since it appears like this is a ginormous headless jacket with tiny legs. It’s not. The jacket is really soft and fits well. The zipper is off to the side, moto style, and overall it’s very flattering. I could maybe dress this up enough to wear to work, but it would also transition to a night out or even gym to-and-fro. Winner!

2. Airy white sweater (also modeled by MGM)

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This picture is just sad, and I hope Stitch Fix doesn’t cancel my account due to poor representation of their merchandise. This is a scoop neck, long-sleeve thin white sweater with a loose/open knit on the upper third. This definitely can be worn to work under a suit jacket and my stylist recommended wearing a bright tank underneath for a pop of color. I love that idea! I’m on the hunt for a bright pink one.

3. Orange print sleeveless blouse (modeled by Trixie, 5):

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This is classic Stitch Fix style.  I’ve seen versions of this shirt on Pinterest and in many Stitch Fix reviews. Now that I have one of my own, I understand its ubiquity; it hits in all the right spots. Style notes suggested wearing it with white pants, wedges and a statement necklace for summer. I already put it with a suit and wore it to work with lots of compliments.

4. Black and white fit-and-flare dress

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I took this outside to catch a shot in the natural light. Of all the items, this was my least favorite. It’s a cute dress, but the cut didn’t hit me right at the waist and the skirt is really full. We’re talking Mad Men full. I think I can still salvage this by wearing it with a short, fitted cardigan. Kept.

5. Studded clutch (MGM’s version and an online pic I found on Polyvore)

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This was my favorite item in the box! The studs on my clutch are in copper, silver and gold tones. There’s a chain strap inside so this can be worn as a cross-body bag. The inside is really clever, too, with zippered pockets to hold necessities.

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This piece is so unique! I love it.

Overall verdict: Four out of five items were total winners. I bought them all.

To keep all five, it was about $200. Returning the black and white dress would have been roughly the same price, since there’s a 25% discount  to buy the whole box.

Initially I signed up to receive a Fix every other month, but after receiving this box I asked to have another sent to me in the beginning of October, just before an upcoming trip to Hawaii. I can’t wait to see what I get.

Let me know if you try Stitch Fix!

 

Stitch Fix

Have you tried Stitch Fix?

My friend D. recommended trying it out after I recently posted about my new fascination with subscription box services.

You develop a style profile and Stitch Fix will send you five clothing recommendations to try on at home. You keep the things you like and return the ones you don’t. The website says that the average cost per item is $55. You get a discount if you keep all five.

You also schedule the frequency of shipments, ranging from every 2 weeks to every 2 months.

Creating a style profile was fun. I said that I liked this overall style:

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But not this one:

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The second one skewed a little too Grateful Dead concert in ’89 for me. (Coachella? I guess that is probably a more contemporary reference. I’m really showing my age here, People).

I also said I was game for animal or critter prints, polka dots, and most colors except burgundy, red and purple.

I just scheduled my first shipment. Will post when it arrives! 

 

 

 

 

More J. Crew Sale

OK, I really lost my mind with the J. Crew sale.

Yesterday I posted about some of the items I ordered, but there are two other outfits I wanted to share.

(Did I mention that all of this is an additional 40-50% off the sale prices? It would be a crime NOT to buy these).

 Outfit #1:

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Both of these are hard to see, but the shell has a mixed-lace pattern and the pants have a leather tuxedo stripe running down the side. The top was $30 and the pants were $25.

Outfit #2: I bought this with work in mind.

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Seriously, how fun are these shoes?

The pattern mix with the striped dress and the shoes feels really modern to me.

J. Crew has been doing these Valentina pumps for a while, and they’re a perfect not-too-high, not-too-low heel. They usually retail for about $240. With the additional discount during the sale, the price was $113.

The Schoolboy Blazer is another J. Crew classic. I have a few of these already, and they are real workhorse wardrobe staples. This black one was only $50 on sale. Score!