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Tuesday Tidbit: Dressing to impress.

1 Mar

I always find it vaguely surprising when people show up in things like ratty sweatpants or pajama pants. I realize that it is a community college, but I try not to leave the house looking too terrible. My fall back outfit is a fitted fleece sweatshirt that I got on sale for about $5, a pair of dark skinny jeans, and a clean walking/running shoes of some kind. Whenever I go out like that, I always try to make sure that my hair looks good, and I am wearing a bit of makeup.

Why?

Because I have met people who I never would have guessed I would meet while out and about. Even if you don’t think that you are going to see anyone, you should prepare for it.

My classmates sometimes disgust me, because they put forth no effort whatsoever. I’m not asking for them to spend a lot of money, but for them to put an effort in. These are the instructors that are going to be giving you a recommendation for the next step. Wearing worn-out spongebob pajama pants and a torn up sweatshirt while playing WoW isn’t going to impress them.

Maybe I take it too seriously, but I recently interviewed for a position at my gym, in an area that I never work out in/go near. The woman interviewing me recognized me, and said that she had seen me a few times before, working out. She said two or three times throughout the course of the interview that I am very regal, and that is what she thought when she saw me working out. I wear Target workout gear. Trust me, I’m not trying to impress.

But I always put my hair in a neat ponytail or braid, and I come in after class, so I have a bit of makeup on. Just enough to say that I realize that I am in public, and in view.

I would much rather be overdressed than underdressed if I have an impromptu meeting.

Nars lip pencil: Damned

26 Feb

I made a bit of an impulse purchase today — I was cold, and bored, and I went into Sephora. This is never a good thing. I have a tiny fascination with Nars, and I have been looking for a deep, non-traditional color that is still fashionable.

Today, I found it.

This is a lipstick in pencil form, something that I have not used before. I like it, and I feel that it gives me more control during application. I would not recommend using this as a lip liner, because it is too thick and seems to lack the consistency.

As a lipstick, it is beautiful. More magenta than red, but deep and luscious in a grown up way. Purple, without being grapey. I love it.

I would not recommend wearing it with large amounts of dark shadow/liner, but with a bit of mascara, black liner and beige shadow it works out beautifully.

It is a tad pricey at $24, but I think that it will be worth it.

Breaking the color mold!

16 Feb

I think we have all heard the usual tip: wear red lipstick on a dull day to add spark and flavor.

I love red lipstick! It is definitely my favorite, but I tend to get stuck in a rut. While it is a stunning, classic color, it isn’t the only one.

On days like today, I like to switch it up. I wore an old, discontinued MAC color that I have been hoarding: Vivacious. It is this fantastic pink sparkly color that is intense, but not too little-girly. I have also been known to wear Up The Amp, a neon-purple color. I know that it sounds crazy intense, but it is actually quite flattering.

I pair this with just enough foundation to even out my skin tone and remove shine, and a bit of black liner and mascara. I feel that this makes my look work-safe, but still young and fresh. The biggest risk of this look is overdoing the liner/mascara combo or throwing on too much shadow. This is a look that you have to be use minimal makeup, or you look like you secretly want to be a Vegas showgirl — probably not the look you are going for.

Traffic court — and what I wore.

14 Feb

I love fashion, but since I have lost weight some of my stuff doesn’t fit anymore.

Here is a little tip, one that I have learned the hard way: Once a season, you should try on all of the clothing in your wardrobe. It may take a day or so, but it will be worth it.

That way, when you are trying on your gray pants to wear to the local municipal court to fight your $724 ticket, you don’t find out that your pants from last year sag everywhere.

However, all was not lost.

I wore my hair down to cover a small breakout on my neck. A blue lace cami under a gray boyfriend sweater, and black hue leggings. The best part of the outfit? My fantastic Stuart Weitzman heels. Attention catching, but tasteful all at once.

Mine don’t have the quilting on the base, and have wood instead. I would take a picture, but I am camera-less at the moment, and really don’t want to give you a grainy Android picture.

Image via stylecaster