Monday, March 19, 2012

Lady Luck: Chanel Gold Fingers Nail Vernis

Chanel Gold Fingers with Lilly Lewis for TopShop hat

Gold Fingers Bottle

Chanel Gold Fingers Swatches

Where does one go for beautiful weather, margaritas at the pool and tons of walking to burn off the calories in margaritas? Las Vegas! And that's where we were for Spring Break last week.
While taking a break from the sun, I walked over to the new Chanel boutique at the Bellagio Hotel that opened last month. The store reminded me of the Soho boutique, very well lit and spacious. I walked over to the beauty counter and the SA told me that all that was left of the Las Vegas exclusives were the Gold Fingers nail color and the palette Lucky Stripes. So the SA swatched the nail color and made my purchase.
When swatched, Gold Fingers is a  sheer shimmery yellow gold with golden flecks. Not quite goldenrod and not quite canary, just somewhere in between, maybe if mellow gold? If you struggle with getting glittery polish off your nails (like I do), you won't have a problem with this one. It just whisks right off. I think this color looks amazing alone but, its so sheer ( 1 coat is pictured) I think it would be a great overlay on another favorite nail color. The only downside I can see is despite its exclusivity for Chanel, its definitely dupable. If you are looking for a shade like this, you will definitely find it ( I don't know any off the top of my head but I've seen a person or 2 with a similar shade of nail color on and it wasn't Gold Fingers).
 On a fashion note, TopShop opened in Vegas and they had tons of exclusives! One that had me going back and forth at the Fashion Mall was the Lilly Lewis for TopShop Club pilbox hat. Its so adorable!
I immediately saw this and had to stop, leave, comeback, debate, tell my friends at the hotel and then go back to the store before they closed! There were four different hats  2 red glitter- Hearts and Diamonds and 2 black glitter- Spades and Clubs.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Nouvelle Vague poolside

Happy Spring break!
I'm poolside in Vegas at the MGM Grand. I dug this color out of the archive to wear for this warm weather occasion.
I'll keep you posted on my beauty digs while I'm in the other city that never sleeps!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Music: Bombay Bicycle Club at MHOW

Last Saturday, the BF and I checked out Bombay Bicycle Club at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I had first heard of the band last year when I went to Toronto at the Canadian Music Festival. Since I was on vacation exploring some digs that Toronto had to offer, one evening I found myself catching their impressive set at Lee's Palace. Now they are touring for their 3rd album that came out in August of 2011,  A Different Kind of Fix  and have since blown up to two sold out shows in NYC, MHOW and the Bowery Ballroom.

Here is my video of their encore of the night and one of my favorite songs by BBC, Shuffle. I hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Marni for H&M's Mellow Madness

Marni for H&M goodies!

White Floral Necklace

Black Sequin collar

Chunky Bracelets

 This week, I ushered Spring Break in by "Glamping" it up outside of  H&M on 51st and 5th ave for the launch of Marni for H&M on Thursday morning. My Wednesday evening went a little something like this:  last midterm, alumni event, home, shower, pack some snacks, book and blanket and head over to H&M.. in the wee early hours in the morning ( I'm embarrassed to say the specific time, but I was #21 in line..). 
As far as "Glamping" goes, I use the term loosely as this shopping trip would probably be Phyllis Nefler approved though I think she would look down upon my attire- sweatpants and a hoodie.
Anyway, I was one of the first to shop the Marni for H&M collection at 8:05 am and upon entering the sectioned off area, my emotions went from surprised, confused and delighted.
First, the Marni for H&M "showroom" was condensed so much so that I walked past a lot of merch! I had to ask where things were from one of the 20 sales associates in an estimated 20x 40ft area. Surprise! Confusion set in when the sales associates explained that they didn't receive the whole collection from the lookbook- meaning the printed silk shorts I wanted, the flagship store never received. Bummer. After I gathered my mounds of accessories in my 15 minute shopping interval, I sifted through the goods and am happy with the price and quality of this collab. Here is my breakdown of the accessories:

White plastic floral necklace: A nice statement piece. I was surprised by the size of the large flower petals, I must have taken for granted in the lookbook its huge. I hope to wear this with either a cute sleeveless dress with a high collar or with my Thakoon for Target green and blue colorblocked dress.

Black Sequin collar: Ok, I've been skeptical of collars. I fell in love with the collars on the Peter Pan dresses from Louis Vuitton's 2003 Mirokami collection and in the past 2 years, LV did some looks with collars. Now, I see them in Zara and am wondering if the trend will fleet before I wear my goods. Oh well, I will definitely rock this one! Though the collar is described as sequin, it should be described at paillettes. This will go well with my Miu Miu Pailette shoes.

Chunky Bracelets: These chunksters are the bang for my t-shirt and jeans life! I haven't yet tried these on but I've seen them in action on one of the many folks at H&M on Thursday morn.

Overall, I think the collection is great. This last time I did something as far as "Glamping" was for Lanvin. I hope that these pieces will last a long time despite the stigma of designer collabs being cheap temporary "thrills", but I've never had a problem with H&M's quality of clothing from the get go. Anyway, If you didn't get a chance to check this out in stores, unfortunately, I think your best bet is 1. to check with H&M anyway ( the return policy is a stringent 10 days for returns- April 7th) or you can try Ebay and hope the ridiculously inflated prices drop within a reasonable time.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spring 2012 Haul: YSL's Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

YSL Rouge Pur Couture- #4 Mauve Pigmente

YSL Rouge Pur Couture swatch in #4 Mauve Pigmente
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain presents us with some interesting choices: Stick, Gloss or Stain and the best part? You choose!
This Spring YSL Beauty combined three desired lip textures into a super beauty product like none other, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain!
Initially, the color in the package is very bold and a bit intimidating, I questioned, "Are my lips going to really look that purple?", then I swatched #3 and #4 on my hand to check the actual color and the consistency. I was greatly surprised! Not only did the colors quietly blend onto my hand and present warm brown and light berry tones but the consistency was smooth, not sticky like other glosses and glasses. Additionally, when taking off the swatches, a generous amount of stain was left.
Lippie hoarders beware! YSL Rouge Pur Glossy Stain will be your go to for the Summer!

Check out this cute video for YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain