Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Winged Eyeliner (Tutorial)

I'm not even going to pretend that my eyeliner game is strong. There are days that I get it all wrong and I end up frustrated that my hand just cannot seem to draw the line I want. And to keep a full disclosure with you, my dear reader, I had to film this tutorial twice because the first time I did my eyeliner it wasn't what I wanted. You will hear more about this in the video below, but I just wanted to remind you that even when you mess up you can always try again :) Alright, motivational speech time is over. I hope you enjoy this video and that it may be somewhat helpful to you and your own eyeliner game.



I can't post this without giving honorable mentions to the women I consider winged eyeliner goddesses. This goes out to ladies I see rocking a perfect wing as a part of their signature look. I've got to hand it to them because it is not an easy task to draw them on a regular basis. Seriously, it takes patience and a steady hand and both of those things are hard to come by early in the morning without that first cup of coffee running through your blood stream. 


Oh, Alexa. I love that she insists on drawing the eyeliner herself.

Amy Amy Amy!
This beautiful, magnificent woman continues to inspire me regularly. 

Anna K, one of the originals.

Brigitte pretty much epitomizes the sex kitten thing. 

Francoise's signature look was a small wing. 

You all knew Lana would be featured on this list. C'mon.

Also, I'm up for suggestions on video ideas because I'm finding that it's fun to make them! If that sounds like something you would want to see, leave suggestions in the comments here or on my social media pages. 
Thank you again!

Until next time,
Amelia

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vintage Makeup

If you couldn't already tell, I'm kind of on a vintage binge. I have watched Lisa Eldridge's makeup tutorials for ages because she's a true blue professional. I stumbled upon a segment on her channel about vintage makeup that she put together quite some time ago. She has a fantastic collection of vintage makeup which you can see in the video below. 

 

It's fun to try new products and all of that, particularly in this day and age when we are used to excess and "more is more". However, I find a pared down makeup collection incredibly endearing. I admire anyone who has simplified their routine to only what they truly love and use each day. You see that a lot with vintage makeup, particularly in eras of war or modesty. There were literally makeup rations during the second World War. Also, the packaging of vintage products is to die for. It's a lot more rare to come across beautiful packaging like that anymore, especially the powder compacts in the 1950s. Check out the two videos below for some serious makeup history education. I practically squealed over the makeup shown from the 1960s.




On the note of Old Hollywood influences in the beauty industry, here are a lot of pictures I've found of famous Hollywood starlets primping. It reminds me a bit of the pictures you see in tabloids like, "Stars: They're just like us!" Of course they are... because they are humans. And there is something charming and intimate about seeing someone in their beauty routine.








This is my favorite. Francoise applying her makeup in a car mirror in Paris.


You know I honestly had this idea in my head that I was going to someday create my own makeup line. I began researching vintage packaging and came across all sorts of concepts I would like to utilize, but I don't know if it will ever happen. It's simply a dream. But if it ever does come true, expect a lot of quality packaging and the best eyeliner the world has ever seen.

Until next time,
Amelia




Friday, July 25, 2014

A History Lesson

We all had our favorite subjects in school, right? Or at least that one class that we kind of looked forward to and did pretty well in? Throughout my high school career, I only truly loved three subjects: English Literature, Spanish, and History. When I went off to college, I figured out ways to keep studying these subjects even though I was trying to achieve my general education credits. For instance, I opted for French instead of Spanish because I wanted to be multilingual or something. I just needed a new language to figure out. I decided to add another minor in Creative Writing halfway through my college career because I began to feel hollowed out with the amount of business classes I was taking. When I was finally able to take a lot more courses for my major, which was Apparel Merchandising, I took a course in Apparel History. This is still one of my favorite courses that I ever participated in.

Now, some people might not understand why I was so crazy about this subject, but it all makes sense if you know how I spend my free time. I'm a history nerd. Fact. For as long as I can remember, I have gone to antique and thrift stores to sift through vintage pieces. I would admire their longevity and wonder about their unique story before they ended up being sold. Fashion trends have always been greatly affected by the current affairs of the time. Hemlines changed due to social unrest, color palettes changed with the economic status, and so on. Why is it that you can easily spot a hippie costume or a 50s style skirt? Because the fashion was affected by the times and in turn became iconic. See, I told you... a total nerd. 

Understanding the change in silhouettes, color palettes, etc. and how these correlate to what was going on in the world was something that fascinated me to no end. Of course, I have my favorite fashion eras as I have mentioned before. Coco Chanel, being the fashionable Leo she was, helped pave the way for the 20s silhouette of slim and almost boyish. We all know the 1920s were a time of revolution and women were getting pretty wild. Or so they say. This relaxed silhouette was the opposite of it's predecessor which involved a lot of constricting undergarments that I would seriously never wear. It makes me feel claustrophobic just thinking about it. 



The drop waist silhouette may not be the most "figure flattering", but that was kind of the point. 
And it looks so damn comfortable.



Another favorite era is of mine is the 1960s. I've already raved about how much I love this particular decade and it's also interesting to see what people were wearing because it was a time of rebellion against the 1950s. Love a good rebellion. I am just so smitten with this decade. Marilyn Monroe was the icon of the luscious hourglass figure that was wildly idolized at the time. And then walks in the gamine Audrey Hepburn. And thus began two different body types being deemed as equally sexy and appealing wearing the fabulous trends of the time.




So what am I getting at here? Why on earth am I going on and on about this? Well, I love being able to tell what may or may not have been happening in the world based on the way people look in an old photograph. I love the humanity of the people I see in these old photographs. It's easy to distance yourself from people then because they are maybe no longer living, but they were real people with real lives inside the times we hear about in history classes. Also, it proves that there is an entire reasoning behind why people behave, talk, and dress in certain ways depending on the time they live in. There is an entire pattern to all of this.

It truly makes me wonder what kind of clothing will define the decades we are living in right now. I mean, think about what people were wearing in the early 2000s. It frightens me. Just something to think about.

Until next time,
Amelia




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy, Every Day Makeup (Tutorial)

I don't know when my love for makeup became "a thing" because I hardly ever wore it until I was about 19 or so. I remember asking my mom if I was wearing too much eyeliner when I was, in fact, wearing hardly any. Now I know that when I'm wearing eyeliner it probably is too much but I really don't care. However, there are days when I don't want to be all dramatic. I want to look a little pulled together despite my laziness or tardiness, so I have kind of come up with a bit of a routine that helps me look like I didn't just roll out of bed.

I think there is something to be said for applying makeup to look like you are not wearing any. Now, some people could argue that you could simply not wear any at all and, of course, that is true. But typically when I walk out of the house sans makeup there is always at least one person who tells me I look tired. Gee, thanks. This is how my face looks, it's just my face.

And so, I put a little bit of effort in to look a bit more awake and refreshed. I made a (gasp) video tutorial on what I do in the morning when I'm running late/feeling tired/just need to look like a person. Hopefully you gain some tips or maybe you just want to know what I look like without a lick of makeup on. That's cool, too.
Hint: I have a baby face.

As much as I like the magical powers of makeup, I also like my face exactly how it is in it's natural state. Even if I do look tired. I probably AM tired! I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though I love and talk about makeup on the reg, I love the way people look exactly as they are in their natural state. To me, there is nothing more beautiful or endearing than someone being who they truly are.

I hope you enjoy this video! If you like it, let me know and maybe I can do another one sometime.




Until next time,
Amelia




Friday, July 18, 2014

my favorite songs

I never thought I would be able to compile a list of my favorite songs. After some time and deliberation, I came up with a shortened list of songs I love very much. Not only are they some of my favorite songs, but these are also a lot of my favorite bands and musicians. The reasoning behind calling this playlist "My Favorites" is that these songs have impacted me greatly at one point or another. Whether I listened to them on repeat for a solid year or if I found them when I needed them most, these songs hold a very dear place in my heart. I don't want to be all cheesy, but these songs are like little pieces of who I am. They mark certain periods in my life that helped me to grow and change. I like that I have always had music right next to me for everything I've experienced. It is my greatest comfort.



For the sake of mix tapes, here's the track list in my handwriting.


I hope you enjoy listening.

Oh and an extra bonus is my newest favorite song
because I just have to share this somewhere.


Until next time,
Amelia

Thursday, July 17, 2014

personal space

A lot of kids play video games or whatever, but I used to collect magazine clippings for fun. I have touched on this topic briefly before when I wrote about my old journals, but I never really did mention the fact that I used to tear apart and save every Pottery Barn catalog that came into my possession. I would choose all of my favorite rooms from each catalog and then assemble collections into imaginary homes. I am completely serious about this. I had the strangest hobbies when I was little, but they have developed into productive interests as a young adult so I guess it all turned out okay.

When I first applied to college, I enrolled into the Interior Design program. I took a class in high school and fell in love with drawing blue prints. I am a carpenter's daughter, so that may have something to do with it. Regardless, I still enjoy home design and home decorating. Considering I am kind of a hermit crab, having a cozy home is something I value greatly. I have moved at least once a year for the last six or so years and before that I moved quite a lot throughout my childhood. I have no qualms about moving from place to place because it excites me to be able to decorate a brand new environment. I have lived in some amazing apartments. One was this little attic number with slanted ceilings and shelves already built into the walls. My bed frame was too big to fit up the stairs, so I ended up sleeping on only a mattress and my room was so cozy and zen that way. I also lived in this adorable studio with hardwood floors. I miss that studio so much.

I joke about continuing to move at least every two years from here on out, but deep down I secretly hope I find a home to settle into one day. Maybe some haunted Victorian mansion or an old wooden cabin. Who knows where I'll end up. In the mean time, I daydream about my own spaces from the past and all those to come. I thought I would share some images of homes that really stand out to me and reflect the kind of aesthetics I enjoy. Most of these are from my Pinterest account, but a lot of them are also from my Tumblr account. Go ahead and follow me there if you want! Now for a little eye candy for anyone who loves homes as much as I do.

I have been infatuated with this bedroom for years. 
I have a thing for small spaces and book collections. 
Not to mention the Dylan poster. 
Ugh, I just want to exist here.













I saw this same rose in a flea market in Florida. 









Until next time,
Amelia




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Favorite Skincare Essentials

I enjoy a good skincare routine. I have changed products in and out of my routine over the years, but there are some products that remain my very favorites. I know not everyone gives so much thought to their skin, but I like taking the time to treat my skin well. I am adamant about removing makeup before bed. I use face masks at least once a week. I moisturize my entire body at least twice a day. Okay, so I'm kind of a diva about it. But ask anyone who wears makeup what their favorite part of wearing it is. They will probably say cleaning it all off and having a fresh face. It sounds weird, right? Yeah, it is. 

I think it is important that we treat our skin well. I try to buy products that are as natural as possible. I also try to buy products from brands that do not test on animals. I'm not perfect or entirely strict about this, as you can see from some of the products below, but I do make a conscious effort when I can afford to do so. I rest easier knowing my consuming habit is at least going towards companies that care. The reason I gravitate to these items is not only is it safer for the planet and animals, it's also safer for us. Our skin absorbs every single chemical we put on it and those chemicals end up inside of our bodies. I feel a lot better about my skin and my overall health when products aren't loaded with icky chemicals. I get enough chemicals from the amount of smog I ingest in this city every day. I digress. Let's get on to some of the favorites, shall we?


DIY lavender spray: Mix lavender essential oil in with water, shake, and spray onto your bed, clothes, self.

 eucalyptus oil: Mix it with another oil or lotion and apply to body. Smell like Christmas.

Freeman clay mask: I have 3 different kinds in my medicine cabinet. Inexpensive, animal friendly, good stuff.

Cetaphil face wash: Very gentle and my sensitive skin has taken a liking to it.

 coconut oil: Because it's a miracle product! It moisturizes, takes off makeup, and smells nice.

elf lip exfoliator: My lips get chapped easily so this is very handy.

 Rosebud salve: This and Vaseline save my lips, but they also help heal cuts and burns!

 Aveeno lotion: Honestly, I buy this because it smells really good.

Fresh perfume: An excellent beauty company for those of you who are into natural things. 




I was recently perusing Free People's blog when I stumbled across this article.  It inspired me to peel labels off of certain items to give a more peaceful aesthetic to my space. Also, a tip that I suggest is to reuse containers and bottles for other products. For instance, I cleaned an empty jar of the Aveeno lotion and reused it for another lotion that would no longer pump out of it's bottle. I literally cut the bottle in half and scooped out the extra stuff. To think how much would be wasted! Instead I have an entire jar of lotion to use. I have to pat myself on the back sometimes.


Some other really great brands to check out are Origins, Aveda, and Soap & Glory. I have used and loved several products from each of these brands. Not only are they animal friendly, they also do a really great job AND smell amazing. I want to live inside of an Aveda salon to smell like rosemary forever, I swear.

To put it simply, I believe in being kind to yourself. An easy and relaxing way to do this daily is to invest in a skincare routine you love and enjoy doing. Please remember you deserve nice things.

Until next time,
Amelia

Monday, July 14, 2014

Parlez-vous francais?

I have a confession. I am a Francophile. Do not let this term confuse you with the Franco brothers, though I do like them quite a lot. The definition of a Francophile is someone who has a strong liking for all things French. I took French classes my first couple of years at university. The very first professor I had was, in fact, French (and quite handsome). Anyway, I loved learning the language, but I loved learning about what life is like there even more. They are a lot more selective about clothes, food, friendships. I relate so much to their culture that I have contemplated moving there at some point. I know I am not the only person who is endlessly fascinated by French people and their rich culture. There are entire books dedicated to this concept. You can learn to dress like a French woman, eat like the French, etc. I recently stumbled upon a book of photography showcasing Parisian women over the last 100 years or so. The book delves into a lot of history, particularly women's rights in France. I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from the book. The French have a phrase to describe a certain element of a person that cannot be contained into words. It is <<je nais se quoi>> or translated into English as "I don't know what". It's a quality I see a lot with French people because they are so cool and mysterious, but I have seen it among other people, too. It's a quality I admire.




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I think this might be my favorite photograph in the entire book. 
Couple drinking coffee, Elise Hardy 1980








Not only does this particular photography book convey the beauty, strength, and complexity of French women, it also shows it's audience that these are universal qualities of all women everywhere. I think that's really important.

And to really show how crazy I am for French style, here are a couple of my favorite French style icons.

Bardot and her black cat. This photo means everything to me.

Francoise being perfect. Just look at that bone structure.



You may recognize this song from Moonrise Kingdom.
It is Suzy's favorite record. BLESS YOU, WES ANDERSON.

I am quite serious about wanting to live in France for a period of time. I am okay with wearing all black. I already own a beret. I suppose it's time I begin brushing up on my French grammar... 

Au revoir,
Amelia