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I Want to Feel Like… Joan Holloway

i want to feel like joan holloway

I’ve been harboring a girl crush for Christina Hendricks and her Mad Men alter ego Joan Holloway (now Harris) for an eternity. Maybe it’s the fact that the woman runs shit over at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce or that her real life persona will enjoy chocolate covered bacon if she wants to, regardless of what anyone else has to say.

On more than one occasion I’ve contemplated dressing up as the buxom red-headed vixen for Halloween, truth is – I’ve got more than a few pieces in my wardrobe that would suffice.  The costume designers really hit the nail on the head with the raspberry red body-con dress that clung in all the right places, cementing Joan Holloway’s character as a small screen style icon. I figure my voluptuous frame will look almost as good in the Roland Mouret, Brownlow stretch crepe dress. With that pout – her lips could seduce just about anyone, something Roger Sterling knows all too well. I’ll practice perfecting pursing my lips a la Mrs. Harris with Lancome’s sensational effects lipcolor in All Done Up. I always have a million pens on hand, and my obsession with unconventional pendants makes this vintage pen pendant a must-have Joan Holloway costume and everyday piece.  The life of an office manager or secretary in the sixties meant a typewriter was a necessity, and I love the idea of owning my own Underwood ‘portable’ typewriter. In reality, I’m not sure I could trade in my laptop for a typewriter, it may print while I type, but there’s the problem of the non-existent backspace button that will get me in trouble.

Mad Men needs to hurry up and film the next season, in the meanwhile I’ll keep watching the past seasons on Netflix.

Makeup-Monday: Mod-Eyes

Let’s be clear, Edie Sedgwick may be the one famous for them, but Audrey Hepburn had them down pat – Mod Eyes.

To be frank, the smoky eye is getting boring and taking it back to a sixties classic always makes for a good change in pace. This makeup Monday inspiration comes from a set on Polyvore.com, so I dare you – just try and pull off-putting black eyeliner in the crease of your eye:

My Fall Essentials

My Fall Essentials

If I had any doubt that fall was here, this week erased all hope that sweaters and jackets were to become a permanent fixture in my wardrobe for the next several months. I’ll admit I’m looking forward to the leaves changing, and the dip in temperature does give me the chance to pick out my fall essentials.

[1] Everyone knows about the infamous leather jacket search – it takes you forever to find that perfect leather jacket. Thankfully a couple years ago, I unearthed mine, and I’ll forever be loyal to Michael Kors and his leather jackets for this reason. The unbelievably soft leather alone could make you invest in one of these, but the fit has me transfixed with it, making it my number one fall essential.

[2] I’ve got this newly developed habit of painting all of my nails on each finger the same color, with the exception of my ring finger. I love the hue of this Blue Boy Chanel polish and I have every intention of contrasting it with one big apple red nail on each hand. The lacquer is like a cross between the night and daytime sky, and my perfect go to shade for fall.

[3] Sweaters keep you warm when the weather isn’t on your side, but that doesn’t mean they get to be ugly. The dull knit red sweater from Weekday has a vintage quality that’s the perfect piece to build a color blocked ensemble around. It has just the right amount of slouch and it’s the perfect weight in knit, buying it in a few shades will get you through the fall and winter no problem.

[4] Come rain, snow, or sleet, a girl needs a bag she can tote around more than just a pair of sunglasses in. This cross-body bag from Fossil has a masculine air about it that makes it even more alluring when complimented by an ultra-feminine frock.

[5] Let’s get one thing straight, Palmer’s cocoa butter swivel sticks are the best thing since sliced bread, or whatever the best thing after that really was. It doesn’t matter what season it is, this stick is a girl’s best friend. From super soft lips to soothing dry skin, there’s nothing this jumbo sized lip balm looking tube can’t make right.

[6] I have an obsession with sea foam green skinny jeans, something about them is just plain hypnotic. I’ve owned a pair for longer than I can remember and from the moment I slip them on I’m a more alive version of myself (yeah I know that sounds silly, but they do something for me that no other piece in my wardrobe can).

[7] Fall means saying goodbye to flip flops and sandals, and what better way to say goodbye than to trade up to a pair of Frye Boots. From leggings to dresses, a pair of boots are the quintessential fall and winter favorite, and there’s no wonder why, they instantly autumn-ize ensembles with minimal effort.

Betsey Johnson Spring Summer 2012 Goes for Tits & Ass

Betsey Johnson SS 12

Betsey Johnson’s a woman after my own heart, she’s not afraid of color, doesn’t need to care about trends, and for her Spring Summer 2012, line she’s all about tits and ass. Betsey’s collections radiate a no apologies, I’m going to wear whatever the hell I want attitude that creates the persona every woman needs a little bit of. I’ll admit I chuckled a little when I heard her theme for the show was tits and ass, and I greeted the female figure with ample respect. Sequins, flowy and short skirts, with a heavy dose of cleavage made for tons of fun. It’s her non-stop love of color that really gets me going every season and this collection is no different. But what I really want a little bit of is that hair, and Peter Gray of Cutler Salon has bestowed all the details on how to get it:

Betsey Johnson Meets Jerry Hall

• Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray (or whatever root-lifting spray you’ve got) all over at the root.
• Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.
• Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.
• Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Spray vigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and inside each of the curls to lock into place.
• Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.
• Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.
• Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray all over at the root.
• Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.
• Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.
• Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Sprayvigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and insideeach of the curls to lock into place.
• Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.
• Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.

The Scent of a Boyfriend (&& FNO Details)

Boyfriend Perfume by Kate Walsh

Among my many childhood oddities: I might have played with my mothers make up and tried on her clothes, but oddly enough I remember gravitating towards my father’s cologne. When I was a toddler and anyone asked me where my father was, I’d say ‘Daddy working’ and it wasn’t because my father was always working, he could have been right beside me and I’d have said the same thing every time. But, whenever my dad did come home from work, I’d run to the door to hug him, and my senses would instantly be flooded with the scent of his cologne and that’s just how I remembered him.

It’s probably for that reason that I gravitate to masculine scents, or it may just be my aversion to smelling like flowers and candy all the time. When I really like a guy, I don’t mind smelling like him, I actually like it. So this new perfume from Kate Walsh, “Boyfriend” is right up my alley. The best part is that I don’t have to get my heartstrings all tangled up in knots to wear it. Boyfriend still airs on the feminine side, Kate’s vision was to make a perfume that captured the essence of that smell you get when your boyfriend’s scent mixes with yours. It’s a super sensual scent in a classic cologne bottle scrawled with the names or random potential boyfriends to be. With notes of Dark Plum, jasmine blooms, skin musk, golden amber, vanilla woods, and myrrh, this blend embodies the essence of a lovers embrace.

Fashion’s Night Out – Meet Kate Walsh @ Sephora

Sephora Times Square
1500 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
6:00pm-7:00pm

Sephora 5th Avenue
597 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10017
8:00pm-9:00pm

Pick of the Week: 18.04.11

Nina Ricci Dancing Ribbon Bottle

Nina Ricci – Ricci Ricci Dancing Ribbons Eau de Parfum (Limited Edition); $134.00, Amazon.com

The campaign alone could persuade me to buy this perfume, and left to my own devices I collect perfume bottles without using a scent more than once. Wrapping a red ribbon around the eiffel tower seems deliciously mysterious, like the perfume is supposed to be. For the inner minx lurking beneath the surface of a cool and confident demeanor, the limited edition Ricci Ricci Dancing Ribbon is a captivating scent. The bottle itself is a tribute to couture, and the scent it encases is a tribute to the feminine mystique.