Jan 30, 2012

Party Like A Pirate

While this too falls out of the scope of our normal posting, I feel like it is a worthy post. Can't limit this awesomeness to Facebook pictures. This past weekend was the annual Gasparilla event in Downtown Tampa. Never heard of Gasparilla? What a shame, let me explain. It started off as a festival celebrating the city's swashbuckling past; it has involved into the event that we know today to include, an invasion (where pirates arrive via the bay on pirate ships), a parade of Mardi Gras sorts, and day drinking abound. If you ever wanted to experience raging by masses of people (all ages) in the middle of the day, dressed as pirates, this is the place to do it. This weekend was my first experience of Gasparilla and I think it's safe to say, it won't be the last. The entertainment of watching drunk shenanigans and competing to catch the most beads makes for a blast of a day.

Jan 27, 2012

Fashion Five Friday: January 21-27

My weekly linky post has evolved quite a few times since we started this blog, but I might have finally figured out what I'd like to do with it. Since the majority of my posts end up being beauty-oriented, wouldn't it be a nice change of pace for me to dedicate one day a week to posting the fashion I've been bookmarking/drooling over? So here's my first (hopefully of many) Fashion Five Friday:
5. Kani's whimsical take on polka dots
4. Tara's artful approach to layering necklaces
3. Fashion for a cause is so fetch. (Get it?) I especially love "Trouble Maker" and "Party Animal"
2. Valentino's collection for spring is like a little girl's tea party gone couture.
1. This Chanel 2012C Yellow Leather WOC Wallet on a Chain is bananas. (Get it?)
Sorry for the bad puns.

Jan 22, 2012

Movie Review: Midnight in Paris

While our blog abounds with makeup reviews, we don't usually focus on movie reviews. However, last night I finally rented Midnight in Paris and thought a review would be very worthwhile. First of all, the movie stars Owen Wilson. How can a movie be bad when a Wilson brother is in it?? You know there are going to be some laughs in store. Also, add Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard to the mix. I die. Now for the real kicker: The movie takes place simultaneously in the present (gorgeous scenery) and the 20's..helloooo fabulous costumes. The 20's happen to be my favorite era, so when Zelda Fitzgerald appeared on the screen, I about flipped. All in all, if you're looking for a movie with amazing views of Paris and glamorous costumes from the 1920's, I would highly recommend Midnight in Paris. It is one of my new, top favorites. --Bree

Jan 15, 2012

Sincerely, Darcy Vintage Locket Giveaway

Sincerely, Darcy is a charming blog about "clothes and art and politics and movies and vintage everything." I only recently discovered this blog, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. (You should go follow her immediately.) For her 100th post, Darcy is hosting a giveaway for the most darling little locket from Stitch Vintage and Handmade. This piece is right up my alley, and I have my fingers and toes crossed that I'll win it.

Jan 6, 2012

Friday Five

5. A few actually relevant resolutions.
4. I want Natalie's jacket and body and like entire life.
3. Holy libraries, Batman.
2. Dress like Kanye.
1. Winter white

Jan 1, 2012

Hangover Beauty Tips

Happy New Year/national hangover day. Is there any more perfect day to share my hangover beauty tips?
1. Opt for water instead of coffee. As a caffeine addict, I understand the appeal of an iced venti quad nonfat caramel macchiatto when your head is throbbing from last night's shots, but while coffee might help a bit with your headache, it will surely dehydrate you even further. Instead try two Excedrin Migraine and a giant glass of water.
2. While we're on the subject of dehydration, drinking a copious amount of hunch punch does quite a number on drying out my face. (Maybe I also hypothetically made out with a bearded stranger.) For dry skin and lips, I recommend my old stand-by, Aquaphor.
3. To reduce the appearance of bags, try running spoons under cold water, then holding them to your eyes.
4. For tired-looking, red eyes, I apply white eyeliner to my waterline as well as a bit blended onto my tear duct. One coat of mascara gives the illusion of bigger, more awake eyes.
5. A bit of blush and/or bronzer will compensate for drained, pale skin.