Confession. I like fall and winter better than summer. I love the chill, the rain, and watching the change in seasons. Perhaps that is why in the middle of a sweltering August I am lemming hard on a new fall hat. People, mark my words, the cloche hat is it. I love this hat. It is adorably feminine and chic. Completely anachronistic, but hey, so am I.
Just imagine this with a sharply tailored trench or wool coat. How about wide-leg wool trousers and a sweater with a wrap? Oh yeah, I am wishing summer away just so I can wear a sexy hat. Don’t throw anything at me. September is just weeks away, you know.
Now my final challenge; to find a cloche that fits my enormous head size of 7 3/8. People, I have a bigger hat size than my husband. So. Not. Sexy.
What do you think? Like it? Hate it? Or just too damn soon to think about fall hats!
Fall’s runways were dominated by two words: bold and feminine. Strong shouldered and form-hugging silhouettes, extreme heels and provocative thigh-high boots, and a color palette of classic hues turned up a notch to Technicolor volumes. These trends also illustrate the NARS Fall collection.
“For this collection, I wanted to create something fragile and strong, and seductive but not aggressive,” said François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics. The combination of strength and refinement has become a hallmark of NARS, and is particularly fitting this season as the brand celebrates its 15th anniversary.
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NARS Fast Ride Lipstick – $24
This seemingly dark purple may intimidate, but swipe it across the lips and its true shade is revealed: a sheer mulberry. A color that falls somewhere between an intense plum wine stain, and a moody, deep violet.
NARS Indian Summer Duo Eyeshadow- $32
A typical Indian summer comes as a surprise, balmy sunshine meets brisk fall. Swipe the summery, frosted champagne shimmer up to the brow, and line the upper lid with the autumnal deep, matte mustard for a striking look, appropriate for every season.
NARS Brumes Duo Eyeshadow- $32
These new hues perfectly capture the moody shades of a cool twilight sky. Brumes pairs a velvety matte charcoal with a sparkling, blue state for a smoky eye that is both confident and serene.
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow- $32
This new shade mirrors the hues from traditional damask fabrics. Classic meets edgy in this new duo — an icy pink is paired with a warm rose gold with golden flecks
NARS Mekong Single Eyeshadow- $22
This is the perfect addition to the NARS woman’s adventurous palette. The intense, blackened espresso hue scattered with rose gold is a study in contrasts. Applied liberty across the lid it exudes a sexy attitude, or applied lightly, a simple, fashion-forward sophistication.
NARS Tokaido Express – $16
This new hue is a cult classic in the making. Named after Japan’s most heavily frequented high-speed rail route, this lacquer is an opulent blackened amethyst doused with ultra-fine gold dust particles.
The NARS Fall 09 collection is now available at NARSCosmetics.com and Nordstrom.com. Remember, if you happen to be purchasing this on the Nordies site, check out their NARS beauty exclusive Modern Love palette. All Nordies beauty exclusives are available as of today!
NARS Modern Love palette – $55
This Nordstrom exclusive six-well palette of signature NARS eyeshadow shades is the ultimate achievement in day-to-evening elegance for the eyes. Features single shades from six different NARS Eyeshadow Duos to create endless expressions for the lid, bridge, highlight and lash line. Shades included in palette are Alhambra, Jezebel and Habanera (top row), and Tokyo, India Song and Pandora (bottom row).
Happy hauling! xoxo
Nordstrom.com now has the MAC Look in a Box available for preorder. I had a chance to check these out the other day and they really are a great idea, a tremendous value and very convenient. Each contains several key pieces, a mini #181 kabuki brush and a few face charts. Genius! Each is $59.00USD and will ship on 17 Jul 09.
Sun Siren Look Box
Bronze bronzer – Bare shouldered bronze Shroom eye shadow – Soft muted golden beige with opalescent shimmer (Satin) (Permanent) Amber Lights eye shadow – Golden peachy-brown with golden shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) Get Rich Quick dazzleglass – Warm yellow brown (Permanent) Mini Zoomlash mascara in Zoomblack – Pure black (Permanent) #181SE Mini Kabuki Brush – Compact-sized buffer brush with a dome-shaped, natural bristle head. Feels luxuriously soft on the skin. Deposits blush, flawlessly blends to provide a soft, even distribution of colour. Ideal for all powder products. The perfect size for your everyday makeup kit.
Sweet Tease Look Box
Shell Pearl beauty powder – Fresh mid-tone peach with gold pearl (Repromote from Sundressing) Gleam eye shadow – Barely pinked gold (Lustre) (Permanent) Mulch eye shadow – Intense golden reddish brown flecked with golden bronze shimmer (Velvet) (Permanent) Love Nectar lustreglass – Ultra-soft apricot with pearl (Permanent) Mini Zoomlash mascara in Zoomblack – Pure black (Permanent) #181SE Mini Kabuki Brush – Compact-sized buffer brush with a dome-shaped, natural bristle head. Feels luxuriously soft on the skin. Deposits blush, flawlessly blends to provide a soft, even distribution of colour. Ideal for all powder products. The perfect size for your everyday makeup kit.
Seductress Look Box
Belightful iridescent powder – Gilded peach bronze (Permanent) Naked Lunch eye shadow – Minimal pink with shimmer (frost) (Permanent) Knight Divine eye shadow – Carbon black with silver/blue reflects (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent) Bare slimshine – Light neutral pink with subtle gold pearl (Frost) (Permanent) Mini Zoomlash mascara in Zoomblack – Pure black (Permanent) #181SE Mini Kabuki Brush – Compact-sized buffer brush with a dome-shaped, natural bristle head. Feels luxuriously soft on the skin. Deposits blush, flawlessly blends to provide a soft, even distribution of colour. Ideal for all powder products. The perfect size for your everyday makeup kit.
What do you think of the Look in a Box concept? Will you be picking one up? What drew you to a particular one?
I’ve got good news for those of you who aren’t conveniently close to a Nordies. The Rose Romance Nordies-exclusive quad, A Rose is a Rose, is now available on Nordstrom.com.
Solar White (frost)- Golden White
Contrast (Velvet)- Dark Purple/Blue
Seeds of Love (frost)- Frosted Peach
Petal Worship (frost)- Light, blue-based Pink
Go get your quad on!
The good news keeps on coming! We have the dish on the upcoming Graphic Gardens collection from MAC. This is the annual Nordies anniversary collection and will be launched on 09 Jul (The Bay) / 17 Jul (Nordies) 2009 [US/Canada].
Brush Bags: A black and white twill bag with a separate brush holder featuring a rose or poppy pattern. $49.50. There will be two types of bags, respectively containing either:
Define & Blend-129SE, 190SE, 209SE, 219SE, 252SE
Shape & Perfect-168SE, 187SE, 194SE, 212SE, 275SE (For further collection details, click on the blog title)..
Eye Shadow 6 Palette: A black metal compact with a black and white plaque featuring the repeat signature MAC logo that morphs (holographic) into a black and white floral pattern when viewed from different angles. $38
Fresh Cut Palette
Floral Inc.(F), sun-Shy(L), Fresh Cut(VP), Poppy Noir(V), Bloomcycle(VP), Part Peony(L), 213SE brush
Graphic Garden Palette
Social Climber(VP), Botancial Blue(F), Straight Hedge(VP), Wild Wisteria(L), Linear Lilac(VP), Graphic Garden(V), 213SE brush
Lip Bags: A black and whie twill makeup bag featuring a rose or poppy pattern $34.50
Summer Crop Lip Bag
Lipsticks: Semi-Annual(L), Garden Bed(L), Lipglass: Summer Crop(F)
Baby Blooms Lip Bag
Lipsticks: Soft Illusion(F), Spiceflower(A), Lipglass: Baby Blooms(F)
Look Box: A black carton featuring a photo of a model wearing the look (these are north america only) – $59.50. These will also include a face chart and a step-by-step how-to facechart.
Sun Siren Look Box
Bronze bronzer, Shroom es, Amber Lights es, Get Rich Quick dazzleglass, Zoomblack mascara, romo size 181 brush.
Seductress Look Box
Belightful iridescent powder (pictured above), Naked Lunch es, Knight Divine es, Bare slimshine, Zoomblack mascara, promo 181 brush.
Sweet Tease Look Box
Shell Pearl beauty powder, Gleam eye shadow, Mulch es, Love Nectar lustreglass, zoomblack mascara, promo 181 brush
There will be more info coming shortly.;) Start your lists!
I am loving the idea regarding the eye cream application later in the day. It must be nice to be Aerin Lauder, eh?