Grungy Cool

Grungy Cool Eye Makeup

Some days, I reject my usual defined makeup for something more aggressive and slap-dash. These are the days when I reach for the rich browns or deep blacks that hide in the corners of my favorite palettes. On powdered lids or a base of nude shadow, I pack a dark color at the outer lashline, blending outwards and upwards toward my crease. After most of the color on my brush has been deposited, I soften the outer edges of my half circle, and softly draw color inwards, toward the center of my lashline. This creates a wedge of intense color at the outer corner that fades at the edges. After an initial pass, I go back in for another round, intensifying the deepest parts of the shadow, and further softening the faded edges. By this point, the color has crept upward and outward, nearing the tail of my brows, and that’s just how I like it. I take a big fluffy brush and blend the edges again, using a little more nude shadow if I need to soften any harsh lines. Because, you know, I have to wear this makeup for the rest of the day, and I’m expected to look (mostly) sane while I’m teaching a dissection lab.

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A Spring Day So Perfect

Spring Face

Some spring days do make me want to throw open all the windows. I want to bask in the sunshine, and I want to internalize that light so I can radiate it from every inch of my being. But, I don’t always have the energy to radiate pure sunlight from my soul. That’s when I get creative. If I need a little help from Estée Lauder to make it happen, so be it. Sometimes a swipe of lipstick makes it easier to get through the day.

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The Practical and Stylish Boot

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Here to get the job done.

I love my Blundstone 500’s. They’re the perfect footwear for life. Whatever I’m up to, they can handle it. Long walk? Throw on a pair of wool hiking socks, add some arch supports, and I’m good to go. Super comfy. Wet city streets? No problem. They’re darn near waterproof up to that elastic side panel. Traipsing through the countryside? Mud and the occasional manure pile? Done. They give me lots of traction, and they only look better when a little dirty and scuffed.

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Surreal Inspiration

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I visited a beautiful photo exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few weekends ago. You can read about it here, if you’re interested. While I was wandering, I decided to pop into the gift shop. With a 20% off coupon in a museum gift shop, magical things can happen. And they did!

I have (what others might describe as) a problem with silk scarves. I collect them like they’re going out of style. In reality, it seems less like they’re going out of style, and more like they haven’t been in style for decades. I’m inclined to think this because they fill the thrift stores I frequent in my hometown, along with racks full of ugly Christmas sweaters. But can something that remains a permanent feature of the Hermès line, not to mention an item that was frequently and fabulously worn by Grace Kelly, ever really be out of style? Maybe silk scarves aren’t popular, but they’ll always be classically stylish in my book. Read more

The Perfect Face

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Pretty for daytime.

I love the kind of artfully undone, versatile makeup that can see me through any occasion in style, and can actually be applied without a thousand different tools and products, all in a reasonable amount of time. This kind of look also means I can get ready for the day, and then adapt what I’m wearing as the occasion requires. There’s no daytime occasion that isn’t perfect for neutral brown eyeshadow and a ladylike shade of pink lipstick. And there’s no nighttime occasion that isn’t perfect for slicking on red lipstick to transform that very same daytime look into something a little more special.

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