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{ balmain love }

April 30, 2015

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I have been working on my new paper line and really feeling a lot of artist’s block due to over-thinking. Yesterday I decided I’d use some of my favorite pieces and just see what comes out of it. The balmain 2012 collection is one of my favorites (yes I know that’s an old collection, but it’s that good that it resonated). If you haven’t seen it, take a moment to click through here.

There is a jacket that looks like a palace that I’ve dreamed about ever since I laid eyes on it. Thought I’d attempt to bring it to life in an illustration and here is what I came up with. Hope you like her?

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{ I have a thing for Burberry…and pink telephone booths.}

April 17, 2015

A few weeks ago I dropped by the Burberry offices to talk about beauty product. And trench coats. And work too we did talk about work. The team was kind enough to send me home with some new product to play with. And that, I did.

Wanted to share my day of play with you, step by step. Hope you love.

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{ photo fun w/ Alison Conklin }

April 15, 2015

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I spend most of my time bts for wok. Drawing, designing and directing visuals. But every now and then, companies want me to appear in a product shots and when that happens I call up Alison Conklin. She has been a long time friend and I learn so much from working with her. When shoots happen with Alison we have some fun. Faces are made, Miley Cyrus is played and sometimes corsages are worn of heads after we shoot- but somehow she always captures the prettiest moments.

The photo above is one of my favorites from the last time she was here. Yes that’s my birthday corsage (by sullivan owen) and the essie matt black polish I’m still desperately trying to figure out. If you are in the area, or maybe even if you’re not, Alison’s your girl.

{ de va vu }

April 13, 2015

This weekend I took a little shopping trip for a client who it opening a new space. She asked me if I’d help her find a few items that were unique, but didn’t want to go to overboard on the vintage feel. I never imagined that being paid to share my personal style would be a part of my job, but I love that it has become such a large part of it.

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I stopped by De Ja Vu in Delaware to see what they had around. De Ja Vu’s items are of a kind so if you happen to go on a day when it’s picked over, I definitely recommend a revisit. It’s where I pick up a lot of things for my home and office. First timer? Ask for Deborah, she’ll show you the ropes.

What you need to know about vintage shopping, is that it’s easy to get a little carried away. I always wonder through the store and snap photos on my phone of things that I love and then review.

I thought I’d show you a quick list of what I always keep an eye open for on a vintage hunt. See the list below- The trick for me is to pair the items with something a bit more modern. And always keep an eye open for something with a little bit of quirk: No: not these. Theeeese.

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{ white & gold lucite doorknob } { painted bird glasses } { Antique brass tub-side soap basket } { pineapple candle holders } { persian rug } { more persian rugs options }

{ you may have noticed…Lulu Frost }

March 28, 2015

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You may have noticed some new additions to my wardrobe this month. I mean how could you not have, there are some pretty statement pieces turning up all over my instagram. I have added a few (four, whatever) pieces to my Lulu Frost collection and I’m just wearing them non-stop. Sharing my love for the brand here because I know you’re going to ask. Get ready to see alot of it.

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{ top: cleo triple necklace with swift necklace , middle: kinship pearl necklace, bottom: cactus flower statement necklace , photos by alison conklin }

{ Spring must have: the shirtdress }

March 26, 2015

Just like that. Last week they were everywhere- the new shirtdresses and the best ones have changed shape this season. Longer, and uneven in length, these create a surprisingly stylish, and comfortable silhouette. What you need to know: The front should graze knee and the back falls just lower creating a smock-like effect that looks on the hanger like it might not be the most flattering. But try it on and you feel effortlessly thrown together. I’m only 5’2 and I still love the style.

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{ I wore it with… }

… super distressed flat boots that I picked up at Free People and over the knee socks. This dress moves around as you walk so you get a peek at those when you sit down. (In the summer I’ll go with brown and gold flat sandals.) At that point in dressing I felt a little to earthy-looking so I added not one, but two Lulu Frost pieces, a Daniel Wellington Watch and a mulberry bag. Gotta mix it up to feel like myself and all that gold hardware did the trick. Oh and black aviators. These were about $12. Score.

 

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{ What you’ll need }

This is a three step look. 1) The perfect shirtdress (I have scoured tons of sites for you. These are the best three. Promise. and your welcome.) 2) over-the-knee socks. You can wear these over or under the knee depending on boot length. Be sure to avoid all OTK socks with ruffles or anything that might make you look…well…let’s just be real, slutty. and 3) an OTK boot. Choose one you can also wear with you favorite denim and oversized sweater. The best things about this look is that you’ll wear all three of these pieces over and over again.

The top look below is similar to mine above. Pair the navy dress with a distressed black for an unexpected and effortless combo. The 2nd is so chic. Loose the sock altogether for this one, or add a printed pattern that just barely shows under the boot. I mean it. No OTK sock here. It will ruin you. Or 3, a beautiful washed stripe is nice for spring. I like a black sock and boot with this to play against the prettiness of this one.

There you have it. I did your work for you. Now all you have to do is choose which is most “you” and shop the post below.

I have added all links for you in widget. Scroll through and click to each product to purchase. Happy shopping and feel free to leave any questions below.

 

shirtdress{ photos by alison conklin }

{ Things we need: spring blush }

March 9, 2015

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Ever since Bobbi brown discontinued her Coral blush stick (doh!) I’ve been trying out a rainbow of blush colors trying to replace my favorite shade. Luckily, the amount of beauty product that comes to this house on a daily basis is embarrassing. The amount of that that I actually keep, use and try in new ways would surprise you- a lot of it. I am an artist and I love color, so when packages of bright product arrive deskside, I drop all paintbrushes for a blush brush. Today I decided to get rid of some old product, but in that I made a list of my favorite blush shades. The photo above is of my desk this weekend. Of the hundreds here in office- I go back to the same ones. I hope it helps any of you looking for a new go-to shade or maybe one of you who is building your blush collection. I love an extra-rosey cheek for Spring so want to have you prepared for the sun.

Below is a list of my favorites, with links so you can shop the picks yourself. Feel free to leave any questions about product here on the blog and I’ll do my best to answer.

1) Bare Minerals Fruit Cocktail – this may not look bright on the website but trust me it’s bright. Very bright. Trust me again and try it because the deep pigmented pop of pink is so pretty. I love to play up it’s romantic feel with minimal eye makeup, a strong brow and a messy knot.

2) Bobbi Brown Apricot – This has been a part of my collection for a long time. Another bright, but a more peachy-pink than the color above. I wear this shade high on the apples of my cheek for a flirty, girly vibe and I have a number of friends who use it that are a lighter skintone so I highly recommend giving this one a shot.

3) The third and last bright is Dolce & Gabbana’s coral red– I haven’t seen this on any fair skin (so please weigh in if you have) but on my olive skintone this rich red-orange is like a dose of caffeine. I go light on the product and look awake and instantly sunkissed. I can’t wait to see this in the summer with a tan and a metallic brown eye.

4) Stila Convertible Color in Sweet Pea – For me, cream blush is a must-have. This one is a nice neutral. I would recommend not shying away from the cream for best result. Put two fingers in the pot, swirl 3-4 full times, press firmly along cheekbones and rub in using small circles. This creme really makes your skin look beautiful when used the right way.

5) Estee Lauder Pure Color blush Peach Passion– For the color shy, this ones is a light peach-pink and goes on thin and light. Works well with a heavy eye color. Truth be told I’ve never turned down any Estee Lauder product because they win at packaging.

6) Nars Orgasm– b/c duh. Cult product and very well deserved.

7) Tata Harper Lip Cheek tint in very vivacious– I’ve tried a few shades here and this is by far my favorite. It’s orange tint add just the right amount of color and does not look like orange on my cheek (in a good way). It’s matte, it smells amazing and it’s a lip tint too so when in a rush press into your lips after your cheeks (no lip liner here) and you’re all set when on the go.

8) Last but not least, the newest purchase in my collection Make Up For Ever in Peach Beige – This creme blush is a little darker in shade than it’s title suggests. It’s a nice neutral and is thinner in consistency than the above Stila shade. Plus they have a million shades to choose from at Sephora. Ok, not a million, sixteen.

Have questions about any of the shades? I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability! Happy shopping.

 

 

 

 

{ Get creative or meet delete. Spring-Summer internship. }

February 26, 2015

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{ It’s time. SS15 internship time. }

If you are not creative do not read this message.

If you are not stylish please delete.

If you drink less that 3 cups of coffee a day, hate hip hop, don’t own any ripped denim or red lipstick and are not addicted to social media- move it along.

If you are still reading and need a creative outlet, are captivated by the runway and, *bonus*, you are a visual genius, please email info@dallasshaw.com with the following items.

1) a resume clearly explaining your strongest creative points, a photo of yourself and any applicable social outlets of your own (blogs, websites).

2) A clear idea and visual examples of what you could bring to the biz (drawings if you are in illustrator, photos is you are a photographer, moodboards if you are a blogger…)

 

Thing you should know BEFORE applying.

  • do your homework before applying for this internship. You will be working for Dallas Shaw so you should be (extremely) familiar with the DS brand, style and artwork. Lily Pulitzer is lovely. It’s just not our thing. And you should know that before beginning.
  • Be ready to work. Interns love the idea of working in fashion. “Heels and coffee sounds like fun!” Well it’s not. It’s hard work. This looks like a fashion blog, but it’s a business. I work with the top fashion houses on large art collaborations going above and beyond every expectation the industry has of me. So if showing up on time is too much to ask, the rest of this job is not for you.
  • Fashion, beauty, home trends– while it’s only part of your job you are expected to know the trends. And the trends after the trends.
  • Artwork– We design creative projects for the largest fashion houses in the world. Sometimes this means drawing, sometimes we are designing concepts, sometimes we are graphic designers for a day. Your artistic and creative skills should be strong.
  • Presentation , writing and strong speaking skills are necessary. We cannot have you shut down when the phone rings.
  • General clerical duties are a part of this position.
  • Each candidate must have a laptop to bring into office, and access to photoshop is preferred.

    Want to work? Bring it. In the words of friend and pr rep, Kristy Sevag:

    “Get creative or meet delete” .

    Read below carefully. Following instructions is your first assignment:

All applications should be sent to info@dallasshaw.com. Title your email with your name/SS15 internship. A selection of entrants will be contacted by March 6th with a stylish assignment, and those who excel will be brought in for interviews. #getcreativeormeetdelete

 

{ Who’s That Girl, featuring Manor. }

January 26, 2015

wtg122A strange talent of mine? Helping people find their personal overall style. Not just in fashion- but in life. So I’m bringing back the Who’s that Girl posts. This one features some goodies from my close friend’s new shop, Manor. Hope it inspires you:

Who’s that girl?

1) She only wears one pair of hoops but they are gooooood. 2) She’s hopelessly drawn to blue. 3) She likes puzzles. 4) She wears black Balenciaga. 5) She’s fierce. 6) She’s from the south. 7) She likes a boy named Henry. 8) She layers jewelry with precision. 9) She’s a little shady. 10) The only floral she’ll carry is men’s Givenchy. 11) She believes in the power of crystals. 12) She loves a 2 o’clock nap.

Be that girl. Links below and more at Manor :

 

{ beauty inspiration: think pink }

January 20, 2015

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Still confused on how to wear pink? My favorite way to wear pink product is when the rest of your look isn’t overly girly. Throw your hair up in a loose bun and mess it up. Add pointy brown flats and a striped basic tee or an oversized gray sweater and go. Make sense?

My favorite pink shadow right now is a mix of two Bobbi Brown cream shadows ( velvet plum with a touch of cool lilac ) which creates kind of a mauve-y tone. Something about it feels less princess-like than most shimmery pink shadows. For face, add a blush with a brown tone to balance out the matte pink you’ll also wear on your lip. I go with Nars contour blush in Olympia. Next, add your second pink: lipstick queen’s “saint pink”. I apply it with a finger so it’s a little imperfect and for this look skip the lip liner. A light dusting of bronzer, highlighter and black mascara and you’re out the door.

Shop the post:

 

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