Wear It #4

I haven’t done a “what I wore” type of post in a long time. Looking back at previous posts here, I realize that this might be only the third of its type on this site.

This pic was taken on Saturday and I’m not sure what to call the look. Perhaps the Bay Area is having its influence on me!

Wear It #4

Sweater, Forever 21 clearance section
Dress, Forever 21 by way of Goodwill
Shoes, Chelsea Crew ‘Malibu’ (similar in Mustard here)
Socks, a nice thin wool blend that I wish I had more pairs of
Glasses, the Thatcher (in Whiskey Tortoise) from Warby Parker
Headband, unknown
MAC lipstick in Hang-up

Since I work in a blue collar-y shop-like environment most of the time, I seem to overdress whenever I have a day off these days.

You should see the condition of some of my work clothes. Battery acid can eat holes in your sweaters and jeans, which is why you won’t find me wearing any of my fancy stuff there. Most work days find me in inexpensive and/or old jeans, random old Threadless shirts, wearing Doc Martens, Adidas, or inexpensive boots on my feet. Comfy and pricey insoles are a definite must!

I need to stop looking at hair pics from 2009-2010, for sure. Otherwise, I will be forced to go back to this, which I miss so much.

Teal hairs

It’s totally ok to go the grocery store in your Batman pajamas, wearing a faux fur stole and yellow headband from H&M. Skull shoes from Target.



Her birthday weekend shenanigans were delightful and fun and I can’t wait until next year.

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Use or Toss Your Products

Brandi and Milla by David LaChappelle, 1995

Brandi and Milla by David LaChappelle, 1995

When to keep and when to toss?

I’m specifically referring to makeup and beauty products of all types. My skin has been behaving strangely with the cold weather as of late. However, I have what feels like an arsenal of products that I haven’t finished or even used! Where do I even start?!

From my daily days in the beauty industry, I certainly acquired a lot of stuff. Product pandemonium for sure and many of them aren’t right for me at all.

The following information is paraphrased directly from the Paula’s Choice site.

Unfortunately, the FDA has no regulations as to the expiration dates of skin care products and makeup UNLESS those products contain sunscreen or other active ingredients.

There’s a system in the EU known as the PAO, which stands for Period After Opening. It shows a number on the product that indicates how long you should keep the product after opening. (I think that I’m in trouble if I seriously think about how long I’ve had some products under the sink!! So embarrassing.)

Vintage beauty product props from ZapProps.com

Vintage beauty product props from ZapProps.com

Product exposure to air, light, and bacteria will help break it down, which results in products that are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.

Though products vary greatly, as do the conditions of consumer usage and storage, the following is a helpful guide for assessing what needs to go or how long it has left:

    Mascara, liquid or gel eyeliners: 4 to 6 months (always toss out dry mascara—never add water to extend its life)

    Moisturizers, Serums, & Foundations: 6 months to 1 year

    Powder-based products: 2-3 years

    Lipsticks, Lip Gloss, & Lip Pencils: 2-3 years

As a rule, products that contain water as one of the first ingredients have the shortest shelf life after opening because water encourages the growth of bacteria and other microbes.

Also susceptible to bacterial contamination are products that are mostly waxes with minimal water, but that also contain plant extracts. Think about how long produce lasts in your refrigerator. Not very long!

Products made up of almost no water (such as powders) last the longest, because almost nothing can grow in these kinds of products. Lastly, if your product is labeled “preservative-free”, you should definitely take extra caution, because without some kind of preservative system bacteria can flourish easily.

I don’t want to have to tell you stories of product testers at major beauty conglomerates that were contaminated and gross. Product testers are an entire category altogether and I implore you to not go there.

If you MUST though, then only use them on your hand and wipe it off very fast. Life’s too short for grossness, trust me. Eye infections and staph is very real and you can do your best to prevent it.

However, don’t let a moment of weakness and vulnerability combined with convenience and laziness cause you to buy sh*t that you don’t need at a department store. Your pocketbook and credit limit will be feeling the after effects of the retail splurge therapy.

Do your due diligence and go to review sites like Beautypedia, Paula’s Choice, Makeup Alley, Total Beauty, Beautylish, Temptalia, and more to research what options might be right for you.

You don’t have to be stuck with products either and although I don’t make it a habit of returning things, I had to do so at Nordstrom last year. Laura Mercier’s beloved tinted moisturizer was a certain dewy breakout hell for my skin, but your mileage may vary.

I think that I’ll be busy for the next few days. Remember, when in doubt, THROW IT OUT. Now if I could just do something about this winter!

Toss it,

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Week in Recap 10.26.12

It’s time for a recap. Where do I start?

It’s that time, my favorite time of the year because it’s my favorite holiday. HALLOWEEEN! It’s even more fun because Coco is now 17 months old and not only is she talking more, but she can also whisper now. So there’s no excuse to not use her inside voice, haha.

All signs point to yes that she’s inherited my flair for costume and adornment. This year, she actually has two costumes, a bee and a lemur. My friend Zoe joked that she could be a BEE-MUR. I love it. Yesterday we dressed up and went to GoogleWeen ’12 at her dad’s work. I’ve been told many times that I’m a comic book character and I went with that vision for this year.

Here are a couple of pics:

I still love to play with makeup and took a lot of inspiration from some images that I found on Pinterest and actually made an idea come to fruition. I smell a tutorial in the future with this one. I did my best impression of a Roy Lichtenstein pop art piece and tried to get my expression just right.

I already had most of the makeup that I used to achieve this look. One thing that I didn’t do is create a white Kabuki type of base because I wasn’t quite sure how I would do the dots. Jonas graciously made a pattern for me just, but the grease makeup that I had wouldn’t slip easily into the holes of the pattern.

To refresh my memory with what I used for the makeup: L’oreal Magic Lumi primer, Makeup Forever HD foundation, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, POP Beauty’s Pop Neon palette, Sugarpill’s Love + eyeshadow, ELF waterproof liquid liner, Ardell Demi Wispies eyelashes, Kate Moss for Rimmel’s red #1 (which I almost love more than MAC’s Russian Red, sorry MAC!). Let’s see, what else? Oh, some cheesy red grease crayon that I went over again with the Sugarpill Love + shadow (one of my all-time favorites).

Makeup should be fun and whimsical and yesterday really was a blast. I’m thrilled with how it turned out for my first time trying this look and I think that I’ll need a couple of different brushes to supplement my existing arsenal. It’s always a challenge to layer the makeup seamlessly. Heat could also be an issue as well as any mineral oil in the products (which is notoriously comedogenic, gross!)

So I got a job! You’re looking at a new sales associate for Cycle Gear. This is the first job that I’ve ever had that required a HAIR drug test. They took a decent amount of hair but I really do have enough hair for 3 people, so there. I haven’t been scheduled yet, but it will hopefully be soon and I’m trying to get major stuff done with school before my schedule changes.

Next semester I’ll hopefully be going to in person classes at my local community college here in Redwood City. While online classes have been great, it’ll be a nice change to attend class.

Wish me luck that I can actually get the classes that I need. As of now, I’m still pursuing my Psychology degree.

Hello, math, we might meet again. I also need a language requirement. I used to speak Spanish until I was 5, but the prospect of math is actually scarier than any horror story, in my opinion.

If you’re on Facebook, this article is a MUST READ for all of the crap that’s going on with promoted posts and how you can’t see anything anymore.

It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access.


Thanks, Nicole, for sharing this article: You’re Being a Dick on Instagram.

Now, we’re doing it with images. They’re Instaboasts. Look how pretty, look how clean, look how nice, look how fun. You want your friends to envy every little thing like it’s a cocaine piñata at the Trump Tower.

Here’s an important read from my friend in Seattle, the ever so glamourous Sydni Deveraux. You must read Bullies in Burlesque.

This article really hits home for me in many ways. It also makes me think of doing burlesque again.

While we are talking burlesque, Into the Gloss did an interview with Dita Von Teese and I love it! She’s so funny.

Burlesque should always be on your terms and that’s why I was attracted to it. It can be fun and a good way to go with self-acceptance, body, mind and soul.

I’ve been taking Pilates and Spin classes at Crunch and have also been cutting back on my consumption of animal products. This time I’m doing it not because of weight concerns, but because I want to feel better. I also have a conscience. The readings in my Personal Health class have also impacted me greatly.

Have a wonderful and amazing weekend!

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Polyvore HQ

So I went to this event on Wednesday night at Polyvore that was sponsored by SF Fashion & Tech. Hey, I like fashion! I like tech!

The funny thing is that in the short time that I’ve been in Silicon Valley, I’ve already been to the HQ’s of Facebook, YouTube, and Polyvore.  I’ll count Google in there shortly as Coco’s dad’s company just got acquired by Google.

Wednesday night was my first night ever taking the Caltrain. Yeah, I don’t get out very much, so this was so exciting! With Coco and her dad hanging out for a couple of hours, I got all dolled up and wore some of my finest. I think it was a little overkill maybe and that I was channeling a little Sharon Needles at times?  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I had to take a short pause in front of my goofy new bathroom.

It’s not often that I get to really think about what I’m wearing these days, so I wore my new All Saints Faith dress, my trusty Fluevog Mansfields and paired them with an Alexander McQueen belt and with my trusty Sugarpill, MUFE, and MAC makeup.

I'm so skerred

Why can’t I be oh so confident like other people and just saunter in and arrive. I went to this event and somehow started talking to two CEO’s. It was a good thing, as I’m still looking for the right opportunity here for me.

Let me first tell you that I had quite an adventure on the train on the way to Mountain View. We moved from Foster City (snooze) to Redwood City (mini Los Angeles) last weekend and I was concerned about going on the train by myself.  You see, I could tell you stories about getting lost after walking around two corners.  I could also admit something really shameful that only one soul in the world besides me knows for sure: I once lost my car at the Beverly Center for over three hours. I’m an LA native and used to hang out there after school and actually used to work there too (at Brooks Stride Rite and then later Sephora) so what the hell is my excuse?  My friend Bev was such a doll about it too, even though we were supposed to be taking her to the airport for her flight back to London. I’m such a ninny sometimes, I swear, but I’m not a dodo. That was a few years ago and I have improved considerably!

After I secured my ticket at the automated kiosk, I waited on the platform, making sure that I was on the right side of the tracks.  Hey, I told you that I can get confused about these kinds of things, right?  One guy walked past me about four times before finally saying that I looked good.  He seemed kind of confused as well, but I just thanked him and smiled and walked closer to a group of people.  You never know, right?

I pulled out my iPhone and triple checked the time that the train was supposed to leave. Big dingbat here read the morning schedule and not the evening schedule, so I had a slightly anxious moment until I realized that it was only going to be ten minutes later than my originally planned time.  Whew!  Last step before the train came to a stop to board was asking the most professional looking woman that I could find if indeed this train did in fact stop at Mountain View.  I’m such a dork, but I have to laugh about it because it can be really funny sometimes.

The third person that I talked to at the event was Andy Pandharikar, who is the founder of Fitiquette.  From their site,

Fitiquette is an online fashion boutique powered by a virtual fitting room. The company was founded by fashion enthusiasts to address online purchase hesitation due to unknown fit. Supported by patented technology, shoppers create a body replica to try-on clothing in different sizes. Coveted boutique fashion brands are handpicked for the fashion-forward female. Fitiquette brings the in-store dressing room experience to your own virtual fitting room, without the pesky sales folk and static cling. Now that’s good fit etiquette. FITIQUETTE: fit. your. style.

Andy had the best quote of the night, “…because they got funding.” Lest this be too much of an inside joke, he gave that answer when I asked about a particular presentation, logo and brand concept that I found baffling. Maybe I found that too funny. Yeah.

Gal Rozov was from Foldimate. FoldiMate™ is the world’s first intelligent folding robot which makes folding clothes faster and easier than ever.  I’m all for our robot overlords doing the menial work but then I thought of that scene in Reality Bites with Janeane Garofalo folding the clothes at the Gap and yeah.  Gal was charming, from Israel, and gave me some good parenting advice.  Nice guy.  Another company that is one to watch for sure.

Sadly I didn’t get very good photos of the inside of Polyvore itself. I got a picture of the presentation for Tout.com.


Here’s another picture, it’s of the Love Letters board.  An actual real visual board, not a virtual Pinterest board, for a change.

Polyvore love letters

One of the presentations that I neglected to photograph, the one that Andy and I talked about, was so odd and hard to follow, so I got a glass of whatever red was lying around. There were no more wine flutes so I had to go ghetto and go Solo. Yeah, a Solo clear cup. I didn’t drink very much of it, but it helped me to navigate myself around the room.

The pièce de résistance of the evening for me was of this photobomb right before I left. As I didn’t want to do the sketchy bathroom mirror shot of my outfit, I found some wandering guy named Elias and instructed him to take a photo. His friend on the phone behind me had other ideas. Too funny.

Goofy and awkward smile, but at least I got an entire photograph of this outfit. I’d better get to practicing like Gala Darling and work on my Instagram pics.

Speaking of, I did speak to a fashion blogger at this event at Polyvore about Gala and we discussed Gala’s appointment as the new Beauty and Style Editor at xoJane. Yeah, Jane Pratt, that Jane, from my beloved Sassy.  I’ll just state this here for the record: I have had a love/dislike relationship with Gala Darling’s site for some time.  The word hate goes too far and I reserve that for really severe things in the world like politics, world events, and negative unmentionables.

I’ve been reading Gala’s site since 2007 and there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way at times, most especially the undertone of this article: I Don’t Want Children. When I clicked on that article again and just reread it now, I realized that it was very close to my due date last year and I was all hormonal and shit and that’s perhaps why it rubbed me the wrong way.

I have her Love and Sequins podcasts and listened to them yesterday on the way to pick up Coco. Although I might not agree with everything that she says, I respect her opinion, even if we differ, and still feel that Love and Sequins was a decent investment (I got them half off last year). I’ve learned a lot from Gala’s site and have made some connections that were directly and indirectly related to her. I’m rooting for her at xoJane and know that people can be really cruel, sitting from behind the relative anonymity of their monitors. It feels like the 90′s and LiveJournal all over again.

Peace out,

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