The Casual Cut Out

While People watching in Lincoln Park this weekend I noticed one trend over and over- the cut out dress worn in a blaze of mid-day casual  glory.  As first glance I saw what I felt should have been worn for a night out with the girls or at some  dimly lit lounge.  After  watching them flood by for a time… I felt the same way.  The first pic (Evil Twin) seems casual enough to go anywhere, but I’m not convinced about the cut out’s daytime  wearablility.

Dresses by Evil Twin and Miss Selfridge

Dresses from Pixie Market and Sparkle and Fade


Have We Met?

The Costume Institute Met Ball 2012. Theme this year?  Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.   I have looked through some of the photos on and usmgazine.  So far, so beautiful.

Camilla Belle In a beautiful Ralph Lauren, But my favorite aspect of the look?  The deep purple lip with the light, shimmery dress.  Lana Del Rey in Joseph Altuzarra.  I love the sheer black cape. So stunning.

My favorite hair inspiration and the newlywed, Carey Mulligan in Prada.  Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe. Loving the matching turban! These dresses are some major displays of all that sparkles.

Hey Anja, could your Anthony Vaccarello gown show a little more hip? Mary-Kate’s The Row dress is very nun meets geisha in a very modern way.

Brights!!! The ever stylish Diane Kruger is not a disappointment in this feather adorned Prada.  And January Jones wears Versace well.


bright lips and cheeks

bright lips and cheeks by styleexchange featuring a lip makeup

MAC Cosmetics highlighter makeup
$20 –

MAC Cosmetics matte eyeshadow
$20 –

Sephora Collection lip makeup
$12 –

Nars cosmetic
$24 –

Nourish-Mint™ Lip Definer
$20 –
So here is my makeup routine these days.  Bright lips and bright cheeks feel so springy, a great step out of winter.  The problem? bright lips have to look perfect, or they just look sloppy.  The fix? Aveda’s lip definer is a colorless   lip liner that makes your lips look and feel great. I never go without it since I found it for myself last month.
For nights out, grey days, or whenever i want a little extra pop i spread a touch of MAC’s Naked pigment on my cheekbones, jaw line and in the corner of my eyelids (best when you were out a little too late the night before).  Suddenly, POW. you look chiseled out of marble.

Where Does the Time Go?

My husband and I have just celebrated our first year of marriage.  Instead of gifts we put all our money towards a great dinner of fish and pot stickers and a bottle of wine.  I couldn’t have asked for a better evening.  Once we were home and changed I realized no pictures had been taken to document our evening.  So we quickly redressed and used the old reliable timer to take some awkwards shots. 

Shirt- his closet

Dress- Sweeties

Belt- thrifted





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