I'm being completely honest here, for the past ten days this song has been on repeat from dusk 'til slumber. As my choice of music to unwind to, "The Love You're Given" by Jack Garratt is a beautifully crafted song that wavers between melancholy and strength... exploring a sort of stillness without being droning. It's clear how eerily alluring and unique this song is as you listen to it evolve- the song builds through a blend of that spectral trill, Garratt's transitions between his vulnerable verses and his soothing falsetto, and the use of warped bass. I know we're only in January but this is easily one of my favorite tracks of the year.
H&M sweater, DL1961 denim skinnies, Nike Huarache sneakers, Theyskens' Theory heels, Rag & Bone clutch, Céline sunglasses
I always appreciate the versatility and simplicity of a black and white outfit - you can easily go from a day time look to one that's more appropriate for night time with the switch of just a few accessories and/or the right details. I love going with a mock neck top for intra-day outfit changes solely for the convenient hair tucking option... you don't even have to change out of the shirt to have a completely different look, so I don't know if it gets any better than that. For a day full of errands, I kept the sneakers on and hid in sunglasses; for night time dinner plans, I let out the hair and switched the Nikes for Theyskens' (thrifted pair!) and in thirty actual seconds I was ready to go. Gotta love no-brainer color schemes like black and white.
Side-note: I've updated the playlist on the right, so give a listen if you're looking to play some new jams for 20-30 mins. For more frequent updates on music, follow me on Soundcloud x
Banana Republic coat, LaPina by David Helwani top, The Fifth Label mules, Rag & Bone clutch, Stella & Bow necklace
Because I love a good hi-low set up, I'm thankful for the sort of winters we get around here in LA. Put a top with some hind details over a suede skirt and pull it together with a feather-weight woolen coat for the season's sake, and you're good to go. To switch things up a bit, I went with a little bit of color--a blue closest to black of course. If you tend to perpetually wear black like me, midnight blue or navy is my preferred alternative as it highlights texture ever so subtly but also complements the different textures of black elsewhere (leather, suede, wool and hardware) well. Shop some of my dark blue picks below:
On days when I don't have meetings, events, or showrooms to attend or visit, I like to keep my makeup fairly undemanding. During the day I prefer a much lighter palette as it seems to match up with the sun drenched vibes, while more defined lines are saved for nighttime outings. I wanted to share a few tips with you guys on how to achieve a more 'natural' look-- that 'no makeup makeup' sort of thing.
1. Full eyebrows - as brows are the first things I notice, I place a lot of importance on them. I try to make sure they're filled right but as natural as possible without overdoing it. To make them more natural-looking, I use two different shades (both from The Brow Gal) to fill. I'll use the 'Medium Brown' for most of my brows- line up the bottom of my eyebrows and again a half-inch from the start, all the way to the end. I'll then use a lighter shade, 'Chocolate', to lightly fill in the start and the top of my brows, as it creates this more subtle fade. Once both are used, I'll take the end of one pencil and use the spoolie to brush and create hair-like strokes (the direction at which eyebrow hairs go differs- mine go slightly up, sideways and then down) for the most natural appearance.
2. Cat-eye - I love a good cat-eye but during the day I feel most comfortable wearing it in something other than stark black. I know, it's weird because cat-eyes are usually done for definition but something about a softer one kind of goes in line with my style. And it just seems more fitting for a natural day-time look. Anyway, I'll use Bare Mineral's wet/dry brush, wet it and dab some 'Undone' from Urban Decay's NAKED Basics 2 Palette. I'll slowly line my top and (dot) bottom lids with the brush, without dabbing for more shadow (a little bit goes a long way). The brown liner is a softer alternative that creates more natural-looking eye makeup. Which leads me to the next point...
3. Bottom eyeliner - to maintain the natural look here, instead of using a black eyeliner, I'll use the aforementioned wet/dry brush with the same 'Undone' shadow and dot/dab my lower lash line. Emphasis on the dotting/dabbing. It'll appear a little more undone, literally, and a lot softer than a striking black. If time permits, using a little bit of mascara to do one sweep over the bottom lashes. I like Benefit's 'They're Real! Mascara' because it's not too thickening on me, which is what I'm going for, and the brush actually gets all the tiny, thin lashes.