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a day in tim burton’s macabre world

February 22, 2010

today i finally went and saw the tim burton exhibition at the MoMA – it was so wonderful to see his works of art up close. the pieces were truly stunning and the installations blew me away – its a must see!

when i was sixteen, tim burton & co. filmed big fish in my hometown of montgomery, alabama. i was in the movie – a total blink-and-you’ll-miss-me part (if you’re curious – i’m the girl in the turquoise sweater set walking through the pack of frat guys in the college scene before ewan mcgregor gets punched in the face)

BUT

tim burton himself told me that i’m ethereally beautiful. coming from a man whose brain is permeated by such contrasting ideals of heaven and hell, ethereal was pretty much the greatest compliment anyone has ever given me.

xo!

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doo something crazy – take runway to real life!

February 21, 2010

last week, i was glued to the cut and bella sugar scoping the newest fashion and beauty trends premiering at new york’s fall 2010 fashion week.

overall, i was unimpressed with the beauty looks sauntering down the runways…i was especially disappointed with stila’s work and their subsequent packaging of these “looks” – bland palettes of neutral matte shadows. blech.

BUT i was completely inspired by the matte red, glitter frosted lips featured at doo-ri! talk about innovative!

the look at doo-ri was created by MAC cosmetics and was extremely minimal except for the standout lips, which were achieved by lining with MAC cherry lip pencil and MAC ruby woo lipstick and pressing turquoise glitter all over the lips and silver glitter in the center of the lower lip. a quick, easy look with a lot of flash!

i was dying to try it out and today just felt like the perfect day! for eyes, i prepped my lids with bobbi brown creaseless cream shadow in navajo (the MAC artists used foundation, but i’m experimenting with this base) and then brushed on MAC iridescent powder in silver dusk. i didn’t line my eyes to keep the look minimal, but i did have some leftover black liner from last night that i decided not to totally remove for splash bit of grunge, dirty look. i curled my lashes with a shu uemura lash curler and applied one coat of diorshow iconic mascara (none was used at doo-ri).

i quickly concealed under my eyes, applied a light layer of foundation – this week i’m experimenting with giorgio armani luminous silk foundation in 4, and brushed silver light on my cheekbones – my own personal touch. i don’t have cherry lip liner, so i used stila contour no. 1 and applied ruby woo straight from the tube. i wet a flat artstore brush and then applied heavenly naturals mermaid scales glitter all over my lips, following up with makeup forever glitter no. 2 (silver) in the center of my bottom lip. of course the MAC artists used MAC pro glitters, but these are just what i had on hand.

note: you don’t have to use true cosmetic glitters for this look – craft store glitter would be just fine, but don’t use craft glitter on eyes because its hexagon shaped (i.e. sharp corners!) and can cut your eye. YIKES!

great look...creepy shadow!

the look was dramatic, fun and *totally* wearable in real life! ruby woo is crazy matte and the color stayed perfect all day (even the glitter)! i LOVED wearing this look and would definitely recommend trying it out for something spontaneous!

did you notice my hair looks a little more platinum? thanks to a great reccomendation from the fabulous kristin, i toned my hair using clairol shimmerlights shampoo! its pure violet shampoo and conditioner and really got the brassiness out! $8.99 for 16 oz at ricky’s? HELLS YES!

jordan and i then had an impromptu photo shoot on the roof of our building – something you should also try!

 

my best friend, jordan!

 

on the L train

my dress by in god we trust, boots by jeffrey campbell, gucci aviators and vintage fur from my grandmother
i have no idea what the hell jordan is wearing, as usual, haha (the petticoats are mine, the blue is betsey johnson)
xo!

champagne wishes and pin up girl dreams

February 17, 2010

from doe deere‘s wacky tea party on saturday – read more here!
xo!

transformation

February 15, 2010

to my lovely readers,

first and foremost, the focus of this blog is a chronicle of my daily trials and tribulations balancing life as a law student/makeup artist/living barbie/fashion princess. since that’s the premise, i figure its only fair to fill y’all in on the recent happenings of my life.

as i’m sure many of you have noticed, i’ve been spending a significant amount of time in new york city recently, although i technically live in washington, d.c.

due to some unforeseen family emergencies, i decided about three weeks into this semester to withdraw from school.

don’t worry – elle woods will be back! its just that a lot of things are uncertain and up in the air and law school does not afford a very flexible schedule for me to be able to available for my family if and when i need to be.

i’m taking this time to focus on myself and my family, making sure that i am happy and healthy and that those that i love are as well.

additionally, i started my business in october and it quickly spiraled into a magical beast practically out of my control. since i have several months before i return to life as a law student, i can really focus on adore as a business and growing my contacts and solidifying my interests so that i’m not struggling to manage school and figure out the direction of adore at the same time.

i’ve been spending the past several weeks in new york city, hanging out at purple lab nyc during the day helping to prepare for their new product launch on HSN and building my relationships with brands i already work with as well as purple lab and lime crime. expect many wonderful future collaborations!

i’m also busy trying out new products and looks for y’all and its such a thrill to try something crazy and different every day!

i’ll be back in d.c. for a few days next week for a fashion show, pink jams!, where i’ll be doing the betsey johnson girls in urban decay cosmetics. after that, i’ll be off to LA to see what opportunities lie ahead for me out there!

check back here and on twitter for all the details on my travels and hopefully we will cross paths!

xo!

mela

yikes!

February 3, 2010

hello to all of my beauties!

i apologize for being quite MIA recently!

first of all, things in my life have been b-a-n-a-n-a-s!!

i’ve decided to take the semester off of law school because i have some crazy family things going on and i just need some more flexibility in my schedule than school allows.

i haven’t been updating because a) life crazy b) i’ve been organizing my makeup (ha!)  c) technical problems with my laptop and d) i was working in the city this weekend!!

friday i spent with karen robinovitz, creatrix of purple lab nyc, working on purple lab’s speeddating event, find a luvah, as well as filming for purple lab’s HSN debut on february 18!

tomorrow i am moving to NYC for the rest of february so the madness shall continue for a few days, but expect photos and videos soon!