Stripes. They’re, like, as timeless as tats. Or are tats not timeless? I live in Brooklyn and I’m the only one in my yoga class without a cupcake tattoo. Anyway, moving on. If you don’t already happen to have 35 striped pieces in your closet, here are a few more to add to the collection. Happy shopping, sailors. 

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In order of appearance, from left to right. 

ASOS Midi Skirt In Broken Stripe Where’s Waldo? Right here, bish. ($42)

Solid & Striped Anne Marie One Piece Swimsuit For the girl who wants to blend in with the awnings of her beach club. You know, chicly. ($150)

Halston Heritage Pencil Skirt Horizontal stripes are always motivation to get that butt to the gym. Consider this your spring inspiration for the impending bikini season. ($295)

Maison Jules Sleeveless Scoop-Neck Striped Tank Top So generally I’m very pro-sideboob when it comes to my tanktop choices but I understand others need to be more puritanical in their dressing. This’ll meet you halfway. ($10)


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I’ve never quite understood the appeal of blush for the most part. It’s often used to “add a healthy glow” or “make you look alive,” but isn’t blushing usually from embarrassment? That’s how I’ve always thought of it. Then there are so many rules about applying it, like using the right color of muddy pink for your skin tone and applying just enough so it doesn’t look too dated or like a sunburn. I like to think of using blush similar to the way I can with eyes and lips. It feels a lot more approachable and fun. Blue eye-shadow isn’t unusual and can look amazing, but blue blush? It’s one of those things that looks amazing and you don’t even realize it until you try it.

blushalbumsLeft to right: back cover of Grace Jones “Portfolio” | Lipps Inc. “Pucker Up” | Minako Yoshida “Minako”

The 1970s are like a goldmine of fabulous blush looks. I was mostly inspired by album covers, obviously there’s Grace Jones and her (already) killer cheekbones and blush. Then, the artist who created the cover for the Minako Yoshida album above, Pater Sato, and his artwork full of fantasy goddess looks. Blush in the ’70s had traditional red/pink tones and more unusual ones like blues and violets. For some album covers, the colors seem to be from post-processing or they’re actually illustrations or paintings, but they still make the blush look like they could be flattering and wearable. The application ranges from soft to dramatic and I noticed three general techniques: 1) Applying on the apple of the cheek, 2) Creating a stripe across the cheekbone, and 3) Working with the cheekbones (contouring, pretty much). It’s possible to pull it off with nearly any technique, but those were the methods I played with.

blushjaneJane Forth by Bill King for Harper’s Bazaar, 1971 and in Paul Morrissey’s Trash, 1970

Blush products in nontraditional colors exist, although they’re a little tough to find. Orange seems like the next step after traditional shades and more brands are starting to make it. The above photos of Jane Forth are a good example of a dramatic look vs a subtle look with orangey blush. Lavender and orchid shades have been popular lately and I’ve seen a few products in blush form, but many of them are still on the pink side. For really unusual colors, Make Up For Ever has an interesting selection including green and yellow blushes. Several independent cosmetic brands offer some as well, like Little Sparrow Cosmetics and Darling Girl Cosmetics. Eyeshadow, lipstick, or any other makeup can be used as blush, like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar which you can make almost any color you want with.

I used to wear silver and metallic blue lipsticks when I was a toddler so I grew up without any fear of using certain makeup colors, but I know other people may be a little apprehensive to wear them. If you want to wear unusual colors, ease into it by working up to bolder shades or just go for it. You never know until you try it and you may actually be surprised. Green might be the perfect blush color you’ve never tried.

Products

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Look 1 | Illamasqua Libido cream blusherMAC Embark eyeshadowNARS Heat Wave lipstickObsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Androgyne lip tar

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Look 2 | Make Up For Ever #9 powder blushL’Oreal Glistening Garnet eyeshadowL’Oreal Bottomless Java eyeshadowObsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Hoochie lip tarMaybelline Vision in Violet lipgloss

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Look 3 | Little Sparrow Cosmetics Bluebell Blush, MAC Embark eyeshadowMAC Blue Orbit eyeshadowNARS Volga lipstick

Your middle school boyfriend wore them in the ’90s, now they’re everywhere. Hope that kid didn’t break your heart into a million unrecoverable pieces, otherwise it looks like you’ll be constantly reminded of that chick Melissa with the big boobs he dumped you for every time some New York City chick walks past wearing a swank version of that age-old skater shoe. Below you’ll find some of our favorites. Unlike that boyfriend, they don’t suck.

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 2.55.49 PMAs seen from left to right:

Giambattista Valli Calf Hair Skaters For the serious skater connoisseur who has a serious disinterest in shoelaces. ($350)

Saint Laurent Skater Sneaker Welcome to the jungle or whatever. ($508)

GIVENCHY Skaters Smooth, simple, straight to the point. Just like when Chad Nolan told you your boobs were too small and he’d like to start seeing other people. ($531)

TIKA2 High Vamp Skaters Note: No real crocs died in the making of these shoes. Won’t absolutely crush your wallet, either. ($33) 

Photo courtesy of California Closet 

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I wrote about Sneakerhead & Prada Porn for The Style Con for this fine afternoon. 

By all accounts, it’s purely business. A minimal backdrop, the object in question, the dutiful historian with crib notes and earnest apprehension. You’ve got Fury talking about Prada taking the “sex out of sexy and making the dowdy desirable,” and you’ve got the model’s feet, posed like the impatient Cher Horowitz. Prada twisted the idea of seamed stockings to the front of the body and made it an argyle knit instead, a perversity of design in the best of ways. A few years ago, a New Yorker profile on Prada described her work as “slightly frumpy, somewhat feminist” and this moment of design — it’s just that. You have to work for the sexy in the moment, you have to earn the object and the revised worth. Prada’s for women who like to be worshiped but just the way they’d like, and you have to earn the privilege. If you want to touch me you have to ask nice. Touch me there, and how I like it. Ask me permission. Give me what I want.

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Check out the latest teaser from SZA. Her album drops April 8th — can’t wait. 

Editor’s Choice: More is More

Leave it to the expert curatorial skills from the people over at The Cools to really encapsulate what’s happening for spring. (Hear that rain outside your window? Yeah, that means it’s getting warmer.) Prints are back–tiny prints, cute prints, big prints, checkered prints. Whatever. You’ll want a (tastefully) busy outfit to match your busy spring schedule. Below are a handful of our consumption crushes. Click through the image if you want to snap one (or four) up.

Beach Dress by LF Markey

Beach Dress by LF Markey

STRIPED SHIRT by Aspesi

STRIPED SHIRT by Aspesi

Feather Shorts by Mödernaked

Feather Shorts by Mödernaked

Hancock Shirt by LF Markey

Hancock Shirt by LF Markey

Coin Wallet Bakou by Pierre Frey

Coin Wallet Bakou by Pierre Frey

Marrakesh Chevron Journal by Stache & Hyde

Marrakesh Chevron Journal by Stache & Hyde

Like taking candy from a baby. That’s how DailyCandy started. Namely, because they invented the online women’s lifestyle game. Launched in March 2000, the concept was fresh and without competitors. Likewise, the Internet was still relatively new—it hit the mainstream about 1999 when half of us still logged on to AOL with a 56k modem (and accompanying dial-up sound that launched a million pre-teen fights and broken hearts).

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New York Fashion Week, 2004-ish or some shit. I’m waiting backstage at the ___________ show, my skin all porcelain and wrinkle free, my eyes so full of dumb hope, my thin limbs so full of promise. “You fit in just like the other models,” the producer tells me. “You’re just like one of the New York girls!”

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Back with another “The New Art of Fashion” on The Style Con. Click here to see more

The Style Con asked photographer Atisha Paulson what it’s like to be a man in New York City. Here’s what he said:

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