July 31, 2012

July Prints Roundup

Filed under: Clothing,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:43 am
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To celebrate the end of Print Themed July, here is a montage of my favorite prints, enjoy!

Art Deco Scarf, Sailboat PJ’s, Southwest Scarf, Floral Shirt, and Color Explosion Shirt

Note: I have never worn these all together.  I’m afraid I would get vertigo if I tried!


DIY Monday: Return of the Earrings

Filed under: DIY,Jewelry — by twistedchic @ 3:24 am

Have I mentioned I love earrings?

I recently took a trip to a little beading store in Chicagoland, trying to find tiny headpins.  I also found these awesome hand-made silver flower head pins!  Check them out with a simple variegated bead:

The headpins are straight right out of the box, so to speak, and the flower is positioned straight downwards.  Slip the bead on, bend the flower (gently), then form the ear loop.  I used the handle on my beading plyers to get that shape.  The earwire part is pretty soft, so be careful with it!

I think the simple design is best; too much would overwhelm the silver flowers, and that’s what I love best…

July 26, 2012

Hair Repair/ Delicious Products

Filed under: Angst,Beauty — by twistedchic @ 8:10 pm
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True story: I dye the bejeezus out of my hair.  Which means it feels like straw afterwards.  Which I hate, so I attempt to solve through the judicious use of product.  And since I’ve been dying my hair since I was fifteen, I can call myself something of an expert on hair recovery.

First of all, I hate hairspray.  It smells bad, it’s literally one of the worst things to clean off your glasses, and no-one likes the texture.  So I refuse to use it.  Still, I have to use something, or my hair would look like I habitually stick forks into electric sockets.  So.  Here we go:

1. Silk Elements Intense Conditioning Mayonnaise.  I use it right after I dye, and about twice a month in between dye jobs.  Ignore the label directions: I put a glob of it into my wet hair at night, and then wash it out the next morning.

2. Proclaim Olive Moisturizing Creme.   I essentially use this as styling mousse.  Just a dip of the fingers, then run it through my wet hair.  It smells pretty good, too.  Kind of natural.  Not perfume-y.

3. Occasionally I will use Proclaim Cholesterol pretty much just like I use the Olive Moisturizing Cream.  I used to use this wonderful olive oil repair cream, but they discontinued it, leading to my sadness.  Why Proclaim, why!?

4. Almond Oil.  Sometimes I like to switch it up, so I’ll use straight up Almond Oil to style my hair; pour a tiny bit on my hands and run my fingers through my hair.  It makes my hair very glossy, and it smells like dessert.

So basicly, yeah.  You can dye and still have your hair look somewhat healthy.  Just stay away from the bleach, that stuff rots your brain.

We all know it’s Clairol red, Hipster Ariel. You’re not fooling anyone.


July 25, 2012

Random Inspiration: Spring Cleaning

Filed under: Angst,Clothing,Inspiration,Style — by twistedchic @ 12:54 am
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Am I the only one who saves random pics off the internet for outfit inspiration later?  I don’t think so.

But sometimes I’m going through my file of style, and I am just puzzled as to why I saved a particular image.  What was it that I wanted to remember later?  Maybe I’m getting old…

I think this one came from the Sartorialist

Was it the boot?  The jacket?  The tie belt?  I don’t even know anymore!

I have no idea where this came from

This one is pretty, but I have no idea why I saved it.  There are literally no elements that I could use in my real life.  Sparkly headband?  Not really my thing.  Full skirt?  Not where I work!  I can only conclude it was the striped caftan…?

Models off duty, maybe?

And then there’s this one.  Could have been the makeup?  Or the vest, I used to really dig vests…

Long story short, I really need to do some spring cleaning in my file of style!

July 23, 2012

Skinny Jeans II: Electric Boogaloo

Filed under: Clothing,Style,Vintage — by twistedchic @ 5:47 pm

No but seriously.  I’ve been looking for a new pair of skinny jeans for a while now.  At least 5 months.  I couldn’t find anything that was quite right.  Those suckers are really hard to fit!  And I won’t buy a pair that doesn’t fit well, or that restricts my movement.  I will literally do a full squat in any pants I try on, just to make sure they won’t cut me in half when I bend over.  (all kidding aside, this is a great way to make sure you don’t buy uncomfortable pants)

I may have finally found a keeper.  Old Navy, special edition (whatever that means) black skinny jeans with the leg side zippers.  They’ve got a little stretch, which is key for skinny jeans.  I tend to point and giggle at the kids wearing jeans they can’t move in.  If you can’t climb stairs in your pants, that’s a good sign you shouldn’t wear them, fyi.


You can’t see the side zippers, but I promise they’re there.

I was trying them on, and they just made me feel awesome.  That’s how you know you should buy something.  Because it makes you feel awesome.  That’s the best advice you’re going to get today.  At least from me!

July 12, 2012

Cute Thing of the Week: Origami Earrings

Filed under: Jewelry — by twistedchic @ 9:53 pm

I have a pair of origami earrings that I really love.  They are light, unique and always get compliments.  I got them at the Kansas City Art Institute, and have been wearing them off and on for ten years.

If you’re not living near the KCAI, however, there are other options.


If you have a few hours to kill, Etsy is a wonderful way to do so.  Handmade and vintage everything.  And I found these beauties:

Or if you want something a little more colorful, try these leaf design earrings:

And here’s something for the print lovers out there:

I so enjoy these.

Makeup Update

Filed under: Beauty — by twistedchic @ 3:10 am

Well, I’ve been trying the new makeup routine.  Unfortunately, it’s not working out so well.  Which is sad because I love the brush for the P.F. mascara.  It looks great!  But my eyes are killing me.

However.  I think I figured out what’s going on.  I talked to a couple of the ladies I work with; turns out we are all having problems with out eyes right now.  Mm and Ml have both just stopped wearing eye makeup altogether.  Ml recommended taking eyedrops for allergies.  Apparently the pollen counts are just out of control right now in Chicagoland.  Guess I’ll go stock up on those eyedrops!

And I still want to try the Pixie eyeliner…

July 9, 2012

My Makeup Brings Me To Tears. Literally.

Filed under: Beauty,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:41 am

It’s allergy season here in Chicagoland, and my eyes have really been bothering me.  Even Claritin doesn’t help.

I think the problem may be my eye makeup.  I use a couple of different drugstore brands of mascara, eyeliner and occasionally eyeshadow.  Not all at once, I don’t put my makeup on with a trowel or anything…

So I wandered over to my neighborhood Sephora, where the ladies are usually friendly and helpful.  But not this time.  I asked for hypoallergenic, but whatever the saleslady used really stung my eye.  I had to wipe it off and hightail it out of there.  But she did give me one helpful piece of advice; my eyes are really sensative.  Sensative, you ask?  That’s kinda vague.  Yes, yes it is.

Thus began the research phase of my quest.  I think it was the chemicals used in my normal makeup (sob, maybelline, why!?) that was giving me the problems.  So I’m trying a few new products.

Beauty Routine 1.  Almay Mascara and Physicians Formula Felt tip eyeliner.  This was better, but I’m still getting a little irritation.

Beauty Routine 2. Physicians Formula Organic Eyeliner and Shimmer Strips.  I’ll let you know how this one goes, but these are supposed to be Paraben Free, organic, etc.

If this doesn’t work, I might try Pixie or Bloom.  Someone suggested Origins, but the nearest store is Woodfield.

TLDR: I threw out all my makeup and am starting over from scratch.  Whoof!

July 4, 2012

Design Style: Prairie School

Filed under: Clothing,Inspiration,Style,Uncategorized — by twistedchic @ 8:06 pm

I’ve talked about finding sartorial inspiration from architectural design; today’s inspiration is Prairie School.

Prairie School is a style of modern architecture based around craftsmanship, integration with the environment, and an organic aesthetic.  So how do we turn this into an outfit?  The key to Priarie School fashion is clean lines and a nature-based color palette, with functional detailing.

We start with this top from qsw.  Horizontal lines feature heavily in P.S. so this is perfect.  Clothing items should also be functional, wearable and versatile; like these twill Joie pants.  Shoes are the foundation of any outfit, and these comfortable oxfords  with an interesting cut-away detail work well with the this aesthetic.   Prairie School should have a minimum of accessories (also, jewelry should have shine, not sparkle, and a graphic punch).  This House of Harlow pendant  rounds out the look nicely.

July 3, 2012

Inspiration Board: July

Filed under: Inspiration,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:34 am

July’s inspiration is all about colors and prints, plus a little bit of whimsy.

Images courtesy of The Art of Animation, The Sartorialist, What I Wore 2Day, and Lucky.

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