Warby Parker Fall Collection

Warby Parker released their Fall Collection this week, and it’s gorgeous! If you don’t know, Warby Parker is an Eyewear company that has 4 locations in the U.S., but they’re famous for their at home try-on service.  You choose 5 pairs, Warby Parker sends them to you for free and you keep them for 5 days to try them out. Then at the end of 5 days you send them back and if you loved any of the pairs you order it. If not then you can do another trial with 5 different pairs.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

But that isn’t the best part about Warby Parker. Nope, not at all. The best part is that for ever pair of glasses sold they donate a pair through their non-profit partners. And that’s what has me so excited about them. You guys know by now how giddy socially conscience companies make me. I adore their company history. And the fact that they named their company after two literary characters.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

From Warby Parker – “Personality is what makes a good pair of glasses great. Our Fall Collection is for those who own their style, exercise their wit, and add life to the party.”

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection  They’ve introduced 9 new shapes, updated 3 acetate frames with titanium temples and created 3 styles in crystal. With a few angular styles and 2 new hues : Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise, there is something for everyone, and none of them are boring.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

In honor of Warby Parker’s Home Try-on Service, I thought I’d highlight my 5 favorite pairs.

The Annette in Petal Tortoise:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

The Chandler Ti in Striped Pacific:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

The Durand in Saddle Russet:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

Shown in Whiskey Tortoise

The Crane Ti in Newsprint Grey: Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

and Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise: Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

I have actually ordered their 5 day, 5 pairs trial service and when they arrive I’ll post pictures for everyone to vote on.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Warby Parker Fall Collection

I’m completely in love with this collection and it’s definitely not boring. I know most people prefer to wear contacts, but I’ve always rued the fact that I only need my glasses for reading. I can’t wait until my 5 day trial gets here.

 

 

#MyCosmoStyle

The beauty of Las Vegas is that there is something for everyone, and The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas has something for everyone. So even though I left my partying behind in my early twenties, there’s still plenty of amazing things to be done there. They have everything from a Casino, to shopping, to Lounges, P3 Studio, a couple pools and quite a few options for dining.

For the #MyCosmoStyle challenge I’ve decided to show you some fictional outfits that I would wear if I were staying at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Were I going to Vegas I know I’d definitely want to visit the P3 Studio, where you have the choice to be a fly on the wall at an artist’s studio, or you can get in on the fun yourself. But first I’d definitely need to have some brunch at The Wicked Spoon Buffet, because how awesome is that name? To dress appropriately for both activities I’d go for something like this.

Fashion and Happy Things!   #MyCosmoStyle

The cranberry colored top from Topshop and skinny jeans from H&M are definitely on trend for autumn, but the lace on the top makes it interesting. I’d pair it with a quilted bag, simple arrow earrings, and ankle boots all from asos and a leaf ring from express . I’d top the whole outfit off with a floppy wool hat, because every since I cut my hair I feel like that style would really suit me. I absolutely love this outfit, it’s simple and interesting at the same time. And the real bonus is none of the pieces are constricting in anyway. I could easily see myself running all over Las Vegas in those ankle booties.

However, come night time I’m much more interested in looking good, rather than being completely comfortable. I know I’d definitely be heading out to dinner to somewhere like STK with it’s modern, trendy vibe. A restaurant that is already popular in New York, Maimi and LA definitely has to top my to try list. From there I’d be heading straight to Marquee where I would be searching for The Library. Because Books, Billiards, and a Bar?  That’s exactly my kind of place.

Fashion and Happy Things!   #MyCosmoStyle

I’d go for a leather look mini dress from Topshop and keep my hat and earrings from earlier, Mostly because by now I have hat hair. I’d switch the ring out for this simple chunky chain from Topshop and the quilted bag for this thin envelope bag from Asos. The smaller bag is super important, I don’t want a clutch that I might put down and loose, but I don’t want a bulky cross-body that will keep bumping into people. This bag has all the tininess of a clutch and the convenience of a cross-body. I’d finish the outfit with these cranberry colored Ankle Booties from Topshop that have chunky heels. This is the most important part of this outfit. First they’re gorgeous, secondly since they have chunky heels and are a bootie, not only will they be more comfortable, but they also will be much easier to dance and walk in.

I’m so obsessed with both of these outfits. What would you wear for a day or night out in Las Vegas?

 

 

 

Stylish Sundays: Found

I did a post recently called Finding Me, and I mentioned that I had made some changes to my blog. I feel like at some point I pushed myself aside and tried to simultaneously be me and mainstream. It didn’t work. Instead I felt like a hot mess and had a major existential crisis. I didn’t like who I was, how I was dressing, what I was reading and who I was turning myself into. I felt like I lost my edge. That little bit that made me feel like a bad ass when I got up in the morning. The bit of myself that made me want to get up in the morning.  I’m working hard to get that bit back. And soon I’ll be announcing something new.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

Top: Ann Taylor, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Asos, Necklace: Gift

This outfit feels like me

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

This was taken at the end of the day, and my makeup was absolutely wrecked.  But I’m wearing Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Hourglass Blush, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara, YSL Lip Gloss in Grenade Peptide.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

I adore this pen necklace. It’s amazing, and it works, which is even better.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

And this nail polish is definitely an amazing color for Autumn. It’s Lancome’s Flirty Red and it was from their Christmas Collection last year so I don’t think it’s available anymore, but it’s a gorgeous blackened red that makes me feel amazing.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Found

Which brings me to my shoes. I can’t even with how much I adore these shoes. I got them forever ago, and I adore them.

What do you do when you feel like you’ve lost your edge? Have you ever been through that?

 

Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

I had the opportunity this weekend to make an appointment with and interview my friend Maxwell Leclerc.

For those of you that don’t know, Maxwell is a makeup artist, who studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and he is a Beauty Adviser/Color Expert for Sephora in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. You can find Maxwell on Instagram here.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

My questions will be in italics and all of his answers are his own words. We decided it would be amazing for him to do a makeup look on me, using his absolute must have products. There are pictures from that session, interspersed through the interview.

 How long have you been doing makeup, and what got you started?
I’ve been working in cosmetic medium for approximately 5 years, but I have spent my entire lifetime exploring the beauty and aesthetics of women since I can remember. I specifically remember seeing a Playboy at age 3, and that must be where the interest stems from. My grandfather was an artist and his home was filled with sculptures and paintings of the nude femme body. I was obsessed… The hair, the makeup, the flesh. I also recall my mother wearing incredibly stunning and dramatic makeup throughout most of my childhood and teens. I always just wanted to somehow capture and create work that represented my strong affection towards beauty and women. My primary work as an illustrator has always been faceted by strong ideals of beauty and sexuality, so it is entirely inherent that I became a makeup artist.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

I’ve seen some of your paintings on Instagram and they’re gorgeous, how long have you been painting?
I have been painting since I was a child. The Little Mermaid was my first dose of inspiration. All my stick figures had red hair! In High School I won a national Scholastic award for a series of 27 illustrations I did from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’urbervilles, and then attended the Art Academy for 4 years. Once I realized I wanted to do makeup full time I dropped out right before graduation and my true pursuit of  beauty began to blossom.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

What other Artists are you inspired by?
So many! I’ve always been inspired by the work of Alberto Vargas, Aubrey Beardsley, Eduard Manet, Halston, and McQueen of course… These artists’ aesthetic of beauty have gravely influenced how I’ve shaped my own.

As a Makeup Artist, what are some of your must have products?
Must haves: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagent Mascara, Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes shadow pencil in ME-54, urban decay Naked 3, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Nars contour Bronzer Duo in Olympia, Hourglass femme rouge velvet cream lipstick, makeupforever aqua lip liner, and Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer lip gloss.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

Products shown and used: Nars Radiance Enhancing Pro Prime, Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia, Makeup Forever Aqua Matic in ME54, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eyeliner in Jazzberry, Urban Decay Naked Three Palette the colors:Strange, Buzz and Trick, Darkside, Marc Jacobs Full Coverage Creamy Concealer in Awake, Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder in Translucent, Nars Blush in Unlawful, Nars Bronzer in Olympia, Nars Highlighter in Albatross, Makeup Forever Rouge Artist in #22 Pink Peach, Marc Jacobs Lust for Laquer in 306 Sweet Escape, Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara in Black

 

Of course, since this is a Fashion Blog at heart, what is your go to outfit for when you’re running late?
When I’m running late I like to combine something comfortable with something chic. An easy look is best to relieve anxiety of already being late so I like to wear a wife-beater with a cool blazer and a pair of jeans or running sweats.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

And finally I know you’re a movie buff, what is your must watch movie list?
Melancholia, Under the Skin, and Nymphomaniac

And here’s the final look:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

and outside in the daylight:

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

I plan to buy everyone of the products that he used that I don’t currently have. They’re amazing. And a very sincere thank you to Maxwell for agreeing to this crazy interview. It’s rare you get to work with someone who’s not only talented, but incredibly intelligent as well.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Interview: Maxwell Leclerc, Makeup Artist

 

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers died at 81 years old today. I’d like to say that I’m completely fine, because she was a celebrity and I never met her, but I’m not. I’m absolutely devastated.

Joan Rivers was a comedic and fashion icon, known most recently for the Fashion Police where no one was spared from her biting wit. While she may have been cruel at times, she was a true feminist, who paved the way for women in comedy today.  Her red carpet reviews left no one untouched. She voiced her opinions on everything from politics to fashion and did so bluntly and honestly.

Whether you loved her or hated her, Joan Rivers made a lasting impact with everything she did. I know I will dearly miss seeing her on the Fashion Police each week. My condolences to her family at this time.