Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding!

Hi, all! So sorry I've been so MIA lately. I promise I have some posts coming up-- I've been extremely busy with school.

I just have to say this:

I am so excited for this wedding.

I cannot wait. I'm here in California, USA, so the wedding begins at 1 a.m. here. According to what I just checked, the BBC is starting coverage for us at 12 a.m.

Aaaaand... I'm staying up to watch!

Let's be honest. It really isn't the same if you watch a WEDDING recorded. Especially one that is being called the "wedding of the century." (Seriously. I'm talking to you, MOM!)

So, who cares if I get less that 2 hours of sleep? I'll be watching the royal wedding! (I'm going to start apologizing for the horrible mood I'll be in tomorrow... now. Sorry, friends, family, and anyone I pass on the street. I don't do well with little sleep).

Catherine's wedding gown is going to determine wedding fashion for, like, decades. Not to mention, I'm betting she'll become a fashion icon herself. I love Kate's style. It's so chic, simple, and classic.

I cannot wait to see the gown, jewelry (Ahh! The jewels! I shiver just thinking about them!), and Catherine's entire ensemble.

Plus, Prince William is a babe.

I've always hoped he wait for me to turn 18 so we could marry, but... I guess he wasn't in on that plan...

Oh, well.

Congratulations to Prince William and Catherine!

Now, I'm off to get ready to go out to see my high school's production of All Shook Up, a musical set in the 1950s with a storyline based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. And nothing but Elvis Presley's music. Elvis. Presley.

So, yes, I'm a very happy girl right now!

Don't forget to don your tiaras as you tune in to watch the Wedding!

(Hopefully-- if I'm not too dead --I'll have a blog post tomorrow about the wedding!)

Have a dazzling day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dame Elizabeth Taylor

I know I’ve been absent for a while (I’ve got another post coming soon!), and I apologize, but I would like to blog about Elizabeth Taylor, an icon, whose recent passing has really hit me. 

For those of you who don’t know, Elizabeth Taylor, 79, died of congestive heart failure on March 23, 2011 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA, USA), surrounded by her four children.

I’m sure everyone is familiar with Ms. Taylor’s beauty and acting abilities, both of which have yet to be upstaged. (We can’t forget those seven marriages either). 

Although this unforgettable woman has died, her legacy will live on and she will continue to inspire others.

Rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Top Ten

Ms. Audrey Hepburn is definitely among my favorite beautiful women.

Everyone has a top ten list of their favorite things, so, here’s mine. The list ranges from my favorite designer to shoes. Enjoy!

Chanel. It’s chic, classy, and timeless. What’s not to love?
Marilyn Monroe... What glamour!

Red lipstick. Self explanatory.
So, you can kind of see it. It's on a gold band. 

My precious garnet and diamond ring. It was a gift from my grandma and I’ve treasured it ever since I opened up the little velvet box. It’s set much like an engagement ring. You will never find me not wearing this-- I can’t live without it!

Pearls. These, garnets (my birthstone), and diamonds are definitely my favorite jewels. Pearls are so simple yet ladylike and utterly gorgeous.

Perfume, preferably Chanel No. 5 or Coco Mademoiselle. See #2.

My MacBook Pro. This is the most amazing computer! The sound and picture are great and it is so unbelievably easy to use. Everything I need is right here. I totally recommend it.

They look so sophisticated. Answer me this: Why don't people dress like this anymore???

The 1940’s. Just awesome. I find everything about it so interesting-- from the clothes, to what was going on politically, and the way the USA really pulled together.
This is one of my very favorite LBDs of mine. Trés chic!

My Little Black Dresses. Pretty self-explanatory. If not, see my previous blog post.

My Seychelles Little Owl heels, in black. I love love love love love (Did I say LOVE?) these. They’re adorable and comfortable (Seychelles are known for comfort) and so vintage looking! They’re perfectly dainty, but they work with almost any outfit. I feel like such a bombshell when I'm wearing these.

My Steve Madden Candence Boots, in black. These riding-style boots are SO comfy and the small heel is perfect. I love the soft almond toe and how they’re kind of slouchy, but really stand up on their own. I’m on my feet all day and by the time I take these off, my feet aren’t even a bit sore. By far, the best boots I’ve ever owned.
(I couldn’t help myself... I had to add this in…)

My Xhilaration Quilted Mini Crossbody bag, in silver (more like pewter), from Target. This is my go-to bag. I can carry it with absolutely anything, because the pewter-ish color goes with everything. It’s a bit on the small side, but that definitely helped me with my organizing, um, disabilities. The strap is easy to shorten, too (just be a little creative), which makes it look like a totally different bag. Plus, it looks like a Chanel 2.55 bag, but doesn’t cost nearly as much. It was $14.99, which is the best part!
Have a dazzling day!
What’s your top ten (or eleven)? 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Why on earth is your blog named 'Red Lipstick'???"

Why on earth is my blog named “Red Lipstick”?

I’m sure my readers (all -4 of you, right?) have been wondering this exact thing. 
It’s for a number of reasons, actually. 
Reason One: It’s red lipstick.
To start, red lipstick is red lipstick. It’s just plain amazing. I’ve always loved it. My best friend and I would raid our moms’ makeup stashes, searching for that glamourous red. We still do this (but of course we both now have our own lipsticks, in multiple colors, shades, brands, styles, etc). To me, red lipstick has always symbolized glamour and allure. 

Our blue eyeshadow is almost as awesome as our red lips. Ashlie (the best friend) is on the left, I'm the other 6 year old.
Your perfect shade of red is treasurable because it is so simple, yet extravagantly elegant. I’ve worshiped my MAC Lustre Lipstick in “Rose Go Around” (which they don’t make any more, I have just found out) ever since the same best friend brought it to me, declaring, “This is YOUR red lipstick! Your perfect color!” 
(As a side note, the best friend’s favorite is Guerlain ROUGE G de Guerlain Lipstick in Greta).

Reason Two: It was worn in the 1940’s. 
40's-era Tangee lipstick advertisement.

Now, I don’t just like this color because it was extremely popular in the 1940’s, but because of what it stood for when it was at its prime. It showed that the women of the time were resilient. Just because their men were gone, they had to work long hours, and rationing was testing, didn’t mean they were going to lose all femininity. Women believed that they were women first, Army/Navy/Red Cross/factory volunteers second. So, they wore their fire engine red lipstick (hey- it was part of the “natural” look then. Things have changed, huh?). 
An American GI covered in red lipstick kisses on V-J Day.

It was also thought that the attractiveness of female volunteers was an important morale consideration aimed to boost the soldiers' spirits. 
Stunning Gene Tierney (Laura, 1944) made up in her own perfect red. How could a homesick GI resist her?

Which I’m sure it did.
The original Rosie the Riveter image was illustrated by famous Norman Rockwell and featured in the May 29, 1943 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. In the illustration, Rosie wore overalls, had some pretty hefty biceps, and had her feet firmly planted on Hitler’s Mein Kampf. And, of course, her lips were painted in red lipstick.
The original Rosie.
Reason Three: It is so gosh darned attractive.

The always lovely Anne Hathaway (in The Devil Wears Prada) sporting red lips. This has always been a favorite look of mine. 
With the right shade and application, any woman can look drop dead gorgeous. Not only does it make your teeth appear whiter, but it also instantly makes an otherwise understated look more appealing and va-va-voom. I never feel more confident than when I’m wearing my redder than red lipstick. I feel like a screen siren of the Golden Age of Hollywood-- impeccable hair, freshly pressed clothes --all because of the color decorating my lips.
Next time you wear your favorite red lipstick, notice how you stand a bit taller and smile a bit wider.
That’s just the red workin’ its magic.

Have a dazzling day : )

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Importance of a Little Black Dress

Chanel's original LBD.

I’ve decided that my first blog entry will be on one of my favorite topics-- the Little Black Dress. Since it was introduced by Coco Chanel (my idol-- all of my readers better get used to me raving about her!) in 1926, its popularity has increased an amount so great that it puts many other designers’ iconic ensembles to shame. Upon its release, it instantly became universal. Vogue magazine called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the Little Black Dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes, as the design was immediately copied by other designers. This didn’t bother Chanel, however, she even said so-- “All I ask is to be imitated. That would be the greatest proof of success.” Vogue said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.” And it certainly has, don’t you think?
So, enough of the history lesson. 

My favorite photo of Ms. Chanel.
Every woman has a Little Black Dress. If she doesn’t, I strongly suggest that that woman stop reading this blog immediately and get to her nearest Nordstrom or Saks or even Target and pick up her own perfect Little Black Dress. 
The LBD is the solution to every woman’s dress problem. The dress is so versatile that one is all you need (I’ll admit it, I have upward of five…). It can so easily be dressed up or down, made to look retro, bohemian, you name it and you can do it with the dress.
Essentially, the LBD-- no matter the length, neckline, or style --is a vital part of every fashion-forward woman’s closet.  

Audrey Hepburn in her famous LBD (from Breakfast at Tiffany's).

Have a dazzling day!

How many LBDs do you have? How often do you wear it? Was it worth the $$$?