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Monday, 16 September 2013

Sigh. The leaves have officially started changing which means that summer is absolutely, definitely over. However, I do love to console myself with the reminder that this just means that it's finally time for me to bust out all the rich, dark, warm colors of fall makeup that I love so much! 

This look was inspired by the changing of the leaves. The summery greens of the trees starts to ebb and fade, replaced by rich purples, reds, oranges and golds of the fall foliage. One final, beautiful act of nature before it all goes to snowy shit. Enjoy!

And here's the tutorial for anyone who's interested to see what colors I used/how I put this look together. Until next time, Pigment Pals! xo, Meredith Jessica

Monday, 9 September 2013

I l.o.v.e. fall fashion. So much in fact that it even seems to distract me from both the harsh reality of summer ending and the impending doom of winter. There's just something about wrapping yourself in cozy, stylish layers and walking the shops with a spiced Starbucks drink that makes all your cares just melt away. Am I wrong?

This fall, I've been really into this camo green & burgundy combo. I'm not usually one for military style or prints, but it's been everywhere lately. I guess I figured that owning at least one camo print item seemed inevitable at this point so I caved and gave it a try. Definitely have to admit that I'm loving it more than I thought I would. 

As a personal aside, I always need my outfits to have a strong feminine element to them. Though aesthetically I love gender-fuckery & androgyny in fashion, I've always been sensitive about looking too masculine and/or androgynous myself as it was something I was made fun of for a lot when I was younger. I know it's stupid to still be hung up on it, but I would be lying if I denied it's influence on the development of my own fashion sense. Anyways, that being said, with all the masculine elements of this look at play (re: motorcycle jacket, camo print) I tried to femme it up a bit with a sparkly sweater and some fierce shades. What do you think?

Leather jackets are a must for fall, and their biker chic flare is the perfect complement to the badass army print pants. Black booties keep it looking kick ass, while an oversized sweater and cozy infinity scarf are quintessential fall outfit must haves.

I'll admit that when I'm at home I basically live in cozy comfy clothes so I love that during fall you can be cozy and comfy outside of the house as well and it's totally cool. That's why I was instantly drawn to this oversized coffee colored sweater from Romwe that's laced with tiny sequins that catch the sunlight as you walk outside. So gorgeous! See the sweater in detail here if you like.

I added these stone-set earrings from Romwe because they tie in with all the other colors of the outfit, but they also add the most subtle touch of turquoise so they aren't too matchy-matchy (something I still struggle with).

And don't forget to hype me on LookBook if you have an account. I'm just getting started and I'd love some new friends to follow. xo, Meredith Jessica

Sunday, 1 September 2013

So, it's September! Fall is officially around the corner. Though I'm always sad to see Summer go, there are lots of exciting things about autumn that I absolutely love. One of those things is the release of Pantone's Fall Color Forecast which I've been using as a source of beauty inspiration for many years now. The problem is, as life gets more hectic I just don't have the time to sit down and create ten different looks, one for each color. So this time around I asked some of my favorite makeup artists to participate with me and together we created this Fall Fashion inspired Makeup Collaboration. 

I created my look by combining the two most basic colors in the forecast; Carafe (a warm, bronze brown) and Turbulence (a slick, silvery grey). Inspired by the metallic chain skirt in the sketch, I decided to do a look that used warm metallics on the lid and cool metallics along the lower lashes for an ultra chic, yet totally wearable eye look that would go with any fashion forward fall outfit.

What do you think? Though neutrals might be boring to some, doing them in metallics shades adds a little more excitement and drama to an otherwise almost colorless look. 

Here are the links to the other looks in this collaboration. There are some really stunning looks so you should definitely check them all out. Enjoy! Click the images to go to the full post for that look!

Acai by Heather Davern Makeup

Carafe & Turbulence by Meredith Jessica

Emerald by Beauty By Palmira

Koi by Yumemi Sakai

Deep Lichen Green by April Lopes

Mykanos Blue by Cecilie of GlitterGirlC

Samba by Katie Alves

  Vivacious by Brittany Couture