Because I spent the majority of the week in bed writing and reading, I only got dressed up three days. I figured I would talk a bit about the style prompts I used as inspiration this week.
Look One: Menswear Inspired
One of the style challenge prompts for this day was Menswear. I love bow ties and knew I wanted to rock this Reign Bow ties floral look (which you can find here). I looked at my collared dress shirts and decided to go with my Gap Oxford. Another one of the prompts was Dare you to Wear It and I wanted to feature layering skills, so I decided to roll and fold my Oxford shirt so it appeared more fitted over top of an old H&M Barbie-pink dress. I also wanted to highlight my new Rockport Nude Pumps.
When I was reading over the prompts I noticed that two separate style challenges included fancy-ness and I decided to interpret that as a blingy statement necklace (this one is Aldo from last season). Because I wasn’t going out on the town, I kept the rest of the outfit fairly casual with this chambray dress from Gap. I started the day out in my pumps (breaking those suckers in!) but switched to my boat shoes after my meetings on campus.
I love colour, so Pops of Colour was a perfect prompt. In order to keep it a pop and not head-to-toe, I paired this yellow and white striped tee from Banana Republic (similar here) with light-wash denim shorts (Joe Fresh) and my boat shoes again. B and I went to the market and took the pups for a long walk so this casual look suited the day nicely!
I threw on a couple of these looks after swimming in the morning. A woman in the change room complimented me on my makeup (ah, communal mirrors) and said she would never have the time to do that at 8am. I told her that it only takes me, on average, 7 minutes to put it on. She looked skeptical. So, I made a 7-min video in real time that shows you how simple my everyday look really is– and it is glowy and bright!
Check out my video
If you don’t have 7 minutes, or aren’t a video person, I’ve broken down the steps here:
Because I swim, my skin is dry! I simply use a moisturizer before adding my makeup.
I use MAC’s primer in Painterly. I swipe it over my my eye lids, use it as concealer under my eyes and on any discolourations, and finally above and below my lips.
I use a double-ended brow tool to first shape and then fill in my brows.
I use Benefit’s Watt’s Up as an eyeshadow and then highlight my cheekbones, nose, and above and below my lips followed by blending!
I use a powder blush, Lovecloud, by MAC and add a bit of colour to the apples of my cheeks using a blush brush.
7. Curl those Eyelashes
8. Two types of Mascara
9. Exfoliate and Moisturize Lips
10. Line and Colour