Monday, August 23, 2010

Ten Things I Would Buy from Ebay's World of Good

Ebay has a page called World of Good where you can buy items "ethically sourced, fair trade, and eco-friendly gifts and goods" from around the world. I love when shopping also benefits a good cause.  Here are a few standout items...

1.) I love the colors in these earrings from Indonesia:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ooh. Sparkles.

Just a quick little update! I came across these vintage earrings on ebay and love the stones. I'd love to see how the colors play in the light. This particular pair are clip-ons (ouch), and a quick search did not turn up anything too similar for pierced ears. When I have more time, I will go treasure hunting for a more wearable set. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This one's for the guys!

Bellatrix Lestrange Style

Sephora: Everything's Pink

Mad about Modcloth

Dreaming in black and white

Cheap and Pretty at Forever 21

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Contest Entry: Kate Spade Curious Canary

Contest Entry: Kate Spade Fuschiatini

Contest Entry: Neutral Bridesmaid

Contest Entry: Rockstar Bridesmaid

How do you wear your pearls?

I love pearls. To me, they are the great style equalizer. You can spend $4 or $4,000 and get pretty much the same effect. It doesn't matter if they're real or fake. Coco Chanel wore fakes, so I simply ask myself, "Do I think I am better than Coco Chanel?" The answer is no, so I figure that, if fake pearls were good enough for her, they are good enough for me. Pearls, to me, are imbued with a sense of celebrity glamour. So, in shopping for pearls, it can be helpful to look to gain some inspiration from icons. How do you wear your pearls?

The Holly Golightly way: Okay, so this may come as a bit of a shock, but... Audrey Hepburn rarely wore pearls. Most of the time she kept her necklines pretty straightforward and unadorned. She did, however, wear them as Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany's . It was pretty difficult to find an inexpensive option that looks anything like Holly's necklace. This set (with matching earrings) for $21.99 was the best option I found:

The Jackie Kennedy way: 3 strands of slightly varying (but still relatively short) length, keeping it ladylike and classy. White gloves optional. This set is on ebay starts the bidding at $19.99. It was actually more difficult to find this Jackie-esque set than I would have imagined--for cheap, anyway.

The Carrie Bradshaw way: Lots and lots of pearls! You're really getting your $24.99's worth with these layered strands of faux pearls.

The Classic June Cleaver/Neo-Classic Scarlet Johannson way: A single strand of pearls is a classic look. I already have one, but if I didn't I could get this one on ebay for $3.99.

Alternate Universe Me would totally grab this palette at Ulta.

Today I would update my make-up wardrobe (as if it needed it) with the Pretty in Paris Stila palette ($10, Ulta). I'm a big fan of Stila's Convertible Colors for cheeks, and this comes with a limited edition shade called Rosebud.

It should be noted that the Convertible Colors can be used for both cheeks and lips, but I've never been crazy about the formula on my lips. This summer I've been mainly using TheBalm Stainiac Lipstain to achieve long-lasting color, which I then top with a bit of gloss. (I've also been using Revlon's Just Bitten lipstain markers in Frenzy and Passion.)

Monday, August 2, 2010

What would I buy on ebay today?

I've been on ebay all day, so I'm going to make my first entry dedicated to the world's largest internet auction--and what I would buy there right now. By no means am I suggesting that I would use all these pieces together at the same time. That would be... a bit much.

1.) I would buy this vintage leather Coach doctor bag because it's currently a steal at $40, vintage leather makes me feel less guilty than new leather, I'm a sucker for a big ol' purse where I can keep everything, and this shade of brown works in all seasons:

2.) I would buy this vintage turtle paperweight because it's cute, cheap, and reminds me of my pet turtle from childhood, whose name was Bow Tie:

3.) Keeping up the vintage trend, I would buy this vintage hat because I'm very fair and need to keep the sun away and this hat is just adorable:

4.) I would then take a risk on an unknown brand for these ultra-cheap blue suede high heels (Size 11 because of my big feet):

5.) And, last but not least, I would buy this pretty floral print dress from Calvin Klein because it's super summery, in a flattering cut, and I like the big bold floral: