It’s a beautiful day in Manhattan and today I went out and did what most New Yorkers do on Sunday afternoon. I went to brunch. While I know this is a topic I’ve already discussed in some detail I have a few new things to add.
Going to brunch is an occasion (life is an occasion isn’t it?) and that means it’s time to get dressed up. Pick comfortable clothing that you won’t feel embarrassed to be seen in. I tend to run into someone the minute I’m not put together.
Another way you can tie a look together is tossing on a hat. It’s one of my favourite ways to get dressed up fast.
*Brunch tip- when you finally pick a place to go to brunch, pay attention to what everyone else is ordering. If you see a common plate that most people are getting, order it too! It’s popular for a reason.
I discovered this past weekend that New Yorkers like brunch. A lot. So much so, that many people that live in New York City take the time to prep where they are going to go, make reservations and go as far as to plan every food they order. Growing up, brunch was more reserved for Easter and Christmas. As I got older and hit the legal age to order alcohol, brunch became a way to have champagne in the afternoon. Here in New York, brunch seems to be a normal part of weekend life, as opposed to just be reserved for very special occasions.
I knew that I would be going to mass after said brunch but I wanted to keep my outfit from looking overly conservative, I wore my vintage Dior suit jacket over a crop top. This way I could have the best of both worlds, I simply just buttoned the blazer up to go to church!
Here’s a picture of the cathedral where I attend mass. St. Patricks on 5th ave.
I have been looking and looking for a vintage vanity for a long time now. I got lucky and found this guy at a cute little vintage furniture store in NY. I thought this project would be a huge undertaking but so far I’ve had major progress!
The vanity is solid wood, and I’m not sure what kind. Many parts were faded from the sun, and had some varnish wear. So, I had it sanded down and painted!
I decided to get a vanity because here in NYC bathrooms are very small. I am someone who needs their own space to apply makeup and that can take up a lot of space. Luckily I had a window with the perfect amount of lighting and area for a vanity. Here’s what it looks like now. Another really cool thing about this piece is that it’s on wheels!
The molding on this piece is what makes it unique and I didn’t want it entirely covered up so I asked for the company I bought it from it paint it “shabby chic”. If you’re trying to explain the “weathered” and “distressed” look, some won’t understand what you meant, I found that everyone seems to understand “shabby chic”.
The hardware on this had completely rusted so I replaced all of it with these crystal pulls that I found from H&M home for $7 a pair! I had no idea that H&M even had a home section until about two weeks ago when I moved here! In case you want a pair yourself and you’re not in the NY area… http://www.hm.com/us/product/32318?article=32318-A
Having your vanity face a window is crucial for makeup application! The natural light is so awesome for applying anything.
The fun part came after all the work was done! Getting to make it my own.
My favorite part of owning a vanity is getting to make it my own. On my personal vanity I have my most worn lipsticks, a vanity tray with pretty bottles of perfume, whatever purse I’m currently wearing, candles and flowers.
Today is national lipstick day! I went for a classic red and white striped shirt, black high waisted pants and pigalle Louboutins.
Ever since I was allowed to wear makeup, I’ve worn lipstick. I feel now that I’m older, it’s a part of my identity. I always feel naked without it. My personal favorite is Chanel Rouge Allure in 104 but I have been favouring Tom Ford lippies all this month. Today I am wearing a Tory Burch lipstick (scoundrel in 05) and Tom Ford (black dahlia 10)
Some Pro Tips for applying lipstick!
1.) Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! It doesn’t matter how nice the lipstick is if your lips look dry and chapped. Generously apply lip balm and take a dry toothbrush and make circles over your lips. You’ll be moisturized and your lipstick will have an even surface.
2.) If you want your lipstick color to be more true to the tube color, pat foundation on your lips. It sounds weird but it works. Your lips naturally have color, wearing just a little foundation gives more of a colorless base so that the color can shine.
4.) Blot and repeat. Lipstick smears easily, this is a fact, if you’re going to dinner but still want to have a nice pout, blot your lipstick, reapply and blot once more, the color won’t budge even after dessert!
5.) Be confident. Lipstick is made to make you feel sexy, if you don’t feel good about a color don’t buy it! Only wear lipsticks that make you feel great.