Best for last,
Valentino SS13 Rockstud 110 Heels in Patent Black Leather
I missed the boat on these last year, but when I saw them on a PF member recently, she just totally rocked them! I loved her sleek look together with a feminine rocker chic look. Plus, she was just gorgeous herself. The entire look was stunning. So I began to develop an interest in Valentino’s shoes. I’m still not fond of the big bows, lace, or other frilly details, but the Rockstud shoes are totally hot.
I feel like they have just enough glam-rock style and perfectly placed studs, cuz Louboutin’s completely spiked and studded shoes are an over-kill for me these days. CL’s shoes are seriously being mass-marketed as well and it’s like they have no new ideas, every season is the same shoe with a little change in color or detail. I don’t know, I’m just a little disappointed in CL’s loss of creativity and rather vulgar shoes that are being produced these days…
Enjoy the pix!
Lastly, modeling pix:
Necklace – Tiffany’s Heart
Blouse – H&M
Bracelet – Jadeite Jade
Belt – Hermès
Jeans – 7 For All Mankind High Shine pants
Tiffany’s Paloma Picasso Bracelets
Okay these are not exactly gifts, but I just took pix of them at the same time along with other presents. I recently lost my blue chalcedony bracelet and Tiffany was gracious enough to offer me a replacement bracelet because I believe their “C-ring” clasp is not the most secure. Then, I brought the bracelets to my local Tiffany’s and had them replace the C-ring clasp into a lobster clasp and also removed a stone cuz the bracelet’s too big. When I got the bracelets back, the lobster clasp is SOOOOO TIGHT! It was painful to open! I can’t believe Tiffany has such a problem with their clasps – they’re either too small and you can’t open them, or not secure enough that you lose the entire bracelet, or now wayyy too tight. I will just hope that with use, the clasp will loosen.
Christmas is all about being with one’s family. Of course the presents are what the youngsters look forward to the most and I remember waking up super early 7AM in the morning to open my gifts when I was kid, but I really miss the environment in which I was in. My family never really made Christmas a big deal, but it was always one of my favorite holidays. I liked the fact that our small family could get together, I loved singing Christmas carols along with my Disney VHS tape, and all the TV drama series that my family and I would watch together.
Nonetheless, this blog is still mostly about frivolous purchases… so I’m going to do a series of reveals for all my Christmas presents! Stay tuned! I may seem like I buy myself or receive a lot of lavish items on my blog, but remember, it’s not what the content of the gift is, it’s the thought that counts! I always do appreciate a nice holiday card and thoughtful gifts are so much more sincere. And I just want to show a card that a friend had sent me recently which made me feel really blessed to know a person like her, as well as many others in my life. Please cherish all the people you know and appreciate one’s job, the abundance for food we have in our country, and the luxury of being able to live in a warm, safe home.
Every holiday season (or just whenever I have time lol), I like to do my nails to a theme. This year, I was going to do “candy cane” nails, but thought I would be more conservative and stick to a more grown-up French manicure style. You can’t see it well in the pix here, but the white tips are pearlescent, and not just a starky white. I really like Rimmel’s PRO line of nail polish. The brush is engineered really well and just “cups” my nails. OPI is also very good, but I find the brush hairs kink up really easily. Essie I’m not fond of ever – they seriously take forever to dry even with a UV dryer and you get bubbles even with one thin coat.
What you will need:
1. Rimmel Lasting Finish PRO nail polish in 375 (Stiletto Red)
2. Rimmel Base Coat Top Coat PRO in 100
3. Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Pearly White
4. Optional – Nail dryer (if you have one, if not double the wait time in between coats)
How to do it:
1. Start by polishing your nails to the desired shape.
2. Apply 1 base coat – this helps to prevent your natural nails from yellowing after a few days of wearing saturated colors.
3. Wait 10 minutes to dry.
4. Apply 1 coat of red nail polish.
5. Wait 10 minutes.
6. Apply a 2nd coat of red polish.
7. Wait 20 minutes.
8. Apply 1 layer of clear polish.
9. Wait 10 mintues.
10. Apply 2 coats of white polish to the tips of your nails, be patient…
11. Wait 10 minutes.
12. Lastly, apply 1 top coat to seal manicure.
Ok… it seems like I’m asking you guys to wait a lonnnnngggg time in between coats, but I swear, this is absolutely necessary otherwise you’ll end up with horrendous bubbles due to the manicure being too thick. As always, remember to keep each coat of polish as thin as possible. You may also find that when applying the last top coat, the red polish may streak slightly onto the white tips – don’t panic! It’s fine, just wait until this coat dries (yes another 10 minutes), and touch up the streaks by doing another coat of white polish. Finally, add one more coat of top coat to seal.
Tip – To keep your manicure lasting 5-7 days, apply one layer of clear top coat every other day. This helps to prevent chipping and keeps your nails looking shiny new. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands frequently throughout the day, and prevent chaffing with some cuticle removing cream or apply tea-tree oil around your cuticles.
Alright, I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!!! Take the time to spend with your family and friends, and if possible a nice holiday break for yourself as well! It’s important to take care of yourself so that you can enjoy the best time with others! I also wish everyone a safe holiday and be careful not to drink and drive!!!
Rick Owens DRKSHDW FW12 Reversible Lamb Fur Hoodie
This jacket makes me feel like an obscure reaper on the streets… It may not look like it in the pictures, but the jacket is HUGE and took me a while to navigate through the multiple possibilities of wearing it. It’s also my most HEAVY piece of clothing, it’s probably somewhere between 15-20 lbs as it weighs similar to my cat lol. It’s definitely super warm, and probably more warm than both my Moncler and Mackage coats combined. You really don’t need to wear anything more than a simple T or light sweater underneath. There have been previous versions of this jacket in black cotton/black fur and olive green cotton/brown fur, but I like this combination the best.
Style #1 – Fur side in
Style #2 – Fur side out with belt added (this is my preferred way of wearing the jacket to add some definition to my waist, rather than just wearing a bulk of fur)
Style #3 – Fur side out, but without belt