Tuesday, December 6, 2011

cherries in the snow

Red lips are a quintessential favorite for the holiday season and this year it has been my go to look for all of the festive affairs I am attending.  I like the fact that it is a great for both day or night and well, nothing shows more confidence and sophistication than a perfect pair of red lips.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for this look:
First, white teeth.  No one can get away with not paying attention to teeth these days--so make sure your dental hygiene is up to date and get yourself in the routine of using something that can keep your smile sparkling, such as Plus White 5 Minute Whitening, Go Smile, or Zoom,  There are a ton of products out there, both from your dentist and on the store shelf.   And remember, friends share this info with friends, so check with one of your girls if you aren't sure what to try.  The good news is that red lips actually make teeth look whiter, another reason to feel the love.
Second, lip liner.  You have to use it.  Reds can bleed off of your lip line easily, so you want to make a perfect outline of your lips before applying the color.  I am a huge fan of the Chanel lip liners because they are so creamy yet precise, but Loreal Colour Riche Lip Liner comes a close second--Always Red is the perfect color for matching my lipsticks or blending my own shade with a couple different colors.  And I always apply a lip balm after lining my lips and believe it or not I love the Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker.  Hello 1980.
Third, find the perfect shade of red for your skin tone and coloring.  This is the fun part.  Take some time to check out the goods in your local drugstore where you can find the iconic Revlon "Cherries In The Snow".  This classic lipstick shade was launched in 1953 and has been a favorite ever since with its bit of fuchsia tint to the perfect pop of red.  I love Maybelline's Ruby Red & Loreal's Spiced Wine as well.  On to the department store, and in my opinion, no one does a red lip better than Chanel.  Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque is so gorgeous that I get compliments from both women and men every time I wear it.
And don't forget a touch of gloss, to give your color a bit of sparkle or bring the red color down in intensity if you wish.  Again, Chanel Glossimer's are worth every cent, and as the fab French salesgirl at the downtown Nordstrom told me last week, no one should be without the color Spark in the winter.  I agree.  Lest, I sound like a giant Chanel ad, I have to mention that my newest favorite line is Face Stockholm.  I have been impressed with every product I have tried, from lipgloss to foundation.
It might just be a little brave thing to rock the red, I know it isn't everyone's comfort zone, but its fun to think outside the box sometime--you might surprise yourself.  I don't think any body says it better than the fabulous Gwyneth Paltrow..."Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."
Pucker up, baby.

Monday, December 5, 2011

snow bunny

REI is one of those places that I used to hate.  An old boyfriend used to take me there, where he was a like kid in a candy store.  He was an amazing skiier and outdoorsy, so it was to him like what Barneys is to me.  I love to ski and bike but am not exactly off the charts in either of those areas, so I felt like a fish out of water every time I set foot in the place. It was like there was an alarm about to going to go off at any minute, and someone might get on the intercom and announce, "Could someone please escort the blonde on aisle 3 who doesn't belong here from the premises immediately, please?"
Nowadays, REI can still annoy me (why do people walk so slow in there? Bugs.) but I no longer feel like a stranger.  I like to be outside with my family, and in fact wouldn't mind a mountain bike for times when the old Electra cruiser isn't going to cut it on the trails.  And I love to ski with our kids--they are old enough to really have fun on the slopes with.
Still, does bundling up for the weather in athletic gear mean one must wear icky colors and unflattering oversized fleece?  I think not.  While standing in the women's section I saw two women stop in front of a a woman's ski clothing display and comment on the Skhoop Short Down Skirt hanging there.  One asked her friend if she would wear the puffy little skirt and they both decided it was "obviously designed by a man" because what woman would make her ass puffier on purpose, right?
I tend to like a challenge, so I promptly grabbed the skirt and its slight longer, less puffier sister, the Skhoop Original Insulated Skirt to give them a try and have to say, I disagree with them.  I loved them and thought they were super cute and yes, flattering.  I felt neither puffy or frumpy in it--quite the opposite--it was a great twist on cold weather fashion. (which in the past might have been a bit of a oxymoron). The longer one may be more difficult to downhill in, but for a zillion other outdoor winter activities, it is perfect.
Skhoop isn't the only company that makes a ski skirts--the Sierra Designs Gnar Skirt comes in all sorts of sassy colors like eggplant and sangria--and its on sale!  Eider makes a Nunavat black down skirt that is a good basic if you like a shorter style as well.
Ski skirts may or may not be good for actual skiing--I think that is still in debate, but they are a fashionably cozy way to enjoy outdoor winter fun with a little bit more style.