Fashion ft. Back East Boutique, transitioning to fall

Fall is riiiiight around the corner, making me v. happy, and also leaving me at a loss for what to wear. It’s always something of a shock to transition your summer wardrobe to fall, so some new pieces are sometimes necessary to make the transition easier. That’s why I love this gorgeous new top I just got from Back East Boutique.

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Beauty // Current favorites for hair, skin, and makeup!

I don’t change up my skincare regimen or makeup routine a whole lot, but I’ve been getting back into fabulous beauty trends and trying out some new techniques/products, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites here if you’re like me and have a. combination/acne-prone skin, b. curly/wavy hair, and c. a love for beauty/makeup. Here’s what’s currently working for me and some links to what I used to do in terms of hair/makeup/skincare. Hope you like!

BEAUTY // Missha BB Cream, ELF eyeliner, Estee Lauder lipstick

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For years, I’ve used the Missha BB Cream and I’ve never found a product I like more. I stipple it on using a foundation brush and blend in circular motions. I don’t even have to prime my face, because this stuff is primer/foundation/moisturizer all in one, and because it’s a Korean product, it’s also meant to be good for your skin. Which it is, I’ve found. It’s also mad cheap on Amazon, which is where I buy it. One bottle lasts me about a year, and I use it every single day.

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Fashion || The start of something

Today I’m wearing this fabulous new cape coat over one of my favorite, very old dresses. I bought this dress at least four years ago, and because of the colors and how comfy it is, I must wear it a dozen times a year, and I love that. It’s definitely a staple dress, and one that I never get tired of.

I’ve been eager to find myself a good cape coat for ages, and I love this lightweight one. Cape coats of all kinds are definitely a mild-weather outerwear option, because obviously, your arms get no protection from the cold. But it’s such a fun piece to style for the warmer fall days because you get to play around with colors and patterns.

Also wearing the Kendall Jenner lipstick I cannot get enough of. It matched perfectly!

(As an aside: this is my 400th blog post. Crazy!)

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dress from Forever 21 (old), cape coat c/o Wholesale Buying, shoes from Chicwish, lipstick from Estee Lauder (Kendall Jenner’s “Restless” shade)

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Halloween Highlights!

As you may know, this year my sisters and I dressed up as Kendall, Kylie, and Kim this year, and we…took Manhattan? 😉

The best part about this costume was buying and doing all the makeup. My sister (Kim) had a full face of contour just like her real-life inspiration, and it was so much fun trying to mimic that signature look. My other sister (Kylie) had her hands full trying to recreate Kylie’s infamous overlined lips.

My look was somewhat more laid back, but I loved getting to wear her gorgeous Estee Lauder shade and put on my best “off-duty model” outfit, which was comfy in black stretchies and an off-the-shoulder top and cropped leather jacket.

I annoyed my sisters by spontaneously getting into character the whole night and talking about Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Cara Delevingne over dinner and drinks, and of course, we took a load of pictures, because that’s what they do.

We went down to the West Village to watch the parade, and even though it was hella crowded, some of the “attractions” were so cool, like gigantic dancing skeletons, trippy lamp heads on sticks, and a float dedicated to El Dio De Los Muertos. I snapped a couple pictures, so here are some highlights (and contours?) of the night!

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train selfie // Kim and Kylie

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my brother-in-law doing his best Scott Disick // Kendall & (blonde) Kylie

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We had a lot of fun with these costumes! Hope your Halloween was awesome.

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My fun, easy, glam Halloween costume

This year, I was at a loss for what to be for Halloween. This happens to me every year, and I always pull something out last minute or go for something that doesn’t even look like a costume. I’m not a huge Halloween person, but I love to dress up!

Usually, my sisters and I do a group costumes and hit up the Halloween Parade in the city’s West Village. Last year we were flappers straight out of The Great Gatsby, with my blonde sister going as Daisy (and her husband as Gatsby) while I did my best Jordan Baker inspired-by-Baz-Luhrmann costume. We had a lot of fun getting ready!

This year, I wanted to do something similar, but I wasn’t having any brainwaves. Until I thought, “I kinda wanna be Kylie Jenner for Halloween.” It’s SUCH a distinctive look, considering all her wigs, her signature enhanced lips, and her selfie style. But I knew my sister, who’s blonde, loves Kylie even more than I do, so I figured, why not do a low-key, but definitely recognizable, group costume as the K/J clan?

Instead of Kylie, I’m going to do Kendall. She’s a style icon, so shopping is going to be so fun. I’m aiming to recreate her effortless street-style look with black skinnies and a leather jacket. But the best part for me will be the makeup.

I bought her gorgeous Estee Lauder lipstick last week, and I’m so excited to wear it. It’s such a beautiful matte orange/red, and I’m going to do her winged eye, looooong lashes, and simple straight hair parted down the middle. I’ve found inspiration in this Youtube tutorial by Chloe Morello (love her), and am planning on doing her whole look. She’s perhaps not as recognizable as Kylie, but with one sister doing Kylie and the other doing Kim, we’ll definitely be recognized.

So far, I’ve got her lipstick, some long false lashes, a new cropped leather jacket, and a gray sweater-type crop top that I’ve seen her wear off her shoulders. With black booties, I’ll be comfortable (ish), warm (ish), and stylish. 😉 Here’s the photo that was my inspiration:

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll know I’m a true fan of the sisters. Leave the hate at the door, if you please. I like their personalities, their style, and their influence. So this costume isn’t meant to be disrespectful or to make fun of them; it’s just fun. Simple as that.

Hope everyone reading this has a happy Halloween, and please stay safe!

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I want rainbow hair…

In high school, I would dye little strands of hair pink or blue, or put in little extensions that gave my hair a pop of color and something more interesting than my usual brown. I’ve since fallen out of the habit of adding color to my hair, perhaps thankfully, but I want to bring it back in a big way. I stumbled upon a picture of “rainbow ombre” hair online and seriously fell in love. So I think it’s time for a fun, quasi-permanent hair change that will hopefully look something like this:

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I never do anything even remotely interesting to my hair other than pin it back in a clip when it starts to bother me. I hardly do any hairstyles because I’m too lazy and because having my hair down and around my face is low-key and still looks good. So this new change is drastic but it’ll be fun! Afterward, or when the color begins to fade, I might just chop off the ombre and bob my hair, a la Bernice and Kendall Jenner.

What do you guys think?

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In Defense of Kendall and Kylie, YA Authors

There’s something about literature that’s sacred. Authors are special people with a special purpose and their stories attain the status of a holy text to their fans, for good reason. And then there are the Kardashians. When I first heard that the young Jenner sisters had written a dystopian YA novel, my first, knee-jerk response was, “Oh God, really?” And then I sat back and thought about it. It’s really not that bad. And I’m not just talking about the book itself.

The virtual avalanche of Internet and official criticism engulfing the release of Rebels: City of Indra takes the form of several different arguments:

The “They hired two ghostwriters; they didn’t even write it themselves!” argument. 

So many other film stars, performers, and musicians hire ghostwriters to tell their stories. In this instance, the only difference is that Kendall and Kylie’s “story” happens to be a work of fiction and fiction, as we know, is perceived differently than celebrity memoirs, for example. However, Jason Segel recently sought a collaborator on his children’s book, Nightmares!, to be released in Fall 2014. When asked about his decision to work with a co-writer, he stated that he “wanted the book to be good” and that he “provided the template in the script and [Kirsten Miller] provided a description of the world with the prose the way a director would do visually.” Hiring collaborators shows a level of insight and humility; the Jenner girls knew they didn’t have the talent necessary to give their story its literary legs.

Personally, I find their desire to write a novel commendable, especially given that these two girls were born into privilege and are paid to be filmed continuously. They’re models and have been in the public eye since they were just children, but despite being accustomed to making money from their looks (and let’s face it, they’re beautiful), they’ve taken it upon themselves to do something creative and different.

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The “These girls should stick to what they know: shopping and taking selfies” argument. 

Criticizing Kendall and Kylie for wanting to writing a book is tantamount to saying that just because they’re pretty, they can’t possibly be smart. Pretty girls who like to shop can’t be interested in books. While there is no evidence to assume these girls read a lot, there is also no evidence proving they don’t. Kendall’s now-infamous comment of “I’m the worst reader” really referred to her public speaking ability. In fact, both girls are self-proclaimed lovers of YA dystopia, like most teenagers. Basically, they’re fan-fiction writers with a famous family, but judging by the level of hatred directed at them, you’d think they’d been caught burning banned books.

Are they spoiled and privileged? Very possibly. But at least they’re doing something more creative than stumbling drunkenly out of LA bars. In fact, with their show, modeling careers, clothing lines and now a book, they’re kind of teenage workaholics. And they’ve channeled their energy and influence into a medium more substantial than a reality show. Where’s the bad?

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The “There are so many people out there working so hard, with so much talent, trying to get published and then this happens? It’s a travesty” argument. 

While I am utterly sympathetic to the struggling writer trying desperately to get published, this argument is as invalid as the author who asked J.K. Rowling to stop writing books. Kendall and Kylie’s book does not sap the talent from lesser-known or unpublished writers, nor does the fact of their publication bar others from being published themselves. Their book is marketed to a vastly different audience than most authors would wish to sell to. Comparing the marketing of an author’s debut novel, for example, to that of this work is illogical.

Whether this work is good enough to be published I cannot say, but if it’s not, then blame the publishers, not the authors. Publishing houses exist to sell books and they have obviously bet on a proven money-maker. Time and again, the Kardashians have proven they’re an excellent investment.

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So is the book itself really that bad? I haven’t read the whole book yet, but from reading it sporadically and reading about it pretty diligently, it’s clear that Rebels: City of Indra shows some pretty sophisticated themes. The setting, Indra, is a small biosphere salvaged from the remains of the earth, and split into two drastically different social spheres: the super-rich and the very poor. Strict standards of beauty are enforced on women through their Governesses, and extensive plastic surgery is the norm to adhere to these standards. Women are second-class citizens judged entirely on their looks. They are even forced to take birth control pills to limit their childbearing.

Set against this rather chilling backdrop are the Jenner girls’ alter egos, Livia and Lex, the former wealthy and the latter dirt poor. In the course of the story, they recognize the faults in their system of government and join a rebellion. Livia declares early in the novel: “I’m breaking the rules, and I absolutely refuse to care.” It’s a common YA trope, but in the case of this particular novel, the quality of the writing and plot are irrelevant compared to the messages of the book and its intended audience.

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The truth is that Kendall and Kylie Jenner of Kardashian-reality-show fame have put their names on a work that denounces the ubiquity of plastic surgery, roundly criticizes standards of beauty that oppress young women, and makes some scathing commentary on wealth disparity and the rape of the earth. Even if they didn’t put pen to paper themselves, they have collaborated on—and more important, endorsed—a work that makes positive political statements. Their characters may be dystopian versions of Kendall and Kylie themselves, but their characters’ decision to rebel against their image-obsessed, sexist government has the capacity to inspire positive reactions in their impressionable female readers. I’d say Kendall and Kylie are using their konsiderable klout for the powers of good. And that’s something to be grateful for.

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Most of the venom directed at these girls stems from mean-spirited, senseless Kardashian hatred. And I don’t care who you are, how talented, how smart, how worthy, if you hate someone that much without knowing them, reevaluate your life.