fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

Facemaid Vol. 1

Facemaid Vol. 1

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

Mother Orchid | Spring at The Orchid Show

Behold the luxurious and mysterious romantic allure of the orchid. With its asexual regality, the orchid does not flirt, yet plays hard to get, making you lead with effort, giving special instructions for its maintenance that, if ignored, will surely abandon you. The orchid’s decorative, edible, and medicinal qualities, make it a flower that feeds all five senses. To nurture it requires commitment, and like the mate that elicits your best qualities, it teaches patience and perseverance.

Each Spring, the New York Botanical Garden celebrates this elegant flower with its annual Orchid Show. Thirty thousand species of orchids displayed and inspired by an ever-changing theme, is at perfect as it sounds. In a nod to this year’s Orchid show, and to celebrate the first week of Spring, I reminisce on last year’s ‘Chandelier’ event; daydreaming of being surrounded by thousands of species of floral bliss, in an explosion of orchids with varying personalities, each beautiful in their own complex way.

Walking through the exhibit ignites childhood memories of trips to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, picnicking with my mom, and inciting sensory cognition of floral notes that smell and feel new, and hopeful, like the first days of Spring.

love and hope,

Facemaid

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This Way to Bliss!!!

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Orchid Light

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Beauty In All Forms

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Surrounded By ‘Chandeliers’

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Facemaid Four the Orchid Show: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Vichy Idealist MAC Pigment Christian Dior Lipstick

Captured, Capturing

Captured, Capturing

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The Most Magnificent Display

Photo Credit: @erikasanz

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Helloooo…Your Face Called | Hydrate Winter Skin

The past weekend’s New Year festivities (btw, Happy New Year!), coupled with the fashionably late arrival of winter has my skin singing Adele, searching for hydration.  Mother Nature’s cool dry air aligned with the warm, dry indoor temperatures of blazing boilers, dehydrate the skin at rapid pace. Protect your pretty, hydrate.

I like to add a mixer, or two, to my everyday skincare cocktail. Adding hydrating mists, masks, and moisturizers, are essential to combat the stress of the current, much cooler climate.

Below, I’m sharing a few of my face’s favorite drink’s of water!

An industry cult favorite, and my all-time favorite moisturizer, Embrolisse.  Made with plant extracts that hydrate, and a texture that cushions the skin like a down comforter, I keep this in my personal and professional skincare kit.

An industry cult favorite, and my all-time favorite moisturizer, Embryolisse. Made with plant extracts that hydrate, and a texture that cushions the skin like a down comforter, I keep this in my personal and professional skincare kit.

New to regime, Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask, leaves my skin feeling fresh, and soft.  Infused with Chamomile and kiwi extract to soothe, and Shea butter to moisturize, this mask once a week seals the moisture deal!

New to regime, Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask, leaves my skin feeling fresh, and soft. Infused with Chamomile and kiwi extract to soothe, and Shea butter to moisturize, this mask once a week seals the moisture deal!

As one of my favorite brands of skincare, Caudalie Lip Conditioner does exactly what it says, conditions, but, with superpower antioxidants to help with anti-aging.  You know I love a two-fer.

As one of my favorite brands of skincare, Caudalie Lip Conditioner does exactly what it says, conditions, but, with superpower antioxidants to help with anti-aging. You know I love a two-fer.

A literal 'drink of water' for your skin!  But Avene Spring Water is a fave for its ability to soothe redness (windburn anyone?), and balance the skin's ph.  Mist throughout the day to keep skin plump and hydrated!

A literal ‘drink of water’ for your skin! But Avene Thermal Spring Water is a fave for its ability to soothe redness (windburn anyone?), and balance the skin’s ph. Mist throughout the day to keep skin plump and hydrated!

My Facemaid Four Hydrated Skin!!!

My Facemaid Four Hydrated Skin!!!

PS.  I missed talking to you; I hope your 2016 is off to an amazing start!!!

xoxo,

Facemaid

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Besos | Barcelona

It felt as though someone from everywhere in the entire world set out for the beaches of Barcelona that weekend; and it was the third stop on my own personal Eat, Pray, Love excursion.

Barcelona is warm, sexy, and casual. Where couples stop to kiss in the street, overcome with passion, defeated by anticipation.

Feminine details can be found within the city’s architecture, as if the buildings were stenciled in concrete lace; and floral elements embedded in the masonry, giving an air of romance affirming the passion of the culture.

And so, I adorned my hair with flowers, like Frida; and draped my shoulders with lace, mimicking the buildings around me.

Warm bright eyes, signature red lips, and big, strong brows, lure Spanish expressions whispered in Catalan…with words that fall deaf upon the ears, yet understood by the eyes…

Besos,Besos…Petons

~FACEMAID

…DONA...

…DONA…

…Lacy Details in the Gothic Quarter...

…Lacy Details in the Gothic Quarter…

Deep Red Lips, and Hair Roses… Eyes: Makeup Forever Lips: MAC Cosmetics, COVERGIRL

Deep Red Lips, and Hair Roses…
Eyes: Makeup Forever
Lips: MAC Cosmetics, COVERGIRL

…Floral, Feminine Inspiration...

…Floral, Feminine Inspiration…

An obvious feast of Sangria, tapas, and paella; and tapas, sangria, sangria, sangria…

An obvious feast of Sangria, tapas, and paella; and tapas, sangria, sangria, sangria…

…Romantic Details...

…Romantic Details…

…Esperanza...

…Esperanza…

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Beauty{Fall}| Makeup Inspiration

Colors mimicking your favorite Malbec, warm and rich; shades of marsala and mustard, apricot and eggplant…Fall is full of inspiration. The time of year we switch from rosé, to pumpkin spiced everything; and hints of autumn reveal themselves in the warm colors of foliage, and the beauty in aging leaves, synonymous with cooler climates.

My BeautyFall inspiration was inspired by the certainty in, and embracing of, transition…literally, and figuratively. An edit on my everyday red…an upgrade of a clean eye…with colors that feel like the leftovers of summer, and the anticipation of autumn.

What I love about this NARS eyeshadow, is how beautifully deceptive it is. For a complexion like mine, at first glance its impact isn’t obvious. However, on the skin, it warms up the eye with a hint of sparkle. {On a lighter complexion, it works as a beautiful shadow liner by day, and smokey eye by night. :)}

I wanted my lips layered with an intense base tempered with warm shades of red like the depth of autumn leaves, as if I’d kissed the leaves of The Cloisters’ trees.

As days become shorter, sunsets seem so much more intense. A walk through Fort Tryon Park was the perfect in-between-seasons moment. Mother Nature’s torment between what was Summer, and what is becoming, Fall.

~FACEMAID

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Beauty Fall

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A Change Is Gonna Come…The Cloisters at Ft Tryon Park

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The Fall Beauty Crew NARS Eyeshadow Duo in SURABAYA NARS Velet Matte Lipstick in TRAIN BLEU NARS Audacious Lipstick in RITA

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Fall V. Summer at Sunset

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Inspiration by Nature

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Warm Sun, Warm Eyes, Warm Lips…Cool Air

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Lets Walk Through The Park

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Blush

Sunset With A View

Sunset With A View

 

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Luxuriate In Laruicci | Megawatt Jewelry

A Detroit girl gone global, Lauren Ruicci was clearly born with serious cool-girl allure. Having studied extensively in Florence, Italy, she gives a nod to Linda Loppa and Pattie Wilson as influences. However, her creativity at finding inspiration in Aunties and automotive alike, make it no wonder her brand, Laruicci, is blowing up all over the world. Much like her presence, Laruicci exudes strength mixed with sass- think Megawatt Jewelry meets Wonder Woman. The result: instant superpower potential.

After a chance meeting over coifs at Didact Hair Building in Paris’ Marais; I had the privilege of previewing her most current collection, inspired by a girl biker gang, cruising down the Almafi coast. Her vision, aptly displayed in the textures and color (opaque white) of each piece, gives a nod to Italian décor and the architecture of vintage Italy, southern style.

Each Laruicci collection has a distinct story, where more is more or less can be made more, layered with Laruicci. Now, luxuriate here.

~ FACEMAID

Laruicci Overload

Laruicci Overload

 

You Have The Right To Remain Cuffed

You Have The Right To Remain Cuffed

If Wonder Woman Wore Rings...

If Wonder Woman Wore Rings…

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The Leather-Clad Creative Rocking Her Label. #BOSS

The Leather-Clad Creative Rocking Her Label. #BOSS

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Getting A Sneak Peek…

Biker Girl Gangs!

Biker Girl Gangs!

A Close-Up of the New Collection

A Close-Up of the New Collection

A Few of My Favs

A Few of My Favs

Luxuriate

Luxuriate

 

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Black Pearl |Un Petite Rendezvous Avec Paris |

I needed an edit. I needed inspiration. I craved a change of atmosphere. I needed to be drowned by love. I needed a trip to Paris.

A long weekend spent luxuriating in fashion, art, and food; doing absolutely nothing, and open for everything. Making new friends, drinking Côte du Rhone, and discovering neighborhoods never explored. The weekend gave me everything I needed…

With Love,

FACEMAID

Champagne???

Champagne???

…Laruicci Showroom…. www.laruicci.com

…Laruicci Showroom….
www.laruicci.com

…Accoutrements… Lingerie: Witchery Shoe: Dolce & Gabbana

…Accoutrements…
Lingerie: Witchery
Shoe: Dolce & Gabbana

…Mood… Confetti Dance Mural!!

…Mood…
Confetti Dance Mural!!

I Spy Chanel...

…I Spy Chanel…

Standing at Fashion Heaven's Door with @firstclassbelongings

Standing at Fashion Heaven’s Door with @firstclassbelongings.

…Hold On, To Love...

…Hold On, To Love…

...Black Pearl...

…Black Pearl…

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Bodegas And Tutus | About Last Night…

We were hungry; even after a dinner of fra diavolo. My photog friend Kimberly’s obsession with corner stores, and my equal obsession with tutus, we decided to embark on one of New York’s most consistent late-night gifts- the neighborhood bodega. But first, let me throw something on…

🙂

FACEMAID

Accoutrements...

Accoutrements…

Hungry Harlem Nights...

Hungry Harlem Nights…

…I'll Have One of Everything...

…I’ll Have One of Everything…

…Eyes vs. Stomach… Shirt:  J. Crew Tutu:  Asos Belt:   Vintage

…Eyes vs. Stomach…
Shirt: J. Crew
Tutu: Asos
Belt: Vintage

…Food For Thought...

…Food For Thought…

…Happy Face...

…Love, and Food, Conquers All!…:)

Photography By:  Kimberly Anderson @HowtoKIM

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तपाईं धन्यवाद Prabal | Prabal Gurung SS2016

Under amber lights, 28 monks emerge, and with clasped hands, begin chanting a prayer of gratitude; Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2016 opens. Suddenly I was emotional, not because I understood the prayer, but because I felt it, you could feel it, elevating the anticipation of what was to come…

Airy whites and soft saffron silhouettes in luxurious textiles float down the runway like Nepalese angels. An evolution begins, from fille to femme, timid to tigress, without losing a hint of grace; expressed in color, celebrating the strength of the shoulder in paint-stroked shades of cadmium, carmine, daffodil, dandelion, and embroidered textures brought to life in orange, copper and gold metallic. Beaded carbon elements add depth to the delicate…

Watching, was like witnessing a metamorphosis; the evolution of a being, be it human, soulful, or geographic, conveyed through fashion.  The show closes with the strength and boldness of vermillion, symbolizing perseverance through darkness, re-birthed with boldness.

It was only after the show I learned of the designer’s inspiration: a nod of love to his native Nepal, her perseverance through pain and tragedy, and most of all, gratitude to the world that uplifted her.
तपाईं धन्यवाद Prabal.

~FACEMAID

The sun beginning to set before showtime!!!

The sun beginning to set before showtime!!!

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…28 Monks…

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…Prabal Gurung SS 1016…

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…Coppering…

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…Coal Elegance…

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…Final Look…

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…What I Wore…

*NOTE*  All images from Prabal Gurung SS2016 are owned by the designer.  Please check out the full experience here.

To Donate to Nepal Relief Efforts click here.

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The 11th | New York City

Much like any relationship that takes effort to grow and thrive, I spent the summer rekindling my connection with the figurative ‘man’ in my life: New York City. I wanted to see him, simply, with new eyes. I discovered neighborhoods and hidden parks and gardens meticulously landscaped around silently aggressive sculpture. His boldness is intriguingly handsome. The personality of New York City’s skyline asserts itself through weeping willows giving architectural balance to stoic beauty. There are so many share-worthy moments however the history of this day required its own recognition.

For more than a decade, the 11th of September permeates the minds of us all, with memories recounting where we were when… Left is the resilience of a city cloaked in pride and reverence.  Standing at Gotham’s highest point, a memorial beams, and love is ingrained in the literal and figurative, honoring the sacrifice of so many, and those sacrificed, filling up the heart of an entire city.

Never Forget~

Facemaid

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

 

 

 

 

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Bay • Bae | She is San Francisco

She is everyone’s ‘Swipe Right.’ The attraction to her is instant. With an easy, relaxed energy, her minimalism negates any hint of arrogance. Her architecture draws you in with its charm. The hills and curves of her streets help balance brains and beauty; but her Silicone is cerebral. She is innovative, and artistic; cultured in cuisine, a master of Mandarin: the total package. If you want to court her, it will cost you. Fitting, when one harbors one of the seven wonders.

She is amorous, often leaving love notes scattered about like emoji hearts, reminding you to show love, to share love, to make love… And in between lovers, she is the best friend that feeds you after a breakup, whispering, ‘Rest here, reset here, control alt delete, then repeat love, here…’

Like hazy grey skies with rays of sunshine fighting their way through the fog, her style is ‘street smarts –meets- Celine.’ She puts a little cool on the classics. I tempered her crispness with neutral layers of taupe against bold lips, mimicking her shades of gray, and graffiti.

On our last day hanging out she initiated a dare. Wanting to impress her, I braved an internal battle, facing my fear of heights, and bridges, crossing her illustrious Golden Gate, to euphoria. But yeah, do not be fooled by her finesse; there are piercings and body art under her Bottega. And she keeps an island just off her bay…

High on Hill,

Facemaid

…Charming...

…Charming…

'…Love waits there...'

‘…Love waits there…’

'…Hanging on a Cable Car...'

‘…Hanging on a Cable Car…’

...Fifty Shades...

…Fifty Shades…

Love, is  this way...

Love, is this way…

'…Morning fog may chill the air...'

‘…Morning fog may chill the air…’

'…A western street, with eastern manners...'

‘…A western street, with eastern manners…’

…The stimulation of Chinatown...

…The stimulation of Chinatown…

…Call me Dumplin...

…Call me Dumplin…

…Fear-less...

…Fear-less…

…{un} Wireless...

…{un} Wireless…

'…Little cable cars climb halfway to the stars...'

‘…Little cable cars climb halfway to the stars…’

'…I left my heart in San Francisco...'

‘…I left my heart in San Francisco…’

…Euphoria...

…Euphoria…

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