fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

Facemaid Vol. 1

Facemaid Vol. 1

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

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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Serena | My Fall Fashion Muse

An in-flight movie purchase starring my ‘dream’ client Jennifer Lawrence; the soothing and supportive words of strength offered by a close friend, and the quest of a tennis icon and her historical season, are the musings behind my Fall fashion motif.  A perfect storm of inspiration ignited by one name…Serena

The moniker Serena denotes strength, beauty, balance, the nurturing fortitude of a woman, all while maintaining a marriage between femininity and masculinity of spirit.

Jennifer Lawrence’s character in the film Serena was bold and brash, but captivating; unapologetic and malicious, while still maintaining an air of vulnerability.  Serena Hedison, a close friend and confidant, is what I like to call BeautyCool. She is quick-witted and astute, self-aware, open, and present. She also happens to be, gorgeous with effortless glamourous hair!  And then, there is Serena Williams, the epitome of dominance and strength, tenacity and confidence, the embodiment of allure…and that specimen of a body!  Her competition is her own being. 

In the film, costume designer Signe Sejlund styled the character Serena in varying textures and shades of olive green, layered and complimented with hints of the softest blush, to an intense fuchsia. The wardrobe was strong and soft, bold and subdued, x and y… personified by a name, SERENA.

A Brainstorm of Inspiration

A Brainstorm of Inspiration

The beautiful styling of Signe Sejlund for the film Serena…Any my current color palette obsession… Images are subject to copyright.

The beautiful styling of Signe Sejlund for the film Serena…And my current color palette obsession…
Images are subject to copyright.

There's Something About Serena Hedison...

There’s Something About Serena Hedison…

My 'Serena-Themed' Tribe.

My ‘Serena-Themed’ Tribe.

Olive You.

Olive You.

A current 'I Cannot Wait to Wear This' metallic olive green silk midi skirt...

A current ‘I Cannot Wait to Wear This’ metallic olive green silk midi skirt…

A party dress 'in waiting' embroidered with Olive Green sequins… Party anyone???

A party dress ‘in waiting’ embroidered with Olive Green sequins… Party anyone???

When Pink meets Green Shoes:  Nina Ricci

When Pink meets Green
Shoes: Nina Ricci

A few favorites for the upcoming season!  Currently obsessed with polaroids, pink roses, and Paris (obviously).

A few favorites for the upcoming season! Currently obsessed with polaroids, pink roses, and Paris (obviously).

What is inspiring your fall fashion eye?

~FACEMAID

 

PS.  Stayed tuned in for my Fall beauty edit! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Touched Shine’ | Touche Éclat

Like a golden magic wand possessing the power to wipe away a 60- hour work week just in time for Friday night; the perfect fix for the five o’clock makeup meltdown, or to simply add the glow of a Cinderella- inspired twinkle in your eye, YSL Touche Éclat allows you to discreetly erase imperfections caused by lining, and life…

Terry de Gunzburg, of byTerry, is the mastermind behind Touche Éclat, created over 20 years ago and is one of the beauty industries most coveted products.  In spite of its worldwide cult fame amongst makeup artists and the faces they paint, there are still beauty enthusiasts who find the click of the golden tube a bit of a conundrum.

Touche Éclat is perfect product for the ‘I’m not a makeup person,’ to the full on ‘Paris is Burning’ beat. It is glow, a highlighter, can sometimes double down as a concealer, and simply described, Touche is the equivalent of a Chantelle Lace Chemise; it covers, but the skin still peeks through.

 

Touche Éclat Tricks:

•Less is more; one of the few times you will hear me say this!

•If you are purchasing for the first time, ask for help getting matched. YSL Beauté extended the shade range, so ovations for 12, yes 12, options!!!

•Blend out by tapping with your ring finger; or try using a blending brush for a super sheer effect.

•Below I posted a few of my favorite places for Touche Éclat touch-up tricks.

Click for Glow,

~FACEMAID

All That's Gold...

All That’s Gold…

Golden Glow Sticks...

Golden Glow Sticks…

Test, Test, 12 Color Options!

Test, Test, 12 Color Options!

Under the brow for a defined arch and soft highlight…Ps. Great for a mini eye lift! ;)

Under the brow for a defined arch and soft highlight…Ps. Great for a mini eye lift! 😉

The most common area, the inner corners of the eye…Makeup wakeup!

The most common area, the inner corners of the eye…Makeup wakeup!

Knock out redness and shadows around the nose...

Knock out redness and shadows around the nose…

To know me is to know I LOVE a nose contour, a simple stripe down the nasal landing strip...

To know me is to know I LOVE a nose contour, a simple stripe down the nasal landing strip…

Fish-kiss and stripe under your contour.  This will amplify the cheekbone!

Fish-kiss and stripe under your contour. This will amplify the cheekbone!

After the blend- Chiseled!

After the blend- Chiseled!

Twinkle, Twinkle Touche Éclat!!!

Twinkle, Twinkle Touche Éclat!!!

 

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In Honor Of Yves | Morocco and The Jardin Majorelle

To commemorate the upcoming August 1st birthdate of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, I am reminiscing on Marrakech, Morocco, and moments in his Jardin Majorelle, or, Majorelle Garden.

To preserve the 40-year masterpiece designed and curated by artist Jacques Majorelle, Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé cemented their fondness of Marrakech, and the garden, by acquiring it and its residence in 1980, thus saving it from impending demise.

*Bergé said of the Jardin Majorelle,We were seduced by this oasis where colours used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature.’ 

The richness of the signature cobalt bleu Majorelle decorates the home of the garden’s Berber Museum, created to honor the history and culture of Africa’s most indigenous people.  Over a dozen species of birds, entwined with calming fountains, and various palms and cacti, share the spirit of Saint Laurent, and his, and Bergé’s cohesive expression of beauty, in various forms; cementing a respect, admiration, and vision, for Marrakech, and the Jardin Majorelle.

Exquisitely curated, each lily pad ostensibly placed by hand, the garden is quiet and serene. Its visitors navigate with a collective reverence for its beauty, filled with vibrant color, designed with the detail of an artist, by an artist, with a vision…Its equivalence to walking into a tropical Moroccan dream, with Yves

Joyeux Anniversaire, Monsieur Saint Laurent,

~FACEMAID

…Tea with Yves…  A capture from Pierre Bergé's book 'Yves Saint Laurent, A Moroccan Passion'

…Tea with Yves… A capture from Pierre Bergé’s book ‘Yves Saint Laurent, A Moroccan Passion’

Rue Yves Saint Laurent, شارع إيف سان لوران

Rue Yves Saint Laurent,
شارع إيف سان لوران

…Entrance to the Jardin Majorelle...

…Entrance to the Jardin Majorelle…

…Surrounded by bleu Majorelle… Caftan:  Marrakech Shoe:     Zara Turban: The FHBoutique-UK

…Surrounded by bleu Majorelle on the steps of the Berber Museum……
Caftan: Marrakech
Shoe: Zara
Turban: The FHBoutique-UK

…This Way...

…This Way…

…A Peaceful Moment at The Lily Pond...

…A Peaceful Moment at The Lily Pond…

…The Pavillion...

…The Pavillion…

*Footnote:  Bergé Quote from www.jardinmajorelle.com

 

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Hotel California, NYC

Through the thickness of a European accent, he professed, ‘I could listen to your voice all night…’ He then asked, if I would sing him a song.  I warned him of the potential tragedy likely to ensue.  Yet tickled, and a little flattered, I reluctantly obliged his request. ‘ So, what song should we sing?’ I asked.  He looked at me, and replied, “Hotel California…”

One iTunes download later, and a quick Google search for lyrics, we stumbled through the melody of a classic…and lived one of those awesomely random, unforgettable New York moments…

The memory of that night was reignited by the name of an über rich, super pigmented , high-shine gloss with the perfect punch of opaque.  Its sheer enough to complement a smoky eye, and strong enough to stand alone.  How fortuitous this Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss is aptly named Hotel California…Ahhhh, life is but a theme.

Herzlich,

FACEMAID

'…There she stood in the doorway...'

‘…There she stood in the doorway…’

'…Welcome to the Hotel California...'

‘…Welcome to the Hotel California…’

'….Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way...'

‘….Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way…’

'…I saw shimmering light...

‘…I saw shimmering light…

…I had to stop for the night...

…I had to stop for the night…

'…Such a lovely face...'

‘…Such a lovely face…’

'…Such a lovely place...'

‘…Such a lovely place…’

 

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