Madame Sophia | My Italian Beauty Muse

For years, before ever visiting, I imagined Italy and the beauty of its landscape, as Sophia Loren personified. The Sophia of the 1950’s. The Legend of the Lost Sophia- demure and mesmerizing. A perfect dichotomy between coyly aloof, and intensely passionate. Equal parts signora, and sex bomb, simultaneously.

Sophia Loren’s beauty and style is the embodiment of femininity… soft curls, turbans, head wraps, and scarves; chandelier earrings, and jeweled statement necklaces accessorize long, rounded brows, sitting against, sharp, carbon-winged eyes, and soft nude lips.

Chiffon draped shoulders and lace silhouettes, sweetheart necklines tucked into midi-skirts, where sex meets modesty. She oozes every color, and so, I themed shades of red, from the palest pantone pink to the boldest fuchsia. In skirts, scarves, lips, cheeks, nails, and embroidered details, dressed, and undressed, I channeled That Kind of Woman, Sophia.

Ciao, Ciao!

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Inspiration from Sophia Loren's 1965 Vogue Cover

Inspiration from Sophia Loren’s 1965 Vogue Cover

Sophia, Sophia!!! Vogue 1965

Sophia, Sophia!!!
Vogue 1965

FACEMAID Four Roma.  My favorite products used to channel my inner Black Orchid. COVERGIRL TruNaked Waterproof Eyeliner Madina True Deep Eyeliner Bite Lipstick in Chai NYX Powder Blush in Pinched Dress: ASOS

FACEMAID Four Roma. My favorite products used to channel my inner Black Orchid.
COVERGIRL TruNaked Waterproof Eyeliner
Madina True Deep Eyeliner
Bite Lipstick in Chai
NYX Powder Blush in Pinched
Dress: ASOS

Color Overload!!! Vintage YSL Skirt Vintage Blouse from a Parisian Vintage Store Shoes: Miu Miu

Color Overload!!!
Vintage YSL Skirt
Vintage Blouse from a Parisian Vintage Store
Shoes: Miu Miu

My favorite nail laquer for travel. No top coat necessary!! COVERGIRL Outlast in Red-dy and Willing

My favorite nail laquer for travel. No top coat necessary!!
COVERGIRL Outlast in Red-dy and Willing

Muse.

Muse.

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Fleming{o} Dreams…

On my last morning in Sardinia, my lovely waitress Alicé told me of a Sardinian park, home to thousands of flamingos. Like a poodle, my ears perked up! I taxied to the park’s information center, braving the heat (in sequin pants) and armed with Italian directions, set out to discover the family of some 15,000 flamingos, in all of their black, pink, and white splendor.

I trekked for three and half miles, coming to what was a literal crossroads. The sun was setting, I was sweating and  could barely decipher a word of the directions I was given. Like a scene from a movie, I looked left, then right, standing confused on which way to proceed. My fear of being too lost to find my way back, or worse, stranded without an ability to effectively communicate, I turned, and walked the path I knew. After seven miles of searching, I ended up back at the information center. The attendant, surprised to see me, inquired about my mishap. Standing together, I retraced my steps, using the map on her wall. She gasped, and showed me, had I taken right, (my first instinct) I would have seen the birds, only feet away.

This moment proved to be a metaphor for my life. Although it may seem unimportant, after all, we’re talking about Flamingos; to me it signified a lack of trust I have with myself, and my dreams.

Upon returning to New York, in what I refuse to believe was coincidence I began noticing flamingos everywhere. At lunch days later, a beautiful pregnant woman, sat next to me, in a white dress, covered with pink flamingos. I accepted this, as the Universe’s way of affirming my dreams, and the faith and trust I should have in them. So, onward, Flamingo, or Flemingo, Dreaming.

~Facemaid

 

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A Fleming, Flamingo theme day inspired by my travels, and this Flamingo Jumpsuit by Anthropologie.

Flamingo moments from the day.

Flamingo moments from the day.

Blue Flamingo Party

Blue Flamingo Party

 

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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…

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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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fleur•tation | A Summer Style Inspiration

The first days of Summer ignite memories of a biting New York City night in February, when MoMa stayed open until dawn, and the cool-kid locals, diverse in both age and ethnicity, emerged to get a glimpse into the mind of Henri Matisse

Prior to attending the exhibit, I Netflix’d Barbara Freed’s ‘A Model for Matisse’…a documentary recounting their relationship (described by Matisse as a ‘fleur-tation’ ) between the artist and Sister Jacques-Marie, the nurse who would become his muse; the chapel she would inspire, and he would later create…with traces of his gouaches découpés, or ‘cut-outs,‘ of stained paper, synchronously and subtly expressed in the stained glass windows of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence.

The documentary pulled me closer to the art, to the artist; and his brain, seemingly made of vibrant color, and adventure…The Cut-Outs, with intentional fluidity of shape, directly inspired my Summer theme…to live vibrantly, in flowy, flirty, unstructured pieces of bold color, celebrating femininity…

…Summer beauty of cheekbones ‘cutout’ with bronzer, slow-grinding against the boldness of NARS-blushed cheeks that smile to the beat of Mark Ronson’s ‘Summer Breaking’…bold liquid liner for Friday night eyes, on a Tuesday…and lips stained to last, and you know, last…;)

‘A fleur-tation…What takes place between us is like a shower of flowers- rose petals that we throw at each other.’ ~Henri Matisse

été heureux…happysummer,

xo, Facemaid

Cut-Out Color Block. Dress: H&M Shoe:  SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

Cut-Out Color Block.
Dress: H&M
Shoe: SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

 

Anemo{me}…Flowy Vintage Blues, with a bouquet of the artist’ favorite flower…

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My favorite piece from the exhibit. Check out the Face{maid}

Destination: Fleurtation. NARS Exhibit A Blush MAC Cosmetics in Frankly Scarlet Kevyn Aucoin Myracle Hot Pink NARS Multiple in Siam NYX Eyeliner in Extreme Purple No.& Stay Precise Liquid Liner

Destination: Fleurtation.
NARS Exhibit A Blush
MAC Cosmetics in Frankly Scarlet
Kevyn Aucoin Myracle Hot Pink
NARS Multiple in Siam
NYX Eyeliner in Extreme Purple
No.& Stay Precise Liquid Liner

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FACEMAID Vol. 1

It’s Here…It’s Here…It’s Here…It’s Here!!!!

My predisposition to fantasy leaves me living in perpetual theme inciting inspiration for not only my daily attire, but in my travels as well…A movie, a color, an icon, all evoke a feeling, a vibe…expressed via fashion and face…thus this virtual brain space was born…

FACEMAID | Celebrate The Pretty

FACEMAID is a celebration of inspiration encapsulating everything I love: fashion, film, places, products…all the ways I decorate my life, in theme…

I believe…In Having a Theme Song…In Love…In Experiencing the World (some call this travel)…In Caftans and Kimonos…In Midi Skirts and Maxi Dresses…I Believe in Finding the Perfect Red Lipstick…In Grandmas and Rose Gold…In Inspiration…In Hope…In Moisturizer and Liquid Liner…I believe in Natural Beauty AND Full Glam…In Mascara, Lashes, Mascara, (in that order)…I believe in Big Curly Hair and Fresh Flowers…I believe Sade will always get you through…I believe Moving Your Body means You’re Dancing…In Girlfriends and Gratitude…I believe in DREAMS and IDEAS…But Most of All, I Believe You Should
CELEBRATE THE PRETTY!!!!

Xo, FACEMAID

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