Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Behind The Scenes: Kara Ortbal

Kara Ortbal with SMG came into the downtown Gene Juarez Salon a couple weeks ago in need of being styled for a local photo shoot in Seattle. Myself along with the extremely talented makeup artist, Crosbie, did our magic on her and brought her character to life. The inspiration that was given to us for the shoot was supposed to have a Victorian/Gothic feel to it, and this is what Crosbie and my interpretation was!


Model: Kara Ortbal
Makeup: Shanie Crosbie w/ Gene Juarez Salons and Spas
Hair: Andrea Malczewski w/ Gene Juarez Salons and Spas
Wardrobe: Helene Hawthorne
Photography: Jiamin Zhu

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Deliciously Maleficient

Disney's villians never looked so good! Fortunately for me, I got to stare at these fabulous flats all day. [Stare and plot as to how I'm going to get my hands on a pair ASAP.]

Click here to take a look at these and other versions from the magical collaboration between Melissa Glam and Disney.

Featured: Melissa Glam + Vilâs Disney, Maleficient, $115.
Photo courtesy: Workman Publishing: New York
Scan courtesy: codename | drédin

More deliciousness | Just for fun...

xo | din

Monday, February 25, 2013

Kiss of Death

Spring is just around the corner and I can hardly wait for its blessed arrival! Blooms on the trees, birds singing, gorgeous sunshine....I could go on and on. But as forecasted in fashion week and spring/summer add campaigns, lips are keeping it cool.

While nature is starting to wake up and come out of hibernation, lips everywhere are deep in the grave. They are slathered in frost, icy cold, and I want to jump into this trend with both feet!

The Nicki Minaj for MAC VIVA GLAM 2013 collection has just come out and below we see her wearing the shade "VIVA GLAM NICKI 2". It's a vivid pastel lavender pink which is perfect for anyone who is a bit more cautious but still wants to get in on the trend. Because of the pink mixed with the lavender, it is a bit more subtle than just a pure lavender lip color.

And I can promise you right now that I will be adding this lipstick to my makeup bag this season! The shade shown below is "NO SHE DIDN'T" by Lime Crime and it's available on their website as of March 1st. I'm counting down the days until I can order this! I can hardly stand it!! EEEeeeeeeee!!!!!


2nd photo courtesy of Niki Weddle

Saturday, February 23, 2013

See You In A [ NY ] Minute
Vant To Bite My Neck? by OPI

February has been an awesome month for me. As you've read, I had my easy coast anniversary, and this past Thursday I signed a new lease on an apartment, a promotion at work, and got a parcel in the mail that made my heart smile.

Vant To Bite My Neck? is from OPI's Euro Centrale Spring/Summer Collection and I love everything about it! What's more, great timing that a nail polish with such a title should arrive the same night as my favorite show: The Vampire Diaries.

It definitely has a dual personality. Initially it looks like it will compete with Lincoln Park After Dark, but when it catches the light just right it's actually a sultry royal purple.

All thanks goes to Dr. Dré. Not only do I love the polish, but the card was icing on the chocolate cake. Looking forward to reuniting in NYC this May!

xo | din

Monday, February 18, 2013

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Saturday, February 16, 2013


Makeup may be one of the best inventions ever! It can beautify those who were not naturally blessed, and as for those that are....can we say bombshell?

As the seasons of fashion change, not only the clothing changes, but the makeup changes as well. I'm definitely in for trying anything new with my makeup, and lip color is always at the top of the list for makeup trends. As I flip through editorial spreads and thumb through the runway collections, my heart rate increases as I see the beautiful shades that stain each pout.

Here's the problem. When it comes to any lip color with lots of pigment such as red, orange, hot pink, burgundy, lipstick ALWAYS bleeds. I have read so many how-tos and followed just what they have said....concealer,liner, blotting....none of it works. It helps, but it doesn't work.

Just when I thought I would be stuck with nude or glossed-only lips the rest of my life, I found something magical! A lip liner by MIRABEllA! It's a clear outlining pencil that prevents the bleeding and feathering of lipstick for perfect lips all day long. It's loaded with emollients so it glides on smoothly and keeps moisture in, plus it's paraben free!

So leave the bleeding to cuts and scrapes, not to your lipstick!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is in the air

I don't know about you, but I love the day of LOVE! All the red and pink you see everywhere you look, PLUS flowers AND chocolate...what's not to love??

Wanting to be festive for any occasion I can, Valentine's Day is definitely an opportunity I choose to spruce things up! Below is my polish choice for this day of romance,JAG-U-ARE, by Essie. I've also photographed the hot little number I'm hoping to turn my husband's head in by Free People.

And of course I have to keep you all updated on the hair I'm wearing! Although it was a blast, I was getting a bit bored with my purple ombré, so I decided to switch it up. They say blondes have more fun. I guess I shall find out tonight;-)


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lost in [ DC ]

Well I'll be...

2 years? Already? It's really hard to believe, but the 8th is a day that's hard to forget!

In January of 2011, I was coming towards a transition in life-- both social and in my job. Then, one day in early January I was speaking with one of my favorite cousins who lives in VA and she said: "Why don't you come out here?" It took me all of 2.5 seconds to assess the possibility and give my reply: "OK!"

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cover Story - { Feb13 }
Harper's Bazaar - February 2013 - Fashion Preview - Jennifer Lopez

Remember in 2011 when JLo was named the Most Beautiful Woman by People Magazine? It's no wonder why she graced the cover of Harper Bazaar's Fashion Preview.

Who needs a Knight in Shining Armour when you've got Jenny from the Block holding it down? You have to agree, there's no damsel in distress here!

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