Monday, April 29, 2013

Taste of Her Cherry Chapstick

Aaah. The infamous cherry lip balm.

A dear friend of mine included this fun balm, among other gifts, in a recent mailing to me. Not only does it smell divine, apply so smooth, and brighten my pucker to rouged perfection, the case is fantastic!

Want in on the fun? Get yours here!

[ the look ]
face | natural tan [foundation] and warm natural [powder] by bobbi brown; soleil [baked  bronzer] by milani; sunset [blush] by marykay
eyes | tempted by mac; maui wowie [accent shadow] by urban decay; revlon mascara; palladio liquid eyeliner 
lips | cherry tart lip balm by ann taintor

Lastly, a very special birthday shout out to my momsup. 
The epitome of elegance.

xo | din

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Today is my friend Lauren's birthday and I want to give her a shout out! As I was going through pictures in my phone the other day I came across these before and after photos of the drastic change I gave her hair last summer. It was so much fun and she looks absolutely beautiful! if you are thinking of making a change, go for it! It would be so boring to have your hair one way the rest of your life, so take a risk! You only live once!

Happy birthday Lauren! I hope your day is as fabulous as you are! Xo.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Deep In The Blues
dré wears MIRABEllA eyeliner
din wears Colorín Mascara & NK eyeliner

The Blues [ deCODEd ]

Blue Streak by MIRABEllA has a very fine tip 
and feels like a felt marker. 
It lets you do more with your cat eye, you little minx you.
I've tried another blue mascara, but the difference is a landslide. 
This blue mascara shows up boldly on my dark lashes and brows.
I lined my bottom lid with a NK sky blue soft liner to help it pop for the photo.

Enjoy the blue streak!
xo | din

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sesame Street LIVE!!

Sesame Street Live is in town today and my little ones can hardly wait for the big event!

In honor of our childhood favorites, I thought I would post these incredibly festive shoes by Celine. I actually think the furry red and yellow numbers, "Elmo" and "Big Bird", would be fun to rock for the right occasion. However, as the blue Birkenstock wannabes, "Cookie Monster", are concerned, I hope that my loved ones love me enough to not put me in the grave in such monstrosities! Din, you better back me on that!

Wishing you all sunny days where the clouds are swept away! I'm on my way to Sesame Street!!

Photo courtesy:,,


Monday, April 22, 2013

[ Nail File: ] Turquoise & Caicos
turquoise & caicos by essie

Just a short bit ago, dré posted about the mint craze. I am definitely on board, but wanted to try something that was a notch up in the mint department to suite my complexion. From the same line, I'm wearing turquoise & caicos, and it looks great with my skin tone. Of course, I took the liberty of adding a little sparkle n' shine with OPI's Pirouette My Whistle.

Whether you're light and sweet or rich and turquoise, I think you'll agree with me when I say: I'd rather be in Caicos!

xo | din

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Summer Sandals

With Summer just around the corner, sandal season is coming upon us. I have been looking for a couple years now for a great black sandal to pop out at me. This year I have finally lucked out with 2 great finds!

As a friendly reminder: Please do not go exposing your toes without a pedicure!!

                                                                 By Dolce Vita

By Charlotte Russe 


Friday, April 19, 2013

[ Kimora Knows Best ]
These are gorgeous!
I just got these in the mail and thanks to Kimora, life in the fab lane just got a little more hot. The Aveiro heel is very comfortable. So if you're looking to break into some sensible shoes for spring, start here.

See my other two JustFab finds here and here.

xo | din

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[DIY] Bracelets

I've always found men that do hard physical labor to be sexy. Big strong hands, rippled bodies glistening in the get the picture! Well, who knew that I would hit the jackpot when I found my man! Not only is he a workin' man (who's fine as can be), turns out he has knack for fashion!

Feast your eyes upon my fabulous bangles and bracelets my boo made for me out of electrical wire! Love it?? Then go Do It Yourself!!


Monday, April 15, 2013

[ Quick Sand ]

East meets West with OPI's Oz The Great And Powerful Collection.
din wears What Wizardry Is This? by OPI | Bow ring by Forever21

What do you love about the sand polish 'What Wizardry Is This?' 
din: "Textured nail polish is so unique! And this color is great. I really had fun playing with the accent nail, and I think I'll try a top-coat next time to see how it enhances the color."

dré: "Love the texture and the finish. It's unlike any other polish. People notice it because of that."
dré wears What Wizardry Is This? by OPI | Rose ring by Forever21

Two girls, two coasts, one mutual love for nail paint. Check out other fun polish looks here and here.

xo | din

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hair Rx

When warm weather hits, so do BBQs, babes in bikinis, and beachy tresses. But as sexy as long hair can be, when the sun is beating down, so is sweat from the hair in your face! Thus, I bring to you, a spin on the regular braid: the waterfall braid. It's perfect for anything from a special occasion, to a brunch with friends. You can style it to perfection and not have to bat an eye over any unwanted strands falling in your face!

Please glean freely from my video below on "how to do a waterfall braid", and scroll further down to see the finished look.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

[ Masquerading ] In Burlesque

A few weeks ago, I visited the Mansion on O Street for a night of 
masquerading and fun. The mansion has over 30 hidden doors
although I will admit I only discovered two.

Through these doors, and the several adjoining staircases,
I uncovered the over-furnished suites. 

Quite literally a hoarder's high-end paradise.

The night ended in a dance competition-- obviously. As a judge
alongside my friend, I watched the moves of the men in suits 
and the women in corsets and heels. 
We even exercised our [self] bestowed duty to have a 
dance-off between two fair ladies to our song of choice.

Finally, I embodied my best Vanna, announced the winner,
and spent the rest of the evening twirling in my tulle and lace 
while the dj played my favorite songs...

 Claire's Fascinator | Express Necklace | LOFT Earrings 
 Nordstrom 'As U Wish' Lace & Tulle Dress
BCBG Peep-toe Pumps | photographed by Lauren

xo | din

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sweet Mint

St. Patrick's Day may be behind us, but the green seen on that Irish day was only the beginning. Green is a major color trend this Spring/ Summer 2013. I personally cannot get enough of this sweet succulent mint!!
Top: H&M
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Watch: Charlotte Russe
Nail Polish: Essie "Mint Candy Apple"

For more inspiration of other shades of green, click here and here.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Over the years, my heart has been drawn to this unfathomable entity known as modern day slavery. Today, we support the End It Movement's fight against human trafficking. 

Human trafficking must END!

Keep checking back for updates on Din's upcoming project to support awareness of human trafficking. For more information on the #enditmovement and how you can get involved, click here.

Show us your support in the comments below or on twitter!

xo | din

[ drédin supports fashion for a cause! All Saints meets Not For Sale, here. ]

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Wedging Into Spring

Like most girls, I love shoes. And I don't love them like you would a favorite recipe.....I love them like they are a family member! When looking to adopt a new pair, I'm very picky and selective. Maximum height is generally an attribute I look for, along with some edge. So, when coming upon the realization that wedges were everywhere I looked, I felt a little unsettled.

In the past, I have not been a huge fan of wedges. I find a lot of them to be "ho-hum" and definitely lacking the edge I desire. But seeing them displayed in every store I step foot, they certainly seem to be "the shoe of Spring/Summer".

Just when I was about to give up hope that I would be able to climb aboard this wedgey trend without loosing my personal style, I found not 1, but 2 pairs calling my name!! Below I present to you ~ the newest members of my kin.

These hot pink babies are by Charlotte Russe. Available at Charlotte Russe.

These sky high beauties are by Mossimo. Available at Target.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

[ Power Walk ]

If you live in DC, you can't go five minutes without seeing someone in a bland and uninspiring suit. Most of the time I have to refrain myself from bursting out: "Stop being so granola!"

Suits have been seen all over the runway this spring, and it's time the DC Metro area (and beyond) take note. You can be chic and keep it simple. Here's how...

Saint Laurent [ deCODEd ]
H&M scarf
ASTR Faux Leather Collar Shirt, $23.50
H&M, $34.95
H&M, $5.95
Drew Sateen Ankle Pants, $39.90
Franca by Sofft, $109.95

And don't forget to top it off with a traffic stopping accessory. At least until you get into the office anyway.
Jami by Velvet, $159

If you really mean business:
BCBG - Jacket, $268 | Pant, $178.

It's hard to walk with a devil on your back so shake it off and step into fierce!

xo | din

photo courtesy: bcbg, h&m, monica feudi, nordstrom, the limited

Monday, April 1, 2013

Cover Story - { Apr13 }

Selena Gomez is [ In Bloom ]

I remember looking forward to the days when Disney was available on cable (we didn't subscribe to the channel). My sister and I would be glued-- it was only available for a week or so! Still, I never became so infatuated with a character that I wanted to follow their every move on and off screen. If I had, however, Selena would be the girl to follow.

One thing I love about this article is how authentic she is. Despite the fact that she name dropped my fav -- no, not Justin Beiber -- her authentic and down to earth responses were what kept me interested. Such a relief from many other young starlets (she's only 20) who are seemingly all about the number of their followers on Twitter.

Cover [ deCODEd ]

Harper's Bazaar - "Fashion In Bloom"

Selena wears a Calvin Klein Collection dress that looks like it was made for her! It's paired with a white bustier from same collection. Let's be honest, who doesn't want that parasol?!

Inside | Love this Dolce & Gabbana ensemble:
[ Wearing Dolce & Gabanna separates; Kenneth Jay Lane jewlery; Gianvito Rossi heels ]

Her film Spring Breakers opened on March 22 and surprisingly hit #6 at the box office. Selena's co-stars included Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars, Vanessa Hudgens from all of those High School Musical movies, and goofy but uber talented James Franco. It's a step away from her tween persona, but we all have to bloom at some point, don't we?

Happy Reading.

xo | din

 Harper's Bazaar - Newsstand - April 2013

Magazine article | Laura Brown
Fashion Editor | Beth Fenton
Photographer | Terry Richardson

[ Calendar ]
Masaya Kushino 2010

photo courtesy: Harper's Bazaar, Terry Richardson
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