Paris Fashion Week day #1

See here, Paris Fashion Week day 1. A very hot, crazy and exciting day involving one-hour bike rides from east to west Paris running, getting my picture taken a lot, visiting three shows and having fun along the way.

What are you looking at?
A.F. Vandevorst show pics 2, 4, 5, 11, 13, 16  
The troops of models at A.F. Vandevorst came marching down the runway in creations that would best be described as military meets tribal meets rock and roll.
 Interesting and incredibly detailed, everything was right on from the location to the music and the model's powerful walks.

Lutz show pics 9 & 10
Didn't get to take great shots here, but especially these white and dark grey-ish items were my favorite. Funny how the crowd was different here, a bit more like LFW.

Barbara Bui show pics 8, 14, 16, 18
An on trend collection with mustard yellow, black and cream as a fresh color palette. There were subtle sportswear references, knits and - of course - leather and fringed pieces. Topped off with a great model selection as well, with Dutch girls Patricia van der Vliet (7) and Bette Franke (16) and gorgeous Anna Selezneva (14) and super chic location; the Ritz hotel.

People spotting in Paris
pics 5, 15, 17
Stylist / designer Rachel Zoe outside Barbara Bui ("I die") and ELLE US editor Kate Lanphear in iconic black and white sitting across from me at A.F. Vandevorst.
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Fashion Week packing

A little late night footage capturing the content of my suitcase. Fashion Week turned out to take place in some heat wave - and my leather and knit centered looks were suddenly out the window. Anyway, Paris has been great so far! I can't wait to show you all the pics (including a run in with Rachel Zoe and some new shoes) but it's 1.30 right now so I need a serious beauty sleep ;)

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NYX Cream Blushes

I always assumed that cream blushes would perform poorly on my oily prone skin. However, I lusted after the natural, slightly dewy finish they leave behind. After hearing raves of NYX's Cream Blushes, I decided to pick some up off of Cherry Culture when they were having a 20% sale. And I am so glad I took the risk.

Not only are these babies incredibly affordable (currently $6 each on Cherry Culture), but they come in a nice selection of colors, have simple yet sturdy packaging, and contain more product than will last me a lifetime. These cream blushes are also crazy pigmented- a small tap of product is more than enough to give you a nice flush. Typically I apply with my finger tips, but you can also use a duofiber brush. Moreover, the cream to powder formula means that once the product sets you won't have a tacky, slippery feeling left on your cheeks, and this is good news for gals with oily prone skin. I get 5 or so hours of wear out of these. Although that isn't an incredibly long wear time, I can pat on a little more without looking cakey.

What I love most about these is that they give my overall makeup look a more natural finish. Since I opt for matte foundations and do everything under the sun to keep my oily skin at bay, my face can end up looking a bit powdery or flat. A bit of NYX Cream Blush blended into my cheeks lends a natural luminosity that balances and brightens my look.

Here are the shades I picked up:

Diva is a deep wine red. Be warned: this shade is insanely pigmented, and most well suited for darker skin tones. Fair skinned ladies can pull it off, too- just use it sparingly and blend blend blend. I think this is a wonderful fall and winter blush.

Natural is a pinky nude shade that adds a gentle flush.

Orange is, you guessed it, orange. Though intimidating in the pan, it is really lovely on the cheeks and pairs nicely with peach and coral lips.

Golden is a neutral nude beige. There are not strong pink undertones here. It is one of the only two shades with shimmer, but it is by no means overwhelming. It adds, go figure, a nice golden glow.

Boho Chic is my favorite of the bunch. It is a pale, cool pink with some soft shimmers in it. I find that this looks most natural on me, and adds a gorgeous sheen.

Check out how creamy these blushes are. Just a touch of the finger softens the product and allows it to blend and melt into the skin. 

Here are some comparison swatches:
Heavy swatches, L-R: Diva, Natural, Orange, Golden, Boho Chic

Heavy swatches blended out, L-R: Diva, Natural, Orange, Golden, Boho Chic

I really recommend these, especially if you are new to cream blushes like I was. You might be surprised!

Rolled up, zipped down

It's been waaay too long since I've worn these burgundy skinnies. They were somewhere in the back of my mind (and my closet) and magically appeared last week. Perfect to pair with cream or white now that we sort of have summer back, but really anything goes with this color.

Paige zip skinnies
Zara t-shirt and blazer
H&M ring
Pour la Victoire heels
Balenciaga bag

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Fashion journal

Leather jackets, floral prints, sky high heels and glitter nails, YEAH! Less awesome were the midnight essay writing sessions, endless to do-lists and the flu, but that's all taken care of now. Up next; getting ready for Paris FW!

What are you looking at?
1) Yours truely ;)
2) Classy dresses at H&M
3) Sparkly nails
4) A recent outfit post
5) COS rose gold bracelets
6) Cute little pillow

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New bling

Got myself some new jewelry and figured, what the hell; I might as well bling out my nails too. So I picked up this flaky glitter nail polish that more than anything reminds me of a galaxy (or disco dip on ice cream).

H&M Ring - COS bracelets

Outfit: Late summer

Experiencing some sort of late summer in Amsterdam... Ah-mazing! And even though I've been spending most time inside kicking this flu, there's nothing like waking up with bright sunlight on my balcony.

ASOS kaftan dress
Zara jacket
Balenciaga bag
COS bracelets
Deena&Ozzy boots

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