Death by Lashes

Friday, October 29, 2010

Don't be afraid of what's under the bed...
Fashion never dies.
 Happy Halloween, ladies. BE BOLD.

Floral jacket/Mixed prints

Thursday, October 28, 2010

On my way to a lunch meeting, I had an urge for mixed prints and floral (see Baazar 10/10 inspiration), I couldn't resist this fitted floral blazer I've been trying to find a new (post spring) way to wear.
 Lucky number 13...
 A very good friend...
And a very good idea!
H&M Dress. Vintage redesign purse, also seen here. Sunglasses, thrift.
*Side note - directly after this meeting I took her to my favorite thrift store and we did some serious damage. Including a (never worn, tags-still-on) runway bcbg dress for her, rusty pencil skirt (circa Mad Men, so hot, I could just die...) for me, and intricate vintage bangles for both of us! I can't wait to share my finds!

Winner! Art piece by SoRoxanne!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You're the winner of the Young Lady sketch by SoRoxanne!

Thank you to everyone who entered! I was really excited to team up with such a talented artist and offer such a unique giveaway!

And not only was this giveaway a treat, but I realized after going through all of these submission, how rad all of my readers are! I mean... just check out Nikky Noel's fabulous fashion blog, in addition to her vintage clothing shop on Etsy! (oh, no... I might have to go shopping!)

Thanks for the support, guys. I hope to inspire you the same way you do for me on a daily basis. xx

Photos via Harper's Bazaar Sept10 

Enjoy this season to the fullest

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Life is flying by. I'm so excited about the holidays and this time of year in general... but I can't believe how it all so quickly snuck up on me. This past year, my growing little girl, all of it.
I just want life to be still for one moment, so I can take it all in...

 Live vicariously through her eyes...
And actually see the things I often miss, worrying about trivial things.
The wonders and magic and beauty of it all.
Life is good, and gorgeous, and grand.  If you let it be.
And I'm going to let it.
 Enjoy this season to the fullest, my loves.
Happy Halloween! xx
Forever21 hat, Vintage jacket.

Beauty Inspiration: Debbie Harry

Monday, October 25, 2010

Headed for a night out with one of my favorite fashionista's, we played a little dress up game called "who do you wanna be tonight? (It doesn't suck having girlfriends in the styling/makeup biz...)
Well... Debbie Harry, of course.  
Her kick ass style, bleached blonde hair (been there, done that, may do that again...) and soulful eyes (always rimmed to noir perfection!) make her not only a deserved icon, but killer fashion muse as well.

Enter: lots of gold, black, hard edges and attitude.
Did I mention her soulful side?
Debby Harry
There'll come a time you need a friend
When disappointment follows you around
and although we scheme in the shallow end
Both mice and men continue to be drowned
So if you're out and get caught in the rain
Just give a smile cast your line out again
When you are down keep on going
Determination will change your luck
And although it's been said before
There is always someone worse off than you
With the milk of human kindness on the floor
Your tears will only turn it a shade of blue

Tips for Blondie makeup: 
Throw balance out the window, like a rockstar does a hotel lamp!
  • Be heavy handed on glossy lips.
  • Lots of black eyeliner. 
  • Rim the inside and outside of your eyes, all the way to the edges. 
  • Follow up with shadow over and underneath the eye. 
  • Define those cheekbones.
Gold jacket H&M, Sequined top (pinned to be one-shoulder) Aqua, Fringe bag - hobo, belt - vintage.

Art Giveaway!

Friday, October 22, 2010

If you know me personally, or have been following my blog for a while, you know that nothing excites me more than artistic expression and sharing that art with those who feel the same way.
 Photo by VPI
 So I was blown away when one of my favorite etsy artists offered my readers the chance to win this truly gorgeous piece of art.
Young lady
This 5x7 Young Lady sketch by soroxanne embodies everything that is easy-chic and simple, yet stunning beauty. Isn't that what we're all aspiring to?

It's the perfect piece for an inspiration board, closet, or framed nicely next to your computer.

Young lady
Roxy from soroxanne is a painter, a photographer, and an all around art-force to be reckoned with! And get this - she also does custom pieces! 

In her words:
"You dream it, you conceive it and you get it!"

And in addition to the chance to win this piece, she's offering November Grey readers 50% off all custom art pieces with code NOVEMBERGREY mentioned in your order email. 

To be eligible for drawing:
  • You must be a follower of November Grey (if you are already a follower, note that in your comment!)
  • Visit soroxanne on etsy and "heart" her as a favorite. 
  • For an additional entry leave a comment on what part of your world you'd have her "create" on canvas...
Open to international submissions
Contest ends 10/25/10 at 10pm PST
Winner will be drawn randomly & announced by 10/27/10

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

To the best guy I know.

You make me better.
You make me grateful.
And you make me so so happy.

Grey Styling

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I have about three styling projects going on at the same time, which would seem overwhelming to some, but I just enjoy it so damn much, it rarely feels like work. (Or is it because I always do so with a little bit of champagne?)
One is a complete closet overhaul (that I recently did for myself - see story and tips here!)
The other two are both for destination weddings. Weddings are a different animal completely, because not only are we shopping for the actual BIG DAY, but for the days (or weeks!) of vacation time pre and post wedding. (See an article I did on wedding style shopping here.)
The complete closet overhaul is something we should all do from time to time. Especially if you're currently opening your closet doors, hating everything in there, LOVE fashion and know how you want to look, but don't know where to start!

Here's some basic tips and tricks I've come up with to help you along. I hope this brings some inspiration... xx
Original image via we heart it.
Altered for November Grey

Beauty Trick: Hot Rollers=Hot Hair

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another hair trick I've been doing for some time now (nearly every day, honestly!) is hot rollers. They may seem a bit grandma to you, but I've found it's the easiest way to get bouncy and full waves in under 15 minutes flat.
I just don't have the patience to sit there with a curling iron. And if I shower at night, let my hair dry naturally, my morning routine goes a little something like this.
  1. Heat rollers
  2. Set rollers
  3. Get dressed
  4. Dash of makeup
  5. Remove rollers and run fingers through hair
  6. Bit of shine serum, spritz of hairspray, and I'm off!
The biggest tip I can give you about hot rollers is to use very few. And roll big, thick sections of your hair. You don't want little ringlets, you want big volume. Generally I roll about five to six sections, max.
  • One high on the head (this gives the most volume on top!)
  • Two on each side of your face, rolled forwards.
  • One on the back center of your head.
  • And the remaining lower pieces split into two.
Now I realize I do have a lot of hair. (Which isn't always easy. See previous post about chopping it!) But I don't want to hear any complaints about being unable to do this because your hair is shorter. I've been doing this just past "post bob" status, when my hair was nearly skimming my shoulders. Adjust the sections of hair to fewer rollers, and remember ~ ROLL BIG.
A little shaky-shake...
Some spray...
And we're done!
(Lipstick - Nars Heatwave)
I'm such a fan of rollers for volume, that I even pop a few in before I'll be wearing my hair straight for the day. Once I take them out, I run a flat iron quickly through and it gives an entirely different effect. Big volume on perfectly glossed straight hair.
Let me know if you try it!
Get my favorite hot rollers (Super affordable, from Target.) here!