Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thinking of going super dark again... thoughts?

My favorite family snapshots in vintage poloraid

A family heirloom jewelry box and vintage pearl clip-ons

Maison de Vacances love pillows


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sorry for the silence lately, guys... but I've been in dire need of some R&R. I'm back this week, however, with lots of fun stuff to share. Hope you're feeling rested and lovely today. xx

Image via Paramount

Spring Sweater

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I found this sweater via thrift and loved the braided detail. It's the perfect layering piece to pop over a button-down, that I might remove later if the Cali sun gets warm enough. Worn with vintage pearls and purse.

Could you be... the most beautiful shoe in the world?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Nares Orange Ostrich Ankle Booties

Remember when I raved about the insanely talented shoe designer, Jerome Rousseau (here) who was hosting a birthday party with me for our mutual friend? Well, what I couldn't tell you then is that I was given a sneak peek into his spring line and fell absolutely, madly, head-over-booties in love with a certain pair... these ostrich ankle babies are even more stunning in person! The color, the shape, the details... (sigh) Now that his line has debuted, I couldn't wait to share my favorite pair. But honestly, I'm smitten over several.

Check out Who What Wear for full details on this gorgeous line. And stay tuned for more raving... cuz I just can't help myself. Bravo, Jerome! xx


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Do you ever just dream that you were somewhere else? Anyplace, anytime, anywhere else? I've been having a lot of those thoughts lately. Don't worry, everything is fine and I will explain more later, but I keep wishing I could just close my eyes and and transport myself to so many other destinations... moments in time. Sometimes life is hard. I mean, tough. And while I'll be the first to count my blessings on both hands and express sincere gratitude for everything I have been given, I think that sometimes it's ok to just wish your days away...

Current dreaming: 
Bali with my dear friend
Costa Rica with the hubs
Lake Tahoe with family

(More later...)

PS - this photographer, Aaron Fuller, who captured this particular moment in time is one of the best I've ever worked with. He's starting to sell numbered editions of some of his incredible work at Calypso St. Barth too. You must check out his stuff - visit here.

Happy Dreaming

Lipstick Winner + Happy Love Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thank you to all who entered the drawing! 
And thanks to Noa for such a fabulous Red Lip Tutorial here.
Have a wonderfully romantic day!

Red Hot inspiration - Valentine's Eve

Monday, February 13, 2012

What will you be wearing?
See all of these looks here:  

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

We love you Whitney

This was one of my very first albums... I used to play it over and over again. So much of my youth, if it could be summed up in music, would be a soundtrack by Whitney Houston. Thank you for teaching a young girl how to love the magic of a song...

(A favorite here.)

{Image - Arista}

Life is art

Belt as a necklace

Thursday, February 9, 2012

On the heels of my tie-for-belt post (here), I wanted to share another fun cross-exchange.
I recently found this western chain belt at my favorite vintage shop and had plans of tossing it over a floral dress for spring, or paired with cut-off shorts and a tee, but found another purpose when scrambling for some jewelry in my closet that I wasn't tired of.
My statement necklace wardrobe still a bit lacking, I decided to give this a go for a dinner out with the hubs! And would you believe I got two compliments that evening, wanting to know where I scored such a bold necklace?

Now I'm wondering what else I can give new life to...

Tie for you, belt for me

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I love the LA rain... my favorite way to wake up in the morning is to the soft pounding of raindrops against my bedroom window. Since rain is a rare occurrence around these parts, and this year feels more like mid-summer seventies on most days, dressing for the weather can be a bit schizophrenic. Turtleneck, wide-legs and clogs? Why not?
I rushed out the door with more thought of climate comfort than fabulous forward (another rare occurrence), but realized my duds needed a little something more.

Luckily, my fashionable and talented friend was willing to offer a loaner...
From his neck to my waist. 

What's even cooler? He made this tie! I've finally convinced him to start his own blog because in my opinion, there is a serious lack of male contenders in this fashion/lifestyle blogging world. I'll be sure to let you know when he's up and running! In the meantime, I'm going to try and feature more of my own personal gentleman muses here on November Grey. 
And with that... I'm off and running!
 Hope you're enjoying this day!

Turtleneck - Express (old)
Wide legs - Vintage $1 thrift
Clogs - Stuart Weitzman
Bangles - Vintage + Express
Tie/Belt - Jay Krift Designs

Red Lip by Noa Bolozky + Lipstick Giveaway!

Friday, February 3, 2012

This is my girl, Noa B. You may recognize her name and pretty face from our joint blog and vintage redesign project Secondhand Star. But did you know that Noa is also one of the industry's top makeup artists? In fact, we met several years ago when I was acting and she was my makeup artist on a magazine shoot. To say I trust her opinion on beauty products is an understatement.
So I was thrilled when she agreed to do a guest post for November Grey and share her wisdom on creating (one of my signature faves) The Perfect Red Lip! Take it away Noa!

Thanks, T! I think at some point in their lives, every woman wants to try a traditional, red lip. There are a million brands, techniques, and products to choose from. Today's blog? The traditional, 1950's lip for today's modern, wearer.

{Some fun facts}
The 1940's and 50's saw an abundance of red lipsticks, in both orange and blue undertones. Throughout the war years, makeup remained fairly simple, emphasizing powders, groomed brows, long lashes, and a strong lip, (hailed as the "natural look"). Lipstick was the dominant makeup item for a generation of women who needed utility in war time and used a single product to spruce up. 

Here's how to make it work for you:  First, choose your red wisely. I like to stick to blue-based reds as they keep the teeth looking whiter. Some good ones to try are Becca Tatiana, NARS Vesuvio, MAC Russian Red, Elis Faas #103, and L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipcolor in British Red. 
1: Start by exfoliating your lips. I like Philosophy's Kiss Me, exfoliating lip scrub, but a simple once-over with a toothbrush and some sugar water will do in a pinch.

2: Apply a neutral lipliner that matches your own lipcolor. Fill in the whole lip from edge to center.

3: Go for the gusto and apply the tube directly onto the lips--no brushes needed. Fill in all the way over the lip liner to the very edge of your mouth. This ensures that as you eat and drink, the stain of the red mingled with the natural tint of the liner will leave you with a soft, berry color instead of a red, hard outline.

4: Blot with tissue. Reapply lightly and blot again. 

5: Add a soft blush, and keep eyes to a minimum. Red lips say it all, and a heavily made up eye will knock the balance right out of your face. I like to use gold-toned shadow and minimal mascara. For blush, use something soft like NARS Orgasm or Sex Appeal delicately to the apples of the cheeks, as well as a highlighter to brighten below the eyes.

Need a perfect red lip in your life? Noa has recently started her own beauty and fashion blog called Sunset & 5th, chalk-full of tips and tidbits and awesome beauty reviews. Become a follower of her blog Sunset & 5th and be entered to win this full-size tube of one of her favorite, universally flattering reds, MAC Russian Red!

To be eligible for drawing:
  1. You must be a follower of November Grey ~ (if you are already a follower, let me know!)
  2. Become a follower of Sunset & 5th  then comment back here with your entry! 
Open to international submissions
Contest ends 2/10/12 at 10pm PST
Winner will be drawn randomly & announced by 2/14/12 ~ Valentine's Day xx

Calypso Artemis Open Knit Pullover

Thursday, February 2, 2012

This is the first sweater I've seen in a long time that literally made my mouth drop. I knew it had to be mine.

Artemis Sweater - Calypso St. Barth
Necklace and wooden bangles - Vintage
Faux Leather Satchel - TJMaxx

Check back in tomorrow for a lipstick tutorial and giveaway! xx

Fuchsia pumps! (Zigi Soho Staple Suede Pump)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A peek inside my shoe closet, which is really a hallway linen closet. But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. A reader emailed me recently asking specifically about these suede fuchsia pumps I have that surprisingly go with everything! (See hereherehere

My secret shoe shopping place is DSW. As you know, I'm a sucker for bargains and never pay retail price for anything. There's a DSW close to my house and I always head straight back to the clearance section.  Everything is always 30%-70% off already marked down prices. Ob-sessed. And I never walk away feeling guilty about the money I've spent. 

I found these shoes online for you here, and a similar pair here.

Happy Hunting!