Mother’s Day Gift Guide – All Under $100!

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Under $100

Mark your calendars! Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11, 2014. Taking mom out to brunch or dinner is always a nice gesture, but I love to get a nice gift for her as well. Moms do so much, even for us adults. It’s really nice that we get to celebrate her with nice meals and goodies! I don’t want to brag or anything, but I am kind of an awesome gift giver (well, when I like the person). These 6 suggestions will be sure to make any mommy happy! Unless your mom is the natural, outdoorsy type – in that case maybe be a gift card to REI? My mom is a girly gal, so I can’t really help you there.

1. Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay, $52 – I have already purchased this for my mom for Christmas and she loves it! All of the Naked palettes are worth the hype, but I especially like this one for an occasion like Mother’s Day because it is so romantic and ladylike with the pink hues. This assortment of creamy shadows will compliment any woman’s skin tone. I’d say Urban Decay has the lady crowd pleasin’ down!

2. Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara, $23– I know what you are thinking – RAUNCHY title. Too Faced just loves shocking us with their branding – we get it. Hopefully your mom has a sense of humor and this will tickle her pink with giggles – bonus gift! I have to say, this mascara is pretty fantastic. If you don’t like clumpy mascara, or you have a tendency to be picky with full texture in a mascara, stick to Lancome Difinicils. If you like some volume and a lil’ Kardashian on your lashes, you will be quite pleased. Your mom I mean! Who’s shopping for who now? #shopaholic

3. Banana Republic Starlet Necklace, $35 – Give mom a little icing! If you can’t afford diamonds, this necklace is a pretty great alternative. Statement necklaces are huge again this spring, and this necklace sure makes a statement. Again, I love the pink color for Mother’s Day and this necklace just happens to be on sale so act now! Buy, buy, buy!

4. Jo Malone’s Cologne in Peony and Blush Suede, $60 for 30 ml – Jo Malone fragrances smell like Princess Di – I swear. If you have yet to sniff one, go to your nearest department store and sniff, sniff, sniff. This fragrance is one of their most popular and you will see why. With notes of red apple, peony, and suede, the oils and fresh aromas sink into your skin and become your own musk. I think all of the Jo Malone’s colognes are perfect, but my mom especially likes peonies, so party with the peonies!

5. Banana Republic Annie Scarf in Wild Orchid, $44 – This pop of color will brighten anyone’s day. Scarves are a pretty easy gift, one size fits all, and they really jazz up a plain ensemble. This scarf also comes in a “blood orange and “bright citrus” – just in case your mom’s not a PINK gal.

6. Nars Blush in “Orgasm,” $33 – Yes, another raunchy name, but I think we are over this one. This blush is lovely and peachy and it flatters most skin tones. This blush will give your mom a lovely glow and make her feel special. Nars blushes are a tad pricey, but the product is beautiful, pigmented, and easily blended. No wonder “Orgasm” is a universal best seller!

My Life in Movies: Harriet the Spy




When I was growing up, movies were a big deal to me. I think they were even more of a big deal to me than they are now because the movies I watched and loved helped me become who I am. Those movies I cherished are sentimental to me now – they remind me of my childhood. Forts and tree swing making at grandmas, roller-skating in the lanai (fancy Hawaiian name for patio), playing mermaids in the neighbor’s swimming pool. These glorious memories were woven in between downtime – the downtime spent watching movies.

One of the movies that holds a particular sentimentality in me is Harriet the Spy. The book was actually my first book report – 2nd grade baby! This movie was particularly influential because it inspired a new hobby, spying! A movie like Harriet the Spy changes your life in that you become consumed by the art of becoming a spy. You make your mom buy you a black and white composition notebook. You scribe “PRIVATE” in all caps on the front, and write everything down. Your neighbor’s dog-walking schedule becomes important, the paper route, street cleaning – you document what used to be mundane observations, which have now become, “SPYING.”

I carried that dog-eared notebook filled with grocery lists my grandma used at the Commissary, my grandpa’s nap schedule, my cousin’s homework, and mom’s shoe wearing choices everywhere.

This movie was BIG. It changed my life. Gully, Harriet’s nanny, tells her if she wants to be a writer, she needs to write everything down. I think it was the first time I actively pursued writing. And let me tell you, the original notebook I found under my bed, is quite a hoot to read now. 7-year-old Hannah was a kooky kid.

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1. Yellow Marigold Raincoat, $94.99; 2. Marble Composition Notebook, $5.39; 3. Tonasa Striped Cotton Terry Tee, $175; 4. Toast Tennis Shoes, $140; 5. Opera Glasses 6. Torch Light, $48; 7. Ticonderoga #2 Pencil, 36 for $18.29; 8. Distressed 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, $69.95.

Harriet the Spy follows an upper middle class only child, Harriet, who spies around her neighborhood in New York City. She has an aspiring mad scientist girlfriend, Janie, and a struggling writer’s son guy friend, Sport. Harriet is close with her friends, but her introverted ways allow her to escape into her own world of spying. It is when these two worlds collide, with the help of her arch nemesis, a snobby girl whose name I cannot be bothered to remember, when things get sticky.




The movie aesthetics are classic and retro, yet incredibly mindful of its 90s time period. The movie depicts a safe New York City with kid friendly parks, mom and pop grocery stores, and a highbrow elementary school. I think you will enjoy the story and setting if you have yet to see this classic.

I remember the VHS was orange and I thought that was just the tops.



My Life in Movies and Books: The Virgin Suicides

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1. Leather Bound Journal; 2. Floral Dress; 3. Pink Princess Phone; 4. Smith’s Rosebud Salve; 5. Prom Tiara; 6. Crosley Cruiser Turntable; 7. Saddle Shoes; 8. Virginia Slims (don’t smoke, it’s stupid); 9. Floral Crown.

My favorite book of most time is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I only say most time because my books are like by children – I would be an OC Housewife to choose between them. The story is told by a “collective we” in which an unspecified number of neighbor boys obsess over a very protected group of sisters (the Lisbon girls), whom of which, one by one, commit suicide. Eugenides provides a raw yet controlled depiction of young suicidal teen girls of which the voyeuristic neighbor boys have become infatuated with. The book does not only provide a good example of how teens deal with the horrific circumstances that growing up in an overprotected environment presents, but the voyeurism that the “we” narrative, (the obsessive young men who tell the story), provide.


The way the novel is constructed is that of a “patchwork picture,” meaning that, not one single boy is the teller/observer of each happenstance in the novel, but rather the observations are made by multiple boys to construct each moment in the plot with the pronoun “we.” There is a deep, underlying obsession that these guys experience which drive them to find out every single detail of what may have made all five of the Lisbon girls kill themselves. These guys go so far as to have their friends sneak into the Lisbon house, look at the girl’s personal items, toothbrushes, underwear, observe their eating habits, sex lives, etc. The young boys eventually obtain Cecilia Lisbon’s diary, the youngest sister who commits suicide first, which they read to emotionally connect with the sisters:

We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy, and how you ended up knowing which colors went together. We knew that the girls were our twins, that we all existed in space like animals with identical skins, and that they knew everything about us though we couldn’t fathom them at all. We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them (Eugenides).

This idea of “twin-ness,” and doubling is a very intimate connection that may or may not be legitimate, more of a fantasy, but the fact is that these young men are so invested in these girls’ lives that they believe they are their other halves in a sense. This lovely fabricated relationship that Eugenides has constructed between the boys and the Lisbon girls is nearly perfect voyeurism. Because these two groups (boys and sisters) never really talk, apart from morse code and a brief encounter before the mass suicides, it is obvious that the love/fascination/connection is all one sided. This novel is really voyeurism at its greatest! The desperation and appetite that is portrayed in this novel by the young boys is both raw and visceral.

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The movie is beautiful, but imperfect. To say the novel is better really isn’t fair. I dislike that way of thinking. Novels are novels books are books. Novels inspire film similar to the way faces inspire portraits. Qualifying their worth against each other doesn’t resinate well with me. Enough philosophy. Sophia Coppola makes the most stimulatingly aesthetic movies I have ever seen IN MY LYFE. Let’s not even talk about Marie Antoinette right now… let’s just not. I don’t know if I can really gush about the screenplay, not that I don’t think its good, I am just distracted by her images. I think of a sullen, house ridden set of grounded sisters, then Coppola shows you the stair case with a half eaten sandwich, the blankets, forts, musty nightgowns, the slumber party that never ends, depression, desperation. An empty house with 4 dead teens. Beautiful teens, gone. Raw, perfect life, ended. It will depress the crap out of you, but it will inspire you to understand sadness in a way you didn’t think you could. The suicidal prom queen, the lonely virgin. Read and watch this piece will change you.


1920s Makeup: Shapes, Contours, & Of Course, Gatsby


When I think 20s makeup I think, “The Vamp.” A page in Kevin Aucoin’s “making faces” book in particular. Demi Moore is made up to tribute Clara bow. With inky brown doe eyes, a tiny dark  mouth, and long thin eye brows, this stunning look is the quintessential 1920s makeup. Silent film starlets inspired new makeup application. Features had to be ultra defined due to primitive filming equipment.

The vamp, was flashy lady who wore rouge and eyeliner, and brush on mascara. Women liberating themselves with a new political voice and a shorter hemline, was not without the new art that is makeup. Women were experimenting with dark sultry eyes, deep red and violet lips – the natural look emphasizing the understated beauty of a woman was dying away along with male supremacism.


These early practices inspire much of the styles and applications we use with makeup today. The smokey eye for one. The 20s eye is a very dark shadowed eye with a down turned shape in the crease, like a half moon. The shadow continues, dipping below the lower lash line. Essentially hallowing out the eye, this vintage shape can be a bit unflattering. It really droops the shape of the eye, instead of lifting it up like we do today – it is quite rounded though.

The eye colors were dark browns and smokey blacks, anything to define the contours of the eye. White kohl pencil can be lined on the inside of the eye to emphasize the roundness.The shape of the face should be contoured on the jaw line and forehead to resemble a heart, think Betty boop. Reece Witherspoon would have the ideal 20s face shape, she has the drinking  part down.

Small delicate bow mouths were emphasized with strong lip liners and creams.   Lips can be drawn smaller than the natural mouth emphasizing the Cupid’s bow – the bow shape was all the rage. Color choices for lips were berry reds, current, and pomegranite!

(Today an updated version of this look would be a smokey eye with an “ox blood” lip, Longer thinner brows, and a contoured jaw line).

If you are talking Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan would stick to the fresher part of the spectrum – she’s not a vampy gal, but an ingenue. The same face shape would apply, but softer browns and pinky reds would be more proper for the untouchable siren. Myrtle’s look would involve more sultry colors, she is a depraved woman, she is used for sex and her look should exude sensuality. Makeup can do a lot for a character, these 20s looks were groundbreaking and it’s interesting to see them applied in a modern day to embody the far gone decade.

Products used in this video:

Face: Lancome bienfair aqua moisturizer, L’oreal True Match Foundation and Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation, L’oreal True Match Concealer, Cover FX foundation

Eyes: Mac soft ochre paint pot, Smashbox Master Class Palette, Maybelline Liquid Liner, Lancome white kohl pencil, Benefit’s They’re Real mascara

Brows: Anastasia Brow Whiz in medium, powdered with matte brown from smash box palette.

Cheeks: Smashbox halo bronzer, Illamasqua Blush in Naked Rose

Lips: Nyx lip liner, OCC Cosmetics lip tar, Mac lipstick in hangup

What I Heart Now: Mint!

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Hey Lady! Obviously mint, aka pist-aaahhh-chio, is ta-renday and like all over the universe like Lisa Frankenstein  ’97…  but it is a gorgeous color, and I don’t need to be all snobbish and hipster about it, but rather embrace this lovely trend (that’s right, run on sentence). Here are a few pieces that I think are beauteous and embody this color in their materialistic mint magnificence.

1. Essie “Mint Candy Apple;” 2. Madewell “Hepcat shades” in soft mint; 3. Mint Necklace from Etsy; 4. Mint Front Lock Shoulder Bag; 5. Lipsy Ribbed Skater Skirt; 6. Enamel Sunburst Stud Earrings; 7. Topshop Gladiator Jelly Sandals.



Lana del Rey 60s Inspired Makeup




I know, this is way too many posts about you know who… but I don’t give any.  So… this was my first makeup tutorial, I was using a new camera, and I have just been recently getting over a 3 WEEK LONG illness.. hope it all went relatively ok.  ANYWHO, If you would like to get this swell and cool look, watch the video. If not… I could care. Oui. ok, so, products used.

  • Face:
  • Lancome bienfait moisturizer
  • Loreal True Match foundation in ivory
  • Loreal True Match concealer in light/ivory
  • benefit erase paste in #1
  • Rimmel stay matte powder in translucent
  • Eyes:
  • Mac paintpot in “soft ochre”
  • Maybelline eyeshadow in “linen”
  • Mac eyeshadow “cork”
  • Sephora precision tip liquid liner in black
  • Mac pencil eyeliner in “smolder”
  • Nars larger than life liner in “rue bonparte”
  • Brows:
  • Anastasia brow wiz in “medium”
  • Mac shadow in “omega”
  • Cheeks:
  • Mac pro-longwear blush in “Rosy Outlook”
  • Elf facial whip highlight in “lilac” – only $1 honey chilllddd
  • Lips:
  • Mac lip pencil in “soar”
  • Revlon just bitten kissale balm stain in “Charm”
  • Mac lipstick in “cream cup”
  • Elf lip gloss in “bubble gum”

C’est Fini! bye bye!