For my 24th birthday, Raymond took me to a lounge in LES. With Ray driving, we have been spending more time outside of NY or going upstate, but for my birthday we decided to go to Manhattan. I had an amazing time and it was a super nice birthday.
For the occasion I wanted to do a different look. I usually like very soft and dressed up, for this outing I wanted more glamorous, so I went with my hair up and more make-up. I even tried some faux eye lashes which is a VERY big first for me, since I am not a big fan of adding stuff to my face that might fall off mid meal.
Dress: French Connection | Blazer: Old, Aqua by Bloomingdale’s (Similar) | Clutch: Zara | Kitten Heels: Sam Edelman
I have always felt bandage dresses, and body-con styles in general, are a bit much because they are so fitted. However I paired mine with kitten heels to keep the look classic and added the blazer for a little extra coverage. I went with an oversized clutch to keep my look from becoming to over done. It is huge and suede and I am officially obsessed with it and have been wearing it everywhere. It is big enough to fit a lot of my usual purse contents so it’s a perfect replacement for my Speedy and more interesting to style also.
For the hair I used one of those doughnut things to make my bun really big and round. I found mine at Claire’s for like $5. They were buy one get one half off, so I bought a huge one for my bday and a small one fore regular use. The doughnut is my new solution to rainy humid weather and bad hair days. I did red lips and loads of mascara plus the lashes. I used a nude eyeshadow for my eyes since the lashes were already over the top. I liked wearing the eye lashes but I think the overall effect is too much for me.
I love laying everything out the day of so I can have a little prep party. I have a slight Netflix addiction so I like to catch up on my favorite 10 year old shows while I get ready. Here’s my makeup tray:
I am a big Shiseido and Clinique fan. I also love Physician’s Formula bronzers because they have every shade and combo possible, plus they cost like $11. For mascara I have yet to find a department store brand worth the price tag so I stick to my drugstore/pharmacy finds. Right now I am loving Rimmel – they have the thickest brushes and I am obsessed with fat mascara brushes. Eyeshadow is another make up item I don’t spend a lot on just because I rarely wear any. Another awesome drugstore buy: Covergirl’s Cheekers. I found two that match my Clinique bronzer and blush perfectly and use them for my on-the-go touchups so I don’t have to carry around the bigger Clinique compacts.
I like to see my outfit hanging up while I do my makeup just to remind me of the look I am going for, especially when it’s time to apply lipstick or blush since the outfit really dictates what shades you should use.
The dress was a birthday gift from my mom and the blazer I bought myself last Winter. White blazers are amazing because they looks great for Summer or Winter – mine is satin finished so it can be worn with almost anything and dressed up or down.
So these kitten heels have seen their last days because I have not taken them off since I started wearing them about three months ago and they died the morning after my birthday night. They are pointed and nude which are my two favorite things in a shoe and they go with everything so it has been a hard loss. Also nude and beloved to me is this clutch. Right now I am all about clutching, versus handling, my bags.
It was an awesome night – no pictures from inside, it was uber dark and smokey and I was having so much fun I forgot to get any of the place or food, sorry! The place was great and the food was amazing though