Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Counter Culture Collective

The Counter Culture Collective has been born (which explains my lack of posting the past two weeks)!


Oh, and I promise I will be better at posting again after this wild semester is over in a few weeks.  Until then, I will try my harrrrdest to post as much as possible.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shades of Grey

I'm not big on piling on makeup, keeping it pretty basic with tinted moisturizer, eyeliner and mascara. However, I am RARELY ever seen not wearing lipstick, and with all of the colors that were seen on the spring runways, I have been freaking out. Red is my signature color, being that every time my mother comes to visit, she brings me a new tube of "Orange Flip" by Revlon, a bright orangey-red that she used to wear in the 70s that's still around.  I'm not kidding, I currently have 5 back-up tubes... she's so adorable. Anyway, lately I've been delving into deeper, darker shades, whether it's "Plum Bright" by MAC or "Black Cherry" by Revlon. Basically, dark and creepy colors. At this rate, I'll be sporting a black lip well after Halloween.

Although I love my dark lips very dearly, I feel that it's necessary to switch it up every once in a while. Then I remembered Lime Crime, a line of cosmetics definitely not meant for the shy. Aside from their rainbow array of "magic dust" eyeshadows, their lipsticks are just as colorful, if not even brighter. I immediately had a tough decision on my hands--what color do I choose? I clearly wanted something that could be worn easily, although I wanted something a bit crazy. I really wanted "Mint to Be," an opaque mint green color, but I figured I should go with something a bit more mellow for my first purchase.

That's when I decided on "Chinchilla," a really lovely shade of grey with lilac undertones. I remembered the makeup for the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 runway show and decided that I absolutely needed this color. It is absolutely PERFECT! Creamy yet pretty opaque, it smells amazing and actually lasts! The fact that it is made with a completely vegan formula doesn't hurt either. It's definitely different, but not too out there.  In the photo below, I applied it pretty lightly.  If I wanted it to be super vibrant I could layer it on a few more times, but I think it's a lot prettier when subtle.

Even the tube itself is amazing. A sparkling unicorn? Oh hell yeah.

Next time, I'm going for the mint.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Heel-Less Heels (oxymoron?)

Besides sheer booties, one of the biggest trends-to-be this spring is the heel-less heel. Really impractical and kind of dumb, they are frigging awesome and I absolutely must get a pair, somehow, someway. (Sidenote: I know Lady Gaga has worn shoes like these before, and I don't care because I find her rather annoying, therefore she will no longer be mentioned in this post.) I'm assuming it takes practice to walk in them, and if you aren't the most coordinated (for example, if you are me), you will probably hurt yourself. Some designs can be hazardous... did anyone else catch Daphne Guiness's tweet the other day?

Roberto Cavalli S/S 2012
Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 2012
Alexander McQueen S/S 2012

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And WAIT--A somewhat affordable pair for those with money (for example, not me).  These puppies are $650, but there IS a beige pair retailing for $350. Taking donations now. Le sigh.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October = Big and Exciting Things!

October is going to be a very exciting month for me!  This past weekend, my friends and I took a trip upstate for the weekend for some R&R and shopping.  Aside from heavy relaxation, heavy eating, and a surplus of whiskey (duh), we went on a thrift shopping extravaganza for our online shop which is set to launch on the 22nd!  I had no idea that upstate New York was such a vintage GOLDMINE, and cannot even begin to describe my excitement for launching our Etsy at the end of the month!  Lots of denim (including some acid wash!), oversized 80s sweaters, vintage dresses and killer T-shirts galore... stay tuned kiddies.

I of course went shopping for myself as well.  How could I not when everything was priced so cheap well?!  I'm waiting for a free afternoon to photograph it all, but I assure you, it's all. so. good.

A tiny preview of my new $6 awesomely grungy skirt.

Me with Erica and Dave of LP Fashion Philosophy.. two of my favorite people/fellow co-founders of the vintage shop!  It was stupid early in the morning when we took these, as you can see I am chugging coffee which is actually a rarity for me.  Anyway, I look like I came straight out of a 90s movie (Singles, Empire Records, etc...) and I like it that way.

Here's a look I shot a few weeks ago that I never got around to posting. First of all, I never wear pearl anything.  I usually prefer weird geometric things (and the occasional animal claw/skull), but for some reason, this day I was feeling a little classy.  This is my "professional" look... and by professional I mean I was able to use this photo for my LinkedIn profile.

Photos by Nina Stiefel

One of my roommates bought me that vintage compass for my birthday, and now I can never get lost when I get off an unfamiliar subway stop... usually.  The bow ring is from Betsey Johnson, a gift from my momma who knows me oh so well!


Gareth Pugh S/S 2012


There is nothing I can even say to do this any justice. Simply amazing.

The things I would do for this look...

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NAHM S/S 2012

Ohhh, this is a very Jenna collection. Designers Nary Manivong and Ally Hilfiger came up with 20 different ways to interpret the classic shirt dress, and each and every design is tooooo good.

Collared shirt dresses. Collared maxi shirt dresses. Printed collared maxi shirt dresses. Socks and sandals. TOP KNOT BUNS. Jewelry by Pamela Love. Shit, I'm in love.

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I WANT ALL OF IT, IN MY CLOSET (AKA rolling rack in my closetless Lower East Side apartment), NOW.