Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm heading into retro glam!

In preparation for an upcoming shoot I thought I'd give the burgundy lip color a test run. The shoot is a 1930's style look at a "Grand" Pittsburgh location! Do to limited time that I will have to change between an authentic 30's look and a more modern take on 30's glam, I need a way to quickly update it. The solution? A dab of Moth to Flame dazzleglass by MAC applied to the center bottom and top lip.

The key is to get the line very crisp since it's such a dark color...and here's how it goes!

Cover the lips and slightly outside lip line with concealer or medium coverage foundation.
Outline lips with Plum lipliner from Bobbi Brown (make sure its even and symmetrical)
Apply L'Oreal #746 Pure Burgundy* all over lips, blot and apply again.
Go back with your concealer/foundation with a small brush and define the outer lipline.
(this will help clean up and even any 'mistakes')
To finish and bring this lip up to date apply the gloss to center of lips.

*This is on the lighter side of burgundies since myself and the model are blonde. Darker hair and skin tones can go even deeper into the raisin family of colors.

So go retro glam for your next night out with the girls or for that hot date for Valentine's Day!

Come back for the all the looks from my shoot in the next few weeks!

XO Kate

Monday, January 11, 2010

You know Andy....

Because every Pittsburgher should have this book! Andy Warhol is one we claim as our own. We bread him in this town so on my coffee table he will stay!
I am truly inspired by his work and life on so many levels.
Let him inspire you too!

Kate XO

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Pittsburgh makes an appearance in WWD!!!

I was way excited today when I opened my Thursday issue of Women's Wear Daily and saw that Pittsburgh had made an appearance in it! While Pittsburgh is an amazing place for art and history sometimes we get swept up in the category of a "fashion-lacking" city!
It was great to see that the article was covering denim and pricing, which is thought of for the young and fashion conscience crowd!

While the denim industry is listening to us by what we are willing to pay for a great pair jeans, local denim store owners are speaking up!

Lawrence Scott, owner of Pittsburgh Jeans Company and Candice Gallagher owner of Billie Jeans in Cranberry Twp. are interviewed as saying "When the customers are refusing to pay over $250 for jeans, (especially ones that are torn and shredded and look like they need to go straight for the trash!) we don't keep an inventory like they used to. And manufactures take notice!'

So what price range will get you a noticibly great pair of jeans? Scott and Gallagher agree it's in the $100-$175 range.

As for favorite brands are J Brand and William Rast. You can immediately feel the quality of the denim and the fit couldn't be more flattering!

*High five to the Burgh!!!*

XO Kate