Fashion Sketch Friday: OSCAR EDITION

I love watching the Academy Awards every year! Well, when I can, that is. In college, (and high school) I often had too much homework to do and projects to work on that I only caught a glimpse of them each year. But now, post-grad life gives me the freedom to sit down on that Sunday night and watch hours of glamorous award show television and have absolutely NO homework to do! Yay! This year is going to be different and I'm really excited for it.

Now, half the appeal of awards shows is the gorgeous red carpet gowns and fashion that come with it, right?! RIGHT. The country's elite actors and actresses come together for a night of glamour, wearing tuxes and gowns of the world's elite fashion designers -- basically it's just a big ol' beauty fest. And I think it's always interesting to see who wins Best Actress - it's a hard category to win, let alone even get nominated in, and can sometimes be controversial over the outcome. But all of that doesn't really matter when the winner is wearing an amazing dress, right? I came across an infographic of all the Best Actress winners featuring an illustration of the dresses and their designers. How cool, right?! It goes all the way back to the first year the award show happened in 1929.

So in honor of The Academy Awards this weekend, I bring you the beautiful infographic for this week's edition of Fashion Sketch Friday! I promise I'll have one of my own sketches next week - perhaps a sketch of the 2014 Best Actress winner's dress...?

Every dress worn by Best Actress Academy Award Winners

Courtesy of: Mediarun

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So cool, right?! I love to look at the dresses within each decade and how they change from one to the next. Check out the original posting here and read about why Mediarun put the infographic together in the first place. Apparently they've had so much great feedback that they're going to turn it into a poster print. Sign me up for one of those!

It's quiz time: Get to know me!

I've been reading Erin's blog over at Two Thirds Hazel for quite some time now and I love her quirky blogging style and witty humor. Plus she's got great taste in hot pink Hunter boots and lives in NYC so I'm totally jealous of that.

She's also a blog designer, and therefore creates cool things like this all the time! I thought I'd join her second installment of The Blogmopolitan Quiz and fill it out for a little "get to know me" post and to link up with other bloggers doing the same! Head on over to the post here to see all the link-ups.

The Blogmopolitan Quiz - a state of [stylish] grace
Erin modeled this quiz after the little fill-in-the-black quizzes that Cosmopolitan always has celebrities fill out. How fun is that?! Hope you learned some random tidbits about me. 

And while we're on the topic of random tidbits, I'm going to share a super cool picture of me and a really awesome fashion designer that I met two years ago at the WWDMagic Apparel Tradeshow in Las Vegas on a school trip. 

I mean, no big deal, I only met BETSEY JOHNSON!!! 

One of my favorite designers that I even designed a collection after!!!

Betsey Johnson and Kayla Hedwall: a state of [stylish] grace

She is SO tiny. Ha! Love it!

Beauty favorites: Pink + Gold

Hi everyone! This week I've decided to link up with Let it Be Beautiful and Fancy Things to join in on their "4 favorites" weekly Wednesday post. This week's theme is beauty favorites - my favorite kind! I've picked out a couple of my personal beauty faves that I've been using recently.

4 favorites - Beauty

1. Betsey Johnson Too Too Pretty perfume - Right now I only have the small roller ball travel size because I was testing it out, but I have to get the full size of it soon because I LOVE it! It's definitely a sweeter floral scent, but I like it a lot, because it contrasts well with other the darker, muskier scents I usually wear.

2. Essie nail polish in Big Spender - I got this as a birthday present last month and it is my favorite color of the moment! Granted, pink is my favorite color so I would be in love with it anyway, but this darker dusty rose color seems to complement everything I wear. It's just so pretty!

3. Urban Decay NAKED 3 - This is my first Naked palette! I've been wanting to get one for quite a while now and finally got around to purchasing one when I got a couple Sephora gift cards for Christmas and my birthday. The third one actually wasn't my first choice (they were sold out of the other two at the time) but I'm really glad I bought it. All the rose gold/pink/neutral colors pair really well with my fair skin and blue eyes. Plus almost all of the shadows are so SPARKLY. My favorite, of course.

4. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Perversion - UD eyeliners are just a staple for me. They are my absolute favorite because they really do glide on perfectly and have the most vibrant, deep color of any other eyeliners I've tried. I have a few black ones from different sets I've gotten, now the next step is to buy the pack of 8 full size ones in shades of black, grey, dark brown and jewel tones! Next time I have a spare $55 I'll be back at Sephora for that. Haha!

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These are my current favorites - what are yours? What should I be on the look out for next time I'm at Sephora? Especially if you have any great recommendations for lipsticks, I'm looking to expand my collection to some great reds and pinks and actually start wearing them! A bold lip is always so fierce.

Second time's the charm?

Sometimes you don't get it quite right the first time, or maybe you do, but someone else does it a little better or in a cool way. Now, what the HAY am I talking about here? Covers! Song covers!!

Covers of favorite songs are always so much fun to find, and depending on how you find them, most are pretty good. Especially if the artist made an entire music video for the cover, that's when you know you're really in business and in for a good treat.

Recently I've come across a few AMAZING covers of songs and had to share. Enjoy!

1. Say You'll Be There - Spice Girls - Cover by M0

This is only one of my favorite songs EVER (throwback to 8-year-old me) and this cover modernizes the song and brings such a cool vibe to it! I'm in love.

2. Happy // Get Lucky - Pharrell // Daft Punk - Mashup cover by Pomplamoose

These songs are so fun! Happy is probably my favorite song at the moment. Pomplamoose always has a cool and unique way of covering songs and for this one they made a really unconventional and awesome music video that they made all in one take. So freakin' cool.

3. Rocket // Pusher Love Girl - Beyonce // Justin Timberlake - Mashup cover by Travis Garland

Oh my god. This guy. He's so talented and beautiful! I met him at a concert a few months back. Everything he does is drool-worthy and this mashup is no different. Such a great combo!!

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Happy weekend everyone!

Fashion Sketch Friday: HEARTS

I actually really like Valentine's Day, even though I've only had an actual "Valentine" a few different times throughout the years. Some people may say it's too commercial, but what is so bad about a day that celebrates love? You don't have to go all commercial and buy all the cards/candy/flowers crap, but why not show some extra love to the people in your life you care about? Give just a little extra thought to the day and do something nice? I see nothing wrong with that :)

I found a dress I illustrated a few years back with the perfect theme for today (still working on the whole new-sketch-a-week thing). But it was so fitting that I just had to post it. I still need to figure out how to draw faces on my illustrations, I think it kind of works but I also would like to add more personality to my drawings... hmm, more on that later.

Hope everyone has a great day regardless of their type or lack of lovey-dovey circumstances!

Happy Valentine's Day fashion sketch heart dress

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What do you think of Valentine's Day? Doing anything fun tonight or this weekend? Do tell!

Radiant Orchid Inspiration: ACCESSORIES

The third installment of the Radiant Orchid Inspiration series is here - accessories! Last week I focused specifically on jewelry, and the week before on shoes. This week I combined a few types of accessories to add some glam to your outfit (aside from jewelry) in beautiful shades and tints of PANTONE's 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.

PANTONE Radiant Orchid Inspiration: Accessories

All of these items are fun last-minute things you can throw on to spruce up your outfit. Scarves and hair accessories add colorful functionality, and things like watches and your phone case can add some lasting cohesive style to all of your everyday outfits this spring.

  • These elastic hair ties (#1) that are literally tied together have become so popular as of late due to the wide array of colors as well as the lack of damage they do to your hair versus other ties. I love this set from Etsy in coordinating colors, patterns and sparkle!
  • The linen scarf (#2) is a great basic to add to your wardrobe this spring. It's very lightweight, so it won't add too much warmth as the weather changes, and it can be a great pop of color to an otherwise neutral ensemble.
  • This iPhone case (#3) is available for the 4 and 5 and is a beautiful picture of orchid flowers just screaming SPRING! I may have to get this as the weather starts changing yet is still super rainy, to remind me that April showers bring May flowers... ha!
  • Chunky knit scarves are my favorite! This beautiful infinity style (#4) is crocheted and the perfect addition to a wardrobe in a climate that won't be warm for quite some time (like here in the NW). Yes, please! It won't reach the 60s til at least late April, therefore I need this asap.
  • I think hair bows like this one (#5) are so cute. When paired with an otherwise mature and dressed up outfit, I think a bow in the hair can add a sweet touch without seeming too young and juvenile. I especially love to pair a hair bow with a half-up ponytail hairstyle, which I wear quite frequently due to my massive amounts of curly hair and trying to keep it out of my face. 
  • Watches are so simple and chic, let alone an easy way to check the time without whipping out your phone all the time. What a crazy idea, right?! Ha! Adding a sophisticated watch like this (#6) in a signature color can help streamline your look from day to day.

What do you think of these Radiant Orchid accessories? What would you pair them with? I'd love to hear some of your ideas! Let me know in the comments, and stay tuned for next week's edition of the Radiant Orchid Inspiration series!

A snowy weekend in the PNW

Snowpocalypse 2014 finally hit the Pacific Northwest. We finally joined the ranks of the rest of the country and got some SNOW!!! This was super exciting because a lot of Western Oregon and Washington never get snow - mostly just rain, and lots of it.

Last Thursday there were warnings of a snowstorm coming through by late afternoon, and my sisters in high school were let out on an early 2-hour release. For once, the weatherman wasn't lying and we got dumped on -- Yay! Snow day dance!

Snowy tree in Oregon - edited with VSCO Cam
I took the screen out of my window to take this picture! Brrrrr!

This continued through Friday (no school) and Saturday as well as some freezing rain. We couldn't even leave our house on Saturday because our cars couldn't handle the roads (when normally they are great in snow!) But you just can't fight with ice. And since we never get snow like this, a lot of people in our area don't know how to drive in it or are simply note equipped with the right tools. The best choice was to stay home. Even Sunday was bad and there was no school today either!

So apart from the few times I ventured out to take in all of the wintery wonder, I mostly stayed inside, cozy by the fire. All this down time (read: CABIN FEVER) led me to discover some cool things I might not have otherwise found in my usual busy schedule, and I wanted to share.

1. Yoga Studio (app): I stumbled across this a few weeks ago via a Twitter conversation with Kate over at Kate the (almost) Great and I was so excited to finally try it. I loved going to Yoga classes at the gym in college but I haven't been able to get to a studio recently, so this seemed like a good alternative! It does cost $2.99 in the App Store, but it is so worth it because you can download full studio classes ranging from 15 minutes to an hour, and then have them ready to play whenever (without internet). You can even create your own class by adding pose blocks and sequences together. There is also a calendar scheduling feature, which I think will really help me schedule my yoga time in, as if I were going to an actual studio class. So far, I love it!

2. Tone It Up Weekly Schedule: I've been signed up for TIU's emails for a while, but never looked much into them because I thought you had to be a member (and buy the nutritional plan) to really get any benefit from them. Well, this weekend I finally read through the whole email and realized that they are giving you an entire week's schedule of workouts, right there on the page, as well as some videos from YouTube. All free! No sign up for the plan required. The "Love Your Body" Challenge is in its last week and so I think I will try to start up with the next challenge they begin after Valentine's Day. You just never know what you'll find out when you actually read all your emails, huh?!

3. Waterlogue (app): I found this app last week and decided to finally give it a try. It's a photography app that takes your regular photos and magically turns them into beautiful watercolor paintings! It also costs $2.99, but the new watercolor photos really do look legitimate. There are 12 styles of watercolor filters to add, ranging from bold to artistic to technical, depending on the effect you want. I tried it out with a colorful picture of changing leaves that I took back in the fall, and look what happened! You can even save it in full resolution to print out and frame. This may be my new favorite app.

Original photo:
Rainbow Leaves on a tree in Oregon

Waterlogue'd photo:
Rainbow Leaves on a tree in Oregon using Waterlogue app

Seriously! How amazing is that?! I can't wait to try even more photos and then maybe print out a few to hang up around the house. Tell me if you've found any cool apps like this! I especially love fun photography ones, but things like Yoga studio are awesome too. Let me know if you've found any gems recently. And I hope you're surviving Snowpocalypse 2014 if its still happening in your part of the country!

Radiant Orchid Inspiration: JEWELRY

There is more Color of the Year 2014 inspiration coming your way this week! The theme I chose to focus on was jewelry. At first I was going to combine all accessories but there are so many pretty things in each category that I'm going to split it up a bit more. This way, each item gets more attention. Yay!

But first - don't know what all the Radiant Orchid fuss is about? Check out PANTONE's Color of the Year 2014 intro page and check out last week's blog post, the first of the Radiant Orchid series, featuring shoes! Now onto all the beautiful jewelry...

Radiant Orchid Inspiration Jewelry

As you can see, I found a lot of these items on Etsy, one of my favorite online sites to browse and shop! You can find anything and everything handmade, especially great gifts that are really unique. [Note: none of these items are sponsored or affiliate links, I simply love them and wanted to share!]

  • The necklace pictured is one of my favorite types of jewelry at the moment. I own similar statement necklaces with solid color shapes like this one in a mint green and a light coral. I love how this kind of necklace can add some color and flair to an otherwise boring top. Chunky sweaters and statement necklaces, anyone?
  • Bracelet #2 is a chic leather bangle with gold spacers. Personally I LOVE this combination of Radiant Orchid and gold. I always wear a bracelet on my non-dominant hand (left) and I think it can add that extra bit of style while being totally effortless. Add a few to make wrist full of bangles!
  • The dainty and pretty bracelet #3 is so sweet that it would look great on its own (not stacked with other bangles). This type of bracelet would be the perfect addition to a date night outfit or for another more formal event where classic, simple jewelry is key.
  • I love the deeper orchid color of the ring, #4. All of these pieces are different shades of Radiant Orchid and this is the one that really pops out to me. Perfect if you're trying to make a bolder statement - combine it with a hand full of other rings as well!
  • The rose studs (#5) are the sweetest little accessory to add just a bit more color to an outfit. I love wearing my hair up in a messy bun/top knot, and when I do I always make sure to wear some fun earrings to display since they are nearly always covered by my hair!

Hope you enjoyed these lovely jewelry findings in Radiant Orchid. Maybe one of your girlfriends needs a pick-me-up on Valentine's Day! Or yourself? Personally I NEED the rose stud earrings... Stay tuned for next week's post in the Color of the Year 2014 series!

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Also, I added this post to the "Three-Fer Thursday" link-up over at Everyday Fashion & Finance.
Check it out here to see all the linked posts!