My Halloween Makeup Memoirs: Challenge #1

Earlier in the week I posted at article called My Halloween Makeup Memoirs, concluding the article with the promise of challenge myself and friends to really get creative with Halloween makeup this year. Each week I will post my latest face paint creation, along with a kinda/sorta tutorial. It you are interested in checking out what other people are doing with face paints for Halloween, follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram or join in on the fun by posting your own makeup creation.

This week, my inspiration was a cat.

Specifically the leopard.

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*This is when Roar by Katy Perry starts playing in the background of my mind. And Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Yes, I know tigers and leopards are different. Apples and oranges my friend.

Before I could even begin my makeup project I had to acquire the necessary supplies, namely face-paints. Any local grocery or department store should carry them, especially around this time of year; I found a inexpensive set with a basic selection of colors at Fred Meyer. Before purchasing the paints make sure to read the back of the package where all the ingredients are listed- you wouldn’t want to slather your face with something you are allergic to.

Once all my supplies were in order (plus a small eyeshadow brush) I got started on highlighting my face with the white face-paint.
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I covered my lower cheeks, nose, lips and chin to give the appearance of a muzzle like facial structure. I also highlighted the T-zone of my forehead and the area under my eyes.

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Once the highlighting was complete, it was time to start conturing my face to a more cat-like shape. I applied black paint to the eyeshadow brush and outlined my cheeks, chin and forehead. I used brown paint to add shadow to my jaw and temples and flatten the bridge of my nose. Black paint was used to cover the tip of my nose and inside of my upper lip.

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Conturing complete, all that was left was to darken the edges of my face and add the spots. I brought the spots down to my neck to give the look a more realistic vibe. All in all, it was alot of fun to create and I think the end result looks pretty darn good…dare I say purrrfect?

Let me know what you think! If you have suggestions for my next #trickortreatmakeupchallenge, comment below!

My Halloween Makeup Memoirs

I love Halloween. LUV it. I’m pretty sure I post about how I love Halloween every October but that’s because it’s always true. It’s the one time of year I can unashamedly indulge in candy, binge watch old-school disney classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and play dress up in costumes of my own creation.

Of course I basically do the same thing during the month of December, the only exception being I binge watch Hallmark Christmas Classics in my How the Grinch Stole Christmas footed pajamas.

Anyway.

Of my Halloween related indulgences, costumes are by far my favorite. Ever since I was little, playing dress up was the key to unlocking my imagination. A plastic crown transformed me into the princess of a magical kingdom. A tutu gave me center stage in my own production of Swan Lake. And any kind of makeup made me a glamorous movie star. As an adult, nothing has changed- I still love to play dress up and Halloween is just an excuse to go big.

This Halloween I am challenging myself and fellow blogger friends/makeup enthusiasts/best friends to put their best face forward and really get creative with their Halloween makeup (no clowns, vampires, or zombies please…let’s try something new). Each week for the month of October I will post a picture and possibly a tutorial on creative Halloween makeup ideas that are sure to make an impression at any party or gathering. Follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram to get in on the action and join the fun!

I did a test run last night on my sister and was pretty pleased with the results.

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Because fair is fair, I let her give me a Halloween makeover….I was supposed to be a beautiful mermaid.

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Personally I think I looked more like a disgruntled clown, but my sister claims I was channeling “mysterious sea maiden”. If you have any fun makeup ideas you’d like to see, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to try them (as long as fake blood is not involved).

Happy Halloween!!  XOXO

~Morgan

The Cape, a love story

Fall, glorious Fall! It’s my second favorite season, overshadowed only by Winter (because Winter means Christmas, the most magical time of the year!).

But Fall is awesome too, because along with the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte and the changing color of the leaves, we pack away our tank tops and flip flops and bust out the jackets and boots.*

*This is when Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain starts playing in the background of my mind…because of the “boots with the fur” part. Please tell me I’m not the only person this happens to.

Easy and comfortable while still retaining a chic and current vibe, the jacket/boot combo is here to stay.

One of this season’s twists on the jacket is the cape, and man, we are loving it. Not to be confused with a cloak, which is much longer and designed to protect the wearer from the elements, capes hit just below the wearer’s hips and are more fashion focused than weather resistant.

Not a sweater for the fashion faint of heart, the cape requires attitude and confidence to pull off. I myself have been hesitant to embrace the cape, but after seeing them on the runway and the streets, I think it’s time to make the leap and get one for myself.

Take a look at this season’s capes! Maybe you’ll be inspired to take the leap with me!

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

 

Enjoy!

Jurassic Mistake

**SPOILER ALERT** The following post contains a rant about the newly released film, Jurassic World, in some detail. If you have not seen Jurassic World don’t worry, it’s basically a newer version of Jurassic Park. In fact there are only two major difference in Jurassic World that are worth mentioning- #1 being the adorable Chris Pratt (*swoon*). And #2 being those RIDICULOUS heels that Bryce Dallas Howard wears whilst traipsing through a dinosaur infested jungle. jurassic world

Before I engage in my high heeled rant, I should provide a little back story. Bryce plays Claire Dearing, the newly opened Jurassic World’s operation’s manager. Part of Claire’s job is to oversee multiple departments and in turn report the fiscal results to executives and shareholders. On the day that all the major events take place (i.e. scary dinosaur stuff) not only does she have to welcome her nephews to the park but she has an important meeting with the owner of Jurassic World. So it totally make sense that she would dress in business appropriate attire, because after all you dress for success… right?

WRONG!

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The only way to outrun a t-rex is to train hard

In this case, if Claire wanted to be super successful, she would have gone home and changed into some sensible running shoes. Or sneakers. Or ballet flats. Heck, even sandals would have been better because the chances of successfully outrunning mutinous velociraptors in 2 1/2 inch heels is not good. Now I know many of you are thinking “Morgan, come on! Wouldn’t you want to look your best for Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) while simultaneously running for your life and trying to save your nephews from being eaten by a vicious dinosaur?”

And my answer would be YES. 100% YES.

But also I can’t look my best if I’ve just been eaten by a dinosaur.

So in the slim but still possible chance that I should ever find myself in a heavily vegetated jungle thick with animal life and also happen to have a genetically modified Indominus Rex hot on my heels, I have made a list of some excellent shoe options that are both functional and fashionable.

#1. Nike Flyknit Air Max ($225)

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#2. Reebok All Terrain Thunder 2.0 ($124.99)

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#3.  Adidas by Stella McCartney ($83.99) These would even match Claire’s outfit!

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#4. Dinosaur Repellent (Priceless)

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I was going to add a bazooka to the list, but I figured that was already implied. If you haven’t seen Jurassic World yet, I encourage you to go to your closest Redbox and pick it up- if not for the action, then for the laughs! Enjoy!

 

~Morgan

 

How to Fall Forward…when it’s 115 degrees outside

Summer? Winter? What season are we in again?

Summer? Winter? What season are we in again?

Brisk winds blowing through your hair. Orange and yellow leaves falling from the trees in your front yard.  You can’t leave the house without a sweater or light jacket. Sound familiar? No? That’s because it’s still +90 degrees outside and the only way you can cool off is by standing in front of the fridge in your underwear.

Why then do clothing stores insist on pushing parkas and leather boots? Without fail every year around the beginning of august, designers churn out their fall collections onto the sweating masses, hoping that we will trade in our t-shirts for turtlenecks. It’s hard to stay on top of the fashion scene, especially when it dictates that we wear the opposite of what seems appropriate. That being said, there are a few small changes you can make to your wardrobe that are very fall friendly and won’t induce heat exhaustion.

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Cat’s eyes and ruby lips

1. Make-up- Now I know that make-up might seem like a small thing to change but it really makes a big difference (after all, the first thing people notice about you is your face…hopefully). During the summer, we are able to get away with less make-up because that sun-kissed look is mostly natural; as fall approaches and our tan begins to fade we need a little more help to keep some color on our faces.

smoky eye with warm brown tones

smoky eye with warm brown tones

So, just as the color palate of your wardrobe changes, so does the color palate of your make-up. During the summer I usually stick to light, natural colors that highlight natural beauty like rosy cheeks and pink lips.  When mid-August comes around, I like to switch to darker colors that reflect and compliment the colors that are featured in the fall season’s fashion. Now that we’re in “pre-fall” weather, make-up can become a bit more emphasized and dramatic; the smoky eye is a great start to a dramatic look, especially when used with dark natural colors like plum, grey and chocolate brown. Don’t be afraid to go for dramatic lips as well; deep reds and magentas go beautifully with a subtle cat’s eye. While you don’t have to adhere to only dark shades of color, but it’s important that your make-up evolves with your wardrobe and since fall colors are usually darker, deeper and richer, your make-up should follow suit.

2. Cropped/Cigarette Pants- Depending on what area in the world in which you live, you may not have to reside in shorts and tank tops during the summer months, and are just as comfortable wearing long pants throughout the year. Many of us do not have that luxury- in fact, the very thought of pants make us feel sticky. How then, could we possibly bring ourselves to actually put them on? By wearing cropped pants!

fabulous red cropped pants

fabulous red cropped pants

Always a classic and appropriate for any occasion, cropped or cigarettes pants are an excellent pre-fall addition to any wardrobe.  Because they hit just above or right at the ankle they can still be considered a warm weather piece; the tapered leg looks great with heels or flats and can easily transition into cooler weather when paired with booties. By simply switching out your capris or shorts for a pair of these beauties, you can beat the heat and prepare for fall, all at the same time!

3. Accessories- Accessories are the easiest way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall- by adding only a few key pieces you will be practically beckoning colder weather your way! Let’s start with the real money-maker, your face. It’s time to ditch the flowery earrings and pastel colored gemstones; opt for silver and gold with darker gemstones like sapphire, emerald and ruby. Pearls and diamonds are classic and great in a pinch (they are also beautiful as hair accessories if you have the time to style). With cooler weather come cooler accessories like felted hats, scarves, furs and leather goods.

leather vest and boots

leather vest and boots

While you might not be ready for felt or fur, add a printed scarf to your t-shirt and jeans and pair with a leather belt to complete the look.  If you are really adventurous and not afraid of a little sweat, skip the scarf and throw on a pair of boots with a leather or knitted vest. If you are REALLY, REALLY adventurous, zip up that goose-down parka complete with hot chocolate thermos— no, just kidding, too soon.

If you have read through this and are thinking to yourself, “Is she crazy? It’s the beginning of August for crying out loud!”, by all means, please continue to enjoy your summer wardrobe while you can. However, if you are tired of the flowery printed sundresses and tank tops that feature surf-boards and palm trees, I hope this article has been helpful in establishing a way to remain cool and current at the same time. Fashion is always one step ahead, regardless of the weather; as a self-proclaimed fashionista, I feel it is my duty to stay on top of trends to the best of my ability (and budget) and these three changes have worked for me so far. However, I am only self-proclaimed and definitely not an expert in the field of fashion- if you have some ideas or tricks in how to dress for fall when it’s still summer, I would love to hear about them. Fashion is about evolution and contribution: we have the ability to steer it in the direction we choose when we share with each other. So contribute with us and spread your fashion wisdom!

~Morgan

Notification Nation

5:00 am. My alarm clock goes off.

After blearily stumbling through the darkness to silence the shrill piercing sound that my Samsung Galaxy has dubbed “Spring Rainfall”, I throw myself back into bed, phone in hand.

My morning routine is as follows-

  • 5:05am- Check for and read new text messages
  • 5:10am- Open my Facebook for new notifications and newsfeed (spend the next 20 minutes scrolling through updated status’s, new profile pictures, and birthday notifications)
  • 5:30am- Open email to check for new messages and favorite retailer’s sale notifications/coupons.
  • 5:45am- Panic. Sprint between kitchen, bathroom and closet to make coffee, brush teeth and get dressed.
  • 6:00am- Run out of the house because I’m late for the morning train into the city. Realize I forgot to put on deodorant.ipad-social-network-logos-21820462

While this routine is ridiculous and totally avoidable, I feel confident that some part of it mirrors how most of us spend our free time- in front of a screen.  Arguably the majority of jobs require that we sit in front of a screen of some kind. Without a laptop or monitor how can we respond to email, fill out online forms, and conduct research? Without my computer, this blog would be unable to function and I would just be a girl with a bunch of written thoughts and articles that no one would read. So I am grateful for the internet and for the connections it has allowed me.

But.

There’s always a “but“, isn’t there?

But isn’t it a little ridiculous that after spending all our working time online or chained to a computer, we would continue to remain glued to a screen well after the working hours are over? I can’t count the number of times I’ve sat down at a restaurant only to find my fellow patrons, faces basked in the glow of smart phones, instagramming their food instead of conversing with their dinner companion (who in turn is busy ranting about the restaurant’s poor service on Yelp).CELL-PHONE-DINNER-570

I don’t think these social apps are inherently evil or that our use of them will condemn us to Hell. On the contrary, I think that they offer a wonderful way to share experiences (ie, music, pictures, art) and connect us in a way that is otherwise impossible. But (again with the “but”!) there is another world out there! A world where people actually laugh out loud in the company of friends instead of sending a unenthusiastic “lol” (I doubt anybody physically rofl‘s). There is a world where people make eye contact with strangers on the bus or train, maybe even start a conversation, instead of burying themselves in an Ipad or Kindle. There is a world where invitations are written out in your own handwriting instead of sending a e-vite.  There is a world where we are not bombarded with notifications and updates regarding trivial things that don’t really affect us or unify us as a society, culture or species.

This grandiose effort to connect through technology has failed and we are now a million miles apart from the neighbor who sits beside us.

But (don’t worry, this is a good “but“) there is hope for us yet.  I recently discovered there is a way to escape this ‘notification nation’, this ‘living for a like’ mentality. It is so simple, so obvious, you are sure to kick yourself for not having thought of it first.

Turn off your phone.

Crazy I know (and ironic because you are most likely using your phone to read this).

Over the weekend, I went on a camping trip up in the Olympic Peninsula and by way of a dying battery and no cell reception, had to turn off my phone. For the first couple of hours I admit that it felt wrong, like I was missing one of my arms. As time passed, however, I forgot about the emails that were assuredly piling up in my inbox and instead focussed on the amazing turquoise color of Lake Crescent, the natural power of Marymere Falls and the companionship of some of my best friends. For the majority of the campout, I didn’t know what time it was and it didn’t matter. My contentedness was not dependent on the amount of likes I had on an instagrammed picture of Lake Crescent or the retweets of a post I made about the beauty of nature. I didn’t share my every moment camping with the social media world, but shared it instead with people who were at my side, enjoying the view just as much as I was.

And it all started by simply turning off my phone.

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~ Morgan