St. Valentine’s Violets | Toasty, Smoky, Sweet Valentine’s-Day Look

Ahhhhh, Valentine’s Day…a day for reveling in romance. Candlelight dinners, long-stemmed red roses, perfectly chilled champagne in matching crystal flutes, a string quartet playing softly in the corner…..or 12 to 16 inches of snow on top of the 60+ inches that the cruel gods of winter have just dumped on you. Yes, this Valentine’s Day I’ll be wearing my most glamorous snow pants, my puffiest Michelin-man parka, a striped stocking cap, and super-sexy snow boots, clutching an unnervingly large snow shovel in my mittened paws. Another snow storm is coming. Sigh.

None of this, of course, will prevent me from showing you one more Valentine’s-Day look–a toasty, smoky eye paired with rosy cheeks and a vibrant violet lip.

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Cherries in the Snow | Part 1 | Satiny evening look

Hi everyone. By the time you read this, the Northeast U.S. will be blanketed in a fresh layer of snow. All this frosty white has gotten the phrase “cherries in the snow” stuck in my head. To try to work it back out again, I composed a few looks from my stash inspired by that idea, but with an emphasis on face-flattery and real-life wearability, instead of fantasy frost (fun as that is!).

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

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Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics | Northanger Abbey

In our final post in this Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought it would be fun to look at vivid pink-based shades in a different content. This time, instead of contrasting with white, the pink foil keys are contrasted with wheat–a neutral, grayish/brownish grassy shade:

Berry pink in a field of wheat.

Berry pink in a field of wheat.

(A more complete introduction to this series can be found here.)

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Inspired by….Penguin Hardcover Classics | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

For this post in the Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought we might step away from the rosy, daytime wearability inspired by Middlemarch and hop down our own little rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

To start, let’s take a closer look at the cover:

Flamingo croquet.

Flamingo croquet.

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