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D 20120306 20041D 20120306 20047Rainy morning that turned to a hazy/sunny afternoon. Still warm enough to go sans coat, which seems utterly wrong in the second week of December.

Black ribbed crewneck sweater from Chico's, self-distressed and cutoff denim skirt from Old Navy, black tights from Target, black round toe high heel pumps from Jessica Simpson, silver dangle earrings from Nordstrom and silver cuff.

Hair is on it's second day. Woke up with it looking utterly cool in it's bedhead pieceyness, except for the bangs that were a bit stringy and parting in the center. Attempted to use a large barreled iron to fix the bangs with no success. Then blew out with the dryer, which made them look soft and proper and totally wrong with piecey bedhead. So I tried to use some Jonathan Dirt to make the bangs match the head, had no luck, so blew out the whole head. Then a bit of jonathan Dirt on the rest of the head for continuity. Oh well, still looks nice, just not as fun.

Makeup is L'Oreal True Match foundation, the same brand of concealer over it just for the dark circles. In place of the bronzer I am trying Smashbox Soft Lights in Tint – lighter than bronzer, has more shimmer and I think makes my skin look less dry, pale and pasty (had to get a Secret Santa gift card at Sephora last night and well… had to get something for me too!). With a light hand and the Sephora bronzing brush, I think it looks nice and natural. A bit more and I would look more evening. Over it a touch of Nars Orgasm blush. Eyes are my traditional smoky look – gray and Soft Black shadows from the Body Shop – the gray on the lid, the Soft Black in the crease and along the lower lash line. Maybelline's Ultra Liner in Black on the top lash line and a nice dark coat of L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in black on both sets of lashes. On lips is Victoria's Secret lip gloss in french Kiss.

Oh and yes, I do my own brows. I get them professionally waxed maybe once a year, and maintain with a slanted set of metal tweezers. I pluck daily before I do my makeup – sometimes one hair, sometimes a few. I use a Maybelline brow powder to fill in my short (they end before the end of my eye does) and sparse brows. I use a Trish McEvoy brow brush to apply the powder. Then a brow gel to hold it all in place.

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. You sknow Shell, I am not sure where I got my Shelfari pic. When I see cute things online, I save them to my jump drive for the right opportunity. Probably from someone’s MySpace profile or message board avatar… so the credit belongs to another for it’s cuteness! πŸ™‚

  2. miss dilly ~

    i must say i am simply addicted to you site. it is just so much fun. i also am a big fan of shelfari and ‘stole’ your wendy pic. wherever did you find that? πŸ™‚

  3. Your hair came out adorable!

    Girl, lately you have really been rockin’ that whole ensemble of the denim skirt, sweater, and (footless) tights in various combinations! It looks so HOT on you and, as I child of the ’70s, I can definitely say it’s one of my own personal favorites, too.

    You must work for a very fashion-forward company. My employers are pretty inflexible about what’s considered business-appropriate attire, and consequently, most of the women end up going to work looking rather dull and matronly.

    Thanks for the daily breath of inspiration…and for giving me a break from looking at dowdy skirts and scuffed Mary Jane’s!!

  4. Bleach and sandpaper. I sat and watched some mindless TV (probably SATC reruns) and crumpled places on the skirt, sanded, sanded flat parts, cur off the hem, and then took a q-tip, wet it with water and then bleach and drew on “whiskers.” Then washed several times and this is the end result!

  5. Love this whole look! I have a dumb question, but how did you distress YOUR denim skirt – I’m curious. Thanks!

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