Thursday, April 24, 2014

The 5 Shoe Styles Every Woman Needs

You've probably seen it before: an overflowing closet full of individual shoes thrown about or racks and racks of heels and flats scattered on the floor. Stylish and trendy women are known for their perfume scent, their classic handbag, or their numerous pairs of heels. There are many different types of shoes found in a woman's closet, but I've chosen the five types that are classic and essential to the modern woman.

The Black Pump
The first essential is a really chic black pump by Manolo Blahnik. Manolos are to feet as iPhones are to hands. They are all handcrafted with the highest quality leather and suede found in the world. A black pump is absolutely key to the wardrobe of a woman. They can be worn with a pantsuit to business casual offices or with a wrap dress for those who don't want to dress up as much. The pump can also be taken from work to weekend by pairing it with distressed jeans and a plain tee. Instant chic.

The Ankle Strap Heel
A really high heel can bring out the diva in any woman, and the ankle strap heel is a modern take on the stiletto. This gorgeous heel by Narciso Rodriguez is a colorblocked heel with a thin ankle strap, which elongates the legs when paired with a skirt or a dress. Ankle strap heels are becoming very popular nowadays and for good reason! They add instant drama to any outfit and look great with boyfriend jeans!

The Boot
I've worn boots since I was in elementary school (not very stylish ones I might add), so boots are very near and dear to my heart. I love how they add a tough girl edge to any outfit. I love the juxtaposition of a feminine dress with a pair of really chunky moto inspired boots. I've chosen a pair by Saint Laurent, which has an enormous heel! The thin heel would look amazing paired with printed trousers and a leather jacket to up the cool girl factor.

The Ballet Flat
As a homage to my mother, I've added in the ballet flat to the list. Ballet flats aren't only for little girls and ballet dancers anymore! They are totally in for spring and the different prints and textures make it a win win for girls who don't like heels. This beautiful tomato red pair from Repetto is a firecracker and will be an essential for fashionistas in the summertime! I especially love the bow detail in the front, which is reminiscent of the flat shoes that all girls wear when they're young.

The Casual Sneaker
I've never ever been a sneaker girl, but this pair really caught my eye. Trainers have been on trend for a while now (especially in Europe) because of its practicality and ease. Fashion editors and bloggers are pairing them with jeans and tanks but also with flowy dresses and skirts. Some of the more daring women are even wearing them with a chiffon blouse and full skirt to the office! I love a good pair of Keds, but this plain sneaker by Superga is affordable and cute!

Which pair is your favorite?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Vampire Diaries Elena Makeup

*Disclaimer: This makeup tutorial will NOT make you magically look like Nina Dobrev. She is gorgeous and a few simple tips will only enhance your natural features to be similar to hers. If you are a fan of Nina's makeup in Vampire Diaries and want to see how to recreate her look, then please continue reading!*

A couple days ago I talked about my increasing love for The Vampire Diaries (I watched one whole season in 2 days!) and I'm a huge fan of Elena Gilbert's (Nina Dobrev) makeup in the show. Elena normally sports a bronze smokey eye and natural skin and lips, which is one of my absolute favorite makeup looks.

I started off with my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (review to come soon) in 5 for a naturally flawless base. Elena's skin is always perfect and natural so I topped up any blemishes with my holy grail NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard and set the base makeup with a mist of the Urban Decay All Nighter instead of applying powder to keep the skin glowing. Her eyebrows are a bit thinner than mine, but they're very defined so I filled in any sparse gaps with the tiniest amount of MAC Carbon Eyeshadow and brushed through. Elena doesn't usually wear tons of blush so I dusted on a hint of the Revlon Matte Blush in Wine With Everything, which is a very soft pink color. On the eyes I started off with my favorite Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and then packed on the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in the shade Bronzed Taupe. The eyes are very bronzed up so to add a bit of definition, I dusted the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Frappe into the crease. She always sports some eyeliner on her top and lower lashline, so I applied the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Bronze and smudged it out. Elena is all about the lashes so I curled mine with the Shu Uemura S Curler and applied lashings of the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara in Black, which always gives me a really fluttery effect. On the lips I dabbed a bit of the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Broadest Berry for a subtle hint of color. I hope you like the look!

Here's to 4 more seasons of Vampire Diaries!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OPI Barefoot in Barcelona a.k.a. The Best Polish Ever

Okay, so the title might be a bit of an exaggeration but in my eyes it's entirely true! I've tried quite a bunch of polishes in my recent days of wearing color on my fingers and this one is the best. The formula is very typical of all OPI polishes: thick brush, easy application, lasts a week without chips. It's not the formula so much that takes my breath away, but rather the color. You're all probably rolling your eyes at me right now. Really Noelle? It's a pink nail polish. It's nothing special. My friend, you are mistaken. The color is very neutral, yes, but it's so dang gorgeous! It's a soft pinky-mauve that has a tinge of brown to it. It instantly makes my hands look super healthy and tan while looking gorg' next to any piece of clothing. For only $8, OPI Barefoot in Barcelona is a bargain that I will be using up for every season!

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Things

1. I blogged about the new Kate Spade Saturday store in Ala Moana and these were my favorite tops I found in the store! They're reversible and are the softest fabric. I love them with the sleeves rolled up, paired with jeans and heels!

2. I had to share this picture of my dog Samson. He's the cutest dog and always looks adorable in photos!

3. Chain rings are so intricate and delicate, which I find perfect for spring and summer. Etsy has a whole bunch of handmade rings and I love this one!

4. I purchased a pair of J Brand jeans recently and I would love to buy these ASAP!

5. I can't even talk about my new-found love for the Vampire Diaries. I watched 12 episodes in 2 days; I think I need help. I love Elena with Stephan but I have a bias toward Damon since he was in Lost! I can't get enough of that show so thank God for Netflix!