• The Sleeve Detail

    I am a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have learned so much. In fact, I have taken countless classes that explain the fashion industry as a business and I’ve also taken classes that study sleeves in great detail—yes, sleeves.

    Do you know how many different sleeve styles there are?

    Here’s a hint: there’s more than one. To name a few, there’s the Bell, Peasant, Puff, Bishop, Juliet, and Dolman. Yup, you’ve guessed it. The list continues.

    Sleeve details are one of my favorite trends. The trend is currently dominating fast fashion and I LOVE IT! I personally prefer wearing a great sleeve in either the spring or summer season so that it doesn’t get lost behind my jackets or coats. Bring on the warmer weather, Mother Nature! A detailed sleeve is truly an epic fashion statement.

    I generally like to think of the sleeve as an added accessory. When wearing a shirt that includes this trend, I avoid bracelets or rings to keep the focus on my top rather than my jewelry. I also try not to spend a lot of money when purchasing a shirt with this dramatic concept because I prefer to invest in staple or basic pieces. One typically wears this type of shirt a few times before it is quickly remembered by friends and family. I can only get away with wearing it so many times before I look like a serial outfit repeater. Yes, the struggles of a true fashion gal.

    If I haven’t already sold you on the sleeve detail trend I will now. A sleeve statement can be worn on a dress or a jacket too! It does not have to be strictly limited to tops.

    The dramatic sleeve is a chic look—picture yourself with a sleek updo and fitted pants, with that perfect sleeve hanging over each hand. Here are of few photos of me braving yesterday’s snowstorm wearing a Zara striped bell sleeve top!

    With Love,
    Ashley Attianese
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  • What’s In My Bag?

    Here is my beloved Strathberry Midi Tote bag.

    I came across the bag on Instagram and instantly fell in love with its structure, handle, and overall look. Instead of traditional zippers and flaps, the Strathberry has a gold bar closure that simply “locks” the bag’s handles together. Super stylish, it has complemented a ton of my everyday looks. I’ve received a lot of compliments while using it too!

    Keep on reading for the contents inside!

    Let’s start off with what I consider my necessities—phone, earphones, wallet and water bottle. I never leave my house without my small 9 oz Swell bottle (because it fits most of my bags and is a eye-catcher every time I drink my water), my wallet and iPhone (I mean just look at my cute peacock phone case from Rifle Paper Co) and my Master & Dynamic earphones (they make my daily commutes to and from work a lot more bearable)!

    Even though everyone is pretty much all for Google Calendars, I’m still old school—forever flipping through my physical planner. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been on the planner train and, quite frankly, I’m staying loyal. There’s something about being able to write things down, something about having it be tangible in front of me that makes the old school method so appealing. To each their own, right? Say hello to my new 2017 planner from Rifle Paper Co. and some Muji stationery, of course!

    Need some hand cream on-the-go? I’m that girl who’s always whipping out a tube and sharing its hydrating love with everyone. I’ve been using Mario Badescu’s Hand Cream and Lip Wax. Next up, are Love Wellness Co.’s Do It All Wipes… because you gotta #TakeCareDownThere. These pH balancing wipes make me feel fresh (down there, duh!) whenever I need them. And how can I not carry around Kleenex tissues? I don’t know about you, but I need a tissue everyday of my life—there’s always seems to be a reason for needing one!

    Finally, my everyday makeup essentials! Do I need to say more? These are some of my favorite makeup products and they’re all travel-friendly, especially in this Glossier pink pouch. If I had to choose one makeup product to take with me on-the-go, it’d probably be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Can’t leave the house without my brows!

    What is one thing you can’t leave the house without? Let me know in the comments below!

  • The Best Lipsticks for Fall ’16

    It’s time to pucker up, LoDown fam 💋

    November is officially upon us and the holiday season is well on its way. With that said, it’s time to dress your lips up in celebration!

    Primarily a dusty rose kind of gal who dips occasionally into the berries and the reds, I will be sharing a couple of my favorite lippie brands and shades.

    Ready, set, muah!

    Wait, what? Lipstick and lipliner in one product? You guys are geniuses, Benefit Cosmetics!

    This lip kit comes with four shades—two on the bolder side and two on the more neutral spectrum. If you’re into the natural look, these colors are perfect for you. They’re hydrating and not super pigmented. Even though the lipstick and lipliner colors look very different, they actually compliment each other quite nicely! I personally prefer Pink Thrills and Lusty Rose.

    Portrait Pink, Dusty Rose, Red Velvet

    Yes to these vintage-looking gold tubes, and a double yes to the unique shape of the product!

    I don’t know about you, but I love lipsticks that vary slightly from the uniform shape. I find these specific ones easier to apply, especially when it comes down to precision. Best of all, they’re highly pigmented, long-lasting, and dry matte!

    Secret Salma, Walk of Shame, Amazing Grace

    Yaaas, more gold bullets!

    Inspired by lip brushes, these lipsticks come in square-angled tips. Designed with 3D glowing pigments (to make the lips appear fuller and wider) they’re a must-own if you like the matte look.

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Infamous, Understudy

    I’ve been obsessed with the shade “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” for a couple of years now. It’s the my-lips but-better color for my skin!

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Infamous are my go-to colors that not only stay on but also keep my lips super moisturized. Understudy, a close second to the two aforementioned stellar shades, is not shabby either. I use these three shades interchangeably on lazy days when I need a sheer pop of pink!

    No. 54, Deviant, Unspeakable, Bound

    I’ve been carrying “Bound” in my bag since these NARS babies launched last month.

    No, they’re not liquid lipsticks. These Glides apply like gloss and dry semi-matte. Just if you’re wondering, they’re not drying at all!  A few touch ups throughout the day will keep your lips luscious with a pop of color!

    Spanish Pink, Wild Ginger, Forbidden Pink

    Probably the silkiest lipsticks I’ve ever felt on my lips.

    These lippies are creamy and moisturizing with long-lasting color payoff. The collection has a variety of colors and a generous range of nudes. I’ll probably be purchasing Indian Rose next!

    Sweet Maple, Spice Spice Baby, Pink Chocolate

    Literally the smoothest lipstick tubes my fingers have ever touched.

    These lipsticks are filled with creamy moisturizing benefits. The colors go on smoothly with just the right amount of pigment. This collection has a wide range of neutrals and pinks. I have yet to try their shimmer finish shades!

    Rapture, Violate, Naked

    Urban Decay never lets me down and they get brownie points for having unique packaging, great colors and finishes, all at affordable prices!

    The Vice Lipstick collection comes in six different finishes, and the cream finish is my absolute favorite. Rapture, Violate, and Naked are the perfect neutral colors for the fall season.

    What are your fall favorite lip products? 

  • Arch You Ready for This Brow Business?

    Brow Grooming 101

    If eyes are the so-called windows to your soul, then brows are the so-called curtains to those windows. Pottery Barn or Ikea, which would you rather? You tell me.

    Thanks to Cara Delevingne and a handful of other brow-blessed celebrities, fleek, full, and fabulously natural eyebrows have been taking the world by storm. No makeup, no problem? Ya, as long as your brows are groomed!

    A victim of sparse brows, I fill mine in every morning. If I had to pick one makeup product to use for the rest of my life, it would definitely be a brow pencil.

    I’d feel like a naked mole-rat otherwise.

    Like all fashion trends, brows, too, go through their different “style” stages. It may, unfortunately, take years for you to figure out which shape best frames your face. Don’t worry, we’ll go through all the different scenarios together. Behold, my favorite brow products!

    If Your Brows Are…

    Benefit Cosmetics Ready, Set, BROW! Clear Brow Gel

    Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
    Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Quickie

    You, girl, don’t need much. Your brows are pretty much on fleek with or without the extra help. You’ve got these naturally full brows that are to die for and they’ve got these amazing arches to match!

    If you want to add just a little bit more jazz, a brow gel or brow fiber gel will do the trick. People often use them as the “top coats” to their brow routine.

    Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit
    Benefit Cosmetics Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12

    First things first, count your blessings! Some people don’t have much brow hair–but hey, good news, you’re not some people. Your hair, while there, just lacks grooming.

    Here’s where the powders and pomades come in! It’s tricky, but with practice, you’ll master an arch that complements your bone structure. Note that pomades can also be used to create an edgier look.

    Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
    Tom Ford Brow Sculptor

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
    Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush
    Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil
    Lancome Les Sourcils Definis Eyebrow Pencil

    You have some hair, but you also have some bald spots. Don’t worry, me too! I barely have any hair on the tail ends of my brows so brow pencils with spoolies are a must for me.

    Mind you, pomades and powders work equally well for sparse brows but I’ve be hoarding and championing taupe-colored 2-in-1 pencils for the longest time!

    You’ve over-plucked your brows. Oops!

    Take a deep breath! It will all be okay. See the products I’ve mentioned above? Feel free to try them all. Benefit Cosmetics has pretty much everything you need for brows. Their new silver packaging? *Swoon*

    Benefit Cosmetics BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer
    Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Glow Brow Highlighter

    In case you wanted to add more va-va-voom, primers and highlighters are a great way to start and end your brow routine. Brow primers keep products in place for longer and highlighters add just the right amount of pop.

     

    What are some of your favorite brow products? I’d love to know!

  • How to Perfect the Lazy Girl Makeup Routine

    Keep It Simple, Silly!

    I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my makeup routine, I like to keep it as simple as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love all things makeup, but I just love my sleep a little bit more.

    On days when I’m in a rush from snoozing too long, I always opt for my everyday-friendly makeup routine. In simple terms, it’s the “right amount of face with absolutely no precision needed.”

    If I can werk this in a moving vehicle, you can werk it anywhere!

    After moisturizing and prepping my skin, I dab some NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard) under my eyes and on any areas with hyperpigmentation or redness. After blending the concealer onto my skin with my fingers, I apply a thin layer of Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream (Light/Medium) to the rest of my face.

    Acing my brows is probably the hardest part of this go-to routine. Ya gurl ain’t no Cara Delevingne. I begin by using NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil (Taupe) to fill in my sparse brows and follow with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil (Yogurt) for an extra touch of shimmer and dimension to my lids.

    This stuff is amazing because it’s versatile! You can also use it on the inner corners of your eyes and for highlighting.

    I then top the look off with Tarte’s Skinny SmolderEYES Waterproof Liner (Sunstone Bronze). To create a subtle, smoky look, I draw a wing and smudge it out with the liner’s sponge tip. Often times, I’ll also line my waterline with this color as well.

    Finally, I comb several coats of Lancome’s Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara through my lashes to give them volume.

    For finishing touches, I always reach for Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer to contour the sides of my face and Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain for quick touches of blush and lip color. And, that’s it!

    What are some of your everyday makeup products? 

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