Artist Spotlight: Garance Doré

Garance Doré: Fashion/Style blogger, illustrator, writer for paris vogue and overall authority on all things fashion

In an every changing world of media, it is not surprising that majority of millennials are turning to bloggers and social media platforms to find out what they should be wearing.  It is no longer necessary to wait for an issue of your favorite monthly magazine to arrive to see what’s going on in fashion.  Log on to Instagram, search #style or #fashion and the photos are endless.

So who should we be watching?  Today, I bring to you one of the biggest influencers on social media: Garance Doré.

I first learned of Garance Doré via a published list of bloggers worth following.  I fell in love with her illustrations and followed her studio account @studiodore where she shares photos from her daily work at her studio.

Garance Doré Studio Account - @studiodore Garance Doré Studio Account - @studiodore Garance Doré Studio Account - @studiodore Garance Doré Studio Account - @studiodore

After following her studio for a while, I became aware that there was a whole blog behind the beautiful illustrations that I loved.  I began following the Garance Doré Instagram page @garancedore.

Her photos are beautifully taken and the topics piqued my interest.  The Garance Doré blog covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle, shopping and more.

Garance Doré on Instagram Garance Doré on Instagram

Garance Doré on Instagram

Garance Doré is thought revered by many fashion moguls and “it girls” of the blogging world an authority on all things fashion.  Doré has written for Vogue Paris, received the CFDA Eugenia Sheppard Media Award 2012, and been featured in a number of articles.  For more on Garance Doré, read: Meet Garance.

I invite you to meet Garance today because she’s just announced her new book Love Style Life is available for pre-order.  I can’t wait to stroll through the pages. Her work is a daily influence and a reminder to me what I would like my contribution to fashion to be.

It’s important to always look to others for inspiration, while staying true to your own art.


How to Use Dry Shampoo and Review of Drybar Triple Sec 3 in 1

When you can’t wash your hair every single day, dry shampoo is life, but do you really know how to use dry shampoo?  Make sure you’re getting the most out of your product.

Triple Sec 3 in 1 Dry Shampoo by Drybar Review:

Hair stylists tell us not to wash our hair every day.  Yeah yeah, but what about when I hit the gym and my hair is gross and flat?!

Before Picture: Dry Shampoo that really works!
Before Picture- Here you see me about 36 hours since my last hair wash. Yes, I shower more frequently :p I just use a cap. Hair is looking pretty flat and lifeless.

How to Use Dry Shampoo:

To apply dry shampoo, separate areas around your crown and spray into your roots.   This should leave your hair feeling a bit damp.  Then use your hair dryer to dry your roots.  I try to use low heat or the cool setting.  The only time I ever need to use the heat to do dry shampoo is if my hair is really sweaty from a workout- which this stuff works wonders on as well.

This is after the application of Triple Sec Dry Shampoo.
This is after the application of DrybarTriple Sec 3-in-1.

What I love best about this product is that it goes on feeling a bit wet like hairspray instead of a powdery dry spray.  I have used a variety of dry shampoos and when I was naturally blonde it really didn’t matter one from the other, but after I went dark, the white spots were obvious and difficult to disguise.  I’ve also used dry shampoo on my husband’s black hair.  In the photo below, we have both used this product before stepping out.  No white spots!

Dry Shampoo that doesn't leave white spots on even the darkest of hair.
A rare hubs spotting on the blog!

Since he’s been growing his hair out, we’ve tried a number of dry shampoos on it and Drybar is the only one that hasn’t left icky white spots and flakes in his hair.  Black hair is the ultimate test and this product passes with ease!

The before and after transformation.
The before and after transformation with just the use of dry shampoo.

How to use dry shampoo the right way.This is quite a transformation!  My hair is now prepped and ready to be styled (in about 5 minutes).

The final look! And btw, even though my hair could use a good scrub, it now smells delightful and feels clean to the touch.

The final look! And btw, even though my hair could use a good scrub, it now smells delightful and feels clean to the touch.   In the above pic my hair only has Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 in it; no other products were used.

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Jumpsuit Fever

Jumpsuits are chic and on trend right now.

Rent The Runway Jumpsuit
Hunter Bell Bright Side Jumpsuit available for rent.  Also in black.

Getting a jumpsuit that fits right and flatters your figure is the key to getting the look.  The most difficult area to fit is the torso length.  Be sure to try the jumpsuit on ahead of time or read reviews if you are planning to rent a jumpsuit for an event.  I always take advantage of the free second size from Rent the Runway.

Hunter Bell Bright Side Jumpsuit- Available on RTR
Hunter Bell Bright Side Jumpsuit– Available on RTR

What I love best about fit of this jumpsuit is that it is snug around the natural waist (the smallest part of your waist- usually considerably higher than where we wear most of our pants).  The natural waistline makes me look slim, while the pants are looser and even have pleats for added fullness around the hips.  This makes my athletic build a bit more like an hourglass.

Hunter Bell Bright Side Jumpsuit
Hunter Bell Bright Side Jumpsuit

The neckline on this jumpsuit is shaped similarly to a racer back.  This shape creates an hourglass illusion which compliments the bust area.  I skipped the necklace because the shape is so gorgeously crafted and I wanted that to be the focus at the neckline.  The topstitching over the bust area frames the bust nicely as well.  The topstitching at the waistline combined with ‘V’ shaped top, create a slimming effect.

Oxblood Prada Pumps
Oxblood Prada Pumps

The zipper closure allows for the pant to hug the ankle and rest over the top of the shoe, which makes the whole leg look longer.  If you wanted to look as tall as possible, you would pair this pant with a white or nude shoe.  I chose to add a pop of color and I LOVE that this year’s Pantone color of the year is Oxblood.

Purple Prada Sunnies
Purple Prada sunnies for another pop of color.
Prada bag with Anarchy Street Jewelry
Prada bag and Anarchy Street Jewelry. Use offer code Kate_10 for 10% off your Anarchy Street purchase.

I chose a larger bag because I was attending a semi-casual charity event.  Since the outfit reads glam, the oversized bag tones the look down.

Anarchy Street Jewelry
Nailed It bangle $28, Slave to the Game bracelet ( 🙁 no longer available), Parallel Crossing Ring set $36. Use offer code Kate_10 for 10% off your Anarchy Street purchase.

If you’ve got jumpsuit fever too, be daring and go for it!  Proper fit and styling will get you the rocking look you’re going for.


Alexander McQueen: A Legacy

Alexander McQueen is the most influential designers of our generation.  His work changed the way we view and experience fashion entirely.  He combined fashion with expression of race, emotion, sexuality, religion and more for the first time.  For McQueen, fashion was about expression of self and perceptions.

Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment. –Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen
McQueen was a master at forcing emotion upon the audience. This photo makes me feel like I am inside a dream.  Photo Credit:  The Met Museum  
Alexander McQueen "Savage Love"
The Met Museum gallery “Savage Beauty” paid tribute to McQueen in 2010.

He is known for recognizing the beauty in sadness and expressing that feeling through his work.

There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.– McQueen

Alexander McQueen
More from the Met Museum.  Photo Credit: Those Hardings Blog
Alexander McQueen
Technical genius.  Photo Credit:
Alexander McQueen
After leaving Givenchy, McQueen’s work became more creative and he brought the world ideas that had never before been expressed or thought possible. Photo Credit:    

I treated Givenchy badly. It was just money to me. But there was nothing I could do: the only way it would have worked would have been if they had allowed me to change the whole concept of the house, to give it a new identity, and they never wanted me to do that. –McQueen,

McQueen featured Kate Moss as a hologram 2006
For his Autumn/ Winter 2006 line, McQueen featured a hologram of model, Kate Moss, floating above the stage.  Photo Credit:

Give me time and I will give you a revolution.– McQueen.

Sadly, the designer shared his life with the world for only 41 short years.  Though he lost his life to suicide, his work and influence will reign over fashion forever.


Sweater Revival

The easy way to get rid of pills on your sweaters and t-shirts!

I used to think that when my sweaters and t-shirts started to pill, it was the beginning of the end.

This t-shirt has seen much better days.

This t-shirt has seen much better days.

Lots of pinterest pinners are reviving old clothes with a shaving razor.  It works ok in a pinch, but the thinner the fabric, the more likely you are to tear your shirt.  You need to be extra careful that you keep the fabric completely flat if you’re going to use a razor.

I prefer to use a battery powered lint shaver because it has a guard on it.  You still need to be careful to keep the fabric flat, but you be much less likely to put a hole in your fav sweater.

Lint shaver used on the left side of the shirt has removed all the pills.
You can see how the left side of the shirt where I used the Dritz Lint Shaver $9, has removed the pills.

There are a variety of lint shavers available from Amazon, Target, Walmart and Joanns Fabrics.  Think of all the money you will save by rescuing your favorite pieces!


Perfect Pouty Lip Tutorial

Bold oxblood lips are in this fall…

get the perfect pouty look

Oxblood, the 2015 Pantone color of the year, is flattering to all skin tones.  Notice how the brown in the color comes out on this model below.  Yet, you will notice the purples and reds that shine through against my fair complexion.

Refinery 29: Bold Lip
I am in love with the lux super saturated dark lips that are in this fall.  Photo: Refinery 29

The only problem with it is that I never really learned to do lipstick the right way, so I felt like a clown!  That’s no bueno!  I hit pinterest and found all of the best tips and when to use them.

Before you apply any color lipstick, you should always exfoliate your lips.  You can use regular sugar, a damp wash cloth or an exfoliating product like this one from Fresh.  This will ensure your lips look smooth and soft after you apply lipstick.

Next you’ll want to apply concealer around the edges of your lips (think where you will be putting lip liner).  Then blend it in.

How to properly apply dark lipstick
This will make the lipliner look clean and contrasted to your skin.

I have always struggled the most with applying lip liner.  It’s important to stay symmetrical and natural with the shape.  I could never get this right and I think it’s because I don’t have a very pronounced cupid’s bow to use as a guideline.  Cupid’s bow is the downward curvature at the center of the top lip.  I was always trying to make mine look more defined and in the process, I would end up with uneven, asymmetric lipliner.  🙁  Lips can vary a lot, so I’m here to show you a simple way to apply liner that will bring out the shape you want.

How to properly apply lipstick.

To help you create a perfectly shaped top/ bottom lip, you should mark points for guidelines.  Draw a point at the peaks of your top lips, the bottom of the cupid’s bow and halfway from the peak to the corner of the mouth.  If you need to, you can mark the bottom lip as shown.

How to properly apply lip liner
This will keep you from making an error freehand and smudging up your lipliner as you try to fix it.
Simply connect the dots.
Simply connect the dots.  You can see that by drawing points, I now have a noticeable cupid’s bow, and it’s even!

Next you’ll need to fill in the sides of the bottom lip and bring the top liner down a little.   You want to leave the round part of your bottom lip free of lip liner, so it will be slightly lighter after lipstick application, which will add fullness.

How to properly apply lip liner.
Notice that the corners of my bottom lip are filled in and I’ve extended the liner of the top lip lower. If I wanted to go for a darker lip at night, I could fill in more of my bottom lip.

Now we are ready to fill in with lipstick.  For a more precise application, you can use a brush.  If you want a dark saturated lip, you can do up to 3-4 applications blotting in between, but make sure you are patting your lips with a tissue and not squeezing the tissue between your lips.  This keeps the lipstick from wearing off unevenly or smudging.

If you want a glossy lip, now is the time to add a little gloss.  If you want a matte look, you can hold a tissue up to your lips and use a make-up brush to gently rub foundation powder on the tissue

How to properly apply lipstick
Applying powder through a tissue gives a matte finish.

This also helps to set the lipstick and keep it from bleeding.  If you want more of a dramatic matte finish, you can apply a very small amount of powder directly to the lips.

I like to finish off the look by dabbing a small amount of highlighter or concealer just at the cupid’s bow.  This adds a nice contrast to the lip liner and cleans up any bleeding that’s happened from the application or blotting process.

How to apply lipstick properly
The final look!


Distressed Jeans Tutorial

Get the look from jeans you already have in your closet

Ripped Jeans Tutorial- How to leave the strings intact
I used this technique to turn old pants into these shorts.  See the full look.

I’ve done this more than a few times, so if you have any troubles or varying results, message me and I’ll help you out.


Gareth Pugh

Getting my weekly dose of Fashion art/ creative Inspiration through british designer Gareth pugh

Taking in an avant garde fashion show is blissfully intoxicating.

It's a chance to live in the art for the moment and soak up the creative genius that will transform the trends of tomorrow.  Although, we may think there would never be a time to wear these pieces, elements of the art will forecast trends to come.
Gareth Pugh
Gareth Pugh is known for his “Noir” aesthetic. Not only does he create work that brilliantly pushes the limits of fashion, he presented his Fall 2009 show as a film instead of a catwalk show.  Photo:The Courtesan Macabre

         Gareth explained that he finds sending a girl walking up and down the           catwalk “a little half-assed, for lack of a better word. It’s a well-trodden           formula and I think it’s time for a change.”  —The Courtesan Macabre

Gareth Pugh Fall 2009
Pushing away and letting go of the darkness.  Photo: The Courtesan Macabre
Gareth Pugh
Layered leather expresses tough armor, while the use of white color gives a sense of a benevolent protector. Photo: The Week
Gareth Pugh
The black leather shielding the face transforms the model from woman to warrior.  Photo: Katisque Tumbler
Gareth Pugh
Extended cowl neck signifies a chest plate of armor. Photo: Elle

While the above pieces may be frightfully fierce to many consumers, take a look at the following ready to wear pieces from Pugh that are swoon-worthy for the tame at heart.  See how the inspiration comes through in completely wearable pieces.

Gareth Pugh
Leather jacket with an exaggerated cowl that stops short of the chin still a strong look with a warrior influence, but it’s toned down just  a bit.  I would wish cold weather upon Arizona if I could wear that jacket!  Photo: Elle
Gareth Pugh
Leather stripes are a less literal interpretation of armor. Photo: El124
Gareth Pugh
Two very wearable designs by Pugh.  Above left is a kick-ass rendition of the LBD.  Above right shows the soft silhouette of the jacket paired with the leather leg warmers for excellent proportion. Photo: Nyachii’s Blog
Gareth Pugh
I leave you with the most wearable of all.  This LBD has a soft silhouette with just hints of leather for a bit of attitude and interest.  Photo: Victoriously Fashionable

Next time you see something crazy on the runway, take a moment to appreciate the art for what it expresses regardless of how practical it is. Fashion in the form of art is what brings us the trends we know and love.


No Halloween Costume. No Problem!

Special Halloween 3D make-up edition will get you all the votes in this year’s costume contest

Trade the cheaply made costume for on-point 2D and 3D make-up.

Halloween Make-up Ideas
No it’s not photoshop. This pixellated version of Mona Lisa will be a very recognizable costume.
Water color make-up for Halloween Inspo
Water color is one of my favorite mediums.  Gorgeous Halloween idea for the creative type.
Sketch-like makeup for Halloween
Sketch-like make-up brings a whole new meaning of contouring.
Sketch-like makeup for Halloween
Sketch make-up.
Masquarade mask make-up instead of mask.
Masquerade mask make-up. I’m definitely doing this for the next masquerade ball I attend. So much easter than holding a mask up while juggling a purse, hors d-oeuvres, and a glass of wine.
Halloween Make-up Inspo
I can see this also being done in color as an Andy Warhol painting for Halloween.
Galaxy make-up for Halloween
Galaxy make-up is a beautiful look inside.
Peeling the surface make-up for Halloween
Peeling away the surface.
3D Make-up for Halloween
It’s nice that you can see the gorgeous woman beneath the make-up.
Pop Art make-up for Halloween.
Pop Art make-up for Halloween.
Pop Art Make-up for Halloween
Perfect Pop Art make-up will turn you into a living comic book character.
Pop Art for Halloween
Another take on Pop Art. I love the “Pow!” onomatopoeia.

Most of these costumes can be carried out with little work beyond hair and make-up.  Skip spending a ton on buying and accessorizing the perfect look this year, by scheduling a make-up appointment and letting your make-up score you the contest win.

We have not decided on our costumes for this year, but because our Halloween falls upon the eve of our first wedding anniversary, expectations are high.  We usually aim for funny and ridiculous every year.  Follow me on Instagram (@the_Luxicon) for the big reveal.


Date Night Outfit Inspo

Wearing Benjamin Jay

Benjamin Jay Ombre Skirt

Mix up a flowy skirt (Benjamin Jay) with a more masculine button-up top for a flirty playful date night outfit.  Prada Sunglasses.

The Luxicon Styles Your Next Date Night
Tuck that oversized bib necklace inside your shirt for a flash of sparkle under the neckline.
The Luxicon Blog shows us how to roll sleeves the right way.
Be sure to cuff your sleeves nicely. You will look sleek and put together and your sleeves will be much more comfortable when they aren’t bulky and twisted.
The Luxicon Styles Your Next Date Night
Or let it shine… Stella and Dot Pegasus Necklace, Kendra Scott Onyx Danielle Earrings.
Anarchy Street Rings and Bangles
Anarchy Street Jewelry takes your feminine look from delicate to fierce with a few key pieces. Use offer code Kate_10 for 10% off your purchase.
Suede Prada Shoes in Ox Blood
Add a pop of color with this year’s Patone Color of the Year: Oxblood.  Shop the Prada Clutch with removable chain.
This Benjamin Jay skirt is also an awesome piece for Arizona. While we are currently being tortured with 106 degree highs, the rest of the country is welcoming Spring. Don't fall victim to being "seasonally confused." This hi-low skirt is made of light weight stretch material that breathes and can be dressed down with a t-shirt or tank top. The color is also welcoming of Fall even though I'm not bundled up.
This Benjamin Jay skirt is also an awesome piece for Arizona. While we are currently being tortured with 106 degree highs, the rest of the country is welcoming Fall. Don’t fall victim to being “Seasonally Confused.” This hi-low skirt is made of light weight stretch material that breathes and can be dressed down with a t-shirt or tank top. The color is also welcoming of Fall even though I’m not bundled up.  When the temp starts to dip, I’ll happily transition this skirt with black booties and a leather jacket.