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TopShop has a new line of makeup, and subsequently, they’ve developed a delightfully flattering virtual makeover program for their site.

Mama’s hooked.

Close-ups after the jump…

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I don’t think people nowadays wear enough hats. I’m not talking baseball hats or f-ing urban outfitters fedoras, I’m talking real hats. Hats that people wore to church. Hats people wore to luncheons and Macy’s sales and trips to the Cape.

I’m lucky enough to have cultivated a small wardrobe of vintage headcoverings, but sadly, I don’t wear them nearly often enough! Planning to correctify that soon though, since the windy season is beginning to die down and I will no longer have the fear that my beloved chapeau will be blown off my head, landing directly in a gutter filled with questionable substances.

But until I have that opportunity, I’m satisfied with chapeau-centric photoshoots.

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I’ve slowly, slowly been wheedling my way into San Francisco’s fashion industry and it’s been so fun thus far! I’ve always loved strutting (hello, exhibitionist!) and performing and it had been so long since I’d publicly done either, so what better time than now to give it another go? Started out by sending my piccie to a couple of producers and before long, I had booked my first show: The Taste of Fillmore, a food, wine and fashion street fair for upper Fillmore merchants this past October.

That oneĀ  was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! We had a handful of walking/choreography practices so by the time the big day arrived, we were all prepared and pumped. Got a fab Ronettes-inspired up-do and rocked it on the runway for 5 of the 7 shows! I got to wear pieces from LIMU, Repeat Performance (a consignment/thrift/vintage shop that benefits the SF Symphony), Junior League, Calvin Tran (gorgeous, gorgeous!) and Betsey Johnson (which was superfun because we got to dance and skip and blow kisses and glitter at the audience). There were lots of lightning fast changes and makeup meltdowns, but I think it was a great show to get me back into the swing o’ things!

Then last week, on a whim, I sent a piccie to an SF-based designer, Danielle Pettee, who was casting for her upcoming charity show in Soma. I didn’t really expect anything to come of it, since she had put out the casting call a few weeks earlier and the show was scheduled to go down this Saturday. But lo and behold, I got a call on Thursday from her asking to meet up… whoopee! Her dresses are super-rad… frequently flouncy with gobs and gobs of whimsy. So needless to say, I was completely jazzed to be in her show!

We were styled like whimsical ice princesses; I like to think of it as Alice in Wonderland, except Wonderland is Siberia. Lots of glitter round our eyes, bright lips and… my favorite bit… a giant bow made of synthetic hair! Good lord… I fell in love with this monstrosity, so much so that I had to take it home! I wore it out to my favorite bar last night and was a total gay boy magnet, which brought me to the stunning realization that I am not only a great wingman for my girls, but also for my gay fellas! The color almost perfectly matches my own, and I had a whole mess of people ask me if it was my hair, to which I usually replied, “yup!”.

I’m determined to recreate this hair look for future evenings out… it’s just too fab to be a one time deal!

Top – H&M

One late night, I decided to experiment with headwear:

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Wintertime’s a-comin’… better get your sweaters out!

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After a leisurely morning spent enjoying homemade cheddar biscuits and that RPattz movie I’ve been dying to see, I got a little bored, so I decided to play dress up again, but this time with makeup. I don’t usually wear foundation partly because I don’t like to have a lot of stuff on my face and partly because I like how natural skin looks, but today I figured I’d try some out!

Ladies of color know that it can be near impossible to find foundation and powders that exactly match our skin tone, so I was very interested to try out this skin-matching foundation situation from Revlon. It started out as a white cream with tiny beads of something (it kind of looks like exfoliating beads) and then it turns to your skin color as you blend it in. I was skeptical, but it actually looks pretty good!

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I have a lot of hair.

I got a new nail polish at Rite-Aid… behold. It is magnificent:

Polish: Jessie’s Girl in Beach Baby

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