Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Randy Rogers Band::One More Sad Song

I have been hearing my sister Julie, who lives in East Texas, talk about the Randy Rogers Band for years, but I had never really looked into their music.  And then I got a call from Mercury to work on the photo shoot for their new album.  We ended up picking some wardrobe for this video also.  I mean, I may be late to the party, but, uhhh, they're REALLY good.  Check out the video for One More Sad Song below.

         

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brandon Heath::Jesus in Disguise

Twelve to sixteen hours.  The average on-set time for a music video these days.  And yes, that's about 11-15 hours spent on one's feet.  So, yes while I love my job, and I love shooting music videos, it's sometimes just a little bit awesome when you run into one of your clients (today: Brandon Heath), and they tell you that they just shot a music video.  You're all, "Oooooh...sooooo..." and then they say, "Yeah, but we used all the clothes you bought me, and it looked great!"  Whew.  While you're always secretly a little bit happy that you didn't have to show up and stand for those many, many hours, you're kinda on the other hand saying in your head, "Oh gosh, what did they go and wear."  But yay!  I had already bought him all the clothes.  That was a close one, Brandon.  Here is his video for Jesus in Disguise, and he is wearing clothes, yes, purchased by yours truly.
         

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nicole Richie for Macy's

For a girl like me who likes to look put-together, but not like she tried too hard, there are some brands that pretty much always work:  Free People, Haute Hippie, and Winter Kate.  These are the brands where bell bottoms, flowy tops, and ethereal prints never seem to go out of style.  Which is FINE BY ME.  Also fine by me?  The fact that Nicole Richie has teamed with Impulse at Macy's to produce a capsule collection featuring all the things that Winter Kate is, but at a more, ahem, accessible price.  I chose some highlights from what was featured on macys.com.  I can't wait to see it in person!
Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Feather Print Top, $59
Pair with flare-leg jeans, platforms, and an oversized beanie.

Short Sleeve Geometric Print Hi-Low Dress, $69
Finish this look with ankle booties and an armful of bracelets.  Add a long, 
beige or bone-colored cardigan for a chilly dinner on the patio.

Sleeveless Feather Print Dress, $69
Perfect date-night dress.  Wear with black tights and 
one of the season's hottest shoes, the ankle strap heel.

Short Sleeve, Faux Leather Top, $59
So versatile!  Tuck into that patterned floral skirt to add a little edge.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Suddenly So Cute::Surf Lines

Quiksilver Check Stripe Poncho and Lorne Skinny Horizon Jeans, $89.50 and $64.50
As you guys have heard me talk about before, I picked up surfing a couple years ago and wish almost every day that I had started earlier, that I had been born on the beach (with the same family, of course), or that my parents had traveled around with us in a Volkswagen van from beach to beach when I was a kid.  Well, I can only make it to a surfable spot about once a year, so I fear that I've probably reached my peak.

Since I do love surfing so much, it's made me more aware of all the adorable surf lines that are out there.  I was in Rosemary Beach, FL, this last weekend, and I visited a really cute shop called Bombora Sun and Surf.  I was reminded of just how wearable so many pieces from lines like Quiksilver and Roxy can be, usually with that laid-back cool that comes with living a surf life.  And they're usually pretty well priced!

Check out some pieces I found online that might remind you to be on the lookout too.  Quiksilver is probably the most impressive.  They have Quiksilver and QSW, which is for the ladies, and a really simple but beautiful look book.  So, basically turns out you don't have to be in the market for a wetsuit to get a cute top or dress from Billabong or Roxy these days.


QSW Liberty Maxi Dress, $78.
1.  Sable Sleeveless Blouse, Quiksilver, $78.  It's a horse print!  I love this with cutoffs and lace-up black boots with maybe a black blazer to top it off for horsin' around town. 
2.  Red Cedar Sweater, Roxy, $59.50.  This sweater thrown on over your yoga clothes instantly makes you ready for a run to the mall.  Doesn't it just scream "cozy"?
3.  Gold Bar Bracelet, Pura Vida, $20.  These Pura Vida bracelets support local artisans in Costa Rica (my love).  They are simple and well-made and would look great layered with all your other bracelets.
4.  Raleigh Bootie, O'Neill, $64.  I have a rash guard from O'Neill.  Who knew they made cute on-trend booties?  These look way more expensive than they are, and are a must-have boot height for Fall.
5.  Royal Serpentine Pant, Insight, $78.  You can find these amazing printed jeans on one of my favorite sites, Swell.com.  They always have an awesome selection of surf brands as well as some of my other faves like MINKPINK, Dolce Vita, and Scotch and Soda for dudes.
6.  Sheer Tunnels Dress, Quiksilver, $124.  For Fall, with a felt hat, boots and a sweater layered on top of this cute dress, you are good to go!
7.  All Mixed Up Backpack, Billabong, $54.  If surfers know how to make something cute and functional, it is a backpack.  It makes perfect sense really--you gotta be able to get your change of clothes fashionably to the beach so you can get right out of that wetsuit and right on over to Beverly Hills High.  Oh, yeah, that's only on 90210.  Nonetheless, some dang cute surf backpacks out there.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Best of Summer 2012::Beauty Edition





                                                                                      Source: theeffortlesschic.com via Amber on Pinterest

This pic is the most re-pinned photo on my Pinterest Beauty Board.  I titled it "Summer Face" when I pinned it b/c I thought that it was the PERFECT amount of makeup and glow for summer.  I've pretty much replicated it every day since.  #1 take home message is you can find my Pinterest Beauty Board here.  #2 The "Lip Gloss Junkie" Carrie and I have gathered ALL of our favorite beauty products from summer right here in an all-star blog.  We've tried them all too, and Lord knows we're not getting paid to write about 'em!  It's just cuz we wanna help some sisters out!  

Hope you had an amazing summer and you're probably like me...ITCHING FOR FALL!  Luckily these products are not limited to your summer use, they will transition right on over to fall AND winter! 

1.  Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter, $7.49, Drugstore.com.  So smooth and sheer, but GREAT color.  I love the light pink and coral.  ~Carrie
2.  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, $58, Nordstrom.  Amber and I both LOVE this for the hot summer months and anytime, really!  It has perfect, sheer coverage, a really nice sheen, and doesn't feel thick, which is NOT what ya want when you're gonna be sweatin' this much!  ~Carrie
3.  Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, $6.97, Walmart.  In the summer I generally wanna wash my face every waking moment because it feels so intensely disgusting with all this humidity.  We should be careful with what we put on our faces too, and this face wash has no harsh chemicals.  It doesn't over dry and it has the perfect amount of suds to scrub away the sweaty mess you call your makeup at the end of a steamy August afternoon. ~Amber
4.  Natural Light Face Lifting Duo, $19, Bare Escentuals.  I know Amber loves this too.  It's perfect powder and perfect highlighter.  It's literally so versatile and really brightens your skin for the ideal amount of summer glow!  ~Carrie
5.  LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lively, $24, Tarte Cosmetics.  This baby is my go-to for perfect night-out (ahem, camera ready) lips. It is matte, so it literally stays on FOREVER, but you can add a bit of sheer gloss to the top for an extra shot of shine to match your sheeny flawless face if ya want. ~Amber
6.  Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Collection, $36, Too Faced.  A natural eye is the only way to go for daytime in the summer.  I absolutely adore this set in this adorbs little palette. ~Carrie
7.  Herbal Insect Repellant, $8, Burts Bees.  This "bug spray", or "mosquito dope" as we call it in Louisiana, wards off bugs using only essential oils.  Plus it smells great!  Therefore, you won't reek of Deep Woods Off and you'll be mosquito-free, all while knowing that cancer juice is not seeping into your skin. ~Amber
8.  Pixi Nail Colour in Coral Cabana, $8, Target.  ::THE PERFECT DAY-GLO ORANGE to match your tan::  Hands down my fave nail polish of the summer!!  You don't think you'll get attention?  Check out my toes below at my bday party (in dim light, I might add.)  They were clearly trying to steal the spotlight on my big night. ~Amber
9.  Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $5.49, Drugstore.com.  Matt caught me several times this summer going completely nuts with these..."Haven't you blotted your face like 10 times today already?" They are completely addictive, I tell you! And they fit perfectly in your clutch.  AND they're easy to come by at any drugstore. ~Amber
10.  Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara, $15, Sephora.  Want lashes like that gal up there? I promise you this mascara will absolutely do it. ~Amber

My Pixi-polished toes on the right :-). Shoes by the Perfect Pair. Pic by Caroline Mitchell. 
Other feet by Nichole Ocepek.

Tarte lips in "Lively" with the also quite lively Ashley Eicher.