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Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013: See the Sea Project and Coastal Discoveries

Sperry Fall 2013

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013

With America’s Cup Finals happening just across town, San Francisco hosted another boat-related event, highlighting the most iconic fashion staple of the nautical life, the Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe.  But Sperry went beyond simply showcasing their latest Fall collection, because this also doubled as an art exhibit and book release for their culture-driven course, The Sea Project.  Their seasonal theme, Coastal Discoveries, played out in everything from the details in the shoes, to the seaside bites, and the array of ocean-inspired images on the walls.

I walked into The Popular Workshop Gallery wearing my leopard-print and patent Bluefish shoes, although I could have easily worn classic brown Authentic Originals without a doubt.  To help me decide my shoe fate for the night, I polled my friends on Instagram and the leopard-prints won with a unanimous vote.  If only all of life’s decisions were as easy as a social media poll.  I’m glad I chose to sport Sperry that night, because although the other ladies looked lovely in their heels, I had an edge over them in comfort, without compromising style.

There were a few styles that had me taking a second glance because they weren’t the typical Sperry boat shoe.  I was quite surprised to see a variety of options that could style a lady’s whole wardrobe, ranging from wedge booties to soft scarves, leather riding boots to embellished flats.  What a versatile brand!  Yes, Sperry set sail with the nautical look, but they understand that we all walk different paths and need the looks to go with it.

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013: Sophie

For instance, what’s a girl to wear on a nice date to a waterfront restaurant?  Don’t go with heels that could get stuck in between the boards of the dock!  Sperry solved that problem with the Sophie and Linden, two new styles in feminine flats.  All of the Sophies feature a grosgrain bow for a very classic style, but the detail of each color make it difficult to decide which one is best.  First there’s the nude shoe with a black bow.  I love the colorblocking and can see this as a neutral shoe that can match so much.  Then there’s the black suede pair with rhinestones on the toe box, making these perfect for a holiday party.  And last, Sperry went a little wild with the leopard print and contrasting cobalt trim and bow.  I can’t choose which one I want to take home- they’re all essential!  Looks like I need to poll my friends again!

Sperry Fall 2013: Linden

The Linden flat is a little more edgy, with a pointed toe, studded ribbon, and nautical detail.  What makes this shoe nautical?  The hardware is actually designed like a bow shackle used on a boat, proving that Sperry will always have sailing on its mind.  The colorways are more subtle than the Sophie, but for the extra wild gal, go with the leopard print.

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013: Chelton

The bow shackle hardware carries on to other shoes in the collection, the Chelton and the Sable.  These two are actually boots, which was another surprise for me from the land of Sperry.  The Chelton is a must-have stacked heel ankle boot for the fall, using the bow shackle to tie leather around the ankle.  These can easily be dressed up or down and come in tan, black, and russet.

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013: Sable

The Sable was one shoe that I had my eye on all night.  Yes, it is a tall riding boot so it towers over everything, but the detailing of the boot make it drool-worthy.  I especially swooned over the black pair with gold studs on the leather tie, kicking up the boot a notch.  The inside of the boot is also noteworthy, with the floral lining and grosgrain ribbon boot straps.  But what really makes these fashionable boots fall in line with the Sperry brand is the signature Sperry DNA with Adaptive Wave Siping.  This little detail on the sole gives traction both in dry and wet conditions.

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013 Rainboots

For those who live in, or travel to, wetter climates, check out the rainboots.  The Everham wellies feature a lined boot shaft that can be packed down to fit in any bag for those rainy day emergencies.

The Harlow suede booties are such cuties!  The signature leather ties tie in the Sperry look, but everything else will make you do a double take and think, “Wait- those are by Sperry?!?”  These come in black, grey, and sand, very earthy colors for fall, and then there’s the pop of color with the cobalt suede.  I absolutely love the cobalt pair, although all of them would go so well with the fall trends.  The Harlow booties also feature contrasting printed lining to make putting on these shoes as much fun as wearing them on your next adventure. For the ladies that like to kick it, Sperry has a sneaker collection with unexpected details, like jute-inspired rubber to look like espadrilles, a boot-sneaker combo called the Raleigh, and the world’s first boat shoe, the CVO, in eye-popping shades.

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013 Sunglasses

Sperry has also established themselves as a lifestyle brand since launching their accessories line last season, and they continue to provide other essentials, on or off the water, but with a nautical touch.  Their line of watches, sunglasses, belts, hats, and bags all tie in the Sperry look nicely.  Their sunglasses are lightweight and protective, perfect for those sunsets at the beach.

Sperry Fall 2013: Baystar

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013: Baystar


Let’s not get too carried away with all of the new stuff, because to keep it real, Sperry Top-Sider started off with the boat shoe, and there are plenty of new styles and colors to update their iconic silhouette.  For the A/O’s, a.k.a. the Authentic Originals, new textures ranged from corduroy to studded leather, and other details like teddy fleece and ice soles.  The A/O was even blended with the height of a chukka for the Baystar, another one of my favorites of the night.  I fell in love with the charcoal/mint pair that has an ocean blue outsole.

Sperry Top-Sider Fall 2013: Grayson

Another update to the A/O can be found in one of the more popular styles, the Grayson: a double stacked sole with the Authentic Original upper.  Great way to update a classic!

Sperry Top-Sider Back to School Pack

For a custom look, or to represent your school colors, Sperry introduces the Back to School Color Pack.  These A/O’s come in a variety of colors: Red, Orange, Evergreen, Maroon, Light Blue, Royal Blue, Navy, Purple, which you can then pair up with different colored laces to show off your pride.  It’s not too late to shop for back to school!

Sperry Seaside Bite: Lobster Roll

It was amazing to see all that Sperry has to offer, and aside from the delicious  crab cakes, clam chowder shots, and lobster rolls, what really blew me away was The Seaside Project.  This project bridges together the arts with Sperry’s passion for the sea, and their charitable spirit.  For this year’s efforts, Sperry curated an Instagram contest, #MyPassionfortheSea, that resulted in close to 10,000 entries that spanned across 39 countries, with everyone sharing what they love about the waters.  A panel of judges, including a professional sailor and a rep from Hypebeast magazine, chose their 10 favorite images to win a prize pack, with 2 additional winners chosen by fan votes.   Not only were the images the perfect backdrop for displaying the latest Sperry Top-Sider collection, they also made me realize how vast the sea is and how its beauty shines so differently all over the world.

The Seaside Project

The Sea Project

Yes, the show is long gone, but you can enjoy the photos in the book, available at The Sea Project website or at Sperry Top-Sider.  $5 of each First Edition Book will benefit the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that “works to keep the ocean healthy, to keep us healthy.”  And if you can’t get your hands on a book, you are always welcomed to check out the official Instagram hashtag of this year’s project, #mypassionforthesea.  Even though the contest is over, you can still tag your ocean photos, because it’s never too late to share your passion with others.

Follow @SperryTopSider to find out about what’s coming up next with The Sea Project and their latest collections.

The Seaside Project Book

The Sea Project Book

Thanks to the Sperry Top-Sider family for inviting M.I.S.S. to celebrate their passion for the sea with us.

Image edits by C-Rocka.

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Nails Did: Mariah Carey x OPI Holiday Nail Lacquers

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Just in time for the holiday season, OPI has announced its limited-edition 18 lacquer collection in collaboration with international superstar Mariah Carey. The seasonal release includes an assortment of textured polishes ranging from champagne glitter to an ice blue Liquid Sand shade. Each of the Liquid Sand lacquers showcases OPI’s innovative technology that leaves nails with a textured, matte finish infused with a reflective sparkle. The polishes are slated to release in October and will retail for $9.

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Mariah Carey Holiday includes the following (*Liquid Sand shade):

My Favorite Ornament: Make this champagne glitter your new personal favorite.

All I Want for Christmas (is OPI): This marvelous maroon is present-ly my top choice.

Cute Little Vixen: This deep red violet has foxy written all over it.

Underneath the Mistletoe: Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy-apple red.

In My Santa Suit: This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the “nice” list.

Visions of Love: I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future.

Warm Me Up: This spiced coffee hits all the cold spots.

Wonderous Star: This gold-flecked shimmer has heavenly shine.

All Sparkly and Gold: What more can we say…the name says it all.

Sleigh Ride for Two: There’s only room left for this dark hot chocolate.

Ski Slope Sweetie: This golden pearl is everybunny’s favorite.

I Snow You Love Me: Just like I snow you love this disco light confetti.

Silent Stars Go By*: This blush of textured pink has parades of sparkle.

Baby Please Come Home*: Can’t wait to see you…in this textured and sparkling lilac.

Make Him Mine*: But make this textured glistening rose mine first!

It’s Frosty Outside*: This frosted silver is so icy it’s hot.

Emotions*: This dramatic sparkling coal has got me feeling fine.

Kiss Me at Midnight*: It’s time to fall in love with this frosted ice blue.

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Ask MISSter Simms – Am I Too Opinionated?

Opinions are like...you know the rest.

Opinions are like…you know the rest.

Dear MISSter Simms,

I’ve been seeing this guy now for a few months, and it’s been great!  But the other night on the phone we started talking about someone who I don’t like, and I said something pretty mean about the guy.  My boyfriend got really quiet and asked what my problem was.  He said I invalidated his opinion with mine, that I do it all the time, and that he’s not sure if he can take it anymore because I’m always talking to people in a rude way.  Then he spends the next half an hour making the same point.  I cried.  So, of course, he took that time to tell me how his friends think I’m too opinionated and dismissive.

When we first started dating, he said one of the reasons he was attracted to me was because of my intelligence, wit, and the way that I constantly speak my mind.  Now it’s a problem.  He doesn’t want me to feel like I need to dumb myself down…just that I need to be nicer and less opinionated during conversations.  Now I dig the guy, and we didn’t have any problems up until this point, but I don’t want to compromise who I am.  Should I just call it a day and find someone who likes me for who I am, opinions and all?

Opinionated Lady

Dear OL,

Should you call it a day. That depends…

Do you want to be with someone who apparently gets butt hurt because you don’t agree with what they’re saying?

Do you want to be with someone who has communication issues?

Do you want to be with someone who’s friend’s don’t seem like you? 

Do you want to be told how to express yourself?

If the answer to all these questions is no (or possibly, hell nah), then it’s time to drop him like a hot potato.

You see, your boyfriend is softer than a pile of feathers, cotton balls, and Teddy bears combined.  He can’t handle you for who you are.  You seem like a strong, confident woman, but he sounds like he might be into someone a little bit more timid and pliable.  Someone like the Prince of Zamunda’s first wife in Coming to America.  It’s not like your strong opinions have affected your other relationships.  You guys haven’t been together that long, and you don’t need to settle.  There’s plenty of dude’s out there who would be happy to have a woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself.

Need relationship advice?  Send your questions over to ronsimmsjr at gmail dot com.

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NARS Beauty Report: NY Fashion Week SS’14

This week I wanted to spot light a few beauty looks I am loving for Spring/Summer 2014. Fashion week was pretty exciting but at the same time frustrating; just as I started easing into my sultry berry wine lips, I am now a little excited to show off dewy skin with just a hint of bronzer, gloss and eye liner.

What’s a beauty addict to do?

Alexander Wang


NARS created the look for the Alexander Wang SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Alexander Wang SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “This is raw beauty – a simple freshness, focusing on skincare, curled lashes, and a groomed brow.”
How to get the look:
I love this look because I cannot leave the house without eye brows etched into my face. If my skin were naturally radiant and clear like these girls, I’d walk out the house like this daily. I’d also have a less product clutter in my bathroom and not much to write about. I’ll have to rethink this.
NARS created the look for the Rodarte SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Rodarte SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: Rodarte’s SS’14 makeup inspiration evolved from Los Angeles and its sleek and minimal lines.  The eye makeup is precise and striking, accenting the graphic lines of their collection.
How to get the look:
Altai Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now G-Spot Multiple)
Anguilla Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Riviera Multiple)
This one I’m feeling too because I’m always a sucker for crisp eye liner and nude lips. It’s a quiet glamorous look. Skin is radiant and there’s just a delicate hint of sculpted cheekbones.
Carmen Marc Valvo
NARS created the look for the Carmen Marc Valvo SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Carmen Marc Valvo SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Uzo for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “With its fresh spin on tribal motifs combined with luxe fabrics and intricate embellishments, the collection called for clean and polished makeup with a bit of playfulness. We added a hint of platinum shimmer and a strong, graphic black eyeliner. Keeping the look modern and updated, a nude lip complemented the athletic playfulness in the collection.”
DESIGNER INSPIRATION: “The inspiration for this season is a kind of Tribal Techno. It’s taking tribal patterns and treating them in a monochromatic form: black, white, silver. Bringing them out of their element and making them a little bit more graphic, a little bit more computer generated.”
How to get the look:
Gold lamé side of the Kauai Duo Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2014; for now try Mousson Cream and Euphrate Eyeshadows)
Delicate pale peach side of Key Largo Duo Eyeshadow
Sheer white shimmer side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
The inspiration here is futuristic tribal but honestly it’s pure 80’s Terri Nunn from the group, Berlin. Have no idea who I’m talking about, please Google her or ask your mom’s super cool younger sister.
Helmut Lang

NARS created the look for the Helmut Lang SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Helmut Lang SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Hannah Murray for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “This look is an elevated version of the typical Helmut Lang girl. The skin is very fresh, flushed and sporty, with a cherry lip.”
How to get the look:
This is a pretty fallish looking face with the cherry pout. This is my favorite way to show off a garnet lip – slight blush, next to no eye makeup and just lots of confidence.
NARS created the look for the Thakoon SS’14 runway show. Please find more information below and attached images for your reference.
SHOW: Thakoon SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “It’s all about lashes with fresh skin, a bit of dimension, and a pink lip.”
How to get the look:
Anguilla Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try the Riviera Multiple)
Cappadoce Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Palm Beach Multiple)
Laos Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Barbarella Lipstick)
Fresh, pretty and innocent – this is they way I hope my daughter will wear her makeup when she’s in high school and not like some sad goth girl like I did my Freshman year.
Naeem Khan
NARS created the look for the Naeem Khan SS ‘14 runway show.
SHOW: Naeem Khan SS ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
LOOK: “The starting point of the inspiration was Frida Kahlo, but we didn’t want the makeup to be a literal interpretation. Instead, eyes are softly defined yet translucent; the lips are the focal point with a faded and diffused berry shade, complementing the collection.”
How to get the look:
Triple X Lip Gloss (lash line)
3.1 Philip Lim:
NARS created the look for the 3.1 Phillip Lim SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: 3.1 Phillip Lim SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “This season, Phillip created sunglasses with a hologram effect and I wanted to recreate the same iridescent texture – paired with translucent skin, it’s very ethereal. It’s a healthy glow in a futuristic way – like a ‘future perfect’ day at the beach.”
LEAD MANICURIST: Elisa Ferri for NARS Cosmetics
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
Iridescent icy blue side of Iceland Duo Eyeshadow
Gold lamé side of the Kauai Duo Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2014; for now try Mousson Cream and Euphrate Single Eyeshadows)
Années Folles Larger Than Life® Lipgloss (New for Spring 2013; for now try Born This Way Larger Than Life® Lipgloss)
Rose gold side of Easy Walking Nail Polish
Can’t go wrong with the easy look of clear, bright eyes and bright, fresh skin to match. You’ll need deep exfoliation, regular facials and visine to really assist the cosmetics for this look. The simplicity is just so pretty to look at.
As you can see the focus here is radiant skin. I didn’t really see any heavily bronzed cheekbones. It’s soft and subtle just like Spring.
Okay, now I just have to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season before I can even think about these looks. I better get my skincare down now!
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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Apple’s New iPhone 5s and 5c

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The iPhone 5c comes in an array of colors

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit.  Apple released not one, but two new iPhone’s this year.

First up is the iPhone 5c.  It features a new, colorful, polycarbonate design that’s reinforced with a steel structure and the same 4-inch Retina display of its predecessor.  There’s also an 8 megapixel, backside-illuminated camera with a 5-element lens, and a new front-facing camera that’s supposed to be better at capturing images under low light.  Under the phone’s new candy colored exterior lays an A6 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, and, perhaps most important of all, a higher capacity battery.  The last thing you want to have to do is carry a charger with your 24/7 just to feed your texting and Angry Bird addictions.

The iPhone 5c comes in blue, white, pink, yellow, and green for $99 on a two-year contract for the 16GB version, or $199 for the 32GB.

iphone 5s colors

The iPhone 5s features a thumbprint ID system. Perfect for keeping your nosy boyfriend from snooping through your phone.

Remember how Apple dropped two phone’s this year?  The other would be the iPhone 5s, the true successor to the iPhone 5.  Like other iPhone’s bearing the “s” name, the 5s is an evolutionary leap over the phone that came before it.  It uses the same two-tone design and 4-inch Retina display as the 5, but the old home button has been replaced by a new one that can read your fingerprints.  This new feature is known as “Touch ID”, and it adds a new layer of security by removing the use of easily figured out passcodes.  Also seeing an upgrade is the rear camera.  It’s still 8 megapixels like the one on the original 5, but now it has a dual LED flash (one white, one amber) that makes low light pictures appear more natural, a larger f/2.2 aperture, and a 15 percent larger sensor.  Powering the iPhone 5s is Apple’s new A7 64-bit chip, the first 64-bit chip ever in a smartphone.  It makes the phone two times faster than the iPhone 5.  Graphics will see a boost due to the use of OpenGL ES 3.0, and a new motion coprocessor called the M7 will continuously monitor motion data to enable a new generation of health and fitness apps (like Nike+Move).  Also new to the iPhone 5s: gold.  In addition to black and white, you can now get an iPhone that would make 2000 Lil Wayne and the Cash Money crew jealous.

The 16GB iPhone 5S costs $199, while the 32GB version is $299 and the 64GB version is $399, all with a new two-year contract.

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