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Lisa Frank and Her Rainbow World Exist

Growing up I was obsessed with Lisa Frank.  Her rainbows, hearts and unicorns were my favorite and I couldn’t get enough of stickers, stationary and folders.  Her iconic look is instantly recognizable and just a glimpse brings back many childhood memories.  It turns out Lisa Frank and her rainbow world actually do exist.

Check out the video below for an interview of the artist, and a look into her world headquarters, along with a peek at some original art — real illustrations and airbrush art.  So amazing!

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Literature Inspired Tote Bags by Out of Print

Out of Print tote bags

There is nothing like a good book. Well, except maybe a good tote that looks like a book. Out of Print Clothing has successfully transferred the cover art of some of the world’s greatest literary works onto clothing and accessories worthy of entering anyone’s wardrobe. This season, the brand took its prints to totes.

Titles including The Great GatsbyThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and A Clockwork Orange made their way onto the durable cotton canvas bags. Each tote features a flat bottom and an inner pocket perfect for storing your page turner of the moment or e-reader.

Not only are these bags fashionable, but they also serve a purpose larger than holding your stuff. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through Out of Print’s partner Books For Africa.

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Shiseido Fall 2013 Review

Hey Beauty Fans,

This week I’ll be sharing my favorite fall offerings from a brand that I don’t always give love to, but I’m looking to change that with just the few items I picked this season.



I am a fan of the Perfect Rouge Lipstick for it’s instant moisture once applied to my lips, due to it’s super hydro-wrap vitalizing DE and hyaluronic acid. Pigment is rich and luxurious due to the red illuminating pearl also found in the formula, it delivers vivid color while reflecting light for a lustrous, pumped finish.

It’s unscented and doesn’t make my lips dry or itch. It’s earned a place on my holy grails of lipstick brands. Due to my hyper-sensitive lips, this is a relatively short list. Shiseido currently added five new shades to their existing lineup of twenty.

I went with a work friendly brownish red shade, Harmony (RD 750):



I find this to be a very office friendly color or perhaps the perfect compliment to smoky charcoal or chocolate eye looks. I would also use a soft peach or rose blush shade. I know this looks like a light coral but it is really is a light russet shade in naturally lighting.

I wanted to do something completely opposite to Harmony - Showgirl (RD 553):


Showgirl is described as a deep striking red - that’s true but it’s a bit of a tomato red on me. This is your red to compliment a nude lid marked with a strong liquid (or gel) eye liner on the top lash lines, topped with lots of black mascara or a strip of false lashes. Or for a more fresh and innocent look, I would pair this red lips with lightly a light touch of gold lids to brighten the eyes and lots of black mascara for flirty definition.

I get a decent wear time of about three hours before I need to refresh the color. It settles nicely and comfortably. I can’t wait to incorporate these shades into my color repertoire.

I’ve never tried the new Shiseido shadows. I probably stole a few swipes from my mother’s shadow duos from the late 80′s, when she was out and I was bored. I don’t remember the shadows being this soft to the touch on my fingertips.

It’s gets it buttery soft texture from these components:  Satin smooth pearl (provides smooth finish), Micromatic color (reflects light, creating vivid, translucent colors), Super Hydro-wrap Vitalizing DE  (improves dryness to give eyes a moisturized look all-day), and dual optimizing powder (delivers true color and natural sheen for all-day wear).  Shiseido has added three new shades to their existing lineup of twelve.

After a full day wear, I can attest that it does give a very soft look. If you are use to high impact colors, this may not be for you. You know how much I love strong colors on my lids but for days that I want some quiet soft shades, I’ll turn to this. These shadows are perfect for the office, weekends and any time you are craving a soft wash of color that won’t clash with your strong pout.

I went with Into the Woods (BR 214)


A dark, warm amber and gold paired with a cool lilac - reminiscent to a burned tree trunk. I really like the unexpected coolness from the lilac. I added the lilac to the inner corners of my eyes to brighten and make my eyes look a little bit bigger. I also like this color right under the highest arch of my brows added polish. I also used a deep bronze pencil along my bottom waterline.

I am pleased with my picks and hope to add more to my collection in the near future.

Perfect Rouge - $25/USD

Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio - $33/USD

The new fall collection is available now online ( and at all stores that carry the Shiseido brands.

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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.

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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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