I am a near-25-year-old that never used make-up routinely. I am starting to get curious about it at a late point, and am inspired when I see others wearing make-up to enhance their look. The problem is, I don't know where to even start looking at brands or what goes well with various skin types and such. I don't even really know the difference between foundation and concealer. Does anybody have a good cosmetic guide or beginners advice?
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Even the most Offbeat Lite among us likes to wear their freak flag on their sleeve sometimes, so we're happy to share our insights about not-mainstream fashion.
I assisted my new fella, the creator and editor of a Portland-based magazine, in securing an interview with a body painter. Being the self-conscious person I was, the thought of volunteering myself for this project was brief and fleeting. I figured there was no way my body could look good being painted like that, as it requires the model to be naked. However, over the six hours it took to paint her from start to finish, I started thinking very heavily about what I was seeing and feeling, and my epiphany started taking shape.
I'm not new to the eye makeup game, so you can imagine my surprise when I got visited by a nasty bout of pink eye, especially when nobody around me had it. At first I blamed my brushes, which I admittedly hadn't washed in a long time. So how, especially after having deep-cleaned my brushes, could I getting pinkeye AGAIN?! Then it dawned on me: My eyeshadows themselves had to be the culprit.
Megan and I are both big fans of ModCloth's swimwear. In fact, we each have the suit pictured above, cause it's available in standard and plus sizes. There's really something for any style, but I've rounded up three groups to get you started: retro glam, dark and edgy, and fun and geeky. While not every style is available in every size, ModCloth carries styles up to size 30. Each two-piece is available separately, meaning you can mix and match looks to your heart's content. Click on the image to go to the product page, and dive in!
When you work in a corporate environment, it can be easy to fall into the pattern of dressing the way your co-workers do, especially if you haven’t quite wrapped your head around the concept of “business casual.” For a long time, I felt the need to basically be undercover as a “normal person” at work to avoid raising eyebrows, and because I felt I needed to dress a certain way to be respected. I’m going to let you in on a little secret I’ve learned after 7ish years working in offices: this just isn’t true. There are plenty of ways to express your creepy side in a work-appropriate manner.
I know that the Empire is full of total shoe freaks, led by non other than our resident shoe queen, Ariel. If shoes are your penchant, your passion, are what you're comfortable spending some mondo dollars on, then you're going to want to hear about our newest sponsor, Sparkle Creations by Tyyon.
The week before, at a craft beer tasting party at an indie advertising agency in Silver Lake, a sculpture artist was remarking about recently looking through photos of style choices from the aughts. "What was I thinking," she said in bewilderment. That evening she was wearing a black tank top, and, like, pants. Maybe three quarter length? Or not? Maybe black jeans? Or not-jean pants? I couldn't recall. Perhaps, I thought, this was just a symptom of getting older. There was some kind of sartorial giving a shit phase that we had all grown out of. But it turned out this, too, was a trend. Kids, too young to have grown out of anything, were dressing this way.
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