Wardrobe Remix: Danielle

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Note: Wardrobe Remix is a series of posts inspired by creative ways to get more out of your wardrobe during a seasonal change. To view similar posts, check the “Wardrobe Remix” tag.

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If you regularly follow my posts, then you know that I advocate mindful consumption. Whether that means shopping local, building a capsule wardrobe or reusing bits and bobbles, individuals should buy considerately. This Wardrobe Remix series brings those notions to life for different seasons. I like to see how people, real people that I know, get the most out of the clothing in their closets.

The original concept stemmed from my refusal to do “shopping hauls.” Buying  many pieces at the same time doesn’t create savings in the long run. Instead, those dolla-dolla bills are hanging in your closet. Last fall, during the Wardrobe Remix series, I talked about making room for change by cleaning out my closet. This emotional process moved my outfits to a supporting role for my life. This summer, I’m pushing the boundaries of each remaining clothing item even further — by challenging myself to wear my things to new places.

At The Past Minute

Since my husband has been out of town all summer for training, I’ve maintained regular dates with myself. Yes, that breakup plot-line in every girl-comedy — I am doing that. I started occasionally going out on dates with myself because my husband and I work opposite shifts. During some seasons of life, I have friends to take along to the things I enjoy. Other times, art, books, music, and hiking don’t interest my social circle.

The hardest thing about taking yourself out on a date is the lack pressure to meet a timeline. Fridays in particular are my weakness. I can easily slump home after work and spend the entire evening sitting on the couch. It’s not a peaceful, Pinterest post with a cardigan, novel and cup of tea. It’s an unsettled slouch, where I replay the victories and losses of the work week over and over in my head. Breaking away from Friday work to a Friday night out provides the appropriate mental transition. So, Friday is for chambray. I can layer the trans-formal fabric with linen pants or a skirt to look great for a meeting and chill for an evening at a gallery.

Friday is for Chambray- Danielle, Verderamade

The basic look pairs easily with my eclectic collection of found, made, vintage, and borrowed jewelry. So, I’m going places, by myself. No excuses — no going home to change.

A Blonde Date

I’m a natural bronde – that dark and dirty blonde that always leaves Carrie Bradshaw roots. When I was 21, I dyed my hair a dark chocolate brown because I kind of hated my work and wanted to see something else in the mirror each morning. Then, I started a decades-long dyeing addiction. Much to the enjoyment of my hairdresser, I’m up for any color, and any cut, anytime. This time, she took me back to my roots and that make-under was somehow scarier than a transformative tone.

“I’m so tired of being me. Me beautiful. Me ugly. Blonde. Brunette. A million f*cking fashion makeovers that only leave me trapped being me. Who I was before the accident is just a story now. Everything before now, before now, before now, is just a story I carry around. I guess that would apply to anybody in the world. What I need is a new story about who I am. What I need to do is f*ck up so bad I can’t save myself.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

To see my true colors again remains a wonder. After years of getting high off the novelty of switching tones, I thought this shade would underwhelm me. Instead, it’s bringing back #allthefeels. When I first ran away from being blonde, I relished the fact that people (read: men) took me more seriously. Part of me was always afraid to go back to that ingénue persona.

 

Surprisingly, I actually see how far I’ve come when I look in the mirror now. My younger self might find herself both shocked and pleased at how I’ve spent the last decade. That ghost of hair-color past and I agree, it’s not the hair that makes the woman.

On the Road Again

With a summer separated from my love, I was eager to make a weekend trip to visit him. As I packed, I thought about how everything in my wardrobe goes with everything now. So, packing means putting together an appropriate number of pieces for the duration of days — no mixing, matching or thinking required.

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And I went places. I drove through several states, blaring oldies radio to keep me awake. My linen pants and chambray shirt helped me slide from a desk to a steering wheel. During my visit, the chambray sundress and blue button-down (above) carried me from an early church service, to an art gallery, to eating an Italian hoagie in a hotel room bed.

This summer, my style is about where I’m going — believe me, I’m going.

If you’re interested in guest blogging for a future remix series, please contact me directly.

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Wardrobe Remix: Danielle D.

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Note: Wardrobe Remix is a series of posts inspired by creative ways to get more out of your wardrobe during a seasonal change. To view similar posts, check the “Wardrobe Remix” tag.

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For the first time in two years, I am at a job again where I can wear my own clothes! I won’t lie and say that hearing this in my initial interview didn’t make me want the job even more. Sure, it’s still retail, but at least I’m not in a crazy costume anymore (Oh, the Disney life).

Here is the catch: the only colors we are allowed to wear are black, white, navy, grey, and tan, with no patterns. ALL THE NEUTRALS. If you were to step into my wardrobe, you would find random pieces of clothing in those colors, but also find that they are hidden behind my pale pinks, patterned shirts, and an unnecessary amount of graphic tees.

However, after a few days on the job and observing what my co-workers were accessorizing their bland work clothes with, the outfits themselves turned out to not be so bland after all! With a touch of jewelry and a cute, yet comfortable, shoe, adapting to the neutral tone lifestyle has been a breeze! So, here are my three tips to turn a bland outfit into a fab outfit.

Tip #1: Let a necklace make the statement when the dress can’t

Statement necklaces have become my greatest ally with this new job. My only exception is that the necklace (or scarf) has to come from the store I work in. But, for the rest of you, don’t be afraid to add a bold necklace to your look! Whether it’s a longer chain necklace, a cute choker, or one with lots of jewels, wearing a necklace adds more personality to what once was a simple black dress! Here, I am wearing two different necklaces I can wear to work.

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Tip #2: Play up your makeup, but keep it professional

My last two jobs led me to believe that it was almost a waste to wear a full face of makeup to work. I was either sweating at an outdoor kiosk or working away in the shipping department. Now that I am in a store that encourages us to look more presentable, so I’ve found playing with my makeup look each day keeps my whole outfit more exciting! Sometimes I will choose to add a wing to my eyeliner or add a soft eyeshadow to my everyday makeup routine. Here’s the main thing to remember: you are still going to work, so keep the look professional. Save the bright colored shadows for a day off, and opt for a more natural look.

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Tip #3: Experiment with shoes

This tip has been a more recent experiment for me, but I am loving it! Changing up your shoes each day keeps things interesting, and also makes your feet happy. I personally like to switch out between sandals and flats, but I have seen others add in wedges to their shoe collection. Like the necklace can make a statement at the top of your outfit, your neck can take a day off and let your shoes do the talking.

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So the next time you put on your work attire and feel bland, try these three tips and you’ll leave home feeling and looking fabulous!

Danielle Ashley is a Broadway news editor, avid tweeter, and fan of all things Disney. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and check out her blog Danielle Ashley.

Spring 2017 Beauty

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Unlike the shaggy styles for hair, Spring 2017 Beauty is trending toward color-blocking and simplicity. There is a distinct affinity for soap-opera makeup from the Golden Age of Television. Everyone’s skin looks super. Lips and eyes POP! While beauty is the most prone to daily-changing, Insta-spired microtrends, there are some notable shifts for the new year.

We’re Going to Kill Contouring

Well, not kill it exactly. However, we’re seeing more ideas, like draping, from the top beauty bloggers than a total face reshape. While contouring is a fascinating art form, I have always struggled with the implications for lack of self-acceptance. Essentially, contouring promotes a very narrow vision of how people should look: all highlights, jawlines, and cheekbones. The practice never interested me – too high maintenance. Also, it’s taken me a lifetime to accept my overbite and dimpled cheeks. So, my mornings weren’t going to start with a severe face sculpting. While I am amazed at the transformations, I wish more people were comfortable walking about barefaced on the street. Hopefully, contouring shifts toward a less liberal application in the new year.

Healthy Skin

My unsolicited advice for a new year of new skin? Take care of yourself. Several years ago, I developed adult cystic acne. While it is still a struggle, my skin has been the biggest indicator of my eating habits, exercise routine, and stress level. I’m also sensitive about perfumes so, I’m definitely not borrowing body products. Every time my skin flares up, I find myself (rightly) questioning my overall health. If you’ve developed any persistent skin problems, see a dermatologist. Then, consult with a nutritionist. You might be lacking some serious healthy routines that impact your skin. The no-makeup look may be the chicest look of the season – get ready!

Got that Glitter?

Although I maintain a minimal collection of beauty products, I was intrigued by the glitter nail polish that popped up in my Christmas stocking. I would have never bought it- such a trending item. However, I tried it out, just on my thumbs with a simple manicure. I love it! It reminds me summery sunny days in middle school. Yeah, the 90s are back and all that glitters is our birthright.

More Mod

Color pops from lips to eyes to cheeks brighten up all of the spring styles. While mod always reads a little sixties, it contrasts some of shaggy, rocker hairstyles that are trending this spring. So, flip through an Andy Warhol coffee table book and rethink your palette for the season. Below are some of my favorite color pops. Let me know your favorites on the Verderamade facebook page.

Spring 2017 Hair

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Stylists say the Mick Jagger shag shows early signs of a 2017 comeback. Given the recent American division over authoritarianism, hair-styling continues to express subtle cultural changes.Historically, politics and style always collide as an outlet for protest. Therefore, we should expect to see a severe split between the backward-facingAlt-Right definition of beauty (Nipster comb-over for men and flowing “Melania” locks for women) and trends toward inclusive textures and colors.

 

Olivia Wilde’s controversial chop marks the beginning. Although the prolific Coco Channel said, “‘A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” this year may be a year of growing out our hair for a reshape. What is the biggest indicator of 2017 hair trends? History.  Looking back to divisive times in America yields a plethora of hairstyle splits. Soon, America’s trendsetters will start abandoning the trim Inglorious Bastards hairstyles (1920s-1950s) for the rebellious textures of the Cold War decades (1960s-1990s).

The Lost Generation gives Birth to the Bikini

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Bette Davis’ Character Transformation in Now, Voyager (Image Source)

At the turn of the century, a portion of country clung to familiar styles even as The Lost Generation itched for change. For every fictional Daisy Fay Buchanan, there lived real, conservative women who idolized Francis Willard. During the economic boom after World War I, America embraced a social dynamism. Although both the Nazi Party and communism rose across the ocean,  America revived both patriotism and cultural appreciation.

However, while we rosily think of flappers, female employment, and suffrage, these constituted dividing issues that manifested in style changes. Prohibition began in 1919, kicking off organized crime, smuggling, and general disillusionment. As with any cultural revolution, great minds inspired change through ingenuity, activism, and art. However, during these three decades, parts of American also became more isolationist and segregated with the Immigration act of 1924, the Ku Klux Klan growth, and fear of the influences beyond our borders. This manifested as a deep division between the fashion-forward, in both their thinking and apparel, and the out-of-date.

Hairstyle changes included:

  • Shorter Cuts
  • Tight Curls and Clean Waves
  • Chemical Dyes and Hair Products

However, these trends were tempered by many women who clung to the old ways through to the second World War. In the film, Now, Voyager, Charlotte Vale epitomizes the transition of women’s hairstyles from tight, natural buns to choppy, styled bobs. From the Twenties through the Fifties, the definition of modernity continued to shift and expand to align with moving forward. Then, rebellion against status quo kicked off a new era of counter-cultural hair.

From Factory Girls to Girl Power

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60s Mia Farrow, 70s Pam Grier, 80s Joan Jett, and 90s Selena

If the past five years revived of the sharp looks of the two World Wars, we are likely moving into the rebellious styles that started in the sixties. This means everyone needs to grow out their hair to reshape it into a fresh style. Those fades will morph into 90s Leo tousled bangs. Or, perhaps, they’ll be shaved off altogether for an immediate break from the election drama. Similarly, long-haired ladies will chop their long ombre waves before they become this year’s 00’s chunky highlights.

Coming next: Tight bobs and pixie cuts can shift between mod and shag month-to-month for ultimate versatility. Also, we should expect to see a revival of roots, natural hair textures, and some grungy inspiration. Anyone who yearns move on from 2016, will likely opt for something less sleek.

Hairstyle trends to watch:

  • Transitional hairstyles, such as shags, space buns, and braids
  • Natural Textures and Roots
  • Gender-bending or Androgynous grooming
  • Asymmetrical trims and zig-zag parts

Those who thought 2016 was pretty good, will keep their hair the same as the last decade. The rest of us, might start measuring time in centimeters as each passing month (and folic acid pill) brings us through this crazy, changing world.

Measuring Time in Centimeters

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Willow Smith’s Asymmetrical locks, Ilana Glazer’s soft texture, Miley Cyrus’ growing-out roots, and Chloe Moretz’ throwback shag

Counting through facebook, I actually sported 5 different haircuts and colors in 2016. However, I am already inspired to change my look for the new year. This spring, I’m surrendering my modern interpretation on the classic Vidal Sassoon 5-point cut. Without maintenance, the ends lost their shape.

Un-ironically, I am currently reliving my high school saga of transitioning a pixie to shoulder-length strands. So, I’m collecting bobby-pin and headband updos (below). Also, I’ve been clarifying the strands with a rotation of baking soda and apple-cider vinegar for a natural texture. Are you tired of looking at the same hair in the mirror, too? Sound off about your style shifts in the comments below.

Wardrobe Remix: April

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Note: Wardrobe Remix is a series of posts inspired by creative ways to get more out of your wardrobe during a seasonal change. To view similar posts, check the “Wardrobe Remix” tag.

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Hello there! I became friends with Dani in college and she asked me to write a guest blog for the Wardrobe Remix. You’ll probably get lots of fashion inspiration from this series… so you’ll need some makeup ideas to complete your look! Special thanks to my sister and my future SILs for being my other models.

*Note, I have no professional makeup training. I just love makeup!

For each look I will list the materials that I used. If you have similar products, feel free to experiment! These are just some ideas to get you started. My focus is on eye makeup, so I will not get into foundation or highlighting and contouring. That’s a whole different ball game….

Geek Chic Makeup for Gals with Glasses

Remember the days when we were kids and wearing glasses was a bad thing? As a glasses-wearer, I’m glad that specs are back in style. However, glasses cast a shadow on your face and draw attention to your eyes, so there are special considerations to make your eyes pop.

Start with a clean face, following your typical skincare regimen. (This should include wearing a moisturizer and sunscreen!)

  • NYC white eye liner
  • Sephora Wedding Day (white) eyeshadow
  • Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette (Lily, Metamorphosis, Time/Bandersnatch,)
  • Urban Decay Moondust palette (Granite, Vega)
  • Jordana eyeliner (black and blue)
  • Dior Blackout mascara
  • Diorshow It-blue mascara
  • Dior Brow Styler

Since I wanted to focus more on the eye makeup I didn’t get fancy with the face or lip stuff.

  1. With glasses, you want to brighten your eyes as much as possible since the frames draw attention to this part of your face. To do this, I colored my eyelids with white eyeliner and added just a touch of highlighter under my eyes. Another thing that helps draw attention to the eyes: curling your lashes!! PS- if you have darker skin, coloring your eyelids with a white colored pencil will especially help your eyes pop!
  2. Next, I applied a bit of white eye shadow (Sephora’s Wedding Day) to my entire lid, focusing on the inner corners. To the outer half to 2/3 of the lids I applied Metamorphisis from the Alice palette and highlighted under the brows with Lily. I used the brush that comes in this palette (the end with the shorter bristles).
  3. As usual when I’m doing my eye makeup, I did some experimenting for the crease and outer corners. I typical will do subtle shading in the crease, but with glasses it looks better if there is more of a defined crease. I started with the Urban Decay Moondust palette and blended Granite and Vega; this mixture was applied to the crease and the outer corner. To add a bit more dimension I blended Time and Bandersnatch in the outer corners. To finish you should always blend blend blend!! I typically will just clean my brush off with tissue, then use the brush to blend.
  4. With glasses it’s sooo important to define the eyebrows. I love Dior’s browstyler because it blends to match your haircolor… like magic! There are some products I will splurge on and others where I’ll search for bargains. To me, this is worth the splurge! Then I used Jordana eyeliner (black on top, blue on the bottom). Jordana and Milani eyeliners are great because they’re inexpensive but they don’t smudge. I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to eyeliner. Then for mascara I went with Dior again. I love love LOVE their Blackout mascara. Seriously. I could not love a human baby as much as I love Dior’s Blackout mascara. It’s the blackest black mascara I have ever seen!! Since I love color so much, I like to apply colored liner and mascara on the bottom lash line with black on top.
  5. I may or may not have chosen blue to match my R2-D2 dress…. Maybe.

Natural Autumn Look

I convinced two of my boyfriend’s sisters to help model makeup looks. Nataliya likes a more natural look (as do many women), so I wanted to do a natural look with autumnal colors. I blended various colors throughout this look, but if you want to keep it simple you could just pick one color per step!

  • Sleek Makeup Oh-so-special palette
  • W7 Color Me Buff (UD Naked 2 dupe)
  • Jordana black eyeliner
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz
  • Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

Again, you’ll want to start with a clean face after your regular skincare regimen.

  1. For the eyelids I blended two colors: Ribbon from the Oh So Special palette with Dust from the In the Buff palette. This palette looks almost exactly like Naked 2… at a fraction of the price! If you love Urban Decay and want to buy the actual makeup palette, go for it! But….I’m a therapist and I’m poor, so I try to save money when possible. I highlighted under the brows by blending two colors from In the Buff: Buff, and Sand.
  2. For the crease colors, I used Thunder, Onyx, and Silk. I used Thunder in the main part of the crease. To add dimension I added a hint of Onyx to the outer corners and Silk to the inner corners. And as always… blend!!
  3. Nataliya did her eyebrows, eyeliner, and mascara with the materials listed above. For the final look…..
  4. She’s so pretty even without makeup, but this look adds an extra touch to make her look stunning!

Formal Winter Smoky Eyes

Galia (Nataliya’s sister) loves makeup almost as much as I do, so I knew she’d be open to a bold, smoky look.

  • W7 In The Buff Lightly Toasted Eye Color Palette
  • Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
  • Eye-ko liquid eyeliner
  • Ulta Beauty Gems Eye Palette
  • UD Woodstock
  • Ulta Glitter topcoat
  • Sephora white glitter eye shadow

Plus she loves Christmas, so I figured Christmas + bold makeup = lots of fun!

  1. Under the brow, I highlighted with Teddy from the W7 Lightly Toasted palette. On the lids, I used white glitter shadow in the inner third of the lid. For the outer two thirds I blended  Magic and It’s a Dream.
  2. For the crease I choose a berry color from the Beauty Gems palette (which I discovered has been discontinued. Sad day!!). Because holly berry…. Christmas… duh. I liked the berry color and wanted to add a bit more color, so in the inner lid I blended a bit of Urban Decay’s Woodstock (dark pink) shadow. To add some dimension and a bit of smokiness, I blended Up in Smoke from the W7 palette with the berry color used before.
  3. Galia loves the winged liner look, so I asked her to do her own eyeliner. For her liner, mascara, and eyebrows she used all the products listed above. To add some more elegance, I dusted over the entire lid with Ulta Glitter Top Coat.
  4. I love how this look turned out! Not everyone can pull off these colors along with glitter but Galia looks gorgeous in this look!

Sugar Skull Inspired Look

Call me weird, but even though I have no Mexican blood in me whatsoever, I have always LOVED sugar skulls. I think because I minored in Spanish and I also love science and anatomy, along with bright, bold colors! Sugar skulls combine so many of my loves!! (Plus they’re candy. Duh.)

  • Myo  Makeup Envy (purple) loose powder eyeshadow
  • Sephora eye primer
  • Sephora Rolling in the Grass No. 10 eye shadow
  • UD Moondust Lightyear and Galaxy eye shadows
  • Jordana black and purple eyeliners
  • Dior Blackout mascara
  • Diorshow It-purple mascara
  • Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass (Lily)

I love sugar skulls, but painting my entire face like a sugar skull is not exactly practical. Plus I’m pretty sure I’d get weird looks any day except Halloween. So for this look I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite aspects of the sugar skull: bright, bold colors!! And who would I rather do this look on than my big sister? Heather taught me how to do my makeup in my young, pre-pubescent years, so it was fun to do her make up for a change!

  1. Heather remembered to get a picture of the lash curling that I failed to capture earlier…
  2. I got so into this look that I totally forgot to take as many pictures of the steps as I should. Oopsie poopsie!! The bright purple shadow (Envy) I used is a loose powder that will only stick to the lid when applied with primer. I used a basic eye primer from Sephora. If you love bright colors, you’ll love Myo Make up. I found this color along with several others on Amazon. I couldn’t find the actual color I used, but this kit includes a similar purple. I highlighted under the brows with Lily, then applied Sephora Rolling in the Grass No. 10 eye shadow in the crease. At this point I finally remembered to take another picture.
  3. I realized that that wasn’t the kind of green I was going for. So I also blended Lightyear and Galaxy into the crease. For eyeliner, Heather used Jordana black on top and purple on the bottom. She uses ELF eyebrow gel (which she had already applied prior to the session). Then we used Dior mascara again; Blackout on top with purple on the bottom.
  4. And here’s the final look! Thanks to my lovely sister for letting me do this spunky makeup look on her!

Hopefully you found some inspiration to have fun with your makeup and play with color. There are lots of options whether you’re looking to save or splurge. You can find any of the products listed above (or similar ones) from Ulta, Sephora, or Amazon.

Happy Fall!! -April