an ecclectic method of fashion

Friday, November 21, 2008

Old Man Style

I love the style of old men. 3 reasons why:
1. They color coordinate thier socks, ties, sweaters and hats. Many older men have a good eye for color undertones.
2. They aren't afraid of texture. They often mix textures in thier vintage suits that I hardly ever see in modern suits.
3. They accessorize. I really like basic men's accessories, such as the hat above, or basic ties, or a neatly folded hankerchief in the front pocket.
Guess I am not the type to find gym shorts attractive...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Warm on the street.

Here is a reminder that there are many ways to be cute and warm.

Monday, November 10, 2008

That Skirt

Word in the magazines say it's great to wear ribbed tanks tucked into high-waisted skirts. I've seen pics of Amanda Bynes doing it. I think it looks good...on people that aren't me. (that's just how it goes, doesn't it?) I like how this young lady wore the look, because she added a cardigan to the ensemble. Without the cardigan the tank would be too sporty for the skirt she's wearing. It's amazing how cardigans can make an outfit look so much more pulled together. Speaking of the skirt, it's one of my favorite Jared Gold creations. The circus animals printed on the bottom and the ribbon suspenders are very unique. I love the idea of ribbon suspenders.

I wish Jared Gold still designed for black chandelier. Now I will have to find his stuff elsewhere. *sigh*

Well, here's a cheery outfit to console myself for not having bought that shirt when i could:


Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I am one that can't live without mascara. It's the best thing to wake me up in the morning...when i don't put on mascara, I am sluggish all day! I have tried many different brands and types of mascara. here is the comparison of 3 that I have been trying for the past month. One is designer, one is high-end, and one is from Wal-Mart.

First: Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara, $24, Sephora stores and

Pros: This mascara was very thick, dark, and dramatic. It made my eyelashes stand up tall for the doe-eyed look I try to achieve. It didn't clump easily, and it dried flexible so it was easy to fix mistakes (such as an eyelash pointing in the wrong direction) Also, it stayed on all day without flaking, but because of how flexible it was, it was really easy to take off with eye makeup remover.
Cons: The only thing I can complain about this mascara is the brush. The bristles were too soft and thick. It was hard to get used to putting it on, because I didn't feel like I was combing through my eyelashes. Once I got used to the brush my eyes looked amazing, but that didn't last for long. After a month or so the flexible bristles started sticking to each other. Now I can't even put the mascara on properly. Too bad, because the formula is so great.

Second: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara, $15, Mary Kay consultants

Pros: This mascara also made my eyelashes stand tall. The brush was easy to use, and it gave my eyelashes a little extra curl.
Cons: I don't think I have sensitive eyes, but something about this mascara made my eyes burn and water for a couple hours after using it. And if my eyes watered a little too much, this stuff RAN. And it burned my eyes even more when it ran. Also, it wasn't very easy to put on, because the formula was very wet and goopy, which made it dry hard. Which in turn made it very hard to fix any mistakes, because it was like my eyelashes were stuck togeth in plaster. So when I did a good job, it looked awesome, but if I made a mistake, I was stuck with it. The other thing is that it's hard to take off. Even with Mary Kay eyemakeup remover, which has always done a good job for me.

Last: Rimmel London LYCRA® Lash Extender Mascara, about $5, Wal-Mart

Pros: This mascara had a great look. It wasn't as dramatic as the dior mascara, but it came close. It didn't make my eyelashes stand quite as tall, but they looked long and thick enough to satisfy me for school. The brush was a pretty standard easy-to-use one. It didn't flake, and hardly ever clumped. My eyelashes didn't stick together! And when I applied too much in one spot, or made any mistake it was easy to fix.
Cons: I just wish it curled the base of my eyelashes better so they would stand taller. If it was as thick as the Dior mascara, it'd probably be perfect. Also, not much comes in the little bottle. Seems like I am running out fast.

The Verdict? Finish running out of the Rimmel mascara, then use the Rimmel brush with the Dior mascara. Oh, and give the Mary Kay to my sister that likes it more than I do.

A tiny gallery of things that keep men warm:

The sharp blazers: They can new color and texture dimensions to an outfit. I especially like the idea of wearing a blazer with a tee, as seen on the man on the right

Men can carry off preppy cardigans and sweaters in a way that I wish I could...

And for the daring..a colonial inspired jacket.