Chronicled Beauty

One girl's journey through the makeup industry

Street Style – New York Fashion Week 2013 February 9, 2013

Fashion Week is in full effect in New York as we speak and as much as most enjoy watching the new styles of the runway, I can’t get enough of the Street Styles that the show-goers are flashing on the sidewalks of New York!  While I do like to view the new collections from top designers, and wishing I could be there all the same, I LOVE to see how everyday women take their own style to the runway shows.  It’s about being comfortable and WEARABLE to me.  So here are a few of my favorite looks that ladies are wearing during Fashion Week 2013 on the streets of NY.

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I love this casual look with a red lip to add a little drama!

I’m loving the natural makeup with a pop of pink/red color for the lips- it’s so fresh and relaxed!

Would you rock these outfits?  I want to know your thoughts and any feedback is welcome!!

Until next time 🙂

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Fashion Feature: Pieces Boutique February 6, 2013

 

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Pieces Boutique is located in Uptown Martinsville, VA and owned by the beautiful Ashley Simpson.  This amazing boutique has been open since 2005 and has done so well in our small community!!  In the town of Martinsville unique clothing boutiques that cater to the fashion-friendly are few and far between but Pieces is doing it just RIGHT.  They have such a wide variety of clothes, accessories, shoes, etc to suit EVERY woman, no matter the age!

I like to say they bring “the big city” trends to our small town.  I’ve never been the type of girl to wear the most trendy clothing, or even get out of my usual blue jeans and t-shirt too often.  While I still enjoy my lounging clothes, Pieces has introduced me to a more trendy closet that grows by the shipping loads that enter the boutique!  The unique vibe of Pieces is unbeatable around here and it’s brought a new sense of style and a fresh look to this town!!

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Check out this rack! Everything on it is PERFECT for Valentine’s Day!

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Have to show off the mustache scarf!

Over the last few months Ashley, Bronwyn and I have grown to have such a beautiful professional relationship and personal friendship! They both inspire me to step out of my comfort zone with fashion and try things I usually wouldn’t have and I can only hope to do the same for them both!  They are both such a delight to work with when I can get the honored opportunity and they both have such a beautiful sense of style and vision. 

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Bronwyn and Ashley

They receive new shipments of clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc. on a weekly basis so be sure to check them out online or in store each week!

 I hope you ALL can either go into the boutique yourself or visit their re-vamped website at  http://shop.piecesfashion.com/.

Also, check out Pieces Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/piecesmartinsvilleva for new items and get the chance to see customers styling their new digs and the amazingly gorgeous Ashley and Bronwyn modeling clothing and accessories!

Store hours

Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 to 5:30
Saturday 10:00 to 4:00

Contact

Telephone: 1 (276) 806-7649

Email: pieces.ashley@gmail.com

 

Big City Trends for a Small Town Girl January 28, 2013

Living in a small town in Southwest Virginia, it’s hard to execute runway trends on a day to day basis. I don’t know about you ladies, and gents, but if I were to walk into the grocery store wearing this:

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I would get the most awkward stares from each person who laid eyes on me. Now I’m not saying my confidence wouldn’t allow me to do this, or that I’m afraid of embarrassing myself, but it’s just not practical. It’s fun for a night out but even this exact look is a bit much for anything OTHER than the runway or editorial shoots.

This post is going to give you a small town version of big city runway trends for Spring/Summer 2013. I will break down the hottest trends and show you how I think it’s best to make it as wearable as possible on an everyday basis, or for a fun night out makeup look.

To start this weekly series, lets begin with the BIGGEST trend, and in my opinion the most exciting, for Spring/Summer 2013 on the runways is FRESH, GLOWING SKIN. Who DOESN’T want fresh looking skin that gives a youthful glow??? No one! Designer’s like Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and DKNY had their modeling showing off that ethereal glow that we all long for!

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These are a few of my favorite highlighting products that I would use to leave your skin aglow!

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Chanel – Soleil Tan de Chanel, Benefit – Watts Up, MAC – Shroom Eyeshadow, Lorac – Luminzer in Perfectly Lit

When wearing products to give your skin that glow, first make sure you’re placing it in the right areas – tops of the cheek bones, Cupid’s bow, directly under your brows and down the bridge of the nose. The whole idea behind highlighting is to place it where the sun would naturally hit! Next, don’t use much shimmer in the rest of your makeup. You don’t want your entire face to be SHINING in the light. Place a setting powder through your T-zone to counteract the shiny look where you naturally get oily through the day.

Another thing I love is on some of the runways the designers had their models with glowing skin, no much on the cheeks or eyes whatsoever, and a bright pink or red lip. This really accentuates that youthful feel and is perfect for the Spring months that we are all longing for!!

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Here is a subtle glow to the skin and a super bright lip!

I hope you all can try to recreate the runway looks I’ve shown and if you do, PLEASE let me know how it turns out!

Are there any new products on the market that you may want a First Impression on?

Leave a comment below with any suggestions!