Monday, October 20, 2014

Shades of Gray

Coat: Wallis Fashion, Shirt: Hale Bob, Hat: Dynamic Asia, Earrings & Necklace: H&M, Skirt: Charlotte Russe, Bag: Lulu's, Shoes: J Crew (similar)
Photos by: Danny Fung
Happy Monday everyone! 
I had a wonderful weekend spent in San Francisco with my dear friend, Ryan Chua. We did all kinds of fun touristy things including walking along the Golden Gate Bridge, exploring the Palace of Fine Arts and grabbing brunch in The French Quarter. Ryan was such an amazing tour guide and it was so fun shooting looks all over the beautiful city, I look forward to sharing them with you all soon. 

For today's look, I stuck with a light gray on gray (grey?) color palette and added in a colorful printed blouse for a little visual interest. I'm so in love with the print on this silky Hale Bob blouse and I just know that I'll get a ton of use out of it. Recently, I did a search on Grey vs. Gray and the verdict was that there is really no right or wrong answer. Supposedly, in America it's spelled Gray while in the UK it's spelled Grey. I say, spell it however you like. 

Lastly, I'm sure you noticed that A Keene Sense of Style got a little facelift! It's something that I have been wanting to do for a while now and I finally found a great graphic designer, Myrelle, and got around to doing it. I hope you like it! 

Xoxo -E

Friday, October 17, 2014

Real Talk Test-Drive: Ombré Lips Tutorial

The first step is to pat your lips dry and apply your darker color along the outer lines of your lips. I chose Rimmel London's "Exaggerate Liner" in Obsession #064. After you apply a normal amount of lip liner, make the line a bit thicker and fill in the corners of your mouth. 
The second step is to apply your lighter shade. For this I chose NYX cosmetics Matte Lipstick in "Pale Pink". Apply a thick layer of the lipstick to the center of your lips and then smudge them together best you can.
The third step is to use a brush to blend away any harsh lines. I picked up a great set by Sonia Kashuk. Blend until the colors have mixed together to your liking. Since this was my first time, I eased into the trend by toning mine down a bit more.The fourth step is optional. I added just a touch of nude lipgloss to the center of my lips using MAC's cremesheen gloss in "Fashion Whim".
Vest: Forever 21 (similar), Shirt: Old Navy (similar), Necklace: Target, Jeans: Abbey Dawn, Belt: Forever 21, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelts: T&J Designs, Ring: Anarchy Street, Shoes: Elizabeth and James, Bag: Brahmin
Beauty Products: Lipliner: Rimmel London in "Obsession", Lipstick: NYX cosmetics in "Pale Pink", Lipgloss: Mac Cremesheen in "Fashion Whim" (similar Target option here), Brush Set: Sonia Kashuk
Photos by: Danny Fung
I'm so happy to be partnering with Target on today's post. After asking you, my lovely readers, which topic you were most interested in reading about between an ombré lip tutorial, how to style faux leather leggings or how to style denim overalls you chose the lips! And boy, am I glad you did. This is a trend that I have been wanting to experiment with for a while now but I haven't had the nerve. Also, I think it's really easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and to find yourself wearing the same makeup combination day in and day out. Little did I know that creating ombré lips is super easy and the perfect way to give your fall look a little je ne sais quoi. I'm not going to lie, it was a little scary stepping out of my comfort zone, but I think that when you arm yourself with confidence, there's nothing you can't wear. This isn't a trend that I would wear everyday, but it's certainly fun to try it out on occasion. I look forward to experimenting with a deep red ombre lip this holiday season! 

How do you feel about playing with new makeup trends? Do you ever find yourself stuck in a beauty rut? Find your style @TargetStyle

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Thanks so much for reading! 
Xo -Elizabeth 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Black & White Combo

Dress: Bebe, Hat: Amazon Fashion, Necklace: Charlotte Russe, Earrings: H&M, Sunnies: Zero UV, Ring: Caché, Watch: Michael Kors, Bag: Prada, Shoes: Qupid
Photos by: Danny Fung
I am partial to all things black and white. So much so that my boyfriend starts to look at me a little funny when I bring new items into the house. Something about the simplicity of the color palette really speaks to me, and although I will always be a fan of bold color and prints, black and white clothing have a special place in my heart. This little 2-fer dress was certainly no exception. I loved how the top portion featured a bustier while the bottom featured a sleek pencil skirt. I decided to finish it off by adding in checkered statement pumps and a big red sun hat. Thankfully, I think that we've finally seen the last of the scorching hot summer days. We are starting to finally feel the signs of fall. 

I hope that you are having a great week! Thanks for visiting me! 
Xo -Elizabeth 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Little Leather Skater

Shirt: Charming Charlie, Jacket: Charlotte Russe, Skirt: ASOS, Necklace: Nina Shoes, Clutch: Thrifted, Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar), Watch: Kessaris Quartz, Earrings: H&M, Bracelets: Forever 21
Photos by: Danny Fung
Happy Columbus Day! 
For today's look I paired a leather skater skirt with a pretty printed top and black ankle strap pumps. I know that this isn't exactly a fall inspired color palette but I don't see anything wrong with bringing pastels into the colder months. I added in a black jacket to transition this look to this season and a sparkly statement necklace to make things just a bit more glamorous. 

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you all so much for visiting and for all of your continuous support! I really appreciate it! 
Xo -Elizabeth 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flashback Friday: New York City Sleek

Top: Essentiel Antwerp via Madison Los Angeles, Skirt: Essentiel Antwerp via Madison Los Angeles, Necklace: TJ Maxx, Leather Jacket: Alexander McQueen via Intermix (similar here), Bag: BCBG Max Azria (also loving this option), Shoes: Qupid
Photos by: Melanee Shale
Happy Friday! 
For today's look, I'm sharing another NYC outfit with you. To be honest, looking back in my photo gallery kind of makes me feel like all I did while in New York was get dressed! Hah! This casual leopard look was perfect for an evening of sight seeing and getting dinner in the city. Mules are one of the hottest footwear trends of the season so I was so excited to slip my feet into these little blue beauties! 

I hope that you have a fabulous Friday! 
Xo -Elizabeth

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Secret Garden

Dress: Virgos Lounge, Earrings: H&M, Bracelets: Anarchy Street, Clutch: Charming Charlie, Shoes: B Brian Atwood via Shopbop
Photos by: Danny Fung

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of modeling for Charming Charlie's fall collection. I was so excited to work with them because I am a huge fan of their accessories (and now clothes!). The shoot location was at a magical park complete with a gorgeous rose garden. It's so crazy that this beautiful place was only a few short miles from my house and I never knew that it existed! So when Danny fung and I were looking for locations to shoot this romatic Virgos Lounge dress, I knew that Lacey Park would be the perfect spot. I love discovering hidden gems. Does this ever happen to you?

Thanks so much for reading!
Xo -Elizabeth