wanting: krystal bick's shoes

i stumbled upon this little gem of a blog post over on this time tomorrow. krystal bick, blogger babe extraordinaire, with the killer wardrobe and even more killer shoe collection is parting with some of her shoes, and they'll soon be available for sale. she's giving more deets on her blog next week so keep an eye peeled.

is it fate that we are both size 7.5-8? these chanel slippers look like they need to move to L.A. stat.


accessories inspo

when it comes to accessorizing (or dressing, or traveling for that matter), no one does it quite like aureta.

glitter manicure, knuckle rings, gold, silver, lucite, leather and a chunker of a necklace, and none of it looks out of place.


q + a: katherine martinez

name/company name/product overview?
katherine martinez, creative director of la petite marmoset. i work together with ashley turchin. we have an online store that sells both vintage and redesigned vintage pieces that have been updated for a modern fit/style. 

best/most rewarding part about what you do?
the most rewarding part is seeing how happy customers are to receive their items/receive styling tips! sometimes we take for granted that we love playing with clothes, but there are some women who want a little nudge in the right direction when it comes to incorporating vintage into their wardrobes---one woman went so far as to send us pictures of accessories she already owned and asked how she could wear them with a particular piece.

what's currently inspiring you?
currently i'm inspired by colorful street art around DC---every time i pass an interesting wall/corner, i make a mental note to go back and do a blog post there.  i'm also inspired by indian silks/embellishments--i think they are some of the most beautiful fabrics out there. i recently found a vintage sari and became obsessed!

what blogs/sites are you reading daily?
this could be a very long list. i read a bunch of local DC blogs through the president wears prada (they compile them in one place) as well as lust for life, fashiontoast, style scrapbook, cocorosawheredidugetthat and
as far as sites, style.com, refinery29 & drudge report.

favorite indie/emerging label?
i recently discovered pure dead brilliant---they take famous lyrics and etch them into pendants, bangles, and knuckle rings.

your style icon at the moment?
miroslava duma---she is more petite and curvy than most fashion week attendees but she still rocks awesome combinations! she wore a jeweled headpiece with a suit recently that had me drooling.

what is in heavy rotation in your closet right now?
my pair of calvin klein vivian nude heels---they literally go with everything and give you legs for days.

what would your last meal be?
wow...this is an intense question! i would have to say...10 chocolate cupcakes. might as well go out on a sugar high.

place you'd like to travel to next?
santorini--- i'm half greek so I'd like to get to know my roots! i'm also getting more than a little jealous of everyone's fabulous vacation photos.

beauty product you currently can't live without?
coconut oil---it makes your skin so soft!

what's next for you in terms of your business/career?
we have some hairy scary goals i'm not allowed to speak about yet, but for right now i'm excited to release our fall line and shoot our next lookbook! think back-to-school meets fall meets DC nightlife.


head start on fall

fall technically begins next month, but i can not stop thinking about this image of christene centenera in alaia + balenciaga.

it's like figure skater babe meets downtown babe.

and now i want to start stockpiling high-neck leotards.


loving: collage walls

i've been wanting to make an inspiration wall above my work space in our new apartment. these images i stumbled upon recently are unusual + interesting.


weekend wear

quick, grainy photo of my weekend uniform; levi's + tank + long sleeved item + sea salt hair.

i find it refreshingly odd that while running errands around my neighborhood in august, i need something with long sleeves (even if it is made of mesh, like the above). i'm usually grabbing a jacket/cardigan/button down as a just-in-case as i head out the door.

l.a. weather is the greatest.


beauty necessities

i'm always dying to know other women's favorite beauty products. here's what's in my medicine cabinet right now; a carefully selected mix of makeup, hair & skin products.

i barely wear makeup, but i do try to accent certain features; my lips, eyes & brows. 
i purchased in maybelline moisture extreme lipstick in royal red after seeing ashley olsen on the cover of nylon wearing it. it's the perfect shade of red for me.
benefit's benetint is my day-to-day lip color. the more you layer on, the darker and longer the tint will last. 
a dab of benefit's erase paste my eyes under my eyes and on my lids provides an even, flawless, i-got-8-hours-of-sleep look.
my portuguese/labenese/italian mother passed down to me some out of control eyebrows. anastasia's brow gel keeps my brows in place and it is the one product i can not live without. 
a couple years ago i set out to find the most appealing, masculine-scented womens cologne. i tried dozens and almost gave up until i discovered jo malone's 154 cologne. it is my signature scent. men and women regularly stop to ask me what it is. i even have a purple purse-sized vial of it. i change it up occasionally with tocca's stella when i'm feeling girly & tom ford's violet blonde went i want a heavier, sexier scent.

i discovered shea moisture's moisture retention shampoo recently, and it has been life-changing. use it, and you'll see why.
i go a day or two between washing my hair and maranta's dry shampoo keeps my hair looking fresh. 
i spray john master's organic sea mist on my hair daily, wet or dry. it produces tousled, beachy waves. i haven't used a blow dryer in months. 
aveda's pure abundance hair potion will put some serious volume in your hair. and it's pretty much fool-proof. also great for second-day hair.
josie maran's 100% pure argan oil is a multi-tasker. a fantastic moisturizer for your face, and great for repairing damaged ends. it's rich in vitamin e and also evens skin tone and heals scarring. my boyfriend uses trader joe's jojoba oil in his hair.

ever since purchasing my first eos organic smooth sphere a few months back, i've haven't come close to chapped lips. i won't mess with any other balm.
i swipe desert essence's tea tree oil facial pads across my face after washing with soap to absorb leftover oil and make-up. these babies will have your skin looking radiant.
dr. bronner's pure castille soap contains simple, natural ingredients, which has become so important to me.
an anthropologie candle jar hold q-tips + cottonballs.
i use good ol' vaseline to remove make-up at the end of the day. my mom has used it for 30 years. she just turned 60 but gets mistaken for 45. it's gotta be contributing somehow.
i pop an optizinc whenever i start to feel under the weather or feel a sore throat coming on. this zinc supplement zaps free radicals and i'm back to feeling better in no time. also a great treatment for acne.