Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring Into: A New Leaf

Keeping with the theme of Spring, I found this great place to shoot and fell in love with this little green vine growing on the side of the house and working its way indoors.  This is the definition of spring to me.  It creeps in slowly with its fresh green newness and starts to take over the entire world with lushness as well as rich colors, scents and scenery. 

Blazer : Zara (similar)
Cami : Hale Bob
Denim : Jag - Reece Skinny
Watch : Swatch 

Photography : Ashley Morgan Photography

Have a great weekend!

XOXO, APinhead

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Into: Hot Music

This Monday, like always, is all about the music but with a small twist.  Yesterday I explained I will be doing a series of posts to celebrate Spring, so I decided to allow Music Monday to be reflective of the spring vibe.  I chose this song, 'Walking With Giants,' by Blondfire for it's soft, poppy, melodic sound; not to mention, the colors and whimsy of this video are helping me stave off those winter blues.  This is a song I actually stumbled across while listening to Blondfire's hit 'Where The Kids Are' which I have had on repeat for several weeks now.  Since finding this gem I have been inspired to dump (carefully put away in a desktop file) my go-to playlist.  Spring cleaning perhaps?  I am excited for all the new music patiently waiting behind the tulips to be discovered and will be sharing my finds with you soon!

Love, APinhead

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sping Into: New Make-Up

Now that we have officially entered into the first few days of Spring, I thought I should do a new feature called 'Spring Into'.  These posts will be all about stepping out of our Winter rut and emerging ourselves in every essence of this season.  I hope you enjoy and feel free to let me know if you have any ideas for a post - I love any suggestions!

Rainbow Bright

Shu Uemura and the Make Up Store prove that you can go fun and youthful this season with vibrant multicolored eyes.  Don't be afraid to pair red, yellow, orange, pink and blue powder eyeshadow all over the eyes to create this great rainbow effect. 

Shu Uemura spring 2013

Make Up Store The Cocktail Collection

Matte Mouths 

Chantecaille, Chanel and Burberry Beauty showcase bold matte lips in their spring campaigns.  Eyes are kept simple, enhanced only with soft shadow in natural tones and a single coat of black mascara, allowing the lips to stand out.  Lip color ranges from a fuchsia pink at Chantecaille to bright pink at Chanel and true red at Burberry Beauty.  

Chantecaille spring 2013 campaign

Chanel Les Printemps Précieux de Chanel campaign
Burberry Beauty sping/summer 2013 campaign


Lilac Eyes and Bold Lips

Think of purple as the new black, particularly for eyes this season.  YSL, Bourjois and Clarins all showcase lilac eyes in varying intensities and tones.  YSL has created a sultry look mixing it on the eyes with soft green and blues.  Bourjois displays a smoky bright purple eye.  The look is teamed with bold lips and flushed cheeks.  Nails are painted in either a mint green or grey.  

YSL spring look 2013

Bourjois Aristo Clash

Clarins Rouge Eclat campaign

 Tuxedo Pink

Here girly pink eyelids are toughened up with black eyeliner and mascara for a look that's feminine and fierce.  Color is applied over the crease line and up to the brows for a smoky finish.  Guerlain created a dramatic look with long defined lashes, while Dior goes for a more classic appearance with thick black eyeliner.  Nars successfully showcases a tougher look with heavy black-rimmed eyes.  Laura Mercier focuses on a daytime look with dusty pink eyes enhanced with a fine black line.  

Dior Cherie Bow campaign

Nars spring 2013
Guerlain spring 2013

Laura Mercier campaign

 Aqua Eyes and Natural Lips

This season aqua blue eyes gain popularity, ranging from smouldering and smokey at Estée Lauder to luminous and bright at Lancôme, and soft and iridescent at bareMinerals.  Eyebrows can be penciled in and defined to intensify the look.  Fresh skin with a pop of peach on the cheekbones adds a healthy glow to the face, lips are kept simple in nude or pink.  

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Pretty Naughty campaign

bareMinerals Remix campaign
Lancôme In Love spring colour collection

Flesh Toned Pinks

Soft dusty pink is a key color for eyes, lips and cheeks and is a great daytime color to complement all skin tones.  Lipsticks shown have a semi-sheer finish, while eyeshadows and blushers come in semi-matte textures. 

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lips Color in Arabesque

Dior Cherie Bow 3 Colors in Smoky Rose

No7 Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Daphne

Coral Orange

Traveling to the other end of the spectrum, bright saturated orange is prominent this season.  This bright color is seen with a matte finish, adding a pop of color to the face.  This color is ideal for olive skin tones.

bareMinerals Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer in Tangerine Trance

Nars Single Eye Shadow Persia

Clarins Rouge Eclat

Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric in High Density Orange

Go Green

Pantone has named emerald green the color of 2013, so expect to see it appear in make-up.  For spring, green is key for eyes, with Guerlain, bareMinerals and the Make Up Store all releasing different variations of this shade.  Guerlian's eyeshadow compact comes with three tones - a khaki, pea green and a deep green-grey - while YSL has created a creamy jade nail polish I can't wait to paint with!

YSL La Laque Couture in No.34 Jade Imperial
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Colors Collector's Palette in 502 Coup de Foudre

bareMinerals Remix Flawless Definition Mascara in Aqua Blast

Make Up Store Microshadow in Mint Juelp

Aquatic Blue

The Body Shop, Nars, bareMinerals and Giorgio Armani all feature blue tones this season.  Popular for eyes, the color varies from bold and matte to shimmery and iridescent.  
The Body Shop Color Crush Eye Shadow 510 Something Blue

Giorgio Armani Face & Eye Bliss Palette in Coral Bliss

Nars Duo Eye Shadow in Mad Mad World

bareMinerals Remix Ready Eyeshadow in The Wild Thing

Think Pink

Hot pink is another popular bright this spring, dominated by lip and nail products.   Lancôme, Bourjois, bareMinerals and Paul & Joe offer bold fuchsia lipsticks with strong color pigments.  Dior and Make Up Store have created pink polishes fit for a spring time princess.

Dior Cherie Bow Nail Glow

bareMinerals Remix
Make Up Store Nail Polish in Mirjam
Lancôme Baume in Love in Rose Macaron

What make up trend are you looking forward to getting your hands on to get you out of the winter blues?

Spring it on! - APinhead

Monday, March 11, 2013

Music Monday: Dan Croll

It's Monday again and sticking with the Spring Break theme I chose this song for the week.  Dan Croll's song, From Nowhere has all the elements that make me crave a week at the beach.  But if you can't get to the beach just close your eyes and grab a mojito and for the next 3 1/2 minutes and you'll feel at the beach, minus the screaming children and sand in your bottoms.  This song is mellow with a contagious beat that makes you want to shake your hips.  So relax and enjoy!

Love, APinhead

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bikini's Begging For The Beach

Luli Fama
It's that time of year again, the time when college students around the world begin intense preparations for a single week.  A week full of bliss, freedom, bad decisions, and if you choose the correct location - bikinis.  Spring Break is a crucial time in the life of many college students, so it is important to get your Spring Break style just right.  If your plans include the trifecta of sand, water, and sun I have created a list of fail-proof beachwear allowing you to focus on other necessary preparations.  Scheduling a bikini wax perhaps?


Lauren Moffatt

Mara Hoffman


Urban Outfitters

Jean Paul Gaultier
House of Holland
As of now I am officially on Spring Break from school, but I am having a hard time choosing the perfect suit to strut at the beach.  Do you have a favorite?  Any other suggestions?  I would also love to hear about your Spring Break plans if you have any!

Interested in any of the above?  Suits available at:

Love, APinhead