Masters of Fashion

Three fashion grad students living out their last semester in style
Nail inspiration for spring!!
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The Illustrated Nail in this months Glamour Magazine. Mine’s the Jil Sander Paisley inspired design…

Nail inspiration for spring!!

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The Illustrated Nail in this months Glamour Magazine. Mine’s the Jil Sander Paisley inspired design…

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So, we’ve been a little busy trying to get our thesis research ready to present at the Advisory Board meeting next week.  To procrastinate a little, I thought I would share some of my recent lipstick purchases.  I’ve avoided lipstick for a while, mostly because it just reminds me of my mother.  But at the ripe age of 26, I’ve decided it’s time for me to embrace the wonders of lipstick.  And similar to nail polish, I’ve found it quite addicting.  

My favorites right now are MAC and Lime Crime.  Both provide phenomenal color that is bold and bright.  I’m very into pink and orange tones, and I love mixing the two.  Also, my favorite make up artist at the MAC counter in Nordstrom (Russell) showed me how I can mix lip pencils with my lipsticks to get different shades!  To blend and give my lips a glossy finish, I almost always finish with MAC’s Enchantress.  

What are some of your favorite lipstick brands and colors?

-Tiffa

Tiffa just got her orange loafers from ASOS!
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Pretty obsessed. (Taken with instagram)

Tiffa just got her orange loafers from ASOS!

tiffaro:

Pretty obsessed. (Taken with instagram)

So I was in the thesis zone last night and decided to pull an all nighter. Why I chose to do so when I had to teach a class this morning plus an important interview in relation to my thesis, I will never understand. But that’s how I get when I’m in the zone. Anyhoo, so I definitely needed a happy print to make sure I made it through my day.

My mum found this Turkish trouser variant in a random store in Pondicherry, India. It’s such a bright and cheerful print! I added tights from Hot Topic underneath the trousers as it is almost see through. To balance all the colors, I wore my oversized black tissue tee from H&M. I added two chunky bangles from Splash, my handcrafted “Bidri” earrings and a red button necklace I purchased in India. My black gladiator flats from MIA were perfect for today and balanced off the texture on my tan faux leather bag. Plus, I really, really needed my Versace frames today to hide those scary “designer” dark circles.

Phew! Almost through with today. Almost.

~ Archana

So, this morning I realized I was out of conditioner, and I thought I would use some of my olive/castor oil that I usually use for my face.  This was a good idea in theory.  However, I ended up using too much, and now I’m going to have to wash my hair again!!  So, sorry if I look a little greasy, it’s just not been a good hair week.

Today, I decided to debut my A.J. Morgan mint sunglasses I bought recently from South Moon Under, and they went great with my mint nails and mint iPhone cover!  As for the rest of the outfit, I wore a white cotton top from Zara tucked into a purple/teal/blue abstract printed skirt from Tracy Reese with black lace tights from Hue, and my brown Ariats.  I brought out a necklace my mother picked up from TJ Maxx like 10 years ago.

The weather is so great, but I’m not fully ready to transition to all my spring clothes, I find myself trying to incorporate some of my winter things into a spring look.  Hopefully, it doesn’t get too warm, too fast!

-Tiffa

Today in my Historic Costume Collections class I broke a museum preservation rule by wearing my Velvet Matte ‘Red Square’ lip pencil from NARS. I love this lip color!

Besides my lip color, my outfit consisted of my mom’s Bestini suit jacket over my black ruffled sleeveless blouse with the gold stud embellishments (Kmart), Gucci Straight-leg Denim (gift from parental units) and my trusty gold oxfords from Barefoottess.com.

The hair was snatched back in a high bun with my tiger-print feather headband from LOFT.

I’m going to try some new lip colors at the NARS counter tomorrow – Nordstrom called yesterday to inform me Wednesday starts triple points period…oh dear

Since graduation will be happening at the end of May, of course I need to start to think about what I’m going to be wearing for it!  I have a few choices right now, mostly from Maggy London and Donna Ricco, but I’m definitely going to keep on looking.  I’m really want a bright springy prints that could be accessorized with black.  I also have to start thinking about what I’ll wear to Mikahila’s wedding, which will be the same weekend!!

What are your go to places and designers for occasion dresses?

-Tiffa

Here are my “Mint Candy Apple” by Essie nails up close and personal.  I’ve gotten some great colors from Essie recently, can’t wait to try this fantastic spring time coral I just picked up.  Perhaps next week!!

Here are my “Mint Candy Apple” by Essie nails up close and personal.  I’ve gotten some great colors from Essie recently, can’t wait to try this fantastic spring time coral I just picked up.  Perhaps next week!!