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Thursday
May212015

Discovery of the Week: Odsy Workshop

I've been looking for a new pair of slippers since my Target slippers keep dying so quickly. But I've wanted a replacement that looks more stylish than a frumpy, at-home shoe option. And then I found these. I especially adore gold, and silver is a nice runner up. Case in point—these room slippers by ODSY Workshop, a San Francisco line, have won me over. I also have a crush on these hand-made clutches and wallets. I think a trip to the workshop/showroom is in store. If you're in San Francisco, check out the company or learn more online here. Also find ODSY card cases (seen above) at Legion in San Francisco.

Wednesday
May202015

The Makeup Chair: Missy Schnaps

Photos by Tommy Parker of Ginger Built Design.

The Makeup Chair is a monthly column by Jillian Wilkey, a professional makeup artist in the Bay Area.

I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Missy Schnaps, a hair and fashion stylist, for the past two-and-a-half years at Salon on the Square. Missy discovered hair was her destiny while she was growing up in the 1980s in New Jersey. Surrounded by big hair, there was no shortage of inspiration. Fashion styling was a natural extension of hair styling.

“I see the big picture,” says Missy. “Not just the cut or the color, but the whole look. And clothes just occur to me in a very natural way. I love creating looks, trying things on someone, layering and un-layering the items until all of a sudden, like a missing puzzle piece, it all just works. It's very satisfying.”

Missy's advice is to "know your body and find clothes that flatter it." That’s one of many reasons why I turn to her to dress me up for events and parties. She also always throws the yard sale of the year and recently opened up her own Instagram shop (@missyroseclothes). Missy is style, sophistication and glamour all in one. What’s in Missy’s bag?

1. Tweezerman Tweezers: Because of hairs!

2. Epicurean Lip Balm: It feels soothing on my lips and leaves them looking shiny.

3. Davines Anti-Aging Hand Cream: Delicious smell and super moisturizing for hands that have been doing hair all day. Also, it doubles as a soothing balm for my fly away hairs.

4. Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Katerina: An amazing, plummy, wine-stained color that packs on shine.

5. Jane Iredale Mascara: Nothing gets me from day to night like this. All I need are two coats and I'm ready to go.

Next month's column will feature Laurie Davis of Reign Salon.

Tuesday
May192015

Favorite Finds: Beklina

Beklina, an online boutique out of Santa Cruz, Calif. (my hometown), is one of the most innovative shopping sites I've visited. Owner Angelina Rennell has an eye for original wares by unique designers. These are a few of the things I'm loving from Beklina right now.

The Collaged Bar Necklace ($180) will jazz up any simple outfit in a flash. The Imago-a Pentatonic Bag ($360) is a beauty. Wear it over the shoulder, or remove the strap and use it as a stylish, architectural clutch. Jumpsuits are having a major moment right now and this beauty by Loup Brigitte ($160) is right up there with the best of them—perfect for spring and summer. And the Loup Workman Jacket is an all-around staple for any closet. This darling piece is an updated take on the classic denim jacket. A must-have for all seasons.

Take a look at Beklina online or stop by for a visit if you're in the Bay Area.

Friday
May152015

Sandal Wishlist: First Edition 2015

It's sandal season again and I've culled a few of my favorites.

Clockwise from top left:

For general fun and comfort you can't go wrong with a pair of leopard print sandals. Wear with everything and feel fierce.

Gold sandals are a must on my list every year. To spice up a sundress or pair of wide-legged pants, gold platforms scream '70s glam and make everything better.

Need comfort but longing for something a little different? Give the Birkenstocks a break and try these embellished slides.

A beautiful every day sandal, this wedge heel with laser cutouts goes from the office to weekend dates and everywhere in between. 

Thursday
May142015

International Beauty Report: Turning Japanese

I’m a big fan of beauty oils—particularly argan and coconut—but on a recent trip to Japan I was introduced to a beauty oil I had never before heard of. Tsubaki oil (also known as Japanese camellia oil) has been used in eastern Asia for centuries to smooth skin and hair. In fact, it may be one of the most multi-purpose oils I’ve found on my travels to 40-plus countries. It’s incredibly moisturizing and renowned for its antioxidant effects. It’s anti-microbial, thus a good choice for acne sufferers. It can be used as a hair conditioner, nail softener, makeup remover, and even as a sunscreen—on its own it’s about SPF 5. 

The top brand of this miracle-in-a-bottle—Oshima Tsubaki Oil—sells at Japanese drugstores for 820 Yen, or approximately $7. After scouring the aisles of slenderizing socks, baby foot peels and row upon row of false eyelashes at an endlessly entertaining drugstore in Tokyo, I spotted the ubiquitous red and yellow box containing the prized, champagne-hued liquid.

Eagerly tossing the packaging aside, I tore into the box, then splashed two drops on my hands for a test. The oil is odorless, incredibly lightweight and absorbed into my dry hands immediately. Later, I tried a drop on the ends of my hair, and it too absorbed and left my hair soft and non-greasy. 

To top it all off, the packaging couldn’t be any cuter, and the Japanese writing on the bottle adds a touch of oriental mystique.

Camellia oil, where have you been all my life?

Stateside, a bottle of Oshima Tsubaki Oil can be found on Amazon, and will set you back about $20.