Saturday, November 21, 2015

C'est Formidable: Stromae and Dressing For Concerts

I really enjoy dressing for concerts. A while back I came across photographer James Mollison's book The Disciples where he photographed fans at gigs who really embodied the look of the artist. After seeing just a few of the photos I fell in love with the idea of dressing to match the artist your seeing. The photos include several replicas of famous outfits, but I'm more drawn to the interpretation where you can see a little bit of the fan in it as well. 
I wore this outfit to the Stromae concert at Madison Square Garden in October. Being able to see him live was amazing, and I still can't quite believe it happened. He is incredible and you should check him out even if you don't speak french. I took a lot of my inspiration from his video for Papautai. The dancers are dressed in rather simple outfits that are very colorful.  This whole album was filled with a lot of bold patterns, so that had to make an appearance, and of course you can't forget his signature fun socks. It was a nice surprise to see other fans coming out in patterned socks, bow ties, and cardigans galore. 

Au revoir, 
xx Jasmine 
P.S. I promise these are the last rough, dorm outfit photos. Pictures of NYC to come soon. 

Dressed in: H&M top (super old similar here), Asos skirt (similar), target socks, G.H. Bass shoes 

Bjork - Hammersmith Apollo, London 10th & 14th April 2008

Arctic Monkey - Brixton Academy, London 27th April 2006

Bob Dylan - Brixton Academy, London 22nd December 2005

All of these photos are Mollison's. More can be seen Here.

I was far away but here are some photos I took in between screaming and crying. 

Janelle Mone opened and stole a little of my heart starting off with a cover of Prince's Let's Go Crazy

During Tous Les Meme

During Formidable 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

School Punk

Here's a really quick outfit post from when I dipped into my goth side for a Rudimental concert. It's quite different from when I used to dress "goth/scene" in middle school (that mostly consisted of black tee shirts, skinny jeans, and lots of my bangs in my face.) Mostly, for this outfit, I was just attracted to wearing my sweater vest I'd usually make very preppy in a completely different way. Dark purple lipstick can pull out some interesting styles out of me. 

xx Jasmine 

Dressed in: Forever21 sweater vest (similar), Brandy Melville jeans, ASOS boots, CoverGirl Star Wars lipstick 

P.S. I wrote a review of the show. Check it out Here

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happy Halloween

My roommate and I were stuck for this Halloween. The Brooklyn Bazaar, which we loved so much last year, lost their space so there was no party this year. Unfortunately for college kids who don't want to spend a lot of money, don't like college parties, and are not 21 (1 more year!) we were out of luck. So instead we had a Halloween day in. We got some Starbucks, ordered Chinese take out, and proceeded to do a bunch of makeup tutorials just for fun while listening to spooky playlists on 8tracks. As girls who don't mind in the least staying in it was a lot of fun. 
I opted to do a half skeleton face and it was so difficult. I used Pollyanne B's tutorial on Youtube and it was pretty easy to follow along, but she is much more skilled than I am. Though it's not perfect, I still think it came out pretty cool. 
Next up was the new Harley Quinn look. This is not my favorite Harley look, but I wanted something pretty easy and light after taking all that black liner off my face (this sheet mask saved my skin afterwards.) I used Pixiwoo's tutorial by Nic and it was really fun and playful makeup to put on. It's not hard to see why it was the costume of the year. 
A Halloween in isn't so bad with coffee, good food, and, of course, Hocus Pocus. 

Stay Spooky,
xx Jasmine 

Friday, October 23, 2015


I have spent a lot of time putting this post together this season. Part of it was just me being very busy this semester, and part of it was because I decide to focus less on trends and just styles and details that I really loved the minute I saw the outfit. That effort led me to wanting to include so many looks and designers in to the post, so this post contains a lot of spring inspiration for you. If you want to step away from the shroud of fall for a moment continue on. 

xx Jasmine

Military Pockets

I have a new J. Crew jacket that has these square, military inspired pockets. I love them and can see myself enjoying them in a more spring appropriate vest and shorts. 


I've been wearing a ton of pink and blue pastels lately, so when I saw the Rachel Antonoff presentation I was drooling. It can get rather cutesy, but if I spent the whole of spring in her clothes I wouldn't be upset. 

Marc Jacobs

I'm a fan a musicals and plays and an even bigger fan of movies. One memorable free day I watched three movies and was completely content. So the Ziegfeld theatre being the venue and the inspiration for Jacob's show got me very jealous that I wasn't able to see it in person. As for the clothes, I loved the 50's school wear including the varsity jackets, sweaters, and the layering. It's a style I've always gravitated towards, and it can easily be adapted to cold and hot weather. 

Girly, Flowing, 70's Stuff*

*at this point I apparently gave up on properly naming things and just oogled all the feminine springtime goodness 

Only Carolina Herrera could make me want to wear head to toe pink. Her "pleats" were also super interesting and on the more demure side of sexy. 

Derek Lam has all the bell sleeve inspiration that I could ever want in the world. Plus I can't resist good layering.

Jill Stuart really dipped into the 70's trend. Everything made me want to dress (and maybe just a little bit act) like Jackie from That 70's Show. You have to admit the girl had style. 


There's always a few shows where I just want the entire collection in my closet. 

3.1 Phillip Lim

The 3.1 Phillip Lim show spoke to all my classic loves. Button front inspired tops, interesting stripes, dresses, and overall a very simple look. Something new was an unexpected love of the mix of patterns. It's not something I've ever tried myself, but in a blue and green color palette I might just give it a go.

Creatures of the Wind 

On a much more bold note Creatures of the Wind mixed patterns and colors that I only hope to achieve some day. The blue flower print is lovely and almost makes me wish for spring sooner (unlikely to actually happen.) It also gave me some inspiration for styling my sweater vest and military inspired jacket. 

Rag & Bone 

There are always shows that I feel are way cooler than I could ever pull off. This time around it was Rag & Bone. Everything looked interesting, but still in the realm of trendy. Not a huge excitement, but the comfort of all the pieces is rather enticing. I may not be cool, but I could lounge around in all those knits and race car jumpsuits any day.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lipstick From Space: Covergirls Star Wars Collection

Well, long time no write. This school year is starting to feel a lot like my third year in high school; me drowning in work. More likely, three concerts in one week was not a good idea (more on that later.) 
A much brighter spot is my lipsticks from the CoverGirl Star Wars collection finally came in, and I found some time to take some pictures of them. I was super excited about this collaboration when I first heard about it. Though I would have loved to see a wider range, it's not everyday that you get a sci-fi makeup crossover and the metallic lipsticks seemed like a fabulous idea anyway. Plus, it's hard not to lust after everything when you see Pat McGrath's advertisements for the collection. She truly went all out in an otherworldly, shiny, sharp direction and I was totally into it. 

Though I originally was set to pick up the gold color (#40) it looked too much like a Rimmel lipstick I already had, so I took a leap and got the red instead (#30). The risk paid off because this color is pretty awesome. In person the metallic finish is evident and the raspberry tone is filled with gold glitter. Maybe not my everyday look, but for something special or just a unique day this lipstick would be super cool.

The purple lipstick (#50) was the first one to catch my eye when I looked through the products, but I can't help but be a little disappointed. It was super hard to put on because it kept smearing and was patchy. I wore it for the rest of the day and the whole time I was worried it had moved around my face. With a lipliner I think the look can be salvageable, like NYX's Currant or Urban Decay's Venom. Another con is despite its smearing it stains your lips like there's no tomorrow. The color has a very clear redish-pink undertone and that's the color your lips will be for most of the next day (I wasn't able to remove it with a makeup wipe.) I really do love the color despite it not really having a metallic finish, so I may pick up one of the liners to help out, but it may be wise to steer clear of this one.

May the force be with you,
xx Jasmine 

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