How to be perfectly Parisienne.

 

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So for my 19th birthday, I decided I wanted to host a Parisienne dinner.  I also wanted to do this on a budget.  With my birthday being just two days before Easter, I was able to find LOTS of pastel candies.  

The trick to having a low-cost beautiful outdoor dinner is doing as much shopping as you possibly can at dollar stores.  Dollar stores, such as the Dollar Tree chain, usually carry an entire spectrum of party supplies, usually going at 16 plates for a dollar.  I would buy whatever you need times two, if you’ve found it at the dollar store.  The dollar store has awesome things like plastic wine glasses, confetti, candy, gift bags, candles, beautiful multiple- time use candle dishes, table cloths, plates, napkins, eating utensils, and usually small things that can be handed out as favors.  I went to an old party store in the Tower District of Fresno and picked up a box of 144 French flag toothpicks, perfect to be placed into the fruit for a cute decoration.  At the end of the party, the only things that could not be found at the dollar store were the ingredients for the pasta and potato bar (neither of which were Parisian in the least) the fruit, and the sodas.  Ice tea is very inexpensive and quick to make, and a very popular spring favorite.  If you want to get fancy, mix Tazo Hibiscus passion tea with some agave sweetener and ice for a near Starbucks-passion tea replica. 

 

We already had Christmas lights, and the most work for the party was cleaning up our backyard which is full of flowers and plants, and even a fountain.  Luckily my dad was awesome enough to do all of that for me, cause he’s nice like that.

Owning a photography business, of course I wanted to have great party photos.  With my dad’s help (he’s usually pretty creative) we came up with the idea of taking our old green metal garden arch and getting some dark green twist ties.  We used these to attach pastel pink and purple balloons into a balloon arch that went over the top of the metal frame.  Down the sides we used fake pastel blue, pink, and purple flowers that we had purchased in mass at the dollar store.  We placed the arch against a highly vegetated section of the yard and put one of our old rustic bicycles in the background for vintage effect. Image

I can wear red lipstick! And other things I learned this month.

 

 

 

 

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So June is coming to a close and I have learned a few things this month.  One of the most exciting being that I finally allowed myself to put on red lipstick.  Don’t get me wrong, this was not your run- of- the- mill 99 cent store lipstick.  No neon gaudiness here. (No offense to you classic girls).  This was more of a deep plum-red lip coat that I pulled from my beautiful 2012 Winter Collection Sephora Cube palette. The picture below shows a small excerpt of some of those coat hues, however; the one the brush is dipping in is far from the color with which I experimented.  Please excuse the dust and small kitty hair; I rarely use those upper neon hues, bleck.  

My advice to girls that are hesitant to try wearing red lipstick; try it in the protection of your room.  With good lighting and no friends around to harass you for your daring new choices.  It’s like the whole thing about “dance like no one’s watching”.  Just, apply lipstick like no one’s watching and make sure you have a good arsenal of makeup remover ready until you find a hue that doesn’t make you look psychotic or dead..or psychotic AND dead.

 

 

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What else did I learn in June?  That I love the Naked 2 Palette.  I have as of recent found multiple uses for the UD palette, such as an all-over bronzer.  The first four pigments from left to right of the palette, (Foxy to Chopper) when swept over with a Kabuki brush, can be applied to the cheeks, shoulders, and legs to provide a contouring, thinning, and tanning effect.    I would also suggest adding some BB cream, (my favorite being from Maybelline) under the areas where you are going to apply the shadows, since the areas getting the most contouring are usually the quickest to be burnt.  I also think it somewhat primes the skin so that the dust doesn’t just fall off!

 

I also learned that not using enough heat protectant before straightening the shorter sections of your hair (like your bangs, or-fringe, rather, as some people call it) can lead to it becoming fried and plastic-y feeling, just like my old Barbie doll head.  I used to do her hair 24/7 and it was fried to begin with.  

Guess Barbie should never be a hair role model.

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Wake Me up

Julia Linn

Well I stayed almost the whole weekend in bed but I went to my friends place yesterday and they have such a lovely interior design in their apartment so I had to share it with you. I really like New England style and their apartment made me feel like I wanted to buy my own and just settled down at one place. But not yet, still love to discover new places too much and I really looking forward to stay in London for a longer while but I will settled down soon but hopefully at different places hehe…..

Well if I could stay at one place I would look for inspiration and things here. Annahofsweden is also a favorite of mine when it comes to interior design.

I would also bring personal things to the house cause it needs to look friendly, personal and unique. Photographs is something…

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