Thursday, December 30, 2010

Seeing Red

I've spent the last few weeks scouring online stores in an attempt to find the perfect red dress for New Year's Eve. Alas, it just DOES. NOT. EXIST. And so, I gave up on the red dress and started to search for ANY good dress for New Year's Eve. Alas, this also does not exist. It's a hard time for shopping: all the good fall/winter stuff is gone and the amazing resort stuff flooding into stores is inappropriate for the weather. And so, I had to resort to shopping my closet for something to wear. I dug out a years-old Tory Burch dress covered in dark chestnut coppery sequins that I've only worn once sometime in 2004 and decided that it would have to do. It's kind of perfect for the occasion and the more I think about it, the more into it I get. Still. A festive red dress would've been nice.

In an effort to console myself, I set out on yet another search, this time, for the perfect red lipstick to wear on New Year's Eve (hey, if I can't have the dress...). I found myself at the NARS counter (my go-to brand for lips and eyeshadows) in the SoHo Bloomingdale's yesterday trying out every combination of red lipstick/red liner they had to offer. There were two combinations that I loved, but I decided to go with a bright blue-red lip, instead of one that was more orange. And what a flawless red it is. I layered Trans Siberian lipstick over Dragon Girl lipliner and it came out like a blast of cool, icy crimson that finishes off my party look nicely. One trip to Valley Nails tonight to get some glittery gold digits, and I'll be good to go. What are you guys wearing for New Year's Eve?

My red lip inspirations below:
The Movie: Angelina Jolie in The Tourist

The Runway: J. Mendel spring 2011

 The Cover Shoot: Emily Blunt for Harper's Bazaar UK, January 2011 (she's wearing Tom Ford!)

 The Editorial: Dree Hemingway in Harper's Bazaar, September 2010

 The Red Carpet: Michelle Williams in Vera Wang (an oldie but goodie)


  1. I too am on the search for the perfect red lipstick. I've never worn bold lip colors before but it's something I've always wanted to try out. Think I might hit the NARS counter now to see if they really do have great lipstick.

  2. It's so much fun shopping for red lips, but it's not as easy as you might think. Sometimes you have to try a few before you find the right tone for you. But I'm w/ you daring. It's the only way to go w/ red. Love your blog !!! by the way. I check in now every day for inspiration. Making the steak next week.