Cute Shoe Monday: Christian Siriano Lambert Loafer Pump

This Monday, I’m in the mood for a sexy, trendy pump that will jazz up my fall shoe wardrobe.

Christian Siriano for Payless Lambert Loafer Pump, $34.99, Payless

I like that these are grey, not black—it’s less expected—and the tweedy texture and tassel detail are nice touches. The loafer pump is a hot style for fall 2012, and despite the high heel, these are surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk in—so you can wear them to the office without your feet going on strike.

Copy Katy Perry’s Yin-Yang manicure from the September cover of Elle!

I fell head over heels for Katy Perry on the September cover of Elle. From her dress to her hair to her makeup to her wild manicure, she’s the picture of rebellious perfection. In fact, I loved her manicure so much that I decided to copy it for myself!

Yin-Yang manicure

Here’s a how-to for recreating Katy’s Yin-Yang manicure yourself:

1. Start with 2-3 thin coats of white nail paint on the left two-thirds of each nail. (You can also paint the whole nail if you’d like, but it isn’t necessary.)

2. Use a fine-point Sharpie marker or a nail art pen to draw the Yin-Yang shape on each nail.

3. Fill in the right side of each Yin-Yang with black nail polish.

4. Use a bobby pin or a fine eyeliner brush to add a white dot to each black section and a black dot to each white section.

5. Finish with 1-2 coats of glossy topcoat to protect your manicure!

Get the Look: Katy Perry on the September cover of Elle

Katy Perry has so much awesomeness happening on the September cover of Elle that it’s hard to know where to start. Her embellished candy-pink dress? The graphic black eye makeup? Her purple-streaked Cleopatra hairdo? Or that awesome Ying-Yang manicure?

Well, let’s get started, shall we? First, there’s that pink dress, which Katy takes from sweet to sassy with some well-chosen accessories.

If you want to DIY a sparkly version like Katy’s wearing (hers is by Bottega Veneta), start with a basic dress, then use fabric glue to apply jewels in a pattern across the front. You can find fabric glue and fabric jewels at craft stores like Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics, and there are tons of tutorials online that can show you how to embellish a garment at home.

 

Marilyn bodycon dress, $24.99, Wet Seal

 

Textured lace bodycon dress, $19.80, Forever 21; Pleated hem A-line dress, $24.99, Charlotte Russe

Then there’s the hair and makeup. This cover is making me want to try out some (temporary!) hair color streaks—how about you?

Splat Washables temporary hair color in Purple Swag, $8, drugstores

Rim the eyes in black eyeliner, then follow with the black eyeshadow. Finish with lots of black mascara on top and bottom:

E.L.F. Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Naughty Noire, $3, EyesLipsFace.com

Then there’s that awesome manicure. (Check back tomorrow for a tutorial on how to copy it!) Any black and white polish will do, but here’s a brand I like:

Milani Nail Lacquer in Black Magic and Dreamy Creme, $4.49 each, drugstores


Even if you don’t like all of Katy’s songs, it’s hard to deny that she’s a style chameleon—and this is a pretty fierce and fabulous cover look! Have fun copying it!

Accessory Friday: Leaf collar necklace

The collar necklace is making a big splash this fall, and I love this delicate style from Forever 21:

Collar necklace, $5.80, Forever21.com

It’s not so big and chunky that it screams “Trending!”, so you can still wear it after autumn is over. And I love jewelry with leaves or other natural motifs, anyway, trend or no!

Nail Polish of the Month: Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Sunny Side Up

I’m in the mood for one last burst of color fun before summer ends. Hence, this month’s nail polish pick, a light, bright orange that makes me happy just by looking at it:

sunny-side-up
Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Sunny Side Up; $1, drugstores

This is a very light shade, so I applied three coats to get an opaque finish. I also started with one coat of base coat and finished with a couple of coats of top coat for staying power.

Max and Jiao with their HSUS fur-free signs

As I promised earlier this week, here are pics of Max and Jiao with their fur-free HSUS signs, to promote H-Couture 2012. (H-Couture is the Humane Society’s annual fur-free fashion show; it takes place next month in Los Angeles.)

You can head over to the Humane Society’s website (humanesociety.org) to print out your own signs and upload them to the HSUS Flickr photo roll. (Psst…if you have a pic of your pet with their HSUS sign, I’d love to see it, too!)

Max's HSUS sign
Jiao's HSUS sign