Showing posts with label Muse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Muse. Show all posts

Vote for Bella Bene Productions ~ Win my fave BECCA lipstick!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Suppose you started out your adolescent life as a highly sought-after, high profile, model and actress, then turned your keen sense of fashion, producing and all things fabulous into your own company. Suppose that company worked with the industry's top models, celebrities, and photographers producing outrageously gorgeous stills for the likes of Vogue, Cosmopolitan & Elle (just to name a few)...
Imagining? Good. This is what it's like to be my dear friend (and personal muse) Annabel Schofield. She took her dreams, her talent, and her gusto, and created something all her own. And that something is Belle Bene Productions. And it's pretty damn inspiring, if you ask me. 

So in support of a woman taking charge of her own dreams and making them a reality, I ask that you please vote for her company Belle Bene Productions via Facebook! And as a thank you, I want you to win something glamorous and fabulous all your own... of my favorite BECCA lipstick colors 
To be eligible: 

1) Simply go to "Mission Small Business"
Log in through Facebook
Click support, vote for Belle Bene Productions
then comment back here that you did so. 
{Your comment will count as one vote}
2) For an extra entry, share it on your own page!
3) Voting and contest ends July 1st, so hurry!

And thanks for supporting! xx

Nicole Kidman in Bazaar

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nicole Kidman and daughter Faith Margaret on the cover of the June/July issue of Harper's BAZAAR. 

I love this shoot with Nicole Kidman for Bazaar 
Australia. The shots were originally taken for a private family album. She allowed the photos to be used for publication, only if the children's faces weren't seen. So lovely and so inspiring on so many levels.

Tie for you, belt for me

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I love the LA rain... my favorite way to wake up in the morning is to the soft pounding of raindrops against my bedroom window. Since rain is a rare occurrence around these parts, and this year feels more like mid-summer seventies on most days, dressing for the weather can be a bit schizophrenic. Turtleneck, wide-legs and clogs? Why not?
I rushed out the door with more thought of climate comfort than fabulous forward (another rare occurrence), but realized my duds needed a little something more.

Luckily, my fashionable and talented friend was willing to offer a loaner...
From his neck to my waist. 

What's even cooler? He made this tie! I've finally convinced him to start his own blog because in my opinion, there is a serious lack of male contenders in this fashion/lifestyle blogging world. I'll be sure to let you know when he's up and running! In the meantime, I'm going to try and feature more of my own personal gentleman muses here on November Grey. 
And with that... I'm off and running!
 Hope you're enjoying this day!

Turtleneck - Express (old)
Wide legs - Vintage $1 thrift
Clogs - Stuart Weitzman
Bangles - Vintage + Express
Tie/Belt - Jay Krift Designs

You're just confused cuz I'm a girl, but I look like a handsome boy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Every time I hang out with my sisters girlfriend, I'm just in awe of the get-ups she puts together. Truly. This girl is STY-lin'. I kept joking that I wanted to steal and wear everything she has. So one day I actually did.
I thought it would be cool to wear the same thing head-to-toe (well, except the shoes) and show how differently two individuals (masculine or feminine) can rock the same look and make it their own.
I have to admit, I felt a bit less fragile wearing something so strong.
Don't get me wrong, I love being a woman and everything soft, and pretty, and feminine that goes along with that... but sometimes it's good to step out of the confines of societal expectations and just be.
 And this experiment has taught me just that!
 {And also inspired my thoughts on a new, evolving look!}
Well, there you have it. It started with just a sweatshirt (here) and has inspired me in so many other ways.
It's like my dad always used to say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" ~  Love you, my little muse!

The Same Dress for 30 Days

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I love this girl. Could you do this?

Check her out here and be inspired. 

She makes a very good point that most fashion blogs are centered around the newest outfit, newest shoes, new, new, new... more and more clothes. While I'm just as tempted as the next girl to consume and shop (I mean, I'm still lusting after these jeans for God's sake.) I personally think it's more interesting and creative to use what you have and make it fresh. Less consumption = more creativity.  And isn't fashion supposed to be an expression of art anyway? How individual can you be when you're just purchasing to keep up with the masses?

I'm already contemplating an item of my own that could be this versatile. 

Molly Ringwald/"Getting the Pretty Back"

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'm gearing up to host an event this week for the iconic Molly Ringwald to celebrate her national besteller Getting the Pretty Back!
A woman (and fabulous mommy!) after my own heart who really just gets being uniquely your own in fashion and lifestyle.

I stayed up late last night finishing her book and just ate it up, cover-to-cover. Did you know she had a heavy hand in styling some of her infamous characters such as Andie in Pretty in Pink? She made thrift and vintage cool before it even was cool, scouring vintage as a way of self expression and artistic history, in a time when no one really got it. Get this - while thrifting in her teens, she found a lace sheath dress that previously belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt when she was a debutant! I mean, c'mon! How cool is that?

Molly - we adore you. And for those of us who can actually see past the sixteen year old girl you used to be (fashionable, iconic, and brave as you were...) we're pretty damn inspired by the grown up, wise and still wickedly beautiful woman you've become.
(If you're in the LA area and would like to stop by to meet Molly and be a part of this fabulous event, please RSVP to novembergreyonline{at}gmail{dot}com)

To Steal a Muse

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Back when I was acting, I remember someone once told me that artist's are the biggest thieves. Quite simply, we all "steal" inspiration from one another on a constant basis. Enter: my current blogger muses.
I just found this gorgeous gal via another blog, and I'm so glad I did! She's genius at layering and putting together such creative, yet uniquely different outfits on a daily basis. She's a chameleon depending on her mood - big fan. She constantly gets my creative juices flowing on items I already have in my own wardrobe!

What I have: Leather shorts & leather jacket
What I need: Sexy white henley tee & delicate pointy heels

What I have: Scarves and stripes & a too-big trench I'll alter into a vest with the help from my partner over at Secondhand Star
What I need: Cuffed Khaki shorts & a denim shirt

Muse #2: Taylor at Sterling Style
Taylor inspires me everyday. She's the quintessential girl next door, but with her glamorous blonde locks, and fearless attitude (she was recently laid off so she decided to start her own business), she can instantly switch to a major siren, should the mood happen to strike her. Here, she makes menswear chic so effortless!

What I have: Black wide leg trousers, vintage belt & clutch, an assortment of fedoras & wooden sandals.
What I need: Denim shirt, damn it.

Muse #3 Kelly at The Glamourai
Um. No words for this gal, really. She's that fabulous. I only recently began to delve into her site going backwards... her stylish musings on fashion, art, and her surrounding world make me want to be my best artistic self (a challenge on most days) in so many ways.

What I have: Several similarly shaped dresses (this shape really works on my body), patent leather belt and interesting clutch.
What I need: Giant statement necklace, and her hair! Kidding. I wish. But on a hunt for that necklace!

Muse #4 Rumi at Fashion Toast
I did a stint in fashion marketing last year and that's when I was first introduced to the infamous Fashion Toast blog. My co-worker at the time showed me her site and stated that Rumi "really bugged her" but that she was one to keep up with anyway. This made me laugh because I felt like we were in high school again, where the equally-as-pretty but not as popular girl talked smack about the one we all wanted to be like. Anyway, I instantly fell in love. Her hippie couture makes me feel like a total wanna be (see? high school again.) but I adore her just the same. Bonus: her photography is off the hook. No other blogger does it quite like Rumi.

What I have: Pretty much all of it.
What I need: The balls to wear it all together.

(Below #1)
What I have: Leather shorts, vintage blouse, and massive heels.
What I need: Long black sweater.

(Below #2)
What I have: None of it.
What I need: All of it. Oh, and those balls again.

Know your Muses/Cate Blanchett Oscars 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

She was flawless. Simply flawless. I didn't stick around for the fashion commentary, nor have I read any fashion reviews on it yet, but I don't care. It made me sit up in bed. (Yes, we watched the oscars in our pajamas in bed, and yes, I sat up. And gasped.)

Look at the detail! And these pictures don't even do it justice. The colors were quite vibrant on screen.

I just love her. She nailed it. She made this intricate Givenchy number look easy. Even the hubs sat up in bed and said "She's so gorgeous. She's real" ~ Well, that was a stab at all the botoxed and pulled actresses he can't stand to look at, but when a man can get behind a unique look like this, it definitely says something.

I love the idea (in my Givenchy dreams) of wearing this with my dark hair pin straight and long in back (casual hair, killer dress) and just letting the stunning back detail poke out as my hair moves with the fabric...

Yep, this pretty much sums up one of my fashion fantasies. (Sigh) What was your favorite look of the night?

1&2 - Getty Images
3 - Givenchy Spring 2011

Know Your Muses/Natalie Portman

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I'm not going to turn this into a movie review, but if you haven't seen Black Swan, you're truly missing out.
(I must admit I love just about EVERYTHING this girl does!)
Photos 1&5 - Natalie Portman for Dior
Photo 2 - "Black Swan" still
Photo 3 - V magazine 09
Photo 4 - We heart it

Know Your Muses/Katy Perry

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Katy Perry in the December issue of Bazaar...
Clean, crisp, sophisticated lines...
With retro elegant and fabulously feminine lips and locks.
P.S. I'm a big fan of the magazine tear inspiration board. 
But I also keep a file on my desktop labeled
for  whenever I need a little encouragement style wise.

Twins, Plans, and Coming out of the Closet

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Two of my constant muses are my little sisters. They just so happen to be twins, but so complexly different in so many ways, that it irritates me when people refer to them so generically as "the twins" in title or conversation.

One thing they have in common is crazy, unique style. Their occupations as makeup artists are equally as glamorous and no doubt lend a hand in their fabulousness personified. This is a rare moment for little sis, sans a stitch of makeup and without her usual signature red lips ~ (more on finding the perfect red lip later!)

I captured this shot the other day while on step 1 of my closet reconstruction tour. It helps to have a second eye when discarding your semi-precious goods into oblivion. Scratch that - make it a third, or even fourth eye if you're sentimental like I am. I found that I was not as cut-throat as I would have hoped when cleaning out my closet. And little sister got lost in the "oh-remember-when..." trap just as easily as I did.

So, it was an exhilarating rush when my gorgeous (in spirit and style) friend came over yesterday and helped me with step 2 - the eliminating.

Things I learned:
  1. If you're embarrassed to show your friend an item of clothing in your closet - get rid of it.
  2. If you feel the need to justify an article of clothing - sayonara!
  3. If it looks better on the floor than on you - hello!
  4. If your item invokes an outburst of song and dance into Ace of Base's "I saw the sign" ~ you should be ashamed of yourself.
  5. Would you, in all seriousness, purchase this item in a store, that you're so fervently contemplating?
  6. Is there a better version of this item available today?
  7. And lastly, (must I even say it?) only take advice from someone who's style you admire. If not, it's like asking a poor man to help you balance your checkbook.
Good luck, lovlies. xo
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