happy holidays

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas or happy whatever holiday you may or may not celebrate. And I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful holiday cards and well wishes this season! Taking a few days off to spend with the fam, I’ll see you on the flipside. In the meantime, you can always find me @rclnudson. Love love, Rae

books

So, in between shopping and outfit planning and looking at things I can’t afford on the Internet and decorating for Christmas, I like to read books. And I need to stock up on a few so I can have reading material for holiday traveling. While I was preparing, #fatcat fell asleep on my Kindle. Can you even tell it’s him? He’s very black and sometimes difficult to see.

Anyway, I just finished reading John Dies at the End. And I wont tell you if John really dies at the end, but I will share some lines I particularly liked.

My grandpa used to tell me, toward the end when he was going crazy, that talking through a dog ain’t like talking through a sausage.

Something coming back from the dead was almost always bad news. Movies taught me that. For every one Jesus you get a million zombies.

The best I can do is save this little bit of the world, this little corner that me and this girl stand in.

The truth, the power of knowledge in the hands of the people, all that journalism school song and dance, that’s what I believe in. I got nothin’ else to fight with.

What are you reading? Does it help you ease holiday stress?

list

It’s just a few more days til Christmas. Oh boy. Are you done shopping yet? Here’s a few quick ideas for the ladies in your life if you need it!

  • 1. Whimsy. I am all about promoting fun in clothing, and I clearly love words. Kate Spade does a great job of adding some spunk and pretty, simple text to accessories, whether it’s a bracelet, scarf, or mittens.
  • 2. TOMS. These shoes are easy to wear and come in many colors and patters (all are perfect, they’ll go with everything) and you’re doing good in the world when you buy! 
  • 3. Fur. Can’t afford a fur coat for your fashionable lady? How about a faux fur scarf, or stole, or vest? Get an increase in glamor for a lower price.
  • 4. Bags. We all know how much I love bags, so I recommend any bag, in any color. Or, this fantastic oversized orange clutch from Asos or a gorgeous rugged tote from Madewell. Love them both.
  • 5. Cashmere. It makes anything luxurious. Even winterwear, like these super fun pop-top gloves from DKNY.

Good luck with all your final gift getting!

meg36:

Robert Pattinson: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”

I just gained some respect for him. I love this.

In between the gift shopping and holiday party outfit deciding, just a reminder that what’s in your head matters way more than what’s on your body. Also I just finished a book and have been wanting to share some of the best quotes from it, so look for that later this week!

newish

I went home for Thanksgiving, and while I was there I went shopping—sort of. You see, I went shopping in my mom’s closet. So this shirt, while not really new at all, is new to me, because my mom is awesome and lets me have things when I storm into her stuff, find things I like and say “Mom, can I have this? Please?”

Here’s how I took it to work

And for play? Well, add sequins, a scarf (it is winter) and a top knot, of course, and watch out for #fatcats crossing your path.

white christmas

It’s been Christmas all up in here, complete with the best Christmas movie of all time playing on repeat: White Christmas.

If you haven’t seen White Christmas, I recommend getting your hands on it immediately. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney will melt your heart, and Vera Ellen has the tiniest waist I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful classic, and I really mean beautiful. The style in this movie is incredible, and they do some of the best holiday color blocking, oh probably ever. (If you think I’m exaggerating the greatness of this movie, you are mistaken.)

Now on the 132nd time I watched this movie, I realized they often wear this lovely mustardy yellow color. See below.

So in honor of their excellent winter colors, I’ve made some outfit ideas on Polyvore. Here’s a way to incorporate this color at work. I also recommend exactly copying Rosemary Clooney’s outfit when she wears a yellow blouse and black skirt and killer black heels because she gets it exactly right.

And more casually, since most of us can’t pull off that leotard and mini miniskirt Vera Ellen is wearing.

Seriously, this movie is gorgeous. It could provide outfit inspiration for many months. In fact, Rosemary Clooney could write the book, teach a class, and hand out PhDs on how to wear stunning, dramatic black dresses in two three (I found another) scenes of this movie alone. But I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, I have even more ideas for this color on Polyvore, check it out!

eyes

Sometimes, all your look needs to go from work to play, is a little change in your make up. Just a little bit can make you feel fresh, and give you a boost to change your attitude.

I talked a little bit earlier this week about how great eye shadow palettes can be. And it’s true. I use a purple palette from Mac just about every day. This is mostly because it’s a great palette that works for day and night and only a little bit because I like easy and consistent make up routines that take 30 seconds. Now I tried to show you on my eye, but it turns out my eyes have really small eye space, which makes it hard to see eye shadow demonstrations. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but I’m pretty sure I heard a make up artist at the department store say that once. Anyway, so instead of my eyes, I made this handy chart.

 

This works with any four shades, of any color. I like this look for daytime, it’s easy, pretty, makes your eyes pop, and it’s easy. Sweep the second lightest color all over your lids, from eyelash to eyebrow. Place the darker color in the crease of your eye, for color and dimension and all that jazz. The lightest color can be used to lighten up your eye and make it look bigger, just dab some in the corner of your eye. You can also use it under/over your eyebrows as a highlighter. For the eyeliner, I like to wet the brush, and sweep the darkest color along just the outside of the top lash line. That also helps make your eyes look bigger: dark on the outside corner, light on the inside corner. To take it to night, shake it up. Add some eyeliner on your bottom lashes or more color, go for a cat eye, or use all the colors and do a smokey eye. (Bergdorfs does a good tutorial on a smokey eye here.)

Another great thing about eye palettes? Easy to carry. Throw it in your bag and change your look on the go!

Happy Friday!