Friday, March 6, 2015

Stripes & Leopard

Creative layering was such a big hit during the fashion shows this year. Designers like Marissa Webb and Rebecca Taylor layered soft, flowy, midi skirts under dresses. It looked so flawless, and beautiful, I couldn't help but want to try the trend myself.

Instead of layering a skirt under a dress, I ended up layering a dress under a dress. Since my stripe dress was form fitting, and shorter in length, it worked perfectly under my vintage Audrey inspired navy dress, and made it look more like a wearing a shirt under a dress.  To give the outfit a bold statement, I played with patterns by combining leopard with stripes.

Fashion is all about having fun, and shedding new light to something that has already been done before.  And like with everything, authenticity happens when you add your own personal flair.  -xoxo Kitana

Navy Dress:  Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar style)
Striped Dress:  French Connection (similar style)
Pumps:  Nine West (similar style)

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Denim Jacket: Abercrombie
Navy Blazer: Gap-no longer avail (similar item)
Pleated Blouse: Forever21
Skirt: Forever21-no longer avail (similar item)
Clutch: Gigi New York

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Heart of the lion, Spirit of a lamb

Not too long ago as I was going about my daily Twitter feed, I stumbled upon this beautiful quote that  instantly captured my attention, and immediately resonated with me.
It didn't say who wrote the quote, but whoever wrote it got the wheels turning in my head.

In this world, there are some people who make the mistake of confusing kindness for weakness. I, however, believe that kind people are not weak. It is a value that takes strength to be kind to all. Treating someone with kindness, when they have not earned it or deserve it, takes a special inner fortitude and grace.

It is easy to be rude and treat people with disrespect, but for them to feel the need to bring others down simply to feel okay with themselves, is a sign of weakness and lack of self-discipline. A person who has a healthy self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth does not need to demean others to feel good about themselves. In fact, they understand that by building others up, they are building themselves up.

People who understand the strength in kindness have a lot of respect for themselves and believes that all people deserve to be treated with respect as well. They are open to critiques and advice of others, and are continuously working to better themselves. With that comes a great deal of understanding and wisdom. In the eyes of a kind person, self-worth is not jeopardized nor is threatened by others.

People who fear the loss of power and control lash out at those around them, and are never willing to share what they already know. People who are secure with themselves lead with the belief that no one can diminish them, and will always lend a helping hand. To a kind person, building others up is a great way to create positive energy for all.

Sometimes, it's hard to be kind, and it can take a great deal of effort, patience, and concentration, but it is worth it! Strength is found by the happiness of knowing that one has lived virtuously, and with kindness.

Let's spread a lot of love wherever we go, and walk with a heart of a lion in a spirit of a lamb wherever life may take us. -xoxo Kitana

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Let's Talk Skin

A few weeks ago, I was asked about the products that I use for a flawless look. To answer this question, it only made sense for me to start at the foundation of my makeup routine. I believe, healthy skin is the basis for my flawless makeup application.

And to begin talking skin, it all starts with Dr. Hauschka. About five years ago, my aunt, introduced my mom and me to Dr. Hauschka. A company specializing in natural, organic, and holistic skincare products using only high-quality ingredients from their very own biodynamic plant garden. That sounds pretty amazing huh? Well, it is! I have used Dr. Hauschka's products for years now, and I love it! My skin is very sensitive and many products that I've used in the past have caused my skin to breakout in hives and/or leave my skin feeling itchy or burning.  Dr. Hauchka's cleanser was the first cleanser that I used that actually made my skin feel clean without the irritation, the way it should after a nice cleanse.  Since then, I've included most of their products in my skincare routine.  Why fix what works, right?  And better yet, knowing exactly what is on my skin and where it was cultivated gives me a peace of mind.  So here it is, my skincare routine:

Cleansing: I wash daily with Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Milk. It’s a gentle cleanser for my sensitive skin, and works as a make-up remover as well.

Toning: After using the cleansing milk, I then spritz Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying Toner on my skin to balance the cleansing process. 

Moisturizer: Then I apply Dr. Hauschka’s Moisturizing Day Cream on my skin. I use this product day and night.

If I have a blemish: I spot treat it with Aura Cacia’s 100% Pure Essential TEA TREE Oil. This oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral healing properties great for blemishes.

Mask:  I use Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Clay Mask to exfoliate and as a deep purifying cleanser weekly.

It's all about finding products that are good for your skin and will work for you.  For me, a good skincare routine is what creates the most flawless makeup application.  What is your skincare routine?  Leave me a comment below, I’d love to know the products that you use!

P.S. (This post is not sponsored by the company. I just love their products and business practices.)

xoxo Kitana

Monday, March 2, 2015

Colors & Stripes

Denim Jacket: Abercrombie
White Button-up: TjMaxx (similar style)
Shorts: Forever21
Sandals: BP-no longer available (similar style)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Casual Chic

Blazer: H&M-no longer available(similar style)
Top: Gap-no longer available
Striped T-shirt: TjMaxx-no longer available
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pink and Professional

Top: Gap (from mom's closet she purchased 10 years ago, color is very hard to find)
Grid Camisole: TjMaxx (purchased recently at the local TjMaxx)
Pants: Express (Similar Item)
Shoes: Aldo
Watch: Anne Klein

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Magic of the Mystery Dress

If you haven't already heard, there is a "Mystery Dress" dilemma on Twitter.  People are arguing over whether the dress is black and blue or white and gold.  Being the curious girl that I am, I decided to look into it some more...and I think I have the answer to all of your prayers.

Here is the original image of the dress:

Now before you say anything, let me tell you what color this dress is...

It is black and blue.

For visual proof, based on the Photoshop color spectrum, courtesy of Andrew Vassano, the colors of the dress from the image are #7a85a5 (off-blue) and #73686e (off-black).  The color codes are off primarily because of the poor lighting and quality of the image.  

This does not mean, however, that those who see white and gold are necessarily wrong.  If you noticed, those who said that the colors of the dress are white and gold tended to be significantly older (parents, grandparents, etc.).  The reasoning for this has to do with visual impairment.  As we grow older, the strength of our eyes becomes weaker.  Our eyesight gets worse, our peripheral vision shortens, and our color vision changes.  Which is why there is an accessibility feature on the iPhone to invert colors that have been partially inverted or impaired by our vision--basically, revert them.

This accessibility feature is meant to help with visual impairment--all of the things that normally occur at older ages.  Now this may not make sense yet, but i promise it will in a minute.  

Here is an image of the two different perspectives side by side on a non-inverted color screen (right is what most teens see, left is what most adults see):
Now, here is that same image on an inverted screen, which is meant to revert inverted colors:

And boom, there is the explanation to this dilemma.  It has to do with visual impairment.  So if you're seeing white and gold, it has nothing to do with your mood and it does not have to do with brightness as some of you may have read. Brightness is certainly the wrong term for what is happening with the photo, but if you did get the chance to see any posts about additive and negative colors (or something like that), that really goes in depth with what is happening and why people are seeing different colors.  

Let's look at the bigger picture, though, we should learn from this silly little dilemma that it isn't about who's right or who's wrong.  It's about understanding that everyone has different points of view, and although one person's view may not match our own, it doesn't mean that they are wrong.  It just means that each of us sees things differently, and we really should be more understanding of that.  The diversity in cultures, ethnicities, religions, and so much more is what makes our world so beautiful.

xoxo Kitana

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tooty Fruity

Trench Coat:  Gap {from my mom's closet that she purchased many years ago}
Top: TjMaxx {similar item}
Skirt: Gap {similar item}
Bag: DailyLook {similar item}
Watch:  Anne Klein

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Bright Stripes & Bold Colors

Top: TjMaxx
Skirt: TjMaxx
Clutch: Lulu*s
Watch: Fossil
Sunglasses:  c/o ZeroUV

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