Fall 2012: How much lace can you have in your wardrobe?

Yesterday, I went on a giant shopping spree.  This was a shopping spree that was born out of necessity.  In my old age, I have begun to put on weight, particularly around my midsection.  While this could be easily remedied by working out for more than three-week stints and not eating my feelings, I apparently lack self-control and motivation and am generally apathetic.  (No, really, I swear I’m going to start working out again on Monday.  And not eating entire bags of Potato Stix.)  While on this quest for larger shirts that do not cling to the adorable rolls that I have acquired, I noticed what is apparently THE TREND of Fall 2012: lace.

I also noticed a great deal of leopard, which, by the way, I’m really into and deserves a post of its own in which is praise the Kardashians for bringing back something I was obsessed with in eighth grade.  Definitely had velour leopard pajamas.  Thank you, Rave.  But we’ll talk about that another day …

I actually love this lace trend.  This is a bummer because I am currently a teacher (at a Christian school, no less) and none of these relatively transparent delights would be appropriate for my workplace, even with a camisole.  Put away them there spaghetti straps, heathen!  Still, this is such a pretty look.  It’s feminine, without being super-trendy and crazy.  I don’t do those looks, mostly because I look a fool if I try to put them off, so I stick to pretty basic, classic apparel.  Lace is classic, but because of the intricate detailing, it also adds an “almost trendy” flair.

A couple of examples of the lace obsession:

This is actually $98 so I can’t afford it, but it’s still cute.

Striped Lace Tee from The Limited — this is 40% off online. Holy cow.


In short, this look is everywhere.  I like it.  I want to wear it.  But I could probably only get away with it on the weekends.

How do you feel about lace?




Let me preface this entry by saying I have no idea what the heck I’m doing.  I have no idea as to how you design a blog, which probably explains why mine looks like some glittery, pink crap at this moment.  However, when I have time to catch my breath this weekend, I plan to explore further. 

“A Career in Fabulous” is the title for my blog and with good reason: It’s pretty much my life’s goal.  If I could make a living off of being fabulous, I’d be a wonderfully wealthy woman right now.  Since that’s not the case, I’m going to sit around and discuss two of my favorite things: makeup and clothes.  I hope that in sharing some of my favorites (especially makeup), you will be inspired to step up your makeup looks.  My newest thing is a bold lip with a very classic eye — thick, dark lashes and maybe a little liner on top.  It’s very 1930s, 40s, and 50s and it works with my coloring, structure, and personality.  I’d love to see more people step away from the nudes and bare lips and try some color!  I’m also a proponent of blush.  Bronzer can be great during the summer, or just for adding contour, but it certainly should not be the only color on your cheeks. 

I purchased a couple of new products today.  The first of these is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita.  I have the matching lipstick.  The color is beautiful, but it slips and slides and fades in about three seconds, so I’m hoping this will really change that.  It’s a dusty rose MLBB (my lip but better for the newbs) that looks very natural and flattering to someone with fair skin like myself.  I’ll have to show you what the lipstick looks like over the lip pencil quite soon.  In the meantime, here is the pencil:


The other thing I picked up tonight was Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance which is a bright matte fuchsia.  And let me tell you, it looks SCARY in the pan.  However, I thought it would pair nicely with MAC Rebel which is due to me in the mail any day now.  Lisa Eldridge posted a video using a color comparable to Rebel wearing a matte, bright pink blush.  I believe that product is only available in the UK, but this was the closest thing I could find in Sephora.


See?!  Isn’t that SO SCARY?!  But when applied with a light hand, it actually gives you a very sheer, very nice wash of pink that will look great with a fuchsia/raspberry. 

Have any of you used any of these products?  What are your thoughts? 

Our next topic of discussion: the explosion of lace this season and what it means.

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This entry was posted on August 18, 2012. 1 Comment