So… you’re basically about to either a. love me for delivering some epic Labor Day sales or b. hate me for breaking your bank because it’s all just way too lush worthy.
Puh-lease though, don’t hate me, cause that’d be a real holiday buzz kill. I’m just doin’ my fashion due diligence by spreading the word on the top 5 Labor Day sales I am sh-sh-shopping like a mad woman + all of my fave picks from each one.
Apologize to your wallets for me & have a very HLD weekend.
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» Ummm… hello The Dreslyn, I kinda totally love you. This site is just the definition of chic & minimalistic, which is right up my alley. So, naturally I am loving the fact they are celebrating the holiday with a 15% off sitewide coupon. Use code WHITE at checkout to redeem this epic deal. «
Oh hey guys— who else is super stoked it’s Friday?! Ahhh… I am really really looking forward to a relaxing weekend after the crazy week I just had.
But, before we indulge in a glass (or 3) of wine, let’s kick things off right w/ some #GIRLBOSS inspo. Cause lets be honest, weekends are great, but after 2 days of straight chilling- you’re bound to lose some motivation mojo. This fox right here will make sure you keep your eye on the freaking prize come Monday morning.
I first found Wesley Bird on Insta (what’s new- love me some Instagram) and I was immediately following + obsessed. Obsessed w/ her art, her hair, her style, & her adorable lil’ yorkie. Call me weird, but if I see someone who has a yorkie, I automatically consider them a “friend”. I know they get me… & my fixation w/ my dog. Yorkies for the win.
Anyways, I am getting of track per usual. Long story short, I’ve been not so secretly obsessed with the world of graphic design, so… when I stumbled across this insanely talented artist//illustrator//graphic designer// & stylish babe- you better believe I wanted to pick her brain.
Warning: this post will induce some weekend shopping, so be prepared. I already have a few “carts” full of items based off of her beauty recommendations/ current fashion lushes (can’t wait to try out her go-to purple shampoo!).
… & without any further adieu, I am pleased to introduce you all to the lovely & talented miss Wesley Bird. Happy reading!
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▸▸ Hey Wesley- really excited to have you & your epic art/style on the blog. Let’s start off with a lil’ intro- tell us about yourself.
Wesley Bird: Thanks so much for having me! I’m a 24 year old artist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. I moved here a year ago for my job and absolutely fell in love! I am the Senior Designer over at Society6, an online artist community and e-commerce site, where I handle all the creative (photo shoots, art shows, overall creative vibe of the brand).
I have the coolest little yorkie, Sawyer (named after Tom Sawyer of course), who loves early morning walks and weekend trips to Palm Springs just as much as I do. And I have a little motorcycle that I’m obsessed with, but hardly ever ride in LA because…let’s be honest, the people here drive like maniacs.
▸▸ How did you get your start in your career? Have you always had an eye for art/ graphic design?
WB: I majored in painting and printmaking in college but got into graphic design when I interned at Hurley the summer after my freshman year of college. I thought it was an awesome way to use my artistic abilities to actually make money, haha. So I stuck with it!
I have always loved art and fashion. For 6 years my dad worked at Gap Inc. and I would go to work with him and sit in on the accessory design meetings and sketch out my own fantasy pieces. Working as a graphic designer for an apparel brand for a big part of my career allowed me to blend two of my passions.
▸▸ What motivates you in life/art/the world of fashion?
WB: I love music. I think it is incredibly influential in my art. Sometimes I am inspired by just one line of a song and can go off and create a whole piece around it. I also really love reading and find a lot of motivation to create when I find myself immersed in a new book.
▸▸ What projects are you currently working on?
WB: A fun little apparel capsule collection for NY brand- Glamour Kills, some new home goods pieces for Urban Outfitters, and some branding/design work for a new California kids label- Heroes & Hooligans!
▸▸ You’ve done a ton of work for Urban Outfitters (so rad!), how’d that come about? [SIDEBAR: shop all her work for Urban here- it's seriously epic].
WB: They originally discovered my work through my Society6 shop back in 2011. It was through Society6 that I signed my first licensing agreement with Urban to let them sell one of my prints in their stores. The piece sold incredibly well and ever since I’ve been working with them on a number of different products including throw pillows, duvets, wall art, etc. It’s been a very overwhelming and fun experience and has opened a lot of doors for me.
▸▸ Favorite artist(s)?
WB: Seriously so many but I’ll try to keep to just a few…Maya Hayuk, Jenny Morgan, Steven Harrington, Charmaine Olivia, Wendy Ortiz. Chuck Close, Warhol and Jeff Koons are my favorite big timers as well.
▸▸ What’s your favorite fashion/ style tip?
WB: Always start with black and white and then add color. Keep it simple. Less is more. Be a babe.
▸▸ If we emptied your purse right now, what would we find?
▸▸ Speaking of hair, I am totally obsessed with yours. Love love love how you die it different Pantone colors. Any tips for the girl wanting to make the jump into colored tresses?
WB: Well I’m seafoamy-green now! I can’t stay any one color for too long before I need to switch it up haha. But, if you’re thinking of trying it, just do it! I hesitated for years before I finally just went for it and I’m so glad I finally manned-up.
I was worried I would come off as a little too “punk”, but I’ve realized if I dress in basics, lots of black and white, and keep my style a little more tailored and clean then the colored hair can come off as cool and trendy instead of too “in your face”.
But then again… what girl isn’t? Have you ever heard a girl say “too many” & “lipsticks” in the same sentence? Yea, me neither.
Lipstick is way more than just makeup, it’s an accessory that can take your total look to a whole new level. It’s the icing on the cake, & let’s get real- sans icing, cake is just a big piece of ugly bread. No one wants to be ugly bread, so get those lips on gurl. (P.S. I am literally LOLing at that ridiculous analogy- but I think it gets the point across).
Basically, my lipstick collection is like a real life mood ring. If I am feeling down or it’s rainy out… naturally I will go with a dark crimson//navy//or even black (yes, black- seen here, very chic). If it’s sunny & bright and I am feeling lucky- I will probably grab a shade of neon orange//pastel pink// or cherry red.
As you can clearly see now, lipstick is pretty much my holy grail. Which I think makes my large collection of shades totally reasonable. The mess that comes along with all those lippys, not so reasonable & definitely not good for my sanity (#OCD4LIFE).
Enter the lipstick organizer. A fab home decor accessory EVERY lipstick loving girl (meaning all girls) needs in their bathroom yesterday. You can either go out and buy one, which is fine by me- I love this one. OR, you can put on your crafty shoes & whip one up yourself.
I obviously prefer the latter, because the result was just way too fab… & the fact it perfectly matched my DIY marble perfume tray def. didn’t hurt either.
LMK what you guys think of the latest project & if you ever make anything from the site I’d LOVE to see it– Instagram me w/ #FashionlushDIY so I can peep your awesome work.
1. First, cut your marble contact paper to similar size of the inside of the tray. Does not have to be exact, & is actually better a lil’ bit bigger so you can get it very close to the edge in the next few steps.
2. Remove the backing & stick your marble to the bottom of your acrylic tray. Press down very well (especially at the edges), get out all air bubbles.
3. Take your exacto knife & very carefully slice off any excess marble on the sides as you just want the marble to cover the bottom of the tray.
4. Now, time for the pipes. First, place them out where you want them be. Use a ruler if you are a neat freak like me ;).
5. Using your E600 glue (aka the best glue ever), place a ring of glue around the bottom of your pipe piece one at a time. Place it back in it’s designated space & repeat on all remaining pipes.
6. Let dry overnight– it takes a whilllllle to dry fully & you definitely don’t want your fave lipstick to get stuck in the tube.
++ & lastly, a word about my fave new lipstick brand- Cate MeNabb Cosmetics. There lipsticks are AMAZING. They are highly pigmented, paraben-free, & actually moisturize better than capstick (see above). I am currently alternating b/w Clementine, Medusa, & Vamp. You must try, end of story. ++
Is it just me, or did August seem like a realllllllly long month? Actually, I think this whole Summer has kinda dragged on longer than usual. Not that I am complaining, cause I really do like Summer, but after a couple months of hotter than hell days- I am more than ready for Fall to roll around. I may or may not have even started decorating for Halloween (Homegoods has some seriously good stuff right now!!).
IMO, Fall just seems to be a much more productive time. Summer is all about long days, sleeping in past twelve, leisurely sipping Rosé on the balcony while watching the sunset, weekend brews + BBQ’s, etc. etc. I can embrace all that goodness for sure, but I am never against an extra productivity boost… and that’s just not something summer brings out in peeps (myself included). Fall, on the other hand, gets me in that ‘get shit done’ state of mind. Which right now, is much needed.
Most of all, I am über anxious for the 2014 Fall fashion trends about to hit. From my research, I am expecting to see: lotsa layers, cozy knits, fur of all kinds, leather pants, rad booties, cool pastels (different, but I dig it), bright whites, back to basics, borrowed-from-the-boyfriend shirts, sexy lil’ stripes, & trenches in every color.
Excited? Yea, me too.
I highly suggest you start studying those runways & peeping F14 lookbooks, cause I’ve got high hopes this season is really gonna up the fashion game big time. In the meantime, scope some of my favorite trends + picks for the upcoming Fall season.
What Fall 2014 trend are you looking forward to the most? LMK!
Sometimes, when getting dressed, I just have the urge to go balls to the walls. Throw on the fur shag coat, and the hat, oh yeah… that statement necklace would look fab too. What about some earrings? Next thing you know, I am looking like I walked right out of the worst dressed paged in a magazine being criticized by Joan Rivers.
Obviously that’s a train wreck I think that everyone should actively try to avoid, & I am doing just that by embracing the basics. This ripped up skinnies + basic tee + sleek flats/oxfords has been a go-to these days. It’s simple, chic, & perfect last minute date night style.
My best advice when it comes to style comes straight from the mouth of the great Coco Chanel- “When accessorizing, take off the last thing you put on.” It’s a simple concept, but actually works flawlessly every time. Trust.