What is the hot, or should I say haute, accessory heating up the runways for fall around the globe? Red lips. From New York, to Paris, to Milan and beyond, designers are pairing their new creations with crimson lips meant to make a statement. These lips are not for you if you want to demurely blend into the background. They are stand out, get noticed in a crowd lips. There really is a shade for everyone, so get yourself to your favorite makeup counter—may I suggest Farmacy downtown or Beauty 360 on the Westside—and pucker up. If it’s the crème de la crème that you prefer, you simply must try Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Lacque lip lacquer in Dragon. This lovely lip lacquer is a creamy, glossy and dramatic shade of red that is neither too orange nor too blue; in other words Goldilocks, this shade is just right. Surprisingly, it also has staying power and will last through your morning latte and on to lunch. Even if your runway is the walk from your office to the water-cooler, remember to work those red lips, because all eyes will be on you.
Stripe sells clothing, jewelry, house wares and more. Stripe, which has an intoxicating smell of fresh candles, and has become a shopper’s paradise for gifts and personal items, is offering up a hand-made bracelet (see photo) by its expert in-house jewelry makers. This bracelet retails for $78. To learn more about this local store, visit stripedesigngroup.com or find Stripe on Facebook.
Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252, stripedesigngroup.com.
If you don’t yet know, oxfords are going to be everywhere this season—in all shapes and styles. Grey, black, two-tone spectators, wedges, cut outs, leopard print, granny style, and so on. And frankly, you really can’t go wrong with them. They’re a classic style that’s been updated for 2010 (and beyond). Pair them with baggy boyfriend jeans (no socks, please); create a slick silhouette by using them to complement a pair of skinny jeans; wear them with a short skirt and tights; try the streamlined spectator version, or even the bootie take on oxfords.
We’ve blogged about Nuala leather products in the past, but recently, Obsessive Beauty had a glimpse at some of the gorgeous work that Terry McInerney has been creating as of late, and her new line of leather accessories has us drooling. McInerney, a local mom in Santa Cruz, has been cutting and sewing together a new batch of inspired purses, messenger bags and more. What particularly caught our eye are her new wallets ($55)—with simple studded hardware and pockets that will fit your debit card, driver’s license and much more; they come in black or a chestnut color and are vastly unique. Another captivating item of McInerney’s are her leather cuffs, which have a vintage broach embedded on them ($42)—they offer a splash of rough femininity to any outfit. McInerney is also responsible for the recent brouhaha over a certain leather cuff watch that she recently created. A chunky leather band wraps around your wrist, with a classic watch face attached to it. It fits in perfectly with the sturdy, military-inspired looks that were featured on the runways. Perfect for fall. (These can also be custom-ordered.) Visit etsy.com/shop/nualaleather to make an inquiry, or find Nuala leather on Facebook.
Hue and Spanx are available at Sockshop Santa Cruz, 1515 Pacific Ave., 429-6101. Wolford tights can be purchased at wolfordshop.com.