November 27, 2013
Iru and I are excited to announce that our holiday 2013 collection is here! We know how much food people consume this time of year, so we made sure to offer dresses from body-conscious to full-on eatin’ dresses (if you can guess what those are). ;)
When you visit our site, you can find our new in-house Love to Talk Label and holiday lookbook. We rented a beautiful historical duplex and had the sweetest model who loved our collection. (We loved her right back!) During the shoot we worked with a group of talented videographers from ShoulderHill Entertainment who helped us create a behind the scenes video! My favorite scene is Iru looking so happy. It was so much fun and super exciting for all of us, especially me. I ❤ doing makeup for photoshoots!
See if you can find my favorite scene. ;P
Stay warm and fabulous,
Shrimp and Lobster Love
November 24, 2013
I recently stopped by my friend Jiao’s for a rainy day visit. Tea and brownies turned into wonton soup lunch, which turned into a session of showering me with amazing things! You see, Jiao and I are hoarders. We’re all too eager to welcome novelties to our collections, like animal shaped vessels and cans of novelty Spam. It’s so much fun for one hoarder to visit another. You can see through her eyes and understand why she found a certain something special. But living in Manhattan is tough for collectors, and I find that my hoarder buddies are constantly getting rid of things, even very special things.
This time at Jiao’s, after she sweetly offered me a tiny cast iron potbelly stove (I declined because I already have far too many tiny, delightful things), she offered me something I couldn’t resist: my favorite look from her collection, Shrimp + Lobster. In true hoarder fashion, Jiao has a sharp eye for detail. The finishes, fit and fabric quality of the top and skirt she gave me are so lovingly considered. See the grosgrain ribbon that finishes the waistband of the skirt below? See the beautifully placed dart that wraps around the side of the skirt? Can you see the texture and sense the weight of the fabric? Shrimp + Lobster is scattered all over with thoughtful touches.
I found the top she gave me pretty darn ingenious. On the hanger it looks like a simple dolman top – only wearing it truly breathes life and shape into the garment. The sleeves being so fitted to your forearm allows you to create folds with the fuller volume at your upper arm. The back panels being so generous creates a dramatic fold. In it I feel like Tilda Swinton in Dior Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear at the BAFTAs! (Hah!) But seriously, pieces that are easy to wear with dramatic, distinct shapes are the best.
Speaking of distinct shapes, a new love of mine with similar values went along perfectly with my Shrimp + Lobster look. Say ‘hello’ to my Carven spazzolato leather heels! (They’re cute and comfy for shoes of their height!)
Shrimp + Lobster pieces much like these are coming soon to Love to Talk. (Be on notice: some of them are shockingly hot.)
Can’t wait to share!
How to stay moisturized during winter
November 16, 2013
Winter’s harsh cold winds and dry heat from radiators drain moisture out of my skin, leaving it feeling tighter than a rubber band holding my ponytail. And every time I make a facial expression my skin is pulled tight, leaving a fine wrinkle behind. Yikes!
I have sensitive skin that reacts to products like there’s no tomorrow. I get hives, rashes and pimples all over my face. I haven’t figured out the exact cause yet. Nor have dermatologists I’ve seen so far. =/ I also have combination-dry skin that is acne prone: oily t-zone with dry cheeks and dry eye area.
Throughout the year I’ll prepare by reading the latest articles from beauty blogs, websites and my favorite beauty magazine Allure. I also watch TV shows like ‘Get it Beauty‘ from Korea and clips from Japan. When winter comes, I start experimenting with what I have learned. Here are effective tricks I’ve learned so far that can be easily incorporated into your everyday routine (using products you most likely already have)!
1. Layer your moisturizer
This is for ladies who have a moisturizer left from summer and it isn’t as effective during colder months. It’s as simple as it seems. Just apply thin layers and let your skin absorb it by gently tapping your face in between. Depending on the moisturizer, I usually apply around 3-5 times. For the last layer, I gently press the moisturizer onto my face with my hands.
I have yet to find my ultimate moisturizer. When I do, I’ll share it with you!
2. Add moisturizer or BB cream to foundation
I would recommend this to ladies who love medium to full coverage foundations like me! I find that many of the foundations I love and ones that last me through summer are too drying for me during winter. Since I would still love the coverage during the winter, I plan to mix half part moisturizer/BB cream to one part foundation.
For ladies who are using light coverage or tinted moisturizer, I wouldn’t recommend adding moisturizer. I believe it dilutes the foundation too much and that it doesn’t serve it’s purpose anymore. Try suggestion #1 or the one that is coming up next!
I lost my favorite foundation when Dior changed it’s formula for Dior Forever Foundation. I’m still in search of my dream foundation. I would love to hear recommendations from you though! ;)
3. Add face oil to moisturizer
This is my ultimate favorite beauty idea this winter! Mix one drop of face oil to an equal amount of moisturizer. Concentrating on your dryer areas, apply by smoothing it out (don’t rub it in!) and gently pressing it with you hands.
If you need any recommendations, Clarin’s Lotus Face Treatment Oil is (one of) the love(s) of my life! It’s recommended for those who have oily and combination skin.
4. Last but not least, get winter specific cosmetics
This might require some money spending! During summer I make sure I have matte almost everything. So during winter I will get a couple of items to either add on top or substitute the mattifying products I have.
These are some items I love love love:
a. Shiseido Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen SPF 50 PA ++++. It feels heavy when you first apply it, but it absorbs very quickly, leaving moisture locked underneath. I also love that it’s so easy to remove! No need for a special sunscreen and BB cream face wash. ;) You can find it many places online. I usually get mine at iMomoko.com.
b. Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion. It’s actually a toner despite it’s name! My skin feels so dewy and prepped for the next step. It’s also has whitening qualities and is inexpensive, which is a major plus! I love this one so much that I use it all year ’round, except during super hot summers. You can also find this at iMomoko.com.
c. Tony Moly Aqua Aqua Serum. It’s from my favorite line from my favorite Korean brand! (I’m sure you can see all the hearts floating around the screen) It’s a bit hard to find in the U.S. but if you can, it is inexpensive (about 14 USD!) and one of the most effective moisturizing serums I’ve tried so far! Other items from this line are also highly recommended.
Besides the suggestions I made, face mist and masks are a good item to incorporate into your daily and weekly routine! We’ll talk more about the details next time!
Meet Fatz McGoo!
November 7, 2013
Iru and I are pleased to introduce to the newest member of our team – Love to Talk’s best friend, Fatz McGoo!
One day Iru and I heard a ‘woof’ outside. We opened the door and saw the cutest little puppy we could imagine! With no information and no place for this fellow to go, we adopted him as our mascot.
Here’s a brief profile about Fatz McGoo:
Many people ask us how we came up with Fatz’s name. During school, Iru always jokingly said she’d name her dogs Fatz McGoo and Tits McGee. Fatz McGoo was the one that stuck and eventually it became the code name for our future company. When we met dear Fatz, we knew it was the perfect name for him!
Hope you love him as much as we do! Can’t wait to share more stories about Fatz Mcgoo with you,
Romance Between Old and New
November 1, 2013
I love holding my oldest and most beloved accessories and clothing in my hands. Considering the amount of time they’ve spent touching my body and reflecting my style, they’re like extensions of who I am. Sometimes when I get a new piece it has too strong a gleam for me. Not an actual, physical gleam, but an awareness that it hasn’t sunken into my pores. That it’s not yet infused with essence of me.
When The Rachel Pally Simi Dress in Malachite arrived to Love To Talk, I knew I had to have it in my life. I’m obsessed with the color right now, and it’s unbelievably flattering. You can eat a whole turducken and feel confident in it! It’s super lengthening, too. (Note: I’m around 5’3 with short, short legs.) It lit me up when I slid it on, true halo effect. But something was missing. I tried on a few accessories and realized it wasn’t the trinkets that were missing. It was the smell of me! (Another note: I don’t deal well with sudden change.)
I got home and found the most me pieces I could find. One was a pair of Max Studio over the knee boots that have been resoled and resoled (and did I mention resoled?). Another favorite was my Moschino WHERE WHEN WHY belt, which I bought at Amacord Vintage on Lafayette Street. I had a matching one that read MOSCHINO (actually given to me by a family member who wore it back in the day), but it was sadly stolen from my suitcase. :’(
Another piece super me piece that I oddly haven’t worn in a long time is this amazing found object necklace. My friend Jiao Xiang of Shrimp + Lobster made it from material she scavenged from one of our FIT classroom drawers. I wore it day in, day out a few years ago, but for some reason I haven’t been wearing necklaces recently. Putting it on renewed my interest in the category again. :)
Not surprisingly, my oldies but goodies did the job. I felt glamorous and just like me! I think next time, now that my dress has more essence of Iru rubbed into it, I can wear it with even shiny, new things.
Until my next ramble,
Roar! It’s Halloween time
October 25, 2013
Halloween is right around the corner, and I’m having a hard time deciding what I should do! After some research and day dreams, I found the perfect solution for ladies (like me!) who need a good last minute idea without spending a bunch. All we need is a couple of makeup items you have hidden somewhere, that little black dress you feel hot in and cat ears! I borrowed the cat ears from my dear friend Iru. :)
Here’s the list of what we’ll need:
1. Brown eye shadow, preferably a warmer tone. I’m going to use NARS eye shadow duo in ‘Kalahari.’
2. Blush, any deep color will do. I’m going to use Lancôme Blush Suntil in ‘Mauve Coquette.’
3. Bronzer. My favorite bronzer in the whole world! Tonymoly Crystal Blusher in ‘Bronzing Brown.’
4. Black eyeliner. Another one of my favorites, MAC Fluidline in ‘Blacktrack.’
5. White eyeliner, you can also use a white eye shadow instead. I’m going to use MAC Eye Kohl in ‘Fascinating’.
6. Brown eyeliner, you can use a medium brown shadow instead. I’m going to use MAC Eye Kohl in ‘Duck.’
I’ve went ahead and applied my basic primer, foundation, concealer and eyelid primer. It’s better to apply a little bit heavier than you are used to. As cakey it might seem, it will create a clean palette for us to work with. :)
1. Apply concealer around the outer rim of your lips and blend it in.
2. We’ll start with the nose first. Apply the blush around the tip of your nose. Then apply the brown shadow, blending it in from the the corner to the tip of your nose. No need to be perfect! It’ll make it appear more natural.
3. Take your brown liner and contour the outer edge where you applied the shadow.
4. From the inner corner of your nose, create a thick line and gradually draw it tinner as you move to the tip of you nose.
5. Blend it in, but make sure you leave a darker outer line! Especially where you drew the thicker lines.
6. Now let’s start creating the outline of the nose! Begin from the middle of the under part of your nose.
7. Blend it in following the contour of the tip of your nose and around your nostrils. Then create a triangle from the tip of your nose to your philtrum. (Please excuse me for the not-very-cute-angles in the next couple of photos.)
8. Start at the tip of the triangle.
9. Draw a straight line down in the center until the end of the top lip.
10. Let’s start drawing the lips in! If you have medium to thick lips like me, draw 1/16″ – 1/8″ below natural lip line. If you have medium to thin, follow your natural lip line.
11. Repeat on the other side.
12. Curl the end of the lips as you extend towards the side of your mouth.
13. Fill it in!
Yay! We’re halfway there. ;)
14. It’s time for the eyes! Starting from the inner corner of you eyes draw a 3/16″ line with your white eyeliner.
15. Fill in as close as you can without poking your eyes!
16. Here’s what it looks like. :)
17. Time for the outline! Let’s start from the inner corner of your eye.
18. Draw a little claw/triangle shape pointing towards your nose at the inner corner.
19. Draw a dramatic cat liner/wing on the outer corner. (I apologize for the blurry photo :( ! )
20. Time to fill it in ;)
21. Here’s what it looks like with my eyes closed.
22. Let’s draw the underline. Start from the outer corner, draw along the edge of the white line until the middle of the eye.
23. Connect from the inner corner to the middle along the edge of the white line. This will give you more control with the line instead of trying to draw it all at once.
24. This is a important step to anchor the look together! Dab your brush into the bronzer and contour along the inner corner of your eyebrow where it meets with the bridge of your nose. Apply it multiple times to create a dramatic look!
*The more dramatic the look, the more visible it’ll be in the dark when you go trick-or-treating!
25. Let’s contour those cheekbones! Dab your brush into the bronzer and start close to the curled lip edge.
26. Bring it all the way to your temples. Again, layer it multiple times create a dramatic look!
27. Dab your brush into the blush. Create an oval shape and blend it in, then color in the middle of your cheeks.
28. We’re almost there! Time to fill in the eyebrows.
29. Be sure to pull the line out 1/8″ – 3/16″ longer along the sides.
Here it is!!
Put on those cat ears and that little black dress. Time to roar!