(ABOVE) Black tee, white pencil skirt and a beige bag for a classic-style look.
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May 24, 2018 / Video Post Notes
DEALING WITH RAINY DAYS & TAKING MAKEUP CHANCES
When It’s a Rainy Day, But I Don’t Want to Dress Like it
For most of the day before I got these outfit shots, it was pouring down rain. I had decided I didn’t want to wear a casual, rainy-day outfit, though–i.e., cropped jeans or pants and rain skimmers–because I was lunching with my friends Gail and *CSG in the (dressy) dining room of the private club to which one of them belongs.
First, I needed to return something to Nordstrom, and luckily there’s an attached garage at Waterside Shops that kept me from getting wet. However, it was still raining once I arrived at my friend’s club–and the walk from the car wasn’t covered.
My Plan B For Managing (Weather-Related) Stress
I could have let the rain cause me stress–who wants to get soaked when they’re all dressed up. Plus, I wanted to vlog my day and film this outfit for this post and video–and do it outside. Also, I was hoping one of my friends might hold my camera for me, and film me–which would give me a much better video. The problem was, much of this wasn’t possible if it was pouring. (A challenging part of shooting outfits by myself is making sure I get my whole outfit both in frame and in focus, even though I can’t see what I’m shooting. That’s why it’s helpful when someone else films me. In fact, you’ll see on my video a whole section where I’m in my car talking to the camera, and my face is halfway out of frame! All this notwithstanding, I love the concept of doing filming and photos myself most of the time, because it’s more real-life.)
The good news is, even with the rain, because I had created a back-up plan (plan B) I was relatively stress free the entire day. The first part of my Plan B was to bring rubber flip flops and a black umbrella with me. So, when I arrived at the club and saw it was still raining, I took off my white leather sandals, put them in a black canvas bag, changed into the flip flops, and trekked from the car to the club, carrying my umbrella. Once inside, I went to the ladies room and combed out my tangled, wind-blown hair, dried off my feet, and switched back into my white sandals. Lunch outfit as planned. Check!
The second part of my Plan B was to let go of the need to film outside (or have a friend help with filming). I knew I could always film back at home inside by myself, like I usually did. Check!
Because I had this mental backup plan B, I was able to relax and enjoy the day, whatever it brought weather-wise. What’s more, the weather cleared and I was able to get my outside shots and video after all. (Gail filmed me with my iPhone 6.) It’s so neat when things just have a way of working out!
My New Eye & Lip Makeup Looks (and Easing Up on Expectations)
Something else that challenged me a little was this eye-makeup look. It was a total experiment, and I decided to try it last minute. My plan B was that I could always just re-do it, if it didn’t work out as I hoped. Luckily, I ended up liking it. Yay. Although it’s a bit dressier eye makeup look than I would typically wear with this kind of outfit, I decided to be more flexible and just go with it. Check! (Life is much easier when I’m not so rigid with my wants and expectations.)
What’s new about my eye makeup is that I did something called the “halo effect” on my eyelids. (I’ve been seeing this technique all over YouTube for the past year or so.) In brief, it’s about applying several different but similar eyeshadow shades onto the lid and crease to create a monochromatic diffusion of color that looks like a halo. (To get my look, I used the bottom two colors from the Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude palette–the medium tone in my crease, slightly above it and on my mobile lid, the darker tone on the outer corners of my lid, and under my lower lashes.)
Also new for me was combining a lipliner and lipgloss. At least, I don’t remember ever doing it before. (Oh my gosh, where has my mind gone?) For this particular look, I used Zuzu Luxe Lipliner in Innocence, a muted brownish pink/neutral, with Gabriel Lipgloss in Venus, a pink chocolate/cool creme. First, I lined my lips with the lipliner. Then, I applied the gloss all over my lips, staying within the lipliner line. I don’t know why I haven’t done this before when wearing a gloss, because it really did help keep the gloss from migrating.
Oh, Those Love Birds On Southern Charm!
Lastly, something else I talk about in my video (besides all of the above), is my favorite reality-television show, Southern Charm. I think it’s fun and entertaining, and it follows the lives of a handful of 30-50-something singles in Charleston, South Carolina (Thursdays–tonight at 9 p.m. EST!–on Bravo TV.)
In particular, I weigh in on the Thomas Ravenel-Kathryn C. Dennis situation. I won’t go into it all here, but let me just say I love these two! (I also think Charleston socialite Patricia Altschul is a hoot.)
If you got this far in my post, thank you so much for reading it all. I hope you like my outfit and eye makeup.
Take care and have a wonderful, safe Memorial Day weekend.
~Janis Lyn Johnson
P.S. (For another post in which I discuss a Plan B strategy, click here.)
*CSG: Camera Shy Girlfriend
(ABOVE) Southern Charm occasional cast member and Charleston, South Carolina, socialite Patricia Altschul, whose gorgeous Charleston home is featured in this issue of Architectural Digest–the interior was designed by Mario Buatta. (Photo via Architectural Digest)
What I Wore
(ABOVE & BELOW) Zuzu Luxe Lipliner in Innocence, a muted brownish pink/neutral, with Gabriel Lipgloss in Venus, a pink chocolate/cool creme. Eyes: Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude. (First I lined my lips with the lipliner, then I applied the gloss all over my lips, staying within the lipliner line. It really helped keep the gloss from migrating.)
(ABOVE) Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude, applied with the Large Eye and Petite Eye Shading Brushes from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Set Collection. (I used the bottom two eyeshadow colors–the medium tone in my crease and on my mobile lid, the darker tone on the outer corners of my lid, and under my lower lashes, creating what is called a “halo effect”.)
EYEWEAR: Kate Spade, 53 mm (similar Kate Spade here, here, here) / BAG: Prada, Sabbia (also similar Prada here, here) / SHOES: Vaneli (similar here, I have these in black; here, I just ordered these myself in white; also similar in vegan, faux leather here).
MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE SCRUB: Coconut Oil Mixed with Himalayan Salt (alternative 100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrub) / FACE MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Ultra-Hydrating Face Cream / LIPS-EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE MAKEUP: Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation, in Bamboo and Medium Beige, applied with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (also available here) and Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush / CHEEKS: 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint, in Cocoa Berry, applied with EcoTools cruelty-free Stippling Brush / LIPS: Zuzu Luxe Lipliner in Innocence and Gabriel Lipgloss in Venus / EYES: Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude applied with Large Eye and Petite Eye Shading Brushes from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Set Collection / LASHES: Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara in Abyss, combed out with this Folding Eyelash Comb With Metal Teeth.
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