Not a Wallflower

Beach Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Featuring:

Jewelry/Styling/Photography: Quiet Lion Creations

Model: Tearsa Dougherty

Makeup: Schaumin Alexander, @TheJamericanBeauty

Clothing: Generation Bliss Boutique

F*ck meek “wallflower” vibes and BLOOM brightly – all day, every day! Tearsa knows what’s up as she SHINES in my newest handmade jewels! Sweet meets savage with a blend of rhinestone hearts, heavy-metal chainmaille, lux shells, layering necklaces, posh pearls and just about everything in between….. Speaking of shells, continuing in the spirit of my Pisces post, these natural beauties are back – back in black, that is. Giving them a coat of matte black spraypaint and sealing with lacquer is what goth dreams are made of. Add sparkly rhinestones and dripping cup chain to the mix and that’s a recipe for some serious statement accessories!

Taking inspiration from the fashion great, Chanel, a clear resin drop earring looks as if it’s a splash suspended in time.  I was excited to shoot this one backlit, for that characteristic “glow” transparent acrylic or resin has. More of this material is on the horizon….

The last outfit is fit for any Oscar Red Carpet, if you ask me…. Adding hair rings to her fauxhawk upped the edgy factor to the perfect level. I made them super quick out of aluminum jewlery making wire – wrapping it around a Sharpie and cutting loops with wire cutters. Aluminum is super easy to bend so it’s a great material for these rings. This would be the perfect thing to make for summer music festivals, and they can be re-used! Clip into braids, ponies, updos and more…. Check out my tutorial for these on my DIY Hair Rings blog post here!

Now, let’s talk about this scenery; high drama meets a high-fashion mood with the help of this amazing shoot location, the Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center. This perfectly quirky-chic locale helped lend a lot of character to these shots. A zebra-print couch? We say yes, please. That mirror mosaic wall? Insane. Life-size birdcage? Love it.

As always, special thanks to my crew – Tearsa for being a killer muse and Schaumin for her makeup magic.

Be sure to catch our lookbook vid at the bottom of the post, or view directly on my YouTube here!


























DIY Gold-Dipped Shell Chokers

‘Tis the season for SHELLS! These DIY Gold-Dipped Shell Chokers are the perfect mix of beachy and chic. I love these gold-dipped shell pendants (find ’em here and here) because they’re an update to regular shells – they definitely add a glam factor to . Follow my full DIY tutorial below to make these pearl chokers yourself!

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Beach Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Spring has SPRUNG at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend show in Tampa….. I just attended the event this morning with a few fellow bloggers and my girl/makeup queen Schaumin (@TheJamericanBeauty) to catch all the season’s newest products and trends. Hosted by Nordstrom’s Beauty Director Derek Miller, we got up bright and early to get first look at allll the goodies – and we took home a large amount of loot as well!

Derek walked us through new beauty innovations, trending colors and gave us quick tips on simplifying beauty routines. Celebrity makeup artists showcased their goods, including a Bobbi Brown eye palette that was developed for the Ulla Johnson show (swoon). One standout for me was Madonna’s skincare line, MDNA. First off like who doesn’t lovess Madonna – and he demoed her Chrome Clay Mask. I kid you not, it looked magical af…the mask lifts off the skin with a magnetic Mask Remover, leaving just healing serum behind. Totally cool technology.

The other product I thought was super cool was Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer…. it’s like part hair dryer, part…vacuum?! There’s attachments you can add to smooth or style your hair too.

Pink is the beauty color of the season (to my dismay, sadly, as a lover of black and all things dark) – and pink hues were all over the runway. Derek’s first clothing trend, Desert Rose, focused on a soft, semi-bohemian theme with plenty of feminine accents. Ruffles, statement earrings and sunnies matched perfectly for Spring sophistication.

Power Pout was a second trend, focusing on “Girl Boss” styling with updates on suiting, plenty of stripes, and pattern mixing. Pops of snakeskin were a total yas, adding a bit of edge to the looks.

The show finished with Tropicalia, a nod to beachy destinations with flowy silhouettes, and bright colors. Acrylic also made an appearance here – acrylic bags and shoes add a mod, slightly retro vibe to the theme.

After the show, there was a slew of classes, demos and events to attend downstairs. I beelined for the fragrance dept. because, well, I’m a sucker for good smells. Obsessedddd with Replica Jazz Club by Margiela – it’s like a mix of warm tobacco, and a bit of sugar, rum and spice. We went to Kiehl’s and also tested our skin hydration level- and mine was the best of the group somehow (bc coffee is basically my blood type at this point and I can’t remember the last time I drank plain water) but something must be working ?.  We finished with some trips to Lancôme, Clinique, La Mer and NARS. It was great to meet industry professionals, sample product and mingle with other Tampa bloggers as well.

Special thanks to Schaumin and the Lancôme team for their hospitality and Influencer goodie bags! Will be back for next season’s show!

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show