femme fatale

A femme fatale ( /ˌfɛm fəˈtæl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal]) is a mysterious and seductive woman[1] whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.

She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to entrance and hypnotize her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon.

The phrase is French for “deadly woman”. A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, and sexual allure. In some situations, she uses lying or coercion rather than charm.

She may also make use of some subduing weapon such as sleeping gas, a modern analog of magical powers in older tales. She may also be (or imply that she is) a victim, caught in a situation from which she cannot escape; The Lady from Shanghai (a 1947 film noir) is one such example. A younger version of a femme fatale would be called a fille fatale, or “deadly girl.”


trendwatch: pastel nails

This is totally out of season – most of the time when you think of pastel, you think spring – things in bloom, easter eggs, that sort of thing. I’m still in love with the pastel nail trend, though, and have been interspersing it with my deep fall darks like OPI’s Black Tie Optional and this lovely color called Wine at the Gallery by Finger Paints. The look is fresh and really pops out especially when you use bright, unexpected pale hues.

Lauren Conrad sporting a gorgeous robin’s egg blue that reminds me of Tiffany’s blue.

Sky, Hard Candy’s legendary first color, was created in 1996 by Dinah Mohajer to match a pair of sky blue pumps. I love Hard Candy so much. The best part is that the brand, formerly reserved for high end stores, is now available at your local Wal Mart for about five bucks a pop – and they still come with the signature chunky rings!

Whitney port rocking turquoise nails.

This is one of my new favorites, and it’s kind of famous – Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. Try it! I love how different it is. I used to be so stuck on having pinks and “normal” colors on my nails and now I feel like I’m twelve again, trying out blues and greens. (Next on my list is sparkle!)

Khloe Kardashian sporting a pale, opaque pink.

I had to snag this color when I saw it. It’s Revlon nail enamel in Lilac Pastelle, a lovely, pink-based lilac shade. It’s really pale and subtle, almost a neutral but definitely unmistakable. Image via Nail-a-Holic.

inspiration on a Sunday

Staying cozy inside after a Halloween nor’easter. It’s such a strange shift, the snow clinging to the trees which still have their leaves. I couldn’t decide on a particular theme, so here are some things that make me feel warm and lovely; hope you enjoy.

Two Seasons by Galway Kinnell


The stars were wild that summer evening
As on the low lake shore stood you and I
And every time I caught your flashing eye
Or heard your voice discourse on anything
It seemed a star went burning down the sky.

I looked into your heart that dying summer
And found your silent woman’s heart grown wild
Whereupon you turned to me and smiled
Saying you felt afraid but that you were
Weary of being mute and undefiled


I spoke to you that last winter morning
Watching the wind smoke snow across the ice
Told of how the beauty of your spirit, flesh,
And smile had made day break at night and spring
Burst beauty in the wasting winter’s place.

You did not answer when I spoke, but stood
As if that wistful part of you, your sorrow,
Were blown about in fitful winds below;
Your eyes replied your worn heart wished it could
Again be white and silent as the snow.


lovely + badass = Charlotte Free

She’s effervescent with a confection of pretty ombre hair she colors herself. Cult fashionistas are blogging her name and image all over the place. I like her because she gives of a guileless punk-rock vibe that’s really innocent at the same time. Charlotte Free, everybody! She’s mad cool!

“I love Charlotte,” Vogue‘s Francesca Burns said. “I have worked with her, and she’s really special: it’s not just the hair. Charlotte has a rare delicate elegance to her beauty which means she can pull off anything.” (source: Vogue UK)

Betcha didn’t know…Charlotte’s favorite food is lemons (?) and she listens to dubstep “constantly.” (source: Elle)

This video’s so endearing! She likes Maxfield Parrish which I think is fantastic…and apparently she also wants to be in the circus.

I want to dye my hair pink.

she’s got style: Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss once appeared on The Hills (season 3) as the “New York super-intern” who upstaged Whitney and Lauren. Today, she’s a fashion editor at  Vogue as well as the editor and founder of IntoTheGloss.com, a unique, magazine-esque beauty blog that dishes out upscale makeup and skincare what-have-you with WASP-like elegance. I was amazed by Emily on The Hills – the way she carried herself was so poised and graceful. Then I discovered ITG and I was hooked after reading a bit of what she wrote, as well as in interviews I gleaned from other websites. She’s striking, classic and has a fresh modern style. She’s also the pretty one. The smart one. And the really fucking stylish one. Bitch. I’m tempted to hate her…but her style speaks for itself.

Images above and below via Tales of Endearment.

“When it comes to her fashion sense, Emily describes her style as ‘a hodgepodge of romantic vintage dresses and more tailored new things.” She loves a sharp jacket, can’t live without her four rings, wishes she had been young in the 1940’s – “that silhouette works really well for me.'” (interview quote via Tales of Endearment)

Image via Vogue.com – Five Days, Five Looks, One Girl – I love the matte berry lip with the subdued gray wrap and minimal makeup.

Above: Those bleached jeans – eep! – to die! Weiss is sartorial heaven here. Hers is the style that seems almost too Parisian to be real, perfectly authentic, not too loud but unquestionably chic.

Image via Vogue.com

Image via New York Magazine & Tales of Endearment.

Emily’s a huge deal in the fashion and beauty industry but she doesn’t really have a “buzz” like certain other females who shared screenspace on The Hills. I like that she’s refined and that you basically have to be a fashion/beauty insider to know who she is. Here’s a little more about Emily, for those who don’t.

  • Emily attended NYU. She interned at Teen Vogue on the east coast, and at W and Chanel.
  • She has a strong aversion to exercise (but you’d never know it).
  • If you look at photos of Emily, she’s not always plastered in makeup. Minimalist works.
  • Emily is always shopping for vintage dresses – particularly from the 1940s. Mix them up with an unexpected proportion, like her big platform wedges from Celine – it totally updates the look.
  • She loves thrifting vintage items from Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
  • Emily isn’t really into crazy colors and patterns; she instead sticks to classics like black, navy, taupe and white…although she does throw in a pop of print or a splash of red now and then.
  • Style secret? Emily buys all of her clothing a size larger, because nothing is more unflattering than too-tight garments. You’re better off with some drape to spare.
  • Her secret to glowing skin? Lots of moisturizer, even when you have oily skin (I do this! I’m not as glowy, but I’m not on Vogue’s payroll, either). And use gentle products.
  • Emily also mists with Caudalie Beauty Mist, which smoothes skin, tightens pores and provides an instant burst of radiance while stimulating microcirculation (yes please)!

Now I’d never dog on my girls Lauren, Whitney or Audrina, but Emily Weiss’ style is kind of like tasting fois gras after you’ve been eating Cheetos. Just doesn’t compare. ♥

w@h lookbook o1.

Some style inspiration.

Karen Elson for Lula Magazine. Probably my favorite redhead ever. I love the styling of this shoot…and everything Lula prints, generally.

Prada’s ombre clutch that SJP “Carried” in the first (and only one worth watching) Sex and the City movie.

Electric blue nails. Anytime, anywhere.

Erin Lucas from The City. She makes me want to get bangs again.

Flowers in the hair. via Imma Darling

Wildfox Couture’s “let me eat cake” Marie Antoinette tee…a shout out to one of my favorites. Also I love cake.

Lauren Conrad, always.

Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells

Until next time… xo

style favorites…

I’m in love with pieces by LA jewelry designer Gabriela Artegas. I snagged her black suede/spike wrap bracelet from OpenSky (at a sweet discount). I love the aged brass spikes and the organic leather as well as the free-from wrap design. Plus, it doubles as a necklace.

I really love everything I’m Your Present (Providence, RI designer Kelly Eident) does. Her stuff is so girly and adorable…this suspender skirt is off the charts cute. You couldn’t go anywhere in this without getting tons of compliments. Plus, most of her stuff is one of a kind.

I love the earthy/vividness of turquoise as well as the modern shape of the brass beads in this necklace from I Was and Will Be.

Ballet style. I love these leather flats with pyramid studs. It adds unexpected edge to a classic look. Plus ballet flats are comfortable, without looking sloppy.

Ballerina style maxi skirts, above. (Shopping tip: H&M has these for about $25.) A fresh take on the iconic tutu of Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City intro, long, light skirts (ivory and blush hues) in fabrics like tulle and chiffon with lots of layers, pleats and draping are flattering and can make a great style statement when paired with edgy accessories, black and denim.