Monday, October 20, 2014

Walking Through It

Hello Friends,

I've been absent from this blog for nearly a month. I never intended to be, as I derive a great deal of enjoyment from sharing the day to day tidbits that come with working in my chosen field.
I debated whether or not to share the reason for my absence from the blogging community. After all, once online, always online. Nor do I have the kind of  presence in the great, big, blogosphere that leads me to believe anyone would pay attention if I didn't write about something connected with beauty or fashion for four weeks. But I began writing Sunsetand5th as a way of reconnecting other parts of my life outside of the day to day operations of being a working makeup artist in the film and TV world. Part of that exercise is in the sharing, and the honesty.
So to be honest, after working myself into a frenzy of 80 hour work weeks and a runaway production schedule, I got sick. Really sick. And it changed the way in which I now believe I have to manage my life and my stress. So here I am. Walking through it as it were. Blogging a fashion tidbit on a bright, sunny, Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica while I ponder the commitment I made to try to write a little something weekly, because this blog has always been a fun, lighthearted sort of therapy for me. 
Dress: Just Love, Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Ibiza, Sweater: Milou, Blazer H&M, Necklace: JewelMint

I've made a promise to myself to attempt a life that's healthy and balanced. I don't kid myself. There will always be stress and anxiety and profoundly difficult things to push through, but I'd like to think this little unexpected hiatus has been a wake up call. So I'm walking into this Monday with a new attitude, a new outlook, and a little fall layering to boot.

Whatever you do, love it, thrive on it, and live it. (Just don't overdo it)...

Noa B

Friday, September 19, 2014

Aura Vie Winner!

Happy Friday and congratulations to Kristen from Ontario Canada! you're the winner of the Aura Vie Skincare Giveaway!
Thank you to all who entered and be on the lookout over the next few weeks for another, fun filled contest!

With Love,

Noa B

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Set Days were made for comfort

September has really revved up and I'm going into my third straight week of non-stop shooting. Given the nature of my hours I've gravitated towards cozy clothes all week.
I'm a little obsessed with my local, Heavenly Couture store around the corner. If you live in Cali you've probably seen them a time or two. Their motto? Nothing over $16! The store is a great place to grab trend items or little filler pieces, (like that perfect sweater to pair with that luxury pencil skirt you just bought at the department store. Or a trend you just want to test without spending much). Comfy and chic, these harem pants feature a dropped crotch that add some funk to my traditionally tailored blazer.
 Spike heels dress up basics easily. And a low kitten heel is still "workable" on set.
A soft tee is a sure fire staple.
Pants: Heavenly Couture, Top: GAP, Heels: BCBG, Purse: Elliott Lucca, Jacket: Top Shop, Choker: JewelMint

I'm set ready, and off to work once again! Stay tuned for the winner of the Aura Vie giveaway this Friday!

With Love,

Noa B

Friday, September 5, 2014

Unboxing My AdoreMe!

What a fabulous day it is to come home and find a surprise package from the world's sexiest lingerie, Adore Me, waiting at my front door!
Adore Me creates outstanding inner and underwear, and their sizes, cuts and fit are exceptional. But it's also a treat to "unbox" a new item, because everything is packaged with such thought, care and humor. Packaging alone makes opening an Adore Me purchase that much more enjoyable! I was so excited when I opened my box and found this gorgeous, Caprice lace set displayed inside the cutest container, (which I subsequently kept for storing delicates).
Which leads me to say that while I myself have never been a big, "oh hey, your bra is showing" kind of girl, the lace sets from Adore me are simply the prettiest lingerie in the most luscious colors. They feel like something you'd want to show off alongside your clothing. So I am!
A little peek-a-boo effect makes me feel slightly scandalous, but in the good way...
Caprice Balconette Set: C/O of Adore Me, Shorts: Walter Baker, Top: Blu Pepper, Heels: ShoeMint, Purse: Elliot Lucca

Be sure to check out Adore Me and their gorgeous, lace bra sets in fall, trend colors at Adore Me. Whether it's fit or fashion you want, Adore Me is your one-stop shop!

With Love,

Noa B

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jane on Montana: The Place for Oooh

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

I hope it's been a groovy, long weekend. For my part, It's been a chance to rest, reevaluate, and spend a little one-on-one time with the hubs. (Not that we won't be checking out a few Labor Day sales and testing out some possible furniture ideas)...
Whether you're bound for the beach, prepping to BBQ, or  perhaps hitting a few holiday sales, I hope you enjoy the day of leisure and make it a good one. One of my absolute, fave boutiques here in Los Angeles is Jane, located at Montana and 16th street. I have never been able to resist a purchase, and what Jane's does best is stock the coolest, cutest, and most affordable garments that are all built for comfort. For Labor Day and all its endless trekking from sale to sale and BBQ to BBQ, I wanted something utterly cozy. Jane was featuring this fabulous, cotton-y romper with gigantic, harem style cuts. I had to have it.
In addition, the LF Boutiques across the US are also still going strong on their store-wide sales, (see my previous post here and here) which is where I scooped up the above shoes. Between my Jane addiction and my local LF, this Labor Day might be seeing a little wallet action...
 Romper: Jane Boutique, Vest: F21, Earrings: Tres Jolie, Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Ibiza

Whatever you're doing today, make it great. Happy no-work Monday!

With Love,

Noa B

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prepping Fall

For some of you, the idea of fall being around the corner may seem too early. After all who wants to say goodbye to summer? But living near the ocean is great prep for the layers and heavier weight fabrics that are to come.
One easy way to begin the transition to your fall closet is to pair heavier textiles with a thick soled sandal. In this case, a rocker, Birkenstock inspired, wedge mixed with pleather and fleece. It's a nod to summer on the shoe front, but it's weighty and hearty for fall.

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Circus, Skirt: Zara, Clutch: Paul & Joe Sister, Top: RD Style

And that's how I begin to adjust. Out with the sheer fabrics, in with the sweaters and fleece. And if you're interested in a good sale and you live in NY, CA, MA, TX, or FL, check out your neighborhood LF boutiques. LF is hosting an "end of the summer" liquidation sale, which is where I picked up these flats for a steal!
With Love,

Noa B

Friday, August 22, 2014

Skincare Giveaway: AuraVie!

 It's that time of year again, time to give away some free skin care!

 As a makeup artist I'm always testing out new products and new lines, and nothing beats finding amazing skincare. This week I'm giving away my new "best friend", this beautiful set by AuraVie. AuraVie is known for products that pack Omega 3, 6 & 9 and Vitamin A, E, C & D, all of which promote healthy skin renewal as well as nature’s most powerful antioxidants; Resveratrol & Acai Berry. The combined ingredients result in treatments that renew, revive, and replenish your skin for lasting beauty. The giveaway set includes:

1: AuraVie's  RENEW Facial Toner/Cleanser, designed to gently remove skin impurities including make-up, dirt and surface oils, without stripping precious lipids.

2: AuraVie's REVIVE Age-Defying Serum, an all-in-one serum that lifts and firms the eye area, face and neck, improving elasticity while diminishing dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

3: AuraVie's REPLENISH Day/Night Moisturizer, formulated to increase moisture retention, smooth skin texture, and encourage natural cell regeneration
The line is absolutely beautiful and truly a one-stop-shop for those needing a pared down yet effective regiment for their skin. This combo, the Skin Rejuvenation Regimen, is valued at $329.99 but I'm giving it away to one, lucky, contestant this month! Here's how to enter:

All you have to do!

1: Become a follower of Sunsetand5th via Bloglovin or GFC, (if you already are, let me know)!

2: Comment back here with your email address and why you'd like to try this amazing bevy of products. (If you already have a favorite, let me know)!

3: For a second entry, tweet this contest and let me know in an additional comment line.

4: For a 3rd entry, Instagram the contest and let me know in an additional comment line.

5: For a 4th entry, facebook or blog this contest and let me know in an additional comment line.

Entries are open worldwide.
Contest ends 9/13/14
Bonne Chance!

With Love,

Noa B

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ladylike, and Oh So 60's...

Finding a perfect, gem of a vintage dress is literally one of the best feelings in the world! If you love vintage it's a fairly easy process to track down a unique item at a specialty store. But the truth is you will pay specialty prices. My knack is for finding a great garment at a great price!
Like this hand-painted, Italian, 1960's mini dress. Adorable, and infinitely wearable, I can rock this with nude heels, but it will also look great with a cashmere sweater layered for fall, or a leather jacket and biker boots in the winter.
 Right now all it needs is the right bag, and a little bit of volume in the hair...
 Oh, and some NARS pink lips...
Dress: Italian, hand painted vintage, Bag: Heavenly Couture, Heels: ShoeMint, Headband: F21, Bracelet: Boutique

What a score. How do you rock your "Mod"?

With Love,

Noa B

Monday, August 18, 2014

Manhattan and Jeff Koons

One of the best things about visiting New York is that no matter when you go, there's always a special exhibit in at least of of the major museums. This week it was Jeff Koons at the Whitney.
In addition to the three floor, massive retrospective, there was also a giant, "Split Rocker" made entirely of flowering plants at Rockefeller Center. The scale was enormous. It must've stood at least three stories in height.
An incredibly impressive feat, and having read about the complex, fabrication processes Koons traditionally used, I couldn't begin to imagine the planning that would go into this giant, flowering art piece.
Some highlights from the show included, Boy with a pony, the Venus of Wilendorf rendered in balloon doggie form, the racy Cicciolina photo series, and so much more...
I kept my wardrobe very minimal during my 5 days away. It was too hot and humid to layer anything so  I threw on a dress and sandals daily. This bag was an amazing deal from Heavenly Couture. At under 20$ per purse I bought it in two colors to use as a basic, travel bag and it held everything, including my camera.
Dress: Winter Kate, Bag: Heavenly Couture, Shoes: Report
With Love,

Noa B