Thursday, April 10, 2014

Set Life: For Life

This week I'm back to the grind after a single day off, and that means back to my Jeans/T-Shirt/Moto-Boot uniform.
But even the softest and best, white T-shirts and tanks can get a little stale after a while. I wanted to find another way to wear this vegan leather, laser cut top I'd bought in the winter, but the long sleeves weren't working for me anymore. So I hacked them off and left the edges rough and distressed, creating a perfect cap sleeve.
I also rolled down one of my favorite pairs of winter, work boots. Often when buying high label boots, you'll find that the mark of quality comes from having an outside as well as an inside faced in leather, so you can roll them down and maintain the look.
Boots: Pour La Victoire, Top: Zara, Jeans: Vigoss, Necklace: Gift

So I launch into the warm weather by adapting my winter togs to shoot.

With Love,

Noa B

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cheetah Chubby

Happy Monday All!

Today is officially my last day on Wipeout, and I have exactly 24 hours between this show's wrap and my next commercial to get hair color, mani/pedi, teeth whitening, grocery shopping, and apartment cleaning all done before Wednesday. Ahhh! So much to do, so little time!
But I can't complain. This past weekend I was able to take Saturday and Sunday off and celebrate 17 years with my, (long suffering) husband. Almost two decades have gone by and we still look at each with surprise and excitement. I can't begin to say how much I love him. It's funny though. We took a couple of snaps during our anniversary lunch at the Getty Center, but I didn't want to document anything beyond a couple of shots as mementos. I just wanted to stay in the moment all day and not think about posing together or constantly recording our lives.

So instead I'll blog this little outfit I donned earlier in the week, which I wore to a quick business meeting before heading to set. Living, (and meeting up) on Montana lends itself to some really funky but casual wear. Silk caftan dress. Booties. A slightly warmer, chubby jacket for the early morning chill...
 Dress: Winter Kate, Bag: Sandro, Booties: Dolce Vita, Hat: Target, Chubby: Guess

I hope your week is full of promise.

With Love,

Noa B

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kicking it, 70's Style

I absolutely love the fashion of the 70's. From the disco ball glitter and jumpsuits, to the simplicity of the "Dazed and Confused" wardrobe styling that included bell bottomed, high waisted jeans with ever so slightly cropped tops and wedge heels. 70's style is my jam.
 
So I was excited to stumble upon these Levi's wide legged jeans not too long ago at a favorite thrift haunt. Paired with my vintage top and some serious, wooden heels they scream 70's, but feel very current. I think the skinny jean is here to stay, but wide legs are really making a comeback this spring and I am all about that!
And if we're giving a little nod to Taxi Driver, we're gonna need a big brimmed hat. 
Another note: I was feeling pretty unhealthy on my last TV gig, so I opted for Kreation Cafe's 3 day, juice cleanse re-boot. It really does get you back on track to fit those high waisted jeans!
Jeans: Levi's, Heels: Stuart Weitzman, Top: Vintage, Necklace: H&M, Cuff: Gift, Hat: Boutique

I'm going to try some denim on denim stylings with these bad boys next. Until then!

With Love,

Noa B

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Instyler Pro: A Little "How To"

For the past several weeks I've been raving on Blogger, Twitter and Instagram about the Instyler Pro. Like many makeup artists working in film and TV, I get tasked with also doing hair about 30/40% of the time. So I'm delighted when a product comes along that not only shortcuts the time consuming process of hairstyling, but actually delivers on its promise to make it easy!
 
I'm going to add a little, morning honesty. Below is how I look when my day begins. That's my hair folks. And that's on a "not-so-bad", hair day. Yikes! Normally I'd have to flat iron out the frizz, then add flat iron waves or throw in my curling iron for volume, and probably use hot rollers for shine and height. But now that I have my instyler, (which simultaneously uses a flat iron barrel, a curling barrel, and a brush for smoothing, waving, curling, and polishing) I can use one tool to get it done. Here's how:

Step 1: Separate your hair into sections. I find 6-7 pieces is key. Left side top, left side bottom, right side top, right side bottom, back of the head, and the crown.
Step 2: Determine where you want the wave to go and in what direction. For beach waves that pull away from the face, hold the barrel facing straight downwards and curl the hair over and outward, making sure to clamp as close to the root as possible.  (Note: For this look the brush must face forward and the iron to the back).
Step 3: Release the curl making sure that the ends are not clamped but remain out of the iron. This allows the waves a more natural finish. Don't finger comb. Let the wave sit and cool. Also, when creating beach waves it's important to "over-direct". In this case, clamp and push your barrel forward from the root to create additional volume.
Step 4: Wrap and secure hair with ends out. If you are getting towards the crown and the back of the head, you can shift the iron horizontally instead of vertically to get a natural lift on the top, back sections.
Step 5: Loosen the curls with fingers only. You can then shake out the hair and separate with a comb or pick.
 Step 5: Use your fingers to move waves where you want them placed. Secure with a blast of light hold hair spray. For extra volume, add a little dry shampoo to the roots and shake upsidown. (For this look, I added no product as my hair was slightly dirty).
And there you are. California beach waves with natural volume, no fuss, and minimal product! All in 7-10 minutes. 
The Instyler Pro is available at professional distributers across the country here.

With Love,

Noa B

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Leather Layering

It's one of the those incredibly gorgeous, Santa Monica mornings where the sun is shining but the breeze is cool. It's still early enough in the spring to layer a bit of leather. (Especially before noon time).
 
I'm kind of in love with this vest I bought last year but hadn't made good use of. Having lived in Westwood for so long, my mornings weren't chilly enough to throw it on. But being closer to the beach means automatic layers when it's bright and early.
Vest: Mural, Shorts: Tart, Top: LF Store, Booties: DV, Necklace: Made by a friend

I'm still learning how to dress for my new hood, but the nature of SM weather means I'll be getting some extra miles out of my winter gear.

With Love,

Noa B

Monday, March 31, 2014

Flower Power

Every spring floral prints rear their head, and this year is no exception. Right now florals and lace seem to be going hand in hand, so today I'm trying my hand at a little flower power. (As always, I can't go uber girly though, so I'm mixing soft prints with a pair of chunky heels).
I've been wearing this lingerie inspired camisole under loose tees and over knitted slouchy pants, but today felt a little more feminine. It's all skirts and lace and baubles.
(And an appearance by my favorite, Adore Me bra doubling as a strapless).
Skirt: H&M, Heels: Elliot Luca, Top: LF Store, Necklace: TJMaxx

What's on your list of trends to try?

With Love,

Noa B

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Instyler Pro

Happy Weekend All!

I've been backstage working on campaigns for Bravo and We TV, and one of my favorite things thus far about these jobs is my use of the Instyler Pro. (Although  I'm a makeup artist, I get tasked to do quite a bit of hair. All I can say is, thank goodness this baby exists)!
This amazing product is the perfect tool to create instant, soft, beachy waves. Contemporary hair these days is soft, fluid, and unfussy. It's not big, swooped, Farah Fawcett hair, nor is it ringlet curls. It's beach waves, and the best way to create them is with an Instyler. So tune in next week for a tutorial on how to get it done.

With Love,

Noa B

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dressing It Down

I've had this Kate Young for Target dress for the past year, but have never pulled it out of the closet.
 
The dress has a "Hi-Low" hem and sports a single shoulder strap, so it felt a little dressy for a casual meal out. But it occurred to me that rather than wait for an occasion befitting the cut, I could make it more daytime friendly by layering some slouchy tops and using a belt to hide some of the dress' details. 
Dress: Kate Young for Target, Heels: BCBG, Top: LF Store, NEcklace: Vintage, Headband: Anthropologie

So I did. I think I'll be investing in a few more billowy tops to add possibilities to my dress-heavy wardrobe.

With Love,

Noa B