Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

Happy All Hallows Eve Everyone!

I'm so excited, as always, for Halloween. But the fact that it falls on a Friday this year makes it a special thrill! Every year I determine to come up with a great costume, and every year due to work and scheduling and production, I end up throwing something together at the last minute. In light of that fun fact and for those of you who find themselves in similar dilemnas, here's a look back at the last 5 years of costumes and how you can raid your closet and makeup drawer to look fabulous in 30 minutes or less!
2008, (the year we all went "Mad" for Madman"). I went as a "mod". Here I want to give a thank-you shout out to the amazing Jenny Han of Jenny Han designs, who had given me this fantastic, 60's style dress, (which I still have). Not surprisingly, I shot her later campaign based on "Valley of the Dolls". To nail a "Mod", grab a dress that's mini in length, add lashes and take the time to paint on the bottom ones, "Twiggy Style. Add volume to your hair. Keep lips and cheeks pale and pink. The rule is go big on lashes, short on hems.
Pictured above: Noa in Jenny Han, Models in Jenny Han Spring Campaign, Makeup by Me.
The next year we were charged to thematically come as a favorite super-villain. Since I didn't really have an anti hero to root for I went as Harley Quin, and used a hat and face paint to nail a costume in 20 minutes. If you're dying on time, try anything you can paint on yourself. (Harlequins, clowns, etc). I nailed a Harlequin on a photo shoot and if you get the makeup right, you don't even need much by way of clothing. Simple black and white tones and garments will seal the deal. (See Below).
The following year I really got my act together, did some prep, and went as Miss Havisham, complete with spiders, webs, and veil, (plus crinoline). We were to come as favorite, literary figures. I know when Dickens wrote Great Expectations he was picturing the joyful reunion of Miss H and a Star Wars Storm Trooper in 70's suiting. 
Thank goodness I like vintage! When it came time for another last minute costume in 2011, I grabbed a 70's romper, threw on a bolero, bought a quick hat (once again, hats can really seal the deal), added a whip and went as a lion tamer. (Yes, I'm PETA so it was more of a nod to Monty Python).
(And of course in a pinch, there's always a wig). Another idea for an easy costume? Go as an Egyptian goddess or queen.  I shot this not long after The Mummy came out, inspired by Anaksunamon's character makeup. You can buy a cheapie, black drugstore wig and cut bangs into it. I added some beads for flair, and then grabbed a white sheet, cut a hole in the top and poked my model's head through while twisting the sheet into shoulder straps. You can nail the dress by belting it with anything gold. Mix gold shimmer into your foundation and blend it all over the body. Last but not least, go big, bold, and long on the liner, top and bottom. Boom! You're an ancient, baddass.
2012 really saw me in a pinch! I was shooting for two straight weeks, as well as on Halloween night itself. I had thirty minutes to throw something, (anything) together. Fortunately and once again, my love of holding on to vintage prevailed, and I went as Barbara Streisand circa Funny Girl. I just snagged the most retro items, (all 60's vintage) in my closet, added some deeply contoured shadows and lashes, and was out the door! (For a quick lesson on liner, sex pot eyes, and mod makeup, check out my tutorials here  and here)!

Tragically I'm pretty sure there was no costume last year as I ended up working last minute, but I did experience a "Haunted Hayride" at Griffith Park, as well as a "Ghost Train" ride. So all was not lost. This year, the theme is to arrive as "An adult version of your favorite childhood costume". Although I've been again thwarted by timing, I've got the basics ready to go. This time there's no escaping the costume!

Happy Halloween to you all!

With Love,

Noa B

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Entering Fall Via Fishtails

I'm thrilled that it's almost the end of October for two reasons. First and foremost, Halloween is around the corner. (Yay)! But secondly a real fall means I can finally begin wearing nubby tweeds, long hems, loads of dark shadows and rich lip pigments. Goodbye summer sheers, babydoll dresses, and SPF tints. Hello creamy lips, smokey eyes, and woolen textiles!
Starting with this fishtail, maxi skirt from Velvet! I love the almost bridal length  with the trailing back hem. And since it's still warm by day, I juxtaposed it with lightweight, black lace.
A little fedora, some neutral heels, and it's go time.
Skirt: Velvet, Top: Tilden, Hat: Target, Heels: Guess, Bag: Boutique

Stay tuned for some fun, fall makeup looks, coming soon!

With Love,

Noa B

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