Day in the life! Follow me around during a pretty busy day. I had a photoshoot with JCP & a panel to speak on for L’Oreal. I would have posted this vlog sooner but had to wait until the content from the shoot went live with JCP. Either way, I hope you liked this video & let me know if you want to see more of these kinds of videos and snippets from my day-to-day life in the comments. Love you! x Jess
To see more of the JCP lookbok & all the other real amazing girls (Anna Akana, Nadia Aboulhosn, Tanesha Awasthi, Angie Chang, Cassie Ho, Tess Holiday, Missy Lanning & Cassie Hollister, Missy Lynn, Daniela Ramirez, Helen Zhu) involved, go here: http://jcplookbook.com/
BLACK & WHITE Sweater & Skirt Set is by Nicole Miller. & Yes, they let me keep it!
The “Baking” or “Cooking” technique is one that I had been playing with for years .. before it became a “trend”. I would love to use powder to bump up & intensify highlights at the sides of the nose (to make it look thinner) and along the underside of my cheek contour to really carve it out further and kick up the contrast! There are SO many benefits to “baking” your face:
- PREVENTS CONCEALER FROM CREASING
- LOCKED IN / BULLETPROOF / LONGER-LASTING MAKEUP
- BUMPS UP INTENSITY OF HIGHLIGHT + BRIGHTNESS
- BUMPS UP CONTOUR CONTRAST / REALLY CARVES OUT YOUR CHEEKBONES
- MINIMIZES THE APPEARANCE OF PORES (especially because you’re applying loose powder with a dampened beauty blender sponge)
Here, I’ll show you:
I will say that in theory, it might seem like A LOT of makeup but I will say that the concealer I use is very thin in consistency so it doesn’t ever end up looking cakey. If you have dry skin, you may benefit in finishing this all off with a few mists of MAC Fix+. If you have oilier skin, you know that anything will look dewy on your skin in about an hour or so!
I recently came across a photo-morph of Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox by artist Pedro Berg Johnsen online and was mesmerized. Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox have constantly been compared to one another for their looks and overall bad-girl vibe. I wanted to recreate the look but also have fun and turn this into a little bit of a transformation of my own. In the past, I’ve transformed myself into Iggy Azalea and even, Eminem.
From as far back as I can remember up until now, I cannot recall a single girl I’ve ever known that hasn’t ever brought up the subject of hair in conversation. Every female friend or relative I’ve ever had has at some point talked about their hair – what they love about it, what they wish was different, what they plan on doing to it.
A woman’s hair is always telling a story. Her hair is, in many ways, an extension of herself. We’ve all witnessed at least one girl cry over a haircut that didn’t go as planned. Some of us have been that girl. While bald can be daringly beautiful, many women feel their hair is a large part of their femininity.
It’s a common scene in any woman’s life: experimenting with boxed dyes over our bathroom sinks, risking the health of our hair and potentially hundreds of dollars at the salon the next day to try to fix what we probably should have left to a professional in the first place. At that same moment, other women just like you and others you know are being robbed of their locks by illness and disease.
If you’re a woman that loves her own hair, it’s impossible not to have sympathy and compassion for another that’s lost all of hers. Join the Pantene Beautiful Lengths #8or8 challenge by going to their site and finding out how you can help make a difference in another woman’s life right now.
September 8th is National Donate Your Hair Day. While my hair is super-long, it’s unfortunately not virgin (remember my ombre experiment?) so instead, I donated my own money to the cause. You have the option of donating 8 inches of your hair or $8 (or more, if you wish) to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths cause. To donate, click here.
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I’ve had this Joan Rivers post on my to-do list since last year and have kept putting it off and putting it off. I did not want to write it since she had been admitted into the hospital as I didn’t want to even consider the thought that she wouldn’t make it through. But, today, with a heavy heart, I’m taking the time to reflect on some of the things that made me admire Joan Rivers ever since I could remember. I was first introduced to Joan Rivers in the 90s when she appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show and remember Joan saying something about, “I’d rather see a new face come out of an old car than an old face coming out of a new one.” And there, even though I was maybe around 7 years old, my lifelong friendship with Joan Rivers began. Ever since, Joan had always been someone I turned to when I needed a laugh or some light-hearted yet poignant advice. For years, her face — or faces — have graced inspiration boards + collages as a reminder of what a hard-working woman can achieve and that it’s never too late to succeed.
LAUGH IT OFF
Joan Rivers’ husband and father to her daughter, Edgar Rosenberg, had committed suicide. This was a very difficult time for both Joan and her daughter, Melissa. Part of Joan’s coping & grieving process was to include jokes about her late husband’s suicide in her stand-up routine. I learned through this, from very young, that if you want to create distance between yourself and a horribly painful event, find a way to laugh about it. Nothing that has happened to me in my life is off-limits. I joke and laugh about it all. My motto is: if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. read the rest…
The key to pulling off an almost entirely see-through outfit? Act as if it’s the most normal thing anyone could ever wear.
Not too long ago, I was invited to Féria’s #LiveInColor event by L’Oréal. I was mainly there to check out the performances by ASTR & Elliphant as discovering new music acts is always something I’m up for. The first up was ASTR wearing my favorite of the new Féria shades, “Power Copper”. read the rest…
This is just a portion of my space but I wanted to give a little taste as everyone always asks me to do a room tour. It’s still very much a work in progress and I feel like I’ve been tweaking the space a lot over the past year, adding little things, taking away others, reorganizing constantly. I get bored very easily so it’s not unusual for me to spend an hour moving furniture around every now and then to see “how it feels.” This is where I truthfully spend most of my time and I was excited about some items I received from our friends over at Lulu & Georgia. They gave me a discount code to give to you guys to get 20% off your purchase: Harlow20.
Almost anybody can apply one shade of foundation all over their face and walk out the door – in fact, most people do this – but what really makes all the difference is contouring and highlighting. One shade of foundation all over the face can make it look quite flat and to really bring out the planes and show off the dimension, we need to add shades and highlights, much like an artist does for portraits. Plus, who doesn’t want cheekbones that look like they can cut glass?
I’m a jewelry lover. If you’ve been following my videos over the years, you know that I love to experiment and have fun with jewelry. I’m the type of girl that tends to go for the simple outfits and use jewelry to jazz things up and add some sparkle. It’s easy to build up a jewelry collection with inexpensive, trendy items that go in and out of style. It’s comforting to know that you’re wearing a piece that you won’t cry over if you misplace, break, or lose. However, as I’ve started growing up (turned 25 in January!) I’ve started to consider the importance of investing in a few timeless key pieces.
Diamonds never go out of style. Investing in a classic piece you know you’ll wear all the time is never something you’ll regret. If you’re new to shopping for finer jewelry, I’d suggest going to Zales as they are known for being the diamond experts. Regardless, here are some suggestions for beginning to establish a foundation for a solid, quality jewelry collection.
As much as I love Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, I can’t help but slip into a daze whenever his character’s wife, Claire Underwood, appears on the screen. All I have to say is, “Move over, Carrie Bradshaw, there’s a new TV fashion icon in town!”
All you have to know about Claire Underwood is that she’s perfect in just about every single way imaginable which makes it easy to understand how Francis Underwood loves that woman “more than sharks love blood.” Rarely seen smiling, her character can easily be placed into the category of “Ice Bitch”. Without meaning to give anything away, there is more girl to the woman than meets the eye. Claire is like an iceberg; cold and unwavering but with so much more hidden beneath the surface.
Throughout the show, Claire is frequently seen in black, white, navy, and a lot of grey. I have a feeling that as the seasons go on and her character opens up more, she may be seen wearing perhaps some pastels or even little pops of color. But more than color, what really stands out about Claire’s style is the silhouettes and textures she opts for. High necklines and pencil skirts are practically her signatures. We see her a lot in very structured designs composed of thicker fabrics. I couldn’t help but wonder where Claire would shop if she were on a budget? I imagine that she would build a wardrobe around reasonably priced, quality clothing from places like J. Crew and Zara. But to give that extra, expensive feel, she would invest some money in having things tailored to fit her as though they were made for her body alone whenever necessary.
Some may argue that Claire’s wardrobe is utterly simple and therefore she shouldn’t be considered a fashion icon. But, complicated — throwing things together and praying they work — can be much easier than pulling off something simple in an elegant way. It’s like J.Crew’s CEO, Mickey Drexler said in the May 2013 issue of Fast Company, “Simplicity is very difficult to achieve. Just try to ask someone how to make a really good roast chicken.”
After searching the web, I’ve come up with some real world options & inspiration for what Claire Underwood would wear for work, a night out, a casual day, a workout, and bed if she didn’t have a Netflix Production budget. And of course, what she would save up to splurge on!