Spring Style: Maiden Chic

She's finally arrived, that elusive temptress. A bit more than fashionably late, but we'll forgive.

You know her.

Goes by the name of Spring.

And she is gorgeous.

She makes the scene, always adorned in the very latest buds and blooms, surrounded by her entourage of feathered and furry tastemakers.

There is something to be said, after all, for making an entrance...

Take a cue from this couturier of Carnivale, and rock some of these:

Flower Crowns

This classic Pagan symbol of maiden sauciness is not for festivals alone. Why not sport a different one for each outfit? There are zillions of how-to tutorials out there if you're a crafty babe, and the creativity is endless. So many flower options, in every conceivable color and size, lush fabric options...you could make your own flowers, for that matter, just google some tutorials. Can you wield a glue gun like Emma Peel? Why not try some teeny baby birds, crystals, butterflies...

I just ordered two from 2Sisters1Closet, and I cannot wait to get them onto my head! I chose ones with tiny, delicate flowers, very simple and precious. One in white, one pink, and you know I'm going back for more.

Chokers

One of my all-time fave DIY accessories. There are soooo many ways to adorn your beautiful neck with these, and for pennies. Check out your local fabric/craft shops for ribbon yardage-just stick to very soft, ideally stretchy, fabrics. Also keep an eye on the width. I've fallen hard for embellished lace ribbon that ended up being too wide once I put it on, folded itself over, and lost it's effect totally. (If you're fortunate enough to live in or near a city that has a garment district of sorts, you're hit gold, my Loves. The options will be never-ending, but glorious!)

Simply cut enough ribbon to fit around your neck and leave some room to tie it in the back. You can hide it behind your hair if you like, or tie it on the side with a come-hither bow. Very sexy look. It makes people want to unwrap you...

Dresses

Slips, nightties, and other frothy frocks are year-round day and evening wear as far as I'm concerned. Even in the cold of winter, I manage to keep them in heavy rotation by adding sweaters or jackets (or just a warm shawl if i'm at home), and over-the knee knit stockings. They just make me feel sensual and wildly feminine. Oh, no, I don't sleep in them. I don't sleep in anything. But I've been known to wear them in lieu of a cocktail dress on many occasions. I remember showing up at an outdoor rock show my man was playing one Summer a few years back, and was being introduced for the first time to some of the other bands and their wives. I was wearing a mostly sheer peach georgette confection, held up by satin ribbon on one shoulder. When one of the ladies oohed and aaahed over my "dress," I said, "Thanks...it's a nightie," in a wicked whisper. I was fully aware that this could potentially alienate, but I figured what the hell, it's the truth. She looked a little alarmed, then came in close and smiled. Big.

So, scour not only Etsy and eBay for yummy vintage pieces, but also lingerie shops and online sites for slips, nightgowns and bed jackets that you can infuse your wardrobe with, year-round.

And, if you can splurge a little, and you want something a bit more refined, there's always the Dress Lust that can be satiated by visiting sites like 20th Century Foxy. Here's an emerald number I am dying for.

Skincare

Did someone order a Glow for Spring? Two products have hit my radar recently that I am absolutely crazy about. 

The first is a lickable feast by none other than ContessaCreate. 

Candyskin, baby. Oh...my...goodness...

This mask is heaven to experience. A few drops on in my hand feathered onto my face one evening became a heated spa in moments. I sank into a bath to let it work it's spell on me. After inhaling in it's dreamy scent for about forty minutes, I rinsed it with a little cool water, but decided to leave a bit on. Just to see what would happen. My Loves, I woke up the next morning looking amazing, but flaking ever-so slightly, as if I had done a light peel. So, I sloughed the old skin off with a buff-puff, and holy s**t!  My skin was gorgeous. Super-taut, radiant, and glowing! I will forever use this, in this exact same way, for photo shoots, acting gigs, and anytime I just want to look and feel fantastic.

For your gorgeous bod, I give you Acure Organics Cocoa Butter + CoQ10 Ultra-Hydrating Unscented Body Lotion.

I usually use pure coconut or jojoba oils to soften my skin, but I also like to have a product on hand for traveling, and to stash in my bag for a little hydration on long work days. I must confess, that up until now I've really never found anything that I love enough to stick with, but this lotion is sublime. It's very light, absorbing easily (unlike oils), which is necessary when you're on the go, and comes in a generous-sized tube, also excellent for travel. But the best part is the hydration. Here's a product that actually can walk the walk, not merely use the phrase "ultra-hydrating." The ingredients are stellar: A "curoxidant" blend of organic superfruits and herbs which help to reverse the signs of agin skin, active plant stem cells, and a highly pure and potent chlorella to boost cell renewal, and protect our collagen and enzyme fibers from enzymes that can destroy them.  Amazing ingredients, radical results. My skin has never been so smooth and juicy!

Makeup

Oh, I love new Spring colors! My most fave makeup line, Vapour, has several new offerings that have my head spinning. All of their products are etheral and gorgeous, but I'm a rabid fan in particular of their Siren Lipstick. It contains rose buds, camilla oil, myrrh, lemon balm, pomegranite, and jojoba oil, and let me tell you there is no better way to adorn your pout, my Kittens.

They've got a new shade called...are you ready...?

"Purr."

Is my name on it? I mean, really. Ordering NOW.

Get going with your Vernal Vogue,  lovely maidens. 

Spring has kissed us all...

xxx Alise

 

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