also wearing 💕 Drunk Elephant - Protini™ Polypeptide Cream Dior Makeup - Forever Perfect Foundation in Light Beige YSL Beauty - Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen Hourglass Cosmetics - Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, Ambient® Lighting Bronzer Urban Decay Cosmetics - Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowgirl + All Nighter Setting Spray Becca Cosmetics - Liptuitive Glow Gloss Kat Von D Beauty - Tattoo Liner in Trooper Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Wiz Fenty Beauty - Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer and my little pearl necklace is from Forever 21
something old—something new—something borrowed—something blue
a contrast of the Trinity Church (1734) and the John Hancock Building (1976)
shot on Sony Alpha 7II
I tried this
Summer is a great time for a subtle glam. This weekend I experimented with a few things that help enhance a fresh faced look.
1.) Tatcha — The Silk Canvas Protection Primer
Originally saw this on Carli Bybel's channel; it's cruelty free, has a soft & velvety feel and a cool backstory... "the final step of the geisha’s skincare ritual—and the beginning of her makeup—is to press a thin layer of melted Japanese wax called Bintsuke into her skin. This soft layer creates a smooth, poreless canvas to help her makeup last all day and protect her skin beneath." Overall, this primer felt really nice on my skin and my makeup stayed more intact throughout the day.
2.) Lash Lift at Rise Beauty Studio
I saw a few YouTube videos on lash lifts and I thought they seemed like an interesting alternative to lash extensions. I made an appointment for a consult + lash lift at Rise Beauty Studio (located on Newbury Street - 4th floor walk-up). My stylist Elissa explained each step so I'd know what to expect and the whole process took about 20-25 minutes. They basically cleanse and set your lashes with two treatments. The end result is makes eyes look more lifted/awake and lasts 6-8 weeks. The lift is $55-$70 depending on your stylist, they accept tips through card, cash or Venmo.
Two minute video of my 'Subtle Summer Glam' look below:
The other makeup in the video is:
Tatcha — The Silk Canvas Protection Primer
IT Cosmetics — Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
Becca — Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands
Too Faced — Sweethearts Bronzer (I use this as a powder contour)
Carli Bybel — Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette
Covergirl — Coverlicious gloss in Give Me Guava
Buxom — Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly
Ardell — brow pencil
Maybelline — Colorsensational Precision Lip Liner in Rose
Tarte — Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Peaceful
the brushes are mostly Elf Cosmetics
You may remember Jen from a holiday post a few months back. For this shoot we wanted to do a combination of classic Beacon Hill and 'personal but professional' shots she could use for real estate work. Since we first lived together on Beacon Hill (almost 10 years ago) walking around there with her was reminiscent of the old days. She came prepared with a some colorful looks that really popped against the grey and brick architecture. Click through the gallery for more and follow her Instagram @jencollotta_realestate if you are in-market for a new place.
Come along for beacon chic's spring training series...
Fenway Park is one of the defining landmarks of the Boston area and a true representation of the city’s culture. If you are visiting Boston definitely check out a game or just the park itself. It also happened to be the perfect backdrop for this series on training to be strong. Workout outfit is Forever 21 and my shoes are Greats Brand (based in Brooklyn). Photos by my close friend.
Fear is my heart
in my throat
rattled by words I whine
Head in his hands, flying blind.
Hollow wind chimes
breed this dreamlike song,
but I know it only means a storm is coming.
He is the storm, I am the eye.
Primal are the cries of agony,
songs of my heart in overdrive.
Leave no trace; of what we leave behind.
Zakim Bridge | TD Garden lit up for the Grateful Dead (Nov 17, 2017)
Gear - Sony Alpha 7II, strap by Strapbyelroobs
Thinking about getting a fresh start for 2018? Read on for my guide to Traditions & Resolutions.
Clear Your Space
Last year I noticed a lot of material things in my place that were no longer “me”. Around the same time I discovered a documentary called Minimalism. It’s not for everyone but it inspired me to take a close look at what I had in my space and reevaluate what I needed. I made piles of things I wanted to donate or throw out and made a choice to live with less. Living simply has so many benefits; less to keep track of, less to maintain and more importantly, more energy to focus on things that are actually important to you. Our everyday lives can be complicated so having a place that is your own habitual sanctuary is a good way to enhance your quality of life.
Beacon Chic’s Space Clearing Tips:
1.) Only keep things you use, need or love.
2.) If you are unsure about something, put it in a corner and go about your life for a week (if you go back to grab it, it’s something you may want to keep but if you don’t touch it, you can probably let it go).
3.) Feel good about donating. You are doing a positive thing. Know that someone in the world may need it more than you.
Put Your Favorites on Repeat
When your space is clear, you have a canvas for a clear mindset. A simplified living situation enabled me to develop new traditions that were more true to the person I had become. One realization I had is that traditions don’t have to be for other people, they can be little rituals you do for yourself. The key to finding your perfect collection of traditions is trying new things and seeing what you like. Traditions should be sentimental but they are not obligations, if they no longer suit you, adjust accordingly.
Some of my favorite traditions:
1.) French manicures at my favorite salon.
2.) Home workouts on weekend mornings.
3.) Cake for breakfast on my birthday (preferably in bed).
Keep Getting Better At It
Think of what you’ve accomplished in the past year, what you want to accomplish in the coming year, and create action items that merge the two. The most effective resolutions are ones that are aspirational but attainable. When I think back on 2017, I think of times when I said no to going places or doing things because I needed a break. Similar to clearing my space, but more about simplifying my lifestyle. What I’m looking forward to in 2018 is combining simplicity, tradition and some fun new adventures in the mix.
My New Year’s Resolution for this year:
L i v e M o r e !
Overall, I want to say yes to new experiences and broaden my skillsets.
A few ideas I have are things like go skiing, take a boxing class, and start a YouTube channel.
Others are directional like capturing great photos around New England, getting more fit and planning a few trips. I’m looking forward to showing my experiences of living more here on beacon chic and I hope you enjoy following along. What are you looking forward to accomplishing this year?
About the Photos: A little bit of the post is inspired by my Christmas Tree this year. I took out my lights and ornaments and for some reason, the ornaments felt tired and too reminiscent of old traditions. Instead of using them anyway or rushing out to get new ornaments for the sake of getting ornaments - I decorated with a simple strand of lights and a gold star at the top. It was actually one of my favorite trees I've had. Next year, I'll make a point to wrap up the ornaments and donate them to a family in need so that they can bring joy to someone else.
Big thank you to Riverway Studios for her help with the photos. If reading this post inspired you to clear your space and you want beautiful artwork for your wall check out her shop!
I've been thinking about love..
the kinds we feel
and how with each person, its different.
Times I thought I was in love
love was an attachment, dependence.
And when it disconnects,
a part of you goes missing.
A memory shared is gone.
And the more that happens,
the more we hold back
on giving love
because we are afraid of losing it.
So I thought about transient love.
and instead of worrying about the love I had lost,
or the pains of the love I had to give.
To just f e e l l o v e in the moment.
About the Photos - I set out with no subject in mind. NYC is a cool backdrop for capturing interactions of people in transit. I like to imagine stories of love in these photos. Gear - Sony Alpha 7II, strap by Strapsbyelroobs.
"Henry has imagination, an animal feeling for life, the greatest power of expression and truest genius I have ever known. "our age has need of violence," he writes. And he is violence..."
An excerpt from one of my favorite novels, Henry and June by Anais Nin.