Announcing my newsletter: Echo Echo


Springtime puts me in the mood for new projects. I’ve recently subscribed to some fascinating TinyLetter newsletters and thought I’d join in on the fun. So, every Friday afternoon I will send out a short poem and illustration.

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To give you a taste of what’s in store, here’s my inaugural post:

Façades

 
A façade is a face

screwed up that stays

stuck in one way forever.

 
Its makeup cannot

be washed away

at the end of each day.

 
It is tethered in place by

stucco and laws that try to pause

the progress of passing days.

 

 

My Favorite Makeup Looks from the 2016 Oscars

1. Sophie Turner

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Top awards go to Sophie Turner, wearing a beautiful champagne smokey eye. The lower lash line is darker than the top, which usually makes eyes look smaller, but it’s expertly blended and makes her seafoam green eyes pop. To recreate the look, I’d use the Lorac Pro palette, with Champagne on the lids, Taupe in the crease, and Pewter blown out along the lower lash line. Sophie keeps the rest of the look natural with feathered brows, soft pink cheeks, and a pinky nude lipstick. For a close match, try  Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Fig.

2. Alicia Vikander

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Alicia balanced out her dramatic Belle from Beauty and the Beast gown with natural makeup that added definition. She wore a matte brown smokey eye with black eyeliner along her top lash line. To recreate the look, I’d use the Lorac Pro palette with Taupe all over the lid, and Sable blended in the crease and outer corner. I’d contour with an apricot blush and wear a muted coral lipstick, like Urban Decay lipstick in Rapture.

3. Olivia Munn

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Olivia Munn matched her one-shouldered tangerine dress with a bright orange-red lipstick. To recreate the look, I’d wear Urban Decay’s lipstick in Bang, with clear gloss added on top. The rest of her look was simple, with false eyelashes and coral blush.

4. Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan wore a very smokey silver eye and peachy nude lipstick. To recreate the look, I’d wear Colourpop Liberty on the lid, tightline with black eyeliner, and smoke out the line with a charcoal eyeshadow, like Lorac Slate. Saoirse wore Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Adrienne.

5. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga had an interesting take on vintage glamour. Rather than wear traditional red lips and a black cat eye, she wore a copper pink smokey eye with shimmery coral pink lipstick. To recreate the look, I’d wear a BareMinerals eyeshadow in Bragging Rights all over the lid, up into the crease, and alone the lower lashline. I’d define the crease with a darker red eyeshadow, and blend it out into a winged shape. I’d wear a coral lipstick like Nars Audacious lipstick in Julie, and pat some of the eyeshadow in the center for a frosted effect.

Color Challenge: Amethyst and Orange

 

0EBAC7ED-6730-4C69-BF73-044A0B14898BYesterday it was nearly 60 degrees in Brooklyn. Warm enough to grab a bottle of rosé and head to my friend’s backyard. To celebrate, I chose a spring-like combination of purple and orange eyeshadow.

Here’s how to get this look:

  1. Apply a copper eyeshadow (from Sleek’s Sunset Palette) with a fluffy brush to your eye crease, blending above and below.
  2. With a small brush, pack a purple eyeshadow (Urban Decay Omen) onto the lid near from your lash line to your crease.
  3. Blend the crease and lid color using windshield wiper motions along the eye socket.
  4. Apply a matte dark purple shadow (Lorac PRO Palette’s Deep Purple) to the outer corner of the eye and blend with small, circular motions.
  5. Apply black mascara to top and bottom lashes (Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes).
  6. Define eyebrows with a gel, and brush through with a clean spoolie (Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde).
  7. Apply a soft pink tinted lip balm (Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé).
  8. Using your pinky finger, apply a white highlighter (Colourpop Fanny Pack) to the top of your cheekbone.
  9. Sweep a powder peach blush (Tarina Tarantino’s Feather) on your cheeks.
  10. Using your ring finger, apply a reddish-brown cream contour (Colourpop Aphrodisiac) to the hollow of your cheek, and blend upwards.
  11. Brush on a bronzer along your hairline (BareMinerals Warmth)
  12. Finish with a blurring powder all over (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light).

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My Trip to California in 4 Sketches

Over New Years I had a magical trip to California. It was my first trip back since I moved from San Francisco to New York this summer. The trip was busy — a glamorous New Year’s Eve wedding, the Rose Bowl, then back up to SF to see old friends. I’m glad I took a few pauses to commemorate the experience.

1. December 28th, 2015: Castro, SF

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I spent my first morning in SF at Reveille Cafe, working on my screenplay draft while a friend wrote a blog post. This was the incredible view from her apartment where I stayed:

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The view from the front wasn’t bad either:

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2. January 2, 2016, Silver Lake, LA

IMG_5160Luckily for Stanford fans, Christian McCaffrey went off and the Rose Bowl was a blowout. After the game we posted up with a friend in LA who had another amazing view.

3. January 4, 2016: Precita Park, SF

IMG_5161I spent my last day in SF at my favorite park, Precita. It’s a lot mellower than Dolores Park, with great dog and people watching.

4. January 5, 2016: SFO->JFKIMG_5165

On the flight home I watched Working Girl and You’ve Got Mail back-to-back while I knitted a scarf. They’re an interesting double feature, demonstrating how much New York City changed over ten years.

My Favorite Music of 2015

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I like waiting until the new year to finalize my music lists. You never know which album will make a late surge in the backstretch. This year that was Julien Baker’s spare, wrenching Sprained Ankle: great winter walking tunes. Here’s my genre-by-genre and overall breakdowns:

Rock Albums

  1. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  2. Tame Impala, Currents
  3. My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
  4. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
  5. EL VY, Return to the Moon

Folk Albums

  1. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
  2. Julian Baker, Sprained Ankle
  3. Joanna Newsom, Divers
  4. Josh Ritter, Sermon on the Rocks
  5. Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass

Pop Albums

  1. Grimes, Art Angels
  2. Jamie xx, In Colour
  3. Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon
  4. Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
  5. CHVRCHES, Every Open Eye

Rap Albums

  1. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Vince Staples, Summertime ’06
  3. A$AP Rocky, At. Long. Last. ASAP.
  4. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  5. Dr. Dre, Compton

R&B Albums

  1. Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
  2. Kehlani, You Should Be Here
  3. Kelala, Hallucinogen
  4. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
  5. Jeremih, Late Nights

 

Overall Albums

10. Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

Jazmine has one of the greatest voices in R&B, but her true strength is songwriting. Each track on Reality Show tells a humanizing story from a different woman’s perspective – from an Instagram model and bank robber, to a rapper’s ex-girlfriend and a heroin addict.

9. A$AP Rocky, At. Long. Last. ASAP.

Surprisingly experimental and searching, A$AP Rocky’s followup album pushes the boundaries of psychedelic rap.

8. Jamie xx, In Colour

Jamie xx put out a dazzling, moody dance music record tinged with sadness and nostalgia.

7. Vince Staples, Summertime ’06

The 22-year-old rapper dropped a stunning debut album that tells the story of growing up amidst Long Beach’s gangs.

6. Julien Baker, Sprained Ankle

This album stunned me with its heartbreaking depiction of addiction, hospitalization, and the loss and recapture of faith.

5. Grimes, Art Angels

A true pop record with a gritty, maximalist heart.

4. Tame Impala, Currents

The modern psychedelic pioneers shift from rock to pop but held firmly onto their blissed-out aesthetic.

3. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear

At once orchestral and seething, airy and caustic, Father John Misty released an indictment of modern society and his own part in it.

2. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett’s debut is obsessed with the small things in life – a morning commute, driving on the highway, going for a swim – and she elevates this minutia with clever, humorous attention.

1. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick’s jazz/funk/rap opus explores what it means to be black in 2015. Dark, challenging, furious–but also exuberant and ultimately hopeful.

 

 

 

My 10 Favorite Drawings of 2015

After my birthday in July I bought myself a sketchbook. I didn’t expect that I would derive so much (inexpensive) pleasure out of pausing and looking closely. I gave myself permission to mess up and make obvious mistakes and keep going. Here are some of my favorites over the last year.

  1. August Night

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2. Overlooking the Rose Garden

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3. RooftopIMG_4956.JPG

4. Prospect Kite

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5. Forest Walk

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6. Bedford Hill

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7. Cloister Courtyard

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8. New York Skyline

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9. Living Room

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My Favorite Makeup Looks of 2015

For the past year I’ve been keeping an occasional makeup diary: a quick snap to capture the attitude of the day. I used to feel a strange guilt and self-consciousness over these pictures, but reading Rachel Syme’s Selfie opus helped change my mind. Here are my favorite looks of 2015:

10. January 9, 2015

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Featuring: Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Revlon Balm Stain in Cherish

9. November 6, 2015

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Featuring: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst, Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Benefit Benetint, Lipstick Queen Saint Wine

8. January 28, 2015

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7. September 13, 2015

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Featuring: Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, Chapstick

6. October 15, 2015

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Featuring: Urban Decay liquid liner in Perversion, Nars Cruella

5. October 21, 2015

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Featuring: Lorac Pro palette, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey

4. January 12, 2015

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Featuring: Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Benefit Benetint

3. September 24, 2015

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Featuring: Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Binge

2. October 30, 2015

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Featuring: Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, Lipstick Queen in Saint Wine

1. June 25, 2015IMG_4231.JPG

Featuring: Stila Kitten eyeshadow, Urban Decay liquid liner in Roach