Erickson Beamon F/W 2012: Backstage

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Between the sparkling jewels, and amazing hair and makeup, Erickson Beamon’s backstage surely contained some of the most gorgeous imagery I encountered all fw12 fashion week.

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To prep models’ skin before makeup, Arcona for Beauty.com freshened and plumped faces to revitalize and restore the effects of adding and removing so much makeup during fashion week.

First, skin was treated with Arcona Triad Pads, to remove existing makeup and tone skin. Peptide Hydrating Complex, then Hydrating Serum were used to plump skin, and create a dewy look. To finish, Eye Dew was smoothed over the eye area to create a base for the show’s intense smoky eye.

(Full disclosure: since this show, I’ve been using the Arcona Triad Pads regularly. And –especially after not using toner for the past few years– I saw a huge difference with my skin within a week!)

MAC lead makeup artist Fatima Thomas created a “vampy 1920’s flapper” look, that modernized vintage glamour.

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To get the look:
MAC Pro Paint Stick in Black Black was blended over the entire lid, followed by a dusting of MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon. MAC False Lashes Extreme Black was used to coat lashes, which, when drying were then dusted with MAC Pigment in Violet to give lashes a purple tint. To finish, MAC Pro Lipmix in Fuchsia and MAC Red Lipstick were blended together, to create the perfect vampy red shade.

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The finished makeup look.

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A faux, pinned up bob, created by Salon AKS hair lead stylist Nyree, for Phyto for Beauty.com rounded out the 1920’s look.

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To get the look: hair was wrapped tightly around a tail comb, then set with a flat iron to create imperfect curls. Hair was then set with Phyto Professional Strong Sculpting Gel, and Phyto Professional Wet Gel.

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The finished look, pinned to hold pre-show:
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Finally, a reverse ombre-effect nail by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com completed the overall look.

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Nails were painted with either Vintage (dark red) or Blackboard (dark green), with darker tips sponge-painted on, using OCC’s Tarred (black).

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The finished nail look:
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See the full photo set here.

All photos and content ®2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

Rent the Runway Goes Vintage Party

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Last night, I braved the torrential downpour to head down to the What Goes Around Comes Around SoHo store to celebrate their new collaboration with Rent the Runway: Starting today, you can now rent vintage Chanel accessories via their site!

Modeling the jewelry:
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RTW co-founder Jennifer Hyman showing off some of the Chanel bags.

I got to see (and touch) some of the items available, while sipping delicious passion fruit cocktails.

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DJ Rajni

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Dance Party

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Sidney from Krupp Group and Daphne

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Sidney x Chanel

The jewelry and bags are gorgeous, and in perfect condition. Insuring that if you rent a piece, you’ll be getting something impeccable — which is never a sure thing buying vintage Chanel from somewhere like ebay. And of course, by renting (for around $150-350) you will literally save thousands of dollars!

Sign up, and start renting here!

Made Her Think S/S 2011

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Smashed Talon Chokers

For Spring 2011, designer Meredith Kahn’s Made Her Think collection was inspired by Gypsies and fortune tellers. Pieces even come with “spells” for good fortune!

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Not surprisingly, I’d wear pretty much every piece in this collection. I love that MHT jewelry staples like armor rings and stack-able bracelets are updated and made fresh again each season.

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Baguette Spine Bangles.

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Hampshire Coin Necklace.

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Some of the most unique rings I’ve ever seen!

Made Her Think continues set the bar for metal based jewelry. Other designers may garner inspiration, but there really isn’t anything like Meredith’s creations!

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Just in case you missed the big sale last month at Save Fashion, jewelry brand Made Her Think, famous for their mix of edgy and beautiful is having a 60% off sale starting tomorrow at their studio on Chrystie street. I know I regret not picking up any of their amazing studded rings and necklaces, so this sale is not to be missed!

July 16th and 17th.
1pm—8pm.
195 Chrystie St (between Stanton and Rivington Streets) suite 307-1
(212-228-2144)

The Talon ring, which Rihanna has been spotted wearing:
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(She’s also sporting a Made her Think studded bracelet here!)

Studded Earrings:
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The Grey Ghost Etsy

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My Etsy is finally up and running! Only a few listings are up so far, but more items will be added through out the day. The Grey Ghost will mainly be focusing on hair accessories, and jewelry. Right now we’re featuring Fascinators, Headbands and Hair Clips. With Chain and Studded Jewelry, and Photographic Prints coming soon!

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Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
TheGreyGhost.etsy.com

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Love It: Accessories

Still getting the kinks worked out on this blog, but one section I’d like to feature every week is a collection of my favorite links. I spent a lot of time scouring the web for inspiring images, sites, and items to buy. So to start things off, here are some of my favorite accessory sellers on Etsy at the moment:

Hair Bows and Headpieces at Tour De Force (via Kingdom of Style)

Puff Bow £119.00
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The Flutter Headpiece £159.00
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Fringe Earrings and Necklaces, Homemade Leggings, and *AMAZING* Harnesses at NorwegianWood, (another Kingdom of Style featured shop).

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Maximum Fringe Necklace

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Jewelry made of sea glass at Sea Finds Designs (via I Heart Daily)

Peaceful Sea Glass Necklace

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Swirling Waters Locket Necklace, $23

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Flower Hair Clips at The Bean and the Sprout starting at $15.

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Jewelry by Ardent 1:

Daisy Lace Ring
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Seahorse Ring
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Both Rings, $75.