Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh

Reblog: Style versus Fashion.

style vs fashion

“They say money can’t buy you style. After spending the last few days in Hong Kong surrounded by (real) Chanel, Balenciaga, and Marc Jacobs among a smattering of brilliant small boutiques offering quirky, fun pieces and still being surrounded by some of the most horrific ensembles I’ve seen: I can attest to that first statement.”

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via The Prevailing Taste

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Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

The Rules* of Attraction

Accessories

The Rules* of Attraction.

via The Prevailing Taste

“Whether your relationship had a lasting date of a raw egg in direct sunlight or has the expiration of a Twinkie bar (none…)- you tend to learn things not only about the other person, but about the role of fashion and style in the coupling.”

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Art, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh

KITTENS, INSPIRED BY KITTENS.

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I’ve been wanting to incorporate my favorite (cats!) into a photo shoot for some time now. While they’ve made guest appearances in other shoots like one I did with Jeremie Montessuis of Film Noir Studio for WUPP, this was the first with two little guys.

Thanks Philippa for letting me borrow Simba and Atticus for the evening and props to Montana Rakz of RAKZ Photography Studio as the guru behind the camera.

Ryan Drewe Taylor of The Dollhouse Salon mastered my hair and was a perfect cat wrangler in between shots.
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Fashion

Live Long (Dress Well) and Prosper. June 3, 2013.

Slick

JJ Abrams and Keenser on set of Star Trek: Into Darkness

Into Dorkness, more like it.

I got to see the long awaited Star Trek: Into Darkness this weekend and not only thoroughly enjoyed the movie itself (Trekkies, argue all you want-it delivered wholly on an entertainment level, even if it didn’t entirely follow precious plot lines). While Gene Roddenberry’s technology driven future flashed across the screen with the signature JJ Abrams light flares, many movie-goers may have been focused on the slightly altered communicators or Chris Pine’s corn-fed face. I, however, was enthralled with the wardrobe. Not normally overly interested in fashion or wardrobe when it comes to films (or in real life, for that matter), I was surprised at how much the costumes caught my attention. Spoilers ahead, I guess?

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Cambodia, Fashion, Music, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

WORK IT! May 6, 2013.

Glamazon 2.0

I still haven’t quite caught my breath after a week of constant go-go-go!

From the start of last week up until today, there has been a constant stream of events, happenings, decisions, and occurrences that have left me a bit shocked at all that can happen within a span of seven days.

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Cambodia, Fashion, Phnom Penh

Shop Girl. April 26, 2013.

Fancy pat

An unrelated picture of a baked potato guinea pig.

 

If you’re taking a visit or landing down for some expat life, I can only assume you’ve done your online search for places to shop. If not, don’t expect h&m, Sephora, and Saks. Instead, be greeted with numerous markets full of character, unfamiliar smells, and cramped spaces and the most oddly laid out malls you’ve ever seen along with a few awesome boutiques.

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Personal

Best Face Forward.

Mischke Favorites

 

 

I’ve had quite a few questions recently about my favorite beauty and skincare products.

The majority of these things are unavailable in Cambodia so that’s a bust, but I’ll be sure to pick up the staples next time I’m in Bangkok.

Although I don’t use all of these every day (and I’ve run out of a few)  they’re the colors that I’ve found to be most flattering on my skin tone and with my features. I do miss my full kit of products left back at home and as an ex makeup artist and esthetician the lack of quality products in Phnom Penh is more than frustrating.

On that dire note, I’m always happy to lend a hand with application or a shopping trip.

Products as follow:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep: Skinfinish offers coverage between a foundation and a bronzer. A light dusting of color perfect for contouring or a healthy glow.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion: With very few ingredients, non-comedogenic, and fragrance free this lotion is ideal for sensitive skin. Some of my clients with the smoothest and plumpest skin in their fifties swore by using Cetaphil since their teens

MAC Lipstick in Freckletone and Media: Freckletone, a perfect nude for tanned skin and daytime wear and Media, a rich burgundy ideal for layering to achieve wine stained lips or a deep, almost black pout

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Brown: a bit softer than a harsh black liner, stays all day and perfect for blending

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Black: a liquid liner ideal for those with shaky hands. The fat bottle, stiff applicator and long-lasting color makes this my go-to liquid liner.

Anastasia Eye Lights Shimmer Jumbo Pencil in Chiffon: Less obvious than a stark white liner, this creamy nude liner makes hung over eyes disappear with an easy swipe of this creamy, thick pencil

Smith’s Rosebud Minted Lip Balm: non-sticky, subtly minty, and packed full of emollients and vitamins this balm is a chapped lips lifesaver

MAC Eyeshadow in Cork and Saddle: Cork, a matte medium brown ideal for every day wear and Saddlle, a matte camel tone for layering and accenting the browbone on yellow toned skin

MAC Powder Blush in Peaches: not quite pink, not quite orange. A sheer wash of color easily worn with or without bronzing powder

Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion: A gentle toning cleanser for decreasing redness and dry skin. Aloe extract assists in skin hydration and it won’t leave your wallet empty

NARS Eyebrow Pencil in Ipanema: filling in sparse Asian brows is a cake walk with NARS brow pencil in Ipanema, a semi dry but easily gliding filler

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray: salt water infused spray with zero hold but a lot of impact. Allows my unwillingness to brush my hair seem “windblown and beachy”

Tom Ford Black Orchid & White Patchouli: my two favorite fragrances, unisex, musky, and delicious. Worth an investment.

Garnier Youthful Radiance Eye Roll On: Caffeine in my cup and caffeine under my eyes helps rid symptoms of a sleepless night

 

Not pictured: my favorite brushes are MAC. But if I don’t want to shell out a couple hundred dollars easily on brushes I’ll go with Sonia Kashuk. Quality bristles, thick handled, and easy to clean. Also, awesomely inexpensive.

 

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