Trend Forecasts 2013 – beauty edition

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Here’s to being to tired that you write addiction instead of addition… Anywho, quick entry about my not-so-favorite-subject: Makeup. I don’t like makeup. I don’t know how to apply makeup and I think I look like a clown in red lipstick while my friends look like Goddesses of Beauty. But as a modern girl, you can’t really live without makeup either, so here is what I’m going with this spring.

  • Dark eye shades. Not black, more chocolate brown to camel and all that’s in between.
  • Nude lipstick. Still searching for the perfect one.
  • Coral nails when the sun pops out and the skin on my hands starts to move to a more pleasing color than the Edward Cullen-white it is now.
  • Rose pink blush cheeks.

Those are my two cents! Now it’s time for some well-needed SLEEP because this weekend has not exactly been overflown with that.
xx/Mini

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Golden Globes 2013 – Inspiration

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Above is an inspirational little piece I put together from my favorite assembles from the Golden Globes last week. Absolute favorites were Jessica Alba’s Oscar de la Renta and Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen. But the deeper meaning about this creation is: accessorize accessorize accessorize! And there you have it. Now my energy is all put into hoping that Les Mis will win big time at the Oscars too. Ciao!

Tutorial – Aged photography

Today in part 2 of the Mini Tutorials we will learn how to go from this:
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to this:
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Because sometimes there is nothing better than an old, antique feeling to a photography, am I right? Of course I am.

So start off with your chosen image. I chose this one of our summer house in Stockholm’s archipelago. The place have a history, so it’s only fair that it’s well-represented in the photo as well!

1. The first thing you need to do is create contrast in your photo, as old images often have dark parts and a lot of blacken in them. Create a new layer at Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves. Create a sort of S shape like I did below, until you reach satisfactory result.
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2. Create a sepia gradient. Go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map. Open up Gradient Editor to create the perfect gradient for your image. Under the gradient box, click the left square and change the color to #1a1811. Do the same thing for the right box but change to color #f2ece4. This gives you a gradient going from almost black to egg shell white, but you’re not quite there yet. Click anywhere below the gradient box to create a new square, fill it with color #a09882, and placement around 70%.
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3. You could claim your image done. But if you want to take it a step further and really enhance the image of being old and worn you can add brushes to that. Brushes can be downloaded for free from a variety of sources, but I got mine from here. Create a new layer, set the opacity to around 15-20% and give your creativity a go.
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And you’re done! Not that hard at all.
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How to style those christmas gifts for upcoming springtime

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The beige cardigan in this board was a christmas gift from my mom. It’s made out of alpaca wool and comes from Swedish designer Filippa K. This spring, I will style it to be worn more as a jacket as opposed to a cardigan, and match it with items similar to the above. The wide 70s pants are from Stella McCartney, the bag Marc by Marc Jacobs (that one I already got. Wohoo almost there!), the shoes are Jimmy Choo and the silver/gold rings are from H&M. To be matched with dark red on both lips and nails. Never liked those pastel bright colors anyway. Rawr.