Karl Lagerfeld once said: "I never go without my trademark dark glasses. I like to watch, not be watched."
Let's face it-there's no such thing as too many pairs of sunglasses. A chic pair of shades is the touche finale of any outfit.
I have been collecting sunglasses for many years. My favorites are an over-sized pair by Tom Ford, which are very Audrey Hepburn, and a pair by Dolce&Gabbana, which are baby pink with gold floral hardware. However, I recently discovered this fabulous Italian brand called Illestava at Intermix in Soho. I had a $300 gift card, so I decided to get a pair of these beauties in black with bright pink mirrored lenses. At first, I wasn't sure about them, but now I am smitten.
I mean, they match my signature pink lipstick perfectly. I typically wear NARS Schiap, as it's the perfect pantone, but I recently stumbled upon Aqua Rouge by Makeup Forever. It's the same exact shade but the Aqua Rouge is a long-lasting matte lipstick that withstands the test of time. You can make out and go for a long swim without even the slightest smudge. I highly recommend this product. Buy now; thank me later.
Illesteva's retro-inspired sunglasses combined with my signature lipstick are a match made in heaven. As Francois Nars said, "Andy Warhol realized art could take any form. Putting on your makeup is kind of a self-portrait." I couldn't agree more. Depending on my mood, I wear a wide range of lip colors, from nude to red to purple and bright pink, but I feel the most confident in my hot pink, which I have been wearing since I was 19. In my opinion, nothing is more powerfully sexy than a confident woman, one who has a healthy glow, has a quick wit, feminine curves, intuition and smart ass comebacks. When you are confident, you don't compare yourself to others because you know you're one-of-a-kind. Strive to be that woman.
Elizabeth Taylor said it best: "I don't entirely approve of some of the things I've done, or am, or have been. But I'm me. God knows I'm me," so pour yourself a drink (or in my case, some coconut milk), put on some lipstick and your favorite pair of shades, and rock on, never comparing your saunter to someone's strut (and always walk like there's three men behind you).
But here's a pearl of wisdom for you: Choose a man who ruins your lipstick, not your mascara. and if you need some time before accepting the fact that you are dating (or are married to) the devil, make sure your mascara is waterproof. I recommend Christian Dior.