Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHS Coven OOTD & thoughts




Here are some quick stills from my Outfit Of The Day AMHSCoven video, which you can watch here.

**Warning! This post does contain spoilers if you have not seen the season finale I suggest you catch up.**

This season of AMHS was a bit of a love-hate for me. First I'll start of with what I loved, the styling. Every character had such a distinct way of dressing and such impeccable designer tastes it was gag worthy (Balenciagaaaaaaa anyone?). Lou Eryrich, the costume designer for this season went above and beyond making sure everyone was dressed and styled flawlessly. The set design and cinematography was absolutely breath taking, set designer Mark Worthington chose the perfect back drop to showcase these clad in black witches. Need I mention the spectacular foray with the stair case? The house was so sophisticated in its design, visually this season was a treat for my eyes.
Now onto where I started to have problems with this season. Its obvious, being a Cajun girl myself, that Misty Day was my favorite witch. I loved her and honestly could not stand episodes without her. Though her origins story was a bit of a caricature of Cajun culture (Not all of us are bible thumpers who freak out at the sign of "da debo's necromancy".) I was happy to see my culture being represented by such a lovely actress in Lily Rabe. However her death was so anticlimatic and a real dissapointment for me. 
Some other characters I was glad to see from my Louisiana heritage were Marie Laveau and Madame Delphine Lalaurie. Lalaurie was a real woman as was Laveau and both still have a presence in New Orleans today even after their deaths. You can visit the Lalaurie house in the french quarter and Laveau's grave and draw "XXX" to get good luck from the Voodoo queen. However for me there wasn't enough of them or their lore. Voodoo has so much history and depth to its beliefs and rituals that the show just glossed over. There was so many missed opportunities for good horror scares with the house of Hoodoo, Voodoo rituals and deities. One of my favorite character dynamics was that of Laveau and Lalaurie which fell by the way side in the third to last episode. It left me with an empty feeling, like the characters had not grown or revealed different sides of themselves which was something I loved about the second season. Instead everyone stayed the same and didn't learn any lessons, only stayed in their own personal hell. 
 All of these problems and the lack of horror I can attribute to the writing. While there were some hilarious quips between characters this season was horribly lacking in the horror department. Coven read more like a teen drama than anything else to me. There were so many opportunities for good horror scares, or character development that just weren't taken. When everything was said and done this season cashed out on the witch trend in fashion this year which read more like an American Goth Story not  an American Horror Story.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Coven: OOTD



Something a little special for the season finale tomorrow night!

What would you wear if you were a student at Miss Robichaux's Academy?

What would your powers be?

I'd definatly want Phyrokenisis, Telepathy, Telekenisis and Resurgence!

A girl can dream right?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Beauty Tip: Rosewater

 
    Rosewater is a beauty secret of the ancients, Cleopatra is rumored to have bathed in it as a beauty treatment for her skin. It can be used as a face and body lotion or wherever skin may need soothing. It is also a natural toner that fades scars and skin imperfections without stripping the skin's moisture. It is a natural alternative to a harsh toner for those with sensitive skin.
Since I have combination skin, which gets dry in the winter I tried incorporating rosewater into my routine. I swung by my local Whole Foods and picked up some plain Rosepetals rosewater and Rosewater & Glycerin spray by the Heritage Store. 
In my everyday routine after, I wash my face with the Rose Dove Soap bar I shake the bottle of Rosewater & Glycerin and spray it over my entire face. Depending on the amount of time I have to get ready I will either let it absorb into my skin or swipe it around with a cotton pad to make it dry quicker. I repeat this process in the evening sometimes switching out to the Rosewater, depending on how dry my skin is. The Glycerin formula is very hydrating and sometimes feels a little heavy on my eye lids so I will switch to the Rose Petals formula when the weather is more humid.
One of my favorite ways to indulge with rosewater is to incorporate it into my bath routine.
When I take a bath, I like to spray my face with the Rose Petals Rosewater and let it get deep into pores. I'll do this twice and then take my Rice Powder Face Wash by Fresh(The one pictured above is super old special edition from when Memoirs of a Geisha came out but, they still make this rice face wash!) and pat it on to my face in thin layers, making a mask. I then sit back and relax and wash it off when I am done. You can also add some Rosewater to the bath water for a lovely scent and natural skin treatment. Rosewater is also good for those with eczema because of its soothing non-drying properties.

In the summer, Rosewater a great way to refresh dehydrated skin, cleanse pores and can even be used a nice body spray.
I really recommend these products if you have sensitive dry to combination skin, especially during these dry winter months!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 New Years Resolution

Hello everyone!
Hope you're enjoying 2014 as much as I am.
I wanted to take the time to write down my New Year's resolutions which is:
Post more content!
(and pass Stats.)

You should be seeing or hearing a lot more from me this year.
xxoo
Ariana

Wavy Hair Tutorial

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

OOTD: NYE 2013

New Years Eve 2013

Faux Fur Lapel Moto Jacket: H&M

Green Metallic Body-Con Dress: Thrifted

Riding Boots: Thrifted @ Captain's HelmWhite Tie T-shirt: TargetHappy New Years everyone! This is a quick outfit update, expect a video soon as well. I chose to layer this metallic body con dress with a really old t-shirt to give this look a laid back feeling. Since the weather has been super weird here in southern California, warm during the day and freezing at night. I decided to go for comfotable layers. I choose my favorite leather jacket and riding boots to complete the look and give it a Spinelli (yes from the cartoon Recess) vibe.

























Moon Stone Pendant Bracelet: DIY
http://arianalegra.blogspot.com/2013/11/diy-crystal-charm-bracelet.html
(Video turtorial coming soon!)


Photos from the party:


Got to hangout with Cybil, designer of Julia Love!