Mirela Talic Fashion Stylist & MUA

Mirela Talic Fashion Stylist & MUA

Sunday, November 29, 2015

What keeps you awake at night?

Woke up from a dream that shook the very core of my being few nights ago. Powerful/impressionable  enough to change my perspective on some of the long held beliefs/opinions.  I feel that sometimes when you don't deal with things in your full conscious state, you deal with them unconsciously ....or perhaps in a different state of consciousness altogether.  Couldn't seem to fall back asleep that night ......too many thoughts. 

I was sitting there in the dark after an hour of laying in my bed just letting my thoughts run around freely trying to understand myself. After an hour had past laying in my bed completely lost in and consumed by my thoughts  I was  quite sure that for the time being I was not going to get any more sleep in any immediate future. I decided to put how I felt in words and pulled my iPad out......without really knowing what I was going to write exactly.....nor even realizing that this was going to turn into a full blown post.

I'm certainly not a dream/sleep specialist by any means, but I'm sure most of us at some point or another in our lives experience one or even a few of these type of dreams. The kinds of dreams that make you step out of yourself and look at things, people around you and your life in a completely new light. The kinds of dreams that take us into the future and explore the options of what our life could be so vividly that we end up having such a hard time accepting these experiences as just mere dreams. The circumstance could be both good or bad ....depending on how we  personally perceive those. The kinds of dreams that make us think about our own life and death and about the life and death of others around us by literally making us experience those events in very realistic feeling manner. The kinds of dreams that make us reconsider our decisions in life and make us think "What if?". The kinds of dreams that revive our past and our memories and feelings of it. 

No matter our beliefs, thoughts or personal opinions about dreams. I think we all can agree that many times they leave a profound mark on a person we believe ourselves  to be. I can personally remember quite a few dreams during different times in my life....and some I had more than 15 years ago.  For example, I dreamed about a specific number few weeks before I had my son. I woke up very shaken by the dream and for some reason or another could stop thinking about it. Trying to figure out what exactly it mean without much success. The number I dreamed  about that specific  night actually turned out to be an exact date he was born......I had absolutely no way of knowing that.....because the birth was never pre-scheduled .....it was an emergency c-section that happened more that 15 years ago. After I had him, I thought to my self "So this is what it mean? How could I not know?" Maybe I did know in some very small way but somehow was refusing to go there because that would be considered "weird". That is so astonishingly hard to believe sometimes!  

While a lot of dreams are somewhat insignificant, confusing and often senseless  many times dreams are very powerful. You go to sleep being one person and wakeup as a totally different one. 

Sweet dreams,

Monday, November 16, 2015

Let it snow! Plaid + Cashmere OOTD

MOM ITS SNOWING!  Shouted Dali in my ear right after he jumped on top of me while I was asleep this morning! .....I jumped up like " What? Who do I have to kill?" LOL! It was Sunday for God's sake! Why am I being awaken at 5 in the morning?! Nonetheless, I was excited to see some snow. It doesn't really snow here at all, it rains a lot which I enjoy ...but I do actually miss seeing the  glittery white winter wonderland each year since I moved here. I had not really been given a chance to decide whether to strangle Dali for waking me up screaming with excitement or to join him myself. I jumped up, made coffee and breakfast then quietly sat next to the window enjoying the view and my breakfast and coffee in my cozy PJs for a while. 

We ended up going some holiday shopping later in the day. I wanted something warm and cozy but feminine and put together to wear. I wanted to wear a long skirt.  For some reason I was itching to wear one. I haven't worn one in  such a long time. A long skirt used to a staple in my closet before my weight-loss. It was  not only a flattering style to wear or a mere fashion statement back then for me it was also in fact a good way to hide yourself in it....or well,  hide the parts of yourself you didn't want seen. I had one practically in every color/pattern/style imaginable.  After my weight loss I donated practically all of them but I did keep the one I ended up wearing. Although I did pin it ...just for the time being.....the waist is huge and the skirt longer then I would like. Needless to say I need to take it in for tailoring ASAP. I kept forgetting though, since I stopped wearing long skirts all together the last couple of years. I think I stopped wearing them partially because they reminded me of my need to hide behind long clothes ....and partially because I no longer felt the need or want to do that any more. However I did keep this one skirt because it was one of my favorites and because it has sentimental value ....it  has practically traveled the world with me :).  After some debate I decided on this long plaid skirt  by Charter Club I bought few years ago and paired it with simple black cashmere cardigan ....also by Charter Club. I wore my tall suede black boots with the outfit for added warmth and I was set. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Masquerade makeup look

Fall season has always been my favorite time of the year. There is just something so magical about the beautiful rich warm colors, the cozy weather, the  sound and smell of the rain, the  spice infused foods and drinks and the beautiful fashions. I can go on and on about it. I simply love it all.

Usually around this time of the year, mostly around Halloween time a lot of us attend a lot of parties. Some of them themed and some of them not. One type of these festive get togethers/parties that I have always been attracted to is and always was a masquerade ball/party.

I'm not entirely sure what it is about it exactly, but the whole idea of anonymity and mystery coupled with elaborate fashions, intricate hair dos and colorful sparkly makeup makes the whole affair that much more mesmerizing and intriguing to me. I think it has to do with the fact that you are able to transform yourself into someone completely different and step into a completely foreign world to your every day one. It's exciting and magical.....and for someone creative as myself very inspirational. 

For this look my colors of choice where red and gold ....the colors inspired by my mask. I created a cut crease eye look using a Mehron loose gold pigment and NARS Exhibit A blush accompanied with a thick extended black liquid liner  for that much sought after cat eye look. I skipped the false lashes because of the mask and instead opted for a beautiful  bold red lip for which I used Russian Red by MAC. Since the brows, eyes and lips where all pretty bold already I used just a small touch of soft 
natural nude-pinkish blush and a bit of highlighter and skipped contour all together for a softer but nonetheless still very bold look. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Shopping Asian Fashion & Sizes + Korean Lips Dress OOTD!

When I think about Japanese or Korean Fashion , the first few words that come to mind are: cute, feminine and tiny..... Yes I said TINY! :))) Their fashion trends are beautiful and unique .....and very often not something easily found in non-Asian countries ......but the sizes are tiny :(((. Disappointment doesn't even cover how I feel about that. I think,  becoming anorexic would be the only way I would actually fit into a lot of those cute clothes, not that I would ever encourage that or recommend it to anyone ever. Asian people are just built smaller than the rest of us. They have smaller frames both women and men genetically. 

However in recent years, they caught on and realized that they are not the only ones loving their styles so nowadays there are a lot of online places where you can get these cute pieces in sizes you can actually fit in .....which is a relief. I'm not saying it isn't a gamble still. There are still a lot of random online overseas retailers  who will sell items very affordably (much more affordably than here at home), but then their sizes will be 2-3 sizes smaller than stated in their description. And when you figure out that shipping/returning them back should they not work out  will actually cost you more than you paid for the item itself....... the whole idea defeats the purpose completely. 

Few weeks ago I was browsing online reading about trends in Asia (primarily Japan and Korea)  and came across a dress I really fell in love with. Actually, I found it in few different places online with 
very different price points and few different size ranges and descriptions but decided to contain my excitement and do some research  first on the sellers and read some reviews. The dress in question was a light weight black empire waist a-line flowy dress with bright red lips all over it. I simply had to have it. It was way too cute and too affordable to just simply pass on it. I took my measurements which corresponded to a size larger than I normally wear. I ordered a large while I normally wear a medium and sometimes small in dresses and got it delivered about 10 days later. I was delighted when it fit me ....I was happy that the seller was accurate in their description/measurements for this dress and that the dress was actually of very decent quality.

I ended up  wearing it last Friday night. I paired it with my HUE opaque black tights for warmth since the dress is very light weight and my BCBGeneration Timoh Bootie which added a bit of toughness to this very girly print dress. Everyone loved it and asked where I got it from since the haven't ever seen anyone around here wearing it. 

So my ultimate advice when shopping from Asian sellers: DO THE RESEARCH! - make sure you find and go thru real reviews for the sellers and items they are selling, compare prices and 
descriptions of the item, take measurements of yourself and Google a cm/inch  converter, when in doubt go 1-2 sizes larger than you are normally, read the return policy ......and ultimately acknowledge that sometimes you will loose money.

Other than that, happy shopping! 

HUE opaque tights 

Korean Lip Dress

BCBGeneration Timoh Bootie