Friday, March 30, 2012

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year: Beauty Review

Having heard the news from my beauty friend FashionCHICsta about the Sephora and Pantone Universe Color of the Year beauty products I was super excited. For one, orange is just one of those colors I gravitate to. And two, I was interested in how this hue would look like as a beauty product.

Here's the display I visited today in Sephora Valley Fair. All the products come in these Pantone swatch boxes with the color of the year all over it. I was initially drawn to the eyeliner in Tangerine Tango, upon further investigation I noticed they are sold as a trio set of eyeliners for $22! Such a good deal.

The Sephora+ Pantone Universe eyeliner set included : Chestnut (A rich chocolate brown), Tangerine Tango Twist (Orange with a little sparkle), and Meteorite (A black shade from another galaxy with specks of twinkling shimmer). I gotta say, they are easy to apply. So smooth and glide on effortlessly. I'm very fond of Meteorite!

Will/have you tried any of the Pantone beauty products yet?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Time Out!

Time out! 

Wow tagging brings me back, reminds me of playing Disney freeze tag on the school playground. Anyway, this is my very FIRST time being tagged, so thanks Nancy-Lee of FashionCHICsta for that! Please do check out her blog as well!

Time in!
(Zach Morris style!)

Well here it goes:

1. Who inspired your discovery of makeup?
My mom, she has champagne taste for makeup too, like Chanel and and Yves Saint Laurent.
2. What is your first makeup memory?
I remember playing with all the samples from Avon, my mom sold for them so I got a lot of those mini sample lipsticks! I was probably around 5 years old. I started young.
3. What was your biggest makeup faux pas?
I tend to stay on the more natural makeup look, so I don't recall any horrendous faux pas. But I remember my first foundation purchase in Jr.high, I was so excited to use it so I applied it in the bathroom before school started and the color ended up not matching my natural color, it was probably a few shades to light! So I ended up looking very ghostly the entire school day. ick.
4. Which look do you wish you invented. 
I'm going with a fashion response to this one, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's look. The black dress, pearls, large hat and sunnies is just so glamorous!
5. What is your definition of beauty?
 How you present yourself. Confidence, humor and humility.
 Reminds me of this friend I had in High school, everyone thought she dressed like super weird and outrageous and so she was considered not very pretty, but I felt liked she rocked it. Her confidence in her look was o.o.c!
6. What is one of your dirty little makeup secrets? 
I still have this Yves Saint Laurent touche makeup pen I got for prom 2001. My mom bought it for me, and I feel like she was crazy for buying a 17yr old something so expensive. I guess that's why I keep it. Weird attachments to old icky makeup! hah! I think I'm going to go throw it away now...
7. Why did you name your blog, that name?
I needed a name that represents who I am and what my readers can expect from me. Fashion because that's what my blog revolves around and Palate because I have a taste for not only fashion, but for sweet and savor things! I love to bake and cook and I wanted that to be a focus in my writing as well. Palate is also a play on Palette, I taught many years of Art and have my credential as an Art teacher so that plays in my blog name as well.
8. How many monthly subscription services to you belong?
2, Stylemint and Harper's Bazaar.
9. If you could only film or only write, which one would you choose and why?
Write. I don't film. Never been fond of seeing myself talk.
10. What is one piece of advice you would give to a new blogger?
Use other bloggers as inspiration but stay true to your style.
11. What is the one piece of advice you are grateful someone shared with you?
Fake it to make it! ;)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Born to be Brad: Brad Goreski book signing recap


Brad Goreski (celebrity stylist, star of It's a Brad, Brad World and, now, author) is on his book tour and his most recent stop (lucky for me!) was at Books Inc. in San Francisco, March 13.

As you all know, the book he was promoting was this fun little cake pop cook book! Ahh he is just playing with us, he did seem quite intrigued with the cute baked goods on the cover though!

A 30-minute discussion and Q&A sesh about his book Born to be Brad was fantastic, he covered topics about his life, what he studied in college (English and Art History), and, of course, his thoughts on style. The inevitable topic of Denim on Denim came up, as Brad may just be the world's authority on this double black diamond look. He claims it is best done with one light denim paired with a darker piece. Keep in mind this topic of D 'n' D went on of for quite awhile, but he is a once-in-a-generation denim genius after all. So, I was surprised to hear an annoyed sigh to my left. I peaked over my shoulder to see who was so exasperated, and it turned out to be Gary Janetti (Brads better half of 10 years and producer and writer for shows such as Family Guy), rolling his eyes in disgust.

Staff from the de Young Museum had a great, timely question for Brad about whether fashion belonged in museums and if it could be considered art in general. An appropriate topic given that the de Young is hosting a Paul Jean Gaultier exhibit from March 24–August 19. While Brad may not be entirely objective, he gave a thoughtful response in the affirmative. I can't imagine too many reality stars who would be able to opine on the intricacies of mixing denim one second and then shift gears to the topic of modern art. Well done, BG!

We all know Brad for his statement bow tie, and mantra of P.O.C. (Pop Of Color). Now that he's gotten bright colors into our wardrobes, he clued the audience in for the next style frontier he'll be advocating, prints! He showed that he wasn't just talk, showing up to the event in a plaid Thom Browne blazer. He also let us know that you won't be seeing him designing his own line of men's accessories anytime soon—he says it's best left for the experts. The best advice he gave, fashion wise, was not to buy every trend each season, just do you. In fact, that fab plaid blazer is two years old—a geologic age in fashion time. So keep staple wardrobe pieces in your closet and play with them.

Here is Brad signing my book, I was a little nervous I have to admit. Especially being in line immediately after a dachshund named Pancake had his book signed—that pretty much stole the show. How do I compete with that? I don't, but my manicure was enough to get myself noticed, that and some bling.
 *Mental Note: Change my cat's name to Flapjack and bring him along to the next book signing.

Double book signing, I got Brad and Gary to sign my book.

Pretty much the most normal, well-adjusted couple ever. Especially for reality TV standards. You NEVER get to watch a normal couple just doing their thing on TV. The two as a couple are a breath of fresh air, lead an intelligent and entertaining discussion in person as well as on TV, and I can't get enough of them!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Erickson Beamon + Bauble Bar: Draped in Pearls

Recently I won a giveaway from Reyal Fashion. Here is my fabulous prize of crystals and glass pearls cascading down in layers. It's by Erickson Beamon, a recent collaboration that was done with (a current fave jewelry find) Bauble Bar.

Here is the link if you want to shop this necklace: Pearl Jam Necklace by Erickson Beamon + BaubleBar

I was beyond excited to try it on so I just threw on this little Chanel-esque angora sweater from H&M. I thought it paired well, with that whole classy, rich lady look ;) Plus, You know Chanel and pearls just go together.

I should have worn lipstick, but like I said I was eager to show you my prized possession!

Erickson Beamon has created quite a cult following among the celebrity clientele, check out the jewelry mayhem going on here!

[Celebrity Photos from]

FYI: BaubleBar sells a $10 item every Friday! Don't miss the bauble of the week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Born to Be Brad Contest: Vote for Yours Truly, Franci Gire (The Fashion Palate)

Vote for me Fashion Palateers!
If you click on the above photo link you can vote for me every day
(if you are feeling ever so generous!) 
As you know by now, I am mad about Brad, his TV show on Bravo and his new book "Born to Brad" has made its stylish debut. Which can only mean one thing, Contest. 
Just in time too, since my last post on Monday was all about my style being inspired by Brad that day!

I just entered to win a chance to talk with Brad Goreski, a signed book copy and also a $500 gift card to Kate Spade from Bookperk
If I win I will of course be blogging about my Skype style sesh with Brad. So please, pretty please vote.
 My Vote button will be up in the left hand corner and directs to the Bookperk voting site.
Thanks guys & gals!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Menswear Fashion: Dude Looks Like a Lady

Menswear was seen all over runways recently. It's a really fun way to play with your work clothes. Giving your men's inspired clothing items a few touches of femininity and class and your ready to take on the world. Move over boys!

Here's a few of my favorite looks on the runway:

Donna Karen fall/winter 2012

Blazer and top hat feminized with a pencil skirt.

Michael Kors fall/winter 2012

Sleeveless jackets will be very popular this fall. Looks pretty with he touch of lace peeking out.

Marc by Marc Jacobs fall/winter2012

This is like the nerdy hipster look. Got the black frames and roll up your straight leg jeans. Instant street cred.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Libarian look but sexified with red lipstick and a silk top, and manified with boots and loose fits.

Ralph Lauren fall/winter 2012

Obviously men's inspired. Totally grandpa look, but take away a few pieces like the vest and jacket and maybe replace it with a feminine crop jacket with lets say a bow on it, play it down is key to look more womanly.

Ralph Lauren

This men's coat would look cute with a frilly dress peaking under it and a cowl scarf with booties.

The Row fall/winter 2012

I would leave this look as is, and wear your hair down loose with waves and a few barrettes.

Lana Del Rey 
Now this is what I'm talking about. Ready to wear men's inspired blouse, boxy shorts and loose curls. Just the right amount of dude and lady.

Brad Goreski (Stylist) created this little menswear tutorial. It inspired my own look below.

Clothes Encounters:
Cigarette Pants: Gap
Blazer: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
Blouse from The Usuals boutique
Pink Bow Kitten Heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Handbag: Kate Spade

What do you think of menswear on women? Whats your favorite look?
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