upgrades: new shoelaces (laces are so cheap!)

An inexpensive way to brighten and refresh your shoes? New laces! More to the point, contrasting laces.

For standard, flat, sneaker-style laces I recommend Converse laces, which come in a few lengths and many, many colors. ~$2!

For sturdy, round, boot-style laces, check out Doc Marten’s. ~$3!

[Make sure to get the correct length]

before & after:

before

pumas before

pumas after

pumas after

converse before

converse before

converse after

converse after

docs before

docs before

 

docs after

docs after

and after

and after

and after

and after

and after

and after

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See what I mean?

(Which color would you go for with the doc martens? Tough call, right?)

N.B. New white laces tend to make broken-in shoes look especially tired.

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playtime: blue lips

OCC lip tar in Butch

OCC lip tar in Butch

It’s cold and snowy here. What could be more fitting than blue lips?

Possibly…blue lips with finely milled glitter atop and a blue-violet gradient?

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OCC lip tar in Butch, Avon ultra luxury liner in deep plum, Splash glitter

In black & white you would never know…

I didn't intend to have my face in any of these shots, but then this.

Oh, hello color. Did I scare you? [Probably]

I do like these OCC lip tars. A little laborious to apply, as lip brush definitely required, but good opacity and pigmentation.This particular color is discontinued but there is still a great color range. I have this whole plan to have a true red, an orange, a pink, and a blue, such that I can mix orange, rose, and blue-based reds at will. Comme une artiste.

Too tempting not to fiddle around with exposure and color levels here. I am not quite any of these colors [though neither am I one color, and such things are always a matter of light].

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