Concrete Catwalk // Frizzy Fringe

September 10, 2012

A few drizzly outfit photos from before the IFB Conference that I spoke at last week… More shots, outfit details and my favorite new beauty must-have after the jump!

I usually like to think that I’m pretty low-maintenance in the primping department (you’d be surprised how quick I can get my bootie out the door in the morning!), but I have recently discovered that investing the time on a few simple basics can make a huge difference in my everyday look.  One of the things that I’ve recently started doing is “fixing” my brows as a part of my typical make-up routine, and it’s something that I can’t believe I hadn’t tried sooner!

I’ve always had dark, full brows, and although I embrace them now, I hated them in middle school when they took over my face with their nightmarish proportions.  That led to over-plucking, and then eventually into a fear of letting any one touch them, lest they be made into tiny apostrophes above my eyes yet again.  Having to pluck them almost everyday is a pain in the arse, but after a recent visit to a brow bar in Manhattan, I can happily say I’ve found a new fix for the face framers that used to give me such angst.

The ladies at Shobha Salon got me all set up with their senior eyebrow stylist, and after getting them threaded into an updated shape over a week ago, I happily haven’t picked up my tweezers once!  They also sent me home with the proper tools I need for maintenance, and now after a quick combing with a special brush and the quick fill-in of an old scar, I feel so much more polished and put together.  Highly, highly recommend them if you’re looking for a little grooming refresher and am already looking forward to my next visit.

Time for you kittens to share your own eyebrow intel…  Are you a plucker, a waxer or a threader?  Any over-tweezed horror stories of your own to share?  Mine were seriously SO bad, you guys – I can’t even torture you with a photo.  Ha!

Top to Bottom:
Zig zag dress – Vintage, After Life Boutique in SF (similar)
Vest – J. Crew (more casual version here)
Hinge necklace – Clyde’s Rebirth
Bracelet – J. Crew (similar)
Ring – Estate Sale (similar)
Belt – J. Crew (similar)
Chloe Marcie bag – Bag, Borrow or Steal
Gold heels – Sam Edelman, TJ Maxx (similar)

*Photos taken by Sarah Sherwood

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  • Reply Alissa Kelly September 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I LOVE this outfit. Wish I could’ve been there to hear you speak!
    This may sound dumb, but I hate my eyebrows. They are a bit fuller (like yours, but not as pretty) and all I do is pluck around them. So bad I can’t believe I’m admitting to this! lol I got them waxed years ago and it wasn’t a good experience so I haven’t done it since. I don’t know what to do! My eyebrows don’t have much of a shape and that needs to change but I’m really scared to try anything! If I do get my brows waxed should I let them grow out a bit first?


    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Wish you could have been there too, Alissa! I would definitely recommend letting your brows grow out just a smidge so that the professionals have a little something to work with. ;) Let me know how it goes if you try!

  • Reply lkmear September 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Great outfit; love the shoes!
    I waxed my eyebrows for years, but over the last couple years have taken to tweezing. I try to take care of them daily so they never get out of control and that seems to work pretty well.

    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks! And I totally agree that the maintenance part makes it easier in the long run!

  • Reply Briony September 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I pluck them, it’s a daily thing for me, too. They’re naturally full and dark but full isn’t a good look on me. They’re not pencil thin but I make the most of my sharp arches. I haven’t had them waxed for many years – I’d moved right before my sister’s wedding and took a picture of what I liked into a new salon. The lady took one look at it and said, “oh, those are pencil,” and proceeded to rip my entire top arch off. I’ve been DIY ever since!

    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Love a good arch, too! I know it’s kind of scary trying a new spot… that’s why I’m so happy I found Shobha. :)

  • Reply Brookelyn September 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I love your outfit here! I’m definitely in the “daily tweezing” camp, but I’ve always been curious about threading! Might just have to give it a try.

    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      It was my first threading, too, and now I’m honestly hooked! :)

  • Reply Alyssa September 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Sounds exactly like how I am with my eyebrows!!They are a nightmare to deal with!!

    I absolutely adore this outfit!! Great job speaking at IFB…wish I had the opportunity to meet you!

    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Aw, I wish I could have met you, too! Maybe someday! :)

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life September 11, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I just adore this dress on you & the vest makes it so fun! I have always disliked my eyebrows because they are so light and sparse. They are part of my daily make up routine to fill them in….if not – I feel so naked. I do still get them wax every couple of weeks to keep them looking neat. My hairstylist also colors them so they match my hair color.


    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      That’s definitely a great idea to have them dyed if they’re very light… I remember when I used to be so embarrassed of mine, I would toy with the idea of lightening them permanently, which I have to say would probably have turned out horribly in the long run.

  • Reply Anonymous September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I love everything about this outfit! And especially love the shoes! You are stunning, Jessie!


  • Reply jensen September 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I pluck my eyebrows almost daily – which is a pain and I may try the threading (though I’ve heard it hurts, is that true?). But I will say I swear by Anastasia’s eyebrow wax pencil. I like to keep my brows fuller, too, and the wax helps keep them in place. Some days I also use just a little bit of dark brown eyebrow powder to fill in a few areas, too.

    • Reply Jessie Artigue September 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Eyebrow wax? Brilliant! That might be just the help I need to get the combing to stay in place all day – Thanks for the idea! :)

  • Reply Sallytangle September 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    This is odd but i always wish i had eyebrows so i could make them look lovely. It makes such a massive difference to your face having a neat groomed full brow. Unf as i am very pale and very blond, to most (unless you are reeeeally close to my face) they are virtually invisible and non existent!!!

    Be thankful for your brows all of you!!!! lol xxxx

  • Reply PamMarie September 13, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Nothing like a well shaped brow, an instant facelift. I tweeze. Daily. I also use a MAC pencil and a highlighter to really define.

  • Reply Lexi September 14, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I’m surprised we don’t put more effort into our eyebrows – they frame your face! I may need to find myself a brow bar!
    ♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

  • Reply Abbey Brandon September 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Those heels…. WOW!!

    xx, Abbey

  • Reply Stylegodis July 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Loving the combination of colors!

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