Target Style – Jason Wu

I love Target and I love the designs of Jason Wu.  What happens when they meet remains to be seen.  I suspect it will be glorious.  I will be on the edge of my seat until February 5th, when the Jason Wu designs hit the sales racks.  Until then, you and I will have to rely on a sneak peak of the collection at Target.com.  See you on the 5th!

Roller Derby Style – Maulelujah

Derby Style - Violent Femmes

Do you know someone who takes life by storm and puts 110% into everything they do? Think of this person and multiply their gumption by one-hundred and you’ll begin to understand the charismatic energy of North Star Roller Girl, Maulelujah.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the powerful 5’10″ blocker for the Violent Femmes to get the inside scoop on her personal style. 

By day, she’s Molly Kennedy Lageson, a Volunteer Resources Specialist at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  By weekend, she’s a music enthusiast, foodie, dive bar goer, and dog lover.  Once a month at the Minneapolis Convention Center, she’s North Star Roller Girl, Maulelujah #47.  Here’s what she had to say about her sense of style on and off her wheels:

SIA: How would you describe your personal style?

M: My clothing unintentionally reflects the eras of music I like. Most can be tied to 50’s pop, 60’s garage bands, and 70’s punk.

SIA: What is your style at work?

M: It’s a combination of sleek traditional business attire with a bit of edginess.  I like to mix in industrial looking jewelry and belts.   Some of my work favorites are: military blazers, skinny jeans, ever-changing hair color, vintage 50’s dresses, black and blue eyeliner smudged together, and dark nail polish.  I also have 10 ear piercings.

SIA: Do you take your style in a different direction on the weekends?

M: Yes! On the weekends I like to keep it simple and comfortable.  My typical weekend uniform is black skinny jeans and a solid color V-neck t-shirt , minimal jewelry, and a hoodie paired with a retro coat.

SIA: On bout day, do you carry over any of your day and weekend styles?

M: No!  I wear sequin hot pants for derby.   I think of my derby style as my alter ego with the hope that it will eventually encourage confidence.  

SIA: Can you give us a breakdown of your signature look for a roller derby bout?

M: I wear:

  • Black sequin hot pants
  • Black opaque footless tights, with or without black and red striped knee highs
  • Violent Femmes jersey with a black or white tank underneath
  • #47 drawn on my arm
  • Red eye shadow
  • Heavy black eyeliner
  • Black skates with red laces and yellow Atom wheels
  • Grey helmet
  • And of course, the pads:
    • Wrist guards
    • Elbow pads
    • Knee pads
    • Mouth guard

SIA: What style advice can you give to other women?

M: Love your body, wear stuff that fits, keep outfits simple by dressing in basics and add personality with jewelry and hats.

SIA:  If you were to be quoted for one style thought, what would it be?

M: “Change your hair frequently, that’s why it grows”.

Molly and her alter ego Maulelujah were kind enough to let me photograph her favorite look for work, her favorite vintage finds (all from Rewind Vintage in Minneapolis), and of course her derby style.  See below for inspiration from one of the baddest girls in town.

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See Maulelujah live at the Violent Femmes bout this Saturday, January 14th, at 7pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For information regarding the North Star Roller Girls and for tickets visit: http://www.northstarrollergirls.com/

Make-up Style – Blush and Balm

I am such a sucker for new drugstore make-up and the aisles did not disappoint today.  I was supposed to be picking up soy milk and such, but was lured to the make-up aisle by the images of lush lips and sale signs.  Ooops.  I limited my purchases to two items: chic lip balm, and cream-to-powder blush.
 
Almost every major drugstore cosmetic line seems to be carrying sophisticated lip balms.  These are not the childish sticks from our youth flavored with pink-lemonade and bubble gum.  They are packaged like lipsticks, and offer lip soothing ingredients with a variety of flattering sheer colors and SPF.  Perfect for parched winter lips.  I purchased L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir (SPF 15) based purely on the pretty packaging.  My thoughts?  Nice shine, good color against by pale skin tone, great packaging.  The moisture doesn’t last as long as traditional balms, so I have to reapply more often than I’m used to.  With packaging as pretty as this I don’t mind pulling it out for a quick swipe.
I also purchased a new blush, Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting.  I’ve been on the hunt for a great creamy blush, and this is the best drugstore brand I’ve found yet.  So happy.  First of all, I’m pretty sure the name “Bouncy” refers to the soft spongy texture, which is fantastic.  The color is a soft luminous peachy pink and is long-lasting.  Once applied, the blush has the appearance of a soft powder without any dryness.  My skin looks lit from within, which is typically impossible for me to achieve during a MN winter!   Great value.
 
I look forward to my next trip to the store to pick up eggs and…nail graphics?