28.3.14

Daily Love:

A recent trend I've been seeing a lot of lately is the distressed jeans cuff. I did a whole post about denim cuffing back in September, and I feel like it needs to be updated soon with this style.
What do you think of this laid-back cuff?

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26.3.14

LLS's Weekly Picks: Middle-Eastern Designers

Watching Arab design-houses become international household names gives me such pride to call myself an Arab. I love seeing Middle-Eastern designers dress celebrities on red carpets, and appear in the biggest fashion magazines and blogs.
Here are my favourite Middle-Eastern Designers:

Ellie Saab:
Ellie Saab is the king of Arab fashion designers. This Lebanese designer's collections are always the perfect mix of glamorous and elegantly charming. Ever since he dressed Halle Berry for the 2002 Oscars, his name has been in international headlines and on everybody's tongue.






Zuhair Murad:
Zuhair has always been a favourite of Middle-Eastern celebrities but only gained international fame when he designed a collection for Mango in 2007. His collections scream luxurious and classic.




























Aennis Eunnis:
Anas Younis Shanaah, Jordanian mastermind behind this label, gets inspiration for his collections from his ethnic background and varied worldly experiences. His collections consist of fresh and unique shoes and accessories with a "Middle-Eastern touch." I have been fascinated with his designs ever since I met him back in 2011. Anas is a true artist.





Rami Al-Ali:
Rami Al-Ali, named The Master of the Art of Style, is mostly famous among the Emirati Royals and high society. His designs are known for their intricate detailing and air of daintiness, and his bridal collections are truly masterpieces.




























Caroline Seikaly:
This beautiful designer really did learn from the best. After finishing her studies, she interned at Isaac Mizhari, she flourished in an environment of art, design and photography. She then got her experience in Haute Couture with Christian Lacroix and finally joined Karl Lagerfeld's creative team in 1999. In 2006, she left Lagerfeld to design her own line of special couture dresses.



Who's your favourite Middle-Eastern designer?

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25.3.14

Trending: White Lace

With spring and summer approaching, we're again pulling out the warm-weather staple: white lace. This feminine piece is a classic and is sure to make you look sweet and put-together. I love it dressed up with a pair of heels, or down with a leather jacket and boots.
Check out Lace and Lipstick Stains' take on this hot spring trend, and get some inspiration below:






How will you be wearing your white lace this season?

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24.3.14

Beauty: My Graduation Picture Makeup

(I know I'm being so horrible with posting, but please bear with me these few weeks.)

I am a simple woman, and I enjoy simple things.
For my graduation picture day, I went for a subtle smokey eye, à la Kourtney Kardashian, and a soft pink lip to go with my even simpler outfit.
The look had a very glamorous yet feminine vibe to it, and I was getting compliments left and right.

Inspiration/the photo I showed to my makeup artist.  ➞








What do you think of my look?

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15.3.14

LLS for Liebster Blog Award

I am at a loss of words, and to be honest a little nervous, to be writing up a post when I've just been nominated for a Liebster blog award. A big thank you to La Bella Vita for thinking of me. 
The Liebster award is an award for bloggers and works as a tool to make your blog more popular and gain more readers. 

This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers and the rules are:
1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers.
4. Prepare 11 questions for the nominees. 
5. Tell them you have nominated them.

So, here we go...


11 facts about myself:
1) I only have 2 modes - extremely all-pink-errythang super girly girl mode, and tomboy one-of-the-guys mode, there is no in-between. And I alter between them at a great speed, too.
2) I am the walking definition of a hoarder, and it gives me such anxiety that I'll be moving to Reading, UK soon and I'd have to leave some of my stuff behind at home. I mean, what if I need that fuzzy best friend scrapbook I made in the 3rd grade someday???
3) I used to be incredibly shy up until about a year ago, and I must say that this new sense of confidence has opened up so many doors for me, both personally and professionally.
4) I have zero patience, and that makes me such an irritable person.
5) My sense of humor is either straight-up blunt and insulting, or extremely dirty. My friends are used to my wicked jokes and so, know not to take anything I say to heart.
6) I'm a firm believer that family is everything, and it's really all I have at the end of the day.
7) I'm always obsessed with piercings until I get them. Then I'm just itching to take them out.
8) My life is an abject clutter, since I always have 600 things going on. So, it's a good thing I'm really organized and know how to manage my time.
9) I don't like movies. They're way too boring and predictable. Except for horror movies, those are never predictable!
10) I am a Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte addict. So white girl, right?
11) I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo looking forward to being a mom. I've always had that motherly instinct and I can't wait to put it into action!!

11 questions from the person who nominated me:
1) What is the best and worst thing about blogging/having a blog?
The best thing about blogging is getting to do and write about what you love, and definitely the positive feedback from the readers. Comments like "You've really helped me" and "Your blog is amazing" make my day. The worst thing has to be how horrible I feel any day that goes by without posting.
2) What is your most favourite blog post you have ever written?
Any post that I write from experience, like the one about the tips for mixing gold and silver (which is basically my favourite thing to do) or the gift guide for the holidays or the one about the beauty hacks!  
3) How did you pick your blog name?
The name was easy to come up with. It stands for the two things this blog is about: fashion and beauty. And if you'd like the literal meaning; lace is my favourite/most-worn fabric - it's so dainty and pretty. And as for the lipstick stains, I have quite the full lips, so the lipstick stains I leave behind are trademark. 
4) What is your most prized possession?
I remember answering this question for a magazine interview back in the summer with "My family, friends and blog." 
It really hasn't changed since.
5) What is your favorite outfit you have?
I've got a lot more than one, but I'd say an oversized knit sweater, ripped skinnies and my Doc Martens. 
6) What fashion trend can you not stand?
The Peter Pan collar, anything with a mustache on it, high-low skirts, harem pants - I'm pretty bitter when it comes to fashion trends. Also, I hate those YSL Cabas Chyc bags, and anything Michael Kors. 
7) What are three things you cannot live without?
My dogs, clothes and laptop.
8) What is your dream job?
Fashion editor at Vogue. I'm a big dreamer.
9) What is one of your best talents?
My incredible ability to get things done at last minute. Procrastination isn't necessarily a bad thing to me.
10) If you won a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
I'd invest them in a project that'll result in making even more millions.
11) What do you think about the blogging community, your favorite and least favorite things about it?
I love how easy it is for us to all be friends and relate to each other. We're all here for the same reason, after all. We're also all pretty supportive of each other. My least favourite thing is probably how materialistic and superficial we must seem to everyone else haha.


I nominate...
Anyone who sees this post with less than 200 followers!!
Please make a post answering the questions below, and link it in the comment section below so I can get to know you! 

Your questions are:
1) What inspired you to start a blog?
2) Have you made any friends in the blogging community since starting?
3) What is your favourite piece in your closet that you can't live without?
4) What is the last thing you splurged on?
5) What is your guilty pleasure?
6) Do you own any pets?
7) What is your favourite clothing store?
8) What does your daily beauty routine consist of?
9) What do your friends and family think of your blog?
10) What is the last book you read?
11) Who is your favourite designer?

Good luck!


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14.3.14

Daily Love:



"Give you my love, you take me higher and above, then you turn, leave me here with nothing."
PIA MIA - Red Love
The runway was flooded with sexy red dresses and coats at the Giambattista Valli F/W 2014 Ready-to-Wear show, and we are LOVING it. I guess it was all the more proof that the appeal of the classic red dress will never die down.

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13.3.14

Tips: The Necklace Guide

First and foremost, I'm so sorry I've been completely MIA the past couple of weeks. I've been busy with projects and such, and preparing for a trip I'm going on in April. Also, I have a super exciting fashion-related project that I can't wait to share with you! 

Lace and Lipstick Stains LOVES necklaces - you've seen them in our Daily Love posts, in our Trend posts, our Weekly Picks posts and now it's time to do a Tips post!
It's a common misconception that when it comes to necklaces; one size fits all. Different types of necklines and tops call for different types of necklaces.
Here is your necklace guide:

Although I usually avoid wearing necklaces with turtlenecks (or turtlenecks entirely, at that), the only type of necklace that can be styled with that type of neckline is a long or a pendant necklace layered over it
When it comes to crew-necks, wear a bib or collar necklace with it. This also goes for button-down shirts. I love the contrasting colours of the necklace with the black top in the photo.

For strapless tops, unfortunately, there is no solid rule as to what necklace goes with them. It depends on the top - its colour and print. It is really one of those things that just need some experimenting.

V-necklines looks best with a few layered necklaces when you're looking to dress it up a bit, or a choker when you're dressing it down.

How do you match your necklaces to your necklines?

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