The Statement Sleeve… A Wardrobe Game Changer

Did one of my favorite cable series influence the statement sleeve trend?


Perhaps it was Black Sails that gave way to this exaggeration but the voguish flair is here to stay.  I must admit I was a bit obsessed with the male characters and their costumes for four seasons.  Captains James Flint, Charles Vane, Edward Teach, Jack Rackham and John Silver were brilliant men ahead of their time in wardrobe and accessories that spoke to my inner Spanish DNA… and those belt buckles!

The sexy beautiful drape of the sleeve paired with a slim pant or jean and a delicious pair of pumps is all you need to balance this silhouette to take you from desk to dinner.  Be sure to tuck a structured clutch under your arm for all-out style.  Featured are several interpretations of the statement sleeve to pay tribute to “black” sails from catwalk to sidewalk.

Alice + Olivia Ivana Bell Sleeve Blazer (Saks)


Black Bell Sleeve Slim T-Shirt (Make Me Chic)

Tie the look together with sleek hair, an intense lip and a thick cat eye with my Darkside Matte Lipstick and InkJet Eyeliner.   For maximum drama let your eyes do the talking with my new Gazelle lashes to add volume to the corner of your eyes.  One of four new lashes in my Lovelight lash collection.

InkJet Eyeliner (Laini Cosmetics)

Be bold and make your statement this weekend!

With style and gratitude


Turn Up The Heat and Your Hemline

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Happy Fashion Friday!  Take notice, but not cover, that the hemline is unmistakably mod yet far from reserved this spring/summer season!  Call it mini or micro this 60’s inspired look is all the rage and screams legs for days.

Exposed shoulders are also just about everywhere albeit off-the-shoulder tops, blouses and dresses that can be worn quite casual to extremely formal.  This is a flirty and feminine look you must try while keeping in mind a moisturized luminous glow or bronze goddess skin.

Achieve an all-over body glow by mixing Laini’s Sheer Glo Illuminating Lotion with your favorite moisturizer or an all-over beautiful sun-kissed glow with Laini’s Bronze Baby Glo Lotion.  Both formulas are silky smooth with a pearl finish to give an instant healthy glow with skincare benefits.

Accessorize your look and elongated neck with a gorgeous choker like this one from a favorite, DANNIJO.

Enjoy your weekend!

With style and gratitude



Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

Happy Fashion Friday!  Hopefully, the weather will be sunny and beautiful over the long Memorial Day weekend.  We have you covered for the perfect holiday essentials and the unofficial start of summer.

Whether you are traveling far or enjoying a staycation the best look is one that can be worn at multiple occasions.

Here are some of the essentials that we recommend:

A fabulous coverup that can double as a dress. Try this off the shoulder mini with lace trim.  During the day, throw on a cute pair of casual sandals. At night, slip on these to die for slingbacks.

Accessories will complete this look and take you from sunbathing to sultry.  Try adding this Maaji multi printed tote and a pair of this year’s hottest sunglasses from Dior.  Fill your tote with any one of Laini’s beautiful lip glosses, sure to keep your lips hydrated and pouty!

Enjoy the long weekend and thank you to all the men and women who have served and serve in our United States military!

How-to Create the Blue Eye Look

Blue is a beautiful color all year round, deep sapphire for fall and winter and bright cerulean during the warmer months. Sadly, the color acquired a bad rep for makeup, only associated with the frosted eye shadow look of the 70’s.

Here’s how you can incorporate a fresh and flattering blue eye into your modern wardrobe without looking dated.

Begin with flawless and dewey skin! Add Laini Cosmetics BB Cream followed by Sheer Glo Illumination Lotion. Apply the middle shade from the Spotlight palette all over you eye, crease, and lid. Line your upper and lower lids with Laini’s signature Eye Pencil in Moody Blue.  Using the large 01 Powder Brush, apply the deepest coral shade in the palette to the apples of your cheeks. Finish with a swipe of Mascara and nude Lipgloss in Creme Fraiche.  Voilà. By keeping your makeup simple, the blue in the liner will stand out and accentuate your eyes.

This gorgeous summery look can be worn day or night! Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Fashion Friday – Gingham

Happy Fashion Friday!  At Laini Cosmetics, we are drooling over the gingham trend! This is not your grandmother’s, typically portrayed in movies, 50’s style house dress. This is a chic, bold patterned original.

The best part about wearing gingham? You do not have to worry about accessorizing. The pattern stands alone and for those of us who do not have the time to style an entire look, gingham is perfect.

Whether you are wearing a sun dress or trousers with halter top, gingham can be worn simply with a sharp pair of sunglasses and a cute, but functional tote.

If you are ready to take the plunge, try a full look from Saks Fifth Avenue’s expansive collection, from tailored skirts to chic trousers.

Only interested in dipping your toe in this bold trend? Try a pair of Topshop platforms with  jeans and an off the shoulder top.

Either look would be elevated with this fabulous straw tote with cobalt blue accents from Vineyard Vines and rose colored cat eye sunglasses from Stella McCartney. 

Be sure to send us a photo and comment with your favorite way to wear gingham. As always, we wish you a wonderful weekend!