Thursday, 26 September 2013



LATELY there is a burning urge to constantly be blogging or to be doing something blog related, I spent the whole of yesterday giving my baby a makeover and immediately after that I started working on today's post. I had no idea what it was going to be about, but once I started writing, I kept getting flashes of the most random things ever, but they all had one thing in common. They made me happy and left me feeling inspired. my Smears know how much I like to inspire so let me share my happy  with you. enjoy!

AND LASTLY its you guys the reader, the twitter,bloglovin, lookbook and blogger followers. the very people who tell me that what I'm doing is worthwhile.

LIFE ON ITS OWN is one big inspiration board. there are so many things to discover, find and treasure.  I'm happily treasuring all that I have, but I refuse to stop discovering. this is my board of mental stimulation. what inspires you? tell me about it...


Wednesday, 25 September 2013



BEACAUSE of the big move, it seems the posts i had published during the "dedicatedsmear era" have turned into drafts.. so although NYFW is long since over, i still have to, HAVE TO, share. play along.

YEP, that time has arrived once more. it's every fashion geeks dream to one day sit front and centre  at the New York Fashion Week showcases, but what really makes me buzz is the crowds that NYFW pulls in. a long line of celebrities, designers,bloggers and socialites come dressed to the nines and us home observers get the chance to sink our teeth into trends that are setting the streets of NY on fire. here are some of my favourite looks so far.







I'M making it a personal mission to attend one of these years. hmm as i get re-sucked into real life..


Monday, 23 September 2013

Finding Your Niche


SO I've been feeling a little discouraged of late. I recently changed my URL to because someone said to me that my blog was too wordy to be about fashion. for a while I believed them. I thought maybe that's why my numbers aren't so great. and maybe that's why interaction has been low. and then it hit me!

WORDS are my thing. that's MY thing. who said a few words under a picture are what its all about. it is great that some choose to inspire our styles in photos. however, I'm pretty sure there are some really great blogs out there that are wordy and are still very fashion orientated. even if they aren't, mine will be the first. a lot of the responses i get are of people who enjoy my writing and who want more of it. i guess i have to be the change i want to see.

I'm still discovering my self, still at that stage where I'm figuring out what works and taking it one day at a time. some days i will post a pic of myself, but more often than that ill speak, the ones who want to know my thoughts on things like collections and outfits and Fashion Weeks are the true smears. if you go back to my first post you will see what i had originally defined as a SMEAR, someone who isn't very sure about what they are doing in this "topsy-turvy world of fashion", but nonetheless one who is sure that what they do makes them happy. the aim here is to publish audience engaging and thought evoking posts, so to all those who are here for just another personal style blog, Smeared Lipstick is not for you.

BECAUSE of this realisation, I've changed my URL back to the original address, because it doesn't really matter how i do it, the point is i do "do it 4 the fashion". there is a lot to work on (consistency, layout, etc) I know. of course one day (when i have actual places to go) i might change my mind and start posting my daily outfits because, well who doesn't love a good snap. I'm a hormonal teenager, I'm allowed to do that! right now though this is me following my yellow brick road.

HOW have people influenced your thought process, has it been a wake up call like it was for me or was it of water off your back? something to think about till next time.


Friday, 6 September 2013



AS PROMISED here are some more pics from last blog entry, Bitter Sweet SATURDAYS

INCASE you are a bit confused, this is still the same blog, just a diffrent look. i  hope to see you when construction is complete. lots of love :)


Monday, 2 September 2013

Bittersweet in B&W


IT'S been quite a while since i blogged. only four weeks into university and I've already lost touch with the people and things that are closest to my heart. its not even that they have been forgotten, its  that I've been under a lot of pressure to get accustomed to the quick pace of "big people school". you know, that degree hustle. that's why a bunch of my friends and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner and a cocktail or two, or three... I think some had 5+, so we could just wind down a bit. it was also quite emotional since we were saying goodbye to Miss Fashion Poet, who is on her way to study in China.

ALL the ladies looked beautiful, ditching the sneakers and over sized sweaters for heels, chic blazers and elegant dresses. Hopefully iI'll put up clearer pics soon. we need to do this more often, not just when its time to say goodbye.

GOODBYE Yonie.. you will be missed, keep being your wonderful, kind, fashionable self and you will flourish and make waves in whatever you decide to do in the future. don't stop blogging either, you've got something special in you.

I donned a L(ong)BD with  with black booties and my new favourite thing (that cost me quite a bit) in the whole wide world, my Aldo clutch..

ANYWAY SMEARS I foresee good things for myself. I have previously mentioned some top secret plans for my future and they are finally starting to take shape. I'm literally bursting with excitement. watch out for the big reveal.

FOR the dedicated SMEARS, I'm now on Pinterest and on (personally, not as Smeared Lipstick for both). let me just take a moment to say thank you to my new followers, it means a lot that you think it's worth it and I hope that you stick with me for many years to come.. till next time though, tweet me, email me or do both. I L.O.V.E hearing from you!