vanity fair.
by victoria comment


white sink with pink soap and leather wristwatch. / sfgirlbybay

i’m not sure why exactly, but i love a feminine display of beauty products. maybe it’s the memory of watching my mum get ready for a night out with my dad when i was little. she’d always do a little facial mask before putting on her makeup and then peel it off and let me run around with it on my face — sorta gross, but i loved it. then i’d watch her apply false eyelashes and lipstick — sometimes i’d get a little swipe of it too. add a little chanel no. 5 and she was out the door, leaving me to drive my babysitter crazy by endlessly brushing her hair and requesting that i apply her makeup. can’t take the little girl out of the grown woman sometimes, so i guess that’s why i’m so drawn to these little vanities and keep my own personal stash of beauty favorites (just below) on my bathroom vanity as well.

assorted beauty products on black tray. / sfgirlbybay

modern white bathroom with white shelf for beauty products. / sfgirlbybay

white tiled bathroom with black and white photo and tank tray for beauty products. / sfgirlbybay

perfumes on open shelf with art print in white bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirror and fringe towel in white bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

assorted candles and perfumes. / sfgirlbybay

white tiled bathroom with glass shelf for toiletries. / sfgirlbybay

circle mirrors in open white tiles bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

modern light fixture with industrial mirror in white bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrors in white bathrooms. / sfgirlbybay

aesop mouthwash on marble bathroom sink. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: lena c. emery photography; lily glass photography for sfgirlbybay; atelier doré; lucas allen photography for domino; patrick janelle for j.crew; vogue living; collage with nature; handcrafted in virginia; stek magazine; @sfgirlbybay; a fabulous fete; architectural digest; architectural digest espana; skönahem; zoe chan via michael sinclair photography; eefje de coninck; turkish towel from erica tanov; paris vogue; the selby; avenue lifestyle; Mimimbla; into the gloss; clipboard; my domaine; apartment therapy; country living; a standard of living.

11 responses to “vanity fair.”

  1. Gosh, I love displays of beauty products, this post was right up my alley.
    I think in a world of always rushing and instant gratification, for me the use of beauty products means to slow down and savor the feels and smells of the products.
    Also something about they way they are haphazardly put together, but looks whole.

  2. I grew up in this same era as you, Victoria, and remember watching my mom apply those fake eyelashes, red lipstick and comb-teased hair on the crown of her head to mimic Jackie O. As I recall, your move from SF to La La Land was in part to spend more time with her. I hope your mom is doing well.

  3. I know what you mean!! I try to keep mine gathered as well, but sometimes it does get out of hand…In every case I like them on display because it livens up the space.

  4. I love these photos, they look so beautiful and feminine. Many, many years ago I bought a gorgeous cut-glass tray from the Antique Guild in Los Angeles (do you remember they took over the old Helms Bakery?). I still have it on my dresser and I keep all my perfumes and a few beauty products on it. It looks very intimate somehow, and I really love it.
    And I’m so happy to hear that your mom is doing well. She must love having you back in LA. You are both lucky ladies :)

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