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How to Do the Perfect Smoky Eye

Posted on December 06, 2013 by Crown the Shop

The smoky eye is sultry, alluring, and enigmatic but it doesn't have to be hard. 

With this quick guide to the perfect smokey eye you will soon be applying your eye makeup like a pro.  Simply gather your supplies and give yourself ample time to prepare for a night out. 

You will need:

1.  Eye cream

2.  Neutral color eye shadow

3.  Concealer or liquid foundation

4.  Dark eye liner

5.  Dark Eye Shadow Color



1.  Primer

2.  Medium Eye Shadow Color

3.  Brow Pencil


Step 1- Preparation

Apply eye cream in the area above and give it a few minutes to absorb.  If you wish you can apply primer over the eye cream at this time.  Also, wash your hands with soap and warm water at this time.

*We recommend styling your hair first as the heat from the blow dryer could melt your makeup. 


Step 2- Concealer

Use your finger to gently pat concealer all around the eye area until there are no stripes or streaks.  The eye area is sensitive and any harsh swipes will wipe away your concealer and moisturizer.  Don't have concealer?  Use a lighter colored liquid foundation or even your regular liquid foundation in a pinch.


Step 3- Add a Neutral Eye Shadow Color as the Base


Using a foam eye shadow applicator or the tip of your ring finger, carefully add your base color to the entire lid.  The base color should be a light, neutral color preferably with a bit of shimmer.  We recommend light golds, variations of white, or light pinks.  Choose a shade that will compliment your darker eye shadow color well. 


Step 4- Add Eye Liner

Carefully line the inner eye with black eye liner.  We find that using a black pencil is easiest but you can use a small angled brush with powder, gel, or liquid liner as well.  Take your time and keep a tissue nearby in case your eyes are sensitive.

Also line the outer part of the eye on the top and the bottom.  If you make any mistakes use a very small dab of concealer and a tissue or q tip to gently erase them. 


Step 5- Smudge and Apply the Darkest Eye Shadow Shade

Using a foam tip applicator or q tip, carefully smudge the eye liner so there aren't any hard lines. 

Then, add a dark eye shadow the is complimentary to your base color to just the area right above your eye.  We recommend using your finger or a small foam tip brush for accuracy and control.  Be careful not to add too much to either corner of the eye. 


Step 6- Add the Highlighting Light Color

Using a small foam tip applicator, your ring finger, or a small eye shadow brush, add a light reflective eye shadow to the inner corner of your eye and just below the eye brow. 

Preferably this color would be lighter than your base color but you could also use your same base color and just blend it more so that it will be lighter. 

The highlighter color will draw out your smokey eye. 


Step 7- Apply the Medium Color Eye Shadow Shade to the crease.

To keep your eyes from looking too harsh, add a color that is slightly lighter than the darkest family but in the same family to the crease of your eye and blend it slightly up and inward in a circular motion. 

*You could also blend your dark shade with your lighter base color to achieve a shade that is lighter and in the same color family. 

The crease should be darkest at the outermost corner of the eye and gradually getting softer as you move towards the brow and the center of your lid.

Softly blend the eye shadows with your finger or foam tip applicator to ensure there are no hard lines between the dark lid shade, the medium crease shade and the highlighter on the brow.


Step 8- Define the Brows

If your eye brows are on the thin side or very light, use a brow pencil to add definition and balance to your smoky eye look.  Also, press your fingers over your eye brows to make sure they are clean of any eye shadow.

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DIY Glitter Letters

Posted on November 02, 2013 by Crown the Shop

We love doing any project that involves glitter and we were so excited to try this DIY glitter letter project from that uses glitter paper instead of actual glitter.  Wouldn't these make great personalized Christmas gifts for friends and family?

Here's what you need for this project:

Glitter Paper


Glue (we recommend Modge Podge, which you can find at Michael's)



Wooden Letter (you can find these at Wal-Mart or Michael's)


Flip the letter backwards on the back side of the glitter paper and trace it with the pencil.

Cut the letter out with scissors.

Brush Modge Podge on the back of the paper and carefully attach the paper to the letter.

And just like that you have a gorgeous personalized gift


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How to Style Vintage Dresses

Posted on August 24, 2013 by Crown the Shop

At Crown the Shop, we believe that vintage style has stood the test of time and is always in fashion no matter where you visit in the world.

We recommend mixing and matching modern and vintage pieces for a look that is uniquely you and always looks fresh. 

For a night out, try a rockabilly dress with a chunky modern platform.  With hair straightened or with loose curls, red lipstick, and smoky eye makeup you can look stylish and gorgeous. 


The key is to mix modern elements with your vintage dresses.  For style inspiration, look to Zooey Deschanel, who is great at creating a glamorous yet modern vintage style. 

Click here for more rockabilly dresses. 

If you have a classic pair of boots, juxtapose them with a softer vintage dress for a look that is stylish and modern without seeming like you are trying too hard. 

For shoes, and dresses for that matter, always buy the best quality you can afford.  They will last longer, be more comfortable, fit better and for these reasons you will wear them a lot more. 

See how effortlessly cool Tamra looks in these dresses.  She would easily fit in and look stylish in all metropolitan areas around the world. 

Again, keep your styling simple.  The goal is for the beautiful dress to draw attention to your face and natural beauty, not for people to be so focused on all of your accessories and makeup that they hardly notice you. 

For more vintage style dresses click here

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1950s Fashion

Posted on August 05, 2013 by Crown the Shop

1950s fashion is timeless and can still be worked into your wardrobe today. 

The A-line dress style that was popular then is still as flattering on women now as it was back then.  With its fit and flare dress shape, women are given a cinched in, tinier waist and the attractive hourglass figure that is glamorous on everyone.

Below we have some examples of some of the 1950's style dresses we carry at


Here we have our Coastal Cruising Dress, $52, that has the cinched in waist that was so popular in the 1950s.  Its fun, retro print sets off this simple but flattering dress.


Here is our Petals of Peonies Dress, $58, that is a classic 1950's style frock.  This dress would be adorable with a favorite pair of wedges or pumps for a dressier evening or with flats and a cardigan for a very Zooey Deschanel style.


Another type of dress that was popular in the 1950s was the classic shirt dress.  We have an updated version here, our Vintage Find Shirt Dress, $52.  This type of dress is very casual and was perfect for a day of errands or chores.  While this style is a bit less dressy than the example before, you can get a vintage style or Zooey Deschanel style pairing this with simple solid flats, a leather satchel, and a favorite cardigan. 


For a dressier night out, short frocks look adorable with a lower kitten heel pump.  Our 1950's style dress Haight Street Halter has a pinup dress look of the 1950s and our Finistere Filligree Dress has a dressier pattern with the hourglass shape that was so popular in the 1950s. 



Last but not least, this type of dress with an illusion neckline, was a popular style for a night of dancing.  The fit and flare skirts are perfect for twirling.  Put these with low kitten heels, your favorite cardigan (maybe one that with a little bit of sparkle) or pea coat and you are ready to go. 


Below we have our West Coast Twirl Dress, $52 and Drinks on the Terrace Dress, $52.


We hope this gives you more of an idea of how to dress in 1950's style.  These dresses are truly timeless and their flattering shapes are likely to always be in style. 

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Unique Boutique

Posted on August 05, 2013 by Crown the Shop

Do you get tired of looking at the same stores at the mall?Would you like to find a unique boutique online where you can find cute, unique dresses? is a unique boutique online where you can find gorgeous dresses that you will not find at the mall.  Each of our dresses are hand-selected for beautiful quality and flattering fits.  We also only carry limited quantities of each dress so you won't show up at a party in the same dress as someone else. 

We give excellent customer service and we assure you that you will be impressed with the quality of our dresses for their affordable prices.  You can find similar quality dresses at the mall for three or more times the price. also offers an excellent return policy and free shipping for orders over $50. 


Impressive Introduction Dresses

Posted on August 02, 2013 by Crown the Shop

Our Impressive Introduction dresses are popular for a reason.  They always look polished and put together for work or going out with friends. 

They can run a little small in the bust or if you have broader shoulders, you should size up if you are between sizes.

In general, we recommend the following sizes:

Size Small- for dress sizes 2-4.

Size Medium- for dress sizes 5-7.

Size Large- for Dress sizes 8-10. 

We hope that this helps and that you will enjoy your gorgeous dress.

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