In HBO’s True Blood, the vampires have come out of the proverbial closet. In the show, which centers around the mortal and immortal residents of a town called Bon Temps, Louisiana, the generally law-abiding humans, vamps and other preternatural citizens live alongside each other, doing their best to abide by their natures while following the rules of Southern decorum.
Of course, drama ensues, and that’s what makes the show so fun to watch!
Lafayette Reynolds, the flamboyant cook/road crew worker/man of several questionable illegal pursuits, is one of my favorite residents of Bon Temps. How many guys can work lace and rhinestones and still look tough at the same time? Not many, I contend!
A sage of unique style, Lafayette has taught me so very many timeless makeup and beauty lessons like…
1. When in doubt, rock the cat eye
Dressed up or dressed down, they’re an unmistakably classic look.
2. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!
If you plan to show some skin (and sometimes you just gotta!), accentuate the positives with accessories, like this stylish cap and matching blinged-out belt buckle.
3. Say “YES!” to denim and lace
The juxtaposition of soft lace and rugged denim makes for great fashion.
4. Mesh tops are both practical AND pretty
Never let ‘em see you sweat! Whether you’re working the kitchen or walking a catwalk, consider breathable mesh tops. Try one layered on top of your favorite tank.
5. Spaghetti straps look great with layered necklaces
Nothing screams “vampire bait!” like bare shoulders and bling. Consider a top with spaghetti straps, and attract your very own wealthy immortal benefactor with big, shiny baubles around your neck.
Thank you, Lafayette, for being you — a truly unique fashion and beauty icon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,