Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
One of the best things about being late to tumblr is stumbling upon all these nicely themed tumblrs. What visual treats. My favorite tumblr this week is Philo Sofia where the author has a soft spot for hazy photographs and French film. She always finds the best outfits from polyvore and post them. I've been feeling so simple in my style of dress lately, nothing too fussy and nothing which requires too much thought. Which is the perfect style for a wardrobe like mine which hasn't been updated much at all this winter.
Friday, January 27, 2012
You know when you buy one of something on sale, only to kick yourself later because it's so great and you should have bought five?? That's how I feel about this shea butter soap by The Soap and Paper Factory. Close smells of Sandalwood, Vetiver and all things hippie and lovely. The scent creeps out my bathroom into the hallway as subtle as the effects of sweet mary jane. I bought this bar on sale for $3.95 from Anthro and now I shall be paying the full eight dollars. Because I need it in my life.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
My Father is pretty hip with a fantastic eye for detail. Despite his exterior (seriously, the man lives in cargo pants), he enjoys many of the same things you and I do. The Selby being one of them. And upon viewing the photos of Angelika Taschen's resplendent home, he immediately sent me an email which said "Is that photograph over the bed from a certain gallery opening you attended in London?" Upon further inspection, I have ruled it a "no", but he never forgets the moments when I shine the brightest, usually making a complete and utter spectacle of myself. There has been nothing ultra mundane about my life.
"Looking hard for moments of shine" - Aurora, Björk
Why so blue Karl?
Though if I'm honest, I rarely associate blue with melancholia, more so with serenity. I like this well rounded couture collection because it speaks to the many different Chanel couture customer. And there's something exuberant about the blue and the way it's used. Especially in the cocktail gowns.
Similar to how I could never be blue staring at this painting by Mark Rothko.
(Photos from: Style and That Kind of Woman)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
It would seem that all I want to do these days is read. I've had a few weeks off from work and gotten into the leisurely pace of reading and working out, both good for body and mind. I wonder how next week I shall fare when I'm back to a 9 to 5 schedule with some days blocked on the weekend.
Hur Chariot's pairing of Murakami covers by John Gall with Sartorialist streetwear photography marries my two favorite things together (as those that know me understand that Murakami is one of my favorite authors after having picked up one of his books at random at 19 years of age). I think Hur Chariot has done a beautiful job here. Each one of these more brilliant than the next. I have read each of these books. Favorites are Norwegian Wood and South of the Border West of the Sun. You know I'm a romantic at heart.
Friday, January 20, 2012
For Lara, who will have beautiful babies.
Plucked from the womb, thrust into a world of obscurity and placed into the loving arms of her parents during the supposed age of post-racism the black female is armed with certain tools to ensure her survival. In the words of sweet patron Joni, heart of humor and humility will often lighten up the heavy load. But when you run out of humor and you think the other person suffers from a total lack of humility, sometimes you have to break out your trusty, "bitch, please" face (the other tool which is bestowed upon you from birth). This was Avery yesterday after some idiot commented, "oh look how white she is."
Would she not be cute if she were darker? The offender continued with her moronic commentary and even got close to Avery placing her own arm against Avery's cheek to prove her idiotic point. My cheeks flushed with anger. At that point, we all turned on our heels and began to walk. Someone was about to feel the rage of one angry mother, one angry grandmother and one angry Auntie. As soon as we got far enough away, I looked down at Avery and snapped this photo of her face. My thoughts exactly.
When was it ever acceptable to comment on a child's skin tone? You ain't got shit else to say, idiot?
Timely enough, this new documentary Dark Girls, is now available in theaters. If you're reading this blog post and you're unsure why the outrage, please watch this trailer. Watch this trailer either way. Imperialism and racism has given an entire race a complex about their skin. The reality is, many women grow up feeling ugly. If you're black sometimes the odds are really stacked against you, especially when media portrays photo after photo of smiling white faces. History can never be re-written but we can all stand to be a little bit kinder to each other and more aware.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Caroline Wang seems to like almost EVERYTHING I like.
And she makes lovely prints of them and sells them in her etsy shop Coco Draws. So if you're looking for something pretty and sweet to bright up your blank walls, perhaps you'll give her a go. I think these would look lovely in any office.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In the winter I like nothing more than a pair of plump, healthy looking lips. I might feel like I'm freezing to death but I'd prefer to look rosy cheeked and flushed. Through the years I've tried a large amount of tinted lip balms and glosses and none of them have had a lasting mark with me (with the exception of good old Burts Bees). Has anyone tried Korres USA? Any feedback? Lara, I'm looking at you, beauty queen . . . who will have BEAUTIFUL babies.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Apparently all the bookish fashion girls freaked when they saw these book clutches ($1520) by Olympia Le-Tan. They're completely sold out! The only one I haven't read is Les Liaisons Dangereuses. What about you?
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I'm selling my Quoddy's on ebay. Not because they're not awesome. But just because if you've been reading this blog for a little bit, than you know I have a problem with shoes. The only way to reign in the excess is to deny myself a couple of things, serving as a reminder that I can live without. And whatever happened to me crafting? These days all I seem to do is knit. If I had all the tools, I would take a stab at this old moccasin tutorial. K. Line . . . Ambika . . . this is your assignment . . .
PS- "For Free" is one of my most favorite songs ever. If you've never heard it, give it a listen and get ready to feel your heart grow heavy.
(Tutorial from: Vineet Kaur)
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Friday, January 6, 2012
"F*ck that sh*t. I want to be like her."
"Well . . . dude, it's easy. Just buy Jalouse and be like me or at least be my friend or something."
I love a hint of irony, sarcasm and french joie de vivre bullsh*t. As a matter of fact, it's probably a safe bet to say I ate this video for Jalouse blog by Matthew Frost, up with a spoon. And despite the fact that they're poking fun at the idea the entire time, I think they've successfully made a swoon worthy type of video which makes you crave a certain lifestyle. All while being super sarcastic and shallow about it. Boom. Done. (Speaks leagues about my generation).
Speaking of the French, I bought this A.P.C. sweatshirt yesterday from the Outnet for a fraction of the full price. I love motherf*ckin stripes. Boom. Done.
(Video by way of Susie Bubble).
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A few years back, I did what I would always do and stood by a friend during a rough time. And for some glorious reason, this friend felt the need to repay the favor by gifting me a goody bag from a popular awards show. We should all be disgusted by how many freebies those who are already rich snatch up at these silly events. However it is not at all disgusting when such bags are handed over to my possession. I couldn't believe all the treats. Among the items was a tin of Steam Cream which I have been slapping on liberally this winter like it were water. It is probably one of the best moisturizers I have used in a long time and it's not at all heavy. It goes on super light with a consistency like whipped cream, but my feet stay soft all day long in my socks.
Noticing that my supply was getting dangerously low, I went on the haunt for a new tin.
Gulp. $18. Guess I'll have to wait on that one.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Any New Years Resolutions? Nope. Me neither. Mine are all completely selfish, like take more vacations. But I have noted a few things have changed from last year to this year. One thing is that I am starting the year out with nails. After being a lifetime nail biter and enjoying it greatly, I think I finally just got bored with the habit. Don't get me wrong, I could easily gnaw them off again while sitting in some grade A DC metropolitan rage inducing traffic. But for now, they're very ladylike. And it's kind of odd.
The colors I've been rotating this winter all come from Essie. Carry On, Chinchilly and Turquoise & Caicos. Essie is under $10 and unlike some ridiculously overpriced brands (ahem, Chanel) it stays for days. I'm hooked.