Reinterpreted Design

I love how designs can be reinterpreted, even 50+ years apart and from two different parts of the world.  I would have never seen these two items together if it weren’t for the way I use Pinterest.  I tend to “like” something first, then when I have time I’ll go through my likes and categorize, click through, or decide if I really want it on one of my boards.  Well, these two gems ended up right next to each other in my likes, and well, I liked what I saw!  I’d wear them both!

Reinterpret Fashion

The smock is via a tumblr I’m slightly obsessed with and the rain cape via this cute company.

split personality

Split Personality

[photo here & here]

I’m not usually one to post photos of celebrities (or the like)… but I recently saw both of these photos of Elizabeth Olsen and they were so striking.  Not only is she a beautiful young woman, but the difference in her hair color seems to change her personality.

I’m sure there’s been many studies on our perception of women’s character, etc. based strictly on hair color and this is no exception.  I have automatically assigned a back-story for each of these looks.  The thing is, I find myself wanting both, regularly.  As much as I like to rearrange my home, I really like to rearrange my look.

I certainly don’t think I have a “signature look”.  Most days I would like to channel some combination of Katherine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett.  (Ha! Who wouldn’t! I know, such low standards…)  Who am I kidding — most days I’d settle for a notch above Nick Nolte’s mugshot!  However, I digress.

I don’t know any of these women so I can assign personalities to go with their style at will.  And I guess as much as changing my look is “for myself”,  if I’m really honest, it’s just as much about trying to control other people’s perceptions of me… an impossible and exhausting task.  Sure it’s fun to try on different “personas” if you will (thank you Chloe Sevigny), but I guess I’m always questioning my own motives.

Who knew such an existential crisis would arise just because I’m going to get my hair done today?  I’m not sure which persona I’ll end up with today — but hopefully I’ll still be “me” under all that effort.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see about my mood thoughts when I get there.

rock on

I’m so excited that tonight the hubs and I are going to don our most rockstar-chic outfits, and party with PINK!  Ok, maybe “with” is a stretch, but from our corporate box office suite, we’ll marvel at her madness.  Her tour will no doubt amaze and entertain.  Maybe this calls for a little crazy make-up: hot pink lips or yellow eyeshadow… or something, right!?


She looks amazing, no?! | Image

nailed it

This photo collage of Olympic fingernails made me smile.  See original and more Olympic coverage here.

A combination of pictures taken during the London 2012 Olympic Games shows athletes’ fingernails decorated with their national colors. From top left : USA’s Allison Schmitt, Hungary’s Suzana Jacobos, Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, Mexico’s Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez, Britain’s Alison Williamson, USA’s Venus Williams, Britain’s Alison Williamson, France’s Margaux Farrell, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte. (AFP/GettyImages) #

a fresh face

Sorry fellas, I need to “girl-out” for just a second.

I’ve been a Bare Escentuals gal for years (since 2007 in fact).  But recently my skin has changed and so have my needs.  I just felt like this 33 year old face needed a bit more coverage.  But the thought of using a liquid (or even pressed) foundation was not an option.  Enter Korres Mineral Foundation.  I was perusing one of my favorite blogs and came across her glowing recommendation of the aforementioned powder.  It seemed like it was just the solution.  I must admit that I was not optimistic. I am however, a believer in Sephora’s return policy, so why not try it.  Boy can I tell a difference.  I’m not sure that other people have been able to tell; it’s not like folks are stopping me on the street (let’s get real, if any one ever complimented me on my skin they would be my new BFF… I’m just not that girl that gets those compliments.)  But I can tell.  If feels so good and the biggest change, it’s still on my face come 4pm.  I have recently developed oily skin (thanks Dr. Dermatologist and your industrial strength skin creme!), but this stuff seems to keep the shine in check.  (And yes, I have used both the regular and matte formulas of the B.E.)  But the best part about this new-to-me line of products: it’s 100% natural!!!  What?!  How can this be?  I’m not quite sure what those Greeks are putting in that jar, but I can tell you that they are not putting all that toxic garbage (I’m talking about you sulfates and paraffin!)  So even if I thought both offered about the same coverage, why not switch for that reason alone.  I know it’s not cheap ($28!) and their color choices are limited, but I cannot imagine them not growing their line of products, soon.  Fortunately for me, the lightest shade is just right. What about you all?  What do you use?