would you take a DNA test?

Over the weekend, I read an interesting article about the art direction/marketing for a genetic testing company.  Instead of leaning towards the  super-sci-fi ( a la Minority Report) they went with the “I’m your friendly neighbor and, oh yeah, science is fun” approach.    As soon as I saw it, I felt like it was something that I could easily find on Target shelves.  (I’m not sure if that’s a praise or a slam…) 

23 and me website

Here is one of their commercials:

And as I scrolled through their website, it reminded me (a lot) of the now discontinued Dr. Perricone SUPER products. A product whose packaging I really enjoyed.  



So, ethical questions aside, I’m not sure if I’m their target audience (35-45 female) but they did indeed sucker me in with friendly, clean, colorful graphics and that chunky sans serif font — so who all wants a DNA test for a stocking stuffer this year?! 


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.

weekend scene

Weekend Scene Mar 9

The weekend started right by sharing a meal with my sis and her hubs at a fantastic Mexican restaurant.  Little Miss here enjoyed herself some nice red sangria (1.) and delicious tuna tacos (2.).  I cannot stress how DELICIOUS they were.  The rest of the weekend wasn’t exactly uneventful, just not photo-worthy.  I spent much of my time in dressing rooms (3.).  I’m currently on the hunt for a wedding outfit and I have tried on more things than I own.  I’m at one of those stages where I think nothing looks right and/or if I do like it, it’s not the right color.  All is not lost though; I have yet to venture into a department store.  I’m sure Nordstroms will come through for me though.  But I’ll save that for next weekend.

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

house hunting

I feel that I should qualify that title.  We are NOT looking for a house to purchase.  After our last ordeal (and the craziness that was 2008 real-estate) I don’t know when we’ll buy again.  Besides we LOVE our little abode; but the hubs and I are always looking (and critiquing!)  *Sidebar — how terrible is it that we bond over griping about stupid houses in the neighborhood — ok, so I’m guessing the homeowners don’t think they’re that stupid.  But how can we resist when we run through this neighborhood — it’s so ripe for fodder.  And yes it’s probably all just good old Cain and Able jealousy; however, it’s clear that money can’t buy you taste!  But I digress…

Last weekend we changed up our running route a bit and stumbled across two fantastically 60s-esque apartment complexes.  (See not everything in that neighborhood is tacky — in fact, it really is quite pleasant and thank goodness I am putting their tax dollars to good use and actually using their wonderfully flat sidewalks.) We have decided to call this little section of the neighborhood Palm Springs 2.0.  Well, I have never been to Palm Springs, but I know automatically that I would love it.  I mean, what’s not to love, right?  All that mid-century architecture, lovely topography, and perfect year-round weather… it’s enough to make me consider finding a job that actually pays really well.  Ha, ha.  Well, these two little, groovy communities looked super inviting and like they had LOTS of potential; and it’s not just because of the pools either (clearly I’m a little obsessed.)  It would be interesting to attempt to shoot some architectural shots of these places with my real camera.  And the bottom photo is to add to my personal collection of favorite homes.  I didn’t realize how much I really, really like that house.  Every time we run by it, I say something (nice!), so I finally paused on Sunday long enough to snap a photo (but hopefully not long enough that the neighbors called the cops).  I love the clean lines and of course the colors: black, white, & wood.  I would love to know how the interior is laid out, but in my book it’s perfect — especially since just over that wooden fence, in the front yard, … is a POOL!

House Hunting

what the hex?

So I was perusing my Pinterest boards the other day and I saw a *bit* of a trend.  Do you think I’m into hexagons or what?!  Clearly geometric shapes are the “in” thing right now; I just didn’t realize how ubiquitous they were on my boards.  But what’s not to love about all these dreamy objects?  The links can be found below…

What the HEX

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