Remember how people always say that you have to see things from a different perspective? And how hard it is to suppress a deep sigh and not to give them THE look? Now, maybe they are onto something. At least in this particular case. If I don’t have any time on my hands and I twist my hair up without any effort and attention whatsoever, the result would be very close to the one shown above. The created effect could only be described by me with something close to „nah!“. Let me throw a glance at the picture above however and you will see me saying things like „look“ and all of a sudden I will break into an ode to the oh-so-appealing careless approach. Everything is a matter of perspective, right?
This post is everything but a review. At least for the moment. I couldn’t say a single word about the performance of these products, since I didn’t get my hands on any of these. Yet. What I can say with certainty, however, is that I AM the kind of person who falls for THIS KIND of packaging. So simple. So good. No wonder then, that I couldn’t resist paying Aesop a visit during my stay in Paris. Something that I really loved was that the shop itself matched the design of the products beautifully and created a unique experience. Although no product did end up in my shopping basket, the lovely lady at the counter provided me with some samples. All in all it becomes fairly easy to understand why people go a little bit crazy for this particular brand.
Something that I have to point out in the end of this post would be the absolutely gorgeous illustration above which has been created by Aline Caron from My Little Fabric.
Images: (1) My Little Fabric (2) and (3) & Other Stories
I am not sure why but I was never really tempted to try a short hair cut. Not even for an instant during the most difficult moments…you know the cliché. Woman in despair. Grabs for scissors. Decisive moment. The only time that I tried to cut a fringe was before I was able to write my name. I probably thought that my mum was taking away all the fun and that I could easily do it myself. Well I could not.
Although I am not searching for ideas how to get rid of my long mane, I do think that it can look incredibly pretty. Take Emily Weiss for example. Whether it is an undercut or simply the short bob, it suits her so well. Can’t help but admiring it from afar…
Image: Into the gloss
This picture found on the beautiful tumblr coffee stained cashmere almost makes me want to base my decisions uniquely on the look of the product, so everything can fit together perfectly. Maybe this is going „a bit“ too far, and yet: from time to time I can’t help but think that making my bathroom visually as streamlined as this would be quite fantastic.
In case you were wondering: black q-tips are an actual thing, at least in Japan. And they say you can learn nothing from blogs.
Just a quick post to wrap up the weekend and it just seems right to throw in some black and white action.
Images: (1) Karim Sadli (2) unknown
I’m going to get right into the middle of things. I never went for a short cut. Not even once. Not even a little. A lot of small and slightly important changes happened over the years. However I never toyed with the idea of really going for a pixie style kind of thing. I do think that it suits some women fantastically. But I also think that it is not my cup of tea when it comes to my hair cut decisions.
There are certainly a lot of reasons which speak against or in favour of a long mane. One of the things I do like a lot are the options that come with it…and well, who doesn’t like options? That being said when I say „options“ I do not mean complicated hairdos which require half an hour, a packet full of hairpins and a ton of hairspray. What I do mean by „options“ is far simpler than that. Think hair parted in the middle and some subtle waves. Outrageously simple to achieve. I’m not going to complain about that…
Strong eyebrows. Once again. Quite recently I posted this editorial shot of Bambi Northwood-Blyth who is famous for her „statement eyebrows“ (I also believe to have read the expression „power brow“ somewhere). And if there is any other model worth mentioning when it comes to this special feature, it must be Cara Delevingne.
Image: Burberry Prorsum fall 2012
A few years ago the sole mention of the word „nail art“ would have brought up nothing more than a cringe from anybody really. A flood of unwanted images would have inundated our minds like acrylic nails, neon light and rhinestones. Who would have thought that things could change so dramatically in a blink of an eye?
Well maybe not exactly as fast as that. But fast enough to let us wondering mouth agape about its current popularity or dare-I-say hype. I think that it is possible to pinpoint the moment for this new kind of passion with the appearance of two particular nail polishes in fall 2009: Chanel’s Jade and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. At that time Alexa Chung adorned her nails with the minty colour when making a TV appearance and that was pretty much enough to send a trend on its way (by the way you might remember that the exact same thing happened simultaneously with the YSL arty oval ring). After this, nothing stayed the same. Well, how could it have?
By now every cosmetic brand, whether high end or high street, is doing their best to come up with unseen shades each new season. At the same time they cultivate a love for the classics since a Chanel Rouge Noir has no less potential than the iconic N°5. Limited editions are rounding up the portfolio and are de rigeur today. Nothing sends more of a go-get-them-signal than the fear of impending disappearance from the market.
After seeing gold, glitter, neon and crackling finishes, you might have thought that you have seen it all, that „someone should draw the line here“. Well, things can always be pushed a little bit further and I guess that the joy of flirting with the abyss is to see how far you can go before things get nasty. Right now, we are not facing nail polish talk anymore, we see some serious stuff happening on those nails: all kind of shapes and symbols and whatnot. „Nail art“ is pretty much everywhere. They say it has nothing to do with the above mentioned word and its tackiness. And it’s true. Whaaaaaat?
Yes, this is coming from someone who whould have never believed that her name and „nail art“ should be ever brought up in a sentence. Ever. But let me say this. As with anything in life, in fashion and in beauty, there are different degrees to anything. You can go crazy on that hair cut and choose a neon undercut. You could opt for a hello kitty nail thing, but you could also go with a nude base and a burgundy tip. A perfect reason to go a little bit overboard with one’s keep-it-simple-attitude…
Image: Donna Karan fall 2012 [Vogue Uk]
Two days left until December and that means we are heading towards shorter days and freezing temperatures. I really don’t mind because that also means a lot of good stuff to look forward to: a good excuse for lighting a ridiculous amount of candles (and coming away with it), planing cosy dinners with friends at home (first point included, of course), planning my yearly Christmas visit to my family (never missed one, never will) and wearing darker lipstick (without passing for a Goth). And when I say darker lipstick, I do not mean black. That particular colour I will gladly relinquish to the runways and editorials, because frankly, no season will do the trick and make the innuendo of heavy depression disappear. When I say darker lipstick I mean darker plum or berry tones. Those look great with pretty much everything as seen above. Now, there are many options to choose from, a lot of different shades and a lot of different brands. Those four seem pretty interesting to me…
(1) Chanel Rouge Allure: Rouge Noir (2) mac: Cyber (3) Tom Ford: Black Orchid (4) Nars Semi Matte Lipstick: Scarlet empress
(1) Rouge Noir is an iconic colour and a classic when it comes to my choice of nail polish. So it is easy to imagine this beautiful shade on the lips. (2) Cyber by mac is the lipstick worn by Columbine Smille in the picture above. It has a bluish undertone in opposition to the shade revel which I personally own, but I like this one just as much. (3) Tom Ford lipsticks are raved about (as seen chez Garance Doré) and although the pricing is extravagant, the packaging and the offered colours are brilliant. Here I would definitely suggest Black Orchid. (4) Nars in Scarlet Empress would probably would be my recommendation for beginners, just because it seems slightly less heavy than the other ones.
Images: (1) Columbine Smille (2) composition created by Definitely Golden
There is no denying: I instantly fell for those paintings. See more beautiful artwork by Russell Leng on his website and read more about it here.
Images: Russell Leng