Monday, January 31, 2011

Perfect Bedroom

Recently I stumbled upon an uncredited picture of a bedroom that I love! I wish I knew more about where the image came from, and where I could find a hi-res. picture (help me out, internet!).
Meanwhile,  I've had a little fun trying to pull together a room inspired by the original - but on the cheap!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DIOR for Diane


Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happy Little Thing

Honestly, there could not be a more perfect ring for me than this one:

Cushion cut aquamarine with a rose gold band by onegarnetgirl . $458 on Etsy. 
I have a birthday coming up. Just saying. 
Seriously though, I've been doing the whole post-college adult job search thing for ALMOST TWO YEARS. I'm FINALLY getting some traction and good prospects for jobs I really want to do and had an interview last week that went decently well! I'm going to buy this ring if I get the job. 
After living for so long with stress, uncertainty and student loans - I need more sparkling lightness in my life. I started this blog in an effort to keep me from going crazy from all this job junk, and thankfully I've been able to find really great people and blogs that have brought little bits of joy into my life. I'm especially thankful to be working at place right now that pays the bills, but allows me (seriously, this workday blogging is totally approved!) to read about the things that I like when the phones aren't ringing. I'm determined to enjoy it while it lasts, but I want someone to answer MY phones someday, so I can't stay forever. 
Here are a few blogs that you should check out to bring yourself a little bit of happy:
* A Cup of Jo - Really great for fun photos, casual fashion, random coolness and loads of giveaways! I found this ring through this blog!

* Yes and Yes - Excellent source of happy things! Right now Sarah is volunteering around Asia, and I love reading about the people that she meets! She also features a Network of Nice where people can echange and give, well . . . niceness! 
* Fifi Lapin - A fashion blog where the cutest little bunny is the model. Here are some of my favorite outfits:
Finally, just because, here is a video of Prince Poppycock singing. Honestly, how could anyone hear that voice and not be happy?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Salute to HBC

Helena Bonham Carter just does. not. care . She is amazingly awesome.

P.S.- At first I thought those were the just two different colored shoes, but I've seen the close-up - those are straight up TWO DIFFERENT SHOES. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Surprising Fashion Find!

I was quite surprised and pleased to find some style gems at The J. Peterman Company! J. Peterman is known for classic and vintage style clothing and goods and their products are always accompanied by a unique short story and illustrations instead of pictures. While the company has a reputation of producing items that are well-made blasts from the past, I found some items I want in my closet right now!!

Black Herringbone Boyfriend's Jacket. Was $249, Now $174.
I LOVE the zippers on the pockets!
Hollywood Canteen Dress. Was $329, Now 154.
1927 Party Dress. Was $598, Now $ 272.
Heirloom Gladstone Bag. $598.
This reminds me a little bit of the Mulberry Alexa Bag. However, (at less than half the price of the Alexa!) I wouldn't feel as guilty about abusing the Heirloom like it's meant to be abused! 
Be sure to check out their site and fill out your own wish list! 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Is This Not The Perfect Dress?

I'm totally obsessed with this Bibhu Mohapatra dress. It's from a few collections ago, but I don't care. I seriously would wear this anywhere (If I were on 30 Rock there would be a flash cut to me eating cornflakes in it right now). Be sure to check out Mohapatra's site to see more of his current collection! 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gaga for Polaroid

I used to have so much fun with Polaroid cameras as a kid! I even had one that printed pictures on stickers (anybody else remember that one?). I'm so glad that Lady Gaga has teamed with Polaroid to bring back instant picture printing! All three products are detailed in the videos below, but I'm totally excited for the wireless printer. You can send pictures to it from your phone and it prints in about 50 seconds with NO INK!! The printer is $149.99 and will release just before next Christmas!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Vivian Maier

Ever watch something that takes your breath away? I recently stumbled upon a video about Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny and AMAZING street photographer. Maier's work was discovered by a young real estate agent, John Maloof. With the help of a friend, Maloof is slowly archiving the more than 100,000 negatives that have never been viewed by anyone!

I pulled these images from Maloof's blog which also has information about how you can help fund a documentary about Maier and her work.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mickey Contractor for MAC

The Mickey Contractor for MAC collection is one of the most anticipated collections of the season and it's finally launched online! If you were hoping to see it in person, good luck! Its will only be released to 22 stores in the country starting tomorrow, and that list certainly does not include my local Des Moines MAC counter!

Contractor is a Beauty Director for MAC, but most known for his work with Bollywood starlets. His collection is has colorful options for all skin tones, but was truly developed with Indian skintones in mind. What's really exciting are the new foundations and concealers that are made for skin with yellow undertones! Surprisingly, especially considering MAC's reputation for having an insane amount of color choices, yellow undertoned makeup is hard to find in the regular MAC collection. In fact, people with yellow undertones (which presumably make up a HUGE portion of cosmetic consumers) are really underrepresented in the makeup market in general. Bobbi Brown and Shiseido are the only brands I was aware of before this collection that are reasonably accessible in North America that cater to that market. Since those brands are not necessarily accessible to most women, a lot of people are pushed into buying foundations and powders that have wrong undertones, creating ashiness. Rumor has it that the foundations will eventually become apart of the permanent collection - YAY! No word yet on the duo-ended concealer, which apparently you can mix into makeup you already own to create the right tone!

When I found out that I could not see the collection in person I was kind of bummed. I don't recommend buying MAC products online without seeing them in person, because the pictures on the website often, in my opinion, are not representative of the color of the "live" product. What was I going to do? Luckily I found, which I am now totally obsessed with! I can't believe it took me so long to find this site! Temptalia is a wonderful site with reviews, a MAC archive, contests, a searchable"dupe" list and is where I got these great pictures! With Christine's help, I decided to get the Saffron eyeshadow.
All the eyeshadows are very pretty, but I felt Saffron was the most unique and not easily duped. I think it will play well with the golds and browns I already own. Plus, if you haven't heard, orange is THE color for Spring makeup so I'm sure Saffron will sell out FAST! I'm not really sure how I feel about that, since I don't have a good history with wearing orange close to my face, but Saffron has a suitable amount of rust in it, and where there is a will there is a way! I'll post some pictures of Saffron eye looks once it's delivered. I think I want to attempt to re-create that model photo look on top for funsies! Christine also sometimes features video reviews, which are also really help when you are thinking about buying something! 
I also treated myself to MAC's Pearlglide Liner in Lord It Up from the Tartan Tale Holiday Collection that I had my eye on ! Here's Christine's swatch (Lord It Up is in the middle):
These are supposed to act like my favorite liner, Urban Decay 24/7, so I'll let you know how they compare! The Pearlglide liners in any color are not part of the permanent collection, but it would be nice if they were since they are cheaper than UD 24/7! I also got free shipping with the code LASH, so if you are interested; save yourself a few bucks!
**UPDATE** Well, I was right about Saffron selling out! I just checked my email, and there was a message from MAC saying it was temporarily out of stock!! I ordered only a couple hours from when the sale went live. I won't be getting mine for AT LEAST two weeks or more! Get yourself on the waiting list NOW!