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Transformative powers

10 Nov

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Daily outfit, mixing patterns

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Daily outfit, wearing red mini skirt, vintage cowl neck sweater with orange and grey stripes, grey wool coat, grey tights

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One of my closest friends called me the other day, my husband and I were in the car driving home. Our car had just decided to make an unsavory alarming sound, probably due to some after-market install. I couldn’t really talk over it and told my friend I’d call him right back. As soon as we got home my husband started investigating the problem while I unloaded the car. I had been at a design conference for two days in San Francisco, literally one block from Sephora. I had stopped in on the way back home to pick up a gift for a couple friends. And myself, apparently.

Unloading the car is handled one of two ways in my household. Based on the day of the week, I either dump everything on the bench by the front door and ignore until the next day or I meticulously put everything in its rightful place. On this particular Friday I chose the latter. Let me elaborate on the meticulous part — it involves the trying on of suitable purchases, such as new clothes or make-up. My reality is often intermingled with such fantastic interruptions. I had given in to the temptation of a natural eyeshadow and blush kit that barely cost twice as much as the single eyeshadow from Make Up For Ever that I normally buy. Impulse shopping at its finest.

While taking the kit out of its box, I found myself mesmerized by the silver shades and gave them a try. One thing led to another, close to an hour flew by. As I found myself snapping a picture of it to share on Instagram I remembered my friend in New York. I called him back immediately and explained the series of events that led to the delay. “I was playing with make-up and I forgot to call you back.” As we FaceTimed each other on our phones, both of us laying down — he on his bed and me on a cozy rug in my bedroom — I delved further into the female psyche, specifically mine.

Make-up and fashion are not just a form of expression, they are also a form of escape and fantasy. Those of us with a passion for one or the other, or both, understand the transformative powers they each possess. I am not a celebrity with a perfect life, I’m a woman in her forties who celebrated her birthday with tea instead of a proper cocktail because of the lingering effects of having pneumonia. I’m a woman who’s a little exhausted by the demands of work. Getting lost in the moment of make-up is a brief escape — I admit to getting completely absorbed by the precision of applying silver eyeshadow on the inside and mid-section of my eye lids, (but definitely not by the lashes or the outer areas, that wouldn’t work.) It’s similar to junk TV for my brain. There’s a Zen to it. While I pride myself in my ability to multi-task on a day-to-day basis, when I get lost in putting an outfit together or working out a new way to wear eye make-up, I get lost in the moment.

Being able to escape reality is important, it’s especially important to me to be cognizant of it. I like forgetting my troubles. I’m not neglecting them, I’m taking a break. As children we played make-believe and it was perfectly acceptable. We nourished our creative sides with fantasy, unknowingly developing problem-solving skills by thinking outside the box. It didn’t matter that we lived in an apartment. There was a farm with a dog and a cow in the bedroom, right next to the castle to the left of the bed. Imagination knows no bounds. I work in a creative field, interestingly enough, the most demanding aspects requiring imagination are not specific to design. They are more often called upon to solve logistical problems, whether it be scheduling or process driven. They further come in handy with regards to working with others.

If I can imagine the way someone else thinks and processes information, I am better able to speak their dialect. That’s a very adult thing to do with imagination. Then there’s make-up. If I can play with silver eye-shadow and make my eyes sparkle, I feel I sparkle. It doesn’t have to be a conscious intention, it just happens. The only thing I need to be conscious of is whether the transformative power is positive or negative. My friend understood and forgave me for getting side-tracked. I sent him off to his slumber with a kiss and plans to visit the following week.

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Check back in on Friday, November 11 for Fashion Beauty Friend Friday. The visual topic is for us bloggers to show a picture of ourselves without any make-up on. See me in my natural state.

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I may have only been pattern mixing in the last year but I feel like a pro with some of my bolder choices. What made this outfit work was that I kept the palette limited to only a few primary colors: grey and red-orange. The use of grey helped neutralize the impact of the red tones. Try it out! And then leave me your url in the comment section so that I can see how you styled your patterns. Remember, you’re even more beautiful when you’re having fun!

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Red mini skirt/Urban Outfitters, vintage striped cowl neck sweater/eBay, grey wool coat/Bebe, grey tights/WeLoveColors.com, wedge sneakers/Tsubo.

 

 

 

 

FBFF Q&A: Learning the ways, young grasshopper

20 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tweed coat and beige pashmina shawl
A family affair: Fil, me, Liliana, Kurt

 

My husband’s mother (and my friend), Liliana, and her husband, Kurt were visiting us from Sandpoint, Idaho this past week and a half. They moved to Idaho to retire with their two dogs. They’ve since added a cat and a part-time moose to Daisy Ranch, the latter being inadvertent.

Have you ever tried to move a moose?

They’re both ski instructors at Schweitzer Mountain Resort which sounds like a lot of fun but it doesn’t sound much like retirement to me. All that skiing agrees with them, don’t you think? I’ve been blessed with a wonderful extended family; now that they’ve left I’ll be missing my “sister” Lil.

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Blog pet peeves? Don’t get me started, I’ve got very strong opinions. Mind you, they are opinions not judgements. I reckon offending parties have yet to learn the ways of the wise owl. I love saying “reckon”. I’m going to say it again. I reckon as bloggers learn how others feel about their offense they will correct their ways. This is the topic being discussed this week on Fashion Beauty Friend Friday.

How am I driven bananas? Let me count the ways:

1. Too many photos. Especially too many bad and/or blurry photos. Edit, people! No one needs to see every single angle of that outfit. Do you really think I only take two pictures a day? Pick the best, feature the differences, put some time into learning how to use that camera and improve. Ever been forced to sit through a gazillion vacation or family photos at someone’s house. Yeah, you get me.

2. Music. I don’t like your music. Well, I don’t like your music coming on while I’m already listening to music. It’s cacophonous at best, irritating at worst. I won’t come back, I read blogs to relax not to freak out my ears. Besides, I really may not like your music. No offense.

3. Low contrast color font. I’m artsy, I actually get paid to make judgement calls on big brands you’ve heard of. There’s no aisle in a supermarket that doesn’t carry a product I’ve been involved in. That said, (hold please, I need to get off my high horse pony because it’s no fun up there), I have never thought that compromising legibility in the name of creativity was a good idea. I want to read your content, no squint and readjust the angle and contrast of my monitor. Being able to read your content is a good thing.

4. The secret comment section. I just read your post. Coolio! Now I want to say something but, uh, wait. I can’t locate the comment mystery zone. I’m going to wave my cursor around like a magic wand and see if something happens. I really want to tell you that I loved what you wore and it suited you so well, that tying in that story about your day made me smile. But I gotta run, I’m trying to read a few more blogs before the sandman calls me and, well, I’m sure it’s around here somewhere but I haven’t found it. Maybe I’ll find it next time. Want to engage your readers? Make it easy for them to do so.

5. Typos. You probably graduated from High School. You might be in College or those years might be behind you. Guess what? Unless you did not grow up in a country where English is the primary language you have no excuse. The accidental typo from being so passionate about the topic that your fingers couldn’t keep up with your mind is okay. It’s been known to happen to the best of us. But people, every single program offers some kind of spell check. If that’s not enough, there’s that crazy mountain of information to steer you straight called The Internet. (Or as my mom calls it, the internet-world-wide-web-AOL.) Look, in my day you had to go to the local public library. Yeah, I pulled a “in my day” on you. You’ve got the internet so what’s your excuse?

(Folds pop-up soapbox, puts it away.) We now return the kinder, gentler House in the Clouds. I warned you, I’m pretty forgiving but it doesn’t mean I don’t have strong opinions. Listen, if you’re not willing to put time into learning and improving you should quit. I know it’s time consuming but plenty of people work really, really hard at putting together a quality blog.

Don’t blog because everyone else is doing it, blog because you love it and it shows. Let the quality speak to how much you care.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for crafting this topic. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

I see you’re still here, reading, and you want to continue being told, check out what drives Beautifully Invisible crazy. (It’s good solid advice, I would never steer you wrong.) By the way, I have re-read this post about four times on different days. I might have missed something but I know I tried my best to catch every missing word or typo. You should too.

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Every couple of years I invest in a nice statement coat. There’s nothing better to cheer up a dreary winter day than a fun coat paired with a good scarf – or two. Having fun with style shouldn’t be limited to what lies beneath the cover-up, why not have a good time with everything you wear?

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Tweed coat/ModCloth, beige pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s.