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Transformative powers

10 Nov

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Daily outfit, mixing patterns

Daily outfit, grey wedge sneaker, grey tights, grey wool coat

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.

 

 

 

 

Paper Doll Project

11 May

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing long straight brown skirt, white tunic

Stripes for spring!

Welcome to the Paper Doll Project, where you dress another style blogger and they style you. Lori, of Lori’s Wardrobe, and I were partnered to style each other. This is my first time participating, I’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Check out what I suggested for Lori. I asked her to style the skirt I’m wearing, I love what she came up with, right down to the owl necklace. I added the shawl because today was strangely cold. Isn’t this fun?

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Do you want to participate in the Paper Doll Project? Do you want another style blogger to style you for a day? Do you want to style someone else? Check out the details here. Props to the lovely Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy for getting us to play dress up. If you have a passion for color like I do, you’ll love her outfits. I think she’s the cat’s meow!

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Suze and Liz

Laura and Dani

Kate and Gina

Cass and Kellie

Tyesha and Rebekah

Grace and Cass

Lisa and Michelle

Ashley and Dana

Celynne and Louise

Sarah and Cathy

Lydia and Tierney

Marie-Eve was styled by Betsy, who was partnered with EvaNadine

Amy and Martina

Missy and Melissa

Hope and Selina

Sophie (PS- congratulate her today, she’s going to have a baby!) and Shea

Danielle and Amanda

Lynzy and Katou

Kelsey and Bekah

Vanessa and Kara

Laura and Elly

Jeanna and Tiffanie

Fabienne and Lori

Franca and Kimberlee

Kimberly and Daphne

Desiree and Julie

Allyson and Jess

Nicole and Frances Joy

Lindsay and Beck

Stephanie P and Mandy

Heather and Cassie

Suze and Liz

Laura and Dani

Kate and Gina

Cass and Kellie

Tyesha and Rebekah

Grace and Cass

Lisa and Michelle

Ashley and Dana

Celynne and Louise

Sarah and Cathy

Lydia and Tierney

Marie-Eve was styled by Betsy, who was partnered with EvaNadine

Amy and Martina

Missy and Melissa

Hope and Selina

Sophie (PS- congratulate her today, she’s going to have a baby!) and Shea

Danielle and Amanda

Lynzy and Katou

Kelsey and Bekah

Vanessa and Kara

Laura and Elly

Jeanna and Tiffanie

Fabienne and Lori

Franca and Kimberlee

Kimberly and Daphne

Desiree and Julie

Allyson and Jess

Nicole and Frances Joy

Lindsay and Beck

Stephanie P and Mandy

Heather and Cassie

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Skirt/Lulu’s.com, white cotton tunic/H&M, wedge sandals/Urban Outfitters, belt/Nordstrom’s, owl necklace/gifted, pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s.

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Ron Essex