Sunday, April 12, 2015



Okay--so I have been thinking of doing something drastic with my hair--going off the reservation and doing something really detailed and kind of high maintenance for me. And maybe I have been watching too much news or too much twitter but I have been getting more and more obsessed with Anderson Cooper which led to this idea getting stuck in my head

It's a combination of silver, white and gray colors intermixed with high lights and low lights and balayage--it is almost aging but anti aging when you do it with a baby face... The only thing holding me back is that it would be very high maintenance for the summer because I am pretty sure you cant spend your weekends in the pool without it turning brassy pretty quickly. 

If anyone has any suggestions or idea on how hard it would be to maintain--let me know. I'm very interested in this idea. I find it weirdly youthful and kind of romantic yet whimsical. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashion File Fridays: A Star is Worn

Fashion File Fridays: A Star is Worn

So the Husbear, my friend Joy and I have been on a mission to slowly and surely work our way through the Barbra Streisand cinema collection--from Funny Girl and down the line. This is honestly their bag more than mine--I know nothing about her films and thought that "The Mirror Has Two Faces" was the one were she plays a therapist helping a Nick Notle through a sex crime--which is why I was disturbed that they both said it was one of their favorite films by her

But I digress

So we finally got to the 1976 classic "A Star Is Born"; a classic in the campiest sense because this movie isnt just off the rails but it never knew the rails existed. It makes me almost want to see the the Judy Garland version to see if that storyline is always as bad or if the 70s just coked it up.

But I loved the clothes in this movie--LOVED THE CLOTHES!!!! It is so mid-seventies and on the verge of the late 70s disco look-it is hippie and Los Angeles and beach and possibly ethnically offensive. I just get it--like how can you not love this:

The perm, the lace, the light makeup, BABY'S BREATH in the hair! It is so hippie and commune living and I love it. Honestly I don't like many flowers but if I had seen this film before my wedding I would have scattered baby's breath in my pompadour before the ceremony.

And while this look might be dated--there is a lot of the film that is on fleck for today's fashion--it embraces patterns and colors along with a healthy love of accessories and statement jewelry. I mean-cannot you not see this on Alicia Keyes, Project Runway or next season's Empire:

Though I suspect there would probably be a bra anywhere else but this movie--somehow they seemed to not have budget to support the girls as it were. But there is something so high end and yet effortless about the fashion--its what I think of when I see the LA look and something I can take ideas for a guys wardrobe from. And it is a simple look:

This is just a white cardigan worn as a shirt--nothing underneath it--and it is so simple and clean and easy but the sweater itself is so boho that it makes it into something you might see on Alexa Chung. I like that she just looks like she might have been topless sunbathing and need to come to the store or maybe the night breezes picked up--but it was unplanned and yet so perfect.

And then movie wasn't afraid to bring in cultural references which was also very 70s:

And while the kimono is a bit of a stretch in this picture--when she wears it with jeans, boots and a belt it is a fun, interesting look... But really this second look with the serape style top, the cowl neck shirt and the turban is a perfect re-imagining of various ethnic pieces and is a look that could be recreated right now at Free People, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. It's just on point.

I mean--this movie really did have a very good California esthetic when it comes to fashion--and it has a lot of details and ideas I can try and play forward into my summer wardrobe. Except the kimono--that's a bit too much for me

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Eclectic Etsy

Eclectic Etsy: HAREMDESIGN

So I have a thing for tattoos--not for myself because my fear of needles makes me blackout whenever they are in my presence whether TV, film or medical procedure. Like fall on my face and knock myself out out.

Nightmare on Elm Street 3 could have ended just here and I'd be scared for life

But the quandary for me is that I spend a lot of time at my job looking at, studying and finding more about tattoos--it's one of the perks/cons/weird things about doing a prison/jail show is the amount of effort spent on body art...

Yes--Sometimes the gentlemen do look like this

And after spending so many hours looking at this stuff I start to think that maybe I could do some ink... And then the boss suggests I watch some YouTube videos of tattoo and I am back where I started--because NO

Which is why I love this piece

This piece by HAREMDESIGN is a necklace/bib made of lace--meant for the ladies and shown in gold--but I couldn't help thinking it looked like a nice piece of tribal ink work... I  thought about maybe getting it in black as something to wear under an open button shirt--for like a party or night of dancing.

And as I explored the store--I found that the designer does all types of lace jewelry--smaller necklaces, cuff bracelets. I am a bit doubtful of the lace collars that look a little too lace doily for my taste but she really thinks outside of the box and some of these pieces could be very unique. Add to this that she will custom color some pieces and I think she is a great find

Honestly--I am debating getting something like the lace bib custom made black just because of how cool it will be on and then no tattoo the next day! I'll let you know when I bite the bullet--its better than going under the needle for me.

(As always--I do not receive any payment or endorsement for my Etsy columns--I just like stuff.)

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Inspiration Mondays--Frustrated

This is how work is making me feel ALL THE TIME--like this is now my wallpaper on my computer.... It was a long and painful week last week between unexpectedly long shoots, all of my co-workers except me and one other getting Good Friday off, and just feeling an almost endless since of exasperation.

I mean--face palm

But the point of this blog is to focus on the positive--things that make me happy like art exhibits with wine, Easter dinner with babies and ham (though I don't eat that shizz) and good co-workers to fight the good fight with.

And on-line shopping--always on-line shopping

Monday, March 23, 2015

Inspiration Monday: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Theft

Inspiration Monday: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Theft

I love a good mystery. And going to college in the Boston's Back Bay neighborhood--I would walk by the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum nestled between high-end brownstones and dirty college buildings. I have always loved museums and art--I would go to the Museum of Fine Art Boston by myself more than a few times a year since high school--but what always intrigued me was the great Gardner Art Theft of 1990--more than a few years before my time but infamous to anyone growing up in the area.

Get At It Catherine Zeta Jones

I always wondered who stole the 13 works of art and why--stolen masterpieces are not something you can hang up for company to see but what is the point of keeping them in a dusty closet or attic? You can't sell them for true value on the open market and most dealers wouldn't want to get dragged into the world of underground forgeries and sales. So what would make someone want to do this?

A Lady and Gentleman in Black by Rembrandt 

And the story is so brazen--all it took was a couple of men dressed as cops to pull off one of the most brazen acts in recent art thefts--it feels more like the sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" than something that happened in the real world and yet right now--25 years later--the FBI still has an open case and continues to promote the hell out of the story. I mean--there is still a FIVE MILLION dollar award.

The FBI reward and investigation page

It's all so crazy and manic and romantic and I just want to know more. I makes me think of high society hi-jinks, tortured lovers sharing the paintings, families in some small town who dont know their dad's or uncles where thieves and that in the attic sits Degas sketches or a Vermeer that is one of only 36 in existence

The Concert by Vermeer

I mean--it's all so Cary Grant and Renee Russo.

I Mean--Come On--Sexy Art Detective

Sidenote: When "The Simpsons" goes into Burns' house and through his art gallery you can see the Simpsons versions of both these paintings as well as other famous stolen art works--which I never realized until today

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fashion Files: Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning 

It's that special time of year… Not quite being mad rush of Christmas shopping or the early summer wardrobe flip… You have money finally back in your pockets and time to really sit down and do a detailed organization of the closet both bedroom and bath

So here's the hit list – – the things you should think about replacing…


]Toothbrush: this is one of those things that should be done every six months but people just forget--like they forget to go to the dentist.I'm a huge person about dental hygiene and it's one of the cheapest beauty tricks you have so help yourself with either totally new brushes new bristle heads and don't forget travel ones as well… You going to be very happy that you kept up with this--because keeping your real teeth is one of the best age defying tricks you can have

                                           The Truth About Blanche Deveraux

Exfoliating gloves and pumice stones: this is something that I always forget to replace but can honestly get gross and cause more problems down the road... Even if you wash the gloves out like you should they can still have germs and dirt so just toss them. And this is a good time to replace the pumice stone so you can start fresh to get your feet ready for spring and flip flops.

                                      Or You Could Do This--Not Creepy At All

Sun screen: This is one of the lotions that no one thinks of as going bad but it can--and once it does it loses it's ability to be useful which leaves you open to all that nasty sunshine that cause wrinkles... And when you buy it--avoid buying in bulk so it doesn't go bad before you've had a chance to use it. Unless you're a lifeguard--then load up.

                                               Keeping It Real--Greasy That Is

Vanishing cream and moisturizer: These are both products that once they go bad--they will really run the risk of fucking up your face... And while most women are pretty on fleck with how and when to use a full bottom--most guys are half-hearted and end up with irritated skin due to the bottle of Clearasil bought after a bad weekend at Coachella.

                                    Is That Bad Skin? Nope-Just A Bad Person

Socks/Underwear/Undershirts/Tank Top: There is nothing guys suck worse at then remembering when to repair the unmentionables... Sure they probably got some joke ones for the holidays and they might buy some new socks when they dont want to do laundry... But unlike the ladies--men dont think of underwear as something sexy or something that gets worn out until it tears along the seam but there is nothing grosser than threadbare briefs or socks that would be better used as sandals

                              Here's How To NOT Wear Your New Wifebeater

Sunglasses: They get beat-up, scratched and thrown around all year long but spring time is the perfect time to go and find the latest looks on sale. I know you love the ones you have--but it is always good to have backups and why not something in the latest style but half off post Christmas and pre Fourth of July?

 We've All Been There

Shoelaces: Nothing makes a pair of shoes look old and beat up more than bad shoelaces.... Whether it is the snow and salt playing havoc on your winter boots, boat shoes that need to have the laces re-threaded, or just sneakers with grimy laces---this one step really makes a huge difference... And while you're at it you should polish and clean those shoes for the season whether coming out of winter or preparing for spring/summer

                         Unless You Have This--Then F-You Already

Swimsuits: If you're a guy and your swimsuit has lining it is time to look and replace--especially if your a heavy swimmer... Unlike the ladies--the mesh can chafe and scrap up the thighs both inner and out when the elastic finally begins to swag... No one wants a rash in their special places and if you buy pre-season you can score some great deals before the crowds.
             Unless You Wear These--Then You're Pretty Chafe Free But An Ass

Bedding: Now is the time to stock up on some thinner cotton sheets for the warmer months--while flannel bedding might last forever its a good idea to buy something fresh and new for the summer months. Let's be honest--in the heat of the summer you're going to sweat and most light gauge sheets are really only good for the year unless you are able to buy top of the line and change them out often. It's good for your skin and your sex life

             Keep The Bed Sexy Or You Could End Up Like Demi Here--Alone

So that's it--a small and inexpensive list of things to stock up on during your spring cleaning. It's these little details and changes that can keep you looking fresh, clean faced and relaxed all year long. It's worth the effort.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Whore: The Widow Clicquot

Book Whore: The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It"
                      by Tilar J. Mazzeo

I really wanted to like this book-a nonfiction account of one of my favorite drinks combined with historical feminism and period dress. Unfortunately--and as Tilar Mazzeo makes clear--there is very little documented papers on the Widow Clicquot which is due to the time the story takes place, the rural nature of the business originally and the fact that she was a female business head which was very rarely covered in the historical records of the time. So what happens in the book--and it really should be more of a novel--is that Mazzeo is forced to guess about how things might have happened and she is a romantic at art so there are lots of candlelight and drama mixed into this story.

It makes the actual business and factual aspects we do have look silly and foolish--its almost more of a Kiera Knightly period piece than a story about a business... Though to her credit, Mazzeo loves champagne and teaches a lot about how it was made, the changes that came into the field during the time period and guesses smartly at how and why Widow Clicquot made those changes. In that sense, the novel is interesting about the path that all wines took in that time period, how the wars and culture clashes created demand and how the various champagne houses used that to create a market that would take over the world.

But if you're looking for a biographical account of one of the most important business women in France's history--know that you will be getting a lot of secondhand guessing some of which is based on other records at the time and other parts Jane Austen fandom. It's a shame because it detracts from what is really good and demeans the figure at the center of it all.