physicians formula powder palette for blue eyes: nix cream make up for the time being - your sweat will make it run. this particular palette provides me with blush, high lighter, and eye make up, complete with appropriate brush.
every cutesy hair barrette you own and extra elastics: because who knows what bullshit your hair will pull on you when it’s this hot and humid.
procured this gem at the borders in pentagon city:
a quarterly publication, elephant is published in the netherlands and contains fantastic pieces on artists from around the globe. if i had the cash, i would totally subscribe to this (and be ultra-snooty about the fact that i display a dutch art mag on my coffee table). some favorites from this particular issue:
random art gallery in soho contained some fairly awesome treasures.
the artist constructed not one but FOUR of these spheres from skulls he procured by dissecting owl pellets. so these are the skulls of the small rodents that the owl ate. I’m not sure any sane person has the patience necessary to complete such a project
oh, that serendipitous phone call/text/gchat message: “what are you doing right now? wanna come by?” if you happen to impulsively agree to take a cab at 1:30 in the morning halfway across town, toss these in your over-sized bag:
many of these are obvious. clockwise from top left:
a warmer sweater. when you’re in an excited rush to get out the door, there’s no way you’re gonna check the weather for the AM. [free people]
bumble&bumble brilliante. gives restores that bed-heady texture, i-was-just-on-top bounce in your hair. because you don’t still look like that in the morning.
lighter cardi/sweater. see the first bullet. [j.crew]
facial cleansing cloths. i love this particular brand, bc it uses witch hazel and has no fragrances.
clinique pore minimizing lotion with SPF. plays triple duty
band aids, condoms, and/or lube, depending on what kind of girl you are
high beam. like your hair, that intrepid glow also fades by morning
perfume (i prefer marc jacob’s daisy). to help out your deodorant. i also love viktor rolfe’s flower bomb roll-on scent (more compact for your bag, also masks BO better, IMHO)
puzzle book and pencils, bc if you spent your last bit of cash on that cab, you might have to metro at an absurdly early hour.
before a big date, my room almost always looks like this. i go into semi-panic mode, fearing that I have nothing to wear that is at once attractive, casual, and not looking like i’m trying too hard.
but this isn’t just any date night, oh no. I’m going to see my ex from long ago, who has gotten magnitudes hotter since we dated. I feel pressed to look as gorgeously off-the-cuff as he now does, while at the same time saying “see what you’re missing out on?”
I bought the skirt shown below (intended to be worn at the waist as opposed to the bust) at a local consignment shop. it lacks shape, but i have a little trick for fixing that.
I cut a small hole in the seam of the skirt on either side of my hips (or anywhere you’d like a belt to cinch) and thread through a piece of blue ribbon, tying it in the back. there’s some fabric bunching in the back, but nothing a good cardi can’t fix.
the drive from falmouth to bangor is about two hours, and hands down the most boring drive i know of. however, my sister and i make it every summer to visit our maternal grandparents in carmel (aka middle-of-no-where).
hence, there was a lot of this:
fortunately, we ended the day at this brewery, which makes blueberry ale.
today included another trip to the old port for some shopping. there are three places i must always stop into when in portland: club21 (free people purveyor), bull moose music (local CD exchange) and mexicali blues, which is the focus of this post.
essentially your generic hippie boutique, mexicali is different because i don’t feel the staff will either (a) be totally unhelpful because they’re stoned or (b) possibly steal my wallet. did i mention they’re also dirt cheap compared with similar shops in dc?
$16 each $2 each
this bad boy strewn out across my bed is a magic skirt ($20)
a close up of the pattern on the top portion of fabric above:
this thing can go around my entire body if i want. see? like american apparel’s bandeau dresses, except actually functional, the magic skirt can be worn in a myriad of ways. while i love multi-purpose clothing as much as the next girl, i can never seem to master these simple yet mind-bogglingly complex articles of clothing. (case in point below) i’ll figure it out eventually.
I spent my high school years in Portland, Maine - running around, attempting to get into trouble. fortunately, getting into trouble is difficult in this small city, especially if you are under the age of 21.
the purple caterpillar is the old port’s sole hookah bar - open until 2 AM, an hour later than when bars close. unsurprisingly, many an under-ager has attempted to enter the caterpillar sans sufficient identification. the sign posted out front:
poor high schoolers. let’s face it, they’re probably already smoking pot, anyway.
also, the empire, take one:
on me (L): romper, cardi - urban outfitters; bag - purchased at habitat in dc
my cousin had the bright idea to re-use her mother’s wedding gown, of course with alterations.
i would love to post a photo of the original dress, as my aunt rocked it back in the 80s (think long lace sleeves and puffy shoulders), but i can’t find a pic. however, i did get to spend an afternoon looking through old family albums. more on that later.
jenn told me that she wanted a strapless dress, so her seamstress used excess fabric from the sleeves to widen the dress’s waist and hips. she also sewed in pearls, but kept original lace detailing.
budget constraints and her mother’s untimely death (my aunt died in 1992) contributed to my cousin’s decision to recycle the dress. however, i think my cousin is onto something here.
other aspects of jenn’s wedding were both tasteful and unique.