July 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
I don’t know if I’m recalling this from a book, movie, or web quip, but somewhere in my head I’ve stored a snippet about a person thinking they had discovered a great new band upon hearing Weezer’s blue album and they were going to spread the news to the world, only to learn that the album had been around since ’94 and the band had a massive following already. That was my experience, too, when I first heard that album a little over a decade ago. Despite my wavering feelings about Weezer’s more recent albums, I tend to always ALWAYS love their videos. And right now I am itching to learn the right way to do the hairstyle featured on this video’s leading lady.
Her whole look is stellar, but the hair is the key to it all. With enough practice, I might be able to perfect it by the wedding!
July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m keeping the 20s inspiration going with some pieces I found from Anthropologie and ModCloth, the obvious choices for decade specific sartorial goods. I would love to see a group of bridesmaids outfitted in one or all of the Anthropologie choices, while ModCloth has a few that could serve fun-loving brides and bridesmaids equally well.
July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Maybe it’s my recent viewing of Midnight in Paris or all the coverage of this year’s Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party, but I have 20s sheaths on the brain today. I love the spare lines of the silhouette juxtaposed with intricate beading, embroidery, or lace work. And as a strong proponent of the short wedding dress, I love the idea of a 20s inspired, knee baring gown for one’s nuptials. I love to visit The Antique Dress from time to time to see the real deal. But there are plenty of contemporary options with an authentic flair on the market, too. Here’s a quick round-up of the frocks I’ve found around the web, including a cute one from the amazing Elizabeth Dye.
July 21, 2011 § 2 Comments
To brief you on what’s going on in my head: the wedding is exactly 45 days away, the New York air is hot soup, I haven’t had a haircut in nearly a year, and I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities for my wedding day hair and makeup. Now I can definitely find something to spend money on any time I step into a Sephora, but I’ve never been much of a makeup wearer beyond a daily dusting of Bare Esentuals mineral foundation (mascara if I’m working, and eyeliner if I’m feeling adventurous). As a redhead who spent my formative makeup years abiding by my Catholic school’s rules, I did not spend time figuring out what works with my skin and hair in the years when it was absolutely okay to go overboard with makeup experimentation. I realize I can still get away with experimentation, but living in one of the world’s most stylish cities creates inner conflict for me: yes, outrageous makeup is a totally acceptable form of self expression, but the skill with which New York women execute their daily do is a little intimidating for near nudists like myself. So the task of figuring out a look that will be forever preserved in our wedding photos has been on my mind a lot.
I have turned once again to the blogosphere for instructions, and I have found two blogs to be indispensable resources: Keiko Lynn’s blog and The Beauty Department. Keiko Lynn is a Brooklyn designer who fills her blog with photos of whimsically styled outfits and, more importantly, hair and makeup tutorials. She has tons of great ideas, my favorite of which is to use tape to create crisply bordered eye shadow. It also works to achieve perfectly winged eyeliner. Awesome.
The Beauty Department belongs to Loren Conrad and friends, which stirred up skepticism in me at first (I tend to be a little critical of MTV spawned personalities), but the ladies know what they are doing and they present their combined beauty knowledge in a well edited and searchable format. Plus, they have lots of ideas for totally wedding appropriate hairstyles, similar to the dos that have been popping up all over the web in styled photos for product lines like Ban.do. I’ve been an avid hair-player-wither since I’ve had hair to play with, so I refuse to pay someone else to do my updos, even on my wedding day. And while it’s pretty easy for me to figure out styles like this topknot, I like seeing what products and tricks they use to get the style photo ready.
July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
This week I broke open my Artbin. The one I transported from Colorado at some forgotten point in the last two years and moved from shelf to shelf, cracking the lid only once to retrieve my X-acto knife. For the first in time five years, the first time since graduating from college, I opened the bin to paint. With each year that I did not paint, I became more and more hesitant to do so, feeling self-conscious about the possibility of losing my tenuous abilities without practice. As Cesar continues to remind me, though, lack of practice is not equivalent to loss of the basic skill.
Cesar has supported my every decision for the last two years that we have been together (with all the wedding planning, we both completely forgot to celebrate our two-year anniversary last week), including quitting a full-time job with benefits in order to take on freelance projects I would not otherwise have been able to accomplish. He has been endlessly patient with my repeated bouts of career anxiety, the ones that have caused me to take on projects that I’m not so enthusiastic about, which only complicate and decrease the enjoyment of the projects I am enthusiastic about. His constant advice is to stop worrying about working for the moment and take advantage of the free time I’ve created for myself by exploring the things I like to do.
I struggle to be honest with myself about my feelings toward the career path I’ve been following, but the truth is that I’ve been forcing myself to stick with something that I don’t fully enjoy because I’ve been equating a change in career with defeat and failure, and because I worry about letting down the people who have helped me get as far as I have. Factor in economic and job market considerations, and yikes! Career anxiety levels through the roof! It has also taken me a couple years and many conversations with my mom, an HR wiz, to realize that my innate talents and my learned skill set are transferrable. She has told me again and again that professionals in my age group will experience multiple career changes in their lifetime.
In addition to Cesar’s encouragement, I have been feeling very inspired by Stina Persson’s style, and I keep seeing her illustrations across the web. I’ve been trying to figure out how she achieves the look, whether she masks off the negative space that ultimately becomes the human form prior to laying down the watercolors or if the watercolors come first and the figures are painted or printed on top. Either way, the look is incredible.
I didn’t do any masking. I laid down the water first until it sat on top of the paper, then introduced the color and allowed it to disperse and flow with the water. I’d never painted this way before and found it to be a lot of fun.
And fun was the goal, after all. So while I’ll continue to send off online job applications, and welcome any job recommendations from New York friends who know of any openings (other than costuming, please), I’m going to paint more between now and the wedding and do my best to ease up on the self-induced anxiety.
July 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
Despite my earlier paralysis when attempting to design our invitations, Cesar and I successfully mailed out our 100% handcrafted invitations last week. My dad’s response was “You bought the cards, right? You didn’t sew them all yourself, did you?”
Aha, for the first time ever, I was one step ahead in documenting my creations. I have proof that I touched, cut, sewed, sealed and addressed every invitation with my own two hands. At the risk of committing some kind of social faux pas by revealing the invitations to the masses who may not receive one in the mail, I feel a great sense of accomplishment in creating both the invitations and this short video and I would like to share the process with you. Please enjoy!