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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: design

// feathers & lace & tulle all over — enter the world of Gaultier.

I have been meaning to post these photos for a few weeks now (sorry, Bethany!). Per usual, I uploaded them, forgot they were already floating around in my draft folder, promptly deleted the photos from my camera, and assumed they were lost forever. Alas, they were not. And now I can gush over the inspirational magic found in the Brooklyn Museum’s Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit.

Upon entering the exhibit, you are overwhelmed by the crowd of people (if you went on a weekend), the mannequins that were displaying the garments, and the variety in the designs. Anywhere from mermaids, to the Middle Ages, to stripe overload, you see mannequins with blinking, life-like faces smiling at you, appreciating your visit. Initially, it was a bit creepy. Later, I would say that these talking, smiling, waving characters became my storytellers, as I oohed and awed over Gaultier’s constant boundary-pushing ideas.

Let’s face it–many people know Gaultier for his relationship with Madonna’s costumes. But as I spent nearly three hours completely lost in his world, I forgot about Madonna completely. Because Gaultier is in and of himself, provocative. Gaultier’s use of models that were bigger than a Slim Jim and his constant ode to the female form (whether it be in nudity or highlighting it with his impeccable tailoring) is a move from the norm, and it’s empowering for us ladies. Gaultier allows us to be whatever size we want, define our own sexuality, and if we want to traipse around town in a cage-like corset because it makes us feel beautiful, Gaultier says DO IT. He is also a proponent of the non-traditional beauty & one of my all-time favorite materials: tulle. 

I most definitely will not be bouncing around Manhattan in a leather cut-out bustier, but you know what, I’m glad Gaultier thinks I could.

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// Gabriela Moya + Giveaway!

Hello fellow bloggers! As I’ve mentioned several times, I am helping to manage the social media at Gabriela Moya. And I am happy to announce that we are launching our first ever GIVEAWAY! 

The instructions for winning this beautiful original Gabriela Moya tote bag are simple–

1. “Like” the Gabriela Moya page on Facebook

2. Share the photo from this post

3. Comment on the photo

You can be entered in as many times as you comment + share the photo, so keep entering to win! The contest will run until Wednesday, July 17th. We will announce the winner via Facebook. Happy sharing!

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Ninesday.

9. My Avett Brothers obsession hasn’t weakened in the least. I’ve seen them twice this year, but will probably see them a third time, if I can manage.

8. Now, I don’t have nearly enough hair for one of these. But this is cage for your bun. Yes, ladies. There’s an answer to too weak elastics.

7. Another find from Trendland-Ana Rajcevic, Animal: The Other Side of Evolution. “The possibility of re-shaping the human silhouette and exploring new forms leads me towards questioning our ideas about beauty and normality.”

6. Coming out of the swim season, I still have my sights set on a high-waisted bikini. Either that or a cute one-piece like this Zimmerman suit.

5. Some Etsy loving. This skirt would be cute worn casually or dressed up. The store has other cute things–fitted dresses, galaxy glow in the dark tights, and the like.

4. Refinery 29 has a great tutorial for pattern mixing (without looking crazy!).

3. How am I just now finding Osborne & Little wallpaper?! I want to cover everything–sides of dressers, single walls, my refrigerator (too far?), my bathroom walls, my shelves, my drawers…I think you get my drift. First, Clarendon(photos below); second, Accademia; third, Best in Show.

2. Man Make Home is a new blog I’ve stumbled upon. I was hoping to find a bit more information about the title origin, but regardless, they feature some amazing work related to design of all types.

1. Lately, I’ve been thinking about blogging. There’s a huge difference in blogging personally (like a journal, solely for a place to keep things for yourself) and blogging for readers. It is such a difficult balance…on the one hand, it would be a ton of fun to gossip to the few of you who are reading with things about dates gone awry (er, pie incidents), arguments with those close to us, and more embarrassing things (ripped pants, zipper down at a meeting, something in my teeth all day)…but on the other hand, don’t we read blogs to get away a little bit? To focus on positive things and creative ideas? Or that was my beginning, anyway. What does one do now–how do you keep the personal balanced with the consistently distanced? Marvelous Kiddo & My Favorite and My Best have delved into this topic recently. Blogging is a lot of fun. Bottom line, though–a ton of work. I won’t be taking a hiatus or anything. I’m curious about everyone else’s thoughts on this subject, is all.

Ninesday.

9. This is what I listen to when I workout. Nearly on repeat. The rest of the album deserves a good listen, also.

8. Have you checked out American Craft Council? They have a great article, “In Defense of the Art History Major,” that focuses on our society’s money-driven discourse, which will eventually die out. “What endures in a civilization is not its spreadsheets and financial instruments but its plays and sculptures, its sonatas and paintings.” I think a balance is essential.

7. Petite Taupe, these are just the prettiest little lockets I ever did see. I’m also fond of your little headphone charms.

6. I have a pretty hefty confession coming: I have not read Wuthering Heights in its entirety. I’ve had two classes that required it, but with everything else I had going on, who wants to read Victorian prose? Well, I’m reading it now. In my leisure time. And admittedly, I love it. The limited edition Penguin Classic cover (illustrated by Ruben Toledo) caught my eye. I realize I, as an English major, should maybe not point that out. But what’s wrong with a great book that also has a great cover? Also of note, I want ALL OF THE PENGUIN CLASSIC INSPIRED MUGS I CAN HAVE.

5. Completely in love with this series by Amy Friend. “In a literal and somewhat playful manner, I aimed to give the photographs back to the light, hence the title of the series, Daré alla Lucé, an Italian phrase used to describe the moment of birth.”

4. I miss using white charcoal on black paper. Or using charcoal at all, really. When I take it back up, this will be at the top of my illustration list.

3. I am a huge fan of Matt Wisniewski’s collage work. The silhouettes combined with nature are lovely.

2. MON POMPADOUR: a blog dedicated to a love of Rococo. Look at this intricate beading! What a bustle. I found it while pinning this absurdly large hair photo.

1. I need some movie recommendations. Not that I have very much free time. But who’s watching what?

Ninesday.

9. Quadron.

8. I WANT ALL OF THE LOST CRATES. FOODIE CRATES. STATIONERY CRATES. BETTER LIVING CRATES. ALL OF THE LOST CRATES. I like mail. Call me old-fashioned.

7.  This is at the top of my “I wish I could afford this” wish list, currently. I can think of at least 718615761571 outfits involving this one dress.

6. Well, isn’t this just the cutest blog you’ve ever seen? Upon a fold, you’ve captured me. Check out this embroidery post dedicated to Yumiko Arimoto. What a find.

5. Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of Julia Frakes until recently? This fashion show enthusiast is a writer/editor, has a degree in psychology, oh, and she models. I can’t decide what I am more impressed with–pulling off those shoes or those socks. Really, I’m probably most impressed with the combination. Let’s be real.

4. Check out this kitty love from The Small Object’s Flickr. My goodness. And while you’re at it, check out their blog. And this quilt. Dying to make one with a similar color palette. Sean thinks I should make some of these cooling neck scarves.

3. Salt Water Cure.

2. Here‘s a lovely Fashion Sketchpad. And a video tutorial to boot.

1. Oh Sully, this just might be one of my favorite photoshoots. Ever. Did I mention that I’m in love with all of your work? And also your horned lion branding?

An outfit post, for busy Sundays.

This past week was insanely busy, and I can think of nothing but how prolonged that busyness will be–my upcoming week has three papers, two tests, and one project calling for my attention.

Therefore, if posting becomes even more sparse, my apologies.

One of my close friends, Lauren (photo editor for the Glomerata), helped me take photos this week for my portfolio so that I could submit that + resume for an internship with Alice + Olivia in NYC.

I will use these photos of the dress I made for an outfit post! Note the cute window display at Faunhouse.

Sometimes, I hold pinecones. Duh.

Outfit details: Eryn Elizabeth dress (eek, sounds so fancy!) // thrifted black oxfords // Anthropologie polka dot tights // J Crew belt

Design sketch inspired by A + O’s Spring ’12 collection.

I now want to dress cute and dance. All of the time.

Clearly, that was the sentiment intended from the video, right?

In other news, Allison just returned from London & Paris! I can’t wait to catch up! I have movie dates this week with both she and Kelsey. That’s surely more important than homework. I mean, sanity must be preserved.