Pretty In Pink

Sorry I didn’t get this up on Saturday! I’m afraid I can make no promises about timing of posts over the next two weeks. We’re moving on the 27th and have a lot to do before then, so I’ll try and make posts when I can.

One of the great things about fashion is that it has so many different aspects, from practical to artistic. I like to observe trends and keep up with style, but at the same time I love to see completely out-there looks that you’d never find in a store window, bordering on costume. These outfits are the fashion-version of paintings to me.

via acceptable (on tumblr)

via acceptable (on tumblr)

Anything involving strong colors and flowers pulls me in immediately. I’m a big fan of fantasy books and movies and love observing all the different takes on that kind of fashion. The veil over her head adds an interesting texture to the mix and throws the colors into a beautiful chaos. The ambiguity of our subject makes it more interesting still.

via BeforeYouKillUsAll

via BeforeYouKillUsAll

The nose to ear chain here is really intriguing. Paired with the suit, it really stands out. I love how his eyebrows have been reshaped with pink makeup. The palette in this photo is fairly minimalistic, sticking mainly to pink, white and brown, bringing unity to all the different elements of his style.

via localshop (on tumblr)

via localshop (on tumblr)

There are a lot of different textures happening here: silky, furry, smooth, floral, beaded… it’s hard to tell where she ends and the clothing begins. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on in this picture, but that makes me want to examine it all the more. There’s a subtle gradient of purple to pink from the bottom up, emphasizing her fur shrug/collar. All the elements of this photo exist in a delicate balance, the composition guiding your eye around in a loop to take it all in.

via Trendland

via Trendland

This model’s larger-than-life hair gives her the appearance of a doll which is definitely what her clothing reminds me of. I wish her expression was more playful, though. The pink and green really work well together; I wouldn’t think much of the belt and the dress apart, but together they make sense.

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 | Paris Haute Couture via FashionGoneRogue

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 | Paris Haute Couture via FashionGoneRogue

Her sandals are gorgeous! I love shoes that have lots of straps, even if they aren’t necessarily practical. There are a lot of contrasting patterns in the design of this dress. I really like the ribbing of the corset against the huge flowing panels of fabric. Layers of floating fabric and patterns give the illusion that she’s floating down the runway.

T-minus one week until I leave work, and two weeks until we move! Here’s hoping I can keep my sanity throughout this adventure. Weeeeeeee!

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Light Relaxing Spaces

As of late I’ve been under a lot of stress. One of the things I like to do when I’m freaking out is tidy up and deep clean the apartment. When I organize my space, in a way I am organizing my life and bringing back harmony. If I’m able to sit down in a nice tidy room, well, then at least I have that.

I think it’s a good idea to have at least one room in a house or apartment that is neutral or light in color, something to cleanse the palette and mind with. In a place like an art gallery, this kind of thing as well as spacing between works is crucial. If everything is too close together it becomes chaotic, too much to take in. In a home, it can be as simple as having a neutral or white styled room that isn’t overloaded with accent colors or trinkets. It can be done without being boring! It’s as good of an excuse as any to purge yourself of unwanted junk as well.

Evelyn Lee's Sustainable Starter Apartment (via Apartment Therapy)

Evelyn Lee’s Sustainable Starter Apartment (via Apartment Therapy)

This open concept kitchen and living room area gets a beautiful amount of natural light, opening it up to many color choices. To keep the space calm, they’ve put a minimal amount of art on the walls and restricted their color choices. This helps bring harmony to the space and keeps it chic enough for an entertaining space, or a relaxing one.

Fashionable Living Room (via the Decorista)

Fashionable Living Room (via the Decorista)

This living room is a bit chic for sure, but if you were to remove the stripey cushions and carpets (much to my dismay as I think they’re fabulous) the room would be a bit more calming. The lavender walls along with the lighter curtains open up the room, and the palette colors for the lamps and furniture keep it cheerful. If you were going for a more “chill” vibe in this particular space, simply replace the black in the stripes with a grey or lighter neutral color, keeping all the colors light and airy.

Light Living Room with Fireplace (via 12 Stone Hollowway)

Light Living Room with Fireplace (via 12 Stone Hollowway)

This beautiful stone fireplace provides a great central piece to this living room. The entire space could be designed by its natural color palette. Keeping the furniture white and using lightly-hued accents brings this room to life. There’s little more relaxing than putting your feet up in front of a roaring fire, especially on the colder gloomier days.

Palettes in the Dining Room (via Apartment Therapy)

Palettes in the Dining Room (via Apartment Therapy)

Pale, palette-y colors don’t have to be boring. In fashion they can be, unless they have an obvious purpose or are heavily stylized. It’s much of the same in interior design; the couch above is very sleek and modern, giving the room a nice fresh look. If it were an older style with faded fabric, it’d be more boring and drab. Flowers bring a small amount of color safely to almost any room, and having greenery and wood will help ground it if you feel it’s too white/light-colored.

I think I need to look at bring some more light colors into my own apartment. It doesn’t get a lot of light, so perhaps I should look at some fun lighting solutions. In addition, though we’ve painted the walls in our living room and hallway bright greece-inspired colors, it may be time to dig out the primer and bring it back to the basics.

Roses in Tattoos

Roses are one of the most popular subjects in tattooing and have been around almost forever. They make for great tattoos by themselves, or could be added to a piece to fill it out. They work great almost anywhere on the body including arms, legs, shoulders and even the chest.

The piece below has a dagger going through a rose, done in a more traditional style, a contrast of sharp and soft with excellent shading.

by Reardon (tumblr)

by Reardon (tumblr)

This dagger is similar but adds color and a snake to the mix. Here we see the rose with yellow added to the petals instead of a simple red or pink, which I find myself preferring over a monotone palette. Shading my Life Owl’s petals with blue gave them a mysterious-vibe. I really like the reflections on the blade of the dagger, reflective of the brights colors in this tattoo.

 by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

At one point I contemplated getting a vocal-related tattoo, so the tattoo below speaks to me (no pun intended). The red roses frame the chrome microphone nicely and are accented by some cloud-blue shading. This piece sits well on it’s own but would also be a great starter to a full sleeve design.

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

Black and white may make things simpler in terms of color-choices, but greyscale tattoos can be every bit as detailed as a full color version. These are shaded so smoothly that they appear life-like. The dark leaves and thick outlines give the realistic flowers an art-deco feeling, reminiscent of Mucha’s works.

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Whether highly detailed, or simple and pretty, roses are a great choice for a tattoo design. They will age well (provided they’re well done in a clean/professional manner) and always be a classic.

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)