One thing I love to do when I'm bored in the car is take pictures looking out the window (when I'm in the passenger seat, of course). You have to look extra hard for nice buildings and wait for that perfect angle. Here are two pictures I took while in New York.
I've noticed that a lot of people stop me in public and ask what lip color I am wearing. Everyone is always searching for that perfect lip color, and it is very hard to find. For each person it's different, and that's the hard time I think many women (and some men) face. I have a specific way of wearing red, and it took me some time to find the right shade. My secret: I wear two colors. ALWAYS. Here's my method of application:
1. Outline the outside of my lip with a wax pencil. DuWop has a nice one that I carry around with me.
2. I apply a lighter shade of red lipstick that's bright and vibrant. I always use MAC's limited edition color Kanga-Rouge. It's not sold anymore and I will cry when I run out of this color. But the key is to find a lighter red for the base.
3. I then apply Lipstick Queen's lipstick color Wine- Sinner. It's a very deep blood red. That gives it a more toned down look that goes well with the lighter red underneath. If you don't want to use a darker red, a deep brown could work too.
4. Optional- a little bit of gold lipgloss. Something with a gold tint.
Think of your lips as a canvas. You are painting them, so you need to use light and dark colors. This sounds like a lot of work, but it's really nothing. Just a pencil and two tubes of lipstick.
If you didn't already know, I love everything antique. Well, not Americana antiques from the early colonial times. While in West Palm Beach, I went to an antique fair with my family. There were little toys, jewels, and old things everywhere.
In the corner of a booth I found these peep show slides. I was so tempted to buy the whole batch, but then I remembered that I would have absolutely no place to put them.
This little guy was in the same booth as the naughty slides.
Old books are one of my favorites. I prefer to buy vintage versions of classic books rather than new ones. There's something much better and inspiring to hold in your hands a book from 1910 rather than 2010.
I'm not quite sure what this horn piece is, but I saw it from across the warehouse and wanted to cart it back home with me.
On a trip to Miami, my grandparents showed me some newly found pictures from an old family friend. They are photographs from my grandfather's younger years back when he still lived in Cuba. None of us (my sister, mother, cousins, etc) have seen any pictures from when they were in Cuba since they came to the US with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. I loved the pictures, but loved capturing everyone's reaction even more.
It was funny to see my grandfather in his youth. He was a blond, blue-eyd, skinny Cuban. People always thought he was German, and it was easy to pick him out in each photo. All you had to look for was the light hair.
My professor introduced me to the wonderful world of paper cutouts and I simply cannot get enough of them. I've done a few projects using only paper cutouts and may I just say that I have so much respect for Bovey Lee. She's a local artist who does her cutouts on rice paper. The amount of detail she puts into her work is amazing. On her site she writes the reasons why she loves doing them, and one is that she likes the feel of the super sharp blade cutting the paper- she understands my feelings exactly.