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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: February 2008
Fashion Notes: Development of a jewelry stash
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:08 AM (Eastern)
This is a "Photoshop document" or "psd"--the file format used when you wish to preserve the layers in a document (same concept as this perfume psd). There's no reason for me to keep versions of the psd; it's a single file. All I do is take snapshots of it by saving it periodically as a jpg image.
The point here is "stash at a glance"...I've taken the items that have worked and put them together. What do the items have in common? What's missing?
You'll note I have no bracelets up; that's because I haven't made any good ones. Some of the pieces need to be redone--I've started to use better materials, which must be used sparingly, for designs that already work. I've changed some of my techniques. It's subtle. When I look at a piece of handmade jewelry in this vein, I can immediately tell how far along the learning curve the jewelry-maker is.
Just Notes: Earring ruminations
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:21 AM (Eastern)
I've gotten more into making earrings, lately. I don't mean that in any mass-production sense. It's just I've realized how few pairs of "go-to" earrings I've owned in my lifetime. I do have some, but only the few.
I suppose it's analogous to a search for a signature perfume, or set of 'fumes...once you have more choices, it becomes more complicated. More customized, but you have to think more, plan more, put together the pieces of the puzzle.
So far, I've concluded the fashionable long, narrow earring does not work for me. I like them, but the ones I've made, I don't wear. I knocked a design off from the Sundance catalog...a nice design, three small pearls and a flat faceted jade teardrop...here it is, along with two other pieces which no longer exist:
It came out looking fine but ended up languishing first in my earring drawer, then in my to-dismantle pile.
Something with a hoop involved tends to fare better, which is why I've been fiddling a lot with hoops lately.
I'd like to try more "cascade" earrings, like these from Ava Luxe:
In fact I have some in process that just aren't working. I'm waiting on some leverbacks to try them out with.
Labels: just notes
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 22, 2008 9:34 PM (Eastern)
Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 6:18 PM (Eastern)
As much as Jean Patou's Joy perfume was created in 1930 to combat the Great Depression, it doesn't smell exuberant to me. I get the American-ness of the rose, but it is also an English rose, and the jasmine only makes it smell more like an English-flavored East Coast garden. After breathing Montale's Middle Eastern rose and jasmine for months, this has a nostalgic edge for me; a scent to bridge past and present, motherland and U.S. Like Patou's Sublime, Joy went immediately to my wish list.
I can admit I think in terms of houses when I think of perfume. For years, Givenchy was my house. I wore Organza, and had little vials of Extravagance, Organza Indecence, Amarige, and Ysatis (didn't like Ysatis though). Tried "new" L'Interdit, Hot Couture, up to Very Irresistible...but at one point, I felt the house of Givenchy had modernized far too much.
Montale has been my house since last year, owing to their Middle Eastern essences, swirled together with a slight French edge.
Patou, I've finally put a finger on it...is more emotional in appeal than either Givenchy or Montale. I just felt a jolt of happiness smelling Sublime after all these years (ten, easily, likely more). It was like a friendly smile. Joy to me dates back decades; I'm fuzzy as to when I smelled it before (Virginia, East Coast, a perfume for ladies with pocketbooks and compacts). Yet there is the same radiant warmth of that friendly smile.
(Not to scale.) One of my local bead shops closed down, more than a year ago, and I've yet to replace it with another brick & mortar shop. The markup around here, outside that one shop, is terrible. I gave up, and began the search for good etailers.
This stuff worked out pretty well. I'm not even sure I miss my L'Oreal Feria. Preference Mega Blondes has its own tricks...you have to be more careful applying it, since it lifts more than Feria. I fried the top layer of my hair when I first used it. Well it didn't come out crispy, exactly, just lighter than I'd wanted. Fortunately I've cut at least four inches off the bottom of my hair over the past few weeks, so it doesn't matter.
Dr. Hauschka's #09 lipstick (Dolce). More versatile than their #01 Amoroso lipstick, which is too much color for my etiolated winter skin. Dolce is perhaps a tad too warm to truly be my grail, yet there is the niceness of it: tasty natural ingredients, pleasant heavy gold-colored case, overall lip conditioning. Thinking of replacing this with their Adagio lipstick (#07), which is a sort of complex pink, though I'll probably use up Amoroso first (at the rate Dolce is going, it should last well into summer).
Beauty Notes: Jean Patou's Joy (vintage parfum)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 17, 2008 8:22 PM (Eastern)
Ah, it's wonderful.
I've smelled Joy before, many many times. But not recently, and not in California. Meaning it's been well over twenty years since last I smelled it.
This is the quintessential East Coast/Southern, possibly English rose perfume...not the Middle Eastern rose of Montale, nor Annick Goutal's continental rose. This just reminds me of home, but not in the same style as Creed's Fleurissimo, which I didn't like, so much as simply recognized.
What I'm smelling is nostalgia. A meld of East Coast rose gardens, women in fur coats (they still wore them when I was a kid, though the fashion was already waning), lipstick and powder...women who always kept the family going, and together, and fed, and in clean clothes; unsung female heroes. This is not a weak nor watery rose, not a toy rose. It has a sort of gorgeous maturity to it, a quiet splendor, without being hopelessly old school, or, to coin a term, "old lady."
There's jasmine in it too, classical jasmine (not, say, Montale's mellow star jasmine), but the rose is in front.
All in all...it's on my wish list. I'm not planning on buying it right away; I'd like to make a dent in my Montale perfumes first.
Okay, so what's the picture? It's from Jericho, a television show that's been aired here before, but I missed it, and caught it only now. It was made in 2005 in a total of five episodes, set in London in 1958. The thing is this...like Joy, it's a gorgeous, yet spare, show. There is this odd intense nostalgia about it, about the lead character's workplace (male-dominated, dog-eat-dog), personal life (easily the hottest thing I've seen on tv in years), and environment, wreathed in cigarette smoke and alcohol. It's the perfect encapsulation of a time and place.
image courtesy pbs.org
Fashion Notes: Happy Valentine's Day!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 15, 2008 4:22 PM (Eastern)
Okay, I didn't get to photograph this until today. This was my Valentine's Day present to my daughter, using her Shiana.com fine silver Sakura pendant, grade A round faceted rose quartz, and a gradeless (probably C, but nicely done) oval faceted rose quartz I got well over a year ago. The toggle is also Shiana hill tribe fine silver.
Debated some whether to string on colored beading wire, though the dull silver color of the Softflex used is unobtrusive in real life. Something lighter might end up looking dirty quickly. There is a new sterling silver Softflex beading wire out...if I do decide to restring, it will be on that (a trade-off; I've heard the sterling Softflex is stiffer than the regular one).
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 3
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, February 12, 2008 7:44 PM (Eastern)
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 2
Thanks to the lovely Dain, who gave me a sample of Jean Patou's Sublime (among loads of other samples), I'm pretty well set as far as the perfume wardrobe goes.
When I tried Sublime again, after...ten years? probably more...I immediately reconnected with it. This was the scent I had tried several times at Nordstrom, along with Guerlain's Samsara, Dior's Dune, some others...and had never bought. It is sweeter now to my nose; perfumes in the 1990's were sweeter and more assertive than the popular scents of today. But, so what. It's magnificent.
Yup, I will go through the entire...mass...of samples, and will doubtlessly experience something unexpected. The Lutens loot should be interesting. Still I have several decades of perfume conservatism under my belt; I have never owned many scents. Five will already be more than I've ever owned at a pop.
Just Notes: This that and the other
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 11, 2008 9:09 PM (Eastern)
Wearing this necklace:
Though I photographed it with the earrings, no way would I wear them together. One of my (infinite) future projects is to design a pair of 14KT gold earrings, without paying 14KT gold prices. Thinking of covering goldfilled wire hoops with karat gold beads, which are relatively inexpensive. For the hoops pictured, I now use a double loop design at the top (keeps the little end from popping out, without massive hammering).
Listening to this:
So far so good. It's time-consuming of course, since the only real way to test it out is to listen to it from a certain point forward (some of the songs "stick" too much for my taste). And you're limited to the songs you can find. Early U2, for example, is in short supply. I had to laugh when I heard the Peaches collaboration version of "Kiss Kiss Kiss"--it was so tame compared to the original. Yet spare and catchy, and ultimately likable.
Beauty Notes: Perfume Bay to become Beauty Encounter
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 7:40 PM (Eastern)
Not the newest of news, no doubt, but Perfume Bay, the online perfume discounter, lost the suit Ebay filed against them. As of March 1, 2008, Perfume Bay will become Beauty Encounter, at www.beautyencounter.com.
Perfume Bay is familiar to me as one of the few places carrying Annick Goutal's eau de parfums. Rather crucial, since the widely-available Goutal eau de toilettes have terrible staying power. I got my Passion EDP from Perfume Bay, and have off and on eyed their solid Sublime. (There are a lot of odds and ends on the site; reminds me of Woolworths in a good way.)
Oh well, I'd hate to see an independent etailer take a nose dive over something like this, so do update your bookmarks on March 1.
Beauty Notes: Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 04, 2008 9:30 PM (Eastern)
Finally getting around to trying this. I bring in new skincare products slowly, but that's because, when you have skin problems such as being acne-prone, you should do it that way. It then becomes obvious if the new product aggravates your skin.
I've been using their Cleansing Cream since September of last year. The Cleansing Cream was more important, as I'd already had in mind to find an exfoliating product of some sort. The idea of a mild cleanser...eh...I'd been using Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash to cleanse, and Heather Loraine jojoba butter to moisturize, for years.
Recently I ran out of the J&J--it's cheap but goes fast--and, stealthily, began to substitute an old clear natural shampoo I'd fallen out of love with. It seemed to work just as well as an "official" facial cleanser. Then I remembered the Hauschka Cleansing Milk so thought I'd give it a whirl.
So far: very interesting. It's moisturizing, where typically someone with oily acne-prone skin would gravitate toward a more astringent cleanser. It's almost too moisturizing, but then the Cleansing Cream is sort of like that.
The Cleansing Milk is a white lotion-y substance which smells, like most of the Hauschka products, pleasantly herbal. It's almost like washing your face with lotion. Unlike the Cleansing Cream, which leaves a delicate film of oil after rinsing, the Cleansing Milk feels as if you've already applied moisturizer, after rinsing.
That's where I feel it just might work. Instead of using the more astringent cleanser and then moisturizing, this would appear to do both.
It's too soon to say about results...the Cleansing Cream took a while to kick in, and it's my philosophy anyway that good long-term skincare seldom works instantly. I can admit I'm a bit surprised something so moisturizing doesn't seem to have aggravated my acne-prone-ness one way or the other, but, as I say, it's too early.
Fashion Notes: Green amethyst and emerald earrings
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:49 PM (Eastern)
These are some earrings I've been fiddling around with over the past few days. They began their brief life as prehnite earrings: two prehnite briolettes wrapped at the top, sort of like these (only step-cut): Jennifer Evelyn Artisan Jewelry: Prehnite, gold fill earrings. I had them mounted on golden hoops rather than on leverbacks. My prehnites weren't big enough though; they looked fine, but vanished once you put the earrings on.
Day two: made smaller hoops, with the prehnites done with a lighter wrap. Instead of bringing the wire down to make a bead-cap-looking thing at the top, I did a small wrap to let more of the stone show. Added tiny gold beads to space things out, and three goldfilled chains hanging in nested loops.
This looked better, but again with the disappearing prehnites. That's when I started stringing these infinitesimal emeralds, the ones at the ends of my graduated strand. I made them into a U-shape around each prehnite.
Better, but eh...
Day three: where's Jack Bauer? Will these earrings ever work? Got some green amethysts in the mail. Really nice, probably Indian stones. Decided perhaps the prehnites just didn't work in this design. Ruminated on some cosmetic concepts such as making stones "pop." Perhaps a more blue-toned green stone was in order, to contrast with the yellow gold color. (Prehnite is a watery yellow-toned green, where green amethyst is watery, but blue-toned.)
Got rid of the prehnites, as well as the emeralds. Now I had a vision. The two smallest, flattest green amethysts (weight is extremely important when making earrings), surrounded by a frame of the emeralds (which are so tiny, you have to lay them flat when stringing them). Got rid of one of the hanging chains.
These are finished now; my son has already approved them. nods
Beauty Notes: This may be the article to link to.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 01, 2008 6:29 PM (Eastern)
A big thank you to KAYLEEN SCHAEFER from the NY Times
Beauty Notes: What is a Google bomb?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 4:38 PM (Eastern)
I was putting the finishing touches on a pair of earrings today; the design challenge, if you will, was to use the microscopic precious stones you get if you buy a graduated strand. Mine purport to be 2mm in diameter, tiny enough, but I swear some are even smaller. Yet the color is sublime, and, strung together, you get a very nice effect.
Just as I'd finished them, I checked my email and came across a certain publication's article on beauty bloggers. It was...I suppose the word "laughable" came to mind, as the article implied beauty bloggers simply blog, and are then buried in free gifts from various companies. Random figures and terms had been tossed in, such as $50, $500, free trips, gigantic goodie bags, champagne, parties...OMG!!!!!
I was a bit perplexed, wondering how we at The Lipstick Page Forums could possibly position ourselves to receive at least some of this deluge of free cosmetic bliss, but then it occurred to me perhaps there was a rather cynical purpose behind such an article. What better way to get your publication mentioned and linked to, across a wide swath of blogs, than to openly imply such blogs should have little to no credibility (unlike, say, the publication itself)?
Wasn't that once known as a "Google bomb"?
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