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Life of Colleen: November 2009



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Odds and sods... part 2
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-25 at 9:08 PM (Pacific)



Watching an entire video of John & Yoko is too sad, so I liked this blend of Lennon's drawings (animated) and dark New York City clips.



aubrey organics honeysuckle rose shampoo

I picked this up on something of a whim, along with a repurchase of Aubrey Organics Blue Camomile shampoo (reviewed here, a bit). Hm.

Honeysuckle Rose smells heavenly; though, to me, neither of honeysuckle nor of rose. Rather, it evokes orange blossom, only without the loud righteous cleaning-product edge so many orange blossom scented products fall prey to. Really nice soft fragrance, which lingered in my hair a commendable several hours.

But, they're not kidding about "DRY"--this may be the ideal shampoo for desert-arid hair (a notch behind Dr. Hauschka's Macadamia and Orange Shampoo, which could lube your bike chain).

Used Honeysuckle Rose the once this morning, and could tell right away it was too heavy for my fine, limp, "combo" hair (oily roots, dry ends). Oh well. I look forward to mixing it with an Avalon Organics shampoo I find too drying.

I can see Aubrey Organics are a bit literal about their shampoos...Blue Camomile was labelled both "Normal" and "Hydrating," and it made my hair quite normal, perhaps a tad on the hydrated side. Camomile Luxurious was both "Normal" and "Volumizing"--pretty normalizing, a skosh less moisturizing than Blue.


oval two-tone barrette

If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right. I'm not overly big on hair ornaments, most of which require thick hair, but there are exceptions. One is the "French clip":

french clip inside the barrette

As long as you don't get a huge clip, it should hold even straight, slippery fine hair as well as a claw does.

Originally I was seeking a plain matte black barrette (difficult to find, most are glossy), but the yin and yang of this particular design caught my eye.

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Listening to...
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-18 at 9:26 PM (Pacific)



Rolling Stones, "Miss You" (1978)



Mazzy Star, "I've Been Let Down" (1996)


The former...you've probably never heard (okay I have socks older than some people); the latter is a tad obscure, yet amazing.

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Wardrobe meanderings part 8
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-17 at 9:54 PM (Pacific)


j crew gathered tie-front top

This totally reminds me of a shirt I had when I was twelve or thirteen. I mean the general shape, tie neckline and lovely pink color. To the point I was tempted to buy it. But, eh...how useful is this particular top? You'd have to see it in person, to determine its casualness or formality.

I don't really have much to say; I've been knackered lately. It's the worst time of year for my department--or the best, depending on how enamored you are of being, well, knackered. I'm okay with it. One trick is to take a nap when you get home, for even an hour.


sundance queen anne camisole

Love this...not sure what I'd do with it though. The lace appears to have been sewn over a cut-out area of the camisole. Argh! What you want is a solid neckline, with the lace sewn over that. Still, it's quite pretty.


jjill ice cream

And finally... It's not the clothes...it's the ice cream. (Although a part of me craves the velvet jacket, in a 1970's kind of way.)

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Wardrobe meanderings part 7
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-15 at 11:50 AM (Pacific)


red poppy

This past Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, was a paid holiday for us. I can admit it still boggles the mind, how Armistice Day became Veterans Day in the first place, but it's true...freedom is not free.

I'd fully intended to do nothing on this day off, but ended up going through the stuff that's been amassing on my shelves. I will do this periodically; I'm not sentimental. If it doesn't have a purpose, it goes. If I discover a need, it goes on my to-buy list. In fact, much as I'd envisioned this sort of...orgy of frivolous fashion conquest, touring my shelves revealed how boring and practical I really am.


j.crew tissue turtleneck in champagne

This was the last of my recently-acquired J.Crack turtlenecks. (Sorry about the "J.Crack," I can't help it, in the same way "Needless Mark-up" comes out instead of Neiman Marcus?)

"Champagne" barely resembles the image. It's more a light creamy brown, than the delicate cream I thought I'd bought. Less versatile, seemingly, but lovely nonetheless.

Why so many turtlenecks? Again with the practicality. A turtleneck is the ideal garment to wear under sweaters. (Not to mention, everyone looks good in a turtleneck.) It's easy to replace, relatively inexpensive, a cinch to care for, stores nice and flat.


silk half slip

You're gonna need one of these, if you own even one unlined skirt or dress, and wish to wear tights, or even nylons. One day of not having to unstick your skirt from your nylons, and the thing is paid for.

I'm trying this one out...hmmm...it's filament silk. It doesn't look like much but has made a world of difference. Still I'm contemplating the Mary Green one; costs more, but seems likely to wear better.


wool tights

Yes, part of me wants to replicate this entire outfit, down to the shoes. Life is short...hmmm...snaps out of it

These are wool tights. I bought some cotton/microfiber tights, but you can't beat wool for warmth. Adding in wool tights will extend the life of my cotton tights--I've been wearing the cotton ones every day since I got them, it's been cold--so next up shall be some of these.

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Odds and sods...
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-10 at 9:48 PM (Pacific)


cydwoq art shoe
images courtesy hatsandhaberdashery.com

Come to Mama! A built-in remedy, for Khrushchev and Kennedy--yes, I remember that song--I like these shoes, what with the little architectural windows.



aubrey organics camomile luxurious shampoo

Aubrey Organics Camomile Luxurious Shampoo review, updated.

I have since used this up, but don't plan to repurchase. Much prefer Blue Camomile:

aubrey organics blue camomile shampoo


Blue is thicker...I don't require weighty shampoo, but Luxurious was actually kind of hard to use, it was that watery. You had to pour and apply so carefully, to avoid wasting precious 'poo.

Blue smells better, as well: light and faintly sweet, rather than the almost medicinal scent of Luxurious. In fact, Blue has achieved this shampoo ho's (unusual) stamp of approval.

Neither lathers particularly well, being organic, but they do clean.



lani top


If the road to hell in software development begins with: "Wouldn't it be nice if...", in wardrobe development, it is: "There's a shop..."

This is a killer top. You may be thinking, meh, it's a cotton top...but it wasn't casually slapped together. Like the Art shoe above, a certain amount of thought went into its construction.

This top has a sort of draped, almost paper-like neckline (and cloth that evokes paper is one of my favorite things). The look is more timeless than the cowl neck I was contemplating before.

The cut around the bust is generous (yay!), without appearing baggy. Presumably the neckline would simply be more or less draped, depending on what size rack we are talking about.

The tiny "sleeves" make it seem more season-spanning than true sleevelessness, yet of course it would work in hot weather.

And...it's not cut straight, the way a dude would make it. It subtly undulates at the sides, just enough to be flattering, without being cheesy.

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Wardrobe meanderings part 6
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-01 at 6:22 PM (Pacific)


cydwoq game boots
image courtesy bulo shoes

I'm starting to like these, even though they strike me as impractical. When it's cold enough to don tall boots, the last thing in the world you want is a row of holes in them. Yet there is something pleasantly architectural about them. You could always wear wool tights I suppose.


narrow skirt

I got one of these...a non-pencil, yet narrow skirt.

I loved pencil skirts when I was a kid, but have been reluctant to wear them now. Not sure why; perhaps I've just seen too many of them (lost my interest in engineer boots for the same reason).


criminal minds spencer reid

This character from television's Criminal Minds is...my new style icon. I know, I know, he dresses too fly for an FBI guy, and he is a dude after all, but I love his style.

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