1. PINK AD INFINITUM 

    this color has been my jam since mid-2011. I can’t explain why I went from rolling my eyes at all things rose-hued to fervently seeking out any handbag or beauty item that even remotely resembled the color of dense, sweet, cavity-inducing bubble gum, but you won’t hear me complaining.

    pouch:  American Apparel. egg-shaped lip balm: eos. lipgloss: mac’s lipglass in “cultured”. nail polish: essie’s mod square.

     
  2. LUXURY AND NECESSITY, PART 1

    q: why do the above images inspire me?

    a: the producer of these hot pink, dusty rose and a slightly lighter dusty rose hangers found a way to luxuriate the mundane.

    kudos to those who design household items in an effort to enhance user experience. I applaud all who add a very pleasant aesthetic component to an object that plays a large part in organizing our homes and keeping our clothes dry and in good shape.

    these bright hangers almost make me want to do some laundry right now!

     
  3. A HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO

    q: would I ever consider wearing a sugar pink pair of wayfarer-esque prescription frames?

    a: yes.

    I’ve always thought (and still think) that people who wear colorful prescription eyewear have really got it goin’ on—sartorially speaking.

    illustration by the author of this blog.

     
  4. ON BUYING INTO A BRAND, PART 1

    my purchasing decisions are not concerned with how au courant the object in question is; rather, I am all about purchasing the object as a function of and as an extension of its brand. I’m a sucker for researching biographical details about a designer, in addition to the brand’s historiography. when it comes down to it, I love seeing what makes fellow designers and product-makers tick. 

    concerning the piece photographed above, let me begin by saying that I have always been a Betsey Johnson fan. I admire her resilience, her dedication to her brand (truly inspiring), AND the fact that she cartwheels at the end of her runway shows! her zest and enthusiasm for life, coupled with her fresh, unique, lighthearted and subversively luxurious approach to fashion have made her brand, and by extension, her oeuvre, the stuff of my dreams. I stumbled across this piece a couple of months ago, and was only too happy to add it to my ever-growing heart pendant collection just weeks ago. I love the weight and the smoothness of the plastic pendant, and the plethora of details on the chain renders this piece the most unique necklace in my arsenal.

    keep on cartwheelin’ Betsey. hope to meet you one day.

     
  5. SECOND MANICURE IN TWO WEEKS. [IMPRESSIVE].

    Essie’s mod square.

     
  6. SIMULACRA IN SEVENTEEN’S BEAUTY PRODUCT REVIEW #3: EOS LIP BALM IN STRAWBERRY SORBET (mmm…)

    pink egg-shaped lip balm:
    what is the world coming to?
    its senses. thank you!

    WHAT: [see above].

    WHY: because I needed something after I finished this guy.

    WHERE: I snagged the balm at Walgreen’s, which is becoming my go-to makeup counter.

    WHEN: last week!

    MY FAVORITE FEATURE: this lip balm wins two awards: tastiest lip balm since the bonne bell lip smacker era and most creative and innovative packaging for a lip balm (seriously! I made the decision to purchase this thing because of how cool, convenient and luxurious it looked.) additionally, this lip balm resembles a small objet d’art! :)

    THE VERDICT/WOULD I RE-PURCHASE?: let’s just say that this soft, sweet strawberry sorbet flavor will have me coming back for more, not to mention that this balm is paraben and petrolatum free AND made from organic and natural ingredients, including jojoba oil and shea butter. hey now!

    all opinions are my own, and no, this was not a sponsored post.

     

  7. THANKFUL TUESDAYS

    I thought that I would break with the textile-centric tradition today, as I am currently celebrating a blog milestone. my previous post has been my first original post to garner over 100 likes! and I would like to thank American Apparel for featuring my post on its tumblr page

    THANK YOU!

    stay tuned for more “Uses for a Leather Pouch”, as I’m enjoying the charting the evolution of this series.

    need to catch up on parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 ?

    enjoy!

     
  8. USES FOR A LEATHER POUCH, PART 8

    pairs well with a sky-blue backdrop.

    large leather pouch: American Apparel

     
  9. WHAT’S IN MY VINTAGE, OBSIDIAN-HUED BAG?

    you’ll find out really soon. :)

     
  10. COLOR IN THE STREETS.

    above is my way of acknowledging the importance of street style, self expression and how color, textile, pattern and good design dictate many of the sartorial choices we make in our day-to-day lives.