1. MY ESSENTIALS

    here a just a handful of the objects I use in my day-to-day life:

    1. pouches. as you all know by now, I love me some leather zip-up pouches. the simpler in form, the better. my large black pouch will hold anything from books to art supplies. on the other hand, my baby bright pink pouch actually goes with me to work every morning, as it has become the chic receptacle for my credit card, lip balm, phone, ear buds, ID and spare change. 

    2. lip balm. can’t do without it. this eos product is easy to locate due to its atypical form and bright color. it’s about as visible in my black work bag as a night- runner dressed in head-to-toe fluorescent, reflective orange gear.

    3. lip gloss. mac’s “cultured” lip glass is my current favorite. it’s just sheer enough, but can either be layered with another lipstick, or can be applied multiple times in order to produce a very flattering opaque pink hue.

    4. pen. a regular ballpoint pen is the perfect accompaniment for number 5.

    5. journal-sketchbook. this epithet sums up my purple book quite nicely. I have just acquired this moleskine product three weeks ago, and I already fear I’ll be running out of pages in the next 2 months. this book alone will get its own post/love letter in the days ahead.

    6. iPod. because music > > >.

    7. pilot precise pen. perfect for sketching, but not for use with my moleskine journal-sketchbook, as the ink bleeds fairly easily.

    8. my pashmina. this paisley-patterned shawl probably serves as my security blanket at this point. I acquired it in 2008 from a little store called Charlotte Russe. I feel elegant whenever I wear it: especially when I am getting some sketching done.

    pouches: american apparel. pen: pilot precise. lip balm: eos. lip gloss: mac’s “cultured”. pashmina: charlotte russe. journal-sketchbook: moleskine

     
  2. YIN & YANG: PATENT vs. PLAIN LEATHER

    I usually prefer the patent leather shoe for special occasions, while the plain leather chausseur is my choice for an everyday look.

    what do you think?

    pumps: Nine West.

     
  3. TOWER O’ BRIGHT COLORS

    first floor: electric blue.
    second floor: purple.
    third floor: pumpkin.

     
  4. 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.

     
  5. 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!

     
  6. 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.

     
  7. 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.

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

    Essie’s mod square.

     
  9. 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.

     

  10. 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!