September 16, 2014

Runway Favorite: Marchesa Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear

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Marchesa Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear at London Fashion Week: reigning looks and notable details.
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September 11, 2014

Sick Day Rituals

Sick Day Rituals || Godiva Sea Salt Chocolate || Outremer Vanille Eau de Toilette || Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries || Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Godiva Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Outremer Vanille Eau de Toilette*, Rosebud Perfume Co. Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm


Whenever my immune system hits an all-time low, and the outside temperatures bounce from one extreme to the other, it's bound to happen... ::cue ominous orchestral swell:: I get slammed with every head cold combination and variation known to man, including the one I dread most: laryngitis. So as I sit here feeling like I might as well be wearing a muzzle (my voice has checked out for a few), I appreciate the little indulgences that help distract and entertain me.

*NB Frequent liberal spritzes of vanilla perfume are as essential as aspirin: it's aroma therapy.

September 5, 2014

Moon Mosaic

Moon Mosaic || Noel Carboni via NASA || Allegory of Vanity

"Moon Mosaic" || credit + copyright: Noel Carboni || via NASA


Hardly seems real, doesn't it? When I first stumbled across this stunning image, I figured it was some kind of digitally animated simulation. But when I looked into it, I discovered that it was in fact a real photograph of the Moon from the NASA website, or rather, (as they put it) it is a digital mosaic combining fifteen (!) carefully exposed high resolution images of a gibbous moon (the lunar phase before the full moon). The different shades of color, which are exaggerated in this image, correspond to regions on the Moon's surface with different chemical compositions. Just a breathtaking mass of glittering beauty...

August 27, 2014

Style Patronus: Mary Kate in the "Greenwich Village Look"

My Mary Kate Faves || Allegory of Vanity

Mary Kate Olsen: my style icon since forever. What is it about MK, or any of my other style icons for that matter (posts about them are coming: watch this space...) that makes her so mesmerizing to me? Of course, half of the equation is just down to personal taste and what appeals to whom. But the other 50%? It's an elusive formula that is about as mesmerizing as the icon herself, especially since I think it's one of the keys to dressing well and achieving a personal "look."