Girly 1970s

Billowing florals, lace-up bodices, sheer fabrics and all-pink bedrooms. These are the beautiful textures that I associate with spring this year. I like to imagine picking oranges and eating them in my bedroom with the lazy afternoon sun coming through. Picking a handful of daisies and putting them in a vase while a record plays on an old turntable. The modern resurgence of 1970s fashion has come into play the past few years, but lately there are more girly prints and feminine cuts that are appearing for Spring 2019.

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Even though it’s Spring, there are a lot of yellows and mustards emerging this season. I think some of this can be inspired by the color palette of the 70s. You can see in the photo above that mixing those colors with brown tones and black is nice and striking. I’m seeing a lot of this in 2019, which is exciting! On the left, the yellow collar on the shirt is pointed down, a style that has been very popular lately.

Just one look at Mulberry’s Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear show gives you an idea of where these styles are heading.

This is an extremely fun way to incorperate 70s flair in a super feminine way. I love the use of color with such classic shapes.

The use of plaid is evident. Big buffalo checks and smaller houndstooths were seen all through fall and winter, and this is a perfect way to use them in spring. I am a firm believer in check patterns being classic and timeless, but these give an added punch of color.

Using wellies and raincoats in their show gives this a quintessential British vibe. That makes sense, since Mulberry is a British company and they stick to their classic style for the most part. But there are some risks here that are very fun, like the embroidered clear raincoat and platform heels. The shapes of all the jackets read like those from the 70s, bringing the cool retro feel that we’ve been seeing for awhile.

But the most fun part about this is when they added pieces with less structure. The floor-length blue dress screams retro without any collars or large buttons or classic patterns. The ruffle at the neckline that cascades to the floor resembles waves in the ocean. The late jeweled belt hints at a little bit of hippie influence. But best of all are those sheer sleeves, which are absolutely stunning. (See the show here.)

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Something that I’ve done in the past and would love to do more of this spring is opaque, colored tights. That might seem like an Autumn trend, but with the colors we’ve been seeing, they could totally look cool for Spring too. Mixed with the plaids and berets, this is perfect for the chilly and rainy days we’ve been experiencing before it warms up all the way.

Hats are a big element to the style. And while it’s still a little cold outside, we can really get away with berets and knitted beanies for awhile! I’m reluctant to jump right into summer clothing because it’s harder to have that vintage aesthetic when it’s so hot outside. Light jackets and interesting tights are a fun way to bring color to the rainy days of spring. And like we’ve seen with Mulberry, the check patterns are getting brightly-colored as well!

Since seeing so much 70s inspiration in the past 5-10 years, we have almost classified it as “classic” when it was not seen that way at first. This is certainly different than when Victorian-inspired clothing was coming out, which was absolutely considered classic. As the years go on, 60s and 70s styles are lumped together as being a “retro aesthetic” and therefore classic. Mixed with modern pieces, I think they look fantastic. I have found my favorite thing to do lately is using brown leather belts, boots and bags to add to the aged look.

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For when the weather gets warmer, 70s style can still come into play with unique shapes. Still, I think this beachy look on Cheryl Tiegs would now be considered classic compared to modern beach wear.

Recommendations:

Books:
1. The Shining by Stephen King
2. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry
3. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
4. The Stand by Stephen King
5. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
6. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
7. Superfudge by Judy Blume

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black {Book Review}

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.” – Holly Black 🖤

The Cruel Prince
☆☆☆☆☆/5

It has happened. Holly Black has become one of my favorite authors. I think Leigh Bardugo said it best when reviewing this book. “Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book.” Even when I thought I knew what was going to happen to a character in this book, I ended up pleasant surprised and shocked! This is the story of Jude, a mortal living in the High Court of Faerie. She is set on being a knight, even though it is clear the faerie folk she lives amongst do not approve (although there are quite a few surprise with these folk!). When a knew king is crowned, the court is due for change and Jude is trying to make her way and prove her strength in their world. And the magical members of her family have their own struggles and battles that they are dealing with as well. Jude does her best to navigate her way through enemies, lovers, and family members. This book does a fantastic job of keeping you on your toes and questioning everyone’s loyalties. There were so many parts of this book that I did NOT see coming. Holly Black does a beautiful job of writing a fantasy world that is vivid and opulent while being gritty and horrific. Her descriptions are excellent. The characters are complex and flawed while remaining intriguing and even appealing. There are some slow burns for romance in this and enemies-to-lovers which I usually dislike…but not this time. The story is addictive and I think it’s fair to warn that if you start reading this, you will not be able to put it down!

Question for everyone: Do you prefer full-fantasy worlds, or ones where our reality also exists? I like when the human world plays a part in magical stories.

See my Goodreads for other books that I’m loving!

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On Instagram & Online Presence

I wanted to take a moment to write down my thoughts about Instagram, social media, and all sharing online. One of my favorite things to do is take pictures. I love staging photos in my room for Instagram, Tumblr, and my blog here. I also love taking photos of my outfits. I love taking photos of my friends, of places that I travel to, and of my coffee at little cafes.

The downsides of social media are apparent. Just like everyone else, when I’m feeling sad and I browse Instagram, I feel left out and lame. On so many occasions I have told my friends that I didn’t follow someone else because I was embarrassed about my Instagram and what someone would think of me. Every single time, my friends were shocked. They think my Instagram is beautiful! So why do I feel this way? We’ve saturated the internet with our feelings and photos and ideas. But hey, it isn’t always bad.

Sometimes when I look back on my past blog posts or my popular Tumblr posts or my Instagram feed, I feel a sense of happiness from all the good times that I documented. I can’t always keep all my photos stored on my phone, and it comforts me that they all live somewhere, and that I can look back on them when I want to. I can keep forever my trips to Maine in the summer, my travels to Europe with my family, my day trips to the coast with my friends. These things are valuable, don’t get me wrong.

But there are times when I am tired of documenting. There are days when I want to put my phone down. Sometimes I want to experience life without the pressure of capturing it perfectly.

Today I spent a very long (and wonderful) day celebrating my friend’s birthday in Boston with a few of our other friends. And while there were some hiccups (missing buses, almost missing trains, spilling my lemonade all over the Panera floor) I had a wonderful time. I read on the train, walked around Newbury street, ate at a French gelato place, shopped for spring clothes, spent the day with my friend and people that we love dearly, etc. And while I snapped a few pictures here and there of my day, I did not feel like putting any photos on social media at all.

There are days that I spend with friends where I’m in the mood and I update on my Instagram story, or I take my camera to photograph our trip for my blog. Or I’ll bring a film camera and try to get interesting photos of our adventures. But other days, I want to live the day without the need to document. It scares me that there are beautiful moments in my life that when I don’t get a good photo, I ask myself if it was even worth living. Because I wasn’t able to share it with the world, because I wasn’t able to show off that I’d experienced it. That is not a healthy or authentic way to live.

In no way is this bashing social media. It is the bridge of communications that allows our personal expression to connect with those all around the world. It lets us make new friends, contact favorite authors, feel closer to our favorite musicians. But this post is a way to remind myself that even though I didn’t get a photo of my entire day, I still lived it, and it was beautiful. The real parts of life, the happiness of being with friends, the stress of missing a bus, the thrill of spending too much money on new clothes, the sadness of seeing the streets that I walked with someone I once loved, the longing to reach out to strangers in the city. When I took the train back to my car, it was late and the sky was black, and I sat alone while I watched the twinkling of lights through the windows, and I tried to force myself to remember that this is real life, it is not on a screen. All of it was irreplaceable, and that is how I will remember it.

7 Goals for Spring 2019

Every day that I wake up I can feel us creeping closer to spring, and I personally feel that there is room in my life now for growth and change. There are many things that I’ve wanted to do that I’ve put aside for a long time, but spring feels like the time for these new adventures to come to fruition.

I am not the only one who has had a hard time lately, and it seems like this past winter really kicked all of our butts. Instead of staying in the safety of my hibernative state by sitting on the couch and never doing anything, I’m excited (and a little intimidated) about taking action. Here are some of my goals for this spring….

1 / Write every day, even if it’s just in my journal.

2 / Practice drawing & illustrating regularly.

3 / Shoot more in film, especially when I’m out with friends.

4 / Spend more time with friends exploring places like museums, coffee shops and bookstores.

5 / Start an Instagram and Etsy shop for my artwork.

6 / Organize my room and workspace to have a more meditative place to write and illustrate.

These are just a few things that I’ve been meaning to do lately and I think it’s reasonable to believe I can do all of them this spring. I have been so inspired lately by writers, artists, music and film and I’m optimistic about starting my own projects and finishing a few that I’ve been working on for awhile. Time will tell if we see these advancements soon! Talk soon…

-Heather
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This Little Art by Kate Briggs {Book Review}

The second that I read the summary for This Little Art by Kate Briggs I knew I had to read it. This is all about the art of translating and the importance of language in literature.

Kate Briggs writes in such a striking way that every sentence matters, and I found myself hanging on every single word. She uses metaphors and examples for those of us who aren’t fluent in multiple languages (me) so that we can comprehend the minute details that go along with translating and interpreting stories. I found each new section of the book refreshingly witty. For example, you can see here that this portion is called “Don’t Do Translations.” The power behind her ideas stems from varied pieces of work, writers and translators to broaden the world of literature and the way stories in their native tongue are told.

P.S. This book reads very academic, but it is worth the concentration. I highly recommend this book for something different than normal fiction that is beautifully articulate and eye-opening.

“In this sense, literary translation, as a labour of changing words, and changing the orders of words, is always and from the outset wrong: its wrongness is a way of indirectly stressing and restressing the rightness of the original words in their right and original order.”  -Kate Briggs

5/5 Stars on Goodreads

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Bohemian Winter

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Knits layered with lace and crescent moon accents. Long and comfortable cardigans to keep out the winter chill. Tall leather boots and accessories like safari hats for morning walks through the wood. Shaggy knits and textiles that keep in the warmth while you light a fire in the arctic evenings. And lots of patterns.

I have noticed the Winter Bohemian trend for a little while now and was incredibly inspired by it. I made myself a mixed media piece with a fashion illustration that I did based on what I was seeing in stores and online. Why do I love this trend so much? Winter can easily be focused on tailored jackets and more classic pieces (which I love) but I am enjoying the more organic side of this seasonal fashion. Bohemia has been an overlapping trend for a few years now, and I have adapted it into my wardrobe for every season so far except winter. I wasn’t really sure how! Then I saw the mixture of texture, pattern and embellishments and finally I understood.

One of my favorite stores is Free People, and for awhile they were selling a Jacquard Blocked Coat. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with this trend.

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Free People Jacquard Blocked Coat

The layering of textiles (sheer, heavy velvet, suede boots) added with the mixture of patterns establishes an eccentric but cultured tone. Laid-back while remaining refined is hard to do, but Free People makes it look easy. This promotional shot also sets the tone with a colorless landscape. No snow, but no colors. There is no visual fall foliage, greenery or blooms. The desaturation compliments the clothing while letting the patterns speak for themselves.

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I mixed patterns and textures for this art piece

Another piece of inspiration for me is stumbling upon Winter Bohemian weddings. Boho styles for wedding and events has been gaining momentum for years, and I always enjoyed the natural elements. Winter is my favorite season, so seeing people style rustic botanicals, vintage and tarnished pieces and lace accents mixed with a wintry landscape is striking and beautiful. Glamour and Grace Blog did a fantastic shoot with some talented stylists and photographers. You can see some of the images here:

The scattered letters on a wooden table stopped me first. Let me just say this right here: I like messy. I see the quality in imperfect things. Almost everything that appeals to me has an eccentric element to it, and with eccentricity comes disorder. This can be done in such  tasteful way! And I loved the use of single candlesticks and mismatched vintage elements. The flowers included a lot of wildflowers and feathers, bringing the beauty of nature right into the bouquet.

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One of my polaroids layered on pieces of an Anthropologie bag

Nature has crept into my personal style as far as clothing and interior styling. Most of my photos include a natural element, whether it is fresh or dried florals, pine cones, or event illustrations of fungi that I love to create. Nature is an inevitable part of bohemia. But there is another element that is sometimes overlooked: Refinement.

Closet London is a UK brand that makes women’s clothes. I came across a promotional video that they created called Bohemian Refine: Winter Collection 2018 which stunned me. There is a blend of rich cultural elements like gem tones and velvet textiles. Feathers, smoky eyes, rings on every finger. Lush roses that match a just-bitten color on the lips. Oriental rugs and talisman-style necklaces hanging low on the body. And the setting: Low lighting, dusty streams of sunlight coming from a far window with patterns painted onto the walls. This is the heart of bohemia that is sometimes forgotten because of the trendy tall boots and shaggy sweater combination. Dig deeper. There’s more, and the heart of this trend is an endless pool of inspiration.

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Here is a digital moldboard I put together for this style. Once the holidays pass and what we’re left with is the desolation of winter, these kinds of styles pull me through. They feel timeless and elegant without trying too hard. And not to mention, with all those shaggy textures, I’m sure to stay way.

Let me know your thoughts on this style. I’m interested in doing these style posts every once in a while when I see something that really hits me. Please visit all of the sites that I’ve linked here for inspiration, they are all so valuable and excellent pieces of work.

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-Heather

Giggle Water — Makeup Inspired by Queen Goldstein♠️

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I had the hankering to do a wearable makeup look that was inspired by Queenie from Fantastic Beasts with a little bit more spunk (basically the berry lip). I didn’t want to create anything over-the-top, just something a little fancier than my normal makeup that would still look natural going to work or going out with friends. This was extra sparkly on the eyes, and the lip certainly is bold, so it works well for a nighttime look too. Onto the products!

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For the most part, I used my Urban Decay Naked Palette (throwback) because it has a great array of matte and glitter shadows. I tried to keep the tone glittery while still having warmth. I did my whole face makeup first and then went on to the next steps.

Step 1: Fill in brows (I used a brown crayon to get fine lines

Step 2: Apply light shimmery shadow all over lids and in corners of eyes

Step 3: Apply a beige matte color to entire lid (pictured below)

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Step 4:  Apply light matte brown to the entire lid (the previous colors lighten and even out the eyelid for a base)

Step 5: Apply a glittery shadow to the center of lid, inside corners, and under the eye towards the inner corners. Any neutral glitter shade will do, but I used Sidecar in the Naked Palette (my favorite shade)

Step 6: Apple a matte warm brown shadow to your crease (pictured below) and use a thin liner brush to apply it under the eye in the outer corners. Blend everything with a clean brush

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Step 7: Apply liquid liner in a modest wing

Step 8: Apply mascara to top AND bottom lashes

Step 9: Apply fake freckles across nose and cheeks (pictured below) by using any light brown color. I used my eyebrow crayon which is very thin

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Step 10: Add lipstick of your choice. This depends on where you’ll be wearing your look, but I thought this pop of color was nice against the otherwise nude and shimmery eye makeup

Step 11: The last thing I did was press just a little bit of gold glitter onto the center of my lid to add some warmth, but I didn’t add too much so that the gold was very pigmented and obvious

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Here is the finished look! Nothing too special, but it was inspired by the idea of witches and wizards in the 1920’s. I had a lot of fun putting this together!

Moodboard for inspiration:

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-Heather