Background

Thursday, February 7, 2013

As Days Go By

Yup. It's Thursday. Thirsty Thursday. Thankful Thursday. Thoughtful Thursday. 
Thursday.
Monday and Tuesday was spent watching re-runs of Castle, finishing fashion illustrations, and changing my portfolio's layout every five minutes. Wednesday was full of lectures and exams and now it's Thursday. The day before Friday. I made a promise to myself that I would try to blog something at least three times a week. Mostly because I find blogging soothing but more importantly, I am doing my best to stick to something. So, this is my something. 
I thought I'd share some of the things I'm working on today.
some hastily drawn fashion figures...Yeah, they're due in about twenty minutes. What?! Don't judge me. Sometimes I get distracted, by things like this: The Dainty Squid
I'm pretty obsessed with this blog. She has the best style and gorgeous photographs. Really inspiring. 
Yup...so that's what's happening right now. Well, actually, I gotta run to class, but I'll be back. Hopefully I'll have found some new favorites to share.

XoXo
Whitney






Monday, February 4, 2013

MONDAY MADNESS!

Happy Monday!
...or not-so-happy Monday. I know Mondays can seem to go on forever, but it'll be Tuesday then HUMP day then Thursday and finally friday before you know it! Mondays and Tuesdays are spent getting my work together for the rest of the week, but lately I've been such a lazy bum! I have an entire "dress" group due Thursday and a couple patterns, sized from 6-16 due Wednesday. Now, my normal routine is to do a bit of work monday and then cram all day Tuesday. It's not pretty and it can't be good for my stress level. Oh well! 
Since I've been procrastinating with this post, I thought I'd share some of my lovely "I wants".
Check it out:

Isn't this wire, crescent moon from Gypsy Moon amazing?! They have some other fabulous pendents and trinkets to bring a smile to your face, but this one is my absolute favorite!

This tattoo makes me so happy! I have a little finger tattoo already, but it's on the inside of my index finger and only visible  when I feel like showing it off, but this little tattoo is so elegant but badass at the same time. Ugh... I want this so badly.

I want this tee so badly! Qwertee is such an awesome online shop. They only do limited edition tees and once they're gone, they're gone. So, be sure to keep up on their site for the latest and greatest snarky tees!

...and finally, I want to glitter my toilette seat. Don't judge! This is righteous! Can you imagine a gold, glittered toilette seat? My very own Throne room. Le sigh! Perhaps a DIY is in order?

Hope you all enjoyed my favorites on this lazy Monday! For more of my favorites, be sure to follow my Pinterest boards.

XoXo,
Whitney

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mint & Mango



My house has been under going an extreme makeover, all thanks to my girl, Nicole Gemma @ Nicole Gemma Designs! (Her website is under construction, but if you'd like to get ahold of her, go ahead and contact me and I'll make sure there's a love connection)
She's pretty fabulous. I didn't want to spend a whole lotta dough on this place, because it's a rental, but I still wanted to take this diamond in the rough and give it a good polish.
 We started with the living room (I'll create a separate post) and continued our way through the house giving it some loving touches here and there. I'd like to point out that I have the tiniest kitchen EVER and yet, Nicole  managed to move some things around and create not only a larger space, but a better equipped kitchen.

Yes, I have a oven from the fifties. It's my favorite thing in this kitchen and I now can't live without it. Nicole created a little coffee nook for me, where everything needed for a cup of Joe, some Tea, or a Chai Latte is all conveniently located in one spot. 

You didn't need a picture of the trash, but my fridge was placed where the coffee nook is, blocking the back door. Nicole moved the Fridge to the opposite wall and when I say it changed the space... IT CHANGED THE SPACE.


She added hints of Mango to my outdated Mint tiles creating a hip color combination, that I am absolutely in love with. My Kitchen Aid Mixer is Mango, which was a happy mistake. When I registered for it, I requested a buttercup yellow version, but was pleasantly surprised when this one was delivered!


It's not a major, "knock down walls, re-paint, purchase appliances I can't afford" renovation, but it's what this little kitchen needed. Nicole is brilliant with creating spaces that are not only functional for everyday living, but also creating spaces that feel inviting and stylish. It doesn't take money to imagine a new space, just some creativity and willingness to change.

After Nicole finished the kitchen, she opened a small spice cabinet that I have never used and found all these neat bottles! I cleaned them out and placed them in my curiosities cabinet. They'll be perfect for dried flowers, mushrooms, and all the interesting things I collect.
XoXo,
Whitney

Thursday, April 5, 2012

One of my latest projects!


Costume, hair, & makeup by yours truly... ME!
Directed by the incredibly talented and devastatingly creative, Joel Lava
Oh, yeah. The artist? KENNEDY! Isn't he the living end? I love him and his music!
Are you loving this?


Thursday, March 29, 2012

How fun is this!?!


Kandee J, Baby!

Look what I received in the Post this morning!
Oo la la. How adorkable is this bag from Imoshion ?! Pretty adorkable, indeed.
This isn't just any old bag, though. This is a specially designed bag by the one and only, KANDEE J! I met Kandee last year at Beautylish's first ever blogging and makeup event! I've been admiring Kandee for years now, and when I finally met her, I swear I jumped over the moon. I'm not one that falls all over herself when meeting celebrities, but kandee is different. kandee is someone that I look up to and admire. She has such a positive attitude  and message, and every time I'm feeling down, I run over to her Youtube, blog, or twitter feed to get some warm fuzzies! 
Anywho.
She announced that she was asked to be a Guest Designer for Imosion bags, and I immediately pulled out my credit card! Ha!
I've loved the Imoshion brand for some time now and it was such an awesome surprise to hear that kandee was designing a bag for them.
The kandee bag is entirely VEGAN! 
The Kandee bag is currently on back order until April 23rd :(
Make sure you get yours before it's too late!
Kandee J <--- Fall in love with Kandee here.

Kandee Johnson decided to design a bag that can fit her lifestyle as a makeup artist, business woman and a  mother, she thought of us!  In keeping with the animal- friendly approach, the Kandee Johnson bag is styled with coated Vegan leopard print calfskin, studded pockets and waterproof hott pink lining.
This bag prefectly fits most laptops. Multiple pockets inside and outside can store your daybooks and pro makeup tools. She comes with removable ringed tug straps that adjust to your preferred length. And no Kandee Johnson bag is complete without its own matching leopard-print makeup bag inside!




Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just So We're Clear...


After decades - excuse me, centuries - of fighting for their rights, women are finally finding equal footing within a male dominated world. Now, I won’t turn this into some political rant about the lack of respect women still receive in the work force (or just walking down the street for that matter), but you can’t talk about Women and “Cultural Roles” without getting a little political… so, sorry in advance.

            We as women were born from a piece of Adam’s rib. (I’m not sure how one is born from a rib, but… the Bible says so…so it must be true. Or not. I digress.)  I’m making the point that women didn’t get the best start in this world. We were second to Adam. A man. Obviously the cultural roles women found themselves in were very different than the cultural roles women play today. As a woman, you were looked at as a baby-makin’ machine, a tool used by men to seek pleasure or take pleasure. The only rights a woman had, were granted by her husband, Father, or Brother and trust me, those rights weren’t really “rights”.

            Today, women are still viewed by many as second-class citizens, as evidence by the eagerness by some politicians to restrict our reproductive rights and turn back the clock to Biblical gender roles; still, we have come a long way. We have the right the vote, the right to own property, the right to our own accounts, the right to work in a profession of our choice for equal payment.  And our relatively new roles as independent citizens have both inspired cultural changes and been inspired by the culture.

            The portrayal of women in books, film, and television has significantly changed to accommodate our expanding role in society, but it isn’t a one-way street. Cultural trailblazers like Mary Tyler Moore not only inspired women to join a predominately male workforce, but she also was an inspiration to single working women in their thirties. Where a few years before, a single woman in her thirties was pitied, Mary Tyler Moore portrayed a strong and independent woman who just happened to be single and happened to be in her thirties.

            Another example of a cultural trailblazer was Mae West. Mae West was brash, loud, opinionated, and sexual. All of which were viewed as scandalous at the time, but Mae made herself heard. She was strong and beautiful and men loved her, not just for her looks, but for her open sexuality, her strong opinions, and her bawdy banter. She opened the doors for women to embrace their sexuality and to allow themselves the freedom to express themselves naturally.  Both Mae West and Mary Tyler Moore were and still are viewed not only as cultural icons, but fashion icons.

            Fashion plays a huge part in determining women’s cultural roles. (It was no accident that feminists burned their bras to protest for equality.) How women dress influence how they are viewed in society. For example, I can’t work in a bank in a mini skirt, thigh-high boots, and a crop top and still expected to be taken seriously as an intelligent businesswoman. Why is that?   Because the cultural role of a woman dressed in a mini skirt, crop top, and thigh high boots is not “banker,” it’s “prostitute”. 

At some point in history, it was decided that women should be covered from head to toe, because our “assets” were too tempting. Because, ya know, men couldn’t control themselves. Then it became a religious “thing” and it all went to hell. Literally.

            A woman in a pantsuit and loafers, with her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail and little makeup on must be a lesbian, a prude, a plain-Jane. A woman in a mini skirt and crop top must be a slut, unintelligent, a drug-addict. A woman in an apron and housedress must be a homemaker with no goals, no future, and little education. These cultural roles have defined women for far too long. They place a negative view on a sex that has been dominated and ruled over. It’s amazing to me that some people still have such a backward view towards creatures that are so beautiful.

Unfortunately, now that everything seems possible for women, there’s a push back in the culture to diminish women. For example, such reality shows as “Toddlers & Tiaras,”  “The Real Housewives” series, and the endless adventures of the Kardashian family make women and women-to-be look like such cartoon characters.  These shows portray women to be greedy, slutty, duplicitous, and angry.  They sexualize pre-adolescent girls.  They create awful stereotypes of women and then cast their characters to fit those stereotypes.  This strain in the culture inspires not liberation, but eating disorders.

Cultural roles for women aren’t something we all sit around and vote on every year. They’re always changing, growing…and if they can change in one direction, they can change back. It’s important for those of us, who believe in equality for women, to use whatever talents we have to keep pushing the ball forward. Women will always be on a constant pursuit of equality and freedom. Whether that is expressed in fashion, ideals, opinions, thought, standards, values, or …whatever. The fact remains it should be expressed.  In the immortal words of Madonna, “Don’t go for second best baby, put yourself to the test… express yourself!”

Monday, November 7, 2011

Deep Thoughts with Magnetic Polish

Nail art is apparently the ultimate accessory and no outfit is complete without a bitchen set of IN YO FACE claws...

I'm not sure how I feel about this trending topic, due to the work my lazy ass must put in, in order to achieve a perfectly manicured set of hands, but I sure do love looking at all the creative designs others achieve :)

A happy compromise I found is the new magnetic Polish from Nails INC. So... You paint your nails as usual ( so far so good) and then you hover the cap of the polish (which has a magic magnetic attached to it) and POW! Yours nails transform into this groovy groove design thingie. Simple and chic.






Now that my nails look lovely, I suppose I should step out of my PJs and go out somewheres...La de da de da.

I still maintain my previous statement. Painting nails is too much work for one so lazy.

Peace, Love, and Magnetic Pixie Dust!

Whitney

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, October 14, 2011

An American Apparel Halloween

I'm costuming a music video for an artist named Kennedy, who is absolutely hilarious and I met with the direct last night to go over some potential ideas for our sexy video vixens. He mentioned the word "catsuit" and I immediately jumped on the American Apparel site. I was pleasantly surprised by the total cuteness for their Halloween looks for 2011. They have some AWESOME suggestions for a totally easy Halloween look. Head on over to their site and check it out. Post your own American Apparel Halloween ideas below! I can't wait to see and I can't wait to create my own! Oh! Oh! Also, check out www.kandeej.com! Kandee created the cutest Halloween look inspired by "Flo" the Progressive Insurance Guru. LOL! I snorted coffee when i watched her latest tutorial, and before you say anything about me posting more tutorials... give me some time. Ha! I'm a tired Fashion Design student.
 The Scarecrow
 90's Fabulous!
Zombie Social 
Super Hotness!


Have a fabulous friday. I'll keep my eyes on the Online sales for ya. Stay tuned for awesome deals.

Peace, Love, and Pixie Dust!
Whitney

American Apparel