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The ultimate girly-girl colour this is a great choice for a date outfit. It's romantic without the strong sexiness of red. Avoid teaming it only with black - a combination which for some people is too smutty. Grey however, is perfect.
Pink has a calming effect on the senses. Some sports teams paint the visiting team room in pink to reduce their energy and keep them passive. But it only lasts for a short while. Pink has been used in prisons to keep inmates calm, but researchers found that prisoners adjusted to the colour and became agitated and aggressive.
Pink will add a charming playfulness to your interior. Aside from the obvious use of pink in a little girl's bedroom, use it alongside other darker pinks, purples and burgundy to create a stronger look. If you want to keep it soft, delicate and romantic - go for paler pinks with whites, creams, beiges and other pastels.
Pink in commercial design instantly signals girly and feminine. But it also signals sweetness, making it a perfect choice for sugary food products (like donuts!). It's also closely associated with strawberry, making it easy to identify the flavour within a range. And of course it's great for rose wines!
There's something about a photo cropped to just a pair of shoes from above that is so intriguing. The small snapshop into someone's life. The variety and possibilities are endless. For such an obscure idea, it's surprisingly compelling...
The best photos I've seen consistently have to be those of Katrina at Puglyfeet. Great colour, composition, subject, technique... She's even started a group of Flickr. If you're feeling out of touch with your surroundings lately, pack your camera as you leave today. Challenge yourself to notice what's around you. You'll start to see the world a little differently, and it's funny how that small change in attitude manifests itself in other aspects of your life.
I love the colourful and the feminine shots. The quirky and artistic. But it's the seemingly banal shots that end up being the most poetic.
I don't know, maybe I'm being too existential this week...
Been a while since I posted one of these! Not a whole lot of difference between these and my How to Wear... series. Style Sleuth is a collection of awesome fashion finds and photos. These are some cute outfits I found over on Chictopia, along with some Polyvore collages so you can get the look too!
This is a subject that I've been very interested in, since I am considering a tattoo. I talked about women and tattoos previously and mentioned somewhere that I was researching how tattoos age The main aim of this post is to look at what happens to tattoos as you age and why it happens and how to protect your tattoo from damage associated with age...
Factors Affecting Tattoos as You Age:
✭ Natural aging of your skin, depending on your genetics, environment & lifestyle: - Loss of moisture and elasticity = softening of colour and line. - Exposure to sun/tanning, particularly sunburns = loose finer details and shading, black ink becomes grey/blue-black, whites and yellows can get burnt out totally.
✭ Pregnancy and Weight Gain/Loss: - Fast weight gain of dehydrated skin = stretch marks (regardless of weight/size). - Rapid weight loss without exercise and hydration = more sagging, bad texture. - Areas of naturally taut skin & musclier areas will age better.
✓ Bold, large pieces such as Tribal styles stand up the best to changes as a result of aging.
How to Protect Your Tattoo from Damage:
❤ Choose a well trained tattoo artist who uses quality equipment.
❤ Anti-aging treatments and products - not just for your face! Keep it gentle and hydrating - ask your tattoo artist what they recommend.
❤ Sunscreen, everyday!
❤ You can get your tattoo touched up down the track, but the better the artist and the planning, the less likely you'll have to do this.
In the end, I doubt any of us will be like the World Most Senior Tattooed Woman, Isobel Varley, so we'll be ok.
Hope you've all been having a good week! I wanted to share some links with you - been lots of cool things being posted and shared around. Speaking of which - join in the fun of The View From Here, I'd love to see the view from your window and learn a little bit more about you all.
And because it's iWish Wednesday, I've put together a collage of loverly things I'm lusting after and will probably never own. Meh...
Some link lovin':
❤ Ms. Jenn has shared some photos from Tim Burton's next flick Alice in Wonderland - so excited about this!
❤ Firstly, found this fabulous blog Le Love (where have I been, seriously?) and this short animation is so heartwarming
❤ Wouldn't it be lovely to dress like this everyday?
❤ I agree with Kit, this ad is totally gorgeous, hypnotic, serene and soothing.
❤ I keep going back to these photos...they make the world stand still for a moment.
I don't know where this idea came from, but I reckon it will be really interesting (if it works)... I'm always fascinated to see what other people's lives are like. I remember coming across a section in the Curvy publications showcasing the view from the window's of various artists featured in the book. Another time it was something near their house. Looking at the photos and back at their artwork, I thought it lent an insightful angle to my perception of the art and the artist.
So, my idea. To put a call out for a photo from your window. I'll pick a bunch of entries to showcase in a post. I thought it would also be interesting if you included an example of your work (whatever you do!).
What do you think? If you're up for the challenge, email your photos (under 1MB pleez) to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, origin and an interesting fact about yourself. If you have a blog, website, store etc just include the link and I'll attach it to your entry.
If you know anyone who'd be interesting in taking part, let them know (click on the email share link button below to send this post to them). And if you feel the need to broadcast this little call on your blog, twitter or facebook - be my guest!