Weirdly enough there seem to be a lot of Thanksgiving-themed Black Friday sales here in Canada. Though I rarely go shopping these days, I took advantage of Anthropologie’s extra 50% off sale to buy a pair of Rachel Comey oxfords (with the perfect Southwest color palette!) that I’ve had my eye on all season. I seem to be averaging around two Comey heel-related purchases per year; the collection is growing nicely. Hunting around for her other designs, I found that Comey also designed the perfect pair of slippers. They’re so amazing and cuddly (and made from baby alpaca fur!).
(Image via Creatures of Comfort).
I was recently combing the internet for acceptable bridesmaid dresses, and ended up on Anthropologie, a weirdly reliable site for buying super-discounted Rachel Comey shoes. I immediately noticed this dress (top two images) for exactly what it was: a blatantly simplified copy of Stella McCartney’s incandescent 2011 resort collection (bottom two images), of which I have waxed poetic on many occasions, including here. Yet this copy is so embarrassing, so derivative, so lame.
“Wandering through Las Pozas is a true adventure because there are no signs pointing you to each of the constructions, and the forest obstructs your sight of them. Each time you come to a cropping of sculpture or architecture, it takes you by surprise.”
I’ve always loved Edward James and his weirdo surrealist fairyland, Las Pozas, so you can imagine I was extra stoked when the ladies at Vena Cava posted about his personal utopia – he called it his own garden of Eden - an outdoor surrealist sculpture park built deep in the tropical rainforest of Mexico. The British poet gave the buildings names like the House on Three Floors Which Will in Fact Have Five or Four or Six, the Bamboo Palace, the House with a Roof like a Whale, the Staircase to Heaven, the House Destined To Be A Cinema, and my favorite: the Temple of the Ducks. He also built himself tiny living quarters which he called ‘The Shell,’ and on one of the walls he wrote: “My house grows like the chambered nautilus….”
Basically he was amazing.
So you also imagine my mixed feelings when Anthropologie used it as the site of their latest catalogue. Groan.
[Effortless Anthropologie via Jezebel]
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Tagged anthropologie, art, catalogs, edward james, las pozas, mexico, sculpture garden, surrealism, vena cava
Thanks Katie for reminding me how much I love this young woman’s hairstyle. Been considering a cut since the kickoff of this decade, and since my move back west.
Also, I’m in love in general with this photo & styling:
Coming to grips with the fact that my face is just not the right shape for this kind of haircut, unless, you know, I WANT to look 5 years old again (the age I was the last time I had this haircut). I’ll take the skirt and blouse, though. [Photo Anthropologie via Jezebel]
But back to haircuts. The lovely singer Alela Diane used to look like this:
Until she did this:
What a beauty. Reminds me vaguely of Mia Doi Todd, looks-wise, who went from this:
They are beautiful women regardless – half Azns unite! - but I happen to prefer them both with short hair. So f’ing elegant. I’ve had long hair since I was 12 years old, and I am terrified to change. I just don’t think I could do it. But I admire the effortlessness of these two ladies, which I will never be able to replicate. [Photos via their myspaces]
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Tagged alela diane, anthropologie, asian, beautiful, catalogs, fantasy, fashion, haircuts, mia doi todd, musicians, risk, scary, short