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Face Yoga: Loss of Face for Vanity’s Sake

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Ranjana Khan is a 57 year-old mother of two, but her face wouldn’t tell you that.

Take a calm moment and follow along with Khan in the most comprehensive face yoga video I have seen.

Be prepared to make some silly faces followed by feeling an overwhelming sense of serenity.

I’m not sure what the verdict is on whether these stretches work to either prevent visible aging or exacerbate wrinkles — but after following along with Khan I stopped unintentionally furrowing my brow when busy.

Serenely yours,

Missy

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I Agree with PacSun Mom

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If you were to ask me what I think of PacSun, the surf-skate inspired clothing brand for teens, I would flatly tell you, “I don’t.”

That changed while I was walking through my local mall on a shopping trip this week. I saw this display in the front window of the PacSun store. (There might have been one or two more shirts, but same general effect.)

At that moment I felt compelled to walk into the store and explain how the window made me weep for humanity, or at the very least take a picture and tweet my disapproval. I don’t have a smart phone (long story) or a misguided belief that the store manager has any say in what is displayed in the front window, so I didn’t.

However, I don’t blame PacSun Mom for wanting to voice her opinion. I think most of us can agree that purchasing the shirts was probably not the ideal way to do so. That said, I admire her for making a stand and I resent other people for trying to belie her sentiment because she is Mormon or was shopping with her 18 year-old son. Religion plays a major part in censorship in America, but I don’t believe that it does in this instance.

As someone who would be considered both politically and religiously liberal, I was offended by PacSun’s display.

I was most offended by the fact that they were the *only* apparel for young guys being displayed in the front window – as if to say “this is the coolest stuff in the store.”

I resent the fact that this objectification is so highly regarded by PacSun that they would make it unavoidable to anyone walking past the store. As a woman, that sh!t is embarrassing to see.

Why?

Women are not nameless accessories and we all are responsible for a culture that promotes this notion to young men.

If we want to break this cycle, we have to teach young men and women to respect each other’s anatomy as well as their autonomy.

I get that some people want to embrace the female form, but there are less objectifying images that could be used to do so.

M


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Real Life Still Life: A Free, Easy Way to Dress-up Your Home

This is a perfect activity for someone who owns stuff and wishes to display that stuff in an attractive way.

Is that you? Great! I thought so.

As you may know, a Still Life is a work of art that showcases inanimate objects in a grouping.

Here are a few examples in my home:

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Food and flowers are extremely common in Still Lifes (yes, that is the correct plural), so today we are going to keep it simple and utilize the food in your kitchen, and the plants in your (or your neighbor’s) garden.

Scour your refrigerator and pantry for fresh edibles.

Fruits such as apples, grapes, oranges, and bananas are lovely, but don’t overlook root vegetables such as onions, garlic, and potatoes, as they can provide contrast to an elaborately decorated plate or brightly colored flowers.

Don’t worry if you can’t find much variety, some of the best arrangements are made with only one type of food.

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Now you must locate an attractive dish or bowl.

The dish can be a part of your everyday plate-ware, a special serving dish, or an antique you bought to display.

I think the best Still Lifes involve medium size dishes/bowls, but it really depends on the size and quantity of the objects you plan to arrange. If you have three cherries, a shot glass would do the trick; however, if you have 15 watermelons, a clawfooted bathtub would be better suited.

If you don’t have any fresh fruit or veggies in your kitchen, have no fear! Pull a Warhol and arrange some cans!

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If you are having trouble making a balanced arrangement with your items, try limiting yourself to five objects. I find that this is the quickest way to achieve balance.

Top it off with a sprig of greenery like a cutting from a bush. Alternatively, pick a few flowers and tuck them into the arrangement.

For my favorite arrangement, I built a mountain of cheerful, sweet-smelling clementines on top of an antique pewter dish and accessorized  it with a branch of greenery that brings life to the scene. I placed it on the kitchen peninsula so that it can be enjoyed from many angles.

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There you have it! A simple way to fill your home with living art!

Lilo and I are hoping to gain more followers, so if you enjoyed this post, please follow us. 🙂

Thanks,

Missy


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DC Fashion Week: Tory Burch Presentation

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A few months ago, Tory Burch opened a new store in Georgetown, her first in the district.

Rumor has it, Tory herself came to visit the week of its opening, which is a BFD if I do say so myself!

We visited the store in January to browse.

Unfortunately we didn’t find anything new to add to our already very Burched closets, but we did have a nice sit down coffee and hot chocolate in the shoe room.

The interior is an experience for any fan of the Tory Burch aesthetic, a reflection of her recently launched home collection. The bright wallpaper and lucite coffee tables are a nice complement to the plush mohair sofas.

We recommend you take a seat and possibly a sip if you find yourself nearby. Word to the wise, the Wisconsin Avenue shop only sells accessories (think handbags, jewellery, sunglasses, and shoes, to name a few).

The brand hosted a DC Fashion Week event at the W Hotel this past week.

Seeing the clothes at the W downtown allowed us to better visualize the Tory Burch lifestyle–  tropical and eastern influences, beaded embellishment, embroidery, and metallics.

The event included themed drinks, rotating looks, a DJ, and utilized the Neoclassical architecture of the lobby by projecting the NYFW Spring/Summer ’14 fashion show onto its walls and ceiling.

Enjoy some photos below from the event!

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Until next time,

LiLo & Missy

Flake It ‘Til You Make It: A Cure for Snowy Sunday Stoicism

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rug flakesIf you’re stuck in the East Coast’s almost perpetual winter barrage like Lilo and I are, I’m sure the novelty of snow has well worn off.

Let me change that for you.

As we all know, outside snow is cold and wet; there is only so long you can make snowballs, igloos, snowmen, ice facials (stick your face in snow, pretend to be a Real Housewife who can’t feel her face anymore but looks sooo good!), and chocolate snow cones (add a little water to Hershey’s syrup, pour the mixture on top of a bowl of snow, eat it) until your hands turn blue.

. . . but what about INSIDE snow?

“What’s that?!” you say?

Well, children, don’t get too excited! It’s paper, not magic.

That’s right, let’s make snowflakes.

Snowflakes are for all ages, require few resources, and serve a decorative purpose. You can make them while binge watching Twin Peaks on Netflix. They make people happy. Get excited for snowflakes, dammit.

INSTRUCTIONS:

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First, find any piece of paper. The one I’m using in this picture is construction paper, but printer paper is always a classic. Sometimes I use linen paper if I want to be fancy, but it is truly up to you.

Find a pair of scissors that are sharp and easily manipulated. For this reason I would advise against using kitchen shears.

Now, we have to turn the rectangular piece of paper into a square.

To do this, first take the lower left corner and pull it diagonally to make the left edge and the top edge flesh.

Once they match, crease the paper to hold the fold.

Now, cut the remaining rectangle off.

The remaining paper is now square shaped, but leave it folded into a triangle.

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Fold the right corner of the triangle to the center point.

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Do this again to the left side, bringing the left point to center.

This creates a diamond shape.

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Fold this diamond shape in half, using the line in which the previously folded sides meet as your axis.

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This is a top view of the final result.

From here, cut as your heart desires! Just do not slice either of the folded sides off completely, as they hold your snowflake together.

 

I like to take inspiration from the patterns on Nordic sweaters, plants, Native American tribal patterns, and architecture. Lately, I have been deeply inspired by the work of British interior decorator David Hicks and his geometric patterns. (I will certainly do a post on him on the future.)

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You could find inspiration from Gothic architectural features such as rose windows, pointed arches, and the quatrefoil shape. 

Or just snip away randomly! You do you!

If you don’t have a pair of scissors handy, or just don’t want to clean up the resulting confetti byproduct, there’s an app for that. I recommend Paper Snow 2.

Happy snow day,

Missy


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International Art English For Cheaters

Having studied art history in school and now working at a gallery, you would think that I would have a pretty good handle on using language to describe art.

However, International Art English takes descriptive language to the next level.

It is equally self-indulgent, elitist, and nonsensical, but so is the art world at times.

Lucky for us, PIXMAVEN, a web-based art gallery, has generously provided us with an Art Critique Phrase Generator for those days when we are feeling particularly inarticulate.

Example:

It’s difficult to enter into this work because of how the aura of the spatial relationships threatens to penetrate the inherent overspecificity.

Toss out your thesaurus!

M