Pinterest and Personalities

I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon many, MANY moons ago – truly back in its infancy. In 2010 I was still in the Fashion Industry when making trend and mood boards was a key component of my work. (Yes…I LOVED it!) ūüôā I was a lucky lady, and couldn’t have been more in my element.

I was a devourer of all things visual… It didn’t necessarily matter if a photo in question was of an actual SHOE or not (ladies footwear being the branch in which I worked for well over a decade.) I could use everything from images with obvious connections (footwear, handbags, accessories etc) to things that were more abstract (makeup artistry, rain-drenched sidewalk bricks, a caramel apple…) It really didn’t matter, so long as the color, or vibe, or depth captured what I was intending to weave into a story… A story that would serve as the basis for the colors, materials, and styles we’d select for that season, essentially…

So for me, Pinterest was a GOLD mine. I wish it had been around sooner, but I was thrilled to work with it back then…in spite of bugs and growing pains. It was massively addictive for me as a Fashion Director, but also just a highly visual person. It proved (and still does) equally as addictive for hoards of the – primarily female, as you might surmise – population.¬†

I can’t say that I’m on the site¬†quite as much these days, but I still pull images with reasonable frequency. Each time I do so, I find myself smiling because Pinterest is so much more than what a large majority of people see it as being – as in, a board for to-dos or must-haves. For me it is more of a drool-fest – at least as far as my overarching usage goes. I pin images that I want to wrap myself in somehow…if not entirely and ravenously imbibe. They’re delicious, in a word (and to reduce it to one is a painful exercise!)

But there are boards I have created that do include things I would buy, or might should some event arise… For example, my Pinups and Fabulousness board… There are a plethora of sassy images – the just-for-fun-and-isnspiration kind. But then there are the pencil dresses or obscenely luscious heels that I desperately want a reason to buy – so says the tiny sliver of typical-female that I possess (because it really is a lot tinier than the grossly-generalized stereotype.)

Anyway, the real fun in Pinterest is that it is – I believe – a full-on snapshot of a person’s personality – it’s a lot more colorful than a Facebook, and I daresay farther reaching into the depth of one’s character than an Instagram (remember, these are images we can easily pull from every nook and cranny of the global Interweb ether!) It also happens to allow for the multiple facets of our being – I’m several things in one Geminian bundle myself. . .

For example…it would take under a second to see that I am obsessed with 50s glam – but not the frillier, cheesecake pinup fashion, so much as the badassery of Bettie Page. I’m all about fitted, curve-hugging, sensual shapes and lines… I have a gothic sensibility overall, which is glaringly obvious, paired with a little bit of “show” (performer much of my life, after all!) I love long heels and edgy details (like Paciotti’s infamous dagger going down the back of these killer heels…)

So if you are ever wondering about a person…check to see if they have any¬†Interest¬†boards out there. You’ll be amazed what you can learn . . .

I’ll share more of my boards later (unless you feel like looking now…) because it’s far too much to consume at once. In fact, a single board might prove daunting to the mundane mind! For me, though, it’s like a pool I dive into as much as I can (knowing that I must proceed with caution, lest I be pulled into the seductive undertow of image pinning!)

Vintage Halloween Fun

Unique Vintage’s Halloween Collection is absolutely adorable on every level…and totally my speed, as 50s fabulousness is concerned. ‚̧¬†

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The bat and web sweaters might be my favorite but when Hallows is involved, it’s awfully hard to choose…

 

 

V Day

I don’t do Valentine’s Day. ¬†I think the only time I sent Valentines out was when I was in lower school (so that’s third grade and below), frankly under duress. There was candy involved, though, so I would generally get what remained – nice incentive at that age!

I just don’t think anyone should feel obligated to do something nice, let alone nice AND sappy, just because the calendar says so – therein lies my distaste for what it’s become.

Funnily enough, though, a Facebook memory popped up of this (incredibly rare form!) photo.  It was taken many moons ago, rather in defiance of the 14th, and very much with a mocking tone.  

I do have a lot of friends in pin-up and vintage automotive photography so it was equally a (positive, in this case, however) nod to them.

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I guess we all have skeletons, right?  With red heart-shaped glasses and red lipstick, in my case!

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New jazz from Maybelline that wasn’t supposed to be out quite yet…but that IS. ¬†Ballroom dancers rejoice – less need to wear the falsies (which I couldn’t STAND!)

The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara promises to sweep your flutter to the side, giving a lifted, winged effect – how pinup and fabulous!

Ulta.com

Ulta.com

Maybelline’s Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer is hopping on the heels of the brow building trend, not only adding color, but filling out sparse areas with its fiber-infused gel formula.

Maybelline.com

Maybelline.com

Winter – 2016 MAC Retro Matte

MAC lines up the launches like nobody’s business! ¬†In January,¬†(11th)¬†2016, the company will be launching Retro Matte Lipcolors. ¬†Having been exposed to the Hot Rod arena for some years, I have a TON of friends this reminds me of – the scene is saturated with gorgeous pinup gals, and dapper dandies. ¬†The¬†Retro Matte Collection definitely has that vintage flavor (the ad image with pea green playing cards and oversized sunglass frames help!)¬†

Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Per MAC:

For those who prefer timeless glamour to all-out flash, matte reigns supreme. M‚ąôA‚ąôC has created an innovation on this classic texture with 15 robustly saturated shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. Whether you choose the intense fire truck red of Fashion Legacy, the vivid fuchsia of Tailored to Tease or the tantalizing nude of Lady-Be-Good, all these lipcolours promise one thing: a big splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish that transforms lips instantly and lingers, impossible to forget.

The product will sell for $20.00 (USA) and will include the following colors:

  • Fashion Legacy¬†Intense fire truck red
  • Feels So Grand¬†Deep true red
  • High Drama¬†Deep dark plum
  • Dance With Me¬†Deep cranberry red
  • Lady-Be-Good¬†Warm mid-tone nude
  • Tailored to Tease¬†Bright fuchsia
  • Oh, Lady¬†Deep wine
  • Recollection¬†Intense bright violet
  • Quite the Standout¬†Bright orange-red
  • To Matte with Love¬†Bright raspberry
  • Personal Statement¬†Shocking pink
  • Divine-Divine¬†Light creamy pink
  • Mademoiselle¬†Bright creamy coral
  • Back in Vogue¬†Peachy nude
  • Rich & Restless¬†Mid-tone pinky salmon
Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

The colors look bright in the photo, and it does indicated “saturated,” so I’m curious to see swatches. ¬†Loving the nude, peachy tones!

Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Scheduling Posts…and Various

As an aside, I do schedule posts ahead of time – I tend to run around a lot with my training and I want to be sure there is always something new. I am admittedly a psychopants¬†about skincare, in part because of what I was taught growing up…and also because, as an athlete, it’s important to be mindful, lest I walk away bruised and blemished. ¬†Martial Arts are far from glamorous, but having been a performer for much of my Life, I’ll never show up a disaster. ¬†Just won’t happen.

My background in the Fashion industry, as a competitive ballroom dancer, figure skater, and performer has afforded me a TON of knowledge with respect to skincare and color cosmetics – again, it isn’t as much as daily thing for, so much these are¬†areas I’ve been exposed to for a LONG time. Many of my friends are pinups, pinup photographers, models, performers and dancers…so the makeup artistry is an interest by default! ūüôā ¬†I am also always curious to see new launches, though it is more relegated to new developments in the world of skincare, haircare, color technology etc…not so much that a product¬†is jiving¬†with a runway trend.

So all that said, my posts are indeed quite varied – I’m the dancer my friends called a jock, but who has more heels and thigh highs than a store! ¬†So I’m thankful for those who read, even if only certain posts. Since I’m not always sitting at the computer (I am, rather, off rolling on a mat!) I tend to post things ahead of time. ¬†When I do, I add the photos on my FB page, so they will show up with the shortlink, and then a date when the post will be published. ¬†

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Exhibit A – Facebook

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Exhibit B – WordPress Gallery

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