Let Me Paint You A Picture

Art
Bill MurrayThe NeighboursThe Separation
Without A Doubt Part 2Rachel in Furs
Ophelia’s Dream Custom Couple PortraitWilliam Henry Harrison


The very nature of a portrait is slightly creepy.  Maybe it’s because when I think of someone painting a portrait I think of Napoleon Dynamite’s portrait of Trisha or some Renaissance stalker.  There is no escaping the subjects in these portraits.  They are front and center and little bit too close for comfort.  They can also be humorous.  Of course Bill Murray’s head on a uniformed body is funny, but somehow I also find portraits of lesser known presidents to be humorous as well ala William Henry Harrison.  Famous presidents portraits are not so funny, but I still have a soft spot for Honest Abe and would love to have some sort portrait of him, maybe in a guest bedroom, just in case.  I think these would be great antique store/flea market finds because it’s not really about them being great art.  The dipped affect is also a great idea if you find something that is a bit too creepy on the bottom half (cat lady with all her “babies”).  I will be trying to find some of these not quite right portraits for my bedroom.  I’m only interested in a couple but I would love to see a gallery wall of these in someone else’s house, maybe in the bathroom, now that could get uncomfortable.

Spaces
Emily HendersonMarcus HayPilar GuzmanEmily Henderson
Two of these are from Emily Henderson, but what can I say, that girl has major style and totally gets quirky art.

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Blond Ambition – Part II

the-good-and-the-bad
The Good
I love that blonde hair makes me feel more put together.
There is something about blonde hair on me that makes me feel like I look put together. I think it’s the unnaturalness of it. Blond hair equals I obviously care about how I look; I go to the salon. Where brown hair is more I’m a mom and don’t have time to think about how I look.

I can wear less make up with blonde hair.
Specifically in the eyebrow region. I was not gifted with thick eyebrows (Scornful look to my lovely younger sister with dark thick beautiful brows). Mine are sparse and lighter in color which looks more natural with blonde hair. I’m a blush, brows and lashes girl so this is huge. (One day I hope to graduate into a statement lip girl)

The Bad
Very short very blonde hair is a very specific look and that look can over take you.
When all anyone sees is your hair that’s a bad thing. (Also being compared to Miley Cyrus not so much fun. How about Kate Lanphear or Michelle Williams people!)

Your hair becomes the ultimate accessory that is your signature piece.
Very blonde and very short are two very distinct things and together it starts to add up. See above. Even if my hair were long the blondness would still be distinct.  This distinctness acts like an accessory that you are always wearing.

It looks like I am trying too hard.
This is the flip side of looking put together. Take it two steps further and you fall into a sterotype. My style is minimal with bold and edgy accents, but I want to steer clear of punk, and nothing says punk like a bleached asymmetrical hair style, think Agyness Deyn or Miley Cyrus.

I am no longer blonde. In the end I wanted to grow out my hair more than I wanted to be a blonde and maintaining that color resulted in a lot of damage.

** Notice that Miley Cyrus and Kate Lanphear’s hairstyles aren’t that different but their styles are and I personally much prefer Kate.

 

 

The Blunt Cut

The Blunt Cut

I have a love hate relationship with my hair (i.e. Blonde Ambition). The problem is I like it in extremes: platinum or black (I also have a love of vibrant coppery red hair); a pixie with shaved sides or a shoulder length blunt cut. I am ok with that, being bold is a big part of my style. I would describe my ideal style as Artistic Minimalism. It’s bold and edgy but simple. The problem, however, is that changing your hair takes time. Right now my hair is a bold and edgy undercut, so I’m longing more for the simple but still a bit bold blunt cut. Even a very simple bob is appealing right now.  Into the Gloss has a whole article about the blunt cut but I found this bit to be so true.

Via Into The Gloss
Or the “non-haircut,” as hairstylist Joey Silvestra at Blackstones describes it. By slicing a bit off the bottom and letting your layers grow out to a single, uniform length, you’ll feel like you’re doing something new. Today, you see a lot of girls with very unique look-at-my-hair hairdos that become a style focal point. Well, this is the opposite of that.

That’s what I’m looking for, a hairstyle that isn’t quite so look at me. So here’s to growing out my hair. Wish me luck and maybe next year I will have a blunt cut to show for it.