weekend distraction: re-reading Alice

On June 30, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is so good every time. One of those books I seem to be always reading, always re-reading. Published in 1865, which I find incredible.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

“You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.”

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

“Be what you would seem to be- or, if you’d like it put more simply- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

“It’ll be no use their putting their heads down and saying, ‘Come up again, dear!’ I shall only look up and say, ‘Who am I, then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up — if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m somebody else’ — but, oh, dear!”

Ah. I want a crown. And an apron, too.

on the cheekbones: Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée

On June 29, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


This is what I got my cheekbones. The gold illuminator (‘Heat Wave’) from the 2013 Bronze Goddess collection. These collections collectively constitute my favorite thing EL does; love the fragrance oil and the liquid bronzer, too. Gorgeous products and packaging all around. Also Bronze Goddess is a brilliant name. I wouldn’t mind being a gold goddess, either, but ‘gold’ doesn’t have that z in it, like bronze does. Bronze is a lovely, elongated, luxurious word. And is it me or are EL’s compact mirrors especially large and nice?

At the Estée Lauder counter a saleswoman dusted it all over my face, creating the impression that I’d been clobbered by Midas. I was already planning to get it but still: SOLD.

This is not incredibly subtle* (though the shimmer particles are very fine they are also distinctly golden and almost holographic at some angles). This is not for the faint of heart.

*This is incredibly subtle.

This is for….me.

Actually I have a very specific use in mind for this. It’s an ingredient for a look I’m putting together, which look is coming together very nicely indeed.

bikini of the day: sleek with leaves

On June 28, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


An old school triange-style offering from Victoria’s Secret*. This was something I saw and instantaneously liked, and instantaneously bought. If only all acquisitions were so straightforward and satisfying.

*I think most of their swimsuits are too much, if you know what I mean, but then I keep finding options I like, especially in the cache of retired suits.

This was a case, too, wherein I had this immediate vision of an outfit and a context for the piece. This top, a pair of loose white linen drawstring pants, leather sandals, standing on a dock or a pier of some kind in the late afternoon sun…

I’ll show you sometime.

Sticking that  metal tube around the string in the middle makes such a difference, somehow! Adds such sophistication, in its little way. The tapered triangles, too, rather than the standard tangle of strings, seem a bit more sleek and streamlined. I don’t know. The appeal of this bikini seems to me so obvious that it sounds kind of dumb to explain. I want to engage in casual yet elegant activities in this bikini.

When you go to take a photo of an item of clothing you really see how wrinkled it is, which is invariably more wrinkled than you thought. I’ve picked up a kind of fancy steamer to address this issue (not for bathing suits…for normal stuff). I have some pieces I avoid wearing because they are too much work to iron and not worth wearing if you don’t iron them. [Possibly I shouldn’t have gotten these things. Much better are the things that look good wrinkled.] While I can enjoy the domestic repetition of ironing, it is in many cases impracticable. So we’ll see if I stick to the plan of actually steaming clothes or just use it for cleaning the bathroom. I have great hopes of doing both.


pockets and drapery

On June 27, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

This fabric is a bit too heavy for this style, keeps dragging down and is really too warm, but I like the shape and the draping of it anyway. Even if it is a bit reminiscent of a repurposed parachute. I wanted the khaki version but it wasn’t in my size, so figured would give the blue a chance. Keep forgetting about blue as an option, somehow, when it comes to clothes that aren’t jeans.




Drape pocket maxi dress from asos, Spektre sunglasses, gladiator sandals from eBay, dyed freshwater pearls from eBay, dyed freshwater studs from Pearl Paradise, Scotch & Soda wrap bracelet, cloisonné fox ring from eBay. On the lips: Maybelline color sensational lipstick in Coral Crush.





a few favorite summer lip colors, vol. iii: glosses, sheers, paints

On June 26, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

Let’s ignore that I changed my categorizing criterion from color to texture mid-series. I do what I want.


Origins Liquid Lipcolor in Juicy Details (w/ gold glitter), Lip Fusion gloss in Boca Babe, Estée Lauder The Lip Gloss in Coralée, Maybelline Color Whisper in Orange Attitude, Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti


Revlon Kissable Balmstain in Rendez-vous, Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate, Sleek Pout Paint in Lava, OCC Lip Tar in Banjee

OK, quickly:

Hardly wear lipgloss but when I do wear it, I wear these ones. I keep thinking I ought to give them more of a chance. They have that summer ease and swipeability about them, and have the virtue of already being in my possession. I especially like the Origins one, sheer with a bit of gold shimmer. Others in this Origins line are beautifully pigmented. Thinking of the red one.

Isn’t that Estée Lauder gloss packaging beautiful? What? Oh. Tom Ford designed it. Genius.

It’s like learning that Joss Whedon script-doctored Speed (which he did).

I like Maybelline Color Whispers more than Revlon Lip Butters. There, I said it.

And I like Revlon Balmstains better than either of them.

The Sleek Pout Paint is intense and exactly the color I hoped it would be. Lava is actually a pretty accurately evocative name, hue-wise.

I picked up the OCC Lip Tar in Banjee to mix with red (so I could determine my own red-orange ratios) but it’s pretty stunning on its own, a vibrant orange marigold color. It would be a slightly editorial look, but what’s wrong with that? In the grocery store. At the liquor store. In line for hot chocolate. Baffling small children. Etc.

See also vol. i: coral, vol. ii: orange.