the maxi

On June 16, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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I recently picked up the dress from Curator I mentioned admiring a while back. I consistently like this long, loose, belted tunic style—vaguely Athenian or sprite-like—especially for summer.

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A contrasting belt could add interest but this look is more about simplicity.  And this jungle green, jade color I find so lovely, it’s almost a shame to break it up. It’s some kind of hi-tech imitation silk that drapes beautifully.

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I hunted around for ages to find this bag, a French style straw market basket with dual leather straps. It seems like it should have been a straightforward hunt (presumably in France it is) but I didn’t find that to be the case. There was often something that didn’t ring quite true about most of the ones I found, as if they were poor translations of the authentic thing. This one is from Harabu House.

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This is NARS Taj Mahal blush again, which loving.

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Mabel dress from Curator SF, Harabu House market basket, Skagen watch, Kara Ross bracelet, scarab pendant. On the lips, Tom Ford lipstick in Wild Ginger. So glad to break out these gladiator sandals again, which are still everything I want them to be.

There is a natural simplicity to this look that is ideal to me. Everything comfortable and earth-toned yet with a sense of being purposefully chosen that pulls the elements together into elegance. This is one of my ideas of elegance, anyway, the simplest and therefore often the best kind.

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on the nails: the lizard look

On July 27, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I still only do my nails rarely, so far, even after acquiring no small amount of nail stuff. I am quite slow, and need a large chunk of time, and just want to take it all off if I’m dissatisfied with the results. Stamping especially is not for the faint of heart. I find it can be meditative, though, provided I am more or less qualified to do what I’ve set out to do. I have to concentrate enough that I can’t really focus on anything else, such that I seem genuinely to have nothing in my head except for the abstract sense of attentiveness.  And even if it doesn’t turn out, who cares?

If it does turn out, I can stare at it all the time/it distracts me (and begins to become intolerable as soon as it begins to chip).

I admit it is sometimes a strained relationship.

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This is OPI Jade is the New Black (really like this on its own) over a base coat of OPI Nail Envy, layered with the Pueen10 plate  snakeskin motif stamped in China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. OPI RapiDry between coats.

It is bordering on questionable how much I’m into snakeskin right now.

into: this jade facial roller

On May 23, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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This post could also be called…weird stuff I buy in the wolf hours. A tapered cylinder of jade that you roll around strategically on your face.

I got this inexpensive one on Amazon but was made curious enough to buy by the info and reviews on Cult Beauty:

“This facial roller is made of pure Jade, a cleansing stone used in Chinese medicine for centuries to aid the body’s filtration organs and lymph system to expel toxins. The original, medium sized roller is designed to use around the face and neck area to aid lymph drainage and blood flow, eliminating puffiness, toning facial muscles and plumping out wrinkles. You will also find that regular use minimises spots around the chin and jawline caused by toxin build-up.”

Sign me up!

Seriously though, I’m about a month in and I really like this thing. It feels soothing and satisfying, like any good massage. I only use the larger side. Is it doing anything? ::shrug:: My skin doesn’t look worse, and lymphatic drainage is a real thing (I like body brushing, too). I’m inclined to believe it’s doing something. I don’t shy from adding additional steps to my skincare routine when they have a purpose, or are a pleasure to me (ideally both).

acquisitions: antique jade & pearl ring

On April 27, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

IMG_3187I was looking for a simple, slightly old fashioned pearl ring, a single pearl on a gold band (open to modest accents, or an ostentatious pearl) but  I am extremely particular and difficult to please, and I found this antique jade and pearl number first. A jade cabochon with delicate veining surrounded by round or near-round seed pearls, set in gold. This has such a wonderful heirloom feel to it, and is certainly worthy of being passed down. There’s something inspiring about wearing jewelry with a history, even if I don’t know what that history is.

I am wearing it here.

My appreciation of pearls has been established, but jade, too, appeals. Imagining it with a Victorian-inspired ensemble…will have to demonstrate at some point.

What do you think?

And, I was reasoning, I can just keep looking for that pearl ring I want…