powder blu

On June 7, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Zoya’s Blu nail polish is just what I hoped it would be, a pale powder blue with the barest hint of lavender, opaque in two coats.

zoya blu nail polish

You know how you can be drawn to shades of polish you wouldn’t really consider in any other wearable life category? Not that I’m virulently against powder blue but I don’t own anything else in this shade, hardly anything that could be considered pastel at all, and that’s not a coincidence.

zoya blu nail polish

Michael Kors open arrow ring, other rings…

In the land of nail polish, though, suddenly an entire different set of criteria seems to be at work. The touch of lavender makes the blue pop against my olive skin, the pale, opaque color pops on the hand as white would, but in a softer, more intriguing manner than straight white. I’m not certain why this doesn’t convert me to the shade all around…but it doesn’t. Though maybe it should?

Nails, like shoes, are a style zone of their own, with bold colors and patterns not at all unusual, even arguably boring, now, with a demand for more and more creative designs to catch the eye of the machine of cultural interest. I appreciate this, though I wish this trend would spread to more and more categories. Which it is, I think, spreading…but, you know, I wish it were faster.

zoya blu nail polish

Vintage beaded clutch

Full marks to this shade for being pigmented enough (not too close to white) to pair well with every white accessory ever.



distraction: so fancy

On August 4, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Evidently I’m the last person to hear this song, but that doesn’t make it any less worth sharing.

A beautifully executed homage to one of the most beloved movies of our generation (these costumes are spot on! Remember the Wildfox clothing line inspired by Clueless?), and a catchy earworm of a track in its own right. It’s been stuck in my head (in a good way) for a solid 24 hours, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. I’m digging these dance moves, too.

My approval makes sense, of course. After all, I’ve been known to get a little fancy now and then.

image via pinterest

playtime: blue liner

On October 9, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

The bright blue cat eye from the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 show has been on my mind.


The hair is unfortunate but the bold liner, without any other distractions on the face, is simple and effective.


I used Urban Decay 24/7 liner in flipside, a metallic turquoise, but Rimmel has a cobalt liner that looks promising as well. I’m wondering what other shades might serve this purpose; bright to the point of distraction yet not instantly editorial/theatrical like pink or yellow would be. Red, too, I think. But maybe not if the right shade?

Some stunning saturated violet, even lavender could work. Most shades of green are on the table. Gold…this calls for experimentation.

into: hot pink…evidently

On June 12, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I don’t think of myself as having a special affinity for pink but I seem to have kind of a lot of it. Where by pink I do not mean pink at all. I mean hot pink.


How do these things happen? Many of these items are by no means new, either. This is an old, slowly developing pattern that I am only just recognizing. A few items lined up in my field of vision and there was just no denying it: nothing out of control, nothing unhealthy, but a definite pattern. Well. What can I say? I am not against neon at all, in certain contexts. More certain contexts than I thought.

Some combination of always wanting to have been an 80’s aerobics instructor and Marc Jacobs, I guess.


And this is not even getting into coral. We still need to talk about coral. Just wait until you see the swimsuit I found, it is nearly blinding.

Roxie plaid bikini, unknown hoop earrings, Steve Madden P-Heaven flats, Color Club polish in Warhol Pink, Vivitar card reader, Korres lip butter glaze in Pomegranate, OCC lip tar in Anime, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Vivid Rose and Shocking Coral, Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink, Loop NYC Audio Couture Boombox Bag


upgrades: new shoelaces (laces are so cheap!)

On March 1, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

An inexpensive way to brighten and refresh your shoes? New laces! More to the point, contrasting laces.

For standard, flat, sneaker-style laces I recommend Converse laces, which come in a few lengths and many, many colors. ~$2!

For sturdy, round, boot-style laces, check out Doc Marten’s. ~$3!

[Make sure to get the correct length]

before & after:

pumas before

pumas before

pumas after

pumas after


converse before

converse before

converse after

converse after

docs before

docs before

docs after

docs after


and after

and after

and after

and afer

and after


See what I mean?

(Which color would you go for with the doc martens? Tough call, right?)

N.B. New white laces tend to make broken-in shoes look especially tired.