Okay, guess it’s a shopping kind of day for me but I was casually searching for a leather pencil skirt (I’ve been on the hunt for a good one for over a year now) when I spotted this one at Topshop. It’s not real leather, but it looks totally legit and it’s only $24. I think this is a sign.
Also bought these boots from Target, heeey~
I’ve had good times with some bad guys
I’ve told whole lies with a half smile
Even though I’m pretty committed to Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, I spotted this new one from Too Faced today and couldn’t resist. Not only was the packaging adorable, but I loved the idea of a “hangover” primer — this coming from someone who barely gets 6 hours of sleep at night and definitely needs help looking fresh faced in the AM. It has a silky quality (not unlike the Veil primer tbh) with a slight coconut smell, and it left my skin dewy and smooth.
Of course, I’ve yet to wear it for an entire day, so I’ll keep you guys posted on that front (especially as I plan to wear it for my flight on Sunday). Hope it’ll last the journey!
I constantly feel like my life is one big game of catchup — finish a massive assignment, see my friends for the first time in forever, talk about we’re all doing, leave, then dig back into a new project. Something about this summer, I guess. I’m busier and feeling more successful than ever, but I can’t wait to relax. Y’know, get back into cooking or decorating my house, or going on a trip to the museum without worrying about what time I need to be back.
But before all that! I’m off to Berlin for work this Sunday. It’s been weeks of preparation for this massive product launch and I’m so excited to see it pay off. And if all goes according to plan, we’ll have a night or two off for partying (my coworkers really want to go to Berghain lol). We’ll see how it goes!
Painted Eyebrow Trends in Tang Dynasty
This is a chart showing different eyebrow trends in the Tang Dynasty. It’s based on a chart in Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei and Gao Chunming (2004), on pg 37. I wanted to create a chart that had the eyebrows on faces.
"Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women’s foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei(painted eyebrows) in general. There were literally a dozen ways to pait the eyebrows and between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather.” (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)
"…during the years of Yuanho in the reign of Xuanzong the system of costumes changed, and women no longer applied red powder to their faces; instead, they used only black ointment for their lips and made their eyebrows like like the Chinese character ‘八’." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)
The black lipstick style “was called the ‘weeping makeup’ or ‘tears makeup’.” (Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei, 37)
- Friend: So how do you think you've changed since high school?
- Me: Well I became aware of oppressive power structures and how we are complicit in them and now seek to dismantle them.
- Friend: ...
- Me: I also think I got hotter.
"The culture in France is, like, you will see women going to the office with a bright red lipstick, like I have, but with no other makeup on whatsoever. With bags under their eyes, not even a hint of mascara. Like, bare face, bright red lipstick, and off they go. But I think that’s very cool."
Tara Poynter has a sweet studio in the neighborhood of Koreatown in LA. I’m always thankful when creative people let me into their homes to photograph them.