Richard Warren

April 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Aside from taking my own pictures, I love love love admiring the works of other photographers, particularly ones who’s interests mirror mine. I will spend hours at night flipping through fashion journals, style books, and glamor magazines marking pages whose photographs make me smile.

Recently I came across a display of Richard Warren, an internationally published fashion photographer based in Manhattan’s Fashion District. Much to my delight Warren’s impressive portfolio showcases top name couture designers.

His photos feature exotic models posing in wild and intimate settings, dressed in fancy footwear and fine materials, colored in perfect makeup, and even some dancing for the camera!

Take a look at some of photographs I found most inspiring…

Just Snap Your Fingers…

April 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Every girl deserves a little pampering, a little treat, a little mid-week pick-me-up.

Perhaps you require a change of scenery because the office or classroom setting is making you nauseous? Maybe you just need an excuse to read trashy gossip magazines? Whatever your rational may be, an hour spent in a lazy-boy massage chair getting your hands and feet massaged and manicured polishes the rest of your week.

If any of you are like me, you spend at least 7 minutes picking out your desired color. Despite my prior and most positive decision on a color I pick out before even making my spa appointment, I still manage to juggle multiple shades of purples and pinks and reds, oh my!

In preparation for my next visit to the nail salon, I have picked out just a few colors I am considering for the real paint job… Maybe this time I won’t take so long in front of the enticing rack of colors.

From right to left: Revlon in Plum Night ($5 at Walgreens), OPI in Lincoln Park After Dark ($9), Essie in Wicked ($8).

Add a Splash of Style to Your Wardrobe

April 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rain boots are a way to stay dry and add some ever-enticing flare to a dark outfit on a cold day. Since 1856, Hunter Wellington has provided Great Britain shelter from the wet storms in his tall rubber wellies. Now available in the United States, these rain boots provide the ultimate practicality in bitter temperatures without sacrificing great style. Complete with a traction-gripping sole, these shoes are the answer to any slippery, gray day.

Best of all? These rain boots come in an array of exciting, sun-shining colors!

Meet the Good ‘Sole’

April 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

The man behind the seams? Blake Mycoskie. Founded in 2006, TOMS shoes is an American footwear company based in Santa Monica, California. Mycoskie and team had a goal: provide shoes for the barefoot children in places like Argentina, Ethiopia and South Africa. Even kids in Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Florida are sporting new kicks.

With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Of course I was immediately attracted to this charity and was eager to participate in the mission. My first purchase? A pair of “Ash Canvas Classics.” I pair these oh-so-comfortable tennies with just about every piece of denim jean, patterned short, comfy sweat and casual legging in my closet.

Better yet, I know some child halfway across the world is wearing a matching pair of shoes!

I have already picked out my next pair…

April 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams

Good Morning, Sunshine!

April 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hello, April. It is the 26th and you are snowing. Boulder, Colorado you looked so pretty this morning.

William McGuire “Bill” Bryson

April 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

In browsing my boyfriend’s intimidating, though impressive bookshelves at his parent’s house, I quickly charted through my mental book list. I’m an English and Anthropology major. He graduated in Biochemistry. I should have more books under my belt than him, right? Right. How come I did not recognize a quarter of the authors? Casually I asked for suggestions. Suddenly I had all the time in the world to read. School was of little significance. Books were my priority. Was this a competition? Sort of.

First on my list: Bill Bryson. I was immediately attracted to the title’s in his collection: A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Made in America, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America.

I could definitely read this guy’s work.

During my winter break last year, I finished one of Bryson’s books on my short flight home (Colorado to California). Having landed in San Francisco, I immediately brought this text to the dinner table. My persistent and enthusiastic laughter made it difficult to read aloud the passages I had previously marked to share with my family. I wanted my parents to laugh like I was laughing.

Right now I am reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. I encourage all of you to check it out. Warning: you may receive odd stares and indiscreet glances from onlookers curious as to the brimming grin on your face while you read.

Thanks for the suggestion, boyfriend.

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