Mar 30, 2010

Testing Tarina Tarantino

It's nasty and wet out and I'm still sick. It's totally the kind of day that could use a little brightening up...and I've now found another option that'll do just that. You see, Tarina Tarantino has launched a beauty line at Sephora.

I tested a bunch of the products last week, and the Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a clear winner: light, sparkly, and it comes in a cute little atomizer. I was a bit disappointed in the shadows (frankly, every color I liked seemed like a weaker version of an Urban Decay shade) and glosses, none of which imparted much color to the lips, but I'd give some of the eyeliners another shot. They seemed pretty vivid, and the test marks I made on my hand didn't wash off easily.

So the verdict is still out. As much as I love me some Tarina, I can't wholeheartedly drink the Kool-Aid here; the makeup just doesn't do it for me as a collection. Aside from the lackluster glosses, it's not bad makeup—it's just that the colors are all so similar to shades I already own. Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a yes, though. A definite yes.

Mar 24, 2010

Sick Leave

Just a quick post to explain my absence: I'm sick. I feel thoroughly poopy. Head is too stuffy to think of anything beyond work, then sleep. Maybe eat in between.

That is all. I will go back to work, all the while wishing I were going back to bed.

Mar 18, 2010

I See London, I See...Syria?

Apparently some of the world's sauciest (and/or most over-the-top) lingerie comes from one of the world's most buttoned-up countries: Syria. In their new book, The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie, authors Malu Halasa take a peek at the vast variety of racy underwear choices available to Syrian ladies looking to spice up their bedroom antics. Frankly, it's a little startling how overtly sexy, playful, even a tad trashy the lingerie is in such a conservative, religious country.

I think the description from this Independent review is quite apt:

Intrigued by the disparity between a nation of demurely dressed women and this garish underwear, designer Rana Salam and writer Malu Halasa set out to chronicle these magnificent items of erotic kitsch and discover their provenance.

Intrigued? For more, check out the slideshow.

Mar 17, 2010

Wearable Bluths

As previously noted, I seriously love me some Arrested Development, and have now made it my mission to own the two greatest Arrested Development-themed shirts ever. I cannot believe I didn't already blog about this one. It bears both the most awesome design and title—yes, it's called "I just blue myself."

This one's my newest purchase. Sure, it's not as clever as the other one, but it's incredibly applicable, considering how often I whip out my assorted Bluth family chicken impressions. Oh, and the same design is available on multiple products.

Mar 16, 2010

The Awesome Power of LAZERTITS

I had previously seen this original image a while back, but I didn't know that it was a thing. Apparently it is. A thing called LAZERTITS. Yeah, it's so epic it requires all caps. Now marvel in the glory of some more LAZERTITS.

Via Boing Boing.

Mar 15, 2010

Charming Chairs on Chains

Anyone with both an appreciation of jewelry and design should see the appeal in these Tiny Little Chairs necklaces. Because they are adorable. A-freaking-dorable. The gold versions aren't cheap, but the bronze and sterling versions are pretty affordable.

Via If It's Hip, It's Here.

Mar 10, 2010

One Last Oscar Highlight

Just had to share what is undoubtedly one of the most adorable pictures from the Oscars.

Do I know why Kelly Osbourne and Johnny Weir are gallivanting around together? No, I do not. Do I think her dress is great? Absolutely. Do I wish her hair didn't look accidentally lavender? You betcha. More pics here.

Mar 9, 2010

A Post-Oscars Fashion Assessment

Yeah, I didn't actually watch the Oscars—I just laid around on the couch, feeling ill and dozing through The Simpsons Movie. However, I did catch up on the important points (i.e., the fashion) after the fact. My conclusion: meh. Pretty tasteful overall, but nothing that took my breath away.

If I had to pick a favorite, my vote would go to Helen Mirren's elegant silver ensemble. Partially, in truth, because it looks a bit like an adult version of my Ozma of Oz costume that I wore in kindergarten. Only the spangled tulle overlay, but hey, it works for me. I was pleasantly surprised by Cameron Diaz's entire look (she usually looks a bit deranged, or at best unwashed). And, while there were a few contenders for least attractive ensemble, I think Sarah Jessica Parker's won (er, lost?). The dress is frumpy, shapeless, and confusing (how is it even staying up?), her skin's an unhealthy shade of orange, and I've heard her hairdo compared to challah and Gary Oldman's Dracula coiffure.

Check out Jezebel's roundups of the best and worst of the red carpet and the high- and lowlights of the Vanity Fair afterparty.

Mar 3, 2010

Under the Covers

I love learning the behind-the-scenes stories, so this slideshow was right up my alley. In it, art director and magazine consultant George Lois talks about the geneses of his 12 favorite Esquire covers that he created during his 1962-72 tenure at the magazine. Really interesting stuff.

Mar 1, 2010

Dishes Dry Decoratively

I've been on the lookout for a new dish drainer for a while; have been trying to find something compact, inexpensive, and—here's the kicker—not crappy. The standard Ikea model wasn't bad, except that it fell apart repeatedly—I kept having to nail the damn thing back together. Bought a replacement along the same lines but made of metal that's just too small all around. The dishes don't fit right, you have to wedge the cups in the bottom shelf (thereby risking chips and/or broken handles every time you wash the dishes), the silverware falls through the slots in the basket, and the basket itself attaches poorly. Overall, I hate it.

I think, however, I may have found my dream dish rack. (Yes, you can apparently have such a thing.) The Black + Blum High&Dry Dish Drainer looks like something Santiago Calatrava might have designed, and it's not cheap, but really, isn't $60 a relatively small price to pay to end the daily frustration of the current dish-drainer-from-hell situation?

I had no idea, incidentally, how many lustworthy products Black + Blum is behind. Some of these are nearing iconic status in the design world, yet I'd never heard of the company. How'd that happen? Well, now I'm spreading the word as atonement for my sins. And hopefully I'll get a dish rack as well. That can be in-home advertising, right?