Saturday, June 4, 2011

table music

Thierry de Mey is a Belgian filmmaker and composer, and, according to the website of Charleroi Danses, of which he is one of the directors:

          An instinctive feel for movement guides his entire work, allowing him to tackle and integrate a variety of disciplines. The premise behind his musical and filmic writing is the desire for rhythm to be experienced in the body or bodies, revealing the musical meaning for the author, performer and audience. He has developed a system of musical writing for movement used in pieces where the visual and choreographic aspects are just as important as the gesture producing the sound.

Friday, June 3, 2011

shades of blue

Baby blue nails and a dancer's best friend, the theraband.

Kiko nail polish #159

Thursday, June 2, 2011

barry underwood

These photographs by Barry Underwood remind me of summer evenings spent watching fireflies.  But of course this is the fantasy fairytale version.

"I approach my photographic work with a theatrical sensibility that permits me to intermingle issues that arise from contemporary painting, cinema and land art.  The resulting images are surreal images, given that they result from this cross-pollination between traditional photography and theater."

So timely for me to reread his artist statement right now, since lately I've been thinking a lot about 'intermingling issues' and 'cross-pollination'.  Boundaries in art do us no good at all, so why do we get stuck with them so easily?

more eerily beautiful photos after the jump...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

sometimes i want to

...chop it all off.  I think the hot weather brings it out in me.  I always say that I can't because having long hair is sort of a job requirement, but lately I seem to care less and less what the job "requires" of me.  Here's some styles I think are particularly lovely, and therefore particularly tempting, from shaggy to pixie:

First and foremost, Freja.  I know we've seen her with this hair over and over, and my husband thinks it's hideous, and my hair's not nearly this wavy naturally, but still, I can't help it, I just love it.  

She's had so many gorgeous hairstyles, but it is hard to know if they'd look nearly as good on someone with a less perfect face.  Here's the shorter version, thick and then more thinned out:

more photos of Freja and others (I swear) after the jump...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

sensational sensibio

My new favorite cleanser isn't really a cleanser.

Bioderma's Sensibio H2O is a mycellar solution, something I looked up and researched extensively when I first bought the stuff and now can't remember anything about.  Wait, ok you seriously want to know?  Here's the definition from Wikipedia:  

A micellar solution consists of a dispersion of micelles in a solvent (most usually water). Micelles consist of aggregated amphiphiles, and in a micellar solution these are in equilibrium with free, unaggregated amphiphiles. Micellar solutions form when the concentration of amphiphile exceeds the critical micellar concentration (CMC) or critical aggregation concentration - CAC, and persist until the amphiphile concentration becomes sufficiently high to form a lyotropic liquid crystal phase.

Got that?  Here's what you need to know: it's a makeup remover, a toner, and a water-free cleanser in one.  I started using it back when I had that ear infection and the doctor made it sound like if I got a drop of water in my ear I would spontaneously combust, and washing my face became an arduous chore.  I'm better now, and get my ear wet all the time with no adverse effects, but I still use this every morning and most nights too.  

Just pour some on a cotton pad and wipe it over your dry face and it removes all dirt and makeup effortlessly.  Ok, maybe not effortlessly, sometimes it takes a few repetitions.  But still, on those lazy nights when you just don't want to wash your face, or in the morning when there's not to much to take off, it's wonderful.  Also, my very finicky skin is happier than ever before.  I always use very simple and gentle cleansers (like this one or this one), but sometimes even those would leave my skin dry and tight.  That is a thing of the past.  And if the idea of not using water to wash and rinse your face freaks you out, you will still love this stuff as an eye makeup remover.  It is magical I tell you, magical!

Monday, May 30, 2011

zara macho

You guys check the men's section at Zara too, right?  Because I have to say, there are so many wonderful bags and scarves and hats to be had there, and the occasional belt or pajama bottoms too.  The other day when I was buying my hot pink pants the line at the checkout was so long I headed over to the empty men's department.  (Why was I the only one who thought of this?)  Anyway, once there I got totally distracted by what would be my umpteenth dance bag, but it was so tempting I could barely keep my hands off it.  It would be a perfect bag for the gym or studio, or a quick weekend trip or even as a carry-on.

 In case you don't regularly trawl the men's sections of your favorite stores, here's a some more of my picks from Zara hombre:

more scarves 'n bags 'n hats 'n things after the jump...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

what i'm wearing - tiny flowers

I said this the other day, and I'll say it again, summer's actually here!  Temperatures are steady hovering around 80 degrees now (that's about 27 celsius, which I know because I looked it up.  Six and a half years here and I still think in farenheit.)  Time to celebrate with airy tank tops and clog sandals.  By the way, for those of you who advised me to keep these clogs, thank you!  I absolutely love them and they are ridiculously comfortable.