To date this has to be the most iconic blog post ever to appear up here. Last December 23 I announced in this blog post that I had placed 3rd in Lisa Eldridge’s #MyLisaLook online makeup contest via Instagram. I screeched like a bloody fan girl because Lisa Eldridge is one of my ultimate role models career-wise, so is the case for thousands of us out there. At first, shortly after rejoicing I cynically refused to consider the win itself a HUGE anything, I was even beating myself up over the fact that I didn’t take a closer more high-resolution photo since Lisa put it on her website. My family, the dear souls that they are, kept telling people I won when I actually placed 3rd and I was a stickler for correcting them. When I think “Instagram contest” I at the onset began to whittle it down to a mere nib and I wouldn’t dare use the term “competition” for it, it was hardly “The Hunger Games” or something you signed up for with a stern panel sitting across from you. While happy but temporarily belittling the whole thing I was stubbornly forgetting the bigger facts, that a celebrated makeup professional whose clientele include Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley actually saw my “work” pixel for pixel. She approved of it, contacted me, placed me on her website, handpicked some luxury beauty prizes and had them sent halfway around the world just for me. I wasn’t imagining things. Thank you so much, Lisa
Dior Show Mono Backstage Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in 453 “Spencer”, SUQQU Balancing Eyebrow/Eyeshadow palette in 02 Brown, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense (black), This Works skincare 100% Natural Turbo Balm
When the cancer, that is your lack of esteem, tends to eat away at any triumph you blind yourself to facts that you can be proud of. To stay grounded you just always need to move forward and take what is positive with you. I strongly believe in not resting on your laurels (you know, what Roman emperors rest on the heads of champions) but I also tend to forget you should take a moment to put yours on and have a good satisfying look at yourself in the mirror to charge yourself for what’s next. My family countered me to pieces on my self-deprecation. They said I shouldn’t make myself see this as a small thing and I should just do something with the knowledge of Lisa’s approval because it’s real, I didn’t dream it up, she picked me, so I should do something. So it is true, and on top of that these have arrived. The handwritten card she included with it was what mattered more than anything else in the package. And yes, I know you guys want a closer look at what I won. Read more to see the rest of the post!
Late last year a video was posted on the Dior YouTube channel but I doubt all of you have seen it. I thought given that spring has begun in the western world there is no better time to share it with you than now. Last weekend this short feature caught my attention and held me in from start to finish. Designer Christian Dior was known to have been deeply inspired by the beauty of resilient wild cliff roses in his childhood place, Granville which faced the sea. His home there has now come to be known as the Dior Gardens. Christian’s mother, Madeleine Dior, before passing away tragically had previously installed a rose garden in their home which is what fueled his admiration for the flower. In the Loire Valley, also in Normandy, a team of horticulturists, experts in ethnobotany, have innovated by taking that cliff rose and purposefully crossbreeding it manually with other roses to produce a new kind of rose to be used as a sustainable cosmetic resource.
Petals being stripped from the bud of a different rose in the process of crossbreeding to create the Rose of Granville. (Photos are stills from the video feature)
The Dior horticultural team have tenderly named the new rose “La Rose de Granville” or the Rose of Granville. From it they take extracts used for improving skin vitality and also incorporate the flower’s anti-inflammatory properties into their Prestige skincare range. The crossbred Rose de Granville is just as beautiful to behold as it is essential. Watch this Dior film feature on the Rose de Granvilleand be inspired.
I am showcasing ten visual reasons to obey these five words: Follow @indiangiver on Instagram now. If you haven’t heard about Cheyenne Randall’s #shoppedtattoos concept here it is. His concept of digitally applying tattoos on iconic celebrities from decades past or even more recent years is a deeply thought provoking one. In my opinion none of it offends because it’s all so tastefully done. What’s really interesting how he is able to present the great “What if…” in precisely executed fashion and his choice of photos to work with reveals the respect he has for the people in frame. I also sense a bit of fun amidst the whole #shoppedtattoos thread he has begun on IG, the “inking” of everyday civilians or the odd family member/friend included. Remember take it all in with an open mind, this is just an idea :).
Read more to see all 10 photos I chose from Cheyenne Randall’s “shopped” images.
America’s new fresh-faced sweetheart, in my mind, is none other than Jennifer Lawrence, most especially after she beautifully blundered going up that Academy Awards stage last time. That second Dior video people are just too excited to see isn’t out yet and if you’re wondering what that’s about it’s going to be a behind-the-scenes feature on “JLaw” choosing her Dior dress for the upcoming Oscars. Swathed with delightfully awkward moments and famous for her fresh honesty Jennifer makes being the antithesis of demure such a grand, real, and glorious thing to behold. Foot in mouth quirks and all, Dior have still deemed her more than beautiful enough to be their current fashion muse for a third campaign and as seen in the recent photos that have popped up she absolutely is. I’ve embedded the first installment video of her Dior dress interview series below. Keep on the alert for that second video coming out this week (be aware the first one was unlisted on YouTube, you might have to search on blogs and news sites)!
Last but not the least, I wanted to share a video that showcases the reason why I also admire Dior. I just love their approach to the application and finish of makeup. They make use of very gentle and creatively precise application techniques, makeup never looks piled on and just radiates from the face. Go backstage to the hair and makeup room for Dior’s 2014 Spring Summer haute couture show.
The month of January is drawing to a close and while it may have been an already hectic month for some of you for many others it may just be the last mellow month before the year truly kicks into high gear. I wanted to share 5 simple ways to relax before truly swerving into the “rat race”. It’s okay to prepare to speed up, but there always is a calm before the storm and I think before you make speedy decisions it’s important to clear out that mind.
1.) TURN OFF/LIMIT TECHNOLOGY- I’m sure this image already suggests that with flying colors. I am so obviously not helping in this department at the moment LOL, but right after this you should get out of here. I myself did this last week. If this isn’t possible for some of you because of your jobs (especially if you’re in the internet industry this needn’t apply) at least restrict yourself to PMs, DMs, email, and SMS messages for work, or set a time of day when it’s time to switch off once work is done. Better yet charge your laptop and tablets outside of your bedroom. Also stall the selfies for awhile. One of my uncles has actually prohibited his daughter from taking selfies of herself until she’s 18 and no, she’s not even one of my celebrity cousins. She’s allowed to take pictures of herself WITH other people. To some it may sound absurd but I believe that limiting self-consciousness in children and adolescents is wise…it expands compassion and encourages a consciousness towards others. I wouldn’t expose my future children to interactive technology until they’re after the age of 5 or in Grade 1. I know it’s easier said than done but the experts have found many problems with toddlers addicted to gadgets. New studies from the world’s top experts have shown that premature exposure to touch and video technology in toddlers is inhibiting their proper mental development and exercise of their motor skills. The rampant use of technology to amuse children is also fueling rage and impatience at an early age. They grow up believing there is a shortcut or button for everything. Some experts are even calling exposure to videos and apps “baby crack” which dopes them and entertains them to make them stay put, but it is highly unhealthy. In the end, for us adults, life’s not all about your best profile photo.
Stay away from YouTube, 9GAG, Vine and the usual places you go to try and be amused or entertained by sometimes irrelevant information, yes even blogs. I was only on YouTube last week to look at some possible recipes and also to follow workout sessions. The mind isn’t a bottomless pit and it can get crowded and the excess won’t help especially during times when you need to be able to think clearly for work…the net junk will reduce decision-making quality. There, there, don’t sob now, LOL, it’s not forever…I’m only saying that temporary abstinence flushes the mind.
2.) TRY COOKING OR MAKING A SIMPLE MEAL FROM SCRATCH - If you can read, you can cook, if cooking’s complicated try baking. If none of that is simple enough, make a sandwich, salad, multiple dips (guacamole for example), or soup. Don’t use a mix that’s jampacked with fillers and MSG, really COOK something. Some may have natural talent but with practice others who don’t can still feed themselves and other people…seriously. If you have any doubts check out Jamie Oliver’s apps, YouTube channel, and books. If you want local kitchen tested recipes look no further than Nora Daza’s easy to follow books. There’s also an economic relevance that will boost your health when you cook it yourself, because the unhealthy stuff (rich dishes, deep fried dishes) are more difficult to make and clean up after than healthy stuff (salads, soups, steamed, grilled, and boiled stuff). Watch this video here.
I’m late in the game but finally discovering that I enjoy being in the kitchen and have a palate (sense of taste) that impresses my family…now I need to develop the regular habit of planning meals and buying the ingredients. I baked a lot a few years back but it’s been way too much of a hiatus. This culinary motivation might also be related to the book I’m reading by Banana Yoshimoto called “Kitchen”. Which leads me to my next tip.
3.) READ A BOOK, A BOOK WITH REAL PAGES – Gadgets put strain on the mind because they offer too many options for you to change your mind. Press this to go here, tap this to do that, jump here…jump there. Our minds have become like Mexican jumping beans because of too many options presented. Pick up a real book and there’s nowhere else to go but to the next page…and sometimes that’s exactly what we need. One story, one path, one direction, one thing…what makes you beautiful…*cough*. Read it in bed, in your favorite chair, or in a tub…it’s nice to know if the book falls into the water all you need to do is hang it out to dry…you break nothing. Also…don’t read it with music on I suggest, we’re trying to train the mind to do one thing undividedly.
4.) GO OUT AND SEE @SOMEONE IN THE FLESH- This might be my favorite one yet. There’s nothing like two or more souls meeting up and having a good time outside of Viber, Snapchat, iMessage or whatever else we use from day to day to connect. Nothing compares with a real, personal connection with someone whose face you can squeeze. Surprise someone by actually calling them up and rallying the flash mob. SEE A HUMAN BEING, STOP STARING AT AVATARS.
5.) REALLY WRITE, DRAW, OR SOMETHING – You needn’t laugh, some kids today don’t even know how to draw or write anymore sadly. Even if you’re not an artist you should know that committing something to paper physically actually unwinds the mind. You could draw your coffee cup with a ballpoint pen for all I care but handwriting and drawing brings the mind to a different place, and it is peaceful. If you really can’t stand drawing then paint something blank like a box or a cup a different color…just the act of doing something visual with your hands to impact something else makes a difference.
I hope these tips all together didn’t end up feeling like a “filler” blog post, I really wanted this post to be different and matter and not just be beauty or the usual wellness related methods to relaxation :). I’d like to challenge all my readers to at least try one of these 5 things once for more than an hour before January ends and see how doing something in a lower gear actually takes you higher for some reason.