I spent 12 hours in Los Angeles this weekend and made a pit stop at LACMA to visit some of my favorite paintings. The contemporary art exhibition space at the museum is very dimly lit, creating an environment that is very different from your typical “white wall” contemporary art museum. Aside from the dramatic effect, this method of display creates a intimate space where each piece seems to have its own unique magnetism.
One of my favorites, which certainly has this affect, is Clyfford Still’s PH-143 (1955-H). I matched the piece with this beautiful Tomas Maier dress, which seems to perfectly mimic the palette and the brush strokes in the painting.
A big thank you to Je’Jae Daniels (Mx. Enigma), who so kindly helped a stranger out and took this amazing image for me!
This has been such an exciting month at the gallery. We’re featuring Micah Crandall-Bear’s new work in a one-man show called Telluric, which includes abstracted landscapes. Defined by varying levels of intensity, Micah’s palette reflects the emotive possibilities of the color spectrum. Many of the featured paintings show restraint through soft palettes and calm compositions, while others revel in bold, impactful hues, which seem to reverberate through the depth of the canvas.
As you’ve seen, I already did a match with the hot, saturated piece called Indio (seen here) so I figured I needed to head into the opposite end of the spectrum with this desaturated ombre match. The featured painting is called Karadeniz, which means “Black Sea” in Turkish. I love the stark contrast between the dark black portion of the painting and the light, cloud-filled sky. Together the opposing forces create a sense of tension, which is evened out by the strong, flat horizon line.
I paired this piece with this elegant Halston Heritage dress, which utilizes the ombre / dip-dye effect at the bottom. The dress is easy to wear and can be styled a few different ways. In this image I’m wearing it with the sleeves below my arms, but it can also be worn with the the sleeves over the arms, revealing the shoulders through peek-a-boo cut outs. The built in belt finishes off the dress and creates shape! Check out the look below:
I’ve had a lot of questions about my wavy hair routine lately so I thought I would do a little tutorial. If you have a bit of an existing natural wave in your hair this should be really easy. If your hair is stick straight, we can make it happen with a little extra effort.
If you have some natural wave:
The first step is to not comb your hair after your shower. I usually just run a comb through my hair while I have my conditioner in so that once I get out, I’m not left with super tangled hair! If you have the time, let it air dry. If you don’t have time, just lightly blow dry and try not to separate the sections of hair. You can lightly scrunch your hair as you’re blow drying to keep any natural wave from flattening out. I prefer the air dry method and have found that if I can put it up in a towel turban for awhile, typically the drying process is really fast once I take it off.
At this point your hair should be dry and if it’s messy, that’s not a problem! Start by spraying the surf spray through your hair. You’ll want to mist it over your hair, applying straight on and from the bottom so that the ends are covered. This application is really inexact but make sure you aren’t drenching your hair in the product because it will become sticky rather than soft.
From there you’ll use the Oribe Dry Texturizing spray. I typically part my hair 2/3 up on each side of my head and lightly spray the roots to lift the hair. I will then do this on the back of my hair to give a little more ooomph. To finish, I spray the left and right front bottom portions of my hair to add a little more volume to the waves.
If you feel like some of the “clumps” are awkwardly straight in areas, just use a curling iron to get them looking like the rest of your hair. I would use a wand or just the barrel of the iron to create a wave rather than your typical ringlet curl.
If your hair is straight without a lot of wave:
Using a wand or the barrel of a 1.5 inch iron, create waves through out your hair. They don’t have to be perfect! From there apply the surf spray as mentioned above, careful not to use too much. Once the hair is covered in the product, the waves should stay separated and from there you can add the texturizing spray.
I’ll add pictures with directions soon so it isn’t so ambiguous! 🙂
First things first – I love this popsicle painting by Jeanne Vadeboncoeur. It’s one of my favorite pieces in the entire gallery. From the subject to the the artist’s interpretation of it, I really love the graphic quality of the piece and its homage to pop art. There is definitely a Wayne Thiebaud feel to the piece, too, so maybe that’s why I love it so much!
While browsing at my local Anthropologie recently, I came across this adorable shirt dress that is so fun and summery. The front waist tie is really cute and fun and the fit and flare is really flattering!