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What i Heart Now: Lipstick

“Come here and give me a kiss!” those old farts used to say to me. Cheek pinching ensued soon after. “Yuck!” was my remark to those wrinkly folks, wiping my cheek of that chalky, nasty lip junk that was never colored inside the lines, pun intended. That’s what I used to think of lipstick. Then the Wall Street Journal published an article where the author had a shocking experience. Looking through a year’s worth of photos, she chose four that she liked. Four. Her resolution after looking at the photos and realizing (but accepting) that she was aging was to slather on some lipstick for future photo ops. I read the article the day I photographed “How i Wore It: Comfy and Cozy.” “Hmmm…” I thought, “let me try this out.” So, I walked three blocks to CVS, picked a sultry dark brown shade, and started snapping. Editing Looking at the photos, I liked what I saw. The author was right – lipstick is a quick way to look put together, just like my Kate Spade watch and clutch. The author even gave tips and tricks, courtesy of makeup artist April Greaves (who she is, I have no idea, but she sounds important), on application so that when I’m a wrinkly prune sixty years from now, I can give those little tots lots of smooches without maring my appearance or their emotions.

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Madalynne Company Car

If Madalynne were ever to have a company car, this would be it – a VW Camper Van a la 1960s or 1970s.  Mint green, lavender, highlighter yellow, or some other ridiculous color, Vicky (that’s what I would name her) would be a sewing studio on wheels. Set up in the cabin behind the drivers’ and passengers’ seat would be a sewing machine and an overlock machine. All sewing supplies would be stored in Vicky’s plentiful cargo space and she would even be equipped with a fold-out ironing board. I would spend not just Sunday wasting the day away sewing but every day. Monday through Sunday, I would cruise from house to house giving sewing lessons and delivering patterns (self made and commercial) and other sewing notions to crafters in desperate need. Okay, my last paragraph is a little flamboyant but the car is cool. I’ve always known about the “hippie” car but it became a source of inspiration when I discovered a London based company called Snail Trail that rents VW Camper Vans for special occasions. A wannabe maven of cars, I researched its history. Did you know that it was originally a “parts-mover” or “transporter” of VW Beetle’s in Volkswagen factories during the 1940s? Yes! A man by the name of Ben Pon saw the “parts mover” and thought it would be a good idea to make a hybrid car of the Beetle and a van. A few short years later, the first Camper Van was introduced as the modern horse and cart. Within the first five years, the Camper Van was used in various industries – as ice cream trucks, delivery vans, police cars, ambulances, etc. It wasn’t until 1949 that the modern Camper Van, the Type 2, was created. It had a split, or two paneled…

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Sunday Staples

During the week, I’m all about getting dolled up. Ruffly dresses, full skirts, printed jeans, hot pink maxi skirts, lace tops, they all make an appearance and are complimented with only the best baubles. But come Sunday, no matter how hard I try, I always end up in my American Eagle boyfriend jeans, a sweater or tee with some sort of appliqué top applied or sewn in, my converses (I’ve had them since my waistressing days in college), and if the weather is chilly, a pair of cozy socks. I try to muster up the effort to make myself pretty but as I stand in front of my closets (both of them) and sift through hanger after hanger, I somehow end up grabbing my trusty ole jeans and tee/sweater. It’s just routine and that’s how I like to spend Sunday. I usually dawdle in some sort of sewing project, watch movies (Sabrina, Back To The Future, Saturday Night Fever, and Home Alone are a few of my favorites), and treating myself to some sweets from the best cupcakery and chocolate shop here in Philadelphia, Philly Cupcakes (if you go, ask for Shane. He always gives me a free cupcake). It’s my Sunday staple; it’s my sewing routine; it’s how I sew. Even though I spend some week nights sewing while listening to bad country music, Rod Stewart, The XX, and New Found Glory, this is how I do most of my sewing. For a good twelve hours on Sunday, I waste the day in a zone, just sewing away. Do you have a similar sewing routine? Do you dedicated certain days or time of days to sew? Do you have a “uniform” for sewing (so that you don’t mark or cut your good clothing)? Do you like to sew with…

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What I Heart Right Now: Pastel Hair

[EasyGallery id=’pastelhair’] Pastel hair is an odd thing to want or like. Whether it be a full head of hair or only on the tips, I would never dye my hair such a hue. I hated my hair color when I was a little one (click here to see pictures of a mini-me) but I now consider my red hair precious and too unique to tamper with. Historically speaking, women have dyed their hair for ages. The Egyptians used berries, the bark of trees, nuts, herbs, and leaves to dye their hair and the Roman used henna to change the shade of their tresses. But all shade changes were of “normal” colors – red, blonde, black. Few and sporadic news articles indicate that pastel hair was “it” in the early 1900s but none that were of noteworthy importance. And who remembers Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, or Marlene Dietrich with pink hair? The trend seems to be a new phenomenon. Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, and Dennis Rodman a la 1990s were early pioneers of the trend and as of late, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nikki Minah and the lovely blogger Katy at Scathingly Brilliant are the sporters of the trend. Also, designers such as Zac Posen, Giles, Richard Chai, and Prabal Gurung are beautifying their models with tresses dyed funky colors. But this trend isn’t for the uber celebritous crowd, my old friend from high school, Becky Hardin (I was always secretly jealous of her perfectly coiffed locks), dyes strips of her hair funky colors in the perfect real-world manner (click here to see). Is the trend just plain weird or high fashion? My verdict is not decided. Regardless, the trend is something to admire, like 5 inch Louboutin’s or harem pants. It’s cool, I give credit to it, and…

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How Slubby Knits Are Made

Slubby knits. Slubby knits are called such that, slubby, not because they’re lazy (although I do think walnuts are lazy) and not because I usually wear them on my laziest of days (Sunday is my favorite day to cozy up in these types of knits). Slubby knits are given its name because of the once imperfect but now intentional process it undergoes while being made. Regardless of how it’s made, when I wear it, or why I wear it, slubby knits are what I’m hearting as of late, especially since spring is on its way (yay!) and I’m opting for lighter pieces. I thought it would be neat if I explained the process of how slubby knits are made and why the process it undergoes gives the knit its name rather than just providing links to my favorite slubby knits. So here goes ladies and gents… A yarn’s life begins when groups of fibers are detangled and cleaned in a process called carding, or combing. After carding, the fibers are then grouped together into a thick rope of loose fibers called a sliver. These slivers are then pulled and twisted many times and at high speeds to create finished yarns that are then wrapped around spools or cones. During the spinning process, when slivers are pulled and twisted, small lengths of fibers sometimes adhere to the yarn in an inconsistent manner. Over the course of a bolt of fabric, this creates a knotty and lumpy texture and pattern. This pattern or texture is the pattern or texture on a slubby knit. Neat, huh?

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What I Heart Right Now: Little Red Dress

It’s not the little black dress (LBD) and it’s not the little white dress (LWD). It’s the little red dress (LRD). Unlike it’s red sister, the LBD is demure and reserved looking. Audrey Hepburn, Nicole Richie, and Michael Kors wore or wear all black to make a statement without making one. The LRD’s other sister, the LWD, is ethereal and comely. It’s the color of wedding gowns and the color of Marilyn Monroe’s dress she wore in “7 Year Itch” (the one that blew up as she stood over subway). But the LRD is unlike its sisters in that it’s brassy, bold, flippant and flirty (two alliterations, go Maddie!). The LRD’s statement is like that of a women looking at a man in askance, giving him just enough eye to give him the right hint, just enough of that pitter-patter glance that is both mysterious and indulgent. And that’s what I’m in the mood for, something red and something little and all that packed into a dress. Here are some of my favs… This asymmetrical red number adds even more mystery to the LRD’s connotation This deep crimson number‘s hemline is just the right length for the perfect dose of flirtiness Even though this number is a little quirky, it still all things LRD (and it’s vintage!) This number might not be little in the sense of length but it’s still an LRD in my opinion (and it’s my favorite out of the bunch) This number definitely fits the mysteriously sexy definition of the LRD Lastly, I chose this one because Ann Taylor always does it perfectly

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What I Heart Now: Patchouli

I embarrassingly admit that I stumbled upon the subject of today’s post and became smitten with it simply because of the sound of the word. “Patchouli. Pa-choo-lee. Pa-choo-leeeeee. PA-CHOOOOOO-LEEEEEEE!” I kept repeating to myself. It was just so much fun to say. But after some Googling, its history and recent resurgence was almost as cool as its articulation. Almost. Patchouli’s heyday was in the 1960s when it became associated with hippies as they used it to cover up the scent of pot, smoke, and body odor from lack of bathing. But patchouli’s history stems way before the 1960s. In the 19th century, patchouli was used as an insecticide and sprayed on cloth and clothing exported from India. This is where the odor associated with something from a far away place originated (it’s a hard scent to describe but everyone knows it). Patchouli also has played an important role in Eastern medicine for centuries as a treatment for stress, eczema, dry skin, colds, nausea, and other ailments. Patchouli has had a recent resurgence that I have spotted in various magazines and advertisements. The recent patchouli-infused fragrances sounded like they smelled just ever-so-lovely but I needed to take a whiff for myself in order to make an accurate judgment. So one afternoon, I made a trip to Neiman’s to smell the latest perfumes with hints of patchouli in it. Tom Ford’s White Patchouli was one such perfume. It was a sensuous and sophisticated smell, one definitely meant for date night. Woody smells of sandalwood and patchouli blended beautifully with smells of rose and jasmine. Another such perfume was Elie Saab’s Le Parfum. It was perfectly and simply feminine and not too overbearing. The amalgamation of the fruity smells of orange and jasmine with the musky smells of cedar and patchouli was perfect, just…

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