Food for Thought Today

I found this quote earlier today and had to share it. xoxo

"It shouldn't be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It's the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something's difficult to come by, you'll do that much more to make sure its even harder - if not impossible - to lose."
-Sarah Dessen


Tired of Tangles and Frizz?

Those that have been blessed with low-maintenance hair should consider themselves lucky. Most ladies have to style their hair every day. I am fortunate to not be in that group.

 Although I don't have to blow and style my hair every day, my tresses still face their own share of trials; I can immediately think of two in particular: frizz and tangle. Lauren Conrad recommended this to her Twitter audience. John Freida's Frizz-Ease Hair Serum does it all. I use it almost every day, and it never fails me!

Here's how it works: After showering, towel dry your hair. Squirt one pump of serum (maybe two if you have especially long or thick hair) into your palm. Rub your hands together and comb them through your hair, distributing the product evenly. Blow and style or air dry. This product works miracles. 


A Lesson from Smashbox Cosmetics: Contouring and Highlighting

Since high school, I've prided myself in pulling off the effortless look through luck of having low-maintenance hair and shopping smart. Little did I know, I would later wish I had some sort of skill or ability in the application in makeup and knowledge of all that it can do. 

Here's a tutorial from Smashbox I checked out yesterday. Soon, you'll be hearing from our own Kim Parks! She's done my makeup for almost every photoshoot... She's amazing!

Check out what I learned from this tutorial and see my look here!


Target's New Collection in Stores Tomorrow: Jason Wu

For those who are familiar with runway or high fashion, when you think Jason Wu, pink ostrich plumage and green satin ribbon probably come to mind. The rest of the world may know him for dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for the inaugural ball. 

Target Corp. has built hype around the release of this collection in hopes that it will out-do the Missoni collection from last year. Missoni was so successful, Target's dotcom crashed.

Speaking of crashes, this is a little motivation for shoppers to actually visit a Target location tomorrow in order to ensure they have access to their Wu Wishlist! Tips for making sure you get what you need: Get there early and grab at least two sizes of the items on your wishlist!

Wu's collection, titled Jason Wu for Target, has a message of its own, "Mischief is in the Details." Head to Target stores or Target's website to start shopping tomorrow! Until then, preview the line at Fashionologie!


"Dance is About Never-Ending Aspiration" So is Design

"Dance is about never-ending aspiration" 
-Judith Jamison
  Last fall, I received a message from a family friend, Austin Lintner, asking if I would collaborate with him on a project as a designer. Each year, the nationally recognized University of Oklahoma School of Dance selects a few students to participate in Young Choreographers' Showcase, a performance for ballet and modern pieces. All of the work is student produced: choreography (Lintner), lighting design (Laurel Dix) and performance (Kayla Davey, Billie Jean Kandravi and Brett Young).
    I was stoked to have this opportunity. So over the Christmas Break, I got down to business. The yards of fabric came in the mail and I had to get started. 
    Quite honestly, by the end of the semester, I was burned out from the intense draping class I had just completed. At least this wouldn't be for class - it would be for myself and would serve a specific purpose. 

The To Do List:
2 Leotards
2 Skirts
1 Men's shirt

    After taking measurements of the performers, spending hours altering patterns, transferring those patterns, cutting and sewing, I could schedule fittings with the dancers. 
    One leotard needed a few adjustments and the other one happened to fit like a glove. The men's shirt needed a little bit of taking-in and it would be perfect. 
    Two all-nighters later, the day of the first tech rehearsal, everything was finished. I stayed in Norman that Friday night to finish everything up and attended the tech rehearsal held Saturday at 2 p.m. The feeling of seeing your own work in action on stage with the music, lights and hype is indescribable. 
    The music was playful and light. There's one thing I've always loved about dance as an art: those performing it make it look absolutely effortless. I couldn't believe the piece had been choreographed by a student. The work was truly superb. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and hope for more to come!

“A performance requires a performer, a viewer and illumination. Art requires energy, dedication and passion." - Austin Lintner


Music Spotlight: Local Natives

Lately especially, I've been craving indie music for 
an escape from the norm. Here's a favourite:
"Airplanes" -Local Natives