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May 2015

Couture Monday: Courrèges for Estée Lauder

I'm still on the fence as to whether to purchase any pieces from the collaboration between Estée Lauder and fashion designer André Courrèges, but in the meantime I thought I'd at least take a look at the collection, as the packaging represents a significant departure from the usual.  I also don't know why Estée Lauder chose to release this collection now (I'm not aware of any Courrèges milestone) but the press release explains some of the intent behind the collection.

"Cosmonauts, satellites, missiles to the moon. Unprecedented advancement and achievement underwrote the inaugural period of intergalactic exploration that came to be known as the Space Age of the early-1960s. When a culture of futurism subsequently consumed the era, there were two names firmly in the vanguard: Estée Lauder and André Courrèges. She, a beauty industry innovator whose 'every woman can be beautiful' mantra was ahead of its time; he, a fashion force whose avant-garde aesthetic broke all the style rules by injecting an air of playfulness, movement, and egalitarianism into every one of his haute couture collections. Visionaries both, their brands have now joined together to pioneer a new interpretation of color. Introducing Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection: a limited edition collection of zero-gravity shades that draws on a shared point of view on color, beauty and the resolution to never stop moving forward.

Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection is a 13-piece limited edition line that marries the floating-on-air feeling of an embellished Courrèges mini dress, and the punched-up precision of Estée Lauder’s progressive product design, seen through the Courrèges lens. The formulations were designed to be surprising in their lightness, in their sensorial delivery, their translucency, reflectivity, and in their pop-y palette. They are an invitation to have fun with color, texture and special effects while defying the confines of nostalgia by creating a look that is wholly of today."

André Courrèges (b. 1923), along with Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin, defined the concept of "space age" couture.  Inspired by the notion of space exploration, in the early '60s Courrèges put himself on the fashion map with a collection of futuristic garments featuring streamlined yet avant-garde silhouettes.  Using a lunar palette primarily consisting of white and silver with touches of bold pink, orange and green, Courrèges was said to "build" his pieces rather than merely design them.  His vision demonstrated a new way of thinking about fit, execution and materials.  (This is the nutshell description of his work - for more eloquent, thorough analyses, check out the articles at Fashion Lifestyle Magazine, House of Retro and Fashion Bank.)

André Courreges early '60s collection

André Courrèges, early 60s fashion

André Courrèges "space age" collection
(images from houseofretro.com)

The packaging for the Estée Lauder Courrèges collection is immediately eye-catching, but upon closer inspection you can see just how thoroughly it also captures Courrèges' aesthetic.  Take, for example, the silver ball used to house a lip and cheek product.

Estée Lauder Courrèges silver ball packaging
(image from esteelauder.com)

Courrèges

Courrèges, 1967
(image from pinterest.com)

Or the round container for clear lip balm, reminiscent of this dress with circles and see-through paneling around the waist.

Estée Lauder Courrèges lip balm
(image from saksfifthavenue.com)

Courrèges dress, 1968
(image from metmuseum.org)

The collection would not have been complete without a highlighter of some kind.  In addition to extensive use of silver and plastic, Courrèges utilized a variety of other materials to ensure that his clothes had an other-worldly, highly reflective sheen.  "I want to let the light into my clothes," he explained.

Estée Lauder Courrèges highlighter
(image from saksfifthavenue.com)

André Courrèges collection
(image from houseofretro.com)

Courrèges dress, 1967
(image from metmuseum.org)

 Even the colors in the Estée Lauder collection are similar to the ones Courrèges used, like this pale green:

Courrèges dress, 1967
(image from kci.or.jp)

Estée Lauder Courrèges green eye shadow
(image from esteelauder.com)

Bright tangerine:

Courrèges dresses, 1967
(image from bustownmodern.blogspot.com)

Estée Lauder Courrèges lip balm
(image from saksfifthavenue.com)

Shiny black:

Courrèges black dress, 1967
(image from metmuseum.org)

Estée Lauder Courrèges black eye shadow
(image from saksfifthavenue.com)

And, of course, the ever present silver and white:

Courrèges boots
(image from houseofretro.com)

Estée Lauder Courrèges silver eye shadow andd white eye liner
(image from saksfifthavenue.com)

Overall I'm impressed with the collection.  Again, I don't know whether it's museum-worthy, but I do think it was well-designed and a great change of pace for Estée Lauder. 


What do you think of both the collection and Courrèges's fashion?


Curator's Corner, 5/24/2015

CC logoLinks from the past 2 weeks.  Sigh.  I wish I could blog more consistently!

- This eye makeup would come in handy if you're stuck in a boring meeting - you can close your eyes but still look totally awake.

- In a previous Curator's Corner I mentioned Japan is inching closer to using 3D printed human tissue for cosmetics testing.  Looks like L'Oreal is following suit.

- Happy 100th, Maybelline! To celebrate the occasion the company is releasing some limited-edition products, which I am very interested in getting my hands on.

- I'm truly amazed at the makeup skills of this blind (!) beauty vlogger.

- It's only the beginning of summer but I'm already salivating at Paul & Joe's fall collection, pictures of which you can see over at Rouge Deluxe.

- Sephora employees dish on the most returned products.  I was surprised by most of them.

- Rainbow streaks are old news. Meet the "half and half", the newest way to wear crazy hair color.

- Here's a short but thought-provoking piece on the use of cosmetics as either a "shield" or a "weapon".

- InStyle provides a brief history of one of beauty's most relied upon devices.

- The Hairpin has an excellent compilation of links for further reading and actions you can take regarding nail salon conditions.

- More on the ever-growing men's grooming and cosmetics market

- XO Vain rounds up the best beauty-related sketches (other than the instant classic "Girl You Don't Need Makeup) from Inside Amy Schumer.

 

The random:

- This Jezebel staffer cried at a Sleater-Kinney show. I'm glad I'm not alone!

- Speaking of my heroes, Bust has an exclusive interview with Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin.

- This book is up next on my reading list.

- Feast your eyes on some beautiful baked creations, courtesy of Brooklyn's Burrow Bakery.

- Lots of upcoming exhibitions and books on the art and history of tattoos.

- Swimming with a mermaid tail is tougher than you'd think - those things are heavy!


What have you been up to?


On my radar: cute and creepy packaging finds

Today I wanted to share two relatively noteworthy finds I've recently come across, one extremely adorable and the other...not so much.  The first is Korean brand Too Cool for School's Dinoplatz range.  Too Cool for School is a trendy, youth-oriented brand (intended for 16-25 year-olds), and their Dinoplatz collection features a broad variety of products for their target demographic, all outfitted in quirky illustrations of dinosaurs that occasionally appear to be running amok in New York City.  The range has been around for a while so why I'm only finding out about it now is a mystery, especially since the packaging won a Dieline award in 2013 and I've been following The Dieline for years.  Anyway, let's get to the goods. 

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz pop up packaging
(image from pinterest.com)

The illustration style is intentionally somewhat crude, which I think is perfect for teenagers - the drawings remind me of the doodles you'd make in the margins of your notebook when you were bored during class.

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz mascara

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz eye shadow

Dinoplatz cotton swabs

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz
(images from toocoolforschool.com)

There are tons of Dinoplatz items available from reliable sellers on E-bay, so if you simply must own a CC cream with an illustration of a dinosaur scaling the Empire State Building, you still have a chance!  I think I see some of these items ending up in the Museum's collection in the near future.  ;)

The second, considerably less cute item I wanted to highlight today is Shu Uemura's Tokyo Doll palette, which I discovered at Chic Profile.  According to the information there, the Tokyo Doll palette is a highly exclusive item which will most likely be available for sale only at Asian travel retailers, i.e. duty-free shops, later this summer.  I think I'm okay with not getting my hands on it.  If I know Shu, I bet there was an outside artist involved in the design which sort of makes me want to go after it, but honestly, I'm a little freaked out by this.

Shu Uemura Tokyo Doll Palette
(image from chicprofile.com)

Maybe it's just because I find dolls to be creepy in general so the name of the palette is throwing me off, but I'm finding this to be rather strange.  The oversize eyes would actually look cute (or harmless at the very least), but combined with the egg-shaped head and the slits for nostrils, the face as a whole is a little disconcerting.  She looks quite alien-like, and her little grin doesn't help matters. I also don't like how her fingers curl around her face.  The proportions look off - that pinky finger seems way longer than it should be and reminds me of a tentacle.

What do you think of these two?  And which is scarier in your opinion, Shu's Mon Shu girl or this new Tokyo Doll?


Donald Robertson for Smashbox

It's been a while since Smashbox has collaborated with an artist, their previous partnership having taken place in early 2013 with Curtis Kulig.  Most recently the company teamed up with Donald "Drawbertson" Robertson for a collection of lipsticks and eyeliners.  Back in the fall Robertson had designed a limited-edition lipstick case for Smashbox (as well as a Cadillac adorned with a lipstick print) but it was this larger collection that got my attention.

I picked up 4 of the 6 lipsticks - really wish I could have gotten all of them for the Museum, plus all the liners.

Donald Robertson for Smashbox lipsticks

Donald Robertson for Smashbox lipsticks

Donald Robertson for Smashbox lipsticks

Donald Robertson for Smashbox lipsticks: Magenta, Fireball, Paris Pink, Punch Drunk

Donald Robertson for Smashbox lipsticks: Magenta, Fireball, Paris Pink, Punch Drunk

Donald Robertson for Smashbox lipsticks: Magenta, Fireball, Paris Pink, Punch Drunk

Here are the other two lipsticks, plus a tote bag filled with other items.  It would have been great if the tote bag was sold separately.

Donald Robertson for Smashbox(images from sephora.com)

What I like about the Smashbox collab is the fact that Robertson created new drawings specifically for the collection - no re-using old images here.  In an interview with Glamour magazine (where he previously worked), he states,"We needed to top the Caddy covered in my lip paintings that we did for Art Basel earlier this year, so we decided to do a mini art show with the lipsticks and liners. They’re [like little presents] wrapped in tiny Donald paintings.” 

Donald Robertson for Smashbox original print

Donald Robertson - original print for Smashbox(images from instagram.com)

Not only that, Robertson also made five large-scale paintings for Smashbox's grand reopening party on February 5, 2015.

Donald Robertson - painting for Smashbox grand reopening

Donald Robertson - painting for Smashbox grand reopening

Donald Robertson - painting for Smashbox grand reopening

Donald Robertson - painting for Smashbox grand reopening

Donald Robertson - painting for Smashbox grand reopening(images from donaldrobertson.com)

Here they are on site:

Smashbox grand reopening - Feb. 2015

Smashbox grand reopening - Feb. 2015(images from zimbio.com)

Robertson's remarkable career is basically my fantasy.  Early on he was one of the founders of MAC cosmetics, then became creative director of Condé Nast America and helped launched Marie Claire. After that, he went to work for Estée Lauder, where he currently serves as creative director for all brands.  Thus, he is extraordinarily well-connected in the fashion and beauty industries.  (Hey, Donald, do you think you could hook me up with an Estée exec about getting a real space for the Makeup Museum?  Or talk to someone at a publication about getting the Museum featured?)  I loved the pieces he did for Vogue Korea:

Donald Roberston - Vogue Korea

Donald Robertson - Vogue Korea

And this portrait of Estée Lauder for Bergdorf Goodman:

Portrait of Estee Lauder for Bergdorf Goodman by Donald Robertson

And look! You can buy this bag starting Thursday.  I must admit I am tempted despite the Smashbox goodies I purchased.

Donald Robertson - Bergdorf Goodman exclusive Estee Lauder bag(images from instagram.com)

Thanks to the seemingly never-ending stream of new illustrations that he posts on Instagram, Robertson quickly became known as the "Suburban Andy Warhol", although his massive legion of admirers took him completely by surprise.  “People say I am reminiscent of Andy Warhol because he started as an illustrator and then transitioned into art. I am kind of in that position now. Andy’s output was maybe monthly. I like putting out three or four things a day,” he says.  “This is a 100 percent unexpected thing... I’m just some schmoe-y guy who lives in suburbia.”  He's humble, but the amount of energy he must have to produce so much on a daily basis is awe-inspiring.  I get tired just reading about his artistic process, which he describes thusly:  "I get up every morning at around four and do my art exercises. I'll fly through Instagram and sort of get a feel for what's happening in the world! Then I'll just pick a medium like paint or sharpies or garbage bags or walnuts or whatever catches my eye! Then you can't stop me. It's like flood gates opening...I can't imagine doing one thing and then just sitting back. We are constantly being bombarded my imagery and ideas. It's like my performance art. I'm always reacting to stimulus coming at me all day."  Take, for example, this quick sketch of Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé (plus their respective beaus) at the Met Gala.

Donald Robertson - Met Gala 2015(image from instagram.com)

I have no idea how he does all these timely illustrations in addition to working a regular full-time job. Oh, he also has 5 kids.  Besides possessing a unique artistic talent and incredible energy, he's funny to boot.  I found some great quotes in this interview with W magazine:

“This is my revenge on photography which has sucked up all the attention since the 1930s, when illustrators had their own magazines.”

"In life drawing class, they would put a normal fat model up there, and the teacher would come over and my drawing would be tall and skinny, and they would say ‘You fail.’ And I would be like: ‘You know what, I like my drawing better.’”

“I get away with nipple murder on my feed. And everyone keeps saying ‘those are nipples’ and I’m like ‘Yes they are.’ So, now I am just pushing it. It’s like nipple carte blanche.”

Robertson cites Wes Anderson and Damien Hirst as his chief influences, "because the thing about both of them is everything they do feels really hands-on. You can see their hands in their work.”  

Donald Robertson - Royal Tenenbaums

He also admires the work of John Currin:  "If I had one superpower it would be to be able to paint flesh as well as the artist John Currin - he is my superhero! 'Paintbrush Man'."

As for the subjects of his sketches, he says, "I call it 'tongue in chic.' I’m not just drawing stuff; I’m painting ideas or poking at trends that the world is vibin’ on."  He also notes that Instagram and his children inspire him.  "Instagram inspires my design. I react to it. It is my art exercise. That and my children. I watch what they are interested in and they have opened my eyes to whole new worlds," he says.

Donald Robertson - portrait of his wife and twins(image from theenglishroom.biz)

I really can't see anything not to like about Robertson's work.  It's slightly abstract and painterly, yet definitely embraces the culture of celebrity and high fashion.  He's not afraid of color, which I personally love, and I'm especially fond of how he arranges many of his subjects in orderly rows.  Rather than being dull, the repetition of these figures has an army-like effect - when I look at his drawings I'm imagining Amazonian fashion warriors marching into battle.

What do you think of Robertson's work and the Smashbox collection?


Couture Monday: L'intemporel de Chanel

It's almost officially summer but I still want to catch up on spring releases, such as this chic little number from Chanel.  L'Intemporel was released back in March this year and features an embossed design of the signature chain strap on Chanel's legendary 2.55 bag.  The colors themselves also look like they may have a slightly crackled effect to mimic the leather of the bag, but as I haven't seen this in person I'm not 100% sure.  I'm still debating whether to snatch it up for the museum.

L'intemporel de Chanel palette(image from chanel.com)

For reference, here's what the bag looks like.

Chanel 2.55 bag(image from chanel.com)

Why did Chanel choose to highlight the chain on this bag?  Well, the history behind the bag's design is quite fascinating.  Coco Chanel had originally designed a handbag in 1929, but in February 1955 (the bag is named for this date) she modified it by adding a strap to keep her hands free.  "I got fed up with holding my purses in my hands and losing them, so I added a strap and carried them over my shoulder," she said. As for the chain, it may have been inspired by the chained belts the nuns wore to carry their keys at the convent where Coco grew up.  Additionally, she said, "I know women — give them chains, women adore chains."  Some other fun facts:  the bag was originally lined in burgundy, another nod to the convent where Coco was raised (the uniforms were this color), and the front flap has a zippered compartment where she allegedly stored her love letters.

Coco Chanel with the 2.55 bag(image from dejavuteam.com)

I liked that Chanel chose to highlight a key element of the 2.55 for the palette.  I never knew that the bag had such a history (or the strap, for that matter) so it was nice to see it celebrated here.  I think in this case not recreating the entire bag on the palette works - featuring only the chain is a subtle and sophisticated homage.  And releasing this in 2015 is also somewhat appropriate, as it's the 60th anniversary of the original bag.

On a slightly unrelated note, it looks like there may have been a reversal in the inspiration between Chanel's fashion and beauty arms recently.  Check out this fall 2015 collection bag in the shape of Chanel's Les Beiges powder compact.  This is the first time I've seen makeup packaging influencing fashion rather than the other way around.

Chanel compact bag - fall 2015
(image from yahoo.com)

What do you think of the palette and the 2.55 bag?  Personally I'm partial to Chanel's boy bag, but I wouldn't mind owning a reissued 2.55.  ;)


Curator's Corner, 5/10/2015

CC logoLinks from the past few weeks.

- I'm developing a serious girl crush on Amy Schumer, as I've been greatly enjoying her show, but this video takes the cake.

- Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge will be releasing a book on beauty history in the fall. *mutters something about not having enough time/connections to write and publish my various beauty books*

- Check out this Kickstarter to bring back a lipstick from the 1940s.

- The New York Times published a must-read article on the horrendous working conditions in nail salons.

- This perfume company will bottle the scent of your deceased loved ones.  As someone who worries constantly about losing family members, I actually find this extremely comforting and not creepy at all - I know I'd be clinging to their clothes otherwise.

- A new drug has been approved to "treat" your double chin.  Not sure how I feel about this as side effects may include "trouble swallowing, uneven smile and nerve injury in the jaw."  Yikes.  On the other hand, I wonder if it's really any more dangerous than Botox, which is scary since you're essentially injecting a form of botulism into your face.

- Sideburns: the latest beauty craze?

- Here's an article on a series of workshops focused on how curators and conservationists deal with objects that are tricky to preserve, including things like soap and toothpaste. I'd love to get their opinion on how to preserve makeup, an issue I've explored before.

- You know, it's really not that shocking that men aren't good at applying makeup on women. I wear it nearly every day and I still can't do someone else's makeup for squat.  I mean why would you be skilled at something you've never done before?  I'm just not getting the point of that exercise.

- The latest installment of beauty history at Jezebel covers the 1930s.

- Have you tried this self-esteem-destroying age guesser?  Me neither.  But I bet you'll feel better after seeing how much Photoshop goes into a single magazine ad.

The random:

- The ladies of Broad City are writing a movie.  Not a Broad City movie, but if they're involved you can guarantee it's going to be hilarious.

- '90s game Tamagotchi is back in a thoroughly 21st century format. 

- In other '90s news, Kids in the Hall made an appearance in Baltimore.  I was a little wary of seeing them as I was afraid they were going to be washed up and sad, but they brought it! They're still just as goofy and funny as ever.   We tried taking a pic of Buddy Cole (my favorite KITH bit) but for the life of us we couldn't get a good picture, despite having good seats.   He opened with, "So, Baltimore, I hear your curfew's been lifted...so has mine!"  Oh, that naughty Buddy!  There was more topical Baltimore humor too which the crowd thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed, as we welcomed a laugh after all that's happened in the past couple weeks.  As a side note, the husband and I ate at Lost City Diner before the show and brought Sailor Babo with us, so you can see his tasty adventure here.

- Finally, happy Mother's Day to all the moms, especially mine!  She is the bestest.  :)

How have you been?


Spring 2015 haul

I've already starting purchasing items from the summer collections (hello, Tom Ford!) but I figured I'd share my spring haul anyway.  This is in addition to the Kiko goodies I got in Rome.

Spring 2015 haul

I am loving these Clinique Cheek Pops - very subtle and pretty shades with a lovely satin finish.

Clinique Cheek Pops in Melon, Nude, Pansy and Pink

Looks like I got all lipsticks, no gloss, which is slightly unusual for me as I'm more of a gloss girl.  From left to right:  Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Sensation, Fresh Sugar Balm in Nude, Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Hollywood Red, and Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew lipstick in Fluttering Sighs - such a gorgeous golden pink. I blame Belly at Wondegondigo for me buying the Rouge Bunny Rouge, as her swatches of some of the other shades looked too delectable to pass up.

Spring 2015 haul - lips

Eye goodies include NARS Valhalla eye shadow (gorgeous glowy peach), Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects in Mermaid Tail (because duh, I'm obsessed with mermaids), MAC Blue Peep fluidline (replacing the one I got when it was originally released - think it might be dried out by now) and Royal Wink fluidline.  My stash is large but I couldn't believe I didn't have a bright royal blue/cobalt liner.

Spring 2015 haul: eyes

Finally, nails:  Jin Soon x Tila March in Charme, Zoya Leslie and Daisy, and Butter London Kip.

Spring 2015 haul: nails

As for the other stuff, I'm liking the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation but not as impressed with Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme.  The finish isn't great and it tends to get cakey and fade by the end of the day.  You can check out reviews of LUSH Yummy Mummy body conditioner and shower gel and Mother Superior bubble bar here.  I admit I'm hoarding roughly 15 of the latter, they're that good!

What did you get for spring?


Spring 2015 color trend

While pastels are always huge for spring, I felt there was one shade in particular that stood out this year.  A pale powdery blue seemed to usurp the usual peach, mint and lilac that we see at the start of each warm weather season.

Spring 2015 color trend: baby blue

  1. Butter London nail lacquer in Kip
  2. MAC Cinderella face powder
  3. Rochas spring 2015 beauty look
  4. Paul & Joe eye gloss in Firmament
  5. RMK Vintage Sweets Face Color
  6. Emanuel Ungaro spring 2015 beauty look
  7. Ciaté Eye Chalk in Jump Rope
  8. Guerlain Les Tendres Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow palette
  9. Fendi spring 2015 beauty look

I wasn't really sure if this pale blue was the "it" color of the season until I spotted several other roundups, from runway shows to bags to interior design.   I also saw it featured in several magazines and figured I was on to something.

Marie claire-March 2015

Instyle april 2015

While my focus is on baby blue, it seems that any variation of blue is the season's hottest hue (check out these blue nail polishes, eye shadows, and accessories here and here.)  And the craze for blue will go into summer and fall since many brands included it in their upcoming collections, including Illamasqua, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, and OPI's Venice collection (which features an "icy cool pastel blue").

I still prefer mint green and pinky coral as my go-to spring colors, but I will say that I purchased Butter London Kip and I am smitten.  I always read baby/powder blue as kind of an old-lady color, but in small doses it works.

What do you think?  Are you feeling blue?  


Quick update

Hello.  Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware that it's been quite a tumultuous week here in Baltimore.  So I thought I'd let you know that I'd like to have been blogging but since I both live and work downtown I've been very distracted with what's going on, plus sleep-deprived.  I haven't slept well since the convenience store in my building, which we live directly over, got looted last Monday.  (I'd show some pics but that would be akin to posting my home address.)  Needless to say I was rattled by witnessing part of the building get destroyed mere feet from where I was standing, as I was in the living room when I looked out the window and saw a large group of teenagers running through rush-hour traffic towards the building.  It's very unsettling to have your home surrounded by an angry mob and feeling the floor vibrate from the destruction going on right beneath you.   The husband and I went outside about an hour afterwards to assess the damage and help clean up what we could and I saved a little shard of glass.  I don't know why.

glass

We didn't sleep at all that night, especially as our property manager advised us to "keep the lights off and pray" and I spent the last week barely sleeping since I was terrified they'd be back to torch the place.  I'm always petrified of fire anyway so the rioting only exacerbated my fear...not to mention a guy got caught using a crowbar to pry off the plywood used to board up the store the following evening (fortunately the police were monitoring the security camera at the intersection near the building and arrested him before he he had a chance to get in.)  Plus seeing vehicles like this parked outside my home throughout the week is also unsettling.  Poor Sailor Babo - I had to explain to him that it wasn't a funny-looking ice cream truck.

police truck

I hope to get back to regular posting later this week.  Most importantly though, while I've told you my experience, it's not about me.  It's about the much larger issue of police brutality, especially towards people of color, and in this case some members of the Baltimore police force are ultimately the ones to blame for the unrest.  None of this would have happened if they hadn't, you know, arrested someone on false charges and then proceed to injure him so severely that he DIED in custody.  Combine this outrageous act with decades of poverty in certain areas of the city and systemic racism, and it's no surprise some people rioted.  I don't condone it at all, especially since some businesses may never recover, but I understand why it happened.  It's also important to remember that by and large the protesting was overwhelmingly peaceful.  But I still think the whole Freddie Gray situation was just so messed up, and I hope real change is on the way. 

Anyway, please consider donating to help rebuild the areas that were affected.  More info here and here.