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Curator's corner, 4/30/2011

Mum.cc.3pp - I was an '80s child, but really grew up in the '90s.  This is one of the funniest sites I've stumbled across as of late.

- Don't forget Mom next weekend!  Get her one of these cute cards, rounded up by Paper Crave.

- Speaking of paper goods, I love all these recipe cards and books!

- This montage of vintage makeup ads from Manolo for the Beauty is pretty cool.

- I leave you with this parting image from some e-cards.com, in honor of "Administrative Professionals Day" this past Wednesday.  (While I consider myself a curator my "real" job is being a underpaid overworked office gopher who performs menial tasks daily project assistant.)


Yay for Yayoi Kusama!

Remember how sad I was that the U.S. wasn't offering these Juicy Tubes by Yayoi Kusama?  Well, good news:  they became available at Nordstrom!  I got 5 out of the 6, as one was sold out.  I plan on getting the remaining one at Lancôme's website soon.  :)

Rose Blossom and Happy Honey:


Swing Pink and Pop Art Hazelnut:


Crazy Raspberry:


All together now:


I'm not going to rehash Kusama's art since I discussed it in my previous post, but if you happen to be in Rome you can check out her exhibit at the Gagosian gallery.  :) 

MM Spring 2011 exhibition

I love all the new spring items I acquired this year and mixing them with highlights from springs past to make a nice exhibition, but this has to be the most depressed spring I've had in a while.  I wish I could say my injury was healed, but I'm STILL not nearly there, and the usual mood boost I get come spring is totally absent this year as a result. :(

Enough of being all Debbie Downer - here is the Museum's spring 2011 exhibition.  I hope it lifts your spirits more than it's been able to for me! 

We'll start with the auxilliary exhibitions.


YSL Palette Pop, MAC Liberty of London powder, and 2 Domo Kun figures having an intense discussion about which kittens taste best:


I call these 2 shelves the "metamorphosis" shelves, since they include a Chantecaille butterfly eye shadow, Shu's Morphorium palette, a postcard from MAC's Madame B collection, Nathalie
Lété's lovely Paris eye shadow for Bourjois featuring little butterflies, and a Yayoi Kusama for Lancome Juicy Tube with a butterfly.



Stila Live from the Red Carpet palette, Paul & Joe lipstick, and Shu eyeshadow (from their fall 2007 collection, but it's so springy I included it anyway):


Ai Yamaguchi for Shu (2005) cleansing oil and Stila Sleeping Princess palette:


Here's the hallway exhibit.




Now for the main exhibition.


MAC Pearlmatte eyeshadow trio from the Lilly Pulitzer collection and the other Shu Morphorium palette:


Guerlain Cherry Blossom blush, another Chantecaille butterfly eyeshadow, and another Nathalie Lété Bourjois blush:


Laura Mercier Gilded Garden shimmer bloc and Stila Garden Bliss palette:


Ai Yamaguchi for Shu 2004 cleansing oil and a Paul & Joe lipstick:


Yayoi Kusama Juicy Tube, Dior Flower Blossom palette, and a MAC Liberty of London eye shadow:


Stila March Look of the Month palette, Lancome Butterfly Fever palette, MAC Motorhead eye shadow:


MAC Culturebloom postcard and Liberty of London lipgloss, Shu spring 2008 eyeshadow:


Stila Creme Bouquet palette and MAC Hello Kitty lipstick (and a labbit):


Now time to work on the summer exhibition.  ;) 

Couture Monday: lovely in lace

I was going through the Museum archives when I realized I never discussed this pretty collection from Dior last spring.  Whoops!  So here is the gorgeous pink powder:



Lace blush

Apparently there was an Asia-exclusive peach version of this blush as well.  There was also another blush in slightly different packaging:


And two eye shadow palettes:

Pearl glow
(images from nordstrom.com) 

While I didn't manage to get my hands on those (budget issues, sigh) I'm glad I was abl to at least get the blush.  Anyway, lace was abound in Dior's spring 2010 collection, so it was great to see it highlighted in the makeup collection.  John Galliano was inspired by Lauren Bacall and 1940s noir glam, which is evident in both the silhouettes and materials used in the collection.



(all images from style.com)

I'm pleased that Dior carried the boudoir lace idea into the cosmetic line, but the weird thing is that the description for the makeup states that the design is based on a "vintage 1920s Dior lace pattern." So which is it, 1940s or 20s?  I think in this case it doesn't much matter - lace is in both the fashion and makeup collections, which is good enough for me!

Curator's Corner: Happy (almost) Easter!

Mum.cc.3pp Well, it's almost Easter, which I think I like even more than Halloween as more and different types of chocolate are involved. While normally I give in to my chocoholic tendencies and share what the Easter Bunny brought me (as I did last year),  this year, in honor of Philosophy's amazing Sugar Chick 3 in 1, I am devoting this installment of Curator's Corner to all things Peep! 

- Mmm, chocolate-dipped Peeps.

- These peep-stuffed brownies also sound delightful.

- My favorite thing about Peeps is how silly-looking they get after you blow them up in the microwave!  This post has a round-up of the best Peep microwaving videos.

- Finally, as an art aficionado I just adored this Mondrian Peep display, courtesy of Cakespy.


Happy Easter, peeps!  ;)

P.S. Do you love the totally sweet custom Curator's Corner logo?  Thanks to my awesome husband for making it. :)

For the frugal collector: CoverGirl Clean compacts

Covergirl 50th I spotted these in the blogosphere last week and thought it was great that drugstore brands were jumping on the limited edition packaging bandwagon.  While the designs don't knock my socks off, I liked that CoverGirl both commemmorated their 50th year AND donated a week's worth of clean drinking water to a needy child in Africa for each compact sold. 

(image from bellasugar.com)

Into MM storage: Ai Yamaguchi for Shu, 2004

From time to time I like to take a little break from posting on current collections to delve into Museum storage and dig up some treasures from seasons past.  So today I'm looking at the beautiful cleansing oil collection designed by Japanese artist Ai Yamaguchi for Shu in the spring of 2004.

This one was procured from the now closed Shu boutique in New York City.  I had decided after they had sold out everywhere that I wanted to collect all of the bottles.  I explained to the salesperson my dilemma and she gave me this empty bottle for free.  How awesome is that?


Some details:


I love the turtle!


And the snails:


Then we have the Normal cleansing oil.






Finally, we have the Fresh cleansing oil, which I stupidly actually USED and the bottle isn't in as great condition as it should be, since it sat on my bathroom sink and was exposed to steam.  Of course, this was back in 2004 before I had the idea for the Museum and hadn't yet thought to keep collectibles in mint condition.




She looks so pensive.  What is going through her head?


Sadly, I am missing the green Premium oil seen in the upper left of this stock photo.  I believe it was an Asian exclusive and I wasn't aware of it.  I've been scouring E-bay for years with no luck.  :(


Anyway, let's take a quick peek at Yamaguchi's work.  These bottles are definitely a good representation of her style. 

A Shell and Then I Am, 2003:

A shell and then I am oneartworld
(image from oneartworld.com)

This print, Hanasu Koto Wa Kono Yama Hodo, 2008:

(image from arrestedmotion.com)

There's also this stunning mural at the (also now-closed) San Francisco Shu boutique, completed in 2009.

After reading more about her work I realized that the girls pictured on the bottles did not look pensive, as I originally thought, but were meant to express "worry, sadness and confusion."  According to Icon Magazine, Yamaguchi "creates a fictitious world based on the lives of courtesans working in brothels during Japan’s Edo period (1600-1868 AD). Yamaguchi has created nine imaginary characters – girls aged between nine and ten sold into prostitution by their impoverished parents. She depicts them while off duty...Stylistically, Yamaguchi’s work is inspired by the Ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') woodblock prints of the Edo period – which often glamorised the working lives of prostitutes – but is also influenced by contemporary Japanese Anime illustration."  Sheesh.  I thought the girls were just carefree schoolgirls frolicking half-naked in a bucolic paradise surrounded by pretty butterflies and turtles and flowers.  Then I read that the poor things are actually child prostitutes!  That kind of puts a damper on things, no?  The book Warriors of Art:  A Guide to Contemporary Japanese Artists claims, "rather than reflect on the misfortune of the group of nine girls or on the debauchery of their surroundings, Yamaguchi concentrates on the simple daily details of their lives as they relax and play against a backdrop of changing seasons."  Still, while I love the artwork itself, I'm less enamored of the underlying theme. 

Yamaguchi went on to create another series of cleansing oils for Shu in 2005...but that's another post.  ;)

Couture Monday: YSL Boheme Libertine

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Well, spring is nearly over but I'm still not through talking about the spring collections!  Today I'm looking at YSL's Pink Celebration palette.  The pattern is meant to look like ribbon (I think?) and the outer case has the repeating YSL letters.  All in all I thought it was rather uninspired and not very unique, so I did not procure it for the Museum.  I am patiently waiting for Chanel, YSL and Armani to release some more interesting things, which it seems they have not done for the past few collections. 


(image from ysl-parfums.com)