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Curator's Corner, 9/27/2015

CC logoLinks for the week.

- Given that snail slime, bee venom and bird poop are used in skincare, beef fat products seem pretty tame.

- Colorful eyebrows are way more fun than colorful armpit hair.

- Makeup companies continue to try to stay ahead of social media trends, as evidenced by Cover Girl's testing of new foundations using iPhones.

- Stowaway Cosmetics can take its stupid survey and stick it where the sun don't shine.  I will continue to happily hoard makeup and use expired products because I love having tons of options when it comes to makeup.  Can you imagine having only, like, five eye shadows or lipsticks to choose from?

- Whoa. This new contraption mixes small batches of fresh face creams and other treatments customized from your selection of over 1,000 ingredients. 

- Guys, if you're worried about your man bun making you bald, there are other style options.  Try the man-braid or the merman.

- It says a lot that a NY heiress left more money to her manicurist and hair stylist than to her housekeeper. A clean house is nothing compared to perfect nails and a great blowout, right?

- Move over, grills - teeth tattoos are where it's at.

- Aerin Lauder is creating another limited-edition lipstick for the Neue Galerie (a.k.a. the museum founded by her father Ronald Lauder).  This one is called Berlin Nights, in honor of the upcoming exhibition "Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933".  I'm dying to see what the color looks like.

The random:

- This seems like an interesting, albeit scary, read.  Maybe I should write one for makeup and beauty treatments. 

- In art crimes this week, I'm mortified at this politician who used a Thomas Hart Benton mural in the Missouri statehouse to take notes.  I am not surprised, however, that she's a Republican.

- In '90s nostalgia, Good Burger was briefly revived on Jimmy Fallon, while science officially proved that Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the most iconic song of all time.

- It was sex positivity week over at Bitch Flicks, and they had some great analyses of both Bob's Burgers and Broad City.

- Already excited for Amy Schumer's book.

- Have you tried the new Starbucks Toasted Graham Latte?  I tried it last week and I don't know why they don't just call it a S'mores latte because that's exactly what it tastes like.  Either way it's pretty good though.

- Finally, you know I can't not have a Curator's Corner in the fall without linking to one of the greatest seasonal odes ever written

Are you enjoying fall thus far? 

Latest cute packaging finds courtesy of Anthropologie

I always forget that there are a handful of fashion retailers who have expanded into beauty within the past few years and offer lots of indie brands you won't find at the big beauty stores.   Even though I browse Anthropologie's clothes pretty regularly, it was only recently that I managed to remember to click over to the beauty section of their site.  There's really not a single product with bad packaging, in keeping with Anthropologie's dedication to good aesthetics, but a few items especially jumped out at me.  Despite my disinterest in prints for clothing, makeup with cute prints always pulls me in like a magnet.

First up are these adorable lip balms by Philadelphia-based surface designer Kendra Dandy.

Lip balms with packaging by Kendra Dandy

Lip balms with packaging by Kendra Dandy
(images from anthropologie.com)

In an interview for Anthropologie's blog, Dandy discussed her inspiration for the designs and how she found her way into surface design:  "I’m a real believer that nature is the best designer, so I just tried to add my own personal touch to the fruit and floral prints.  I love drawing citrus because there are lots of different ways you can paint it: whole, sliced in half, wedged. Citrus fruits look particularly lovely when they still have their leaves attached...I wanted to be involved with the fashion industry, but I don’t have sewing skills or an interest in merchandising, and I wanted to be able to use my painting skills in a practical way. When I found out that people could actually make a career by creating surface designs for textiles and various other products, I was sold.  Surface pattern illustration involves me applying what I love mostpainting and drawingto any sort of product, be it home décor, beauty, apparel or tech. It’s always incredible to see something you’ve painted on an object that people buy."

The flamingo and floral prints are quite nice, but the fruit prints are my favorite - so bright and cheery!  It's interesting that Dandy noted her love of drawing citrus fruit, because I actually think that's the best print out of all of them.

The other ridiculously cute items I found were more lip balms, this time designed by Brooklyn-based illustrator Danielle Kroll. Kroll worked in Anthropologie's art department upon graduating from the Tyler School of Art, but after a few years went out on her own.  Anthropologie wanted to continue working with her for their Artist Studio series, and it's obvious why - Kroll's whimsical and charming prints are perfect for the company's vintage-inspired yet thoroughly modern vibe.

Lip balms with packaging by Danielle Kroll

Lip balms with packaging by Danielle Kroll
(images from anthropologie.com)

In an interview with stylist Christine Dovey, Kroll describes her aesthetic:  "I think my work can also be distinguished by its playful and humorous quality. Life gets hard and there are tons of artists who make beautiful work about serious issues. But for me, I get more inspired by the silly things in life and just hearing that my work made even one person smile always makes me feel some validation for what I’m doing."  I like this perspective a lot.  Some days makeup can feel like a chore, so having an item with fun packaging sitting on your vanity or peeking out of your makeup bag can instantly cheer you up. 

What do you think of these two designers?  Which pattern is your favorite?

Friday Fun: Staff picks with MM intern Babo Bear

Babo Bear picks

As you may or may not know, September is National Honey Month.  And since bears love honey, Makeup Museum intern Babo Bear is here to round up some honey-infused/bee-related products to help you celebrate during these last few September days.  In addition to LUSH's Fair Trade Honey shampoo and Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance shown in the picture above, here are some more recommendations.


  1. Rodial Bee Venom Eye Cream
  2. Skinfood Honey Pot lip balm
  3. Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm
  4. Tokyo Milk Honey and the Moon perfume
  5. Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask
  6. Paul & Joe Lip Treatment Balm (coming in October)
  7. Vecua Honey Luster Lip Gloss
  8. Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum
  9. LUSH Honey I Washed the Kids soap
  10. Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
  11. Perlier Honey Anti-Age Body Balm
  12. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
  13. Michael Aram Bumblebee Candle
  14. The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter
  15. Farmacy Honey and Ginger Lip Bloom

Babo Bear also researched vintage bee items to get him buzzzzzzzzing - I'm so proud of the little fella!  Some ads:

Germaine Monteil ad, 1958
(image from cosmeticsandskin.com)

Du Barry ad, 1958
(image from flickr.com)

Revlon ad 1961(image from moviestarmakeover.com)

Some compacts:

Vintage Dorset compact(image from pinterest.com)

Vintage Yardley bee compact(image from pinterest.com)

He also came across an ad for the Yardley compact above.

Yardley ad, 1951
(image from cosmeticsandskin.com)

Finally, Cosmetics and Skin has a great little read on the use of royal jelly in cosmetics.

Since Babo Bear did such a good job with today's post I am off to get him a honey latte as a treat.  Please feel free share your favorite honey products in the comments.  :)

MM Mailbag: Peggy Sage manicure oil

Let's see what we have in the ol' Makeup Museum mailbag today, shall we?  Actually this inquiry came in about 2 years ago (I know, I can't believe I'm just getting to it now) and allowed me to learn more about Peggy Sage, a brand I wasn't all that familiar with. The person who wrote didn't provide any information about where or how she acquired this vintage manicure oil, but I could tell from her email signature that she is Dutch, so that's pretty cool that I had an inquiry all the way from the Netherlands!  She did give a picture though.

Vintage Peggy Sage manicure oil

So off I went in search of information about the company and to try to find an approximate date for the oil.  Fortunately Peggy Sage is still around and has a website, where I was able to get a little history.  Peggy Sage started in 1925 in the U.S. and was one of the first beauty companies to specialize in nail care.  It soon moved to Paris and was very popular there as well.  In the 1950s it reached peak popularity, holding its own with Cutex and other similar nail care and cosmetic brands.  In 2000 the brand was revived and now has several "concept stores" throughout France and Switzerland.  I wish I could find more about Peggy Sage herself (was she even a real person?) but there was scant information about the founder.

As for the bottle of manicure oil, I'm guessing it dates from anywhere between the early '50s through the early '60s.  I looked at a plethora of ads and it looks like that bottle shape did not appear until about 1951.  Prior to that year, the ads show a more square bottle.

Peggy Sage ad, 1940
(image from hprints.com)

Peggy Sage ad, 1943
(image from ebay.com)

Peggy Sage ad, 1945
(image from ebay.com

Peggy Sage ad, 1949
(image from hprints.com)

My theory is that a new bottle was introduced in the early '50s to distinguish the brand's new "Crystallin" finish polishes from their regular line of polishes, as the older square bottle shapes were still being used in ads.  Only ads for the Crystallin (or "Cristal", as they were known in France) polishes showed the more flared bottle.

Peggy Sage ad, 1951
(image from hprints.com)

Peggy Sage ad, 1952
(image from vintageadbrowser.com)

Peggy Sage ad, 1953
(image from ebay.co.uk)

Additionally, this ad from 1953 - most likely related to Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in June of that year - boasts several shades housed in the "new plume bottle", which is the same bottle shape as the manicure oil.

Peggy Sage ad, 1954
(image from pinterest.com)

So maybe this shape was also used for the manicure oil to distinguish it from their nail polishes, or the oil was meant to be used specifically with the Crystallin polishes.  In any case, I'm not sure when the "plume" bottle shape was retired, but it was used at least until 1960, when this Australian commercial for "Fiery Pink" aired.  So dramatic!


So that is what I was able to come up with.  Do you agree with my theory?  And which bottle shape do you prefer?  I have to say I'm partial to the "plume" bottle - reminds me of a fancy flared skirt.  :)


Curator's Corner, 9/20/2015

CC logoLinks and more links. 

- On the one hand, it's great that there are more products made for women of color.  On the other hand, it's 2015 - I feel like this is something that should have existed years ago.

- Given that contouring moved from the face to the body, it's no surprise strobing followed suit.

- I'll have to ask the husband whether he'd be interested in trying this new caffeinated shaving line.  Caffeine as a skincare ingredient can actually be quite effective - I've tried cellulite creams with caffeine and it definitely helps temporarily reduce the appearance of my hail damage. (I don't know why but that particular phrase always cracks me up.)

- Documenting Fashion has a nice piece on the Elizabeth Arden "trilogy".

- Despite the aggravation with traveling to and from NY recently, I desperately want to head back up there so I can check out the new & Other Stories makeup line in person.

- I have to admit I wasn't paying much attention to NYFW spring 2016 beauty trends because I figured I'd catch up when it's, you know, actually spring, but this mermaid eye at Diane von Furstenberg was truly stunning! 

- Can't wait for the MAC/Guo Pei collection...hopefully I'll get my hands on some of it before it sells out.

- We've seen classic paintings recreated on eyelids, but not on lips - until now.

- Here's a good, albeit short, read on no-makeup campaigns.

- With all the wacky hair trends out there, this new hand-pressed hair coloring technique seems to be the most wearable.

- LOL.

The random:

- Love this new blog.

- Appealing for both eyes and stomach:  cookie pits and candy pyramids.  Not so appealing, despite my love of both of these foods:  pizza-flavored ice cream.

- This couple made an 11-foot bed to fit their pets.  I'm thinking the husband and I need to do the same to accommodate our plushie family.

- So much '90s nostalgia and I am LOVING it.  Verve Pipe's lead singer karaokes their 1997 hit "The Freshmen", while the Hairpin investigates the meaning behind Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" and White Town's "Your Woman", both of which were also huge in '97.  Not a fan of Empire Records but I enjoyed this round-up of facts about the film regardless.  But I am a fan of Mr. Show, and as luck would have it Bob and David will be back to sketch comedy in November.  Finally, Quentin Tarantino's cast wish list for Pulp Fiction was leaked.  Michael Madsen as Vincent Vega?  No way!!

- I still have not been able to track down the Pumpkin Spice Latte M & Ms but I did enjoy my first Starbucks PSL of the season last week. 

How about you?  Are you ready for fall?  Do you love the PSL as much as I do?

Makeup in NY - The Art of Beauty exhibition recap

For the third year in a row I managed to get myself up to NYC to go to the Makeup in NY show, which usually features an exhilarating exhibition of vintage beauty items (see recaps from 2013 and 2014).  I wish I could say I had a great time, but truthfully, it was not the best trip.  This year the show moved to a very convenient location right across from Penn Station, but it also switched dates - normally the show is towards the end of September, but this year it was the second week of the month, which is horrible for me work-wise as we always have a big quarterly meeting then.  Tuesday of that week was spent running around like mad trying to get 2 days of meeting prep condensed into one day due to Labor Day, then Wednesday was the meeting, so Thursday was the only day I could make it to New York.  I got to the train station only to find the train was a half hour late, then it proceeded to break down completely in NJ, so I arrived in Manhattan an hour later than expected.  I also managed to miss meeting up with the fabulous Meli of Wild Beauty, who happened to be at the show almost at the same time!  If I hadn't been so late I may have been able to meet up, but by the time I got there I basically had to make a quick pass through the show and then immediately head back to the train station to get home.  Oh, and the train also got held up in NJ on the way back, so I was an hour late coming home as well.  So after two hellish days of work and all the train issues, overall I was not pleased, but at least I got there! 

Anyway, onto the show.  Compared to the past 2 years it was very small.  There were only about 10 cases total.  I'd estimate that the amount of items was about half of what it's been for the past couple of years, which was a bit disappointing, especially given how annoyed I was by then from dealing with stupid Amtrak.  However, I did get quite the surprise which totally made up for everything - keep reading to see what it was. ;)

Art of Beauty exhibition banner

There was a neat old book listing the types of packaging for various cosmetic items (or "toilet paints").

Types of vintage cosmetic packaging

Types of vintage cosmetic packaging

Vintage compacts are great, but boy do I love the graphics on old powder boxes. 

Vintage French powder box

Powder box labels

Vintage shampoo box

Vintage tooth powder box

How ridiculously cute is this soap container?!

Vintage French soap container

Vintage French soap container

More powder boxes.

Vintage powder boxes

Vintage powder boxes

Vintage Dorin and Caron powder boxes

Vintage powder box

Intoxication dusting powder

Here's a very nice selection of vintage Guerlain items.

Vintage Guerlain

Stendhal - I don't know much about this brand but the packaging sure was fancy.

Stendhal ad

Stendhal box and lipstick

As I noted in my recap of last year's exhibition, I was a little taken aback that celebrities had their own beauty lines back then.  This Josephine Baker stuff is crazy, no?

Josephine Baker beauty items

Now for the surprise that made the annoying trip completely worth it. I MET Jean-Marie Martin Hattemberg.  Like, I actually talked to him!!  I noticed a well-groomed man wearing a pretty spiffy shirt and a tie with a print of pairs of lips sitting at a table at the entrance to the exhibition.  The table had copies of the Ode to the Complexion book that I've been trying to track down, so I asked to buy a copy.  He smiled and started writing in it.  At first I was puzzled, then it dawned on me that it was HIM!!  I couldn't believe I was meeting the man behind these exhibitions, whose exquisite collection has traveled the world and that I've been admiring for years.

Ode to the Complexion


Not only did he write a lovely inscription in the book, he asked for my mailing address so he could send me auction catalogs containing vintage items.  And he told me I should become a member of the International Perfume Bottle Association, as they include vintage powder boxes, compacts and lipsticks - I had no idea!  He also suggested coming to their convention in Portland next April since they have tons of things available for sale.  We swapped business cards and I told him a bit about the Makeup Museum...I think he thought I was a dope.  I also really wanted to ask for a selfie with him - I felt like I was with a celebrity - but the conversation was already so awkward (thank you, crippling social anxiety) that I didn't.  Plus he was gracious enough to autograph my book and chat with me a little so I didn't want to push my luck and bother him more than I already had. 

After going through the exhibition I went upstairs to check out some of the booths.  I have to say that while the Penn Plaza Pavilion was certainly convenient if you were coming from Penn Station, it was really cramped compared to the previous location, plus the air conditioning wasn't working very well so it was fairly stuffy.  Rumor has it the show will move again next year, so I guess they received some negative feedback on the location.  Anyway, I had to move quickly so I couldn't take a lot of photos.  This creepy face chair got my attention though.

Face chair

As did these oversize mascara wands - I would totally use these as decor in the Museum!!  I almost burst out laughing when I saw them...they reminded me of something out of Pee Wee's Big Adventure (or, if you prefer, the giant underwear bit.)

Oversize mascara wands

So that was my trip to the Makeup in NY show.  Not as enjoyable as years past, but meeting Mr. Hattemberg was so worth it (although sadly, I have not heard anything from him since.) 

I wonder what the exhibition will be next year...can't wait!  Hopefully I will have an easier time getting there and back.  :)

Makeup as Muse: Donna Huanca's Cosmetic Paintings

Artforum recently featured a joint exhibition of Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca and Polish artist Przemek Pyszczek.  While the latter's work is interesting, it's definitely Huanca's "cosmetic paintings" I want to focus on.  I'll be honest, I'm pretty brain-dead from work already this week so I'm going to take the easy way out and let a real art critic discuss the meaning of her work.

Huanca used Chanel eye shadow, liner and mascara onto stretched wool suits.  Combining the themes of male/female identity, socioeconomic power and body politics, the Cosmetic Paintings show an innovative take on using makeup as paint.  Art Viewer has an excellent description:  "Since the 1980s, the power suit and bold use of brand-name cosmetics have armored the female executive on the male-dominated battlefield of corporate life. On the one hand, these outward facing garments and war paint empower; on the other hand they represent a male ideal of the female form. In Donna Huanca’s Cosmetic Paintings, the routine female practice of applying makeup and dressing for success is transformed into a powerful, primal action, employing these loaded, normative symbols of feminine power by applying Chanel makeup onto woolen suit material. In the context of an exhibition, Huanca’s flat works act as backdrops to be experienced in conversation with the body. They are activated through a performance of painted female bodies glacially engaging with the works and space. The juxtaposition of the almost static live performance versus the remnants of intense action on canvas challenges the viewer to ask where social power is stored: is it in the body or in the garments that conceal it?" 

That last question is an interesting one, as it seems Huanca views physical bodies and clothing to be interchangeable in her art.  "Garments evoke bodies and carry their form and spirit,” she says.

Donna Huanca, Cosmetic Painting #6, 2015

Donna Huanca, Cosmetic Painting #8

Donna Huanca, Cosmetic Painting #10, 2015

Donna Huanca, Ego Medium, 2015

Donna Huanca, MiuMiu Coral, 2015

Donna Huanca, Scarring/Branding, 2015
(images from artsy.net)

Donna Huanca - performance for Muscle Memory show

Donna Huanca - performance for Muscle Memory show
(images from ruaminx.com)

I'm intrigued.  Creating abstract paintings with makeup isn't all that groundbreaking on its own.  But the use of a power suit as a canvas and the addition of painted live models takes a simple idea (using makeup as a medium) and transforms it into something more complex, illustrating the struggle to navigate a man's world without completely abandoning traditional markers of femininity, like cosmetics.  Rather, the raw, thick dabs of shadow and mascara on a wool suit canvas coupled with models wearing only paint as clothing demonstrate that cosmetics can be symbols of power rather than mere prettiness.  I would also argue there's a class/status angle here too, although I'm too out of it to properly articulate what that is.  I just think it's notable that Huanca opted to break out the Chanel rather than smearing on a less expensive makeup brand.  It could be yet another display of power - economic in this case - with the implication being that women high up on the corporate ladder (i.e., who wear suits regularly) can easily afford designer makeup.  Or perhaps it's an exaggeration of the idea of the makeup tax:  not only do women have to wear makeup to look presentable in professional situations, they require pricier cosmetics in sleek, fancy packaging to truly feel confident. And there might even be an unspoken expectation that they should spring for the "good" stuff in order to fully look the part of a high-powered executive.  

What do you think of these paintings?   

Makeup illustration mysteries with Urban Decay and Laura Mercier

Today I'm playing detective to decipher who's behind the packaging of a couple recent releases.  First, I spotted these two Urban Decay palettes at Chic Profile over the summer.  They are exclusive to the French Sephora website and bear the tag of "Pboy", ostensibly the graffiti artist who created the designs.

Urban Decay France-exclusive Naked palettes
(images from sephora.fr)

I searched high and low but could find zero information on this artist.  (There is a group of graffiti artists collectively called Poster Boy, but given their anti-consumerist agenda and their collage style I highly doubt they lent their work to Urban Decay.)  I've emailed the company and if they provide any info I will update.

The other designs I was curious about come from Laura Mercier.  Several recently released items - the Flawless Contour palette, the Candleglow palette and the Reflections of Hope mirror - all have the same illustration style.  The windows of Laura Mercier's boutique in Paris are also decorated with these sorts of designs.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contour palette

Laura Mercier Candleglow palette

Laura Mercier Reflections of Hope mirror
(images from lauramercier.com)

Laura Mercier illustration

Laura Mercier boutique in Paris
(images from instagram.com)

At first I thought the artist might be Izak Zenou, who, in addition to illustrating a Sephora collection, also did the illustrations for Laura Mercier's book.  But his signature was nowhere to be found on any of the designs for these more recent palettes.  Actually, there's no signature at all.  I decided to watch this video I found on the company's Facebook page to see if it could provide any clues. 


And it did!  Look at the lower right at the 1:30 mark, the word "Chesley" appears.  One quick Google search yielded the full name.  According to her website, NYC-based Chesley McLaren is obsessed with anything French, earning her the nickname of "the French illustrator in New York".  She has done illustrations for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Henri Bendel as well as a campaign for Bloomingdales called Vive La France.  So it's quite appropriate that she's been partnering with Laura Mercier.  I do wonder though why none of her work, save for the video above, bears her signature.  Anyway, I'm still debating whether to get any of these latest Laura Mercier items for the Museum.  They're cute but I don't know if they're a necessity.

Do you like figuring out packaging mysteries?  And if anyone knows anything about the graffiti artist for Urban Decay, do let me know!

Curator's Corner, 9/7/15

CC logoIf you're in the U.S. I hope you are not laboring on this Labor Day.  Happy Monday to everyone else.  Much to catch up on!

- LA Splash is making quite a splash (sorry, couldn't resist) with their Harry Potter and Disney princess-themed lipsticks.

- I'd be the perfect person to work for Scouted by Sephora.

- I'd also love to contact this doctoral student to get a copy of her dissertation.  Yes, it's on beauty!  See, I told you it belongs in academia.

- Glamour Daze shares some very interesting advice from a 1920s makeup artist, while Racked provides a brief history of red lipstick.

- I can't tell whether this new store is taking social media too far or if it's totally genius.

- Makeup is basically my raison d'etre, but some mornings I definitely feel more like this about it.

- So many hair trends!  Opal hair, hair contouring, and the "hun".  If you're a guy doing that last one, make sure it's tight enough to support your mini fedora.  If that's not weird enough for you put a sprout in your hair.

- There were also lots of important reminders about cosmetic product safety:  sketchy brand Lime Crime was issued a warning letter from the FDA about ingredients in one of its products, while there have been customer complaints about the serious effects of Mentality nail polish and the Honest Company's sunscreen.  And remember:  authorized retailers good, authorized resellers bad - at least in this case.

- Speaking of product safety, remember that Crayola pencils are not for your eyes.

The random:

- No lie, I read about Carrie Brownstein's book tour for her upcoming memoir and last night I had a dream that I went to one of the events in which I waited in line for hours to get my copy of the book signed.  When I got up there she looked at me and asked my name and I just started bawling.  That's probably exactly how it would play out in real life. The closest event to me is in Philly, but there won't be a signing so I don't think I'll be going.  Then again, it would be another chance to see one of my idols and you do get a pre-signed copy of the book with your tickets...oh, to own something she touched!!

- Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has just unveiled their new fashion museum.  Hey SCAD, might I suggest the addition of a beauty wing?  Or maybe just a special beauty exhibition?  I think that would be way better than this stupid toilet museum in Japan.  There was already a toilet exhibition last July, which, as you might recall, I was not happy about, and now this.  Granted, I own a Toto (admittedly, it's a darn good toilet) but I don't think the world needs a whole museum of them.

- On the one hand, destruction of priceless works of art isn't funny. On the other hand, this poor kid tripping and punching a hole through a painting is somewhat hilarious.  The best response to that (again) comes from When You Work At A Museum.  There was also this oopsie from a little girl in Israel.

- In '90s nostalgia, enjoy these facts about the Spice Girls.

- While I'm not thrilled about fall and winter, at least there will be Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms and Charlie Brown Christmas stamps to look forward to.

- I'm not into inspirational quotes or mantras - I'm more of a demotivational posters kind of girl - but recently I came across one that I actually liked.  I browsed on Etsy to find an aesthetically pleasing print of it but couldn't find any, so the husband made me one.  Of course, he cleverly worked in one of my beloved Museum staff members.

Custom print

It really cheers me up at work.  :)

What have you been up to?  Are you looking forward to fall?



Quick post: back to school

This week school started back up for most college students and I've heard many a parent's tale about their little one's first day this past Monday, so I thought it would be appropriate to share these two Elizabeth Arden ads I came across while researching last week's post on my new (old) compact and lipstick.  Enjoy!  (The text on the first ad is particularly hilarious.)

Elizabeth Arden ad, 1944
(image from vintageadbrowser.com)

Elizabeth Arden ad, 1949
(image from zibbet.com)