Are You In-Or-Out…of Style, Silly

Beauty and Fashion Itch for Each Other…and when a magazine like In-Style publishes tips on these subjects my antennae reach to great lengths to pick up pen and paper and immortalize them in my journal.  It was by pure chance that these morsels found their way into my pages of providence.  I had swiftly grabbed a dog-earred copy of In-Style from the give-away shelf next to the recycling containers on my travels one morning.

I won’t keep you holding your breath:  these ideas were submitted by young stars and appropriated by Moi.  This is my little gift to you just in time for the Holidays.

  • Keep a spoon in the fridge to put on your eyes for five minutes before “dressing” them.
  • A little black lace is all that’s needed to add a special touch to an outfit.
  • My Choice:  shu uemura “Premium Black Gown” False Eyelashes.  These are made with black lace to cast mysterious shadows on the eye.
  • Use shimmer to put a little sparkle above your tear ducts so your eyes will shine and appear larger.
  • Line the inside rim of your eyes with white pencil to make them look bigger.
  • Use brown mascara for a younger look.

To quote Parker Posy: “Black eyeliner says you’ve been through stuff:  you know things.”

  • Jackets make jeans and t-shirts look decent.
  • My Choice: “Weird Jacket Science” (term used by Suzy Gershman in “The Born to Shop Lady’s Secrets for Building a Wardrobe”). This means rummaging at sales and thrift shops to track down the most outrageous jackets ever made in retail history. When paired with a plain top and jeans these ‘dark dogs’ bark out, “Audacious, Assured, Nervy Woman.”
  • Carry layers of necklaces in your purse so you can throw them on in the evening.
  • Combine different materials in your accessories.   ©”Gravity Collage” Wearable Sculptures – available from Nicole Rigets
"The Tuscany"
"The Attic"
  • Don’t throw anything out (I love this one).  Buy some sparkle at an arts and crafts store and turn an old shoe into the talk of the town.
  • Big bust?  Never wear crew neck t-shirts.
  • Men’s white shirts can be worn loose or belted.  My Choice:  leave the sleeves long and let the cuff flow low across the back of your hand Beau Brummell style.
  • Clip-in hair extensions take 3 minutes to attach and they don’t damage your hair. I watched two demos on You Tube and I liked a straight look, slightly layered, best.
  • Top Stick Boob Tape – Go Sheer with Confidence.  BTW you can always wear a weird jacket over this.
  • Wear ‘Pasties’ under a dress instead of a bra.
  • And remember it takes a 3-inch heel to help you walk with purpose, presence, and elegance!
  • My Choice:  Cut-out Bootie by Bettye Muller in black suede with a 3″ heel.  Cut out detail at vamp.  Elasticized gore.  Side zip.  Leather Sole.  Made in Italy.

  • While out shopping why don’t you pick up some paperwhites and enjoy their bright white flowers and exclusive fragrance.

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

Labyrinth of Surface Unveiled

labyrinth of surface and artistry

Lace, or fancywork, attracts the viewer by its sheer intricacies.

Arabesque, ornamentation, decoration, embellishment, adornment, ribbon, trim.

Yes, lace is all of these and more; openwork, netting, mesh, filigree, and webbing.

No matter how lace is defined, I’ve always been attracted to, and fascinated by, the infinite patterns unveiled in this artistry.

All fancy aside, I remain open-minded and regard ordinary laces, flaunting their hallmarks, as  plausible alternatives to the very costly and dear jewels of lace.


Flower from the Garden of Lace

DIY Lace

Waving Goodbye Lace


Always to be found in the finest of place

and in the best of taste.

“Dream Designs”

Twelve hours sleep in 96 while obsessing over building a website for myself in between blogging and bitching.  I thought a push of a few buttons would do it but I ended up having mine pushed instead.  I’m IV’d into tech support and swimming through a gruel of geek-speak.  By the finish line I will feel as if I’ve run and won a marathon.  Off to sleep now – dreams await my viewing.  More work tomorrow getting them into my journal.

Over time I have collected  new ways of looking at dreams by reading books (Jill Mellick) and articles, and listening to others. Re-design and re-assign your dreams using these techniques:

Record dreams in black leaving large spaces between the lines.  Later add new possibilities using pink or turquoise or ?

Use construction paper to cut out shapes and write about your dreams on them.

Write your dreams in a spiral, a circle, a square, a triangle.

Write out sections of dreams on different pieces of paper and move them around on a blank sheet changing their order (this appeals to me because of the collaging aspect).

Rewrite a dream using ‘always’ and again using ‘never’ wherever you can to try it in its opposite form.

Most people don’t look into their dreams or intuition, but these inner gifts are part of what makes each person unique.  Dream exercises are a fine way to practice creative writing and play with words.

You are wished new discoveries…zzzZZZZZZZ