Monday, May 27, 2013

The Wanting Enigma: Part II


"Recycled" heels using left over furniture wood by Liza Fredrika Asland

For the first part of this post, please see my previous entry, "The Wanting Enigma: Part I."

The apparel industry is making some changes for clothing to be more ethical and sustainable--fashion is trying to have its influence too (Parsons is doing its part to pave the way for the next generation of designers). However, this needs to be widespread. Consumer behavior needs to change too. Going to Forever21 and buying a cheap garment you're going to wear once isn't part of this plan. Buying something just because it's a good deal is not part of the equation, nor is buying something just because you like it if you haven't thought about if you're going to use it. I'm not campaigning against fashion. Au contraire, I'm campaigning against senseless or wreckless indulgence for little purpose at the expense of its global impact. Fashion is fabulous. Spending money on items you lust for, will use several times or regularly, and will last a while is very smart. You'll have nicer items you'll get to enjoy and it will be more environmentally friendly. Finding retailers that promote and engage in ethical operations and goods is another way to make a positive change.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Wanting Enigma: Part I

There is A LOT that I want--this is in part what incited the creation of SugarSpiceStyle; there are no limits in blog fantasy land. I can't help but wonder if I'm really terribly different from someone else in all my wanting (Have you read my post covering Philipp Plein, endorsing the hedonistic message with enthusiasm?). Do you crave things you can't have and probably never will have? These thoughts led me to an insight.

My insight: If I were to have everything I want, I'd have so much that I wouldn't be able to use or enjoy most of it.

image: Rodeo & 5th's Instagram
Missoni and MacKenzie-Childs would co-create the interior decor of my private island.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Accessory Nails

Nail art has caused quite a stir the past few years. It's changed the landscape of Sephora, inspired countless blogs, and has been the source of a unique and immediate bonding between those of us who share and show our passion for fancy tips. Nails are not only to be groomed and masked in dull reds and girly pinks, but, for fashion, they are the opportunity to punctuate a look; what is more: they present the opportunity to function as a statement accessory. My favorite parts of nail art? It's creative, fun, unique, and pretty.

The techniques I used for the nail art below include spun sugar (top left), hand-painted with a nail art brush (bottom right), and foil (bottom left). For the design on the top right (I call it Citrus Blocks; it's Essie's Mojito), I simply used the brushes in the bottles and hand-painted it (no tape).