Monday, February 28, 2011

The Cloche

This simple yet effective shape was dominant in the 1920's but originated in the early 1900's.  Caroline Reboux, a prominent french milliner, is credited for developing the beautiful and flattering cloche. This winter, it was back with a vengeance as the prime hat for the season and was available anywhere and everywhere; on 5th Avenue, local malls and even discount strip-mall stores.

Ok! One More For The Soul!

I saw this beautiful palm at the Coral Castle in Miami. Fell in love with the way the colors played off of each other.  

The Hat Of Holmes!

Ahh, the hat that is synonymous with Sherlock Holmes, even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never described the character to be wearing one... perhaps that's why in his latest incarnation, wonderfully portrayed by Robert Downy Jr, he [Sherlock] is wearing the bowler, since a rural hat on London streets would be a major fashion offence, but I digress... 

The hat I have in mind is the 'Deerstalker' so called due to the fact that it was mostly worn by British gentlemen during outdoor activities such as hunting or ... deer stalking.

The brilliance of this hat is in it's unique signature design, the front and rear bill served to protect the face and neck, respectively, from sunburn, while the ear flaps tied up when not needed and tied down to protect from the cold. Checkered and twill patterns served as camouflage.

Back to the fashion savvy Holmes, indeed he would wear the Deerstalker hat, but in appropriate settings such as the country side or the woods or during a hunting outing. Never in the middle of London. The cartoon screen shot below is misleading, toon Holmes is committing major fashion faux pas but wearing that outfit on Baker Street.

At first glance the promo photograph below seems well styled, but no indeed, Holmes looks like he is going hunting and the fact that he is holding a magnifying glass makes him look ridiculous. The lady in the center and Watson are a bit mismatched as well but that is a whole other discussion... Let's stick to hats!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Pimple, pimple, pimple... we all [still] get them. I do once in a while, so this mask is great for treating the darned things. Do I still have to remind you about checking to make sure not allergic reactions form from the ingredients? You're smarter than that.  :D

1tsp. yeast
1tsp. warm water

Mix together into a paste, apply to affected area, let dry and rinse after 15-20 minutes.


No clue where I found these, but they are great, here is another recipe for a home made mask, this one is for the eyes. Again, check for allergic reaction before you apply anything to your face. Since the eye area is sensitive, this might be a great mask to try with a friend.

2tsp. peeled, grated organic cucumber
1tsp. powdered milk

Mix into a paste, apply to closed eyes on the entire area, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.


Oily Skin All Purpose Mask:
The recipe is a variation on the avocado mask specifically for dry skin. As always check and make sure you have no allergic reactions to any of the ingredients before applying mask to your face.

1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dry black tea
1 tsp. clover honey
1 egg white
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
2oz. row acorn squash or pumpkin

Mash all ingredients, apply to face for 10-15 minutes, rinse off with warm water, pat dry.


Dry Skin All Purpose Mask:
A great recipe for a face mask, as always, make sure you are not allergic to any ingredients before you apply the mask on your face.

1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dry black tea
1 tsp. clover honey
1 egg white
1/2 avocado
1 slice fresh peach

Mash and blend all ingredients and apply mask evenly on face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water and cloth.