Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What color are YOU!?

Over my holiday break as I was packing and laying out my outfits, I realized EVERY SINGLE OUTFIT I had lied out was completely head to toe neutral hued. From my oversized grey cable knit sweater, to my black riding pant leggings, down to my over-the-knee brown boots, I realized I have a completely neutral wardrobe! However, I do feel that neutrals extremely chic and effortless looking. Kim Kardashian even blogged about her neutral-themed ensemble yesterday and if I do say so myself, I am LOVING the simplicity of her look.

With that being said, one of my new year's resolutions is to incorporate some COLOR into my wardrobe this year. With so many great colors out there, how could you not!

I for one was not blessed with the lucky gift of the ability to easily pull of any color. Yellow and red hues tend to wash me out and do nothing for me. However, jewel tones seem to bring out the green in my eyes and bring life to my skin. This is because my skin is cool-toned rather than warm-toned. How the heck do I know this you may ask? Here's how to find out!

You may be cool if...

  • The veins on the underside of your wrist are blue instead of green
  • You have a pink-ish cast to your skin, especially in the cold
  • You look better in silver jewelry, rather than gold
  • Your skin has more blue undertones than yellow
  • You will look best in these colors:
  • Avoid gold, yellow, red and bronze tones hair colors, which can make you sallow and drawn.

You may be warm if...

  • The veins on the underside of your wrist are green instead of blue
  • You have a green-ish cast to your skin, especially in the cold
  • You look better in gold jewelry, rather than silver
  • Your skin has more yellow undertones than blue
  • You will look best in these colors:
  • Avoid blue, violet, white and jet-black hair. These hair colors next to your skin can make you look washed out.

Here is a great example of cool vs. warm skin tones from

Some people are even lucky enough to have neutral skin, meaning you look great in all colors... lucky you!

I know all this may be confusing, but when you find your skin tone, you can really amp up your look by choosing which color clothes, makeup, even hair colors will work best with your skin! So many times, people choose the wrong hair colors that completely wash them out.

I hope this is helpful for everyone! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Prep for Spring!

I love predicting and investigating new trends for the season, and for this spring, I think prep is it. Reaching back to my private school roots, I think I will have this look down, complete with Sperry's, nautical stripes, fitted blazers, and colorful skinnys. Here's some of my favorites...

Make sure to complete the look with simple accessories and a great watch. Stay away from overly bold jewelry or sky high heels. Keep it simple!

When you give kids thousands of stickers...

One of my most favorite artists, Yayoi Kusama, currently has an installation at the Queensland Galley of Modern Art entitled Look Now, See Forever. The installation is composed of multiple rooms that immerse the viewer into her creative genius. My favorite of the rooms, The Obliteration Room, offers the museums youngest visitors thousands of stickers to place wherever they wish all over an all-white room, complete with piano, couches, kitchen table, etc. The domestic environment is painted white, serving as a giant canvas for guests to "sticker up". Take a look...

I always tend to gravitate to installation art that involves the viewer, especially ones that the viewer can alter themselves.

serious blogging for the new year...

As one of my many new year's resolutions, comes my promise to continue blogging religiously. One of my best friends Kasey has inspired me to continue blogging! She has an AMAZING blog at . Look there for clean eating information, healthy recipes, workout tips, and great information about all things healthy! Although this blog may not be centered around healthy eating tips, I will focus a lot on fashion, beauty, art, and art education (all things that I love) with maybe some new recipes thrown in there!

Lichtenstein lesson completed!

Here are some of the final pieces from the Lichtenstein assignment... they turned out great!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

lichtenstein lesson is coming along!

The 6th graders Lichtenstein lesson is coming along! We traced our portraits onto 12x18" drawing paper using the windows as our giant light tables. After students traced their portraits, we outlined them with thick, cartoony lines with a Sharpie. Next step will be adding color and our benday dots!

my most recent chalkboard drawing!

watercolor shoes

Here are some images of 6th grade students' watercolor shoes projects. We spent a few days sketching our shoes for practice. Then, we drew our shoes on watercolor paper, traced over pencil lines with Sharpies, and watercolored them.