fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

Facemaid Vol. 1

Facemaid Vol. 1

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

fleur•tation | A Summer Style Inspiration

The first days of Summer ignite memories of a biting New York City night in February, when MoMa stayed open until dawn, and the cool-kid locals, diverse in both age and ethnicity, emerged to get a glimpse into the mind of Henri Matisse

Prior to attending the exhibit, I Netflix’d Barbara Freed’s ‘A Model for Matisse’…a documentary recounting their relationship (described by Matisse as a ‘fleur-tation’ ) between the artist and Sister Jacques-Marie, the nurse who would become his muse; the chapel she would inspire, and he would later create…with traces of his gouaches découpés, or ‘cut-outs,‘ of stained paper, synchronously and subtly expressed in the stained glass windows of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence.

The documentary pulled me closer to the art, to the artist; and his brain, seemingly made of vibrant color, and adventure…The Cut-Outs, with intentional fluidity of shape, directly inspired my Summer theme…to live vibrantly, in flowy, flirty, unstructured pieces of bold color, celebrating femininity…

…Summer beauty of cheekbones ‘cutout’ with bronzer, slow-grinding against the boldness of NARS-blushed cheeks that smile to the beat of Mark Ronson’s ‘Summer Breaking’…bold liquid liner for Friday night eyes, on a Tuesday…and lips stained to last, and you know, last…;)

‘A fleur-tation…What takes place between us is like a shower of flowers- rose petals that we throw at each other.’ ~Henri Matisse

été heureux…happysummer,

xo, Facemaid

Cut-Out Color Block. Dress: H&M Shoe:  SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

Cut-Out Color Block.
Dress: H&M
Shoe: SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

 

Anemo{me}…Flowy Vintage Blues, with a bouquet of the artist’ favorite flower…

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My favorite piece from the exhibit. Check out the Face{maid}

Destination: Fleurtation. NARS Exhibit A Blush MAC Cosmetics in Frankly Scarlet Kevyn Aucoin Myracle Hot Pink NARS Multiple in Siam NYX Eyeliner in Extreme Purple No.& Stay Precise Liquid Liner

Destination: Fleurtation.
NARS Exhibit A Blush
MAC Cosmetics in Frankly Scarlet
Kevyn Aucoin Myracle Hot Pink
NARS Multiple in Siam
NYX Eyeliner in Extreme Purple
No.& Stay Precise Liquid Liner

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FACEMAID Vol. 1

It’s Here…It’s Here…It’s Here…It’s Here!!!!

My predisposition to fantasy leaves me living in perpetual theme inciting inspiration for not only my daily attire, but in my travels as well…A movie, a color, an icon, all evoke a feeling, a vibe…expressed via fashion and face…thus this virtual brain space was born…

FACEMAID | Celebrate The Pretty

FACEMAID is a celebration of inspiration encapsulating everything I love: fashion, film, places, products…all the ways I decorate my life, in theme…

I believe…In Having a Theme Song…In Love…In Experiencing the World (some call this travel)…In Caftans and Kimonos…In Midi Skirts and Maxi Dresses…I Believe in Finding the Perfect Red Lipstick…In Grandmas and Rose Gold…In Inspiration…In Hope…In Moisturizer and Liquid Liner…I believe in Natural Beauty AND Full Glam…In Mascara, Lashes, Mascara, (in that order)…I believe in Big Curly Hair and Fresh Flowers…I believe Sade will always get you through…I believe Moving Your Body means You’re Dancing…In Girlfriends and Gratitude…I believe in DREAMS and IDEAS…But Most of All, I Believe You Should
CELEBRATE THE PRETTY!!!!

Xo, FACEMAID

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Azul and Shucran… مرحبا وشكرا…Hello and Thank You…

The soothing hum from the rose peppered fountain of the Riad Joya, entwined with the Call to Prayer gives way to the melody of life in Marrakech…I knew before embarking on this North African journey, that my first desire was to embrace and respect the culture. Inspired by tradition, and with an unassuming approach, I opted to cover my body, and hair, often atypical of Western traditions.

Vintage caftans and silk scarves from previous French travels, juxtaposed with the vigor of a strong smokey eye, and I was Moroccan ready- Facemaid style…

My affinity for bathtubs enhanced when dipped in copper- the tub that is!

My affinity for bathtubs enhanced when dipped in copper- the tub that is!

Woody, earthy, musky, all-natural Black Soap…

Woody, earthy, musky, all-natural Black Soap…

The calming courtyard of the Riad Joya where I journaled during my stay...

The calming courtyard of the Riad Joya where I journaled during my stay…

Riad Joya courtyard

Riad Joya…Home away from home.

Making New Friends, one rug at a time…

Making New Friends, one rug at a time…

Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea, known also as Atay, served while magic carpet shopping…

Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea, known also as Atay, served while magic carpet shopping…

Street art of an Icon...

Street art of an Icon…

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TBT: Self-Dove

As a makeup artist, I have learned to appreciate that every woman, and man, has at minimum, one unmistakably beautiful feature.
The newest Dove ad campaign brilliantly explores how we perceive ourselves, and our own individual beauty; citing only 4% of women globally describes themselves as beautiful.  Dove commissioned a forensic sketch artist to draw a group of women based on their self-description of their own features.  Seeing it made me think of a word I learned recently, maître, meaning, loving-kindness towards oneself.

This campaign ignited within me a desire to explore and evaluate how I view my own appearance.  Would I describe myself with maître?  Or, Would I be as self-deprecating as the women in the video? How would my self- explained sketch differ, juxtaposed with a stranger’s perception of me?  As these questions danced in my brain, I realized, once I was completely honest with myself, that, I, many times, like the subjects in the commercial, have or have had the tendency to pick myself apart, in similar ways.

I found this campaign powerful, necessary, timeless., and, at the same time, refreshingly honest and vulnerable.   If you have a moment, and you have not seen it, take a peek, I’d love to know what you think.  I thought it was important to share…

 

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