September 30, 2011
You know those great ideas you have just running around in your mind ? The ones you know could be truly successful yet, you just aren't exactly sure how to take that vision and make it reality. Or what about the ideas that have actualized but, you want to take to the next level ? This book chronicles the methods of exceptionally creative, productive people and teams like GOOGLE to Make Ideas Happen. It encourages you to take everything up a level and tap into your creative self and your productive self and really make it happen. Worth a read for sure.
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September 29, 2011
...so I don't know about you but if it were up to me I would wear my shades all the time. Lately I've been wearing a pair of Oliver Peoples that I love but, usually I am all about a Ray Ban. That's not to say that I don't have quite a collection of others I've collected over the years, just in case I get bored. Something about changing up your frames to change up the mood a little, don't you agree ?
Turn it up and dance. Today is for starting new...for taking more risks... for believing in yourself and having faith that you are on the right path. For making a promise to live it, life to the fullest.
A few years ago I started mixing up my own essential oils as a supplement to my skincare routine after reading all the benefits of using face oil to moisturize, heal and prevent wrinkles. After lots of experimenting I found a few oils that I really love and use on a daily basis. Although it seems counter intuitive to slather on oil, essential oils are not exactly oil. Some do have a slight oiliness about them but, most essential oils are acquired by steam distilling the plant they are derived from. In many ways they are extremely precious since plants contain such a limited amount of essential oil, it sometimes takes hundreds of plants to get just a small amount of oil. Whether you decide to mix up your own batch or buy one of the fabulous crop of oils out there, here are a few of my favorites...
September 28, 2011
|Janet Echelman sculpture located in Portgal|
Have you seen the work of artist Janet Echelman ? Truly wondrous...by thinking far outside the box she creates and reshapes the idea of urban architecture with the installation of fluidly moving sculptures that respond to environmental forces including wind, water and sunlight. While on a trip to India she found herself watching local fisherman bundling their nets and began to wonder if the nets could be used to create tremendous, softly moving sculptures which could be set against the harder lines of a city. She now creates these sculptures around the world in major cities. Almost equally important to these creations is the incredible message to live outside the box a little, let your imagination go to places you might never have thought to go and see what happens when you are there. Think about things on a bigger scale and dream just a little bit bigger than you ever have. Let your mind wander, get lost a little, who knows what you might find.
...and here she is in her own words telling her story and the evolution of her art. To see the rest of her work click on over here.
September 27, 2011
...something about showing just a little bit of skin. A hint of a shoulder, a glimpse of a midriff, or a little leg feels just about right before the temps drop and we have to get bundled up.
Accidental Brilliance layout with images via On the Streets, Gretchen Jones, Pinterest
...although most of the time I always say a cover rarely does an original justice, when a song is really good, it's hard to mess things up. Case in point Just Like Heaven, by Robert Smith and The Cure. Now add the Watson Twins and you got yourself one cover to talk about...
...you know it just takes that one element, the strategic cut-out on a dress, a bold pattern, a perfect little boot or a worn in t-shirt with a flirty skirt to say without a doubt the Girl Has Got It Goin' On.
Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via Musings in Feminity, Jaclyn Page, Pinterest
September 26, 2011
September 25, 2011
...and in many ways that just might be the key to life. Live in the moment. Don't worry about what has happened or what it is to come. Take advantage of right now because, you will never get this moment back. Live it fully and get everything you can out of it. And just like this song says..." it's a great life to live ". Take a few minutes today and let this one wash over you...
September 24, 2011
Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via Gretchen Jones Blog, Jaclyn Page, Pinterest
September 22, 2011
...the chorus of this one gets me every single time. What is mine is yours...I hope today that everything you desire is yours...
That's the thing life is simply motion...moving forward. The key is to never stop, just keep going, push yourself farther than you thought you could go, when you feel like stopping just press on because, just around the corner is what you need to make sense of the entire journey. Motion, the thing that blows the wind, makes ideas into realities, and keeps you on the track you were meant to be on. Don't stop just keep pushing and go with the flow of it, the movement, the current, the wind in your hair, the past that is left behind...
Taken by the artwork of Neal Turner. The layers of colors, expressions and emotions stirred. Something mysterious about who they are but intriguing to not quite now...
September 21, 2011
Today after a long day I sat in silence as I make a point to do everyday at some point...to listen to my thoughts, to listen to my intuition. We live in times where we are constantly on overload. Think about it, when was the last time you just sat for a few minutes disconnected from the entire world but totally connected to yourself ? I recently read an interesting story about researchers who set up temporary microphones in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to record the sounds of nature over a two year period. Sadly although you can hear the sounds of falling trees and coyotes howling, in even the most remote parts of the park the majority of the sounds are man-made. They have concluded that there is virtually no place left in America that is untouched by human noise. Instead of capturing the sound of the butterfly wings flapping or deer running across the snow, it is airplanes and human voices that are captured more often than not. And just as it seems that climate change is out of our hands, it also seems that the loss of the beauty in the silence of nature might also be out of our hands. Despite this, I think that if perhaps we all stopped for just a few minutes and sought some sort of personal quiet time no matter how long or short for that matter it is each day, perhaps we might be able to take hold of our own personal silence and harness our own thoughts that often go unheard. Take a few minutes today, turn off the computer, the radio, the t.v. and the distractions. Get quiet, listen to yourself, to nature...
September 20, 2011
...never seem to get tired of layers of arm candy and piles of necklaces. Simplest way to add a little somethin', somethin' to any look for sure.
Accidental Brilliance layout with images from Chris Benz SS2012, Dannijo, HB Nam, Musings in Femininity
Turn it up and dance...have a beautiful day and whenever you find this remember, the world is yours for the taking, and you deserve it...the best of everything.
...it just takes that one element to make a look. In this case it's the hat that welcomes Fall, the shorts that say, Summer please don't go, the color that suggests sunshine and the length that says, neither here nor there, just somewhere in the middle. Indeed these Girls Have Got It Goin' On.
Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via Gretchen Jones Blog, Musings In Femininity
September 19, 2011
A few months back I wrote about the amazing power of dry brushing your skin before you take a a shower. With summer ending and the last leftovers of a tan still hanging around, brushing off that dead skin is a great way to get the Fall started. Although, by now everyone should be brushing on the daily. And assuming you are taking your vitamins and suppplements, eating a balanced diet, doing your best to not use creams and cosmetics with chemicals and unhealthy additives and surrounding yourself with positive inspiring people, what else can you do to take the best care of yourself ? You guessed it Dry Brushing. We all know that our skin is the largest organ of the body but, did you also know that the skin is the most eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body's detoxification each day. The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day and dry brushing is one of the best ways to aid in this process. What are the benefits you ask...dry brushing removes dead skin layers, strengthens the immune system, removes cellulite, cleanses the lymphatic system, tightens the skin, helps digestion and stimulates circulation to name just a few. And best of all it doesn't take much effort...once you get yourself a brush before your shower each morning simply begin brushing at the feet and continue brushing the entire body using upward strokes, finish your shower with a blast of hot, hot water and then cold, cold water to really get your circulation going, simple as that. For sure one of the best ways to begin your day on an invigorated foot.
When it comes to muses without a doubt many of today's most stylish spirits take their cues from days gone by and icons from another time. Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) is just one of those ladies for me. The style setter was the heiress to the Standard Oil fortune and proudly marched to the beat of her own drum. To escape the typical life of an heiress she moved out to Taos New Mexico and much of her style reflected a mix of that bohemian lifestyle with the otherwise expected style of an heiress of that time. Known for traveling with thirty five suitcases and seven dachshunds, she is without a doubt one of the most stylish women of the twentieth century. The photos below, ran in a layout in the NY Times about 10 years ago as an hommage to Ms. Rogers with the amazing jewelry from her personal collection. And if you are looking for a new book, Searching For Beauty The Life of Millicent Rogers, is worth a read. Full of the stories of her adventures and romances plus a peek into the sort of high society that these days we just don't see. Without a doubt this little lady will always be muse worthy.
September 18, 2011
...simple. But so profound because no matter where you are or what you are doing, each day is a new beginning. So get out there and find it, a new beginning to the story you are living, the road you walking. The end will come eventually, just focus on the now...
September 17, 2011
September 16, 2011
Every season I anxiously await the L'Wren Scott show and this season did not disappoint. Reminiscent of a set of paper dolls from childhood, the collection with it's ultra feminine vibe seems fit for a movie star from back in the day...
images via style.com
images via style.com
...with Fashion Week coming to a close I couldn't end the week without including some of the totally inspiring hair that walked down the runway right on into my Style Files.
September 15, 2011
September is Hunger Action Month in the America. Although in many ways America is the land of plenty, sadly especially due to the current economy, hunger has become a very real problem. Hard to believe but 1 in 6 Americans are struggling with hunger, if you break that down that means 1 in 4 children. But you can Use Your Voice and with just a $25 donation you can provide 200 meals. Even if you don't have the extra money there are food banks where you can volunteer and many other ways to get involved to help solve this growing problem. Click on over here to donate, find the closest food bank to you and see how else you can get involved. It's all the small things that end up making the big difference...so get involved.
September 14, 2011
There are so many elements of fashion that fascinate me but, I think the most intriguing is the undeniable sense of artistry, whether its the way a fabric flows or the way a particular color looks against the skin. After watching what Jason Wu sent down the runway for S/S 2012 I was immediately reminded of the artwork of Vincent Contarino. As if they were made to go hand in hand...
...to see the rest of Vincent Contarino's work click on over here here.
Original layout by Accidental Brilliance with Jason Wu images via The Cut
...to see the rest of Vincent Contarino's work click on over here here.
Original layout by Accidental Brilliance with Jason Wu images via The Cut
September 13, 2011
...there have been some great looks that have been sent down the runway this season but, without a doubt the entire Jenny Packham collection is the one I can't get off my mind. Exquisite.
No matter how many times I hear the voice of Jay Malinowski I always think the same thing...despite a sense of sadness in his voice, his music crosses that line and becomes hopeful. Somehow perfect for the week of 9/11, so incredibly heavy yet somehow there needs to be a way to go on. Guess that's the wonderful part of music, it can make things better. That combined with the power of intention and there is nothing we can't overcome...
...since we are in the heart of NYFW, this week's Girl Has Got It Goin' On series includes a few of the looks I have liked so far and, that one little thing that took the look right over the top. All it takes is a pattern, bag, pant or shoe and just like that you got it goin' on.
L to R- Duru Olowu, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham, Daryl K
images via The Cut
September 12, 2011
Over the last year I have been using a face oil with rosehips and this morning as I was putting it on I got curious to find out what else rosehips could be used for in the pursuit of good health. Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and typically grow in shades of red-to-orange. When it comes to skincare rosehips are known to be an intensive skin rehydrator as well as a skin rejuvenator used to retard the appearance of aging. As a superfood they have over 40x the amount of vitamin C as an orange, sort of amazing. Ultimately these high levels have a tremendous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Also high in vitamin K which has been proven to promote bone health and aid in cancer prevention. The pectin contained in the berries which acts as a fiber helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The oil is even great to massage into the ends of your hair to prevent damage. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find fresh rosehips so, if you are not lucky enough to find them fresh, the powdered dried fruit can also be found in capsule form and is equally potent.
Lately I have really been loving the idea of a flirty frock so, it was no surprise that I wanted every dress that came down the runway by Suno last Friday. For sure, they fit the muse worthy bill.
images via the cut
September 11, 2011
If you have been following Accidental Brilliance you know that I post everyday come rain or shine. Unfortunately I have run into a huge computer problem, my computer crashed while on a flight a few days ago and over the last few days I haven't been able to post. Hopefully I will be back up and running, fingers crossed tomorrow. I have posts all ready to go, everything from coverage of Fashion Week here in NY to a beautiful shot of the sky I took yesterday at dusk above the site of the Twin Towers where the most astonishing rays of light were shining down brightly on it. And with today being 9/11, I thought I would share the reminder that life is short and we never know. Make the most of every minute you have, tell the people in your life how you feel, take risks even if you are scared, make the can do in life into can did, take advantage of everything that you are but remember to be gentle to yourself along the way. It is never to late to be something, do something, fix something, start something or finish something. It is all within you...the answers, the questions, the inspiration. I was so touched by this performance by Paul Simon this morning at the 9/11 ceremony so I leave this with you...
September 7, 2011
September 6, 2011
These guys are so good, something really nostalgic about their sound. They fit right into the sounds that once came out of Laurel Canyon, California I love so much. That perfectly chill folk rock we don't get to see that often these days...
...it just takes that one element to make an outfit, in this case it's the little leopard flats, the great tassel necklace set against all white, the hint of yellow snakeskin, and the stripes and leather combo. Fo' sure these girls have got it goin' on.
images via garance la mer, pinterest, valerie mcmurray (in white) of soleil organics
September 5, 2011
So when it comes to getting your relaxation on, a little eucalyptus oil belongs in the equation. The oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the beautiful tall evergreen eucalyptus tree, native to Australia. This refreshing, cooling and rejuvenating oil makes the perfect massage oil. Proven to alleviate muscle and joint pain due to it's anti-inflammatory and analgesic nature (best massaged in circular motion after working out). Also great if you are feeling mentally exhausted or stressed out, the stimulating effect of the oil will give you the jolt you need. Credited with helping diabetes, dental issues, lowering a fever, helping clear congestion and colds, it is worth it to look for products with the oil as an ingredient. And to get a great at home spa feeling, try this simple idea...
painting by Aaron Kilpatrick
...the ladies of French label Les Composantes are muse worthy for sure. I love the concept of the label, " after years of searching for the perfect little dress, jeans or faultless ideal bag, we finally decided to create them ". Here's a look at them in action...
...to see what else they have up their sleeve click on over here.