Masterpiece Monday

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Girl with Death Mask by Frida Kahlo – 1938

The girl is wearing a mask one might see during the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico. The Day of the Dead is on November 2nd, where those living commemorate the memory of the dead by celebrating them.

The yellow flower is placed on the graves during the Day of the Dead. We’ve established a theme here, yes? Day of the Dead, celebration, stuff like that?

This little girl appears to be very young; in some analysis of the painting, it is speculated that this is a self-portrait of Kahlo as a child. She wears the mask of the dead and stands alone next to a mask with a horrifying face. She is alone under a moody gray sky with nothing but a flower for the dead.

There is an obvious sadness about this painting because we see a little girl who is not playing with others, being a child, but instead pondering death. – Fiona

Fashion Fridays!

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Dress for the Holiday, Don’t Become the Holiday!!

I thought this would be a great time to repost my Holiday post from last year.  Enjoy!

With the Holidays around the corner, the stores are already stocking their shelves with Holiday décor and Holiday attire. Among the attire are those wonderful Holiday sweaters and leggings and socks and earrings and necklaces and hats and scarves and so on and so on and so on. Some of them are in beautiful colors and come in 3D. Some of them light up and may even glow in the dark. You may even find some that speak to you, if you push a button or two. Well, like I’ve said in the past, just because it’s a trend doesn’t mean you have to follow it.

BEWARE OF SOME TRENDS!!

I don’t want to offend any of you who love to wear your Holiday sweaters and other Holiday attire, but it is not fashion forward. If you want to look festive for the Holidays you can dress in the colors of the Holiday and look very festive without looking like you ARE the Holiday!!! Some people get confused believing that if it is Halloween they should wear their Halloween sweater or shirt, or pants or whatever during the week of Halloween…..Nooooooo, stop it, don’t do it. Unless you are a kindergarten or pre-school teacher wearing them to school to amuse your class or giving a Halloween party for kids or going to an ugly Holiday sweater party, don’t do it; at least not if you are trying to be in anyway fashion forward. Although, My husband had a valid point. He said even the kindergarten teachers can amuse their kids with their bulletin board décor and leave the Holiday attire at home. I at least gave them a reprieve.

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I have to be honest, there was a time in the past when I wore a Holiday sweater or shirt.  I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but you need to know that no one is perfect and I have since repented…. 🙂  We all must grow when it comes to our fashion sense.  We must learn from our mistakes and vow never to do them again.

There are so many ways to dress for the Holidays and look festive and fashion forward and I will show you how. Always start with the colors of the Holiday. You can mix and match them in so many different ways. Be creative. Remember what your style is. If you are a person that likes to dress in a Boho style, you can still dress that way in your Holiday colors. If your style is romantic, stick to that style, but use the colors of the Holiday. Don’t lose yourself in the Holiday. Still be you. Fashion is about always being true to who you are no matter what, but adapting to the situation.

Halloween Stylin:

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I’m not going to give you a visual of what not to wear, because I’m afraid some of you may take those ideas and run with them, so I’ll keep those to myself.  I’ll just show you how to look your fabulous Holiday best and no one will mistake you for actually being the Holiday.

Christmas Stylin:

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After seeing these alternatives, I hope you now know that dressing for the Holidays can be fun and easy.  You don’t have to purchase all of the Holiday paraphernalia to be festive.  Have fun, but keep it simple.  Don’t lose your since of style no matter what Holiday is around the corner.