When I was a young girl, one of my favorite stories my mother would read to me was “The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse”, it’s actually one of Aesop’s Fables and so the story goes…
Town mouse goes to country to visit his country mouse cousin.
Country is beautiful. Town mouse is kind of a jerk.
Country mouse comes to visit town mouse and they eat like kings.
Town is invaded and country mouse is all “thanks but not thanks” and heads back to country prefering security to opulence or as the 13-century preacher Odo of Cheriton put it- “I’d rather gnaw a bean than be gnawed by continual fear”.
I never got that metaphor when I was 7. My thoughts ran as deep as wondering if there was any connection to the stripes on Toucan Sam’s nose and his favorite flavors of Fruit Loop rings. That’s deep though… My biggest takeaway from the book was that mice are different, people are different and people come from different places and these places influence who they are and who they will become. That parallel was a striking one to me… country and city. Simple and busy. Quiet and loud. Meager and rich. Or was it the other way around? And in what way? Regardless I saw that both mice had access to different pleasures in life because of geography. I wondered what it would be like to get to experience both?
This month I am departing to the country for a new adventure in my beauty career which I will share more details in another blog at another time. I will be a town mouse and a country mouse for the first time in my life and will be afforded with the opportunity to trasport from one location to the other and experience two very different worlds all while immersing myself in one very specific focus of work. It’s going to be interesting to see how I am inspired and educated by two strikingly different zip codes and cultures. This is a dream come true for me and I’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking into the area and meditating on approaching my next chapter with… let’s just call it… “grace” because while I honor the “town mouse” traits that only city life will give you, I really, really want to channel the student in me and embrace every part of my new surroundings with open arms so I can absorb and learn as much as humanly possible. That’s the great thing about major change, even with know-how, you get to be a student again and if you ask me there is no greater feeling in the city, in the country and in the world!
OK, so aside from the thinking and researching in preparation for my departure next week, I had to give myself a little break from online classes and text books and seek a little visual inspiration to get me excited so I started a “country mouse” inspired pinterest board and am sharing my snips with you below. Please continue to follow my blog for news from me and my pinterest board for what I hope will be filled with actual photos from my instagram account.
"Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl- stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be- I don’t know- disappointing and, um… stupid. So you, with that impressive résumé and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl."
My friend Rene would say her blush is probably a little too high up but the circumfrence of it is great and I think it’s perfect. Really love everything about this picture of natural beauty and wish google image matching could tell me what gloss is. That’s the future, right? Also jealous of those freckles.
A tisket a tasket, shoes inspired by a farm basket. I fully intend to embrace the no sock look this Summer and these kicks are going on my wish list. Ventilation just isn’t considered as often as it should be.
That dusty, antique rose lip is going to draw you in here like it did me but don’t overlook the nails which bear a striking resemblence to my fav shade, Yummy Mummy by Butter London. With the closest manicure shop about 45 minutes away as opposed to 45 steps outside my brownstone, I’ll definitely be doing a lot of self manicures which I actually don’t mind. I’m trying to be smarter with how I spend my discretionary income and these mani pedis add up. I’ll have to call my friend Murphy at Butter and see if he can send me a stash. This nude is just easy.
From what I expect there is not going to be a lot of time to put my feet up and chill but when and if I do, I sure hope my moments look like this. Except I want lilacs!
I research the important stuff, like cafe proximity and humidity levels during the summer. Let’s just plan for a lot of frizz serum and thick braids.
Primary mode of transportation…
Primary mode of inspiration… nature & green!!!
Primary mode of fascination… I once read an article in The Harvard Business review about “soft fascination”— something that is described as a begiuling term for quiet contemlation which lends to productivity. Soft fascination is stimulated by exposure to natural settings (clean air, natural light) and it is a time during which attention is called upon and brain activity is reset to recharge overstretched resources. I am going to savor my afternoon walks and any single sun beam that hits my face.
The day-to-day uniform. This it IT!
This is not but I adore the naturally, uncoiffed imperfect hair.
Town mouse/ Country mouse,
When Sex and the City ended, I remember thinking, “How will HBO ever fill the fashion/beauty inspiration void that these 4 (errr maybe 3) characters are going to leave behind?”… I know I instantly just lost my male audience (if I ever had one) with that opening line. That’s OK. I don’t feel silly saying that I loved the show and that 50% of my interest was the storyline the other 50% was my affinity for what I feel was a most accurate depiction of how New York women dress and style their hair and makeup. At the time, the costumes, the top knots, the vintage accessories and simple makeup were all very aspirational and educational to me, being that I didn’t live in New York. I lived in a suburb outside of Boston so this show was sensory overload for me and it made me embrace my curly hair and kept me away from tanning beds and acrylic nails-all good things. It’s been a very long time since I have looked to a fictitious character for hair/makeup/styling inspiration. When did the show end again? Actually, it’s been a while since I’ve looked anywhere- including pinterest and my own blog (never a good sign). However!!!! I feel myself quickly getting back into "S"uper creative mode and lately I feel the urge to seek, explore and write and my most recent (and unexpected) muse energizing my spike in research, pinning, writing and shopping (shit…) just so happens to come from the geniuses at HBO yet again! I am flat out obsessed with Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen. I know, I know… she has hardly any costume changes (compared to Carrie B) and how many times can we see that milkmaid style braid and still get excited to try it ourselves? Many. It’s the color palette though really. That’s what it’s all about- that stark winter white mixed with ethereal glowiness and soft shades of beige. In all seriousness and with honest fear of sounding like a modern day “trekkie”, when not covered in soot, I really think the Mother of Dragons with her ethereal skin and silver spun platinum blonde hair contrasted with a heavy taupe brow (but not nearly as harsh as Cersei Lannisters to keep her from looking like the stone cold bitch thatshe is) is one of the most unique beauties on television right now. Like the show’s plotlines, it’s invading my thoughts (on beauty/fashion/hair) and has a serious influence on how I consume inspiration, products and clothing which sometimes works for me (ex: I’m wearing a lot less makeup these days) and sometimes doesn’t (my colorist Dana Ionato at Sally Hersherber refuses to turn me platinum in one sitting… that’s another good thing). Side note: Dana actually does the color for the one of the lead costumers on Game of Thrones and I totally geeked out in her chair when she told me. Back to Daenerys, there is not a whole lot there to work, meaning you’re not going to look to her each episode like she’s some chameleon to her environment and she’s going to give you a new bag of tricks every time but she may get you to embrace this rare edgy femininity she’s got going that works with her leather apolstery from head to toe thing and can work with a dark pair of skinny jeans and white tee or an airy white cotton dress. So if you have a fraction, like 0.00000005% of the imagination that Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has, you can channel “Dany” in so many unique ways with shades of stark winter white, a new makeup regime, insane levels of bleach and just about any DIY braid blog you can get your hands on, like I’ve been doing. Below are some snaps I’ve collected for my beauty inspiration boards on pinterest inspired by my new favorite femaile heroine.
You just know you are awesome when you look to medieval lit to find new color palette inspiration,