Hooray, I’ve found my favorite Etsy shop of all time! Consider me officially OBSESSED with Vagabond Queen, the brainchild of Pittsburgh designer Danielle Barbe. She uses gems, geodes, and slices of agate to create redonk, bold statement jewelry and home decor. Vagabond Queen combines two of my favorite things: Bright colors and raw gems, which catch light in a beautiful, glittering way that cut gems don’t, in addition to being (and therefore making your jewelry) absolutely unique.
Click through to see the beauty that comes out of Barbe’s brain, and visit her store here!
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Lyon, France is often referred to as “Little Paris,” but after spending a few days there last month, I would like to propose some other potential nicknames that more accurately capture the character of this city, and its relationship to Paris:
- “Kinder, gentler, cheaper Paris”
- “Paris for beginners”
- “Paris without the suffocating pee smell”
And yes, Lyon City Managers, if you’re reading this, you are welcome to use any of those as Lyon’s official new slogan. As much as I adore Paris (and I do, oh, I do!), Lyon might be my new favorite French city. At the end of our stay, while packing up to head back to Paris, I found myself asking my boyfriend Nick if we “really had to leave,” which sounds ridiculous, because going to Paris is never a bad thing, but it just goes to show how great Lyon really is. It can make you complain about going to PARIS. That’s impressive, isn’t it?
Here are a few of the things that made Lyon so surprisingly wonderful, and why I’m dying to go back! Keep reading »
In case I haven’t complained about it loudly enough lately, I (and most of the Frisky staff) really hate winter. Another polar vortex is threatening to descend upon us here in New York and in several other unfortunate parts of the US, and when those 10-degree days set in, it’s hard not to feel like your life is pretty much over for the next 4-6 months. I refuse to waste roughly half of my life being personally offended by the damn weather without at least trying to embrace it for once. After the jump, a few simple things that make cold weather a little more joyful.
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Artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic films his painting process step-by-step to create “living paintings,” in which viewers can watch his art magically come together on the page without ever seeing his brushes or hands. “It’s a painting in process, it’s a work of film, it’s an actual tactile painting,” he told CNN. Mestrovic uses high resolution cameras to capture each frame of the paintings’ creation. The Buenos Aires native spent years living in Japan, where he studied calligraphy and lettering. That talent has a massive influence on his artwork, giving it a richer feel. CNN put together a nifty video discussing his work if you’d like to see his paintings in action. Watching the beautiful colors come to life without the help of a human hand is nothing short of stunning. [CNN]
Beauty mags are full of the same homogenous crap. Skinny, pretty ladies shilling beauty products that cost a whole paycheck, promising to make you look and feel a certain way. Welcome to Beauty IRL, a new column in which we try to break down the aspirational walls of beauty coverage, and bring you real-life dispatches from the trenches, from someone who likes makeup, researches hair products and is pretty real about the whole thing.
I’ve always been jealous of those girls with long, thick, shiny hair. Those girls with “Pretty Little Liars” hair, the kind of hair that tumbles and twists and waves over their shoulders, all shiny and beachy and wind-tosed. Girls with tresses like this are always casually pushing their hair aside, lifting it up in great, shiny hanks and forming a complicated knot as they talk at you. They want you to think that they woke up like that, but really, they woke up at 7 a.m. and spent a good half hour with a curling wand and some heat spray. For a long time, that was the hair I wanted. Countless years of reading beauty blogs and a childhood spent turning the pages of Color Me Beautiful, purchased at a yard sale by my grandma, taught me to believe that I should hide my moon face with a long sheet of hair on either side, to create angles, because it is important to have a face that is sharp and angular, to have cheekbones that can cut glass. Keep reading »
Dave Pollot must be the happiest Etsy seller on Etsy today: art and tech blog Laughing Squid found his store earlier this year, but their post on his newly updated and expanded selection of thrift store paintings has gotten picked up by a rash of pop culture blogs today. I’m happy to contribute to that, because his paintings are fucking awesome. Keep reading »