Friday, February 24, 2012

Fickle Friday: Inspiration

Source: google.com via Zuzu's on Pinterest

Sometimes I get so busy and distracted I practically fail to recognize my own family, but when I consciously slow down and feel gratitude for my life and everything in it, I am astounded by the beauty that surrounds me.

I draw inspiration from all areas of life, but particularly from nature, which is, by design, perfect. For example, I could create an entire look from the above bouquet. The lilac from the alliums would be beautiful in cashmere (one can never have too many sweaters), the cool pink from the peonies as blush, a punch of fuchsia lipstick, and accents from the green foliage incorporated into a jaunty scarf. Perfect!

Most of the beauty that immediately catches my eye is based on color or line or both. I am first and foremost drawn to color. The below "True Summer" seasonal palette, for example, represents some of my best hues (as per my color analysis), so it should come as no surprise that many of the same colors make a frequent appearance in items I purchase, photograph, copy, or just drool over—especially when I come across things in nature that mirror them.



More inspiration, in both color and line:


Source: flickr.com via Zuzu's on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Zuzu's on Pinterest





I readily admit I spend far more time than I should reading beauty blogs, but I could lose an entire weekend in gardening porn. If only my yard had full sun, I'd be placing my fall peony and allium bulb order this very minute.

What kind of beauty inspires you?

Photo credits: See my Pinterest account for the various sources

10 comments:

  1. I'm the same! I could look at gorgeous pictures of gardens all the time too! I'm not sure where I find beauty though, but I guess it could be in laughter. I love having fun and laughing and enjoying my family and friends. :)
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Laughter truly is beautiful! I aim for at least one good belly laugh a day. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Beauty and inspiration are all around if one only searches hard enough. My daily walk to work is through what most would only see as a drab grey industrial estate: without looking for the covert beauty it would be too easy to miss the intricate sprawl of lilliputian wild ivy scrambling over a factory wall, or the stunning sparkle of mica glowing under the skin of the rain-soaked pavement. Honestly, just look deep and hard, this world, this life, stunningly diverse and rich, amazing contrasts and connections - sometimes words just aren't enough to describe the sheer, glorious, jumbled, chaotic, incredible reality..
    Gosh, that's all a bit, um, over the top isn't it? But you know what I mean, right? Or is it just me?! Jo :-)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Jo. Excellent examples! It has been so long since I have walked a city street, I have forgotten about the iridescent oil slick from a puddle at the curb after a light rain ... beautiful. The humidity rising from the surface of an asphalt road as you crest a hill in your car ... beautiful. The way a lonely piece of crumpled, white paper stands out as it nestles among the umber, pumpkin, crimson, and burnt sienna autumn leaves gathered at the corner of a building ... beautiful. The elusive phosphorescence you occasionally see at the ocean's edge at night ... beyond beautiful.

      This morning I saw beauty in a non-traditional place. I was sitting inside my parents' warm house, sipping a Lungo, watching my brother's new puppy greet the fresh morning air with that exuberance only puppies seem to have. She waddled around and did her morning do--which turned out perfectly shaped, like soft-serve ice cream, even with a little loop on top, and the steam rising above it as it nestled in a fresh layer of snow was strangely ... beautiful. Heh!

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  3. You have such a gift for writing...your blog inspires me all the time! :))

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    1. Thank you, skeetybee! You made my day. :)

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  4. Zuzu, will your forum be back up and running soon? Active lurker here!

    xoxo,
    Jane

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    1. Hi Jane, It's back! I moved to a new server. If you get errors, try clearing your cache and restarting your browser. If you still have issues feel free to email me.

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  5. Those are my colors, too. No surprise. :^)

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    1. Heh! I've been meaning to write to thank you again for the Shiseido blush recommendation, which has all-time favorite--ever. I can stop lookingl; what a relief. It's great to have a skin twin out here in the blogosphere. My next experiment will be the lovely navy-colored Laura Mercier eyeshadow Deep Night.

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