December 10, 2011

Moving to Tumblr

Hello sweet readers - as I've mentioned in a previous post - I've started a tumblr.

As a result I have migrated my feeds:

For those who are already subscribed to my feedburner at http://feeds.feedburner.com/sweetarchivia this changeover should be automatic.

For those who are subscribed via bloglovin - you will need to manually refollow via this new link: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3271052/sweetarchivia

My twitter will continue to automatically tweet whenever I have new tumblr posts


My original blog will still stay up in the interim for anybody who is still interested in reading the old posts.

Thanks very much to those of you who have continued to read during this transition, and for those who have decided to stop reading, I totally understand. If you have any questions at this time - please feel free to use the comments or send me a tweet @waterpaperink.


December 08, 2011

Fashion Needs to Slow Down

Hello sweet readers,

For a while, I've felt that my own blog didn't have quite the focus I was looking for.

I think fashion these days needs it's own equivalent of the slow food movement, a deeper concentration on the artistry and inspiration we all love, and less of a focus on fast fashion, up to the minute runway coverage, and mass consumerism. We may never go back to the days of couture and the exquisite craftsmanship that existed, but we can go to a deeper sense of appreciation for fashion, rather than buying the latest fad or oogling over the latest scandal.

I hope you will join me as I try my hand at a tumblr - one that will present a single style theme or thought over the course of a week. Rather than try to have a new shiny thing every day, I think allowing one idea to fully develop throughout the course of the week will be a better way to express what inspires me now. I also think that the new format will allow for a more interesting play of images and words together - something which I'm not sure blogger is quite able to provide yet.

I hope you will enjoy it and am interested in hearing your thoughts and feedback on this experiment in the comments or via twitter.

sweetarchivia

December 04, 2011

Break Time

Hello sweet readers! I am currently going to take a bit of a break from this blog for some much needed downtime to become re-inspired and re-focused.

But in the meantime - check out this really gorgeous makeup editorial video from Ellis Faas - it's completely fascinating and amazing.

November 30, 2011

Inspiration: Pink Lettuce



I absolutely adore this ruffle-y pink flower and the gorgeous raindrops that were still on it when it was photographed. It reminds me of lettuce for some reason.

Unfortunately I don't know the actual name for this pretty flower and it died once the weather got cold. Since I know the internet is totally genius - if you know the name of this flower - please leave it in the comments! That way I can get a new one for next year (and probably try to take better care of it).

November 27, 2011

Finding Holiday Shopping Zen

Photo via AllWomensTalk

Holiday shopping seems to have increasingly become a blood sport, ranging from increasingly earlier "Black Friday" hours to outright pepper spraying others to sink your claws into an Xbox before they do. Scary.

So here are some tips for the fashion conscious to maintain your chic mojo and avoid going Naomi Campbell on your fellow shoppers.

1) Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Your chic wardrobe will not be built in one day either. When you read interviews of women with fantastic closets - do any of them say that it's due to any particular shopping day of the year? Nope. Mostly you get responses that they tend to collect fashion, and shop very discriminately to build a wardrobe that has quality pieces, not quantity. Therefore, if you're a bit late or missing out on one shopping event at some store, just relax. Part of your Black Friday Anthro order got cancelled? Happened to me too - trust me, it won't kill you or your fashion cred in the bigger scheme of things.

2) Shop less not more. Set aside only part of the day to shop, and the other half to relax. For example, I prefer to shop in the mornings, have a nice lunch and relax the rest of the day. Hopefully you've been smart enough to buy presents throughout the year rather than reserve it for a last minute panic attack. Enjoy time off to do other things in your life and spend time with your friends and family. It is called a "holiday" for a reason. I personally enjoy baking and cooking during the holidays.

3) Munch and move. Skipping a decent, healthy breakfast or any other meal is a bad idea any day of the week. But just think about it - during the holidays your body needs proper nutrition to help it deal with the stress. A good walk outside, yoga session, or whatever your preferred exercise version is will help you stay sane and more relaxed.

4) Your mouse is your friend. Increasingly I've preferred to just shop online during the holidays to skip crowds altogether. There's many a good deal online during this time to be found without the time and stress of navigating the herd of people at the mall or having to wait hours in line freezing your butt off. Just have a Plan B in case a favorite item gets sold or or is unable to ship on time. Don't throw a cow or your laptop if that happens. There's plenty of other things you can buy instead.

5) Donate or volunteer. Many are not as fortunate to be even thinking about shopping strategies during the holidays. Heck they are thinking about where to get their next meal. So take the time to donate to a charity or volunteer your time - it'll make you feel good inside and help somebody else out.

Hope these tips helped!
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