Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I was tagged by the amazing Airam over at one of my favorite blogs, Lost in a Spotless Mind. Never one to turn down an opportunity for procrastination, here are my answers...and my tags below.

What is your current obsession? So many right now!!: Finding a mascara that actually makes my pathetic lashes look long, lush, and amazing...and is waterproof. Any suggestions?? Also, I recently started using "O-Glow" by Smashbox and I'm in love! It gives you perfectly flushed cheeks without ever looking fake or cakey. Any perfume by Burberry -- right now it is "Summer." Lastly, I have become a huge fan of at-home microdermabrasion. "Modern Friction" by Origins makes my skin so smooth and soft! I highly recommend it!

What is your weirdest obsession? Researching photographers/photography from the Victorian period.

What are you wearing today? Liberty print button-up blouse, skinny jeans, and brown leather huaraches I recently bought from Urban Outfitters.

What’s for dinner? Mexican food from El Guapos -- it's taco night with the fam!

What’s the last thing you bought? Beer. It was Memorial Day weekend, after all.

What are you listening to right now? The sound of my fridge humming. If you mean what I am currently enjoying, music-wise: MGMT, Glas Vegas, Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs... many more.

What do you think about the person who tagged you? She’s smart, fashionable, and very talented! I wish I could meet her in person...I would love to hang out and chat!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? The south of France: fresh bread, fruit and pastries every day, flowers everywhere, vineyards, bicycles, cafes, warm breezes, the ocean...perfection.

What’s your must-have piece for summer? Floral prints, particularly on sundresses. Net-a-Porter has some that are to die for:

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? The Louvre...though an hour is not nearly enough time.

Which language do you want to learn? Spanish would be nice...and practical. Though I do wish my French and Portuguese were much better.

What’s your favourite quote? Practically all of my favorites are from Oscar Wilde, for example: "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginitive." ~ Oscar Wilde.

Who do you want to meet right now? Barack Obama.

What is your favourite colour? Gray and black for clothing. Red, blues and greens for decor.

What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet? My light denim jean jacket.

What is your dream job? What I'm doing right now: A combination of teaching/researching/writing/and having my own little side-business selling vintage clothes...

What’s your favourite magazine? It is sort of difficult to get really interesting magazines here, but Lucky is my favorite standby.

If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on? A fancy new coffee maker.

What do you consider a fashion faux pas? I agree with Airam -- foundation that is too dark is just a no-no. Clothes that are too large or too small. Baseball caps, or any sports-related clothing for that matter [unless at a sporting event]. Sweatpants in public. Anything with writing on the butt. Big logos from cheap stores, like AE, Old Navy, Gap, etc. Running shoes [unless you're running].

Do you admire anyone’s style? Mary Kate and Ashley, of course. Kate Moss, Debbie Harry, Brigitte Bardot, Lou Doillon, Siouxsie Sioux.

Describe your personal style?
A touch of classic [I love classic ballet flats, scarves, nautical stripes, simple silhouettes]. A touch of vintage [I'm usually experimenting with a certain decade -- 20's, 70's, 90's, etc.]. And a touch of whatever inspires me at the moment [right now it is flowy silk tops and dresses...]

What are you going to do after this?
list some new items in my vintage shop on Etsy, go for a short jog, and then go into work for a few hours.

What are your favourite movies? The list is too long, but I can give a run-down of my usual criteria for liking a movie [I'm quite predictible that way]: Horror films (Phenomenon/Dawn of the Dead); Sci-fi films (Star Trek/Star Wars); Fantasy films (Legend/Labrinth); films about interesting women (Marie Antoinette/Frida); films about women who kick ass and wear great clothes (Kill Bill/Resident Evil); films with Brigitte Bardot (Contempt/And God Created Woman); films about vampires (The Hunger/Lost Boys).

What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can't live without: Bare Minerals [great for oily skin and always looks natural]. Jergens Natural Glow lotion [essential for my pale skin in the summer]. Clinique Black Honey lipstick [literally perfect on everyone].

What inspires you? anything that pushes the limits of artistic/creative expression -- in fashion, art, literature, music, etc. It doesn't have to be insanely experimental or mind-blowing, but just something that makes you see things a bit differently or makes you feel excited about the genre again.

Give us three styling tips that always work for you: You can't ever go wrong with healthy, glowing skin; a big, friendly, white smile; and a pair of jeans that flatter you!

What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)? All black. It makes you feel put-together even when you're feeling lazy. Throw on black leggings and a black tunic or tank, with black heels or flats. Immediate chic.

**The rules are: Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight other people. I’m lazy, so I’ll only tag five of my new favorites: Greedy Girl, Loose Leaf Tigers, What Indie Nights, Woody, and Aurea.


Poke Salad Annie said...

thanks for tagging me! i'm a bit busy at work to post it today :( but i'll definitely get on it tomorrow :D marvelous answers by the way. i've got some thinking to do!

Aurélie Muller said...

oohh okay, i'll answer in french on my blog darling! come on to look at it!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi my dear, hope you are keeping well!! Great q&a's, I love the sound of your Liberty print shirt, I'm hoping to thrift a Liberty print item this summer! I agree about sweat pants in public too, LOL! Love the floral dresses as well, particularly the maxi one, its gorgeous!

Leah said...

aw thanks!!!
i already did mine, procrastinating from cooking dinner!

Anonymous said...

Hi darling! This was so much fun to read - I love how tags always make people share more about themselves. We do, for instance, seem to have a lot of favourite movies in common :) And thank you for all those lovely comments on my blog, you're really sweet. I'm doing quite well, just passed a really horrible exam in pedagogics and now have only the vocal exam left (which is pretty much like a concert and will probably just be fun!). How are you doing these days?

Poke Salad Annie said...

that was fun :D
as per your comment:
i'd listen to that CD! we should make a compilation where we alter Smiths songs and sing of our trusty companions. we could call it 'This Charming Dog' or 'Bow soon is Wow' or somethin ;)

caroline duke said...

i love your styling tips. so true.

thank you so much for tagging me — i'm going to work on mine tonight!

Mary-Laure said...

Actually, I answered those questions some time back...

I loved reading your answers, as they allow me to get to know you better. Oscar Wilde's quotes are the BEST, I agree, especially: I can resist everything but tempatation.

Jessica Turnbow said...

I also love the Victorian Era, it was so soft and beautiful!