Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hello friends, I missed you! Over the past week I’ve been recovering from my June road trip to and from Santa Fe, checking in with friends and trying to settle back into some semblance of a routine, which has been challenging.

Aside from what you see here, I didn’t make it home with much in the way of souvenirs, unless you count snugger fitting clothes courtesy of Santa Fe green chile, frybread and Sierra Nevada on tap. I’m pretty sure this is why summer, bikinis and beaches were invented–to keep these kinds of indulgences in check.

As much as I missed Laguna’s breezy weather, the 4,300 species of flowering plants to be found nowhere else in North America but California and the comforts of home–now that I’m back, I find myself thinking about the night blooming lilies and cottonwood trees that look exactly how Georgia O’Keeffe painted them. I’m also missing the discipline of daily drawing class and the new friends I made.

It seems only fitting that this week’s beauty round up be inspired by the colors of the desert.

The tans and corals of the desert make for pretty lip colors – The Hollywood Nude Lip Palette by Skinn and Mally’s Lip Magnifier in luminous Petal Pink are a couple of easy to wear lip options perfect for summer.

Normally I don’t wear a watch but I fell for the turquoise face of this Michael Kors chunky watch and decided it might be a good idea to rely on more than my iphone for the time.

The bleached bones of New Mexico are the inspiration for including Everday GLO Teeth Whitener in this roundup. I’m not one to have patience for teeth whitening strips so I adore this pack-and-go pen that slips into your purse, doesn’t have an icky taste, texture or downtime and gives you nice breath too.

Soap and Paper Factory’s Solid Perfume Bella, with its mix of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Black Pepper somehow reminds me of Santa Fe.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiant Bronze gives a sunlit glow to your skin without the heaviness of a self-tanner and can be worn as sheer coverage without any foundation.

How has your summer been so far? Please fill me in!

 

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23 Comments

design elements June 2, 2019 at 05:27

your art-inspired posts are simpley my fave of all your posts.
Big hugs Maria

June June 2, 2019 at 15:52

Glad you to see that you’re back! Love the story!!
Keep in touch

xx

Pamela June 3, 2019 at 01:01

I can see that her arms are so thin. This is a fascinating painting. The white floral dress is so pretty. Your drawings that you share in IG Mary Jo are amazing.

Karena Albert June 3, 2019 at 08:13

This is such a poignant post Mary Jo! The Wyeths are an incredible family of artists And Andrew’s Christina is unforgettable. This Spring I am enjoying the wondrous weather and getting out to walk! ! Thanks for the super tips!

Xoxo

La Contessa June 3, 2019 at 14:41

Thank YOU for the story BEHIND This painting!I had not known any of that………..love how you created a blog POST around this LADY.55…….that will be my age in July!How on earth did that occur………
Hugs to You……..Looks like you are blooming in NEW YORK CITY!Keep it up!!XX

Kizzy Von Doll June 3, 2019 at 15:36

This is really wonderful..such a gorgeous painting x

cat eyes & skinny jeans June 3, 2019 at 16:52

This has always been one of my favorite paintings – it’s so serene and peaceful. I love the set you created inspired from it – especially the nifty makeup subsection!

Rowena June 3, 2019 at 19:55

I love the back stories you always provide for the art work you feature Mary Jo. They’re always so fascinating! I should really look into a silk pillowcase 🙂

Ann June 3, 2019 at 22:58

What a lovely painting and an equally lovely story behind it.
Nice post.

Kim June 4, 2019 at 02:49

Hi! Glad you’re back! Thanks for popping by today to let me know! I have seen that painting (well, reproductions) and I never knew the backstory. Amazing. You can feel her determination come off the canvas!

FASHION TALES June 4, 2019 at 14:16

This was so interesting and I’m so glad to know more about this painting. I’ve loved the colours and always wondered more about it. Welcome back, and thanks very much for your comments and visit. Hope you’re enjoying your spring so far <3

Suz June 5, 2019 at 17:55

I love the stories behind the art. Thanks. You have a beautiful blog which is a pleasure to visit.

Marcela June 5, 2019 at 22:16

Lovely painting!!! nice inspiration!!!
Have a good week!!!!!:)))

Marika Odoardi June 6, 2019 at 02:00

That’s a great painting!

Zara June 6, 2019 at 11:57

Never seen this painting before… such a touching story behind!
Thanks for the cosmetics tips too! Btw, I’ve never used an eye-liner as a pencil yet.. just wonder if it dries up quickly?
take care!
be back!

XO

Audrey Allure June 6, 2019 at 23:14

For the Figment Art Festival, one of my friends participated in an “Art Comes to Life” piece, and she posed as this painting! Funny enough, I recently visited this at the MoMa – such beautiful work.

Couture Carrie June 7, 2019 at 00:25

Amazing post!
Must try that mascara!

xoxox,
CC

Denise June 7, 2019 at 12:27

I never saw that one hanging in any of My Grandparents home’s,it is new to Me. I do like it though.Thank You for dropping by to say hello and leading Me to Your blog,where I always learn something new. Hugs to You and blessings Your way-Denise

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic June 8, 2019 at 02:59

Hi!!!!!
How have you been?
I love that painting!!!!!!
Hope you have a great day,
Shannon

Catherine Robinson June 8, 2019 at 09:24

Hello…thanks for popping over always lovely to hear from you…I adore this painting, I haven’t seen it before…I could look at it forever! xx

Diana Mieczan June 8, 2019 at 13:47

Oh boy, the back story is so fascinating, sweetie! Btw: I think I need the DV Mascara now:) Have a great morning.

Alicia Mackin June 8, 2019 at 18:26

Wow I never knew the story behind this painting. But I remember this painting as a kid and how haunting it was. Yes so many people in our society think they have problems but they don’t, they just have issues. Thanks for the info!

little luxury list June 9, 2019 at 02:03

I only remembered this painting after looking at it for a while. I never noticed details like the thin arms and the individual blades of grass before. She really is so strong and the pillow cases also exude quiet elegance too!

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