Monday, December 28, 2009
I was very fortunate to receive a couple of very lovely gifts from my boyfriend this Christmas. My favourite is a book, Love Letters of Great Men by John C. Kirkland. This is the same book that Carrie read in the Sex and the City movie when she is in bed with Big. It is such a fascinating read, exploring the relationships between history figures and their loves. The letters are also accompanied with a summary about the fate of the couples.
I also received a movie that I have been trying to find for around ten years, Love Letter, directed by Shunji Iwai. Can you see a theme here? It is a really beautiful Japanese movie about a young woman who loses her husband suddenly and then spontaneously decides to write a letter to him only to receive a reply by a young woman by the same name.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I mentioned in a previous post that I watched the Ramen Girl and had an instant craving to cook ramen for myself. This movie was really touching, normally I adore any movie that is set in Japan/Tokyo. The movie could have been set anywhere and it would have been just as mesmerising, I think watching Brittany Murphy's character become the best person she could was very inspiring and uplifting. If you have the chance to watch this you should, it's not your typical chick flick by any means.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Since July 2007 my day bag has been a tan Mimco button bag. Think what you will about the ubiquitous bag, it holds a lot of junk. It has a sizeable main section, a phone pocket, large side pocket, two compartments at the front of the bag behind the buttons andit can also expand a little on each side with the twist of a clasp. You would think that the number of compartments would lend to more organisation on my part, but it doesn't really. I just tend to stuff more junk into it, often losing things only for them to inexplicably return one day to the inside pocket of my bag. Next year I hope I can acquire for myself a slightly smaller bag and have some semblance of organisation about it. I dream of being this type of bag lady.....
photo: Leese Looks
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The first thing I did was look up “lipstick factories” in the Yellow Pages and as there was no listing for that I found instead “Cosmetic Manufacturers” and starting ringing the numbers to see which manufacturer made lipstick.
Your packaging has always been very unique, where do you get you inspiration for it?
Mainly from art movements, films and books as well as popular culture. I just love taking things from one context and placing them in another.
By emphasizing the long lasting nature of matte lipstick and that my colors were so reminiscent of the 1940’s deep reds and browns. I knew that women would like these as an alternative to all the glittery pinky colors that existed.
What was your biggest challege as a young woman, starting a business?
Learning the financial language involved. It is a very male dominated language.
What would you tell other women who are conflicted about starting a business?
The same thing I would tell them about conflicted feelings regarding relationships...it is better to have tried than not tried. The most soul destroying thing in life is not to try. Once you make the decision just to try everything becomes clearer from there.
Finally, what is the fail proof way of applying the perfect red lip?
Apply lipstick straight from the tube, blot to set and then apply another second coat and voila!
As I mentioned in my last post, I am a person of habit. Each morning I like to start my day with a green tea and either bircher muesli or fruit and yoghurt.
As you can see I have the new Frankie and SHOP magazines. Both are quite good, especially SHOP which doesn't have anything over $200 inside. Granted most things veer to the higher end of that spectrum, I'd say that's pretty impressive.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Although I love acquiring pretty things, in terms of makeup and beauty products I am quite low maintenance. I think I am a true Cancer in that I love routine and hate change. With that said here are the few products that I have repurchased time and time again.
1. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream- I keep this next to my bed and slather it on each night before I sleep.
2. OPI Big Apple- the quintessential red polish.
3. Lanolips in Apple- the most moisturising cherry lips you'll ever have.
4. Hot Mama, the Balm- apparently this is a dead ringer for Nars "Orgasm".
5. Mac "Petting Pink" balm- this is a lovely alternative for when I don't want something too bright.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Lessons I learnt:
• No idea, no matter how silly you think it may be is too hard for you to accomplish.
• Never underestimate the amount of information that is already at your disposal. Poppy found out how to make her lipsticks by searching her phonebook. We now have Google search, you can find anything if you look hard enough.
• If you don't know something, ask someone who understands about the topic. You'd be surprised at the level of help people are willing to give.
• If you want a product or service that is not already available, chances are others will too.
• Be persistent and consistent in your branding approach, never lose sight of your message.
I wouldn't mind being a little crazy for this though, It's like a grown up girl's bike, all it needs is a basket and a little dog to pop in the front. I'm sure Delilah wouldn't mind?
This year I have decided to make Christmas pudding rumballs for everyone and package them in Kikki K bags and swing tags. I feel a little lazy about not creating my own tags, but since Kikki K came along I have found the gift wrapping experience all a little too breezy.
One of the most important things for someone in public relations or anyone running their own business is organisation. It is imperative that you start off the new year with a clean slate and a fresh diary, preferably one that has one page for each day. I find this way you will always have enough space to jot down everything from grocery lists to meetings and little ideas you have during the day.
Another thing to look for in a diary is one that is visually appealing, yes I know this may not be as important as the space issue, but I think it is a good idea to choose a diary that you like, after all it will be with you for the next 365 days. I like to think of it as organisational feng shui.
Although I love to keep a diary, I am not always the best at using it to its maximum potential. I'll often go for days without writing anything down and will haphazardly jot down notes here and there that I don't really follow through with. I think this is because there is no clear structure to what I am writing down.
In order to keep myself on a more organisational track this year, I am going to write down my ideas, shopping lists, meetings and things to do in their own section each day and go back through the lists and cross them off. Hopefully this will help with keeping on track with tasks and not push me into the obsessive compulsive basket.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Every office needs a vase of fresh flowers. I always try to have a bouquet arrangement on my desk. I think it's really important to have some pretty things to give you a boost of inspiration.