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On R.I.P. Whitney Houston

In On 80s Fashion, On Entertainment, On Style on February 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

There are many reasons to mourn the passing of the regal Whitney Houston, one of the world’s biggest pop stars. Her self-titled debut album (released in 1985) sold 25 million copies worldwide. Since then, she released seven albums and three film soundtracks. Sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide. Winner of six Grammys. Earned 30 Billboard Awards, 22 American Music Awards and two Emmy Awards. Who knew what she was going to bring us next?

She IS an inspiration; her music moves millions. Close your eyes. Listen to a ballad start slow, build into what some call “a cheesy smooth-pop flourish”, go down a few octaves only to come back to an unbelievably high note, and maybe belt out an amazing ending with her. That is the real reason to mourn her loss.

I feature here, my favorites: “One Moment in Time” and “I Will Always Love You”.

Seriously. Turn the music up. Any of the others even. “Greatest Love of All”, “So Emotional”, “Count on Me”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”…the list goes on. Sing along with her, sway with her, even if you’re off-tone and singing through your nose on the song’s peak notes. You may feel an incredible shift.

Many of her songs were about friendship, love, freedom – about believing, dreaming, and achieving. This month, remind yourself of why you love you. Dream. Believe in yourself. Walk with your head high.

Much could be said about her style. She was a true diva – her fashion epitomized 80’s glam, complete with the big shoulders, big hair, and glittery sequins. Her shoulders shrunk as fashion changed, but her glamorous style and big hair never did.

But I will remember Whitney Houston more for her fearless style than for her glitz. She was stylish because she was never afraid to be her ridiculously vocally gifted and talented self. In a time when the industry was judging her for cold technique, she brought ballads to a crescendo that tug at your soul.

Oh, R.I.P. Whitney Houston – your stirring music, your unforgettable style – you will live in our hearts forever.

AKG

On Dancing Fingers

In On Nails on November 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

 

This Chicago inspired Chanel video got me thinking about the huge industry that surrounds nail color. There are blogs for nail polish fanatics with details about colors, types, seasons, product, etc. There are hundreds of manicure techniques, style tips for occasions and seasons, niche brands, and even trade shows. Nails have a life of their own.

Personally, the rows of bottles to pick from at the salon, or at the store for a DIY manicure are a delight. Choosing one, however, definitely causes issues for me. There is so much choice! OPI, OPI for Sephora, butter, Essie, Sally Hensen, NARS…the list is endless, and that is just the brands. I’ve had a different color on every finger trying to choose “The One” a countless number of times. I felt inspired to try something new this time around. This month, I’m wearing “Keep Me On My Mistletoes” (Sephora by OPI). It’s silvery with a touch of gold, and just a touch of shimmer (shimmer, not glitter).

Anyway, back to the advertisement.

The House of Chanel brings the glamour of theatre to nails in true off-beat Chanel style. Fingers, emulating legs, are dancing on a mirrored stage. They are seen sashaying up and down steps and spiraling stairs, swinging on strands of chains and pearls (because a Chanel video is incomplete without pearls) in true musical fashion. Chanel attaches a personality to each of the colors, where Dragon, Black Pearl, Inattendu, and Orange Fizz are like the divas of Moulin Rouge. The line up of chorus girls is made up by Blue Satin, Pearl Drop, Rouge Noir, etc.

They made me consider what colors I might wear later this fall. Though I may not immediately splurge for a Chanel nail color, I’m definitely inspired. My favorites are the Dragon, the Black Pearl, and the Orange Fizz. They sound like so much fun don’t they?

Lastly, I’d like to point out that the brilliant Chanel minds got really talented hand models to move so that consumers can see how the nail color moves and see it in different lights and angles. How will a still picture advertisement ever be enough again?!

AKG

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