How beautiful are these? We are thinking of getting a custom one made for the house… (Karen Tarlton)
Found a book from one of the coolest bookstores ever, Bart’s Books (Ojai, CA).
Knowing Woman by Irene Claremont de Castillejo
“A woman today lives in perpetual conflict. She cannot slay the dragon of the unconscious without severing her own essential contact with it; without in fact destroying her feminine strength and becoming a mere pseudo-man. Her task is a peculiarly difficult one. She needs the focused consciousness her animus alone can give her, yet she must not forsake her woman’s role of mediator to man. Through a woman, man finds his soul. Through man, woman finds the animus who can express the soul she has never lost. Her burning need is to trust her own diffuse awareness, to know what she knows and to learn to speak of it, for until it is expressed she does not wholly know it.”
Some of my fave photos lately
Nicoline Patricia Malina
We are not striving to make pain go away or to become a better person. In fact, we are letting concepts and ideals fall apart. -Pema Chödrön
“A woman is a beast. She is as lovely as she is repulsive. She is one part demon and one part goddess, one part slave and one part muse, one part child and one part mother. These contradictions are what make a woman so intoxicating.” -Unknown
Still am working on first draft of novel but conceived a new idea for another book.. will be sultry and full of erotic drawings.. Lewd. That’s a fun word.
Hmm.. I’m curious to know what you think is the sexiest part of a woman. The dive at the waist, a little peek of the wet inner mouth, the way her hair curls around her ear… ?
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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus
Time really does heal everything, doesn’t it?
But on that same note, that doesn’t mean it was worth it, the scars. It still hurt like hell and I would never want to go back there if given a second chance. I don’t remember the pain, of course, but I remember the acknowledgement of the pain, the deep wrenching awakening that wailed within me like a tiny nail edging its way further in. Pain is indescribable, isn’t it…
I remember the feeling of emptiness yet there was a pain that seared through me leaving me breathless, squeezing my lungs until I felt I would just stop breathing and disappear. It’s astonishing really how a feeling so significant leaves you without a word or a trace, settling comfortably into a scattered memory, like a film roll without order or sequence.
I suppose that’s the beauty of pain. It digs and digs until it can no more and then abandons you one day, leaving behind a gaping hole — a hole you can only fill with memories, trivial lessons and curiously open into compassion and truths.
I do believe without this carving out of the soul, joy would not be experienced as deeply as its counterpart, pain. Joy needs room to play in; to roll around, jump unabashed, and though sometimes forgotten, it full-heartedly dives into that awaiting vast void, patiently forgiving and changing you forever.
This is a great spring look! I think green looks great on just about anyone.
Starting with a fresh, soft matte canvas is important. I used YSL Teint Radiance #7. On the cheeks I applied a shimmery light pinky peach (Smashbox “Chiffon”) on the upper cheekbones and a matte peach (Shu Uemura Peach 47) on the apples.
The eye palette is from Tony & Tina and basically has a shimmery lime green and a shimmery dark black-green.
Also used: MAC Refined Golden bronzer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer, L’Oreal Voluminous, lashes, NARS glitter pencil Area, Shu Uemura lipstick BG 907.
Strip the face: Brows
We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. -Taoist Proverb
I try implementing the zen, minimalistic practices in every aspect of my life, including my approach to makeup. Letting the natural beauty shine through and enhancing what is there. I mold the products I use, using my fingers to blend, add, remove and layer products as I go. I avoid a planned, step-by-step process and go with what feels right with what’s in front of me.
Life can be a reflection of this… sometimes we have to make adjustments, add, remove and work with what we have. Sometimes we’ll have to change a thing or two or even start from scratch. Sometimes we’ll have to declutter, refocus, and maybe then, underneath it all, we will see the beauty.