Me Again

Today’s my birthday and there’s no rest for the wicked as I am off to my 14 hour day in just a few hours, if I can sleep that is. Work, then school. I’m getting sick again though. Bummer.

However, at least I feel like me again.

A recap: July 2008 found me living in Seattle, working for Ulta Beauty, and I wasn’t feeling very dynamic. I had just left the glitz and the glamour (ok, the hobby and not very glamorous hours) of working as an extra in Hollywood. I was adrift in the Pacific Northwest, in a new place and strange state of mind.

A hair appointment with a co-worker at the time resulted in the wrong level and tone. It wasn’t entirely flattering but it was a change, and I have always liked to change it up as much as possible. How else are you going to stumble upon something fun and charismatic?

My hair wasn’t in good shape at all and I was worried about putting more chemicals into it. I’ve had my hair break off before in the name of experimentation and I wasn’t ready for a big chop-chop.

August 2006. I was still in beauty school and my skin was nearly raw from all of the practice with massage.

August 2006. It was still pretty short and I was still in beauty school. Note that my skin was nearly raw from all of the practice with massage.

May 2007, the blurry hat wearing phase. Frizz city.

May 2007, the blurry hat wearing phase. Frizz city.

July 2007. Red=no. It also looks like I've got some variation of the "Rachel."

July 2007. Red=no. It also looks like I’ve got some variation of the “Rachel.”

Right before leaving for Seattle. I actually found a good stylist and then I moved.

Right before leaving for Seattle. I actually found a good stylist and then I moved.

July 2008, right before I went to mermaid.

July 2008, right before I went to mermaid.

September 2008

September 2008

December 2008, a short lived purple.

December 2008, a short lived purple.

At Crypticon 2009 with Ken Foree and Lloyd Kaufman.

At Crypticon 2009 with Ken Foree and Lloyd Kaufman.

September 2009, very light with baby bangs.

September 2009, very light with baby bangs.

February 2010

February 2010

June 2010 and I loved this color a lot.

June 2010 and I loved this color a lot.

September 2010

September 2010

December 2010, nearly 5 months pregnant with Coco.

December 2010, nearly 5 months pregnant with Coco.

March 2011

March 2011

May 2011, right before Coco was born.

May 2011, right before Coco was born.

September 2011

September 2011

January 2012

January 2012

May 2012

May 2012

September 2012

September 2012

January 2013

January 2013

April 2013

April 2013

I’m so glad that I went back to the mermaid hair and funny, I don’t feel 39. What a strange age to be, right? Maybe 40 will be a bigger deal.

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Wrong URL #1

Elephant dung heels

Elephant dung heels by Insa

How many times have you typed in the wrong URL when going somewhere on the net? How many times has that either landed you nowhere or somewhere icky? What if you found some cool stuff and wanted to share it?

This is a new category for this site. I find random things all the time when I’m searching for things on the internet for school, work, and this site.

A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to look at Instagram online and wasn’t paying attention when I typed in the normal URL. Somehow, I ended up on Insaland.com.

Insa sail

Insa sail

This isn’t the safest site to peruse at work, so you’ve been warned. From his site:

INSA’s world is one where art, product, graffiti, fetishism, and desire collide.

INSA is a fine artist and designer who has established himself from a graffiti background through extensive street level work and gallery shows around the world. Throughout his career, INSA has allowed himself to explore different approaches and outlets for his artistic agenda, including designing signature collections for brands such as Kangol, Kid Robot and Oki-Ni, as well as starting his own heel company ‘INSA HEELS’ (link to heels site).

He has undertaken many private commissions for clients such as Sony and Nike and was recently invited out to Sweden as one of only two British artists to help curate and sculpt the 2008/2009 ICE hotel.

I’m not sure what to tell you about my own artistic preferences because my tastes run the gamut from high brow to low brow. It’s all in good fun, though.

More information about the elephant dung heels:

Tate Britain asked INSA to produce some work in response to the artist Chris Ofili.
The first piece INSA produced were a pair of 10″ platform heels made from elephant sh*t!
Entitled “Anything comes when it comes to (s)hoes…” these shoes were displayed alongside Chris Ofilis 2010 retrospective at Tate Britain.

To produce the heels, INSA retraced the footsteps Chris Ofili made over 15 years ago and sourced dung from the same family of elephants that produced the dung used in Chris’s infamous paintings of the nineties. Using similar techniques and materials; beading, resin and painting, INSA pays homage to the style and significance of Ofili’s early work.

Talk about dedication, no??

The Tate Modern.

Someday,
Lisa

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Nikola Tesla Museum

Help Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal raise money to build a Tesla museum!

Nikola Tesla

This is something that I believe in so strongly. In a world where there are scheisty politicians doing what they can to persuade and cajole you, I’m voting with my dollars and my voice. Nikola Tesla deserves this tribute at the very least and if this happens (and I think it will), I’ll be planning a trip to New York when Coco is old enough!

The song of the day is “Don’t Believe the Hype” by Public Enemy, by the way.

Do the right thing,
Lisa

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15 Minutes

Perhaps this is Andy Warhol’s most famous quote:

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by figures that are polarized in this world and Andy Warhol seems as polarized a figure as any. It seems to be a love/hate relationship between his admirers and detractors.

Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

Another brilliant quote. While looking today for my favorite quotes of his, I found these gems. Regardless of whatever you think of Andy Warhol and his art, persona, movies, and legacy, I’m thankful that he existed in this world.

Today would have been his 84th birthday.

I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of “work,” because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

Andy Warhol gravesite

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