As I contemplated the chances of my dream color not coming true, I reflected on what I could take from this exercise, if not a win. The voting process was intense, so it was a real possibility. The thing that I arrived at was gratitude. It all clicked. Even if I did not win, the voting process showed me that I had the support of many people. I was floored by how many people showed up for me. I was genuinely touched by the outpour of positivity, well wishes, and desire to assist me to reach my goal. It was and is inspiring.
I am thrilled to say that we did it! My dream color will be made in collaboration with Rescue Beauty Lounge for The Fan Collection 3.0 along with six other sure to be beautiful colors. There is no way that it all could have happened without all the people who rallied for me. I am filled with gratitude, and I will cherish this feeling. Many thanks to everyone for their support!
Revisit my color inspiration here.
This morning I was thrilled to discover that my submission for the Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3 was selected as a finalist! I recall my reaction as jumping up, yelling out YAY! So proceeding to jump around my kitchen. I have been a fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge, Ji Baek, and her beautiful polish creations for years - dating back to my trips to the lounge and falling hard for Grunge.
Ji now focuses her time strictly on color mixing and has a loyal fan base, called ReBeLs. Isn’t that a fun name! In her color mixing, she has taken on helping to make some lucky ReBeLs’ polish vision come true via a series of fan collections. In each collection, Ji and her team accept submissions and sort through them to select finalists. Once finalists are selected, they are announced via her blog and social media platforms. Then voting begins. After the vote, the submissions with the most votes are made for distribution on the Rescue Beauty Lounge site.
The Fan Collection 3 has 14 finalists; I am finalist #3. Per Ji’s blog post “the 48-hour voting event on Monday 9/15th and it will end Wednesday 9/17th noon EST. Each ip address is eligible for one vote … the top six winning colors will be produced.”
Here is my inspiration board for my color submission. Its working name is Tarocco. The description is as follows:
The color I crave is a juicy jelly a la Starfish Patrick with a bright burgundy base. It is luminous like Poco a Poco, illuminated by a soft, peached pink glow and subtle flashes of orange. The color is vibrant, bold, and spirited. At once bright and sparkling and mysterious and dark.
I cannot express how honored I am to be selected as a finalist to have my dream nail polish created by Ji and, if I am lucky, it just may happen! Read more about the other finalists here.
Recently, T magazine published this article about the return of the flat. It is an enjoyable read, arguing that the modern woman now finds confidence via a flat shoe instead of only through a high heel. In a cute illustration, it shows about ten women in fashion seated presumably at a fashion show, in their signature looks which include flats.
Flats, specifically ballet flats, are a mainstay of the gamine wardrobe and shoe game. They maintain a simple, feminine, youthful allure that is necessary for the overall gamine look. They provide a girly, grounded aspect to the overall look. Ballet flats can be worn with a variety of items ranging from cropped pants to minidresses. A person pursuing gamine style would choose the ballet flat even for a formal look opposed to a stiletto heel (think Sophia Coppola at an awards show).
I have been fond of flats for years. In fact, there was a time a few years back when I swore off heels altogether, strictly wearing flats for work, play, and in between. Now, I still have love for the flat and keep a pair in my wardrobe. I integrate my flats with other styles, like a conservative heel (like 2”) to a high heel (for me at ~4”). However, if I am honest with myself I will admit that I am a flats girl too.