CelebrityCharmed by Audrey: Life on the Set of Sabrina

If any of you have seen the 1954 Oscar-winning film Sabrina, you’ll know that Audrey Hepburn was her ever-timeless, beautiful self all throughout the film. When I stumbled upon this incredible stash of behind-the-scenes shots by photographer Mark Shaw, I thought, “Oh – maybe we’ll see what magic movie star looks like when they’re having a bad hair day.” Sadly, it’s not the case. I don’t think Miss Hepburn could have a bad day if she tried. 
 
 
Entitled Charmed by Audrey, these photos were originally shot for a feature in Life magazine to capture all her daily movements, from hair-washing to acting to studying her script. Surprisingly, most of the originals were lost for over fifty years and it wasn’t until 2008 that Shaw’s first wife found them hidden away in dusty boxes and had them published. I just love these pictures! Her mega-watt smile literally lights up everyone, and they give us some really neat insight to the Hollywood of the Golden Era. 
 
Thank goodness for inquisitive women! Enjoy!
 
 
 
Who knew superstars washed their own cars?!
 
 
 
 
 
I’m kinda diggin’ the flamingo bedspread in the background!
 
 
 
 Want more? Check out additional pictures from the collection here!
 
(Pics courtesy of China Daily.)

BeautyMaybe She’s Born With It: Maybelline Calendar 2012

Oh 2012, what will your next eight months bring? So far we’ve had a craze of minty freshness and pops of powerful citrus, but Maybelline seems to think the future might just be even brighter than that. With fistfuls of glitter, a whole lot of spandex, and some berry beautiful shades of eyeshadow and lipstick, the window-washers, teachers, and mechanics of the future are about to have a whole lot more glam under their tool belts.
 
 
 
 
No pants required! We writers are definitely in the right profession.
 
 
 
Next time I need to change a tire, I’ll make sure to pack my bodysuit and fishnets.
 
 
 
No need to microwave the leftovers; takeout just got so much hotter!
 
 
View the rest of the calender pics here.
 
(Pics courtesy of Refinery 29.)

ArtDIY: Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

As much as I love the dip-dying, crayon-coloring, mess-making festivities of Easter eggs madness, I think I might have to try something new this year. After stumbling across this insanely awesome tutorial on Our Best Bites for silk-dyed easter eggs, I can’t wait to give it a go. Wanna try for yourself? Here’s how!
What You Need
  • Uncooked eggs
  • Silk fabric (ties, scarves, or tops)
  • Lightweight fabric (like old sheets or pillowcases)
  • Scissors
  • Twisty Ties
  • White Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
What You Do
Step 1:  Head to the thrift store and pick up a couple of 100% silk ties (or maybe a cool scarf or cheapie top) with some fun patterns. Make sure they’re silk, or the pattern won’t transfer correctly. 
Step 2:  Cut the ties so that you can remove any lining and use only the silk. Cut the silk into pieces that are big enough to wrap around the eggs. Place the “right” side of the fabric against the shell, and wrap it securely around the egg. Secure with a twisty either at the top of the egg or the side, depending on where you want the pattern to be the most prominent.
Step 3: Next, wrap the eggs a second time in a lightweight piece of fabric, like an old pillowcase or sheet or dishtowel. Secure with another twisty.
Step 4: Place all the eggs in a pot of water so that there is at least two inches of water covering them. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and then bring it all to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn down the heat and let them simmer for twenty minutes.
 
Step 5:  Remove from the pot, drain, and let them cool.
Step 6:  Unwrap the magic!
  
When you’re done, you can rub the eggs with a bit of olive oil.
If you’d like to try this with blown-out eggs instead of regular eggs, head over to this site. For more pictures and tips, read the whole tutorial here.
If you try this at home, post some pictures of your awesome designs below!
(All pics and info courtesy of Our Best Bites.)

ArtShades of Utopia: Heike Weber’s Permanent Marker Art

 
Who knew Sharpies could look so sweet? Using permanent markers on acrylic paint and vinyl floor, photographer and artist Heike Weber has created these stunning drawing installations in the Villa Wachholtz in Germany. Born in 1962 in Siegen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, he has been displaying solo and group exhibitions for the last twenty years.
 
Here’s how it works:

“The perhaps most fascinating feature of Heike Weber’s work remains hidden from the exhibition visitor: namely the fact that to begin with at least, everything is white, immaculately white. Before the actual drawing act begins, before Heike Weber tackles the site with bright-colored permanent felt markers, the entire room has already been transformed into a three-dimensional sheet of paper.”
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
I would try to describe what I think of these drawings and how artsy awesome they are, but biographer Martin Engler already said it way better than I ever can: 
“With her unerringly orchestrated spatial creations between Minimal Art and the Baroque, between all-over and white cube , Heike Weber establishes a moment of performative dynamization: she circles around her picture plane – half minimalist hallucination, half a slow-motion Pollock – and simultaneously incites the picture plane to circle around the viewer.”
 
 
Hmmm…my wall is starting to look very bare right about now…
 
(Quote and info from Heike Weber. Pics from Bumbumbum.)

FashionOlivia Von Halle Silk Pyjamas for Midsummer’s Night

All right girlies, gather up your favorite chick flicks and your fluffiest pillows, because these amazing silk pyjamas from Olivia Von Halle are just begging for a sleepover with all your BFFs! 
 
 
 
 
Throw in some faux-furs, fun hats, and fizzy champagne, and you’ve got some memories in the making!
 
 
 
 
Which will you choose? The SophieTansyMaryVictoria, or the Namalee?!?
 
 
 
 
Just can’t get enough? Then check out the behind-the-scenes footage shot in the Stanway House in Gloucestershire!
 
 
(Pics courtesy of This Is Glamorous, Olivia Von Halle, and Daily Candy.)