Do you remember those fashion-on-the-street features in the back pages of mags like Cosmopolitan and Marie Clare? The ones in which “good fashion” was represented by smiling, seemingly surprised women and “bad fashion” was lightly disguised with skinny black bars over the eyes of the beholden?
Inspired by those throwbacks but also hoping to put a more positive spin on things, I’ve been spying some blogtober fashion on the sly in my autumnal travels, no censor bars needed:
I’ve never thought of myself as a “DisneyFan” per se, but many (if not most) of us grew up Wishing Upon A Star at least some of the time, including me.
In my child- and teen-hood, showing your Disney pride meant plastering walls with Mickey posters, cloaking the windows in Minnie curtains, and brushing our teeth with electric Pluto. It was all very obvious.
Now, however, the savvy product-designers of the world have introduced a new Disney aesthetic: one that’s much less in-your-face and more likely to blend into an existing design scheme, though not without its measure of kitsch.
Below are a few of my favorite finds; leave yours in the comments!
In the makeup world, Disney villains are having a moment. The new ‘Disney Noir’ flick Cruella has already inspired a MAC collaboration, and Colourpop’s Misunderstood palette pays homage to a greater swath of baddies, including Ursula, The Evil Queen, and Hades.
Adjacently, Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry also has a range of villainous original designs, including rutilated quartz* rings inspired by Maleficent — and the ring that inspired this post.
Perhaps the most covert way to incorporate the Diz into daily life, though, is through home decor. Ruggable, for instance, has a line of washable rugs with hidden Mickeys and Minnies, with delightful names like “Mickey Ombré” and “Minnie Trellis.” Shown below: Mickey Persian Burgundy.
This Mickey Mouse Trivet from the Disney Homestead Collection is just subtle enough to quirk up any kitchen…
And, following the discontinuation of the original product, Myperfectcolor.com began offering the most clandestine celebration of all: the Match of Disney Paint color-recreation service, which sounds cool enough on its own to warrant a swatch test.
Plus, the color names spark joy, and can either be conversation pieces (“What is this, ecru in the living room? Nuh-no, this is Once Upon A Time here, and A Whole New World on the wainscoting!”) or a big secret: I won’t tell anyone if you choose Buzz Beta Sector Beige for your man-cave if you don’t, nor if you’re looking to paint your office accent wall the color of Mickey’s pants.
* — Bonus Vocab!
Rutilated quartz is a variety of quartz that contains needle-like inclusions of rutile, a highly-refractive mineral, which can appear gold, silver, copper red, or black. While inclusions often reduce the value of a crystal, rutilated quartz is valued for them.
I look forward to compiling the Weird Valentines Day gift list each year — for the benefit of no one in particular.
It’s just fun for me to hunt for the strange and unusual and share it here, and there’s something to be said for consistency; this is year seven!
There’s no real theme to the weirdness this year; just some of the more interesting entrees into the Valentine Gift gamut. One might say the list has a pandemic-tinged flavor to it, featuring introspective literature, handmade crafts, nostalgia, and comfort food.
A Bound Collection of Pages
If you’ve ever muttered Cripes, you’re so damn literal to your loved one, look no further for an appropriate gift than Nathan W. Pyle’s Strange Planet.This cartoon compilation depicts all sorts of conversations, but written in formal-speak: reflective of the weirdness of human behavior.
Made by ArchMiniatures, these mini-pears can be singles (You’re pearfection!) or doubles (We’re the perfect pear!). They’re, cute, irreverent, and (according to ArchMiniatures) suitable for some car dashboards, which is definitely a trend I want to see.
Heart-shaped steaks aren’t a new thing necessarily, but they seem to be experiencing a resurgence; perhaps because not many of us will be going out for a V-Day dinner, but still want to indulge. It’s potentially a great way to support local farms and butchers; also known as sweetheart steaks, they’re usually one cut of boneless strip or rib steak, expertly butterflied into a heart shape.
Lobel’s of New York offers the gold standard of cardiac cuts (sorry), but several grocery chains and mail-order services are also offering similar, more modestly priced versions.
Amazon boxes have nifty AR pumpkin activities on them this month, as part of their #morethanabox campaign.
This offered hours of fun for all ages, not to mention some levity that didn’t require a lot of movement for a mom in a cast. Check out some of our virtual tomfoolery below; ignore messy room in background. We did this instead of cleaning it.