How to tie dye/water marble your nails

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Who says tie-dyeing is only for clothes?  Below, I’ll show you how to tie-dye your nails!  The process is actually called water marbling, but the effect is very similar.  Have fun!

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So a hairy biker goes into a bar and orders an appletini…

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Cosmos, appletinis, and Sex on the Beach…what colors are these popular drinks? Various shades of pink, orange, yellow, red, and light green. And who likes these drinks usually? Girls. Why? Because a lot of girls like pretty things in pretty colors. It’s just that simple! In fact, when I was at the airport coming back from Thanksgiving break, the lady at the bar made me a special drink that she had concocted herself–it was called Rainforest and was such a pretty lime green color and of course tasted tropical too. But, my dad loved the drink too which shows that of course it’s not only girls who can like fruity, yummy, “girly” drinks…(side note: guys, if you like the way a drink tastes, just drink it! Don’t even worry about looking like a girl or a pansy.)

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Sex on the Beach drink (Image by Thiago Martins via Flickr)

But anyways, my point here is to point out how companies and even bars use colors to target a particular audience. Today, I bought a pack of drinks called “Mojo.” It’s a malt beverage the flavor I had was strawberry and kiwi, but the colors and bottle design is what really tells you who the company made this drink for. The bottle is extremely skinny, which I’ve noticed a lot of “female-targeted” drinks do, like if you’ve seen this margarita called “Skinny Girl”, it’s made with far less calories than a typical drink, and it’s in a really skinny, tall bottle, which is reminiscent of a skinny figure which let’s face it, a lot of women in our society place importance in or appeal to be. So, back to the colors of “Mojo”, it’s got a hot pink and yellow stripe pattern going down the bottle, and we all know the color pink is associated with girls.

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Image by J-Ezzy via Flickr

Now, let’s compare this to beers. What colors are beers in cans usually? They consist of a mix of blue, silver, beige, dark burgundy, just regular simple uncomplicated colors. And beers in bottles? The bottles are dark brown, green, or clear…but that actually has more to do with light affecting the quality of the beer. So let’s look at the labels…let’s take for an example Harpoon’s 100-Barrel Series. This has a very dignified, classic, no-frills label. No fun, bright colors or kitschy patterns and designs.

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Harpoon beer (Image by Kurt Schlachter via Flickr)

It’s not rocket science to figure out that things marketed towards guys won’t look cute and super adorable and sunny and bright…although that’s not to say that guy-targeted things will look boring! Anything but that! But just saying that in general, things marketed towards girls will use colors like pink or red more and bright colors too to attract their attention because girls really just do like pretty things. But, this is just a generalization. If you’re a dude with an unquenchable passion for cosmos, go ahead and have ’em!  And for my girls who love to chug beer, go out and get ’em!  There’s nothing that you can’t or shouldn’t do just because “it’s weird” or it’s not common.

Fall fashion and musings

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So I’ve been back home for Thanksgiving (woohoo!) but I’m leaving tomorrow…sadly!  But, I did a lot of shopping today for winter and of course I couldn’t help but notice all the colors of fall/winter fashion. In terms of shoes, there was a lot of your typical browns and blacks, but also a lot of jewel tones, as is usually the case with fall fashion.  (Note: although none of these pictures were taken by me, they reflect the fall trends I saw when I was shopping.)

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Fall 2011 shoes (Image by Rose Reyes via Flickr)

And of course, the staple of staples, tried and true, withstanding the test of time, stands black as our champion color of winter.  I saw a lot of black everywhere, in clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry.

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Image by LaShina via Flickr

But, as much as I love black as the next girl for its slimming powers, sleekness, overall versatility and making whatever style you have look great, it’s nice to see some color in these short, gray days of transitioning to winter.  I actually saw a lot of bright colored shoes with sparkles galore and brightly colored nails, too.

Catwalk Nails: Jen Kao Fall 2011

Nails seen in Jen Kao Fall 2011 Runway Show (Image by Olena Frostlander via Flickr)

No matter what the trends are, I’m just excited that the change of seasons gives me a reason to shop for new clothes!  How many of you do a complete overhaul or even just love shopping for different seasons?  Comment below!

In-class video project: Where would you want to wake up?

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So today my classmate Hanna and I took to the streets to find out people’s answers to one question: If you could wake up anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be?  Not surprisingly, many students were ready to take a break for Thanksgiving, so many said that they wanted to be home.  But, a lot of others preferred the opposite and wished to wake up someplace far, far away.  Check out our video below!

“Through the Looking Glass”

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Below are some photos I took from an exhibit on Dale Chihuly’s glass art called “Through the Looking Glass” at the MFA in Boston.  The exhibit was extremely colorful so I thought it’d be a good idea to feature it here, plus his works are awesome!

The exhibit starts off with rippled orange and yellow disks looking like psychedelic UFO's.

A boat filled with colorful glass knicknacks seems to glide across the glass waters.

A vase filled with flowers glints in the light and casts shadows on the ground.

A dazzling array of multicolored patterned Mexican blankets fill up a wall.

Red stalks of grass? Flowers that look like gramophones? Why not? Anything can be found in Chihuly's world

More of Chihuly's kaleidoscopic interpretations of nature

A cherub floats among swirly seashells in a warm golden sea of light.

A frosty blue glass chandelier hangs from the ceiling, looking like an alien tree.

What disco balls will look like in the future!

Fall into Boston

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New England is known for its gorgeous fall season and Boston is no exception.  While walking around, I noticed the myriad of colors on the trees and just the beauty of nature changing around us in preparation for winter.  To really get a close up into this fascinating and exiquisite time of the year, I made a Soundslide on fall in Boston.  Here’s the link:

www.bujournalism.com/jo540a1/fallintoboston

 

English: Fall in New England.

Fall in New England (Image via Wikipedia)