Friday, January 25, 2008

mercury retrograde

alot of things happened on that day
digital collage by trish moreno

ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? i had one of those today. after solving 3 unexplained computer crashes this morning, i left to pick up some supplies for a design project. when i returned, my cat had vomited on my work. i found it somehow amazing that out of all the places in the house to vomit, he chose my design notebook. my husband was having a similar day...first thing this morning, he put the video short he edited last night for the wga (writer's guild) speechless campaign onto a disc and delivered it. come to find out, the disc was unreadable, and had to be remade. when he went out to his car to deliver the new disc, he noticed his tires had been slashed. all this, and it was only 11am! there's only one explanation for a day like this, and that is mercury retrograde. when mercury goes retrograde, all kinds of things go wrong. communications go awry, confusion sets in, people misunderstand each other. a few rules of thumb are best applied during this planetary misalignment. from now until february 19th, its best to put your attention on things that start with re: as in, reorganize, redo, re-edit, repeat, relent. better for you to have a head's up that mercury is going retrograde, and to get all your important projects in forward motion before it hits. usually success may be had in those cases, even during the retrograde period. projects that begin during mercury retrograde have a tendency to be flawed and require repeated effort, often are fraught with miscommunication and anxiety. at least, knowing this, you will be less likely to over-react when things get dicey. just be aware in the midst of the craziness of the next couple weeks, that it is temporary. smoother waters are ahead. read up on your personal astrology to see how mercury retrograde is affecting your sign.

Friday, January 18, 2008


reflections of the past
digital collage by trish moreno

3 years ago, a friend's sister came to visit from the UK. when i saw her, i was shocked at how great she looked. i could tell she didn't have any "work" done. that never looks quite right to me. she just looked more youthful. she had a glow. she looked more toned. never one to hold back my curiosity when it comes to things of beauty, i had to ask her what changed. had she been working out? was she in love? no, she said, she had started taking some extracts that were all the rage in london. as soon as she left i leapt at my laptop and googled green tea extract and grapeseed extract. wow. i read for hours. i'm not too keen on putting anything in my body without thorough research. i'm one of those people that gets a pang and thinks i must be dying. i would blame the extracts for the 50 strands of hair you lose every day if i wasn't sure it was good for me. so i read. and i read. and i decided to try it. funny enough, i had heard on the radio earlier that week that if you can just replace coffee and black tea with green tea for 21 days, you lose 10 pounds and get a more youthful glow. i was already primed to try it. i started with drinking the green tea for 21 days in place of my daily trip to king's road cafe ... literally, the absolute best, (read: strong), coffee in los angeles. i was loyal to the cause and lost about 8 pounds, not kidding. so i started taking the extracts. i lost another 8 pounds over the next few months. i have been taking them now for over 2 years, and i now drink mostly white tea which has apparently more antioxidants than the green. my weight has stabilized. i'm totally off coffee, but i do still treat myself to an occasional chai latte at kings road... even better than their coffee! i am leaner, more toned, doing yoga, and eating healthier- an unexpected side effect. people say all the time that i look years younger than my age. i'm just saying....
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a friend asked me today how i got that little pouf in the back of my hair, that slight rise that gives your hair lift and subtle fullness. 60's mod, but underdone. well it's all about product. in this case, redken's workforce 09 volumizing finishing spray. just spray it at the roots behind your part, gently backcomb rat's nest required, and poof! a pouf.
note: those of you who read this post earlier, redken's "inflate" has been renamed workforce 09. you can purchase on the link above.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


dreaming in baroque
digital collage by trish moreno

what better way to start my blog about fashion, beauty, home and art than to enlighten you to possibly the one thing i have found that combines them all- polyvore.

what started as an anonymous referral in my inbox from one of my favorite trend newsletters, trendcentral, has turned into a radical obsession, an addiction du jour, that has lasted many a "jour". polyvore is the place for budding fashion editors and stylists to create their own point of view, for fashion designers to explore new ideas, for fashion retailers to merchandise their mix, for interior designers to create space.

qualifying as both a fashionista and an interior designer, i could barely hold myself back from that fateful click. little did i know that polyvore would have such an impact on my life...or my family's. i have delayed numerous dinners for my poor hungry daughter..."just a minute honey, let me just finish this set" and stayed up well past the dissolve of midnight into morning on too many occasions to count. my husband somehow still sees the charm in that. i have created over 100 sets.

i am not really using polyvore for its intended use. i have used it to venture into the world of digital art, a long-veiled and secret club to me, one which i longed to be part of, but found cracking the photoshop code a bit too daunting a task. as a fine artist, i prefer charcoal pencil and oil paint, which is about as low tech as you can get. polyvore is photoshop made easy. it cuts to the quick, leaving out the unnecessary details, allowing you to layer various elements in a surprisingly simple way, and to create, create, create! hours go by and you're still doing it. polyvore is the zone, the crest of the creativity wave. i even created a piece that was voted by other users into first place, an honor for which i won a mac laptop from uber-cool sponsor, limelife. not a bad return on a spare-time addiction. for me, polyvore has been and continues to be a place for me to discover and inspire new reaches in my artwork. and its a place-holder in the artistic zone for anyone who wishes to add more creativity into their life.