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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alternate facts! Indeed!


Who knew that  Kellyanne Conway's word salad would be so in-tune with the way I think when it comes to age!  As soon as I heard her use the term "Alternate Facts," a while ago, I created this cards . . . And I don't think I was surprised that it performed well!  [read: sold!]

And personally, I don't believe one should like about their age, but rather keep it confidential because really, isn't it the truth that we are simply fabulous at any age?!  Natch!

This card can be found in my VanityGallery -  Thank you for stoping by and until the next post, Air Kisses and Accessory Wishes!   Collene




Friday, March 31, 2017

Air freshener as perfume....

So, she was wondering if she could use air freshener as perfume!  
Why not? Using common "scents" in uncommon ways can be sooOOooOooo refreshing!  And really, common sense or scents is the bases of everything isn't it?  But it's the whimsy that makes it fabulous and individual... Don't you agree!   Until the next time, air kisses and accessory wishes!
This Common Scents reflection can be seen as a Birthday Card by clicking HERE



Friday, March 17, 2017

Mid section, we are not on speaking terms!

Uh huh, it's that time of year when I realize, I've got nothing to wear!  Oh I might be dressed and I might even fool you that I'm put-together with the magic of Lipstick, powder & pearls and decent hair but in working from home, I'm down to the point where I have NOTHING to wear!  When I left the "real world," and my last fabbity PR job, I luuuuved casual Friday and that's how I modeled my "at home" attire.  But dang, over the last many years, what was once my polished Friday wardrobe has evolved into worn down threads that would be fit to wear if I was going to paint a room!

So that being said, I headed out for the "hunt," to find something that would update my wardrobe uniform of skinny jeans, khakis a few over sized sweaters and boots.  (Very mindless to pull together in the morning dark when I'm getting my kiddos off to school)  Upon entering the dressing room and trying on clothes, what a shock to see that my mid-section has "fluffed" a bit over the winter! Fluffed is my term for FAT!

I HATE dressing rooms!  Why in God's name do they have fluorescent lighting!  I make it a point to not look in the full length mirror until I have my potential new item on!  Why torture myself?  I'm only going to console by stopping at the mall food-court on the way out and therein lies the catch 22!
This is the Vanity Cases card my Real Life Vanity experience inspired:  VanityGallery DressingRoom


Monday, February 27, 2017

The [staying] Power of Lipstick!

Ok, to know me is to know, I don't so much as go to the bus stop with my kids without LIPSTICK, (powder and pearls)!  It's like brushing my teeth; it's just something I do the same way someone puts on a pair of shoes every morning.  And when applied in a way that I've done for years, the color (of course red) stays on through the day and/ or meals with minimal touch ups!

Here's what I do to keep lipstick lasting a whole day...
  1. I first outline lips with a matching red pencil... I overdraw, but natch', that's optional!  
  2. I fill in - but not too heavily, with one of those lipsticks that are sold as a stain on one end and clear gloss on another end... Almost every drugstore line offers... I usually use a Cover Girl red.
  3. After letting the stain dry for a moment, I make a big smile and lightly smooth over my choice of RED long wear lipstick... Like there's any other color?!  
  4. Maybe I'll rub it down a bit ...but not always -  That's it!
  5. And the best way to get the stain off is of course with a make up remover ... or olive oil...which I also use as my face serum.  Uhm, I would take a bath in olive oil if I could!
That's it ...Because like my card says, Lipstick is like a bra for the face...It gives a lil' lift to what's already there!

Air kisses and accessory wishes until the next post!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Us women can do a millionty things at one time!

Not only can most of us women balance doing a millionty things at one time, this women does it all always, but always with lipstick, powder and pearls!

That's right, whether cleaning the kitchen, doing [endless] loads of laundry,  creating women humor art for licensing contracts or my VanityGallery store, or trying to help my second grader with Singapore math ... for which the only math that it encourages me to do is count down to a glass of wine, it's all about the lipstick, powder n' pearls!  It's like a mirage that gives a reflection of everything being quite together ... at least on the outside!

Think of these essentials like the outside of a closed closet door; nice, looks organized and streamlined ... but once you open, it's quite possible that all will spill out... but at least as you walked by it all looked put together!

And did you know in balancing a million things, it's proven and primal that women are able to concentrate on more than one conversation at one time?!  More on this in another Fab'log entry!

In the meantime, aren't we amazing!

Until the next entry, air kisses and accessory wishes!  Collene Kennedy

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy Vanity New Year! 2017 -- Vanity All Year Long ...


Sooo, yup, this is a real-life observation and one that will at some point work its way into one of my women humor greeting cards but in the meantime, this is what I pray for in 2017!

As it is, I clean my own house, scrub my own toilets, empty the dishwasher, do laundry, etc., etc., while balancing my art business in my home-studio while the Jellybeans are in school -- which is not long enough!

And to know me is to know I actually do all of the above complete with lipstick, powder and pearls!  That's right, whether chasing dust clouds with a Swifter or working on an art deadline for either my VanityGallery Etsy store or a licensing client, or even dropping the kids to the bus stop and/ or school in the early morn', I believe in being kind to people...therefore I wear make up and accessorize from almost the moment I wake up until I peel the essentials off!

Makes' ya' feel fabulous and fools people that one is actually pulled together!

Air kissess and accessory wishes until the next post!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Resting Wine Face

So I've always been aware of the term"resting bitch face," but not "resting wine face.  Well, of the two, I think I'd rather be accused of the Wine-Face!  But having dropped wine during the week, as well as the easiest pounds ever...guess I was sipping more than I thought; I maintain I must fill the void of wine on the weekends in the name of "humor research" for my women humor greeting cards!

And by-the-by, when my husband asked what is resting-bitch-face anyway, I gave him a look that illustrated the adage.  Oye!  Naturally, the term worked itself into a Vanity Card, of which I like to think of the cards as itty-bitty books of Vanity Observations and life lessons!

So needless to say, I discovered I didn't coin the term but just the same, it's my new favorite!

Cheers and accessory wishes and air kisses until the next Vanity Observation!

PS...If you'd like to see more Vanity Observations come on by the VanityGallery!

Friday, October 28, 2016

I hate when botox wears off... Funny Botox Birthday card and thoughts on "toxing!"

I hate when my botox wears off...Because then people will know when I don't like them... (Well, only some people!)

Vanity observation:  If you sprayed your forehead with "extra, extra hold hairspray, would it have the same effect as botox?  Just a Vanity thought!

Anywho, I'm busy as a bee creating funny women humor cards for my VanityGallery available to purchase by mail or by instant download!  How great is that?  You purchase the card then zippity-zip, the file is emailed to your computer and you follow easy, lemon-squeezey directions to print and you have the card in your hands in mere moments!

Anyway... would jot down more but I'm going to check and see if I have any extra hold hairspray!

Until the next post,
Air Kisses and Accessory wishes!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Should Goldie Hawn Cut her Hair?!




I'll call this entry the Celebrity Vanity Report.  With a line of greeting cards entitled Vanity Cases, where the credo of my "veddy" sofistikated characters is, "Who cares how you feel on the inside as long as you look fabulous on the outside?!" -- why wouldn't I also share Vanity observations about my favorite fat-free vice; celebs and their images!!!!

I'm going to share a subject to which I confess, I've given far more energy, thought and contemplation than it likely deserves; hair and in particular, Goldie Hawn's hair!

Now I think most women can agree when it comes to having a "Good Hair Day," it can give one the inexplicable feeling of being invincible!  I often say, never underestimate the super-power of a woman on a Good Hair Day.  When all your follicles fall perfectly into place and it translates into a Good Hair Day, you can truly feel like they can rule the world ... or at least run your own while feeling fabulous!

And when it comes to hair, styles can be big or small, color can be natural or electric, texture smooth, curly or wild frizz n' fro's. but, the one rule, in my lil' ol' personal vanity opinion is that when it comes to length, after a certain age, women shouldn't have hair much past their shoulders.  That certain age is 12.  Okay, I know, I know, there are exceptions so I'll go as high as 19.  And of course there's the singular exception of long hair on a woman of age and that's Cher.  But then again, Cher is pretty much the exception to almost every Vanity rule because....because she's, well, ah',  CHER!

So this brings me back to Goldie Hawn.  Holding on to one's locks can be the equivalent of trying to hold on to youthful looks in almost freeze-dried kind of way.  Think Goldie.  It seems she's worn her long, bed-head, falling-in-her-face  disheveled style for umpteen years... and for whatever reason that has bugged me and frankly, more than it should! But, I think there's a certain age when messy sexy should evolve into a little more trim, loose and layered -- which is still quite fabulous but age appropriate without being aging. Do ya' know what I mean?

The trap of holding on to a style from one's youth, without modifying it over decades can look like a person is trying to hold on to a moment in time that has long passed.  Think Bette Davis in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"  It was just plain scary; Baby Jane's ringlet hair style, let alone clothes way too young for her age gave her that frightening picture of trying to hold on with white knuckles to a decaying youthful look from her past.  I maintain if Jane had a smooth chignon, subtle make-up, sans the heart-shaped mole that she drew on her cheek, she would have looked quite upscale.

Now the thing about Goldie Hawn, who is fabulous at 70, is she's vibrant and vital at any age and much "bigger than her hair."  I get that and have great admiration for her devotion to imparting the importance of meditating for children and the Buddhist practice for them of being mindful/ present.   From what I've read, she's trying to make meditation part of school curriculums.  I love that!  In espousing a practice that is thousands of years old she's forging a very modern idea for a younger generation.  She personifies being a modern women and as such I think she should embrace her whimsical personal style BUT without the being date-stamped with hair from her twenties.

Goldie seems to forever balance being adorable with being smart and I'm just sayin' a lil' modifying of the hair  [I think] would only make her look more fabulous for her age -- without aging her.  I think she would be Pure Goldie with a style that's a little trimmed and cleaner that enhances her her age without mocking it.

Again, this is all just my lil' ol' opinion and for whatever reason, something many of the characters on my cards have talked to me about so I felt compelled to share!



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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Past prime and didn't even know when I was in it?!

Edna says, "It's awful to be past your prime... especially when you didn't even know when you were in it!"

To me, that means revel in the moment no matter where you are on the chronological journey!  Edna was a "star" on my greeting cards and I really think she deserves to shine again! I actually don't think she ever thinks she's NOT shining!

Edna is a uniform dresser and never without her red lipstick and one of her hundreds of turbans!  What's not to love about that?!

Until the next post/ Air kisses from Collene 

Wear Red Lipstick and carry on...


Ooooh, summer is almost here and soooo many things to balance before kiddos get out of school and then the challenge of managing their days without hovering all over em'!  Oye!  Of course during this season I get less work done but in the end, I breath, smear the perfect shade of red lipstick on, make lists for the day and then carry on!  

It all comes down to the lipstick doesn't it!  Gives one the impression of being pulled together!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ohmmm my - Lose 5 pounds in under 5 seconds --


Ohmmm my - Lose 5 pounds in under 5 seconds -- without cutting a single calorie! Stretching is as key to staying in shape as good hair is to staying in a good mind set!  My Loves, with good posture; think long-neck, shoulders-back and tushy slightly tucked in, you’ll lose 5 pounds - in an instant - visually!  What could be more fab’ than that?!
It’s all about long lines which, can also be achieved through Yoga.  The only time I have for yoga these days is the time it takes to microwave water for my morning tea!  In that time, I use the kitchen counter as a ballet bar, I stretch, breath, then stand tall and lose my five pounds!
Ga’ head, do it and and lose it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Accessory Gods...and cards

For quite a few years I was writing and illustrating cards and licensing them.  I think I can do a millionty' things at once, but my two kiddos proved me wrong so I had to put on the back burner... sorta!  I allllllways create but with two munchkins [that we adopted from China], I found that it made more sense with my limited time to post my cards and prints in my on-line stores!

Whether they are in stores or on-line the one question I get most often is where do card ideas come from...
So what usually happens is a lil' ol' sketch emerges from my pen in a sketch book, on a napkin, on scratch paper, in a notebook, etc., etc.

And while I'd like to take credit for the text in my Vanity Cases humor, basically, I give credit to the characters who kinda' speak to me as they are springing from my pens and pencils!

Hmmmm.  If I think what the Vanitista is saying will be something other fab' women who "get it," will like, I refine the art and then create it in a greeting card format and ta' dah, post on line. Ironically, I try to think if the cover art and text would work as a stand-alone, let's say in a frame. Why?  That's how I "decorated" my NYC dorm room a trillion years ago so maybe that's in the back of my mind!?

When I'm finished a card I will often post as a PRINT in my Etsy Vanity Gallery or as a Greeting card in my VanityCases on-line store!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Door Decor...kinda' from the Dollar Store



Fall Door Decor!


  • Me and my trusty assistant made a fall decor door wreath in mere minutes!  Soooooo easy!
  • Take a blank wreath.  (You can find in art stores)
  • Buy about 5 or 6 sprigs of fall flowers... from the Dollar Store!
  • Cut apart so there is one bloom per about a 5 inch wire stem.
  • Embed the stems into the wreath all around the wreath
  • Hang on the front door.
  • Stand back and applaud yourself for a creative, job well done that will cost you less than half what you might pay if you purchase a fall wreath!


A little creativity, a few dollars and your door will look like a million!  
Until the next Vanity post, air kisses!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fabulous Footprints....

I was thinking about this recently; so many people come in-and-out of our lives, but few will leave lasting footprints!  It's all about style n' impact and the ability to learn fabulous "soleful" lessons!

As with much of my art & humor, I also translated as a greeting card which can be seen here.   

Someone recently asked me why I often use fabulous shoes and heels in much of my art & humor.  Well, when one thinks about it, a shoe can truly affect a mood, tude' and the confidence we exude!  When wearing a fab' heel, one's entire posture changes and you walk with a purposeful balance.  The same could be said of a fabulous flat if that's a preferred style.  And all of a sudden, you feel good in the way you are moving -- and do I even have to say it; if ya' feel good on the outside, it will sink into the inside!

Even working from my home studio, balancing art deadline with house duties of emptying the dishwasher and doing laundry, I HAVE to have a fairly fabulou shoe to feel a lil' jaunt in my step and therefore my "sole!"  

Until the next "soleful" post, thank you for stopping by - it means much to moi!... CK

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

And here's how the pencil goes....

I've been asked how does it work; how do the ideas and/ or drawings come about?  Well, it usually starts as a doodle - a pencil sketch (of which I'm sure I have ten billion) in sketchbooks or mostly organized in folders in my studio.   The text basically comes from the character.  Yup, the character's actually speak to me.  They are very "pithy" in their observations.  I listen and jot down what they say and organize in a multi-section notebook!  

Anywho, I trace the pencil sketch on my light box with a black fine point pen and add color with pencils, markers as well as colored ball point pens.  I then scan and usually add a treatment, i.e. background colors and borders with Photoshop.  Luuuuuuve photoshop!

Then, Ta' dahhhhh, the drawing is complete!  Often times I translate into a greeting card that I either market to companies to license or post on one of my on-line store sites!

In fact, I'm going to create a NEW on-line shop shortly that will offer my cards for what will be more reasonably priced than what they sell for in stores!  It will be a section in my ETSY VANITY GALLERY STORE.  My cards are also sold HERE, under the FAB' GREETING CARDS link, however, I'll lower the price in my Etsy shop because I think like a customer and want to price them so that one can scoop up a bunch without spending a small fortune!!!

Air kisses until the next post! -CK


Monday, July 13, 2015

Good Hair Days are EVERYTHING!

One can never underestimate good hair!

I firmly believe when a woman is having a good hair day, that they in fact have super powers! Truly! 

I defy any woman to say she feels completely fabulous if she's not having a "Good Hair Day!"  My characters live by the credo, "Who cares how you feel on the inside as long as you look fabulous on the outside," and I believe that can start from the top!  Hair!  

What is a good hair day?  It's when the red, blonde, black, brown, multi-color strands all seem to know which way to fall, move, curl, lay flat, braid, blend, wha'ever!  So yup, if you have a good soul and you do kind things for others and yourself and have your health and are laughing, life is good, but if you have all that ... and a good hair day, Ha'llooooo, you've got everything!  

Air kisses until the next post - CK



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Have a Happy Pluckin' Day!

"Pluck it" with Style!

Ima' says, "Just as wearing a fabulous heel can change the way you stand and carry yourself and the perfect shade of lipstick can illuminate your smile -- pluckin' the perfect brow can change the personality of your face!

Yes Dollies, a few tiny eyelash-length hairs removed, shaped, tweaked and /or plucked can make a big change the landscape of your fab' face in mere moments! 

It's your face, so forget what others think and just "Pluck em!" What's the worst that can happen?  If you make them to thin, fill them in!  So go out and have a little pluckin' fun!"

Vanity Reflection of the Day by Ima Fabulous.

***If you would like to see this image as a GREETING CARD, click GREETING CARD.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Right Shoes can Change Everything!

A new point of view can be that simple!

Looking at things with a new point of view can be as simple as changing the shoes you're standing in! Really,   Change the shoes, change the view, change the perspective!  

That's my lil' ol "soleful" Vanity Reflection for the day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

An Easy but Fabulous Dollar Store art project!


This is the easiest wall art project you will ever do!

This wall art item can take no time to do but the most important factor is YOU can create it anyway you like!  It starts with a twine placemat from the Dollar Store, just add photos, quotes, accessories i.e. necklaces and repeat!  It's pretty much that simple!   

I had these handy-dandy picture clippy things from IKEA, but you could use paper clips or wee binder clips.  One could hang with natural colored twine tied on to the placemat.  Would be fab' to hang in a kitchen with different reminders.  I also pick up Index cards at the Dollar Stores and by cutting them with fancy-pancy scissors, I create scalloped edges.

I'll now hand it off to one of my daughters to add whatever she likes to it and as far as I can tell, there;s only one problem... I HAVE NO ROOM TO HANG IT!  I need more walls!  Hope you enjoy!  Art is where you see it!   C


  
This is LaVeena, a true Vanitista.  Her birth name was Laverne, but she felt like LaVeena better suited her personality, presence and style!

La' V, truly believes the most important person you can love is yourself and then you go from there! 
She is always singing to herself, always wears flowers in her lovely lavender hued hair and is almost never without a long and twisting scarf!  Even in summer, she will fling-a thing around her neck and wave it like a flag when conversation calls for a bit of animation and visual punctuation!

Being fabulous may come from the inside, but take it from LaVina, you can never underestimate the fabulousness you can feel when you decorate, celebrate and re-create the outside to match your inner-Laverne!    

Monday, January 12, 2015

Chalkboard art... is it chalk or photoshop?!


Thank Goodness for Photoshop and Thank Heavens for Youtube tutorials!  
It's always fun and frustrating at the same time to learn new methods to create art or to translate one's art into certain timely graphic styles.   Most recently I have been attempting Chalkboard art.  While I have countless chalkboard surfaces in the house including on the front of our dishwasher, creating art to be able to send to clients for reproduction on products is a whole different ballgame!

As I delve further into this method while working on Christmas 2015, I couldn't help but play with creating "Soleful" chalkboard art and have posted a Soleful Vanity Image!  

Again, ya' have to love the diversity of what you can learn on Youtube beyond countless, endless, eternal makeup product reviews!!!!




Sunday, January 4, 2015

How the design process works... sort of...

Sooooo, on a current project I'm working on that I cross my fingers will end up being licensed for a mass market outlet, the notes on the attached art show how it basically works...for me.  The direction for this particular project is "chalkboard art/ text"  While one thinks black and white for chalkboard art, for a mass retailer the color  has to "PoP!"

I am forever playing with text as design and naturally, when I actually sit down to work on the project my fingers freeze!

I've also attached some images [below]with the style of text I think the client is looking for and will translate into Holiday Expressions and colorations... I hope!

The sheet / image [above] is only one of many I'm working on and then will edit and submit.

Oh, did I mention the deadline is YeStErDaY ! ! !   That's almost always the case!


Lawd' have Mercy!!!  
I have got to keep up with my my Fab'log & starting in 2015
I'm adding that creative conviction to my Daily Try-to-do list!

So, in 2015, I'm going to try harder to find time to post Vanity Reflections, Lipstick Lifelines or Good Hair Day mantras!   If I can't find the time, I'll tell my Vanity Cases, aka the characters I create, to find the time to post for moi!

It's a fab'tabulous creative outlet and I'm going to try my bestest' to add more Vanity Cases Art & Humor posts in this New Year!
                                                                       Air kisses & Well wishes in the New Year!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Good Hair Days are everything ....


It is my personal belief, that when one experiences a Good Hair Day, something that I might mention men don't fully comprehend, further reflecting how much more evolved women are than the opposite sex; we can truly conquer the world!

I'm working on a Vanity Hair series and using observations of Good and Bad hair days and everything in-between as analogies for life ... because I truly think Good Hair Days can be the foundation for happiness...but doesn't everybody?!

By the by, the Vanity Case character in this post has been in my drawing files for umpteen years and is always changing what she says!  I'm just grateful she spoke to me with her current quote!
Air kisses until the next entry...Collene



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