• Emory Ann Kurysh

    Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I am a blogger, photographer, store owner, prairie girl, freelance writer, and wife. Welcome to Hello, Scarlett Blog!

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    "Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho' others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy ..."
- Thomas Traherne Discussing why I choose to wear a pixie cut over long hair #ontheblog.
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how to : style a pixie for a wedding

michelle_williams_pixie_beautyLast Friday I published a post on Floral Make-up in anticipation of our wedding anniversary photo shoot. Today I would like to show you my biggest hair inspiration for those who have a pixie cut, like I do. Or, as my mum would say, for people who hate hair.

When I was a little girl, my sister and I actually had very long, blonde hair. Then I went through my obsessed-with-my-older-brother and tomboy phase, from about grade 3 onwards. I had chin-length hair until high school, when I grew it long once again. Then, my fixation switched to Nicole Richie, and I cut my hair into a bob in university. Since then, it has only gotten shorter, then longer, then short again. I blogged about such changes here.

As Michelle Williams has said, “I feel like myself with short hair.” I couldn’t agree more. Like any individual, I have a lot of insecurities when it comes to my appearance, and would change almost everything about me physically if I had the chance. What I wouldn’t change is the length of my hair. My mum and husband have said that it actually takes a lot of confidence to wear short hair. I don’t know if I would agree with that, given that I have always been very shy and have almost none. What I feel is more comfortable when it’s short. I love the feeling of having it almost shaved up the back, just barely covering my ears so that my only piece of jewelry (my earrings) are peeking out from underneath, and have side-swept bangs. Also, it takes about 20 minutes to wash, dry, and style. How could I not prefer shorter over longer length? 

Additionally, I have had every colour of hair that you can think of. Being a natural blonde, but also very pale, I hate how the colour seems to wash my skin out. I tend to not wear a lot of make-up, and I also idolize natural beauties like Marion Cotillard and Audrey Tautou. It took nearly 10 years of experimenting with different shades of brunette colour, then going back to blonde in between, but I finally feel as if we have found the right one. I also love how low-maintenance it is. Now, I can go 2-3 months without having to colour it again, whereas when I was bleach blonde, it was more like 2-3 weeks. Now, whether you like it or not, you know the backstory of my hair.

With all of that being said, it baffles me as to how many Pinterest pins of wedding styles are dedicated to up-dos and hair extensions. Where are the pixie cuts? Granted, you can’t do much with short hair except change the part, maybe add a wave, and a cute accessory. So, I would like to show you my favourite styles from my favourite actresses and pixie inspirations. Starting with Michelle, the reason why I cut my hair in the first place.

301003a84a9885b141a5f612a02a80801. Michelle Williams

tumblr_mmwjdcZhze1qgcmbyo2_r1_4002. Emily Browning

Mia_Wasikowska_0073. Mia Wasikowska

audrey-tautou4. Audrey Tautou

farrowclover5. Mia Farrow

Audrey-Hepburn-Pixie-597x7626. Audrey Hepburn

zoë-kravitz7. Zoë Kravitz. (In having just seen Mad Max, I honestly have a desire to cut my hair like this! She was so badass.)

So, my little pixie lovers, I hope that this was enough hair-porn to sustain you for awhile. I will be choosing one of these styles for our upcoming photo shoot, which is actually only a few days away.

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Emory

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home: a creative australian abode (i can do that!)

Photo 5When I wrote that I wanted to feature places from around the world in this new series, I wasn’t kidding. Today, I am happy to bring you an eclectic and lovely home all the way from Australia. Tamara’s blog, I Can Do That!, is pretty much a go-to for any DIY enthusiast. Not only does she attempt to handcraft pretty much everything that you can think of, but she’s also an “optimist, a feminist, an equality-ist, a do-what-you-love-and-be-proud-of-it-ist.” If that isn’t reason enough to give her a follow, then I don’t know what is.

Emory

Photo 11. Where is your home located?

The place that I call home is Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city that is particularly famous for having amazing restaurants and unpredictable weather.

The suburb where I live was settled in the late 1880s, and has leafy streets lined with plane trees and bluestone gutters, as well as lots of parks and English gardens. It has a more British feel than other parts of Melbourne, but there are still plenty of gum trees and Australian natives around.

Photo 4Photo 22. What are your thoughts on the idea of ‘home’? 

I’ve lived in 10 houses and three countries to date. Maybe because of that, I have struggled to really connect to the idea of any one place being ‘home’. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt a really strong bond with any particular house I have lived in (although after two years in my current home I’m starting to get very attached). Rather, I feel at home when I am with my family and my partner. I also feel a sense of belonging when I am surrounded by some of the things that are special to me – my books. I love to collect books of every genre; firsthand, secondhand, you name it. There are books in every room of our home, and just looking through their pages always makes me feel at home.

Photo 103. What kinds of things influence your design style?

Buying a house with my partner has opened up a whole range of design possibilities that I had never before considered. All of a sudden we had a space that was completely our own – a blank canvas.

Photo 11Photo 9Luckily, we agree on a lot of things, design-wise. We both love second-hand and antique pieces, and this theme permeates our style. Most of our furniture (save for our bed and couch) is second-hand, thrifted or up-cycled, and we love it. So many of the things in our home carry special memories of where we found them.

Photo 8I have always loved creative pursuits, and the majority of our artwork (if you want to call it that!) is homemade. This brings me such a sense of happiness and fulfillment, because I love the feeling of being able to express my personality, our relationship, and the sense of ‘home’ through the way we decorate. No one is ever going to confuse our home for a display home, but you know what? I am totally ok with that.

Photo 134. What do you consider to be one of your favourite items in your home? What could you never live without?

As I mentioned above, my collection of books is something that I treasure deeply and would hate to be without. Sometimes I will sit in front of my bookcase, looking through books I love, reorganizing or just admiring, and it brings me a deep sense of peace.

Photo 15I love our kitchen too. I spend a fair amount of time in there, because I truly enjoy cooking. It’s spacious and laid out really well, with plenty of bench room to spread out on. Cooking for my friends and family is one of the joys of my life. I come from a family of passionate food and wine lovers – you may have noticed some of our wine-related décor in the photos. (We also have a fair amount of cheese related things – it’s the small things in life, you know?)

Photo 17My bed is – of course – a favourite location of mine (I really enjoy sleeping). The rainforest panorama over our bed is something that we bought right after we moved in; I love the sense of depth it brings to the room.

Photo 18And what bed is complete without a resident cat? This is Lara, our birman, who is 14 years old and has also lived in three countries. She’s sitting right next to me as I write – pets really make a house into a home.

Photo 19To me, the most important aspect of our home is that it is ours. It reflects us, together and separately, and it is a haven. The three of us – Mario, cat and I – make our home into something special.

Photo 12Tamara

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floral make-up : how to

Floral Wedding Make-up 5For our fifth wedding anniversary this year, my husband and I will be having a photo shoot at the same locations and in our same ceremonial outfits that we wore five years ago! 

When we eloped in 2010, I did everything as frugally as possible. I purchased my dress for $9.99 on eBay, bought my shoes online, found my husband’s suit on the sale rack at Sears, took our own photos, went to a nearby Justice of the Peace, had the reception at hotel (which my siblings paid for), and did my own hair and make-up. I think that our most expensive item was my daisy bouquet and my husband’s corsage. Truthfully, we ended up making money off of our wedding. Much like a Kardashian, minus the deceit and publicity.

Also unlike a Kardashian, I strove to keep things simple that day. I am a lucky girl in that I have a sister who is an esthetician and a mum who was a hairdresser. Yet, I didn’t go to either of them for our wedding. My choice in make-up boiled down to what I was used to applying on a daily basis. This year, I would like to change that, since my preference in make-up, hair, and fashion has also changed. Now, I am a bit of a flower lover. :-)

This will be my Floral Make-Up look for our wedding anniversary session.

Floral Wedding Make-up 7Products:

Benzagel Gel
Neutrogena All-in-1 Lotion

Sephora Strawberry Macaroon Eyeshadow
Sephora Urban Decay Eyeshadow
MAC Ricepaper Eyeshadow
MAC Make Your Mark Eyeshadow
MAC Black Liquid eyeliner
Sephora Rose Pop Blush
CoverGirl Ivory Foundation
Sephora Porcelaine powder
CoverGirl Mascara
MAC Real Doll Lipstick
Sponges
Brushes

Floral Wedding Make-up 1Steps:

1. After washing your face, apply your base products. (I use Benzagel to firm and tone my skin, and Neutrogena lotion over top to keep it clear and moisturized.)

2. Take your foundation and a sponge and apply it evenly to your face and neck. 

3. Next, apply the eyebrow tint. I use the same brown eyeshadow as on my eyes, mostly because it matches my brows, but also because I hate pencils. Sweep away any fallout with your foundation sponge.

4. Now for your eyes. Using the palest eyeshadow, cover your entire upper lid to the underside of your brow, as well as the tops of your cheekbones for extra shimmer. 

5. Next, take the light pink shadow and apply it to your upper lid and crease of your eye.

6. Do the same with the purple eyeshadow.

7. Repeat this step once more with the brown shadow. However, be sure to go lighter on your lid and a little heavier in the crease of your eye. Then, using a smaller brush, carry that color down to the underside of your bottom lid. Wipe away any fallout.

8. Take your eyeliner and make a large sweeping cat-eye. This will probably require a few coats.

9. Once you are done lining your eye, put mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

10. Next, apply blush to your cheekbones. I decided to go a little heavier since I want my cheeks to stand out.

11. The second last step is to apply powder to your entire face. This will aid in sealing your make-up.

12. Lastly, it is time for the lipstick. My favourite is my MAC pink lipstick, but red or a dark purple would look just as nice.

Floral Wedding Make-up 4Don’t be alarmed if you seem to attract the birds and the bees with this floral make-up! Not the metaphorical kind of course. Although, that would be nice as well. ;-)))

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Emory

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Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

– Roald Dahl, My Great Uncle Oswald

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etsy : items i love

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.01.24 PMNow, that the long weekend is officially over here in Canada, it’s time to get back to business! And by that, I mean shopping. Here are my latest loves from Etsy.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.02.12 PM1. Aquarius Short by rebecahryan.

il_fullxfull.724100036_j0g32. Bow Down Bitches Tee by YeahBunny.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.27.42 PM3. Black Cat Clutch by LaLisette.

il_fullxfull.714702551_3y614. London Chukka Boot by Sandgrens.

il_fullxfull.597864654_fcyn5. Ceramic Fox Bowl by Barruntando.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.16.02 PMDon’t forget to see what the Potomac Trading Post store has to offer on Etsy!

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Emory

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