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Because he’s worth it: L’Oreal Paris inks deal with Miss. native Billy B.

A Mississippi native turned celebrity makeup artist has just signed a deal with L’Oreal Paris to become one the company’s makeup experts. Billy Brasfield, also known as Billy B., will deal with product development, consumer education and trendsetting makeup looks for the company’s spokespeople. “I love my job,” he said in a news release. “I feel lucky to have discovered my talent and consider it a privilege to share what I’ve learned. Working with women to help them look their best and feel more confident is the most rewarding part of what I do.” Brasfield, a native of Aberdeen, has spent his career decorating the faces of iconic celebrities like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and currently, Britney Spears. His work has appeared at every notable high-profile event, including the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys and Cannes International Film Festival. It has also been featured in leading magazines and music videos. The self-taught artist lectures and teaches both up-and-coming and established artists. He has been called one of the most influential makeup artists in the world …

How to turn your iPhone into a vintage pay phone or Polaroid camera

Chances are, this Christmas, someone you know will be getting an iPhone, and they’ll need a case. Here’s a story we recently ran about some of the unique iPhone cases that are on the market, specifically the website Etsy. The vintage trend is alive and well here. Check out some of the cases fashioned like obsolete objects of the past. LaReeca Rucker The Clarion-Ledger As we move into the future, almost a decade past Stanley Kubrick’s vision of 2001, our culture has become fascinated by obsolete objects of the past that now hold sentimental and nostalgic value, and that fascination has been directed toward our cell phones. It’s become hip and ironic to snap on a phone case and turn your modern smart phone into vintage pay phone, your keypad into an old typewriter or your iPhone camera into a Polaroid. Lisa Russo, of Pennsylvania is a fine art photographer who turns her photos into iPhone cases and sells them in her Etsy shop LisaRussoFineArt. “The cases came about as simply another medium for sharing …

Pinteresting Projects – 1, 2, 3 and 4

I have a variety of furniture and decorating projects that I started at home and have not found time to finish them. So I decided this weekend I would devote some time to completing a few. Here they are: Table – One afternoon, I spotted this table in the back of The Salvation Army for $5 and knew it would be pretty painted. Here’s the finished result. It actually only took about 10 minutes to do using white paint.  I filled in the middle with a touch of turquoise craft paint, and now it sits in front of my bed. Not sure what I’ll put in it yet. Monogram – This was originally an antique mirror, but I broke it during my recent move. I had seen similar things done on Pinterest using letters, so I decided to create one of my own using my initials. At first, I wasn’t happy with the gold color of the letters, so I repainted them light brown. It still didn’t look right, so I changed them back to …

One more day to live?

If Myrtle resident Belinda Davis had only one more day to live, she would wake up and cook the best meal she had ever prepared, invite loved ones to her home, laugh with them and pray. They’d travel to her father’s house, the place she loves best, and reminisce about their lives together and future in heaven. I would stay in touch with the world by cell phone, reaching out to my family and friends that were not with me,” she said. “I would end the day with hugs, a prayer and a huge piece of chocolate.” If tomorrow was the last day of Ridgeland lawyer John Moore’s life, he would spend it with his wife and children (ages 1 and 5), “doing all the things my kids love to do — playing outside, eating junk food and laughing with each other. We would ride bikes, play on the swing-set, eat whatever we wanted and enjoy our time together.” And if Alan-Michael White of Dumas knew he had only one more day to live, he’d …

‘Hey y’all,’ take a look at these Mississippi arts and crafts

I recently attended the Handworks Holiday Market at the Mississippi Trade Mart and saw a lot of interesting handmade creations that inspired me to begin decorating for the holidays and thinking of special Christmas presents that I could make for friends and family. Here are a few things that stood out to me. At the end, you can see what I picked up at the event. I didn’t catch the name of the artist who creates these unique jewelry pieces by combining elements of vintage jewelry, but I think they are spectacular. And I love how she attaches them to old photographs to emphasize their vintage appeal. I was hoping Santa would bring me the interesting necklace or pair of leaf earrings above. Check out these wooden angels made by Mississippi craftsman Billy Lay. I love the colors he uses and his vision of using simple pieces of wood and cut tin to form the body of an angel. Perhaps that’s a door knob used for the head? Here’s a set of Mississippi-shaped pottery dishes by …

These boots were made for . . . Rebels, Eagles and Bulldogs

Everybody needs a pair of cowboy boots, and I saw these in Oxford’s Belk store recently. If you’re an Ole Miss, Mississippi State or Southern Miss fan, you may want to check out Game Day Boots. They sell personalized team boots for 70 schools, but I only saw UM, MSU and USM from Mississippi. At $399, they are a little pricey, but you could think of them as an investment if you wear them to every game. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Would Norman Bates approve?

Last week, I went blonde for our office Halloween party. Today, I thought I’d delve a little darker into the Halloween spirit. This tree dress that I refashioned using an old shift dress from a thrift store and upholstery fabric from a craft store, seemed like a fitting Halloween ensemble, even though I wear it year-round because I like tree prints. I guess I’ll be wearing it tonight at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Screen on the Green showing of Psycho. It sounded like a Halloween night event worth checking out. Update: A picture from the event: Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Year of the Living Dead

Perhaps you saw the gruesome footage on the local news of the zombie uprising that hit every corner of the city last weekend – from The Mississippi International Film Festival Zombie Ball to Ridgeland’s Cadavar Course 5K and Richland’s Zombie Mud Run. Take shelter! Zombies have finally made their way to the metro area! I first blogged about the popularity of zombies in 2008 after noticing that many Etsy sellers were using the motif in jewelry and for other handmade items. It seemed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. I also wrote about the expanding zombie genre of movies. Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in zombie-related events in America, particularly charity events like 5Ks, and because zombies have now made their way to Mississippi, we did a piece today called Year of the Living Dead. Check it out for a more in-depth pop culture analysis about why zombies have invaded our culture. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

I don’t want to be a snowman

When the temperature drops below 75 degrees, I start to freeze a little, and before long, as the winter progresses, kids start giving me silk hats, corn cob pipes, buttons and coal. So to prevent myself from becoming a snowman, I bring out the tights. About five years ago, I blogged about how tights had become the new winter staple, quickly followed by leggings – a return likely sparked by the revival of  retro mini and shift dresses from the 1960s. If color or design is your thing, you have plenty to choose from at sites like Hue.com, where you can find a variety of styles. But I have two words for you this season – fleece lined. You can find durable fleece-lined tights at affordable stores like Rainbow for $7.99 each. I bought four black pair there this past week because I intend to stay warm this winter! Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Life-size torsos invade craft stores

I like creating things, so I make frequent trips to craft and fabric stores to buy materials for various projects I start (and often don’t finish, truth be told.) The last couple of times, I’ve noticed several substantial shipments of an item I tried to purchase at an affordable price about a year ago. Luckily, while searching for an antique dining table at The Flowood Flea market, I spotted one and got it for a reasonable price – about a third of what they typically cost in stores and online. What I’m talking about is a dress form. The man who sold it to me didn’t know the term, which might explain why it was a bargain. Dress forms, models of the torso used to help fit clothing that is being designed or sewed, seem to be becoming more popular. Maybe more people have become interested in sewing because of the economy, because they have been creatively inspired by shows like Project Runway, or because they are bored with what the fashion industry is producing. …

Mississippi ‘Mad Men’: Ridgeland ad agency exec offers insider’s take on show

The term “Mad Men” refers refers to the advertising executives who work on Madison Avenue in New York City. Madison County has its own group of “Mad Men” – a Ridgeland advertising firm called Mad Genius. We asked its creative director Eric Hughes his thoughts on the show and how it has influenced pop culture. To better set the stage for his answers, Mad Genius held a “Mad Menius” party in which the entire office dressed like characters from the show. Q: When did you become a fan? A: First show, first season. Right off the bat, I was sucked in by the amazing title sequence and then immediately drawn into how Don Draper captured the specific feeling of doom everyone in this business gets at some point – the anguish of watching the hours tick away as a major pitch approaches, and you grasp for the merest shred of a good idea. Then boom! You have it. And I loved the off-the-cuff statements like “C’mon, it’s not like there’s some magical machine that copies …

‘Mad Men’ Madness

Jackson residents Michael Busbin and Brian Kendrick have gone mad for “Mad Men.”Tonight is the season finale of AMC’s hit show about love, life and business at a Manhattan advertising firm. Currently set in the 1960s, “Mad Men” premiered in 2007 and is in its fifth season. It has become a pop culture sensation, influencing everything from hairstyles and fashion to cooking, decor and entertaining. Because of “Mad Men,” Busbin and Kendrick bought a retro home in northeast Jackson. “It has the grass cloth wall paper and all the cool retro vibes of the ’60s when it was built, kind of like Don Draper’s new apartment now,” Busbin said. “We have updated some of the features of the house that make it more fashionable, but we still have some of the features that are ’60s-inspired, such as the rock garden in the living room. We love Eames molded chairs, scoop chairs, Panton chairs, and anything with that ‘Mad Men’ vibe. That is how we like to live in our home – cool and relaxed with …

How to party like ‘Mad Men’

Los Angeles-based Natasha Feldman and Julianna Strickland host a web-based cooking show about food and movies called “Cinema & Spice.” They are big “Mad Men” fans, and recently taped a segment about how to throw a “Mad Men” party. Q: How did you become fans of the show? A: Julianna: Natasha’s mom was a media manager in the advertising industry for many years and worked for New York agencies mentioned in the show, so she was familiar with that world from childhood on. When a show came out focusing on the intrigues and adventures of advertising executives, she was curious about it and wanted to see what challenges women in the ’60s faced vs. the opportunities they have now. Q: Who are your favorite characters? A: Natasha: We both love Peggy and Joan. They are both strong, intelligent women, who are always growing and evolving in a challenging environment. They both defy the traditional roles that women were forced into for lack of guts and opportunity. We love how talented Peggy is and how she …

Cuckoo for tutus

Raymond resident, Hope Campbell, is the reigning Mrs. Mississippi United States of America. Her 3-year-old daughter Emma Addison also digs the glitz and glam of the pageant circuit. The little beauty queen will appear on the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 p.m. May 30. Winning a sparkly, rhinestone crown isn’t Emma’s only motivation. She loves fancy, frilly costumes, whether she’s competing or not. “Emma is a fan of wearing tutus around the house,” said Campbell, a mother of three and Mississippi College graduate student. While the classic ballet tutu has been around since the 1800s, it’s lately become a mainstream fashion must for little girls who want to emulate fairies, ballerinas and princesses. A quick Internet search reveals many companies that specialize in tutu sales, such as Sunny Girl Tutus, Miss Priss Tutus, Little Diva Tutus and Cutie Pa Tutus. Etsy craft sellers are also touting the trend by sewing layers of tulle to make an extra buck. Tutus have also become a favorite for photographers who use them as props. “It’s just …

Monograms

At the moment, I’m really into monogrammed jewelry. I recently saw this advertised by Lee Michaels jewelers and thought it was a good deal starting at $18. I’m adding it to my wish list. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Things you can find for $1

I have been a thrift shopper all of my life. I love finding discarded treasures, saving things with a story and upcycling because it’s a good way to be economically conservative and green. I was tickled to find a few things this weekend for a cool dollar. That’s right 1 buck. My first score was this pair of black Moda boots. At this point, I have become a boot collector, so I was excited to find this pair in my size that look as well or better than some I recently thought of ordering at full price, which would have cost at least 99 more bucks than I paid. I also collect vintage aprons and spotted this one with a pretty little umbrella design. It needs a little love, but lucky for me, I sew, so stitching a tie sash at the waist won’t take long to repair. I keep wishing that someone would discover a trendy way to wear vintage aprons. I have about 10 of them so far, and some are so beautiful, …

My $3 Mad Men Dress

I recently became addicted to the AMC show “Mad Men,” partially because I love the retrospective of ’50s and ’60s fashion. A couple of weeks ago, I found this “Mad Men” dress. Luckily, I recently purchased a tulle slip that makes dresses stand out when worn underneath, and it was a perfect match for my dress. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Granny boots latest fashion find

Granny boots were popular this fall, and I’m hoping they stick around for a while. I picked up this pair of leather Steve Madden boots called “Graanie.” They remind me of Little House on the Prairie, so I refer to them as my “Laura Ingalls” boots. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: Things that make your heart sing

I picked up these cute bird notecards over the weekend printed on recycled paper. They are by Green Inspired, a company that sells its products exclusively at Target. You can learn more at green-inspired.com. I liked the verse that reads “Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.” –Marcia Wieder I picked up these cute bird notecards over the weekend printed on recycled paper. They are by Green Inspired, a company that sells its products exclusively at Target. You can learn more at green-inspired.com. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Mississippi fashion designer sews for Jennifer Hudson, Tyler Perry, Cee Lo

She was No. 19 in a blended family that included 25 siblings. Stuck between nine older brothers and six younger ones, Maria Harper often found herself fighting to be a girl. “It could have been fun being in a large family if I had sisters right in there with me,” she laughed. “But I was in the middle of all those boys, and they tortured me.” Her father also failed to recognize Harper as a young lady. At Christmas, he bought her cap guns and Army men. “I would cry every Christmas and say, ‘But, Daddy, I’m a girl.’ He would say, ‘Be grateful. Kids in Africa don’t have anything,’ and I would be like, ‘Really?’ My mother was like, ‘Baby, we’ll make you some clothes.’” Sewing is how the former Mississippi girl stopped being one of the boys and, in the process, made a name for herself with the Atlanta fashion business Maria Harper Designs. The 53-year-old has worked with celebrity clients like Tyler Perry, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia. Harper and …

Vintage fashion on the rise

At 16, Libby Story McRight began working at a ladies boutique in Greenville called Gail’s. It was her job through high school and college at Mississippi State University. She later transferred to Delta State in Cleveland to complete her marketing degree so she could manage and be a buyer for the store. “I knew, by this time, that I would own my own store one day, so I planned to learn as much as I possibly could about how to make it work,” she said. When Gail’s closed in 2004, the 26-year-old new mom opened her own business in the same location a few months later. “I carried clothing geared to a slightly younger crowd, as well as my own jewelry line and vintage goods,” she said. “It all just seemed to work. ” McRight now owns LibbyStory stores in Greenville, Starkville and Ridgeland that sell both new and vintage clothing. The store outgrew its original location in Ridgeland on Jackson Street and is now part of the city’s Renaissance shopping center. “I got to …