Sunday, July 12, 2009

shop update this week!

i've got some great things that i'll be adding to the shop this week! a few lovely 40's and 50's dresses that have been very hard to part with!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stars of the cortex

so, here it is, my first science post. science is what i do during the day, and while its such a different world from fashion and art, it does have its own certain beauty. for my research, i study the brain, and one of the very first scientists to study the brain also made some of the most exquisite drawings anatomical drawings. Ramon y Cajal lived and worked during the early 1900's and his detailed drawings of brain were some of the first proof that the brain was made of specific cells, rather an some amorphous substance.

this is a detailed drawing of a single brain cell, called a neuron.

neurons are arranged in very specific patterns throughout the brain. these neurons are arranged in layers in the cortex.

cells are arranged differently in another brain area, the cerebellum.

these are some examples of a different cell type, the glia. these are called astrocytes, the astro part refers to the fact that they look like stars.

The little guy marked "D" is a one of the inspirations for the name of this blog. he's a spiny stellate cell, stellate meaning 'like a star'. i've always thought it was the cutest little cell, and that stellate was one of the loveliest words.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

snail and the cyclops and forest bound on etsy!

I'm pretty sure mostly everyone has seen this already, but if you haven't, definitely check it out! Francesca and Alice both run the most wonderful shops and it was amazing to see inside of their home! Also, the dress that Francesca is wearing is the first dress i ever sold in my Etsy shop, so it was very cool to see it here!
I love seeing the things that i've sold in picture's on other people's blogs and flickr pages! whenever i see one, i get really excited and i always leave some sort of comment. of course, sometimes, i just randomly stumble across them, so i end up leaving comments on random people's flickr and it does make me feel a little bit stalker-ish! but i can't help it, its just the coolest thing to see the stuff you sold being worn well and looking great on other folks. maybe those of you with your own stores can understand.... do you end up feeling super excited/happy when you see stuff from your store being worn?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Brown 50's dress

I've worn this dress a bunch of times since i've gotten it, i just love the little bow on the front!

i think i look a little sad in these pictures... i took another version with me smiling, but these ones just seemed to reflect my mood more. things have been a bit rougher in grad school for me recently, but i suppose that's how it goes, the ups and downs. oh, but speaking of grad school, it was mentioned in one of the comments that i have the word 'science' in my blog description. that's because when i started the blog, i wanted to try and incorporate a little bit of what i do during the day (science research) into the blog. i've been trying to think of the right way to do it, and it turns out its been a bit harder than i thought, cause i don't want to bore you all to tears. but i think i've come up with a good post, so sometime this weekend i'll put up my first science-related post, but i promise it will be cool, not horrible! :)
hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and a great 4th of july!!!