After Yang: Finding Meaning in a Life without Cristina


Oooooh boy.  Deeeeeep breaths.  We don’t know about you, but we’re huge fans of Grey’s Anatomy here at Illuminaughty Boutique, and… last night’s episode was hard.  No spoilers here– we promise!– though we will let you know that Sandra Oh is apparently still alive and well.  It was just really, really emotionally hard.

We all feel vulnerable right now.  After all, we just lost our “person.”  The question now becomes… how do we go on with life? Continue reading

Trepanning: The Bindi on Steroids


If you follow celebrity news, you’ve probably seen some pictures over the past few years of some of our favorite stars sporting a little dot in between their eyes, otherwise known as the bindi.  This beauty mark has been received from South Asian tradition (particularly Hinduism), and we’ve got to admit– we love it! Continue reading

38 Mise en Abyme GIFs that Will Make Your Brain Bleed… OR WORSE


The mise en abyme.  Of course a mindfuck of this degree has a French name.  You’ve encountered this effect if you’ve ever accidentally lined up two mirrors or watched Inception.  Or the Japanese movie Paprika, for that matter.  Well, some more expert reporting from over at Bustle (if you don’t follow them yet, you should) has revealed that a woman has gotten a tattoo of her own selfie.


If you can’t see the maddening possibilities for this yet, let’s explain.  She can now take a selfie that shows her tattoo of her selfie, and then get that tattooed on her other arm.  Then she can take another selfie, and another selfie, and another, and another…

To prepare your brain for this, we’ve compiled some animated mise en abyme GIFs from around the Web.  Enjoy!

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