Archive | April 2008

Hands

After a week or two of manual labor in the yard and packing box upon box, as well as moving furniture around, today’s topic is more than relevant to me: taking care of your hands. Your hands will be one of the first parts of your body to show your age if you don’t take care of them. Here are some tips I stole from About.com:

* Wear a high SPF sunscreen on the backs of your hands every day, even in winter and on cloudy days.

* Wear gloves every time you wash dishes or handwash clothing.

* Use a mild pH soap when washing your hands.

* Put lotion on your hands after you wash them, every time!

* Always wear gloves when you garden or do heavy housework.

* Wear gloves to protect your hands from cold weather.

* Get manicures from reputable spas or nail salons that practice good sanitation.

One very easy and quick thing I do is, after applying facial moisturizer (with SPF, of course), I rub the excess onto the backs of my hands. I keep hand cream in my desk drawer at work and under the sink next to the dishwashing soap. The spa manicure will have to wait until after the move is finished, but I assure you, it’s on the to-do list!

Beautiful Child

I discovered this article while cruising around online this afternoon: Your Child is Beautiful–What is a Parent to Do?

Some hightlights of the article (for those you who are going to cheat and not really read it, shhhhh):

*Mothers are more likely to be more attentive toward a beautiful infant.

*Children who are attractive are perceived as having more positive virtues.

*Even people who knows a child intimately will judge them differently if they are unattractive.

It’s disturbing but not surprising that appearance is such a huge factor even for infants and children, long before they are aware of society’s obsession with looks. It’s particularly disturbing that attractive babies receive more attention from their mothers (no data on fathers, I suppose. Typical.) I’m sure people are barely aware of their bias or behavior when children are involved, especially their own. It is sad that such a shallow message is delivered to children so young.

What are your thoughts or opinions on this? Is an emphasis on appearance so extensive that we actually tend less to children we don’t view as attractive?

Wait!

Hello, readers. You may be wondering if I abandoned this blog, fell off the earth, or got trampled in a Sephora clearance stampede. Fear not. I’m alive and still typing, but I’ve had a setback (a family emergency) that has me temporarily reeling.

However, I will be back, and soon. I enjoy this blog and am determined to keep going, keep blogging, keep living.
See you soon!

Rocket Dog Shoe Fetish!

I’m going to blame my boyfriend Gary for my shoe fetish, since he bought me a pair of black polka dot wedge sandals last year that gathered so many compliments, I started really paying attention to shoes. And wanting shoes! When I’m up to my neck in debt but have a breathtaking shoe collection, we know who to blame, don’t we?

I saw these online recently (above) and adore them. They’re the Rocket Dog Cuba, and there’s something both old-fashioned and modern about them that I find irrestible.


These red sandals (at right) don’t match a thing in my closet, but I love them and wanted to give them an honorable mention! These are the Rocket Dog Patty Cake sandals in Foxy Red…and luckily for me, they also come in black!

And…if you really want to show your Lipstick Graffiti love…how about the Rocket Dog Exam pink plaid shoes (below)? The plaid is reminiscent of my blog background, so how could I possibly not love them?

Best Perfumes: High End and Economy

Hands down, my favorite perfume ever is Coco Mademoiselle. It’s an oriental fragrance but not suffocating like Poison or Opium. It’s sexy without being overwhelming…sophisticated and elegant. Keep a light hand, as it can be strong if you use too much. And with a price tag of $95 for 0.25 ounces, you won’t want to waste it! But the scent lasts forever and makes it worth the money if you can afford to splurge.

Not all pretty fragrances require small loans, however. If you can get past the disappointing, 80’s sounding name, Prince Matchabelli New Musk Cologne Spray goes for about $10 ($9 on the Amazon. com link above, or else it is easily found in Walgreens or CVS), then this cologne might deliver for you. I don’t remember how or why I ever tested this fragrance, since I hate the word “musk” (it reminds me of deer, what can I say, I grew up in hunting country), and I can’t stand the smell of any musk perfumes or colognes. This is more of a gentle, pretty floral, also a scent family I don’t usually like, but I get a lot of compliments when I wear this. I was also pleasantly surprised at its staying power. This fragrance sticks around in a soft way.

What are your favorite perfumes or fragrances at both price points (splurge and economy)?

Classy

So much attention is heaped upon celebrities who entertain small minds with idiotic behavior and tacky stunts that I wanted to devote today’s entry to women who are not only beautiful, but also classy, women you could sit down and have a conversation with, without the nagging urge to douse every surface with Lysol after they hobbled off.

#1. Natalie Portman

I’ve seen this woman in movies and read interviews with her, and I am still impressed. Instead of revelling in brandishing her crotch to the paparazzi, a la Britney, she has a brain, and she uses it. She has turned down roles because of the gratuitious nudity of the character, and she has stated she takes pride in being a good role model for young girls. It’s sad this is so rare in Hollywood, but I appreciate her intelligence and maturity.

#2. Linda Carter

C’mon…Wonder Woman…enough said.

Also, because of this: The son of one of her stunt doubles, Jeannie Epper, told his classmates that his mother was Lynda’s stunt double on the series “Wonder Woman” (1976), but they didn’t believe him, not even after he showed them a picture of his mother in the Wonder Woman costume from the set. When Lynda herself found out about this, she invited the boy’s class to the set so they could see Jeannie herself in action (source: IMDB).

#3. Ashley Judd

Ms. Judd is one of the only celebrities who actually impressed me in an interview instead of prompting me to roll my eyes or cringe in pain. She is outspoken, smart, and strong. According to IMDB, she turned down a larger role in Kuffs (1992) because she was asked to do nude scenes. She responded, “My mother worked too hard for me to take my clothes off in my first movie.” She is a self-proclaimed feminist, and she has modeled her “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt for the Ms. Foundation and Ms. Online (ms.magazine.com), as have Whoopi Goldberg, Camryn Manheim and Margaret Cho.

Who else should make the list? What other celebrities buck the trend by being classy and intelligent?

Your First Make-Up

What is the first make-up you remember playing with? When I was very little, I loved the row of my mom’s lipsticks in our bathroom, and I had playsets with plastic makeup, but the first cosmetic item I remember buying for myself was a peppermint flavored Maybelline lipgloss. Anyone remember those? They were in short, red-and-white chunky cases with rounded caps, and the lipgloss itself was swirled like a peppermint candy, and heavily fragranced like mint! I loved that lipgloss. I couldn’t find a picture of it to post here, as it was discontinued many moons ago.

My 4-year-old stepdaughter was playing with the lipsticks in the bathroom drawer, swiveling one tube up and down after applying the color to her lips, teeth, and nose in an attempt to put it on her mouth, and she commented happily, “Playing with lipstick is fun.”

I have to agree. How many girls’ first make-up item is lipstick or lipgloss? There’s an allure to lipstick, a woman-ness, at risk of sounding silly, but I can’t be the only woman whose boyfriends said they liked watching us put on lipstick, or who watched their mothers put on lipstick and were thrilled when the color was offered up to try out ourselves.

I distinctly recall one make-up playset I had, because the toy nail polish bottles actually contained a liquid of some sort, and I loved that they looked “real”. My little brother, about 3 years old at the time, got a notion into his daredevil head to pop one of those bottles open and drink the fake nail polish, and I was hysterical, certain that the colored fake polish was going to do him in. Apparently it was mostly food coloring, because he was none the worse for the experiment, but the rest of my make-up kit was taken away if any item remotely resembled something that could be pried, twisted, or popped open by devious little paws.

Thanks, Paul (my kid brother, who is now 31 years old but still a daredevil). Maybe for his next birthday, I will buy him a 6-pack of nail polishes for old time’s sake.