Archive | March, 2011

A True Beauty

30 Mar

As I was driving home from work today and listening to the radio the DJ made a reference to the late Elizabeth Taylor  and referred to her as a smoke show in her heyday. I think it is clear that she is gorgeous but in this day and age would she be considered a smoke show? I would consider her a smoke show in any decade but I feel like there are differences between what men and women consider “hot”. I was thrilled that he would say that about her but was actually a little surprised. In the current year of 2011 it seems that a lot of beauty is fake and Taylor (to me) was a classic. Just curious if anyone had any thoughts on this?

-AP

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My First . . .

22 Mar

Most people have a story or a memory of their first kiss. I can’t say I particularly remember all of my first kiss details but something  I do remember vividly is the first lipstick I ever bought. I don’t know if this says a lot about me or the boy. Nevertheless, this started my long-lasting love affair with makeup. Boys, shmoys – makeup has never disappointed me and always makes me feel good.

Picture it. Small Town, Ontario. 1995. I was in grade 8 at the time and I had been off of school for 2 weeks with strep throat. When I got back to school all the girls and I mean everyone was wearing lipstick or some sort of makeup. Now at the tender age of 13 this was very monumental. So, like “everyone else” I also needed some colour on my face. The shade was a Revlon colour called cocoa and it was one of those super matte/long wearing lipsticks. You may also remember similar colours from Revlon in Toast of New York and Coffee Bean (which still do exist) similar to this matte cocoa colour that I thought was just amazing. Seeing as my mother doesn’t wear makeup I remember being with my friend and her mom in Shoppers Drug Mart purchasing this shade. My own mother thought it was a tad dark but I thought it complimented my dark hair and eyes wonderfully. When I think about it now, I probably did look a touch ridiculous. Here’s this child with no makeup on the rest of her face and dark lips. My sense of fashion hadn’t yet evolved yet either so I’m sure it also looked silly seeing this preppy girl with no angst to her with such a shade on her lips. After lipstick I started with some clear mascara, then pressed powder by Cornsilk. I probably didn’t need the powder but after all I was “experimenting”.

For some reason I can’t seem to find my grade 8 picture . . . well maybe find isn’t the correct word, more like never want to look at again,  but that’s another story all together.

-AP

J’Adore

18 Mar

If I was to consider Sephora  mecca, than I think I have found my version of heaven. It is the Dior Institut (Spa) which has locations in various spots in the world including Athens, Warsaw, Marrakesh, Moscow, Mexico City, Saint Martin, Guadalajara and of course Paris. The instituts (spas) look absolutely gorgeous but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Dior.

If I make it to heaven and this is where I end up, I would love to pick the Paris locations to be closer to the house of Dior and get the full Parisian/Dior experience. I cannot say too much on these spas due to the obvious fact that I have yet to experience one but the pictures are enough for me.  I love everything about Dior (well, except maybe the price tag in my current financial situation) and the fact that they have spas makes me love them even more.

I have to say that lately I have a burning desire or how you say, “je ne sais quoi”, to go to Paris. Yesterday I spent some time with a good friend who also wants to go and everywhere we went there were pictures or knick knacks of the Eiffel Tower which was obviously just a huge sign for us to hop on a plane and go.  My list of things that I want to accomplish just keeps getting longer and longer.

*Me with my “French moustache” and daydreaming of Paris*

-AP

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

2 Mar

In honour of Dr. Seuss’s birthday I had some green eggs and ham for breakfast. I also re-read Oh, The Places You’ll Go and realized this little gem really isn’t just for children. I haven’t read a Dr. Seuss book in years but I think this book has a profound statement to children and adults. This would be a great book for anyone at a crossroads, thinking of moving, finishing highschool, college, university, starting a new career or even in a slump. I don’t know why I picked this particular book to read this morning, but I’m glad I did. Almost made me cry (geesh, I’ve turned into such a sap). Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss and thanks for all the words of wisdom!

 

“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)”

-Dr. Seuss   Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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