Archive | April, 2011

Hello, Gorgeous!

27 Apr

I wouldn’t consider myself a “Gleek” by any stretch of the word but last night I did tune in to the 90 minute episode of Glee. The episode was about self acceptance with a big ending number to the Lady Gaga song Born this Way. I think we are all born with something(s) that we are insecure about. Lea Michele’s character, Rachel was contemplating a nose job and her fellow glee members convinced her otherwise using her idol Barbra Streisand and her Jewish culture as a reference to discourage her from the procedure. Kurt explains that Barbra redefined what was considered beautiful by not altering a thing to fit society’s standard of beauty. I can admit, with my Italian heritage I can relate to a side profile like Barbra’s or Rachel’s insecurities about her nose. One time, I casually mentioned to my mother that I would like a nose job and her response was “oh, for the bump?” Well, no ma, but thanks for making me aware of that now. I just wanted something a little smaller – a cute little button nose. To be honest, I’ve gotten over the nose thing and kind of like my nose because I think it looks like my grandfather’s.

 When Barbra spoke to Playboy magazine in 1977  this is what she said when asked about having her nose done:   . . . See, I wouldn’t do it conventionally. When I was young, everyone would say, “You gonna have your nose done?” It was like a fad, all the Jewish girls having their noses done every week at Erasmus Hall High School, taking perfectly good noses and whittling them down to nothing. The first thing someone would have done would be to cut my bump off. But I love my bump, I wouldn’t cut my bump off.

Barbra’s success has been unmeasurable – writer, director, producer, actress.Who wouldn’t want to be Funny Girl anyways?

-AP

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Keep on Rockin’

19 Apr

This past weekend the Coachella music festival happened in Indio, California with amazing musical performances by the likes of The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons to Kanye West.  Besides the entertainment, there has also been a lot of talk about the fashion happening at the festival. Really, what goes better than music and fashion? Not much (well, except maybe vodka and lemonade). In a tribute to music and fashion here are my picks  of some amazing front women who have influenced the music world but also the fashion world.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Debbie Harry of Blondie

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders

Madonna

Courtney Love

 -AP

Pick of the Week

8 Apr

I’ve never really been one for cream blushes but a recent trip to Sephora has made me a believer. I couldn’t resist the half off price tag but also the beautiful colour from Philosophy. Although they are primarily known for their skin care and bath and body products, I’m intrigued to try out some more of their makeup too. The blush is called  Supernatural lit from within cream blush. I went with the shade warm all over and that is exactly what it did to my cheeks with a beautiful peachy/gold shade. It gives my skin just the right amount of radiance and healthy colour. It blends really nice and seems to last all day.  I’m hoping this will give my skin a pick me up after this long and dreary winter.  Worth checking out if you want a more natural looking blush and  if you want to add something to your Spring look.

-AP

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