Saturday, January 28, 2012

Taking it Back...

One of my all time favorite songs is Black, originally by Pearl Jam. It was during my high school years when the whole Seattle grunge scene started and that song was at the top of the list for me.



This version is by Aaron Lewis from Staind. One of my favorite songs being covered by one of my favorite singers. Sounds good to me! Enjoy! 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Your Friendly Glambassador is Back...

And I come to you with a product review! 


It is always exciting when a trusted brand delves into new territory. Olay is now offering a gentle way to remove those unwanted facial hairs. Their new Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo offers a pain-free option. Their two part process includes the Olay Skin Guarding Balm which adds a layer of protection against redness and irritation. Step Two is the Olay Hair Removal Cream which is applied over the balm and within 6-8 minutes will have you looking gorgeous! 

What is my opinion? 
I have made no secret of my love for Olay products and have been using their lotions since my teenage years. This is a wonderful addition to their line. While some hair removal products have a very pungent smell the Olay version is very light. It left my sensitive skin with no redness. If you are looking for a new hair removal option I give this one my stamp of approval!
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Need These In My Life

Ever since I first spied the Restoration Hardware Vintage Birdcage Chandelier's on the pages of Elle Decor I have been smitten with them. 

After seeing them in person at the newest Houston location of the store, my desire for them has grown. They are even more gorgeous in person...like standing in the middle of the store mouth wide opened gawking without caring that the staff thinks you are a moron gorgeous! 

Unfortunately the price tag is equally jaw dropping, but in the opposite way. But aaahhhh if there were no mortgage to think of these would so be mine. Though I would probably also need a larger house because I don't think my current foyer is grand enough for this beauty! ;) 


Photos via Restoration Hardware.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Monday


Happy Monday!
 I thought we could start the week off on a high note by saying cheers to David Beckham for signing on with the LA Galaxy for two more years. OK so truthfully I am not much of a soccer fan, but with the current situation in our country with men fighting over who is the biggest perv, jerk, cheater, etc., (and THESE are the ones trying to run our country), is it so bad to have something pretty representing our country via the sports world? I think not! 

photo via pinterest

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cure for Writer's Block

At times after writing a blog for several years it is hard to think of new topics to keep it fresh and entertaining. I often find inspiration in creative journals. If you have something pretty or interesting to jot down your thoughts in then they will come out....or at least I tell myself that as I increase my journal collection. 

One of my favorite places to go for all things paper, including journals is Paper Source...it also helps that our local location is smack in between my other obsessions Anthropologie and Sprinkles! 
 A journal for those days when you want to vent, but need to shut it to keep from getting fired, starting a family feud or in some form or fashion pissing someone off. 
 One for writing down those travel plans, or keeping track of your favorite details while on a trip. I just booked a birthday trip to Hollywood so perhaps I will pick this one up to help stay organized. 
And who wouldn't be inspired with this little cutie looking out over the horizon! 

Speaking of writing... 


Glamour sent me a new book to review called Always Hit on the Wingman...and 9 Other Secret Rules for Getting the Love Life You Want.  For more than fifty years Glamour magazine has had a male columnist on staff to give dating advice to women. While this male has changed over this years he is always referred to as Jake. Well one of the Jake's went off and found love and is now back to tell women how to catch others like himself. Single and looking for your man? Perhaps some of these tips will come in handy. From ways to make him think commitment was his idea to how flirting with his friend at first can reel in the guy you really want this book takes the Glamour column to a new level. Check it out here

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bonjour

For a year or two now my desire to visit France has been increasing. I have never been, but since it is the birthplace of my descendants I have always had an urge to see where my roots were from. The latest release of my favorite Disney movie Beauty and the Beast is not helping my longing any. I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.






















And when said adventure is found...I shall be wearing this fabulous dress! Though it may be a tad bit over the top for the bike and flower basket! ;)



images via pinterest

Monday, January 16, 2012

Random Thoughts While Watching the Golden Globes

Seeing as how the Golden Globes supply the attendees with liquor all night you would think the show would be a little, no a LOT, more entertaining. Since it did not hold my attention my mind started wandering...here are the outtakes: 

Why does Kelly Osbourne look like the lady on the card game Old Maid? Talk about growing up too fast. And she is so cute with normal colored hair. 

Johnny Depp always scratches. Does he have fleas? He should just stay dressed up like a pirate everyday. It really fits him better.

Instead of nice pleasant music when people take too long with their acceptance speeches there should be people on the side stage screaming profanity at them to hurry up. That should work and for the record I would like to sign up for when Madonna is up there. 

Speaking of Madonna...does Elton John secretly want to gouge her eyes out with his teaspoon for talking about Lady Gaga in her recent interviews? And why does she try to make everyone around her feel like an imbecile? 

Elle Macpherson how do you do it? You look the same as you did when I was 18! I sadly do not. 

I bet Snoop Dogg would love to date Emily Blunt so he could introduce her. He would probably want to take her name if they were married. 

George Clooney...just when I decide it is time to retire you from my top 5 there you go being charming and plop yourself right back on the list. 

Somewhere along the way I fell asleep only to be awoken by none other than Robert Downey, Jr. And with the best we shall end this post!


photo via pinterest

Happy Monday AND...

More importantly Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! 


This morning when I turned on my television the first thing I saw were reports from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC. I thought how proud he would be that people of all ages, all races and from all walks of life were descending upon his memorial to pay their respects. His humanitarian efforts and beliefs that he gave his life for made the world that we live in today less ignorant and hateful. His words today are still as powerful as when they were spoken decades ago:

"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better."

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"


"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness."

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

Let's all strive to continue in the vein of Martin Luther King Jr. Set aside differences. Do not judge others for their beliefs, the culture in which they are born or whom they choose to have a relationship with. 

 Get out and do something for others. To set the tone I volunteered to help prepare food for the Meals On Wheels program. No matter how large or small the task we can all help do our part. 

Happy Monday everyone! 





Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Makeup Guru Circa 1988

Bret Michaels appeared on Extreme Home Makeover this past week, much to my coworkers delight. She was describing the episode to me and went on about how she had always had a crush on the Poison front man. She was wondering if he was wearing makeup on the show. Despite the fact that she is hip to the appeal of rockstars she is in her early 60's, an era where Frankie Avalon and Fabian did not wear lip liner and blush. It made me reminisce when I told her, "Why of course he was...I learned everything about makeup from my Poison poster when I was a teen!" 
This exact poster in fact I had showcased in my room. Right next to the shrine to Nikki Sixx, lifesize poster of Lenny Kravitz and any other guys that would make my dad cringe. At the time I thought the Poison guys were the prettiest people I had ever seen. Now I am pretty much thinking that their influence probably had me looking like a...well you can fill that in!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Must Have For DIY Manicures

Being a long time fan of Sally Hansen products for both their quality and affordability, I couldn't wait to try their new offerings that came with the holiday season. Unfortunately time got away from me and the festivities of December almost past me up before my manicure caught up. Just in time for New Year's Eve, however, I gave my nails a makeover with the Salon Effects
    
My pick was the classic argyle print. For those who haven't tried this product the strips are so easy to apply and they last much longer than regular nail polish. My day to day job requires me to wear gloves and this is the only polish I have found that will not peel and chip at work. 


The line of Salon Effects feature many colors, prints, glittery styles and holiday designs. A tip for those with short nails...You can cut the individual strips in half to get twice the use out of each box. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Monday


Nothing says happy like a guinea in a sombrero! That is seriously the cutest thing I have seen all day! 

I hope Monday is going great for all of you! 


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Welcoming in 2012...

Albeit a little late! Happy 2012 everyone!

My holiday season included packing up and driving fifteen hours to Tennessee to see my family. It had been way too long since we made the trek! 
I am happiest with all of my kiddos around. The only
bad thing about seeing all of my aunts, uncles and cousins is that I miss them that much more when I come back to Texas.


But alas all good things must come to and end and we had to hurry home to see one of our best friends get married on New Year's Eve. If I look tired and ragged it is because I was! LOL! 

How is the start of 2012 working out for everyone? Any resolutions? My resolution was to not lie to myself by making any this year! ;) 

Let's hope the Mayans are wrong and we have longer than December to hang around! Nothing against 
John Cusack, but I'd hate for him to be left here all alone to fend for himself! Perhaps I need to resolve to watch less television. Just in case they are right though, (which I seriously do not anticipate), let's make this an awesome year to remember!