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· July 26, 2008 11:36 PM by Dain
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· July 8, 2008 11:34 AM by Colleen Shirazi
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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: July 2008
The Weekend Blogger: Close a door, open a window
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 26, 2008 11:06 PM (Eastern)
Hm, there's nothing quite so magical as the hour of 5, post meridian, on a Friday. Eyes begin to sparkle, steps wax lively; there is harmony of motion, towards the elevators, towards the street, towards mass transit.
So, what have I been up to? There are masses of summer sales going on right now, just when you're being mauled by the exorbitant prices of gas, health care, water (I kid you not; after years of pissing rain around here, our municipal utility district has the nerve to cry "water shortage"), rice ($20 a bag at Costco for the good stuff), oh, what else...it's cheaper to be a cocaine addict than to be an ordinary citizen.
Hence, the extraordinary summer sales. No one has cash to spend, so, logically, retail has to cut prices or else sit on their summer merchandise. Banana Republic, The Gap, J.Crew, Eddie Bauer, Land's End...those are the obvious ones...now have prices comparable to those of way crappy stores. Like any other good sales, you have to dig, and the sizes do tend to run from extra small to small, then jump straight to extra extra large, and the white blouses tend to be, in the words of Lloyd Cole (ask your mother)...gone, gone, gone, pretty gone.
I had this cute number in my cart today:
...a bit stunned at finding a nice-looking white top at a good price. It's rayon, not the cotton I was seeking--The Gap has some nice white cotton blouses on sale right now, but not the ones I want in the right sizes--and it is sleeveless, which is okay I suppose.
I had this number in the cart along with some stuff from their 30% off sale. The latter are not clearance items, so all the sizes are there. Plus it's a flat $7 shipping. Plus you can use the same $7 for purchases across The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Piperlime.
It's all been a bit of a shock.
Take this yellow dress:
Isn't it nice? I'm talking about for someone who isn't twenty years old. Pima cotton/modal rayon/spandex, machine wash, that sweet detail of tiny ruffles at the hem. It's really pretty darn decent.
I went to Eddie Bauer recently and got this...creamy...pima cotton tank top, with all the details: smaller arm-holes, so you don't get "side boob"; slightly higher neck, wider straps, longer length with these teeny side vents. Lovely light yellow (a killer clothing color for blondes) and a light aquamarine blue--for $10 each. The same price for dreary tank tops at Target, which don't cover bra straps, don't conceal "the vault," straps fall down, et cetera, et cetera.
That's probably it for clothes shopping for me, until cooler weather sets in. What I'd like next entails boots, possibly shoes...more planning involved. I'll likely tap the outlets in Napa for those.
The Weekend Blogger: Bit o' honey
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, July 18, 2008 11:45 PM (Eastern)
An Earnest Sewn Co.'s invitation to A NEW HIVE
...An art installation inspired by the worldwide en masse disappearance of honeybees
by Derrick R. Cruz of Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons
Proceeds from A NEW HIVE support the establishment of beehives in public gardens, educational programs focusing on the importance of bees and the art of beekeeping, as well as research for the development of sustainable beekeeping practices.
I've often commended the labor of bees (but then I ponder the engineering of spiders). What you see is the honey, and it's simple, and you eat it. But how many bees travelled how many miles to gather nectar from hundreds of flowers, to alchemize said nectar into what you see. I prefer honey to sugar, myself.
What I've been up to...
Not much else to add; I may go to a bead show this weekend, although I'm not sure.
The Weekend Blogger: Happy 4th of July!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, July 04, 2008 10:04 PM (Eastern)
You'll really like this song.
Now that I've rejoined the 9-to-5 culture, I can admit this holiday has become, well, okay, a paid holiday, yet it is still Independence Day of course, and let it ever remain the magnificent celebration it is.
I hate to finish on a sour note, but I've run out of things to say.
Have a great holiday!
Beauty Notes: I Like This
Posted by Joy Rothke, 9:44 PM (Eastern)
Saaf Organic Enriching Hair Oil
Saaf is a new product line developed by Dr. Mah Hussain-Gambles, a UK-based homeopath and pharmacologist. Her Hair Oil ($54.95/3.4 oz.) is part of a skin and bodycare line designed to be "Highly Effective, Totally Organic, Utterly Ethical." All products are vegetarian, alcohol-free, non-irradiated, free from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Halal and Kosher.
The hair oil is represented as being for fine, flyaway hair and split ends, but I found it especially effective on my thick and dry hair. I rub two or three drops between my hands, and apply it to the length of my wet hair. It adds softness, defrizzes and absorbs quickly. Ingredients include Mustard Seed oil, Sesame oil, Neem extract and natural Vitamin E; Rosemary, Bay Leaf and Ylang-Ylang essential oils. While this oil is pricey, it's quite concentrated, and I'd estimate my bottle will last at least a year.
Beautorium, a new online beauty boutique, is the exclusive US distributor for Saaf. They also sell a variety of hard-to-find, organic, international products--and offer wonderful customer service.
Parissa Natural Hair Removal Systems
Waxing isn't fun, but Parissa's Express Wax Strips ($9) are easy to use, virtually painless and get the job done.
The Express strips are designed for face and bikini; I've only used them on my face. Each box includes eight double-sided wax strips and a vial of azulene oil. You separate the strips, press against your upper lip chin or brow line, and pull off. Each strip can be reused several times to get rid of any errant hairs, and any wax left on your face can be easily removed with the azulene oil. It's fast and takes little to no expertise.
Parissa also sells a variety of other waxing systems for the rest of your body.
Lily Gulch Soaps
Until I discovered artisan soapmakers like Lily Gulch, I hadn't used bar soap in at least 15 years, finding it poison to my dry skin. Of course, the only bar soap I'd ever used was the junk from the supermarket or so-called "glycerine" bars I bought at various places. I didn't know that those soaps weren't soaps at all, but detergents. I just knew they didn't work, and I stuck to gels.
Lily Gulch has been producing old-fashioned, handmade, cold process soap in Evergreen, Colorado since 1995. They sell dozens of scented and unscented bars, and I've been testing their best-selling almond soap ($5.50/4.5 oz.) for the past couple of weeks. Tucked into my Soap Cinch, I'm enjoying the subtle almond fragrance as well as the fact it cleans well without leaving my skin dry and parched.
The Soap Cinch
I refuse to keep my artisan soap in a soap dish, unless I'm interested in washing with a slimy, melting mess. Soap Cinch ($6.85) has come up with a new take on a soap keeper. It's a hemp bag that holds most sizes of bar soap and doubles as a washcloth/exfoliator. There's an elastic tab at the bottom that allows you to connect two or more Soap Cinches to form a back scrubber.
Supracor Stimulite Bath Mitt
The first time you see the Supracor Stimulite Bath Mitt, it looks like it's made of some sort of bubble wrap, but it's actually a proprietary material called Stimulite® Honeycomb. It's available in a variety of lifestyle and medical products, including bath mitts and facial sponges.
Stimulite® is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. You can use the Bath Mitt ($32) wet with soap or shower gel for cleansing, or for dry brushing of your skin to encourage cell turnover and lymph system stimulation.