Friday, February 28, 2014

It's Not Fugly; It's Fashion!

What is it with me and controversial footwear these days? First the UGGs, and now that I’m planning ahead for summer, what do I gravitate toward? The Birkenstock. You read that correctly. I guess now that I’ve turned 31, I’ve reached the point where I’ve stopped caring so much what everyone else thinks about what I’m wearing. 

Confession time: most of my jeans are, in fact, jeggings. They have a button and a zipper and everything, but… yeah. I prefer to feel like I’m wearing pajamas even when I’m fully dressed. If things can be stylish and comfortable at the same time, I’m a happy kitty, but I will choose comfort over style any day of the week. 

I rocked Birks back in the early 2000s, and they were the most insanely comfortable shoes I owned. I wore them until the straps on one pair snapped, and a dog gnawed on the other pair not terribly long after. It was fine; it was getting cold out, anyway. But when summer rolled around again, I mourned the loss of what my uncle jokingly called my “Jesus sandals.” For some bizarre reason, I never got around to replacing them, but that may be what I do with some of my birthday money. 

Survey says? Hate them? Love them?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A to Z: Challenge Accepted

So… I joined the A to Z blogging challenge. Basically, you blog every day of April (with Sundays off), and your post has to start with that letter of the alphabet. Am I completely crazy for doing this? Or is it going to be a super fun and interesting thing to do? I honestly have no idea. Wish me luck, and feel free to drop suggestions for things I should blog about during the month of April! 

(Seriously. Give me suggestions, guys. Help!)

Monday, February 24, 2014

The UGG Debate

So here’s the thing about UGGs. They are not attractive. They’re clunky, rounded, and depending on the color, they look like you’re wearing a whale or a manatee on your feet. I’m not even sure they classify as “so ugly they’re cute.” What they are is warm and comfortable.

I have post-traumatic arthritis in my left foot thanks to snapping it in half, and my right foot has been broken either three or four times. I think four, but I honestly can’t remember since I’ve also sprained both feet on numerous occasions. Good times! 

The point being? Sometimes you can’t worry so much about fashion. Sometimes you have to think about function, and with another bout of cold weather looming on the horizon, all I want is to keep my sore, aching feet warm so they hurt less.

What’s your stance on UGGs? Worth the ugh-factor, or so fugly nothing can get you to wear them?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cups (When I'm Gone)

I try not to babble obsessively about my love of coffee, but I really effing love the stuff. There are very few Starbucks cafes in the Jackson area, so I’ve almost exclusively frequented Cups. That has changed. Cups, I am so breaking up with you, and here’s why!

- varied pricing; one day two 16oz lattes might cost $7.70, the next, $9.15. Uh… we’re not changing our orders, guys. What gives?

- slow, slow, slow service. As in a twenty minute wait in the narrow, inescapable drive-thru lane. Once you’re in line and there are people behind you, the solid concrete divider alongside the lane keeps you there. Who’s gonna wait all that time and leave their coffee in protest? Nobody, that’s who. I don’t like underhanded traps like that, Cups. 

- half the time, your order is wrong, and if you catch the mistake before you drive away, they act like correcting their mistake is a huge favor to you. 

- their sugar-free syrups are very limited, only caramel and vanilla.

- unprofessional staff. Many a time have I glanced into the window while waiting for the coffee (another five minute wait after twenty in line!) to see the girls giggling and flirting with the guys, chatting on their phones, or dancing. Yup, dancing. Make my damn coffee!

So I have begun my love affair with Fusion. Their coffee is better. Their staff is professional. They have sugar-free syrups in every flavor except butterscotch, and that is unheard of. They have a wider variety of drinks, and the atmosphere of the cafe is awesome. Black and white pictures of Frank Sinatra decorate the walls. Massive, shiny Macs sit, waiting to be used by coffee-addicted customers. The downside to Fusion?

- no drive-thru.

So, yeah. I’ll happily burn off some of the calories I plan to consume by getting out of the car, walking up the steps, and standing in line. 

Hey, Cups? You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. 

(If you don’t get the joke, click here!)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday Wants #5

Another too-tired-to-use-a-computer-so-I’m-posting-from-my-phone entry. This is (unfortunately) a very unrealistic want, but hey, I’m allowed to share the adorableness! I want a Borzoi puppy. My uncle calls them “alien-head dogs,” but I don’t care. I think they’re precious as puppies and absolutely beautiful when they’re grown. Look at their little faces!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Be Beautiful

Winter is hellish on the skin, as everyone knows. It’s turned even my skin into a parched, flaking mess. I’ve been going makeup free to spare my skin as much as possible, but the other day I lifted my self-imposed foundation ban and delved into the murky waters of an untested product. The results were very surprising.

You see, my lovelies, I was… horrifically wrong mistaken: products containing mineral oil are not necessarily the spawn of Satan. 

It all started when I washed my face as usual with a Korres cleanser formulated for sensitive skin. I have never had any issues with it before; I hadn’t changed any products. The only difference was I was taking an antibiotic for a throat infection. All of a sudden, my face felt tight and sore, and a patch of skin literally flaked off of my face, leaving red, sensitive skin exposed.

Problem? I had to leave the house, and I will never set foot outside without sunscreen. 

Even bigger problem? Every sunscreen-containing product I owned burned like I’d doused my face with acid. 

Enter Sleek Makeup’s Be Beautiful Blemish Balm.

In desperation, I opened a product I received back in November and hadn’t tried because of one ingredient: mineral oil. But since I was desperate, I tested a small patch on my sore, red face, and… it didn’t burn. 

Not only that, but it matched my pale skin perfectly, the coverage was high enough to conceal my redness, and as the day wore on, so did the BB cream, never creasing, flaking, or caking into dry areas. By the end of the day, I was so relieved to see the faintest hint of a sheen on my nose, meaning the product had kept my poor, dehydrated skin moist.

I’ve been using it daily ever since without seeing a single lumpy, under the skin breakout or increase in blackhead production, both things I’ve blamed on mineral oil in the past.

The skincare community remains divided. Caroline Hirons swears it clogs pores, which the derms over at Paula’s Choice claim “cosmetics-grade mineral oil and petrolatum are considered the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found.” While they also caution against mineral oil if your skin is oily, while mine is parched and flaky, I will cling to my Sleek BB cream and recommend it to every drier-skinned gal I know.

Friday, February 14, 2014


(I apologize for the horrendous pun. Unless I get another pair of Frye boots on a Friday, you won't have to suffer it again!)

With my birthday coming up on the 23rd, I have a valid excuse to do a little shopping. These babies, whose arrival in the mail I anxiously await, are a gift from my aunt, and they are the Frye Melissa Button Zip Short in “slate glazed vintage leather.” The leather has a worn effect that will only look better with age. It doesn’t hurt that gray is my favorite color. 

I have horrible feet, and I live in boots year round, only breaking out my Converse sneakers or a pair of sandals if I know I’m going to be out in the hot sun all day. But for daily wear? Boots all the way. They offer more ankle stability than other shoes, and I’ll take all the help I can get. These are also relatively flat, so they’ll be fantastic for walking around. Hurry up, mail! 

And many thanks to my aunt for the pretties!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday Wants #4

Oh, Zara, why must you do this to me? It’s almost mid-February, meaning the temperatures will warm up soon. I’m loving this jacket for spring when it’s too cold to get away with only a light sweater but not cold enough for a heavy coat. 

And it’s not real leather, so it’s something my vegan friends can wear, too! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Blog Rec!

So… some weather we’ve been having, right? I promise not to turn this entry into a Bible-length rant about how it is not normal to have freezing rain and snow in Mississippi, but seriously, guys? Finland called. They want their weather back. (Okay, so they probably don’t, but we don’t want it, either!)

I’ve been remiss in my duties lately due to the strange, vile illness that won’t loosen its grip on me, but I will be back sooner rather than later with more reviews and recommendations. Until then, have a blog recommendation. 

If you’re interested in more macabre history and folklore the way I am, you’ll love Angel’s second blog, Dead Folks and Desiccation. The most recent entry is on the Viking lands of the dead. Enjoy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

America! ...WTF?

The Olympics, games hosted every few years to celebrate athletic achievements and foster a sense of global camaraderie as well as national pride, are not intended to be a forum in which to make a fashion statement. That being said, we are showing off for the entire world, so one would think every country participating would churn out its finest in athletic wear. 

So… what the fuck happened, Germany and America? We're supposed to be impressing the world, and we come running out in Skittles parkas and ugly Christmas sweaters, respectively? Just... why?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday Wants #3

I’m not one to wear a lot of color, and when I do, I tend to stick to my comfort zone of warm, saffron yellows with the occasional sapphire blue or emerald green thrown in. But to be honest, I mostly wear black, cream, and gray. They’re classic, go with everything, and take the guesswork out of “what the hell am I going to wear today?” 

So when I saw this blazer on Zara’s website, I instantly fell in love. Part of that love is the idea of the weather being warm enough that a light blazer like this will be all I need, but the lines are delightfully simple, and the color is the perfect shade of gray, not too cool or too warm. 

The entire outfit is very me. I have the black trousers and white shirt. I just may need this topper to compliment it all. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Garnier, I Love You

I’m sick with some awful, flu-like bug, but after two weeks of keeping up my three-posts-a-week schedule as promised, I don’t want to break my stride because of a plague that may kill me little virus. I also found the most amazing color and didn’t want to put off reviewing it any longer. 

My hair has been every color from platinum blonde to pitch black, but I always go back to red. I figure it’s better to stick to what I was born with, you know? Lately it’s been a deep strawberry blonde, but because it was honey blonde over the summer, it fades to an odd, brassy shade when it’s time for me to touch it up. With winter in full swing, I decided it was time to go a bit darker. I was going to use Clairol’s Light Auburn, but I stumbled upon a section of new release colors on sale in Walgreens. 

I’ve used Garnier Nutrisse once or twice in the past and liked it well enough, but their new range of Magnetic Coppers looked promising. I chose 643, Light Natural Copper, as it was a bit darker than the color I normally use. (See old color above. There are no full face shots here because, like I always do when I'm sick, I've broken out like mad).

Was Garnier always this good? Has it been reformulated? Because I have never used a color that made my hair feel the way this did. You know how when you color your hair, even after you’ve conditioned, it’s a bit hard to run your fingers through it? That’s a thing of the past with this dye. My fingers slid through my hair as I blew it dry, and it didn’t feel at all crispy or damaged once it was dry. The color looked rich and natural in the light of my bathroom (as you can see above), but I had yet to put it to the ultimate test.

As anyone who dyes their hair red knows, freshly dyed hair tends to glow in the sun, screaming “I color my hair!” It photographed beautifully in the sun without a touch of pink or fire engine red. There isn’t much available on the color on the internet, possibly because it’s new, but I did see somewhere that it was listed as “limited edition.” If that’s true, I may have to stock up, because I don’t want to go back to my old color!

Say it ain’t so, Garnier!