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Cult Favorite Beauty Products and a stagger down Nostalgia Lane [08 May 2010|01:41am]
[ mood | dorky ]

I love beauty products as much as the next girl, and I enjoy trying new ones. I have spent quite a bit of change on ones I really like. But sometimes I go back to old faves. Ones that are cheap, cheerful, do the job, remind me of old times...I was looking around at Target and was reminded of some:

St. Ive's invigorating apricot scrub. Love this stuff. Love the smell. Love how smooth my face is. It also helps smooth the little bumps I get on my upper arms or I use it on my legs the day before I shave. The price is still like 2.50! LOVE that. The only con is I'm having trouble finding the medicated tingly kind. Yeah, I know the menthol stuff probably isn't the greatest for my skin but I'm addicted to the tingle!

Aussie Sprunch Spray. In the 80's this was the stuff my teenaged and pre-teen friends used to achieve their mall hair...it was the hairspray my family bought when we were feeling spendy. Ooh, 3.50! Most times, my more sensible minded Mom would buy White Rain for a dollar. LOL Its smell is really strong and it will, not might, clash with your perfume. But I kind of enjoy it once in a while. And it really does hold your hair something fierce. Definitely not for everyday though.

Noxema Makeup remover. Put this on your nose when you've been outside in the sun all day. I am a tingle addict so the oily-ness and stink don't detour me. I put it on my nose and suddenly I'm five and I just spent all day at the beach. Sometimes that's enough.

I also remember Revlon Aquamarine shampoo. Has anyone else tried that? A beachy blue fresh but kind of in a Palmolive sort of way. It was 99 cents at Reese's Rexall Drugstore back in the day. I also liked Pearl Drops paste for your teeth. Remember Exclamation! perfume? LOL All those ads for it in Seventeen magazine. I collected Seventeen and Sassy...Sometimes I would stoop to Young Miss. Never Tiger Beat or Teen Bop. I admit, when I'd go over to friends' houses and they'd have boys from those magazines tacked to their walls, yep, I'd judge. LOL But I never said anything though. My bedroom was pale pink with cream ruffly curtains that had small peach and lilac flowers on them...except for when I was fifteen and my whole bedroom was like, *purple*. I had pictures of guys too but I was too mortified to ever put them on my walls! I mean, people (like me) would totally judge, and anyway that's what journals were for, right? Besides as much as I liked Bono or that guy from A-ha! I didn't want to change my clothes in front of their *pictures*! LOLOLOLOL

So, yeah, I was a spazz-tastic dork in the late 80's, early 90's. Judge away. I'll even post dorky boy pics. That is later when I'm not too tired to find any. LOL

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Writer's Block: Nirvana [04 May 2010|08:49am]
What is your favorite place in the world? What makes it so meaningful to you? How often do you visit or imagine being there?
My bed. Or possibly the renaissance faire.
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Writer's Block: Pet central [03 May 2010|02:04pm]
Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?

It's a little silly to quibble about a title. If we choose to claim responsibility for a pet then it is our obligation to protect and provide for that pet. A pet though love and respected is not going to be our equal.  In fact, I feel many treat their pets much better than they treat their own human  friends and family. I have adored my cat but I would never put my pet on the same plane of regard as my spouse.
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Writer's Block: Object of my affection [02 May 2010|02:39pm]
You may have heard about the woman who married the Eiffel Tower. If you had to marry an object, what object would you choose, and why?
Coffee. Nuff said.
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[01 May 2010|09:44pm]
Just watched Bright Star the story of John Keats and his three year love affair with his muse Fanny Brawne. It was beautifully filmed and I loved Abbie Cornish as Fanny. It seemed like the movie was mostly from her point of view...Keats actually seemed to play a much more passive role. A man playing the backseat in a bonnet drama? Unheard of. He was beautiful in that floppy haired soulful emo young man kind of way, and I could see plenty of young ladies sighing over him. I love the scene where he talks about a dream he had lying in the treetops brushing lips with his love and he actually climbs up into sundappled thick branches in blossom and stretches out in the boughs.
A subtitle for this movie should also be Keats Had Really Obnoxious Friends. His more moneyed but less talented friend was a real jerk to Fanny whom he considered to be a frivolous distraction to Keats and his "important musing". He was a real man of the times, impregnating a servant, carousing and drinking, etc...definitely a product of the time period. And he did care about Keats as a friend and as an artist. But he was still a reeeeally unlikeable douchebag and I was sick of his buffalo plaid pantaloons by the end of the movie. Still don't let him stop you from seeing the movie.

Cool actor sitings from other movies...Fanny's brother Samuel was played by Thomas Sangster of Nanny McPhee and Claudie Blakley of who played Charlotte Lucas in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice appeared as well. I was excited I recognized her!

So that was the latest Bonnet Drama. And yeah, OMG spoilers, John Keats totally dies at age 25 and it's really sad and emo but still a really cool film. And the Brawne's family Kitty is adorable and I want to hug him. <3
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Writer's Block: First and only [01 May 2010|09:27pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Is there a film that you think is perfect in its original form and should never be remade?

Oh yes. Casablanca. And Gone With The Wind. Pride and Prejudice doesn't need anymore remakes. And Porkies. XD Just kidding.
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Writer's Block: Cheating with a side of bacon [28 Apr 2010|05:37pm]
Have you ever changed your eating habits for a new relationship (e.g., switched to vegetarianism, eaten more meat, etc.)? If yes, did you stick with it when you were eating out with other friends? Which lasted longer, the food regimen or the relationship?
No, I've not changed my eating habits for anyone I was dating. But the guy I dated before my husband would take me to romantic italian restaurants...I thought this was really nice until I realized he wasn't willing to eat anywhere else. He only ate pasta. I have to admit that really colored my opinion of this guy as someone who was stuck in a rut, unwilling to try anything new and a fuss budget. And he was a real creature of habit in many other ways too...after a while we parted ways. Our temperments were just too different. My husband-to-be took me out for indian food. On our ten year anniversary today we ate at a mediterranean place. :)
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[26 Apr 2010|09:47pm]
[ mood | calm ]

My sister had to go to the hospital for appendix yesterday. The surgury went well but she won't come home until tomorrow. Not cool, but glad it wasn't anything more serious. Hung out with my Mother and Sammy today. Everytime I see him he is learning more and more and he is getting to be a hilarious mimicker. I sing him stuff and he sings back...his birthday is coming soon. Someone told me they sell a toy that is a ball completely made of tags. Sammy loves tags on clothes, pillows, blankets...a whole ball of them sounds great for him. :)

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Writer's Block: Are you incentivized? [26 Apr 2010|09:13pm]
[ mood | ditzy ]

Are there any buzz words or catch-phrases--such as incentivize or at the end of the day--that make you cringe? What are they, and why do you hate them?
I really hate corporate speak. All of it sounds so canned and fake to me.
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[24 Apr 2010|06:42pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Finished work for the week. Wanted to eat out but knew I should eat at home. So I decided to compromise and bring home rotisserie chicken and pair it with tomatoes and green beans. Now I'm going to go watch Young Victoria. Hope it's good. If anything the costumes look amazing.

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Writer's Block: Dinner's on me [24 Apr 2010|06:32pm]
[ mood | complacent ]

If you had to serve a meal to an ambassador from another country that symbolized your country's culture, what would you choose? Do you think s/he would love it as much as you do?
LOL I'm from the midwest so probably some hot dish or some really good pierogies. How could one not love pierogies? :)
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Writer's Block: First love [22 Apr 2010|05:27pm]
At what age do you think kids should start dating? How old were you when you went on your first date? Was there anything you would change about the experience? How do you think it shaped your expectations?
I think it depends on the kid, not so much an age, though anything younger than thirteen is too young to me. I think dates where groups of kids go out to the movies or to dinner is alright...dates for two should be reserved for older teens. I would not be above being a chaperone. Or telling my teen that I want to meet their date, know where they will be and when they will be home. I went out on dates when I was young and alone with my date and I don't think the experiences did me any favors. I would want my (hypothetical) kid to know that there are other options or that you don't have to do what all the other kids are doing.
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[21 Apr 2010|08:03pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Today I got up and had to listen to wall-to-wall Madonna thanks to Glee last night. Aaaand Kate Gosselin got voted off DWTS! Yeeeah!

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[13 Apr 2010|05:26pm]
I want a cheesesteak sandwich in the worst way. Curse you, Food Network.
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[12 Apr 2010|07:39pm]
[ mood | Steamy Haha ]

I went with my husband on a date today. Went to CJ's off of Route 91 where I had this amazing corned beef sandwich with swiss cheese, horseradish, and mustard on a kaiser roll with pickles. So good! There were lots of people in the restuarant, including this group of people amd I was entertaining Steven by naming them and telling their back story...Vinnie, Anthony, the father whose name is Tony and Loretta. I wonder if other people have ever named me and made up a story for me in a restaurant. I wouldn't mind even if I was wicked or whatever because I think it is fun. I love people watching and telling stories.

We went to Squire's Castle after that and enjoyed the sun. Steven read to me on a park bench and then I stretched my legs by wandering around the castle.

Then we went to Target for some groceries. I enjoyed being together for our shopping trip but I feel like we usually spend more money when we go together. It probably just seems that way.

Anyway, I'm home now and I'm trying to put pictures in some photo albums I had bought.

I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow. But that's because I'm being a scaredy cat. God will handle it and I just need to put on the big girl pants and show up.

I keep watching all these Steampunk communities on LJ and I love looking at peoples' costumes, projects, events, etc...but one thing that kind of bothers me. When people call things "steamy" in reference to the steampunk asthetic. Whenever they say that I always think they're refering to corny bodice ripper novels or some kind of porn! Such and such is so steamy! McDreamy is so steamy! Hahahahaha. I'm such a nerd.

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Writer's Block: Signature Style [10 Apr 2010|09:16pm]
[ mood | tired ]

How would you describe your personal style? Is there a celebrity whose style you admire and/or emulate? How do you update your wardrobe without breaking your budget?
Forest girl chic, I guess. What Snow White would wear if she wore jeans every now and then. I try not to look too crunchy granola hippie but I will wear a ruffly skirt with a sleek tee or I'll accent jeans and a sweater with nature inspired jewelry or a hand crocheted hat. Earth tones punched up with a bright turquoise, yellow or red. I wear very little black because I feel people abuse this color and it should be worn sparingly and with respect for maximum impact. I don't emulate celebrities consciously but I've been told I dress alot like Selena Gomez or Sandra Bullock...probably because I have dark hair like them.

I update my wardrobe chiefly by accessories. They are cheaper than a new outfit and I just love them. Some of my favorites:

Glossy red high heels. I have lipstick to match!
A white crocheted hat with a flower for chilly spring days
A big orange tulle and beaded flower that clips anywhere. Pretty on dark denim!
Glossy chunky beads on a satin ribbon...they kind of remind me of malt balls!
Headbands, thin and chunky.
Scrunchy caramel cowboy boots
Turquoise chandelier earrings
Cream colored fingerless gloves. I wear black heavier ones in winter.
My antique gold owl earrings
I have 2 pairs of glasses too. Silver rectangular & gold ovalish ones.

Obviously I don't wear all these at once but yeah, I love the details. That's why my sewing stash doesn't have alot of material but lots of buttons, ribbons, rick rack and thread.
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[05 Apr 2010|04:09pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Finished cupcake leopard print apron. I neven put matching grograin ribbons on the pockets...the apron pattern had no pockets which seemed crazy to me so I added some patch ones myself. I know, I need to put up a picture....:P

I cut out all the pieces to the Jane Austen dress last night. Felt good to get that done. However, I forgot that I had neglected to purchase lining for the skirt. Can't really go without...this dress is white and sheer. LOL

House has been messy since we've all benn sick. Cleaned the living room. Watched Hoarders on TV....feel so sorry for the people whose spending and collecting is so out of conrol they can't even have people over. Some of them can't even open the door! And yeah, you do feel a little better about your life when you watch that show. It definitely puts me in the mood to organize and clean. LOL

Wish I wasn't still so sick. Think my springtime allergies are overlapping the end of my cold. I know people will curse my name for saying this but sometimes I like winter better than this time of year simply because I am usually healthier. I totally missed Easter Sunday because I felt so lousy...woke up at four in the morning hacking and couldn't sleep. Then slept through my alarm.

Sometimes I dread going to church because it always feels so busy. And then I feel guilty for not wanting to do more. I don't want to fill Sunday with more busy work. I want to focus on obeying God by doing what He asks me to do. Right now I sense that God is saying wait and patience. The last church thing I did was when God said He wanted me to do Blast this year. So I did it. I think God has been saying wait because He knows right now my health stinks and my job has me freaking out. Sometimes I feel so small and limited. But I guess if I went around feeling boundless and capable all the time I'd start thinking things like, "Gee Lord, what would You do without ME?" and as we all know that is dangerous and a big fat liar liar way to think. So I will talk to God and obey Him out of love. Not because I want to show everybody at church what a hot shot I am. Because I'm not. And that is okay with God. So it must be okay with me.

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Renae are you okay? :( [31 Mar 2010|01:18am]
[ mood | worried ]

Uh oh. Where is LJer Outsidetherain? I noticed she was conspicuously missing from my friends feed and it looks like her journal is deleted. What happened? She's been on my friends list for like ten years! Renae are you okay?

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[29 Mar 2010|11:34pm]
Laying around all day with my hubby waiting on me. He made cake and he went to the store for cough drops. He also made biscuits to go with my Mom's neverending pot of soup.

Reading Dirty Little Secrets:I was a Good Mom Before I Had Kids where moms post confessions about parenthood. Funny and sad.
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Zombie Pink Eye...Here have some topical cream... [28 Mar 2010|09:16pm]
[ mood | grateful ]

So I sucked it up and went to the doctor's today. They're actually open on Sunday! Probably because now they are part of Cleveland Clinic. I'm glad I did go in. I might have tried to see if they'd just give me antibiotics without the doctor visit. But I knew there was something wrong with my eyes. Yup, I have pink eye. So I'm glad I did the right thing and had a doc look at me. Anyway I went to Giant Eagle and the antibiotics are free because they were on their list! Score!

Also my Mom has been so awesome. She came over with a huge pot of homemade chicken soup. I feel stupid sometimes loving the fact that my mom still fusses over me when I get sick or whatever. I'm supposed to be a tough independent grown up. But I know I am lucky huge to still have both parents around and in my life...alot of people don't. We're not sappy Hallmark people and we fight and say stupid stuff sometimes. But overall, it works. I only hope that when my Mom needs me to help her that I can. I get scared sometimes about that.

My sister Amy has moved to another apartment, one that is closer to her work...only one mile away! Hooray! Saving money on gas and car stuff. Mom says the area is more young and hip than the other one but Amy doesn't like the building's exterior. Apparently it is PINK. LOL I love pink, but my sister does not share this adoration. I'm going to make sure I congratulate her on her move...to the Barbie Dreamhouse. I wonder if the building's elevator features a pull string. :D

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