Random Thoughts For A Snowy Day–And the Mistakes We Make!

First of all, I’m incredibly shocked at the major snowfall we are having on this second day of Spring 2018.  My office closed for the day and I was pretty-much upset—not about the snow, but about the office being closed.  I know that upon returning the work load will be doubled.

Three in the afternoon and it’s been snowing since after midnight!

And there lies my issue.  Rather than fester about the increasing workload that’ll face me, I should just concentrate on this Wednesday at home.  But the thing is, in the month I’ve been working, I really really enjoy my job.  I love the entire process of commuting, arriving and burying myself into the daily tasks.  It gives me a purpose.

This will be me tomorrow. But I don’t really mind because I’m so lucky to be working again!

But you know what?  I can’t control the workload and I can’t control the weather so I’m just going to enjoy this day because it gives me time to work on the blog!

And, while my dear work-a-holic husband was out with clients, it gave me the chance to do something nice for him and shovel the driveway!

My snow day handiwork!  I haven’t had this much fun in the snow since the kids were at home!

Speaking of which. I wanted to post a what-I-wore last week but my iPhone camera got messed up with the IOS updates.  Sometimes technology is not the best of our friends! My photos disappeared!

All that was kept was this photo from Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day. I wore my dad’s sweater and I swear he saved the photo for me!

Back to the snow.  Bonaparte was really ticked off that it snowed because he’s one who can’t stand winter. At all. He loves the heat. He thrives upon humidity.  The hotter and muggier, the better.

Summertime is a great time as far as I’m concerned, but I am not a fan of the humidity that goes along with the heat. Give me dry. Give me a nice breeze and as long as I can drive barefoot, I’m happy.

And I’m not annoyed with the snow either.  The seasons have been in transition for quite some time now.  Remember when we actually had four seasons?  Remember when September arrived and within a week, the air became brisk and cool?  Now September can be, and is often hotter than August, and Fall doesn’t really begin until late October.  Same with Spring.  It seemed that years ago, Spring was in full swing by mid-April.  Flowers began to bloom, trees were covered with that lovely Crayola “spring green” color.  These days we are left with a rainy Spring that begins to warm up a couple of weeks before summer arrives.

OMG!  I was looking for images of Spring Green by Crayola because it truly IS the greatest spring color off all time and I found it ON OUR OWN FRIEND “DOODLE T’S” BLOG!!!   Click and read what she wrote!!! Crayola’s Spring Green 

So today, I’m kicking back and am just enjoying the weather for what it is. A day to be with Chippy and you and waiting for Bonaparte’s retreat home!

Chippy enjoying some deck time…

He’s so chill!

Something else happened today that I found to be quite confusing.  One of my favorite blogs arrived in my email this morning and I was very excited to read it.  I’m not gonna mention the blog because something in the context disturbed and confused me. And I hope—no—I know it was a mistake because it couldn’t have been written in the way it appeared.  Body Shaming.  Photos of complete strangers and verbiage about their lack of healthy body shapes.  It really upset me to read this.  Especially since it is one of my favorite blogs and the blogger is a fun and kind woman.

Too-thin women are body shamed.  Too-heavy women are body shamed.  Too-old women are body shamed.  Too-flabby women are body shamed. There is a reason why people are too thin or too heavy.  Sometimes it is an emotional reason. Sometimes a health reason. Whatever reason, nobody should be shamed! 

In scrolling through the comments, I only read one or two that called her out on this. I was the third. Someone commented that those who called out had no sense of humor.  That’s a lame excuse.  Humor is humor and my humor usually falls at MY expense and not the expense of others.  I’m my best subject to poke fun at!

Preach, baby. Preach!

You know, everyone makes mistakes. I am sure I’ve made mistakes in my blog—I’m not talking about mistakes in printing or grammar.  I’m talking about mistakes that may hurt people.  If you see that I’m being unkind in any of my posts, honest to god, please call me out on it.  Sometimes we just don’t realize that we have the power to hurt with words and photos—we’re so occupied with what we are writing and our tone may not seem mean but at times, we need it to be brought to our attention.

Please point out my Oops moments!  But I do have many of them!

So please—make me aware of my errors.

Speaking of which, everyone makes mistakes but it’s how we handle other’s errors   can also be a mistake.  We were watching Bill Maher’s Real Time last night (Thank God for “On Demand”) Billy Bush was a guest.  And after that infamous “Bus Video” with the one who’s in the White House now, Bush was the clear loser.  He lost a great job and was exiled like Napoleon was to Elba. Meanwhile, the narcissistic filth who uttered the demeaning words toward women sits in the White House with a bunch of cowards who enable him.

Bill Maher with Billy Bush, who lost his job due to Trump’s words.  I’m a huge fan of Maher’s because he goes after both parties.  I don’t agree with his views on religion otherwise, I’m pretty-much in agreement with mostly all his opinions!  And Bush should not be ostracized.  It’s the other one who said the words.  And if I was making the kind of oney that Billy Bush was making at the time, I would have kept my mouth shut too!

Bush admitted to a mistake he made by not standing up to the pig over 13 years ago.  Maher understood this and that’s why he had Bush on the show.

The self-righteous panel Pete Dominick, Nayyera Haq & Andrew Ross Sorkin, was quite rough on Bush. And I thought that was so wrong.  You want to go after the real culprit?  Go after the draft-dodging coward. This Bush admitted to an error.

Pete Dominick, comedian and radio show host…

Nayyera (“I’m-so-much-better-than-you) Hag, former White House Sr. Director and Former State Dept. Sr. Advisor…..

…and Andrew Ross Sorkin, NY Times financial columist, all came at Bush as though he was a criminal.  Dominick and Hag came across as absolutely self-righteous and condescending to no end.  Sorkin wasn’t as bad.  But seriously–these three never made a mistake??  Give me an effing break!

Whatever happened to forgiving someone for a dumb mistake.  People these days are so high and mighty that they can’t let someone else’s non-damaging mistakes go.

Same with my gorgeous beauty-guru Tati Westbrook.  Westbrook, one of YouTube’s most successful beauty reviewers (and my favorite) created her own brand.   Most everyone (including me) thought her brand would be makeup.  Rather, she created a vitamin supplement, much to the dismay of many of her followers.  The backlash this poor girl received was absolutely uncalled for.

I swear I can’t buy a stinking cosmetic without thinking about if Tati reviewed it!  But those supplements of hers—-I wanna know who talked my girl into that one.  I do believe it may have been a business mistake and if so, who cares. Tati rocks the reviews!

Sure—I would have loved if she created a makeup line, but it’s her business and nobody else’s! She could have possibly made a mistake on the supplements and if she did, it’s no big deal. But from the video’s that were made in retaliation against her supplements were just mean an unkind.

We all make mistakes. We all make errors. And whether or not we realize it, most of us don’t mean to make them.  We learn from them (hopefully) and move on.

Will I continue to read that favorite blog of mine, even though a bit of a mistake was written?  Sure will!  She’s entertaining and fun.

Will I continue to watch my little Tati even though I won’t be purchasing her supplements?  Sure will!  She gives the best reviews ever!

What do I think of Billy Bush?  Hey. I hope he finds another job. Brian Williams was re-hired by MSNBC after lying about a news story?  The one in the White House has done more criminal acts than half of those in jail so Billy Bush should get redemption.

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The ironic thing is that lyin’ Brian who reports serious news ended up getting rehired–and on MSNBC while Billy Bush, who reported celebrity fluff got fired and NOT rehired and all he did was NOT speak up to the filth known as Trump. It is all so disturbing! Williams was obviously forgiven for his mistake and Bush wasn’t.

Am I angry with Mother Nature?  Hell no!  She made a huge mistake in making it snow to welcome Spring but perhaps it’s just her idea of a joke!

I didn’t make a mistake to shovel the driveway, but I made a mistake by not bundling up enough. My nose has been running nonstop like a tap for the past hour and a half!

Do I make a mistake?  Every. Single. Day!  But—I try to mend my ways!

My mistake today is being home with this tempting Easter candy. It’s worse than the forty days Jesus spent in the desert!  He should have been here with a bag of Kit Kats instead!

This WAS displayed in this beautiful bowl in the living room. Bonaparte moved it to the kitchen so Chippy wouldn’t be tempted.  Instead I’M tempted.  Life is so not fair at times!  

Enjoy the snow if you are a part of this wintry spring weather.  Enjoy the sun if you are experiencing great weather. Either way, have a great day!

Here’s some music for a snowy day.  Amadeus’ Soundtrack by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I saw the movie Sunday on the big screen and although I saw it over a dozen times on TV with my DVD, I never saw it in the movies. It was bigger and better and I loved it so much!


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Replica Bags! Yes. I Did!

I purchased a replica bag. Yes. I did. And before you judge me, keep in mind that there are valid reasons for my purchase.  First of all I wanted to see just how a “replica” bag is constructed.  I wanted to see how it compared to the real deal.

And—I just felt like it!

Forget the Vuitton replicas.  The LV Neverfull bag still remains on my life-long bucket of things I want—and with 63 knocking on the door in a few weeks,  I don’t think it’ll ever belong to me.

Call me crazy for coveting this bag, but it’s a life goal for me. You can just imagine how green I was when I went to my sister’s house and she had a brand spanking new one!  And it was real!!

I just cannot bring myself to purchase a replica of a bag that I covet so much and dream about it.

Instead, I opted for a  replica of a Goyard tote.  The chevron design does something to me.  I love the design.  And in studying the various distant relatives in Replicaland , I came across one of the colors that appealed to me.

This photo from the New York Times showcases Goyard replicas on New York’s Upper East Side. How come I never saw these?

My choice was the yellow.  Yellow is a happy color. Yellow reminds me of warm weather.  Yellow looks great with Navy.

I perused the different companies offering replicas and finally decided on one from Agote, which I found on Amazon. (that link is my influencer site)

My Goyard “replica” is it an exact replication? No. But it works for me.

The wait time wasn’t long at all.  Less than a week.  The price was $59—not bad for a replica.  It came packaged securely.  The bag came with a replica Goyard dust cover.  I have no idea what a genuine Goyard dust cover looks like so this is no big deal to me.  In fact, I’ll most likely use the dust cover to store dirty clothing while traveling.

The dust cover. It wasn’t soft like the dust covers I have for my Longchamp bags. Note the spots of white ink to the right of the Goyard printing.

How did it compare to the real deal? Well, since I practically stalk women carrying Goyard totes when I’m in France, without getting too close to anyone’s personal space—it isn’t bad.

The strap or handle drop isn’t as long as the real tote and isn’t as wide and the size is off but other than that—let’s have a look—shall we?

This is a genuine Goyard tote that is currently being sold on Tradsey.  Luckily, they had a great photo.

The dust cover is yellow and, as you can see, much softer than the brown one that came with my replica.  The small pouch is attached to the tote with a leather strap.

The replica that I ordered.  The differences are in size. The strap drop is shorter and not as wide as the genuine Goyard.  The size of the actual tote is also a bit off  and more stiff and structured. Still–it isn’t bad.

The pouch is on a strap but isn’t looped the way it is on the genuine tote.

The stitching on the trim is fine. No skipped stitches and it runs evenly.  

The random “Goyards” with the address are pretty much spot on. If someone can spot the difference while I’m out and about, they are too close to my personal space.  The chevron prints do not touch, whereas on the genuine totes, the chevrons do touch.


All other stitching on the bag is very straight and it quite honestly pretty darn good!

I did find a bit of wonky stitching on the inside handle. I’m hoping that the handles hold up!


Another view of the stitching on the handles.

A view of the inside of the bag.  It appears to be very well-constructed and this is coated canvas–just as the real deal is coated canvas.

This tote hold a lot of stuff!  I honestly think it is sturdier than the Tory Burch Gemini Link Tote but only time will tell.

And I love the way the tote looks against a navy blazer.

Overall, I would rate this replica a B+ because I have no idea how long it will last.

Whether or not you think I did the “right” thing. Remember this. Not every woman out there can afford to spend $1,500 and upwards for a tote bag or any bag.  And if they want the look of a luxury bag, then purchasing a replica bag is a personal choice and nobody should be judged.

My other fabulous fake purchase was a couple of weeks ago.  I purchased another pair of Ardell Magnetic lashes.  This time I bought the “Accents”. These are smaller than the Whispies and more manageable.  In fact, I forgot I had them on.  They stayed put all day and I have to say, were a lot easier to apply than the other ones I purchased.

These fakes are great little “helper” lashes!  I love ’em!

I’ll definitely be purchasing more in the future.  As I age, I’m finding that my lashes are becoming more sparse. It’s a bit upsetting because mascara isn’t lengthening the lashes anymore.  I need a bit of assistance but eyelash glue irritates my eyes.  These little lashes are a great buy!

Take a close look. Not only do I have fake hair in the form of Estetica Designs “Violet” wig, but I’m also wearing the Ardell Accents magnetic lashes. They look very natural!

I’ll tell you—I’m a study in fakeness between my fake hair, my fake lashes, my “replica” tote—and, when the weather gets a bit warmer, my fake tan!

While I realize that the replica bags may not be ethical,  I also question the high prices of these  bags.  A few years back we watched an expose on Envoye Special, a French news show and they covered a segment on how much Chanel bags were really worth and the price was far, far removed from the retail.  So tell me—how ethical is that?

Besides,  have you ever seen a Michael Kors tote?  It’s an exact rip off of my dream Neverfull bag.

So why do people say that MK’s direct ripoff of the Neverfull is OK and other replicas are not? Granted–he doesn’t use the LV logo but this is such an obvious copy.  And it’s almost three hundred bucks!

I make no apologies nor would I lie by saying that my Goyard fake is real.  It’s a real fake!

Hey.  If you want to wear fake hair, or have fake titties, or have fake nails or fake lashes or a fake tan. It’s ok—in fact it’s downright fine!  There’s reasons for that fake hair, tits, nails, lashes and so on.

It’s the person’s heart and spirit that needs to be genuine!

It’s the heart that counts!

Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  It could prove me wrong or perhaps you agree with me!  Let’s talk!

And speaking of genuine–Tom Jones is the real deal when it comes to a singer. I’ve been listening to him in the car. One of my favorite songs of all time is “It’s Not Unusual” because the song always makes me feel so happy!


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I’m All Lit Up Again! And More Reviews!

True dat!  But I’m lit up with a nice healthy glow.  Over the weekend I was putzing around Ulta.  I needed a distraction from grocery shopping so I decided to stop by to see if there were any new and inexpensive cosmetics I could discover!

That glow isn’t from a few glasses of wine. It’s from the new liquid highlighter from Wet n’ Wild!  Keep reading….

Anyway, I’ve been on a Wet n’ Wild Cosmetics kick for a while now.  I just cannot believe how the quality of this brand has improved over the past couple of years.  And while I was wandering, I came across a Wet n’ Wild display.  What I spotted was a liquid highlighter and naturally I had to buy it.

Highlighters are rather intriguing to me.  And they are way overused on Instagram and YouTube.  Highlighters are supposed to give a subtle glow and not make you appear like the glare from the sun at 5:30 in the evening when you are driving on the highway back from work!

This Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Hello Hallo liquid highlighter comes in a small tube/bottle/jar–whatever.  I paid $5.99 for 0.5 fluid oz.  It may not seem like a ton of product but believe me, a tiny amount goes a long way!  As usual, it is a cruelty-free, vegan product.

This is a beautiful highlighter!!

The applicator is a doe foot—which is great for dotting the highlighter on.


This is the perfect applicator for the product!

The color is Rosy and Ready–it’s a beautiful pearlized mauvy-pink and glides on so smoothly.  It is very mature-skin friendly and lasts throughout the day.

Here’s what it looks like on my hand. It’s very luminous.  That photo at the top of the blog–I took it this morning and the glow lasted all day!

Overall. I give this an A+!!!

Don’t ask me why, but I ended up also purchasing an eyebrow pencil.  It was an impulse purchase for sure.  Nothing can compare with the Anastasia Dipbrow gel that I use, but for a change, I figured this might be decent.

The pencil?  It’s NYX Precision Brow Pencil.  The pencil itself is actually nice.  A spoolie brush on one side and a retractable eyebrow pencil on the other.  Why am I not crazy about it then?  OK—I purchased the color taupe and thought it would be more pigmented.  I like a dark brow and this just wasn’t dark enough.  It isn’t bad but it isn’t great.  It cost ten bucks and for eight dollars more, the Dipbrow is far superior.

Quite honestly, I don’t think this is worth the ten dollars I paid for it.

Thankfully, this photo from MakeupAlley provides a better look.  The tip is squared off. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great!

Overall, I rate this a C.  Not that impressed, but it isn’t awful!

If you haven’t been reading about the vast assortment of color correcters, I’ll refresh your memory.  Do you remember years and years ago, back in the 1970’s when Revlon came out with color correcters in little rectangular bottles? I had the green to hide my redness.  It never worked.   The product was discontinued.

Color correctors are back.  And guess what?  I don’t think they do all that much.  I purchased the Wet n’ Wild Cushion Corrector.  In green.  It’s actually pretty good as a regular concealer.  The product is hydrating and doesn’t dry up.  The coverage is very good.  However, regular skin-toned concealers do the same job.

I love the packaging though..

Despite the horrible lighting, this really IS green!  There is plenty of product in this little cushion and the coverage is decent.  I paid $5.99 for this.

Overall I give it a B+. It isn’t bad at all, but it works more as a concealer and all my concealers cover my redness!

Speaking of green, the company I work for treated everyone to bagels for St. Patrick’s Day! Oy vey!  I’m trying to take it easy on carbs but for 6 WW points, I couldn’t resist a raisin cinnamon bagel.  No butter or cream cheese kept it at a solid 6 point breakfast.  I’m back to tracking!  For dinner I made a 9 point omelet filled with mushrooms and two slices of cheese.  Tracking will keep me in line!!

This guy greeted everyone in the cafeteria today!

This will go down in history as the year I ate bagels for St. Patrick!

Those are my little reviews for this evening.  And the winner in this…

Hello Halo from Wet n’ Wild Megaglo!

I’m going upstairs to watch TV with Bonaparte!!!!!  Here’s the trailer for Witnesses–It’s soooooo creepy!!!!



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My Time Management Sucks

Quite honestly, the title says it all.  It isn’t the time management at work that sucks either. On the contrary—I have my workday down to a science.  And my important stuff is always completed by the end of the day.  And I do my prep work for the next day so that I’m entering my cubicle in relaxing ease.

And every weekday I arise at exactly 6:00 AM and am dressed and ready to go at precisely 7:30 AM.

It’s when I get home that everything goes to $hit. It seems like there are not enough hours in the evening!  When I wasn’t working, it was very easy to sit down at the computer and write the blog posts—it was my job! But without pay and benefits!

Ummmm.  I do believe that there is no such thing as quittin’ time. We’re always busy!!!

So, I’m asking you to be a bit patient with me as I get myself a bit organized and fit a regular schedule of blog posts into my now working life.

That being said, last week was such a vile weather one.  The sun shone one day. The other four days brought about Mother Nature’s reminder that it is still Winter.  On Wednesday, it snowed so badly that most of the companies called a snow day—and since a great number of employees in the company I work for can do their work from home, I was the only one at the office.  And I loved every moment of it.  Got a lot done.

It’s also that time of year when everyone is becoming increasingly tired of the seasonal clothing and they want to get into some spring attire.  Not me boy.  I gained so much weight that two pair of my winter pants don’t fit me anymore. I’m so ashamed.  I really have to get on the good foot to drop some serious weight by the summer.

So even though the winter doldrums may have set in, I’m still enjoying the sweaters and heavier clothing.  Here’s a look at what I wore last week.

Last Monday, I opted for a gray dress to go with the gray sky.  I wore black tights and boots with it.  It was a very gray day!

On Tuesday, I brought out a bit of brightness with these neon corduroy pants and a navy tunic sweater. Very comfy.

Snow Day!  I wore this outfit for the snow.  The boots, by Unisa cost $40 three years ago and lasted better than those Tory Burch boots!!!  And in the snow no less!

Thursday was another snowy day with the same pants and boots as the day before. Hey. Nobody saw me because I was the only one at work!  I wore a cute ski-themed sweater by J. Crew!

Jeans Friday!!!!  Jeans with a plaid Lady Jacket, a black sweater and pearls. A fun Friday look!

On Saturday I wore my favorite Tee with a navy blazer and cuffed jeans.  Oh. And I wore loafers too!

Saturday, Bonaparte and I took a trip to the outlets in Limerick. He needed socks—he purchases his socks only at J. Crew or J. Crew Factory.   A big sale was going on and I picked up these cute printed skimmer pants, a Teddi sweater and a really cute striped tee for the upcoming warmer weather!

The bright green Teddi Sweater is a great match for the printed Skimmer pants I got..

….but this Tee!!!!  Pink Flamingo!!!!!!! I can’t wait to wear this!!!

Hey. Are you familiar with Tati Westbrook?  Her YouTube channel, GlamLifeGuru is one of my favorites.  She reviews tons of makeup and she’s quite fond of the drug store items.

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Tati Westbrook–her YouTube reviews are always great and informative and detailed!!!

She recently reviewed this new foundation from L.A. Girl cosmetics.  She highly recommended it for the value and the way it wore.  She paid ten bucks for it.

For the price, this foundation is decent!

Naturally, I had to try it and found it at Ulta for $8.99!  Tati made note to purchase a shade lighter than how the foundation appeared in the  bottle.  I went with the shade “Fair”.

A little pump of this goes a long, long way. A long way!  It looked a bit yellow when I pumped it onto my hand (as a palette), I added a drop of Argan oil and applied it.

The foundation appeared yellow on my hand but it may have also been the lighting.  This is ONE pumpful!!  A small amount really goes a long way with this!

This isn’t a bad foundation.  I wouldn’t call it full-coverage but it works fine if you want a buildable or medium coverage base.  I love the pump because you get just enough!

I applied with a dampened beauty blending sponge and had no complaints.

I went very light with this yesterday morning.  It’s got a nice finish but it isn’t full coverage..

The foundation lasted all day.  Nothing faded. Nothing wore off.

I built it up slightly today for a bit more coverage and I liked it better…

In fact, when I arrived home today, I had hair mail waiting for me.  Estetica Design’s “Violet” wig. She’s a cut short wavy bob—perfect for summer and the Caramel Kiss color is great!  It’ll look awesome with my fake tan!

Here’s the wig and the foundation!  If you just happen to be at Ulta or any drug-store that sells L.A. Girl, you might want to try this foundation out.  It did NOT dry my skin, it didn’t cake up, it remained nice all day!

These photos were taken at around six this evening.  The only thing I did was add a bit of lip balm. The foundation looks really, really good!  Ten bucks–you can’t beat that!  But the wig!!  What do you think?  I love it!  Violet is a winner!!!

Enjoy your evening!  I’ve got a few more cosmetics I want to share with you in my next blog post!!!! And thank you for your patience with me!!

Given my horrible time management in my personal life, I just had to share this oldie but greatie!  Time Has Come Today, by the Chambers Brothers. IMPO, one of the best rock songs ever!


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Rub-A-Dub Dubbed. I Like My Titles Subbed!

Let me tell you a story.  Or two.

Are you familiar with the nursery rhyme, Rub-a-Dub-Dub?

Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub.

and who do you think they be?

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker…

Yeah. These three guys.  Who would get in a tub going across the ocean?  I give up!

Ok—so now we know about the three guys in the tub.  I’ll return to that in a while. Now……

Once upon a time, there was a couple.  The husband was French. The wife, American.  They made a rather interesting couple because they were polar opposites.  The Frenchman cerebral; the American woman, a bit devil-may-care.  But, the two enjoyed their life together.

Me and my Frenchman. How long have we been together?  We’ve been together since I wore my bio hair!  That’s a while!!!

And we do enjoy our time together—especially in the evenings after both working all day long.  We unwind by watching some of the series that Netflix has to offer.  Among them the foreign series. Among them the French series.  Bonaparte loves them because, as is natural, he is much more comfortable with the familiarity of his native language.  I love them because it gives me the opportunity to learn and become familiar with the French language.

I like to think of my husband as a twin to Antoine Doinel.  Francois Truffaut’s alter ego.  Maybe I’m the equivalent of Fanny Ardant!

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Fanny Ardant. One of MY favorite French actresses! She’s not dubbed!

The subtitles come in handy for me because as I’m listening to the words, and watching the show, the subtitles give me a better understanding of what the actors are saying.  The use of subtitles is also not distracting.  I repeat—subtitles are not distracting!

Anyway, we were very excited because one of our favorite French series, Marseilles, arrived back at Netflix for Season Two.

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This series is everything and a bag of chips with an aperitif!

I’m telling you, the first season was fantastic.  It’s full of dirty, juicy, nasty local politics.  Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Magimel headline the show and both men are deliciously heartless.  This gives you a good idea of just how much we anticipated the coming second season.

Depardieu and Magimel. What a nasty combo and so delightfully juicy!

Friday night, after we enjoyed our aperitifs and dinner, we went upstairs early to get all comfy and cozy in bed and turn the TV on to watch the first episode of Marseille’s Season Two.

But we ended up turning the TV off.  He, going bat$hit crazy and speaking very naughty words in French and me laughing so hard because I could not believe what happened.

My husband echoed a chorus of this word. It isn’t a nice one either–only he followed it with the words “de merde”.  He was very upset!

Let’s just say that the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick maker of the tub must have found new employment at Netflix because the  powers that be, decided to dub Season Two of Marseilles!  This angered my Gallic husband to no end and for me, it was a complete WTF moment!

Now, according to the “experts” at Netflix, this was a strategic move.  You can read more about this in the IndieWire article (scroll down to the comments—I left my thoughts!).

I can’t watch dubbed versions of anything.  It has nothing to do with me being a snob or a purist. It has everything to do with the fact that dubbing is so out-of-sync with the actors’ mouths and the voices are usually so freaking bad that it all becomes a bad joke.

The best and funniest example of this is Pepe Longsocks from SCTV. Did you ever watch it? OMG.  It’s so funny that you’ll cry. John Candy portrays Pepe Longsocks—it’s a take on the old Pippi Longstocking films that were so poorly dubbed.

Here’s what I’m talking about. Watch. And Laugh.

THIS is what dubbing is all about! Get a Depends because you just may laugh THAT hard!

And as angry as my husband was, I couldn’t stop laughing because Netflix Marseilles is now just Pierre Longsocks for me!

There’s a saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and Netflix should realize this.  Part of the Netflix charm and appeal was their offering of Foreign series.  We are now watching the French series “Witnesses”, a detective series that is both somewhat gruesome and eerie, but nevertheless excellent.  Season One so far has been great. I’m so afraid that Netflix will ruin the series by dubbing it if it comes back for another season.

Witnessesses is creepy and eerie but it’s sooooooooooo stinking good! And it has subtitles!

There’s also another French series, Dix Pour Cent (Call My Agent), a great dramady about showbiz and agents and their actor clients.  The series centers around the agents, headed by Thibault de Montalembert. This show is so much fun because each episode stars real-life French actors playing themselves!  It’s my absolute favorite.  Seasons One and Two have been subtitled.

Hands down, Dix Pour Cent is my favorite foreign Netflix offering.  Cecile de France!!!!  Joey Freaking Star!!!!  Nathalie Baye and daughter Laura Smet!  I freaking LOVE this show. And it’s SUBTITLED!!!

Thibault de Montalembert, second from left, heads the Paris agency that caters to the French actor elite. OMG. This is greatness and to dub this would be the baiser  de la mort–the kiss of death!  Please Netflix–please don’t ruin my favorite show!

It sucks so much.  I’ve always respected Netflix for their many foreign choices but dubbing brings such a cheesy and tacky side to the shows. And frankly, I don’t know how anyone could watch a dubbed show and not be distracted by the out-of-syncness of the dubbing.

The conundrum is that I can’t unsubscribe because Netflix has great documentaries and stand-up comedy specials!  Boo hoo!

I can’t even anymore. What say you?  Do you want dubbed or subtitles?  Rub-a-dub-dubbed?  Or subbies?  Let me know!!!

But I can share a great French song and the video isn’t dubbed by an American singer!  Michel Fugain “Une Belle Histoire”. It’s a good one!

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The Saga of The Boots From Hell Comes To An End!

Just in case you aren’t familiar, last month I wrote a post about The Boots from Hell.  These boots were purchased quite a few years back at Nordstrom.  They were purchased during The Anniversary Sale and I paid $300 for them, which was a great price for Tory Burch boots.  Anyway, these boots ended up to be the bane of my existence.

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The Nadine boot by Tory Burch. Beautiful yet Baneful!! We all know that by now!

It took two years to finally break them in.  They were stiff, they were uncomfortable, but yet, I persevered.  They sat in the closet for a couple of years after that unworn.  Then, when I took them out again, I happily wore them until a zipper pull broke.  It cost me time to have them sent back and money to repair.  Then I happily wore them some more.  Then, this year, I noticed that the zipper on one of the boots wasn’t working properly.  Lo and behold, the zipper’s fabric ripped from the leather on the boot.

To make a long story short. Nordstrom sent them out for repair and I found out it would cost $100 to have the zipper fixed.  No dice. I paid $300 and was not willing to put another hundred into these boots that would only break again.

The staff at the Tory Burch boutique was so rude that I am still suffering from PTSD.  Post Tory Stress Disorder.

Luckily for me, the best people read this blog.  It was suggested by a few readers who both commented and emailed me that perhaps I should email Tory Burch’s corporate offices.  I did.

And got the ball rolling.

My first point of contact was a phone call from Gerardo, one of the customer service reps at Tory Burch.  Gerardo should be the CEO of this company.  He was incredible helpful but also very kind and he listened carefully to my story.

Yes!  I got a phone call!!

He told me that he would be getting back to me after speaking with a supervisor in order to see what could be done.

What evolved was that I was sent a UPS label to return the boots to the company, and I, in turn would receive a digital gift card for $300. And this was incredibly fair to me because had I not sent that email, the boots would have been trashed!

I received the gift card the other day, just in time for the Tory Burch sale.  Since I’m not really a fan of her clothing, and trust, me, I’m no fan of her boots, it was an interesting evening of on-line shopping for me.

I got some stuff!

What I settled on was a tote bag that I could use for work, shopping, travel and as a beach bag.  It reminded me of the Goyard totes that are way out of my price range.  Yes. This is more of a poor-girl’s Goyard tote.  Anyway, I really like it. The tote is the Gemini Link Tote and I ordered the cordovan/navy color.

True. I cannot afford this coveted Goyard St. Louis Tote–it’s over a thousand bucks!!

I opted for the Gemini Link Tote. I love the cordovan and navy colors.  Some call it “burgundy” I prefer “cordovan”–it has a nice ring to it!

Here’s the back view.  The straps are sewn very tightly to handle all the crap I lug around..

There’s plenty of room in this tote and it’s been great for work.

The coated canvas makes the bag easy to clean–especially given the fact I’m such a slob!  In addition, the front has a little “link” so that I can attach my office fob to it.

Next was an overpriced pair of flip flops.  Yeah. I know. Don’t judge.  I figured I could always use a “good” pair of flip flops if we go to a summer party.  (as if I’ll be invited anywhere). Surprisingly, these flip flops are a good fit for me because the sole is very narrow—just like my feet.

The flip flops came in this shoe box–another plus because I keep all my shoes in boxes!

A dust bag came with the flip flops as well. I guess that’s why they cost $79!  

The best thing about these flip flops?  They are cut narrow and fit my narrow feet very well. I hope they hold up!!

And last of all, I could not resist this leather wrap bracelet. I’ve got a lot of black so this will look good to offset black shoes, sandals or my new overpriced flip flops!

The Hermes wrap bracelets are out of my price range so this sufficed well!

Came in a little dust bag…

And I love the way it looks!!!

But—the best was the packaging.  OMG. I’m such a sucker for packaging. And when I ordered this stuff, there was the option of free gift wrapping.  Hey!!! Why the hell not?  It was a present to me for all the trouble those boots put me through.

The packaging damn near made me faint with delight!  The tote bag came in this….

And I love the little velcro closures!

The bag even matches the box the flip flops came in…

The bracelet was packet in this. I swear I can’t even with that bow!!

And I have a couple of bucks left over too!

Gerardo and I still keep in touch.  I asked him to send me a photo of himself for my post.  He declined!

Oh well, but I have to thank Gerardo for all the great assistance he gave me, and Tory Burch’s customer service was stellar.  Her brick and mortar sales assistants could learn a lot about great customer service from her customer service staff!!!

Thank you, Gerardo! And thank you Tory Burch Company.  Ya did good!  And thank you to everyone who told me to get in touch with Tory Burch Corporate!!!

Here’s my YouTube Video so you can get a better look at what I bought!


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How to Wear Any Foundation and Look Like a Million Bucks! (But Not Green and Wrinkled)

Ok.  Well, maybe you won’t exactly look like a million bucks—but trust me, you’ll look great.  It has nothing to do with price.  It has everything to do with the application.

Well, it may not be a million, but I can save you lots of Benjamin’s by telling you that with the right application, you can wear lower-end foundations even better than luxury brands!

I don’t want to sound “preachy” and don’t want to sound like I know it all—because I don’t know it all.  It’s just that from trial and error, I realized something.  Perhaps it’s that I’ve become wiser with age or more like I’m trying to work with my lines and wrinkles the best possible way I can.  But I’ve realized that you can work with what you have and you can work with those signs of aging!

No foundation is going to give a 60 plus year old face the dewy and wrinkle-free look that we had in our twenties.  Let’s face the facts.  Real life isn’t filtered.  The majority of us haven’t had fillers or a face lift (although I would love to be a guest at NY’s Hospital for Special Surgery to have my face and neck lifted) so we must deal with the effects of the aging process. And that’s fine.

Gurls–life ain’t filtered. Take a good look at this face that’ll be 63 next month. I got lines.  I’m not hiding them either but my foundation isn’t creeping into those lines aplenty!

And one of the most important products in my cosmetics militia is foundation.  I use it not to disguise anything but I use it to even out my skin tone.  I use it enhance!  Over the years I’ve acquired some redness and spots that blend in with my freckles.  I have lines. I have wrinkles.  And the goal is to get that foundation to do its job without gathering in the crevices and lines of my face and to not look cakey. I also don’t want my skin to appear so dry.

I know—you’re probably thinking that I’ve lost my mind.  I swear I haven’t but with experimentation and making sure I have the right tools, I’ve learned that I can wear any foundation that I have and it’ll really look great and last all day.

So—without further ado.  Let me explain.

Here’s a rotation of the current foundations that I’ve been rotating during the winter.

From left to right, clockwise.  Wet ‘n Wild PhotoFocus foundation, The Ordinary Coverage Foundation, Fenty foundation, Wet n’ Wild Cushion Foundation, The Ordinary Serum Foundation and back to Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus foundation. In the center is the Laura Geller Baked foundation that I use in the warmer weather!

The exception being in the hot weather I’ll wear the Laura Geller Baked foundation.

Now—currently, the priciest foundation I’m using is the Fenty foundation which cost me $34.00 and still manages to be on the more affordable side than many high-end, luxury brands.

My most pricey foundation and boy, this remains one of my faves!  

It’s all in the application!

First, I’ll make sure my skin is prepared by being clean and a thin layer of serum is applied under a light moisturizer.  Follow that with primer.

My current rotation of primers. Left to right. The Ordinary Silicone Primer. The Ordinary Liquid Primer.  Fenty Primer.  Hard Candy Shine-Free Primer.  I’ve been using the Hard Candy primer a lot due to the very cold and dry weather. It goes on a little more “wet” for this horrible wintry mix!

Blah, blah, blah.

What I’ve learned is that if the application process is done correctly, then even the lower-end drug store brands will look fantastic.

I use different applicators for different foundations.

My foundation artillery!  Various brushes and a sponge!

Might I suggest to invest in a beauty blending sponge?  My sponge of choice is Real Techniques.  It does the job and costs around six bucks.  I use this for applying my foundations from “The Ordinary” and also use this to apply my Fenty Foundation.

Real Techniques Blending Sponge. A bargain at around six bucks.  I have to hide this because Chippy ate four of them and I will need a new one soon but I’m not giving this to him as a treat!

The Real Techniques sponge is fantastic for applying these foundations.  I wet it, wring it out a bit and apply the foundation with the dampened sponge!

I also never forget to add a drop of Argan oil to the foundation before applying.

I also never put foundation on anymore without adding a drop of oil first!  It is a game changer!

This brush from iT cosmetics?  The handle is loose and I’m ticked off big time about that because I’ve had the brush for under two years. This should not happen to a brush I paid over $45 for.  Regardless, it’s still the best brush for applying my Wet n’ Wild Cushion Foundation!  It blends the foundation in so well!

If you look closely you can see where the silvery thingy that separates the bristles from the handle looks slightly “off”. It’s loose and I’m so annoyed.  That should not happen.  Regardless this brush is fantastic!

I stipple the brush into the cushion and then apply to my face.  It is so good that I have a hard time seeing where the foundation actually IS!!!

My big spoon brush?  Well—that’s the brush I use to apply the Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus foundation. Hands down, this brush blends this foundation in so that you can’t tell I’m wearing any foundation at all!

I’m going to wash this brush after I write this post!  But boy, I love the density of this.  All the spoon brushes are great!

If you recall, I added the spoon brushes to my “Best of 2016” remember?  Oona got me a set that Christmas and I love these.  The density is so great for blending this PhotoFocus foundation!  The brushes are from Bestidy and are on my Amazon page

And the big-ass buffing brush from Tarte?  That ended up to be the perfect applicator for the Laura Geller Baked foundation!

I have such a love/hate relationship with Tarte.   Their cosmetics dry me out like a ragged old raisin in the Sahara desert but the brushes are terrific. Too bad Chippy ate my favorite one!  This brush is GREAT for applying the Laura Geller Baked foundation!

What’s great about this brush is that it is also very dense but picks up just the right amount of foundation. It was worth the money I spent.

And after I’m finished applying the foundation, I lightly buff with a $2.99 brush I purchased at Marshall’s.  It’s great for that final light buff.  Then I mist with water, wait a minute and continue applying concealer, contour and blush!

This $2.99 brush from Mr. Perfect is pretty-much perfect for that final light buffing.  This was a great bargain find and proof that an inexpensive brush is just as good as an overpriced one that becomes loose in less than two years!!

Look.  I’m not promising that by the end of the day you won’t have any foundation settling into fine lines, but if you are active, if you are going to sweat a bit or work under harsh lighting, after a few hours any foundation may not look as perfect as the moment you applied it.

However, if you apply your foundation with the right tools, it’ll play for a better shelf life.  And if someone says anything to you about any settling, then they are standing too close to you for personal comfort.

Seriously. I put my foundation on at approximately 6:30 in the morning, Monday through Friday. The weekends I sleep a bit later.  During the day, I do not touch up at all.  When I was home all day I never touched up and when I’m working I never touch up.  My makeup stays put.  All.  Day.

Try this out and tell me what you think.  I’m no expert but these various ways of application really do work wonders for me.  Take a look –I swear I’ve used different foundations in each of these photos but I can’t even remember which foundations I’ve used.

I do remember I used the Wet n Wild cushion foundation yesterday and it gives a nice look..

Look!  No filters!  What you see is what you get!  I also used the Cushion foundation today!

Four different looks with different foundations (and wigs). Seriously–no caked on foundation and the wrinkles aren’t full of foundation that crept in!  I swear it is in the application moreso than the product!

I’m off to make some tea. It’s snowing like a Bastid and I went into the office earlier today.  I was the only one there!  But it was great because I got so much accomplished!

Thank Wayne Goss and God that I was the only one in the office–had anyone seen me taking selfies, they would have thought I was nuts!  It was fun being there toute seule–all alone!

The angels in heaven sure have a lot of dandruff!  It’s snowing like crazy!!!!

It’s still winter and as a reminder—here’s Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons. Enjoy the day!!!



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