Fabulous in the City

Links Gallerie
31 January 2008, 9:16 am
Filed under: Links Gallerie
A photo by Aaron Micheal Brown

 Well, it’s the last day of the month, and what a great month it’s been. 2008 has really gotten off to a good start for me. Here are the links that have brought this new year to a fresh start.

DetailsForMen.com. A great place for men to find more beauty products, and a good find when working with body-conscious male clients.

ReadyMadeMag.com. A good place to find some good ideas for new at-home projects. Great if you have a lot more free time on your hands. Be sure to check out their print magazine as well.

SpaFinder.com. Great to look into, even if you don’t have a week off and a few thousand dollars to blow.

Epicurious.com. I’ve found some great recipes since I talked about it last. Be sure to check it out if you’re doing some entertaining or even if you just want a great meal.

BackPackIt.com. It’s a lifesaver. That’s all there is to it.

So, how has this new year been treating you so far? Let me know in the comments section.


The Bridal Extravaganza Show
28 January 2008, 10:00 am
Filed under: Musings
a photo by GooseGoddessS

 One of the events that I’m already excited about this year is the Bridal Extravaganza Show. Not that I’m getting married, or know anyone who is at the moment. I just love going to this show.

I’m a big fan of weddings. Not for all the mushy ceremony stuff – that I can do without. It’s the details that impress me. It’s always a symphony of carefully planned steps and ideas, and they all come together so flawlessly [when the planning is done right]. I’ve always loved planning wedding and all the events that go on around the special day. I’m especially found of bachelorette parties. It allows me to flex certain muscles that most of my clients don’t see. [Wink wink]

So, if you get the chance, stop by the Bridal Extravaganza. It’ll be at the George R. Brown Convention Center July 19th and 20th. You may even catch me there. And let me know of any other events that you plan to attend this year. The comments section is always open.

P.S. I finally found the perfect side project to do myself from ReadyMade magazine. I’m going to make a homemade letterpress. It should be fun, and I may be able to use it with the stationery shop.

I’m Not Going to Use Their Title
24 January 2008, 10:51 am
Filed under: Musings
A photo by mynikin

 I found a great new blog the other day, I’m I think it’s absolutely hilarious. Just look at the title:

“Stuff White People Like.”

While I’m not one to differentiate based on color or religion or anything of that nature [I base my discrimination on stupidity], this site is still a crackup to me. From my family’s perspective, I’m just as white as they come, so I guess I’d be lumped into this blog’s topic of discussion as well.

The blog’s creator, a mysterious “clander” has started a list of articles on things White people like. He calls it a “scientific approach.” I just thinks it’s funny, seeing that a lot of the things on this site are things that I deal with everyday with a lot of my clients.

The blog is just getting started, but they have a few posts so far. If you ever need an explanation or a good giggle, check it out.

Beauty Finds for Men
21 January 2008, 8:24 am
Filed under: Great Finds
A photo by Evelyn Athur Richman

 The subject of men’s beauty is horrible ignored these days. More than likely it’s because most men would dare admit to having a bueaty regiment. Yet, two-thirds of my clients are men, and most of them have asked me at least twice what they could use for soft, clear skin, great hair, and even healthy nails.

A lot of men these days, I think, are taking notice to the little things that make up their overall appearance. Of course, most are too rugged and “manly,” and look at taking care of details as something that women or feminine men do. But, a growing number of them are starting to come around, for a number of reasons. Whether it’s to impress the ladies, or get an edge up on the competition – especially when working with foreign business associates – proper grooming is starting to take on a new meaning.

So, in light of such a [great, in my opinion] development, I’ve taken some time out of the past few days to make a list of great beauty products for men. Though I’m pretty sure they’ll wish I picked a different name for this post.

1. Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather. With such a long name, I’m sure it’s bound to do something. But seriously, this stuff is pretty great [from what I’ve heard]. I may even give it a try for my legs. [Yes, I’ve been know to use products geared towards men. I’m not as girly as one may come to believe.]

2. Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm. Great name, you have to admit. Plus, this is good for all those guys that don’t have to worry about shampoo and conditioner. It’s even SPF15, for an “even-toned dome.”

3. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. Of course, men seem to age far better than women, but there are still some guys that are willing to take that extra precaution. Personally, I love the color…

4. Curve for Men. I know, it’s not really a beatuy product per se, but I had to throw it out there. I love this stuff [I have a nearly empty bottle in my purse right now].

5. Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo with Conditioner. Great company, even better products. I personally like the branding approach that Every Man Jack took when it comes to marketing to the male market. Not every guy can use the same Pantene that his wife or girlfriend buys.

What about you guys? What are your favorite beauty finds of the male persuasion? Tell me all about them in the comments section.

DIY-ing to My Heart’s Content
17 January 2008, 10:33 am
Filed under: Great Finds

As you may have figured out, I love to create things. From stationery to events to random drawings that will never see the light of day. I love to express myself through arts and crafts and other things that involve using my hands. So, you can probably see that I love ReadyMade Magazine.

ReadyMade is a DIY-er’s heaven on paper. And the website is just as great. Full of great projects to try and articles to read. I love the handy little reference cards they include with each project, too. Makes shopping for matreials a breeze. [I used to do construction work with my dad when I was a little tomboy, so making things has a special place in my heart.]

While I don’t really have much time to devote to doing it myself these days, I have decided to take on [yet again] a side project. Just something to mess around with on the weekends. I’m going to be flipping through the pages of the bi-monthly magazine, as well as clicking through their archives online to find something that’s worthwhile. I’ll let you know how that progresses.

P.S. I’m finally getting some headway with the book. I’ve gotten in touch with a friend of mine – a photographer named Grant Lewis – and he’s agreed to help me out with capturing images for the book. While stills aren’t really his cup of tea, he’s a good friend, and I’m really glad we met at that horrible company [I’m not saying any names].

Color Printing and Epicurious
14 January 2008, 10:18 am
Filed under: Musings

If you’re like me, you don’t wear foundation.

Okay, so you’re probably not like me. I probably shouldn’t be like me. But there is a reason for this insane blasphemy that I’ve committed.

I don’t wear foundation because I can never find one that suits me. It’s always a smidgeon too light or too liquidy, or just too ugh! So, I skip foundation and clog my pores with the rest of the stuff in my makeup kit. But now, I think I’ll be putting an end to that really soon.

Prescriptives, the brand we all [may] know and trust, has a new process called Color Printing. The basis of it is finding the perfect foundation for you, based on your skin’s undertones and such. I’m so excited about this – not once has any makeup been perfect for me. So, if the people at Prescriptives can find a way to match my skin, I’d definitely start wearing foundation more often. You have no idea how ready I am to stop looking like a clown every time I want to protect my skin.

In other [not-so-important] news, I found a new food site that I’m sure I’m bound to enjoy. It’s Epicurious.com. There are lots of great recipes and articles here to try out and read, and the site itself is organized very well, if I do say so myself. If you ever have some free time on your hands, go check it out. And be sure to tell me about any cool sites you’ve found in the comments section.

If You Ever Get a Week Off…
10 January 2008, 8:44 am
Filed under: Musings

I was checking out SpaFinder.com for a client of mine, and it got me thinking – where would I go if I had a week off. Now that the holidays are over, things are starting to get back to "normal" [as if you could call any workday for me normal].

So, with all my clients getting back into the 9-to-5 swing of things, and the phone finally taking a break from ringing non-stop, what would I do if I had a week off. With that notion in mind, I decided to take a look at the spas and resorts that SpaFinder had to offer. [Off the clock, of course.]

I had to keep a few factors in mind when choosing a spa to possibly go to. For one, I’m about six months along now [and I’m starting to feel it], so I couldn’t [or wouldn’t, rather] go with anything too fitness-focused. I think of relaxing when I think of spas, not having some personal trainer barking at me. The next thing is that while Paris and Italy and Japan would all be nice, and I do plan to visit all those places some day, I still want to stay in the States. I don’t want one of my clients to have a dire emergency and not be able to get ahold of me. Of course this is supposed to be a vacation, but what can I say – I’m a workaholic and I love it.

So, with those two extremely important things to think about , I browsed and browsed the pages of this holistic website until I found what I was looking for: The Golden Door Resort.

Even the website is relaxing [the great handiwork of some designer who was probably paid handsomely]. As I looked through the pictures and read through the web pages, I was sold. The other locations look great, but I chose the original spa in Escondido because I love the Asian essence of it. I’m a huge fan of Japanese architecture and culture, so this place does it for me.

If I ever get a week off, I’ll definitely give a great amount of thought in going there for their Inner Focus program. I would love to spend seven days doing tai chi and sen archery. In fact, now that I’ve seen this, I think I may look a little further into the art of meditation. I love the practice – I just never have enough time to really do some good with it. Maybe a week off would help.