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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 369

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You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. What’s your take on ruffles?
    I like them in moderation… I’ll take one or two dainty, well-placed ruffles, perhaps around the hem of my shirt or the edges, but I can’t handle it when they’re all gigantic, or when there’s 25 ruffles everywhere.

    And I don’t like ruffles on my sleeves. It’s too Captain Jack Sparrow for me.

  2. Would you rather wear a necklace or earrings?
    Ouch, that’s a tough one… I guess if I had to choose, I’d pick necklace. I love wearing earrings too — studs, hoops, dangly earrings — but I’m in a necklace phase right now, especially statement necklaces. I love the statement necklaces from Kate Spade, and Kristin Perry makes some really cute ones (or these lady bugs!).

    I also recently started getting into this store called LOFT, and they’ve got some cute necklaces, too.

  3. How did you feel about your hair growing up?
    Uh…I don’t think I really liked it. My hair and I had a love-hate relationship until I was about 22 or 23.

    When I was a kid, I had some really bad haircuts. This one time, my grandma, after she decided to go to the beauty school at the community college, learned how to perm, and she somehow talked my mom into giving me a terrible poodle perm.

    It looked like…I dunno. The curls were so tight, and my hair was so short. I had a bowl cut to start, and then she put the poodle perm in it, and it was just a mess. I think I was four or five.

    Then when I was in third grade, my mom made me get a boy’s short haircut, yay!

    I ended up looking like all of my Filipino uncles…

  4. Have you ever drawn a fake mole on your face?
    I have. I drew a fake mole on my face when I dressed up as Madonna for Halloween years ago. I also went through a phase in high school where I drew one just above my lip, because back then Cindy Crawford was really popular.
  5. If you had your own store in a perfect location, what would you sell?
    Posh cat toys for the discriminating cat lady. Think Kate Spade meets Petco.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. What’s your take on ruffles?
2. Would you rather wear a necklace or earrings?
3. How did you feel about your hair growing up?
4. Have you ever drawn a fake mole on your face?
5. If you had your own store in a perfect location, what would you sell?

Hello, sweet friend. Good morning! :) It’s Monday… Wake up!

I’m having a hard time gettin’ going today. I didn’t sleep well last night. I stayed up late watching Game of Thrones and this show called Girls on HBO (HBONow has a free 30-day trial where you can watch everything HBO online, which is what we’re doing). I just started watching it last week, and now I can’t freaking stop.

I hope you had a nice weekend. I got a lot of gardening stuff done on my deck. It’s coming along nicely. I planted a whole bunch of tomato plants and basil plants and flowers and sweet peppers, but now there’s just, like, dirt all over the place. It’s almost done, though, so that’s exciting.

Anywho…have a nice day today and a great week. Talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 343

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Dear Tabby

Dear Tabby is written by Tabs the cat, widely considered “the world’s first plus-size kitty supermodel.” Founded in mid 2012, it has quickly become the most popular cat advice column on earth — known for its fresh, feline perspective on lifestyle, fashion and style issues affecting cats and humans.

Urban cat wants to commune more with nature

Apartment cat living

DEAR TABBY: I work in a small space in the city. I telecommute from home, from a tiny apartment, and I primarily work in the online space. Thing is, with Earth Day coming up, I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring more of the outdoors inside and get back to my outdoor roots. I was wondering if you had any suggestions. What can I do to get in touch with nature?

Love,
Beignet

Cat swimming

You can’t go wrong with zinnia

DEAR BEIGNET: Cat-friendly flowers! They’re one of the most beautiful ways to commune with nature and purr-fect for small offices.

If you can, enlist your assistant’s help. Have him or her visit your nearby gardening store with a list of cat-friendly flowers upon which you’ll be able to snack or otherwise enjoy. My favorites are snapdragons, gerbera daisies, zinnia, and the very tasty echinacea.

Entrepreneur seeks business advice

Cat entrepreneur

DEAR TABBY: I’m a stray cat, or as I like to put it, an independent contractor. I’ve been working for myself for a really long time, and I think I’ve been pretty successful at it, but the thing is, my empire is growing, and I just don’t have enough paws to cover all my bases.

Things are starting to slip through the cracks; I can’t answer all of my phone calls, and I’m just not working effectively anymore. I realize that I need help. So, Tabby, my question for you is this: how do I go about hiring an assistant? I have no idea where to start.

Sincerely,
Teacup

kittenhood bonds

Delegate, delegate, delegate

DEAR TEACUP: First of all, congratulations on growing your business! It sounds like you’ve reached the point where hiring an assistant makes total sense, and there’s a myriad of ways to go about it. Some cats use Craigslist, but I can’t recommend it. I just think there are some significant quality control issues in their cat employment area.

You could canvas the neighborhood. That’s what I did. I went door to door and meowed in front of every apartment in my former complex to get to know my neighbors. It was sort of my way of conducting casual interviews.

But I think the easiest way is to ask for referrals. Talk to your cat and human acquaintances because they might know somebody who needs an assisting job.

You never know. Get out there, put out your feelers, and start networking. Good luck!
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Comment to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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Rise and shine, morning glory. It’s caturday! :)

Today’s forecast calls for patchy morning fog, clearing up to sunshine and temps in the low-to-mid 70s by the afternoon. Your nephew is currently perched behind me on the living room windowsill.

Actually, he hasn’t gone outside yet this morning because I’ve only been up for a few minutes, and you know his routine… He’s gotta inspect the hillside first thing every morning before the neighborhood hustle and bustle gets going, so he’s not pleased about this current deviation from his regular schedule.

What did do last night? Did you do anything fun? We just went to a movie down the street. Danny Collins, Starring Al Pacino and Annette Bening? It’s the old aging rocker motif, but I always like those. It’s interesting to see how famous people interact with the world. It seems like a very lonely life sometimes, even with all the perks.

Today I’m just staying around the house, maybe going to Blue Barn to get a salad for lunch, but I have to — or at least I really want to — finish setting up my deck garden. We’re making this the Summer of the Tomato, so we have to clean out the old pots from last year, top off the pots with fresh potting mix, and get some plants started. El Hub brought home seven huge bags of potting mix the other day, so it’s time to get a little dirty. :)

Other than that, I don’t know… Maybe planning for one or two trips. We’ve been thinking about going to Tahoe again, and maybe the Big Island. Maybe a quick trip to Portland, too, because we have some friends up there.

Gotta take the time to actually make the plans, though; otherwise, it’ll be October before we know it.

I hope you have a great weekend, my friend. Good luck in the giveaway, and I’ll talk to you soon.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Open Thread: The Garlic Fries Edition

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Garlic fries: my rationale for eating them includes the fact that they are made of vegetables; therefore, eating a large pile of garlic fries is practically the same thing as eating a salad. Also, since I like to smother mine with ketchup (aka “tomatoes”), it’s like I’m topping them with extra vegetables, so I’m being extra healthy. :)

OK, I know, this is completely insane logic, but let me have my thing. I think garlic fries should be a bonafide food group.

In case you were wondering…those garlic fries up above were not my breakfast (although I have totally done that)! I took this pic at the ballpark on Wednesday at the Giants game with my friend Marisol.

I barely know anything at all about baseball, so I’m not a hardcore fan like Marisol is, but I still like going to the games because, I mean, the food (obviously), and hanging out with a friend.

And it’s fun to people watch and be outside.

So, here’s an SF Giants fun fact: when a hometown player is up to bat, they have their own theme music! Yeah, they pick out a song before the season starts, I guess, and whenever they’re up to bat, it blasts over the stadium speakers.

This, of course, got me thinking about my own “up-to-bat” song… I’m 95% sure that it would be Cheryl Lynn’s Got To Be Real.

OK, enough rambling. Let’s get on with today’s open thread. :)

Whatever you feel like chatting about — makeup, blogging, photography, cats, food, fashion (don’t get me started on my new favorite store, LOFT), shoes or whatever. Or, maybe you’d just like to tell me about your cats in great detail. That would be very cool too. Whatever you’re in the mood for.

See you soon in the comments!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!

Question of the Day: How Many Bottles Do You Have in Your Shower?

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Things that make you go hmm...

Things that make you go hmm…

Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, body lotions (yup, I keep mine in the shower), shave creams, etc. Go check, and count ’em all up. Or, take a quick mental inventory.

I did a major culling a few weeks ago during a feng shui shower frenzy and removed a few shampoos and body washes, but there’s still a lot in there.

At last count (just now), there are 18 bottles!

What can I say? I’m a girl who likes options. :)

I think it’s related to my childhood (isn’t it always?). My mom wasn’t big into bath and beauty products, so we always only had two bottles in our shower — just one shampoo and one conditioner. That was it.

Then when I left home for college, I lived with a roommate who had six different bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the shower, and it BLEW MY MIND.

It never occurred to me that you could, you know, legitimately own and use a variety of shampoos and conditioners. There is not a law that requires the use of just one.

And then body washes came into vogue, and all heck broke loose. It was a new world with endless possibilities, LOL!

So these are the bottles in my shower right now…

  • 3 bottles of shampoo
  • 5 bottles of conditioner
  • 7 (!) body washes
  • 1 body scrub
  • 2 face washes

How about you? What’s in yours?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Funny thing is that none of the bottles are El Hub’s. :) He doesn’t care what he uses. I think he just grabs anything when he’s in there. Sometimes I wonder if it’s even a soap, haha.

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