There are few things I adore more than random acts of beauty like…
My tabby alarm clock
Most mornings I’m awakened by a chubby tabby cat set to go off about a minute before the regular alarm on my phone. It’s a very unusual alarm in that I’m actually the source of the sound, which is like a painful yelp. It works like this: Tabs, who usually sleeps in his kitty bed on the floor, climbs up onto my bladder and launches from it into the air, “Whee!”
And it even has something like a snooze button because after he does it the first time, I usually drift back to sleep, so he does it again about 10 minutes later. This repeats over and over until I finally get out of bed.
But this morning the tabby alarm clock malfunctioned in a glorious way! Instead of using my bladder as a springboard, Tabs climbed up onto the bed and gently snuggled his way into my arms like a present. Of course, I soaked it up as long as I could (cat ladies, you know what I’m talking about), listening to him purr and feeling the curve of his warm kitty body against mine as rays of sunlight filtered in through the windows onto his fur. It was so peaceful and calm that I almost couldn’t get out of bed!
When I finally did sit up, the first word out of my mouth was “Hallelujah!” Today’s was the first morning in — I can’t even remember how long — that I’ve gotten up without pain. I’ve been PMS-ing for what feels like an eternity, and “the girls” have been uncomfortable and sore, so much so that even lying in bed hurts. Does that ever happen to you?
Sleeping in my regular bras hasn’t helped because the hooks and wires dig into my skin, and the sports bra I tried was way too binding. But last Saturday at Macy’s I stumbled upon a line of stretchy one-piece bras from Barely There and decided to give them a try.
I got the one called the ComfortFlex Fit Bandini (comes 2 for $26). It’s basically a super soft, non-binding sports bra without any hooks or wires, and it fits snugly to keep everything in place, but yet isn’t so tight that it cuts off the circulation while I’m sleeping.
Two words: sweet relief!
The best thing since…frozen waffles
After making my way downstairs this morning and fueling up on caffeine and peanut butter toast, I took a generic Zyrtec and put on Tabs’ harness to take him outside for a quick walk.
For some, taking allergy meds may not qualify as a random act of beauty, but JEEZ! — it’s so nice to be able to enjoy spring without sniffling or sneezing from allergies, or feeling sleepy or foggy-headed from meds. Back in the day, the over-the-counter stuff hardly helped at all, and I always had dreadful seasonal allergies. It may not be makeup, but Zyrtec is still beautiful to me.
May I have some eye candy?
While Tabs explored the great outdoors from the safety of his kitty harness, I snapped a bunch of pics, like this one of a blooming bush.
Don’t you just love spring?
A NARS Dogon Duo obsession is born!
NARS Dogon Duo on eyes
After Tabs got his exploration on and we both went back indoors, the best part of my morning started — the part where I put on my makeup. Today I played with NARS Dogon, a powder eyeshadow duo from the new Summer 2011 collection.
This doggone duo might be the collection’s least expected star.
I think both of its shades — the metallic taupe with the green sheen, and the charcoal black — look great on their own, but look even MORE amazing mixed together. The resulting shimmery, grayish charcoal black contains a hint of metallic green. So beautiful and complex, and probably one of my favorite goodies from the release. If you have a weakness for smokey eyes and/or taupes, don’t let this duo sneak by without taking a closer look.
Have you encountered any random acts of beauty in your neighborhood lately? Inquiring minds want to know.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,