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How Do You Like to Wear Your Ponytail?

Published in: Just For Fun

With my hair in a ponytail

Rockin’ a classic ponytail while walking Sir Tabs (I think this was last spring…or three hairstyles ago)

It depends on the situation, like, if I’m doing one for straight-up comfort, like to go running, then I’ll go with the classic pony — pulled back, with the height in the middle of my head toward the back, roughly above my ears.

It’s the old efficient standby that gets the hair off my face and, when my hair extends past my shoulders, keeps it from whipping into my grill…which gets really annoying after a few miles.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about running it’s this: ponytail placement is EVERYTHING.

And when I’m not running, sometimes I’ll go with a more styled pony, like really high up on my head with a pouffy, messy tail and the hair on the front and sides of my head completely slicked down (fun fact: I’ve noticed that when I wear my hair like this it also works as an improv face lift, weird!).

I don’t wear that one a lot, though, because sometimes it gives me a headache…and it’s a pain to keep all the stray baby hairs around my forehead in place.

More often than not, I’ll wear an undone, messy low side pony pulled to the left where I let the stray hairs just fly out and do whatever they want.

Hooray for purposefully messy/boho-style hair! :) I’ll pour a 40 of Vitamin Water on the sidewalk if it ever goes out of style.

What’s your preferred pony? High or low? Casually to the side or dead center? Half up, half down? Let’s talk ponytails this morning.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 361

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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. Most awkward moment you’ve ever had at work?
    To protect the innocent, I’m going to NOT say names, but at my last job…

    Even just thinking about it makes my skin crawl!

    My coworker — I think this was before I met El Hub — he walked up to my cube one day and kind of posted there, like he was gonna talk to me as usual, so he starts talking to me, and over the course of the conversation, he begins to unbutton his shirt to show off his manly chest. And his gold chains.

    It was so wrong! And I remember thinking, oh god, just avert your eyes! Just avert your eyes and try to change the subject! Turn toward your computer!!

    So I just started typing nonsense really fast on my computer. I opened my Outlook and just started typing, “asdf;lkjasdf;lkjasdf,” and eventually he got the hint and went away.

    Ugh! I can’t even think about it without feeling grossed out.

  2. What were your favorite books to read when you were a teenager?
    Oh! Well, I was really into a lot of the popular series at the time. Sweet Valley High was one of my favorites. I also loved V.C. Andrews. Oh, my gosh. Flowers in The Attic and all of the other V.C. Andrews series.

    I read a lot of poppy, pulpy stuff in high school.

    Well, for my outside school reading time.

  3. Just generally, which one would you rather wear: sharp or smudgy eyeliner?
    Smudgy, because it’s more casual and easier to do, and I love that it looks a little messy…’cause I’m kinda messy too.
  4. What do you listen to while you work (if you listen to anything)?
    If I’m writing, I like to have it quiet, because for some reason that part of my brain doesn’t work when there are any distractions, but if I’m working on pictures or other things, then there’s this iTunes Radio station I recently found called Electronic Chill that’s very soothing and peppy at the same time.

    Electronic Chill

  5. When it comes to clothing, what colors do you wear well?
    I know that I don’t wear bright yellow well.

    I tried last weekend. I went to Nordstrom to return some things, and I tried on this bright yellow sweatshirt because it was super soft, but I looked absolutely terrible in it.

    I looked like I hadn’t seen the sun in six months.

    But I do like the way I look in jewel tones and purples and emerald and deep, rich teals. And also certain pastels, like light pink, light blue and mint green.

    Ironically, however, my entire wardrobe is gray right now…

Le List

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

1. Most awkward moment you’ve ever had at work?
2. What were your favorite books to read when you were a teenager?
3. Just generally, which one would you rather wear: sharp or smudgy eyeliner?
4. What do you listen to while you work (if you listen to anything)?
5. When it comes to clothing, what colors do you wear well?

Hello from sunny and rather cold and windy Northern California! Did you watch the Oscars last night?

Tabs was a nervous wreck, so I had to get out of the house. You’re going to laugh, but I ended up going to see Fifty Shades of Grey.

But it was fun! My friend snuck in a couple tiny bottles of Prosecco (shh), so we were having wine and eating popcorn while watching the movie.

And the girls I was with are girls from the salon, so they’re very rambunctious. Every single time Christian Grey would, like, get naked, somebody would go, “Meow!” or “RRRAARRW!” :) It was fun.

I hope you’re having a very nice morning so far. My tea is beginning to kick in, so I’m gettin’ fired up.

Have a wonderful rest of your day and a great week. Talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 335

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Tabs the Cat, The Theory of Kitty Modeling

Tabs the Cat, The Theory of Kitty Modeling

Tabs is so totally stoked about the Oscars tonight! You know how he’s big into movies and Hollywood, right? Well, everyone who’s anyone wants to work with him. In fact, he’s currently the hottest plus-size tabby in the feline film industry.

He’s actually working on a number of very promising projects related to some of the Best Picture Academy Award nominees.

No question about it, all of these films are sure to be blockbuster smash hits, and not just among feline moviegoers. :)

Tabs the Cat, The Imitation Cat

Tabs the Cat, The Imitation Cat

Tabs the Cat, Kittenhood

Tabs the Cat, Kittenhood

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Comment (Yup, Just Comment) to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun


This giveaway is closed, and the winner has been contacted (CONGRATULATIONS, LORRAINE!!!), but check back next Saturday for another Sephora giveaway.

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Right now I’m being assaulted by your nephew tabby — assaulted with kitty love. I’m sitting in an awkward position on the couch that is not conducive to tabby lap-sitting. He’s kind of draped over my left hip, making do with what’s available to him. In his eyes, he’s probably claiming what is his, because everything clearly exists for the happiness of the tabby. :)

So my new favorite thing to do on weekend mornings is drink chai tea. I use the pre-made mix by Big Train, and it’s SO GOOD. I like to have it while watching Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo, which they seem to have changed. It’s no longer ordinary millionaire Joes looking for love. Now it’s like Chilli from TLC looking for love. She’s a bonafide celebrity in my book, but some of them are more “celebrities,” as in celebrities in “air quotes.”

Spencer and Heidi were on there to set up Spencer’s sister, Stephanie.

I hate that I know this…

I do have to say that Stephanie Pratt did a good job on the group date, though.

This is so dumb… Why am I talking about this?

Anywho! Trying something a little different with the weekly giveaway today. I’m trying to keep it simple, ’cause in these complicated times, simplicity is always a welcome thing. To enter, check the full details down below, but in a nutshell, just leave a comment.

Good luck, and have a great Oscar weekend. Talk to you soon.

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • Of all the different styles of smoky eyes, what’s your current personal fave?
    • Would you wear a color-blocked liner look like this one here.
    • What’s your favorite picture/painting on your walls?
    • Do you have any birthmarks or moles?
    • Somewhere you’re trying to travel this year?
    • Is there something important on your mind?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


17 Ways to Think Pink

Published in: Fashion, Just For Fun

Hello, Pink!

I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened, and something tells me it had to do with the constant presence of tabby fur on my person, but somewhere along the way, my closet became the Novato version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Literally. Like almost everything in there is a shade of gray or black.

There are a few occasional bursts of color here and there, but I’d say that 80% of the clothes in my closet are gray…

I walk around dressed like a storm cloud of doom.

So when I opened my closet this morning and looked through all the gray shirts and pants, that was it! Something snapped. I decided I’m done wearing so much gray.

But why all the gray in the first place? Well, it’s not that I’m afraid to wear colorful clothing. Not at all. I love colorful clothes! The problem is…so does the cat hair! But my tabby’s fur doesn’t stand out on gray.

One day, hopefully soon, I’ll be able to open my closet doors and see a bright explosion of happy, fun colors that reflect how I feel on the inside — like a turquoise pegasus with a rainbow mane flying across a cloudless blue sky. :)

Or something like that.

pinkI’m starting by gathering inspiration, and I found a ton of it today in the form of pink while I was cruising the Nordstrom website. Pink is one of my favorite colors to wear. Vibrant hot pinks, soft baby pinks, sultry coral pinks — if it’s pink, chances are I’ll want to wear it.

I put a bunch of things in my cart today that I desperately want have no intention of getting (yeah, you don’t even want to see the total, LOL!), but ya know how it is… Window shopping. And thinking.

Maybe there’s something here I could get… Maybe just one thing??


Tildon Racerback Shift Dress, $38

Tildon Racerback Shift Dress

Mural Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer, $74

Mural Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer

Kate Spade Metro Heart Dial Leather Strap Watch, $175

Kate Spade Metro Heart Dial Leather Strap Watch

Ellen Tracy Belted Herringbone Stretch Fit & Flare Dress, $128

Ellen Tracy Bleted Herringbone Stretch Fit & Flare Dress

Kate Spade Kiss and Make Up Lipstick Stud Earrings, $48

Kate Spade Kiss and Make Up Lipstick Stud Earrings

Stem Perfect Slub Tee, $25

Stem Perfect Slub Tee
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