31 December 2011

Face Area

My makeup routine begins simply with maintaining healthy skin.  In addition to staying hydrated with Brita filtered water, Proactiv has played a major role in my beauty routine for the last 10 years.  Of course everyone experiences occasions when his/her skin is less than satisfactory and I am no exception. Overall I am very pleased with my ‘less is more approach’ to makeup. There was once a time when I loathed foundation.  I couldn’t stand the idea nor the practice of rubbing a paint-like substance onto my face.  The whole ordeal just reminded me of finger painting gone wrong.  Then I discovered foundation also came in mineral form. Now I am pretty loyal to L'Oreal Paris Bare Naturale. I could never understand why some women feel it necessary to cram many shades of eye shadow onto eyelids.  Theoretically more time in front of the vanity is suppose to make a woman more beautiful but that is not always the case.  The amount of eye makeup one applies is not supposed to directly correspond with the monumentality of the social occasion at hand. A groomed eyebrow, lightly lined eye and brushed lashes are the three key components of a natural looking eye area – something to keep in mind for the approaching social season. When it comes to tinted or painted lips, I have yet to find a flattering shade but when I finally do lip liner will not be present in any part of that equation. Thus far simple Chapstick has never steered me wrong.
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A selection of the daily lineup (right to left): Line Express in soft black, Define-A-Line in brownish black, XXL Curl Power in very black – all by Maybelline New York atop page 322 of Martha Stewart Weddings Winter 2012.


M.J.W.

22 December 2011

Pass the Clutch

Small purses do not often fall into my favor. A bag’s ability to hold my Starbucks thermos, PINK water bottle, SLR camera, current reading material and Archie Grand notebook of writings still in progress is the determining factor in a pending purse purchase. Lately I have been reluctant to separate from my many necessities. Due to my requested presence at holiday festivities, I was forced to confront the notion of traveling light and insecurities of venturing out of doors with what I like to call a less than substantial bag. Recently I have been very keen to elevate the clutch’s status from standard evening item to stunning daytime staple. When holiday season concludes and work routines commence, pretty golden clutch must take a back seat to Kate Spade carryall while I manage entrepreneurial endeavors, only to materialize after 5 pm.
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M.J.W.

19 December 2011

3 Days Till Winter In the Northern Hemisphere

A month after acquiring my first camel sweater, wool pilling proved bothersome. Unable in recent years to find a decently priced sweater comb, I attempted several self-made household remedies for pilling removal.  I first combed the material in a downward motion using a small-toothed hair comb earning the neutral piece marks of improvement.  Then I attempted to trim off the pilling cloud using small scissors.  I was sure that this remedy combined with a thorough lint brush rolling would be more than adequate but unfortunately only scored 4 on a 1-5 scale.  When friend V.W. shared his secrets on sweater care, I was taken aback when he revealed that a cheap handheld razor was all that was needed.  He couldn’t have been more correct and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic about sweater’s stellar condition.

M.J.W.

10 December 2011

The Undeserving Gain of the P.J.

I had no idea that it had become acceptable to wear pajama pants out of doors.  Designers such as Celine, Louis Vuitton and Suno, have been contributing to the rise of the pajama pant as well as the wearing of the pajama set (top and bottom). Fashion magazine editors have been hailing the pajama set paired with lounge-slipper-inspired shoes as sidewalk worthy.  When this was revealed to me, my facial expression adjusted to a scowl reflective of my view on this budding trend.  Excuse me if I opt not to present myself to the public looking like a certain mogul who makes his living by publishing questionable magazine photographs of women with bunny ears. Alternatively, slim fitting sweatpants will do - of course spruced up with pearls, button-up and perhaps a blazer and/or sweater for venturing outside but never with “juicy” or any other brand name splattered across the behind.
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M.J.W.

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