Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
~Dexter Kozen

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 
― Roald Dahl

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.  ~Joseph Conrad

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Miracle in a Jar?

I've been wondering for awhile if I should buy some La Mer face cream.  I could probably swing the $150 for the 1 ounce size (once, at least).  Do I want it?  Am I missing something?  I've read that Mick Jagger uses it faithfully.

I'm just not sure I would spend that much.  Then the Nordstrom catalog comes and I see that $150 is nothing.

La Prairie Cellular Power Serum is $475 for the 1.7 oz size and, get this, due to high demand you're only allowed to buy up to 6 'units' in a 30 day period.  What's going on here?  I'm worried now.

I bought this one after seeing on Pinterest that Dr. Oz says it's the only one you really need.  It was about $5.      Dr. Oz, would you steer us wrong?  I did use a prescription retinol cream for about a year once but I found that after a year, I was a year older so I didn't really bother with it anymore.  

Seriously though, what I am interested in is skin that doesn't look pasty and dry.  My extensive people-watching at airports has led me to conclude that pasty skin is a very ageing look.  Luminous is what I'm interested in and I'm willing to pay for it - to a point.  That point is not $475.  For that price you'd need to actually BECOME younger and I sure don't want that.

I remember years ago Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop, said something to the effect that it doesn't really matter what you put on your face, it's all just moisturizer.  I think she got in big trouble for saying such a thing but I sort of thought it might be true.  Now, I'm not so sure.  

I guess I'll order this book from Amazon and see what Paula says.  I always used to like reading her books until she came out with her own skin care line which made me not quite trust her opinions anymore.  Hopefully, she has some truthful information.  I'm in a panic!  I'll let you know...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Grey Hair Update

I've been going back and forth about dyeing my mostly grey hair since this post.  I stopped dyeing it for quite awhile and was quite grey.

Emmylou Harris is a popular example of gorgeous grey hair.  She also happens to be gorgeous.  Regular people don't look like this.

Helen Mirren.  Also gorgeous.

Grey hair is very cute if your face looks like you're 12 years old.

I think my grey hair would look more like this.

The best solution for me right now is to have highlights and lowlights.  I love Diane Keaton's hair!  Her style in general is great and her face looks natural.  I'm not a fan of plastic surgery.

That being said, Jane Fonda looks fabulous.  I know this is a wig but isn't it great hair?  This is from a movie called Peace, Love &Misunderstanding. Jane Fonda plays a free-spirit hippie grandmother living in Woodstock, New York.  It's number one  in my Netflix queue.

I also like colorful streaks.  Sally's has some brush in streaks in great colors that wash out.

The problem that I have with grey hair is the same as the problem that I have with the diet industry.  I call it "disappearing woman syndrome".  Women in our society disappear as they age.  In some ways it's a relief.  I'm glad to not be so self-conscious.  I'm glad not to hear whistles and weird kissing noises when I walk by creepy men.  But I wasn't really prepared to disappear completely.  I know grey hair is just a superficial part of the process but I think if you are going to have grey hair you can't go bland with it.  

Keep some drama in your look!

Be your own kind of beautiful.