Older Girl Beauty

This is 45! – Older Girl Beauty

I know it is hard to believe, but another year has passed and it is already “International Paula Day” once again. This time, I am celebrating my 45th birthday. So, I wanted to take this time to reflect on what makes me happy, and a very lucky girl this time around. And to encourage all of you to celebrate IPD by noting what makes you happy right now, too.

I think acknowledging the good in times of darkness is a very necessary endeavor and I hope you spare a moment during your IPD celebrations to be know that being happy is what it is all about.

Now get out there and celebrate accordingly! Cheers!

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A Boring Week of Changes – Older Girl Beauty

This week was a typical week – work, school, sleep – with just a couple of big changes. The biggest for me was that I had my hair cut off. This is my Before/After, to see how much of a change the haircut made: IMG_5144

And, yeah, the after is all nice and straight, but, like anytime you go to the salon, it will not look like that after you get home. In fact, my intention is to wear it messy, wavy, casual as much as possible because, 1) lazy and 2) style. But, mostly lazy, not gonna lie. Haircut styles

I also want to comment that it was really cool of KMS California for arranging the training for the folks here in town at Duncan Brothers Salon, that was led by their International Stylist, Simon Miller. (*How adorable are Simon, Rebekah and I? I *told* you he had an amazing beard!) Rebekah, Simon Miller and Myself

So, now I have to finagle the finer details of fixing it on the daily. And I have one big question – how do I refresh my curls/waves on the daily, without washing my hair every day, because that is NOT happening.

Any suggestions?

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Editing Lives and Being Nice to People

Hi again! This time I’m talking about how we edit our lives for online consumption. We all do, it’s a fact of (online) life. Hell, it’s even a fact of IRL life, too. Because, really – do you know everything about your coworker, and vice versa to you? I also talk about how we need to be nice to people, because, since we don’t know everything about what is going on with them, they deserve our patience. And I finish up with a challenge to you, and myself, to try and reign in our frustration this week, and be nicer to people. Let’s see how that works out.

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White Girls Don’t Use Washcloths?

The other day, I was reading the article “The Caucasian’s Guide To Black Churches”, because a girl always needs to be prepared. But, my main takeaway from the article was this:

There are three things people of color can never understand about Caucasian culture:

1. The way you let your children talk to you.

2. Why y’all don’t use washcloths.

3. What you wear to church.

white people don't use washcloths

What? What do you mean white people don’t use washcloths? This is sincerely news to me. It must definitely be a cultural or a geographical issue, because we definitely use them around here. And, me, growing up in my white, suburban bubble never even knew it was a thing. Like, it just never occurred to me that not everyone uses washcloths.

So, I made a video about my shock and disbelief, while yelling at you about using those nasty plastic loofahs. Enjoy.

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Paid-For Amazon Reviews

(image via "seriouslys blog", which sells reviews and to I am not going to link)
(image via “seriouslys blog”, which sells reviews and to I am not going to link)

Amazon has filed suit against 1,114 “John Does” in a Seattle court this week. Amazon claims they posted fake reviews on their website, after soliciting their “5-star” services on Fiverr. This follows their suit in April, where they sued to shut down several paid review sites .

This does not shock me at all. It seems like everything is for sale in the review “economy”. It’s also why I do not agree with posting compensated reviews directly on retail sites. I think if you are compensated, in any fashion, it should be on stand alone sites like a personal site, IG, FB, Twitter, and be noted as compensated. If you have established yourself as a responsible reviewer, your readers will not mind, and it will show a straightforwardness to your review that would be hazy otherwise, and in the US, as meeting the FTC disclosure requirements.

I would not be surprised to see Amazon next go after the companies that target “influencers” and aggregate/solict for Amazon reviews, like the Tomoson’s of the world. If only to have them identify the companies soliciting the reviews. It’s a very grey area, when it comes to directly having a review on an ecommerce site page for the product, as opposed to on a different site that is just a click away.

Yes, I understand affiliate revenue, but, again, there is still another step that the consumer needs to take to get to the product that you have reviewed, and added an affiliate link. It may not seem like much, but it does at least make you one step removed, which can make a world of difference in folks perception. This is truth.

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