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October is for Pretty Pink Things – 2013

This was originally posted here, but I want to repost it as October is here again already.

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Today is October 1st, which, for the last 25years has been recognized as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. It’s also the day that my friend say, “Cool – I can get lots of pink things at Target now.”. Yep, that’s what it has come to, in my opinion – a month known for the proliferation of pink things, but not really the cause behind it any more.

And you know what? I’m kind of okay with that.

Of course, I don’t diminish the impact that breast cancer can have on a woman and her family – my son’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, in fact. Nor do I ignore the need for awareness for a disease that has the second highest incidence rate to prostrate cancer (2009* (*updated) most recently data available), affecting nearly 200k women directly, each year. I just have a problem with the monetization of the awareness.

Have you guys ever heard of “pinkwashing”? It’s a controversial variation of cause marketing that focuses on breast cancer & how *some* of the companies using the pink ribbon & BCA may not be doing it for pure motives. I emphasis *some* because I want to impress that not ALL companies releasing special products for BCAM have ulterior motives – but you know what they say about “bad apples” and all (*did you know that metaphor is actually true?). Anyway…

In no way am I telling you not to purchase a specially branded product – I’m just asking that you educate yourself of the brand’s intentions with this marketing. The “Breast Cancer Action” organization has come up with a site, “Think Before You Pink” to help consumers challenge themselves to ask questions before purchasing a pink branded item. I don’t see anything wrong with purchasing a product because it is pink and you like it, but please do not say you bought it only as a way to support the cause. Own your purchase and if you are sincere about wanting to help, please donate directly to a reputable breast cancer charity – the most notable being the “Susan G.Komen for the Cure” organization, or give of your time in your local community ANY TIME OF YEAR, not just in October, because we all know cancer doesn’t only strike one month a year. And wear your pretty new pink product when you go. icon smile October is for Pretty Pink Things   2013

(*This post was inspired by this post by Shannon from “A Girl’s Gotta Spa”.)

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What I Did This Summer, 2013

I can not believe how fast this summer flew by! It’s almost Fall – in fact, my kiddo went back to school and started the 11th grade today! So, I thought today would be a good day to finish up my own summer vacation.

In case you were wondering what I had been up to, I made this handy dandy collage just for you!

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1) “Orange is the New Black”. You GUYS! Seriously! This show! It makes me questions lots of things – like, what was I doing 8 years ago that could totally creep up and screw up my life now? I need it to be 2014 already.

2) I went ziplining! Who’da thought *that* would happen? It went so good, I was a “shaka brah” goddess by the end!

3) I had this *ridiculous* Peach Pie ice cream. Real bits of peach and crust and real vanilla bean. Geez, I can taste it now. Too bad I had it at some hole in the wall out of state and no chance to get any more. Someone hit me up with a recipe STAT!

4) I saw some *amazing* movies this summer that you guys HAVE to check out, like “The Kings of Summer” and The Spectacular Now. I have a completely inappropriate crush on Miles Teller and am counting down the days until “Divergent” comes out. (*Fact: I may actually be a teenage girl, instead of a 40+ mom.)

5) My BFF had her baby and I finally made it down to see my new nephew, Henry. He’s kind of already in love with me. It’s understandable.

6) I read. A lot. “Shocked”, (*which was written by Beauty Blitz’s Polly Blitzer’s mom!), was just one of the *many* books that I read. My library card got a workout. And, yes, I still read paper books – there is just something about holding a physical book in my hand that a digital version just can’t match.

7) I figured out a way to give up the scrunchies. For now.

8) I went super bare on makeup this summer. Literally, what you see here was pretty much all that was used in some combination. I was lazy & I didn’t want to make a fuss, so, this MAC “Illustrated” bag was my it bag & in it I stashed:

  • My NARS “Puerto Vallarta” Multiple (*a miracle for this bronzer impaired gal.)
  • My Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in “Jam Twist”, which is almost a close-to-plum shade, which is important for this plum loving gal.
  • My Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in “Lucky Penny”. It’s meltproof. Done.
  • My Avon Mega Effects Mascara. I’ve had fun learning to use this wand and have really gotten the hang of winging out my outer corner lashes, which cracks me up when I have pretty much a bare face and then these va-va-voom lashes!
  • My Kiehl’s BB Cream, which with it’s SPF 50 and it matches my skin tone, of course it’s going to be my go-to.
  • Yep, that’s really pretty much all I wore this summer. For real.

    9) And, I am pretty sure I spent most of my Summer in 2008, because I spent far too much time trying to get the Golden Fishing Rod in “Animal Crossing: City Folk”, which my sweet Momma loves to watch me play. I’m still 1 fish short. Damn you, Coelacanth!

    So, that’s pretty much my summer – spending time with the family, relaxing and basically stepping away from the keyboard for a while.

    Hope you guys had a great summer, too! (*Or maybe a great winter, if you are Down Under. icon wink What I Did This Summer, 2013 ) Tell me – what kind of fun things did you do?

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    Happy 4th of July!

    Happy 4th of July!

    52387 Happy 4th of July!

    Happy Independence Day to all of my US readers!
    And Happy Thursday to all the rest of you! icon wink Happy 4th of July!

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    Pixie Cut and the Plus Size Gal

    I am in a severe hair quandary and I don’t know what to do. Well, I do, but I don’t know if I can pull the trigger or not. I am sick of my hair. I do not style it, it has no style on its own. I wear it in a ponytail pretty much every day of the week. Hell, I even wear it in a loose pony on top of my head (*in a scrunchie!!) when I sleep. So, I want to chop it off. I wanted to last year, but was talked out of it. I have used a short hair cut as an incentive to lose weight – “a short cut will look so much better when I am skinnier”. And then I pull up my hair in a pony and open another box of Milk Duds, so we all see how well *that* is working out for me.

    So, I said “screw it, I’m finding a pic of a low maintenence pixie that I like and going to make an appointment”. And that is where I was stopped. If you google “pixie cut plus size” you get 152,000 results with a ton of articles asking, “Can I wear a pixie cut?”. Google results for “pixie cut”? 20,600,000. Seriously, a search on Pinterest for “Pixie Cut Plus Size” pulled up *4* results. There are approximately 63million, 463thousand and 12 pics on Pinterest and only 4* are of plus size pixie cuts.

    Either no one likes the cut on plus size lovelies or there just isn’t that much out there to pin. I am leaning towards the latter because from all corners of the world – from the local Supercuts to the $$$ salons of NYC you will hear the same thing said to full face women, “It’s just not that flattering on you”. And we believe them, time and time again. And we end up with the past our chin bobs that make our face “look thinner and longer”, which is a lie because, uhm, my face is still round as it was before the chop (*even tho I do have really cute cheeks and amazing dimples!). As the magician’s say, “It’s just an illuuuuusion”.

    And for the folks who say “well, it’s a cut that looks good on anyone”? You lie. That’s like saying “One Size Fits All”. It doesn’t. Just ask “the girls”. It’s like clothes – if I am looking to see how a piece of clothing looks on a model, I want it to be a model that is a similar body type to give me a good idea of how it might look on me. This is especially true of a haircut. As adorable as the pixie looks on Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan, it will not look the same on me as it does on these gamine beauties.

    So, I don’t know. It should be a matter of if I like it, I’m going to rock it. Hell, I espouse that about things myself. Of course, as usual, it is much easier to give that advice than to adhere to it myself. But, I’m on the hunt for the right pic to take into the salon and then there will be some shearing. Whether it will be as short as I imagine in my mind, or if I put it off once again, is to be determined.

    Now, I’m not looking for compliments or “oh, you can do it” comments. I am merely just venting that it is stupid that this is as difficult as it is turning out to be. But, I would gladly take any suggestions of looks that you have seen that you think I might ought to look at, too. Maybe I just overlooked something out in the big world wide interwebs. It’s possible, right?

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    Oklahoma Tornado Victims Charity Event

    You guys know that I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life. That means that we grow up knowing tornado precautions and what to do when the sirens go off. It also means that when a devastating one comes thru here (*like they have too many times these last two weeks!), we know that we will rebuild and continue to be “Oklahoma Strong”. But we need help and that is where charity and disaster relief services come in.

    I know that many of you have wanted to find a way to help, but you are so far away you can’t do anything on the ground here. In fact, I was approached by beauty social site “Pampadour”, (*on which I play a bunch), to find out how they could help. So, we came up with a way that would help people around here, and still have a bit of beauty fun, too. On Tuesday, June 4th, from 8pm to 10pm EST they will donate $3 for every user that signs in or registers to Pampadour.com and connects with me! All of the donations will go directly to the Oklahoma Chapter of the Red Cross, to ensure that the money is used for all of the victims around the OKC metro – of which there are so very many.

    So, if you are free on Tuesday night, I encourage you to come connect with me on Pampadour and help the victims of the OK tornados. We’ll also be tweeting about it over on twitter with the hashtag #Pamp4OK, too.

    I know many of you have been curious, so, here is a pic of where I was, and work, when the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, 2013:
    May 20th Moore Tornado and Where I Work Oklahoma Tornado Victims Charity Event .

    Also, this is what we saw before we went into the shelter before the tornado hit:

    Thank you for all of your support these last couple of weeks!

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