Older Girl Beauty

The History of Beauty: You actually *CAN* walk in those??

I am *not* your fashion info go to girl, by any stretch of the imagination. However, I have picked up a few things here and there over the last year. Like, when people started talking about the “armadillo” shoes from Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2010 show, it was hard not to listen. They were unmistakeable – to the point that when I saw the new Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” music video I heard myself saying (out loud, mind you, in an empty room) “Holy crap, she’s wearing the Alexander McQueen’s!” Yeah…I don’t really do that – at least not about fashion stuff.

I kind of did that again when I read that someone had actually worn the AM shoes in public, on a Red Carpet, and hadn’t needed anything to assist in walking in them. I had to find out who this creature was and see proof of them out in the real world. Turns out it is the rich “couture collector”, Daphne Guinness.

I had no idea who she was, so I did some googling and found out some things:

    • She is the daughter of Johnathan Guinness, of the Guinness Brewery family – making her an heiress.
    • She spent part of her childhood in an artists’ colony in Spain, where she used to swim in Salvador Dali’s lobster-filled swimming pool.
    • She says that her weird obsession with armour “might have come from the Surrealists” that were there.
    • In the 80’s, she lived in NYC with her sister, and hung around with the likes of Andy Warhol, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the owners of Studio 54 and Fred Hughes, the editor of Interview magazine, while playing wih the idea of being an opera singer.
    • At 19, she married Spyros Niarchos, son of the Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos, whom she had 3 kids with and divorced in 1999 with a (disputed) $40mil settlement.
    • Her trademark skunk colored hair was “accidental”. She “..glue(s) bits on to it and this is how it turns out.”

All of that is just background to the woman she has become. She can be described as many things: “a designer, stylist, writer, filmmaker, collector and now a perfumer with a scent called Daphne”, but she can not be called boring, that’s for sure. In fact, some of her quotes crack me up:

Discussing why she created her own scent:

“She dismisses most perfumes, describing being sprayed with scent in a department store as ‘disgusting’, like being covered with mosquito repellent”.

Or when discussing how she didn’t fit in St. Tropez, while she was married:

“I remember, for example, going to that ghastly place in St Tropez, Cinquante Cinq, with all these people at the table eating in their bikinis and getting sprayed by those horrible hoses they’ve got in the canopy above, and there I was in full riding gear. Well, I didn’t want to be half naked in front of all these ghastly, repulsive pink people in their horrid little floaty dresses getting sprayed with water, did I?”

Gawd, so pretentious, but you can see how she completely wouldn’t think that – maybe that’s why it cracks me up.

 So, there she was, walking the Red Carpet with François Nars (NARS Founder and Creative Director) for the launch of the NARS 15X15 Project. The project is a celebration of the 15th Anniversary of NARS and the centerpiece of the project is the “15X15” book, in which Daphne is included. There is only a limited edition run of 1500, with the full $80 purchase price being divided between 15 different charities. However, there are indivdual portraits available for purchase, too.

Man, I love learning about creative people and things. Don’t you?

Happy Birthday/Blogiversary to ME!

I love my birthday – like a fish loves water. I used to countdown to my birthday starting 30days prior. I try not to do that outloud any more, as some people seemed to tire of it, like the spoilsports that they are. I also like presents – A LOT. Because I am greedy like that. *shrug* However, this year, in observance of my almost 40th birthday, I have decided to give away a present to one of you – my fun readers. (*except for my fab Int’l readers, of which I know there are many. I’ll try and make it up to you in the new year, okay?)

So, I asked some of my favorite brands if they would help me celebrating my birthday, and coincidentally, my 1st Blogiversary and they agreed. Check out what one lucky reader can win:

Talika Beauty of Your Eye Kit ($48)
CoverFX SkinprepFx ($45)
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)and Super Rich Olive Body Lotion ($10)
Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System (*sans bag) ($50.50), SuperBalm Moisturizing Gloss (14.00), Blushwear Cream Stick ($18.50), High Impact Mascara ($14.00) and Vitamin C Lip Smoothie ($17.50)
Kiss Professional Manicure Kit ($9.99)
Dashing Diva Nail Polishes ($56)

Holy Crap – That’s worth more than $300! Do I love me some great brands, or what?

So, because it’s *MY* birthday, I get to make the rules, sort of. Enter in the box below, one entry per person, randomly picked winner, etc. HOWEVER, I would also like to know what has been your favorite thing that I have written this past year, because I am all nosy like that. 🙂

The contest closes at Midnight on the night of the 17th, after I have enjoyed my entire birthday, and I will announce the winner on the 18th. Good luck and thanks for playing in my playground with me. 🙂


Okay, I think I have made it clear that I may not have the best skills when it comes to makeup application or hair styling. However, it appears that I *can* put out a good zombie (*with help from a little tutorial, of course).

Nate decided that this year he wanted to be a zombie, I figured, “Surely, I can do that” and off we went to get supplies. We went to the local Goodwill and picked up a shirt, t-shirt and tie for $4.85. Score! Then went to Walmart and got a little $1.99 Halloween makeup kit & $1.99 white hairspray. Lastly, we went to a Halloween superstore & got fake blood and “Bloody Scab” for $6 – Total $15ish. Not too bad, considering how much some of those prepackaged costumes cost nowadays. *cough*$40*cough*

So, after negotiating that he could go trick or treating with his friends without me, I could take pictures of his transformation, we were ready to start playing.

My fresh faced kiddo pre-zombification.

After we sponged him white, I set it with some Three Custom Translucent Loose Powder so it wouldn’t melt away. It pained me, but, dang I couldn’t find anything else to use. He *so* didn’t appreciate my sacrifice.

I tapped on some black cream to give him the hollowed out eyes look. He even directed me at one point, “You need more over here”.

While his “scabs” were drying on his face, we went outside and sprayed his tousled, gelled hair white. Looking at himself, he said, “I look like the guy on “America’s Next Top Model, only with darker eyes”. Oh, please, Jay Manuel only *wishes* he looks as good as Nate. (*Biased, table of 1).

After blackening the scabs a bit, we added on the fake blood and let it drip drip down.

After he put on his outfit and we dripped it with blood, too, he was ready to go out into the night begging for sweet treats.

Overall, I was pretty please with what I pulled off, but the real prize is the fact that Nate declared it “Awesome!” and he had a great night. It can’t get much better than that. 🙂

Gimme "More"

“More” magazine, that is. I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute one of the beauty tips I have learned to their article, “5 Secrets of Beauty Bloggers”:

I am joined by Kari, Fab Over 40, Amber, Daily Makeover, Carolyn, The Daily Obsession and Risi, Palacinka Beauty Blog – great company, with great tips.

Let me know if you have tried any of these tips, or if you have any new ones for me – I’m always up for learning new things. 🙂

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Rodial + HauteLook.com = SALE!

I swear, this rainy, not rainy – just cloudy, oh wait, it’s 45 degrees, no, wait – it’s 74 degrees weather here in Oklahoma is doing a number on my skin – esp my legs. They are like itchy scratchy all the time, esp since I wear jeans over’em daily. Well, over the weekend, I had a chance to try a new body moisturizer from UK company, Rodial, called crème de la crème.

They say, “shea butter and vitamin E rich and nourishing body moisturiser, helps ?rm, hydrate and restore skin’s elasticity, instantly absorbed it gives a long lasting hydration and calms irritation or reaction caused by sun, cold and wind.” So, that sounds good to me and my crazy legs, and gave it a whirl.I gotta say that I really liked the way that it absorbed right in, and didn’t leave me feeling all heavy and greasy. But it didn’t absorb in so much that I felt like it didn’t do any good and that my legs were just sponges, either. Nice middle ground. I’m going to keep using and see if it helps keep the dry itchies at bay, but I wanted to let you know that I had tried it – esp since I am going to let you in on a secret.See, HauteLook.com, the online, exclusive, limited time only, sale shop is having a sale on Rodial today and tomorrow (October 19th and 20th, 2009). During the sale, members can pick up Rodial products anywhere from 45% to 60% off (regular prices), including the crème de la crème that I am trying out now. But, if you are not a member, don’t worry – I have a special invite code just for you – Click Here! – so you can try this stuff out, too.

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