The Wednesday Web

I think all of the good writers and creative and interesting people who populate the internet must be back from their summer vacations. This week is chock full of good web reads. Here’s what’s catching my attention:

What does your clutter say about you? (Personally, I’m an “Ooh, I could use that for something,” overly imaginative, underly re-purposing type.)

I loved the questions posed in this interview series. Particularly the final question: “When your time on this planet is done, what do you hope people will say when they remember you?” What do you hope people say about you when you’re gone?

The grossest of news – but something I’m sure Mr. Cook is delighted by – apparently, smelling farts is good for you. Gross. Light a match anyway.

Speaking of the romance, check out this cute note a husband of 61 years put in the local newspaper for his wife on their anniversary. Awww.

The old lady in me adores this. Real letters are wonderful.

What are you reading this week?


Music on Monday

Do you like Lykke Li? I kind of love her latest album. It’s intense and unapologetic. Exactly what you need on a Monday morning.


What do you think? Check out this cover Lykke Li did, too.

(I also adore this quote from her, because it is so right on: “In every person’s life, around 27 to 29 years old, the stars and the planets align themselves to exactly the way they were when you were born. You’re faced with yourself. There’s no running away.” This, so much.)

“In every person’s life, when
you’re around 27 years old,
the stars and the planets align
themselves to exactly the way
they were when you were born.
You’re faced with yourself.
There’s no running away.”

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Kiss Kiss


Are you a lipstick wearer? Do you have secrets for achieving the perfect pout?

I have to admit, I am a little clueless when it comes to lipstick. I’m an organic lip balm kind of gal. I have literally not worn lipstick on a regular basis since I graduated from college eons ago. (And then I only wore it because I had a short-lived stint working at a stinky bath products store during their ill-fated cosmetics line launch — great cosmetics, by the way, just terrible marketing.)

I have gone through the Clinique Black Honey phase, the tinted Labello phase, the Fresh SPF lip balm phase, but I have never mastered lipstick. Just ask my wedding photos. (I attempted a long-lasting overly sticky lip gloss for the big day and ended up wanting to rub it off almost immediately. Not to mention, the color was just wrong. Right for the season, wrong for my face.)

I was inspired recently, though, by a feature on Cup of Jo where she had her assistant try on many different kinds of lipstick over a period of days and then review them. I loved they way they looked on. Even the not so favorite shades lent something to her look. Inspired by her Lipstick Challenge and my new favorite nail polish, I wanted to find a bright lipstick to give my own cosmetics routine a rush.

Pinky Lipstick Orange Red Lips

The first color I tried turned out to be pinker than I wanted (see above left). It seemed bright red under the glimmering lights of Target’s cosmetic’s section, but when I got it into natural light it was a lot more berry-ish. It’s Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice. Since I am a noob to the world of lipstick, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this week’s whim, hence the Revlon. Also, I liked how powerful a punch the Revlon lipsticks packed in the Lipstick Challenge. I got Fire & Ice home, tried it on, then immediately dumped it into my forgotten cosmetics basket (everyone has one of these, right??).

I have a Target addiction, so I found myself back there a couple of days later and decided to pump up the jam on my orange-y red search. No tame toned down colors here. I went with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick again (it’s not too drying, which bugs me about some lipsticks), but in Kiss Me Coral this time (see upper right). Yow! So bright, I loved it! On my skin tone, I think it comes out to be a classic vampy red. Fun!

One thing I learned from playing with lipstick this past week is that lip liner is a must. Who knew? I especially haven’t worn lip liner since the early 2000s. Apparently it’s not just to make yourself look like a wannabe chola (ah, awkward fashion trends). That stuff actually works and is necessary for keeping your lipstick from bleeding off your mouth. I tried a bright red one from Rimmel and it’s doing the trick so far, but a friend recommended just using a nude one so that it’ll work with any shade of lipstick.

Another thing I learned is that the berry-ish color I’d written off first is the one that most people like. I got a TON of compliments on the day I wore that one to work. It’s toned down compared to the other one, but not a shrinking violet. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this lipstick thing!

Kiss Kiss

How about you? Do you wear lipstick? Do you have any favorites or tips to share?


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The Wednesday Web

We’re getting heavy into summer, so I thought I’d share some seasonally appropriate links with you all today.

First, why do mosquitoes bite some people and not others? This is a question I’ve been asking since our trip to Mexico in May, when I got eaten alive by the flying invaders. I used to consider myself immune to mosquito bites ever since I went to the Amazon jungle basin as a young teen and had a crazy histamine reaction to all the bug bites I got. Now it seems that my 20 year immunity has worn off and about 75% of the bites I get these days blow up into big red welts. Thank goodness for calamine lotion!

Next, speaking of vacation, how would you like to never have to come back from your holiday? This entrepreneur did just that and has tips for other wannabe beach bums. I know exactly which beach I’d attach my bum to. Do you have a dream living destination?

If you’ve got plans to head out of town before the season is over, you might want to peek at this list of the world’s best airlines, as voted by customers. Shockingly, there are no U.S. based airlines in the list. <<That’s sarcasm, in case it wasn’t obvious.>>

And, on the topic of airlines, I’m off to our nation’s capitol today for a short conference. Look up in the sky and I’ll wave to you from the airplane!

Four Eyes (or Twelve Eyes?)

As a wearer of glasses since I was eight years old, I have had my fair share of spectacles. One of my first pairs had purple striped metal frames that I thought were the coolest version of an otherwise very uncool accessory. Somewhere in the early 1990s, there was a pair of large framed brass glasses à la George Costanza, and there have been various other nondescript iterations over the years. I’m currently due for a new pair of specs and not super thrilled with the selection at my local optometry office, so I ordered a home try-on of several styles from Warby Parker.

Have you heard of Warby Parker? They’re like Toms, but for glasses (in that they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair that is purchased from them). They have very few storefronts, so most of their business is done online (hence the at-home try-on) and because they save so much money on brick-and-mortar expenses, the glasses are relatively inexpensive.

This isn’t a sponsored post, by the way, but it is a plea to have you help me pick my next pair of glasses. While I don’t normally put close-ups of my face on the internet, I am doing it now in order to model for you my sample glasses. You ready?

Let’s go left to right, top to bottom: 1) Okay, here are my current glasses. They are simple and made out of acrylic, which I like (I hate nose pads! And wire rims get bent too easily.) They’re kind of the same color as my hair. Is that a good thing?? You tell me. 2) This is the first sample I picked. I haven’t had colorful glasses since childhood, but I do find them appealing. Is that silly? Will I have to match my outfits to my glasses if I wear them? Style: Arthur, in Green Spruce.

Next row: 3) I love the color of these, but the fit not so much. They’re angled in an uncomfortable way. Without storefronts, I’m not sure if I can have the angle fixed anywhere, which makes me super hesitant to order them. I do like the red, though. Style: Marshall, in Rum Cherry. 4) These are not too different from other pairs I’ve had. They are very respectable. Are they flattering? Is the tortoise shell pattern good or distracting? Style: Nedwin, in Amber.

Last row: 5) Are these too big? Is that rounded top angle weird? I can’t tell either way. Style: Ballard, in Striped Chestnut. 6) These are a lighter color in person than they appear here. They’re not as orange-y, more of a soft pink shell color. Are they too pale? They are the most comfortable pair I tried on. I wish they came in red, but they don’t. Style: Sims, in Coral.

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So, what do you think? Have I found my new glasses or should I keep looking? Which pair would you pick for me? Have you ever ordered from Warby Parker, and if so, do you have any tips? Inquiring minds want to know (and make strange faces)!

So, what's the answer??

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