Friday, September 25, 2009

Cincinnati Now Has a Nordstrom!

The clouds have parted - as of 10 am this morning, Nordstrom is open in Kenwood Town Centre in Cincinnati. Rejoice!

I'd be there, but sadly I have to work. Plus, did not lose the weight I wanted to in order to splurge at this opening. But at least I maintained over a very long six months.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Quest for My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

New scale is still driving me batty. I have to reset the thing every time I try to weigh myself. I wish they'd make these things a little more robust. I almost want one of those doctors office type scales with the slider. It would probably be more accurate!

Weight: 193.2 - 1 pound down. Probably water. But hey - it didn't go up!

What I did right this week: I downloaded an App for my iphone that helps with calorie counting. Lets see if it makes a difference!

What I want to improve on next week: Not eating all the junk. With the stress comes the fried food and the chocolate. I need to beat that.

Goals in Progress

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quest for My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

Hey guess what? I cracked open the new scale! Sad thing is, it does the same thing as my old one (changes based on where it's located). But this one I know how to work. My old one seemed rather arbitrary. Anyway, in the end it looks like there is a 2 lb discrepancy between my scales.

There's a 6 pound discrepancy between my old scale and my gynecologist's scale. But I'm not county that one so we'll forget about it.

Weight: 194.2 - I now have a scale that gives tenths of a pound!

What I did right this week: I decided not to worry about my weight for a moment, go clothing shopping, and pick things that looked good and sexy regardless of how lumpy I am.

What I want to improve on next week: Exercise. I have a contractor now helping me out at work. That should mean I'll find time to sneak down into the gym. Who knows. It might even help my stress level.

Goals in Progress

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Great Boot Search Leads Me to Elle UK

Bit of a rambling post but had to share my thoughts...

I stumbled into Borders earlier this week and happened upon this:

Image from Fashionising
(The version on the Elle UK site was not as good)

So I subscribe to Elle, and I get the American version. Why don't we get awesome covers like this? Seriously. We got Jennifer Aniston this month if I remember correctly and it's a boring picture. I don't even read my Elle half the time. But if I had a pic like this I might actually crack the cover. But that's beside the point. Did you get a load of those boots?!?

I noticed those boots from half way across the store, before I ever saw who was wearing them. I knew I'd seen these before. A quick Google search revealed them to be the Christian Louboutin Supra Fifre Thigh High Boots (which I guess Saks was selling them for $1995 before the sold out). The point is I can't decide if Lindsay Lohan makes the boots look hot or if the boots make Lindsay Lohan look hot. I'm putting my money on the latter, though. Regardless, my thought was "why can't I find boots like that??? That's so what I've been looking for!"

Minus the $1995 price tag, of course.

My husband, who loves knee-high boots and over-the-knee boots decided he was going to help. He Googled "over-the-knee boots" on Google and proudly sent a link to me via email. He came up with these:

Gina boot from for $63.99

Husband says: "They'll probably fall apart really fast, but they're not nearly as expensive!" You'd be right if you guess by the picture that they came from a site selling stripper shoes.

To him, it was the concept. Knee high boot (or over-the-knee as the case may be). High Heel. Lace Up. Material didn't matter, brand name didn't matter, none of it mattered... it's just the look.

And you know what? He's not wrong.

Why haven't I tried looking at sites for stripper shoes to satisfy my desire for awesome knee high boots? Well, quite honestly, they just seem trashy when I look on those sites. But really, what's the difference?

  1. The Picture - the picture of the stripper shoes alone make them look trashy.
  2. No Celebrity Endorsement - LiLo's not wearing these babies on Elle.
  3. The Material - Probably not the same quality leather, but does that matter if you're going for the look?
  4. They Probably Will Fall Apart - For $1995 the Louboutins better not fall apart. Ever. But I have no garantee.
  5. No Red Heel - It does look pretty cool on these babies.
  6. No Designer Label
Really, the only concerns should be 3 and 4. My husband would further the argument for the stripper shoes by saying that the Louboutins would fail a cost-per-use analysis For the price I get more bang for my bug with the stripper shoes. But is that enough?

Were the Supra Fifre's available, and if I had the cash to spare, and if I had skinny legs they would actually fit around I would have to ask myself the following questions: Is it the brand name that makes the Supra Fifre classy rock-chic? Am I enamoured simply due to the styling of the image? Does the celebrity have an impact? (That's a big "no" for me because it's LiLo). Are the Louboutins really a superior product both in quality and in looks? Is that superiority enough to justify the price difference? Did I think these boots looked familiar because I'd seen the Louboutins before or was I really thinking about Stripper Shoes?

What about the Stripper Shoes makes them trashy, while I continue to think of the Louboutins as super frakking awesome?

It's an interesting question to me because certainly the larger price tag does not come with more comfort. If anything, my excursion to Saks Off Fifth in San Jose back in July taught me that quite often comfort is far from the prime consideration when designing high end shoes.

I guess I don't really have the answers. My quest for boots continues. But hey, I got to share with you a really cool magazine cover!

Do you have the answers for me? What makes the stripper shoe trashy while the Louboutins remain classy? Ok, maybe not classy on Lindsay Lohan... but you know what I mean.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rave for Zoya's Color Lock System - and My Poker Chip Tips

Sorry about the claw-like pic but it was too hard to hold three bottles at once.

What's up with the nails? Well a week ago I went to my first real Poker game. Money and everything! So I created myself a cheat sheet. The Green polish on my pinky represents the lowest chip, and the grey on my thumb represents the largest. I thought I was being both silly and inventive. I heard a lot of "I'll raise you two middle fingers..." that night. Fun!

Ok, so what are the colors?
  • Pinky - Zoya Irene
  • Ring - Zoya Raven
  • Middle - Zoya Pinta
  • Index - OPI DS Treasure
  • Thumb - Zoya Harley
It's a shame I don't have an Orange Zoya, no? Well I had one once - Kaufda. She didn't suit me. Looking for another.

Now for the Rave...


I was one of the lucky ones who won Zoya's Color Lock System in a Twitter contest held by Zoya Nail Polish. Awesome, huh? Well, get this - I wore my poker chip nails for a full week. It was 5 days before I saw a chip on any of my nails on my left hand. 5 WHOLE FREAKING DAYS! And the finger that had the chip? The index with OPI DS Treasure on it. I thought my ring finger with Raven would be the first to go, since black polishes are notorius for chipping and looking horrible.

Well, I'm sold. If you're Zoya lover, go get their Color Lock System. It's awesome. Now, it didn't work well at all for OPI DS Treasure, but why would it? Totally differen't brand, right?

The only downside to the Color Lock System is that there is no fast drying top coat. But they do have their own version of OPI's Quick Dry Drops and those work just fine.

My Advice: Get the Color Lock System from Zoya next time they have a "buy the Color Lock System" Special. They seem to run a deal where you get the System plus a collection quite often. I hope they continue to do so. I will let you know when they do as soon as I know.

In the meantime, I think I need to do a full set of Raven to test my theory about how cool this system really is.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam - Nice, but is is ruining my towels?

A few months ago I won three products from AmorePacific in a contest posted on Temptalia. Awesome, right? Winning skincare is pretty much the best thing ever because it is so pricey to try good skincare products. Sure, Sephora can give you samples of items but you never get enough to give it a good run before forking over the cash. Well the first thing I wanted to try was the Treatment Cleansing Foam.

What is it supposed to do?
Well, basically just wash away your makeup and deliver your skin some much desired Vitamin E.

What's it Like?
Well it's a white cream with some small blue beads in it. Not enough blue beads to be like an exfoliation mix, but it does give the cream a little bit of texture. You mix it with water and put it on your face. I found the "foam" to be not very foam-like - it's really more like liquid soap. But the mixture seemed very moisturizing to me, and I quite liked that.

Long Term?
Like most cleansing products I've tried, after using it for a month or so I start to feel like it's not really doing much for the price. So really, I'd put this in the category of "get it only if you really like the way it feels on your skin" otherwise pass for something less pricey.

But here's the kicker...

Not too long before I started using AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam I purchased new towels - Sage Green in color. I have been using the same towel continuously. It can not be confused at all with my husband's towel...

Now, what does this tell us? Well, obviously I'm not rinsing my face well enough before using my towel. While I can't be certain it's the AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam changing my green towel to yellow, I can tell you that in terms of what touches our towels the AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam is the only big difference I can think of. My husband's towel is very much still the same green color we purchased.

I should have taken the picture the first week - you whould have seen only yellow in the center of the towel, where my face hits it when I'm drying it off after being washed, with tiny yellowed edges where my hands would grasp the towel. It was a very specific spread.

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam runs a wopping $50 at Sephora for 4.1 ounces. I could buy a few towels for that. I really would recommend this if the price were a little less (more like $20) and if I didn't suspect it of towel sabotage.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ed Hardy Makes Chardonnay?

Look what I found...

Am I the last to know about these things? Ed Hardy making Chardonnay... I found this at Arrow Wine and Spirits off of St. Rd 725 and Lyons Rd. in Centerville. My husband and I decided that we needed to refresh our supply of white wines. Low and behold, Chardonnay by Ed Hardy. My husband was a little skeptical (as was I) but I had to get it. After all, I would have never discovered Blancaneaux or Sofia wines if I hadn't tried them just because Francis Ford Coppola makes them (his winery is my favorite by the way - we belong to their club). So why not Ed Hardy?

Well, I'll tell you why. Because Ed Hardy/ Christian Audigier should stick to tatoo printed clothing and accessories. For such colorful art, this wine had no style. "Inoffensive" is a word I hear a lot when people talk about wines and I've come to translate that to "not much flavor". This Chardonnay was very inoffensive - and I mean that in a bad way. It just wasn't worth it.

Keep in mind - I'm not a wine expert. I just didn't like this at all.

I looked the wine up via Google and didn't find much about the actual wine. Alex the Sea Turtle states in comments to an article "Anytime I see anyone wearing anything Ed Hardy one word comes to mind – douche." Picture me gesturing with the middle finger of my left hand and lovingly stroking the scarf I actually never wear but love to look at with my right. But you get the idea. Not much out there about the wine.

Oh well. The bottle is pretty cool. Would have been cooler if the tatoo chick could be printed on the in side of the label so you had to look through the wine to see it (like Honig's Sauvignon Blanc). Then maybe the naughtiness factor would have kicked in.

Quest for My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

I no longer trust my scale. I have a new one I need to open. I know it'll be more accurate, the number will be higher, and I'll have to start the count over again. That's ok, but I just dread doing it which is why I have been putting it off.

Must find time to reboot and get back on the weight loss track.

Weight: 192 (+2 but holding stead from last week) I no longer trust this number. I feel sluggish, bloated, and fat. No way have I not gained more weight than this.

What I did right this week: Not much.

What I want to improve on next week: Sleep.

Goals in Progress

Zoya Richelle Is the Best Gold EVER!!!

I can't believe I forgot to post this one. Originally I was skeptical of Richelle. I don't like golds that much, and Richelle looked like it might be too brown-gold for my taste but it turns out she is just right.

The Color: Gold, almost foil. It's not really brown-gold, it's not yellow-gold, or orange-gold. Just straight gold gorgeousness. A friend of mine has Jinx and I think that one is darker, more brown.

The Formula: I got this to go on with two coats. Depending on how thin you coats are you might need three.

The Wear: Excellent! I took this picture a day after. The only wear I have is where my own index finger peeled on me.

The Bottom Line: A must have for the gold connoisseur. A good buy if you don't own any golds. A must if you're a Zoya fan and you don't own any other Zoya golds.

Just A Couple of Silly Comments:

When I see the name of this polish I am reminded of a pair of twins I knew in college: Rachelle and Rochelle. I they'd had a third sister, I bet her name would have been Richelle.

I read this series of Sci-Fi/Fantasy books by Rachel Caine dealing with people called Weather Wardens who work in conjunction with Djinn to save the world from itself. (Yes, saying it all in a nutshell like that makes it sound really rediculous). There's a Djinn character in there called "Rahel" who for some reason I always picture wearing long golden nails. I think Rahel would be wearing Zoya Richelle.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nine West - bring in old shoes, get a 15% off coupon

This is pretty cool - Nine West is doing a promotion between September 9th and September 24th that if you bring in a pair of gently used shoes, they'll give you a 15% off coupon.

Very nifty way to make use of some of your old stompers, unless you're me - I tend to wear shoes into the ground or not wear them at all. And I'm not going to give them a pair of barely worn shoes, right? That being said, most of my barely worn shoes are Nine West so maybe that would be some interesting feedback on the comfort of their high heels. Hmmm....

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sephora by OPI - Run With It

When I met up with Michelle from All Lacquered Up and Steph from Steph's Closet a couple of weeks back I asked Michelle to pick out a color for me when we were in Sephora. This is what she chose:

Not too bad. I was skeptical when she suggested Sephora by OPI's Run With It. She said she really liked it and I should go for it if I "I liked those putty colors". Well I usually don't. But I was still pleased with this polish.

By the way, yes that is Zoya Posh you see still hanging around my cuticals. That lady was B*tch to remove. Staining, lots of color bleed all over my hands - I thought I was going to have pink -red fingers for ever.

The Color: Light gray with a very slight metallic gold shimmer. Very unique, in my opinion.

The Formula: I think I only did two coats for this one. It applied evenly. It may have just been my perception of the polish because of the color but it did seem a bit like laying down concrete. Not sure why...

The Wear: Great! This picture above was taken after a day and I have only minor tip wear. I used Orly Bonder and Lippmann Addicted to Speed top coat.

The Bottom Line: If you like putty... but this lovely lady is a bit pricey for something that bares the name "Sephora" and "OPI". Then again, Sephora brand's prices aren't what they used to be...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zoya Posh is LOVE (with reservations)

I've been putting off this post for so long...

Zoya Posh was love at first sight. It's really a gorgeous red! And don't let the matte fool you - she gleams! It's a rough gleam, but it's there. However, my love with Posh has some problems.

Zoya says you're not supposed to wear this polish with a base or a top coat, that it's meant to wear alone and it is meant to be a short term wear. Well, what I consider short term is very different that what other people consider short term (long term for me is three days). However Zoya posh didn't even meet my expectations when I followed the directions:

About 12 hours after application...

I swear all I did was apply the polish, take a shower, sleep, wake up and take a picture. That's all. Crazy right?

Well, at the advice of Michelle from All Lacquered Up I tried this polish again but this time used Orly Bonder as a base coat:

After longer than 12 hours time...

Zoya must mean to wear it with any other sticky base coat BUT theirs, or something, because this was a million times better.

The Color: Probably the most perfect, not-quite-cool red out there.

The Formula: It really does show every flaw. Look at my ridges! How can they expect us to wear this without bases? Don't even bother touching up chips. It'll look like hell. Redo the whole nail.

The Wear: Clearly, this depends on your base. Most. Brittle. Polish. EVER!!!

The Bottom Line: I love Posh. I will wear her for fleeting moments. But if you're looking or longevity I'm not going to recommend her to you. If you don't mind your Zoya lady being high maintence then by all means, fork over the cash.