Thursday, June 25, 2009

Super Cute, Super Beautiful- Beauty & Money Woes

Every woman is beautiful, n'est pas? And that seems to be showcased even more so in the midst of a recession. Women are still willing to pay the big bucks to be "beautiful" but you certainly don't have to shill out a whole paycheck for beauty supplies! Read on for some tips to keep you feeling HAWT!

  • Learn to be happy, confident, and smile a lot. Although this may seem like an overly cheesy statement, it's true. Isn't that one of the things that you find most attractive about the opposite sex? Identify your strengths, and focus on them. Do the things you like to do. These activities bring confidence and happiness alike :)
  • If you want to delve into the exterior beauty, start with a moisturized face. Wash your face, and while your face is still slightly damp (not sopping wet) use a mixture of your favourite moisturizer and foundation. This will give you a nice, even coverage. Once you have rubbed this mixture in, dust a light layer of powder over, and you'll have a fresh, stay all day cover!
  • Next, curl your eyelashes using an eyelash curler, and make sure you get right to the base of the lashes to give them that extra boost. If you're feeling extra sparky, apply some black or coloured mascara. Purple mascara works wonders on green eyes.
  • Finally, for the ultimate natural look, just use a bit of lip balm or clear gloss. This look is perfect for summer!
Voila! The beautiful, natural look for cheap!

Fashion in the Midst of a Recession- How to Stay Fashionable Amongst Recession Woes

Talk about a lousy economy! There are numerous people who have experienced financial hardships in this day and age, such as losing their job or losing money on the stock market. If only there was a mystical tourniquet that could prevent the economy from further bleeding!

Although the economy isn't exactly the best right now, you can make the best of this situation in terms of your fashion choices. All without spending muchos dollaros! Here's some advice for looking good when the going's tough:

  • Stick to classic pieces. Although there are some minor changes that occur in the fashion world, much stays the same. Make sure you buy quality pieces, and remember that quality doesn't always have to mean uber-expensive. Some classics that look good on every woman include:
  • Light Trench coat for spring and fall, wool peacoat for winter
  • Jeans (dark wash)
  • Jewelry (simple, like a necklace and earrings. Just wear one or the other, and try to avoid wearing matching sets as it looks outdated).
  • Purse (black goes with everything)
  • Black shoes (high heels if you can stand them)

  • Timing is everything too. If you really really REALLY want those super-cool red pants, just wait until the end of the season. Not only will that give you time to think whether or not you actually want them, but they will be on sale by that point too! After all, it's not a deal if you're not going to wear it! The best time to buy isn't actually Boxing Day either, but rather the first week of January. That's when stores want to get rid of all their old stuff, and pass the savings onto you!
  • If you don't like it, change it. So you bought those red pants and now decide that you don't like them? Change them. Cut the material up and use it to make something funky, like a fabric coffee cup wrapper. Or make them into a mini skirt, you foxy diva you!
  • Go shopping ONLY for what you need. If you don't need bracelets, avoid jewelry stores! Don't buy the first thing you see either, unless you know it's a good deal. Just be patient and keep searching, again only for what you need.
  • Second hand shops seem like no brainers, but you need to be careful sometimes. Sometimes second hand shops sell for MORE than the actual store they were sold in! Just keep your eyes open, and be wary.
  • Make your own! Learn how to sew, embroider, or make jewelry! Its also a great way to turn old stuff into new! For example, if you have an old shirt that you got a little stain on it that you just can't get out, try embroidering a simple pattern or sew some seed beads onto it. You'll get a reputation for being even more fabulous than you already are!
Good luck in your shopping!

Don't Waste Your Money on These: Top 5 Worst Classic Novels

What defines a classic novel? Is it its popularity, its total sales, or the amount of time that it has been popular? Essentially it can be all of these things combined, but just because its popular doesn't mean its good. I'm not going to lie here: I haven't read all of the classic novels out there (gasp!). But I have read enough to know what I like and what I don't like. Here is a list of the top 5 so called "classic" novels that I couldn't stand:

5. Lewis Caroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. You know what? I've gotta hand it to this guy- this book is neat. And I kind of liked it. So did everyone else. But did you know that Alice Liddell was a real girl? Nothing wrong with that. But did you know that Carroll was literally in love with her? Once you know that fact and you read the book, you can really see the love he had for her and it's creepy. That's what puts this classic book on this list.

4. Emily Brontë , Wuthering Heights. The Brontë sisters are well known, and this is Emily's only novel. Apparently, "wuthering" means "turbulent weather" which is suitable considering the location and characters. It tells a tale of two lovers in the early 1800's, Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff who were close as children and became lovers later on. But the reason why I hated this book so much was that I couldn't really understand WHERE their love really originated from. It seemed to me that when they were lovers, they were constantly fighting, unless I fell asleep when they were nice to each other. That's entirely possible. Either way, call me a diva, but all that fighting isn't what I call love. Then Heathcliff becomes a jerk to a kid, also not cool. Catherine also went crazy because of Heathcliff and Linton, whereby Brontë claims Catherine exhibited a "permanent absence of intellect." I like that line!

3. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. This novel takes place in 1922 in New York and I couldn't put it down- simply because I wanted it to be over with. The plot is similar to the mindset of today- idolizing the rich and famous-but makes it seem as though the rich and famous are pretty much all loonies, and I'm not talking about the Canadian dollar. The love triangle between Daisy, Gatsby and Tom was nothing short of bizarre. And the ending was sad, and not exactly the good kind of sad. Too bad.

2.. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles. England is known for producing many of the world's great novelists, where we've already seen the likes of Carroll and Brontë, but this novel written by Hardy does nothing for me. Granted, this novel was originally declined to be published, but it achieved widespread fame for reasons I cannot understand. We are introduced to the beautiful Tess, who is taken advantage of throughout the entire novel. Sure it makes us feel sad and mad, but that's the basis of the whole book- to feel sorry for the young woman. Can we have a beam of sunshine fall into the pages of this book at anytime?

1. Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms. Ok , so maybe it isn't fair that I include this book on this list, considering I couldn't even finish it. But I really couldn't finish it. It's no suprise that the number 1 worst classic novel on this list comes from a friend of Fitzgerald, one of our contributors to this list. The magical moment occurred in 1825 when they met in Paris, France, at the Dingo Bar, a couple of weeks after The Great Gatsby was published.I mean, its a good concept- right? An American ambulance driver serving in the Italian army during World War I, a romance, based on a true story, what's not to like? How about the fact that there seemed to be more run on sentences than complete ones? Honestly, there was 1/2 a page of what seemed to me to be complete jibberish explaining nothing in particular, with none of those friendly little dots we see at the end of sentences. That's when I put the book down. But maybe I'm not cultured enough to see the true beauty of his writing style.

What do you think? Are there any classics that you don't like?

Take a look at my more positive blog, Top 5 Best Classic Novels!