Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dolce & Gabbana and Miley Cyrus

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Happy 27th birthday to Miley Cyrus who was born on November 23, 1992. 

Not a fan, per se, but I do notice when  Miley says something outrageous, or her personal life is in the limelight (eg, recent divorce from Liam Hemsworth after only 7 months of marriage, how sad! And there are several PETS involved, even sadder).

A couple of years back, Miley  ruffled the feathers of Stefano Gabbana when she criticized fashion house, D & G's (Dolce & Gabbana) politics. Gabbana's response?

We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one! We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant. We don’t need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!! 

Right on, Stefano!  May the Hollywood elitist follow your example of doing what you do best (fashion) and stop meddling in Politics.

Mrs Trump dressed in D&G for her official White House portrait
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 white and navy dress by Dolce & Gabbana pc: (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)

smiley Miley was once so wholesome

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
 but a woman that feareth the Lord,
 she shall be praised.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Miu Miu: Crystal Jewel Heel Sandal

Wearing these pretty jeweled shoes by MIU MIU (subsidiary of Prada) to a wedding.  Have had these beauties for a while -- purchased from SFA -- and can finally enjoy them. Leather is metallic and rose-colored. Made in Italy. 


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Louis Vuitton: NÉONOÉ Bag

Sis purchased her Neonoe bucket bag from the Louis Vuitton @  Honolulu Hilton Hawaiian Village during her vacation. Could not fit the large LV box into her suitcase, but presented her receipt at her local LV store in the Midwest and was given a replacement LV box. The local LV sales rep was given a heads-up by the Hawaiian sales rep.  Good idea for those who travel and have limited space in their luggage.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Review: Lash-O-Matic Mascara + Fiber Extension Kit

Product has been around for a couple of years already, but I paid it no heed.  However, lash extensions got expensive for me after a while, though they are nice in and of themselves.  

I purchased this kit with the recommendation of a friend. Cost only $7.99 at Walgreens. Straightforward instructions on box. 

Tried it and it worked very well for me:  Extended and thickened my eyelashes.  Most of all, the fibers did not irritate my eyes -- and I am a contact lens wearer! 

Do look up other reviews on YouTube and decide for yourself. As for me, it's a thumbs-up for Lash-O-Matic.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Bottega Veneta: Sloane Bag and National Peach Month

Luv, luv, luv the BV Sloane bag with its boxy base; and and ability to slouch and provoke my admiration even more for Bottega Veneta & its woven leather.

In honor of August being National Peach Month, here is the Bottega Veneta SLOANE in a light peachy-pink color. 


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My Perfume Stinks!

Why Artificial Fragrances Stink

 One day, in a Big Oil laboratory, a chemist cried out “Eureka! I’ve found the formula for the fragrance of a rose! Even rosier than a real rose!” A colleague asks “But is it petroleum-based and carcinogenic?” “Of course,” the chemist replied. Applause.

We smell trouble

Our sense of smell is a finely tuned mechanism that evolved eons ago. It helped our ancient forebears sniff out lurking predators and poisons, and identify scents that were simply pleasing. It’s also the sense most closely tied to memory—indeed a particular scent can remind us of things we thought we’d long forgotten.

Fast-forward to today, and we still have a love affair with pleasing fragrances. Indeed, we’ll spend $80 billion in the U.S. this year, and a projected $90 billion in 2020, just to fulfill that single, simple promise: a pleasant scent.

But to return to the Big Oil lab…what’s oil got to do with it?

Answer: just about everything.

“Fragrance” is a bucket of poison

Our search for pleasant scents is no longer limited to what we can find in nature. Those billions of bucks pour into labs creating artificial scents and products that contain them.

So guess where that Lavender Breeze air freshener comes from?  (Hint: not from lavender.)  Or that refreshing Citrus Grove after-shave?  Or the nameless but pleasing fragrances that somehow find their way into all sorts of cosmetics?

Watch out. More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are built on a foundation of petroleum.

What could possibly go wrong?

Slap some Texas crude on your face?

There’s an oil tanker full of toxins that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders, and allergies resting on that Big Oily foundation—more than 3,100 chemicals that are being absorbed, inhaled, and ingested daily.

Of particular concern is a class of chemicals known as phthalates, used to bind ingredients together—like fragrance and pigment in lipstick—and to increase flexibility in plastic hosing.

They’ve been found in thousands of everyday items. We’re talking cosmetics, household cleaners, food packaging, vinyl flooring, and more. 

And we’re talking everywhere. 

A great example?

Fresh, wholesome milk, in a glass bottle.   

But Dr. Connealy, you ask, how can a petroleum-based chemical get into a glass bottle?

Well, here’s how. As milk flows from cow to container, it passes through plastic tubing, which contains the phthalate di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP).  This phthalate is fat soluble, and milk contains plenty of a fat—so as it passes through the tubing, the milk drags some of the DEHP out of the tubing and into the bottle. 

In the U.S., only a handful of phthalates have been tested for safety.

Not the case in other industrialized nations.

What are we missing here?

The European Union’s 28 countries, along with Canada, South Korea, Japan, and China have outright banned the use of phthalates.

That’s because phthalates have been linked to:
  • Asthma
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Breast cancer
  • Obesity
  • Type II diabetes
  • Low IQ
  • Neurodevelopmental and behavioral issues
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Altered reproductive development
  • Male fertility issues

How can this be happening?

Lazy, lousy label laws

Mainly because American companies are allowed to use “fragrance” on their products’ ingredients lists. Hidden under that umbrella, never to be seen listed, can legally be hundreds of synthetic chemicals—that are considered “trade secrets.” 

Many attempts have been made to urge the government to retire the trade secrets designation and require a full listing of all ingredients in any product containing phthalates and other dangerous toxins.

There have been small victories along the way. Congress has banned some phthalates in toys, for example. But that’s nowhere near the full disclosure that would thoroughly inform and warn consumers, and let them make their own, educated decisions.

Unfortunately, our government demands a very high level of proof of harm. It would take forever to test every one of the 3,100 chemicals now classed as trade secrets.

Or would it? 

Could there be counter-pressure on the government from oh, say, Big Oil?  And maybe every one of the players in this $80 billion industry? 

Self defense

How can you get these poisons out of your life? 

It’s an easy call. Read the labels and don’t touch any product that has “Fragrance” on the ingredients list.  You’ll be astonished by the numbers.


 And be warned—even packages labeled “Fragrance-free” can contain dangerous ingredients. If there’s a long list of unpronounceable chemistry-lab ingredients, leave it on the shelf.

And toss anything with “Fragrance” in your housekeeping cabinet and your personal care/makeup regimen.   

Better still, replace all of those cleansers, polishers, deodorizers, shampoos, body washes, and who knows what else with natural, affordable substances. 

You’ll be amazed at what vinegar, baking soda, citrus and other oils, and other ordinary household items can do—and for a fraction of the cost that you’re paying for Big Oil and Big Cosmetics products.  There are hundreds of great sites that tell you what should go and how to replace it.

Finally, when you want to smell good, go for real, natural essential oils.  They don’t just smell wonderful. They can play a major role in keeping you happy and healthy. 

Take good care. 
by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

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For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Chanel: Did You Know This About Karl Lagerfeld?

If you want to follow  person on IG who will not bore you,  Serena Crawford is it (NOTE:  I do not always agree with everything she says).  She's able to draw you into her fascinating life and keep it interesting and non-repetitive.
 She had this to say recently about Chanel's late Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, -- a little tidbit you and I may never have known.

Chanel Nautical Cuff, Orig. $1625

 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)