Thursday, March 31, 2011

In Loving Memory of Marjorie Ruth Hansen Murch & Addison Loyal Williams

Well, the last two weeks have been extremely surreal with the passing of my beloved Nana (Marjorie) and my Pop Pop (Addision).  My blog will resume this weekend once I get myself grounded and back into the swing of things.
Thanks for your anticipated patience.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Noteable Daily Om

Hi all,
We are out of town and I'm unable to actually write an original post, but I wanted to share a Daily Om that was very poignant to me.  Take it from someone who is always hard on herself, I found this reflection to cause me to think about this bad habit of mine and what actions can I take to change this about myself.

From Daily Om...

A Bad Habit
Being Hard On Ourselves
When we are hard on ourselves for any reason, we send our bodies the message that we are not good enough.

One of the key components of human consciousness that most of us need to address and change is our tendency to be hard on ourselves. We do this in ways that are both overt and subtle, and half the work sometimes is recognizing that we are doing it at all. For example, if we find it difficult to graciously accept compliments, this is probably a sign that we tend to be hard on ourselves. Other ways in which we express this tendency include never feeling satisfied with a job well done, always wanting to be and do better, and getting mad at ourselves for getting sick. Getting mad at ourselves at all indicates that we need to rescue ourselves from our learned ability to be unkind to ourselves.

In essence, when we are hard on ourselves, we send our bodies the message that we are not good enough. Whenever we do this, we do damage that will need to be addressed later, and we sap our systems of much-needed energy. Being hard on ourselves is a waste of precious time and energy that we could use in positive ways. To begin to understand how this works, we can think about times when someone made us feel that we weren’t good enough. Even just thinking about it will create an effect in our bodies that doesn’t feel good. We may be used to the feeling, but when we really tune into it, we instinctively know that it is not good for us on any level.

Like any bad habit, being hard on ourselves can be a challenging one to release, but the more we feel the burden it places on us, the more motivated we will be to change. At first, just noticing when we are doing it and how it makes us feel is enough. As our awareness increases, our innate impulse toward health and well-being will be activated, moving us out of danger and into a more positive and more natural relationship with ourselves.

Source: Daily Om

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sticky Fingers!

Last Friday, I went over to my favorite nail salon by work.  Liz – who is ah-mazing – has been keeping my hands looking great all winter long.  The next day dawned sunny and warm – a beautiful summer day in the middle of winter. 
Since we were going to be outside all day, I didn’t even think twice about slathering sunscreen all over myself and the kiddo!  Then – moments later – I knew that I had made a tragic mistake and my manicure was ruined!
Last summer, I did a little research and found a website that discussed how sunscreens can soften or dissolve nail polish and acrylic nails. 
According to – a website where a group of cosmetic scientists, who understand what the chemicals used in cosmetics really do, answer consumer questions  -- they write that some of the ingredients used to dissolve the sunscreen agents also dissolve kinds of acrylic chemicals used in nail polishes and fake nails.  In fact,, also states that some of these dissolving agents are used in acetone free nail polish removers.
They continue, “For example, if you look at Cutex’ Acetone Free polish remover, you’ll see that it contains dimethyl adipate which is very similar to ‘dibutyl adipate,’ a common emulsifier used in sunscreens.  So it is not surprising that you’re seeing a problem with your sunscreen making your nail polish sticky.  And, this problem is only likely to get worse because as new high SPF, broad spectrum sunscreens become increasingly popular, cosmetic formulators will have to add more dissolving agents to the product to keep the active ingredients dispersed.”
Unfortunately, these chemists can’t tell you which sunscreens will cause this problem; however, they offer a tip for testing your own sunscreens.
They suggest smearing a little of your favorite nail polish on a piece of glass or use an empty nail polish bottle or mirror.  Then squeeze or spray a little of the sunscreen product onto your polish smear to see if it softens the film.
Well, without conducting this home test, I can tell you that pretty much all of my sunscreens cause this to happen.  The biggest culprit is my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock – which contains the new high SPF.  I use it under my make-up every day because it has a Dry Touch technology to provide an ultra-light, non-shiny finish and it also protects me from the sun.  
Hawaiian Tropics Sheer Touch Sunblock Lotion, which I love because it is a lotion with sunscreen and smells like a tropical vacation, but the “Sheer Touch” technology, is my arch nemesis here too. 
Lastly, my son’s Coppertone Kids – both spray and lotion – mess me up every time.
I had to have an action plan so, last summer, I started picking up latex gloves from the Dollar Tree to apply these lotions but what a pain in the you know what!  But I was resigned to my fate that this would be my destiny.
But my friend Eliza recently gave me hope.
She told me about her organic nail salon -- Color Me Green -- which is an eco-friendly and organic nail boutique – located in Manhattan Beach.  Eliza gets gel tips – the non-toxic alternative to acrylics – and hasn’t had any problems with her manicure after putting sunscreen on her two little ones.
I gave Color Me Green a call and asked them about this dilemma.  The owner told me to bring my sunscreen and they will let me conduct my test with their organic nail polish; however, they said no customer has ever complained or just simply let them know that this has happened.
Realistically, I think the lesson to be learned here is that I need to go organic -- with not just my mani and pedi’s -- but my sunscreen too. If all these chemicals are causing reactions topically, I wonder how else it could be affecting my body and the rest of the fam.
I am going to head over to Color Me Green for my next mani/pedi and I’m hoping that I will say so long to my sticky fingers.
Color Me Green located at 2001 Sepulveda Blvd., Unit C, Manhattan Beach, CA (310)  545-7474

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Soap Good Enough to Eat

So as I was saying, I was in the shower the other day and had an interesting thought about goat’s milk soap.  While at a birthday dinner this past Friday night, my friend Rachel accidentally brushed my shoulder and noted that my skin was soft.  I said thank you and didn’t think much about it until I was in the shower holding a bar of goat’s milk soap in my hand. 

Around Christmas, another friend – Lynn -- had given me two bars of Beekman 1802 Goat’s Milk Soap made by The Fabulous Beekman Boys and I have been using it religiously ever since.  Suddenly, it was like a big light bulb went on over my head and I thought, “It’s gotta be the soap making my skin so soft.” 

I was so deep in thought that I accidentally got some of the soap in my mouth and, although it is soap and quite nasty, it really does taste like goat cheese a little bit. 

Which makes the unique story behind the soap even better.

If you haven’t heard, The Fabulous Beekman Boys is a reality television show on Discovery Network’s Planet Green. The series follows Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge as they learn how to become farmers and cultivate their own brand, Beekman 1802.  Brent, who worked for Martha Stewart, lives at the farm full-time, while Josh – a former drag queen, New York Times best-selling author and advertising art director -- commutes from New York City on the weekends. 

According to Wikipedia, the show is touted as a “gay Green Acres” as it chronicles the couples trials and tribulations as novice farmers.  Along with the help of farmer John Hall, a real farmer, who brought his goats to live at the farm shortly after Josh and Brent purchased it. 

Lynn turned me onto the show when she invited me over for the series’ Holiday special.

Besides the soap, the Beekman Boys are also known for the Beekman 1802 Blaak Goat Cheese – which Lynn served at her party – and it was très délicieux. Much more yummy than the soap.

I was intrigued to find out that she actually bought both the soap and cheese -- not for consuming together -- online; so I had to check it out myself. I was surprised to see that the Fabulous Beekman Boys sell everything from linens to pillow cases to seeds for planting flowers and vegetables to haberdashery at the Beekman 1802 Mercantile online store.

And, if you are an animal lover like me, you will just die over the fact that you can check out the goats – and their pet llama named Polka Spots -- on the Beekman Farm Goat Cam.  It is a wild concept to see, so check it out.

I have to admit that I was completely smitten with the show and the two gay guys are hysterical.  I tried to get my husband Jason to tune in and watch it with me, but he just wasn’t that interested. So it became one of those shows that I would DVR and watch solo.  However, while researching this post, I was excited to see that the show was picked up for a second season and will premiere on Tuesday March 22 at 10 pm Eastern/Pacific on Plant Green.

And the Beekman Bleat goes on…

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sometimes the Hardest Part is Getting Started

Well, I am finally realizing one of my New Year’s Resolutions which was to make my writing a priority.  I didn’t have any specific criteria except just to write.  After two failed attempts, I am finally going to launch my blog - All Things Fashionating!  I know that I have procrastinated to the point of “Oh, Why Bother,” but I just have to do it.
Yesterday, I was in the shower and I had a great thought about Goat’s Milk Soap.  (Typically, my inspiration comes to me while running or in the shower – two of the worst times to get enthused because how the hell do you get it down in electronic format while on the greenbelt or naked and soapy? Ok, get your mind out of the gutter!) 
So this morning, I woke up and, by the grace of God, I was still motivated.  So I said to myself, I’m going to create my blog today.
All Things Fashionating is a forum where I can share great ideas, tips and information about things that are interesting to me: such as fashion; health and beauty; exercise; books; other blogs of note among many other topics. In return, I’m hoping that my readers will share their thoughts, feelings, ideas with me as well.
Due to a busy life filled with a full-time job, rearing a rambunctious 6-year-old boy, and trying to find time for my husband, myself and friends; my posts may not be everyday occurrences but the creative outlet that I need to embolden my writing.  To be honest, I may not even write about things that interest you on a daily basis – especially because they may be local in nature – which means South Bay in the Los Angeles area. However, I know that I have a lot of good information to share and I hope that you will book mark me and all things fashionating.