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Pressing the Mind Grapes: girls, maps, and tokens

Where do highbrows find the kind of love that satisfies? / Underneath the Harlem moon!

BoingBoing loves this map of Harlem nightlife circa 1932, and I do too. [BoingBoing]

Are Muslim girls the new hip token on MTV’s The Real World? [Racialicious]

The finalists in Esquire magazine’s Best Dressed Real Man contest are hot. Except for that one kid with the floppy red hair. He’s just super adorbz. [Esquire]

M.A.C. is cancelling the Rodarte makeup collection after all. If the collection isn’t destroyed, I bet it would cost a shitload on a cosmetic-after market. Is there a cosmetic after-market? [New York magazine]



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makeup & macaroons

This past Saturday morning was like any other: woke up late. Got a cab to class at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Practiced with my partner Linda. Listened to everybody else in class sing. Guess what? We sound awesome. Got notes from our teacher Gwen. Linda and I talked about what to wear for the recital. Though the show has a definite theme (60’s pop), we don’t have to get kitted out in sixties garb. We were thinking cute, for sure, but not too cute. I see myself applying a lot of eyeliner for some reason.

After class, I stood on the corner of Wilson and Lincoln, chatting with my classmate Wendy. It was a beautiful day, so we enjoyed the sunshine before going our separate ways. I hit the library to pick up some books that were on hold for me, stopped at Walgreen’s to buy the Chocolate Jeans Heart for Elisa as a hostess present, had a late lunch (ham and cheese sandwich) at The Melrose. Yes, I remembered to check into Foursquare at every stop I made. I think I have a problem. I am a Foursquare addict.

Bixby: My Furry Valentine

So why did I need a hostess present for Elisa? Well, Elisa had invited some pals over to check out some Cover Girl makeup she got in the mail from BzzAgent. She also promised cupcakes and watching Lifetime. That’s all I needed to hear.

We had ShadowBlast double-sided eye shadow sticks to play with, the idea being that we’d make our eyes look all smoky. It didn’t quite work out that way, as the two shades tended to get mixed up and then cancel each other out. While the shades were pretty, they were quite sheer and difficult to layer to show more pigment.

When I think about it now, doesn’t ShadowBlast sound like a Cobra Command operative? Or the word for “fart from a ninja”?

Also there were ShineBlast lip glosses, which had names like “Ignite”, “Glimmer”, and “Gleam”. Were these glosses or fireworks? Maybe it’s because all of our lips had enough pigment but I couldn’t any hint of tint on my lips.

After we made ourselves into smokey-eyed hottiepantses, we watched “The Pregnancy Pact” (aka the greatest Lifetime television movie EVER) and ate this really delicious vegetarian chili Elisa made in her crockpot. There were French macaroons from Fritz Pastry and, of course, girl talk. Mainly about cats, movies, Valentine’s Day (the holiday, not the allegedly terrible movie that opened this weekend), and boys.

I pestered Alissa and Elisa about their V-Day plans. Elisa had no idea while Alissa figured she and Jon would go to a bar near their apartment for dinner. Very low-key so naturally I was a little disappointed. Isn’t Valentine’s Day supposed to be, like, Super Bowl Sunday for people in relationships? I told Elisa I thought she and her boy should go see Valentine’s Day then follow that up with dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. They could split a single slice of cheesecake, each taking a side and eating it from opposite ends until they met in the middle. Like the spaghetti-eating scene in Lady and The Tramp only instead of dogs it’s people and instead of spaghetti it’s cheesecake! I am a genius at this romance thing.

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inventory: Chanel nail polish

I don’t know when it started, but I’ve become enamored of Chanel nail polish. Was it that Allure interview with Sheril Bailey where she recommended it? Dunno, but I went ahead and splurged on a bottle of the stuff and I was hooked. I have:

  • Black Satin
  • Blanc Ceramic
  • Blue Satin (just ordered from Nordstrom last night)
  • Jasmin
  • Lotus Rouge
  • Vamp
  • Vanity

I feel like I’m missing a bottle, but I’ll have to go home and check. And maybe put on a fresh coat of Jasmin.

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this week in Asian: good makeup, bad names

Lola Cosmetics Geisha Glow Highlighting Powder: Don’t know if this is the doing of the manufacturer or Makeup.com, but did we really need this in the product description: “the Orient’s most prized natural elements including rice, cotton and green tea”? Are we still referring to Asia as “the Orient”? What would the late Edward Said have to say about this? And when I think of traditional geisha makeup, I think of the severe black brows, bright red lips, and snow white foundation — nothing especially glowy about that, but maybe I’m resorting to stereotype, too? [Makeup.com]

Lancôme Khôl Oriental Duo Eyeliner: Again, where do they get this copy? And I read: “Two liners in one, this ‘chop stick’ shaped khôl is meant to feel like a precious object, as it resembles a cigarette holder or a hair ornament.” This only reminds me of how annoyed (perhaps irrationally so) when I see ladies wearing chopsticks in their hair as “orientnamentation”. I still feel, though, that this shit will look hot on me, so I’m adding it to my wish list for my birthday. [Sephora.com]

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lip gloss, anthropologie, blankets

  • The Find: Pink Lip GlossNew York magazine writer shops for pink lip gloss. Now who do I suck up to get a gig like this? Sigh.
  • Anthropologie Doesn’t Care About Black People! — The first dispatch in the I Work Retail column for my new favorite blog. Well, my new favorite blog after Disgrasian™ — holla!
  • TV Blankets: Mindy Kaling extols the virtues of snuggly blankets for TV watching. Which will be good to remember when it’s freezing in winter and not ass-numbingly hot like it is now. For now, I prefer to hang out in my nightie with the windows open while I eat fudgesicles in front of re-runs of “Degrassi” and “Roseanne”.

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what i bought today: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss, "Cherries in the Glow"

Not much to say about this gloss except that it’s awesome and it makes my lips look so pretty.

You can get your own at any drugstore that sells Revlon. I got mine at the Walgreen’s on Jackson and Wacker.


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what i bought today

Not a lot today, but one big-ish ticket item…

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what i bought today

Instead of going to what I’m sure was a kick-ass 80’s party, I fell asleep on my bed Friday night and woke up too late to go. Mad at myself, I did the only thing a girl in my position could do: I did some on-line shopping and promptly went back to sleep.

My haul from Gloss.com:

  • Chanel Precision Eye Definer in “Black” — gorgeous pencil with a tiny sponge applicator that can be used to smudge, ever so fashionably.
  • Clinique Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in “Pink Goddess” — Got a sample of this and three other sades in the “Colour Surge Butter Shine” collection a few weeks ago. Applied this shade after lunch Friday afternoon whist digesting. Delicious, and thankfully I didn’t smell like butter afterwards.

Oh, and earlier in the day I bought tickets to see Hot Fuzz tomorrow (Saturday) night with Joe and Jacinda.

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recent things i bought and happen to love

  • Chanel “Blanc Ceramic” nail polish: beautiful pearly white polish that makes me feel like I married the dictator of a Southeast Asian country.
  • upgrade to first class on United Airlines flight from Chicago to LAX: I spent 15,000 of my precious miles to sit in a comfy seat, eat breakfast, and drink water out of a real glass. An early birthday present to me — the only thing I can think of to complain about is that we made good time, so my time in fancyland was cut short by about 30 minutes.
  • $5 freshwater pearl earrings from some cart on the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica: I bought two pairs, one white and one pink, which I call “Blush” and “Bashful” because I am secretly a fan of “Steel Magnolias”
  • Hotel Reversible Terry White Shower Curtain: when I got back from L.A., I had no place to sleep, as the old apartment was demolished, and the new apartment had no furniture (my bed was under a tarp in the old place). I spent two nights in a hotel (thanks, Priceline.com, for cheap rates!), where I was spoiled by the excellent water pressure. I bought this shower curtain for the new apartment, which I’ve decided to decorate like it’s a fancy hotel room. To that end, I suspect I might need some more hotel stays for “research”. Of course, at dinner tonight, all of my responsible homeowning friends were talking about meeting with financial consultants so maybe I shouldn’t be buying a fancy shower curtain? Oh but where’s the fun in that?
  • medium yogurt from Pinkberry: So good, though the topping combination I picked — chocolate chips, granola, banana — was a bit dry. The next time I am in L.A. or New York, I will go for pineapple (do they have pineapple?), strawberries, and blackberries.

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new year, new lipstick

I spent the afternoon at the mall. For those of you who may already be well-acquainted with my shopping habits, yes, I went to Oakbrook with Stef. We cruised Sephora (which I almost typed “Stephora”) before meeting Kathy & Adrienne for a long lunch at CPK.

Politics, race, higher education, and boys were discussed over artichoke spinach dip and peach Italian soda.

More shopping — highlights were red boots for Stef, brown trousers for Kathy, lotions and such from Bath & Bodyworks for Adrienne. And there were a mini-riot at the MAC counter at Nordstrom.

Good times. My loot is listed below.

  • Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
  • samples of LORAC and Sue Devitt foundation primer
  • MAC lip glass and lipstick in Viva Glam VI (which is almost the same color of my lips but shimmery and therefore kinda sexy
  • MAC eye shadow in Jete (shimmer peach, from the new “Danse” collection)
  • small hot cocoa from Gloria Jean’s

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