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making faces :: little red book, part 8

the problem with wearing red lips all the time- if there is a problem- is that it tends to limit how imaginative you can get in other areas. for some, that's a good thing. a lot of people i've met over the years prefer to establish one look and return to that, possibly with very minor variations, every day. the reasons that i get for this are usually that it's quicker [although not wearing makeup at all would really be the fastest way out of the house] or that their face is always the same and so they get used to seeing it a certain way. i have to say that when i hear that, i picture those people as children in art class, drawing the same picture over and over again, because the paper always looked the same.

but i get it. when you find a particular arrangement of colours, light and shadow that hides what needs to be hidden and calls attention to your assets, there are a lot of reasons to keep right on riding that wave. and the fact is that various shades of red, even more…

can you feel the dynamism?

recently, blogger launched a bunch of "dynamic views" as options and, since i've been thinking of making some visual changes to the blog anyway [partly because several readers, including my mother say the white-on black type makes their eyeballs scream and partly because i just like to redecorate every now and again and this is easier and cheaper than buying new furniture and repainting], i've decided to try out a few of them.

i'll be going through some different looks in the next few days and i'd appreciate any feedback you have, such as:

- is the layout appropriate to the content?
- is it easy to read?
- is it easy to find posts [compared to other templates]?
- does it load quickly?

"this sux" is not a particularly helpful comment [nor is it correctly spelled], but if that's all you have to say, then i suppose you might as well post that, assuming it's what you truly feel. 

i may just end up going back to the original template and be sat…

i am better than newt gingrich

a while back, i asserted that, in the field of writing, i was better than dick cheney. a surprising number of people read that post [surprising, at least, compared to how many people usually read my posts reserved for whining] and i am encouraged to note that no one contradicted me.

of course, it doesn't help that i believe i'm a better writer than dick cheney, even though it helps my ego greatly to believe that some of the wonderful folks who read this blog might agree, because his book sold telephone numbers and i'd be lucky to reach area codes with what i do. so apparently "better" doesn't make me more interesting than dick cheney. but it doesn't stop me from asserting my state of better-ness here on my own whiny blog.

so i'll do so again.

i am better than newt gingrich.

sure, we all know that newt's soaring high in republican polls and, despite having been declared legally dead a few months ago, now seems poised to capture the republican nomina…

the montreal metro project, part 4

in today's post, we're switching lines and looking at some stops on the orange line of montreal's metro system. the orange line covers a vast swath from the northwestern suburb of ville-st-laurent through multi-cultural n.d.g., the newly refurbished st-henri [formerly one of montreal's roughest neighbourhoods], on through the old city, the trendy plateau and increasingly trendy rosemont all the way up to laval, on a separate island. and the stations are as diverse as the neighbourhoods covered.

being a newer line, i do find that the stations are, on average, in better shape than the green line stations, especially those that are most used.

i'll start with some images of the abstract stained glass mural at station champs-de-mars, which is nestled inconspicuously at the entry to the old city. bustling during the summer, the station is ghostly silent once the tourists have left and so i had lots of time to take pictures. i love the panorama of the city you get throug…

the coolest of yule

i normally give myself until the first of december before i get so sick of tacky interpretations of holiday songs and phony seasonal cheer before i start to worry about the dangers of an aneurysm, but every few years i seem to get a reprieve and find some way not to have the season spoiled by crass consumerism and treacly imitations of sentiment.

the fact is, i actually really enjoy some seasonal traditions. i wish that the telling of ghost stories at this time of year was something that was more popular. and i love the idea of gathering those close to you for a great feast. in fact, i love being the feast cook and it's something i look forward to every year. i even like the tradition of decorating the house with lights- although some make it overwhelmingly tacky- a sign of resilience in the face of the darkest part of the year. the scent of evergreen boughs and of a fire in the hearth- these are all things that i like. it's the more modernised aspects of the holiday, as well …

making faces :: little red book, part 7

i'm actually at the point where i'm realising how long i could potentially continue this series and i'm wondering a couple of things:

1. could it actually be possible for one person to own too many red lipsticks?

2. is it time that i started throwing out my older red lipsticks, even if they still smell fine [i.e., no "red crayolas" with that distinct eau-de-crayon stench], since they've long passed their best before date?

with regard to point #2, i have to admit that i only found out in the last couple of years or so that lipsticks have a best before date. previously, i stopped using them generally only when they developed crayola-stink or when they became too dry to deposit colour without being melted a bit first. turns out, you're actually supposed to throw out cream-based products, including lipsticks, after about six months, whether or not they've "turned". but seriously, no one actually does that, right? i have a gorgeous red lipstick f…

"friday" favourites 26.11.11

this week's friday favourites was inspired by a post by the lovely elven eyes [and, yes, i did almost type that as "eleven eyes", which wouldn't be nearly so lovely... although it would be memorable]. she did a post earlier this week inviting other beauty bloggers among her followers to talk about some of their other favourite things.

since i'm a follower [and, if you're interested in things beauty-related, you should be too], i wanted to give it a go, but i realised as i started that this was really something that was meant for other bloggers, who are able to write blogs on a single subject, because they have a sense of focus, which i obviously do not. after all, i blog about anything that happens to creep into my brainspace- makeup, politics, writing, stuff that annoys me, my cats... heck, i'll blog about blogging if nothing else occurs to me. and once a week, i dedicate one post solely to talking about things that have made me happy, so it's not li…

linked out

i was admittedly late to the whole social networking revolution. i never did friendster or live journal, because i was concerned about letting other people view my "journal". like it never occurred to me that i had control over the content and what was publicly visible. like a lot of things in my life, i took the plunge on a whim. a friend sent me a my space invite in early 2007 and i figured "what the hell". i was resistant to make the great migration to facebook, particularly because i didn't like the idea that every time i did something, it got announced like a news extra on the walls of everyone i'd become friends with. but i've made my peace with it. and i started on twitter, which i now use as a repository for the smart-ass comments i would normally only get to make to dom. and not wanting to be caught off-guard again, i established a beach head on the shores of google+ back when there were only about ten people there. now that there are fourteen…

making faces :: pugh pugh pugh

every year in late november, mac cosmetics puts out a "couture" collection, with special packaging, limited items and higher prices. and every year, there's a debate among mac fans as to whether or not the items are worth the extra coin. there's never a consensus, of course, and enough people seem to like the idea that mac keeps doing it, no matter what people think of the pricing.

i've personally always had mixed feelings about these collections and skipped all of them until last year's collaboration with furniture designer marcel wanders, where a combination of the attractive packaging and eye-pleasing colours drew me in. [i've already featured "gesina", from the collection in my "little red book" series.]

this year, mac has teamed with fashion designer gareth pugh, known for edgy, alien looks on the runway, to create a "modern goth" sort of collection to tempt their fans. the palette is made up of silver, purple and cool …

the montreal metro project, part 3

here we go again! some more metro photos. today's shots are all from the green line of the metro, which is the oldest of montreal's four lines and the one that travels through the heart of downtown. sadly, it's also home to the system's greatest eyesores, stations conceived in haste, or desperately in need of repair. of course, some of its stations are exceptional [unfortunately, the most striking ones are outside of the downtown core]. today's shots have a look at those stations that most visitors have probably seen- those along the section of the line that runs right along ste-catherine/ de maisonneuve. there's good, there's bad and, yes, there's ugly...

this is atwater station. i could show you twenty photos of it and they'd all look a lot like this one. about the only thing that breaks up the great beige monotony is the advertising, which often includes very colourful entries from apple. on its own, well, this is it.




and now we move on to guy-co…