Author Archives: Wendy

I Flew Through the Air with the Greatest Unease

I took a 2-hour trapeze class from Trapeze Austin Saturday afternoon.  It was terrifying and exhilarating, and included some life-lessons I didn’t anticipate.

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Judicial Review: Dior Vernis Purple Revolution

Dior Vernis Purple RevolutionSweet, sweet vindication!  Sort of.

You might recall my Judicial Review of Chanel Peridot, where I ranted (maybe just a little) about how ugly the polish made my feet look.  When I saw Dior Vernis Purple Revolution it was lust at first sight, and my heart swelled with the promise of a match made in heaven: my toes and this darkly exotic purple polish.

SEE???  Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Chanel Peridot!  It’s not me, it’s you.  [This is almost as satisfying as seeing your ex with a new girlfriend markedly less attractive than you.  Or she’s more attractive than you but she has something hanging out of her nose.  Anyway.  Moving on.] Continue reading

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Judicial Review: Almay Truly Lasting Color with SPF 15

Almay TLC SPF 15I’ve been a one-foundation woman for as long as I can remember: Bobbi Brown’s SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer.  We’ve been through a lot together and it’s never let me down, but lately I’ve been wondering what else is out there.  How do I really know it’s the best if I don’t test drive another?  I needed to get some foundation “strange”.

I went looking for excitement on the other side of the tracks: the drugstore.  In my Beauty Bill of Rights (Article IV) I stated that some things are worth paying a little more for, foundation being my example.  Could I be satisfied with something so…common?  For my first, I went for something with stamina: Almay Truly Lasting Color with SPF 15.  I’ve never strayed from Bobbi and I was nervous: would I look chalky or cheap?

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Fall Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus

Remember Halloween as a kid, where you’d come home from trick-or-treating and empty your big bag of candy on the dining room table?

Yeah, the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event was like that.  (But without my mother inspecting everything for hidden razor blades and taking away all the delicious homemade treats.)

Neiman Marcus Beauty Event Preview Party invite

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Judicial Review: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream ShadowI’ve been wearing Bobbi Brown eye shadows for as long as I can remember, but for some reason I never tried her Long-Wear Cream Shadow.  However, this particular summer has been so brutally hot that no matter what I did my shadow was creasing by lunch time.  I decided to give Bobbi’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow a shot.

This product has nice variety of shades available, some shimmery and some matte.  I took Sandy Gold and Heather home for a test drive. Continue reading

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Running Through My Mind

I’ve always wanted to be a runner.

Unfortunately my desire to be a runner manifests in the same way as my dream of being a super awesome ukulele player: I have all the tools required but apply actual effort toward it only sporadically. I keep hoping I’ll acquire these skills by osmotically absorbing expertise through the universe, bypassing all the frustration and discouraging failure that comes before SUCCESS.  (Or, let’s be honest, sometimes only less failure.)

Today I woke up at 6am, super pumped to go to my 8am CrossFit RunTex class!  Unfortunately I couldn’t find the class – it wasn’t at RunTex, and it wasn’t under the bridge down on the running trail.

So today I became a runner. Continue reading

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The Year of Living *Paleo-ly

I love food.  No mixed emotions there, no deep-seated conflicts or internal struggles, I just love it.  I want to move to Vermont where I can legally marry it.  Historically when invited to gatherings I could always be counted on to bring dessert, sometimes more than one.  I’ve lovingly been called a cupcake whore.

So you can understand the surprise of those who knew me when I started down the Paleo Path.  You’d have thought I told them I was going Base Jumping without a parachute.  Everyone wanted to know the impetus for this radical change, but there was no dramatic catalyst.  I’d been eating pretty much the same way my entire life and I just wanted to see what it was like to eat differently.

Wendy at 2 years. This isn't staged: it's my way and the way of my people.

Wendy at 2 years. This isn’t staged: it’s my way and the way of my people.

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Drinking the Kool-Aid: Tales of a CrossFit Convert

A great friend and former roller derby teammate (that’s a post for another day) told me I needed to look into CrossFit because I’d really love it.  I’d been a little bored since quitting derby: a step aerobics class doesn’t quite compare to be knocked around by other women on skates.

CrossFit Central Austin

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Judicial Review: Chanel Peridot

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in PeridotLet’s just get this out of the way: I don’t want to write this post.  I’d been avoiding it until Jenn politely nudged me.  Why am I openly hostile to something so seemingly harmless?

The Hell with harmless: it’s gorgeous, right??

I’d been coveting this polish for over a month.  Finally two weeks ago I went to the Chanel counter at Saks and saw the bottle in person.  It was even more beautiful than it had looked in the magazines.  I happily forked over $25 and proudly took it to my pedicurist.  She immediately expressed skepticism: she’s been doing my pedicures for around 7 years and I have always preferred dark, rich colors. Essie Wicked is a favorite of mine.  We tried something light and shiny once before and she wouldn’t even let me walk out the door: she took it all off and started over because she knew I’d hate it.  (And I would have but I was trying to be polite.) Continue reading

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The Filibuster: A Man’s Guide to a First Date

I recently sent Jenn a link to another beauty blog that had a list of looks men don’t like on a woman.  Her response was “Seeing as I’ve done most of those looks, it’s no wonder I’m single. I guess I require a man who has taste.”

It got me thinking about how to identify a man with taste and class – what would our first date look like?  Here’s some advice for the men out there. Continue reading

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