Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Filibuster: Be Appropriate

Fashion Police sheriff's badgeTruth be told, I think I’m much pickier about people’s clothing than makeup choices. I believe myself to have extremely good manners, and I’m very polite. However, in my head, odds are that I’m judging what you’re wearing. I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I can’t seem to turn off my inner fashion police officer. And here’s my #1 rule — be appropriate. Let me elaborate. Continue reading

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

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

The (Beauty) Story of Jenn

Jenn's mom from the late 1970'sI cannot be held accountable for my love of makeup and beauty products. It’s all the fault of that beautiful woman in the photo. That’s my mom, Estelita. She was meticulous with makeup and devout in her beauty regimen. It rubbed off. And hey, if there’s a chance that I’ll get carded in my 40s like she did, you better believe I will continue to try and emulate her. By her strong example, I learned how to do my own manicure, to wash my face every night with a mild cleanser, and to wear appropriate undergarments (no VPL here!), among many other nuggets of mom wisdom.

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Judicial Review: Sephora by O.P.I. Leotard Optional Nail Colour

Jenn wearing OPI Leotard Optional nail polish

I love wearing nail polish and rarely will you see my fingernails or toenails naked. Typically, I’m a dark nail polish kind of gal. While I have a few dozen nail polish colors, my nails spend most of their time painted a color within a few shades of black or red. However, I’ve always dabbled in wearing nude polish for that chic, fresh look, but it’s been a challenge to find the right nude color for my dark skin. Until now!

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Jenn’s Beauty Bill of Rights

Don’t be lazy! I’ll probably say this a lot on the blog, because it applies to most aspects of life. Don’t be lazy about taking care of your skin. Don’t be lazy about wearing make-up (and taking it off at the end of the night). Don’t be lazy about how you dress. You only get one life, so why aren’t you making the most of it every day?

Jenn portrait photo by Tom Hall, beauty shot

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Wendy’s Beauty Bill of Rights

I’m a person of strong convictions.  Some would say opinionated.  Others might use the terms ‘bossy’ or ‘authoritative’.  They aren’t un-right, but that doesn’t make said convictions any less absolutely correct under any and all circumstances.

soap is grossArticle I: Freedom from treating your skin like a wax figure from Madame Tussauds.  You know what keeps bar soap in that bar shape?  Wax.  It might be a fancy wax, but it’s a wax substance.  If you spend a lot of money on fancy serums and creams that wax is only acting as a barrier
to their ability to penetrate the skin’s surface.  Get a decent liquid face wash that’s free of fragrance and other possible irritants.  Ban the Bar!

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The Filibuster: Musings on Millionaire Matchmaker

MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER -- Pictured: Patti Stanger -- Bravo Photo: Peter TangenI’m watching a Millionaire Matchmaker marathon on Bravo.  Before you judge me too harshly I offer this in my defense


  1. I’m recovering from a cold and am therefore on mind-altering cold medication
  2. If I watch any more DIY Network or HGTV I’ll take a sledgehammer to something in a tragically misguided home makeover attempt

But to be completely honest, as a newly single woman tired of being the primary breadwinner I wanted to see what kind of women millionaires are attracted to: what do the women look like?  How do millionaires pick the women they date?  What kind of woman would a matchmaker pick for them? Continue reading