Monday, January 30, 2012
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1947)
Starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison and a young Natalie Wood. This romantic fantasy is set in London in the early 1900s. Mrs. Muir, a young widow moves to a seaside village named Whitecliff with her daughter and maid. They move into a beautiful home said to be haunted by the previous owner.
Soon the poltergeist reveals himself to be the late Captain Daniel Gregg and while he is at first very perturbed by Mrs. Muir's presence in the house, she grows on him and they fall in love. Obviously other things happen, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
I hadn't ever heard of it before, but I was clicking around Netflix late one night (3 AM to be precise) and I saw that it had Rex Harrison in it. Now, I really loved My Fair Lady, partially for what it is but mostly because my late grandfather was the one who first watched it with me. So, I figured watching Rex Harrison for an hour and a half couldn't be bad. I was so right. Unlike that time I tried watching The Romantics on Netflix. That was a mistake.
I really enjoyed this movie. I thought the interactions between Mrs. Muir and Daniel Gregg were really sweet and went beyond the realm of physical attraction since they couldn't touch.
So if you like old films and you don't have anything to do, I recommend it. It's available on Netflix and if you like it and you want to buy it (which I did), Amazon has copies for around $10.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Just popping in to say hello.
Work today was cancelled so instead of sitting around on the internet like I do on most of my off days, I'm going to attempt to do a little cleaning around the apartment (it really really really needs it) and work on my header & business cards. Also in the works are a few blog posts scheduled for February while I'm babysitting for the better part of two weeks.
Anyways, off to be productive!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"A Few of My Favorite Things" will (hopefully) be a bi-monthly review of products I love. It will range from beauty products to food to art supplies to whatever else I think is worthy of telling you about in over-enthusiastic detail.
Let me preface this by saying I used to hate lotion. Scratch that, I still pretty much hate lotion. When I was young I couldn't even stand watching other people put it on. All of this meaning I am INCREDIBLY picky about what lotion I even consider purchasing, let alone trying. So without further ado...
The Body Shop's Brazil Nut Body Butter (for dry skin)
Why I started using it:
My mom has been using it since before I can really remember. Back then it was just called "Nut Butter". I tried it because she told me that it wasn't greasy. Plus, I'd been looking for something more moisturizing since North Texas is incredibly dry in comparison to Houston (where I'm originally from). Before that I had only been using Aveeno's basic scentless body lotion because it wasn't oil based or greasy and it dried relatively quickly (also inexpensive for a large bottle). So I halfheartedly gave the body butter a chance and after a week I was completely hooked.
Why I love it:
I have super sensitive skin and I get razor burn like nobody's business. Part of this is probably because I shave my legs every day (if I don't, the razor burn is 20 times worse). After switching from the Aveeno to the Body Butter I realized very quickly that my razor burn was due largely in part to my lotion being inadequate. After a few weeks my razor burn was gone and I haven't had any problems since as long as I'm using the body butter.
Besides having razor-burn healing properties I also just really love the way it smells and feels on my skin. It's not greasy at all and it blends into your skin really easily. It has a light nutty smell with a very very very faint hint of caramel. The scent doesn't last all day normally but the moisturizing effects last at least 24 hours.
The only drawback of this lotion is that it's $18 a pop. Normally I wait until The Body Shop has one of their semi-annual sales where they'll do 50% off or buy 3 get 2 free and I just stock up (yes, I have bought upwards of 10 at a time). The Brazil Nut scent is a little less likely to go on sale regularly but I've tried the Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, and Aloe body butter and they're all nice. Most aren't as moisturizing as the Brazil Nut but that's because it's for dry skin and some of the others are for normal skin types.
If you'd like to try it but you don't want to spend $18 on something you're curious about, go to your local Body Shop and test samples in the store. If you don't have one near you, their website normally carries mini sizes of all of the Body Butters for $6.
If anyone tries it, definitely let me know what you think. Love it, hate it, whatever!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Seems a little obsessive to have two consecutive blog posts about my dog but that's how I roll.
Today my little pup turns two years old! She's only been a part of our tiny family since August but I really can't remember what it was like before we adopted her.
3 quick facts about Coco:
1. She's a Shiba-Inu. A small Japanese breed of dog known for their loyalty, intelligence, stubborn-ness (is that a word? I don't think it is but oh well), and cat-like nature.
2. When Coco doesn't feel like she's getting adequate attention, she likes to flip over on her back and writhe around on the floor, making yodeling sounds while furiously kicking her back legs in the air. It's one of the weirdest things I've ever seen a dog do.
3. Coco is a surgeon with toys. She manages to take all of the stuffing and the squeaker out of the toy with only one very small incision.
I'm working on a tutorial for tailored velvet bows and it should be done within the next day or so. Stay tuned!