Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bombshell Beauties ~ Poodle Tips

"Introducing the two and only, Miss Jane Russell!" ~ Bob Hope

Jane Russell was gorgeous, and boasted a 38D bra size!! Thus why funny-man Bob Hope introduced her as he did!

She was one of a new set of starlets that emerged out of Hollywood in the 1950's; the Bombshell!!

Voluptuous, curvaceous, and alluring, these dolls had a come-hither look that made men weak in the knees. But they were by no means the dumb dames they were often portrayed as. They used their appeal to their advantage; and they were smart, sassy poodles.

"We're just two little girls, from Little Rock..."

In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Love it!), Marilyn Monroe portrays Lorelei Lee, a blonde bombshell who may come off as a ditz, but is actually one sharp cookie! Jane Russell plays her wisecracking, cynical friend Dorothy Shaw.

In one of my favorite lines of the movie, Lorelei explains her gold-digging ways to her fiancé's father, saying, "Don't you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn't marry a girl just because she is pretty, but my goodness, doesn't it help?"

You said it Lorelei! HeHe!

In honor of those luscious babes, here's my take on a bombshell makeup look:

Step One: Put on your base face! Foundation, concealer, powder; and don't forget to contour! Use a bronzer on those areas you want to recede, and highlight the areas you want to stand out. Apply blush along your cheekbones toward your hairline.

Step Two: Apply an eye primer, or some foundation, to your eyelids. Next apply a neutral base shadow all over the lid, even into the corner. Follow with a matte white shade. Blend well.

I used my Bomber Betty "The Fundamentals" palette.
Best palette ever!
Step Three: Apply a shimmery white shade to your brow bone and inner corner. Using a light grey or light brown shade, apply shadow to your crease. Blend away!

I used Mirabella's shimmery "Stella" on my brow bone and inner corner;
fun to use and say! "STELLAAAA!!!" Ha!
I used theBalm's Nude'tude palette color "Sultry" for my crease.
Step Four: Fill in your brows. Over arch them to get that full, high 50's brow look.

I draw a line from the bottom of my brow to my arch first,
and then from the top of my arch to the end of my brow.
Then it's just a matter of filling in the rest.
Step Five: Using either a liquid black liner or a black pencil, draw a thin line from your inner corner to the outer edge of your eye. Make sure and apply liner to your inner corner water line.

Step Six: Starting at the outer edge, draw a line upwards toward the outer end of your brow.

Step Seven: Borrow a trick from Marilyn's makeup artist Allan "Whitey" Snyder! Using a dark shadow and a thin brush, draw a line outwards from the middle of the bottom of your eyelid to the outer corner. Then extend the line downwards slightly. Smudge the line with a q-tip. It will appear as though your lashes are casting a shadow. Cool huh??

Step Eight: Apply a white pencil to your lower water line. Next, apply the white pencil between the two outer lines. My pencil is jumbo sized (NYX in "Milk"), so I used a thin liner brush to apply the white.

Step Nine: Optional, curl your lashes. Apply a thin coat of mascara to upper lashes.

Step Ten: Remove some accent lashes from their packaging, and give them a little flex. Next, using a toothpick, apply a thin line of lash glue to the base of the lashes. Wait 30 seconds or so for the glue to get tacky, then apply the lashes as close to the base of your own lashes as possible. Press the lashes down with the end of a pair of tweezers.

Step Eleven: Apply another coat of mascara to blend the two layers of lashes. Also apply mascara to your bottom lashes.

Step Twelve: Using your middle or ring finger, apply concealer to your lips. Then line your lips with a red lip pencil.

Step Thirteen: Starting with a darker red lipstick, fill in the outer portion of your lips. Follow with a lighter red for your inner lips.

Step Fourteen: Apply white shadow to the middle of your lower lip; another trick of "Whitey's"! This will create the look of a pout.

Step Fifteen: Layer your center lower lip with a sheer red lipgloss.

Lip Pencil: "Fire" Boots No.7
Darker Lipstick: Revlon "Certainly Red"
Lighter Lipstick: Revlon "Fire and Ice"
Step Sixteen: Paint on your perfect Bombshell mole!!

Don't forget to catch your man when he falls at your feet!! Ha!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Poodle Bits & Bites

It's Restaurant Week in Sonoma County!!!

Don't know what Restaurant Week is?? For shame!

Neither did I. HeHe!

Apparently it is a whole week to experience some of the best that Sonoma County has to offer, for a set menu price. Three-course meals at $19, $29, or $39, depending on the restaurant.

Given my obsession with all things food related, how did I not know about this????

Thankfully my awesome friend emailed me with the details and is surprising me with a night out tonight!

Sooooo, I of course immediately thought, "What am I going to wear??"

Never fear! I have just the right outfit! I got it on Black Friday for a great price, and have been saving it for warmer weather. Husband doesn't like it, so it's perfect because he won't be there! Ha!

The dress is from Trashy Diva, one of my favorite shops. Don't let the name fool you; there's nothing trashy about their gorgeous designs. Based out of New Orleans, Trashy Diva sells vintage reproduction clothing, that looks like the real thing. Their dresses are sensational!

Love, Love, Love this retro rocket print!
I ended up wearing a skinny red belt instead;
made my waist look thinner! Ha!

One of the things I love about their online shop, is that they list the measurements for each dress separately! No random one-for-everything size chart here! Which is exactly what a poodle needs when shopping online.

I should probably get this hemmed, but
I couldn't wait!

And can we say AMAZING SALES??!! The dresses you have been dreaming of, at affordable prices!

All of this makes Trashy Diva a 10 in my book! Poodle A-PProved!!!

Hey Poodles! It's Friday night and I'm all dressed up with somewhere to go! Oh Yeah!!!

Off to Jack and Tony's!!
Best mac n' cheese in town!
Peppered steak with sweet potato gratin
Totally started eating this before I remembered to take
a picture! HaHa! Butterscotch pudding
with a Snickerdoodle on top! I can't even put
into words how delicious this is!!!!!
And look! A sidecar! Yum!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Poodles & Parkinson's

It's the first day of Spring and it's raining.

There is something about the change in weather that activates all of my Parkinson's symptoms. I'm not sure if it's the cold, or the damp, or what?? I do know for sure that I don't like it!

Some days, Parkinson's really gets me down. I try to stay positive, but those kind of days stink.

Yeah, stink. Like today.

I've been dealing with the effects of Parkinson's Disease for the last 4 years, but didn't get my "official" diagnosis til this past December.

Apparently when you are only 35, Dr's shy away from saying for definite that you have a life-altering disease.

*Side-note: Seriously, is it that hard to make a cute cane??? C'mon people!!! You can have a disease and still be super fashionable! Utilitarian canes make me weep, they are so ugly. Where are the rhinestones? Where is the glamour? WHERE IS HELLO KITTY??!!

I just want a hello kitty rhinestone cane!
Is that too much to ask??

I try to keep this blog fun and lighthearted because I hate to be a downer. And I don't like to share too many annoying life details; but like I said, sometimes Parkinson's stinks.

So when I get down, here's a list of the top ten things I do to cheer myself up:

1- Watch my favorite old movies and funny TV shows. Laughing out loud is an immediate cure for the blues.

2- Eat. I don't care, bring on the cake and french fries! As the late, great Chris Farley once said, "LAY OFF ME, I'M STARVING!" (I miss the GAP girls. And funny SNL episodes in general.)

Maybe I am going to eat the whole cake!!
So?????? HeHe!

3- Read. I'm one of those people who can completely immerse themselves in a book. Reading is a good distraction.

4- Watch Jeopardy and remind myself that my brain is still working, even if my body isn't.
I'd like to make this a true Daily Double!

5- Hug my family and my little pupsters; and remind myself I'm not the only person in the world with a problem.

6- Blog! Blogging, like Jeopardy, keeps my mind active and helps with finger dexterity.

7- Take a nice, long, hot bath. The warm water soothes my tight, sore muscles.

8- Get outside and get some exercise! Just breathing in the fresh air and flowers can wipe away many a Parkinson's worry.

Riding a tandem bike has been proven
to slow the progression of Parkinson's!
And it looks so vintage cute!

9- Listen to music, and sing and dance along! It completely embarrasses my kid and makes me giggle!

10- Check-in with my friends! I love you poodles!!

Looky there! I'm feeling better already!

Thank you to Imagimeri for many
of these adorable images!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fab Finds and Swell Reads

Look what I found!!!

Yay for Nancy Drew! Resourceful heroine extraordinaire!

Our local Goodwill has an extensive and well-organized book section.

In other words, it rocks!

You can find pristine classic novels and children's books galore! And as I am slowly trying to complete my childhood collection of the original 56 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Goodwill rates an excellent in my book! They always have a substantial selection in stock. My recent finds had never even been opened! Spines un-cracked and intact! Fabulous!!!!

Workin' on the collection!
Next up #1 The Secret of the Old Clock

The first 56 Nancy Drew's were published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1930-1979. Although the covers all state Carolyn Keene as the author, that name was actually a pseudonym used for several different authors who wrote for the series over the years.

Nancy Drew by...?

My love of mysteries began with my first Nancy Drew, The Moonstone Castle Mystery. I adored Nancy! She was intelligent, capable, and always fashionable! And although she started out in the series as a blonde, she ended up as a redhead! Yay! Growing up, I was amazed by the stunning vintage covers and illustrations found within the pages of each Nancy Drew.

Save the handbags!
Nancy Drew~ an original poodle!
Check out that compact and her perfect manicure!

Speaking of adorable Nancy Drew imagery, check out these Etsy sellers items.

Book clutch!
Wonderful use of illustrations and book excerpts!
Journal available HERE
No books were harmed in the making
of this matchbox! HaHa!
I must have a pair of these earrings!

So retro cool! While I don't usually agree with any sort of book desecration, after seeing the condition of some used Nancy Drew's, these sellers have done an impressive job! It's fashionable recycling! HeHe!!

Oh Ned! Nancy's handsome boyfriend!

By the way, I also found a mint condition hardback edition of Victoria Holt's The Captive!

I am a HUGE Victoria Holt fan!! Many of her books are out of print, so this was an awesome find!!!

Finding quality used books can be like searching for clues in a mystery; difficult to discover, but oh so rewarding when you do!

Follow the clues to find fabulous books!

So keep searching poodles! Because as another great detective would say, "The game is afoot!"


Sometimes I accidentally buy doubles. Oops!
Anyone want the above two?
Let me know in the comments section,
and they're yours!