Posts from September 30th, 2009

Thanking my lucky stars….

September 30, 2009

i know most of us wish we were gorgeous 18 year old Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit models, but I for one am thanking my lucky stars (and lucky charms) that I was/am not. Case in point, eighteen year old Israeli supermodel Esti Ginzburg:

09_esti-ginzburg_08-1If i looked like this when i was a senior in High School, there’d be no doubt i’d be on my 16th pregnancy, and i’d have herpes coming out of my ears. At her age my emotional I.Q. was equal to that candelabra she’s holding. I wouldn’t have had the self-esteem and poise to handle all the lecherous creepers I’m sure are writhing onto her path. Let’s hope she has amazing parents (like i did) who are protecting her, and giving her the street smarts that will keep her virtuous and virus free.

So, no i’m not going to resent you Miss Ginzburg. Rather, i’m going to be grateful not hateful, (oh, this is so new and exciting?) and i’m going to thank you for making me remember my bushy brows, my chub rub and hormonal acne with a loving kindness i’ve yet explored. Namaste’.

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Sorry if you don’t hear from me in the coming weeks……

September 29, 2009

victoriasecretfashionshowbut apparently Vicky is looking for some fresh faces and bod’s.  That cow, Heidi Klum, gets knocked up as often as the sun sets so I’m sure, behind my back,  my contract’s being negotiated as i write this.

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Eerie Etsy

September 29, 2009

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i wish i was Martha-y enough to jack-o-lantern my house during October, but I’m definitely craft challenged. I drive near a Michaels and I start spiking a fever. But that’s not to say I don’t like to be seasonal. Alas, the closest I usually to get spooking up the homestead is painting my fingers and toes a nice shade of “lincoln park after dark,” and lurking around room to room pretending i’m a werewolf. This year i may have a chance though with these inexpensive, not so cheesy , Etsy offerings……although the dogs do like it when mommy plays monster.

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decisions, decisions….

September 28, 2009

Next weekend I’m hijacking my girlfriend’s bacherlorette weekend with her sister-in-law to Jackson Hole. Now, I’ve never been one to wear mis-matched socks, but my friend Amanda oozes style. She rocks an Hermes cuff with her snap-legged yoga pants like nobody’s business. When we hang she’s Blair Warner to my Natalie Green. Except Nat and Blair are allowed to consume copious amounts of champagne in these episodes.

Although I  don’t leave for another 4 days, I’m usually pretty much packed by now with a complete list of hour by hour (sleeping and waking) wardrobe changes (yes i see a shrink, and yes she’s on speed dial.) I’m using the following to inspire me:

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

China Vogue Oct 2009, Tom Munro

But who am i kidding??!? I don’t know how to fish!?!  Amanda in nature?!??! Fishing poles in our hands??!! It’d be like two monkeys fucking a football (thanks mom for that gem.) No, no, no…….I’m thinking shiatsu, bloody mary’s for breakfast, coffee by the fire, traipsing the village square with mugs of hot chocolate, and gourmet meals ruined by our uproarious laughter at the next table.

Mr Lauren’s 2009 fall line had some plucky duds I could see myself stomping around town making merriment:

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Just a little piece of advice for the weekend…….

September 25, 2009

1491672_f520Yes, boys she may look like an angel in that flattering 3-Thirty-Three lighting, but she still may not be “clean.” Where ever you are carousing this weekend, boys and girls, make it safe and sanitary. Love, Irene.

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Does anyone have a paper bag i can borrow?

September 24, 2009

qosface-1because no amount of concealer can help me with the hormonal havoc happening to my face this week!!!!

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HAPPY FALL!!!!

September 23, 2009

Happy Vernal Equinox to You! Happy Vernal Equinox to You!! My sundresses and white, linen pants are packed away, Happy Vernal Equinox to You!!!!
Here’s to Pumpkin Spice Muffins,  Samsara Perfume, Brothers & Sisters, cardigan sweaters, porch lights before 6pm, pomegranate and patchouli candles, and toe nails in Chanel Black Satin.

In homage to falling leaves let’s watch some falling drunks……love, Irene.

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simple math really……

September 21, 2009

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I mean, REALLY boys, how hard is it to change the roll?!?!! It’s become such a problem I’ve made a deal with HH that the next time he leaves me cardboard in the loo, I get to buy myself a present courtesy of his hard earned money.  Because the man IS brilliant, he could not argue that this was fair. This is the perfect opportunity for me to get my hands on that  Coco Cocoon I’ve been eyeing!!!  How cool is Karl Lagerfeld to pick Lily Allen to enact Miss Audrey in the new Fall campaign?
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me so pretty!!!!!

September 21, 2009

do you like it??!???!?! can you feel my eyelashes batting at you?!?! welcome to my beautiful blog banner (shoulders bashfully shaking side to side in hopeful anticipation of  your praise.)

Elisabeth of Salt Life designed this fantastic blog banner just for ME!?!?!??!? What a talent! I’ve admired her designs on Annechovie and My Favorite and My Best, so I was twirling for hours when I got the chance for her to design for me. Check out her Etsy store if you’re looking for a fresh, friendly designer who can really hone in on your personal style, and deliver a beautiful individual design. She does business cards, logos, banners, etc.

Thank you so much Elisabeth!!! Love, Irene.

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un bain chaud agréable

September 21, 2009

IMG_0388Amongst my friends it is well known that I spend most of my free time in my giant, crockpot of a bathtub. I LOVE taking baths. Due to my profession I’m constantly having to rinse off, and re-emerge powder fresh for my next client or class. Bathing is really part of  my job stability when you think of it. I could make it a humdrum formality with a quick shower and a bar of Zest. But I’m the girl who brushes her teeth AND sprays on perfume before bed every night; any chance during my day to create a mini-Cleopatra experience i’m going to take it. My dear friend Aurora* asked me to blog about what makes a perfect bath experience.

The Egyptians were the first people to document themselves taking baths. That infamous Ptolomaic queen, known for her exquisite skin, was known to bathe in milk and honey: milk a natural exfoliator and honey a provider of many minerals, vitamins, and  anti-inflammatory ingredients. I, myself, am no queen (well in some circles,) but I do require certain must haves for my underwater ritual.

Candles!! Candles!! Candles!! I’m a scent whore. Those people who say they can’t stand too much fragrance or cologne; I don’t speak that language. The stronger the scent the better (except for Thierry Mugler’s Angel, can we please put a moratorium on this overexposed, has been, former child star perfume?)  My favorite candles in the world are Seda France. You can smell them for hours even post snuff. My favorite scents depend on the season: Clementine for Autumn, Nutmeg Vanille for Winter, French Tulip for Spring, and Verveine for Summer. My second favorite line is Belle Fleur. They’re a little harder to find locally, so I have a hard time keeping them in stock.

Second, I must have some sort of condiment; be it salts, bubbles or oil. We’ve determined a heady bouquet is a moral imperative to my happiness, therefore it is essential for my lavation additions to be fragrant. Who better else than Jo Malone to deliver the BEST in scent and luxury. I love Jo Malone’s bath oils. I don’t wear body lotions or creams (such a time commitment,) but I find if i use bath oil i’m moisturized enough (for me). Jo Malone’s bath oils are extra fun because they become slightly foamy under the water, like you’re bathing in Champagne bubbles!!!jm_L07P_sml

As for bubble bath Deep Steep which is 100% vegan and paraben free is the best for bubbles and makes your skin smell like a farmer’s market afterward. It’s also very pocket book friendly.300101

Bath salts are a little tricky. Depending on what time of day or night you’re taking your bath should determine your choice of bath salt. I have dreamily soaked in many natural salts comprised of lavender sprigs, rosemary leaves, hibiscus blossoms, and cloves only to find myself two hours later on a spin bike feeling a sprig of lavender making friends with my Lululemon wonder unders. So just giving you the heads up, if you dabble in the wild bath salts, make sure you rinse and repeat!!!! Because of my bath salt incidents i now lean toward the less exotic ingredients, and go for the basic dead sea salts from Ahava. Their Pure Spa Line are 100% pure Dead Sea Mineral Salts infused with essential oils of Syringa and Green Apple. YUM!!!base_media

Happy scrub a-dub-dub-dubbing!! Love, Irene

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