Pieces of Life
Honey I’m home!
Did you miss me?
I have to get caught up with e-mails and comments but I was sure to do a few posts early this AM as soon as I came in the door so you weren’t too bored while awaiting my address to my court (I’m so self important aren’t I?)!
Thanks for all the great comments and e-mails! I’ll get right on the comments and I promise by next year you’ll all have a reply to the e-mails you’ve sent
Vegas was awesome. CES was outstanding. I didn’t want to leave but real life was calling my number and I had to come back and get my butt back to work sadly!
I missed you all!
I’m off to Vegas for CES! Sadly, CES has nothing for the cosmetic lover to muse over however if you happen to be a geek, like the Muse, you’ll be happy to read all about my adventures when I get home! Don’t worry part of my adventure will consist of hitting the MAC Pro store in Vegas while I’m there so it won’t all be about geeky bits!
I go to CES, Macworld, and Defcon (and other geeky conferences I won’t mention here for fear of appearing too much like the nerd I am) almost ever year. This year I’m unable to be away too long from my office due to our renewal season being so amazingly busy! So I’ll be away for two days only minor correction it’ll actually be 4 days if you count the weekend (contrary to popular belief I don’t blog all day! I have to earn my crust somehow and blogging about cosmetics just doesn’t cut it. I actually own and operate my own insurance offices with my sister riding shotgun!).
Some exciting info about CES:
Yoko Ono will be there! I’m one of the few surviving fans (and Paul McCartney’s a fan too! There’s a joke in there somewhere if you’re quick enough to catch my weird sense of humor!) of the Plastic Ono Band! In my weird musical tastes I somehow see the Plastic Ono band as a musical masterpiece! I’m excited to just meet Yoko Ono as I believe she’s responsible for some of John’s better work contrary to the fans that are calling blasphemy at the moment! If you’re a Beatle fan you (like me) probably have a healthy love hate relationship with Yoko Ono so saying she’s responsible for some of John’s best work is ok to admit!
Let’s see who else….Natasha Bedingfield and Mary J. Blige! I’m throwing names out that I think you’ll know because if I start flinging geeks at you chances are you’re going to say “who the hell is she talking about?”.
I haven’t quite dug into my schedule yet and I’m not entirely sure what’s going on during what dates and what I’ll be able to fit in and what I’ll miss but I can tell you a few items that I’m hoping to catch up with while there!
High-Performance Audio & Home Theater Exhibits
Emerging Technology Exhibits
Keynote with Winblows Creator Bill Gates (There would be another joke in that!)
Jerry Yang is doing some sort of keynote speech as well I believe which I’d like to see!
CNET’s Best of CES Awards
I’m quite excited! Wish me luck and maybe I’ll score awesome tech gear as well as amazing cosmetic purchases! I doubt I’ll come home from Vegas without some sort of makeup in tow! However, I can’t promise much as I’m attending with a hoard of geeky guys that are most definately not going to want to take time out to shop for cosmetics but we shall see what happens!
Wish me luck!
See you in a few days
Peter celebrated his 64th with a little Lush!
Look at the glow on his face after receiving a Green Green Bubble Bar from Lush!
I have no idea what he’s doing with the soap but I believe he’s taking a little sniff either that or he thought he could eat it! One never knows with Peter. The grapevine has told me he ate a bit of the Lush popcorn packaging and soon after realized “soap” flavored popcorn is not all that great for a snack!
This has to convince you to buy some bubble bars and soap from Lush now right?
If you haven’t been with the Muse since the start of her little blog you might be a bit confused as to who this character is. Confused? Mystery solved by clicking here.
Peter’s girlfriend Dorothy expressing her enthusiasm for Britain! I imagine she’s thinking to herself “Let’s do it for England kids!” I nicked that expression from someone sorry it was just too good not to add in!
I’m sorry I just generally enjoyed this shot and had to throw it into the mix! I had told Jonny that it would’ve been even better had she strolled out just wearing the British flag and naught else (I’m positive Peter would have loved that too)!
This pictures remind me how long and in between it’s been since I last talked to Peter :(. You won’t meet a better man to match wits with then him!
Sadly, Peter, once in love and lust with me, has left me for his beautiful Dorothy. I try hard not to be too jealous as they traipse across England together living happily ever after!
I’m kidding, I’m kidding!
I’ve gone and decided to make a few Resolutions for myself this year that I so know I’ll break but it’s fun making them anyway and looking back next year to see if I actually keep any of ‘em!
What are some of yours?
Mine are (in no particular order):
I’m a big fan of tea and it’s my main drink of choice (I was British in my previous life. Serious!). This year I’ve decided that I’ll add more then 64oz (8 glasses) of water into my diet. It does wonders for my skin so that’s totally an added bonus!
- I’ll stop stockpiling K-Dramas and start watching them!
I have a wicked, weird habit of purchasing the newest K-Dramas on DVD as soon as they launch on YesAsia. I literally stockpile K-Drama like it’s the end of the world and these dramas will somehow aid me during the demise of the planet. I’ve found that I’m way too busy to get through an entire set and my collection is becoming so vast that it’s taking over my DVD shelf. So this year I’ve decided that I won’t so much as glance at any K-Drama boxsets without first watching what I already have! Bloody hell I have ones that were released in ’03! How’s that for ridiculous (I also happen to do this with Bollywood, Anime and Japanese horror films! But thankfully it’s not as bad as my obsession with Korean soaps or maybe it is hmmmmm!!).
Holy cow I think I have Hotelier for 3 years now and only watched the first episode! SHEESH!
- I will only buy parts of a collection rather then entire collections!
Again, my obsessive nature gets the best of me and I find that I do the age old, collect them all, pokemon type deal with cosmetic collections! I’ve decided this year I will only buy what I need rather then entire lots of items at once! I’m ridiculously addicted to cosmetics and I’m hoping to think with my head this year and not be so compulsive with my purchases!
- I will use my limited edition products without feeling guilty!
Limited Edition cosmetics bring out the parental side of my nature. I take extra special care of items if I don’t think I’ll be able to get them again and most times I find myself not even using them which is completely and utterly shameful! I collect Chanel palettes and have some over 8 years old untouched, brand new, in the box. That’s fabulously awful and this year I’ve decided I will start breaking into my beauty vault without feeling like I’m breaking the law! I’ve already started on this resolution when I cracked open one of my bottles of Guerlain Forever Gold and went right ahead and used it! Click here for details!
I will use that eyeshadow palette this year! I will use those meteorites this year! I will! I will! Maybe! Kinda….Sorta…..
- I’ll organize my e-mail better and reply faster!
I’m terrible with e-mail! I’m unorganized and leave people awaiting replies for ages on end! It’s so utterly rude of me but in my defense I will say that I’m uber busy with life, the universe, and everything so sometimes it’s really difficult to get replies out! I have so many people I want to talk to at once and sometimes I’m just too disorganized to get replies out quickly!!!!!! This year I vow I’ll take better care of my inbox and stop avoiding the mess and start cleaning it up! It’s rather weird that I’m so unorganized when it comes to e-mail as I’m quite an organized person (hell I have my CD’s in alphabetical order and my DVD’s seperated into genres!) but it’s just one of those things I guess!
- I’ll stop giving millions of dollars to Steve Jobs (Right after MacWorld Expo 2008)
This will never happen but I thought I’d add it in anyway.
I’m gonna stop biting your Apple Steve! It’s too bloody expensive to be a Mac lover!
- I will not buy designer shoes and purses that cost more than my future child’s (if I have any that is) education!
I promise to get right on this Resolution bandwagon as soon as I have these Jimmy Choo half boots in my possession! Honest! I swear!
It’s easy enough to give up LV when J-Lo is doing scary ads for them (That disgruntled pissed off look on her face is from paying $1999999999.00 for that bag she’s holding! How do I know? I wear the same expression when leaving the store with similar bags in tow…well….maybe not…..but the blissful utopia soon ends when the credit card statement comes in the mail! J-Lo must have just gotten her statement! See how she’s ready to fling the bag at someone! “Marc Anthony get over here I need to whip your arse with this bag so I feel better about the cash I dropped on it!”)
I love shoes and I love purses and paying obscene amounts of money for them really is sick. E-Luxury sent me a Christmas card this year that must mean I’m either a good customer or I went way overboard! I need to utilize Bag, Borrow, and Steal more often! Click!
- I’ll adapt my musical tastes to the general population!
My taste in music runs from the extreme to the weird. It includes everything from Classical to J-Rock to Heavy Metal and Vintage Rock to Acid (especially Dutch Trance please thanks so much) and most definately Euro Trash oh and don’t forget Show Tunes (Can you say John Barrowman? Hey before Who and Torchwood the man had a singing career (and still does except for his tiny little mistake with his latest CD but no worries he’ll bounce back!)! I rarely venture outside of listening to any of the newer songs that can be found on regular radio stations. About 50% of my CD collection consists of Japanese Rock (I have a rather die hard crush on Gackt. I can’t help myself bish?nen really do it for me!) So basically my main problem is if you stick what’s her name..oh ya…Carrie Underwood or some other “pop” favorite flavor of the month under my nose I’ll probably sneer and turn away! So my Resolution is to accept the flavor of the month and know more about it so when someone casually mentions Carrie Underwood or that Montana girl or those three brothers what are their names? Jonie Brothers? Well if someone casually mentions these people or their songs in a conversation I can be somewhat versed on who they are instead of giving a blank stare and later replying with “Who?” Honestly, I feel rather retarded when someone mentions a popular song and I haven’t a clue about it! Another reason I’m bringing this up is because my sister Tivo’ed Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve, don’t ask me why she does this it seems rather pointless to watch this crap after the fact but she does and hey who am I to judge. Anyway she recorded it and about half the musical guests were not even remotely familiar to me. For instance, at one point on Tuesday morning I walked in and that annoying Ryan Seacrest was interviewing the Montana chick and I looked at my sister and said “Who’s that?” (and no it wasn’t because I had an extremely lately night! I generally didn’t know who the girl was!). I later realized that I should KNOW about this girl as people are literally lying to get tickets to her concert and paying huge sums of cash to attend (Thanks to Google I know all there is to know about her now!)! It’s like I’m completely out of touch with the American musical population (and I live in America! There in lays part of the problem! I should know this stuff right?!?!?!)! This year I shall educate myself on popular music!
Go from this:
- I’ll work harder on my relationship!
Ahh Edie and Michael! I can’t think of a better picture for this resolution!
Long distance relationships suck. My boyfriend lives in England (I honestly don’t think I could ever settle for a man that wasn’t English) and I live in New York (not always hopefully) and over the course of several months I feel like our relationship has hit rock bottom. I’d love to be able to pick myself up, dust myself off, and try harder to make things work better. Stop being sensitive, stop with stupid fights, be more understanding, etc…..I think we generally drive each other nuts lately (or maybe I’m driving him nuts!) and we somehow forgot how to do the thing we do best together, have a laugh. And make fun of Americans! I’m kidding, I’m kidding! I’m a yank myself why would I ever do a thing like that?! I meant to say he’ll make fun of the Americans and I’ll laugh when none are around! See? I’m patriotic and respectful to my country! In all seriousness when you’re fighting so very much with the person you love so much it’s literally kills you a little bit inside with each harsh word and causes for many a sleepless night. I wish we could just laugh again!
- I’ll take better care of my undereye area!
You read my blog so you know how obsessive I’ve been about my undereyes lately and wrinkles! 30 came in October and since then it seems my undereyes decided to say “ok it’s time for us to begin puffing up, wrinkling, and generally behaving badly”! So I’ve decided I’ll take better care of my undereye area (10 years too late but hey maybe I can reverse the damage!)! I’ve been using eye cream since I was like 18 but it appears it hasn’t done much to help with the tiny lines I see forming! I think it has to do with me and my roughness when quickly applying my concealer! This year I’m not going to smooth on I’m going to pat on gently. Wish me luck as the urge to smooth is hard upon me most mornings!
For treating my eyes overnight!
For treating my eyes throughout the day!
Be gone puffiness!
- I will absolutely NOT keep ever issue of Heavy Metal, Vogue, and Doctor Who Annual!
I plan to stick to my guns this year on this. I’m a bit of a geek (I use the term “bit of” very loosely as I wouldn’t want to admit being a full blown geek to my readers when I’ve tricked you all into believing how very posh, suave, and generally awesome I am. I’m exaggerating a little aren’t I?) so that’s where Heavy Metal and Doctor Who Annual come into play. I have issues of Heavy Metal dated back to the late 80’s sometimes I wonder if there might be a teenage boy hidden in my body or something (lord knows I hope NOT!). I do the same with Vogue, I think it stems from my hidden hope that one day I’ll meet Tom Ford and we’ll sit down, have a cuppa and pour over my backdated copies of Vogue together (and maybe he’ll realize he doesn’t want Ivan anymore and would rather play house with me! What?! A girl can dream can’t she?!)! I’m a sad little human being when it comes to Fantasy Art and Vogue. At least Doctor Who Annual can be controlled some (especially since it bloody sucks as of late) but Vogue and Heavy Metal is a bit (again I use that “bit of” terminology very loosely!) out of control at the moment. It’s really a rather sad little habit of mine and it needs to stop. I’m obviously a packrat as you can see. I’ve challenged myself to dig in and E-bay off some of my older issues of Heavy Metal without crying over them when I do it and thrash some of my issues of Vogue. My eyes are watering as I type this….
SOLD! For One Trillion dollars on E-bay (well maybe not this particular issue but I can definately find a 1977 issue that’ll nab me a $100! WAIT! I know! I can be like this guy and sell it all in a LOT! Click!)
Trash awaits me love!
You might have to pry this issue from my cold dead hands because chances are I won’t let it go while blood is still pumping through these veins!
I’m always happy to arrange a CP for lovely people but the problem is that I’m too busy to get items shipped out in a timely fashion! So I’m sitting ontop of things for ages on end while these poor, poor people await their items! I’ve resolved myself to do better with shipping CP’s out in a timely fashion! I aim to be timely and more organized with CP’s in 2008! Wish me luck!
- And finally last but never least…..be the best person I can be!
I’ve got this covered already I think as I’m not such a bad sort I’m generous, I’m very kind, I’m sweet, I have flawless good manners (Told you I was British in another life didn’t I?), I’m giving, I’m honest to a flaw….I’m the super hero type disguised in the short, round, and average suit. Well maybe not super hero…….
Hopefully I didn’t bore you too much with my Resolutions! I firgure if I have them down in written format somewhere I’ll be more inclined to keep them! Plus I have all of you to keep me on the straight and narrow path!
So….what are your Resolutions this year? Any pack rats like me?
Tell your Muse!
My mum convinced me that I’d be doing a “good deed” if I dressed as a little elf last night. Yes. Tis true. I dressed as an elf.
The things I won’t do for my mum.
She had this senior get together thingy (she hates when I call her senior but damn if I don’t get joy from it) and she dresses as Santa every year and every year she somehow convinces me that playing an elf to her Santa is an absolutely AWESOME idea (I just think I feel guilt because my dad and sister have already said absolutely NO WAY! Thus that leaves me!).
I went to my parents house late yesterday afternoon to pick up “Miss Santa Claus” and wandered around as she got her bits together.
And let me tell you my mum is big on pictures. She has pictures of everything we’ve done as a child. I’m talking first spit, first poo, first snot, etc……if my sister and me did it, it’s liable she has a picture of it somewhere (where as my dad is the utter opposite! He carries around a keyring with the three of us in a photo. He claims it’s to remind him how he went crazy!)
I’ve never seen such a mother so proud of her daughter’s first snot like my mum! She’s the type to whip out some embarrassing photo at random moments and coe at how awesomely gorgeous my sister and I are (did I mention she’s blind? I’m kidding! I’m kidding!).
My mum is the type to tell me, “Pick me up at 1 on the dot and don’t be late”. Meanwhile I have to wait 15 hours while she gets her rubbish together before we can actually leave her house and get to our destination.
So yesterday I was waiting for her and she yells from upstairs to gather the cookies and such on the dining room table and I wandered in to gather them up and I was faced with the doom of staring at the life size image of my graduation picture on the dining room wall.
Pray tell. Who does this to their children?
So here are twin life size photos. One of me, one of my sister Jo on the dining room wall. God. The horror.
The sad news is I have to face this every time I have dinner at my parents house. The really bad news is company has to as well (those poor, poor people).
The good news is yesterday I realize that in 13 years since I graduated High School I haven’t changed one bit!
I’m seriously considering bottling some of my youth and selling it on E-bay!
No but seriously I must be doing something right in my skincare routine because nary a wrinkle mars my face, an age spot, a single gray hair, or any other signs of aging have occurred as of yet! Maybe I should be quiet before I jinx myself and knock wood!
I turned 30 this year and I can still get away with saying I’m 17…..
Hmmm…..Maybe when I’m 60 I can tell people I’m 30.
I chalk it up to expensive cosmetics, skincare, and good genes as my mum looks damn good for her age too (this from a lady who washes her face with Ivory soap and walks out of the house without foundation, blush, or lipstick for the past 150 years of her life).
An unflattering picture of the Muse and her mum
Well…anyway to embarrass myself further I give you my High School grad photo from almost 13 years ago (granted I can’t get away with the Peaches and Cream face look anymore! Now I have to layer on foundation and blush to even resemble this image)!
Behold Greatness (I kid, I kid):
I believe back then there was no such thing as tweezers or something (Have to have some excuse for my awful untamed brows)!
Count your blessing at how lucky you are I’ve shared such an embarrassing photo with you!
But it’s a darn fun post isn’t it and a good excuse to pimp Lush!
Check out the Muse’s skincare regime by clicking here.
And no cheeky comments about how dorky I look or how much weight I’ve gained *groan*!