Walgreens has decided to close down drugstore.com and Beauty.com effective September 30 to concentrate on “a more unified brand and marketing approach” for its e-commerce strategy.
Sad. Beauty.com was one of the earliest beauty e-commerce sites. Kevyn Aucoin and subsequently his protégé Troy Surratt were consulting makeup artists to beauty.com. I hope that Walgreens will keep the high-low mix of beauty brands that drugstore.com and beauty.com provided.
With easy-to-remember names like drugstore.com and beauty.com, one might expect these Walgreens-owned websites to be doing gangbusters business. Yet the retailer says it will shutter both sites by the end…
Source: Walgreens Closing Beauty.com, Drugstore.com – Consumerist
Speaking of AbFab, its theme song was “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Bob Dylan, as sung by Julie Driscoll. Here’s a version that Julie Driscoll did in 1968 with organist Brian Auger:
I Feel Alright, in which she held her own against Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry, and Rod Stewart.
I’m going through a major Julie moment. She was a great singer and she’s amazing to look at. We last saw Julie wearing a dark wig on
Uh-oh. I expect that, with its designer fashion, models, and designers, fashionistas will be obsessed with the AbFab movie for years after … just like The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City (get over it – it ended its run in 2004!)
How the ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ costume designer brought Patsy and Edina’s signature styles onto the big screen in 2016.
Source: The ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ Costume Designer Found Inspiration From More Than One Kardashian – Fashionista
White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties by Dominic Sandbrook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I was a kid, really a kid, in the 1960s, I was fascinated by British fashion (notably Mary Quant and the mini-skirt) and the British music invasion. That’s why I wanted to read White Heat.
But White Heat is so much more than the swinging sixties. It covers political history throughout the Wilson years, in-fighting among those in Wilson’s cabinet, and economic crises, including devaluation of the pound and deflation. It relates the beginning of Protestant-Catholic conflict in Northern Ireland. It covers other social upheaval, such as corralling people into tower blocks.
While White Heat covers the swinging sixties in detail, it notes that the swinging sixties influenced few people and puts it into the larger context of life in the UK. Would you believe that the soundtrack for The Sound of Music outsold The Beatles’ albums? British society and tastes still remained fairly conservative by the end of the sixties.
Dominick Sandbrook also wrote Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles, about the preceding years of recent British history. He has also written books about the UK in the seventies: I look forward to additional coverage of The Troubles. All are books that I plan to read.
If you would like to focus on the swinging sixties, then I recommend Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London by Shawn Levy.
I’m taking a different tack on Canada Day this year. On Facebook, I attributed the massacre at the Pulse night club to the killer’s professions of Islamic ideology. A prominent Canadian beauty blogger subsequently ripped into me:
It’s time to examine why your country [emphasis mine] gives guns to people who are mentally unstable. Especially when the FBI knew about them, and had been following them. Who cares about whether or not it was an American who decided to use ISIS to focus his hatred? Your gov’t knew all about him, yet he could still get guns. Stop talking about Islamic hatred and start talking about why your country discriminates against the gay community, which gives people like this shooter a reason for his own hate. IT DOESN”T MATTER that he was with ISIS. The US has had 7 mass shootings this week. Get your head out of the sand.
or did she really mean to say, get my head out of my ass? 😀
It’s time to examine the ideology of your country [emphasis mine] that went to war in Muslim countries, destroyed entire countries, armed rebels and basically created ISIS. Jesus. Read a book.
I felt that her references to your country reeked of contempt for the good old United States and that she regarded me as yet another contemptible illiterate American ignoramus.
Jesus. Read a book.
I don’t know if she had any particular books in mind, but here are some books that I’ve read:
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (in fact, I’ve seen Margaret Atwood read from her works in person)
- Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
- Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
- The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
- The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
- The whole series of Anne of Green Gables books (six books) by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I can tell you why Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside are the worst books of the series. I’ve also read Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, but these are not considered as part of the Anne canon, as they deal with Anne’s children.
- The three books of L.M. Montgomery’s Emily series
Notice a pattern here?
Happy Canada Day.
It’s Canada Day again, and time to revisit this article Canada Day. Happy 148th Canada!
Source: #Canada Day | The Style Page | The Style Page