Good news for my hometown St. Louis

God knows that my hometown of St. Louis could benefit from good news, particularly after Ferguson and STL’s unsavory reputation for murder (read this horrific story).

Now the good news:

The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI) is accepting applications for its inaugural class through July 14, 2016. It is backed by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School. The two-year program will provide financial support, educational opportunities, and free workspace to its 6 chosen designers.

Industry leaders will select a group of six designers to participate in the two-year Midwestern accelerator program.

Source: Saint Louis Fashion Incubator Now Accepting Applications for Inaugural Class – Fashionista

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It Cosmetics secures shelf space at Sephora HT @globalcosmetics

It Cosmetics is going places! QVC initially sold It Cosmetics, and then Ulta picked up the line. I knew that It Cosmetics was going upscale when Beautylish  picked it up.  Now “It Cosmetics has secured a coveted spot on Sephora’s shelves.”

Confidence in a Cream

Sephora picks up It Cosmetics

My first introduction to It Cosmetics was its Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Micro-Powder, which I described as The Most God-awful product that I’ve tried.  Marcia at loves Bye Bye Pores, which she applies with a fan brush to diffuse the powder.

I revisited It Cosmetics after Paula Begoun raved about its Hello Lashes mascara; however, I didn’t think that Hello Lashes was that great a mascara.

I really got turned onto It Cosmetics when I tried its YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+.  Its LE holiday Naturally Pretty eye shadow palette was terrific too.  I bought it through a private sale on It Cosmetics’ web site and it was helpfully discounted to $25.20 to qualify for free shipping (the threshold is $25).

My latest love is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Melting Balm: cleanser, makeup remover, and serum in one.  I like wiping it off with a warm damp Makeup Eraser plush cloth.

It Cosmetics has secured a coveted spot on Sephora’s shelves, according to a report published by WWD. The US Indie brand has been sold through QVC and Ulta to date, and is currently sold in Sephora’s Australian stores, but will be stocked by the US branch of the LVMH-owned perfumery from September.

Source: It Cosmetics secures shelf space at Sephora

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William Schallert, 93, Dies; Prolific Actor Was Father on ‘The Patty Duke Show’ HT @nytimes

William Schallert died on May 8, soon after Patty Duke died. He played her father on her eponymous  TV show.

Before that, he played Dobie Gillis’s teacher Mr. Pomfritt on The Many Loves of the Dobie Gillis.

Patty Duke and William Schallert

In both roles, Mr. Schallert played wise paternal figures, the kind that you don’t see anymore.

For me, his death marked the end of an era.  I enjoyed watching old TV shows in syndication and then on Nick at Nite and TV Land, as they are quaint, charming, and dare I say, funnier that what you find today.  You didn’t have to feel embarrassed about laughing at sexual innuendo or more blatant sex jokes.

For a time Mr. Schallert seemed to be everywhere on TV, usually as an authority figure, as he was in the popular “Tribbles” episode of “Star Trek.”

Source: William Schallert, 93, Dies; Prolific Actor Was Father on ‘The Patty Duke Show’ – The New York Times


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The company that bought Keurig is buying Krispy Kreme #coffee #donuts HT Business Insider

JAB Holding Company also owns Caribou Coffee and has a controlling stake in Peet’s Coffee and Tea.

Krispy Kreme donuts

Krispy Kreme

This is heresy in some quarters, but I don’t care for Krispy Kreme; however, Krispy Kreme, fresh from the fryer, is a revelation.

JAB Holding Company is buying Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $21 a share, or about $1.35 billion.

Source: JAB is buying Krispy Kreme – Business Insider

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How climate change triggered the Ten Plagues

Passover begins tomorrow evening, Friday, April 22, 2016. Here is an intriguing article on how climate change might have triggered the chain of events known as the Ten Plagues:

The Biblical plagues that devastated Ancient Egypt in the Old Testament were the result of global warming and a volcanic eruption, scientists have claimed.

Source: Biblical plagues really happened say scientists – Telegraph


Frogs were the second of the 10 Plagues

How fitting that Earth Day and Passover coincide this year.

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Why the spate of celebrity cosmetics lines? 

Why the spate of celebrity cosmetics lines?

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham (courtesy photo)

According to the WWD articles Celebs’ New Beauty Push: Color Cosmetics, “Celebrity fragrances are shriveling as a category, plummeting to less than 2 percent of the prestige fragrance market in 2014 from 4 percent in 2011, according to figures from NPD Group.”

Soon after I posted the article about Cara Delevigne, I learned that Victoria Beckham will launch an LE #makeup line with Estée Lauder.  It will launch in September 2016. Victoria Beckham previousl…

Source: Victoria Beckham will launch an LE #makeup with Estée Lauder | The Style Page

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Look! Polaroid instant prints are back

Everything old is new again.  Polaroid, in its heyday, was famous for its instant print cameras.  Now, who needs instant prints when your friends can view the pictures on your smartphone?  (I should mention that Polaroids became a code word for nude pics!) The  downsides of Polaroid prints were that the prints quickly faded and there was a lack of camera settings.

The I-1 camera updates the classic Polaroid camera, as it connects to an app via Bluetooth to adjust the the aperture, shutter speed and flash.  The I-1 will be available on May 10, for the price of $299.  The Impossible Project created the I-1.  It took over Polaroid’s last factory and had to re-create Polaroid film from scratch.

I-1 camera

I-1 camera

Source: The Impossible I-1: Polaroid Cameras With iPhone Tech | InsideHook

And go past the jump break to check out this 1960s TV commercial for the Polaroid Swinger, with its catchy jingle. Continue reading

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