Quick takes: #books and reading

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's NoticeThe Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will incorporate the weekly, monthly, and quarterly check-ins into my planning. I’m addicted to Bullet Journaling, and the check-ins dovetail nicely with the key Bullet Journal practice of “migrating” content from one period to the next.

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I’m not into texting – in fact, I avoid mobile telephony because it’s invasive – but when I saw Jane Eyre (my favorite novel) in the title Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, I went to my local public library to check out the book.  Here’s my review, as posted on Goodreads:

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary CharactersTexts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Texts from Jane Eyre elicited snickers but not guffaws.

Mallory Ortberg’s knowledge about literature is impressive. I particularly liked the text conversations for Jane Eyre (my favorite novel), Wuthering Heights, and the Allegory of the Cave (514a–520a) from Plato’s Republic.

HT Claudia

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As seen on the Web

  1. Wow! Talk about a high-low collab!  Ikea has teamed up with fragrance brand Byredo to launch a scent collection.
  2. The National Institute of Standards and Technology  (NIST) published A Guide to United States Cosmetic Products Compliance Requirements last month (May 2017).  The guide supports manufacturers who want to learn about Federal and State regulatory authorities and technical regulations in an easy way.
  3. Do you know that coconut oil is 82% saturated fat, a higher percentage than butter, palm oil, or lard?  Read Coconut Oil Is Still Fine — Not Great, But Fine for more about coconut oil.
  4. Is the Kardashian-Jenner clan our American royal family?  Their fame doesn’t rise and  fall with the latest film or music, and most everyone wants to KUWTK (and I am sure that there are many folks who trash the Kardashian-Jenner clan publicly, but follow their exploits privately 😊).  Kim Kardashian West debuted her own #makeup line KKW after abortive Kardashian Beauty lines and the recent collab with sis Kylie Jenner.  No surprise – her first offerings were highlighter/contour kits.

Jane Iredale’s Daytime eyeshadow palette – the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette

I don’t know about you, but I get overwhelmed by those 10- to 12-pan eyeshadow palettes à la Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palette and its countless dupes. The max for me is a 5-pan eye shadow palette, and Jane Iredale’s Daytime eyeshadow palette fits the bill.

Jane Iredale Daytime eye shadow palette

Jane Iredale Daytime eye shadow palette

The Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette was re-designed to create a generous round pan for its slightly shimmery eye shadow Oyster. Oyster makes a great highlighter.

The matte eyeshadows are, L to R, are Almond, Cappuccino, Dark Suede, and Charcoal. Almond and Cappuccino are great mid-tone shadows for the eyelid, while Dark Suede is great for the crease and Charcoal is great as an eyeliner.

All eyeshadows are silky and pigmented. Altogether, the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette.

Prices: $59.00 at dermstore.com (Ebates cash back) and $59.00 at janeiredale.com. I bought mine on jet.com (Ebates cash back) for $24.70.

My priorities are all eff’ed up. I tossed in the Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette merely to qualify for the $35.00 threshold for free shipping on jet.com – what I really wanted were L.A. Colors matte eyeshadow palettes at $1.66 apiece (yep, you read that right – more about that later.)

Nora by Tara O’Grady #MusicMonday

Jazz Inspired is a radio show that WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC broadcasts at 11 pm Saturdays.  It’s mostly chit-chat between host Judy Carmichael and her guest – so intimate, that it doesn’t draw listeners in.

I was listening to Jazz Inspired last Saturday, and Judy Carmichael’s guest was Irish-American singer-songwriter Tara O’Grady.  Wow!  You mean they still make distinctive voices like this??!!

Here is Tara O’Grady singing Nora, which was inspired by her grandmother:

Tara O’Grady’s web site quotes Author Will “the Thrill” Viharo:

Combining Billie Holiday’s gift for meticulous but effortlessly poetic phrasing with Anita O’Day’s swingin’ sassiness, June Christy’s cocktail coolness, Patsy Cline’s rural romanticism, and Sarah Vaughn’s sophisticated sultriness, she is indeed a musical force of nature to reckon with. Tara’s music is as eclectic, authentic, timeless and nostalgic as the American landscape itself.”

And that fits!  The instrumentation (sax, guitar) is jazzy, but her voice is more country than jazz.  She also has a penchant for vintage style, as you can see.

Cosmetics shopping in Montreal

Montreal Skyline

Montreal Skyline

Imagine that you’re going to pick up some prescriptions or personal care items, only to find that you’ve entered a beauty hall like what you’d find at a department store. You have to go upstairs to get to the pharmacy proper.

That’s what you’ll find at Pharmaprix (link to map) and Jean Coutu (link to map), both on rue Ste-Catherine in Montréal.

Pharmaprix (link to web site) is called Shoppers Drug Mart outside Québec. Its exclusive brand is Quo. Bourjois, especially its Little Round Pot blush, may be found at Pharmaprix. Canadian brand Lise Watier may also found at Pharmaprix. I picked up Quo manicure scissors and nail board and Revlon tweezers – I forgot stuff because I hadn’t traveled in a long time. I was waited on by a sales woman who had a multi-colored tattoo of flowers on her upper arm. Both my husband and I were impressed by her knowledge and recommendations.

Pharmaprix’s Optimum rewards program enables you to collect points toward free stuff and take advantage of special offers.

By taking a very short walk on rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, you arrive at Jean Coutu ( link to web site). Its exclusive brand is Personelle. Like Pharmaprix, it carries Lise Watier. It also carries mass-market Canadian faves Marcelle and Annabelle and hard-to-find brands such as Pupa Milano (but not their kits!) and Jean d’Estrées skin care. I picked up Annabelle eye primer and pillowy lint-free cotton pads from Personelle, the likes that I hadn’t seen before. Like Pharmaprix, Jean Coutu has knowledgeable staff. One staff member answered my questions about Pupa Milano products.

Jean Coutu participates in the AIR MILES rewards program, which enables you to earn “miles” (points) from other participating stores as well.You may redeem your miles in cash or exchange them for Dream Rewards, Including gift cards, household items, show tickets, trips and more.

If you would like to read reviews of Quo, Marcelle, and Annabelle products, then visit the Sparkled Beauty blog.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion!

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is a liquid blush that comes in a convenient pump dispenser.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

The web page  describes it as:

The ultimate wake-up makeup. An Innovative complexion pick-me-up in a universal and ultra-flattering shade of peach with golden undertones for radiant, glowing skin in an instant. Buildable [color] that blends and buffs seamlessly into the skin.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is an excellent choice for “women of a certain age,” as it adds warmth to the complexion. Beauty industry veteran Andrea Robinson says that older women should go for golden in her book Toss the Gloss. MUA Robert Jones recommends peach blush and bronzer for mature women in his book Looking Younger.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is easy to apply. Spread it into a thin layer on your fingers, dot the cheeks, and blend with a moist Beautyblender or the Real Techniques dupe. Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion has become one of my standbys, along with Revlon powder blush in Fleshtone from its 1997 “In the Flesh” collection (hey, as long as a product’s good – in this case, 20 years – I use it :-).

Read The Style Page interview with Grace Fodor, founder of Studio | 10.

Grandpa’s home

This satellite image of the Fertile Soils of Serbia reminded me that my paternal grandfather came from what is now the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

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satellite image of the Vojvodina area of Serbia

The Vojvodina region has changed hands many times. Once it was among the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe (that’s a whole story in itself!). After Prince Eugene of Savoy conquered the Ottomans in 1699 and grabbed a lot of  Eastern Europe in 1699,  the Habsburgs resettled people from the rest of Europe.  My ancestors migrated from Alsace-Lorraine, now in France. My grandfather remember that his grandmother still spoke French.

My German-speaking grandfather came from the town of Begaszentgyörgy, as it was called when the Vojvodina region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Begaszentgyörgy is a Hungarian name: confused yet? In Serbian, the town is known as Žitište.

I enjoy putzing around with ArcMap, a map making tool from Esri.  The satellite image inspired me to create a map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

Vojvodina

Map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia

This map of the Vojvodina region is scaled with respect to its location in Serbia. You can view the course of the Tiza River, which was shown in the satellite image above and where the Tiza River joins with the Danube River. I’ve also shown Žitište. My paternal grandmother came from Biled (also shown), a town now in Romania.