#MusicMonday Smith featuring Gayle McCormick “Baby It’s You”

Gayle McCormick was a singer from St. Louis whose biggest hit was a cover of Burt Bacharach’s Baby It’s You with a group called Smith (not to be confused with The Smiths featuring Morrissey!). Smith broke up after two albums and after that, Gayle released three solo albums

  1. Gayle McCormick, released 1971 on ABC/Dunhill Records
  2. Flesh & Blood, released 1972 on Decca Records
  3. One More Hour, released 1974 on Fantasy Records
Remembering Gayle McCormick

In the mid-1970s, Gayle left the music industry and went home to St. Louis, where she lived a quiet life.

Gayle died of cancer on March 1, 2016 in suburban St. Louis. She was 67 years old.

Gayle’s grave marker in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Saint Ann, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA

Many think that Gayle McCormick should have had a longer, more successful music career. What do you think?


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#MusicMonday twin spin: Lean on Me

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) posted this tweet:

Happy birthday Bill Withers (July 4, 1938 – March 30, 2020)

Here’s what I tweeted:

Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and John Legend perform “Lean On Me” at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Bill Withers would have cemented his legacy with Lean on Me alone. I’m not a fan of John Legend or Stevie Wonder, but this video gave me the tingles.

And here’s Lean on Me as performed by Bill Withers on the TV series Rollin’ on the River:

Lean on Me by Bill Withers

And the shaggy guy introducing Bill Withers? That’s the late Kenny Rogers (d. March 20, 2020)

#Beauty #news: L’Oréal, Genoskin, Shiseido and BECCA

Beauty news

From my Twitter feed:

L’Oréal Names Myriam Cohen-Welgryn as president of its active cosmetics division


Genoskin’s alternative to animal testing


Shiseido’s Q1 operating profits plunge 83%


BECCA recalls its Light Shifter Brightening Concealer


Please! No more Peter Pan collars for Prince George

Please!  No more Peter Pan collars for Prince George.  He’s 6 years old now.  He’s too old for Peter Pan collars.

Gucci’s Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick

Woo-hoo! I’ve complained about Sephora’s rewards program, but recently I received an offer for $15.00 off orders of $50.00 or more. If your order is at the baseline of $50.00, that works out to be 30% off regular priced items – better than Sephora’s twice yearly 15% off for orders of $75.00 or more for Beauty Insiders.

I had been curious about Gucci’s much ballyhooed lipstick launch, but at $42.00, well, that’s too rich for me. However, the $15.00 off gave me incentive to buy Gucci’s Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick (I reached the $50.00 threshold by buying Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner). I chose Moira Sienna, which is described as sienna raspberry satin. As the description suggests, the color is somewhat ambiguous. When I tried the lipstick, it seemed that more raspberry than sienna.

Photo of lipstick against a light wood background

GUCCI Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in Moira Sienna


  • The lipstick leaves a nice gleam after application.
  • It’s not particularly lasting (although I don’t expect lipstick to be lasting) but leaves behind a light stain. Top it with a similar shade of lip balm.
  • It’s not drying and feels pleasant on the lips.
  • Gucci also has Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipsticks and Baume à Lèvres Lip Balms in its lineup. I don’t care for mattes, so it’s gratifying to see a lipstick line with no mattes.
  • Faithful reproduction of vintage tubes – Gucci gives Gabriela Hernandez and her Bésame lipsticks a run for their money in this department.
  • Gucci’s website uses women with the ugliest teeth to model the lipstick. Gucci might think that this is edgy, but I think it’s ugly and unappealing.
  • While you can shop Gucci lip color on Sephora’s website now, you’ll have to wait until February 21, 2020 to buy them in store  🙁
  • Finally, you can probably find equally good lipsticks for less than $42.00!

All I Need is #Coffee and #WiFi

This is what I envisioned retirement to be: leisurely sipping coffee and browsing my tablet at a coffeehouse – something other than The Green Mermaid!

socks with coffee bean and coffee cup motif

All I Need is Coffee and WiFi

I love “cute”!  I found these socks on sale at Harris Teeter in Reston, Virginia.

Adieu Barneys

The posh Barneys New York department store is liquidating its stores.

Wooden candlesticks from Barneys New York

Wooden candlesticks from Barneys New York

I saw these wooden candlesticks in Domino magazine, perhaps its first issue (its first incarnation). The feature was about using a boho outfit as inspiration for interior decor. I kept the picture to see if these still appealed to me and decided that I *had* to buy the candlesticks from Barneys New York.


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My K-beauty haul

H Mart in Fairfax, Virginia recently moved to its new location on 11200 Fairfax Blvd.

I was concerned that the beauty counter tenants from its previous location would move as well. Here’s what HJ said on Nextdoor:

Yes, the beauty counters moved to the new location. Also a small pharmacy, Asian food court, kiddie play corner, a seafood section (follow your nose for that dept), and some parking in the shade are in the new location. Customers are leaving carts all over the parking lot and in precious empty parking spaces instead of pushing them back to the cart corrals, so watch out — or your or your car could hit a cart that’s out of place or rolling around.

Relieved! Naturally, I had to check out the beauty counters. It was gratifying that the beauty advisors remembered me from the old location. Here’s my haul:

K Beauty haul

K Beauty haul

  • Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch from Petitfée: cool and refreshing. I like to put these on before I do my eye makeup.
  • VDL foundation brush: the saleswoman said that she used this brush to blend concealer.  You might be surprised that VDL is an LG brand.  That’s right: the same LG that makes flat-screen TVs, washing machines and dryers, and refrigerators also has a skin care and makeup division.
  • Skincare samples from The History of 후 (Whoo) and Su:m37, also LG brands.  This store is great for handing out freebies!
  • Five-ply cotton facial pads: you can peel off layers on these pads.

FYI H Mart has a stand for lower-priced cosmetics, including Tony Moly, Bbi@, and Missha.  Please note that the beauty counters are tenants, not part of H Mart.

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