#MusicMonday Keely Smith “When Day is Done”

Three months ago, I promised a feature on Keely Smith, who died on December 16, 2017.

 

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Keely Smith

 

This video is taken from the Frank Sinatra show in 1958. It starts with wise-cracking between Sinatra and Keely Smith’s then husband Louis Prima. Keely sings “When Day is Done.”

 

While she put away the crinolines, she wore the same haircut throughout her life. 🙂

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Activist teachers and the #March4OurLives

Certain events really rile me. One is Hillary Clinton’s trashing much of the U.S. electorate while overseas in India. The other is last Sunday’s March for Our Lives.

I’m a conservative, and I don’t want to make common cause with the so-called “progressive” groups and individuals who bankrolled the campaign. I am sick and tired of the Parkland kids who seem to be enjoying their celebrity too much. In this post, I will focus on the role of activist teachers.

Judy Gunlock (what a name!) asks:

Considering that many public schools are helping to rally more kids to the cause and are even supplying school resources and personnel time to the effort, tax payers should ask: Is this an acceptable use of school funds? More importantly, why is a publicly funded school supporting one side of a very contentious and complex constitutional matter?

A taxpayer-funded school shouldn’t take sides on this issue.

The article The Parkland Teens Fighting For Gun Control Have The Backing Of These Huge Organizing Groups notes that the American Federation of Teachers is organizing students:

The American Federation of Teachers, which helped bus students and parents to Tallahassee multiple times last week, are now assisting with the March for Our Lives rally. The federation’s president told BuzzFeed News that they are also helping support next month’s march as well as helping to shape the vision and mission for the group once the rally is over.

“There are a lot of people who know how to put on a march in Washington and we are here to help support the teens with that experience in terms of logistics and strategy but it’s still early and they have some time to figure that out,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told BuzzFeed News. “We will be here for that ‘oh sh** moment’ when they realize they need things like permits.”

After that, she says the goal is to carry that momentum until November — with some of the students already using the hashtag #VoteThemOut.

“We are also marching towards midterms,” she said, adding that the activists intend for gun control and student safety to be a major platform and key issue for voters in the midterm elections.

I’m a product of public schools and support public schools. I’m not into union-busting. The AFT’s activism, however, could be read as damned good justification for private schools or homeschooling. It’s not the role of teachers, particularly in taxpayer-funded public schools, to organize on behalf of one point of view.

So why is an ostensible fashion and beauty blogger writing about current events?  Most women’s fashion and beauty magazines support only liberal to leftist positions.  I subscribed to Allure and InStyle, as they had been apolitical, but didn’t renew once these magazines became political.  In my humble way, I’m trying to provide a counterweight to women’s fashion and beauty magazines.

ColourPop is now at Ulta!

After an initial foray into bricks-and-mortar stores at Sephora, ColourPop has arrived at Ulta!  The collection includes liquid lip colors, eye shadows, and highlighters.  You may order ColourPop through ulta.com or select stores.

For the benefit of my readers in the DC metro area, here are the local Ulta stores that carry ColourPop:

Byrdie staff names the best #lipstick brands, ever

I enjoy receiving E-newsletters from Byrdie. As I use neutral eyeshadows, I express myself through lipstick, so I was very interested to read what Byrdie staff had to say.

Byrdie names the best lipstick brands, ever.

Byrdie names the best lipstick brands, ever.

I like to sample lipsticks from various brands, so I can’t name a favorite brand. I do however like Burts Bees Satin Lipstick (9.00 USD).  It performs as well as lipsticks 2-3 times its price.

These are the best lipstick brands we’ve ever tried. Read all about them here.

Source: Confirmed: These Are the Best Lipstick Brands Ever, According to Byrdie HQ

Hourglass adds 5 new shades to its Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick range

I named Hourglass’s Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick among my picks for the Best of Beauty. It works as both a foundation and concealer. Moreover, its creamy texture enables smooth blending using my Sigma Beauty HD foundation brush, moistened complexion sponge, or fingers.

Hourglass has announced that it has added 5 new shades, so its range of shades comprises 32 shades, for skin tones from fair to deep. Something for everyone!

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

A highly pigmented foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid & weightlessness of a powder. The 12 hour longwearing waterproof formula melts into skin and blends seamlessly for undetectable full coverage with a seamless finish

 

Why You Should Keep Your Used Dryer Sheets – oodles of novel uses

We know about the hacks of taming flyaways with dryer sheets and stuffing your shoes with dryer sheets so they don’t stink, but Shifrah Combiths lists other novel uses in her article Why You Should Keep Your Used Dryer Sheets on Apartment Therapy:

dryer sheets
Image credit: Joe Lingeman of Apartment Therapy

The one hack I’ll try is to:

Wipe and dust the television or computer screen. Dryer sheets’ anti-static properties help repel dust and lint.

God knows that our TVs and computer screens are magnets for dust and lint.

Which hack would you try?

#MusicMonday France Gall #France

France Gall was a French pop singer, one of the yé-yé girls of the 1960s, which included Françoise Hardy and Sylvie Vartan. She died earlier this month, on January 7, 2018, of an infection from cancer. She was age 70.

She shot to prominence when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, singing Serge Gainsbourg’s song Poupée de cire, poupée de son (wax doll, rag doll):

Wikipedia dissects the meaning of the lyrics of Poupée de cire, poupée de son: for example, poupée de son can also be interpreted as “singing doll.” The lyrics portray her as an ingenue, that is, “an innocent or unsophisticated young woman.”

Seule, parfois je soupire
Je me dis Ă  quoi bon
Chanter ainsi l’amour sans raison
Sans rien connaître des garçons

In English:

Alone, I sometimes sigh
Thinking, what’s the point
Of singing love like this, without reason
Without knowing anything about boys?

Gainsbourg exploited her innocence with Les Sucettes or Lollipops, which is a thinly veiled allusion to oral sex. France Gall apparently wasn’t aware of the double entendre. In this video, she talks about the humiliation she suffered when she found out the double meaning of Les Sucettes:

Next week, I will pay tribute to American singer Keely Smith, who died last month, December 2017.