Body shaming or all in good fun?

Women told Macy’s to pull these plates from their stores.  Body shaming, I guess.

I’m overweight, even obese, but I found these plates funny and I’d buy them. They’re by POURTIONS™.

#MUA Gucci Westman demonstrates her “morning face”

Gucci Westman, formerly creative director for both Lancôme and Revlon, has launched her own #cleanbeauty line Westman Atelier.

Below she demonstrates how to do a dimensional (read contouring and highlighting) face using three shades of her Vital Skin Foundation Stick ($68.00 a piece!).  She blends ATELIER I (Fair, with neutral undertone) and ATELIER II (Medium fair, warm beige undertone) to create an under eye concealer.

The video runs five minutes. Gucci said that she could do the makeup in two minutes if she weren’t talking and demonstrating her makeup application.  Yeah, sure.  Easy when you’re a pro like her.

Gucci Westman on Instagram: westmanatelier and gucciwestman

It’s not calories in/calories out

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight LossThe Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book gives the lie to the idea that weight gain depends on calories in/calories out. Rather, insulin or insulin resistance is responsible for weight gain.

I’m pre-diabetic, and The Obesity Code has inspired me to cut back on sugars. Also, it’s not only a matter of what you eat, but also how frequently you eat. Fung endorses intermittent fasting.

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Nine products, one #FOTD

Face of the Day

  1. Annabelle Eye Primer | Base à paupières
  2. VINTAGE by Jessica Liebeskind Brighten & Define Eye Shadow Palette in Vanilla/Espresso
  3. NYX Professional Makeup Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette (lilac)
  4. VEGAMOUR vegaLASH Volumizing Mascara
  5. StriVectin Line BlurFector™ Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer
  6. Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Linen
  7. Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Butter Bronzer – Light Bronzer
  8. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in Mauve for Me
  9. Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint lip balm in Merlot

Blue Bottle #Coffee starts trial to ban cash

Paying for Blue Bottle coffee by credit card

Paying for Blue Bottle coffee by credit card. Photo: Photos by Paul Chinn / The Chronicle

Found through Twitter:

Blue Bottle will ban cash at twelve locations across the USA as part of a month-long experiment that aims to speed up purchases. Two participating stores are in San Francisco.

Is banning cash a ploy to exclude people unable to obtain credit cards or other electronic payment methods?

“For a lot of low-income San Franciscans, credit cards or other phone-based mobile payments aren’t an option,” said San Francisco Supervisor Vallie Brown.

I’m inclined to think that banning cash is a ploy to discourage the poor and homeless from entering their stores.

There were many different takes on this tweet. I prefer to pay cash for purchases under twenty dollars, as paying cash and accepting change is a tangible way to gauge how I spend my money. If I get a five-dollar bill, I just sock it away.


Chinn, P. (n.d.). [Dianne Francisco pays for her order with a credit card at Blue Bottle Coffee at Market and 10th streets in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. At left, is barista Greg Alfaro. The cafe inside the Twitter headquarters building is one of a handful of Blue Bottle stores that will go cashless for a trial period beginning March 11.Photo: Photos by Paul Chinn / The Chronicle]. Retrieved March 1, 2019, from

EducatëdHillbilly™. (2019, Mar). Am I a total racist for thinking this is a way to keep poor & minority customers out of their hip San Francisco coffee shop? [Twitter post]. Retrieved from

Narayan, S. (2019, March 01). Blue Bottle buys into cashless trend. Retrieved March 1, 2019, from

Unicode Consortium approves #PeriodEmoji

The Unicode Consortium has approved a #PeriodEmoji to “de-stigmatize” menstruation.



I’m not commenting on de-stigmatizing menstruation, I’m speaking here as someone who has worked in standardization. Unicode Consortium has done outstanding work in machine coding of scripts for both modern and historical languages. Approving emojis is beneath its exalted mission. Time to spin off this activity into a new consortium: The Universal Emoji Consortium? Hell, create a whole new ISO infrastructure!


Byrne, K. (2019, February 10). Opinion: The new ‘period’ emoji is a reminder that destigmatising menstruation has a long way to go. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from

Unicode Consortium. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2019, from