#MusicMonday A #Christmas Pop #Music Playlist That Won’t Drive You Insane With Schmaltz

Over at The Federalist, James B. LaGrand writes:

If your tastes run more to popular, folk, or jazz music, there are still plenty of beautiful, creative, and moving interpretations of classic Christmas songs in a Christian vein to listen to. Here are some favorites that can serve as an antidote for unsatisfying Christmas music concerts (as well as various other sad and troubling things in our world).

Source: Here’s A Christmas Pop Music Playlist That Won’t Drive You Insane With Schmaltz

Merry Christmas from Cold Cream 'n' Roses

Merry Christmas from Cold Cream ‘n’ Roses

The article includes videos for James LaGrand’s eight chosen songs, but I put those songs into a Spotify playlist:


Artdeco launches Claudia Schiffer #makeup 

German cosmetics brand Artdeco has launched a new makeup collection inspired by 1990s supermodel Claudia Schiffer.

Claudia Schiffer Makeup

Claudia Schiffer Makeup

Claudia Schiffer had previously served as brand ambassador for Revlon and L’Oréal.

If it were me, I’d spring for the eye shadow palette (below) and the blush in Hot Sand.

Claudia Schiffer eye shadow quad

Claudia Schiffer eye shadow quad

But the prices are crazy expensive, as each item costs $40.00. Artdeco is offering 20% off Claudia Schiffer Makeup (Code CLAUDIA) until Friday, December 22, 2017 11:59 PM PST

Source: http://claudiaschiffer.artdecobeauty.com/

#MusicMonday – Nancy LaMott – All Those #Christmas Cliches

Nancy LaMott was a cabaret singer who broke out into radio and the national and international scene in the 1990s. Plagued by serious illnesses for much of her life, she died from uterine cancer on December 30, 1995, only 17 days before her 44th birthday. Her priest blessed her union with Peter Zapp, a little more than an hour before she died.

According to her father, she sang along with Barbra Streisand records when she was a girl. It shows. Sometimes my husband and I confuse Nancy LaMott for Barbra Streisand when we hear her recordings on WPFW 89.3 FM’s Sunday afternoon program The American Songbook.

It was through The American Songbook that I discovered All Those Christmas Cliches. It’s wistful and takes me back to childhood. Even today Christmas lights fill me with happiness and wonderment.

From four years ago:

My husband and I came back from India last Sunday.  It was not a happy occasion.  My mother-in-law passed away late last month, and we went back to perform rites.  Her passing hit me hard: she was the last of our parents to go.

To change the subject, as we were returning to the U.S., I realized that I missed much of the Christmas season! At the Dubai airport (our layover), there were Christmas trees (or should I say “holiday trees”?) and Christmas songs, but any reference or allusion to Christ was suppressed.  When we arrived home on Sunday, December 15, I realized that there were only 10 calendar days to Christmas.

We arrived in the morning.  By the afternoon, I was ready to nap.  I turned on WPFW 89.3 FM to listen to The Great American Songbook …

That’s what I long for: All Those Christmas Cliches.

Best of #beauty – Hourglass, Cover FX and more

Best of beauty

Clockwise from top left:

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

A creamy stick foundation that serves as both a full-coverage foundation and concealer.  I like blending it with my Sigma 3DHD™ Kabuki Brush.

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Don’t like the whitish cast of many sunscreens? Then try Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  This sunscreen goes on clear and has a serum-y consistency.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – press sample

An unbelievably silky face primer with a serum-y consistency from K-Beauty brand Touch in Soul

L.A. Colors 5-Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette

OK, so the eye shadows aren’t silky, but they have good pigmentation.  A bargain at USD $1.50.  Yep, you read that right: one dollar and fifty cents.  Like neutrals as much as I do? Then try Tan Khaki, Brown Tweed, or Natural Linen (shown).

Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette

The perfect neutral eyeshadow palette

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane

One swipe, and you’re done.  Jane (Fonda? Birken?) is described as “terracotta rose.”  The terracotta makes the rose less precious. For other terracotta faves, visit Meet the Lipstick Shade That’ll Replace Your Nudes This Fall.

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick is every bit as good as luxury lipsticks (including NARS).  It’s a great value at USD 9.00. My lipstick wardrobe includes Burt Bee’s Satin Lipsticks in Ruby Ripple and Russet River.  Buy wherever Burt’s Bees are sold (and that’s practically everywhere).

IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in Muddy Nudes

Yes, I sprang for the IsaDora eye shadow palettes as soon as they became available on walgreens.com.  I am delighted with the smoothness and pigmentation of the eye shadow quartet and the subtle gradation of shades.

#MusicMonday Nat King Cole “The #Christmas Song”

In tribute to the holidays, here is Nat “King” Cole singing “The Christmas Song”, better known by its opening lines:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

via https://www.facebook.com/natkingcole/posts/10155089032158807

The Christmas Song was written by Mel Tormé, a crooner in his own right, and Bob Wells.  It is among the Top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”


Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is …

(drum roll, please) Ultra Violet!

Pantone used to be for industry insiders only; now it announces its Color of the Year to great fanfare.  Here is a color story for Ultra Violet:

Actually, Pantone created 8 palettes (Sigh.  I miss the color stories in InStyle).

Source: Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Tools for Designers I Ultra Violet 18-3838

Indian Media Pans Ivanka Trump’s Dress

Ivanka in India

Respect would have meant wearing dresses by Indian designers: I have to agree with VOGUE India on this one.  Moreover, it’s fashion diplomacy. Lady Gaga wore a Naeem Khan gown when she was India – and a wig dyed white, orange, and green: the colors of the India flag.

I’m sensitive about cultural appropriation when it comes to India.  It’s shameful that people feel free to trash India and Hinduism while they appropriate yoga and ayurveda for themselves, with little to no credit to the Indian roots.

Ivanka could make wearing a burlap sack look good, but apparently, that’s not good enough.

Source: Indian Media Pans Ivanka Trump’s Dress: ‘Cultural Appropriation’ by ‘Botoxed Barbie’