BEAUTY

Le bel été

Follow Me

Follow Me

I have a lot of people say to me, “I’d love to know what goes on in that mind of yours”. I take this as a compliment. I don’t like to spill the beans but I will say this – It’s a bit of …

…. weird meets dark meets twisted meets quirky meets humour meets fantasy meets innocence, meets delicious love.

These are just a few running themes I’ve played with all my life, in my work and when I’m creating. I’m fascinated by artistic visions. From a vision, themes are found, embraced, played with, thrown away and even nurtured. If you are an artist, be you a designer, painter, actor, writer or musician you can relate to that constant need to create. To be alive. To imagine. To visualize. To be scared. To be challenged. To be boundless. To execute. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing it all come to life. Your “vision seed” was planted and you’ve watched it grow. Now if only that money tree would. 

I’ve been smitten with Parisian clothing designer, Vanessa Bruno. Before launching her first clothing brand in 1996, Vanessa worked as a model, singer and actress. She had collaborated with designer/filmmaker Stephanie Di Giusto  in designing clothes for short films. This particular film, “le bel ete” is my favourite. It stars, Lou Doillon , french model and actress  with music & cameo by pianist, Chilly GonzalesI’ve became a huge fan of Chilly after seeing him in concert with Feist. Yes therefore I have a huge talent crush on him. Call me crazy but I’m human, not in humane. I’ve fallen in love with this video. It’s child like, emotional, fun and beautiful. I can only imagine her collection looking just the same. – CS

– Images In My Mind –

Sequenced . Beauty . Vintage . Charm . Take Me Away . Unicorn Ray

Vintage Charm

Unicorn Ray

Advertisements
Standard
BEAUTY

The Woo Ha Wax Off.

Follow Me

I’m not gonna beat around the bush (mind the pun).  So let’s get to it. VAGINA. The word some people may cringe at or avoid because it’s so personal. Why are you ashamed? This fantastic beautiful organ is your boom box, your lucky charm, your baby maker. Or you could call it the; woo ha, vagine, copher, cunt, pussy, twat, cooter, beaver, fish lips, taco, camel toe, muff, snatch, fuck hole, garage, oven, love button, penis glove, cock sock, cock pocket, JJ, hoohah, bajingo, cum dumpster, sperm bottle, goop chute, slit, trim, quim, pooter, love rug, poontang, poonanie, cooch, tunnel of love, vertical bacon sandwich, bearded clam, cookie, cooleyhopper, nookie, the pink, honey pot, cunny, vag, meat curtains, hatchet wound, putz, fur burger, box, front bottom, gash, kebab, kitty, minge, snapper, catfish, vertical smile, lovebox, love canal, nana, flower, the cum dump, chocha, black hole, sperm sucker, fish sandwich, cock warmer, whisker biscuit, carpet, deep socket, cum craver, cock squeezer, slice of heaven, flesh cavern, the great divide, cherry, tongue depressor, clit slit,laps, fuzz box, fuzzy wuzzy, glory hole, grumble, man in the boat, mud flaps, mound, peach, piss flaps, the fish flap, he furry cup, stench-trench, wizard’s sleeve, DNA dumpster, tuna town, split dick, bikini bizkit, cock holster, cockpit, snooch, kitty kat, poody tat, grassy knoll, cold cut combo, Jewel box, rosebud, curly curtains, furry furnace, slop hole, velcro love triangle, nether lips, where Uncle’s doodle goes, altar of love, cupid’s cupboard, bird’s nest, bucket, cock-chafer, love glove, serpent socket, spunk-pot, hairy doughnut, fun hatch, spasm chasm, red lane, stinky speedway, bacon hole, belly entrance, sugar basin, sweet briar. And these are just a few.

Unwanted hair in all the wrong places. I tend to whisper to myself very few weeks, “For god sake, why can’t the hair on my head grow fast like the hair on the rest of my body?”  This is my que. This is hair removal time. Ladies, I’m assuming we can all agree that we started with the razor method. We’ve shaved our love glove and dealt with those evil ingrown hairs and cuts. Tiny bumps form. You sit down and become obsessed with removing the annoying ingrown hair. You squeeze it, thinking it’s tiny. To your surprise it’s long and thick (get your mind out of my gutter).  It slithers out of that bump, bulbous head protruding. As you pick it out you say aloud in your best theatre voice. “Got you! Ya little devil!!!!!!!”. C’mon have a little fun here. All the worlds a stage even if it’s in your washroom. Why is society fascinated with the ingrown hair? Or is it just me? It could be me. I’m fine with that. How about Nair? Yep. Been there done that. $8.99 a box. It’s perfect! BONUS: They even throw in a plastic applicator with aloe cream. Now, you can master the creaming application. You really got yourself a deal here.  Plus you earn the bonus points at your friendly neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart. You slather the cream on like a baker carefully applying whipped cream to a cupcake. Squatting in position to avoid your thighs rubbing, your slightly part your legs. This is your position for about 20 minutes. Little hairs start to detach (this is all because of a cream!!!! Makes ya think). It is pretty darn fascinating, I must admit. You make sure to lock the bathroom door and make up any excuse to why your partner, mistress, lover, roommate, parents?  can not use the washroom. “I’m taking a shower” I yell. They yell back with sarcasm seeping in their voice, “That’s a pretty long shower and I don’t hear the water”. You retort back, “You must be deaf!” Lucky enough you are close to the tap and can turn it on. Still in position, working your butt  muscles from the squat, you continue  reading the latest edition of ELLE magazine. Finally! – Time to wipe/wash the cream off.  The hair wipes off onto your washcloth and you are done. Please do not use this on your face. Oh, but wait!…… Nope you’re not done. There are still tiny hairs that are lingering and did not take.  Grrr, you growl like a dog. Begrudgingly, you apply more smelly cream to make sure you get in every little nook and cranny. Hopefully you don’t actually get it in your love part or butox. That would sting (trust me). Unfortunately before you know it, a couple of days go by and the hair starts to grow back. Yikes! It’s thicker and irritation has begun. You apply the cream (thank you BONUS) and then chuck it across the room because it doesn’t do a damn thing. It makes it in the waste paper basket. I, “hooray” aloud! Arms in the air, standing naked in the middle of the washroom, Success! Small victories people. I never made the basket ball team but I do got some skill. I’m known to be stealth.  

I turned a leaf over the past few years. I’ve tried soft wax (hurt like a mofo). Legs shaking, palms sweaty, I walked out halfway through my appointment. Then I discovered hard wax at my new favourite place, Frilly Lilly . It’s like a candy store for your vagina. Here is their waxing menu. 

Brazilian Wax – $58

Nothing’s left. That’s right. Nothing.

Hawaiian Wax – $58

Aloha! Bare’ly there.

Canadian Wax – $35

O Canada! Perfect for the Canadian bikini.

Alaskan Wax – $25

I walk in and my vagina is smiling. I admit, I still get anxious at the thought of it. But we always think the worst. “What if wax seeps inside?” , “What if the fire alarm goes off?”, “What if my vagina rips off?”, “Is she judging my vagina?”. “What if I fart?”. Judgements and fears  fly through your head like a hungry bird. Then you question, “Am I a bird?” Silly. Silly. No! I’m a peacock. After consistently going every 5 weeks you gain a relationship with your female “waxer”. You are delighted to see each other, “Wow I feel like I was just here!”, you even give your new friend a hug. I mean it’s not everyday you have life chats half-naked with a new friend. This Is Amazing! And once you’re lying on that table with your rocket exposed you realize you are in good hands. Literally. The rubber gloves are on and it’s time to get down to business. In the beginning I had the shaky leg and clammy hands but over time I started to feel more like a champ. I may wince, curse, and hold my breath, but I remind myself that I won’t have to deal with unwanted hair for about 4 weeks. Then I start dreaming of unicorns and rainbows and things start looking even brighter. As I picture a unicorn galloping through green pastures, my day-dream is slowly interrupted when she  asks me to,  “cannon ball” (hug your knees in for the rear wax) or lie down, one leg up in tree pose (for the tiny sensitive bits). Best part of it all. It’s over in 25 minutes and your vagina is ready to rock.  The pain slowly dissipates as time goes on. The more you do it and stay consistent with  your appointments, the more you get used to it. You may even learn to love it. Your vagina then thanks you for making her feel rejuvenated and pristine. If she talks there may be a problem but subliminally you know what she’s saying. And so will your partner.

A few tid bits of info on hard wax. HARD WAX is strip – less wax. Instead it is applied slightly thicker to the skin than soft wax, so become entangled in the hair for more effective removal. It then hardens and is peeled off. The wax is applied at a little hight temperature to allow the pores to open more and for hair to be removed more easily and less painfully.

Benefits of Hard Wax

  • Does not irritate the skin as other waxes do
  • Removes all hair of varying length and thickness (especially coarse hair) effectively.
  • Prevents & reduces ingrown hairs
  • More gentle on the skin
  • Skin is smoother after waxing
  • Hair grows back slower
  • Less painful ….and many more benefits!

So there you be. That’s enough muff talk for the night. – CS XX

Standard
BEAUTY

sizzle in my city.

Summa summa summa time. 5 favorite things about summer GO?

1. Reading/people watching at the Beach.

2. Swimming at the beach.

3. Sangria on the beach.

4. Summer dresses then to the beach.

5. Hanging with my peeps at the beach.

BONUS – VITAMIN D ON MY BODY PARTS!!!!!

I love summer….everything about it. Some of my favorite memories of summer were spent in the backyard of my family home swimming and laying in the sun with my neighbour and besty, Julie from Seven Dollar Pants.  A summer spent eating water melon, chatting about life, listening to music and enjoying weekly family bbq.  Memories I will cherish forever.  Summer is awesome. The fact that people are actually smiling, in a better mood and sport sun-kissed skin. I said sun-kissed not orange broiled skin (wear your SPF) and if you go beyond 30 there is no point, your product is full of fillers and unwanted crap that you don’t need sinking into your skin. I got my facts from the real deal! When it’s the dreary winter months my mind is bombarded with palm trees. As a matter of fact I’d like to look for tropical wall paper so if anyone finds any let me know! I want to flee to a sunny HOT place to soak in the sun, sand, ocean waves and live in my bikini the entire time. But now that it’s finally summer, Why not stay in your very own city  when you can’t afford to flee? OR simply because it’s as beautiful than a far off destination? VANCOUVER =  stunning. The sun gleams off the mountains, the smell of the ocean is at your doorstep (and just a bike ride away), sail boats in the creek, gorgeous sunsets, biking along the seawall and an over all amazing vibe to breathe in. Some great summer cities found in the latest H&M magazine included; Vancouver, Dubai, Stockholm, Barcelona and Tel Aviv. WOW! I’ll take that especially if I’m living in the same category as Spain. But I have yet to go so who wants to take me in the fall??? Seriously. Who does? I can pack my bags in 10 -Christina XO

A few items I use to protect my skin. ALBA BOTANICALS

I’ll use AFTER SUN by VICHY to hydrate my sun kissed body.

Standard
BEAUTY

SaBOn

I was in NYC about a month ago and DID NOT want to leave.  I think most people who have been there would  agree that it really is one of the best cities to be in. I one hundred percent understand the whole “I Heart NY” motto. How could anyone resist a city full of art, entertainment, lights, culture, restaurants, shops,  etc..etc..etc…The list goes on and on and on. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE New York City! A city that never sleeps! It’s a city full of BUZZ. I was literally buzzing for 4 full days…And it wasn’t from the alcohol. Although this one particular night the $3.50 martinis made me buy a few items at SABON. Rule #1- Never drink before you shop. Like a moth attracted to bright lights I couldn’t resist the soothing rustic decor, the delicious aromas of organic essential oils, candles, bath products and a free hand massage. Hey Oh!  YUMMMY. I seriously wanted to move in. I’m not a fan of strong perfumes…I get nauseous just walking through the fragrance section of a department store or from a woman who clearly dumped a bottle of perfume on herself. There is nothing more nauseating than that. To me it’s one big turn off (and I’m not just talking about women. Men, hold off on the cologne dump. It’ll drive a gal mad…And not mad in the “I wanna jump his bones” mad) Like my grandmother always said, “A little dab will do ya”. I particularly indulge in soft scents such as vanilla and musk and tend to opt for the natural oils. As I was smelling, testing, and touching everything in the store I decided to indulged in a Butter Cream Musk, Body Oil Musk, Body Cream Musk, Mini soap, and all Natural Lip Gloss. Check out their website and read all about their story. The best part is they are organic and all natural. http://sabonnyc.com I must admit I smell delicious – Christina XO

 

 

 

Standard
BEAUTY

sKOah sKin

I am officially back from a two-week Christmas Vacation back East….Well I may not be mentally back but I am physically. Although I never think of it as a vacation because there is no time to rest. It is go, go, GO! As much as I love visiting family and friends it feels good to be back in the hood and start a brand new year, 2011! I’m excited for this year! I just finished my budget, my goal list, project deadlines, and want to start fresh, sharp and focused! I can feel a rocking year ahead of me! Look at me! So many exclamation marks!!!!!!!  So much excitement! One thing I do notice when I travel is how different my hair and skin feel. Especially at this time of year where the air is cold, crisp and your living space may be dry. I’m pretty sensitive to fragrance and other yucky ingredients in skin care products so I try to stick to natural and paraben free products. Dry air equals dry skin.  It’s a good thing the day after I got back I had a free  20 minute sweet skin facial booked at SKOAH. This skin care workout was the perfect treat for my skin and left me feeling completely refreshed and hydrated. I’ve always been curious about their products and have heard nothing but rave reviews. I got a skin analysis and bought a travel kit catered to my facial needs. My skin feels like a baby’s bottom. Gooo goo gaa gaa. Amazing and PH balanced. If you have a chance I would highly recommend SKOAH. Check out their website for further information and book an appointment at one of their four locations in the Vancouver area. -Christina XO

http://www.skoah.com/products





Standard
BEAUTY

eXcesSIVe

Remember how I was loving red lipstick and hoping to one day purchase a CHANEL tube of luscious red. Well…… I did! From the new CHANEL lipstick collection (CHANEL Rouge Allure Lipstick).  I had a gift certificate and I used it on a beautiful shade of red that I probably wouldn’t have bought ($$$). The woman at the counter says, “WOW, You Own It”. I thought…”Yeah,  you’re just saying that cause you want me to buy it”. Then I took a look closer and said aloud,  “BOOM! I DO OWN IT!..Heyyyyyyyy Oohhhhh”. I put it on and my blue eyes almost popped out! She gave me a “What A Weirdo” look, But hey! Nothing new here. At least I made her laugh. What’s your favorite shade of red? -Christina XO

Standard
BEAUTY

REd hOt

As of late I have been into the whole red lipstick look. Coming from someone who usually sticks to nudes and gloss or my favorite medicated Blistex, I’ve been loving the look. One would remember the  whole red lipstick with a bun on top of the head look if they danced in recitals at a young age.  I was a wee little tater tot dancing at age 4 when I first honed the look. Since then every time I would see this it would remind me of dance recitals. But now…NOW! I think it’s such a sexy, fun hot look especially dressed up for a night on the town! I have a coral color by KORRES (my favorite makeup line) and have my eye on a CHANEL tube. YIKES! I saw it and stopped mid step. I’ll have to add that to my Christmas Wish List – Christina XO


Standard