Angel vs. Fracas

I have been eyeing the Sephora scent samplers for awhile now, and am so happy to finally have received the Classics! The kit includes eight perfume samples and a voucher for a full-sized version of one of the scents. I am reminded of the time I literally spent an hour in the Coach store deciding between a tan or red leather wallet. I hope this is not repeated in the Sephora store. 

Cartier Délices De Cartier Eau Fruitée
Guerlain Shalimar
Hanae Mori Butterfly
Marc Jacobs Perfume
Prada Parfums Prada
Robert Piguet Fracas
Thierry Mugler Angel
Vera Wang The Fragrance

I've been dying for Fracas, but my skin handles Angel better. Then again, I haven't even smelled them all yet. And so it begins.



The blog Stuff White People Like has proven to be an embarrassingly accurate portrayal of my life. Which is odd since I'm made fun of on a daily basis for my "hood" nature, or lack thereof. Anywho, the hummus post hit a little too ridiculously close to home...in fact, right now I'm stuck alone in my apartment at school with nothing but Bud Select, hummus and leftover pizza in the fridge.

Party time.


Good, I got your attention. You've no doubt already heard of the infamous NARS Orgasm blush, but have you met its distant cousin and sister-in-law...the new matching nail polish and lip gloss? Seems like the perfect combination  to counteract the soon-to-come January weather, mood and sallow skin blahs. Note: The photo does the color NO justice. It's a beautiful shimmery pinkish-peach that brightens up pale winter hands and nicely complements darker complexions as well.  

American Apparel

I wish I lived near an American Apparel. I'm obsessing over these, but afraid if order online they may pull an Urban Outfitters and send me hideously discolored, cheap sub-par versions of the items.

The AA circle scarf is just a looped piece of fabric but can be worn as almost anything. I read reviews online and apparently the scarf is gigantic, but  I tend to cocoon myself often in bundles of fabric, so that sounds just fine with me.

I really like leggings. And buttons. And these.

Okay, so this tee is the hotness. It starts out as a plain faded  tee and changes color depending on your body temperature. Sounds weird, but the effect is really sweet. 

This red skirt is so festive for the holidays and is what I consider a "good" red, not a garish one with too much pink or orange. Plus, high waists flatter everyone.

I actually have this striped dress in black and white, and it's just as Parisian chic as it looks on the model. However, it is a bit tight in the bum (which, if you know me, is very
 odd since I don't have much junk back there.) Apple bottoms beware, this fruit-hugging horizontal stripe could be potentially disastrous. Try adding a
 black vest, tights and camel riding boots to keep it flattering and stylish at the same time. 

This Helvetica letter tee is ingenius, simple and only $20. I was initially thinking about getting the "Cc" one for my intial, but "Zz" is sounding pretty cute. Or, even better, I wish they would get "Xx" so I could rep my hot female genetic makeup. Or "Mm." Maybe I could get a group to wear a bunch of different letters and we could spell something out!? Someone stop me, the possibilities are endless.

Classic unisex AA v-necks are probably the most flattering t-shirt available. I like this set of three in black, grey and blue. Don't forget to order a size down if you's a ho.

This electric blue cardigan can apparently be worn as a dress as well. I'm curious to see if the color is that bright in real life. 

Go buy all of these. Tell me what you think. Then send them to me in the mail. 


Starbucks Christmas Cups

So cute. It almost makes me forget about the whole evil-corporation thing.

Is Starbucks just another manifestation of the devil? Or a wondrous suburban watering hole? Decide for yourself here.


I approve: Haagen Dazs Sorbet

Long story short, this stuff is amazing. I have only tried the raspberry flavor, but once my pint is gone (in only a matter of minutes, I'm sure) I'm going to purchase the mango flavor. 
This does not taste like what most people think "sorbet" tastes like. It isn't icy and tart, but instead tastes like fruity ice cream; rich enough to satisfy any sugary craving. 

An entire pint of this has only 480 calories. That means you can eat 3 WHOLE CONTAINERS of this for the same caloric value of one Chipotle burrito. 

Let that marinade.

Now, obviously no one consciously plans on sitting down and eating an entire pint of ice cream, but sometimes these things happen. In the case of Haagen-Dazs sorbet, IT'S OKAY!

comes in chocolate, coconut, peach, lemon, raspberry, mango and strawberry flavors.


I approve: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jack and I went to the Chi this weekend to pick up my furniture from Ikea aka heaven.

Have you ever driven through Illinois? 

Don't. Ever. It's worse than driving through both Missouri and Iowa combined, if you can imagine. 

On Sunday we drove 8 hours, through literal nothingness. Jack and I spent way too many hours (yes hours) at Ikea, me deciding between the birch-effect or white bookshelves and Jack probably contemplating how easily he could throw himself down the escalator. Afterwards, we went out for dinner and then wandered the streets of the Chi looking for some trouble, or at a least a bar. But, oh yeah, it was Sunday night and NOTHING WAS OPEN. Really, life? 

Upon deciding the night shouldn't be a total bust, we did what any sane couple in an unfamiliar city would do and bought some overproof Jamaican rum.
"I drank some last Saturday night and was still dancing in my underwear at noon the next morning," says the man at the liquor store. Try to say no to that. Overproof rum in hand, we headed back to the hotel and rented a movie on our TV for $13.99

There is good news, however. The movie we rented was actually really good...and I don't think it was the rum. 

"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" contains the same wit and style as other Apatow productions such as Superbad, Knocked Up and 40-Year-Old Virgin, but is effortlessly cool and laugh out loud at the same time.  A bunch of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes agrees and says the film "finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy."

Plus, it has Paul Rudd.

I approve: Anatomical Wood Man Thing

Meet little anatomical wood man thing. He sits on my desk all day and all night in these amazing poses! 

While I swore to myself while back in drawing and 2D design sophomore year that I would NEVER set eyes on one of these things again, I didn't realize just how precious these little wood men are. They can wave. They can stand with attitude. I personally like to keep mine in mid-leap all the time.

Once I get my ikea furniture assembled (in a few months) and get my life/room together I will post a photo of little wood man. But, until then...what's your favorite desk item?


I approve: Perfume

I have recently become obsessed with perfume. Yes, yes, I know. Last year I was obsessed with wine. The year before it was pilates. Yesterday it was OPI Pompeii Purple nail polish on my toes (which I, of course, approve of as well.) But let me tell you, I think this perfumista-stage will last longer than my short-lived obsession with kale. That's just like chewing velvet after awhile.

Anyways. So, I've always loved perfume and own what I believe to be an abnormal amount of perfume for the average 21-year old college female. Here's my inventory...

Burberry "Brit"_someone told me that it "smells like old money" on me. I've worn it every winter since.
Bvlgari "Blv"_nice and powdery, a gift from my dad in middle school. apparently he thought I was mature.
Marc Jacobs "Essence" _reminds me a little of Juicy, a sparkly barbie scent
Benefit "Maybe Baby"_a GOOD rose, similar to Stella but much less in yo face
Victoria's Secret "SuperModel"_blame my obsession with Adriana Lima but I'm a sucker for VS. also, this just plain smells delightful.
Anna Sui Dolly Girl "Bonjour L'Amour"_reminds me of an Escada. if you're familiar with Escada you know it won't matter which one.
Chanel "Chance"_senior year of high school, mmm spicy.
L'Occitane "Eau de Miel" (honey)_purchased in Paris. smells just like melted honey and flowers.
La Voglia Matta "Oops Summer"_purchased in Italy. the moment I smelled it, I wanted to cuddle with myself. green apple-tastic.
Les Divines Alcoves "Aux Anges"_solid scent from Anthropologie. this is all my favorite scents in perfect balance...a little gardenia, a little jasmine and a little tuberose.
Thymes "Kimono Rose"_I guess I like the roses. reminds me of Fresh "sugar lychee"
Bond no. 9 "Chinatown"_given to me by my boyfriend's mom. amazing lady, amazing perfume.

I know, eclectic mix of scents. My collection is not complete, however! There are a few more beautiful bottles that I would love to call my own.

Anything Creed_I haven't found my personal favorite yet, but I'm starting to really like "Love in Black" and "Virgin Island Water." "Love in White" just isn't me.
Victor and Rolf "Flowerbomb"_it just works on my skin. it's like aquolina "pink sugar" without the nausea and headaches, plus a lil' patchouli which I always love.
Bond no. 9 "Saks Fifth Ave for her"_this will probably be my next purchase, it's tuberose done RIGHT! (unfortunately, fracas smells like crap on me!)

So there's me in a bottle. or 12.

This is where you come in, good readers. I cannot seem to find a good fall scent (besides the way my clothes and hair smell after standing by a bonfire for a few hours, mmmmm.) Let me know if you have any suggestions for a good fall perfume that doesn't potentially require a fire extinguisher. or I'd love any other scentillating (I know, I'm awful) input.


I approve: This review of "The Happening"

Christopher Orr writes:

“M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie, The Happening, is not merely bad. It is an astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined. It’s the kind of movie you want to laugh about with friends, swapping favorite moments of inanity: “Do you remember the part when Mark Wahlberg … ?” “God, yes. And what about that scene where the wind … ?”

The problem, of course, is that to have such a conversation, you’d normally have to see the movie, which I believe is an unreasonably high price to pay just to make fun of it.”

Right on.


I approve: Kanye (part XVII)

Kanye may not be tough. He may not have street cred. And he may not wear enough Phat Farm. I don't care. He rocks the Vuitton hardcore enough for me. Despite what the haters say, and there are a lot of them, I still believe he is one of the greatest hip hop producers/lyricists/fahionistos in the business today. Oh, and he's a Rocafella, so you KNOW he's legit.

But enough about my unrequited love affair with arguably the most untouchable hip hop icon (although I hear he's now single...) Let's discuss his Glow in the Dark Chicago performance. The MOMENT I heard K was going on tour, I got on his website to get tickets. Having already seen him once before in row 78 at Mizzou Arena (yes I still have my ticket and referred to it for row number), I was determined to get a better seat. Seeing as how this tour was predicted by Rolling Stone to be "the greatest live performance since U2's show more than a decade ago," the tickets were not cheap. So, I did it. I signed up for Kanye's fan club. And got VIP tickets. For the Chicago show. The tickets were around $170 and they guaranteed a spot within the first 20 rows. What was I thinking? I ordered tickets through a potentially shady website, that may or may not get me a spot in the first 20 rows, let alone a seat at all. For all I knew, some 14-year-old girl in Ohio was now $150 richer and on her way to buy 1,000 bonnebell lipglosses. Oh well, I still had my faith. And a printable receipt, thank God (or insert other spiritual leader).

to be continued.


I approve: Sex and the City (the movie)

While I have always been an avid watcher of Sex and the City the TV show, I've never been one of those "What Would Carrie Do" or "What Would Carrie Wear" people. Mostly, while watching, I would try to figure out which character I would be if I had to be one. I lack Carrie's amazing ability to teeter in Manolos for hours on end, Charlotte's maternal nature (blech), Miranda's cynicism at the thought of true love, and Samantha's lubrication. Needless to say, I never really decided which one I am.

Anyways, after reading 1,000 reviews on the movie, both online and in my greater Cedar Rapids Gazette, I came to the conclusion that this movie was going to blow. The critics said that the character development was lacking and that the 2+ hours were filled with corny one-liners and nothing else. Oh, and shoes.

This is true.

The critics, however, failed to mention one other problem - the movie's HORRIBLE production. In almost every scene you CAN SEE THE MICROPHONES HANGING FROM THE CEILING. I expected more from a movie that manages to feature almost every major fashion designer.

Despite all its drawbacks, however, I still loved the movie. So much, in fact, that I'm seeing it for the second time in one day. No number of production mistakes and lack of plot cohesiveness can kill my love of the perfect combination of every woman; Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. And, of course, their killer clothes and shoes.


2008 Beauty Awards

Chelsea's first annual 2008 beauty product awards. coming soon. get ready.


I approve: Boxed Wine

Now, before you begin hating on boxed wine, I'd like to remind you of all the good times you have had together. Remember? circa 2003? All post-Franzia migraines aside, boxed wine has been good to you. So good, in fact, that a plethora of other wine companies have tried to get in on the boxed wine phenomenon, and believe it or not, they're making it trendy.

Bon Appetit features what they believe to be the top 5 boxed wines, along with a list of food pairings (one meaty, and one meatless...yay veg!) And while I'm sure most of you will A) never search out these wines and B) never attempt to cook the accompanying meals, the good news is that at least you have further cultured yourself on the fine art of wine-in-a-box.

I must say, however, where is the Fish Eye? I have been eyeing (pun unfortunately intended) the new Fish Eye ads for the latest "cask" (a classy way to say "boxed") wine, and am interested. I may just have to invest in one for the next TigerX party....a bunch of lightweight fitness buffs getting drunk off one glass of Blush, classic.

Top 5 Box Wines

These party-friendly wines cost less, keep longer, and are easier to open than regular bottles
By Jeffery Lindenmuth

Box wines (a.k.a. boxed wines) have become popular in recent years because they hold more wine than a single bottle, they're light and recyclable, they're easy to open and reseal, they chill quickly, and they won't break if you drop them.

Three Thieves Bandit Pinot Grigio 2006

Three Thieves Bandit Pinot Grigio 2006

(about $9, 1 liter)

The irreverent winemakers who bucked the trends by producing quality wine in jugs a few years back now tackle the Tetra Pak format (specially designed aseptic cartons) with their line of Bandit wines. In a world where so much Pinot Grigio is vapid, this California wine shows more character than most bottled versions. The aromatic nose starts out as Granny Smith apple and green Jolly Rancher candy with hints of banana, giving way to papaya and crenshaw melon. It is rounded and medium-full-bodied, with bright acidity and a lingering finish.

Meaty Recipe Pairing: Meatless Recipe Pairing:
Fish, Clam, and Mussels with White Wine and Garlic

Pizza Bianca with Rosemary and Sea Salt

French Rabbit Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006

French Rabbit Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006

(about $10, 1 liter)

This wine from Limoux, which boasts some of the higher-altitude vineyards in southern France's Languedoc region, is the best in the French Rabbit lineup (from a company that makes only box wines). Black cherry, mixed berry fruit aromas, and hints of leathery earth give it a quintessential Pinot Noir profile. Overall, it's easy-drinking and food-friendly, with loads of refreshing mouthwatering acidity.

Meaty Recipe Pairing: Meatless Recipe Pairing:
Perfect Roast Chicken

Truffled Taleggio and Mushroom Pizza

Hardys Shiraz South Eastern Australia 2006

(about $19, 3 liters)

This is the same wine you'll find in a bottle, so if you enjoy jammy Shiraz, why not save a few bucks with the bag-in-box, referred to as a "cask" in Australia, where the package is as commonplace as kangaroos. The wine evokes warm blueberry pie, with hints of vanilla ice cream and toasty American oak, and just enough tannin to balance the ripe berries. What this wine lacks in complexity it makes up for in plush, exuberant, juicy fruit.

Meaty Recipe Pairing: Meatless Recipe Pairing:
Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Relish

Beet Carpaccio with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2006

(about $22, 3 liters)

Most box wines are made in such large quantities that they sport extremely vague regions such as "California" or "Australia" or "Planet Earth." This Paso Robles has appellation prestige and tastes great. The initial aromatic punch of toasty oak and vanilla subsides to reveal sweet, black cherry fruit and hints of licorice. There is black currant and kirsch on the palate too, with nicely balanced, fine tannins.

Meaty Recipe Pairing: Meatless Recipe Pairing:
Herb-Rubbed Top Sirloin Steak with Peperonata
Black Bean and Roasted Tomato Soup

Le Bord'Eaux Merlot, 2005

Le Bord'Eaux Merlot, 2005

(about $28, 3 liters)

How often do you get to enjoy real Bordeaux without the angst of popping a pricey cork? This wine comes from the exalted 2005 vintage of Bordeaux and lives up to the expectations. The Merlot shows nice mocha and cherry flavors, with the sort of structure and polished tannins that will allow it to stand up to a variety of meats.

Stilton Pairing: Blue Cheese Pairing:
Brined and Barbecued Turkey

Risotto with Leeks, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Truffles


I approve: Earth Day

Hand tie-dyed shirts blew in the wind as sweaty hippies danced barefoot to no music in Peace Park.

The Columbia, Mo. 2008 Earth Day celebration occurred this Sunday, and thankfully she decided to cooperate by providing beautiful 76-degree weather for the occasion (thanks, earth!)

Here are just a few photos of the event, taken by my friend Erik Shookman. Downtown basically consisted of hundreds of booths either selling homemade "earthy" goods or promoting "earth-friendly" services and information. My favorite booths were the one that sold Kombucha, the one with hand-dyed dresses, and the Humane Society booth that had dogs you could play with. There was also an awesome owl some brave soul was holding.

Oh, and check it out, the paparazzi caught me signing a petition to allow sex education back in public schools! (fine, the paparazzi was just Danielle...) Anyways, Danielle has wonderfully documented the event in pics, check them out here.

I never knew Columbia and Mizzou celebrated Earth day in such a hardcore manner. Same time next year?


News on the street (e-street, that is) is that the Glow in the Dark tour is mind-blowingly phenomenal. It obviously takes A LOT for skeptical music reviewers aka HATERS to actually be stroking Mr. West's ego, so this show must actually rock. Apparently, Kanye takes creative stage design to new dimensions–literally. Props to Ambika for blogging about this before I got to it. I'm slipping, man.

Taken from RollingStone.com...

"Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco all turned in stellar sets to begin the “Glow in the Dark” Tour, what will likely end up as one of 2008’s most talked-about bills. All of Kanye’s openers were given thirty minutes to do their thing at Seattle’s KeyArena last night, and Lupe Fiasco kicked off the night with a fast-paced half-hour into which he crammed parts of eleven songs, including the hits “Kick, Push” and “Superstar.” (Matthew Santos, who sings on the latter track, appeared for three songs at the end of Fiasco’s set.) The stage was bare for his performance, but Fiasco made up for it with vibrant physical energy and a very red dress scheme shared by his backing singers and DJ.

N.E.R.D. — Pharrell Williams‘ rock ensemble — played second. Fronting two drummers, a bassist/keyboardist, a synth player and guitarist (as well as a small handful of hangers-onstage who helped hype the crowd at climactic moments), Williams and co-vocalist Shay threw themselves into performances of “Lapdance,” “Brain,” “Rock Star” and “She Wants to Move” (the latter featuring a brief jam on Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”). After the set was finished, Pharrell returned to the stage to apologize for his use of profanity in front of a young child seated in the front row.

No apologies were necessary from Rihanna, whose stage set-up included light-up speaker stacks that glowed yellow, pink and aqua. The singer and her dancers’ clothes were basic black accented by pink and lime neon; the entire presentation was very new wave, down to Rihanna’s bright pink lipstick. The show was tightly choreographed but never felt laborious, and she got some traction doing “Hate That I Love You,” a duet with Ne-Yo on record, by herself. She also introduced “Umbrella” by saying, “I remember going up to Dream” (R&B phenom The-Dream, who helped produce and write the song) “and saying, ‘If you give this record away [to someone else] I’m going to kill you.’”

The headliner took his time, playing eighteen songs in an unbroken ninety-minute set. Half of the songs came from 2007’s Graduation, five from 2005’s Late Registration and the rest from 2004’s The College Dropout. Kanye stood alone on a stage that was made out to look like a spaceship, complete with a giant video backdrop that flashed psychedelic fractal patterns, bursting stars and moonscapes. Ostensibly, Kanye was trapped aboard a rogue ship piloted by a female version, dubbed Jane, of 2001’s HAL 9000. Kanye began with “Good Morning,” then touched on “Through the Wire,” the thematically inevitable trio of “Flashing Lights,” “Spaceship,” and “All Falls Down” and hit his climax for “Hey Mama,” during which he bowed forward on his knees and delivered an emotional monologue about following one’s dreams. The song that came immediately after Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” blasting over the PA before Kanye-in-space got his strength back to deliver “Stronger.”

In fact, Perez Hilton even gave his praise to Kanyeezy.

A talking spaceship named Jane? I wouldn't expect anything less of Mr. West.


I approve: Coconut Oil

I recently vacationed in Scottsdale, AZ at a spa called "the Sanctuary." And a sanctuary it was (I'm sure I'll feature it in a future post.)
One of the spa treatments I received was the "coconut lime scalp and body massage." Basically this consisted of a really nice lady getting me naked under a sheet and rubbing my head and body with coconut lime oil. Ahh delightful. I checked the spa gift shop to buy some of this oil and realized a small bottle was upwards of $50. Naturally, I decided I would rather invest in something from Urban rather than a small vial of scented oil, so I passed. I did, however, hit up the nearest grocery store and bought some organic (or as Ambika calls it "earthy") coconut oil in a plastic jar. I have heard about the numerous benefits of coconut oil, both for internal and external bodily health, but never actually tried it out before.
I brought the bottle back to CoMO with me, and decided to try it out tonight. I opened the jar and was surprised to see that the coconut "oil" looked kind of like Crisco - a strange semi-solid. After reading the directions, I filled my bathroom sink up with hot water and set the jar (with the lid on) into the water. Make sure you DO NOT microwave the coconut oil, microwave heat messes with its chemical makeup, instead set the entire jar or container in hot water... my bathroom sink worked nicely. Once the edges of the oil began to melt, I stood in my bathtub in some crappy clothes and poured the jar over my head. I tried really hard to re-enact the amazing head massage I received in Arizona, but somehow standing in my empty bathtub, rubbing my own head while my hair dripped oil all over my Mizzou t-shirt was far from what I had imagined. I rubbed my head for about 5 minutes, and then clipped my hair up to let the oil soak into my brain. I smelled EXACTLY like a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie for one hour. I rinsed it out with some tea tree shampoo, lathering and rinsing twice. Make sure you don't use a hydrating shampoo, use more of a clarifying one to get the oil out. The result?

my hair looks awesome.

I am a person who is constantly complaining about her hair and trying ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to change it. This coconut oil worked better than any Oscar Blandi, Frederic Fekkai, Redken, Ojon, Bumble and Bumble, Kiehl's, or Aveda product I have ever used. It made my hair shiny and bouncy and, most importantly, SMOOTH. Normally my hurrs are fro-tastic and out of control...some horrible combination of curly meets straight meets thick meets fine meets frizz. God plays some bad jokes sometimes. Anyways, after using the oil, it seems my hair has met its match.

One reason I was so excited to try coconut oil out was because the spa lady mentioned that doing regular head massages with any kind of skin-safe oil would help stimulate hair growth. I definitely saw results after her treatment, and will continue to do anything to get down-to-my-butt locks. Even if it means awkward personal coconut head rubs.

Also, coconut oil is apparently good for you to ingest as well. I haven't researched this a lot, but if you replace some of the oils you use for sauteeing, roasting, and frying meats and vegetables, it can be beneficial to your health by providing much needed omega fatty acids and also acting as a sort of weight loss tool. If this means all my food will taste like Samoa cookies from now on, sign me up.


I approve: Alaffia

Alaffia is this wonderful brand of fair-trade products available at local health food specialty shops (clover's, whole foods, etc.)

"We formulate our premium shea butter skin care products using our own handcrafted, shea butter and other indigenous ingredients. The goal of our simple, effective formulations is to preserve the integrity and effectiveness of the shea butter and indigenous ingredients in the final product. We do not use petroleum derived products or parabens, and we do not test on animals. We make all of our shea butter products ourselves in small batches at our facility in Olympia, WA."

Basically, all their stuff is all-natural and all-awesome. Unlike other natural brands (like Suki, etc.) Alaffia is decently priced...most of the products are between $10-$50.

My personal favorite product of theirs is their shea butter lip balm, for $3.50.
Shea & Cocoa Butter Lip Balmthese balms come in mocha flavoring (maybe this could help me cut down on nonfat mochas? nope) sweet orange mint, and tangerine clove (ahh bad memories of when I got my wisdom teeth removed...) I'm a little angry, however, because my FAVORITE flavor is no longer available at most locations. It is simply mint flavored in a black container. If anyone finds this one, LET ME KNOW WHERE AND BUY ME A CASE.

I hope it hasn't been discontinued. Everything I ever like is discontinued.

just a few examples....

1. Victoria's Secret #55 perfume
2. Milton brand whole wheat 7 grain bread (toasted, with some creamed honey and jasmine green tea...delicious)
3. Lancome's HUGE AMAZING bronzer disk compact with brush
4. Trader Joe's ReviveSPA shampoo and conditioner
5. Banana Boat self-tanning lotion (in a yellow bottle with a red lid)
6. Alaffia mint lip balm



I approve: Shawty Get Loose

I will admit that though I like to think of myself as a *slight* hip-hop snob (exceptions: "Low" Flo Rida) I have recently become OBSESSED with Lil' Mama, Chris Brown and T-Pain's new joint "Shawty Get Loose."

Lil' Mama rocks the role as the lyrical headliner. Though there are few notable lines, I did sorta liked this one-

"L.I.L You betta ask somebody
I been on my grind since butt-touch-potty"

haha, since butt-touch-potty. classy. However, it doesn't even matter what she says, because the beat is catchy enough to make me want to shake something regardless the lack of actual lyrical content.

Chris Brown takes the hook with his smooth and synthesized vocals. T-Pain kinda sucks. Check out part of his rap...

"NAPPY BOi!!!!

Even though I don't understand a word (on or off the paper) I still love "DA PAIZZZIAN!"

With the release of this new single Lil' Mama has clearly rebounded from her painful Wet 'n Wild "Lip Gloss" and has upgraded exponentially (to Dior Addict gloss, perhaps?) Her performance in the music video has also somewhat rationalized her previously inexplicable role as dance judge on MTV's "Randy Jackson's Best Dance Crew." She's mighty flexible.

watch it here

I find it hard to believe that there isn't any copyright infringement regarding this video, seeing as how the video obviously got its inspiration from Michael Jackson's "Scream" video, featuring Janet.


I approve: Kanye West Stronger Glasses

I'm ordering these for the concert. The question is...which color? Kanye West Shutter Stronger Shadesmodel melissa kanye westYoung L (The Pack) Mistah Fab Clyde Carsonglow in the dark shutter stronger shadesKanye West Stronger Shades


I approve: Hanes White T-shirts and A-tanks

I literally have two entire drawers devoted to today's subject; one for my EXTRA long white ribbed tanks and one for my white v-neck tees. As a fitness instructor, it's imperative that I have a number of these t-shirts and tank tops so I don't have to do laundry every week (instead it's more like every month...or two....) These tees and tanks are CHEAP, and at around $5.00 for a 3-pack I can afford to buy new ones every few weeks to make sure they stay white. They are also versatile; pair a tee or tank with some retro Nike tempo shorts and they say "RAWR, I'm in shape, I'm hardcore, watch my LAT PULL-DOWNS!" Add jeans, a Tolani, and ballet flats and they scream "I'm fashionable, check me out, but hey, I don't try too hard!" Natalie Portman and my beloved Jessica Alba do a great job of pulling off both styles.

The ribbed A-tanks are also nicknamed "wifebeaters," but I just like to call 'em beaters.


(as defined by urbandictionary.com so you KNOW it has to be accurate...)

1) Someone who beats his wife is a "wifebeater" but this isn't the main definition of the word when used to define an article of clothing.

2) A type of sleeveless undershirt, of the kind that used to be worn by almost all men in the 50's. If you watch the HBO Drama The Sopranos, you'll see Tony (the lead character) wearning this type of undershirt.

They also have associations with being slovenly, unkempt, sloppy, etc. Someone who just woke up and hasn't combed their hair or washed up and appears at the door in a wifebeater shirt, scratching themselves, is a stereotypical picture that comes to mind.

This sleeveless undershirt with a deep round neck and deep arm openings has acquired the connotation of an article of clothing worn by someone who beats his wife -- perhaps because of the unkempt, slovenly nature of the garment when worn alone on a middle aged man with a gut, sitting in an easy chair, scratching at himself and demanding to be waited upon lest he smack around the person waiting on him.

3) The same shirt, worn as daywear or nightwear by slender young women as a kind of fashion statement. It is considered cool for a woman (who can get away with it and looks good) to wear this type of undergarment as an outergarment.

Note: It wouldn't be called a wifebeater when worn by a woman, for obvious reasons. It would just be another instance of a woman wearing typically male clothing and looking better in it than the guy does.

There goes Anthony answering the door in his wifebeater; you'd think with the gut on him that he'd realize it doesn't look good.

"Take that off right now! You look awful; like a wifebeater in that greying old sleeveless undershirt!"

"She's slender and in good shape; that slightly snug sleeveless undershirt (wifebeater) she's wearing looks great on her."

For the most part, I agree with these definitions - I especially like the "scratching" part, heh.

Note: for anyone who wears beaters or tees, make sure that they are truly white. Greyish-yellow stains at the neck and pits of any white shirt is NOT an attractive look.

For guys, try wearing a round-neck t-shirt instead of the v-neck. It's nice when a little sliver of white shows underneath the neck of another shirt on top. This is not gay. Plus, the shirt absorbs sweat so you can stop worrying about pitting out or having those awkward sweaty back streaks.

Also....don't try Britney's look. I realize that there are many Britney "don'ts", so I conveniently included the specific one here. Ladies, please wear a bra with your tanks. And keep them long so you cover that belly.

ps: Fruit of the Loom sucks. Trust me on this one.


I approve: The Hood Internet

thehoodinternet.com is a website that mixes alternative favorites with rap/hip hop songs.

They (I believe the company consists of two guys that run the site and do the mixes) take big names in alternative rock such as Spoon, the Shins, Modest Mouse, Rilo Kiley, The Go Team!, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. and combine them with rap industry big whigs like Notorious B.I.G. (RIP), Jay-Z, Kanye West (!), Lil' Kim, Missy, the Clipse, Ghostface, etc. There are also more obscure artists featured in both genres, if that's your thing.

These particular mixes differ from their inferior counterparts in that they are actually thoughtful and artistically melded...each track is done individually so it's not just both songs playing over one another.

The website offers its most recent downloadable mix-tape here.


1. Intro
2. The Pack vs Crystal Castles | I'm Shinin' Like A Crystal
3. Dizzee Rascal vs Cyndi Lauper | Girls Just Wanna Fix Up
4. Rhymefest vs !!! | Put It On My Chk Chk Chk
5. Rick Ross vs CSS | Push It To The Alalimit
6. Birdman & Lil Wayne vs Black Rock | Stuntin' Like Black Rock
*7. Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z) vs Menomena vs M83 | Cyborg Umbrella
8. Trillville (feat. Cutty) vs The Knife | Some Cut Like A Knife
9. Omarion vs Mylo | Drop The Icebox Pressure
10. Tag Team vs LCD Soundystem | Great! There It Is
*11. Lloyd vs Feist | My Moon My Shawty
*12. Crime Mob (feat. Lil Scrappy) vs The Shins | Rock Yo Sea Legs
13. Swizz Beats vs Deerhoof | It's E.S.P., Bitches
*14. Lil Wayne vs Modest Mouse | Fire It Up, Firemouse
15. Lil Mama vs Marnie Stern | Absorb The Lip Gloss
16. Mos Def vs Battles | B-Boy Battles
*17. The Game (feat. Kanye West) vs The Go! Team | Wouldn't Grip Far
*18. Snoop Dogg (feat. R. Kelly) vs Architecture In Helsinki | That's That Whirlwind
19. T.I. vs Fujiya & Miyagi | What You Know About Transparent Things
*20. TLC vs Led Zeppelin | All My Scrubs
21. Timbaland (feat. Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake) vs Hot Chip | Give It To My Boy From School
22. Destiny's Child vs Justice | Lose My Waters Of Naza(b)reath
*23. Ghostface Killah (feat. Jacki-O) vs Spoon | The Ghostface Of You Lingers
24. Khia vs Dan Deacon | Snatch Da Crystal Cat Back
25. R. Kelly (feat. T-Pain, T.I.) vs Broken Social Scene | I'm A Flirt (Shoreline)
26. UNK vs LCD Soundsystem | North America Walk It Out (UNK Soundsystem)
27. Outro

the starred ones are my personal favorites.

There's plenty more where those came from, so check the site out at thehoodinternet.com for new mixes every week.

I approve: Squidbillies

"A family of inbred squids tear the ass out of all creation in the North Georgia mountains. It's not all drinking, brawling and reckless gunplay. Occasionally they use crossbows. There's also hate, love, sex, a multinational drywall conglomerate, cockfighting, the penal system and a deep-seated mistrust of authority and all things different."

Watch it here.

This...is squidbillies. If you are an Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan (don't know what I'm talking about? too bad) you will definitely appreciate the twisted humor of Squidbillies, which is by the same creator as ATHF. It's essentially an animated short about squids living in Nowhereville, USA. To pass the time they start rock bands, become possessed by the devil, create living and breathing chicken wings complete with excretions of hot sauce and ranch dressing, and wear fly-ass trucker hats featuring classy slogans such as "booty hunter."

Early, the main character, is just about as inbred as you can get and seems to be perpetually drunk. His illegitimate son, Rusty, was raised by wolves, but is now under Early's care. Granny, who hangs onto a walker with her tentacles, just won't seem to die. Lil, Early's sister, is busy popping out babies when she's not making meth. In addition to the squids there's some psycho guy with long red hair and then there's the sheriff who has the intellect of a 7-year old. Fun for the whole family!

Squidbillies is on Adult Swim aka late night Cartoon Network every Sunday night.

PS: speaking of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and all things adult swim...check out the sweeeet Meatwad sailor hat I made for DG's Pinafore party. Essentially, we take a sailor hat and decorate it as embarrassingly as possible and make our dates wear them bowling.

Jack, I have now not only given you a shout-out but also a photo feature. I expect a comment.


I approve: Cork Screw Bottle-Biner

Just a back story before I introduce this week's newest approved product. I am an avid wine drinker. Some may say "wine-o", but I prefer the term "wine connoisseur" (albeit most bottles I buy are under $10). I've been smuggling bottles in my purse from house party to house party for the past few years, and each time I can never seem to remember my corkscrew. It is because of this that I have become proficient in opening wine bottles in numerous non-traditional methods. There's the time Jack and I had to use a screw (yes, a single screw) to dig the cork out of the bottle. Not recommended. I've also been known to take the end of a toothbrush and push the cork inside the bottle-this one's a little more effective. Knives, screwdrivers, keys and pens are also good tools for pushing the cork inside the bottle as well. This method is not preferred. Not only is it difficult and painful, but also because it taints the taste of the wine. For me, however, I dislike this method mostly because I collect corks and if the cork is floating in pieces inside a bottle I am unable to add it to my collection.

There is little doubt...the corkscrew, hands down, is the best tool for opening a bottle of wine (imagine that.)

Now, for the forgetful wine-os like me, there is a CORKSCREW BOTTLE-BINER. This thing is phenomenal! It's essentially a carabiner (one of those metal clasps that people use for keychains if they want to appear rugged and mountainey; the equivalent of wearing North Face in states south of Iowa) What makes this carabiner special is not that it can hold 150lbs of weight or that it's made of reinforced steel but that it has a corkscrew attached! Climbing a mountain is hard. Now when you finally reach the summit you can celebrate! Go ahead, pop open that bubbly the correct way – without being forced to break the bottle over someone's unfortunate head!

The biner is available here for only $12. I think that this is definitely a reasonable price. But hey, that's just coming from a girl who has spent 20 minutes picking cork out of a bottle with a screw.


I approve: Puffins

No, sillies. Not the birds, the cereal.

These delicious puffs of peanut butter delight are truly addictive. And, at $4.50 a box they BETTER be.

Barbara's Bakery is an organic company that has produced cereals, cookies, granola bars, etc. for the past 36 years. Barbara's does not use refined white sugar, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives...aka it is delicious and goooood for you.

Which is good news for me, because I literally eat this stuff all day long. It's the perfect cereal to put in a baggie and take around campus with you because it tastes just as good dry as it does with milk. Think peanut butter Captain Crunch, but a little puffier and more peanut buttery.

I have yet to try the cinnamon, original or honey rice flavors because I'm afraid they will be a disappointment, but take my word for it...the PB ones are phenom. If I do eat them with milk, I definitely recommend using regular milk and not soy. The puffs are sweet and substantial enough that the soymilk makes them almost too rich.

Available at Hy-vee's natural organic section, Clover's natural market (try the Forum one, the Broadway one is usually sold-out of peanut butter flavor.)


I approve: People who comment on posts

does anyone read this?

(Danielle, you don't count.)

If so, please comment. You can even comment using your aim name (supa supa easy). I accept only good comments and positive feedback...just kidding. Shoot me down. Argue with me. DO YOU HATE FREAKIN' RIDING BOOTS? tell me how much you think they suck! DID YOU GO OUT AND TRY KOMBUCHA AND HAVE A LIFE-ALTERING EXPERIENCE (not yet? you will.) tell me about it!

This is an exercise in a little something we journalism majors call "citizen journalism." This means the public aka bloggers get to tell their story sans reporter – read: no editing! This, however, only works if there is a dichotomy between the blogger (me) and the readers (yes...that is you.)

It seems you are having a little trouble getting into the mood- so here we go. I'm dimming the lights, lighting some candles, and putting on my sexiest fingerless gloves just for you guys (I tried). Let's get this relationship started, ow ow.

I approve: Starbuck's new Honey Latte

Starbucks Short Cup

Starbucks has just released a new flavor of latte – the honey latte. A fan of honey, coffee, and Starbucks in general (okay, I'm a walking cliche) I decided to try the latte today during my graphic design class.

I ordered a double (two shots of espresso) tall nonfat honey latte. I really enjoy the strong coffee taste and extra BUZZZ that the extra espresso shot adds, but for the faint of heart I recommend ordering a regular.

I really like the honey latte. Obviously, it's a matter of personal taste, but the sweet and slightly burnt flavor of the honey contrasts nicely with the rich espresso. Step-off nonfat mocha, you have met your match.

I approve: Kanye West's "Glow in the Dark Tour 2008"

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I am paying any amount to see this.

If you are interested in seeing what will potentially be the best live hip-hop performance of the year, then listen up.

Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D. (read: Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley) and Rihanna are scheduled to perform in Chicago this May 23rd.

Both Kanye and Lupe are from Chicago (mayne) and have never performed together on their hometown stage. Also, since Pharrell will be present, the trio can perform songs from their new hip-hop supergroup CRS (Kanye, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell) The group raps over Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser” on “Us Placers.” It's sick.

oh, and Rihanna can sing "Umbrella." If only Hov would join the tour...