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“I can have an ordinary day or an extraordinary one.” Author Kathryn Kemp-Griffin said about what seeing her first French bra reminds her of.
When do you buy lingerie? For Valentine’s Day? A romantic getaway? A big date with a new lover? Your birthday, or even for your man’s birthday? We splurge on lingerie for special occasions. But the point made in Paris Undressed is that French women purchase and wear lingerie any and every old day, no special occasion (read: sex) required. Continue reading “Being extraordinary – Paris Undressed”
“You can call me Honey.”
“I’ll call you whatever you want me to, Honey. Now let’s get to business.”
Honey just stood, almost in a trance dreading what the next twenty minutes was going to be like. She hated herself right now. She hated this man. She hated all men who thought that a quick romp with a young hooker was going to make them feel better about themselves. But who was she to judge? Continue reading “Bawdy: Five women’s stories”
It’s in the air: the nostalgic sound of carolers & jingle bells; the familiar scent of gingerbread & evergreens; and the feeling of crisp, snow filled air. 🎄 The pleasant thoughts of what’s to come leaves us in anticipation. Many of us are stressed this time of year though. We’ve got long lists of things to check off, and we can’t wait to hurry up and relax on the couple of days we have off. Along with the glossy magazines that show us how to achieve the “perfect” Christmas in every way, there are oh so helpful articles suggesting we take time to really enjoy the holidays, which includes not putting so much pressure on yourself. I’ve always liked the image of curling up on a snowy December afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate and a Christmas novel. ❄️ But with so many things to do, starting a full length book isn’t realistic. Continue reading “Tis the season!”
I treated myself by ordering something different, e.l.f.’s new Hydrating Bubble Mask. I was intrigued by the description of a gel that transforms to a bubble mask, with bubbling foam cleansing the skin. My curiosity won, I just had to try it! 😁 So did it deliver?
Couldn’t wait to get my hands, or should I say lips, on e.l.f.’s Velvet Matte Lipstick and Primer & Plumper. 👄 I applied the primer, then the lipstick, and finished it off with the plumper. The cinnamony flavour of the plumper is something I like, and I was pleasantly surprised that the lipstick has a slight cinnamon taste too. The strongly pigmented colour goes on well and looks good on my pale complexion. I’ve worn it also without the plumper, for more of a matte look. Some touch up’s were needed after eating. Colour remained at the end of the day, which comes off with makeup remover. Continue reading “Tasty lips with e.l.f. Berry Bordeaux and Plumper”
If there’s one thing I’ve always loved is a good bargain. So when I saw ads for e.l.f., I was curious and had to check them out. Their very reasonably priced lipsticks is what got me.
Full disclosure: I don’t read murder mysteries. Perhaps it’s because the typical format of a mystery doesn’t keep my interest. Many twists and turns, and characters to keep straight. It’s the same with mystery tv series or movies with plots that are difficult to follow. I don’t like to press pause too often to get a recap from my Mr. 😉 I like escape while I’m reading, not to have to work hard, you know? Continue reading “Fearless Flavia is back to find who done it”
I have long heard about the deplorable conditions many North Koreans live in, and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s twisted nuke loving attitude. But North Korean itself has remained elusive, because we are shown only carefully chosen images of “real” life in that country. Krys Lee’s How I Became a North Korean gave me an inside look at three people trying at all costs to get to the safety of South Korea through China.
From the rather ominous beginning where we read a mother left her story behind for her daughters, to the very last chapter with the revealing twist, Serial Monogamy captivated me. Continue reading “When one can’t be monogamous”