Monday, December 31, 2007

It's Now the 7th Day of Christmas...

...and I must say, that on the 5th & 6th days, my true love's been to me...oh-so-great! What a surprise for some unexpected and gorgeous gifts! They are perfect, and just what I've been craving. Oops, did I say that? I meant needing. It almost makes me feel bad that we had made an agreement not to gift each other this season...but that's alright. It's just icing on the cake!

I will say though, that when shopping for others this year, I found the most wonderful men's lip balm that I could ever dream of. I don't know if your honey is into keeping his lips moist, but it's a definite plus when he does! Why waste time on an old jar of Carmex or a tube of chapstick? If he's gonna use it, then get creative! We've gone through the ringer trying to find one that doesn't slip out of his pocket, but is good enough to remind him that it's there. While there's always the old standbys, I fell upon John Allen's Spearmint Lime Lip Balm, and have now found myself trying to snatch it out of his pocket for my own use! It consists of green tea, ginseng, coconut oil, and of course shea and vitamin E. Could a guy need anything else? You can find it at Marqsmen, sometimes Barneys, and always Sak's. It's nothing metro. It just makes sense.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"Baby, they were plenty smart when they made you beautiful." - Norman Houston

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Watching the Big Screen for the Good Stuff...

I think there's a saying that some of life's greatest moments happen during a sale--if that's not a saying, then I just made it up because I'm floating around in 7th heaven. Why? Because I found one of my all-time favorite childhood movies at a Suncoast Video store liquidation sale. That's right ladies--The Neverending Story for just a little bit of pocket change. And neverending was the perfect word to describe how long I would sit in front of the tv watching it. Some things never change, and to this day I could watch (did I say could? Because I DO.), a movie every single night--of course Netflix makes that easy-as-pie. Now that ANTM has chosen a winner (yay, Saleisha!), here are some of my favorite flicks pertaining to fashion, beauty, and the like:

1. Umrao Jaan (2006) - Fabulous makeup and design on this set--at certain points, I'll find myself pausing the dvd so that I can get the exact look that Aishwarya has going on. Actually for that matter, her looks are always spot-on in all of her films...even when she plays the poor peasant roles.

2. Seamless - A great look into the fashion world following designer Isaac Mizrahi (super-genius, might I mention for all that he has done for high-fashion, as well as his affordable line that has lasted years now at Target).

3. Unzipped - You've gotta love this older hit of Isaac's--if only for the appearances by Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford. Again, another documentary.

4. Clueless - I can't count how many times this VHS has gone through the player. This was the one to memorize the lines to, all through junior high and high school.

5. Footballer's Wives - This hit-drama series from the BBC, is one not to miss. It's going to be difficult to find it on tv, so it definitely falls into the dvd rental section. Start from season one, and it will be high-drama all the way 'til the end. The styling can be ridiculous, but so satisfyingly interesting.

In the running, but not quite a movie, would be the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Watched the 2007 trot the other night, and who else agrees that it was about time someone introduced an Aussie (Miranda Kerr) to the lineup? She rocked the PINK line like nobody else could. I nearly stopped breathing when I read that she was a devout fan of Noni as well!

I'm sure I will have more to add to this list--I'll keep you girls updated for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Slick to the Touch

I've discovered a couple of great treasures during the past few weeks that I never thought I would stumble upon here in the states. First, at the Doubletree hotel in San Pedro, CA, the hotel bar was serving up Hinano beers. Hinano? It's hard enough to find the stuff in Hawai'i. Impossible in Seattle, much less, San Pedro? You can bet we cleared out their inventory. It's sort of like drinking Royal Beer in's not necessarily the best you've ever tasted, but you just have to do it. Maybe to pay homage. I don't know.

Then I returned home to find that my monoi coconut oil was running low. I use this stuff for everything! Of course it completely solidifies all the time because it's so damn cold here--but no need to worry--a quick pop in the microwave for 5 seconds, and all is well. Otherwise, leaving it in the bathroom while in the shower is another quick solution. The steam zaps the cold right outta the bottle, and upon shower exit, you immediately feel as though you're warm and at home in the tropics. Anyhow, I regress.

Now, of course I can always fall back on my good 'ol Alofa Coconut Oil (which, if anyone has ANY idea of how to purchase it minus having to travel all the way to NZ, then help a sista out!), or of course some good Tongan lolo (yes girls, you know the kind...found in the soda bottles, straight outta Talamahu market). But what fun would that be, if it weren't for the fact that I found GALLON (you read right!) sized bottles of Monoi, available for purchase online?! Tahiti-iti Imports is now carrying the most gigantic bottle of monoi oil, perfect for refilling their smaller counterparts. I almost passed out at the ease of getting one of these in my hands. But it doesn't end there. Check out the Pitate Shampoo (what?!), Guava Artisan Soaps, and various Eau de Toilettes. And wait a second...all shipped from Washington?? There is definitely something going on with the import of all fine things from the Pacific. In the words of Oleta Adams--I don't care how you get here...just get here!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

It Does Your Body Good.

I drink my Noni every day. Scratch that. Nonu. Why not call it what it is--and for me, the Tongan way is the right way (ooh, feel the heat!). It's nothing new, it's just that these new companies have the marketing on the name. Native to the Pacific, the juice from the nonu fruit (of which we get ours from Tahiti--ah well, I can't count on my nana to make it for me anymore, so I don't complain), is so super-antioxidizing, and gives you the kick of energy you need each day, but refuse to rely on coffee and Red Bull for. That's not the only thing--it will help you maintain a superior immune system to that of your friends, and keep your cholesterol in check. We've always known this, haven't we? Of course the rest of the world got in on our secret after some palangis coined it. I've grown up drinking the stuff, and will take it with me to the grave. Mama went and signed up for one of those MLM companies just so she could get a discount on the bottles. Now, that same company is working at cornering the market on skin care products that include nonu as one of the main ingredients!

So check this out--as long as my mom can think of, we've been using Nonu to cure everything from stomach aches, to skin irritations, to burns. OF COURSE it makes sense to go and start a skin care line--it eliminates the mess of digging into the reserve that's stored on the kitchen window sill. One of my favorites so far? The TePoema Creamy Moisturizer. With this nasty weather, I'm in constant need of a pocket moisture boost, and the slim packaging makes it easy to slip in my purse. If that's not enough, it also uses the moisturizing properties of tamanu and kukui nut oil to add to the yumminess of smell and effectiveness. My sister loves the Cleansing Oil, and I'm on the verge of placing an order for a very lucky gift-recipient of some Mango & Bougainvillea Body Wash. Drink up, suds up, stock up!

Weekend Inspiration

"...I had been fed, in my youth, a lot of old wives' tales about the way men would instantly forsake a beautiful woman to flock around a brilliant one. It is but fair to say that, after getting out in the world, I had never seen this happen..." -Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

La Diversion en el Sol!

I'm back and I'm better than ever--with a fresh new tan to prove my whereabouts! Mexico was a blasssst, and getting there by sea is more fun than you will ever know (unless of course you've been there and done that). I was able to order all sorts of crazy-good food every night at a 5-star quality restaurant, only to return and realize that I can't do that anymore on land. Escargot, frog legs, rabbit--you name it! Who'd have known I'd like it that much?!

I was a little MORE than surprised when I first got off in Puerto Vallarta to seek out my first farmacia. I know, I know, I don't necessarily need Retin-A, but why not get a handful, if only because I can? I found myself self-diagnosing every symptom I could think of, in front of the pharmacist so that I could stock up on completely uneccessary (yet, prescription-free!) drugs. Anyhow, to my amazement, I turn around to find one of my all-time favorite sunning products! Now tell me why I had to go all the way down to Mexico to find it, when I have the hardest time finding it here in the states? Usually, I'll order it from Maui or Florida when I run out. And here it was for just a few pesos--bliss! Ocean Potion Moisturizing After Sun Aloe Lotion is the sweetest-smelling, lightest-feeling, daze-inducing, after sun lotion you will ever lay your hands on. You can go and blow a good fifty buckaroos on some expensive chichi lotion at Sephora, or seek out this $8 gem of a lather, and smell superior to the rest of the kiddos at the beach. You can bet I bought out that pharmacy's stock. And I negotiated too!
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