"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Friday, December 09, 2011

Beaute: Diva-Trilogy

"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
- Marilyn Monroe

You know when you're so wrapped up in the daily needs of your family, you push yourself to the back of the list for...everything? And more often than not, you fall off those lists completely?

Well, no more of that!

In June, my youngest turned 6 years old - no longer a baby, now a little boy. His official transition to boyhood came on the first day of school, when he joined Rory and Sage on the school bus - no more chauffering him to and from pre-school. Now my days are again my own. The other day I nearly tripped down the stairs when it fully hit me - for the most part, I get to fully be me again! For the last 10 years of my life, I've been pregnant, nursing, changing diapers, and ferrying my beautiful children to and fro. While Motherhood is no way near over for me, I'm now in a new phase that allows me incredible amounts of freedom - YIPEEE!!!

When I came down from my euphoria I had another, uncomfortable realization - I had let myself go. I got stuck in the mommy-rut. You know, when you're so wrapped up in the daily needs of your family you get pushed to the back of the list for...everything. And, more often than not, you fall of the list completely. Well, no more of that!

A Happy Nappy Affair

My first good look at myself inspired me allow my Nap to have it's glorious way. The journey has been equal parts of frustration and fantabulosity. So I started to blog about it - A Nappy Hair Affair.

A French Girl's Wardrobe

Next, as soon as I got my post-baby body together, I started revamping my wardrobe. It was a revelation. I've never been a clothes-diva. Give me a pair of good fitting jeans and a pair of 4" heels and I'm good to go. But opening my shop at Etsy opened a whole new world. Not only is the fashion there Diva-fab, for the most part, the prices are ridiculously reasonable; the fashions are handmade and the artists are wondefully open to adapting a design to your needs, or even creating your vision from scratch! You know that I had to share the love; thus - A French Girl's Wardrobe was born. But I soon realized that my duo was actually a trilogy...


The other day I realized how far I've let my skincare and cosmetic regimine go. I wear so little makeup, I figured that I was fine - I was so wrong. A 40 something's face and body requires, and deserves, special attention too. I had the disconcerting epiphanie that my drugstore counter addiction was primarily fueled by the fact that it neatly fit into my daily working mamma routine. That may have worked while I was in my 30s, but 40 something Diva-tude requires one to up her game. And taking a good long look at my naked face in the mirror convinced me of that - OUCH! I blogged about it in The Age I Deserve. Of course, me being me, I've jumped whole heartedly into getting my sh*t together - to the internets!

Wow, a LOT has changed since I last really paid attention to this world (10+ years ago - gulp). The 21st century women's world of beauty is diverse, complex, multi-layered, confusing, and downright frightening. But my explorations are also exciting and inspiring. Still, I have only one bone of contention. 99.9% of beauty blogs and 'sites concentrate on my European and European American sistas - their paler complexions are certainly lovely, but a Sistah needs some imput geared toward our lovely brown skintones. 

In Beaute I will blog about my adventures in skincare and beauty. I'll be primarily exploring the world of high end cosmetics and skin care, with love for the drugstore cosmetic counter, from a Sistah's spicy point of view ;-) Of course, if you have any tips, questions, or a product you'd like me to feature, drop me a line. I'm really excited about this - let the adventure begin!

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


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