“Curves Are Not A Flaw” Is Your New Mantra

Goddess S is off gallivanting in Europe right now. Which means I’m here to maintain the blog alone as I wallow in my jealousy.

I’ve been going to the gym recently because I’ve noticed I’ve put on a few pounds. I’ve gone off and on for the past few years but this time I really want to stick with a reasonable diet and exercise regimen with realistic goals. As a person who’s had her bouts with eating disorders it’s very important I remind myself I’m doing this to be healthy and not undo the re-wiring of my brain I had to do to fix the “I have to be skinny to be happy” mindset.

Of course, that’s not always easy to do. So every once in a while I have to:

1) Avoid the models and ultra-thin actresses in the magazines and on television. A quick look at the ads but if I linger too long on the magazine pages I’ll get into that “I’ll never be as thin and beautiful as her” mood.

2) Keep reminding myself, “That is not healthy.” when I see someone super-skinny, and realize that is not a reasonable body goal.

3) Google Image Searches for beautiful actresses that are closer to my body shape.

Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men"

Jayne Mansfield

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Marilyn Monroe

4) Replace all the negative adjectives for my body with positive, sexy-sounding ones: I’m not fat, I’m voluptuous. I don’t have big boobs, I have an ample bosom. (Goddess S thinks she has a big nose…I think it’s Romanesque.)

5) Realize that no matter how much I exercise and/or starve myself, I’m never going to look like whoever the latest “it-girl” is. I have a large body frame and even if I got down to 100 lbs, my huge-ass bones are going to stick out and I’ll never look like the sleek Kiera Knightly or Natalie Portman. The only person I can look like is me. I’m beautiful in my own way.

6) Remember we all think we’re flawed in some way. What I view as a flaw, someone else may covet and wish they had.


You Are Not A Freak, You Are Beautiful

1 the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with

I was on CNN.com today and came across an article about Chaz Bono called “I Don’t Doubt I Was Born This Way”.

For those of you who don’t know, Chaz was born to singers Cher and Sonny Bono as a girl they named Chastity. Growing up Chastity felt she was different and was more comfortable in boy clothes than dresses. When she realized she was attracted to girls, she figured she must be a lesbian, but still felt like she wasn’t “fitting in”. Recently Chaz got a sex change and now he’s living as a man.

Should be end of story, right?

I could not believe all the rude and outright hateful comments this article produced. I’m sorry, but this is 2011, and we should be past the ignorant intolerance by now. For every giant leap forward humanity makes, we still take two steps backwards. The internet was invented so the world could become smaller as we communicate and interact with people all over the world, but it just seems that people use (or abuse) said communication as a way to bully others behind the safety and anonymity of their computer screen.

I especially hated the comments that mocked what the article was about like, “Well, I don’t FEEL like going to work, but I still have to go,” or “Maybe I feel like a serial killer, that doesn’t make killing right.”

Firstly, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard; putting gay/lesbian/bi/transgendered people on the same level with serial killers. Secondly, if you decide you don’t FEEL like going to work, or FEEL like going out and killing someone, that’s wrong because you’re impacting and hurting another life. Being LGBT shouldn’t really effect anyone else but yourself and your partner. It’s really nobody else’s business.

If you are bothered by someone who’s LGBT, don’t hang around them if it bothers you so much. Quit telling them they need psychological help unless you plan on getting some too for being an asshole. You’re not going to “change their mind” by spouting a bunch of hate towards them and telling them their God hates them for being the way they were born.

That’s another thing: It irritates me when bible-thumpers bring God into all this. They say that all gay people will go to Hell because they “chose” that lifestyle. But I thought we were all God’s children? I thought God didn’t make mistakes. How can he hate something he created perfectly? If someone is going to Hell because they’re “not the way God intended”, then what about people that are born with severe disabilities? They can’t help being born with a deformity any more than a person can help being born gay or straight. I heard someone say, “Well, God has a plan for those people. He had a reason for creating them that way.” Well, if being gay is a “mental disorder” as some state, then God must have created them that way for a reason and he has a plan for them just as any of us. So if you have a problem with people being gay, maybe you should take it up with God.

You have the right to be who you are. As long as you’re not physically harming someone (or not showing up for work….you gotta get paid!), no one has the right to be all up in your business.

-Goddess H

Ear Candy!

We came across this today while looking for dance music. It’s probably one of the coolest things we’ve ever heard…and I imagine what Snow White saw and heard after she bit the apple.

About Face

Goddess S and I both had the day off so we decided to do an at-home facial for our blog. I’ve never had a professional facial before since I usually do this routine myself. But Goddess S has told me that the at-home is just as good as having someone else do it and the results are the same.

So whether or not you’ve had a professional facial before, save your money, because Goddesses S & H are going to give you the step-by-step to a beautiful, glowing face.

You will need:

An exfoliate
A towel
A bowl
Facial cleanser
A facial mask
(Optional) Cotton balls

Step 1: Fill a coffee pot with water and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Remove all makeup, if any.

Step 3: Exfoliate
Use whatever is good for your skin type. A lot of people I know use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, But I have a problem with blackheads around my top lip-line which the apricot scrub wasn’t doing anything for. I’ve seen amazing results since I started using Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub every day.

Step 4: Pour water into a bowl
With your towel, cover your head over the bowl of hot water so the steam is rising directly in your face for 10 minutes. If it’s too hot you can move your face further away from the bowl. The idea is to get a sweat going.

Step 5: After your 10 minutes are up, now is the time to extract any blackheads your face has since the pores have been steamed open. Use Q-tips to squeeze out the clogged dirt to avoid scarring from fingernails.

Step 6: Cleanse your face. I like to use those disposable Oil of Olay facial cloths that you can just add water to. Pat dry.

Step 7: Put on your facial mask for 10 minutes until it hardens. I’ve been using Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Cleansing Mask to supplement the scrub.
Goddess S was using Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask but as soon as she put it on, her face was burning around her cheekbones so she washed it off immediately and used my Clean & Clear with no problem.
(Optional: Soak a couple of cotton balls in cool water and place them over your eyes. Lay down for the 10 minutes and play some relaxing music. It’s quite the rejuvenating time out!)

Step 8: After your 10 minutes, wash your mask off and pat your face dry.

Step 9: Put on a touch of moisturizer and revel in your clean, soft skin!

Your Classic Closet

The catalyst event that sort of started this blog was the adventure we had a few weeks ago with Goddess S’s closet.

A while ago I found a book about clothes by Amy E. Goodman called Wear This, Toss That. Most of the info was common sense (if it doesn’t fit, toss it!), so I didn’t get it. I did, however, find the page “fashion essentials” very interesting.

I showed the list to Goddess S, who said, “You know, I’ll bet I have everything on this page somewhere in my closet. I would just have to go looking for it.”

Her closet was packed with things she hadn’t worn in years and wanted to get rid of, so we set aside the following Friday to go through her wardrobe. Should’ve been easy enough. Look for the “essentials”, Toss what she didn’t want or didn’t fit, and keep the clothes she wanted.

It took us two and a half hours to go through one closet and two dressers. The “toss” pile was so high we had to start a second one and ended up filling five garbage bags to Goodwill.

I was like:

And GS was all:

We were absolutely exhausted by the experience, and vowed that we were going to go through our closets at least once a year so we never had to deal with Goodwill Mountain ever again.

As it turned out, GS actually did have most of the items from the “essentials” list in her closet. What she didn’t have she made her own list for things to look for next time she went clothes shopping.

As exhausted as we were, it was a fun project we definitely recommend. And for your own closet adventure, here is the list without further ado:

Classic Items To Have In Your Closet

(Note: Take this list with a grain of salt. I’m calling it “classic items” rather than “essentials” because “essentials” tends to mean you absolutely have to have everything here and you don’t. Really, if there’s an item listed here that you don’t have, you don’t have to run out this exact moment and go get it if you survived this long without it. If your job doesn’t call for you to wear a suit, it’s not really essential for you to have 3 suits just sitting in your closet for ages.)

4 Shirts:
-2 Button-down shirts, with one being a neutral color
-2 Blouses

2 Stylish T-Shirts:
1 Short or long sleeved
-1 tank top

5 Sweaters:
3 neutral
-2 colorful

6 Pants:
3 trousers
-3 jeans (one for work, one for dates, one for “play”)

3 Skirts:
-2 pencil or A-line
-1 full/long or short skirt

4 Dresses:
2 Work/day dresses
-1 Little Black Dress
-1 colorful cocktail dress

3 Suits:
-1 black
-1 other neutral
-1 color

3 Coats:
-1 trench
-1 fitted blazer
-1 three-quarter-length coat

9 Shoes:
-3 heels
-3 flats
-2 boots (1 with a heel, 1 without)
-1 stylish sneaker

5 Bags:
-2 neutrals (make one black or brown)
-1 color
-1 tote
-1 evening bag

2 Belts:
1 medium-width
-1 narrow

Gifs are from this website: Why Don’t You Just Say It With GIFs?

-Goddess H

We Nailed It!

Goddess S and I decided to go on a good ol’ fashioned trip to the mall today for knockaround shoes and shorts for summer. On an impulse we decided to get our nails done.

Now, I usually don’t make a habit of getting a “professional” manicure, but I forgot to bring my mani/pedi sets with me when I came to school for the year. So now I’m stuck paying a woman with an indecipherable accent $12 for something I can easily do myself.

Next time you want to get your nails done, do yourself a favor: save your money. Because Goddess H is gonna tell you how to do your own professional at-home manicure (fluency in Korean not required).

You Will Need:

-A Manicure Set
Okay, I know I’m trying to save you $12, and a good set will most likely cost more than that, but trust me, after a few at-home manicures, the set will pay for itself. I bought mine back in 2005 for somewhere around $20 (technically I got it for $4 because WalMart went insane…the point is, the set was originally $20 and after two manicures I got my¬† $4 back by not going to a professional), which isn’t bad considering it’s just as good as those really pricey department store ones.

I use one by a company called Ms. Manicure and it’s been good to me for the past 6 years.

Apparently sometime in a marketing meeting someone had the idea that pink and black makes people think of France.

-A Small Bowl
For water

-A Liquid Soap with Aloe
Or any kind that has any softening ingredient in it.

Your nails would thank you if they could talk...but they can't....because that would be weird.

-A Hand Towel

-An Exfoliate
My personal favorite is the “60 Second Manicure Hand Scrub” by True Blue Spa (Bath and Body Works)

They recently changed all the True Blue packaging from blue to pink. Way to mess with my head, Bath & Body!

-Hand Lotion
Also from True Blue, my favorite is one that used to be called “Look Ma, New Hands!”

I feel like I'm getting conjunctivitis just looking at the bottle.

Step 1: Fill your bowl halfway with lukewarm (not hot!) water. While the tap is running, squirt a little of your soap into the bowl. Soak your fingers in the water for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 2: Clean under your nails using the little brush in your manicure set. Wipe any excess water and soap off your hands with your towel.

Step 3: Using your cuticle nipper, clip off any hangnails you have.

Step 4: File your nails down to the shape you want them in using an emery board. I highly suggest getting the 7-sided emery board they have at WalMart. It’s inexpensive, and includes the steps for filing, buffing and polishing your nails right on the board itself.

Step 5: If you don’t have the 7-sided emery board, your manicure set should have a buffer. Buff your nails to smooth out any ridges.

Step 6: By this time you probably have nail dust all over your hands. Dip your nail brush into your water bowl and scrub your nails again. Wipe them off with your towel.

Step 7: Exfoliate your hands for about a minute, rinse and dry. Massage lotion through your hands, wrists and fingers. I hear this stimulates nail growth.

Step 8: If your emery board has a “shine” side, now’s the time to shine/polish your nails.

Step 9: Choose a color and paint your nails!

Step 10: Admire your handiwork.

-Goddess H