Birchbox: November 2012

I threw away the packaging before I could take a great picture of this box, oops! But I did get some good stuff!

1. Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Petite Cologne Absolue (Full Size, $75 for 30 ml)
I like the scent but I worry it may be a bit overpowering.

2. Lulu Organics® Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder (Full Size, $30 for 4 oz)
I wash my hair daily. I know you aren’t supposed to do that, but I do it anyway. The thought of not washing my hair in order to try this sample makes me cringe, but I love the smell of lavender and sage so I want to try it! Maybe someday when I’m not going anywhere in public…

3. ModelCo FIBRE LASHXTEND Lengthening Mascara (Full Size, $24)
First of all, I just love getting full size products in my Birchbox! I already have a mascara I love, but this one could give it a run for its money! I really like it!

4. Miracle Skin Transformer™ Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector (Full Size, $58)
It took me a minute to figure out what exactly this product is, but basically it’s a skin serum and primer in one. I put it on a little dark spot on my chin and it went on so smooth! I forgot to put it on under my makeup this morning, but I can’t wait to try it as a primer. I might be in love.

5. Chuao Chocolatier Assorted ChocoPod (Full Size, $7.95 for 7 bars)
Yall, I ate this so fast! My sample was the “potato chip” flavor which was a milk chocolate bar with potato chip crumbles blended in. I love me some sweet and salty, so this was perfect for me. And I am so glad Birchbox finally sent me chocolate. It helps me forgive the February box in which all my friends got chocolate and I got mouthwash. Happy Valentine’s Day to me?

This was a pretty good box for me! A full-size item AND chocolate? Yes please. I am getting a little tired of fragrance samples, and the dry shampoo is a little scary, but hey Birchbox is about trying new things right? Ready to try it out? Click here and use my referral link so I can get points! Birchbox also makes a great gift for any woman in your life!

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Mini Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

I saw Breaking Dawn Part 2 on Saturday and I never thought I would blog about Twilight but I have some opinions! So here they are (oh there are spoilers so watch out!):

  1. Never has a movie presented teen motherhood in such a positive light.
  2. Kristen Stewart was still twitchy, but not nearly as much as she usually is.
  3. I liked that the film seemed very aware that Jacob “imprinting” on a baby is weird as f#@$! It’s weird enough when a man dates both a mother and daughter, but even more weird when the daughter is a newborn.
  4. In general this film did not seem to take itself too seriously. There were a number of times I laughed, and I’m pretty sure I was supposed to laugh, but it wasn’t because the source material is funny. Does that make sense?
  5. I am so glad they included a fight scene because seriously the whole book built up to a fight scene that never happened and that was stupid.
  6. However, did the battle have to be so violent? This movie is PG-13! There was no blood which is how I assume they got away with that (also lol, no blood in a vampire movie???) but beloved characters died, up close and in horrible ways.
  7. Also, I was disturbed by the amount of cheers when the bad guys died. I was recently part of a class discussion on how our culture celebrates the death of “bad people” when death of a fellow human is something that should probably never be celebrated. I know these are fictional characters and technically not human, but it bothers me to hear people, especially young people, cheer with excitement over the death of anybody.
  8. Furthermore, the bad guys in Breaking Dawn aren’t that bad. The Volturi are supposed to be the “big bads” in this series, but really Victoria was much worse. She actually had a motive and intent to kill Bella. Imminent danger. Scary. The Volturi were just creepy and maybe jumped to conclusions too quickly, but basically once they figured out that no crime was committed they’re like “oh ok, cool, no harm no foul”. So my point here is that Breaking Dawn would have been better with some real bad guys, and also people cheered over the deaths of people who were not that bad!!!!! Maybe they weren’t even bad at all! What did Jane ever do other than show off her gift of causing pain to people? She didn’t do it for that long, it’s like giving someone a noogie because you can. She caused no long-term damage.
  9. Okay, here is the biggest spoiler, sort of: The fight did not actually happen. People, myself included, can talk crap about the Twilight books and movies all day long. They are not good. Entertaining, sure, a little. But good? By no stretch of the mind. But it requires a certain amount of genius to be able to fool a crowd of people who KNOW HOW THE MOVIE IS GOING TO END. And we were fooled! I cried a little bit because the deaths were so brutal. People in the theater were outraged, saying “but this didn’t happen!” When it was all revealed to be Alice’s vision and not a real fight, the entire theater let out a collective sound of surprise and relief. Even though we knew this was a happy ending, we knew there was no fight scene, we were all fooled, at that is some solid screenwriting/directing right there. Though for the record,  I did whisper to Kathleen about half-way through this scene that it had to be a dream sequence, and she can vouch for that.
  10. The end credits showed a black and white clip of each character, with the character’s and actor’s name. The whole theater cheered for Taylor Lautner and his abs, kinda cheered for Robert Pattinson, and remained silent for Kristen Stewart. Awkward….

Anyway… who would have ever thought that I would have so much to say on a Twilight movie? Did you see it? What did you think?

Closet Purge

I love the idea of purging my closet down to the basics and my most favorite items. However when I actually do this, I end up getting rid of maybe two or three things each time. But I KNOW I only wear like the same ten things over and over again. So I’m trying to really give this a go. My intention is that if I can really do this, I will have the closet space to go shopping for things I really love and/or need. Here are some things I will consider when purging, and while shopping:

1. Do I really, REALLY love it? This one is hard for me, because I attach a lot of sentiment to clothes I own, especially if it was a gift. It’s also difficult because when I shop I tend to think that I am in love with everything I try on.

2. Do I have anything to wear it with? Do I want to buy something to wear it with? If I don’t have anything to wear it with, it leaves my closet/does not come home with me. The second question is more of a follow-up in case I try to convince myself that it’s totally worth it if I could just find _____.

3. Does/will this hurt my “closet GPA”? When I saw this concept on Young House Love I about died. It makes so much sense! Basically she says that everything in your closet should be a 10. Don’t buy a 7 just because it’s on sale, that will hurt the GPA!

4. Will my future children and grandchildren make fun of me for wearing this when they look at pictures of me? Some people say they will no matter what. But I disagree. There are some things that are just classic and flattering and I want to stick with those. This is the main reason I have not gotten onto the colored pants train.

5. Is it my style? This one is tricky because I’m trying to build up a work wardrobe, and work clothes do NOT feel like my style. I’ve gotten some items for work (on sale) that I realize just do not work for me. But then I hold on to them because what the hell else am I going to wear to work???

6. Have I worn it lately? Another tricky one for me. I don’t wear things but I am CONVINCED that someday I will. Also, the sentimentality thing I mentioned gets in the way again here.

7. Is it flattering? Sometimes things are on sale and cute and classic, but they just don’t look good on ME.

8. Is it age appropriate? There’s a big difference between 24-year-old-teacher-on-summer-break and 26-year-old-grad-student-almost-therapist. It’s weird, but there is. Some of the short summer dresses from Target just don’t feel quite right anymore.

9. Would a French woman wear this? Ok, this one is a little flimsy. But going about my life pretending to be French actually helps me with a lot of things (like how to behave and how to eat). The problem with this one is, I think a French woman would disapprove of basically everything I own. Except maybe one dress.

10. What’s the “cost per wear” of this item? If a pair of flats cost $200, but I wear those flats nearly every day, that’s a low cost per wear. Conversely, if a pair of amazing heels cost $75 but I will only wear them maybe twice a year, that’s a low cost per wear. This can get tricky when we start talking special occasions.

So the idea is that November and December shall be my closet purge months (just in time for new clothes at Christmas)! I will attempt to blog the process, and maybe expand on each of the above principles. I’ve already completed “phase 1” which entailed making a pile of things I honestly just don’t wear and don’t have too much sentiment attached too and trying to unload it onto to my friends. I created a pretty big pile, but I still have so. much. more. Anyway, I say I attempt to blog it because it might be difficult to really document this process, but I will do my best!

How do you go about purging your closet? How do you make sure you keep it trim?