“Auhhh….Sooooo here’s the deal; This is not the way to get my attention; If you’re looking for a role in one of my shows,please DON’T DO THIS,SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this; PLEASE STOP! To audition is free, I’m sure you can use that money for better purpose.“-TYLER PERRY.(there’s more, follow the link to read more of what Perry and others had to say.)
I am a huge fan! I never met anyone who did not enjoy his shows. Mr.Perry is a master of his crafts; excellent play writer, director , producer and promoter extraordinaire. One of my dreams, has been to shake hands with him and probably share one or two of my aspirations and, get his candid opinion. Ironically, we both call ATL home and, you’d think all this years, I could have met him. But alas, squash that notion, after seeing how he handled a doting admirer who’s dream was to be “the NEXT LEADING LADY” in his show, I think not!
Mr. Perry who portrays the famous Madea character has had much success acting , directing and producing on small screens , theaters and big screens. Over 32 movies and counting! Movies like these favorites “I can do Bad All by my self‘(featuring Taraji Henson): Good Deeds,(featuring Thandie Newton and Gabunionwade) Temptation (confession of a Marriage counselor) and Hit T.V series; Meet The Browns, The Haves and Have Nots on OWN network among others. The highly successful 49 year old actor and producer is worth approximately $600 million!
RACQUEL BAILEYan actress aspiring for bigger opportunities, took a leap of faith and rented a Billboard in Atlanta, where she declared her intentions (apparently a selfie won’t do justice) to play his next “leading lady”.
I thought it was an ingenious move on the part of Ms. Bailey, calculating but harmless motivation, bold, and somewhat funny. It reveals a great deal of her character; determination! But Mr. Perry was not buying the whole idea. He disliked it and, made some remarks ,as well as , provided advice to future dreamers on how to get on his show , to audition just like everyone else, and ‘it’s free’!
The post which has gone viral, got thousands of views and commentaries on INSTAGRAM:
hairkandyatl said” Well it looks like to me that she got your attention…mission accomplished lol@tylerperry.“
Camsaidso agrees “ exactly, so I can’t be upset that she went above and beyond the politics to say’ here I am ‘, And he knows good and well he’s hired folk that never had to audition at all….“
Here’s Ms BAILEY‘s response to Mr. PERRY‘s Commentary.
I feelMr. PERRY was overwhelmed at all the shenanigans and over the top attitude many have gone through to get his attention or approval. But it comes with the territory of being a super star! However, he mustn’t forget his own journey and the importance of keeping a dream alive. He should not have made a sarcastic remark at end; “God bless you day dreamer. I have nodoubt you will make it one day!“
What I see in the future for Ms BAILEY is; this will work out for her good, and one way or another, she has accomplished her goal ,even better because, not only did Mr.PERRY take notice, a lot of other creative producers and talent hunters did too! This will definitely put her in limelight and, create many better opportunities ; she will be overwhelmed! Remember I told you so!
Quote : Keep your Dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision , hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe-Gail Denvers.
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
Remember Your Image matters , So Live Excellently!
The Instagram is buzzing with a comment originated by the Good morning host Erica Campbell ( Mary Mary Gospel singer ). Currently , the post has been liked over 7,251 times and almost 200 comments, some quiet interesting, a few lashing back at the seemingly obtuse observation.
Follow this link and see for yourselves:
The singer, radio talk show Diva Imericacampbell writes : message!! ‘Put the phone down…’incited some responses like this one from ;
Thefakeintrovert : “ummm…this is pretty ironic.’
Miss_4ellion put hers this way; ‘it’s just how kids communicate. They are also building million dollar companies, making careers, in music, comedy, self publishing books, and creating podcasts that reach millions and leading social justice movements. Accomplishing a ton using technology while older generations are trying to catch up.”
Mschelliebellie replied; “I don’t think the message is about the phone.I think he is talking about the images and moments that we are sharing with the world, are not of value. I think he’s talking about our finances (or lack thereof); how we need to showcase the elimination of debt and the value of saving to create our own narrative.we focus on out doing each other instead of accruing wealth and ownership of our own communities. But what do I know, I could be wrong too”.(she ended with the clueless arm in air Imogene)
I know, from reading the thought provoking quote : ‘NEVER BEFORE HAS A GENERATION SO DILIGENTLY RECORDED THEMSELVES ACCOMPLISHING SO LITTLE‘ ; this is certainly not about acquisition of wealth, at least not directly. I see it more as a dig at vanity! A people obsessed with the mundane , trivial, and materialism, instead of economic advancement in general. Even so, I consider the statement a superfluous or redundant one uttered on the spur of moment, without giving it a great thought. In such a humongous hemisphere which we find ourselves, it will be hard to crack that kernel, considering that it can be perceived from any angle, but mainly because, this kind of topic is always a no -winner, pointless diversion.
Mz_Indy reply to the quote reads: “What is this comment based on? There are a lot of people working and getting stuff done through their phone.”
Vickylbrown83 suggested; Take the phone back to the 70(70’s)
Shepope1 ( they have such interesting and creative names don’t they, I am still cracking up on the fakeintrovert,lol), well Shepope1 said this “put yours down first”.
I feel we have not heard the end of this. Perhaps you have some intelligent contribution, or something funny to diffuse the situation? feel free to join the thread. Follow the link I provided above for easier connection.
Let me just round up by saying, I joined INSTAGRAM a couple months ago, for network reasons, since I have added blogging to my creative portfolio. Many others, are also there for similar reasons; to promote their businesses, companies, Services, or to meet and catch up with distance friends and family ( letting them in, showing of the milestones ) and others are seeking new friendships to keep from dying from BOREDOM!
INSTAGRAM isn’t solely for the distinguished successful; the actors or actresses, models, or aspiring, the pastors, wall street financial gurus, power brokers and so forth! it’s also for the on coming, aspiring, dreamers, 9-5 workers who just need an outlet to unwind , the homemaker proud to show someone other than her children or neighbor , her proud accomplished task of pulling off that complicated recipe. it’s for the goofy teens wanting to spice up the internet with a prank, an invention, or just roller skating aimlessly, could also be for idiotic adults that refuses to get out of grandmas couch.
Whatever! All am saying, it’s for everyone still breathing! whether we like it or not, there has been a major shifting in communication mode, and our manner of socializing has changed. Technology is a major culprit. when ever we open our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Whatsapp or Instagram accounts, we will be inundated by all sorts of unsolicited commentaries and photos or videos. we must learn to use our filters, delete buttons and, blockers. Only accept and digest that which reflects our core values, beliefs and principles .
The Person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self Image”
There are constantly Image shifts that occur due to our life experiences , some sad, others challenging or inspiring. Let us try not to take ourselves or others, especially their direct words of attack too seriously, let us filter and only accept the good for the sake of sanity and progress.
Before you send that message, ask yourselves, will this do more harm or good? what the world needs now more than ever is allies, people rooting for you, cheering you, with claps of approval when you accomplish even minute tasks, knowing that your approval can be the fire that will stir a desire in them to do even more spectacular. So lets celebrate each other, and not indulge in meaningless competitions of who is better or who gets the last word.
(Note to self; read that book by Common)
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
Remember, Your Image Matters, So live Excellently!
Each Day is A GIFT! But you can’t keep your GIFT wrapped for more than 24 hours. That explains why one can have a ‘ jolly good day ‘ on Monday , on Tuesday a ‘so-so ‘ and, on Wednesday a ‘sad one.’ Because you have to make a conscious effort to release the bad toxins, through positive meditation, prayers and, quick easy stretch exercises. (do not say no time for that, you have to take a few minutes to prepare for the unknown). Embrace the promise of dawn and , unwrap the goodness each DAY brings! Don’t wait for another birthday to experience the ultimate special day! make it each day or, nearly every other day. Be expectant , despite all the odds that suggest otherwise. Trust me it works. And once you believe, the universe agrees with you, and the tides changes again for better
Enjoy the burst of good health , indulge in the warmth of infectious pleasurable smiles even from strangers.
Stop on your tracks occasionally , smell the roses, gardenia, sunflowers and even the aloe!
Don’t take your GIFT for granted. It is not always promised! So, maximize your time with it.
Don’t waste precious moments reflecting on past damaged GIFTS. (let go and make room for new ones).
Forgive ALL hurts. It’s difficult , I have been there , and still having some that needs unloading. But you ‘ve got to give it a start! Like, let it flow off your shoulders like rain drops.
Experience the exhilarating power of imaginative proportions with each newness ; Bask in the ‘AHA ‘moments of new surprises : Attend a baby shower or a wedding, enjoy the contagious feeling of love in the atmosphere!
Breathe in Fresh supply of rejuvenating air, it’s free for the taking!
Are you a homemaker, student, teacher, preacher, caregiver, bar tender, industrial worker, office employee , nurse, actor, singer, model, business owner or in transition? whatever you do, do it with positive attitude and gratitude, with this reasoning that; it could have been worse. For you are better off than some who go without!
Spread your table with deliciousness every chance ; eat pizza, hot dogs, chicken picatta, peri-peri , shrimp fried rice, fish, beef stroganoff, salads, veggies meals, Ice creams ,chocolates and sweets, cheesecakes or whatever you love to eat.
At sunset, take a stroll with your spouse, lover , sibling ,cat, pet dog or go ‘ solo’ . let the moonlight cast her soothing spell and woo you to sweet slumber.
When the day is done, remember to steal some reflective minutes as you lay awake in your daydream stupor; a sheepish grin plastered on your face, look upwards and say to the “potter “Thank you for the GIFT of today, I wonder what surprise you have in stall for me tomorrow?”
By Millicent Olaghere Blast
Remember, Your Image Is Everything, So Live Excellently!
Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Arts choose a theme for their Gala to raise funds to support the Costume Institute of Arts and Culture. The 2019 MET Gala theme was a nod from Susan Sontag first book of essays ; Camp: Notes on Fashion .The late American writer, filmmaker, philosopher and, political activist expressed the importance of seeing the world, not just in a singular aesthetic form of beauty, but also, as an ‘artifice of stylization’! She emphasized the significance of drawing on the’Extra’; taking a closer look at the unnatural elements and exaggerations.
It is a Red carpet affair. And, because it is an invitation only event, (though it cost guests $30.000 per head), there are mostly celebrities, fashion biggest names, top designers and models, and other special VIPs at what is considered the “biggest , baddest event in history of Fashion fundraiser.” Established by Eleanor Lambert, a Fashion Publicist, as fundraiser support for the MET institute; the first Gala held was a dinner in 1948. Each guest paid $50 for a ticket. This year like previous, it was held in New York; cocktail hour kicks off, then dinner is followed by the exhibits.
They came out in their unique ensembles, famous faces in Arts, Film, Fashion and, Music industries; some stole our hearts, others rode on them, and, many ripped it right off ! Okay, perhaps I exaggerate a little. But if the instructions were CAMP : Notes on Fashion, I say, this was a long drawn one! And not, just in cursive! It was a full blown expository! It was humor personified!
In her review ‘Extreme one -upmanship on the 2019 MET GALA Red Carpet; the New York Times chief fashion critic, Vanessa Friedmann described the parody artifice and, elements of exaggeration in this way “the dress code may have been studied triviality, but it’s expression was most often extravagant literalism.” In simpler terms, it means: interpreting from the basic to an extraordinary place!.
Celine Dion in her Dignified Platform;
The undisputed fashion diva, singer-songwriter, mother, business lady All- by- her- self, reigns on the red carpet! Meet the Queen who has it all: $$$ (over $700 million of it) , exquisite fashion style, energy, she’s practically unstoppable, who only last year completed eight years residency in Las Vegas at Ceasers Palace.
Jared Leto-American actor and singer -vibrant and dominant fashion warrior in red! Never one to shy from challenging projects went for shock-appeal, distinctively taking not just matters of ‘the Camp’, but his own head in his hands! well as long as it his head!
Michael Urie is -all appealing! The Ugly Betty star is refreshingly amusing; as he seems to translate the theme, when in doubt go for all!
Gaga changed four times at the 2019 MET Gala. She appeared in a voluptuous tent like, pink ensemble, face elaborately made up, with extensive fake lash drawn. it required 6 tuxedo clad men to assist. Next was a strapless black ball gown. I loved the style but, feel she looks better in bright colors like Red , Pink, or electric Blue. The third was another pink, more fitted to her curves. I loved the strapless style and fit.
According to Allure.com ;”Gaga made an entrance that is bound to go down in red carpet history”. Harpers Bazaar.com writes;”if you are still unsure about what camp fashion is , allow Lady Gaga to show you how it’s done”!
We are all familiar with Gaga’s extravagant style or excesses; the unforgettable infamous ‘meatdress ‘ in 2010, at the MTV video awards that irked not only vegetarians but shocked thousands worldwide. In 2011 she made a spectacular entrance carried shoulder high, inside a ‘giant egg ‘ along the red carpet. She definitely makes great contributions to history. Before all of this striking caricature portrayals, I have loved all her music; the originality, energy and vibe is infectious. ‘Poker face ‘, ‘Just dance‘ and ‘born this way‘ are my favorites. I admire her strong personality and courageous spirit in face of adversity. Her ability to try new stuff like acting, and not giving up on romance is remarkable. Gaga deserved the nomination in a Star is Born; what a compelling delivery. However, (bet you saw that coming), as much as I applaud Gagas bold sense of innovative approach, and originality , I draw a line on poor or lack of judgement! Without bias I will score an individual big when they apply some elements of sensitivity, dignity, and, morality in their lifestyle choices. can you apply all of those elements and still be popular, sexy and rule the red carpet? sure you can, Demi did it, Ciara did, JLO, Jenner sisters, Naomi Campbell and hundreds of others did.
Being a celebrity, or someone with a significant office comes with a high level of responsibility. There are those who love you and what you represent, then there are those who are pretentious and will edge you on, not telling the whole truth, because they stand to gain. And then, their are the neutrals who just want whats best for every one. sometimes, it may seem as if your life is no longer yours. Everyone has something to say, especially the unsolicited advise or critics. It naturally comes with the territory .one must learn to walk elegantly , with dignity while wearing his or her crown even when it pinches. By no means must you allow your extremities multiply , be seen or interpreted as cool by your younger fans, who see you as mainly a role model, absolutely adore , and want to emulate you. Imitation is said to be best form of a compliment.
KIM KADARSHIAN- Stunning in this risque’ ensemble.
Suggestively, interpreting the notes on fashion. I must admit she looks quite striking ,and well proportioned in that costume designed by Thierry Mugler. I learnt it took eight whole months to make . So worth it! Almost like a chiseled sculpting. I love the elements of water droplets, very creatively done Kim.
GWYNETH- in pale yellow Chloe design 2019 MET Gala.
Apparently she wanted to go low key noticeable in this boring maxi dress, that did nothing for her fantastic skintone or, personality. In 2013 the talented actress went to the MET Gala in a fabulous , head-turning pink Valentino ball gown,but complained afterwards to USA today correspondent that she did not enjoy herself. “I ‘m never going again. It was so unfun,it was boiling. I did not enjoy at all.”
A hollywoodgossip commentator wrote afterwards “Sorry it was so hot Gwyneth!”He wondered why she would “whine about a prestigious event with free food, free alcohol and beautiful clothing at one of country’s most famous museums”! Well I certainly side with Gwyneth, understanding how easily ones statement can become twisted or misrepresented by some. she probably didn’t mean it the way it was interpreted . People must not be too fast to jump into conclusions! it does now explain why she decided to tone it down this year doesn’t it. That’s why we should never say never.It comes back and bites one in the butt! Gwyneth in my assessment is a Hollywood diva who has earned her stripes; all she was dishing was her honest feedback, which would serve the Museum well to take into consideration for future planning. You can’t enjoy yourself if, a place is too cold or hot. For your information, the event isn’t free, the guests have to pay for tickets.This year was a whooping $30,000 each.
Gwyneth before photo in 2013 MET GALA -In fabulous Pink Valentino .
Darren Criss – (who played Andrew Cunanan in The assassination of Gianni Versace -he won an Emmy for that role) looks very charming and, confident in this inspiring embroidered , jeweled costume.
There were so many inspiring designs and, lovely people , but I am unable to feature every one. I however, want to use this medium to applaud all the hosts and everyone who worked tirelessly to ensure that the theme Camp: notes on fashion, was translated in a seamless manner that also honors the memory of the essayist Susan Sontag .
MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
Remember, Your Image Is Everything , So Live excellently!
There were hundreds of famous well dressed individuals, and couples in fabulous costumes at the Prestigious MET GALA. It was very tough to narrow down to twelve. Regardless of whether or not they wore modernist, classic, timeless, vintage , avant garde or renaissance ,the age of style did not affect this decisions. These are the exclusive ones who in my honest opinion, which of course, may vary from general popular views, are the ones that slayed and, definitely rocked in their designer ensembles on May 6, 2019 ,at the metropolitan of Art, New York, NY. The three compelling factors I used as criteria are:
Evocativeness ; Is it compelling, sustaining and, arresting our attention or arousing curiosity? And is it memorable?
Creativity; the extent of thought and time put into it. Did the colors work fine together on the personality ? was it exquisitely bold, garish, dull or just bland?
Comfortability; did the individual or couple look awkward or comfortable in their choice ? did the walking or strutting on the Red Carpet seem cumbersome or effortless?
# 1 Jennifer Lopez-JLO and Her fiance’ Alex Rodriguez-A-Rod
This beautiful couple wins my #1 vote for not just meeting and surpassing criteria above, but for the time, efforts and WORK invested . All you have to do is, go to you tube to watch a video where A-Rod described it in his own words, right in front of a camera. He narrates the ordeal they (mostly him) went through by omission of food for 24 hours, strict diet, vigorous exercises, running in Central Park so he can fit into the handsome pink Versace size 44 Tuxedo. (He originally wears a size 48)!
“I was required to loose 6.5 Lbs no carbs, no sugar, yoga day and night. I used to exercise for big games against Red Sox, now I exercise not to look fat at the MET Ball”!
Three days to the Gala, he checked in on the video report saying: “I have this pink tuxedo Jennifer and Versace is making me wear, I can’t eat, I have to drink lots of water and tea. I’m starving but I can’t eat.” He lamented that he had not had his favorite steak in four days, which made him ”angry”. “I looked at myself last Sunday night baseball……..I looked like I got hit, ran over by an 18 wheeler”!
You can tell though that the couple is in love, and , he would do anything to please his famous fiancee’. But I wondered if, he pushed himself way too much. It sure doesn’t sound much like fun to me, the whole prep thing. And for the record, as long as you are healthy, remember, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes; being slimmer has advantages, however, loosing extra lbs should not be done in extreme manner, unless of course your health depends on it, and you have expert medical supervision, then, by all means.
A-Rod however had a plan to binge after the event; “we are going to the hood, there’s this great place with the best Pizza and , I am gonna eat an entire box.! ” I was hoping he’d say four boxes of pizza, even I, can eat a whole box! I think, Lol. Unfortunately that plan fell through! After the event, he was so tired that, all he wanted was sleep. “my bed is calling me right now,” he told a reporter. No surprises there. Hunger would definitely do that to you. But they achieved their main purpose I guess. Both looked tres’ magnifique!.I wonder if A-Rod plans to keep the 6.5 lbs off long term!
The Pressure To Look Thinner on The Red Carpet
According to A-Rod, 69 people all together teamed up to achieve the wining look on day of event. 14 people worked on JLO’s hair style! He said, she did not need it, “if she needs a wig, I need a Mask ” he teased. JLO stood out in her beautiful versace, plunging vicariously in front .Her back cut low, a long thigh-high side slit showed off her toned legs. Nesting on her neck, was a prestigious Harry Winston jewelry. JLO dripped with iridescence, from head to toe. In her 6 inch high-heels, everything dazzled!. Her Knight in shinning pink of whom she recently engaged, also shone but it cost him more than the prize of his pink suit.
#2 Cara Delevingne -Sheer ARTitude!
The colorful stripes was delightful. Cara in Dior Haute Couture looked spectacular in her rainbow ensemble from 2019 Dior spring collection. The English model and actress represented the essence of the theme to the T! Artsy and tastefully executed. I loved it.
# 3 Demi Moore-An Angel in Black.
The american actress is stunning in a plunging fitted, long black gown. At 56 , she flaunts, because she’s got it all; the figure, boldness, stride,talent, beauty, and the ‘It’ factor.
#4 Ciara-The Green Goddess!
She looked fierce and fiery , a goddess trailing in sparking , feathery emerald green. With that fantastic athletic figure and ,a standout huge fro- hair , she was a real diva working the red carpet as only a Pro can! Guess what? The 33 year old ,Grammy nominated artist, mother of two, married to Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson absolutely nailed it.
# 5 Janelle Monae’–Uncompromisingly flamboyant.
The american singer, songwriter and, rapper arrived in impressive bold color blocks, black, white, pink and red lips. She boldly incorporates the artifice, resonating the theme of this year’s event Camp: Notes of fashion in an unforgettable and , very stylish form. The eye popping look was a mechanical work of act that fluttered mischievously. And you have to be blind to miss the body part where it’s strategically placed. She topped it off, with a delicate pile of hats , made by milliner Sarah Sokol. I learnt she later switched to a simpler number for the “after parties”.
#6 The Couple Gabrielle Union and Duane Wade-OUTSTANDING
This two sure know how to make an entrance, with their warm personality and love of the limelight, his court side showmanship and, maneuvers and, Gabrielle’s modelling advantage, it was easy to standout.In this sparkling diamond crusted ensembles ; capes ‘n’ all, they looked very attractive like dark knights in shimmering armor, and who can miss her sexy leather gloves. Gabby seem to have eyes only for her man , as they enjoyed their evening out without their children. who can blame her.
#7 Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe looked refreshingly charming.The red sash, gives a royal touch.
#8 Gwen Stefani-No Doubt about it-She Reigns
The 49 year singer -songwriter is in a long fur cape Moschino ,sparkling embellished body suit, jewelry and fish net . She sings :”Don’t speak, I know what you thinking”, but I bet she doesn’t really know we are only thinking ,” what a fabulous queen she really is” , in this sophisticated costume, which compliments her personality so well.
#9 Micheal B. Jordan -Conquers again!
The actor was looking dapper and suave in a black over -all Coach, delicately embellished, with sparkling accessories. His stand out Piaget watch was visible under the sleeve.
#10 Gemma Chan –Elegance and Sophistication.
Style fit for a crowned Queen. Perhaps the reason isn’t far. Tom Ford was the designer behind this stunning ensemble. The head piece, choice of sparkling metallic silver, and the fitting was elegantly executed on the Crazy Rich Asian Star. Definitely on the winning Camp.
#11. Zendaya –Bewitching in Flawless Cinderella ball gown. by Tommy Hilfiger. Her stylist helped her transition into the role by playing the fairy god parent , Law Roach was waving a magic wand consistently, as she worked the room. To add to the intriguing story line, Zedaya left one of her shoes on the steps, at the MET gala.
# 12 Katie Perry- american pop singer brings in the FIREWORKS
As a successful best selling artist, and currently one of the american Idol judges, she is idolized by fans worldwide and used to having all eyes on her. Katy arrived in this three -layered candlesticks, chandelier costume ,to the 2019 MET gala. Because, it must have been cumbersome to pull off, she’s my 12th pick. However, this 13th times Grammy awards winner, has mastered the act of ruling the Red Carpet for a long time, as such, requires no help in navigating the territories. And, despite being worth over $330 million, Katy remains a humble and, childlike spirit. She never ceases to amaze her fans, who absolutely love her creativity and, other talents. A fun personality , with innovative fashion sense; often dying her hair in intense colors: green, purple , pink and, Lavender.
By MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
Remember Your Image Is Everything , So live Excellently!
According to the national retail federation, Americans will spend and average $162.94 on mothers day this year, 2019. In comparison to last years $168.94. Previous estimates over the last five years has also been in same range up to $172.63. It is arguably one of the biggest retail boosting seasons, next to Thanksgiving. A lot of other businesses see significant increase in income during this time. This includes ; restaurants , car dealerships, Jewelry businesses, Spas and Massage Parlors, Florists, Chocolates, and I am sure airline industries, take advantage of the financial upsurge that Mothers Day presents. Don’t forget Gift cards Companies like Amex and Visa.!
This year the prediction is that, 84% adults will be out treating the special moms in their lives and, it’s estimated to reach a whooping $25 billion! A record in comparison to past years. In 2018 Americans spent a total $23.1 billions , just as impressive. mind blowing actually!. That’s a lot of love sharing!
I know the Malls can often be intimidating , especially to the male shoppers, who just want to get what they came for ,and, leave quickly , no fuss no delays. Unlike females , most of us ( some swear they detests shopping) like to linger and, fantasize about our discoveries. And with the avalanche of new competitive merchandise daily , combined with aggressive marketing strategies or sales commissioned associates , navigating could often be quite a challenge ,even overwhelming!. So here are some helpful tips to make your shopping more fun and stress free. Also remember to read my separate review on 25 irresistible awesome fragrances for perfume gift ideas.
When a fun survey was done many years ago, they ask women what # 1 item they will most prefer to have if, they happen to get stranded in a deserted Island.Over 60% choose Moisturizer!.There was of course some who wanted chocolate, lipstick and other beauty products. (but no mention of the hubby , though the survey did not mention either, how long you’d be stranded for!)
Bobbi Brown customer Joleen was invited by beauty advisor Christy ten years ago, ever since, she hasn’t looked back. what was the special connection? Christy seems to know exactly what works for her clients.
Below she applied the peony powder and mainsqueeze crushed lip .
Here’s an idea! You can create your own ” Goody Bag” filled with some of these beautiful delightful products. After all, no one knows the special woman in your life more than you do! So put a personal touch on it. She will notice too.
Below is, according to industry testimonials, a bestselling brand OLEHENRIKSEN that I discovered while reviewing brands at SEPHORA. Ole Henriksen is a Danish skin cosmetician and, manufacturer of award winning skincare products sort after by high profile celebs. He currently resides in the united states, and operates a spa/skincare clinic. I am confident you can find these products also in other department stores. my favorite is the orange because it has a fusion of vitamin C and skin brighteners. The products are easier to differentiate for all skin types based on color of boxes. The Pink and Blue boxes will be more beneficial for sensitive and drier skins. Oily should stick to green boxes -the one for balance control. but If in doubt, please ask a sales specialist. I recommend you let mom try the Banana bright eye creme which contains collagen and vitamin C for radiant , smooth eyes. It retails at $38. Moms love creams that will help reduce appearance of dark circles, puffiness or wrinkles.
Purchase the Transform collection, for less than a$100 ; includes the alpha hydroxy (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy powerful exfoliants and moisturizer that produces smooth even skin. For $55 you could add the Good night glowcreme containing retin -A helps minimize dark spots and discolorations.You can also include the Truth serum to her “Goody bag” and perhaps a nice bottle of her favorite fragrance and you are set, with plenty of time to chill.
Spoil mom with this rich NURTURE ME set for a luxurious feel.
The Green OLEHENRIKSEN is for oily skins.You can balance it all from cleanser, toner that has acne fighting, and Pore reducing salicylic acids and AHA. There is a clarifying mask which rids excess sebum with aid of special clay, snow and lotus extract. Add the green fusion complex neem seed oil before moisturizer for best results.
RIHANNA’s BEAUTY LINE FENTY has some fabulous vibrant selections in make-up for the modern, ageless mom who likes to look Smoking Hot! I can totally see any of the real housewives of any city looking va va voom in any of the FENTY Killawatt foil highlighters, in a range of beautiful frost -inspired shades!. Spring has sprung and summer is peeping, there’s no better time to get the Sun Stalk’R instant warmth bronzers in compact. A custom set of Bronzer and Sculpting brush is sold at $64. However each compact retails single at $30. Also, any of the Body Lava luminizer in pink , bronze, or gold will make a great goody bag stuffer.
Besides moisturizers, next bestie for women is the obsession with Lipstick, we are totally inseparable once we find the one, two or dozen,Lol. we just can’t get enough of our favorite brands and shades. I heard so much about Rihannas beauty line and checked it out at a local SEPHORA store. Absolutely love FENTY. What’s not to love, so eclectic, warm , inviting, just like its creator, innovative, promising and vibrant!. Not to forget sexy. The warmth bronzers, Pro Fitt’R instant concealer, Moroccan spice eye shadow, and so much more. But I specifically dig the Mattemoiselle plush lipsticks in intense hues; with very captivating names such as; ‘Spanked’-dusty rose color, Saw -C is exotic orange, P.M.S is a dark chocolate ‘, Flamingo Acid’ in bright berry, the color deep teal is an interesting one called Turks and Caicos. Wait till you see ‘Candy Venom’ in electric pink. I wish it came in fatter handle not the ultra slim, which makes It look so delicate, and may break easily ,if a lot of pressure is asserted. At $18 however, I think it’s worth giving that special mom a ‘midnight wasabi’ or an unforgettable evening in’ Turks and Caicos’.
Remember when you are purchasing any gifts to bare in mind the likes, taste, dislikes and personality type of the recipient. Do not impose your own taste or that of the commission sales associate. For instance in fragrance , find out first if she likes florals vs spicy, strong vs mild . In make-up , some women don’t particular like shimmers, others do. And maybe mom is a simple none make-up wearing type, last thing you want is make her over. she may assume that you think she’s dull or boring. So put some thought before you buy. Unless it’s what she specifically asks, stick to the things you are absolutely sure she’d love.
Lastly, be sure to ask for gift receipts, and don’t be offended if mom decides afterwards , to exchange your gifts for something of her own preference. As long as she is happy, it is a Win-Win for everyone.Have a wonderful Mothers day and be safe!.
Remember, Your Image Is Everything, So Live Excellently!.
Moms are irreplaceable, biological or otherwise. They should be celebrated every chance we get, not only on mothers day. Hence, I took the time to go out and about, to read up ,and compare notes with experts in the industry and get consumers feedback. Together with my own personal experiences of my favorite Parfums, here are my count down. I shall lead with fragrances that more youthful moms lean towards, followed by the ones more mature moms seem to enjoy most. But before the list, assuming for some reasons, you are unable to read till the very end, please take note of this important tip; If it has the following notes whether Top, Heart, or Base, it will smell appealing to Mom:’Patchouli’,’Jasmine’,’Sandalwood’,all Musks’, ‘Rose’,Peony’,’Bergamot’, and ‘Mandarin.’Now you are good to go.
Remember fragrances blends with individual body chemistry, so what works well for A , will not be exact on B.If you follow these suggestions and mom is happy please share the experience later with us. If Mom is not happy, perhaps it was due to bad traffic, crowded restaurant, gas irritation, or you got there pretty late. (Just kidding! we’ll love to read about it too.) which reminds me, for those dining out, please make reservations early, to avoid waiting on long lines.
JOY BY DIOR
If you want mom to give you a big hug on her special day, then arrive at the door with JOY, not just on your face , with the bottle by DIOR. This fragrance is unabashedly sultry, feminine, and its mixed florals gives a crisp clean freshness. Other notes are bergamot, musk, rose, jasmine and sandalwood. Though new, you can find this easily and affordable too.Try Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s ,Nordstroms, Saks, or Neimans.
FLORAL BY JIMMY CHOO
While doing my review at MACY’s, Atlanta, GA, I took a spritz on my wrist and exclaimed in excitement, it was a captivating rush to my senses and a definite love at first sight! light, fresh scent, flirty and has obvious agreeable notes : sweet pea, musk, and bergamot. I recommend for women of all age categories, but more for the modern young at heart.
L’Eau BY JIMMY CHOO
Also by same designer CHOO. It is packaged in a light pink bottle, with a unique pink cap.Soft, caressing, far more spirited ,and definitely audacious, for women who are bold and sexy, kinda like what actress Kerry Washington of Scandal, or american songwriter Kelly Clarkson would wear.Top notes: bergamot (you guessed it), hibiscus flower (hibiscus is so versatile, I just recently had one as tea).The middle notes include; peony, nectarine,and the base ;musk and cedarwood.
GOOD GIRL BY CAROLINA HERRERA
The sophisticated designer is one of my favorite. I absolutely adore her taste in fashion, and style. I also love her classic 212.However, this is a groundbreaking fragrance, hidden in a mirage of sleek midnight blue glass, and tall thin gold heels ,from which flows the juices of GOOD and Evil.
Each Spritz releases an evocative ,and provocative element of the dual complexities in a woman’s nature; The naturally good, and the when I am so bad, I am Evil. I don’t have to spell which mom gets this gift, you already know! Tonka beans, almonds, tuberose and jasmine are some obvious notes.
FLOWERBOMB BY VICTOR & ROLF
This oriental scent evokes a seductive fusion of jasmine, centifoliarose, orchid, ballerina freesia and, a base of patchouli. So captivating, it’s easy to succumb in sweet surrender to this seductive scent. I should know , I wore it for years! You can find it wherever quality fragrances are sold.
CHANCE BY CHANEL.
There are four of them,(Tendre, Fraichae,Vive and Regular Chance.) my two favorites are CHANCE Eau Tendre -pink bottle and Eau Fraiche’ in green.The green is more citrus, minty and fruity, I lean more towards Tendre which has more woodsy, teakwood, jasmine and citron .Every mom will love this clean, fresh parfum because she can wear to work, around kids, running errands, practically any where ,because its not overpowering, and its reasonably priced.
CANDY BY PRADA
If I am compelled to list only ten of my favorite parfums ever, PRADA -milano, the green bottle (les infusions de iris) will make the list. I live to wear that fragrance. But as you know, women need to take a break even from things they love. Just for a short while. I hope they never discontinue that fragrance! Candy is the Pink one and it is tropical, also fun, flirtatious, and ,just as seductive. The notes include caramel, vanilla, musk, and a tinge of orange. You can get a value set if you hurry, at Macy’s ,Saks Fifth Ave, Dillards, Nordstroms or at Sephora from $76.
L’ambre des merveilles eau de parfum BY HERMES’
For about $100 or less you can get a value size. There are several HERMES’ , I have yet to see any I did not like, but my favorite is the orange which I wore faithfully about 10 years back. Its alluring , lingering scent is not overwhelming, it’s a sophisticated brand and any mom will be impressed by this Perfume. I will play it safe and shop at Amazon, Saks, Neimans, or Nordstroms and perhaps ,Fragrance .net for this.
La Vie est Belle BY LANCOME
Translates to ‘ Life is beautiful’ in french. Has oriental twist of goumand, natural praline and iris notes. Also sweet patchouli and vanilla are key ingredients. I recommend this for any age Mom. Actress Julia Robert(Pretty woman) is a model and , representative for this fragrance. it’s in most malls and online stores.
VIVA La JUICY BY JUICY
Intoxicating fruits fusion and florals dazzle the olfactory senses! Wild berries, jasmine, vanilla, honeysuckle, amber, caramel and rose gives the gardenia allure. Base has sandalwood and praline. Also comes in travel size,.Be careful, there are many Juicys out there; OUI, Gold and Couture Couture. But I recommend the popular Viva la juicy in gold-ish bottle.Try Sephora, Ulta, Macys’,Nordstroms, Dillards, Amazon, or Fragrance Net.
JO MALONE LONDON
Fresh, Floral and ,flirtatious are some words to describe this parfum. New to me, but once I got a wimff, I was sold. Pear, freesia, patchouli, basil and mandarin, are some intrinsic notes. It emanates a sensual , earthy note fusing with jasmine, rose, blush suede, red apple, and peony. For the modern mom, youthful at heart. You can purchase at Sephora or Macy’s.
Another winner! Has been here for quite a while, a classic by all standards. If your mom or the woman in your life loves lightweight florals, feminine sweet and spicy fragrances, this is it! It has warm oak moss, peony,rose, freesia, magnolia, and mirabelle plum notes. Contained in a rosy beige bottle it looks presentable. Look for the original in square shape, with vertical lines running down the glass.
LIGHT BLUE BY DOLCE AND GABANNA
This is a popular one, unless you are not a fragrance lover. The sparkling fusion of floral and fruits agrees with most womens body chemistry, it’s a great one to wear to work because its light and fresh, yet smells appealing. In a meeting for instance ,it won’t be offensively strong. Plus, it wears long. Fresh Cedar, jasmine, bamboo, white rose , musk, cederwood and amber are some distinct notes.
BRIGHT CRYSTAL BY VERSACE
The Pink bottle consistently has rave reviews . An international bestseller. I have been privileged to wear this, and its very pleasurable and intoxicating. Makes you feel ultra feminine and sophisticated. The bottle is beautifully designed , even when empty, you hate to part with it. Find it at Macy’s, Sephora, Amazon or Fragrance NET.com.
Coco Mademoiselle eau de Parfum BY CHANEL
Timeless! A classic; one that has been a standard for years, loved by millions of women all over the world. Can be worn year round. High breed sophistication. Coco intense is for the charismatic, elegant woman. Newly reformulated, more florals,citrus-Peach rose,jasmine blend. Patchouli is of course , still a contending note. one or two spritz last whole day or evening. Splurge on this beauty. Sells between $115-225.00.(1.7oz/3.4oz) While looking at this, also sample Miss Dior, also by CHANEL, at Macy’s, Nordstroms, Neimans, Amazon or CHANEL.com
ALLURE BY CHANEL
Released in 1996 by perfumer Jacques presents another timeless CHANEL fragrance. One of my many favorites. Has all three “S”; seductive, sweet and spicy. Plus, it is long lasting. I love to wear it to sleep after an evening shower for sweet dreams.$135-$258
BLACK OPIUM BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
Seductive opulence; strong, sexy and powerful notes. It can be intoxicating, probably too strong for younger moms. This beauty is for the experienced mature woman who has earned her stripes! It exudes high energy, and can be addictive once you start to wear. Top notes are coffee bean, jasmine and vanilla. A review on this from google express reads: “I was lucky to receive a 90ml size bottle of Black Opium as a gift for mothers day finally! It was well worth the wait and lives up to the hype and expectations”!.
L” eau d’issey BY ISSEY MIYAKE
Delicate Rose, lotus, pure lily, peony creates fresh clean floral scent. For the sensitive, gentile soul, who walks the earth as though butter won’t melt in her tongue. Also a good honeymoon stash. $105 ,and usually sets come with gifts with purchase.
L’INTERDIT BY GIVENCHY
And you wonder why women are unpredictable? This is one designer who knows the workings of a womans’ body and mind. His range is limitless, Givenchy has managed to capture the Spirit of the woman over the years!. He creates absolutely fabulous timeless pieces, with great thought process; clothing, purses and unforgettable fragrances.With remarkable fragrances as these, who needs logic? L’Interdit devys modern convention. it’s recreated from the 1957 version.You can catch notes of bergamot, amber in this relaxing scent.$116.00, Most reviewers gave it 5 stars. One customer observed that it doesn’t last long, but majority loves it.
ANGEL BY MUGLER
The list will be incomplete without one of my very best parfums. This is the one I got the most compliments for , especially from other women. That speaks volumes! The shooting star-shaped blue bottle is refillable. Notes includes: madarin, orange, bergamot, melon coconut, and cassia. Heart notes are apricot, blackberry, plum, lily of the valley and rose.Base has patchouli, musk, wait for it, dark chocolate ,vanilla and caramel.Delicious.!
COACH New York
Forget this one , and I’ll be banned for sure, from re- entering the sex in the city fashion trailblazing city of New York. phew!! Coach is for the futuristic, upwardly, mobile mom. I can totally see Gabrielle Union -Wade wearing this , or actress Jennifer Garner. The sexy, alluring, dreamily soft florals fuses with citrus, rose tea, jasmine and peppercorn in radiating effervescence. Dry down notes are woody , patchouli and musk.
DAISY BY MARC JACOBS
Fresh scent, I received one as a gift for 2018 Christmas, and just finished the bottle. I loved it. To me ,it’s more like a springy or summery fragrance because of its lightweight, sweet breezy florals. so sweet eau de toilette 3.3oz $104
SI BY GIORGIO ARMANI
SI means Yes . Say Yes to this intriguing, sexy fragrance by another expert designer in all things beautiful. I said Yes to this parfum the very first time I laid my eyes on it! I felt lightheaded and giddy with excitement from the first wimff. It is one of the perfumes I am using presently, another Christmas gift from a lovely friend. I recommend it for the woman who is Stylish ,Charming and Confident.Top notes: Black currant, orange blossom, and base vanilla.others; mandarin oil, amber, musk and patchouli.
YOUTH DEW BY ESTEE LAUDER
The spell was cast 66 years ago. (1953). This phantom of youth was created first, as sweet smelling oil that captures, and traps youthful glow in a magical bottle .It was an immediate bestseller. Women worldwide did not wait for that special man to purchase as gifts, they ensured there was always a back up. later reformulated to parfum, the magic lingers still! Great job Estee Lauder for preserving this heritage of excellence.Rich spices, precious woods includes; geranium ,amber, moss,vetiver,sandalwood and rose. It scores 5 out of 5 stars 100% in reviews. But be careful not to spray directly on clothing, especially light colors. Though it’s called Youth Dew, the younger mom may wrinkle her nose at this. best to gift this to a much more senior or mature Lady. Relatively affordable at $40. However, some imitations are circulating, so be sure to get yours from a reliable company like Macy’s, Belk, Nordstroms , Walmart, or Neimans.
SHALIMAR BY GUELAIN
What a journey! I hope it was as enjoyable for you as it was for me….I leave you for now, with the 25th fragrance, definitely not least but actually saved on purpose due to the romantic story attached to it.
This fragrance has deep, complex notes: sandalwood,jasmine, lemon, tonka bean, leather, frankincense, iris , Peru balsam ,amber and ,bergamot!
SHALIMAR was launched in 1925 , created by JACQUES GUERLAIN as a tribute to Emperor SHAH JAHAN and,wife MUNTAZ MAHAL. Inspired by the true life love story of how PRINCE KHURRAM (who became EMPEROR SHAH JAHAN ) met and fell deeply in love with the young lady ARJUMAND at a bazaar where she worked with her family., Taken by her beauty and innocence, he vowed to make her his Queen. And so it happened. They had 13 children, the marriage had its ups and downs, but it was true love no doubt. Unfortunately,the Queen died giving birth to the 14th child at a young age of 39 years. Distraught by his great loss, the emperor built the famous TAJ MAHAL as a memorial for his ” Jewel of inestimable value’.In that magnificent edifice he created the Garden of Shalimar, a favorite relaxation place for the Queen.’
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