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making faces :: tiny vices, part 2

in case you're not sure what this is about, you could go back and read last month's post, where you'll also learn about my criminal mastermind past.

here's this month's recap photo, a quick look at everything that i've put on my face [makeup-wise] in the last twenty-eight days:


i cannot tell a lie: there are three repeats in there from the month of january:

armani rouge ecstasy "sultan" [second row, second from right]dior rouge baume "coquette" [second row, extreme right]nars audacious "vivien" [third row, third from right]
but i can explain!! well, sort of, anyway. it's been so bitterly cold that despite the fact that i try to stay hydrated and moisturized, my lips have been in turribul shape. that means i can either just give up on the cosmetics and go naked [which i did in a few cases, as will become clear if you count through the photos], or i can limit myself to extremely forgiving formulas. rouge ecstasy is definitely my p…

world wide wednesdays :: imaginationland

while i was thinking up a topic for last week's "world wide wednesdays" post, i had two ideas that i wanted to pursue. the one i went with was about brazil, which i thought was appropriate given the proximity to the beginning of lent [which is preceded, of course, by carnival]. i wish i could tell you what the other one was, but, as certain as i was that it would stick with me, i lost track of the idea some time between last wednesday night and this morning.

i'm mentioning this because it is an obvious lesson in the importance of writing things down and it ties in directly to the topic of today's post, which is basically a look at what happens when people don't write anything down for hundreds of years and the mess it can make of your history. today, ladies and gentlemen, we're talking about the celts. [side note :: i'm guessing that some of you are already trying to decide whether you should pronounce that word as if it starts with an 's' or…

sooner still.

the secret shall be revealed...


it's smaller than a bread box, but larger than a mobile phone, but that might be open for discussion.

mental health mondays :: eat happy

lots of people shy away from treating mental disorders with drugs, at least until they've tried other options and in milder or transient cases of depression or anxiety, that might be the best way to go. there is some evidence to indicate that unless someone is seriously depressed [although the threshold for determining seriousness is a little unclear], anti-depressant drugs aren't going to be particularly effective, which means you're taxing your liver for no reason. diet, on the other hand, is increasingly linked both to improving mental health and preventing mental issues to begin with. plus, for those who do need medication, eating specific foods and maintaining an overall healthy diet makes for good supplementary medicine.

there are, of course, a few tricks to getting the mental balance right and getting the maximum benefit from what you eat and it's possible to get very, very complicated very, very quickly. so while there is a lot more to learn on the subject, wha…

making faces :: the elusive ms. leigh

vivien leigh is proof that one need not be in a lot of movies to qualify as a screen icon. the stage was her first love and her main focus throughout her career, despite the fact that two of her performances won academy awards. the combination of her passion for acting, balanced with a sort of indifference to the silver screen is just one of the seeming paradoxes that help make her so fascinating. as such, she makes a perfect inspiration for yet another of nars audacious lipsticks, one that is also a little elusive and hard to define. yes, it's time for another edition of kate's lipstick and film journal...

one of the strange things about vivien leigh is that while she was british and spent much of her working life in her home country [often alongside her husband of laurence olivier], she's best known for two academy award-winning performances as southern belles. the first was scarlett o'hara in gone with the wind, the hot-tempered daughter of a georgia plantation owne…

armchair centre back :: you're racist and we hate it

you may have heard that a group of chelsea fans managed to distinguish themselves in paris by refusing to let a black man board a metro train and chanting "we're racist and we like it". as with absolutely everything done in the world today, these events were captured on camera, with the boisterous chanting all too audible. leaving aside for the moment that these people are most likely minions of the antichrist, it's worth noting that not only is this indicative of a racism problem within the sport itself, but a problem with chelsea fans in particular, who are, according to british home office statistics, the most racist fans in the premier league [i.e., the fans who have been arrested/ charged/ convicted most often of racism].

first, here's the video [courtesy of the guardian]:



keep it classy, boys.

initial reports were simply that the fans had resisted the man's attempts to get on the train, but the video seems to show something a little more active. one of…

world wide wednesdays :: parda people

i guess you could call this one "world wide ash wednesday", since today is indeed ash wednesday, the first day of the christian period of lent, when you're supposed to give up something important to you in honour of the jesus' fast in the desert, where he was exposed to the great temptation. i've never participated in this, although i've always been aware of it, because in the days when i would attend church [when i wasn't old enough to have a say in the matter], it was always protestant and lent is more of a catholic thing. you'd be surprised at how deep that division still runs in some parts of canada. my family did, however, practice the british tradition of pancake day on shrove tuesday, the day before ash wednesday. so the beginning of lent for me was generally associated with a food coma and sticky syrup stains in strange places. i do, however, think i might give up depression and anxiety for lent. both are important facets of my daily life, af…

soon.

i have something pretty major that should be ready to unveil in the very near future. any guesses as to what it is?


that image is sort of a hint, except that it's only a hint if you already know what it is that's coming, which no one does, so it's really the crappiest hint in the history of all crappy hints. i'm really bad at this.

mental health mondays [rewind] :: the art of madness

this could almost be considered part two of last week's mhm post, except that it was written years earlier. as much as creative work can help diminish certain mental disorders, mental disorders can also bring new magic to the work of creative people.

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there is an ongoing debate as to the interaction between mental disorders and artistic creativity. while it's difficult to document the subject, there does seem to be a cultural fascination with the idea of the artist having an eccentric mentality. likewise, so-called "outsider art" or "art brut" has a sort of cult following, as if we believe that such art unwittingly reveals something of the workings of the disordered mind.

the terms "outsider art" and "art brut" are somewhat confusing, as they are used interchangeably to refer to professional and/ or trained artists and "naive art" created by amateurs, without artistic education, many of whom have been discovered o…

making faces :: sweet carnage

i'm trying to write a  review of dior's eye shadow palette "cuir cannage", but i keep having to retrace my steps, because i unthinkingly type "cuir carnage", owing to my english default setting. then i pronounce that in my head and think "queer carnage", which strikes me as what republicans think of when they imagine a country with marriage equality for all. then i giggle. this makes for slow going, but i'm pretty sure i can tell you what eye shadow i'll be wearing when marriage equality finally does become law.

last fall, dior revamped their existing 5-shadow palettes with a new formula and all new colour combinations. brands do this periodically to keep up with trends and stimulate interest in all teh nuu thingz. i delayed on picking up one of the new dior palettes partly because i was sort of overwhelmed with new lip options, but also because i hadn't been the biggest fan of dior's past palettes. it's not that i disliked th…

world wide wednesdays :: because you don't want people to think you're ted nugent

[please excuse kate for being tardy. she lost her will to write after seeing swansea city continue a poor run of form with a loss yesterday and then regained it by stepping out to the brilliant voix de ville variety show, which happens every wednesday night at the wiggle room, which ate up most of the time she was supposed to spend writing this post. slacker. -ed.]

some of you may have heard last year that rock musician, self-promoter, proud republican and born-again right wing nut-job ted nugent got a titch upset when the owners of an indian casino canceled his appearance at their venue due to his comments about people of other races. nugent referred to the native americans as "unclean vermin" and said that he didn't even consider them to be human, which serves as a perfect illustration of why they declined to be graced by his presence in the first place. you may all now pause and wallow in your feelings of superiority.

not content with having dismissed an entire rac…

mental health mondays :: follow my lead [for once]

there's something deeply gratifying about finding out you've been doing something instinctual only to find out that there's a very good scientific reason for you to be doing so. this week, i unearthed some information on a series of scientific studies that point to the importance of creativity, particularly writing, in the healing process. spoiler alert: it's good news.

before dealing with the results, however, let me explain that the idea of using creative pursuits as a healing and coping method, particularly for mental illness, is not exactly new. well, it is new, compared to a lot of other things, but it's not brand new. the term art therapy was coined in 1942 by a convalescing artist recovering from tuberculosis. he found that focusing mind and body on his painting helped to speed his recovery, because it made him focus less on the effects of his illness. he encouraged other patients to pick up paint brushes and thus was a new form of treatment born.

others wer…

if i don't care, there's no reason you should

ugh.

after my spate of creativity [really more of an unexpected burp] that led to making this short piece, i have been trying to make myself work on creative things every day. because the only way to keep the process happening is to just push it out there and hope for the best. i know this to be the case. i know that when i've sat around, waiting for the muse to poke me in the ear, i've ended up on some truly epic dry spells and have been left questioning my purpose, my life and the universe, all of which usually gives me a headache.

i have a headache now, which should tell you about my frame of mind.

what i've discovered more recently, after my revelation about a decade back that i needed to keep writing every day [which i haven't been doing, which might be part of the problem], i've realised that some of the time, the worst thing that can happen to you is that you have an idea and then you try to start writing it. i know i've gone through this sort of thing …

go to bell

oh bell canada. i thought you were getting better. well, i don't know if i thought your customer service was getting better, but i at least thought that you were doing some good stuff with the cause of mental health, which would help divert people from your shitty customer service. anything that works, right?

but just a week after your annual "let's talk" awareness-fest, one of your employees decides to lash out at a customer via email, calling her a "bitch" and a "slut". her offense? giving said employee a less than perfect rating on a customer satisfaction survey after he was unable to help her. she didn't even say he gave her bad service, and left a comment that it wasn't his fault that her overall experience wasn't satisfying.

one would hope that this isn't typical behaviour of bell canada's employees. i got called a liar during my dispute with them, but only when i called them. no one ever thought to contact me proactivel…

making faces :: another grande dame from nars

when most people think of the leading ladies of french cinema, their minds probably go to brigitte bardot, certainly the country's best known sex symbol. however, the real grande dame of the golden era that produced so many of france's most lauded films is jeanne moreau. she is the recipient of a number of awards for her performances in europe and has worked with some of the most famous directors in cinema. no less than orson wells, who worked with her on three different films, called her the greatest actress in the world. her best known performance was probably the captivating but perfidious leading lady in françois truffaut's jules et jim, a film school staple considered one of the high water marks of postwar french cinema.

moreau seems to have decided early on that she wanted to be an actress, pursuing the career from the age of sixteen. she started out on stage, working with the prestigious comédie française by the time she was in her early twenties. while one of her e…