Archive | January, 2013

What is going on with my hair?

29 Jan


See that pug’s hairdo?  Well this is how my hair is feeling lately.  (He does look so cute though).  Anyway……many of you that know me know that I am a short-haired gal.  Usually pixie short.  Sometimes a bit longer but never, EVER…….where it’s gotten to now (sorry no pic to show of me now, just envision the pug)

short hair michelle

(here’s how most of you know me)

     Long story short, I have worn it this way since 1997.  I was 6 months pregnant with my son Nicholas and I had two little guys to contend with so my long, curly, Long Island frizz bomb of a hairdo was not working out.  So in I walked to my local salon and out walked a big belly with a no fuss haircut.  I loved it!!  Gone were the days looking for barrettes, banana clips (yes, a banana clip)  or scrunchies.   All I needed to do was gel it in place and I was ready for the day.  It suited my face and my routine.  Plus when my hair is short, it makes the face more of a canvass for some seriously pretty makeup.  I have gotten countless compliments and yup…  I was pretty happy.

     Fast forward to today.  15 years later and I am getting antsy.  I am no longer working for a corporation where my hair needs to be coiffed each day. I am getting kind of lax with it and wearing hats while letting it grow out.  The problem is……I have no idea what I am growing it into.  I see lots of pictures and I get a bit crazy envisioning dreads, curls or just big crazy hair with streaks.  Anything but the normal ponytail or bun.  That was why I cut it in the first place 😦

     So now I am seeing pictures of these cute little bobs that I am kind of digging.  Alexa Chung for example is what I am secretly coveting.

alexa chung bob

(Alexa Chung auburn bob.  My husband does not like this one.  Grrrrr)

     But then I see Ruby Rose and I am stunned by how stylish she is and it’s her hair that makes the whole look work.  Her face is amazing!

ruby rose

(Ruby Rose)

I need to make a decision soon because I eventually have to go somewhere where I cannot rock my beret and then what…?

Some ideas short and medium length below.

purple bob

I like the sides but for my face, not so bang heavy.  I kind of like the purple streaks too 🙂  BTW -My Hubby doesn’t like this either 😦

cool bob

I like this one…not sure if I can pull of the top though.

vicotoria beckham

I like Victoria Beckham’s hair and I feel like I might be able to pull this off.  It might be high maintenance. Guess who doesn’t like this one as well?  LOL.


I really like the curls here.  I can have the height that I need and go as crazy as I want too.

blond bobhayden short bob

These are pretty as well.  I just feel like it might be kind of boring for my face.

Ideas anyone?



10 Jan

halston warhol

My love for perfume started in my teens.  As of this writing, I probably own over 150 bottles/samples of perfume and I love every one of them.  Admittedly  – it has at times overtaken my life.   I do not consider this a bad thing per say but only a beautiful hobby.  It started with Halston.  Halston Classic came out in 1975 but I didn’t get my chance to love it until about 1988 (about 16 years old).  In my house, Chanel #5 ruled the roost.  My mom was a Chanel #5 addict.  Her dresser bore only that sleek black tube that was her scent.

Everything she owned smelled of this classic.  I liked it but it was a bit flowery for my taste.  Plus at the time, I didn’t want to smell like my mom.

halston perfume and him

I don’t remember how I came across Halston but I do know that it stopped me in my tracks when I smelled it.  It was unlike anything I was used to and I had to have it.  It was probably on sale at our local drug store which tells how I was miraculously able to afford it.  The bottle was designed by Elsa Peretti and  notes included things like  sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.  I of course…fell in love 🙂

halston perfume

For me, once I love something so intensely (much like my love for F. Scott Fitzgerald), I need to know everything about it so I began my research on the man who created this masterpiece.  I found that he was so chic, he only went by one name.  Halston.

halston girls _1

Roy Halston Frowick at the time I found him was two years from departing this earth.  He had not publicly acknowledged his illness that would eventually take his life in 1990.  I imagine in 1988 he was just starting to feel the effects from constant partying during his heyday.  He and his entourage were the “IT” crowd at Studio 54 when it opened.  Google anything on Studio 54 and you will no doubt come across photos of Halston and his friends. And now,  he had already been in the limelight, found fame, fortune and by this time unfortunately his body and mind grew weary and he was soon to be gone.  I was so sad that his light was burning out and he had now been labeled a sell out due to his association with JC Penny.  He was no longer the beautiful man draped on Liza Minnelli’s arm at  Studio 54 or remembered as the creator of Jacqueline Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat.

halston partying_1

He was a shadow of his former self having sold his own name to corporate giants that did not share his vision.    I didn’t care.  I was obsessed with not only the man but his clothes.  So elegant and carefree.  I would see photos of Bianca Jagger and Angelica Houston looking ravishing.  I was in complete awe (honestly, I still am).

I just watched a documentary on Netflix titled ” Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston”. 

halston movie shot

I found myself getting sucked right back into my former obsession and I immediately caught a whiff of my beloved Halston perfume.  Scents can bring you anywhere you want to be and I wanted to be 16 again, remembering how excited I was as I was learning about myself as an individual.   Without even knowing it, that period of time was to be my initiation into myself.  Now 40, I am still the same girl in love with  same things.

Here is a link to a mini documentary that offers a beautiful overview into his life.


Halston – Mini Biography – Halston Videos –

Have a wonderful week!


Special F/X fix

5 Jan

depressing jan

I will be honest and say that I never really enjoyed January.   Or even February for that matter. If it’s January that means that the holidays are over, the tree  is down and the holiday spirit is quickly displaced.  I always struggled to switch gears.

Good news!  My 2013 was all the sudden not so depressing.  My January is full of things that are cool and awesome.   I have been working with a great group of filmmakers and actors/actresses for the past week and I have noticed an evolution of sorts within myself which I did not expect.  I was asked to be the MUA for this particular film and after reading the script I realized that the beauty end of things was extremely minimal.  This folks, is a film about sick, infected people who eventually perish and turn to zombies.  What? ??  This was going to be a challenge!  I have not really done film quality special f/x so what does one do?   I did tons of research and off I went with my blood, puke and festering wounds in hand.  Needless to say…I FELL IN LOVE.  I wasn’t so sure if I could pull this off but honestly, if you do your research and you have tons of love invested, it all turns out ok.  I may not be Oscar caliber  (yet) but so far, it looks really good on camera and I am so proud of what I have been able to accomplish.  Plus, I am realizing that this is definitely something I want to pursue for the long haul.  I love beauty makeup and I always will but there is something so cool about special f/x.

Anyway, I really just want to say that I am so grateful for the path I have been shown.  I am especially grateful that my mind opened up to allow me to see the endless possibilities that exist.  My experiences are what I choose to make them but it truly helps when you are in the company of wonderful people.

My wish for you for 2013 ……Open up and allow yourself to evolve and to see  all this great universe has to offer.

Now check out a pic of my homemade puke and blood!  Enjoy!




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