If I can’t hold you tonight… a tip of the hat there to the song from the movie Streets of Fire. I was under the weather and a bit zonked out from allergies so my fashion sense was relegated to being in jammies and robe with a cup of tea with honey and lemon. No fashion photos to post so I started to “window shop” online to see what was out there; what was hot and what was so not! While I do enjoy this kind of pain free shopping (the pain being when I get the credit card bill from real shopping – sometimes) often I find things I can only dream about owning along with some I can, some I will stalk like a starving wolf until they go on sale and a few that I look at with the thought of WHY is this even offered!
For some reason, maybe it’s because I saw so many celebrities wearing the dresses and I fell prey to the ‘I wanna be like insert name here’ syndrome, I’ve lusted for a Herve Leger bandage dress. They are pricey, they are tight (very very very tight) and I have no idea where I would wear one other than a New Years Eve event because I don’t see me rubbing elbows with any stars anytime soon but again as my post title says… Please please please let me rub elbows with Idris Elba if this dream ever comes true!
This beauty, originally $1150.00, was on sale for $603.75 at Neiman Marcus. (Image from Neiman Marcus) before it sold out. Everything goes on sale eventually I suppose and that is a good thing but still, for me anyway, a dream. While I can see paying this much for shoes – it’s my weakness I confess – that I would wear until one of us came apart at the seams, a dress this specialized (other than a wedding dress) is a purchase that remains filed under the when I win the lottery category.
But I did try one on once and I can tell you this, the dresses are heavy and they wrap themselves around you firmly. Imagine a full body pair of Spanx; now you’ve got it. I think underwear might have to be optional but we won’t go there. Here is me when I tried on a bandage dress. I could see myself wearing it somewhere (heck if I knew where but I defer to the post title once again) and it did make me feel sexy but the price tag meant try on, take a selfie (please pardon the quality and ignore the pile of clothes flopped on the chair; I am terrible at taking selfies) and give it back to the sales woman thanking her for letting me try on a dream dress.
I can honestly say now that I “wore” a Herve Leger dress 😉 Is there anything you dream about wearing and/or owning? And even better, did your dream come true?
Once a well defined eyebrow became the beauty standard we have been torturing ourselves with various ways to keep that hair above our eyes in perfect alignment. Some have shaved them off and drawn them back in – you know you’ve seen that. They can be tattooed on now – that has got to hurt – and we’ve been tweezing them one at a time for eons or having them ripped from our skin with wax. In recent years an old technique for facial torture has become popular – threading. The origins of threading are ambiguous with some believing it came from the middle east or south Asia. All I know is that some years ago it went from being relatively unknown to me in the Midwest USA to there being threading shops in every strip and larger mall.
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But let me back up for a moment. If you want your face to look good, your eyes to look wider and possibly even brighter then a well groomed brow is required. I’ve always had thick brows and once I had my eyebrows arched (when my mother finally let me in my teen years) I never went back. Basically with getting these strips of hair tamed it comes down to pick your pain of choice. I won’t lie to you, no matter how you get it done it will hurt! It will be a one hair at a time hurt (tweezing), a hot wax (hopefully not too hot, had that happen once and lets just say things got ugly in that shop) that gets ripped off with a strip of cloth pretty quickly, or threading which takes a bit of time and depending on your pain threshold can be not that bad or this will end in tears.
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Image from goodhousekeeping.com
I’ve done all three ways of grooming my eyebrows and what I have found is this – if you are going to tweeze get yourself a very good pair of tweezers. It will make all of the difference in the world and save you time. Tweezerman found here is sort of the gold standard of tweezers. You can go to a salon or DIY for waxing. DIY was never an option for me as I wear glasses; I would’ve ended up with all kinds of jacked up brows had I tried it myself. Waxing and tweezing (sometimes they go together) are supposed to last for weeks but it never did for me. My hair grows fast! So when I was told about threading and how much more precise and long lasting it was I gave it a go.
I end up crying some every time I get it done but after it’s done I have always been pleased with the results except for that one time this woman was overly zealous about getting hairs that weren’t even there IMHO and I ended up having some skin snatched off. Yeah, it got ugly in that shop that day too! It has since closed down thank goodness. Word of advice, if they are starting to hurt you more than you feel is acceptable, tell them to stop right then and there! Not worth having to have Neosporin on your eyebrow and eyelid for a few days…nope nope nope!
With threading you have to assist in the process as they have you hold the skin above and below your eyebrow so that they can get the shape right and all of the hairs. It looks weird and it definitely feels a bit odd but it works and once I found a good place to get mine threaded I’ve never gone back to any other technique. It really lasts weeks longer than the other ways. As I’ve stated, it hurts, I tear up and turn red but within a few minutes of it being done I am admiring my well groomed brows with a smile and a jaunty raised eyebrow look. And the cost is about the same as getting them waxed too.
The pain we go through to look good sometimes 😉 So what do you use to get your eyebrows looking sexy?
I have had this skirt since 2011! Then I had to stop wearing it for awhile when the scale started to inch up – boo! But I’ve been trying to be good and guess what? It fits again! This day I decided to get out of my denim wearing habits – almost – and wore this skirt instead of my usual jeans. I paired it with a white button down (another timeless piece to have and have several of them) and a pair of Gucci espadrilles that I got in 2007. Which leads me back to the title of this post.
I wore these shoes for awhile and then stopped for some reason and they were relegated to the back of the shoe closet. Then one day I was looking at shoes (it’s a weakness, what can I say!) online when I found their descendant and thought – bring them back out! What goes around comes around.
Until next time♥
Here are a couple of outtake shots from this look. It was a little windy and then it became a lot windy! Hair and skirt went… 🙂
Skirt – Talbots old mine (love that it has pockets) similar here and here
White button down – Jones of New York that I got at Marshall’s
Gucci Espadrilles (old pair mine) current version here
There are some shoes out there that will just put a hurt on you by pinching, rubbing, or causing your feet to swell so that if you removed your shoes getting them back on would require a crowbar and some axle grease. They don’t have to be cheapo or low end brands either. Sometimes even the best of shoes, the best of leathers, the best brands can do a number on you. They’re cut too narrow squeezing your toes into numbness; the pitch is ridiculously high and can only be managed by someone with years of training in ballet or you have to walk slowly and carefully for fear of going splat to name a few. I can see some heads nodding out there.
When it comes to shoes why do we torture ourselves so sometimes? I can’t explain it other than, speaking for myself, sometimes the shoe is just so darn freaking drop dead got to have it gorgeous that we are willing to suffer for those moments of being fierce, fab, and slightly crazy. Now if it is an event where you will be sitting down a lot and walking short distances then carry on looking marvelous, darling. But if it involves being on your feet for most of the wear time or dancing – I salute you if you can do it without suffering – but this one hit the wall of can’t do this anymore with one particular pair of Pradas. That day still brings a tear to my eye.
Hunting for a pair of nude pumps I saw them! A light from above shone down upon them (Ok, so it was the track lighting). Tried them on in the store, walked back and forth with nary an issue and then home we went. The next day practicing wearing them (on the carpet, I know the rules of return) I thought “I’m good! Woot!” The day after tried them on for a little bit longer to see if luck was still with me; luck had packed its bags and left town. One foot was still great but the other one was sinking deeper into the pain zone. I might add that is the foot I fractured a few years ago and since then it hates me and my shoes sometimes. A few more days of trying this that and the other hoping it would get better only resulted in the sad truth – it wasn’t going to happen without more pain than I was willing to accept. They were a beautiful pair of Pradas but they had to be returned. Ow!
So what is your take on the question: When is it worth the hurt? I’d love to hear your thoughts.