29 April 2016

Friday Frippery

Hello and Happy Friday!  It's hard to believe that the last day of April is tomorrow.  And even harder to believe that May begins on Sunday.  Maybe it's because the last week has been really chilly around here - we've been lucky if we hit 60 during the day - so it feels more like November than April.

I am not complaining though.  Hot weather will be here soon enough.  I can wait forever.

Anyway, my brain has had various things going through it this week, and I just thought I'd share some of the them.

- Earlier in the week, I came across an article about a local personal trainer/nutritionist, who offered packages to clients so they could save on her services if they couldn't afford one-on-one.  I thought, "Well that's cool," and checked to see the cost.  An 8-week program where you met with her twice a week was $2600.00.  Decision: It's cool for someone else.

- This past Tuesday was the primary election here in Pennsylvania.  On my way to work after voting, I stopped to get a coffee and the barista gave it to me for free since I had my "I Voted" sticker on my coat.  Decision: Voting is a good thing for many reasons.

- Last weekend, I finished listening to an audiobook.  I forgot how enjoyable it can be when you have the combination of a good reader with a good book.  Decision: Try more audiobooks.

- Twice this week I have gotten dressed only to feel like a stuffed sausage in my clothes that seem overly tight.  Decision: Get going again Bridget!!

- A young, attractive woman was walking ahead of me to work this a.m.  She looked very nice, though she was wearing leggings as pants.  Decision:  Leggings as pants do not look good on anyone, even those who are attractive with lovely figures.

- Recently I bought this product when it was on sale at Walgreens, after reading a positive review of in a magazine.
 Turns out that it was a good purchase.  Decision: Write a review of it here and share the good, bad, and my thoughts about it (stay tuned).

- This weekend is supposed to be half-and-half.  Tomorrow is supposed to be nice, and Sunday is supposed to be chilly and rainy.  Decision:  Do things outside tomorrow, and work on things in the house (finally!) on Sunday.

- I have an appt for a haircut at yet another salon this weekend.  Decision:  I'll let you know.

Have a good weekend, and be sure to enjoy it however you can!

15 April 2016

Retro Beauty - Men's Edition

The other day, The Tim and I were talking about how both of our fathers used this aftershave.

And we got to thinking of other men's products from our childhood and teen years and the ads for them.  I remember Vitalis commercials on TV from when I was a little girl, and this print ad cracks me up.

I mean, do those girls think he's a hunk of burning love, or what?

The Tim dredged up the memory of Hai Karate!

My sisters were teenagers when this was out, and they kept trying to talk my father into wearing it because it was "so cool."  I think they even bought it for him for a birthday, or Father's Day or something.  He probably wore it because he hated to waste anything, but I don't recall my mother or any other woman ever falling into his arms ...

I remember these ads:

This was long before Brooke Shields ever told us that nothing came between her and her Calvins, and I can recall people thinking this was so borderline SCANDALOUS!  My middle sister said this was what she wanted her husband to smell like.

As I recall, this was the more reasonably priced aftershave that a lot of people bought:

Of course, the name is also quite manly, so you couldn't go wrong.

Finally, I remember my oldest sister thinking this stuff was the end all and be all, and saying that she would only marry someone if he wore this forever.

It was considered quite modern.  Especially since you didn't pronounce the name like you would a canoe, meaning a small water vessel that you row.  Nope, this was - according to my sister, knower of all things fashionable - pronounced "Cah-know-ay."  So of course it had to be amazing, right?

I wonder what the Vitalis guy would think?

07 April 2016

Retro Beauty - Thanks But No Thanks

I love looking at old ads for products, or reading booklets with "helpful" advice.  I mean, who doesn't want to use Lysol for feminine hygiene so that her husband will "still want to embrace her"?

Am I right?

Here are some recent favorites of mine.

Who needs plastic surgery when you can just buy a Dimple Machine??

Wonder why this never caught on?

The roommate isn't feeling her excuse.  (And I love how in the bottom
 corner, it says "Photo specially posed ..." who'da thunk it?)

Puh-leeze! Trust me, if I was married
to this guy, my menstrual cramps would 
be the LEAST of his worries ...

Having said that, I wonder how people from these times would feel about some of the ads that are common today?