[Valid Atom 1.0] BarbaraEllen: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

How To. Ain't No Party Like an Esquire Party.

I do not throw parties.

Esquire Party Book:
For Entertaining Around the Clock.
Let me please direct you to the Esquire Party Book: For Entertaining Around the Clock, original copyright 1935 & this edition, 1965. In 7 regaling parts, this ultimate how to details every last detail so that you won't have to worry. From the grandiose evening to the impromptu drop-by, Esquire Party Book teaches how to plan, prep, & pop like P. Diddy, himself. And it charms all along the way. If in need of inspiration this New Year's Eve or ready to start a new resolution for 2013 (moi), then might I highly suggest you search for this gem. Until then, let me show you some sparks.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shop Local. Holiday Wrap-Up In The #Roc .

Sara Silvio Earrings from Trunk Show at Peppermint.
Momsly loves them & they are one-of-a-kind gorgeous!!

Where did I shop this holiday season?? I shopped #Roc . I shopped local, & I shopped the specialty shops, boutiques, & bizarres of Rochester, NY. I found gifts for my brothers, pets, roommate, Aunt, Momsly, & even Da' Moe. I found gifts that are unique, affordable, memorable, and that support our local Rochester community & economy. I bought 0 gifts from the mall, though--I admit--I did buy Orly nail polish c/o Marshall's, an Amazon gift card for my Kindle-loving big bro, & American Eagle jeans for my stylish (though he'd never admit it) younger bro. But mall? Nope. Not even at all. Want to know how much I spent?? See below. ...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday 'Fessional: My Purses Have Feelings.

I think my first confession is that I bought my own Christmas present. Second: I then called my mom to let her know that I'd forget about it (within 9 days) in time to be surprised (3rd confession) for when Santa arrives. The real confession is that...

The Chosen One.
Envelope Clutch w Ants & Chain from Peppermint.

Monday, December 24, 2012

How To. Wrap a Gift: Last Minute. Hipster. Environmentally Friendly. Festively.

You can thank my Momsly for this. Woman knows how to save a bag. And its packaging. Ribbons? Yup. That really thick nice wrapping paper she made you remove from the present ever so delicately as to preserve it for the does-not-yet-exist-present? Uh huh. She taught me all of this. And now I'm going to share it with you. 

Truly, a very Merry Christmas.

(Fired made by Momsly.)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday 'Fessional: I'm a Compulsive List Maker.

You think you are. Someone with 3 items on the grocery list, staple goods like bananas and bread. You can recite them by heart, but you write them down anyway. Or what about the list maker who schedules every last detail, including “showering: wash hair,” or “change clothing” only b/c it feels incomplete to exclude them from the day’s agenda.

Color Coordinated,

Yes, I do all of these things. But that’s not why I’m compulsive. I’m a compulsive list maker because all of these things I do, & I do 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Editorial. Why Don't We Talk About Suicide? Mental Health as a Buzz Word.

Mental Health as a Buzz Word.

I wrote this article earlier this week in response to the media swell in the aftermath of Jacintha Sladanha, the nurse who committed suicide following the now infamous prank phone call. It was published by Technorati yesterday evening where you can read it by clicking on the link. The only part I will publish on this blog is the Post Script, which comes at the article's end.

At Eternity's Gate. Vincent Van Gogh.
(From Google Images.)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday 'Fessional: I Am Rich.

I Am Rich.

I have some--hm--complexities. I'm frequently ill. I've had huge life changes throughout the past 4 years & particularly this year. I'm always getting dumped. My dog is sick. I have a M.S. degree in a field where I don't work, was working part time making minimum wage at one point, & was unemployed for a time longer than I anticipated at another. 

And. Every single night, before I go to bed, no matter my circumstance, I remind myself of 3 extremely important things. Three very large things that probably a very small percentage of people on this earth & in this nation have.

Monday, December 10, 2012

How To. Figure Out Your Face Shape. #TBD .


I've no clue how to figure out my face shape. But The Beauty Department does.

Face Shape.
Square. Oval. or Oblong.

Being that I oscillate between making the all-important & anguishing decision as to whether I'm oval, square, or oblong, you can imagine my excitement when Google Reader alerted me to TBD's tutorial. 
Let's Get  Cheeky.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Internal Monologue. For the Love of Dog.

The last thing I need right now is to be writing a post. 

Day 2.5 of horrible headache/minor-migraine & where I should be, is nestled right in front of that Mr. Doggy so his warm lil' (okay, huge) body, can keep me shnuggled & mended. But first, I had to share exactly what that looks like:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday 'Fessional: Greek. Veronica Mars. For the Emmy??


Never, ever, have I ever watched every single episode of every single season of any television show, ever. This includes cult favs like Scrubs & It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Never. Until  ... 2 teen dramedys, that you might never have probably ever heard of. Ever. 

(Google Images.)
Yup. That's 2 Sigma's
from Greek Alphabet posing as E's.

(Google Images.)
Kristen Bell as non-conformist/
genius teen sleuth Veronica Mars.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Save v. Spend. Lacquer. Varnish. Nail Polish.

Lacquer. Varnish. Nail Polish.

Varnish. Lacquer. Nail Polish.
Fraction of @nicolejaclyn 's collection.

My friend Nicole is a nail polish goddess. This babe has all of your higher-end drug store varnishes, like OPI & Essie, plus couture lines, like Butter London, and Indielines (!), like NinjaPolish, in a smattering of mattes & sparkles, in every hue of every single shade possible. Cue: I-am-overwhelmed-smile.

She taught me SO much. And, yes, there is much to learn about nail polish. Especially because you have to spend & spend wisely.

Know what products to buy. Which ones to try. Where to buy. And … which ones to rent??