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National Margarita Day


What better way to celebrate February 22nd than with an ice cold margarita?  If your plans for tonight didn’t originally include tequila, hey they do now.  Hit the store on the way home and pick up some sauce (*tequila), triple sec, lime juice, limes and salt for the glass rim.  Treat yo’self with something fancier than regular salt though, as this is a special day and you probably deserve it.  May I suggest a spicy chili salt that really dresses the glass up?

Look how much fun this glass is having

Look how much fun this glass is having

I think during a typical winter, this holiday is especially useful for lifting the spirits of otherwise grumpy, snow-shoveling, vitamin-d-deprived Americans.  But, it’s almost 70 degrees here today in Illinois, so the margaritas I will consume post-nooner will simply alleviate the anxiety I get when I think too hard about global warming.

Ever wonder what the appropriate number of cocktails is for a mid-week binge?  Only you know that answer.  But I recently was personally reminded of how many margaritas I can responsibly handle, and that number is two when served in the Mega size at Cesar’s Margaritas in Chicago.  I asked the bartender how many ounces are in the Mega so I could be an informed and prepared consumer, but he conveniently didn’t know and reminded me that that number is not important.

The best margarita I’ve ever, ever had was beach-side on the island of Cozumel in Mexico after riding a moped around and around, only making right turns because none of us knew the rules of the Mexican road.  We right-turned our way into some fresh fish tacos (also the best I’ve ever had) and ordered up rounds of mango margs with the most incredible salt rim ever constructed by man.  I would give you the name of the restaurant, but I don’t think it was a legitimate establishment.  In fact it was probably just some family’s ocean backyard.

Actual photo

Actual Mexican-marg scene photo

Let’s talk more local.  The best margarita I’ve had in the USA is basically any one made with cucumber.  If there is not a cucumber margarita on the drink list, just take me to Cesar’s.  When served in a regular glass, I think my limit on cuke margs hoovers at about four, but according to the diagram below, it can easily be increased.


Are you going to YOLO and celebrate life with a margarita today?   YOU SHOULD.  Unless you’re underage, in which case you should order a virgin daiquiri and wait patiently until your 21st birthday.  Text me any time after 3pm and I will text you back a photo similar to this:

Photo quality courtesy Ed's iPhone 5

Photo quality courtesy Ed’s iPhone 5








TGIF: Best of the Week

{by Carli van Heerden}

{by Carli van Heerden}

Before diving back into the blog last month I read an article with tips on how to get (re)started blogging.  One of my favorite ideas from the article was to pay attention to the bloggers I like and basically copy them.  Easy!  So today I will be copying a commonly used Friday blogging theme which consists of posting a random list of things I personally enjoyed and/or encountered during the past week.  Fun extra: I have arranged my things into categories based on the senses.  Enjoy!


  • Glamour magazine is confronting the gender pay gap in a way I’ve never seen before.  Check out their three episodes (each is about five minutes long) that each feature a man and woman with essentially the same job at different companies, sitting down to discuss how they feel about their salaries with a reveal of actual number at the end.  It’s uncomfortable and fascinating.  I don’t think I would participate in this, but perhaps that is because my current salary is $0 (my brain equity is priceless, however).
  • I am loving every second of my marketing class this semester because finally I understand things.  Meanwhile, all the finance people are whining like babies because they can’t handle the nature of subjective answers.  I don’t like to think of it as revenge, but boy does it taste sweet watching them argue with TAs and lose.  Anyways, this week in class I learned about Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) and how nuts it is.  My world imploded when I watched this episode (32 minutes) of the John Oliver show explaining exactly what MLM companies do and how they are pretty much ruining people’s lives.  Examples of companies with an MLM structure: Mary Kay, Rodan & Fields, Amway, and HERBALIFE.  No joke, my family was (is?) deep into Herbalife.  I have actually purchased Herbalife goods myself.  But I literally did not know until now that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme!!  Do my family members secretly have truckloads of expired product in their garages??  You bet your *ss there will be something new to discuss at Christmas 2017.

    CEO of Herbalife. Potential cult leader?

    CEO of Herbalife and potential cult leader


  • Want more info on MLM?  Listen to this podcast by This American Life.  Skip the first and last parts – just listen to the Wake Up Now segment and have someone available to talk to afterwards for a dissect sesh.  Highlights include people at a Wake Up Now conference not knowing what the h*ll Wake Up Now sells or even is, but expressing undying devotion anyways.  It’s insane.  And sad.  Good luck.


  • Check out this article about the 100 safest cities in America and see if your city is on it!  Spoliers: Naperville is NOT a on the list.  Neither is Excelsior, MN.  They must have skipped those in the count for some reason.  Good news: Lake in the Hills and Bartlett (both in Illinois) are numbers 7 and 9!  Illinois has 19 cities total in the list, which is great but also crazy considering Chicago is what some people in charge are calling a “war zone.”   MN stats: Shoreview is the second safest city in the country!  Chaska is 87!  The safest city of all is Oak Ridge, TN with a total of only seven crimes committed in 2016.  Good for them  Massachusetts had 21 cities on the list, making them the safest state in America.  Hard to believe since MA is freaking TINY.  See full list here.

    This guy is not in Oak Ridge, TN

    This guy does not do business in Oak Ridge, TN


  • Cutex is coming out with new line of nail polishes!  This is timely in my world because my marketing professor, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, mentioned in a lecture this week that growing up, everyone on his island called all forms of nail polish “Cutex.”  Like, “what color Cutex should I paint my nails?”  I lolzed at that since I’ve only ever known Cutex to be a brand that removes your nail polish.  Then, wouldn’t you know, a day or two later one of my beauty news blogs announced that it’s back (back back, back again)!

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Et cetera

  • I heard this week that Trump likes to inflate the facts about the number of floors in the various towers he owns.  For example, a building may have 58 floors in reality, but then Trump will tell people it has 68 floors for fake.  He says he does this because “it sounds better.”  In one building, he had them put 46 elevator buttons in as if there were 46 floors, but really, there were only 43.  Read more here if you want to poke your eyes out.
  • If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate this weekend, break out the Riesling for National Lash Day on Sunday!  From “This is a day to promote the love and need for true and false eyelashes.  It is a day we all can honor our lashes.”  I’ll be toasting to my favorite falsies and my must-have mascara (below) that turn my lashes from translucent to “oh there are her eyes.”  Cheers and TGIF!
    Queen B falsies from Lady Moss Beauty

    Queen B falsies from Lady Moss Beauty are amazing even if they do make me look like I have two black eyes


    Bless up for L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black

    Bless up for L’Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black





Hot or Not: 2017 Grammy Gowns

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Real talk before we dive in: I did not watch the Grammy Awards this year.  I wanted to!  But when Ed and I tuned in, Bey was just beginning to perform and after about 70 seconds of neither of us understanding sh*t about what she was doing, I swiftly lost control of the remote and Fast and Furious 7 was put on instead.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t research all the dresses thoroughly online the next morning though.  As such, I am fully prepared to present what I thought was hot and what I thought was nawt on the red carpet.  If you’re interested in the beauty trends I spotted (did anyone ever think back in 1997 that I would be able to spot a beauty trend?  LOL.), please check out the post I wrote for Stylisted in the right hand link list —>

Let’s go ahead start off with the biggest fashion trend at the Grammy’s this year: cleavage.  Gone are the days of plain old regular top cleavage.  Boringgggg.  This year we saw a lot of creativity with plunging v-necks and sideboob and underboob and a weird blue suit that defied logic as well as gentle breezes.  As a starting point, let’s throw it back to the original mega-v-cleavage look:


Jennifer Lopez owning it at the 2000 Grammy Awards


First up, Rihanna.  Things were tame over in Rihanna’s world this year.  A massive black ball gown skirt with an orange halter bra top looked pretty good if not initially a little confusing.  How was everything attached, ya know?  I was surprised the look didn’t come off Halloween-y, and once I stared at the top for a while, I actually really liked it.  If Vickies made bathing suits anymore (#RIP), I’m sure this bra silhouette would be a best seller.


Next is Katharine McPhee.  She tried.  She certainly doesn’t look bad, but you also won’t remember her when you’re done reading this post.  I’m giving her points for effort with the sequins, and bonus stars for getting in on the high leg-slit trend.  But classy = snoozefest at the Grammy’s so auf wiedersehen.


Next: Carrie Underpants.  HOLY CANNOLI!!  This is my favorite dress of the night, maybe of all time.   There are zero things I don’t like about it.  She’s got a strategic keyhole and what appears to be a lot of heavy fabric – but psych! – it’s all see-through.  After a second you realize she’s basically just in her underwear with a red sequin robe on top.  What’s not to love.  The hair is good and the makeup is good, mainly because they take a backseat and don’t interfere with any details of the dress.


Ok on second thought, I take it back about loving every single aspect of Carrie’s dress.  There was one thing I didn’t like and that was Faith Hill wearing essentially the same thing.  This was a faux paux that probably embarrassed everyone there and certainly concluded with a stylist getting fired.

Had I seen Faith’s dress first and Carrie had never showed up to the ball, I would have loved Faith’s dress.  But I saw Carrie’s dress first and so when I saw Faith I felt like she was purposefully doing Carrie dirty.  Faith hasn’t had a hit in awhile, so I’m not putting it past her to show up looking like the hot hit-maker’s twin on purpose. Dog eat dog, amirite.

Luckily, the dresses are by two different designers so no one else needs to be fired.  And Carrie’s clearly has more punch for a red-carpet event, but that didn’t help the worst part of all when somebody made them stand together to make memories with a freaking picture:



Look at Carrie’s face.  Look at her left knee!  Even her knee is repulsed to be taking this photo.  Carrie’s probably thinking about what she’d like to do with her Louisville Slugger, and Faith is probably thinking, “Look at us, ya’ll!  We match!  The queen and the princess of country music are havin’ a photo!!”

Adding to the long-sleeved red dress lineup, Bey changed out of her sun goddess stage costume and into this red sequin, plunging neckline dress.  Doesn’t she look like (in a good way) a wax statue here?  She may be mentally cursing Adele out for winning more Grammys than her, but she’s also acing looking royal and fabulous.



Enter: Celine.  Showing your stuff off isn’t just for the kids!  Celine Dion stepped out with yet another high leg-slit and deep deep v-neck.  I love the green, I love the sparkle, but she needs to ditch the matchy green shoes and maybe she can help Carrie blow off steam by letting her rip off that asymmetrical bow belt.


Re-enter J-Lo.  J-Lo is perfection 24/7, which is why I was thrilled this year to see a bunch of body and face makeup on her dress.  (See neckline and that tulle shoulder accent for proof).  Lavender looks lovely on J-Lo, and of course, she’s rocking another keyhole neckline and her Angelina Jolie leg is out (as it should be) and ready to play.


You guys.  I just googled how old J-Lo is, planning to say something about how when she’s Celine’s age she’ll still rock her show-stopping cleave and she’ll never stop being amazing.

J-Lo is 47, which I expected.  Do you know how old Celine Dion is?  Guess.  I’ll tell you.  FORTY-EIGHT.  Celine is only one year older than Jenny from the Block.  Unbelievable!  Who else is surprised?  Did anyone else know that??  I feel bad for insinuating earlier that Celine is of a mature age, but I also feel that I’m not the only one who thought she was older.  J-Lo has either found the Holy Grail or Celine is a chain smoker.  There are no alternatives.


59th Annual GRAMMY Awards 2017 held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - Arrivals Featuring: Demi Lovato Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 12 Feb 2017 Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/

{photo taken by Adriana M. Barraza/}

Hello, Demi!  Perhaps she has the best of the keyholes?  Demi Lovato looked smokin’ in (another) long sleeve, peek-a-boo keyhole gown.  Serous question: is she wearing underwear??  I zoomed in and I can’t tell.  Of note: she must not have thought a smile went well with this look because every single red carpet photo includes a cold (yet smoldering) stone-face.  Was she trying to actually be a bronze statue?  If so, I get it and I like it and she should continue to serve.


Most creative cleavage!  Lady Gaga played it safe (?) this year and had what I consider an actual outfit on that made her look like a person instead of wearing a weird costume that made her look like an alien.  And we’ve got more long sleeves!  Gaga rocked out with Metallica on stage so it made sense to have a rocker outfit on during the red carpet.  I wonder if she ever raised her arms up?  Seems like a gamble move.


I don’t want to end with negativity, but so is the nature of a Hot or Not.  The worst interpretation of creative cleavage belonged to this girl, Halsey:


I have no clue who she is or what she does.  All I know is she wore this terrible blue satin track suit with cargo pockets on the front of the knees, and the pants have a too-long hemline that I suspect was intentional.  True story I thought she was P!nk at first and then was so relieved when she wasn’t.

Honorable bad dress mention: Lea Michele.  No cleavage available, yet we do have a midriff.  I’d say this is an example of when your hair and makeup ruin your dress.  Imagine how much better this would have been with a low chignon or a top knot, a fushia lip, and a flirty smile:


Instead she looks vaguely like death wearing couture warmed over.

Absolute worst dressed of the whole ding-dang event goes to poor, poor Katy Perry.  She’s the worst for two reasons.  One, her dress sucked, no way to sugar coat it.  I don’t get it at all and it’s not because she’s trying to be ironic or cool and it’s over my head.  It’s because the dress has a personality disorder and is ugly.  The second reason is because during many of her red carpet interviews she threw shade at my girl Britney and Britney’s 2007 mental breakdown, which, according to B’s Instagram she is still trying to get over, and I DID NOT APPRECIATE IT.  Shaming a fellow artist is lame, especially when you pick an easy target while you’re wearing a stupid dress that looks like Britney may have designed back in 2007 to reflect her mental state.  As T-Swift says, we’ve got bad blood.



Let’s end with a cheerful look at Adele wearing a funny looking gown in a pea-shade of green, showing exactly zero skin:

Adele arrives for the 59th Grammy Awards pre-telecast on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

{photo from Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images}

Find out why the color green is important this year in my Stlyisted post on the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year!  Link in side bar up top –>

Which look was your favorite?  Let me know in the comments!