Fitness Follies: You Spin Me Right Round…

I’m learning the hard way that bursitis is nothing to play with. After a few days off the trail, I tried to run again… and didn’t do so well. So I tried walking… fast. No dice. So I tried incline training (no running). Better.

Meanwhile, I’m stretching the hell out of my right hip. It’s better, but not BETTER. Still can’t run.

Today, I’m mumbling under my breath about how stupid this injury is, when I happen pass a cycling studio.

My doctor already told me to try the bike (Boo!), but I told her I wasn’t into it. But Spinning…

Well that might be a different story.

I walked to the gym and into the spin room (which was empty) to try out a bike. I lasted all of two minutes. Spinners, I owe you an apology. Ya’ll make it look easy. I was huffing and puffing after 60 seconds. OMG. I see I’m not going to be able to jump right into it. So I’m going to take it slow.

Class is Monday.

Let’s see what I can do.

FOTD: Day Smoke n’ Polish

This heat wave means I’m wearing less and less color (which just looks heavy on me when it’s hot). I went for a light ‘smoke’ today (that you can barely see), but the overall effect was very polished.


NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)

Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder (Yellow)

YSL Radiant Blush in #1


Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

Chantecaille Save The Bees Eyeshadow in Beehive (lids and under waterline)

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown(out) (lashline and waterline)

Dior It-Lash Mascara


Tom Ford Lipstick in In The Buff

(No, I’m not wearing a lip liner. My lips are naturally pigmented and this color adds a semi-opaque highlight in the center)

Fitness Follies: INJURY!


It appears that my body is trying to tell me something. About a month ago, I noticed a dull ache behind my right hip post-run. I was worried for a whole second, but then the pain went away so I kept on going. As time has gone on… the pain has gone from a dull ache to a roaring burn, and it affects my walking if I sit for too long. I noticed that if I’m mobile, there’s no pain. But as soon as I sit down and try to get back up… PROBLEM. Yesterday I was limping like I needed crutches. Dammit.

So I head out to talk to the experts, and find out that it’s not my IT Band (first assumption), but likely bursitis. Say what? Yep. Because I don’t have a lot of ‘meat’  behind my hip (it’s mostly tendons), that area is prone to injury with repeated impact (running) if I don’t constantly stretch it out.

So what can I do?

This is the most common stretch, and it feels amazing when I do it. I like to lean up against a wall to really get into the area. I talked to my yogi, and found out that half pigeon (not full pigeon) will do the trick as well, as long as I make sure to relax my booty and really get oxygen in there…

Today, after stretches and lots of half pigeon last night, I’m walking normally on both legs. There is still a little ache if I push into the area, but otherwise it looks like I’m on the road to recovery. There will be (lots) more stretching in the coming days, weeks… forever. And for now, I’m laying off the pavement and running on a treadmill only twice a week (maybe once) until I’m fully healed.

I’ve been advised to pick up a ‘restorative’ yoga class as well. Doing that tonight.

Here’s to being whole again.


J’Adore Dior: IT Lash & Fluid Stick (Intrigue)

Two new additions from Dior got my attention recently. I’m an admitted mascara snob, so I wanted to see what the new ‘It Lash’ was all about. So I gave that, and the Dior Fluid Stick (Intrigue) a test drive:

Turns out, this new mascara is pretty good, in spite of that horrid plastic wand. I’m not a fan of those wands… I find them bendy and difficult to steady when applying mascara. But the formula on this mascara is so good, that I forgive the wand. It’s thin, and needs to be built. I prefer 3-5 coats because once you get it on there, your lashes just SING. You should note that this formula lengthens and separates, but doesn’t really volumize. Still, it looks wonderful. Every time I wear it, I’ve been complimented on it and asked about it.

I honestly thought this was going to be a lot like the YSL Glossy Stains. But it’s more opaque, and thicker (the YSL version is almost watery). It reminds me a lot of the lip cremes from Stila and Beaute. It’s got a lot more shine than those, more like a gloss, but it definitely has the opaqueness of a lip creme or even a lipstick.

Although this looks more like a berry under artificial light (which where I photographed my face), it’s very purple in natural light (as in the swatch). So use the swatch as your reference.


DiorSkin Nude Foundation (050)

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick (lashline)

FOTD: Love Is The Drug

My Charlotte Tilbury swatch-fest continues…


Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (Dore 24)

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher (#3)

Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder (Yellow)

Charlotte Tilbury Blush in Love Is The Drug


Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown(out) on lashline

Dior It-Lash Mascara in Black


Charlotte Tilbury Lipliner in Iconic Nude

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Hepburn Honey

The Gratitude Project: Standard Operating Procedure

fearorloveMy latest lesson involves something new: the observation of how we act and react. According to someone with more knowledge than me, we only operate from two places: FEAR and LOVE.

Which do you choose?

That is now the question for me in all things… both personal and professional. Being aware of the motive is the tricky  part. Most of the time I just react. Case in point:

I was contacted for an interview via an introduction from a mutual friend. I figured maybe she wanted to learn a little more about me, and a lot more about Habibi. I’m game. So she sends me the questions (which arrived in my inbox at some ungodly time on a Sunday morning), and from what I can gather… she doesn’t want to know about either.

The questions read like some kind of entrance exam for a college kid looking for a gig at Abercrombie & Fitch. Like, it sounds good on paper but in reality it’s a lazy way to interact with someone you have no real interest in. After 23 years as a journalist, this is ‘style’ (if you want to call it that) of passive interaction is of particular interest to me. ‘Pitch yourself’ and ‘Finish this sentence’… and I’m sitting there like WITEFH…


Either you want to talk to me or you don’t. It’s of no consequence to me either way… but this list of homework assignments you’ve decided to email me isn’t gonna fly.

So I stew about it, then decide to laugh about it, and decide to share my stewing/laughter with the mutual friend. She was not amused. Several scathing texts later, I diffused the situation and moved on. I had decided that I was going to answer the questions the way that I wanted to. Because hey, if you can’t be bothered to actually explore the idea of a viable interview, then I can’t be  bothered to give one.

This is admittedly a craptacular attitude to have.

Hindsight being 20/20 and all… it is what it is. I only liked one question (Rolling Stone or Inc. Magazine?). ROLLING STONE (duh). When she asked for a final thought I said:


It does. I certainly need to take my own advice on this one because I wasn’t very nice. She’ll likely trash the interview. She’d be justified in doing so. Or maybe she’ll get over it and talk to me some more. Or not. Here’s the thing: I don’t know that I operated in fear. But I do know that I didn’t operate in love. Given those choices, I know I should have been better.

I am Grateful For:

The ability to recognize when I should have made a better choice, and the resolve to learn from my mistakes.

I am ever a work in progress…



FOTD: Line & Flush

I know I’m supposed to be finishing up the Tilbury blushes, and I will. But I had to go back to my First Love…


NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher (#3)

Charlotte Tilbury Blush in First Love


Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

Charlotte Tilbury Rock & Kohl (Bedroom Black)

Geisha Ink Mascara


Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose