Monday, June 28, 2010

Work out the Frieda Babbley way

Marilyn Monroe Workout

There are many workout trends out there.  It's hard to keep up with any one of them.  I know I for one do not have much luck.  I get bored, quite frankly. 

I have, however, found a wonderful workout that works out for me; better than any other workout, I might add.  Monetarily, anyway.

With this new workout, I don't eat as much (I don't really have time to) and I don't drink as much, either, so I have dehydration on my side.  And of course when you're dehydrated, you tend to get sleepy.  If you're sleeping, you can't eat.  Another wonderful thing about this particular workout is that you really have no choice in the matter, as it is a lifestyle.  A wonderful lifestyle.

With this new workout lifestyle of mine, I have found that I need to shop for clothes a lot.  Workout clothes are a must if you are going to be successful.

Now, I know, it's the thing to say that your workout is a lifestyle, it's a psychological slant.  But this really is a lifestyle, and one that takes up more of your time than any other task you may have.  Forget your family and personal life, with this workout, your lifestyle is your focus and all those that aren't in your circle of workout buddies need to be second fiddle.

You may have guessed the kind of workout I'm involved in by now... Yes the Frieda Babbley workout is working out(side) of the home. Works every time.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Claudia Schiffer photo controversy

Dom Perignon - Stern Fotografie
This does NOT look like "blackface" 
to me.  Blackface  would refer to
just a face, and for comedic value.
I love a good controversy, especially when I've got something to say about it, and when useful and logical information is given.  But this?  This should never have been a controversy in the first place.  Karl Lagerfeld's vision should have been, instead, appreciated.

I thought this was an old controversy resurfaced, but apparently not (it must be deja vu or something), oh, no, it has resurfaced... two years after the fact.  I mean seriously people, why?  Anyway, why this is such a controversy, I couldn't tell you.  But here it is... Again.  Via CNN and everywhere else at that. Can we not get over this and understand an artist's vision?

Brief recap: Karl Lagerfeld, the genious behind this women of the world series, posed his highest inspiration, Claudia Schiffer, to represent a variety of women from around the world.  May I just say, the execution and end result was exquisite.  Not to mention the fact that it shows what an excellent model Claudia Schiffer really is; isn't it a model's job to go beyond, to showcase the limitless possibilities of fashion, its universality and uniqueness? She was playing a part, representing masses of women. 

If this spread's foundation and purpose was The Claudia Schiffer and all that she is and can be as a model and inspiration to the fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, why then are we switching the purpose.  There is nothing about these photos that is comedic, in fact they are tasteful to an extreme.  Claudia is representing the black woman.  In fact at first glance one cannot tell that she is anything but.  Exquisite (have I said that?) 

I think what I am even more discouraged with is the fact that this glorious photo shoot has been resurfaced two years later.  What, there's nothing more important to talk about?  I'm thinking the reporter/journalist/professor (if you could even call her any of those things) - I don't remember what this woman is I just remember how stupid and uptight and wrong I think she is - has done herself a disservice.  And all those that followed in her footsteps by even considering this pathetic excuse for news and attention really ought to have spent their time with something more useful or entertaining.

So why do I bring this up?  It's important for me to vent about this stupid situation.  Blackface, indeed.  Pahlease.

Claudia Schiffer Tries to Defend Blackface photo shoot - NPR results.

Dom Perignon - Stern Fotographie
Claudia Schiffer's Red Shoes (British Poets)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nikki Yanofsky, Tuesday Morning Jazz

Nikki Yanofsky. Not a name you would associate with Jazz. At least not until you hear her sing it, and you probably most likely  have, if you watched the Olympics this winter.  You'd also never think this voice of hers would be that of a young Canadian teenager.
In a word, she is: incredible.  And she does look a lot like Audrey Tautou, wouldn't you say?

Now, I usually do Jazz nights, but today I thought that some of Nikki Yanofsky's Jazz singing, and a delightful interview with Brian Williams, would be a lovely morning treat.  Perhaps some hot tea, or a coffee or espresso drink of some sort, would be a fitting drink while you listen?



Ella... Of Thee I Swing [CD+DVD] [+3 Bonus Studio Tracks] [Universal Music] [Korea 2009]
Ella... Of Thee I Swing [CD+DVD] [+3 Bonus Studio Tracks] [Universal Music] [Korea 2009]

I Believe (Enhanced)
I Believe (Enhanced)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Stars without makeup, but are they really?

A couple of weeks ago, there was a big to do about celebs going without makeup. It all started with Jessica Simpson who did an au naturale photo shoot for Marie Claire, saying, basically, that she was confident in her own self and didn't care what other people thought. Personally, I think she is soooooo much better looking without her makeup.

The Today Show decided that they would go bare-faced for a day. And of course other celebrities have been sporting the natural look as well. Now, sure, this is not really a new thing, the going without makeup, but those who just simply wouldn't (because of their television status) did. Kudos. Awesome. They handled it well. It was wonderful to see. And they got more and more comfortable as the show went along. And they also talked about other female celebrities that were and had been, doing the same and why.

Now, unfortunately, it seems to me that they didn't exactly follow the rules all the way. The eyes and the lips told a different story to me; and in some cases I questioned skin tone. Now it could have been that they've been wearing makeup for so long that their eyelids and lashes and lips were stained. Or maybe their lips, lids, and/or lashes were tattooed (can you tattoo lashes?). Doesn't really matter, and it was sort of sad to me that some of these women (one in particular) couldn't seem to show her all the way bare true self, even for a morning.

What do you think? Am I just seeing things?

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