Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.112

by Gio

Hello ladies,

it’s Sunday again, and you know what that means, right? Yep, time for some random ramblings:


suzannah dresses
Suzannah Crabb is a British designer who makes clothes that are almost couture. She specializes in special occasions and wedding dresses and also offers made-to-measure and bespoke services. All her clothes are rigorously made in Britain. I’m in love with them. They are glamorous, fun and retro. Suzannah’s distinctive style features clean, flattering lines, bright colours and cute patterns. Although all her clothes have a vintage feel, they look very modern. They are perfect for women who want to look polished and elegant but not boring and old-fashioned. Are you a fan of Suzannah too?

What I’m Reading Now

back from the brink graeme cowan
Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Graeme Cowan
This is a book I wish I had when I was a teenager and was going through one of my worst bouts of depression. Only that back then, I didn’t know that I was depressed. I just thought I was weak, that I had some character flaw that needed to be hidden or people would think bad of me. That’s how most depressed people feel, and that’s what prevents them from asking for help. There is so much stigma and so many misconceptions about depression that those who suffer from it often prefer to keep it a secret, or self-medicate with alcohol and drugs (which, of course, just make things worse), or just retreat from life altogether. Graeme Cowan suffered from such deep depression that he tried to commit suicide four times. Since he got better, he has dedicated his life to help those affected by depression and bipolar disorder.

In this book, he shares his experience, as well as that of other people, from all walks of life, that suffered from these illnesses, such as former US Representative Patrick Kennedy; TV host Trisha Goddard; former chief advisor to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell; and, former professional football player, Greg Montgomery. This makes those who suffer from depression and bipolar disorders feel less alone, and shows every reader, even healthy ones, that these illnesses can affect anyone, that those who suffer from them can lead normal lives if properly treated, and dispels some common myths about them (not all depressed people spend all day in bed doing nothing, for instance). It also has some useful information about what these illnesses are, how to recognize if you or a loved one has them, and how they can be treated. If you’re interested in the topic, I highly recommend it. You can buy it at amazon, or you can request a free excerpt here.

The Links

The race issue in the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue – Beauty Redefined

How peru balsam is harvested – Bois De Jasmin

Do stem cells in cosmetic products work? – Chemists Corner

7 lippies that offer full UV protection – 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

The dose really matters – Colin’s Beauty Pages

Sunday Survey Vol.190

1. One of your favourite TV shows from the ’90s?
Beverly Hills 90210, the early seasons. Brenda was my favourite character and after she left, the show started going downhill. Before that, I never missed an episode. I also had a huge crush on Jason Priestley, who played Brandon then. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

2. Does a shade or product name impacts your decision to purchase?
Only if it is offensive. Names such as Cougar or Size Zero, both Rodial products, are in really bad taste (actually, that’s an euphemism) and they completely put me off. Sexual names like Deep Throat or Strip Tease only slightly annoy me because I’m tired of sex being used to sell everything (seriously, how boring is that?), but if I like them and they work well for me, I’ll still buy them.

3. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
Hall Of Fame by The Script feat. Will.I.Am. It’s featured in a popular commercial here at the moment, and it’s very catchy.

4. Mini or maxi dresses?
I prefer midi these days, but if I have to choose, I’d say mini. I’m quite short so I don’t think I could pull off a maxi dress.

5. What do you think of clear glosses?
I think every girl should own one. They are very versatile. They can add shine to a lipstick, be used to create your own lip shade, as a highlighter, or even to groom your eyebrows. I don’t think it’s necessary to have more than one in your stash, though.

It’s your turn now!
1. One of your favourite TV shows from the ’90s?
2. Does a shade or product name impacts your decision to purchase?
3. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
4. Mini or maxi dresses?
5. What do you think of clear glosses?

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Ana February 23, 2014 - 11:29 am

I was the same about both Brenda and Brandon :blush: .

How do you do the blushing smiley?

Gio February 23, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Ana, they were lovely, weren’t they?

To do the blushing smile, type : oops : but without the spaces. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tavia February 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm

1. One of your favourite TV shows from the โ€™90s? I will have to go with BH 90210 as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used to collect stickers and place them in a special album that it was on sale on every shop at that time. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite was always Kelly ๐Ÿ™‚
2. Does a shade or product name impacts your decision to purchase? Yeah they do, and I have to agree with you on the sexual names that some product have these days.
3. What song is stuck in your head at the moment? Undressed by Kim Cesarion
4. Mini or maxi dresses? Maxi goes for me ๐Ÿ™‚
5. What do you think of clear glosses? I own quite a few, they are doing a really good job when you want to look totally natural or one of my lipsticks need a little push in the glossy finish. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gio February 23, 2014 - 7:44 pm

Tavia, I don’t remember any special albums being sold here, but I had a few stickers too and would stick them onto my wardrobe. My mom wasn’t that pleased. ๐Ÿ™‚

Regn February 23, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Iโ€™m very short and I wear maxi skirts every Summer. Actually, it never occurred to me that I shouldn’t wear them because of my height. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love them since they’re really comfortable – I can sit however I want and wherever I want even without wearing tights. I don’t own a maxi dress, even though I’d love to! But I still haven’t found one that isn’t too long for me. Skirts can be worn higher on my waist to adjust the length, but sadly, I can’t do that with a dress.

Gio February 23, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Regn, I don’t like how maxi dresses/skirts look on me, but if you love them, wear them with pride. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I agree, for that skirts are definitely more practical than dresses.

MonicaP February 24, 2014 - 3:15 am

1. One of your favourite TV shows from the โ€™90s?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

2. Does a shade or product name impacts your decision to purchase?
Not really, but I’m not amused by most of Nars’ cosmetics names.

3. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
Coming of age by Foster the People.

4. Mini or maxi dresses?
Maxi .. I think I’m a bit too old for a mini .. lol.

5. What do you think of clear glosses?
Love ’em! My fave is by NYX.


Gio February 24, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Monica, I agree re Nars. Their products are fab, but the names are awful!


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