Monday, August 27, 2012

Bath and Body Works

It's that time of year when Hallowe'en type items start appearing on the shelves (oh goodie!). I love it, but I often have to restrain myself from buying so many spooky related items.
Last week I went to Bath and Body Works and snapped up some of the new fall items. I love autumnal smells like pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, fall leaves etc. I was really hoping they would have last years fragrance "Wicked Spiced Pumpkin", but no. :( I did pick up their Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, which is still very nice, though not quite as good.



I also got some anti bacterial soap in Creamy Pumpkin. Check out the art work.



Finally I picked up some cute little hand sanitizers.



Isn't he adorable?








And a couple of classics. :)

I found a few more on the website, that look really cute.







I will definitely go back for more "smelly items" as the BF calls them before fall is over.

What are dome of your favorite shops to go to for Hallowe'en things?

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Victorian Mustaches

Lately I have been noticing more men sporting mustaches. With the rise of hipsterism, more young men are engaging in pogonotrophy - the growing of facial hair (literally translated as beard feeding). I have observed that many of these young hipsters are taking on old Victorian styles like moustache waxing. This led me to think about the history of the stache during the 19th century.



I think a monocle and a penny farthing would complete this dapper look.

From 1800 to about 1880, beards and mutton chops were all the rage for men. It was considered that only calvary officers, dancing masters and dandies would sport a mustache alone. A full beard was also considered a sign of virility and masculinity.



Look at that fertile beard!

Notable too was that
for a precise shave one had to go to a barber (also called a chirotonsor) making it more economical to grow a full beard.
Until the mid 19th century it was not uncommon for barbers to be paid more than some doctors. The white on the barbers pole stood for shaving and the red for surgical procedures. Besides shaves, they performed bloodletting and leeching, extraction of teeth, the lancing of boils and enemas. I sure hope the enemas and haircutting were not in the same room at the same time.



The happy mutton chop. Another popular style from the mid 19th century.

Things changed during the 1880s, when the gentleman's safety razor came into popularity. No longer did one have to rely on the barbers strope and blade. A more clean shaven style became popular and fancy mustaches abounded, letting the average male express himself above his lip. Here are some examples of 19th century gentleman sporting various styles.



English mustache




Handlebar mustache




Imperial




No idea. It's somewhere between an imperial and a happy mutton chop.




Okay, enough, that's out of control!




Now that's really too much stache! And the wrong century!

After 1910 mustaches began to fade in fashion. The First World War also helped lead to this demise, as it made more sense militarily to be clean shaven for the trenches. This continued into the 20s with men favoring a clean sportier look.
These days two trends are bringing facial hair back. First as I mentioned - hipsters (I don't know why this is popular amongst them - perhaps I should ask some to find out) and secondly steampunk! With it's look back to the Victorian era, one cannot think but to wax one's mustache in nostalgia.
What is your take on facial hair on men? Are you for it? Or only for certain styles?

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Birthday

It's been a while since I've posted, so I thought I'd give a little update. I've been on vacation this week, though am currently wiped out with a cold. I am lying on the couch with my tissues and tea. Not the greatest way to spend my 38th birthday. But at least I am on holiday! :)
Seeing as my birthday (yesterday) was in the middle of the week, I celebrated with friends this past weekend. I went to the local goth night on Saturday with my lovely BF, Ms. Chloe, alternative model Joan V and her boyfriend (and former bandmate of mine) Zlatan. It was a quiet evening at the bar, but we enjoyed dancing to an excellent selection of music and watching Poltergeist projected on the wall.



Chloe was really rocking a 1920's look too. I said she was very "flapper goth".

On Sunday I got together with more friends, including those listed above, for dim sum. After we went back to my place for cake and ice cream. All in all a successful birthday!


Ms.Chloe, Joan and Zlatan waiting for dim sum goodness to arrive



Rob, Rene and a shy Seth




Richel enjoying brunch




Me and cake!

I enjoyed having my friends and beloved around to celebrate. They are truly wonderful! Here's to another year. :)
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Theme - Bows



 

Miss Victorian Kitty from Sophistique Noir, has again set us for a monthly fashion theme - this time it's bows. I've never been a big fan of bows personally. I've generally found them a bit too girly for me. A few in moderation or placed in just the right spot can be quite lovely though. I don't have many things with bows on them, but I did pick up these lovely hair clips at a local store called Rockabetty.




Little bows with coffins on them. Squee! So cute!



These are my kind of bows. :)

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