Sunday, October 31, 2010


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I like how the lady on the GPS GARMIN says " Enter Round-about". That is all.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tarty Experiments and the Pow-wow Power of Beauty!

While I'm working on the rest of the "Peel Posts" and working through my LOLcat addiction I thought :'Let me throw in some more concepts of "what is beauty?' " I did a mini experiment as well (ooh-la-la).

"Beauty is power ; a smile is its sword" ~ Charles Reade

Is she beautiful? "Conventionally" , I don't think so. Wait , I'm not sure  . . . is she? She's a model  called Monikangana Dutta so she must be -fuzzy logic. She certainly is attractive (except for the freakishly long neck which may be classed as one those phenomena called "the photoshop disaster").

I've been asking around - people I work with , family, friends , my surprised patients. I asked men and women (even honest little children), different ages and races -what makes people beautiful?

What did they say? Their answers were peppered with tact and were painfully politically correct. This is what the Miss World Q & A has done to the world. 'It's what's on the inside that counts marshmallow marshmallow marshmallow". Maybe I didn't ask the right question. "What makes you smoking hot?" Was it the way I asked?

Some of the answers :

"It's the way a girl carries herself - her posture"

"The clothes she wears, they must suit her"

" Sparkly eyes and a warm person" - Me : "Are you being honest?"
                                                                Random person: " Haaahahahahahhaha
                                                                hahhahhahaahhaaahhaha . . . yes!"

" Beautiful people make people around them feel good"

"Personality and a nice smile"

"Well-drawn eyebrows"

I expected answers related to tangible,physical characteristics but I was surprised by the answers I got. Gee, looks like a nice bum can only get you so far. What about the "shrine of Celebrity" - why do we seem to worship the way they look and want to emulate some of them. Because they're so damn nice? What's the big deal - what's so wrong with it? Why is it during a recession the sales of red lipstick sky rocket (still looking good on a super-tight budget?)- when you look good you feel good? Or is it when you feel good, you look good? Appeal, attractiveness and beauty - are they interchangeable?

I've thought about it - there's nothing wrong with wanting to be physically attractive and putting some effort into it (make-up,fillers and some tweaking). I agree with the above answers, there are other things that make you more appealing. Your confidence,charm and your happy,positive energy. Your spell-binding demeanour .That means if you're an A-grade A_hole that brilliantly bleached set of chompers will only add to your unattractive, obnoxious aura.

To illustrate the above let me take you back to my  . . . wait I can't tell you when - you'll figure out who it is . . . let me take you back to some time in my past. There was a guy, let's call him Dither Fish ,in our class. The most crass,arrogant,intolerable guy you could ever meet.

The girls in his (all 17 of us) class would just roll their eyes at Dither. In contrast the girls in the class below, who could only fleetingly pass him in the hallway and never had to endure his inane conversation would swoon :'Oh Dither has such nice eyes" , "He has such lovely skin" ," He is so hot". At face-value he seemed drool-worthy.We could never see it though and it's not just me or my die-hard loyal friends but all 17 girls in his class.Sure if you broke it down , he had nice eyes and was "handsome" but if you knew him you'd really have to concentrate intently to see it. I still struggle to see it. Just looking good on the outside with no substance on the inside - like chocolate Easter Bunnies - yummy for a bit and than poof! nothing. After the delicious , chocolate shell is gone nothing of interest left on the inside to savour. Yup, another one of my half-arsed analogies (it's left me thinking longingly of Chocolate Bunnies).

Take home message -being attractive is a package deal , a bright,honest inside radiates out to make a pleasant outside  absolutely exceptional. Having said that people do see your outside first so there is a bit of judgement on a conscious and well as a subconscious level. " Beauty comes as much from the mind from the eye." ~ Grey Livingston

The Experiment : Plain Jane, Pretty in Purple and Pop Tart - Yip so I went around with no make-up on , looking harassed and alternated between blue jeans and track pants and this over-sized Iron Man top my brother gave me. Then I noted reactions when I dressed up well, with colours that really made me look good and the make-up was perfect. Lastly I did that whole vampy-vixen look - patterned tights, the smokiest (does that word exist?) eye I could manage and the bloody bloodiest red MAC lipper I had in my possession - what reaction do you think I got? Do people treat you differently because of the way you dress or look?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm going to try something new here! - Look out for it in Mid November

Somologica Day Spa


Address56 Hennie Alberts Street
Brackenhurst, Brackenhurst, South Africa 1448

Last week I went in for another regimA peel (blog post on the way). Above are some pics of the salon - they offer an amazing array of treatments and I'm going to try something new ! Look out for the next blog post on it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Relax that Frown!

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It is not snake poison! It is highly purified with no animal products or antigens. Only dentists and medical doctors (GPs and relevant specialities) with training should administer Botox.


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Don't hide that beautiful smile

Pamper Yourself -part 1 - Decided to split the blog up -easier to read!

Cocktail evening and Open day at the 4 Star Thaba ya Batswana Eco lodge and Spa

Thaba ya Batswana, a gem nestled in the lush Klipriviersberg koppies with it’s absolutely breath-taking views will be the venue for a fabulous open day where I will have the opportunity to show guests the anti-aging and rejuvenating power of Botox, Restylane dermal fillers and the Opalescence Professional Teeth Whitening System. There will be free demos, fabulous discounts and some great prizes. It’s time to get gorgeous!

Beautiful hey? It’s fantastic, even the parking has awesome views – I always take it in when I get out of the car.
I’ll be there from between 16:00 PM and 17:00 PM and from 19:00 onwards I will be doing demos and give-aways. I want to educate people on the safe, non-surgical ways that one can use to enhance their beauty and rejuvenate their look.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Some exquisite designs by Gavin Rajah

Gorgeous clothes, fabulous make-up , fantastic locations

TERRIBLE RANDOM THOUGHT! Facebook Flab : Expanding capacity of social networking.

My husband says a blog butt could possibly look like (__)(__) -totally flattned out bottom. Yikes . . . I better make my way to the elliptical trainer.

Also in serious danger of developing the dreaded "Twitter Thighs".

Sunday, October 24, 2010

WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE : RANDOM THOUGHT ALERT! -The force is strong with this one :)

Thought : Chocolate is fabulous !

I unapologetically love organic ,dark chocolate. you too should enjoy the guilt-free pleasure of relishing good quality chocolate.

~Dark chocolate has been proven to improve blood pressure and can also improve the metabolism of glucose.

~Dark chocolate contains high levels of naturally occurring plant flavonoids called polyphenols = loads of high-quality anti -oxidents.

~One of the type of polyphenol found in chocolate prevents fat-like(triglcerides) substances in our bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging arteries (arteriosclerosis), making blood platelets less sticky to each other.
The fat in pure chocolate contains a heart- friendly oleic acid

~The benefits of cocoa are negated when you eat milk chocolate. The proteins in milk bind to the antioxidants and make them less available to be absorbed. Same goes for Rooibos tea - don't add milk, drink it "black/red" (unrelated random thought).

~Also, most milk chocolates and white chocolate contain large amounts of sugar and full cream fat  which can adversely affect the immune system. When cocoa is processed into your favourite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce its naturally pungent taste. Flavonoids (polyphenols) provide this pungent taste. The more chocolate is processed (such as fermentation, alkalizing, roasting), the more flavonoids are lost and the more junk that's added in - hydogenated palm oil and cane sugar ( sucrose  - glucose and fructose which we cannot metabolize).

Some more deliciously dark random ramblings for the day
Deeper look into the Delights of compelling cacao

  • Blood Pressure: Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and copper - regulates blood pressure 
  • Stress: Eating a yummy piece of choc reduces stress levels; it works by stimulating the production of endorphins that fill you with euphoria (definitely puts a smile on my dial). In addition to this decadent dark chocolate  contains stimulants such as theobromine(alkaloid -not good for cats and dogs) and caffeine.
  •  Blood circulation improvement 
  • Lowers Cholesterol Levels: Dark chocolate reportedly reduces "bad cholesterol" - (LDL)
  • Boosting Immunity: The two kinds of flavonoids present in chocolates are mainly Catechins and Epicatechins (along with the gallic acid is cardio-protective) . 
  • Dip in Depression: Serotonin boost .Woohoo!
  • +++++++ Anti-oxidants

A study reported by the BBC indicated that melting chocolate in one's mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with passionate kissing, and also lasted four times as long after the activity had ended.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Beautiful in Blue

These pics are not new  but I love this sari so much so I thought I would share them. This is Shamita Shetty and this is the sari she wore at her sister's (Shilpa Shetty) wedding. Stunning , spectacular, striking, gorgeous !
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