This week, I celebrated the birthdays of Diane Keaton, Alvin Alley, Capucine, Butterfly McQueen, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Soupy Sales, Steven Hawkings, Joan Baez, Vilma Banky, Pat Benatar, Sal Mineo, and Alexander Hamilton. I also celebrated the premiers of All Summer in a Day, Zoom, and Lifeboat. There were a couple birthdays and premiers that I didn’t have enough time to write up: Bob Eubanks (8th), Metropolis (10th), Judith Krantz (9th), Rod Taylor (11th), Harry Gordon Selfridge (11th). Something to add to next year’s list, I suppose.
The feature image should be a hint to a development that occurred this week. I had my first drink in nearly five years. I have had sips here and there, but not one of my own. To be fair, I didn’t finish it. I made it myself and perhaps was a slight bit heavy-handed with the gin. So what drink broke the booze boycott? A French 75. Why a French 75? you ask? Well, I think I just got it in my head that it sounded good, and it was good. We also had all the ingredients handy (like inside the kitchen, handy, we live two blocks from four grocery stores, so everything is relatively handy). I did the easy gin/lemon juice/simple syrup/champagne recipe. I served mine is a champagne flute, but think a coupe would have been better (or since I was at home, a tumbler, who am I fooling?). Perhaps you are asking why the no drinking for so long? Was it court appointed? Nope. I was just sad and needed to get my head right. Then I got my head right, but just never started drinking, then it became a thing. I am tying to make it not a thing anymore. My next drink will be a Gimlet. I hear they prevent scurvy, so basically, medicine. Here’s to my health!
Are you guys following this creature on Instagram? He is ridiculous.
Here’s this week’s Instagrams:
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2020 has started off with me switching up more of my skincare regime more than I have in probably ten years. I recently discovered The Ordinary. I am now using Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Matrixes 10% + HA, and their Natural moisturizer every morning; and toning with their Glycolic Acid 7% and Granactive Retinoid 5% in Sqalane at night. @theordinary @deciem In the shower, I use an acne scrub to get rid of the oil and fluff up my whiskers for shaving with Cremo Refreshing Mint Shave Cream and Harry's Razors. Pre de Provence salt soap for body and one of the shampoo bars from Lush for hair. @cremocompany @harrys @predeprovence @lushcosmetics Scents change frequently, I am obsessed with Chanel's Egoiste out of pure nostalgia and Aveda's Chakra 1 for it's earthiness. Deodorants are always Weleda's Sage spray and Arm & Hammer Essentials Citris (I was at the grocery store). @chanelofficial @aveda @weleda_usa @armandhammer Hair is a shea butter balm with Rudy's Barbershop Sea Salt and Clay Spray (I changed the top because the spray is too messy of a way to apply) to create the just-woke-up messiness. @rudysbarbershop I don't always use a hydrating face mist, but when I do, my favorites are Herbivore's Rose Hibiscus and Thayers Witch Hazel in Rose Petal. They are nice right before bedtime. Keep them in the refrigerator in the summer and cool off with a spritz. @herbivorebotanicals @thayersnatural For skin, I am a late-comer to the miracles of Cetaphil for body, Paula's Choice Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 for face, and Alba Sunless Tanner for color. @cetaphilus @paulaschoice @albabotanica
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Today is the 80th birthday of the 50's actor Sal Mineo. He is probably best known for his role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause". I first learned of him was from a rerun of "Mysteries and Scandals". His story is one of those Hollywood heart-breakers that you hear about: plucked from obscurity, fame, untimely death. The world is a better place that Sal was in it and still feels the loss that he left it. #SalMineo
This Week’s Liked YouTube Videos:
French 75 | How to Drink
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
2255 VERDE OAK DR – SAMUEL-NOVARRO HOUSE *my endless obsession*
The countdown continues… I have 8 days until I turn 50. I have a lot of posts planned, but I better get on it.