I’m a fan of all the Marvel superhero spinoffs. One of my new favorites on TV is Agent Carter, but on the big screen The Marvel’s The Avengers brought together favorites like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and introduced characters including the Black Window (Natasha Romanoff) played by Scarlett Johansson.
What a surprisingly strong female character who knows how to kick butt with the best of the super heroes and yet show vulnerability on a base level. Now with The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening in theaters on May 1, we’re getting snips of the movie and peeks of the super heroes making red carpet appearances in real life.
At the recent premier in London, Johansson looked absolutely stunning.
If you haven’t seen her lately, she’s been wearing her hair short and blond, and every time she makes an appearance it is with impeccable style. You can’t even tell she’s had a baby in the last year, either.
For the premiere, she stepped out on the red carpet wearing what looked like a multi-colored patterned gown that turned out to actually be a very wide-legged Balmain jumpsuit. The jumpsuit, it turns out, was from the Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Johansson accessorized with Saint Laurent heels and unpretentious Balgari earrings, and her hair had grown long enough to be worn up.
While she looked great, it does make me wonder if jumpsuits are making a comeback. If you remember, we saw several of them at the Grammy Awards this year.
I don’t know why, but mentally part of me doesn’t want to see this fashion style resurrected. Not that they don’t look great on people with small waistlines, but many of us don’t fit that category.
What do you think? Are you ready to add a jumpsuit to your wardrobe, or are you keeping your fingers crossed that this is a passing fad?
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Today’s link round-up has fudge balls, storage tips, lunchbox ideas, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make paleo raw chocolate fudge balls.
Kenarry shared some home storage tips.
Homemade Interest gave us a recipe for sweet potato and asparagus hash.
A Beautiful Mess shared a secret: Elsie’s one and only hair product.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a spring lunchbox idea.
Creative Green Living showed us how to make a wall-mounted vase from recycled baby food jars.
Cupcakes and Cashmere pointed out the impact of a positive response.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess
Recently, Kelly Clarkson showed up on American Idol as a mentor to this year’s contestants. I had seen pictures of her recently, and read some of the stir about her weight gain and even some of the mean-spirited comments.
Yes, she’s heavier since her daughter River was born, but as she worked with the Idol contestants, for me anyway, all the weight stuff disappeared, as her bubbly, down-to-earth personality came through and with it, I just saw Kelly, not how much she weighs.
Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol winner. Hard to believe, but that was 13 years ago. When she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she talked about the ongoing criticism about her weight.
She said, “I love how people think that’s new. Like welcome to the past 13 years.” She went on to tell Ellen that the criticism started when she was an Idol contestant back in 2002. Even though she wasn’t big, she was the biggest girl on Idol so people called her big even then.
If you want to talk about big, I suggest we talk about Kelly Clarkson’s heart. While she has learned to let comments about her size roll off her back, she said, “I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl who’s like bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big I must be so fat to them.’ And it’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are — whatever size. And it doesn’t mean that we’re gonna be that forever.”
She went on to talk about her fluctuating size and how it depended somewhat on her mood. “I’m such a creative person that I yoyo. So sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t and I’m like … I’d rather have wine.”
That comment received a large round of applause, and then Ellen presented her with a gift that could serve as a diaper bag and wine dispenser. One side dispensed red wine and the other white. The joke lightened the mood.
Now if everyone else could just lighten up and appreciate this talented young woman and mother for who she is.
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A young Australian mom by the name of Jo Gilchrist is struggling to recover following a virulent staff infection that threatened her life and has left her partially paralyzed. How did it happen? She used her friend’s makeup brush.
According the Daily Mail Australia she started having symptoms on Valentine’s Day which started with pain in her back. It grew worse quickly and according to Ghilchrist, the pain was “worse than childbirth.”
She ended up losing all feeling in her legs and lower body, which resulted in her being airlifted to the hospital in Brisbane for emergency surgery.
Doctors found the problem to be a drug-resistant strain of staph (MRSA) called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. She had gotten it from the friend’s makeup brush she used to hide a pimple. It turns out her friend had had a staph infection on her face.
Ghilchrist said, “I had no idea that could even happen. I used to share with my friends all the time.”
Now Gilchrist who is 27 may never walk again because the infection damaged her spine. But she’s a fighter and working hard to get back on her feet with physical therapy.
In a post on Facebook she said:
“It’s been the hardest struggle I’ve ever faced. There’s been lots of sleepless nights and days spent sleeping. There’s been vomiting, tremendous pain. Tears for the unknown and tears for all the accidents. As hard as it has been I’m so lucky to have muscle power and no feeling than the other way around!”
With her hard work and right attitude, the doctors are saying her prognosis looks better. They say she might be able to walk for an hour or two a day in the future, which is better than not walking at all.
Gilchirsit agrees and has said, “I’m happy with that. I honestly didn’t even expect that.”
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Today’s link round-up has creamy broccoli pasta, a look at what keeping the peace in a marriage can do, book recommendations, and more.
A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a one-pot creamy broccoli pasta.
A writer for Mind Body Green explained why keeping the peace for eight years destroyed her marriage.
Create Craft Love taught us how to make eucalyptus spearmint bath salts.
Study at Home Mama shared 12 multi-cultural books from around the world that are similar to the Cinderella story.
Kenarry taught us how to make Southwest-style red cabbage.
Oh My Sugar High shared a recipe for chewy coconut and chocolate chip cookies.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared tips for getting the perfect cup of coffee.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry
We all have times when we don’t get enough sleep. New moms, expectant moms, moms dealing with a little one afraid of the dark, or moms with a teenager late to get home — or those of us who just have trouble sleeping for numerous other reasons.
We all know what it’s like. The morning following a sleepless night, we drag ourselves out of bed, put on our best face, and try to make it through the day. Then you hear the words, “You look tired.” What do you say? Thanks, I am?
The thing is, when I’m sleep deprived, my emotions run close to the surface. When I’m trying to just put one foot in front of the other and do my best, I don’t really hear you saying, “You look tired.” I’m hearing something more like, “You look terrible.” I force a smile, but inside I feel worse. Old…tired…unattractive.
So what can you do?
For me, it helps to take just a little time for myself. It’s all in the eyes. If I at least fight the dark circles and puffiness it makes a big difference.
For years, models have used hemorrhoid cream to tighten puffiness and reduce wrinkles. It works, but I cut it with some of my moisturizer to cut the smell before applying. (And be careful not to get it in your eyes.)
If you’re not game for this, keep a couple of spoons in the freezer and apply them to your eyes to reduce that puffiness or apply green tea bags for 3-4 minutes. For me, puffiness is the main issue.
Once I deal with the puffiness, I use a quick coat of concealer (to hide shadows under my eyes), followed by a quick application of foundation to give my skin an even tone, add a touch of mascara, and I may be tired, but I feel better because I look better.
If I have the time, I’ll put on all my makeup. It really helps me put my best face forward. So far, I’ve never had anyone tell me I look “tired” when I’ve taken this little bit of time for myself…and my eyes.
Photo credits: Kandee Johnson
Today’s link round-up has sweets, quick meals, canvas art, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make healthy carrot cake cupcakes.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared five fast meals to make in under 30 minutes.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us a DIY gamer canvas art project.
Tone It Up’s annual bikini series is starting soon and they’re sending out their start-up packages when you sign up now.
A Beautiful Mess showed us a delicious steel cut oats crème brulee recipe.
Homemade Interest showed us how to make dark chocolate cherry truffles.
Makeup and Beauty Blog showed us what she considers to be one of the cutest water bottles in the history of the world.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up has a trick for cutting rice calories in half, a DIY beaded pendant guide, frosted sugar cookie bars, and more.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a cute pendant for much less than the ones sold in stores.
Blogilates shared a trick for cutting rice calories in half.
Makeup and Beauty Blog shared a recipe for a Pink Power smoothie.
A Pumpkin and a Princess showed us how to make lavender chamomile tea soap.
Pursebuzz reviewed the new NYX highlight and contour palette.
Tastes Better from Scratch taught us how to make frosted cookie bars.
Two Healthy Kitchens showed us how to make creamy Crock-Pot chicken stew with potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and A Pumpkin and a Princess
Sweat pants are at the center of a new controversy. It all started when new mom Eva Mendes talked about her six-month-old daughter, Esmeralda, and her appreciation for motherhood in an interview with Extra’s AJ Calloway.
She talked about how much she appreciates her own mother now, that she understands so much more, but then she went on to reveal her secret rule for keeping Hollywood’s hottest leading man, Ryan Gosling happing at home.
She said, “You can’t do sweatpants… ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!”
Instead of focusing on her new appreciation for her own mother, the media ran with the sweatpants ball turning it into a controversy. Isn’t that what hooks viewers?
Boyfriend Gosling weighed in on Twitter letting people know Mendes was joking about sweatpants, but I bet that doesn’t get as much coverage.
I first heard about it on the Fox and Friends morning show when guest Dolly Parton was promoting the 30th anniversary of her theme park, Dollywood. They asked her about her stance on sweatpants.
Parton, who has been married to the same man for 48 years, said “I don’t think I’ll be getting a divorce anytime soon because I either wear tight pants or no pants.”
I about spit out my coffee. Yes, I’m sure she was kidding, and in my book it was a great come back to a rather silly question.
What do you think of sweatpants? I own a couple of pairs to wear when I work out in the winter months, but I don’t wear them like they are a pair of jeans.
My reasoning isn’t my marriage. It isn’t even style. It is my waistline.
Sweatpants allow a measure of comfort that permits the waistline to grow without any warning signs. I choose to wear pants with a waistband that warns me when they are getting too tight. The discomfort reminds me to skip seconds, to forego that dessert, and to exercise regularly.
A waistband works better for me than a scale because it’s with me wherever I go.
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