Rage Against Suburban Zombie-ism
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Skin
in Revolt

I don't know if this is a good/bad thing, but whenever I go on vacay, I bring a crap loada samples that I have instead of bringing full sizes.  So my skin care routine does change.

(If I'm going to a resort, I *suppose* I could bring some samples for the maids, but some of this shit is pretty complex, re:  serums, primers, retinol, anti-aging, lait corporel, etc. etc.  I'm a native English-speaker and it barely makes sense to me, I literally hafta Google stuff that isn't a straight-up cleanser or cream.  So I think it would be pretty pointless if I left these things to someone who barely even speaks, never minds reads and understands all these terms...in another language!)

The past coupla vacays, with 2 separate weather conditions, I've noticed that I got a bunch of tiny whiteheads while in a humid climate and extremely dry, eczema type skin + whiteheads while in a drier, ever changing climate which was sometimes windy.  Gross, I know!  Thank God I was almost leaving during that chapped phase.

Currently, my face is still in recovery mode.  I have gone back to my regular routine, plus more moisturizing, and more exfoliating with a facial brush.  I have not gotten sucked into that expensive Clarisonic cycle!!!

So is this reaction, as evident on my face, a result of using the wrong products or a sign that I should just get the fuck out of my new environment??

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posted by Stephania at 10:08 pm
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WDAD???

This entry is NOT an answer to the burning question of what exactly Asifa from Shahs of Sunset does as a form of income.  The only clue I have is that she keeps referring to herself as a "business woman" or "entrepreneur", but the show never exposes the answer.  I was just wondering the same thing myself.

Depending on the day, if cameras were to follow me, people might wonder the same about me, but then again, I'm not on tv!


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posted by Stephania at 5:39 pm
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Thursday, April 02, 2015


After experiencing the disappointment of the Nordstrom Warehouse sale, I found this quote which simplifies just about everything that everyone seems to be coveting nowadays.  Don't wanna do any shoutouts, but I think you all know what "affordable luxury" items that I'm referring to.

Just some food for thought to digest before your roasted lamb/Easter ham/#gefiltefishblues/matzo meal!  

FYI, the roasted lamb is much better than matzo.

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posted by Stephania at 5:33 pm
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A Social Media
Time-thefuck-Out

After about a week of checking out #Insta in order to hawk my wares, here are my impressions:

1. I feel slimy getting followers. Not sure how I do that aside from 'following' other people.  It's sort of a double-edged sword though 'cause in order to sell my stuff, it's absolutely necessary for me to gain followers, but I ain't in grade school any more;


2. I'm sorta OCD, so it's not good for people like me.  Another thing to contribute to the downfall of my sleep hygiene;

3. I feel as though I've been scrolling through an unending photo commercial for: cars, watches, models, & questionable cam girls who probably won't give it up;

4. I can see the whole connecting with strangers who have similar interests, so that's a bonus;

5. Seems like an acceptable way for people to flaunt their "wealth" - in quotes 'cause I'm sure people just take random pics of other people's luxury items in order to perpetuate themselves as rich.  Insecurity expressed through photos, puke-worthy imho;

6. Takes up A LOT of time...if you let it, and;


7. I haven't sold one thing yet, so it takes time to build your followers.


Honestly, I am glad that I'll be going on vacay to the Westcoast, so perhaps I can recapture some zen in my life.


Looking forward to my media break...but apparently, my phone plan will work there too!

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posted by Stephania at 5:13 pm
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pur
...garbage

Ok, I'm really not that hateful, I just couldn't help but use the name of the gum in the title to describe what I really think of this product.

As an impulse purchase, perhaps my first even, I grabbed a pack of this aspartame-free gum in the Pomegranate flavour.  Like this HUGE pack as photo'd!  Since I was dehydrated, I ripped open the package in front of the cashier and threw a Chiclet-shaped/sized gum into my mouth.  And literally, right after I chewed through the shiny and hard exterior, all the flavour had dissipated.  

ZERO flavour remained as I stepped out of the store.

So in terms of fulfilling the purpose of gum, which is to freshen one's mouth, pur fails, BIG-TIME.  Why even create aspartame-free gum when it's gonna be inferior to regular gum??  

And just because an item is sold at Whole Foods and has a funky accent umlaut in the name, means squat.  Now what the heck am I going to do with the rest of this huge, freakin' package?

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posted by Stephania at 4:53 pm
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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

No one told you
to wait

Maybe I've been watching too much of the #OWNNetwork - my Forensic File channel was cut, so OWN was the next best thing 'cause it has similar crime shoes - but I had an ah-ha (ha ha!) moment today.  So thank you, Oprah??

If you know me, you'll know that I have a Jane Job in retail that I've had for a long time. At this particular place, there are some pretty crazy, rude, crazy & rude ass people...I think more so than any other store. I've never worked at Walmart, but I can imagine they have some pretty fucked up customers as well. 

Anyway, one customer who seemed quite perturbed summoned me and said, "When is the jewelry going to be brought out...can you FIND out??!! I've been waiting for an hour!"  I've dealt with this guy before and he's an arrogant jerk who thinks he knows it all. 

So I go to the back room and ask the supervisor, quoting the customer, verbatim.  (Personally, I wanted to tell him that it was going to be a while, so he should go ahead and fuck right off!) 

The supervisor, who is a very patient individual, tells me to quell the customer by saying something ambiguous so he doesn't leave.  And she added, "No one told him to wait." 

Today, that sentence, "No one told you to wait" came to my mind and is very relevant to many things in life:

- No one told you to wait...for the right person to come along, so please don't take your loneliness and frustration on other couples who are happy

-  No one told you to wait...for your ex to suddenly wake up from his long-term relationship/marriage, realise that he made a mistake, and call you up

- No one told you to wait...until the right job opportunity to come along, so don't complain about the current job that you're in, how you hate so-and-so at work, or the terrible things that they're making you do 

- No one told you to wait...for you to put yourself first, so stop blaming others, including yourself for being out of shape and eating crap 

DO. SOMETHING. ABOUT. IT. 

There's nothing I can't stand more than complainers because it's a form of passive-aggressiveness which is passive.  They're not happy people, so no one around them is allowed to be happy.  It's totally negative and no one has time for that!  <-- even="" font="" make="" nor="" should="" they="" time.="">

When I eventually write a self-help/autobiography, maybe the title of my book - or at least one chapter - will be:  No one told you to wait.

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posted by Stephania at 1:22 am
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Death of the
designer purse

China has singlehandedly killed the designer purse. 

Real or fake, I literally cringe on the inside whenever I see either a quilted Chanel or any Louis V - so ugly!

Where do we go from here??  

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posted by Stephania at 12:51 am
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Sorta.

Announcement:  I'm on #Instagram...sorta.

Today, it was a decision of either study for something mega boring (*yawn*) OR figure out how Insta works so I can make some $$$ while cleaning out my closet at the same time.  And guess what I choose?  You guys know me so well.  ;)

I've been opposed to the idea of this popular photo sharing site 'cause it brings to mind KUWTK - I don't watch, btw - or chicks taking trashy selfies.  (Sorry to disappoint, if that's what you think I was gonna do!)  However, a friend reminded me that Insta's becoming the new way to list your stuff and sell sorta like eBay.  I kinda came across this concept a few months ago, but I guess it didn't 'click' at the time.

(I've fallen out of love with eBay.  It still may be my preferred method to buy, but def not sell!  I've gotten screwed over soo many times as a seller that it's not even funny!  Plus, their fees don't really justify the lack of justice for scammy buyers who seem to be in abundance on that site.  These people take advantage of that "Money Back Guarantee".)

And tonight, I'm gonna get a younger coworker to give me a tutorial 'cause after hours of fiddling with it and uploading a few pics, I still didn't quite get all the features.  Plus, for all those non-Instagram users, you CANNOT upload pics directly from your laptop, so I also hafta figure that out later on.

Once I've mastered this new-to-me form of social media, I'm definitely gonna use it to my advantage on my other "project".  And TRUST ME, I may be the first to delve into this idea and that makes me soo excited!!!

For those of you who have missed me, I've missed writing too.  I'm okay, just busy with other forms of social media and hafta get some specific learning out of the way, before I can focus on writing again.

I'm looking forward to getting back into doing what I love...writing!

Stay tuned and here's to me not feeling like a complete
of Instagram!

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posted by Stephania at 12:44 am
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fuck the
Oscars.

Years ago, I stopped watching/caring about the Oscars. In latter years, I would just watch for the red carpet, but why waste my time if it's all truncated on the blogs...live as it happens / available the next morning or whenever I have time to scroll through the pics??

Film-wise, it's about entertainment for me.  What do I feel like watching at that particular moment?  If it's not about entertainment, my choice will most likely be a documentary.  Not just about anything, but I have to be interested in the topic that's being presented.  If it's neither about entertainment nor education, it'll usually be a writer/director type movie that's well done with a good message.

And based on the recommendation/reminder from a FB friend, I finally got to see Beyond The Lights last night from the writer/director, Gina Prince-Blythewood (Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees).

As per the trailer, expect Beyond The Lights to be cheesy at times, but not in a Nicholas Sparks someone's-got-cancer saccharin sort of way.  Beyond the romance, this film is a great example of what casting does to a movie.  (Surprisingly, Minnie Driver almost outshone the female lead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.)  And beyond the casting, there is a solid message that's never too late to hear!

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posted by Stephania at 2:11 pm
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

love!


need?
want!
#takemymoney

I'm not up on the current shoe trends - or any trend for that matter - but apparently Stuart Weitzman's 'Nudist' (4" - too high for me) / 'Nudistsong' (3"+ - just right!), this simple, single strap, minimalist pumps were the IT shoe of Spring...2014!  And of course, I just found out about them. 

Personally, I think Louboutins are overrated.  Uncomfortable.  Overpriced.  And waaay too narrow for my feet - although they are pretty to look at, they're just not practical for everyday wear.  I'd much prefer SWs!!! 

If you can't afford the $425CAD+ price tag, here is a link of look-alikes.  However, I may cave for the real deal!  Manolo also has a similar style called Chaos, but they will set you back $950CAD!

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posted by Stephania at 11:18 pm
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Now this is
truly offensive.

So apparently Mae White is the "DUFF" in this flick, a.k.a. designated.ugly.fat.friend. Like how fucking offensive is that especially when she's neither ugly nor fat?!?!

Hollywood has got to start recruiting more regular looking people!

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posted by Stephania at 10:24 am
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Year of the Ram
...for Snake

Here's part of my Chinese horoscope on love...

"Thanks to your innate caution and suspiciousness you won’t jump at the first pretty face you see and you will not be fooled by the first compliment addressed to you. The Snake knows very well that a lot of times bright colours and seductive aroma only signify that a plant is a predator that will leave only horns and hooves after it’s done with its prey. No one wants to go through a devastating affair and find themselves on a roadside of life with empty pockets and aching heart"

More:http://www.gotohoroscope.com/2015-horoscope/chinese-2015-horoscope-snake.html

but I think it's applicable for people in general.

Click here to check your (truncated) Chinese horoscope!

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