Friday, November 16, 2012


*** Hello dear friends -- thank you so much again for your good wishes. I am still under the weather, and shall also be away till mid-December, with little or no access to a computer, so the shop (and blog) will be taking a little break till then. I trust to catch up with all of you in time for Christmas, and wish you a peaceful, blessed season in the meantime :) ***

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

eh sexy lady

Well, up until like, yesterday, I must have been one of the few people on the planet who didn't know what the heck this thing was all about. But when everyone's doing it at the husband's company dinner, and the kids go around humming the refrain, and one's own mother line dances to it, you think, hm, maybe I should find out once and for all.

So now I have, and am sharing it with all of you who were either as clueless as I was, or who just need a little giggle today. Beautiful, lovable, yes you, hey, yes you!

According to Wiki, "the phrase 'Gangnam Style' is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul". The singer, PSY, has said, "People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are -- it's only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are 'Gangnam Style' -- so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they're not.

"The song talks about 'the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild'. The song's refrain, 'Oppan Gangnam style', has been translated as 'Big brother is Gangnam style', with PSY referring to himself; 'Oppa' is a Korean expression used by females to refer to an older male friend or older brother. He studied hard to find something new and stayed up late for about 30 nights to come up with the 'Gangnam Style' dance. Along the way, he had tested various 'cheesy' animal-inspired dance moves with his choreographer, including panda and kangaroo moves, before settling for the horse trot, which involves pretending to ride a horse, alternately holding the reins and spinning a lasso, and moving into a legs-shuffling side gallop" (sourced from Wiki).

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

eye candy

Because I still feel crappy, and not up to much of anything else.

Clockwise from top left:
Jim Sturgess, Jude Law, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ben Barnes, 
and Jeremy Renner

Have a super lovely rest of the week.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

on eating happy

O, Puss.

Thank you so much to all of you who left me such kind, sweet messages, or emailed me with your good wishes -- it meant a lot to me! I'm not feeling 100% yet, but I know by God's grace, I soon will!

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you something I read while lolling about in bed. It's a Daily Telegraph article on Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek. Now I'm not a particularly huge fan of hers or anything (and I'm not mad about her when she's literally busting out of some barely-there outfit), but I've always found her very attractive, and I've quite enjoyed the odd films I've seen her in, like Frida, Fools Rush In, and yes, Puss in Boots (ok, well, she wasn't literally in that).

Well, if there's one thing Salma Hayek's known for, it's being curvaceous, and the article, Go forth and munch, is about just that. Dietary debates aside, I love the spunk and self-confidence, the wonderful joie de vivre she expresses here with such warmth:

"For most Hollywood actresses, strict diets and punishing exercise regimes are the order of the day. But Salma Hayek has proved the exception by proudly extolling the merits of being "chubby", saying that eating fattening food is the best way to keep looking young".

"I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine. It's not the best for fashion, but it's good for my mood," said the Mexican-born actress.

"I am happy because I eat. I am 46 -- I will not have Botox. You know why? Because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything.

"If you exercise too much and you don't eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts ageing. And you know what? You look miserable."... "The truth is, I just don't have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest. I can be happy for other people for their beauty. Learn to be happy for others and you can never run out of happiness"...

"[She] is a critic of the fashion industry's use of stick-thin models. She said: "In recent years, we have had to fight against our genetic nature to look like something we are not, to look like little boys."

"Of her career, she said: "It's a miracle that I'm still working... the worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40.

"On top of that, I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby. You name it, I have it, but here I am".

Have a spunky, inspired weekend everyone!


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