An article appeared in The
New York Times last week
about two tech bloggers who blogged themselves
to death...or so Matt Richtel, the author, would have you believing.
Russell Shaw, age 60, died of a heart attack; Marc Orchant, age 50, died
of a massive coronary. May they rest in peace. But unlike Matt Richtel,
it is my belief that wherever Russell Shaw and Marc Orchant may find
their "heaven," I will bet with you, they are blogging about the newest
heavenly gadget or
exposing heaven's gaffes.
Just recently retiring from a similar sweatshop business -- court
reporting -- I know what it's like to work 12-hour days, I know what
it's like to work out of a home, I know what it's like to be paid by the
piece -- not garments or blog posts, but pages. The more pages I wrote
in the years
a deposition or a hearing, the more money I made. Yes, it beat me up
physically. As a result, I have bulging discs at almost every level of
my spine. Yes, it beat me up emotionally. There were times that I
couldn't hold back tears when a child of two would testify in terms more
graphic as to how her uncle molested her. But if I had
the chance for a do-over, would I take it? No. I was as passionate about
court reporting as I am about life, as I am about blogging.
I am sure Russell Shaw and Marc Orchant spent too much time blogging and
not enough time taking care of their health, and if they had a chance
for a do-over, I am sure they would try to find a better balance in life,
but in death, as a result of their passion, their spirit lives on.
Summer and Spring Scent: Zents Fresh Eau de Toilette Spray
As an aficionado of clean, crisp, light scents, I spend a lot of time
sniffing my way through spas, boutiques, and department stores. While on
vacation in Boca Grande this week, I fell in love with a light spring
and summer scent --($50).
Even as I write this post, the crystal clear bottle of Fresh is snuggled
next to my laptop, taking the spot usually reserved for the Haute Dog,
Bentley the Beagle. According to this month's Prevention magazine,
"We all have a cache of fragrant memories stored in our brains, and just
a whiff of a special scent can evoke a happy, magical moment."
No doubt, my brain is part of the magical equation, but the top notes of
cucumber and green apple, with linden and heliotrope equal a heavenly
fragrance that is soft enough for a baby girl to wear and feminine
enough for a woman to wear. As a matter of fact, Fresh was inspired by
the birth of Zents Co-Founder, Michelle Nemcek-Lobo's baby girl, Ava
Sophia. In celebration of her birth, Fresh was created to elicit happy
thoughts of a newborn baby girl.
Although Fresh is pure, innocent, and energizing worn alone, many people
layer with two or three other Zents fragrances to create their signature
scent. Zents originally created signature scents for celebs before
offering their products to the public. Each of the ten modern fragrances
-- Mandarin, Earth, Fig, Fresh, Ore, Petal, Pear, Sun, Oolong, and Water
-- were created to be layered and wearable by every woman or girl, so
Zents created very gentle, not overpowering scents.
While trying to capture the photographic essence of Fresh at the pool
yesterday, my newly found octogenarian gang inquired as to why I was
swimming with a perfume bottle, flowers, a cucumber, women, and an apple. After
reporting that I was writing about Zents scents, they all wanted a Fresh
sniff. All that sniffing and spraying caught the attention of a 30-something
crowd, so they, too, sniffed and spritzed. Although the octogenarians
were less than enthusiastic about Fresh, the 30-something girls were
gaga over the scent.
If you like some of my other clean, soft, and light favorites --
Philosophy's Amazing Grace, CLEAN's Fresh Laundry, Kai, or Jessica
McClintock -- you will love-love Zents' Fresh!
What is your favorite spring/summer scent? Drop me a line and let me
Secret To Sunless Tanning When You Have Age Spots Or Freckles
From the brown streaks to the stains in my bathroom to the orange skin
that clashed with my pale pink dress, I have had my share of sunless
tanning catastrophes, but through trial and error, I finally discovered
the secret to sunless tanning when your skin is stippled with age spots
or freckles. Aging gracefully is a work in progress, but tanning
gracefully has never been my forte.
Before a trip to the beach a few years ago, I opted for the mist-on tan
at a salon. A newbie in this department, I suffered comically
embarrassing difficulties with the button inside of the booth. I
inadvertently pushed the button twice and ended up with a double dose of
dihydroxyacetone. By the time I reached my tropical destination, I
looked like an angry Jackson Pollack abstract painting -- a collection
of spasmodic splotches of brown and white.
Having arrived in Florida last week with skin as white as the snow that
I left behind in the Midwest, I needed a little tanning oomph. I
performed the requisite skills of an experienced sunless tanner: Before
bedtime, I shaved and exfoliated until I had less scales than the
indigenous Floridian crocodiles, and then I carefully applied Glow
Fusion Micro Nutrient Face and Body sunless
tanner (Sephora $58).
GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan: What
it is: A revolutionary new self-tanning technology that delivers your
perfect shade of sun-kissed glow. The first ever clear, all natural,
fast drying, odor-free, self-tanning mist. No odor. No streaking. No
staining. No kidding. What it is formulated to do:Breakthrough micro-nutrient
technology delivers a potent blend
of vitamins and powerful antioxidants to boost skin's inherent, sexy,
"lit-from-within" luminosity. The pure, natural sugarcane-derived
formula works with your skin's natural keratin proteins to create your
perfect, customized shade of glow -every time, all the time.
GlowFusion™ is completely odor-free, stain-free, and streak-free. The
crystal clear mist dries immediately, evenly, beautifully, perfectly. What else you
need to know: Lasts up to two weeks without fading. Dermatologist
tested. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types. Will not stain
fabric. Available in two formulas: light and medium.