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By the way when I turned my album in, my mom cooked! This was just a few nights ago and I thought, this “seat at the table” thing has so many algorithms. It takes on so many different meanings and spaces. The reason why it was so important for the first time for anyone to hear an interview or to hear me talk about this record be in connection with my mother is because the album is also a tribute to both my mother and my father. I think that I feel extremely privileged that my parents went through all of the pain, trauma, and the weight of being two young Black people who came from not much at all and who were able to dream big and manifest it. When I think about this record, I think about my mother starting her hair salon in the garage of our home and the amount of countless hours that she spent on her feet to take it from there to a place with twenty-five employees and becoming one of the most popular, successful salons in Houston. I think about my father growing up extremely poor and in poverty and dreaming big enough to become who he is and taking a spare office in our house and turning it into a record label and a management company.

A Seat At The Table

Things your esthetician/stylist wishes they could tell you...

I’ve worked in a few different salons. I have fond memories of working with strong women, harsh chemicals, and tedious tasks. Don’t get me wrong here- the people working on your hands, feet, faces, hair and body parts LOVE THEIR WORK- but there are a few things that you should know, that will make their lives a little bit easier. Now that I’m not working in the industry, I have nothing to lose by writing, and sharing this with you. I hope that my former coworkers, some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known, will benefit from it. 

If you have a positive experience and like the person who does your service- book your next appointment with her before you leave the salon/spa. I cannot stress this enough. Many of the shifts in the salon industry are given based on appointments booked- so if this awesome stylist/esthetician that you just had doesn’t have pre-booked appointments- she also might not have work. I know you’re busy- and you don’t know what your schedule is going to look like in the next few weeks/months… but by prebooking (you can always change your appointment later) you could be ensuring that your esthetician has a job. Even the greatest, most experienced salon professionals depend on their repeat clients. Plus- you’ll only be able to blame yourself if you don’t pre-book and suddenly you can’t get your christmas-tree nail art done on Christmas eve because the ONLY girl who does nail art is totally booked. BE THE REPEAT GUEST!

If you make an appointment- show up for it. If you can’t make it- call to cancel. Often times, if you don’t show for a 2 hour hair appointment, it means that your stylist loses 2 hours of pay. If you call to cancel, your stylist will likely be able to find someone else to take your spot, and not lose money. I would hate to think that my actions directly impacted someone’s ability to pay their rent, but when you don’t come to your appointment, and you don’t give heads up, that’s exactly what can happen. Not to mention, if you make a habit of it, you could get blacklisted and not be able to get your favorite person to work on you next time. 

These people WILL do their best. You are literally a walking advertisement for these professionals. So, when you ask for something, they will do everything in their power to make it happen. HOWEVER- if you box-dye your hair black, and are expecting to leave the salon as a platinum blonde, you are likely to be disappointed. If you want a beautiful french manicure but you pick at your cuticles and bite your nails, you are likely to be disappointed. If you tweeze your eyebrows between visits, but want to look like Kim Kardashian, you are likely to be educated in the wonders of makeup (and possibly disappointed). 
Realistic expectations aren’t always easy- but they’ll make everybody’s life better. TRUST these stylists when they advise against something, and know that if an esthetician says that a french manicure might not turn out like you hope- she’s going to try her darndest to make it happen anyway.

Body hair needs to be long enough to lay flat, or it won’t get picked up by the wax. HAVING SAID THAT- if you your hair is long enough to curl around your finger… it’s too darn long. Hair that is too long WILL wax but it will hurt about 13,250,000x more than if the hair was the appropriate length. What’s that length? About as long as your pinky fingernail, or the eraser on a pencil. That’s the sweet spot. Too much longer, and it’s gonna hurt significantly more- too much shorter, and the hair won’t lift.  If your esthetican provides you with a wipe or cleansing option- use it. I don’t think I need to explain that one- just be considerate. If you have questions about waxing- ask them. DO NOT TAN! For goodness sake! This might sound like anti-cancer propaganda (but seriously- it’s 2015), but your skin can legitimately lift right off… leaving you AND your esthetican scarred for life. Don’t tweeze between appointments unless advised otherwise. There’s probably lots more- but those are the main ones, I think.

Some people like things to be done ‘Just Right’. Nothing wrong with that, folks. You like your french lines thick? Like your bangs SUPER-blunted? Want light pressure during your massage? GREAT- give your service provider a heads up. They might be great at chit-chat, and remembering how you like your coffee… but they’re not mind readers. They would MUCH rather (I promise) have you give explicit detail as to what you want, then have you ask them to redo their work after completion. I can verify that there is honestly nothing more frustrating than finishing a job to a point where you are satisfied and having your client say- “Oh… those french lines are really thin- could you make them thicker?”
If you notice that something isn’t quite what you like- tell them right away! 

Massage therapists and estheticians especially work in very close, closed-off quarters. If they’re rubbing your face/head/etc and you’re breathing your very thankful, but infected breath all over them… they’re going to get sick. They know it too, as they’re sitting there. You’re breathing through your mouth, or dripping from your nose all over the place- and they’re thinking *I can feel myself getting sick already*. 
They 100% can’t afford to be sick, I promise. So if you’re a walking illness factory- rebook for when you’re feeling better.

Tip with cash. Tip with cash. ALWAYS try to tip with cash! This doesn’t just apply to the salon environment- but every environment. Cash tips are easily accessible, and often can be spared the vigorous taxation process that debit/credit tips go through. Also- try to remember to bring a tip, even if you’re using a gift card. **If you’re not tipping, start tipping**

If you are late, for example, and are booked for a manicure.. and you request a french manicure, with extra glitter and a painting of the statue of liberty on your index finger, and your middle name spelled out in Hebrew on your thumb… your nail tech/esthetician will do their best to make it happen. IF, however, they can’t- it’s probably not their fault. There’s a good chance that she’s already running late for her next client, has had to skip/shorten her lunch, or was done her shift 20 minutes ago. Try hard to be patient and understanding. They will always try to make you happy- but some things just can’t be done.

There’s nothing more flattering than a client referral. Word of mouth is a salon professional’s best advertising. Spread the word. Post pics on instagram/facebook/tumblr… tell the world that YOUR STYLIST/NAIL TECH/MASSAGE THERAPIST/ESTHETICIAN is the best!

If your esthetician nips your cuticle accidentally or doesn’t quite capture the brow shape you want… or your hair stylist just can’t quite match the Jennifer Anniston picture you brought in (she’s probably crying about it in the staff room), it’s totally okay to let front desk know. It’s SO NOT OKAY to give front desk a third-degree about customer service, standards, business, or anything else. The front desk people who work in spas and salons have to deal with SO MUCH MORE than you will likely ever know- so just be patient and kind to them, and it’ll pay off.

If they’re giving you product recommendations, lifestyle tips, food recommendations, service recommendations… listen to them! They want what’s best for you, I SWEAR. If your nail tech says 'hand lotion would really help with your hangnails’- she means it. If your stylist says 'you really should try to come in for a cut more often, it would help your hair to grow longer’- she means it. If your esthetician says 'drink more water and your skin won’t be as flaky’- she means it. If your massage therapist says 'practice some deep breathing and stress relief techniques to help your tense shoulders’- she means it. You see what I’m getting at here? They don’t have a hidden motive. They really just want to see you be the best you can be! Listen to their advice, and ASK for recommendations if you need them.

12.) BE KIND
Okay, last one. This applies to everybody all the time, of course- but I’m speaking specifically about salon/spa professionals here. Think for a moment about the work they’re doing for you. Clipping your toenails because you just haven’t had time? Washing your hair for you and doing that amazing scalp-rub thing? Rubbing the stress-knots out of your butt-cheeks? Try not to drop lines like: “Ugh.. if I had to touch feet, I’d gag.” or “I don’t know you can put your hands on people’s bare skin like that.” or “I could never wash someone’s stinky head.” - That’s actually really insulting. These people have CHOSEN this career path, so respect it. These people do some incredible things for us. Let’s all be nice to them. 

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on growing out blunt bangs without looking like a complete mess?

Nope! Growing out your bangs is the actual worst, you’re going to look crazy.
BUT, my advice to you is, get your bangs texturized at a salon (most bang trims are free or $5) they’ll grow out a lost smoother, and look less like you’re closing the blinds on your face, and two, 
don’t fall into temptation. You are going to want to cut them every single day, don’t do it. 

I long to be an 18th century Parisian salon hostess, a salonniérre, with a fondness for intelligent men, listening to them speak at length about philosophy, about politics, about art, about literature. To be deemed “fort jolie” even by the harshest of critics, with sparkling wit in my eyes and in my veins. I’d be fashionable and elegant, but unpretentious. I’d receive scented letters that simply said “Ce n'est plus une ardeur dans mes veines cachée: c'est Vénus tout entière à sa proie attachée” in elegant cursive every day. Who from? Nobody knows! My anonymous admirers are numerous.

I’d be the toast of the high society and wits and “philosophes” but still a good time girl; the cleverest, prettiest, kindest, most good hearted of salon hosts. In short, a girl who could quote Molière with the best of ‘em and a champion of equality, the equality of the sexes especially, to boot.

One of my history crushes is Emile Friant, who was a brilliant French painter from 1863-1932. He was born in Dieuze but had to flee when the Prussians invaded. His works were exhibited at the Paris Salon for most of his life and he even received the Legion of Honour. Also he’s really cute and he’s paintings are beautiful :D This is his work ‘Autoportrait’

Théodore Géricault’s Morgue Studies, 1819. 
Pioneering French Romantic artist Théodore Géricault is best known for painting The Raft of the Medusa. The over-life-sized artwork depicts the survivors of a real-life shipwreck attempting to escape the scene, signaling to a ship on the horizon. The incident itself was devastating (those set adrift resorted to cannibalism, and only 15 of 147 people on the raft made it). The accident became a public spectacle and scandal due to an inept captain who abandoned crew and passengers, and an attempted cover up by political officials. Hoping to launch his career, Géricault set about painting the aftermath of the accident with obsessive dedication. His studies for the final work were based on interviews with survivors, scale models of the raft, and trips to the morgue and hospitals. Human remains were often loaned to artists for anatomical study, and Géricault soon amassed a collection of putrid body parts to help inform his work. His neighbors didn’t take kindly to the smell. The final painting caused a controversy when it appeared at the 1819 Paris Salon. However, most of his studies of those rotting corpses remained in his studio until his death.

Milady’s options

Only tangentially related to Milady, really, and triggered by something I saw in a post about how Milady’s only options as a 17th century woman would be menial jobs, prostitution or marriage. (But then, the show has been written by people who assume that “slave trader” was a reasonable option for a woman from Paris and that “assassin” was a job description on the payroll of the queen’s household, so.)

Even if Milady was a 17th century woman and not a fictional character written by 21st century writers in a very much non-17th century setting, she would have had plenty of choices what to do with her life. If the show had not been written by idiots, and if the writers had not been perpetuating the stereotype that “historical accuracy” means that women never had normal jobs and never contributed to societal and economic developments before the Suffragette movement rolled along.

Okay, so let’s say “menial jobs” are beneath Milady, such as seamstress, embroider, lace-maker, weaver (NB, not all of France is Paris; Tours was the centre of the silk industry, go to Tours, you stupid woman, and get a job there), milliner, shopkeeper, landlady of an inn/hotel, baker/confectioner, a merchantess running her own business (marry a merchant, off him after the wedding, you great big assassin, and inherit his business), etc. 

Let’s assume that Milady is intelligent (as most people appear to see her), ambitious, capable, and a quick learner. She was a count’s wife and the king’s mistress, so she must have some useful social and marketable skills. If there was a job she wanted, what should have stopped her?

Oh, right. Idiotic writing. And the idiotic belief that Women In The Past didn’t have jobs.

Copiously quoted from the “Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance”:

Despite the legacy of a misogyny deeply embedded in classical and medieval literature, fifteenth-century humanism provided a gateway for women into the literary and cultural mainstream. The new humanist curriculum introduced a roster of studies that appealed to both women and men. The new humanist curriculum produced women who published works in every literary genre, served unofficially as their husbands’ foreign ministers, acted as regents and coregents of their states, directed their children’s educations, practiced medicine, wrote treatises on every branch of knowledge, and became abbesses and nuns who taught in convent schools.

[…] In the cities and the courts, a few women worked as painters, miniaturists, composers, musicians, singers, and printers. Many such women worked in the ateliers and shops of their fathers. Other women plied their trades as artists and composers under the auspices of a convent.

What is this? Female professions that go beyond “wife”, “sex worker” or “assassin”? Who would’ve thought it!

Misogyny and sexism in the professional sphere does not mean that women didn’t have jobs. It means that their work was not as highly valued and highly paid as men’s, and that their contributions often weren’t recorded.

If menial jobs are beneath her, have some more glamorous ones:

Alchemist - Because there was no formal training in alchemy in universities, guilds, or colleges, women could access alchemical knowledge in the same way that most men did: by cobbling together an alchemical education from a few vernacular texts, by learning techniques from other practitioners, or perhaps by buying a recipe from another peddler of alchemical secrets. Women could also draw on their experience with traditional activities that utilized similar techniques, such as distilling water and cooking. Marie Meurdrac’s “Accessible and Easy Chemistry for Women” was published in 1666.

Nun (in a convent of her choice) – Convents provided protection for women, as well as an education, albeit limited, and they offered nuns a certain autonomy of action not possible for most women in the secular world. Their sphere of action was not limited to the private world of their community, since convent women lived off income from properties they owned, money they lent, and the sale of produce and handicrafts. Convent education and freedom from family responsibilities offered nuns the opportunity to study and to write. In many convents a recorder was appointed to keep account books or to document the history of their foundation and the events of their lives. […] Special convents were founded for reformed prostitutes and for poor girls in danger of turning to such a life. Beginning in the early sixteenth century new orders were founded that were dedicated to educating young women outside convent walls;

Writer – Women had an honored place in literary society by the end of the sixteenth century. A lineage of writers and translators, associated with virtuous household academies and represented as paragons of “learned virtue,” had proved to the intellectual elite that education made women not domestic liabilities but instead positive contributors to family honor and literary culture.

Salonnière (because women who ran salons were not habitually burnt at the stake OMG and Milady actually proved in-universe that she could move around in a salon environment) - In literary contexts, the term “salon” is most often associated with the women of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in France, such as Catherine de Vivonne (1588–1665), the marquise de Rambouillet, renowned for her chambre bleue, her salon for the intellectuals and courtiers who frequented the Hôtel de Rambouillet, and Madeleine de Scudéry (1607–1701), famous for her samedis, or the Saturday meetings of her salon circle, and also author or the longest novel ever published (Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus).

Makeup, cosmetics, perfume maker - Although the craft of cosmetic enhancement was known to women from the ancient times, it is in the Renaissance that its use became increasingly widespread. Perfumes were an expensive and highly sought-after commodity; create a good perfume recipe and off you go.

Medical professional - Women made important contributions to medical practice and theory during the Renaissance in Europe. Their work encompassed a broad range of areas of medical expertise, from nutrition and hygiene to gynecology and obstetrics. Moreover, outside of the health care fields, which were seen as “women’s domain,” they also participated in spheres where both men and women worked as medical providers, such as in surgery and optometry.

In the early seventeenth century, the celebrated surgeon and midwife Maria Colinetia, the wife of a surgeon, traveled throughout Germany demonstrating procedures and is credited with the technique of removing iron splinters from the eye with a magnet. Mary Trye, who trained under her father, published in 1675 one of the first medical manuals for women, her “Medicatrix, or the Woman-Physician”.

In Catholic France, hospital governance transferred from ecclesiastical authorities to lay municipal administrators, but the everyday health care work of women continued to underpin medical services. In some towns, the nuns remained the nursing personnel, but in other cities they were replaced by laywomen. In France, the first licensing regulations were established for Parisian midwives in 1560. [Contraception methods included] medical techniques such as inserting vaginal pessaries of rue and ground lily root combined with castoreum, administering douches designed to cool the womb, and using barrier methods.

Pharmacist - A large number of laywomen were experts in the concoction of medical remedies. Like learned physicians, women used their medications to treat a wide variety of illnesses, including dysentery, ague, fevers, headaches, toothaches, and epilepsy.

Printer - For centuries, scholars have placed women at the margins of the early modern book industry, this in sharp contrast to their contributions as illuminators and scribes in late medieval manuscript production. Knowledge of women’s roles in the early book industry is hampered by scattered and incomplete sources. Chief among these are the books themselves. Even when she published a book, only rarely would a woman sign her name in the colophon.

A printer’s business - even that of a modest typographer - was not usually limited to one shop but rather included multiple shops (for the storage of supplies or purposes of accounting) attached to his place of residence. It was a printing house where business and family often overlapped. Thus, though she might be barred from the printing shop itself, the wife or daughter of a printer could learn other facets of his business, such as bookkeeping, binding books, and preparing paper for printing. Marry a printer, you great accomplished seductress, off him after the wedding, and inherit his business, sorted!

Theatre actress, manager, playwright - European women of the fifteenth through early seventeenth centuries participated in both public and private theatrical activities not only as audience members, but also as playwrights, translators, actresses, patrons, shareholders, employees of theaters, and leaders of acting troupes.

Records of professional French actresses began to appear at the end of the sixteenth century in conjunction with the famous actor Valleran le Conte and his acting troupe. By the latter part of the seventeenth century, Frenchwomen performed regularly both at court and in the public theaters. They also served as theater professionals of another kind: as costumers, ushers, and box office managers. More important, talented actresses earned a share or quarter share in companies and therefore gained a voice and a percentage of the profit.

Translator (Milady presumably speaks English) - The importance of translation in the Renaissance cannot be overestimated. It brought the newly discovered classical texts to a wider audience; it helped circulate the currents of religious debate throughout the Reformation and Counter-Reformation; and it made vernacular works available to a new readership.

Of the approximately one hundred early modern French women writers whose works we know, over 10 percent published translations of ancient or modern vernacular texts, either in manuscript or printed editions. […] Although they were excluded from the colleges, universities, and academies, where translation was a standard part of the curriculum, the works of these women translators reflect the various approaches to translation current in Renaissance France. Such women writers as Anne de Graville, Marie de Cotteblanche, Claudine Scève, Anne de Marquets, Marguerite de Cambis, and Marie de Romieu translated popular Italian and English works into French.

Post brought to you by my ongoing irritation with showrunners and audiences alike who persistently claim that the only jobs available to Women In The Past were “wife”, “domestic servant” or “fallen woman”. Not every “Past” is set in the Jane Austen pastoral English province or Dickensian Victorian London.

Post dedicated to Marie de Gournay (1565–1645), professional writer in Paris, moral philosopher, polemicist for the equality of women, novelist, philologist, and husbandless all her life.

GOD people always attack viet nail salon workers for speaking in viet because apparently if they’re not speaking english they must be talking shit!!! even though most of these nail salon workers are immigrants that barely speak english but are working 7 days a week to support their families!! and then when they do speak english people mock them for not being 100% fluent lmao. nail salon workers are always disrespected and if they’re talking shit about you (even though they’re probably not) you deserve it.


Hugues Merle - Mary Magdalene in the Cave [1868] by Gandalf
Via Flickr:
The French academic painter Hugues Merle gained acclaim during his lifetime for his idealised depictions of family life and of historical and religious subjects. He was often associated with his friend and rival, William-Adolphe Bouguereau; in fact, their shared dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, urged Bouguereau to add to his pictorial repertoire Merle’s interpretation of familial love, which had defined his most successful Salon entries during the 1840s through the 1960s. Whether imaging modern-day Madonnas with children, Susanna at her bath, or, as here, Mary Magdelene, Merle favoured emotion-filled, often seductive, facial expressions and languid bodies to connote drama and pathos. Indeed, his Mary Magdelene emerges as the enraptured captive of Christ’s love. 

 [Heritage Auctions - Oil on canvas, 45.1 x 59.7 cm]

Antoni Cierplikowski (1884 – 1976 in Poland) became the world’s first celebrity hairdresser. He opened the salon Antoine de Paris in Paris and became known as Monsieur Antoine. He created the iconic “garconne” hairstyle for the likes of Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker, and Edith Piaf. He opened a salon in New York which became the most fashionable hair salon in America.

azthiszemidekenevalami: Sooooo, could you write a solangelo AU, where Will is a hairdresser and Nico is his last ‘patient’ of the day, and Nico is almost fall asleep while Will washing his hair? :D something fluffy and cute trash *.*

Since I got my hair cut off today (all nine inches), here’s this one.

Will had a pretty quiet Thursday, all things considered. He had a few regulars come in and one little boy, but for the most part, the salon was really dreary and dead. He was about ready to pack up and head home when Kayla handed him a receipt. 

“Last one for the night.” 

Will glanced down at the paper. Nico di Angelo. He had a petty name. Will put the paper on his dresser and walked to the front of the salon. He found his last appointment reading a magazine. He was short but lean and muscular, with a deep olive skin tone and longish black hair, incredibly attractive. Will figured he’d get a trim and be on his merry way, allowing Will to go home to his silent apartment and watch Netflix.


Nico’s head snapped up and he set the magazine aside, standing up to confirm Will’s suspicion that he barely hit five foot. Will himself was six foot two inches. Will smiled at him and Nico’s shoulders relaxed. “You’re with me tonight.” He walked him back towards his section. “I’m Will.” 

Nico obediently sat down in the black leather chair and Will threw a cape around him. He pushed the chair up and turned him to face the mirror. “What are we doing tonight?” He pulled a brush out and started to comb through Nico’s hair, which was already silky soft.

“My sister says I need to get it trimmed, get it out of my eyes.” He had a very faint accent that Will couldn’t quite place. 

“Well, I agree with her on that. You have very pretty eyes.” Will brushed the hair out of his face. “You shouldn’t hide them.” Nico turned a dark scarlet and Will smiled to himself. “Alright, Nico,” Will turned his chair around away from the mirror, “we’ll get you washed up and then trimmed.”

Will led him to the sinks in the back, away from where Kayla was happily chatting with her last appointment. Nico laid back in the chair and closed his eyes. Will tuned the water on and began to run his fingers through his hair.

Will got through shampooing before the silence was too much. “So where are you from?” Kayla had already left, sweeping up and starting to close up for the night. Will’s long fingers scrubbed Nico’s scalp and he knew from experience just how good that it felt.

When no response came, Will glanced down at Nico, whose eyes were still shut. His breathing was slow and even and with a laugh, Will realized that he had fallen asleep. Will finished washing his hair, humming quietly to himself. When he was done, he gently shook Nico’s shoulder.

“Nico? I can’t really cut your hair if you’re asleep.”

Nico opened his eyes and he almost instantly turned a dark scarlet, sitting up and muttering apologies. 

“I’m sorry. It’s been a long day. I didn’t mean to fall asleep.”

Will wrapped his hair in a towel. “That’s alright. I don’t mind. You looked very peaceful.” 

The rest of the appointment went by quickly, Will cutting Nico’s hair enough to satisfy his sister and to keep it out of his eyes. He printed off Nico’s receipt and handed to him.

Nico looked down at it and his brow scrunched in confusion. “What’s this?”

“My number. Call me some time cutie.” Will smiled and winked, walking to the back of the salon before he could lose his nerve and take the paper back.

I did not want all nine inches off.

pimpcessnina  asked:

Could you recommend some false lashes please? I really wanna get into gale lashes now but there's so many brands and types, idk where to start. Thanks!

My fav brands are Red Cherry, Ardell and Salon Perfect :)

I prefer human hair lashes with clear lash bands because they look the most natural. Salon Perfect lashes arent real human hair but they look pretty darn close.

Red Cherry has soo many styles and you can get them fro really affordable at $1 to $2.50 depending on where you get it. The only problem with Red Cherry is they arent in any big name stores they are sold at mom and pop beauty stores that choose to sell them. However you can easily find them online! 

When I first started buying Red Cherry i’d just buy one of many styles and then once I try them buy more of styles that I liked! My fav styles are #217, #43, #474M, #523, #117 & #205

Ardell is sold at most drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, etc. A little more on the expensive side at $3 - $4 a pair.

My fav styles are Demi Wispies, #117 and #105.

Salon Perfect is a brand sold at Walmart and online. They are really similar to Ardell lashes just a little cheaper. They make great 4 packs!

buckybutts  asked:

Pietro "I want a dog" Maximoff. Steve "you don't even have a house" Rogers.

she did it she opened the floodgates

Pietro “We don’t have dogs in my country” Maximoff. Steve “Dogs are a universal thing” Rogers.

Pietro sneaking puppies into his room in Stark Tower and then insisting it was Steve’s idea when he’s caught. “He thought it would educate me, no such creatures as these can be found in my beloved Sokovia.” 

Thus begins the adventures of Peeve and their ill-advised venture into pet ownership, starring their four new doggies. Pietro named them all, so probably there is STEVE the blonde chihuahua, WANDA the black miniature poodle, SOKOVIA the jack russell and BUTTONS the pug. Probably.

Obviously a week in and Steve is the one who feeds, cleans and picks up after the dogs (and Pietro tbh) but Pietro is the one who teaches them to fetch and never seems to get bored of playing with them or bringing them on walks. He orders all kinds of expensive collars and leashes and then sends them off to be covered in Swarovski crystals, all on Steve’s credit card. 

Steve can’t complain tho because he’s been bringing them all to the most luxurious pet salon in the city every week since they got them and he’s the one who paints Puppy Steve red and blue with that special hair chalk every other day.

Pietro “I have just learned of cats, we must get some” Maximoff and Steve “don’t even try it” Rogers is, of course, the thrilling sequel.

I was just checking out yesterday’s V app to look at BBomb, Ukwon, and P.o for any actual hair changes we might of looked over. Then realized P.o not there because he had a ‘schedule’. The boy that has the crazy colored hair for all their comebacks minus the latest one because it was mature

But he had a ‘schedule’ the day before BASTARZ was announced for a comeback? We’ll see later Seven Seasons about that hair color

Originally posted by realitytvgifs


sarahpoops  asked:

I'm not sure if someone has asked this before but I am absolutely dying for some demi lashes, if that's what they're called. I can't seem to find them anywhere! Where can I find some good, wispy demi lashes?

Demi lashes usually means they have a graduated length, going from short to long which elongates the eyes and makes them look larger and more “cat eyed”. When referring to a lash as “wispy” it usually means the lash hairs are perfectly imperfect, the lash hairs cross over each other and look more natural.

Check out some styles like

Ardell Demi Wispies $4 at Target, Ulta, Walmart, CVS, etc (most drugstores)

Salon Perfect Demi Wispies $3 at Walmart

Red Cherry DW $1-$2 at some local hair/beauty supplies stores or online here.

4. What Makeovers?

Top Model makes a big deal out of the makeover episode each year, but much like this year’s model house, there wasn’t much that was actually made over. Sure, there’s Stefano’s mommy ‘do and a certain mullet (coverage coming on that - be patient, eager readers!), but otherwise, we saw most models leave the salon looking not too different from how they walked in.

Dustin gets his face shaved and has his blonde hair get a little bit blonder. Justin’s existing side fade gets a little more exaggerated. Mame goes from a mass of long curly hair to a long mass of slightly curlier hair. It’s just the hair she wanted, she says. Yeah, as evidenced by the fact that she already had it.

If that’s not underwhelming enough, they tell Nyle he’s not getting a makeover at all. They couldn’t make him feel more included by, like, piercing his septum or painting his fingernails to make his sign language sexier or shaving “ANTM” into his chest hair or something? At the very least, throw interpreter Ramon a bone. Think of how much better his bald head would look with a Bello-esque wig.

Speaking of Bello, who in the right mind would look at Bello’s dreadful weave and think “He just needs more of it!”? Bello couldn’t be prouder of the fact he now has $1,000 worth of hair attached to his head. This hair might look less busted, but good luck keeping it there. If it’s true that he spent his last $1,000 auditioning for Top Model and another $200 on a stupid crown, odds are good that Bello’s going to have to pawn that hair. Some horse going through chemotherapy will probably appreciate it, anyway.

What they should have done is handed Bello contacts for his makeover and watched him panic as he figured out how to keep two pairs of contacts in his eyes simultaneously.

The biggest disappointment of the day, though, is Mikey. For the first few weeks, the judges have made multiple references to how eager they are to chop off Mikey’s long longs. The photographers (well, the one photographer, really) say Mikey hides behind his hair rather than modeling, and the judges think he could be more editorial with less hair. All right then, let’s do this!

For reasons I’ll never understand, Mikey is spared. Aside from a small trim, his long hair remains intact. Would Mikey be a better model with shorter hair? I don’t know/I don’t care. These makeovers are all about fucking with the contestants. Don’t tease us with a dramatic makeover and wimp out.

Something tells me that Hadassah’s hissy fit would look insignificant compared to Mikey’s rage. If the show wanted tears, they should have taken his hair and watched his sob about how he’ll never get laid again. We were robbed.

7 Funniest Moments of ANTM Cycle 22 Ep. 4

Women in the Renaissance

For procrastination and research purposes, I’ve returned to the 17th century salon, because I need to write some fix-it scenes to deal with my The Rebellious Woman trauma. When The Musketeers originally aired, I actually gave up and stopped watching by the time The Rebellious Woman came on, because I couldn’t deal with the unsubtlety and heavy-handedness of it. I know the show is a silly historical romp with hot guys in leather. I know that it’s not accurate. But The Rebellious Woman was so full of stereotypes, it made me weep and despair. And so I did the mature thing and wrote porn and analysed my feelings, and came to the conclusion that it annoyed me so much, because it disregarded the real and important role women did play during a pivotal era in European history.

And because I know that other fans are likewise interested in historical research and also because it’s important to realise that feminism did not suddenly appear as a fully-formed concept when the Suffragettes began their campaigns in the late 19th century, I compiled the following (with the caveat that I am aware that women in Europe were denied many rights until quite recently and that their lives were very much governed by men):

I’m using the Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance by Diana Robin, Anne Larsen and Carole Levin (editors) as reference. It focuses on the period between roughly 1350 and 1700 and includes contributions from scholars who have studied the varied roles of Renaissance women since about the 1980s (before 1980 women had been pretty much written out of Renaissance history).

Here’s what the Encyclopedia has to say [emphases mine]:

“Predicated on the absolute equality of women and men, contemporary feminism has deep roots in late medieval and early modern social and political thought. Renaissance feminism has been defined variously as the product of the late medieval querelles des femmes (the debate on women), as the emergence of a new voice of protest in Europe, and as the rise of a new female consciousness, articulated for the first time in the writings of early modern women. Renaissance feminist works praised women’s contributions to civilization throughout history in the spheres of government, science, literature, theater, art, music, and war, while they protested the barring of women from access to higher education, the universities, lawmaking, state politics, property ownership, and the workplace.”

Among the early modern feminists were both men and women. They wrote in a wide range of genres, including treatises, dialogues, letters, dramas, poetry, biographies, histories, and romances.”

 “In France from 1540 to 1640, outspoken advocates of female autonomy brought feminism and the querelles des femmes to the salons of Paris and Poitiers. Such feminist writers as Hélisenne de Crenne, Madeleine Neveu des Roches and her daughter Catherine Fradonnet des Roches, and Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565–1645) insisted on the importance of independence for women and represented marriage as an institution deeply perilous to that autonomy.”

 “While the majority of participants in academic and salon society during the Renaissance were men, learned women from a variety of social strata, from noblewomen to courtesans, also took part in such groups, although women from such diverse classes were apparently seldom, if ever, in contact with each other.”

 “In literary contexts, the term “salon” is most often associated with the women of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in France, such as Catherine de Vivonne (1588–1665), the marquise de Rambouillet, renowned for her chambre bleue, her salon for the intellectuals and courtiers who frequented the Hôtel de Rambouillet, and Madeleine de Scudéry (1607–1701), famous for her samedis, or the Saturday meetings of her salon circle. The tradition of women writers hosting and taking part in learned gatherings, however, may be seen much earlier. The foremothers of Vivonne and Scudéry may be found in Renaissance courts and literary circles across the Continent and in England.”

These are the names of some of the foremothers:

“The flourishing literary salons and coteries in Paris, Lyons, and Poitiers also spawned the cultivation of such prose narrative genres as the short tale, or conte (Jeanne Flore), the novel (Helisenne de Crenne, Marie de Gournay), the epic romance (Anne de Graville), the moral essay (Madeleine de L’Aubespine, Marie Le Gendre, Marie de Gournay), and the memoir (Charlotte Arbaleste Duplessis Mornay, Jeanne d’Albret, Marguerite de Valois). Experimentation in such prose forms led to the development of the novel in the seventeenth century, a genre increasingly associated with women.”

“In Paris, Antoinette de Loynes (1505–1567), Madeleine de L’Aubespine (1546–1596), and Claude-Catherine de Clermont (1543–1603) held literary salons in their homes that were counterparts to the Académie de poésie et de musique and the Académie du palais at the French court during the sixteenth century. These women were the recipients of numerous poetic addresses by the writers who frequented their salons, including the Pléiade poets, and they and their family members composed poetry, practiced translation, and generally participated in the perpetuation of humanist literary trends.”

 “The traditions of these sixteenth-century Parisian salons were carried into the early seventeenth century by Marguerite de Valois (1553–1615), when she returned from exile in Auvergne. French salon society, however, flourished in the provinces as well as in Paris.”

 And then there’s this:

 “1641: Marie de Gournay publishes her feminist essay, L’Egalité des hommes et des femmes (The Equality of Men and Women) in Paris.

 Seriously, everyone look up Marie de Gournay.

 I didn’t edit out their names to cut for length, because I think it’s important to see how many individuals there were who contributed to the advancement of arts and literature and culture. 

It was women like them who paved the way for us to spend endless hours writing explicit buggery on the Internet. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

The Musketeers treats Ninon’s salon like an aberration, which it would not have been. Having a noblewoman burnt as a witch for “spiriting away young women to her boudoir” in 17th century France is really stretching it a bit. Her salon would have been one of many, educated and outspoken women did very much exist, see the Précieuses. (On a side note: whilst witch trials still happened in France at that point, they were more or less fizzling out, unlike in for example Germany.)

In conclusion: it annoyed me how jumbled ideas of “the past” were thrown together to create cheap drama, as if “the past” had been a monolithic block of uniform oppression. Some nuances would have been nice. In Paris in 1630, it was more likely to be accused and put to death for being a heretic or a conspirator or perhaps a spy rather than a witch. They could have made Ninon a spy and have her exiled (as happened with the real Madame de Chevreuse). That would’ve been more accurate for the time period and it would have given her character more agency, instead of perpetuating stereotypes by making her the innocently accused victim of a witch hunt that was unlikely to happen that way and the distressed damsel tied to the pyre in her shift.

Of course, then we might not have got the wonderful cross exchange scenes with Aramis.

(I manage to squeeze in Aramis everywhere, even into a text on Renaissance feminism.)