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How to get over your beauty shame-spiral when the embarrassment of mangy feet, beastly brows or lizard-skin keep you from booking a spa appointment.
It’s Saturday morning and I feel disheveled, anxious and embarrassed as I race into the Village Wellness Spa. Walking in the front door I’m instantly met with the steely glare of my no-nonsense esthetician, Polina.
“You are late,” she chirps before turning on her heel and trotting to the treatment room. I follow her feeling the same dread I get before a dentist appointment. My anxiety this time however isn’t because I haven’t flossed. No, what I am carrying around is far worse; I’ve a case of beauty-guilty.
It has been almost three months since my last spa visit—which has given me a host of disasters including feet that look like they belong in Lord of the Rings—and my poor maintenance-routine has caused me to tumble into a beauty-shame spiral.
To learn my beauty-shame confession, read on…
YSL Paris Nuit de Fete Eau de Toilette
One of the undeniable perks of having PVR is the ability to pause live television at will. A carefully timed screen shot of this week’s Bachelorette episode allowed us to play beauty-detective and sleuth out what scent Emily Maynard wears to seduce her suitors.
Launched in 2007, YSL Paris Nuit de Fete Eau de Toilette Spray is a floral blend that centers around the rose (seriously, we wonder if the producers picked the scent for her). With top notes of of violet, bergamot and orange blossom and a a sultry base of sandalwood and vetiver this perfume reminds of caramelized rose treats from Ladurée.
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Deborah Hay as Beatrice and Ben Carlson as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. Courtesy of Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
There’s truth to the testy, inflamed love that defines one of Shakespeare’s wittiest couples—Beatrice and Benedick in the bard’s beloved rom-com Much Ado About Nothing. Just ask the real-life married couple, Canadian actors Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay, who star as feuding lovers in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production, which opened its 60th anniversary season Monday night.
“We bicker in a different way,” says Hay, laughing, about the onstage pair’s “merry war” of wits. “We’re not using our jobs as a form of therapy!”
Set in steamy Brazil at the turn of the 20th century—a believable stretch from the likewise hot-blooded Sicilians Shakespeare originally created— the sparring mates are tricked into falling for one another in fatefully Shakespearean fashion. Read more…