Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Cycle Of Renewal {And a rant about domain names and DNS!}

Bonsoir mes chéris d'amour !

I am quickly tuning in from my ever-favourite writing spot, the Bethesda Barnes and Nobles, to update you on the recent lack of posting. My last post was from before Halloween, and - gasp - it is the first time in three years of blogging that I have not posted photos and an extensive description of my costume. This Halloween was, however, the best I have had in years, as it was spent with the company of someone I love so very deeply...

*Looks dreamingly somewhere far, thinks of La Plus Belle, sighs out loud and gets a weird look from guy at the next table*

In any case, there will be a "Halloween Costume" post at some point, hopefully not after Christmas, depending of the qualities of the photos that were taken during this extremely animated (understand: Champagne-soaked) night.

I am very well, but also extremely busy at the moment as I am currently in the midst of a move to a new apartment. Life has some very odd ways, I'll be first to admit, but I, ever-annoyingly optimistic, like to see it as a chance to call a better place home (one where I'll be finally allowed to have a cat!).

To be perfectly honest, I have been feeling very strangely since my return from Lebanon in the summer. A part of me was bursting with happiness and grateful for all the blessings I have in DC (friends, opportunities... and La Plus Belle). And at some moments, I just wanted to pack my bags and get the hell out of this city, move somewhere else, start anew, be a different person. I felt incapable to write; even more, completely unmotivated and with barely enough strength to get out of bed. And I was unhappy with the place I called, half-heartedly, "home".

My reasons for leaving that place were unexpected and sudden, but I'm grateful to whatever surnatural strength I had in me that allowed me to keep a clear head in the past few days. I am insanely grateful for the endless support, moral and logistical, of not only family members who are abroad, but the friends I have here, in which my faith was renewed. Only a few weeks before, while going through a depressing week where nothing seemed to be going right, I emailed a former high-school teacher and now-friend, telling her I felt alone in the whole world. I keep realizing how terribly wrong I was, and my gratitude for the wonderful friends I have keeps being renewed.

I suppose I will not be leaving DC anytime soon, but I realize that changing homes brings me the change and renewal that I needed, and hopefully a new surge of energy and the moral boost that I yearn for.

Talking of change, may I interrupt this intellectually deep essay (...) for a loud rant about how difficult it is to change my domain name from to ? I purchased the latter on GoDaddy (since Blogger no longer sells custom domains), and was still unable to change the DNS settings or whatever the bloody hell these are to the new domain. So I decided (two nights ago, past midnight, taken by this huge wave of radical change this week) to try to create a new website altogether with Wordpress (since that's the common advice for blogger lately), except I could not, since the domain was already owned by me, and the special instructions on how to point/change the DNS for GoDaddy were, in a word, impossible to understand. Or maybe I am intellectually limited...?! In any case, I decided to delete my GoDaddy domain (and eat up the fee I initially paid for it) to register the domain with Wordpress, but that wouldn't work either, since Wordpress still said that the domain was unavailable! And I cringe at having a .net (hate it!) or a address... A .me would be my last option, but I think I might go for it. It's depressing; I OWNED the domain I wanted and yet couldn't use it. And now it's lost to me. ARRRGH.

And now, far from the beginning "zen" tone of this article, I sound on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I'm in a public place, may I remind you.

I mean, how great would it be, to get into the whole symbolism of change and renewal, to be able to post on my new website seamlessly? Why do the Internety-controlling-people who probably live in little satellites or on the Space Station or whatever, make it so difficult for those of us who have the creativity but are not tech-savy?!! WHYYYYY?!!!

Should I even bother send an email to the support teams of both Wordpress and GoDaddy? Will they bother to respond? Will their responses make any sense at all?

Can someone PLEASE HELP ME?!!!! (As I am typing this, I tried again to figure that mess out, and as a result, uttered out loud a very impolite French curse directed against technology).

Rant over; Redhead urgently needs some Earl Grey. 

On a last note, I will not be updating the blog this week, but will be posting regularly on my Instagram account, which, for that matter, I have changed (with no trouble at all) from @mademoisellesonushka to Elle Dangereuse (@ElleDangereuse)

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooky Home

I've raved a million times already since I started this blog on how Halloween is my favourite holiday. This October, I've finally taken down the Christmas decorations from last year(I know, I know, I have totally adopted the "crazy writer"/"écrivaine folle" style in my apartment, and you haven't yet seen the candles!) to decorate my home with skulls and bats and ravens. I purchased about thirty-one of the latter from Dollar Tree, and have affixed them here and there, freaking out my guests since they do look very real. I typically avoid the orange/purple/green, which I find too kitschy, and stick to a strictly black and occasionally bone palette that fits my interior perfectly. 
Here are some of my favourite finds for a spooky Halloween home: 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sea Of Coats

I have to admit I have yet to pick my it-coat of the season. The choices are too many, and it is difficult to find something versatile. Until I make up my mind, here's a selection of some favourite winter coats of mine:

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bathroom Edition: 10 items to kick your bathroom decor up a notch

7. Hamper, $79.99
8. Glass canisters, $7.99-$9.99

As I currently live in a rental, I can only soak in my bathtub and fantasize on the day I'll be doing the same in a preferably much-bigger (you can't blame me, I'm 5'8/1,74m) claw-foot basin in a home of my own, preferably with a lover (or two... Joking!). I may have designed my perfect bathroom in my head, (and mine will absolutely be à la française, where the toilets are in a separate room... It just makes sense!), but until then, I rely on inexpensive yet stylish items to personalise and take the look of my current bathroom up a notch. 
Rather than stick to basic bath linen, and drugstore-bought soaps that look like eyesore, I look for pieces that are interesting, stylish and inexpensive. My bathroom colour scheme is neutrals (gray, white, cream) with touches of lavender, but I know I can update it at any moment when the envy strikes. I tuck away unsightly plastic containers and only display beauty products that have great packaging. I also like to replace plastic with metal when possible, and to go for darker-coloured materials. 

*This post is not sponsored by World Market, and I am not affiliated with them. I simply happen to all the great products they have to offer! 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beauty On The Go: 10 Essentials I Like to Carry

Since my middle-school days, I have been always carrying with me beauty products of some sort for touch-ups while I was out. Depending on the time and occasion, the load has varied from a simple lip balm to a huge make-up bag filled till its seams were bursting. Thankfully, my current on-the-go beauty bag contains no more than these few items:

1. Estee Lauder Double-Wear Stay-in-Place Powder foundation: this Estee Lauder gem has been a favourite of mine for three years now, as it it lightweight and non-drying, but still perfectly evens out my less-than-perfect complexion by hiding redness and the occasional pimple. The sponge and built-in mirror are perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. 

2. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer: This is also another favourite, and I use it not only to cover blemishes, but also for dark under-eye circles that appear after an exhaustingly long day where I have not nearly gotten much sleep. A small swipe of concealer and they are gone.

3. Benetint: The ever-classic lip and cheek stain. I love its versatility, which is a must when you are limited in terms of space in your make-up bag. 

4. L'Occitane Shea Butter and Rose Hand Cream: Many of you know I'm obsessed with the smell of roses, so this shouldn't come off as a surprise! I love to slather my hands with moisturizer throughout the day, after washing them, or before putting on a pair of gloves in the cold weather. 

5. L'Occitane Rose et Reines Intense Eau De Toilette Roll-On: Again with the rose! I like that the roll-on doesn't allow excessive spraying of fragrance, but just a hint to refresh the scent throughout the day. 

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Pencil: Not only I love the texture of this eye-liner pencil, but I like the fact that I can take my make-up from day to night just by drawing a line on my upper eyelid and smudging it with my finger. 

7. Burt's Bees Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm: When I wear a full red lip, I take the lipstick I used with me for touch-ups. The rest of the time, I like a tinted lip balm that gives a touch of colour and keeps my lips moisturized. 

8. Refreshing wipes: Just in case!

9. Hair Elastics: For when I'll want to have my hair out of my face; it's always preferable to using a pen as a bun holder, or resorting to intricate braiding/twisting/knotting that damages my hair and makes me look crazy (and yes, I've still done that many times because I'm the forgetful type!)

10. Make-up bag: Well, it's still better than having all your make-up thrown randomly into your tote bag, and when your crush asks you for a lighter for her cigarette, you end up taking out all of your beauty products to find it, risking to pass for a high-maintenance diva in front of her. (This particular incident happened to me... Just yesterday. Thank goodness there were no tampons involved.)

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