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Circumspect Sunday

Introspective editorials about issues, controversies and news surrounding the beauty and the beauty of life.

Circumspect Sunday: Clara Mae—Beauty at 93

Circumspect Sunday: Clara Mae—Beauty at 93

I love being a makeup artist. Sometimes it’s all about the art of transformation. Other times, it’s about the art of making someone happy. It’s about the power of touch. It’s about the power of color. I have to say that I enjoy both sides, but on occasion, making someone happy, way out-weighs making an […]

Circumspect Sunday: Remembering Vincent Ivey on World Aids Day

Circumspect Sunday: Remembering Vincent Ivey on World Aids Day

My cousin Vincent Ivey and I were born about six months apart; his birthday in January of 1957 and mine in June of  the same year.  He left this earth on Thankgiving 1992 and I still miss him like mad.  Vincent was my best friend, my partner in crime, my disco dance partner and a loving […]

Circumspect Sunday (repost): Beauty of Biblical Proportions

Circumspect Sunday (repost): Beauty of Biblical Proportions

I'm not as shallow as I purport to be.  Sure I love cosmetics, towering shoes and big hair — but that by no means defines my ideology of beauty.  I'm sure everyone has had interaction with that woman (or man) who was heaven to gaze upon — just walking beauty.  Their exterior was literally something […]

Circumspect Sunday: Donyale Luna—The Outer Gift and The Inner Gunk

Circumspect Sunday: Donyale Luna—The Outer Gift and The Inner Gunk

Donyale Luna, born Peggy Anne Freeman, was the first Black supermodel.  At 6’2”, her altitudinous height was perfectly accompanied by larger-than-life almond shaped eyes, a lanky but svelte frame, and gawking gorgeous looks—apparently too hard to pass up, even in the thick of racism, she was sought out to be the “it” girl. Discovered in […]

Circumspect Sunday: The Generosity of the Makeup Artist Community & a Darn Good Hummus Recipe

Circumspect Sunday: The Generosity of the Makeup Artist Community & a Darn Good Hummus Recipe

I haven’t written a Circumspect Sunday post in a long time.  I wonder if maybe I haven’t been too circumspect lately.  Hmmm. At any rate, I woke up wanting Hummus.  And I thought about my friend and colleague Patrick Eichler, (former International Director of Education for M.A.C) who is an amazing makeup artist and who […]

Circumspect Sundays: Baby Girlz Magazine — Created to Survive. Destined to Thrive.

The virtual world is amazing.  Since I started blogging, I have “met” some awesome people. By way of my blogger friend Ron, who authors Anything Urban, I met Traci Lee, author of Beauty in Rare Form. After reading Traci’s blog, I found out that we are practically neighbors.  I also learned that we share some […]

Circumspect Sundays: Curvy is Hot!

Circumspect Sundays: Curvy is Hot!

I’m a curvy girl. Although I haven’t always been so happy with that blessing.  My mom was 5’9′ and 122 lbs for most of her adult life.  AARRGHH. And that’s not pirate talk.  That’s frustration at being an hourglass at 12 years old and not knowing what the heck to do with all that.  And a […]

Circumspect Sundays: My Mom Was a Beauty

Celia Brown — 7/91936 – 6/29 2005. My mom was many things.   Some I didn’t like, we didn’t exactly have the best mother/daughter relationship, even though I was her only daughter– only child.

Circumspect Sunday: Easy Like Sunday Morning

Circumspect Sunday: Easy Like Sunday Morning

As girlie girl as I am, I have days where I really, really hate to get dressed, take a shower or even comb my hair. Not a pretty picture I assure you.  But there is something beautiful about just hanging out at home in my “natural” state, coffee cup and newspaper in hand.  You know, […]

Circumspect Sundays: I’m Not a Chick Flick Chick

My BFF and I went to see Julie and Julia this weekend. I loved it.  That was pretty surprising because I am just not a chick flick chick.  The one exception may be Themla and Louise.   Forget all that Jane Austen, Jennifer Aniston feel good stuff cutsie cutsie stuff — I hate it.  I like action, drama, […]

Circumspect Sundays: 84 years of Marriage is a Thing of Beauty

I think that sitting on the porch with your husband of 84 years who is a sweet guy has got to be one of the most beautiful things in the world. Even if "he wasn't much to look at".  I have a goal now.  Hmm, 52 (me) + 84 (marriage) = Eternity. I can do […]

What Happened to Classic Beauty?

I just dont’ know what happened to classic beauty. Remember the hollywood women of yesteryear? OMG they were beautiful. Classic with a little bombshell thrown in. Lena Horne, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Dorothy Dandridge…Those women had no need for fake faces, fake boobs, fake tans, fake hair, fake eyes and gaudy excess. Oh sure, a […]

Circumspect Sunday: Three Shades of Brown

Circumspect Sunday: Three Shades of Brown

Note: Featured photo above was updated on July 6, 2013 from Chelsea’s wedding on August 3, 2012.   I have three beautiful brown daughters.  I love their individuality; I love each of them for them.    No coincidence that I had children with varying skin tones — both my parents come from families that run the […]

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