Musings and Updates

So I’ve been remiss about blogging the last few weeks. I was in tech for my show, and then auditioning. If my audition last night went well, things are about to calm down, I hope.

It’s been a hectic few weeks. I did not end up continuing my morning exercises, but with my show over and fewer physical demands on my person, I’ve made a plan to make the month of February my month to start the morning exercise habit. I’ve made a list of all the exercises I plan to do, sorted by warm-up, circuit, Pilates, or stretching, and set alarms three mornings per week to do a short workout consisting of a warm-up, either a circuit or a Pilates workout, and then stretching. And I’m going to go for a long walk or a light jog on the weekends. Hopefully, in addition to improving where I’ve softened over the last months, it will also improve my mood these dark, cold days of winter.

We’ve had a bit of snow lately, but not enough to close anything for any appreciable length of time. I haven’t had a chance to just go walking in the cold like I enjoy, so I will have to make time for that as well. Time outside always seems to improve my mood.

I’ve continued to refine and update my beauty routines. I tried making homemade cold cream. The recipe was a success, but I believe the cream might be a bit too much for my skin. It helped at first, but I’ve been feeling like my skin is congested. I’ve gotten samples of a cleansing oil and a cleansing balm, though, so those seem like something I could replicate with just a bit of fuss. The cleansing balm had an horrific odor, but I liked how it cleansed, so I might try making one of my own with exactly the oils, butters, and fragrance (or lack thereof) that I like. In the meantime, I’m alternating samples with my trusty Andalou cream.

I continue to enjoy the homemade facial balm I made a few weeks ago. It’s made from rendered lard, mix with grapeseed oil to make it softer, and some essential oils that are good for skin. I use it most nights, when I don’t have a fancy cream sample to play with, and still use my rosehip seed oil every other night.

Red lipstick has become a bit of a signature. I’m working on a post specifically on my thoughts about becoming a woman who wears red lipstick. Since my last makeup post, I’ve discovered unsavory things about the leadership of the company that made my go-to red lipstick, as well as discovering worries about lead in lipstick. Because I wear lipstick pretty much every day now, I’ve made some adjustments to my beauty routine. I’ve also add an eyeliner.

I’ve started buying more beauty products and doing my nails more often. I’ve joined Julep’s Maven program, but I don’t know how long I’ll keep it before starting what may prove to be the arduous process of cancelling. Maybe they’re improved over the years on that front. I can only hope.

I have some posts swirling around in my head, but I’ve been so busy and tired all the time. I ran into a friend of mine from another show who put it well: “You don’t let any grass grow under you, do you?” I enjoy chatting with him, not least because he has a very dapper sense of style. I may do a post on the dapper gentleman.

All in all, I can feel an upswing in my mood and energy, which is a good thing. Look forward to more coming in the next few weeks!