NATIVE-YOUTH-DAY-1-08-10-15_04_0509Oh so much has been happening, I can’t even begin to share. Let’s just say, dear reader, life is indeed blessed.

But I wanted to be sure to share this!

Deep Roots in Native Youth

My second (written) article in Jute Magazine! I love seeing where Jute is going, and am so utterly grateful to Lynzi Judish for including me in the blossoming  of  her work-of-love.

I WILL be writing more soon- criss-cross applesauce. I mean it. So stay tuned!

Live your bliss, man.
Do it.

Much love.



Happy (late) Holi!

On (late) Tuesday Video day!
I am still trying to establish this as habit, so just one day late isn’t too bad. lol
I have been enamored with the Holi festival in India for decades. It is a beautiful Spring festival, that helps people to “rejoice together…and heal old wounds.”
Spring is always a time of rebirth, and chock full of color.

What makes beauty?

Beauty Everywhere is not just another beauty blog. While, yes, I do consider myself a full-on makeup whore, I am as much a brainiac. And the culture of beauty is something I find extremely fascinating. How is beauty viewed around the world?

What makes beauty, beautiful?

So, Dear Reader, we are going to go on a journey. Tuesday seems like a good day to travel (FYI- did you know Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly?). Every Tuesday I will present a video from somewhere, about something beautiful. Let’s just jump in with both feet, shall we? Ritual scarification is the practice of cutting, or burning the skin as a means of cultural identity; or as conduit, or connection to the gods, or  ancestors. Many of us see tattoos similarly, as ways to physically mark certain memorable times or associations in our lives. But imagine, if you will, if getting a tattoo was as much a part of life as a sixteen year old getting a driver’s license? What if, as a toddler, your mother held you down as you received your first tattoo, on your face. And, what if, this practice was seen as an essential ritual to mark an individual’s acceptance and place into that culture?

***DISCLAIMER- I may, on occasion, introduce something that you feel personally offended by. Please know, that just because I share something, and open it up for discussion, does not give anyone the right to be an [expletive deleted] about it. If it offends you, I am sorry. You CAN shut the browser, and step away from at any time. I HOPE it will generate discussion, but please, keep it civil. Don’t make me banish anyone. ***

Taboo? Scarification

My guru-primo, Joseph Campbell, is someone you will become more familiar with, if you aren’t already. You’ve probably seen, or heard his most famous quote “follow your bliss” somewhere out-there on the inter-webs. He wrote and spoke about religion and mythology extensively. Without loading too much on you too fast, just know, he is paramount in my own growth both spiritually, and intellectually. Campbell reflects on scarification in his book The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology that globally, “the rituals of transformation from infancy to manhood are often excruciating ordeals. Many are deeply sacred rites.”

These scars identify these people to each other. One of the tribesmen states that he asks the scar-er to give him (the young man) marks just like his (scar-guy). There is art there. And in art, we find beauty.These aren’t just random scrapes, and scratches, but meticulously, planned and designed illustrations, that the individual will wear forever. They define who that person is, to some extent. As a tattooed person, I can appreciate how marks on the permanent record that is one’s skin, becomes as much a part of who you are, as the color of your eyes.

Beauty is as much a part of how we live our lives as it is the newest Urban Decay palette (have you seen it?). So return your seat to their upright position, and release your cultural biases, we are headed on a journey. Again, don’t judge. Just watch and listen.

It is beautiful.

National Geographic: Taboo

Smoke gets on your eyes.

There is a lot of controversy over what a smokey eye really imbues. Bottom line, you CAN do a smokey look with color. The point it that the darkest shade, is “smoked” out. Meaning, it is most concentrated towards the eye, and gets lighter and more buffed out further away from the eye. 

Lisa Eldridge outlines the basic, classic smokey eye

Another option:
smokey eye makeup tutorial


I love,love, LOVE working with brows! They are the padded hanger upon which the classic browsbeautiful garment that is your face, hangs from. They frame your face, and make the difference between pretty and va-va-va-voom!  Part of my obsession stems from my crooked brows post paramedian forehead flap (graphic images) for reconstruction after I had basal cell cancer removed from my right nostril. The scar comes down into my right brow and regularly causes me to freak a bit about how crooked I fell my brows are. Most people don’t even notice it, but I do. Brows are powerful. They can make a huge difference in how you feel about your “look.” And really, maintaining them is not complicated.

Look at that classic beauties, they all have beautifully groomed brows.  I cannot stress enough the importance of this. The number of times I have worked with models who had unruly, or overgrown brows is too many, and often makes me want to stop everything and break out my tweezers. But it is understandable that some might be afraid to risk looking surprised until a mistake grows out. If you  can’t afford to have someone do them for you, here are some tips for how to have lovely defined brows.

Hayley Mason who writes for Divine Caroline, interviewed brow guru Robby Nelson on his tips and techniques in her article How to Shape your Brows Like a Pro (included is a great video!)

Women’s Health Magazine dishes the low down on the tips that all of us brow-obsessed follow to the letter: Eyebrow Shaping 101: Pluck the Perfect Eyebrows