Good morning starshine – how the heck are ya?
Been a wild wacky week o’ fun here at Smart Girl HQ. We’ve added an itty bitty baby to the fam, it’s already countdown to the Super Bowl (aka; my excuse to eat badly and drink well), the GOP has been spending some fun time here in sunny F-L and Paris Hilton is “working” on a new album with Snoop Dog and LMFAO. Guess which one of these stories doesn’t belong with the others?
What’s shakin’ on your end? Have you noticed that time doesn’t seem to be hurtling by quite so quickly? No? Maybe it’s just me. Or maybe January always seems a little slow. Either way I’ll take it.
I’ve got a few fun-to-talk-about stories you may have missed. Warren Buffett and Kim Kardashian (it’s not what you think. Oh wait, maybe it is exactly what you think.) Marie Dancing-With-The-Stars & Nutrisystem Osmond replacing the domestic diva herself, and a makeup moment that has “doh” written all over it.
Given that the speed of January is a little slower, I think that worrying works. Matter of fact, 90% of the things I worry about never happen. So my thought for the morning is;
If life gives you a pink slip – make lingerie;-) Victoria Secret & Spanx R Us.
Pop Star Marie Osmond gets new TV show to replace… wait a minute “Pop Star?”
Ahhhh, Martha Stewart. You remember Martha Stewart. She was the domestic diva that made the rest of us regular women look bad. I met her once, and it took 10 years for my ego to recover. That Martha woman defined resiliency tho when she bounced back from a stint in the federal pen Her tv show went on and on and on, finally moving to the little known Hallmark Channel on cable. She may have been hell-on-wheels but you gotta give it to the gal.
Martha is making news now because her flagship show is being taken off the air by Hallmark. The cable net has announced that they will fill her daytime spot with “pop singer Marie Osmond.”
I’m not surprised that “The Martha Stewart Show” was canceled by Hallmark. I’m not even surprised that she is being replaced by Marie Osmond. I AM surprised by the fact that Hallmark is calling Marie a “pop star.” Seriously? A Pop Star?
Beyonce is a pop star. Adele is a pop star. Even Brittany Spears is a pop star. I think we’d best call Marie Osmond something else.
Consider this. Marie has gained and lost weight (like a lot of us.) Marie has had kids, gotten divorced and then re-married (like some of us.) And Marie laid it on the line on Dancing with the Stars (which most of us wouldn’t be brave enough to do.)
Marie has Smart Girl written all over her. Maybe instead of “pop star” or even “domestic diva” we should call Marie “one of us.” Ya think?
Maybe it’s Maybelline
The gorgeous French born American actresss Claudette Colbert once said “It matters more what’s in a woman’s face, than what’s on it.”
The good folks at PLoS ONE and Procter & Gamble apparently missed her memo. They’ve just reported a new study which finds that “wearing makeup may alter the way women are perceived by others, especially during first impressions.”
No. Wait. You mean that people think we look better when we wear makeup? OMG – who knew? Almost makes you just wanna smack somebody, doesn’t it?
P& G says that the purpose of the study was to go beyond how others perceive attractiveness, and to understand how cosmetics can impact the way others perceive competence and trustworthiness.
Here are the read-em-and (if you are wearing waterproof mascara) weep details;
Two groups of participants were shown 100 photos of 25 different women (of all ages and backgrounds) either wearing no makeup or one of three separate cosmetic looks – natural, professional or glamorous.
All three makeup looks increased ratings of attractiveness, competence, trust, and likability in comparison to the ratings of the same faces without makeup.
When the looks were examined for an unlimited amount of time, the natural and professional makeup looks increased ratings of attractiveness, competence, likability, and trust.
The glamorous look was judged to be significantly more attractive and competent, equally likable, but less trustworthy than the faces not wearing makeup.
According to the study’s news release, the research reveals that, “makeup impacts both automatic, instinctual responses and conscious, deliberative judgments, causing people to make impressions based on the visual alterations caused by cosmetics and their conscious ideas about makeup users and looks.”
Well my friend, let’s hope they didn’t spend a ton of dough on this “study” because you and I could have given ‘em the 411 without breaking a nicely manicured nail.
Hey P & G, I already know that I look better with makeup on.
I also know that I look better with clothes on.
Come to think of it tho, if I’m not wearing my glasses I look pretty great either way. Maybe they’ll pay us to survey people with poor eyesight – I’ll be a freakin’ Miss America:-)
Warren and Kim – sitting in a tree NOT
Warren Buffett has one or two things on his mind these days, not the least of which is the tax bracket of his secretary. So it should come as no surprise that he really doesn’t know who or what Kim Kardashian is. And he doesn’t know what it is she, you know … does for a living. But I mean really, does anyone?
This became “news” because the Oracle of Omaha Buffett is an advocate of increasing taxes on the wealthy. Our pal Kim has recently found herself the target of a group that claims she doesn’t pay her fair share of income taxes.
TIME magazine asked Buffett what he thought about Kim K. His reply: “I’ve seen her name, but I wouldn’t be able to tell what she does besides put her name in the paper.”
Note to the ‘Buff: – if you DO find out please let the rest of us know, wouldya?
Did I mention that the Super Bowl is coming up?
Gotta love the big game so here are a few football funnies to get your day started right;
“Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”
Joe Theismann, former NFL QB and ESPN announcer
“I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first”
Former New Orleans Saints Running Back George Rogers
“You guys line up alphabetically by height.”
Houston Oilers Head Coach Bill Peterson
“Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.”
Houston Oilers Bill Peterson again!
“I’ve been big ever since I was little.”
William “the Refrigerator” Perry Former Chicago Bear Defensive Tackle
“I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that.”
Jerry Rice, SF 49ers Wide Reciever
“Terry Bradshaw’s IQ? He couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the C and the T.”
Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, former Dallas Cowboy Linebacker
On that note my dear, can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy, fat women.
Rock on Smart Girl, rock on!