Monday, March 31, 2008

The Wrap Up

Today's post will have roughly a million pictures, et al, so let's get going. Also, my apologies for the lack of real jewelry posts. This is the last one of it's kind...

1. As I mentioned last week, yesterday was the end of my Birthday week. How sad. We capped of the parties by heading to Philadelphia for the weekend and visiting the two places I've really wanted to see for a while now: The Mutter Museum and the Eastern State Penitentiary. The museum is basically a font of everything disgusting (and therefore fascinating) in medicine. Dwarfism fetuses, a skeleton of a gentleman whose body turned tissue into bone, more fetuses with bizarre issues and lots of wax models with diseases! They did not allow photos and they were sold out of T-shirts, so I have nothing to show. I do recommend it though.
The prison tour, however, produced really great photos. I'll post several here, but the rest can be found on my Flickr. This is our third prison and I was struck by how serene this one seemed. High, white ceilings with skylights, generous (solitary) cells also with skylights, lots of windows... Of course, as it became overcrowded, a lot of those features were removed to make more space. But the tour was wonderful--very informative and interesting.


There were several art installations on the grounds, including these red pipes, placed wherever the artist thought it would be possible for a prisoner to escape (several prisoners did escape, but only one was not caught):


Another installation featured plaster cats that were hidden in cells and on top of the roofs...



They were created to honor a group of cats that had moved in after the prison closed in the late 70's. A caretaker found the and fed them three times a week until the last one died many years later.
Philadelphia itself gave us lovely weather and good food. Thanks, city, for making my birthday awesome!

2. As I promised waaay back when, here are the cosmetics I use on a daily basis...

Cover Girl foundation in 1 (405), which is the best I've found for decent coverage and skin color matching. I am very pale, and while Chanel and Origins match well, I don't like their texture. Cover Girl doesn't feel heavy... ; Stila Illuminating Powder in Light (or Fair) 10 Watts--the plastic shell thing, I lost the case; Cover Girl Blush in Plumberry Glow; Per-fekt Skin Gel, which goes on before make up (or in lieu of make-up, if you are brave) and gives the skin a matte, smooth texture; Benefit powder in Thrrrob (all over "flushed" look); Chanel Glossimer in Eclipse; Cover Girl Classic Ivory Touch up, which is amazing for under eye circles; Covergirl Lash Exact Mascara in black; Maybelline Define-a-Line eyeliner in brownish black and some sort of shimmery white eyeshadow, to put on the inside corners of the eyes. Also, I have a ton of Bare Escentuals stuff--eyeshadow and blush. I like it okay, so it gets used when I am spending a lot of time on my eyes...

For face/ body wash and face lotion, I always use Aveeno because I have very sensitive skin. For body lotion, I am obsessed with L'Occitane Almond Milk products (lotion, body oil)... the best smell EVER.
Oh, and Sharon, I am 99% sure that nail polish color was called Lady Godiva. It was in one of those square bottles with the white tops. Classic nail shop bottle!

And lastly (I bet you all are so happy this is the end of birthday week), some of the presents from BF!

12 comments:

riz said...

Happy belated! Interesting tour through the prison...

How do you like Chanel Glossimer?? This was really talked up a while back, I like the pigments, but I feel like the consistency is kind of sticky??

Fabulously Broke said...

That dress is GORGEOUS :)

Same with the ring

pistols at dawn said...

Sometimes, I get jailed just because breaking out is so fun.

enc said...

Happy Birthday, and congratulations on having such a great boyfriend.

That tour of the medical museum sounds morbidly fascinating. I doubt I could stomach it, though. The prison, now that interests me. I think you did a really nice job photographing it. Thanks for sharing!

WendyB said...

Sounds like a good time!

ChiliLady said...

I really liked your photographic documentary ;-)

Anne said...

It's funny how some people have a twisted sense. Too bad about the no photo deal. I love those kinds of museums too. I'm about to go to The Museum of Jurassic Technology (http://www.mjt.org/).

Sharon said...

Informative and delightful photos! Man, you guys go on cool trips. Thanks for the nail polish color. Would you believe I've never -- seriously, ever in my life -- had a manicure? It's official, I'm freak of nature.

Someone sent me Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and it looked really cute and good -- is it? I haven't read the first one but perhaps I should?

fashionistakay said...

ur red dress is great! i've never heard of having a bday week. i kind of want one now, haha. next time i guess. great pics!

The Clothes Horse said...

Lucky birthday girl! The dress is gorgeous.

atelier said...

Congratulations again for your birthday! The Medical Museum sounds interesting, despite I don't know if I had been able to go there, it's sounds a bit weird too!

Shaz said...

Happy belated birthday! your trip to philly sounds great especially the museum!

And u got clueless..wat a classic!!