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Staycation: French Edition

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lately I've been in a very French mood! I think Megan from Mad Men triggered it with her impromptu Zou Bisou Bisou rendition at Don's surprise birthday party! However, quite unfortunately, I can't afford a Parisian vacation. Instead I want to plan the most FABULOUS French STAYCATION and I'm hoping that you will join me in saying "Au Revior, reality! VIVA LA FRANCE!" 

Here's how we'll do it! 

1. Create a French Menu

Starter: Classic French Mussels  (Surprisingly EASY) 

Main Course: Steak Au Poivre with Herbed Frites 

Desert: French Chocolate Mousse

2. Twirl around while cooking/dining to a very French playlist! 

Your playlist should include:

Edith Piaf

Gillian Hills 

Carla Bruni

3. Wear a FABULOUS party dress! 

According to Carrie Bradshaw, when you're going to Paris, you must wear something SPECIAL! 

4. French Movie Marathon + Macaroons! 

Finish the evening by eating macaroons and watching movies that are either French, take place in France, or have something French as a VITAL plot point! 

My Top Choices: 

Midnight in Paris 



Hors De Prix 


La Vie En Rose

Bonjour, elfettes!! Hope you enjoy your staycation! 





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mp_vadel wrote:
1) 4/21/2012 11:12:55 AM
French chocolate mousse and Amelie sounds like a great way to end the day, and an important part of any staycation!
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Desert Flower wrote:
2) 4/21/2012 1:37:08 PM
While it is nice to be considerate of other cultures, I think this post, particularly, the beginning portion of the article, which mentions a 'traditional,' or what Westerners consider to be a traditional French menu completely goes against what the e.l.f. brand line of cosmetics supports. That is, according to the e.l.f. brand philosophy and FAQS section this cosmetics company does not support animal testing or use or animal based ingredients in the majority of its products (with the exclusion of the makeup brushes of the Essentials line), and is in partnership with two well known animal rights organizations in the United States--People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It seems to me that the 'Beauty Blog' posts, at least on the American version e.l.f. website, are biased to the consumers who are consciously aware of the suffering of animals, more specifically those raised for food consumption in the United States, have to endure. What about including the vegan or vegetarian based versions of foods? Wouldn't this be a considerate step towards ending animal suffering as it allows for the consideration of ALL animal beings, not just human beings as a dominant species? Their suffering is not necessary and I would strongly suggest that Miss Brittany, or the e.l.f. Social Media Maven who wrote this article strongly consider doing some research into the issues that SHOULD matter, as you DO work for, or are in partnership with a cosmetics company that supports ending the suffering of animals by the multitude of the non-rational human population. And on a side note, I just wanted to add that I would very much like to see the American version 'Beauty Blog' of e.l.f. have a guest blogger geared towards the vintage lifestyle, such as the burlesque performer Anna fur Laxis, who is a guest blogger to the e.l.f. 'Beauty Blog' on the United Kingdom's website.
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Yuuichi wrote:
3) 4/25/2012 12:38:12 PM
Desert Flower beat me to the punch. E.L.F doesn't live up to its "cruelty-free" tag and I can point out three reasons why. 1. It had been said that the only E.L.F products that still contained animal-sourced ingredients were old brushes and mascaras that wouldn't be produced, at least not with animal-sourced ingredients, after they sold out. But the new liquid foundation contains beeswax. It doesn't say synthetic beeswax, it says beeswax and that ingredient isn't "cruelty-free". Why come up with new products that aren't vegan? At least if you do so, remove the "cruelty-free" tag below. You can keep the PETA one. 2. E.L.F supports PETA. PETA is a welfarist organisation, that means they seek to make animal exploitation live on. They push welfare reforms on industries; these provide unsignificant changes for the victims while making the public feel more comfortable about killing animals hence being economically profitable for the industry. They promote animal exploitation by calling it "happy", "free-range", "cruelty-free". There is no cruelty-free animal exploitation. If you think there is, ask yourself what they do with the male calves and the male chicks, and what they do once the animals are not producing efficiently enough. Also ask how much money the CEO of PETA makes and how many of the animals they "rescue" and then kill could have been saved using it. If E.L.F cared about animals' rights, they would support abolitionist organisations (that seek to abolish animal use by promoting veganism) and seek their tag on the bottom of the page. 3. This post. I do not expect that any of the E.L.F staff members are vegans, but if they get that being "cruelty-free" is important, they should get that being vegan themselves, not just the products, is important too. Using animals is not just wrong when it comes to cosmetics. It's not necessary to have any amount of animal products in a healthy diet, it's even counter indicated by several health organisations because meat, dairy and eggs cause most of the most common deadly sicknesses (heart disease, kidney failures, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer). So why not go vegan? Is your palate pleasure more important than the life and freedom of a sentient being? And isn't promoting steak on a so-called cruelty-free company blog, in a painfully obvious manner, out of place? I don't know what more there is to say. I hope in the future E.L.F staff and company will embrace veganism instead of half-assing their interest in AR. No more animal products, no more PETA, no more blog posts about carcasses or mammary secretions. Watch a slaughterhouse video and go vegan.
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Bunxy wrote:
4) 4/25/2012 3:12:45 PM
Looks so good!
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