Thankful Thursday – Gracias!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

I want to take the opportunity to individually express my gratitude for all that have commented, liked or followed Global Lipstick.  My eyes twinkle each time I see the orange notification.  This stuff’s exciting!  To all the readers and fellow bloggers, whether you’re a novice or a pro, I wish you much success and happiness.  Cheers to prosperity!

Wildcard Wednesday: D.I.Y. Ombre Lipstick

Ombre Lips

One look at these and I had to try.  Shortly after seeing Madame Ombre, I was on my way to my makeup bag to create my own and so can you.  After much trial and error, I finally found a combo that was the simplest of them all.  Be bold – give it a go 😉

1. Begin with two contrasting lipstick colors.  I chose Magnified Violetta (fave) and Frosty Angel (collecting dust), both by MAC.

                    Ombre Violetta   Ombre Frost Angel

2. Apply the darker shade to your upper lip and the lighter to your bottom lip.

3. Use a blush or eyeshadow that balances both colors.  Dab it on the top half of your bottom lip.  I combined fuchsia and red.  Ombre blush

4. If a glossy finish is desired, add a top coat of clear lip gloss.


Wanderlust Tuesday: Igloo Village, Finland

Finnish Igloo

Now is the perfect time to experience the Scandinavian winter.  The most appropriate and out-of-the-hotel-box stay appears to be in an igloo, among the harmless huskies.  A village within a village, these spiffy domes are located at a resort called Hotel Kakslauttanen in Saariselkä, Finland.  Options are plentiful to create lasting memories in the snow.  Some more daring than others.

Dream in a zebra-themed glass igloo.

Finland Room

Dine in the Snow Restaurant.

Finland Snow RestaurantTake a dive in ice.

Finnish Ice Swimmers

Meet the Sami, a Northern European indigenous population, and reindeer.

Finnish Sami

Go ice karting.

Finland Ice KartingExplore the snow safari via snowmobile.Finland Snowmobile

Get hitched! finnish Wedding

Throwback Thursday: Dutch Fashion Reel 1969

Amsterdam is aglow this weekend with its 9th Amsterdam Fashion Week (ADW).  Rightfully, I did a little digging for retro styles of the Netherlands and stumbled upon a segment of a film called, ‘Dutch Fashion Reel’ from 1969.  It’s a small clip packed with an array of cool digs.  Some of which have circled back, thus being the story of fashion…

Amst Male Bend

Men in Plaid

Amst Male Statuesqe

Biker Boy

Amsterdam Couple 2

Monochromatic Tangerine

Amsterdam Tangerine

Belted & Ruffled

Amsterdam Couple

Reversible Cape Escorted by Top Hat

Amsterdam Solo Shot

Queen of the Night

Plastic Kaftan

Shiny Kaftan


Back View

Amsterdam Yellow Long

Lemon Cutout Bombshell

Amsterdam Yellow

Side View


Awesome Foursome

Cirque de Glace & Steel Magnolias Travel to Kuwait

On February 8th, the ice version of Cirque du Soleil will debut in the Middle East.  Until now, the show has primarily toured in Europe.  It will feature a cast called the Russian Ice Stars – professional ice skating contortionists, satin rope aerialists, fire throwers and more.  However, I don’t think jugglers made the cut (sad face).  If you’ve ever seen one of the many Cirque de Soleil shows, you know their acts are full of nail-biting routines.  Just imagine those tricks on ice.  My heart races at the thought!  If this is a taste of what’s in store, I’m sure the audiences will leave in awe.

Cirque Contort Cirque Fire & Ice Cirque Knees Cirque Split

Aerialist   Colorful Glaces Glace Swing Image from Harrison Photography - do not delete this IPTC data

Tapping into another set of emotions, a play of the 1989 classic film, Steel Magnolias, will premier this year on the stage of the Kuwait Little Theatre.  They’re in casting now and I’d love to know who will be the lucky lady that says, “Go ahead M’Lynn, slap her!”

Steel Magnolias

Looks like the theatrical scene in Kuwait is delivering some appluad-worthy productions.

SVU’s Stabler Chases Perps in Prague

Dun Dunnnn

Dun Dunnn

I tuned in mid-episode and noticed Detective Stabler standing at an outdoor high table and sipping a petit cup of café, something that I’ve only seen in one city: Prague.  Then came my “heeeeeey” moment.  “That IS Prague,” I screamed in my head.  It turned out, there was a pedophile on the loose and only an expert of Stabler’s status could solve the crime.  He flew over, spotted the suspect, chased through pigeons and….I won’t ruin the ending (even though this episode is from season 4).  But something tells me that he was not able to do much sightseeing, unfortunately.  Let’s hope he gets to explore during his downtime.

Sipping like a local.  Notice the Czech flag in the background.

Sipping like a local. Notice the Czech flag in the background.

The chase.

The chase.

21 – 2 Legends, 1 Day

Obama inauguration

Wooo Hooooo!  What a historical day to celebrate.  Today, January 21st, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, America’s president was sworn into his second term.  No matter how opinions differ, this day will be forever marked in history and these two men will be remembered for what they are: legends.  Congratulations, President Barack Obama.  And thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for being one of many that battled, believed and triumphed.  They have motivated me and countless others in the world.  Take a look…

Obama German Latte

Obama German Latte

Italian Runway

Italian Runway

South African Cheers

South African Cheers

Little Ones in Jakarta

Little Ones in Jakarta

Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls


Peruvian Amor

Peruvian Amor

Sand Castle, India

Sand Castle, India

Dr. MLK & Powerful Words

Dr. MLK & Powerful Words

First Couple

First Couple

Art Outside of Le Louvre


Yes, the Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa and the Victory of Samothrace are all masterpieces that attract visitors to the Louvre.  But there happens to be phenomenal work just before the museum’s entrance.  This modern muralist may not be as acclaimed but there’s no denying his talent.  If I could name his piece, I’d call it Parameters for Sale.

Japanese Treehouse Treats

Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa, Japan

What’s better than a treehouse in Japan?  A restaurant in a treehouse in Japan.  Why didn’t I think of that?  Gajumaru is the place, shabu-shabu is the specialty.  The dish’s name, しゃぶしゃぶ in Japanese, is an onomonopia of the sound it makes during preparation.  (A little imagery, I just said shabu-shabu three times in a row while doing a stirring motion to get an idea of the audio.)  In short, it is a meal of thinly sliced meat, veggies and tofu to be dipped in broth.  The eating process is similar to chips and dip.  We’re all alike after all 🙂  Consider Gajumara the newest member of my Globe Trot List.  Sayonara!





Throwback Thursday: A Letter to Dear Abby from Mata Hari

This letter is fictional, created by moi.  Mata Hari was a muse, dancer, prostitute and inadvertently became involved in espionage activity during World War I, which led to her execution.  If Dear Abby was around at this crucial time in Mata Hari’s life, her story may have changed (assuming she’d be willing to write).

Dear Abby,

I recently returned to my birthplace of the Netherlands after years of living in Paris, the only place that ever felt like home.  While there, life was exciting.  I managed to become one of the most highly acclaimed (and controversial) female modern dancers thanks to my introduction of sensuality to the stage.  Sure, that led to an indecency charge, but the policeman dropped it.  He and I even went out for dinner!  Impetuous situations as this happened often.  It’s almost as if I was living a dream.  Fancy dining, exquisite clothing, and my own petit château very close to the city.  Now that I’m back in Holland, everything feels bland and meager.  I have been longing to return.  Thankfully, one of my neighbors from Germany has offered to send me back but there is a small clause.  I must obtain information for him.  I do not know what it is for and I do think it is harmless.  But I hold some reservations.  See, I’m a modern woman.  We are in 1915 and have come a long way, right?  But in this wartime one can never be too trusting.  This is why I am writing you.  Should I take this opportunity to return to the life I was destined to live or should I stay in a place that leaves much to be desired?


Messenger in the Making

Mata Hari Pose

Dear Messenger in the Making,

Stay put!!!

In memory of Margaretha Gertruida Zelle, also known as Mata Hari (1876-1917) and Pauline Phillips, also known as Dear Abby (1918-2013).