Beauty is Skin … Color?

Do you know what “colorism” is? Yes, you got it. It is the discrimination of your skin color WITHIN your own racial ethnic group. WTF. Seriously. Now, this is not a black thing, or an Asian thing, or even an Indian thing. Because it happens in ALL of those people. Now I know you white folk are scratching your head wondering WTF I am even talking about right? Right. Basically the whiter/lighter your skin the “better” you are as a person and therefore much more attractive. Yeah, I know, I don’t quite get it either. My skin has always been brown. In my culture (the USA), being a golden tan/brown is a sign of luxury and wealth. Because you have all the time in the world to lay in the sun on your yacht, beach, or private pool and just … get tan. Shit we even pay money to go to tanning beds to get even darker. Guilty. I think I look great with a tan. Nope. Not in all societies. In fact, if I was back in say, Singapore, some people might think I was “the help”. Or worse, I work in the rice fields picking rice. Although, in my personal experience most people don’t think I am poor, or uneducated, or a servant because of my looks. Usually people look at me and wonder if I am doing botox or something. Yep, today is the anniversary of the date of my birth. 48 and fabulous. I will be eating all you can eat crab tonight in Blackhawk and then gambling at the tables. Wish me luck.

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I actually saw a picture of me a few years ago with my twin brother and it was not so flattering. I think that is because I was starting to lose my hair and it was clearly evident to me. As soon as I hit my 30’s I started taking a vested interest in my health, well being and spiritual enlightenment. So within the black community, they have a standard they use for “acceptance” within their own groups. It is called the brown paper bag test. You put it up to your arm, and if you are darker than the brown paper bag then you aint getting in. So I put a brown cardboard box up to my arm, and they look the same. Like, literally if I had a concealer shade made for me they would have to call it “Brown Paper Bag”. I know, how depressing right? I guess if given the test I might pass.

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My K pop friends might be nice and educate me on which skin whitening product is best. Skin whitening? Yes, it is a real thing. It actually is a billion dollar industry, right up there with cosmetic surgery. There is a plethora of YouTube videos on debunking celebrities and their beauty secrets. If it isn’t a filter, PhotoShop fail, or FaceTune app, it is probably plastic surgery. Go search on Madonna’s plastic surgery, Gwen Stefani, and Zac Efron. Sometimes it is something minor like removing the fat over the eye. Other times it is a whole new jaw/face. While you are searching on celebs you should also search colorism. It actually is kind of fascinating if you know nothing about it. I didn’t even know it existed. Am I going to whiten my skin? No. I am going to keep it out of the sun and use sunscreen daily. In all my years, I have never once had anyone comment on the color of my skin or even how dark or light it is. I do get comments on how youthful and tight it looks. As I have aged I have become obsessed with having great looking skin. Because it is what I have to look at every time I look in a mirror so I might as well be happy with what I have right? The secret to looking young is having amazing young looking skin. When you are healthy and in your prime, your skin literally glows. When you are sick and dying, you can see it in the color of your skin in your face. Pale. Ghostly. Lack of any color or pigment. Yeah, you know what I mean. Eat your green leafy vegetables. Drink your filtered water. Get lots of sleep. Take naps. I do. I love them.
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And in case you forgot, the new Zelda remake Nintendo Switch game released today! Excuse me while I adventure off in the land of Hyrule.

 

 

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10K Calories -> 100 or Less

So, would you like to know how you can go from 10,000+ calories a day to less than a hundred? So I don’t want to sound like Romy & Michelle, but I invented this fat free, basically calorie free diet that forced my body to shed all this excess fat/weight. “God I wish I had your willpower.” – Michelle Weinberger.
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When your body realizes you stopped giving it those fatty sugars, and no carbs it goes into survival mode and starts using those stored reserves. Yay, it’s that rainy day your body has been waiting for! I start by doing the 20 hour fast and then eating twice within a 4 hour window. I usually eat at 10 am and then 2 pm. I counted the calories and if you make an Asian wonton soup, with spinach, green onions and water chestnuts, it is less than 100 calories. Actually it is 78. Yes, you read that right.

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Fill that InstantPot full of clean water and boil away. If you need some protein you can throw in a shrimp or two and it won’t add too many calories. You can mix it up with other vegetables to have some variety. You aren’t starving your body, and you won’t feel hungry. If you have added collagen to your daily coffee, that should also help give you a more “full” feeling. As a snack I eat almonds and sunflower seeds (only a handful). Almonds are a great source of magnesium and protein. Nut protein should always be your go to snack. Try this for as long as you can stand it.

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A shout out to my new favorite YouTube personality, Thomas DeLauer. I highly suggest you check him out and watch a few videos. He is easy on the eyes also. He totally motivates me to grab the dumbells. I wish my biceps bulged like his.
If you want to make your soup more like hot and sour, splash in some Braggs apple cider vinegar and stir in an egg when it comes to a boil. The soup brand? I get it at the Asian market, Ocean Pacific, so it is pretty authentic. Dragon something? I think most of them are zero calories so pick one. Enjoy.

Yay it’s shark week! I just watched shark vs. tuna. Amazing. I love shark week. Crazy that they have been on this planet like forever.

 

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Shout Out!

There are a few YouTube channels/personalities that I watch and learn from on a rather regular basis. And as you all know I am not paid by any sponsors, so I am not influenced by someone giving me something to say something nice. My YouTube runs through my Amazon Firestick, which I have split to 4 large screen tv’s in the mancave. Super cool when it is movie night. So my version does not show like or comments, or even how many subscribers that person has.

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Okay I won’t beat around the bush. One of my favorite channels is “illuminaughtii“, aka Blair. I hear “Blair” and I think Gossip Girl. Totally not her, but she is hilarious. She investigates multi-level marketing companies and digs up all kinds of truths that would make you cringe. I learn new stuff all the time. Btw, she HATES MLM’s so if you are in one, buy from one, signed up for the discount, then you might not want to watch. She does drop the F bomb a lot, and her latest video on Qanon explains quite a bit. I highly recommend you head over and look her up and watch a few of her informative documentaries.

 

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ColdFusion is another channel really worth watching. It is more of a company “why did they fail or succeed” channel. The fall of Nokia. The Google+ billion $ mistake. How Crackberry was destroyed by …. yep, you guessed it. The iPhone. Fascinating, yet worthless, Jeopardy trivia for you to entertain yourself.

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Have you heard of “Ben Shapiro“? I guess he has millions of followers and he built an entire radio podcast/website show around his … uh, republican point of view. I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon his channel. BUT I was a registered republican for most of my life, so some of the things he talks about I totally agree. Now, I of course, will never buy any of his products, NOR will I entertain the idea of using his recommendations. Why? Well, I just saw him recommending My Pillow. Gross. Plus, he fucking readings from a script, and no one has ever said, “Ben — you. talk. too. fucking. fast.” It’s not like he actually knows who I am or will ever read my blog/website. I’m not saying go subscribe, but go check it out and see if you learn something from a different perspective. If I remember correctly, his undergraduate degree was from HARVARD. I know, right? LAH DEE DAH. I personally think that college degrees are a little overrated. Wait, I have an MBA. Yeah, but honestly I really knew most of the stuff they taught … my undergrad is in business marketing. I did like project management and some of the HR classes.

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CNN. Do you watch and get your news from CNN? Or do you watch FOX. There is also another channel called “TYT”.  They are “The Young Turks”. I had to turn CNN off for a little while. All they can talk about is impeaching the former President Trump. How about we just unplug and go into sleep mode for the next few days. Although I just want to point out when Trump said “dead people voted”, my response is, “Yeah FOR YOU. dumb ass.” Oh, and don’t forget the thousands and thousands of old nursing home republicans that died because of COVID. #CNN if you are listening, I am so sick and tired of you playing the same video of the officer yelling as he is crushed in the door. We get it. Stop playing it. In fact, I am instructing all my readers to give it a break and do something creative with their time, rather than sitting in front of the tv, monitor, iPad, or smartphone. Hey look at me! I’m creating new blogs every day because my readers have been asking for new content. How is your blog/website coming along?

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ZoneOfTech is another really good channel. The dude has over a million followers and all he does is review Mac products (mostly) and actually any type of tech gear he happens to be interested in at the time. He is from the UK so he has a cool accent. As a member of the “Cult of Mac”, I have learned a lot on product reviews and product launches. Yes, still loving my apple watch. The SHOP app tells me immediately when my packages hit the front door. Coolest feature next to text and calls on my wrist.
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If you have Disney+, like the millions of the world, then you might be aware of a new exclusive series called “WandaVision”. I am in the Marvel group on Facebook so before I started watching I read all kinds of comments. Enough for me to wait for at least 5 weeks of episodes that were available all at once. Episode 6 is available as of now. So if you haven’t seen it yet, or you are waiting for the whole season to be available, I won’t spoil it. However, I will give everyone a little background/inside comic book information. Wanda and her twin brother are the children of Magneto. She has the power to warp thought, into reality. In this new series, …. the “time” of when it is going on is kind of important. It starts out looking like “Bewitched” and is viewed in black and white and there is a studio audience, just like the tv show. Weird, but okay. So at first you might think she has traveled through time?? No.

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Thanos has snapped his fingers, and half the world is dead. Vision is dead. The Avengers have not traveled through time to fix anything. Using her powers, and those absorbed by the MIND stone when she destroyed it, she creates a “dome” like bubble around a “perfect” community/home. In doing so, she has also trapped hundreds of humans in her bubble, and they are brainwashed to play along. So if that isn’t enough for you to take interest, Kevin Feige from Marvel, has thrown in some cool fun personalities. The “Bad Mom’s” … really bad mom, is in it. I can’t remember her name. Sorry. The Asian dad from “Fresh off the boat”, and the weird astrophysicist, Kat, from Thor. Each episode is a different time frame. The 50’s-60’s/black and white era, the 70’s, the 80’s. The episode that released today is a Halloween episode (I know, weird timing), so you can’t really tell the era. Shout out to #marvel for the retro costume for Wanda. I love it. I used to say Wanda looked like the pink/red Playboy bunny (in the comics). So … knowing these things, makes the show more enjoyable. If you just sit down to it, and have never watched a Marvel movie, or read a comic book, you are probably going to hate it. A lot of people really didn’t like watching black and white shows, and some people (like me) are so tired of the 70’s and 80’s. So knowing that, could you skip 1 & 2 and start on 3? Well YEAH! But it is only 39 minutes or so, and there are worse painful things to be watching. Like the uprising over in southeast Asia. The first two shows aren’t that bad, and if you like the Bad Mom’s actress, you will like the first episode. I know, it was really confusing to me too, and when started the pilot, I shut it down and said “Oh no. I don’t have time to be confused.”

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Shout out to my new favorite steak restaurant, #Gallaghers in Las Vegas, in the New York casino. Years of visiting Vegas, and gazing into their perfectly cooled glass cases of dry aged premium beef, I finally was able to taste what rich people eat. Dude, it was $50 for my New York strip. Yeah, I’ve never paid that much for one piece of steak in my life! I think $30 is the most I’ve splurged, and that was during Denver Restaurant Week. It was absolutely delicious and everyone should go there at least once. I’d be perfectly happy if they did room service with Gallaghers. But I doubt it as you have to have reservations a month in advance. Remember you drink for free at the slots, so do you REALLY need to have a drink with that steak? I did and it was an $8 Budlight. Oh well. They didn’t give you salt or pepper. And I had to ask for crackers for my oysters, which they charged me a $1. Nice.
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Facebook vs. Parler

73,923,495 people voted republican. Why did I only lose 1 person on Facebook? Oh wait, she is now requesting me to be a friend, … again. Where was this Facebook mass exodus for Parler? For the record, I voted for Harris, just like the other 80 million legally registered voters in the United States. I actually thought I would have this huge decline in “friends” on Facebook. There are some very vocal people who think they can persuade their own circle/network to think like they do. Interesting concept, but that only works for so long.

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Believe it or not, there are thousands of women who “think” they can change their boyfriend once he is their husband. And that ladies and gentlemen is the reason why there is such a high divorce rate in the United States. NEWSFLASH: You can’t change someone unless he/she wants to change, and even then you cannot modify someone’s behavior to suit your needs … long term. Oh sure you can manipulate someone to get your way, once or twice.

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So what is Parler you may ask? Another new social media platform/app that I have to download, update a profile and try to connect with friends/family/role models? Yikes! Okay, I will be the first to admit that I am sort of set in my ways. There are some “things” that I don’t really want to partake in on a daily or weekly basis. Another social media platform … or I guess in this case, an alternative to Facebook. But is it really an alternative platform when it is secretly a place for grown ass adults to go and bitch about things they have no control over? Hmm… I am going to go with the latter. I took I look at their website, and it appears to be a “free speech” platform where users can bitch about Biden and the election and not get banned/muted/Facebook jailed for doing so. Okay, I get it. You can also write your own blog on your website with no restrictions. Complaining doesn’t get results, and it certainly doesn’t accomplish anything on a positive level. Negativity changes your “vibration” within the universe and as you may know, also causes you to attract negative things in your life. We are all spiritual magnets, and you can attract some negative people very easily. You have heard the phrase “birds of a feather flock together”? Misery loves company.

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Now I have not joined so I don’t really know all the tea, but I do know that people are spending way too much time on their smartphones on time wasting apps. If you know me personally, then you know I am usually busying doing “something” and scrolling aimlessly for hours is not one of them. Facebook in general I think is pretty toxic. It used to be a place where you could go and see fun updates about your friends and family. Unfortunately, most of my friends are not writers or authors, and those who are rarely post any actual content of their own. However, many of my republican advocates have REposted various content that usually is just false data that has not been verified. I will be very happy when we go back to a society where lies are not accepted and making false accusations should have serious detrimental consequences. Many of these same supporters also believe that the coronavirus is a conspiracy or a hoax. Just when you think people can’t get any stupider, they pull shit like this. I personally know of a handful of people who have DIED, so there is no trying to pull the wool over my eyes and think that it is a bad case of the flu and those people died of something else. WTF. No. Science and statistical data results are not the liars.

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The scary thought that crosses my mind, is what if the virus has serious long term effects like getting shingles from chickenpox? Thousands upon thousands got exposed to the virus, and many did recover … for now. Thousands upon thousands report constantly feeling weak, no strength, tired, and it is always hard to breathe. We have no data as to what happened to all the vape smokers and their outcome after COVID19. I did watch a video of Alyssa Milana, former Wen spokesperson and Charmed actress, where she is losing clumps of hair when gently brushing her hair. I don’t know about you, but I would probably think that would be a big concern for someone who uses her looks for income. I also don’t want to just lose my hair as an after effect of the virus. We are on the brink of a vaccine/preventative measure. People just need to chill TF out for another couple of months. Start your manuscript. Write your autobiography. For those that are dumb shits and think they are immune, go ahead and write your obituary. I personally did this once as a group writing exercise and it amazing how YOU see your life, versus someone else see it. No one ever “thinks” that it is going to happen to them. Dying that is. If you think about it, you probably have enough supplies to last you for another 30-45 days. I know I have lots of cans of soup in my kitchen. When I was really poor I used to eat rice and egg drop soup. It was cheap and easy to make and it filled me up. Plus with all those eggs, I was getting tons of protein. You bought all those dvd’s years ago on new release day Tuesday. Do you know ALL the lines from each movie? Can you play the “What movie did this quote come from” and always win? I can’t.

 

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In in case you missed all the sales for Black Friday, Cyber Monday is tomorrow and there certainly will be more opportunities for you to spend your voting dollars. Despite the Nintendo Switch and PS5 sold out everywhere, Switch users can go to the eStore and download games at a huge discount. My console is already loaded with games for that rainy day, so I did not get any additional new games. Legend of Zelda Age of Hyrule is waiting for me. I saw online that someone has already beat the game and I can’t get past level 1. Emoji Laugh GIF - Emoji Laugh Lol - Discover & Share GIFsI did watch a cool YouTube video of all the cut scenes made into one. Actually, I saved it to watch it later, as it is almost 2 hours long. Yeah, I know crazy right? If the cut scenes are that long, how many hundreds of hours will it take to finish the game? If you have long hair, did you check out my first YouTube video? I’ll be making another one this week. I got a new hair straightening device I saw on an infomercial. It is crazy cool how it rotates and smooths your hair. Check out my Instagram profile picture. I usually wear my hair in a bun. I tell you, I could totally be an actor or something. I have so many different looks. And with the power of make-up, who knows? Ordinary people get discovered on Instagram more than any other platform.

Although, technically I am writing and producing my YouTube talk show. One thing I have noticed, which most artists don’t do … is market themselves very well. I will be watching something and have no idea who they are. So, with my videos I’ll have my name displayed at all time. Most of my viewers will already know me. I haven’t announced my channel on any of my social media … yet. Why? Well, just like a Facebook page, you really need to wait until you have at least 30 minutes of content/scrolling. If you don’t have very much, people might visit, see you have nothing to entertain them, and they may never come back. I have also noticed that every single YouTube artist tells you to like and subscribe to their channel. I haven’t. Why? Well, I don’t know after one video if I am going to want to see more. It literally took me 20 videos before I subscribed (not liked) Tati. Tati is a beautiful super model YouTube artist/influencer who is super fun to watch and learn beauty product recommendations. What can I say? She is entertaining.

 

Best Buy is running their sales all weekend. Friday morning I scored a new 27″ monitor. They have a 49″ gaming monitor on sale for $750! Normally $999. Too bad my Switch wouldn’t translate into a monitor like that. I wonder if the new PS5 will be full screen for the first person shooter games?

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New YouTube Channel

After months of deliberation, countless excuses of why I was too busy, and hundreds of hours of watching YouTube beauty bloggers, I finally took the plunge and created my first YouTube beauty video. I actually invented a brand new technique to tie up your hair in a man bun.  Or woman bun if it is a lady. It is actually genius and doesn’t rip out your hair when you take it down. For weeks I have been demonstrating it to women with long hair. And every single one of them tell me they do a bun, by making a pony tail first. Ouch. And when I ask them if they rip out hairs the answer is always yes. So, voila, introducing the Bow Tie hair tie man bun by Aaron M. Stephens. I have one subscriber, whom I thought was my mom, but she said it wasn’t. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goVM_nf7EcE&feature=youtu.be

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I will be doing more videos as we are forced into lockdown. It’s not like we have anywhere we can go, and if we did, there wouldn’t be any bars or restaurants to enjoy it. I’m new to the whole YouTube world/community, but my plan is to do more impromptu videos instead of “trying” to write something. For now it will be hair and beauty products that I use to stay young and beautiful.  47 years of age and proud of it. Thankfully I don’t look or act my age.

 

If you like my blogs/writings,  I’m sure you’ll enjoy my new YouTube channel. I plan on chatting about all kinds of things. Give my Facebook and Instagram a “like/follow” and I’ll be sure to post more. A thousand thank you’s!

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