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The Gap Between My Teeth and The Big Picture

This past weekend,  I had a crack-of-dawn dentist appointment.  My yearly check-up, as it were.  My capable and friendly dentist boldy declared – for the first time I had ever heard in my life – that my teeth were in tip-top condition.  Evidently, my New Year’s resolution to keep on top of my flossing was working.  That said, he mentioned that if I wanted some vanity work done, I could schedule an appointment – a teeth bleaching/whitening session to clean up the sparse coffee and tea stains on my teeth (that I personally had not noticed) and a filling session to close the gap between my teeth, the one I’ve had since I was little.

Now, I didn’t take his recommendations very seriously first, but now that I’m at home, comfortable and contemplating his suggestions, I’m wondering the broader implications of his obviously very innocent suggestion.

I’ve had a gap between my teeth for as long as I know.  It’s very unnoticeable, but noticeable enough that it could be a blemish in what I think is my generally presentable appearance.  The roots of this gap go to when I was a youngin’ – I was a chronic thumbsucker until I was about 6 or 7.  Embarassing, I know, but I think it really was a nervous thing, because I graduated from sucking my thumb to chewing on my nails, and I only chew my nails when I’m stressed out or nervous (although I’m working on that for a New Year’s Resolution this year as well, and so far so good…another post to come on that whole mantra cum life perspective change soon).

It’s odd because I feel that fixing the gap between my teeth isn’t a huge deal and not something nearly as superficial as you know, getting ginormous breast implants or skimming that last 1/2 of fat from your thighs with liposuction.  But isn’t it?  A gap between your teeth is such a minute thing, so unnoticeable probably to the majority of the population, so why even consider changing it?  Sometimes it freaks me out how utterly enamoured our society is with perfection, but at the same time sickened of it.  We criticize fashion magazines and advertisements for air brushing models, but at the same time we often squirm at seeing things that are less than desirable on the glossy pages of magazines.  And we say that we want to see real-sized models, but then we do and comment that the clothes hang poorly on her.  We rever certain individuals for having a certain look or quirk; something that sets them apart from the rest – a mole was Cindy Crawford’s – yet we also chastise others for looking too alien and unique.

Obviously I’m making some broad, sweeping generalizations with this.  But as I read more and more and learn more and more, I’ve increasingly come to the realization that everything in society is contradictory.  The demarcations and divisions are very vague and everything is a shade of grey.  It’s kind of cool but a headache at the same time.

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March 23 2010 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

List of Lasts, 3/6/10

Last book I read: White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene (for class)

Last movie I watched: Shutter Island.  I thought it was super scary, but I’m just a fraidy cat.

Last trip I took: Mount Baker for some snowboarding during the Olympics.  I miss it 😦

Last productive thing I did: Write an essay for my fashion class…last night!

Last thing eaten: Banana with peanut butter as an after dinner snack, nom nom nom!

March 6 2010 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Things I Am Loving: Philosophy Body Wash

How uncharacteristic of me to blog with something plausibly useful and not complete and utter  rubbish.

Anyways – I was so unbelievably lucky to win “The Cookie Exchange” Philosophy Body Wash set from Anya of the fabulous Vancouver-based style blog, I’m the It Girl.  I’ve been a big fan of Philosophy products ever since I laid my greedy little paws on them – their famous face wash Purity Made Simple is my go-to and their skin cream Hope In a Jar is so good, Oprah likes it – but I never had a chance to try out their body wash/bubble bath/shampoo combos.

Now, I’ve never tried it as a shampoo as the idea of using the same product to clean my body and hair sends chills down my spine (yep, I’m a diva) but this stuff, as a body wash or a bubble bath?   It’s the SHIT – figuratively, of course.  Foams up like a dream, makes you feel squeaky clean, and smells divine!  I tend to deviate away from “sweet” scents such as the ones Philosophy’s body line is known for (the scents included in The Cookie Exchange are Snickerdoodle, Sugar Cookie, Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin) but I was really pleasantly surprised to see that these scents did NOT make you smell like a cake (because again, I think it’s weird to smell like something edible), but instead leave you smelling fresh and clean and WONDERFUL.

Seriously – this stuff is amazing.  The only thing that makes me cringe is their price tag.  At $23.00 (CAD) it’s a bit of a splurge, especially for someone like me who grew up using good ol’ Ivory bars (and still do…)  But thankfully the regular sizes are quite generous and would probably last you a while.  I assure you, if you’re looking for a nice treat in the bath or shower (c’mon, you deserve it!) you should check out Philosophy’s line of body washes!

Photo credits to Sephora

March 3 2010 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment


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