Sepia Saturday

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I was inspired to comb the archives for gas station photos. I was surprised by some of the whimsy I discovered.

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Missouri 1935, LOC

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Milwaukee, 1977

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Arizona, 1979

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Portland, OR, 1973

The photo above ws taken during a time when there was a gas shortage. Gas was sold first come, first served. You had to line up early to fuel up.

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Washington, 1987

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Milwaukee, OR 1980

To see more nostalgic photos, click here.

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Best of the Bonnets

Take a look at some of the Best Bonnets from the Running of the Roses, 2018.

Learn to make your own Kentucky Derby or wedding bonnet above.

Korean Skin Care

When I went to Seoul a couple weeks ago with my friend Tanis, she really noticed the Koreans’ beautiful, bright and clear skin. She was awfully impressed and made me notice.

Back in Jinan I did some investigating and this article in the Wall St. Journal caught my eye as did an article in Allure. Intrigued, I’ve been scouting around for shops that sell Korean skin care products. It’s something of a challenge and new hobby. So far I’ve found seven. I’ve been to Tony Moly where I started with a purchase of 3 sheet masks. I didn’t think I’d like them, but wow, my skin is so soft after I use them. My new routine is to use them on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.

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After reading the Wall St. Journal article and checking out some blogs like Soko Glam, I figured I ought to try this two-step cleansing. The idea is you need to use an oil-based cleaner to really get your skin clean and follow up with an ordinary cleaner. So I went back to Tony Moly, which is in Parc 66 downtown and got their Lemon Oil cleaner, mainly because I figured it would smell good and it wasn’t too expensive. That’s a great thing about a lot of these Korean products — they’re easy on the wallet. (Though you can get some pricey department store items that cost $159 for a 4 ounce jar.  No, thank you.)

On my second trip to Parc 66 I found banila.co down the way from Tony Moly. There I got Clean it, another kind of cleanser, which I alternate with the lemon cleanser. What’s great about banila co is they give samples. Bravo!

I knew I needed or wanted something to exfoliate so I’m trying Skin Food’s Rice Mask Wash Off. I found Skin Food at Shinmao International Mall.

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I’m not up to a 10-step regimen and doubt I’ll go that far, but I’m sure there will be more. In the mean time I’m educating myself with videos like this one by Joan Kim. I like that she does these in Korean and English. I admire anyone who’s bilingual. Watch with subtitles.

Travel Theme: Play

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In Suzhou, along the canal

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