Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spa Day

Every once in a while, a girl needs a good - IE expensive - spa day. And I treated myself to one today.

The weather is completely uncharacteristic of the usual cold and rainy March days we are used to here in Chicago. I've taken full advantage and spent my afternoons laying outside soaking up the sun. After a winter that seemed to last forever, I forgot how good it feels like have the sun shining on your skin.

Since I have my second date with Mr. Chef tomorrow, I decided to expand on my darkening skin and get a massage, a pedicure, fill in my 2-week grown-out acrylics, and get my hair done. It was a busy day, but a good one none-the-less. Keeping up on your appearance seems so tedious when you devote an entire day to it.

I've still been talking to Mr. Chef through text constantly the past few days. He's pretty sweet and I must admit I'm loving the attention and knowing that he's constantly thinking of me. I'm still worried he is either suppressing his want of a more serious commitment or he hasn't exactly realized what he wants. He has made a few more questioning comments, being amongst those he keeps suggesting we go to his parents pool or out on his boat with his brother.

I said I wanted a fun, carefree, non-committed relationship, didn't I?! This, to me, means no contact with each others families. I will admit I just ignored those suggestions. He did also say his interest in me was "almost out of control". What does this mean exactly, Mr. Chef?

Pending the weather, Mr. Italy and I are planning on going for a ride on his new Ducati at the beginning of next week. I still have my reservations about him. Only time will tell.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

Ah, spring has come early to Chicago this year.

The warm weather has me daydreaming of pressing up against hard bodies on bikes, and making new friends with boats.

I have kept my interest in Mr. Chef - and he got kudos for not being too upset I had to cancel our date last week. Some how, we still send entirely way too many texts to one another throughout the day (every day). I am surprised I have not tired of him yet. I still think he's sweet and I do still worry that he is looking for something more than what I am. He sent me a sweet email last week, which did not say FWB to me, but it made me smile so I won't hold it against him.

And while I have gotten away from the Sugar Baby world, this guy seems like he wants someone to spoil. I won't say no. He already got me a Victoria's Secret gift card. That took me off guard a little bit, but he seems harmless. Also on the plus side, he keeps saying he wants to take me to his weekend home on the lake, where he says he has all sorts of toys. And a boat. Yeah, I'm sure we can be friends this summer! We plan on getting together at the end of this week.

Mr. Italy continues to try and reach out to me. He also seems harmless but is way more prone to dirty talking and perverted comments, which I do not mind at all. However, we have met a couple times and I enjoy his company but we do not have the chemistry I feel I have with Mr. Chef. I'm not sure why he hasn't given up on me after all this time. I may just have to go for a ride on his new Ducati since the weather has warmed up considerably here.

I am still on the look-out for new prospects but I don't like to set too high of expectations. It's hard enough to find one decent guy around here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Parissa Sugar Wax Review

Last week, I had some free time. So what did I do? I hopped on over to Ulta and picked me up some Parissa chamomile body sugar wax.

I always read reviews before I try new products or brands I am not familiar with. I had yet to try any Parissa products. Although, I must admit the reviews were 50/50, people either loved it or hated it. I fall into the hated it category after one attempt.

What is body sugar, you ask? Body sugar is the supposed all-natural way to remove unwanted hair all over your body while also helping hair to grow back softer and thinner the more you use the product.

I grabbed a box of the chamomile body sugar for legs, body, and face for just under $15. I primarily bought this product for my underarms and my bikini zone. Inside the box, you'll find some popsicle sticks for application, long fabric strips for removal, and obviously a tub of the sugar wax.

I'll admit I am new to at-home hair removal. However, I like the idea so much I'm willing to give it a few tries after this initial disaster. The directions claim this product is perfect for beginners and pros alike. I can't back up this claim. I'm a beginner and I ended up having to shave my already irritated skin after my first attempts.

I warmed the sugar for the instructed amount of time, and was glad I put a plate underneath the tub of wax because it bubbled over the top and coated the entire plate with sticky, sugary wax. Heat does not normally affect me, but I found the wax was way too hot on my more sensitive skin, so I had to wait for it too cool, while also making sure it stayed at "honey" consistency.

I applied a thin layer of sugar wax as directed, quickly pressed the fabric strip atop the wax, held my skin taught, and "zipped" the strip away. I spent several minutes at this point looking from the strip to the area of skin that was supposed to now be hair-free. There was maybe two little pieces of hair on the strip. The rest was being suffocated under the leftover wax.

After quite a few attempts with the same results, I jumped in the shower to rinse off the sticky stuff and to grab the good ole razor and shave cream. I must say, however, the sugar wax was easily removed with warm water - even on my coated plate.

I also liked the azulene oil that came with this "system" to help with ingrown hairs and to soothe skin. But these two positives do not help with the lack of hair the wax removed.

This at-home waxing attempt was a major fail. But I will give it a go a few weeks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hello, Mr. Chef!

I jumped right back into the whole dating scene...minus the seriousness.

I've always found that the best way to get over an ex is to put yourself underneath someone else. I know, it sounds bad. But it can actually be very therapeutic - and fun! So, last week I found myself posting a lame, to-the-point ad on Craigslist.

It appeared as though all the men in the greater Chicagoland area were creepin' on there because I got [literally] 376 responses within 3 hours. It's pathetic, really. I was able to weed 80% out after seeing a picture. Or after receiving a junk shot instead of a face pic, in which case they are immediately disqualified. I don't want a picture of your penis...unless I specifically ask for it.

I can't complain though - it is Craigslist.

I ended up exchanging emails with about 6 of them, eliminating them all for one reason or another except for one. Ding, ding, DING! We have a winner! Mr. Chef!

Obviously, he is a chef. He owns his own company, which seems legit since when I Googled him it came up. What? Don't look at me like that. Who doesn't Google people nowadays!?

We seemed to hit it off via email. After two days, he was privileged enough to get my number. We spent the entire week texting one other far too often.

We agreed to meet this past weekend. I wasn't expecting much. I just wanted to feel those butterflies and have a good time. We met at a cute, little bar.

I was pleasantly surprised. He's tall and good-looking. Plus he's 30. That's perfect for me. Not too old, not too young.

We spent four hours throwing back beers and chit-chatting. We seem to have a lot in common so far. Plus he was a perfect gentleman - not even a hug when we parted ways! He picked up the tab and texted me afterwards to thank me for my time and give me a few compliments.

He's already asking to see me later this week. I haven't given him a definite answer yet, but I will probably give him another go. He's aware I only want a fun relationship with no strings attached. I purely want to see where things go, no forcing it.

He says he wants the same. But we will see.