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By Erika P. Shen

Hear ye, hear ye – March 21st is the first day of “HALLELUJA THIS CRAP SEASON CALLED WINTER IS OVER!” Apologies to all of y’all who like/love winter, but this here little gal isn’t one of those peeps. I live for those days when you’re like, “oh my … I don’t need…a…jacket??? HOORAY!” The problem is, my look – my make-up, my skin care … it’s sooooo winter of 2005. Boooo, lame….I need to freshen up! I need a new look! I need to be asleep and wake up in the spring of 2006!

Oh, thank you beauty marathon for coming to my rescue. What is a beauty marathon? Marathon’s, in general, I think can be daunting – at least sound daunting. They tend to last for a long time, and by the end we’re usually like, “oh, please make the marathon stop.” But not here and not now. From 7am – 7pm on Monday, March 20th, Q-Tips is sponsoring a Beauty Marathon in Grand Central Station. Women can book appointments in advance or just pop by and get a quick lesson on how to update their look for spring. Things we like about this: work-friendly hours, quick, updates, FREE five minute make-over, raising money for a good cause.

Oh, I haven’t gotten to that awesome part yet? Even though you can get yourself a quickie five minute make-over, the event is intended to raise proceeds to help support Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls, focusing on women’s health, domestic violence and mentoring. Uh, hi. Awesome. Thanks. Necessary.

Who else will be on hand other than you and every other intelligent, smart, “I wanna look hot” lady in town? Jennifer Berry, the recently crowned Miss America 2006, and celebrity make-up artists Molly Roncal, Fabiola Arancibia, and Carmindy (from TLC’s What Not to Wear). So, when these three make-up geniuses say, “what are you thinking in terms of your look for Spring?” you can just point at Jennifer Berry. Easy Peasy, one, two, three.

You can book appointments at 1-800-847-7411, or just stop by on the 20th. The marathon will be held in the Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central, 87 East 42nd Street (at Park Ave.).

Even though this marathon isn’t 26 miles, I kinda wish it was!

Drink it up!

Oh, Danny Boy, it’s time for the St. Patty’s Day Parade! It’s that CARAZEE time of year again when Irish pride is abound, green beer is a flowin’, and being drunk is just as acceptable as being tired or stressed – some live for it, some dread it (well, they dread the day after), and everyone waits with bated breath for the PARADE!

This year, of course, is no exception. I know it’s a big pain in the arse (especially if you’re trying to get somewhere, anywhere, within ten miles of the parade path), but…in the end…it’s all one big ball of fun.

This year, the parade will start at 11am at 44th and 5th. It’ll head up 5th to 86th and then crossover to 3rd.

The parade has been a New York City tradition since 1766. Yeah, you heard me, 1766. That was the year of the Stamp Act Riots, if I’m not mistaken. I’m even including a map of what NY looked like in 1766. Why? To solidify the idea that this parade has been around for an INSANELY LONG TIME. That’s 240 of celebration, debauchery, and green beer. Ok, maybe not green beer, but…definitely the other two. I’d imagine. I mean, I don’t really know for sure, but I bet it was fun like it is now. Back then. Oh, you get my point.

http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com

This just in: I’ve just gotten word that http://www.Kiehls.com is extending an offer of free shipping on purchases over $30. Enter the code MARCH upon checkout. This is only going thru March 20th, so…stop procrastinating by doing your work and start online shopping!

Originally published March 2006
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