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Make Me Fancy.

For a bunch of reasons (some good, some bad) I have the next two and half months totally free. I don't have to do a thing, I have no reason to make any more money and I've got oceans of time, a nest egg of savings, and a gym membership. Previous times like this I've focused on making my skill-set or apartment better/fancier, but now I want to focus on myself. No creative projects, no learning and growing, just pure, unabashed vanity. What can I do in two and half months to get all kinds of pretty? Ideally during the day. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2013 - 27 answers

Please don't Facebook our wedding photos....yet

My fiance and I have hired a fancy photographer for our wedding and would prefer that our guests refrain from uploading their iPhone snaps to Facebook et al until we have had a chance to formally release 'the wedding photos'. One guest that we asked is being....difficult, wondering if it's even worth asking the other guests. Are we being unreasonable? How to best phrase the request, if at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 98 answers

Is this originally a French proverb? And is my grammar correct?

"Beauty is the sister of vanity and the mother of lust". My translation in to French: "La beauté est la soeur de la vanité et la mère de la luxure." I originally saw this phrase in French as "La beauté est la sœur de vanité, et la mére et la luxure". So that would roughly translate as "Beauty is the sister of vanity and the mother of lust". I have also seen it expressed in English as "Beauty's sister is vanity, and its daughter lust." My translation would be: "La beauté est la sœur de vanité, et la fille de la luxure." I asked on Yahoo Answers if my grammar was correct, but one of the responses said it should be "la mère" and not "la fille". Hence, my question. Is it originally French in origin? And if so, is it mother of lust or daughter of lust? Either way my translation would be: "La beauté est la soeur de la vanité et la mère de la luxure." Or La beauté est la soeur de la vanité et la fille de la luxure. Are these two translations grammatically correct? Also, is La necessary before "beauté"?
posted by mrducts on Jun 30, 2013 - 9 answers

SimCity 4 Mac language change?

So I have a copy of Simcity 4 for Mac OS, and the patch to run it on Intel. I'm looking to switch the language from US to UK English (I want left-side traffic) but all of the instructions I've found online to do such a thing are for the Windows version, and involve modifying the Registry, which by definition ain't gonna happen for the Mac OS version. What can I do? How do I change the game's language settings on Mac OS?
posted by DoctorFedora on Apr 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Holiday card vanity

I made a holiday card for myself and my husband. My sister thinks it is embarrassing. I'm not going to send it anymore, but I have a questions about regarding the general consensus of what and when and why certain things are embarrassing or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2012 - 95 answers

hey, wanna see this picture of me looking awesome doing fun things?

Narcissism filter: I love looking at pictures of me and my loved ones. I'd like to have more photos of my family up in the house but there are some snowflakey, silly issues... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 22, 2012 - 26 answers

How do you handle your wardrobe while losing weight?

How do you handle your wardrobe during a period of (fingers crossed!) on-going weight loss? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Vanity Fair books feature

Vanity Fair feature on the future of book publishing? I've been told there was an excellent one about a year ago, but I cannot find it. Does it exist?
posted by rhymer on Nov 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Need to replace laminate countertop

Most people want to salvage the laminate, I want the opposite. I have a bathroom vanity that is 50"x22" with sink. Three sides have tile on them as backsplash. How do I remove the laminate without wrecking the plywood underneath? I've heard soaking it in tolulene or lacquer thinner or acetone works but wouldn't that soak the wood as well and swell/ruin it (The acetone would evaporate quick though)? I used to be a floor layer so I'm thinking heat. Would a seam sealing iron work? It's basically a flat rectangular iron that can go from low to very high heat. It's safe to use on underlay so I assume plywood could handle it. I don't care about salvaging the laminate top. I just need to put a new one on and I heard that sanding and putting laminate on laminate is asking for trouble. Although I have contractor friends that with the owners permission have used liquid sandpaper and put it on existing laminate and have not had problems, 5-10 years on.
posted by penguinkeys on Aug 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Please help me make up my mind about a makeup bag

I need a new makeup bag that meets certain criteria: elegance, cleanliness, and durability. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Need specific inspiration images for shabby chic bathroom.

I need inspiration for an impending South Florida master bathroom remodel. I like a shabby chic style, and I understand the principles, but desperately need specific images for a bathroom that totals 45 sq feet outside of the shower stall, and probably more like 30-35 sq feet once you subtract the water closet. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Feb 25, 2011 - 9 answers

The best-laid (exercise) plans of mice and men

Vanityfilter: Smart, busy people of Metafilter, how did you get in incredibly good (looking) shape? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Dec 27, 2010 - 22 answers

"Plenty more where that came from"

Is baldness preventable these days? For the past few weeks I've been noticing dozens of hairs falling out of my head every day, and I'm a bit worried. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Repurposing a kitchen cart as a vanity

Can this kitchen cart be repurposed as a bathroom vanity by people who aren't very handy? We want to use it for a vessel sink and can't find any vanities in our price range in this finish/color of wood. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Aug 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me regrow my hair.

I think my hair is too thin and it's not related to genetics, what could it be? I'm a 30 year old female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Gain muscle but keep the six-pack?

What's the best way for me to gain a bit of muscle, without losing my six-pack? I'm skinny and would like to fill out a little bit. I keep getting advice that I have to eat a lot in addition to working out. The next part is silly, but please bear with me: I like having a six-pack. What are your personal experiences with going from skinny to athletic while trying to keep your ab definition? I'm a guy.
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Where to see bathroom vanities?

Is there a place where I can see many bathroom vanities on display? I need to buy a bathroom vanity and it is something I need to see in real life not just on a website as color and quality can look different up close. Places like Home Depot and Lowes only display a few and a search for "bathroom showroom" found contractor/decorator storefronts where the main purpose is to sell $20,000 bathroom makeovers rather than to display products. Are these things people typically buy mail order without having seen them or am I looking in the wrong place?
posted by fries on Mar 18, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I disguise this crack in the marble?

Marble top repair filter: I found two lovely hand-carved marble vanity tops at an antique store last weekend that are perfect for our bathroom remodel. The price is right, the marble is lovely...but! There is a huge crack on one of the tops... [more inside]
posted by elisebeth on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me pick a personalized plate for my Yugo

I've recently purchased a 1990 Yugo GV Plus. I'd like a personalized license plate that captures just how ridiculous this thing is. Neither I nor my friends have come up with anything good in the last week. Help! [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu on Jan 25, 2010 - 46 answers

Helmet hair solutions

Any suggestions for battling helmet hair related to bicycle riding? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Apr 1, 2009 - 22 answers

How can I get "ownership" of a very specific phone number?

I want to "own" a very specific phone number (non-800). How can I get it? [more inside]
posted by weston on Feb 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Better Skin

Large pores on my face are getting me down. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jan 7, 2009 - 18 answers

How to get a certain non-800 phone number to FAX & voicemail?

How to get a specific non-800 phone number to FAX & voicemail? [more inside]
posted by ggruschow on Dec 8, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I darken my scalp where I've gone bald?

Is there any way to darken the scalp to give the appearance of hair stubble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me fulfill my grizzled potential

Aging-gracefully-Filter: Tell me about successfully growing out medium-to-long grey hair without looking ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Oct 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Straight as an arrow, flat as a pancake

How do I keep my fine hair from going flat and losing its curl during the slightest wave of humidity? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Sep 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Personalized Lawyer License Plate

Personalized (vanity) lawyer/legal license plate ideas needed. [more inside]
posted by cainiarb on Jun 26, 2008 - 24 answers

Vanity URLS or backslashed directories?

Which is better? A vanity url or a backslashed url. For instance, www.awesometown.com or www.mycompany.com/awesometown Mind you, this is an advertising question. With a product/property it seems smarter to use a vanity url for name recognition, but I understand diluting the brand is a bad idea. What's the best practices you've seen or opinions?
posted by Davidissimo on May 16, 2008 - 22 answers

What do you think of the Obagi Skin System?

Has anyone had experience with the Obagi Skin System? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2008 - 6 answers

I have jowls.

StupidVanityFilter: What can I do to prevent jowls? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 16, 2008 - 3 answers

How to find somebody to fix up my skin, via laser or...?

I have a few acne scars, a few broken capillaries...nothing awful, but. I also have a few bucks, and I'd like to get great skin. How do I go about finding somebody to wield a laser (or what?) on me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Best Lighting Solution For A Vanity

How can I add lights to a table-style vanity for best results (i.e. applying makeup, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by zephyrian on Dec 14, 2007 - 3 answers

Solutions to survive the pain of laser hair removal treatments please!

What can I do to make laser hair removal treatments more tolerable? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 17, 2007 - 18 answers

Where to find cool bathroom vanity?

I've run out of money on our house remodel and still need to do a downstairs bathroom. Any suggestions for finding some affordable, modern-looking bathroom sink/vanity combos online -- like this unit from Ikea? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me find the Hualapai Skywalk Bridge of bathroom sinks...

RemodelingFilter: What's the name for the not-so-common style of bathroom sink in which (1) the back half of the bowl fits firmly within the vanity/countertop like a normal top-mount sink, but (2) the rounded front half of the bowl juts out several inches from the vanity, overhanging similar to the front edge of a pedestal sink? [more inside]
posted by skyboy on Apr 8, 2007 - 3 answers

Where can I get cheap contact lenses in New York City?

Can anyone recommend a good place to get a deal on contact lenses in New York City? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 1, 2006 - 4 answers

why do you wear makeup?

why do you wear makeup? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Sep 27, 2006 - 97 answers

how do you shave a gorilla?

how do you shave a gorilla? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Sep 17, 2006 - 8 answers

Lighting Layout & Bulbs for a Vanity?

What is the best lightbulb layout and type of bulb to illuminate a 3 x 3' vanity area within a larger room? Since the area will be used for applying makeup, lighting that accurately reflects skintone & colors is a must. The one problem: any fixtures must have a visible cord that plugs into an electrical outlet. [more inside]
posted by pricklypear on Aug 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Help me stay young!

Skin care products for men -- do they work? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Jul 5, 2006 - 28 answers

Get Me Thin or Kill Me Trying

I don't need to be thin, or skinny, or even svelte. I'm just sick of being fat. I exercise all the time and my diet is improving every year; it's not good but it's getting better. Here's the thing: I don't care if your advice is bad for my liver or my heart, or anything else, but I need something to kickstart weightloss. [more inside]
posted by elr on Jun 12, 2006 - 91 answers

OUTATIME

Which state has the most vanity license plates? [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Jan 12, 2006 - 26 answers

You're not vain; you probaby think this post is about you.

Do people who might typically be considered physically unattractive think that they are indeed physically unattractive?
posted by tegoo on Jan 5, 2006 - 43 answers

Shouldn't I know this by now?

I have no idea what to do with my hair. It's presently past my shoulders and totally lifeless. Help! [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Jan 2, 2006 - 19 answers

“Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.”

I'm 22, female, and caucasian. I (try to) wear sunscreen every day. I use self tanner instead of tanning beds. What else do I need to be doing to keep myself looking young? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2005 - 39 answers

Vain...and yet cheap and lazy

After having my wisdom teeth removed, one of my previously braces-straightened teeth has turned out a bit. Man, does this bug me. [more inside]
posted by divka on Nov 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Filling Corian holes?

Can you fill holes in Corian? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jul 14, 2005 - 7 answers

VOIP vanity numbers

Is there a VOIP service like Vonage that lets you choose your own phone number (not just the area code?) Vonage does not currently support such "vanity numbers." Note I am not trying to move a current phone number over but create a new one from scratch if it is available. [more inside]
posted by neustile on Jun 28, 2005 - 2 answers

Can good photography make me beautiful?

Just how much of a difference to your looks can good photography make? [more inside, of course] [more inside]
posted by madman on Jul 23, 2004 - 20 answers

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