Putting on a show

On Wednesday I pulled a King Lear and went for a run in a storm.

(Unlike Lear however, I managed to keep all of my clothes on.)

There really is something to be said for powering through totally crap weather. But then again, there is also something to be said for knowing when to say ENOUGH.

Of course, today is absolutely blooming gorgeous (though still chilly to the bone) so I’m excited to be out and about, actually feeling some of that sunshine on my face.

In other BIG NEWS – yesterday I purchased tickets for this year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


This makes me SO EXCITED.

Oh Ashland – I love you with so much of heart that none is left to protest!

This of course means, that the I won’t need to keep running in the rain to get my regular dose of old Willy Shakes. This year we will be seeing King Lear (my absolute favourite tragedy, I CANNOT WAIT), along with Cymbeline and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


I love this production company SO MUCH it is hard for me to appropriately communicate just how much I am looking forward to this trip.

Much like last year, we will be camping, but unlike last year we will be driving straight to Ashland (with perhaps a stop in Portland because, you know, PUT A BIRD ON IT) and staying the length of our trip in the town.

This will be my fourth time at the festival, (and somehow my third time seeing Midsummer!) and I am basically already bouncing off of the walls just thinking about it.

Because dudes – I LOVE SHAKESPEARE.

Lovelovelove him.


His plays.

(Or what you will.)

See what I did there?

Fry-up time!

Don’t give me that lip.

Currently I am obsessed with red lipstick. If I could only wear one piece of make-up for the rest of my life, it would be my choice.


(Although you would probably also have to pry my NARS blush from my cold, dead hands.)

There is just something about a strong lip that makes me feel like a super hero. I like to imagine that when I am getting ready for work in the morning, I am magically transformed from glowering ork to ethereal Galadriel – so terrifying and mesmerizing I am, in all of my splendour.



Reign it in there lady, reign it in.

But serious, if you were to look in my purse at any given time, I can guarantee that you would find on average three different lip products, of varying degrees of red (I like blue undertones the most – nothing too orangey or brown because GALADRIEL DOESN’T MESS WITH THAT STUFF.)


And I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

Coming attractions.

I love Jean Reno.

Is that weird?

It might be a little weird.

But seeing as though I cannot properly answer this question, if you lovely people could weigh-in, provide your two cents, opine on the subject, etc., etc., it would be much appreciated.

But I really love him.

Like, a lot.

Playing dress-up.

One of my favourite books of all time is The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi. I could wax long and eloquent FOR YEARS about why this is one of the most brilliant and beautiful stories I have ever read – so while that post percolates away in the recesses of my brain, take my word for it when I say that you must read it IMMEDIATELY.

One of the characters Eva is always waltzing about her East London flat in these amazing maxi dresses, so when I saw this piece the other day, my immediate reaction was:




I mean, I would probably have to procure some headscarves, and maybe a couple of pairs of over-sized earrings to really pull off the entire ensemble, but I think that owning this dress is definitely a step in the right direction.

I’ll let you know if I take the plunge.

So there you have it beauty cats!

Are any of you planning on catching any of the Bard this summer? And what makeup (if any) turns you in a battle prepped warrior?

Do let me know – because after all, we’re in this good fight together.

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Vanessa Woznow

Writer, runner, ranter, reader. I write about all things.

17 thoughts on “Putting on a show”

  1. My wife and I went to see Shakespeare in the Park once. It was the best of times,it was the worst of times…oh wait, fuck, that’s not Shakespeare, right? Sorry, can I say fuck in your comments? I’m so sorry, if that’s a no no! Anyway, we stopped and got a crave case of White Castles and a 30 pack of Natural Light cans on our way. It was our first time, we didn’t know protocol. We sat on the cooler we brought for our beer.

    Well, everyone else had bottles of wine and fancy cheeses and blankets and had the air of douchebaggery all about themselves. Screw you people!

    Oh, sorry again. They kept looking our way every time we cracked open another can like their show was being disrupted or something. I hated those people, but I really enjoyed the show. I’m an Othello man myself. Beast with two backs…I can’t use that enough, thank you, Iago!!

    1. Haha! All those snobs were probably jut wishing they had a beer to drink too! I would so love to go to Shakespeare in the park someday. That sounds like my dream – sitting outdoors, watching an amazing production, having some good food and drink. Lovely!

      Haha, and yes, no worries about the f-bombs! It’s funny, I use some pretty salty language in my real life, but here in cyberspace I tend to keep it really PG. But heck, swear away!

      Oooer, Othello is so good. Iago is a terrific villain, most definitely.
      “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
      For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.”

  2. You MUST buy this dress. Go now. I’ll wait.

    Okay, you’re back — I knew you’d find a chunky necklace, too. I would’ve bought shoes, but the bling was a good choice, too.

    Lear is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, as well. I have a huge thing for Henry V, though — huge.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream is great, too. Though I don’t know it as well as I know As You Like It, which of course appeals to the feminist in me — Rosalind rocks!

    We have the best Shakespeare here — and it’s FREE! Shakespeare in the Park at The Public Theater is wonderful. The ticketing is a pain in the ass, but worth it.

    That book sounds great. I will add it to my list!

    I bought Fangette Chanel mascara for Christmas. I made the mistake of falling in love with it myself— a very expensive habit! $27 a tube. Worth every penny, though.

    1. Holy smokes, seriously the more I think about it, but more I MUST HAVE THIS DRESS. I am going to see if my sister will be okay with me wearing it to her wedding! And then…it will be mine. OH YES.

      Henry V is SO GOOD. We saw it at Ashland last year and I love, love, loved it. As you like it too is fab! Although for my ultimate feminist love it will always be Much Ado. Because Beatrice is my spirit animal. :) What I wouldn’t give to see some Shakespeare in the park!

      Man, I think you would love Buddha so much! I am so excited for you to read it. :)

      A good mascara man…nothing better. Expensive yes, but definitely worth it! x

      1. That would be a great dress for a summer wedding!

        “Shakespeare in the Park” is a great experience, but the ticketing can be problematic. It’s tough to plan — last year they introduced e-ticketing, but only 24-hours in advance. I put in constantly last year, but was unsuccessful in obtaining tickets that way. I never did get over there last year to while away my day on the ticket line, LOL! It’s a very New Yawk experience!

  3. “Put a Bird On It”….is that a reference from Portlandia or does this have some other meaning?? Also, you may be excited to know….I own the Complete Works of Shakespeare copyright date early 1900’s (I can’t remember the exact date). Anyway, the book is HUGE and is extremely cool looking! I have tried numerous times to actually read it all but the print is so small and I have such a hard time understanding it but I really do love that book!

    1. LOL! It is totally a Portlandia reference. I am so glad that someone got it! :)

      That book sounds amazing! It is basically the marriage of two of my most favourite things – old books and Shakespeare. What a find! Treasure it, always! xx

  4. I keep trying for Shakespeare…we keep missing each other, and it’s sad. Makeup and I are friends off most of the time, but a good outfit can go miles to warrior making. Speaking of, that dress, dude. You should do it up. Seriously. Et Jean Reno: acceptable, je crois, en comprennant la valeur de mes opions sur le sujet:P

    1. I hope you and Will get together soon! A right meet-up is definitely in order.

      You know what? The more I think about this dress, the more I feel I must have it. I’m feeling all my will power just crumbing into nothingness.

      Et merci beaucoup pour votre avis! C’est vraiment apprécier. :)

  5. i cannot, and willnot, contribute to make-up, etc. (tho’ on other hand, i prob’ly could certainly yoozzit). do you have a place to stay in portland? i’ll volunteer Eddie’s house, really.
    running in the elements? come on .. YOU WILL SURVIVE SEVERAL DEATH MARCHES long by the time yoove gawt to my age, beatles songbook, etc.
    ‘ the dorsal indifference of the beast’

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