Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ice ice baby.

Remember getting on your bike as a kid during the summer at like 9:00 in the morning and not getting off of it until 9:00 at night? Yes, there was the ouch factor of being on that banana seat for twelve hours straight, but it was totally worth it.

My friends and I would fly up and down the block, escaping the summer heat at the Chillmark Pharmacy, the movie theatre, or the deli on the corner for my favorite treat to beat the heat – a Slush Puppie.

On those hot summer days I would have one or two Slush Puppies a day. My favorite flavors were cherry and grape, which would stain my lips bright red and purple.

My favorite kind of animal - the Slush Puppie.
For those of you not familiar with Slush Puppies, first of all I am sorry, because they are delicious. Slush Puppies are similar to a 7-11 Slurpee but much more syrupy and sweet. They are basically pellets of freezing cold ice swimming in thick, sweet syrup – a kids summertime dream beverage!

The Slush Puppie mascot is burned into my memory, a Droopy Dog look-alike happily licking his chops and holding a cup with his own image emblazoned on it. Blue, red, and white were the colors printed on the waxy 70’s cup that the drink came in.

We would ride up to the deli, throw our bikes on the sidewalk, go in and ponder our flavor options, order up, stand outside of the deli and down our puppies, and then take off again.

Ahhh, summer rituals. It is truly the little things in life that matter – like an icy cold drink on a hot afternoon.

MAC currently has a line of brushes that are so bright and fun they remind me of my primary color stained Slush Puppie mouth of years gone by.

Cine-Matics All-Over Brush Set includes five beauteous brushes and a cute little bag to keep them in. The kit includes:

• Purple grape powder/blush brush
• Blueberry fluff brush – great for eyes or adding a little   sparkle/contour on your cheeks
• Cherry red tapered blending brush
• Lemonade yellow liner brush
• Blue raspberry brow brush

These puppies are makeup counter/runway staples and look delicious on your vanity.

So hop back on your banana seat and take a ride – it doesn’t stay light until 9:30 at night forever. If you happen to live near a gas station, mini-mart, or deli that still serves them, treat yourself to some of that icy-syrupy goodness.

And don’t worry about having to reapply your lipstick afterwards - the Slush Puppie will take care of that.

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