Monday, October 31, 2011

It's boot season!!!

The best thing about cool or cold weather is the need to wear more clothes and boots.  I LOVE boots.  I have many pairs and love them all, but like everyone, I have a few favorites.  At the top of my list are these charcoal grey and black high ones from BCBG Girls.  The black is patent leather and the grey is suede, making the two tones stand out even more.  And the last thing that makes them a favorite is that I got them on clearance at Marshall's.  I first saw them at Marshalls at the beginning of fall, but as much as I lusted after them, I couldn't rationalize buying them at that price.  So I watched & waited, and finally got them at half price.  Oh, that was a happy day!  So if you see something that you want but you can't afford it, just keep checking on it and waiting.  Little dreams come true every day!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sephora's holiday catalog is here with deals galore

I LOVE getting catalogs from Sephora.  They're full of inspiration for new make-up looks, and when it gets close to the holidays, they're full of deals, too.  Stila has a beautiful palette of eye shadows and blushes that looks like a mosaic stepping-stone.  It's so pretty I probably wouldn't want to use it!
Sephora has a "Best of Sephora" kit with Urban Decay's primer potion AND one of their eye shadows, Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer, Smashboxes Photo Finish Primer, NAR's Illuminator, Buxom Lash Mascara, Philosophy's Hope in a Jar, Stila eyeliner, and more, all for $75.00.
There are so many more great deals, including kits from Make Up For Ever, Benefit, Urban Decay, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Lancome, Korres, and an especially beautiful one from Lorac.  It looks like a white jewelry box with several drawers, but it's actually several make-up palettes.  There are even several gift sets from Bumble & Bumble.
If you don't get Sephora's catalogs I suggest you stop in a store & take a look at all the goodies.  There is plenty for anyone on your list who is into beauty, and some for you, too!

Click here to visit Sephora online

Friday, October 28, 2011

what a difference a haircut can make

If any of you need a haircut and are procrastinating, here's some motivation.   I knew that I needed a haircut for awhile, but with my finances at a low point, I kept putting it off.  But my hair kept getting more brittle, with more frizz, no matter what product I tried.  (I've since heard that Nexxus Pro Mend works very well, so I'm going to try it the next time that I have just a few split ends.)  This is what my hair looked like before I got it cut:

And this is what it looked like after I got most of my frazzled, split ends trimmed off:

Much thanks to Philip Pelusi Salon in Cranberry Township, PA.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Make up Forever's red eyeshadow creme

I wrote about this awhile ago - I did some instructions on applying it (July of this year in my post for Red White and Blue Beauty). If you're going to Sephora to look for it, be aware that it has  white creme on top of the red. So if you look at the container from the side, you'll see the reddish color, but if you look from the top, you'll see white.  I have no idea why that is that way, and honestly, I don't remember if mine was like that when I bought it or if it's changed over time.   (Obviously I don't follow the timeline about throwing out eyeshadow after a year or whatever time they recommend.)

If you're unsure if you have the correct one, just look at the bottom.  It's No. 001, which should be the same as the label on the display.  If you have any problems finding it, leave me a comment.  Here's some photos of what the packaging looks like.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

You'll be seeing several new things on my blog

Aside from expanding, I'm experimenting with the color theme to make it easier to read.  I loved the black background, but some said that it was a little difficult to read the white text.  So you may see a variety of colors the next few days.
Also, soon I'm going to be adding a page for information on discounts, sales, coupons, etc.   Most of these will be for beauty products, fashion, and accessories.  (Currently I'm personally hunting for deals on Deborah Lipmann nail polish.)  If I find some good deals on other things, though, especially pet products and tech stuff, that will go on the page as well.
Feedback always helps, so if you have an opinion on page colors or you're looking for specific information on how to do something or a beauty product, just write me a comment!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What do you wear when lounging in bed?

Honestly, I spend more time at home than I do anywhere else.  And a lot of that time is laying on my bed using my laptop.  So I thought I'd do the reverse of most fashion bloggers.  Instead of showing the fabulous outfit that I'm wearing out to work or to the club, I decided to show what I'm wearing while I type.  Maybe not trendy, but definitely uber-comfy.  The socks in this picture are just fun to look at it.  The pants are super comfortable and cute, too.  Right now I'm on a Target kick when I want comfortable pajamas.  Their Gilligan O'Malley brand have some of the softest fabrics I've ever felt for pajamas.  And they're cute, too.  When I put them on I feel so comfortable it makes me relax almost immediately.  Add a plush, soft blanket and I'm good.

Criminal Minds tonight!

It sounds like a good episode of Criminal Minds tonight.  Most of it revolves around an unsub who wants to kill  people who are getting together for a reunion ten years after a high-school massacre.  And along the same theme of bullies, Hotch (Thomas Gibson) suspects his adorable son Jack is being bullied.  I'll be interested to see how he handles that.  The boy who plays Jack is one of the cutest child actors I've ever seen.  He is so cute I just love episodes that he is in.
I'm wondering if they're going to show A.J. Cook's son in a cameo this season.  It was done one time before, for episode 100.  She doesn't post too many close-up photos of him online (which I totally understand), but from what I've seen he looks adorable, too.
And I see from the key words people are searching that Kirsten Vangsness is popular, especially lately.  Not surprising, since a lot of her fans dress up as her for Halloween.  I'm going to try to find some pictures of her where you can see her make-up well, and then do a tutorial.  One thing I do know is her make-up is usually MAC.  Not a problem for me since that's my favorite brand.

Here's a few of my favorite pics of Thomas, Joe, A.J. and Kirsten.  All except the last one were taken or at least posted by Thomas Gibson.  They are such a great group of people and I'm so glad that A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster are back full-time this year.  The show was good without them, but nowhere near as excellent as it is with them!

How to look bloody for Halloween

Halloween is coming up, and I know a lot of people who say this is their very favorite holiday (yes, I'm talking about you, Angie).  If you're a creative person and you've got some money for make-up, you don't need to go to a Halloween store for your costume.  At least not for your face, anyhow.  Regular make-up can do the tricks to make you look dead or just bloody and injured.  And you can use it for other things so it's not like you're spending a bunch of money for one night only.

The easiest look to do yourself is making pretend cuts and blood on yourself.  Bruises are pretty easy, too.  One night I decided to play around with a "dead" look.  (Yes, sometimes I just play with make-up for no particular reason.)  First I made my face look as pale as possible by using my lightest colored foundation, with a creme formula for the best coverage.  Then I put pale translucent powder over it.  Next up I put a very pale lipstick on.  A matte texture works best, since dead people usually don't have glossy lips.  Then I used a combination of red lipstick (MAC's Ruby Woo has a great matte texture, or if you want that still oozy blood effect, you can try MAC's Russian Red or MAC Red), and red creme eyeshadow from Make Up For Ever (you'll find it listed as Flash Color No. 001 at Sephora or MUFE's web site).  I played around to get the color of a cut, which is darker and more matte than the color of running blood.  Another good source of "bloody" make-up is Ben Nye.  They're well-known for theatrical make-up and it's sold online at many sites.  I found fake blood by Ben Nye on this site:

Here is a photo of one I did.  I'll think up a few more between now and halloween and do some more examples.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I'm expanding!

To encompass all of my and your interests, I decided to break the blog into sections.  You'll notice that now there is a row under my motto that lists sections such as Fashion, Pets, Beauty, my photos and artwork.  To see the posts under that topic, just click the name of the topic and it will take you to that page.  I may add more in the future (I'd love to have a section on technology, as soon as I can afford to get more of it).  There won't be new posts under each section every day, of course.  I just thought that this would be a more organized way to include a variety of topics.
If you have any comments or questions about things you'd like to know more about, leave me a comment.  If you'd like videos occasionally, or slide shows, or anything along those lines, just write some feedback in the comment section.
I'm looking forward to broadening the topics I write about.  I hope that you enjoy them as well.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Building a new wardrobe

A lot of women have a few garments reserved for "fat days", the days when you're bloated and your regular clothes don't help you to look your best.  Then there are the times when you lose or gain so much weight that NONE of your regular clothes fit.  So where do you start when you truly don't have anything to wear?   You start with basics - pants, tops, skirts, dresses and jackets in neutral colors that you can wear frequently.  Ideally basics should be just that - solid colors, classic cuts and nothing that makes them so unique that people can tell if you wear them twice in one week.

Once you have your basics, you can use accessories to add style and make it look like you have more clothes than you really do.  One of my favorite ways to dress up my basics is with jackets and sweaters.  I have several in black (probably more than I need) and a few in grey.  These will go with most any other color that I wear.  Aside from classic long-sleeved suit jackets for work, I have some with unique buttons, sleeves, and patterns  that let me express my unique style.

Here are few of my favorite jackets:

This one is basic black, but it has a subtle polka dot pattern, and some big gold buttons that give it extra polish. I can wear this over a dress, a skirt and top, or pants and top.  If the dress or skirt are basic, this jacket, some jewelry and some sharp looking shoes will dress it up to look the way I like it.

This jacket from Inc. (from Macy's) is meant for outdoor wear.  But if you live in a cold climate like I do, some days your outerwear never gets taken off.  If that happens, I'm still going to look good!  I love the extra wide lapels and the bell sleeves.  Add a pair of boots and a maxi or mini and the look is nothing plain.

Here's an example of one of the skirts that I plan to wear with these.  It's a super comfortable maxi skirt from Max Studio..  I have a knee length black skirt that I'll wear with these as well.

And next, here's a few grey jackets that I can wear with the same skirts and dresses.

I LOVE this jacket that I got at Marshall's.  The cut is very flattering to my present-size body (larger than it used to be).  And the pattern gives it that extra style that will make me feel confident wearing it.  I see this one with a pair of black dress pants and heels for work.

This jacket is quite different compared to most, and that's why I like it.  It's a medium weight fabric with a satin finish.  Perfect to wear over a plain t-shirt or blouse.  Since it is loose, I would wear it with form-fitting bottoms (pants or jeans) so I don't look like I'm wear big baggy things on top and bottom.  Doing that can make you look larger than you are because you lose the shape of your body altogether.  You always want to emphasize the parts of you that you're happy with.

Last, I have 2 outerwear jackets that I love wearing with leggings or skinny jeans and boots.  These are more casual looks rather than a work wardrobe.  They're funky and different and that makes me happy.  That's something I think absolutely must be included in a new wardrobe - some things that make you happy. Make sure that you have some pieces that make you feel confident, gorgeous, and capable of handling anything.  Those are a basic necessity.