Evening Ablutions

This started as a post about stress buying nail polish. Then this monstrosity of a post happened.  So nail polish talk tomorrow.

 

Last night as I was doing my evening routine I was thinking about my favorite products and how I should share. I’ve recently gotten us Quip brushes and holy crap, nothing shows just how not-long-enough you’ve been brushing your teeth like a brush that goes on a 2 minute timer.  That isn’t to say I don’t LOVE this brush though, because I do, it is sleek and their packaging is among my favorite. I have a link if you want to give one a try. You get your first replacement brush head for free and I get my next replacement brush head for free. It’s a win win. And yay clean teeth!

toothbrush

eyemakeupremover

I’m trying to use up products before I buy new ones so I’m not SUPER in love with my eye makeup remover but I have some friends who swear by it- it is doing the job- I just prefer the Neutrogena version.  But currently I’m using Target’s Up and Up oil free eye makeup remover. The thing about it is, it works, and I go through less of it than I would with the Neutrogena, so it’s actually an excellent buy. (I say rolling my eyes admitting that… fine, it’s good… I guess.) But I’m still looking forward to going back to Neutrogena and I’m not sorry!

 

I’ve got 5000 different facial cleansers, or 11, but it feels like a lot. So the method of washing my face varies, sometimes I use Neutrogena’s Hydro-Boost exfoliating cleanser which is a recent addition to my cleanser collection, and I love it, everything from the Hydro Boost line is magical. MAGICAL.  Sometimes I use Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm – speaking of a magical product. Remember when Laura Linney was doing the Masterpiece Theater intro? I was OBSESSED with her perfect skin and discovered that Omorovicza was the line that she uses. It is hella expensive and smells like 4711- the cologne from Cologne, Germany.  My awesome friend Leslee reps for Rodan & Fields and I have TWO of their lines, and love both but for evening I tend to go with the Redefine Cleansing Mask because I don’t have time for a Mask in the morning. And speaking of Rodan &  Fields I LOVE following up a clean face with a little microdermabrasion – my skin feels instantly smoother and less congested after.

When I’ve got a clean face I either serum or moisturize or both. Or neither, because I’m still learning how to adult where my skin is concerned, and that is one of the many reasons I will never have Laura Linney’s skin.  Also, would things work better if I were super consistent about them? Yes, of course, but we live in an imperfect world and I can be pretty damn lazy.

My favorite serum right now is Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, I use it morning and night and it smells AMAZING (like oranges!) and the texture is awesome, very silky and light. I follow that with a Neutrogena night moisturizer. I alternate between Rapid Tone Repair and Rapid Wrinkle Repair.  They both work really well and come at a very reasonable price point. ($17. each)

Finally finally finally, if I’m not passed out I slap some Treat Beauty Marshmallow Moisture Stick on my lips and elbows, and in the wintertime I also use it on my knuckles. It smells delicious and works really well. I go to bed smelling like a unicorn. I also moisturize my hands with The Body Shop Shea whipped lotion that I got for Christmas last year and liked enough to buy one to keep on my desk at work, and I JUST started using O’Keeffe’s Foot Creme, I like it so far, I can put it on and go to bed and not feel like my feet are getting covered in sheet lint. (my sheets aren’t linty but you know…)

 

Y’all. I got SO TIRED OF HEARING MYSELF TALK about 10 minutes into writing this. But I’d gone too far so had to finish. So there it is. The things I use at night, sometimes. When I’m giving a crap.

So- what do you use? Because clearly I love product and am always up for more!

xoxo.

Friday I’m in Love (with these shoes)

When’s the last time you watched that video? Let’s start there.

30 seconds of honesty: I don’t know how to start this up again after being away from it for so long but I MISS 3 Favorites Thursdays, and generally having possible blog posts chilling out in the back of my brain all the time.

So…

In the last month I’ve had an incredible trip to Disneyland, a cancer scare, an 11 day visit from my mother and we lost the world’s best best best dog, I just keep crying.  Also, Trump is still going strong with his fuckery.

To say I have been shopping is an understatement. I stress shopped Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale as if there would never be another opportunity to buy Wit & Wisdom Absolution pants ever ever again. (I got 5 pair.) (7 if you count the 2 currently in my shopping cart.)  Fugue stress shopping is like drunk shopping, I keep getting surprise emails from Nordstrom that my items are shipping and I think “man, stressed me has great taste!” so at least there’s that, I’m not buying ugly things for myself.

But the reason why we are all here – the shoes I bought this morning before I even got out of bed. (Thank you Apple Pay, I hate you.) (just kidding, I love you.)

Vans x Freaking Van Gogh. Vans Gogh? They were released today. Anyways, shut up and take all that money that I didn’t give to Nordstrom. I got these two. But there are also these- which I should probably also get. (especially the Old Vineyard pair. and the Almond Blossoms…)

vangogh

And look – the money generated by these cool kicks benefits the Van Gogh Museum. So really we’re all doing something good for the world when we buy these. There are sweatshirts and tees and the most gorgeous satin bomber jacket…

Get them at the Vans website.  They’re awesome, I’ve got to imagine they’ll sell out.

butwait

whiteclawa bonus thing you should get today that will make your weekend immeasurably more delicious – White Claw hard seltzer.  Remember New York Seltzer? It tastes exactly like that. But with 5% alcohol. It is everything Zima ever wanted to be but never could.

I’ll be floating in my pool drinking it starting at about 5:15 tonight.

xoxo.

Three Favorites Thursday. v3.

This week has not been conducive to lighthearted blog posts. I’ve started a few but every one of them turned into a screed. A justified and completely logical screed but still… so so angry.

So today among my favorite things are the people who will stand between this administration and the people they mean to harm, the people who are speaking up and out, and the helpers, also teenagers for setting a good example of self appreciation.

 

 

one

RAICES Texas and their Bond Fund.

raicesbondfund
Donate to the fund HERE.

What is RAICES?

“The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.”

They are on the front line of getting these families reunited and with the summer refugee immigration surge just beginning they are needed now more than ever.

 

 

two2

Empathy, Activism, Protest.

Everyone is exhausted. Everyone thought that they couldn’t possibly maintain this level of outrage for going on 2 years now. And yet here we are. Marching, protesting, emailing our representatives so often that I just automatically recycle the response letters I get now. So many donations, so many emails from so many activist groups… it helps me feel like we aren’t alone, like these daily atrocities are not going unnoticed, unaccounted for.

I’m also a person who keeps rolls of stamps now because books just don’t cover it anymore. Because sometimes you can’t make a phone call, and a post-card sends the perfect little message.

Luckily I know a lot of creative women who have designed their own cards – like these:

postcards
Polkadot Paper Company post cards can be purchased from her Etsy store.

and these!

postcard2
These are new and I am EXCITED. Get yours from Fisk & Fern here. (profits go to the ACLU!) 

 

threethree

Finally –  National Selfie Day.

Girls are constantly being mocked for taking selfies, for sharing pictures of themselves, for LIKING pictures of themselves. How messed up is that?!  Now that our national embarrassment is an actual narcissist in the White House can we stop calling teenaged girls narcissists for taking selfies?

I get that women and girls are supposed to BE pretty but not KNOW we’re pretty, it makes us easier to belittle and control that way- but where’s the fun in that for us?

If you’re feeling your look, take a damn selfie, post it. Turns out not hating how you look is rebellious and incredibly political.

Why yes, I am about to post a bevy of selfies… (two with Manic Trout necklaces, two in Disney, one also with my new amazing Weighted Blanket which we can talk about later.)

 

Send a post card, be heard, post a selfie, be seen.

xoxo

Three Favorites Thursday. v2.

It has already been a week and I have NOTHING to show for it other than that I’m down a tooth and have never wanted a steak more than I do right now. But like I said in my first ever post – everything is my favorite – so I can always find 3 things to share with y’all.

one1

Hint Water. I am an advertiser’s dream audience. I read a story in Forbes about how when Karen Goldin, founder of Hint, approached Coca Cola to sell her company one of the execs called her “sweetie”, after which point she decided to go it on her own and I’ve been getting two cases delivered every other week since then.  I used to drink a LOT of Coke, and I still love it, but now it’s a legit treat and not a thing I’m addicted to (I’ve weaned myself off of any caffeine addiction) and I think Hint had something to do with that. It just tastes so good, and my kidneys are so much happier with all of the hydration.

hint
Pineapple, blackberry and watermelon are my favorites. I felt personally victimized by the caffeinated Lemon Cayenne.

Heck yes, I have a discount code for you.  $10 off of your first case.  You can get individual bottles at places like Target, and likely your grocery store. Find your favorite and try a case. (the Fizz is also really good!)

 

two222

I’m like a pre-schooler, wrapping things I find in my house to give to my parents for Christmas. I’m just looking around my house and through my phone to come up with my ideas. (I’m drinking a watermelon Hint while I type this.)

I have a couple of things for #2, and they are both “Things that smell like the beach” so I’ll just say Things that Smell like the Beach are my favorite.

miamibeachFirst is Lush Sea Salt Spray – I fricking love it, it smells like the beach – sand, sun, the ocean, sunscreen… in the summertime I don’t like to blow dry my hair so Sea Salt Spray gets liberal use. In the wintertime I miss the sun so I used it a lot then too…

Second is Bobbi Brown’s Beach perfume. If I have a scent that I want people to associate with me (other than tacos or brownies) it would be this perfume.

Those are both awesome, if you know of other delicious beach scented things for me let me know and I’ll buy them. Things that would make my house smell like the beach would especially be appreciated!

 

three3

And the third thing that I can’t live without. (right now) The writing styles of Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews is actually the pen name of a husband/wife writing duo from Texas who write some straight up delicious urban fantasy garbage. The kinds of books that make me extra glad to be reading on a Kindle Paperwhite because the have covers that look like this:

wildfire
Book 3 in the Hidden Legacies series. I’m reading this right now. It is terrible and I love it.

I was introduced to them through the now-dissolved Vaginal Fantasy Book Club which was the brain child of Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Veronica Belmont and Kiara Kazebee. Clean Sweep was an alternate pick one month and I loved it. It is about a witch who is an innkeeper at a B&B in Texas – her guests are intergalactic travelers and werewolves. These books are SO FUN. They do have some sexytimes (way more in the Hidden Legacies series than in the Innkeeper Chronicles for sure, blushable levels for sure) so if that is going to be an issue then I can recommend some other things I’ve been enjoying lately. (a series of cozy mysteries about a shopkeeper in Amish country, with titles like: A Churn for the Worse, for example)

So – there are my Three Thursday Favorites for this week. I’m off to finish this ridiculous book.

xoxo

I haven’t really been shopping…

I had to have a tooth removed last Saturday, so I’ve been sleeping as much as possible because I can’t eat anything good – and I haven’t felt like I needed or especially wanted anything.

Saturday I AM going shed shopping though – we moved to Massachusetts from Texas four years ago this summer, in Texas I had a little jewelry company called Unrepeatables and Unrepeatables had her own room in the house – It acted as a studio and I loved it, giant windows, awesome light. Rather than sit on the sofa and watch TV I used to spend evenings there, making things, watching TV… I’d have sales on weekends and was stocking inventory in shops and I loved doing that. Then we moved and Unrepeatables got set up in the basement. Which flooded, had mice, had spiders, flooded again. After the mice I threw away so much of my stuff- crying hysterically, hauling stuff upstairs late at night, throwing it in a dumpster that I had in the driveway.  I was pathetic but it was really sad and felt like the end of my ability to be creative in a space that was mine. The lack of a creative outlet has been awful but it is almost at an end.

So- a shed. In April we bought the house that we have been living in since we moved up here and we have a 5 year plan to make it super spiffy and sell it. A pool house was never on my list of things that we needed to make the house marketable, but it is a thing that *I* need. Between now and when we sell, the “pool house” will be my studio… and just the thought of that makes me so fricking happy.  Maybe SO happy that I don’t want to spend my $ on stupid shit I don’t need? I’ll need supplies soon!

poolhouse
this is the dream but I have a feeling I’ll have to sacrifice the cute little porch.

The fun of this is that I HAVE been doing a lot of browsing for this space that doesn’t exist yet. My Pinterest board for this project is all over the place because I want to do ALL THE THINGS!  This tiny space will need to be a glass studio, and have a place for all of my polish, a worktable for jewelry making and sewing and I need a little sitting area so that I can have friends come hang out with me drinking vodka tonics. It needs excellent ventilation, access to a gas tank, heat and air conditioning and good lighting. So, just a couple things.

I’m hoping that Saturday I find the exact right one and can get it on order because I really need to make stuff! I’ve only been using my nail polish to paint my nails, and that’s just not right.

xoxo

PS: I’m wearing a necklace with a whale on it. I’ve got a list of things that I want to do this year and wearing something with a whale or a pig or an elephant on it is on that list. Learning to make school bread is also on the list.  Losing weight is NOT on that list in any form (eat healthy, exercise more, less junk food, etc.) for pretty much the first time ever. More brunch, less negative self-talk. Anyways, I feel cute as heck in my whale necklace.

Three Favorites Thursday. *

*on a Friday.

one

OPI’s “I’m Not Really a Waitress” is the reigning champion red nail polish – universally flattering – good coverage – good formula – it checks all the boxes. You can never go wrong with a good red polish.

BUT. Cirque Color has a polish called Halcyon and it is my very favorite polish out of all of the bottles I have or colors I’ve worn. The last time I updated my polish spreadsheet I was at about 1100 bottles. Halcyon by Cirque is one of the few that requires I have an unopened backup bottle at all times. My youngest daughter and I wear it a LOT. Two coats to completely opaque. A smooth, easy to apply formula. And unlike many other metallics it doesn’t chip off within 12 hours of application. On my toes I can easily get 3 weeks out of it, but after that I’ll just put another coat on and Queen Elizabeth I that until I absolutely HAVE to remove and replace – with more Halcyon.

9_cirque_colors_halcyon
I borrowed this photo from Lacquered Bits – her photos are INCREDIBLE and you should definitely follow her polish blog.

 

two

I’ve talked very recently about my aging feet and their need for love and comfort. So when one of those click-baity headlines from Business Insider about Allbirds Wool Shoes crossed my newsfeed recently I read their return policy and ordered a pair of Tree Loungers in charcoal. Can something that I’ve only owned for a week already be on my list of favorite things? Did it take more than one episode of Luther to make you realize that Idris Elba is the MOST? No. My charcoal Tree Loungers are very likely the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet. I’ve worn pants all week because they don’t look great with my cute dresses or skirts – I’m hoping that the solution to this is the pair of Tree Skippers I just ordered in a blush color that should fit the bill until the white ones are back in stock.

 

 

three

And this week’s third favorite isn’t going to come as a surprise to anyone who knows me:

thorragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)

Pretty much one of my favorite movies, did it replace Pulp Fiction? what about The Philadelphia Story? no. but it’s up there with them and if you haven’t seen it yet then I question your life decisions.

Why? badass female characters, hilarity, Jeff Goldblum, cute boys, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett’s entire performance, the soundtrack, the fight scenes…

I bought the digital version from Amazon so that I can watch it whenever I want, which is at least once a week. You can also watch it on Netflix right now. So you should go do that. I’ll wait.

xoxo

 

 

Traveling My Feelings. Disney 4.2

IMG_5854
hey, it’s me! in a few of my favorite things for Disney.

I have been in Disney World- Traveling My Feelings with a large side of Eating My Feelings- and celebrating my birthday.  When things at work get crazy, or when I’m sad, or I’m happy enough to be experiencing a break in the clouds of depression that makes me want to DO ANYTHING… I plan Disney weekends. It gets me out of my head, it gives me something to focus on and to get ready for. Making dining reservations and fastpass+ ride plans is a concrete step forward while giving me something bigger to look forward to. Plus it is really fricking fun.

And there’s packing. I start packing in my head and on paper weeks before I go. I have an entire Disney wardrobe- clothing I would never wear during my day to day in Massachusetts where I have always worn black, even in summertime. (I’m working on that right now but that’ll be another blog post for another day.) The quest for the perfect park shoe is never ending- if you have a suggestion I’m open to hearing it! I’ve found that my old school Fit Flops work the best. Skechers GoWalk sneakers with the yoga mat soles are also awesome, but the INSTANT my feet get sweaty it is all over for me, so I can’t wear things that require socks. Your mileage may vary on that.

IMG_5794
Giant Mickey Waffle @ Grand Floridian Cafe.

In the photo at the top of this I’m wearing a LulaRoe Carly dress, I think it is a size Small, which cracks me up every time- I wear Small and Medium in that style interchangeably and find them to be some of the best park dresses I’ve got. My shoulders are protected from the sunburn I would otherwise get and it is a swing style, giving me lots of room for Mickey Waffles and Dole Whips. I’m also crazy about the bag I’m wearing – it is a Kavu sling bag that I got from Amazon and I will never go back to another style bag for the parks. The Kavu fits 3-4 of the thicker Disney ponchos, a bottle of water, phone, a cord and a fuel rod. Plus the other little necessities of the day- sunglasses, cool towel, advil, sunscreen… they’re also cute and easy for security to look through as I enter the park. So. A Kavu Bag. The way to go for sure. I have the Black Topo style but see Space Pop in my future! (the link to Amazon is an affiliate link- if you buy it- and you should!- I’ll make a tiny bit which I’ll put towards my next one.)

Disney trip planning gives me an excuse to do all of the things I love all at once – shopping, list-making, thinking about food… and the payoff is a trip to a place I love with people I love.

I can’t wait to go back.

 

IMG_5789
The Majesty of Everest at 80% humidity.