Holiday Wish List, Continued

Holiday Wish List
There are so many things to swoon over this season, so I’m just listing things I want with abandon.
  • Palette:  In the beauty department, Urban Decay’s 15 year anniversary palette calls. I’ve heard raves about the creamy, not-over-the-top shimmery textures.  And unlike most of their palettes, this one has all new colors. I prefer natural formulas; however, I like to balance them with highly unnatural, out of this world colors that actually stay on my face. That may take petrochemicals. And few companies do crazy, high quality, fun, petrochemical laden color like UD. While I don’t condone this kind of behavior in the name of health, life is short and I want some turquoise shadow.
  • Burgundy: I want burgundy ANYTHING. I used to HATE burgundy. Now I want to be wrapped in it 24/7. Dunno why. Dying for suede burgundy heels, especially.
  • Coat: Still obsessed with colorful, chic coats. Risky to gift though.
  • Tights: I must purchase a miniskirt, but since the risk there is too great to list as a gift item, I’ll list some cable sweater tights and Swiss* dot tights.
  • Gloves: fingerless gloves with convertible mitten tops and/or wrist warmers.  Modcloth writes fanciful descriptions to accompany these; which according to them, leave you free to do arts and crafts and shit in the cold.  I just want to be able to use my iPhone.  Fair Isle and handmade would be precious.
What are you craving this holiday season???
*I was going to ask if anyone knew why the dots are Swiss.  But Wiki answered my question. I heart the Internets.

Holiday Wish List

Every year, my family attempts to take the guesswork out of holiday shopping.  We ask for holiday wish lists.  It may sound unromantic, but I come from a pragmatic family, and I appreciate the efficiency and forthrightness of it all.

This year, I’m going to write about the things I want for the holidays. I anticipate that this task will be much more difficult once I get down to it, but here goes:

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I’m a sunscreen junkie. When people ask me about anti-aging creams, I maintain that a good sunscreen is the best. I prefer natural formulas with broad spectrum zinc which has led me down a path of chalky dryness. Over the summer when I’m a little more unctuous, I can use a heavier formula like Soleo Organics with a mineral powder over it. While the sunscreen seems greasy at first, it sinks in and the zinc balances out the oiliness. I need a rice paper pat in the afternoon and reapplication with Badger sunscreen stick, but aside from that the combination works for me.

But in the winter, the powder and zinc dries out my skin, and I prefer a dewier look.  I also want a little sun on short winter days, so I generally do not reapply. In the past, I mixed Dr. Hauschka sunscreen with one of my faves, the Toned Day Cream.  But they stopped making sunscreen due to changes in European regulations. I have not tried this mineral sunscreen by John Masters Organics, but it gets rave reviews for playing well with makeup and not leaving a heavy white cast. Plus, it is more expensive per ounce than I’d like to pay but doesn’t break the bank in general. Which means totally giftable!

ALERT! A limited edition scent by my favorite brand of oil blotting papers is on sale right now at! Grab one for just $5!

Gorgeous Red

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Once, when getting my makeup done for a photo shoot, the makeup artist asked me if I was a Leo.  “Why, yeeeees.  How did you know that?”  Her response? “Because you’re really enjoying this.”

It’s true. I love getting my makeup and hair done by a professional. I usually just do it if a guest makeup artist is in town. It makes me want to hop off of that throne of a stool, saunter through a wormhole to the 1950’s, accept my Tony and join my cast mates at Sardi’s.  But usually I hop up and go to the grocery store or something like. Just all dolled up. Seeing that there was a Trish McEvoy event going on nearby and I’d never tried that line, I set up a time with an artist.

Today’s wasn’t the best makeover ever.  I sorta kinda felt like a Kabuki theatre actress when it was all said and done.  I looked alright, but I’m not a fan of wearing as much makeup as she put on my skin.  However, the nice lady gave me some beautiful red lips.  I normally stay away from red because it can age you, and I can feel clownish due to the prominence of my lips.   However, she concentrated this creamy blue-based cream in the center of my lips between a layer of nude pencil and golden, sparkly gloss.  Sure, it wasn’t the matte, poppy-tinted look you see on J. Crew models, but it really worked for me.  When I try that matte poppy look, I end up looking more J. Collins than J. Crew. Not that I don’t love some Joan Collins.



Ladylike Vintage

Ladylike Vintage

I watch a great deal of Masterpiece Mystery! because that’s how we roll at my house.  The eternally damp English countryside, the halcyon days of stables, gardens, and hand-spun fabrics fill me with the desire to wrap up in style.  I happen to love a good cape. They’re ever so classic and sophisticated.  Amidst all of the color blocking and faux fur swirling around this season, the emergence of the cape is a breath of fresh air.

I’ve worn capes with tweed pants, slim dresses, skinny jeans, you name it.  But right now, I long to pair one with a pencil skirt and some sky-high retro mary janes.  The addition of driving gloves and a cloche works even at the risk of being too period; however, if you are concerned with looking like Miss Marple’s primary suspect, you could skip either.  Avoid statement jewelry:  you don’t want chunky accessories on the neck and arms with all that material going on up top.  A rose gold slim bracelet watch epitomizes ladylike vintage.  And keep in mind that a satchel with handles is best since a shoulder bag or crossbody can prove maddening with a cape.  Keep the makeup simple with winged liner. While I prefer natural formulas, Stila nailed easy application and all day wear with their liquid liner.

If I could end up with any of these items, I confess an intense desire for those earrings.  They are in themselves a taste of Mystery!

Project Wardrobe Redo

Project Right Way

In the past year, two major things have happened to me: 1. I was laid off, and 2. I dropped about four dress sizes.  This creates a bit of a conundrum. The budget is tighter, but I cannot spend another winter in stretch pants.  Read: I need a new wardrobe.

It’s not technically a conundrum, I know.  But it does pose an issue. Something that I have said many times is that I would rather have a closet full of things I love, choosing quality over quantity.  However, I’m wired to choose things on clearance and then volley around in my head how “ok” I think it is for the price.  One should never sacrifice a sense of value, but buying on price has yielded a closet that I’m not crazy about.  Although it is SO organized.  That makes me smile when I open it.

Now is my chance to do what’s right.  Over the next few months, I’m going to take my budget and purchase one to two higher quality items: whether or not it’s on sale.  One qualification trumps all: unquestionable, undeniable love must exist for the item.  Regret cannot.  And readers, I am going to need your help deciding on which items to go for with my dear, limited funds.  There is no doubt that I will succumb to trends – that’s ok. I don’t want a closet full of sensible LBD’s or practical accessories.  I want a closet full of love: a wardrobe of quality, not necessarily convenience.  But beware, I will need some high quality staples.

Basically, I’ll narrow down my obsessions to a couple of items each week and you either vote on them or send me something you think is better in the comments.  At the end of the month, we’ll decide on the winning piece.   In the meantime, I’m all ears if you have a piece you are raving mad about right now.  In the comments please!

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