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25 Things To Declutter Right Now!

A new year is upon us and there is no need to wait for spring to clear out clutter. I find it incredibly gratifying to…

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How To Get Your Life Back On Track In Three Days

I’ve had a busy couple of months with work, travel, and end of the year projects. I can get overwhelmed sometimes when things pile up…

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How To Survive Brimfield Flea (or Any Antiques Fair or Flea Market)

Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusettes is considered to be the oldest outdoor flea market in the U.S. going back 50 years.  It runs…

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A Thrift Tag

I saw this thrift tag going around and thought it could be an interesting way to reflect on my own thrift store behavior and experiences. Ninety percent of what I own is second hand sourced, not only from thrift stores but antique stores, curated vintage shops, online, hand me downs, etc. Vintage collectors have multiple sources and thrift stores have a strong shopping presence due to the constant turnover of

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Hall of Fame: After-Shower Body Oils & Creams

If your skin is dry as a desert as is mine, you may want to check out a few of my after shower body care heroes.  I’m on about my fifth can of Vaseline Spray Moisturizer.  I’ve used all three varieties; cocoa butter, total moisture, and this aloe version.  They are easy to use, super moisturizing, and very affordable.  Available at drugstores. Goe Oil by Jao is pure luxury.  It’s on the

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Makeup Favorites: May 2019

Erborian BB Creme 5 in 1 Baby Skin Effect SPF 20 – This is one of my favorite BB creams of all time and I have been wearing it most days rather than a foundation. If my complexion is clear, I prefer the sheerness of a BB cream. It offers minimal coverage and makes my skin look dewy. I use the lightest shade: Clair. Available online. NYX HD Photogenic Concealer

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How To Build A Vintage Wardrobe: Part II Vintage Jackets & Blazers

Adding vintage jackets or blazers to modern-day looks is an easy way to begin building a vintage wardrobe as they are necessary in life and plentiful in vintage clothing stores and thrift shops alike. Below are some suggestions for the types of jackets to consider as you flip through the racks. I encourage you to think outside the box and step outside your comfort zone. Then all of the wonderous

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80s Stage Jacket

This 1980’s vintage stage jacket is one of my favorite vintage scores. A couple of years ago I was roaming the Cambridge Antique Market in Boston and came across a vendor selling a rail of vintage stage and performance clothes. There were many interesting items and I settled on this black blazer with fringe and gold details. My heart skips a beat when I see fringe and this jacket is

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10 Beautiful Things

1.10 Things You Should Never Pass Up at Antique Shops 2. 34 Things to Do With Your Friends 3. A Brief History of Jewelry Through the Ages 4. 11 Things in Your Kitchen You Need to Throw Away Now 5. The Crossroads of Should and Must 6. This is What Happens in an Internet Minute 7. Mexican Chefs React To Americans’ Tacos-And-Margs Take On Cinco de Mayo 8. 3 Ways

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Pharmacy: Korean Beauty

I can never pass up a Korean beauty market when I spot one.  K-Beauty is everywhere these days, from the drugstore to department stores.    I have a post about my favorite K-beauty products coming soon but I wanted to list some of my favorites stores and online sources.  Online sources are convenient but physical locations are so much fun to browse in person.  I can easily lose myself for

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Hall of Fame: Eyeliner

Below are my current favorite eyeliner formulations and shades.  All of them meet my criteria: creamy and richly pigmented, apply very smoothly, don’t tug on the eyes, and last all day. Quality eyeliners will last quite some while others dry up rapidly.  If you have an eyeliner that you haven’t used in a while, do err on the side of caution and sharpen it before you apply it to your

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