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Hall of Fame: Foundations

Here is a rundown of some of my most loved, most repurchased liquid foundations.  I try to avoid full coverage and powder foundations as I…

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Road Trippin’

A list of some of my favorite vintage clothing and thrift stores in the USA and London. California Los Angeles American Vintage, 7575 Melrose Ave. L.A.…

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10 Beautiful Things

1.  The Guide to Non-Toxic Deodorant 2.  Brown Butter Fried Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwiches 3.  Fairy-tale Villages 4.  Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ…

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Pharmacy: Madrid

This summer, my family and I went to Madrid during a heatwave.  The blistering temperatures didn’t spoil my fondness for the city.  I’d love to visit again, most definitely in the cooler months.  I had a serious browse in Antigua Farmacia de la Reina Madre, the oldest pharmacy in Madrid, created in 1578 by a Venetian alchemist.  The carved wood interior, tiles, and old apothecary jars were beautiful.  How lucky for

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Best Red Lipsticks

One of the quickest and easiest ways to wake up the face and pull a look together, regardless of what you’re wearing, is to put on a red lip. That and the fact that red lipstick never goes out of style.  These are my Top 6 favorite red lipsticks in no particular order.  All of them have a few things in common.  All have a satin finish, none are matte.

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Fall. Finally!

Summer is over and I couldn’t be happier.  Jacket weather is here for the next eight months.  There are a lot of new khaki coats and army style jackets in the shops these days although it’s a long-time classic look that never goes out of style.  I recommend that you skip the mall, pass on all of the newly released versions and go for the real deal.  Government-issued military jackets can

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Budget Beauty Bible: Makeup – Best Beauty Buys Under $20

My favorite budget makeup picks.  All have a list price of below $20 but can be purchased for much less when bought on offer or with a drugstore coupon.  I rarely pay full price for drugstore makeup because there are always sales to be found.  Loyalty programs can result in big discounts by using points or coupons.  I’m partial to CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta.  This is where I get the biggest

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Current A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine – October 2018

My current morning skincare routine. Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate Soap & Glory SCRUB YOUR NOSE IN IT Face Scrub – I prefer a scrub in the morning over a cleanser.  My skin is already clean from the night before.  I just want to wash off any residual product, flakiness from retinol treatments, and generally like an invigorating scrub in the am to help wake myself up.  This is a good

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Fine Points

If you’re like me, it’s all in the details when it comes to styling elements.  Whether you’re drawn to contemporary home decor and clothing, vintage, or some combination of the two, it’s often the details that draw you in.  It could be the color, lines, craftsmanship, originality, other aspects of the items that you choose to decorate your home or wear on your body that makes something special and cherishable.

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10 Beautiful Things

Good things for Thursday. 1. 25 Fascinating Facts About Breaking Bad 2. Katharine Hepburn’s Brownie Recipe 3. Enter your birthday, Explore your history 4. Best Vintage Signs Along Route 66 5. Newly Organized Pantry Is a Rainbow Explosion 6. Led Zeppelin Time Capsule Is a Stairway to Photo Heaven 7. Discover Your Home Decor Personality 8. Flight attendant uniforms through the ages 9. The most envy-inducing kitchens from around the world  10. How to Make a Pumpkin Keg

School Uniform

Recently, I discovered what I think is the greatest thing on the internet.  A YouTube channel of ambient sounds set to Harry Potter themes.  I’ve listened to back to back hour long episodes as I work or putter around the house.  I have since discovered many channels such as this but this is the one I’m obsessed with, ASMR rooms.  I highly recommend that you check it out.   This got

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