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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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10 Beautiful Things

1.  The Bake Sale as High Art 2.  Bell’occhio 3.  Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp 4.  Olive Manna textiles & paper goods 5.  Top five regrets of the dying 6.  Joseph Campbell on the Art of Being Alive 7.  16 Hotels That Are So Cool You’ll Want To Stay Forever 8.  Newborn polar bear cubs 9.  Design Sponge 10.  PRORSUM

December Favorites

  Merry Christmas!  It’s time for December Favorites! NARS Guy Bourdin Limited Edition One Night Stand Cheek Palette: A Christmas present I bought for myself and it’s AMAZING.  It was limited edition so if you want it, you’ll have to hunt eBay for it.  It has four great blushes, a bronzer, and a highlighter in one tidy palette.  Love it!   Tom Ford Black Orchid Cologne: I bought this in September and

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Product Review: DIOR Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

I’ve been wanting to try this lip balm for years.  I use Dior’s Creme Abricot nail cream so I’m surprised it’s taken me this long.  It is a slightly plumping, wonderful lip balm.  I keep it by my bed and use it every morning and night.  It has a faint rose smell that’s very nice.  It’s a splurge at $27 but a luxurious gift for your lips. Available at Sephora

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Product Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler acquired cult status years ago and is still the top selling curler today.  This is one of my most essential beauty tools and it still gives my lashes great curl after years of use. At one time it was sold in stores but now you can only get it direct from Shu Uemura for $20.

November Favorites

  I have to start with this cool reproduction of a famous Bernard Buffet painting I picked up at an estate sale last month in Connecticut.  I just love it. Caudalie Beauty Elixir: Caudalie’s best selling spray water.  Contains Grape, Orange Blossom, Rose, Mint, and Rosemary.  I use this as a toner before moisturizer and when I need a little pick me up.  It smells amazing.  And as with most beauty

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October Favorites

  Phyx Intense Overnight Repair Masque by Kronos: I discovered this hair mask about five years ago and I’m so happy that I did.  It’s terrific.  If you doubt me, note that it holds The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for #1 overnight hair treatment.  Amazon has the best price. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: My favorite drugstore BB cream to date.  Applies like a sheer and creamy tinted

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Product Review: Oribe haircare

  Beautiful hair sometimes comes with a heart attack price tag.  The Oribe (pronounced OR-bay) haircare range fits this description.  These two products are amazing.  I have a tendency to save them for my more “special” hair days and I’m never disappointed. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: Gives styled hair a big boost of body and texture.  Fab product, painful at $42 for a full size bottle. Supershine Moisturizing Cream: I

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Empties: Hits & Misses

There aren’t any “misses” in this round of Empties or Products I’ve used up.  That means money well spent! Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit Brow/Face/Bikni: Fabulous little home waxing kit.  This works.  You may still need to tweeze a couple of stubborn hairs but this $6 kit is perfect between salon visits.  Pick it up at any drugstore or Ulta. Clarins Advanced Extra Firming Eye Contour Serum: I’ve been using

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