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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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Latest Blog

Product Review: Badger Balm

Badger makes all natural and organic products for the home and body.  I love their little balm tins.  This sleepy time balm is made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Beeswax, Bergamot, Lavender, Rosemary, Ginger and Balsam Fir.  I like to rub a little on my lips and pulse points before my head hits the pillow.  Check out their other balm formulations and the entire range here.  Badger Balm

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January Favorites

Happy New Year!  Here are a few of my favorites for January. Dew Me Moisturizing Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay: Having dry skin, I prefer to use a spray rather than powder to set my makeup.  This one is great.  Your makeup will stay in place throughout the workday or evening.  And, your skin will glow!  This is not a matte finish hence the name, Dew Me!  Available at Sephora

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Product Review: Let’s Mask

  I try to mask my face regularly every Sunday night while watching Downton Abbey or any of my favorite Sunday shows.  I also use a hydrating mask before any special event.  I’m a huge fan.  My philosophy on masks is it’s an important component to include in an overall skincare regimen.  While you may not notice huge results after one use, their benefit comes from ongoing use over time.

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Empties: Hits & Misses

Hits Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm by Emma Hardie: Finished by beloved Emma Hardie cleansing balm, ordered another.  One of my Top 3 Beauty Must-Haves.  Feelunique.com offers free shipping. Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner: My favorite budget conditioner.  I go through these monthly. Glysomed Foot Balm: Loved this peppermint foot balm.  It’s a Canadian product but you can buy it on Amazon. Misses Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer by

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Product Review: Naked Palette by Urban Decay

It’s been talked to death by beauty bloggers everywhere and still retains cult status.  The shadows are rich and pigmented.  You can get a thousand looks from this one palette and it’s my favorite to travel with for this reason. All Urban Decay products are cruelty-free and vegan. Available at Sephora and Ulta.  $52.

Products from Yesteryear

I recently visited The Vermont Country Store which has been around since 1946 and specializing in products from yesteryear.  This place is really neat and makes for a super fun road trip. I picked up several things that I remember from my childhood and others that looked interesting to try. Pinaud Clubman Talc: This is sold as a man’s talc but I loved the men’s cologne scent.  They’ve been making

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7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

  1. Greed What is your most expensive beauty item?  My most expensive beauty product has to be my Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate which I talked about in my October Favorites.  It cost $75.  It’s a beautiful, product!  Also, my GHD straightener which I think I got on sale for $160. What is your least expensive beauty item?  ESSENCE Gel Eyeliner.  It’s a drugstore bargain at $3.99.  Goes on

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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