Wednesday Wardrobe: A Few Of My Favorite Things

Don’t let the title scare you away, I promise I’m not going to sing. What I am going to do is gush over all the clothes, accessories, cosmetics and what not that are pictured below. If you plan on reading through all of it, I suggest you take a break right now to make yourself a cup of tea. Go on, I’ll wait.

Ready?

Okay let’s go!

004{Jeans}
These jeans or from Kuyichi, a Dutch Fair Trade brand. Their motto proclaims ‘Now you can look good and feel good at the same time’, and I couldn’t agree more. These jeans are actually way too long for me, and so the leg openings are all torn and ruined, but truthfully? That’s how I like my jeans. Out of all the jeans I own, this is the pair that I wear the most. They are casual, but not sloppy, very comfy and made out of organic cotton. So no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Bless.

{Shirt}
This is one of my favorite shirts and I have no idea whatsoever where I got it from. Helpful, I know. What I do know is that it’s from ‘Fresh Made’, a brand that I’ve personally never really heard of and can’t find any information about. So I might have bought it at a market somewhere. Nevertheless, plain white long sleeved shirts with buttons shouldn’t be too hard to find.

{Sneakers}
I’m usually not a huge Vans fan because most of their sneakers are a little clunky, what with them being a skate brand and all, but these I love. They’re comfy, casual and go with almost everything. Vans.com just informed me they are no longer available, but I’m sure they can still be found on some other websites. I’m just too lazy to look for them.

{LOVE necklace}
An impromptu gift from Sam on a class trip to London over 7 years ago, and they still sell these things at Tesco. They ship internationally, so if you really want one, you can order them here.

{Faux Diamond Studs}
Impulse buy at Charlotte Russe, but I’ve been wearing them a lot lately. They’re clean and simple and cost next to nothing, so I don’t have to freak when I lose them. Which is inevitable, really. All my earrings are misplaced sooner or later.

{Miss Dior Eau de Toilette}
My Holiest of Grales, this one. When I was a little girl, this was my mother’s ‘special’ perfume, saved for social events and dates with my father. My mom gave me a bottle for my 16th birthday, and I’ve never looked back. Yes, there have been other perfumes along the way, but I always, always, have a bottle of Miss Dior in my bathroom. Out of all the perfumes I’ve come to love, Miss Dior is most ‘me’.

{Le Lipstique, Lip Colouring Stick with Brush by Lancôme}
For everyday use, I stick to the shade Natural Mauve, worn under Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes Spring Fling, also in the picture. These lip coloring sticks come in a variety of colors and are very long lasting. Also one of few lip products that does not dry out my lips.

{Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner by Lancôme}
I don’t use this to apply eyeliner above my lashes but for tightlining, which I prefer. It looks much more natural and it’s easier to do, so win-win. Le Stylo is great for this, and like Le Lipstique it stays in place and is very long lasting.

{Définicils Precious Cells Mascara by Lancôme}
Do you wear contacts? Try this mascara. My eyes can become really irritated really fast, but this mascara doesn’t bother me at all which is almost a miracle. It also gets bonus points for improving the condition of your lashes over time (about 4 weeks).

{Effacernes Concealer by Lancôme}
I can’t live without this stuff, especially now that I have two-month-old twins and have dark circles under my eyes the size of Poland. Lancôme is the only brand that has an exact match for my skin color, both in concealers and foundation, so they’ll have me as a customer forever.

{Ôscillation Powerfoundation by Lancôme}
Truth time: I suck at applying foundation. If I have to use a regular brush I come out looking like a blotchy, stripy clown. The applicator that comes with this foundation vibrates, so the only thing you’ll have to do once you’ve pushed the button is let it glide over your face. A monkey can do it, really. Absolutely L.O.V.E. this product.

{Blush Highlighter by Lancôme}*
Very pricey, but worth it (at least in my opinion). I have very fair skin, so any blush that’s too dark will make me look like I have a fever. This one just gives me that healthy glow that you want.

{OPI Nail Polish}
I will always be an OPI girl, and not just because I can get it cheap. I especially love their softer shades and this one (So Many Clowns/So Little Time) is my current favorite.

{Ray-Ban Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses}
My go-to sunglasses, because they’re simple, black, go with everything and make me feel badass.

{Black Chanel Suede Handbag}
A gift from my brother, and my ‘every day’ bag. Everything fits in it and let’s be honest – you can’t really go wrong with a black Chanel bag, can you?

* I swear I’m not sponsored by Lancôme. I’m just a huge Lancôme fangirl. Their products never irritate my skin, last you a long time and have the overall best selection of colors for my skin tone.

The 5000 Question Meme – Part 3

While you are reading this, I am probably enjoying the heck out of the weekend away with my husband. This is the third part of a 5000 question-long meme that I plan on completing… Some day. So from now on out, the weekends are for memes!

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words…

Fruitgoogle: A Google search that gives you strange results.
Ambytime: A time to amble.
Asscactus: Someone who’s easily offended.

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands?
A cream cheese pound cake. I can’t cook to save my life, but I’m a terrific baker.

53. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Polly Pocket. I just loved those things, even though you couldn’t actually do a whole lot with it.

54. How many TV’s are in your house?
Two. One in our living room, and one in our guest room. Having no TV in our bedroom is something I feel really strongly about. Bedrooms are for sleeping, reading, talking and… that other thing you do as a couple.

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Swim! Those hot summer days when you spend a whole day by the water drinking caffeinated beverages and eating sandy sandwiches… Ah, that’s the stuff.

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow?
I don’t think I’ve ever spotted a rainbow without pointing it out to whoever is with me at the time. I love rainbows. They always catch me by surprise and usually when I could use some cheering up, so they always feel like a little gift.

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true?
Once. I dreamt that Geography was cancelled, and when I got to school it was indeed.

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?
I’ve made a habit out of visiting a palm reader in every country I go to. Just for fun, I don’t take it too seriously. I get a kick out of hearing hundreds of different stories about my same old hand.

59. What is your idea of paradise?
No sickness and no suffering.

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like?
I do believe in God, but I can’t get on board with certain aspects of the bible (or, more precise, I can’t get on board with how some people interpret the bible). I never believed God was something to fear, or an argument to be used when judging others. More that ‘God’ is something that is in all of us; it starts to mean something when you come together and live your life without hurting, blaming or judging others.

I’ll stop now, before I scare everyone away.

61. Do you believe in Hell?
Oh, we’re not done with religion. Alright. I do believe in hell, but I don’t see it as a place you go after you’ve died but rather as a state of being. As long as I can remember, I have associated ‘hell’ with hatred, holding grudges, etc. I don’t believe you can be genuinely happy or at peace when there’s something so strong that holds so much power over you. If that makes sense… I don’t know how to explain it better.

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven’t?
I’ve traveled to a lot of places. And I mean a lot. I’ve lived in the Middle East, United States, Africa, Asia and Europe and backpacked through Central and South America as well. Last time I did one of those travel map thingies, I’d visited over 120 countries. I’m sure there are people who’ve seen much more of the world, but the reaction I usually get when this comes up is ‘Wow, I’ve never even been overseas!’.

63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done?
I don’t know if I should be the one to judge. I mean, I won’t ever know for sure how any act of kindness I may have done affected the people I’ve done them for.

64. Are you a patient person?
I’m both the most patient and impatient person you will ever meet. It all comes down to what the circumstances are.

65. What holiday should exist but doesn’t?
I think we have enough holidays.

66. What holiday shouldn’t exist but does?
Columbus Day.

67. What’s the best joke you ever heard?
I’m not very big on jokes, sorry.

68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been?
Once, in High School, Sam and I went to the Dutch version of SeaWorld on a whim. I don’t know if it was the park in itself that was the most fun place I’ve ever been, but I had so much fun that day. It was the first thing that popped into my head.

69. Is your hair natural or dyed?
At the moment it’s natural. I used to dye it since my skin is very fair and my natural hair color is close to black, but living in a country that gets more than three days of sun a year has balanced that out quite nicely.

70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front?
I’m pretty much up front.

71. What is under your bed right now?
Dust bunnies.

72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home?
Go home. I couldn’t even watch this movie when I was younger. It freaked me out completely.

73. If you drive do you frequently speed?
Only when I’m alone in the car, and even then only on certain roads. But more often than not I have the kids with me, and I tend to stick to all the traffic rules when I do.

74. What is the world’s best song to dance to?
I wouldn’t say it’s the best song, but I can’t sit still when I hear Push It by Salt-N-Pepa.

75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone?
Scream & Shout by Will.i.am and Britney Spears.

Housekeeping

So! I grew tired with the theme I had up and asked my lovely husband to craft me something new… Which he did (obviously).

Along with a new header and colors, I’ve made it easier for anyone who wishes to stalk me by linking to nearly all social media sites you can find me on. See those nifty stickers to the left? Yea, go there!

And while you’re all doing that, I’ll finish packing for our weekend away. No need to cry, I have part 3 & 4 of the ‘5000 question meme’ scheduled to go up this weekend so you won’t have to miss me too much… Ha.

Have a lovely weekend, all!

 

 

Wednesday Wardrobe: Whatever Works

Because of the cast that is currently plastered around my left arm, I’ve been having some trouble getting myself ready in the morning. Imagine getting yourself dressed, doing your hair and tying your shoelaces for a moment… Now picture doing it with one arm.

Yea.

On top of that, 89% of my tops simply do not fit over this monstrosity, which adds an extra challenge. So, today’s theme?

Comfy Crap.

To me, that means Abercrombie & Fitch. Yes, I know they get slapped with lawsuit after lawsuit and I’m sure there’s a million things wrong with the brand, but that doesn’t take away from the comfort they give me (although it really should, I know, I know). Their clothes have always fit me just right, the materials are stretchy and that’s really all I’m looking for at the moment.

And that’s the truth, Your Honor.

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Le Chapeau Merino Panama Hat (Le Chapeau, through farfetch.com); Abercrombie & Fitch Fiona Shorts (abercrombie.com); Abercrombie & Fitch Hilary Shine Tank (abercrombie.com); Abercrombie & Fitch Carley Sweater (abercrombie.com); Womens Pastry Studded Sugar Rush (Pastry, through finishline.com); Ray-Ban Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses (Ray-Ban, through net-a-porter.com); Bracelet & Earrings (Dannijo, gifted/availability unknown); High Shimmer Lipgloss (Citrus, by Bobbi Brown)

Don’t Say A Word

birthday

Tonight we’ll be celebrating Sam’s birthday by ordering pizza and watching TV. Doesn’t sound like much of a celebration, does it? That’s because it’s not. It’s what we do every Tuesday.

I’ve been ‘celebrating’ Sam’s birthday with him since he was 17, and I can’t remember him ever giving a flying fart about the day he was welcomed into the world – not even when he turned 21. It’s just not his thing. Parties thrown in his honor make him terribly uncomfortable, gifts are always too much and when people sing Happy Birthday to him he sort of starts glancing around as if he’s looking for the nearest exit.

So in theory we do not celebrate his birthday, because that’s the way he likes it. In practice, Sam has been receiving gifts from family and friends since early November, and this will probably continue well into February. The trick is to give him things he doesn’t view as presents, downplay your ‘random act of kindness’ as much as you can and not mentioning his birthday.

Currently, Sam:
1. Has new tires on his truck because his parents got a ‘good deal’,
2. Will be going to a concert because one of his sisters had ‘an extra ticket’,
3. Received a CD one of my brothers ‘got for free and already had’,
4. Will be going to a basketball game because one of my other brothers ‘would be in town anyway and wanted to go’.

As for me, I booked us a weekend away in a fancy hotel 135 miles down the road because ‘I desperately need a weekend away’. Which is also why my brother Raven ‘happens’ to be in town – he’ll be taking care of Cole and Sadie, while my in-laws take the babies. Oddly enough nobody was brave enough to commit themselves to taking all four of our minions for the weekend. Imagine that.

So, all in all, it looks like Sam will be celebrating his 25th in style. Basketball on Friday and spending Saturday and Sunday in a city that he loves. Not bad, right?

Now let’s hope he isn’t on to us.

 

Humpty Dumpty

So, a couple of days ago I broke my arm when I slipped and fell in the shower. At least that’s the story I’ve been telling every time someone’s asked ‘OMG what happened to your arm?!’ right before giving my husband the side-eye. Apparently he looks like the wife beating type. Something to do with tattoos I think, I don’t know.

Anyhoodle.

Although this story is true, I did leave a few small details out. Because I firmly believe it’s easier for people to feel sorry for you when they don’t think you’re a complete and utter idiot. And believe me, what happened is a true testimony to how dumb I really am.

Now, before I dive right in, I should give you a little background story about the floor-to-ceiling rack my husband custom built for our bathroom, so I can store all my half empty shampoo bottles, conditioners, shower gels, body lotions and what have you somewhere where Sam won’t knock them over while in the shower (his number 1 pet peeve – bottles flying everywhere because I cram them into too small a space. Guilty).

In theory, this was a lovely idea. However, when Sam was building the thing – all giddy and proud of himself – it seems that he’d temporarily forgotten I am not 6 foot tall, like him. Ergo, I can’t reach the top four shelves. Which, whatever. He can use those, and I use the lower ones, right?

Wrong.

Because every time he cleans the bathroom, my products end up at the very top while his are lower down. So really, when you think of it, what happened is all Sam’s fault.

Now, back to the tragic event.

So, I was in the shower and noticed that my hair was extraordinarily twine-like that day, so I hunted down my conditioner… which happened to be – you guessed it – on the top shelf of our well-intended-poorly-executed rack. Now, instead of doing the sane thing, which would be skipping the conditioner and use one of the billion hair products I could reach instead, I figured I’d simply stand on my tippy toes on the edge of the tub, when both the tub and myself were soaking wet. 

I told you I was an idiot.

Result? I ended up in a position quite similar to this:

pretzel girlOnly with a less ‘zen’ facial expression. And a broken arm.

Now, who still feels sorry for me?