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Wednesday, April 23

The Cat Eye: It’s Easier Than You Think!

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Can you believe in the almost 5 years I have been blogging I have never done a cat eye tutorial? Me neither! Considering I wear a cat eye almost every single day, I am shocked that I never bothered to put together a little lesson on how I do it. Fortunately I have remedied this situation by creating a video on what I think are the most important products to use and why, plus how to help steady your hand, and more.

Normally I embed my videos into my blog, but I am trying something new this week and just putting up a link HERE. I have been reading a book on how to better one’s YouTube channel, and it says YouTube weighs views on your blog less than being seen on YouTube, so I thought I would put this to the test. If you DO click over to watch the video, be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my videos. I post them every Wednesday, but I have bonus videos planned and you will want to check those out.

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In the video I mention five different product and wanted to make sure you have those links. So here they are:

  1. Eyeliner Pencil (Not recommended)
  2. L’Oreal BlackBuster (Decent for the price, but not my favorite)
  3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (*This is what I use and I love it!)
  4. L’Oreal Lacquer Liner (I like it but I don’t have time to clean a brush every day)
  5. Dior Style Liner ( I use it over my Kat Von D liner when I want a very dark line. Smudges easily)

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

If you have never tried to do a cat eye before, let me know how the tutorial was for you. If you are an old pro, what tricks did I forget to mention?

Tuesday, April 22

The Perfect Party Dress

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Ladies, I am thrilled to show you the most beautiful party dress in my closet. I received it via Trashy Diva (HERE) and it is just about the most beautiful thing I have ever worn. The color? Perfection. The fabric? Exquisite. The vintage styling? Stunning. Let me show you what I mean:

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Isn’t it amazing? If I were getting married I would have all of my bridesmaids in the different versions of this dress, seen HERE. Can you imagine how stunning they would be all lined up at the alter?

The shoes and accessories are old and no longer available online. But it just goes to show you that when you buy classic styles they last forever! As for the hair, you can see how I achieved this look HERE.

The pictures were taken at my second favorite house in Manhattan Beach (mine being the first) which just happens to be for sale! Take a gander here.

I received this dress c/o Trashy Diva, but I am also an avid customer. I just purchased this dress which will be seen in an upcoming Vintage Life magazine, and I am still trying to decide which Blue Hawaii (HERE) dress to get. What do you think? The Lena or the Trixie?

Tuesday, April 22

5 More Tips For Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day dolls!

Full confession: I wouldn’t exactly call myself an “environmentalist”. I mean I do my best to be “green” but I am not an avid chemical free person. I use Bon Ami, but I also have 409. I recycle my garbage, but I don’t compost. We have low flow toilets, but a regular shower head. When it comes to the environment, I am all for saving the planet, but I am not going to make myself crazy over it. So I am always looking out for new tips and tricks on how to be an environmentalist without going to the extreme. Last year I discovered the trick of using plain vinegar instead of JetDry in my dishwasher, and it works like a charm. This year I figured out borax makes a fantastic ant killer, and it is chemical free!

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Monday, April 21

Big Dreams Vs. Simple Dreams

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I was watching Oprah’s Lifeclass the other day and the topic was “Dreaming Big”. And it got me thinking, why do we have to “dream big”? What is the definition of a “big dream”? Isn’t being a good person and raising a family enough? Isn’t it ok to be satisfied with enjoying the small moments in life that keep us content? Isn’t it enough to take care of your family and friends? Or can those be defined as big dreams?

I’m not suggesting that if you have big dreams you shouldn’t try to achieve them. I am just pondering the suggestion the we all have to have these huge dreams where our mission in life is to change the world. Isn’t creating and raising decent human beings a big dream? What about supporting our beloved in helping them with their dreams? Can our support of other’s dreams be our dream?

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When I was a little girl I knew I was going to be a wife and mother. I remember sitting around in middle school and we all wondered who would be the first to get married and have kids. I was never chosen by the group as the one who was going to be the pioneer in family life, but deep down I knew I would be. And sure enough I was the first in my little clan to have the white wedding and the cute kids.

In college I studied costume design and would practice my Academy Award speeches while showering. But as I was working in the industry I quickly realized that being a costume designer and a mother were mutually exclusive, at least with my personality. I couldn’t be the mother and the designer I wanted to be at the same time. So I chose family over career.

Does this mean I gave up on my big dream? Or does it mean I actually chose my dream? Is being a mother and wife enough of a dream? And if not, why not? I’m not suggesting it is the right choice for everyone. But I have heard from so many women who tell me they wished they could stay at home with their kids but due to financial circumstances they simply can’t afford not to work. Are these women “dreaming big”? Or are they missing their dreams?

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Now that I have become a wife and mother, my dreams have more or less been achieved. And it feels good! And I have new dreams that I work on accomplishing. But when push comes to shove, the thing I am most proud of is being a good wife and mother. I am living my big dream, and that is the most exciting thing in the world.

My point in this rambling of words is that we don’t necessarily need to dream big, we just need to figure out our dreams and then work towards them. Our dreams can be as simple as choosing a job where one can surf all day or as complicated as becoming a brain surgeon. I see women living their dreams of making enough money by creating handmade crafts or selling vintage clothing. Though I don’t think Oprah would consider those “big” dreams, I think they are huge. Maybe a better way of putting it is to follow your passion, even if that passion is considered simple. If you follow your passion and make choices that get you closer to that joy then you are living your big dream.

For more thoughts on dreams, passions, and inspiration, click HERE.

Sunday, April 20

Inspired By: Easter

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