TLC for a Fair Complexion

Getting ready for the day!

Well friends, here I am in all my un-retouched glory.  I thought today I might share with you some of the things I (obsess over) use to take care of my complexion.

It’s no secret that I am very fair.  I’ve spent most of my adult life protecting my skin from the sun, and I’ve learned that it has two settings..burnt and pale.  I prefer the latter, and it just so happens that it suits my love of vintage style 😉

For the most part, my skin has always been pretty cooperative, but I find now, as I’m in my late 30’s, it’s reached a point where it can become very dry if I don’t take care of it.  So here is the system I’m currently using.


  • After that, I apply concealer where needed and my make-up for the day!


  • Lately, for reasons I cannot quite figure out, I have been breaking out a little around my forhead and nose (SO unfair!  I’m not a teenager anymore, after all!)  So my evening routine currently consists of using all the products in Murad’s Acne Complex Kit.  Technically, you’re supposed to use it morning and evening, but I’ve found that while it does a wonder at keeping my skin nice and clear, it is VERY drying if I use it more than once a day.

 Once a week, just to combat the drying, I also use a  moisturizing mask like Burts Bees Intense Hydration Mask.

And that’s it! 

I also have my very first appointment with a dermatologist next week to get a baseline for any skin cancer concerns (always a worry for fair skinned gals!) and to have them take a look at that pesky break out issue I mentioned earlier to make certain it’s not an allergy related issue.

Do you have any favorite skin care products?  Do you use foundation (I typically avoid it in favor of BB creams because I find it too heavy, but I’d love to hear your input..especially if you have a good recommendation for fair skin!)

Hugs and Smooches,


Create 365 – Decoupaged Dominos for New Spring Jewelry Line

A quick fun project!  I created a few domino pieces for a spring line of jewelry.  It will be very whimsical and light…I can’t wait to get started!

Hugs and Smooches,

Create 365 Project Update

Soooo, I began this collar yesterday from the spring issue of Vogue Knitting.  I’m making it in a lovely kelly green (in honor of St. Patrick’s day). 

Since I’m determined to work on creating something each day, I put the yarn, magazine and needles into my purse and brought it along with me for dinner with my family…and then proceeded to get totally distracted, lose track of where I was and mess up my pattern.  I had to unravel it all (cussing the whole time..well, my brand of cussing..which usually involves words like “holy peanuts!” and “son of a biscuit”).  I think maybe I need to put the yarn down for a little bit and try a different project.  Though my sewing and jewelry making projects may not be as portable, they might be a welcome respite as they come a little easier to me.

Perhaps I’ll start an embroidery project..that should travel fairly easily!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and I will certainly be revisiting this collar because I’m totally head over heels for it 😉

Hugs and Smooches,

Create 365 – Project Updates

I’m still plodding along with the Geek Chic hat pattern.  I’m hoping to have it complete by this weekend (which will be excellent timing, since we’re expecting a rather large snow storm in the next few days 😉

In the meantime, I thought I would share with you a few other things I have in mind for the Create 365 project.  This is not a comprehensive list, but a few highlights that I’m really looking forward to tackling!

I want to create this dress for the spring.  The pattern was designed by the lovely Gertie of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.  Her blog is a HUGE favorite of mine, you should go take a peek at it if you love to sew!


I also purchased Gertie’s Book and fell in love with a scalloped skirt pattern.



I think I’d like to do it in a pretty teal blue or fuchsia color.

On the knitting front, I just purchased the spring issue of Vogue Knitting and I LOVE the brightly colored knitted collars!  I think I may begin with this one, but I might be moved to make them all 😉


Also on the knitting front (a far more ambitious pattern than I have yet attempted) this adorable sweater from Knit Vintage, by Madeline Weston.


In addition, I have several projects of my own design in the works, including a new jewelry line, and some additions to some of my current lines (Like the Sirene and Once Upon a Time series) and another doll for a special someone 😉

I can’t wait to share these with you!  Let me know if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear your opinions.

Hugs and Smooches,