What jewelry are you rocking for summer?

I have a deep, abiding love for white metals, always have.  I have a great big bunch of sterling silver jewelry…ridiculous amounts of it, since you can sometimes find such great deals on it.  One of the things I love about the current revival in 90s fashion is that suddenly, my jewelry is back in style.  No, I never stopped wearing this stuff!  

  
All those pieces were found in expensively on eBay…except one.  I bought the thumb ring at a hippie boutique in 1994.  Bringing back the 90s?  Or kept it alive all this time?

So, I showed this photo to Kristin and she said “You know we all wore that stuff!  Oh, and the black cabochon rings with the filigree around it.”  To which I said, “Ahem, left hand,” and sent her this photo:

  
Pardon the swollen hands, but it’s hot as HECK here.  

What jewelry are you rocking this summer? 

It’s Sunday – time to organize and clean!

So, if I can get to it, I usually wash my brushes on Sunday (unless I haven’t used them much).  This weekend I’ve been cleaning a lot and today I rearranged my new makeup desk setup (I recently moved EVERYTHING across the room because I decided standing up is for the birds). I’m sure I will keep moving it around because I cannot seem to get good lighting even with 2 lamps and a lighted mirror.  Well…I got the cheap one…not the $200 one…ah, that’s a post for another day.

Last night as I kept dropping things while getting ready to go see Fury Road (holy shit, Kristin, you were right, OMGGGGGGG), I got sick of my desk space being taken up by my brush roll, dropping things, etc, so I went back to my cases and vase filler I put together with supplies from Michael’s.  In no time, I will be sick of dust and random cat hairs…there is no winning when it comes to brush storage.  (And yes, I’m running a brand new air purifier in here!) 

  
That’s an obscene number of brushes.  Some aren’t even shown here.  I take really great care of them, though, and most of my MAC brushes are about 13-14 years old – no lie!!  If you invest in quality brushes and care for them properly, it’s a worthwhile investment.  That’s not to say there aren’t some cheap gems out there – see that $1 ELF concealer brush?  I spot conceal with it nearly every day.  There are some Sonia Kashuk and Eco Tools brushes in there, too, along with the MAC and Sigma.  You might even spot one or two detail brushes from the art store! 

What brushes are your favorite?  Any special tips for how you store them? 

And now, your moment of fail

I recently ordered some stuff from NYX from their Memorial Day sale.  Some sweet warehouse person saw that I ordered a black eyeshadow and threw in a freebie pencil brush – how nice!  As I was snipping off the plastic wrapper, the brush slid down in the package…


Well, it’s the thought that counts.  Sigh.

Have you ever had an un-boxing disaster?  This is not my worst one, by far.  I once stabbed a pair of scissors right through the fabric of a corset.  Luckily, it was a cheap one (giggle)!  Yes, yes, I know…each time I swear I will pay better attention!

What’s In My Purse

  

Ever wonder what’s in someone’s purse? No? Is that just me? I saw this somewhere else and since I was cleaning out my purse anyhow…

This is my main purse! It is a Michael Kors medium sized Jet Set handbag/tote – apparently this style didn’t catch in and it was an absolute steal at Macy’s after Christmas. It’s big enough to carry stuff but not big enough that I can make it uncomfortably heavy. Here’s a look at what I keep in there!

  • CamelBak water bottle. Bottled water is for suckers, I own four of these bad boys and I love them. I want one that matches my bag.
  • Wallet. Duh. Well, I guess with the amount I forget my wallet at home it’s not really “duh…”
  • JĀSÖN Cocoa Butter lotion, which I basically might as well bathe in. Being a barista is really rough on your hands.
  • Ipsy pink and black makeup bag which I keep the cosmetics contained in.
  • MAC StudioFix Powder in NW10
  • MAC lipsticks in “Syrup” and “O” (which I just swapped for “Pink Fusion” – I always keep Syrup in there, though, because it’s a great backup color)
  • EOS Honeydew lip balm
  • Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oils in “Red Lantern” and “Nemesis”
  • Random pens and a pencil
  • House keys attached to my Barista Guild keychain/bottle opener
  • Nintendo DSLite, Legend of Zelda edition (with Link to the Past/Four Swords GBA cartridge in it)

No real surprises, but you all now know I love Legend of Zelda more than life itself and that I’m devoted enough to beig a barista that I have a keychain saying so 😜

What’s in your purse (or backpack, satchel, briefcase, get creative)? Is there one thing you have in there other than a wallet, cell phone and keys that is a complete necessity? Anything that’s always in there that you never need?

Miz Mooz Pasadena Sandals

I have 2 favorite brands of shoes:  Fluevogs, and Miz Mooz.  The Pasadena sandals are my 4th pair from Miz Mooz and I’m in love!  These were originally around $90 USD, but they’re on sale for about $29 right now on Amazon and I had a birthday gift card.  Awesome!  These sandals run a half size large, so I got a 7 instead of my normal 7.5.  They have a lightly padded foot bed and were surprisingly comfortable for shopping in today.  Love them!  

I saw my first hummingbird at the feeder today.  Summer!  Sandals and iced coffee…ahhhhh ❤ I love it!!