March 1, 2015

Important retraction.

In a post created December 17, 2014 I wrote about my current makeup favorites. It was The Best of 2014:The Makeup you should be using.

I need to update said list. I touted the greatness of Lancome Grandiose Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara and I [averts eyes] regret it.

At that point I had used it about 3-4 times a week for a few weeks.

Fast forward to today, about 2.5 months later -- I cannot stand this mascara.
You heard it.

The first couple of weeks of application were smooth and awesome. After that, I found that I could not apply the mascara without a large portion of my eyelashes sticking together. This happened repeatedly. So frequently I couldn't stand to use it. And for a $32 tube of mascara I expect better for all of us.

So, my suggestions are to fall back on Lancome Hypnose Full Volume ($27.50) mascara. It's great. Doesn't clump. It's a favorite. (See it here.)

My current mascara is the tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. (I know, I roll my eyes, too. "Amazonian clay." Um, ok. And I even smiled when the box said it was gluten free. Tee hee.) But, I'll tell you what: it's a clean mascara, it goes on smoothly and it wears nicely without crusting or flaking. It gives the illusion of longer lashes, but without thickening the base of the lash and clumping them up. And, it's $20.


So there you have it.

I apologize for leading you astray.


February 23, 2015

That second time we surprised them & went to Disney.

Last year we surprised the ladies. We took them to the airport and didn't tell them where they were going. They literally didn't know until we arrived.

We took them to Disneyland.

(I wrote about it here. And here. And here. And here. Hey - I was excited. It was their first time.)

The ladies in 2014 (left) and 2015 (right) Note that Lila is wearing the same pants and skirt. Um, she's grown.

We took them because we needed some happy.

At that time last year my Mom had died about 5 months prior and quite frankly, we just needed The Happiest Place on Earth. And it delivered. It was magical. Vivi just turned 3 and Lila was 4.5 and all the things were amazing.

So, in that vein, we put our money on trying another surprise, because sometimes lightening strikes twice, right?

Vivi turned 4 at the end of January and Lila is four months shy of turning 6. [gasp. Ohmygosh. I just typed that.] so our window of completely unexpected surprises and magic and logistical fog is now.

The surprise began on Sunday morning a week or so ago. We told them that we would be going on an airplane ride later that day. They didn't think much of it. Of course they wondered if it was Disney...

2015 Oscars Red Carpet Fashion Recap

[Before we start this, let's confirm that I wholly support #askhermore. Are you aware of it? It's the notion that women on the red carpet are more than what they're wearing. Read here. I support and celebrate the women wearing these gowns and more importantly, the designers who created them.]

Moving on.


Let's start with Jennifer Lopez. (Spoiler alert. She's not my Best Dressed.)

That Elie Saab Couture gown was a sensational match to Jennifer Lopez' gorgeous skin. However, her uptop was a distraction.

There. I said it.

That gown should have been on someone with smaller orbs. It's too much. We know you have them [insert exasperated eye roll] why do you always have to show them?

Gorgeous gown, though.

Let's move on to the other Jennifers.

February 22, 2015

Because of her.

There are a handful of birthdays that I can't help but celebrate with my entire being. is one of them.

She welcomed me (and my family and friends) into her life, her family and her son's life with her whole heart.

She treated me as if I were her daughter. From.the.beginning.

Jenna, my heart is full of love for you. Full.

I treasure our memories, our relationship and you.

I will be forever grateful to you for so much; you changed the direction of my life. I, we, can always count on you.

You raised an incredible son, whom I adore.
You are an exceptional Mimi and they heart you so much.

We love you.
We are so, so, so very happy that you were born.

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y to you.


February 20, 2015

Fashion Recap Update

The 87th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.

More importantly the Red Carpet on E! starts at 5:30 EST.

Set your DVRs. Or don't, I will recap it for you.

It's the least I could do.

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