Has it really been almost a month since the last time I updated this thing? Yikes. Sorry, time flies! I've been out of town almost every weekend out of the month and then during the week spending my time playing catch-up. Oh how time flies. It's cold outside and I've already started two new knitting projects added to my never ending knitting pile. But you see, I have to have a few mindless knitting projects to stick in my purse for moments when I can knit a few rows. I am starting a pair of warm stockings and some delicate undersleeves from a knitting manual I found on Google Books (by the way, amazing resource!!). I also have some gift ideas I'd like to start on for Christmas presents. When will I find the time to make those? I have no idea.

I feel like there is so much I want to talk about, but I'm all scatterbrained today. I'm in a very girly mood these days and thinking a lot about make-up and hair and silly things like that. I've never been the sort to really get into that stuff and when I do, I don't like to over-do it. Yesterday I picked up some gel eye liner and experimented with that last night. I think I need some practice, though. Instead of looking like this, I ended up looking like a drag queen. I also need to purchase some make-up remover 'cause that stuff does not come off with just water! And then I got soap in my eye and now my eyelid is all puffy. Argh! No one ever taught me how to apply makeup or do my hair. It's all something I've had to teach myself. So all this eyeliner business is new to me. If I can get it to look classy and vintage, I might wear it now and then for special occasions.

Also, I have three weddings I'll be in and they are coming up fast. November, January and March. Whoa.


  1. i've been too scatterbrained to blog as well! glad i'm not the only one straggling for time these days. yay for girly things!

    hope all is well ;)

  2. Try some olive oil on a cotton ball to get that gel eyeliner off. Or this, which is what I use: http://www.webichi.com/en/details/62995

    Follow with your regular cleanser.


  3. thanks, april! i will give that a try. :)

  4. I'm exactly the same with makeup! Which is why I usually decide to go without. Plus when I do wear it I forget I've got it on and then rub my eyes and smear it all over the place! Am an idiot.

  5. Did you get the pixi gell eyeliner? I use that kind and really like. I can show you how to use it if you need some pointers. Oh we could do a makeup lesson by skype!!!hehe!

  6. I know it's expensive, but if you want very fine lines, and easy application, I highly higly recommend MAC's fluidline eyeliner. You're supposed to buy their brush with it. But you don't have to, just go to the art supply store and buy the tiniest brush they have.

  7. First of all, thank you for sharing all those links!
    I don't feel like bloggin either, which is maybe not so important... I just wanna say 'Hi!"...
    Oh, and I love eyeliners! You need just some more practice, don't give up! :)

  8. brandi, that would be so much fun!! we should totally try it. oh and yes, i used the pixi gel liner. only i got jade and now i'm thinking of going back to get black, since it's more classy.

    thank you for the tips on the liner and brush! i never thought about going into an art supply to get a brush!

  9. I know how you feel about red lipstick. and other make up too. uber-nerd tip: online video tutorials. No joke. when I still wore make up this is how I finally learned to do the smoky eye,

  10. I had to teach myself makeup application as well...so I feel your pain. Some of the things I've learned:

    Use vaseline to remove eye makeup - it's cheap and moisturizing!

    Liquid or gel eyeliner is tricky, try a pencil first, or even just eyeshadow (applied with a flat head brush like this one: http://www.macmakeupshop.com/upimage/200908282002424218_s.jpg) You'll have more control; you can 'build up' the colour. After you get the idea, you can try the liquid liner.

    Another thing, you'll want to get as close to the lashes as possible. If going for a smoky look, gradually lighten as you leave the lashline.

    If you're going for DRAMA, then don't skip the mascara. Apply 2 to 3 coats, letting it dry between applications. It will feel like your lashes are going to break from stiffness, but they'll look amazing.

  11. oh lady--don't give up on liquid liner! it's so much better than pencil (glamorous, easy, smudge-proof) once you master it...i use chanel liquid automatic (duty-free store steal at the airport) and it's so so so easy. even when i'm sleepy in the morning, it appears as if i have the steadiest of hands and the brightest of eyes! try it. and you can make the line thin and demure...or a little sassier a la francoise hardy, with just a couple of clicks...simple and foolproof...so glad you are back--i really love all of your gorgeous links in this post!
    the messy hair, red lipstick, stripey shirt triumverate this fall is very dear to me.... :)

  12. thanks for the tips, girls! you make it sound so easy. though, i still have not been able to master it. however, i think my problem is the brush i'm using. it's sort of a slanted brush and the youtube video tutorial i found says to get a smaller brush. hmm... also now i am thinking of red lipstick. i hear russian red by mac is the way to go. :)

  13. Aveda's Cerise is my personal favorite--it's a rosey red that has a lot of leeway on the soft-flushed to bold-vampy red lipstick spectrum....And it's a bit minty! I'll check out Russian Red as well...

  14. Delurking finally--- your photography is BEAUTIFUL. And knitting too. Though I'm out of my league in the eyeliner discussion.