Makeup For Hazel Eyes

I always used to wish that my eyes were full-on green, instead of the brown/green hazel, because so many people just say (and argue) that they’re brown. And while I like brown eyes, I always loved green eyes… so I love wearing makeup that emphasizes the green, especially. So yesterday, as I was browsing makeup looks, I came across one that reminded me I have some gorgeous plum shadow I never use, and… voila! This tutorial was born.1 I also wanted to do a look that leaves my freckles as exposed as possible, so I recently bought some BB cream, and it’s perfect for summer — it’s nice and sheer, but adds just a bit of color so that my face is the same color as my arms (my face doesn’t tan as quickly as the rest of me.) So! Start out with a bare face. I just realized, via youtube, that it is a way better idea to do eye makeup first, and skin makeup later. That way, the fallout is SO much easier to clean off! 2.3.4 With a matte white shadow, highlight your brow bone, and the inner corners of your eyes. Then, work a creamy shimmer shadow into your crease, and deepen the outer corners of your eyes (in the crease and along with lash line) with a medium-brown shadow.  5.6 With e.l.f baked eyeshadow in burnt plum (or a similarly plummy shadow), cover your lid up to the crease, and blend it all with a nice fluffy shadow brush. If you like, you can add a bit more dark brown to increase the smokiness of the look. 7.8 Using the same creamy shadow you put in your crease, add a bit more highlight to the inner corners of your eyes, and draw it underneath your lower lashes.  9 If you are going to do your brows, fill them in now. I generally use the same brush for shadow eyeliner as I do for my eyebrows, so I’m always doing my brows mid-shadow, haha!10.11.12 Next, line your eyes with a bit of a flick at the ends, using a liner like this e.l.f. cream pot liner, or a dark brown liner pencil. (For my skin tone and eye color, I think browns are much more flattering than stark black, but if you want more drama, use black!) Set the liner with dark brown shadow, and draw that same shadow under the outer corners of your lower lashes.  13.14 Next is skin! I use L’oreal Studio Secrets Magic Liquid BB Cream in light, which comes out white and magically turns color as you rub it in. I really like it, but it is a bit darker than my natural skin color. In the winter, that’d be a problem, but since it’s summer, it’s nice because it darkens my face to be the same color as the rest of me. You just have to be sure that if you use a BB cream like this, you blend really well into your skin and down your neck to ensure that you have no awkward lines. And a note, if you moisturize before using this product, be sure to wait and let your moisturizer settle in for 10-15 minutes, or the color of the BB cream as it reacts with your skin will be uneven.

As you’re putting on your foundation or BB cream or whatever you prefer to use, you can clean up the edges of your shadow a bit. 15.16 17 Instead of blush, I used a light bronzer to contour under my cheekbones, a little bit on my cheeks for color, around my hairline, under my jaw, and a teeny bit over my nose. Be sure to buff this in really well, so that it looks natural.

Then, add your mascara, pop on some sheer nude lipstick, and you’re done!

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I really, really love this makeup. I think it’s my new favorite look for summer, seriously! It’s so easy, and good enough to go from day to night without much work, and it really enhances greens in your eyes. This would be beautiful on brown eyes, too!21 22

I hope you are all having a lovely Thursday!

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Adventures in Nerdy Skirt Making: a sort-of DIY Marvel A-Line Skirt

So a little while ago, I made my husband a superhero blanket (which you can sort of see in these posts of Asa), and while I was at Joann’s I noticed they had several really awesome fabrics with Marvel or DC superheroes, Star Trek, or Star Wars printed all over them. (And also, Dr. Seuss.) I was sad at the time because they weren’t flannel, so I couldn’t use them for the blanket I made. But then I had a great idea: why not make nerdy clothes? So here we are.

Originally I meant to have this be a DIY post, but um… I ran into a few slight problems, and unless you have moderate experience with sewing, you might not want to try this particular skirt making process.

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However, if you want to make yourself a skirt that looks more polished than the ever-so-popular DIY Circle skirt (which you can Google and find a million tutorials for), you don’t have a pattern, and you’re pretty confident with your sewing skills, you can try this!

You will need: newspapers (or tissue paper), tape, a pen, pins, a needle, sewing thread to match your fabric (I used black), about 2-1/4 yards of fabric, a seamripper, scissors, a measuring tape, chalk to mark your fabric, and 8-10 buttons.Collage 1 Take your natural waist measurement (where your waist bends when you lean side to side) and the length from your waist to where you’d like your hem to hit (for me, it was just above my knee at 23″).

Now, this part was the part that I had to fudge around with quite a bit. I ended up drawing a semi-circle that was half the width of my waist measurement plus one inch, laying that piece at the top and against the fold of my fabric, and figuring out how much the skirt could flare by holding the  top of the measuring tape at the top of the waistline piece edge, and measuring 25″ out to the edge of the fabric. Then, I drew another semicircle to the other edge of the fabric, and that was my skirt piece. (I added 2″ to the hem for seams and any possible adjustments I might need to make.)  I also cut a waistband piece that was my waist measurement + 2″ in length, and and however wide I wanted it to be. This also was cut from the fold of the fabric.

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After I finally figured out the general shape the skirt needed to be, I pinned it to the fabric, cut out two skirt pieces — one of which I then cut down the middle for buttony purposes — and pinned it all together, right sides facing each other. Collage 2 And then, of course, I sewed the side seams together. However, I made the hem and the waist of my pattern piece way too swooped (in retrospect, I could have done straight edges, I think), so when I sewed it all together, the hem and waistline were all swoopy. Thankfully, easy to fix!  Next, I gathered the top of the skirt, using a wide stitch with the machine and tugging at the thread until the gathers were sufficient and the waistline fit my own.

If you’re doing buttons, you’ll need to leave an overlap of about 2″ on both sides that is not gathered. Fold that over, making sure to fold a little bit of the edge under as well so that it doesn’t ravel, pin, and sew down the inside edge. You’ll want to fold up the hem as well as you sew down, so that it looks nice later.10 11

Next is the hardest bit of sewing, in my opinion. This part was the most confusing to me, until my mom showed me what I needed to do. Taking the waistband, pin it right-sides-together with the top of the skirt and make sure your gathering is sufficient, leaving about 5/8″ of waistband overlap at both edges. Collage 3 Sew together. Don’t worry about the thread you used to gather the skirt. You can take that out as soon as you’ve sewn down your waistband. 15 Then, fold the waistband backwards so that it is right sides together with itself, and sew up both ends, leaving only a teeny tiny bit of space between the waistband and the edge of the skirt. Turn the waistband outsides-in.

Iron, to make it easier to tack down. Now, you can hand-sew the inside of the waistband down, if you’re a perfectionist, or you can be lazy like me and machine-sew it down, sewing into the seam on the outside of the skirt where the waistband meets the skirt. If you’re careful, it won’t be very visible, if at all. It’s up to you!

I completely forgot to photograph the hemming process, but, you know. Fold up your hem, iron it, pin it in place, and enlist the help of someone to be sure it’s straight all around before you sew it in place. (mine was not. Because I cut it wrong. Oops.)

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Last but not least, add your buttons! I spaced mine out about three inches from the top of one button to the bottom of the next. You’ll want to draw a line on either side of the button so that you know how wide your button holes should be. Hopefully your machine has a buttonholing option — it’s relatively easy on most sewing machines. Once you’ve done the stitching (which I am not going to explain, because… Google it), you can rip open the fabric in the middle with a seamripper. Then, sew your buttons where they need to be, and you’re done!24Collage 620

I am definitely a free spirit when it comes to sewing. I never really like following patterns, and this was much more fun for me to sew than previous projects have been! I bought enough extra fabric to make Asa a little bow tie, and my husband a possible vest (or tie).

The total time for this skirt was probably about six hours, given that I had to figure out the pattern piece and sew on the buttons, and the difficulty was… I’d say three out of five stars. If you’re a fairly okay sewer, you can probably do this. Or, you know, Google some DIY circle skirts that just require two seams and a piece of elastic. Hehe.

So now I have a question for you: I already have one person who is actually going to pay me to make her a skirt like this (with a zipper, and pockets), and since I liked making it more than I had thought I would, I am thinking about making a few more to sell. However, given the time it takes to make one, plus the fabric costs — and if I made more to sell, I’d line them to make them even better… and I wouldn’t do buttons, hah! Zippers are way easier — I would have to charge at least $50-$70 per skirt. Depending on the amount of fabric used, and the time it took to make.

Being the cheapskate I am, I need you to tell me: would you buy a skirt like this for that price? I always feel bad charging a lot, even though I know the time and material costs. But I also know that I am way too used to Goodwill prices, hah!

Anyway. I hope you enjoyed the semi-tutorial, and good luck if you decide to try this for yourself!

Happy Tuesday!

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Sparkle and Shine

1 I’m sorry if I look slightly annoyed in these pictures; it’s hot and I was feeling a bit sick. And then Asa started crying, so we didn’t have time to shoot more pictures. Ah, this weekend has not been good for taking outfit photos; on Saturday I wanted to get shots of my outfit but realized the camera batteries were both dead and we were taking a trip up to Port Townsend so we couldn’t charge the batteries… so… no camera.

I hate those days when you love what you’re wearing, but then things just stack against being able to get pictures. But, oh well. We had lots of fun in Port Townsend, and I am enjoying the hot weather even if it does make me a bit sick.

4 But funny story: we went to Starbucks yesterday (when I wore this), and the barista said “Hey, I used to have a shirt just like that! Old Navy, right?” to which I just shrugged and said “I don’t know, I got it at Goodwill” (as I do like… everything, haha!) and she laughed and went “Oh my gosh, that was probably mine!!!”

I didn’t really know how to react. So I just said it was a pretty shirt (because it is!) and we went on our merry way.

But later we realized she was wrong, because this isn’t an Old Navy brand shirt. 7 And can we talk about how much I love this arm cuff? I got it at the Reniassance Faire last year, and I definitely intend to get more if I can this year. LOVE. It’s such a perfect summer accessory, and it makes me feel a little bit rock-n-roll. Or something. 6

So this past week, I finally finished reading Sweet Ireland Air, and I’m working on a new chapter. Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself by saying I’m thinking I’ll be posting something new by the end of the week! I’ve also been uploading the old version of My Beloved, since so many people have been begging me for it over the years. Re-reading those two stories and getting good feedback from people currently reading them has helped inspire me so much! I’ve figured out why I quit writing Sweet Ireland Air, and now I know what I need to write next. It’s just… really exciting!

And now I need to think about keeping up with those writing videos! After we moved, there was just too much going on and I totally forgot about making videos. But I’ll be trying to make another one soon!5

Dress, skirt, and belt, Thrifted | heels, Target (old) | Arm cuff, Washington Renaissance Faire | earrings, gift

I love writing. I had forgotten how much it captures my soul, and how much I’ve missed it! It’s so exciting to have figured out why I stopped writing certain stories, and know how I can get going again.

And with that, I’m off to do a little writing before Asa falls asleep and I have to work! The bug has officially bitten me again.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

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Sunday Sweets: Asa and Russell

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Asa: onesie and socks, Target | hat, homemade gift | jeans: handmedowns. Blanket, self-made.

Asa and his two-month-old cousin Russell, hanging out and being cute. As little boys do.

Happy Sunday!

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July 4th

Collage 11 3 4 6Food 1211 15Boys and their kids 21 22Little boys 27(Ladies, he’s single. In case you were wondering. I am a total matchmaker.) Collage 2(She doesn’t like fireworks.)28Handstand 31 35 36 3738Hudson and the Ball 46Point of no return 48Asa and Daddy 52 AheySAH 54 55We talked about how neither one of us likes fireworks. Collage 3 61My parents. This is their true nature. 62 63 Again… he’s single. This brother of mine. And he’s always happy. So, you know.  71 70 69

Just a few (or more than a few) snaps from 4th of July, which was like… forever ago. I know. I took a massive amount of pictures and got lazy about editing them. Oops!

Happy Friday!

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