My New Go-To Makeup Essentials!!

Having Rosacea and older skin can make doing makeup a little tricky.  I have been recently watching tons of makeup tutorials on YouTube and have finally found someone who has shown me how to do my makeup properly.  If you ever get a chance to check out Lisa Eldridge (her photo is at the beginning of this post) who is an amazing British celebrity makeup artist and makeup designer.  She does terrific tutorials and seems like a genuine and lovely person.  She suggests that if you have problematic skin, don’t try to cover all of it up, just treat the areas that are of concern.  So at her suggestion, I have been trying out a new makeup routine and am loving it.  First she suggested a lightweight, SPF foundation like a BB or CC cream or a tinted moisturizer all over the face.

I have been using a sample of the BareMinerals Bareskin foundation serum that my daughter Katie got me and I will definitely get the full size when this runs out.  But luckily a little goes a very long way.  I gently rub this in all over my face until it is all blended.


Then using a small makeup brush I just gently cover the problem areas with this Clinique Chubby Foundation stick in small patting motions.  It gives great coverage and doesn’t seem to crease or break me out.  And it blends in beautifully with the foundation.


I don’t use powder even though I probably should, but I haven’t found one yet that doesn’t look chalky on me, but I do love this blush from The Body Shop in Guava.


Then it is mascara, and this is my new favourite, the Maybelline, The Falsies Push Up Drama formulation.  It is waterproof and really black.


Sometimes I do eyeliner and I love the Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper.  I find it easy enough to use even for a makeup klutz like me.


The Lipstick I have been getting the most compliments on is by Essence and is in Wear Berries.  It is a nice slightly plummy colour that is easy to wear.

As I don’t wear makeup all that often and I certainly don’t wear much, so it only takes me less than 5 minutes to do my makeup in the morning.  Luckily I have found some great products that are working well for me.  What are your favourite makeup products? Cheers, Michele

Learning To Turn A Wooden Bowl With My Dad Part 1!! A Different Kind of Refashion!

While out in British Columbia visiting my family, my dad is teaching me how to turn a bowl on a lathe.  He had seen on my Bucket List post that it was something I always wanted to learn to do, so he got some wood for me to try it out.



First we started with a raw chunk of Cherry wood and my dad put it on the chuck on his lathe in his well outfitted workshop.


Then he demonstrated how I should remove the rough edges.

image imageThen I began to work the wood into a rough bowl shape.  It is a lot of fun seeing how little movements of the gouging tool creates a different shape on the exterior of the bowl.  Of course you are restricted in shape and size of the bowl by the original shape and size of the raw chunk of wood.

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Here is the process so far, the rough bowl shape is almost completed on the outside except for sanding and final finishing.

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The final finishing is now done and the first coats of shellac polishing has begun.  These are various views of the beautiful grain of the outside of the bowl and even a picture of me applying the friction polish.  In the next blog post about the creation of this bowl, I will be learning how to carve out the interior of the bowl.  I am really enjoying learning this new craft and spending time with my dad is the best part. Cheers and happy sawdust making, Michele

Artichoke, Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper Salad!! So Quick and Delicious!

This salad of artichoke hearts, avocados and roasted red peppers is so quick and delicious that it is almost criminal.  Using jarred or canned artichokes and roasted red peppers makes this a quick “throw together” dish.  It is perfect with a summer BBQ.

Artichoke, Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

2 jars of artichoke hearts drained, rinsed and quartered

1 large jar of roasted red peppers sliced into strips

1 can of sliced pitted black olives drained

3 avocados peeled, pitted and cut into chunks

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

3 cloves of crushed garlic

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until vegetables are well coated.  You can leave this salad to marinate for a while as the flavours will meld even more.  Hope you try out this recipe.  Let me know if you do.  Cheers, Michele


Handbags and Accessories!! 30% Off Thrift Haul!

I found these new treasures on a recent thrift trip and am very happy with my new finds.  And all were 30% off cause goodness knows…I don’t go thrifting unless I can save even more than the original tag price if I can help it.


This beautiful genuine leather handbag was only $3.50.  And it is beautifully made and vintage.


This little black and brown faux crocodile bag is in perfect condition and was $7.00.  More than I usually pay, but I loved it at first glance.


This is not a vintage bag, but has a vintage feel to it.  It is a Nine West bag in this beautiful teal colour and was only $5.60 with my coupon.


This vintage white bead necklace was only $2.10 and I absolutely love it!


The find of the trip is this souvenir vintage Paris scarf which will find its way into a refashion when I find another scarf for the back of a top.  I am going a little crazy with my vintage scarf refashions, but I love them, so I don’t intend stopping any time soon.  What do you think of my handbags and accessory finds?  Cheers, Michele

Symptoms That You May Be Gluten-Sensitive!!

I have known for many years that I am sensitive to gluten and have been doing a lot of reading about the symptoms of gluten-sensitivity.  Here are just some of the symptoms I have experienced and that you may not have thought of as it is not always only specifically gut related problems that can be associated with this sensitivity.

  1. Skin problems such as bumps or rashes.  Rosacea, eczema and Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on the back of your arms) have all been linked to a gluten sensitivity or allergy in some people.
  2. Hormone imbalances.  This can be especially true in women during menopause.
  3. Brain fog.  A feeling of fuzziness in your brain which makes it difficult to concentrate.
  4. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia or sore and swollen joints and muscles.
  5. A diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.  Or just a feeling of tiredness and fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
  6. Depression and moodiness.
  7. Migraine headaches and other headache issues.
  8. Autoimmune disorders.
  9. Dizziness or a feeling of unbalance.
  10. Gut disorders like constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea and malabsorption are all linked to gluten sensitivities.

I have had all of these symptoms at one time or another and find that they all but disappear when I am strict about not eating gluten.  I feel more awake, aware, able to tackle the little problems of the day and less emotional.  I sleep better, my skin is better and I have fewer headaches.  My joints and muscles don’t ache and my fingers are less puffy.  I am less bloated and gassy and just generally feel much better.  People with gluten intolerances or sensitivities or allergies tend to have problems with malabsorption of important nutrients that are essential to good health.  I am not a doctor and only know these things through reading and research as well as trial and error in my own diet and health.  If you have any of these symptoms, I would suggest speaking to your doctor and consider going on an elimination of gluten diet to see if it is the culprit with your health issues.  I wish you best of luck in sorting out your gluten sensitivity or any other health issues.  Best of health!! Cheers, Michele

Dotted Dress Malfunction!! Embarrassing…Heck Yes!!

I love this dress so much, it is blue with white polka dots, it fits perfectly and I can twirl in the skirt.


I decided to wear it to work yesterday because it is a nice cool dress and the weather was hot, humid and nasty. But we had terrible winds and unfortunately while waiting for the bus going to work, the wind caught my skirt and blew it completely over my head.  Not as glamorousily as Marilyn Monroe and her famous white dress, I gave everyone around a view of my knickers, which luckily were nice and bright purple.  I got whistles, shouts and honks.  Very embarrassing.  It was too late to go home and change, so I just gripped a bunch of the fabric and hoped for the best.  Unfortunately when I got off the bus at the hospital, I forgot about my previous mishap and let go of the skirt.  As I crossed the street, it happened again, up went the skirt and my knickers were again on show.  Again with the honking, the shouts and the whistles. How embarrassing!!!  So I am not sure if I will ever wear this dress again as it will always have memories of its malfunction.  I may have to give it away.  I had another dress that had to be re-donated for a similar reason.  It was a tied wrap dress that had come undone on the way to work and I discovered only later that I had been standing on the bus with the whole front open.  It explained the strange and delighted looks I was getting from my fellow bus riders.  Do you have clothes you just can’t wear anymore because of a bad experience while wearing them?  Let me know, I would love to know that I am not alone in attaching emotions to the clothes I wear.  Cheers, Michele

Dress Refashioned Into A Top!!

I have had this dress that I thrifted for ages now and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  The yoked bust area was just too snug and made me look like I was wearing a maternity dress.  Also it was a bit too short, but I love the fabric and the pattern so it stayed on my refashion pile which never seems to get any smaller no matter how many refashions I do.  What’s up with that?  Oh, yeah, I keep buying new pieces to refashion.  Silly me!


Anyways, I just decided to hack the fabric off under the yoke and use that to make a top that I could throw over shorts or a skirt for a quick summer outfit.  Once the fabric was chopped off, I just folded it in half and laid a t-shirt top that already fits me and chopped away.  Then it was just a simple matter of sewing it up.

imageHere is the first incarnation.  I didn’t like the way the neck sat so high on me, it wasn’t flattering.  So using a bit of one of the scrap sleeves as facing fabric, I made a bit of a slit in the front of the , stitched it down and now I like how it fits much better.


So here is the second incarnation of the dress to top refashion with the new neckline.


Here is the neckline in closeup and any good sewist will see that the sides aren’t quite even, but I am okay with that.  What do you think of my dress to top refashion?  Cheers, Michele

Oranges, Purples and Pinks!! A Bright and Colourful 30% Off Thrift Haul!

Again with the bright colour choices!!  I seemed to find only bright oranges, pinks and purples on this thrift haul and at 30% off many of the items, it was not only a vibrant haul but easy on the wallet.image

This orangey red dress was a steal for $9.99 at Salvation Army.  It is by Anne Taylor and is a great find.


This purple top from Merona was also from Salvation Army and was only $4.99.


These Ralph Lauren shorts in this amazing bright orange were only $5.60 with my 30% off card from Value Village.


These hot pink shorts from Lord & Taylor were also $5.60.


This hot pink top was only $4.20 with my coupon card.


This striped dress with all it’s bright orange and pink stripes was only $5.60.  And it has pockets!!


This Merona Orange with white polka dot dress was one I had passed over after trying it on in a previous thrifting visit, but it was still there this time and I decided to snatch it up for $5.60.  It has pockets too!  What do you think of my colourful finds?  Cheers, Michele

Getting All My Clothes In One Closet!! Almost!

So my daughter Katie and I did a huge closet and general clothing purge about two weeks ago and donated 6 large garbage bags full of clothes.  I went through everything in my closet and tried them on if I was on the fence about keeping them.  The ones I knew I wanted to keep just got put back in the closet.  And now I can get all my clothes in one closet.  Almost.  I will never be a minimalist capsule wardrobe gal, but I want what I love all together in one place.


My coats and outerwear are in a separate closet, but my regular day to day wear is now only in our main closet in our room.  I am pretty proud of myself.


I have all my long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, skirts and dresses on the top long rod.  And consistent with my OCD, they are colour organized.


My pants, sweatshirts, cardigans and shorts are on the bottom shorter rod.


My jeans are folded on a shelf.


My Capri pants are also folded.


Some sweaters.


My boots and more sweaters.


Some handbags that don’t fit on my vintage handbag shelf or are not vintage.

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My belts are hung on the side of the IKEA shoe cupboards.  Flat shoes are stacked in the IKEA shoe cupboards on the left, the top one is mine, the bottom is the hubby’s shoes.  Heeled shoes are at the bottom of the closet.

So now my closet is much more organized with all my seasonal clothing together in one place.  I figured out while sorting that over 95% of my closet is thrifted…crazy!! How do you organize your closet?  Cheers, Michele

My La Roche-Posay Skin Care Update!

So I have been using the Rosaliac products from the La Roche-Posay skin care line for a while now to help with my Rosacea and I have noticed a big difference.  I have had less major break outs, less redness and sore areas.  The spots that I have now are related to the joy of hormones.  I am going to continue to use these products and keep you updated. I would highly recommend this line to those of you with redness or Rosacea.  Cheers, Michele