Makeup Trial, Part I

Posted on February 11, 2009. Filed under: please |

Let’s talk about sensitive skin – AND HOW IT TOTALLY SUCKS.  At the slightest irritation, my eyelids get nasty and dry and scaly.  Sexy, I know.  If the reaction is really bad, the corners of my eyes suffer the same fate.  And while the rest of humanity (okay, okay, women in first-world countries) love, love, love mineral makeup, I get clogged pores.  Fabulous.

A makeup trial was in order.

I started with MAC, playing hooky (ssshhh) one afternoon to drop by for a consultation.  While it looked beautiful, thankyouverymuch, I had itchy eyes and flaky lids within an hour, so I didn’t take any pics before I washed it off.  Bummer.

Plan B: Aveda.  I heart Aveda.  Ready?  Here are the pics (yes, I’m a dork). And no, you don’t get before pics.  One: why would it matter what I looked like before?  Two: I forgot.

With quickie DIY hair flower made by crafty FSIL.  It was there.  It compelled me.

Let’s pretend that I purposely closed my eyes so that you could see my eye makeup.  Uh, huh.  Right.

Oh, hello.  I look simultaneously like a five year old and a dancer.  Ahem.  We’ll blame the flower barely hanging on to the side of my head.

Again with the flower.  And with the tired eyes.  Maybe I’m exhausted because the bird is attacking my head? (Honestly, I kinda like it.)

This is where I try to make normal faces to get an idea of how horrible I’ll look on our wedding day.  First, the crinkly amused smile.

I make this face more often than anyone should, given how not effective it is at conveying… well, whatever I’m trying to convey.  Disbelief, perhaps?

This must be serious disbelief.

Scrunchy face smooshy eyes mult-chin smile.

We’ll end with the best picture of the bunch, in my humble opinion: the one of the neat-o china cabinet that I scored off of Craigslist for a song (actually, cash, but not much of it).  See how it matches my other buffet thing?  Swoon.  I heart furniture.

Right.  Back to the point: while the Aveda makeup looked pretty good in person, I wasn’t thrilled with how it photographed, and it wore off pretty quickly.  So, next week I’m headed back to MAC to try again, this time with different eyeshadow colors.  A little birdie told me that many women have a hard time with red pigments, so I’ll keep that in mind when we choose eyeshadows.  I think I’d like more dramatic eyes, but then I’ll have to go lighter on the cheeks and lips, and I kind of liked them this time around.  What do you think?

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How do you manage your digital images?

Posted on February 10, 2009. Filed under: please |

I have about a thousand inspiration pictures scattered about my laptop, and soon I’ll have another bazillion wedding pictures.  Organization must be imposed before that happens, so I’m pleading for input. How do you archive your digital files, both off- and online?

Let’s start with online:

Do you upload all of your pictures, or just the good ones?  Do you tweak them first, or just store them as-is?  How do you organize them – by tag, by date, some other way?

Picasa online is nice because you can upload directly to Blogger… but I don’t use Blogger anymore, I use WordPress.  Flickr seems to be popular, but something about the UI has always bugged me.  What have you found to be the easiest way to get pictures into blog posts?

Now, about offline files:

Do you have all of your pics backed up, or do you use your online files as your backup?  Do you rename the files or leave them as-is?  What program do you use to keep all of your files organized?  Ooh – this is the big question – how do you manage inspiration files so that you keep track of the sources?

Mrs. Bees, I’m looking right at you (quit ducking!) – how did you organize your wedding pics, either uploaded by your guests or provided by your photog?


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Help me help you

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: please |

{You know the movie reference, right?}

Yesterday’s rant about our dear fiances and their sometime lack of understanding of the bazillion details that brides have to handle struck a chord with me.  Yea, duh, since I wrote it, but also because I so related to all of your comments.  I kept thinking, I’m having a hard time with the details — yea, because I don’t want to have to deal with them and because it annoys me that Mr. Stinky Cheese has no clue how much I’m dealing with — but I’m not having to worry about the task management aspect.  Meaning, I’m a trained project manager, perfectly capable of handling dependencies and shifting timelines and priorities and delegations in my head.  Woe to the poor girls who have to plan a whole wedding without that background.

But I might be way off base.  Perhaps it’s easier for the rest of humanity (first-world brides, anyway) to deal with it than me.  Maybe it’s my background that causes my frustration that it’s not easier and faster.  Maybe if I buckled down and got it all together, I’d be better off.  But if that’s not the case, and you’re struggling too, what do you need?  How can I help?  Who knows, maybe it’ll make me get it together and treat this like a work project.  There are a thousand templates and checklists and systems out there, and quite a few good references on this site.  Would it be helpful for me to aggreggate them into one post?  Do you want a one-stop-shop with pros and cons of the major wedding planning tools out there?  If I built a simple wedding planning project plan, would that help?  I quickly gave up on much of what was out there because my wedding doesn’t require it all, and I didn’t want to figure out what was necessary and what was (to me) fluff.

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Patience is a virtue?

Posted on November 16, 2008. Filed under: emotional, please |

Okay, lovely ladies of the hive, it’s time for another one of the posts where you share your expertise and knowledge, and I bow at your feet for helping me understand.  Fun, right? {Again, I’ll remind you how fabulous and helpful you were when I asked for advice on bras, and dresses, and hair, and gardens… you can’t abandon me now!!}

You know my history with my future hubby, the mess I tend to make of things, and the problems we struggle with.  In looking back, though, I’m always amazed at how patient he’s been as I’ve made peace with my past and figured out this commitment thing.  My brain was at war with my heart; my instincts for self-protection were battling it out with my desire to be settled and trusting. When I was melting down about the pressure of signing a mortgage, he trusted that it wasn’t about him at all, it was about me (who wants to hear, “It’s not you, it’s me”).  I’m in awe of and incredibly grateful that he gave me the time and space to get to this point.

I wonder, though, how much would have been too much?  We all know women who are patient, loving, and supportive with a man who can’t make a commitment.  I suppose that I’m lucky enough to be the messy one in our relationship, in that respect.

Have you been there?  Were you in Mr. Cheese’s position, patiently waiting out the growing pains of a skittish commitment-shy person that loved you?  How did you get through it?  How did you not feel that you were waiting in vain?  How did you know that they’d come through, in the end?

If the situation had been reversed, and Mr. Cheese had been struggling with the enormity of the commitment to marriage, what advice would you have given me?

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A shameless plea

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: please |

Um, hi.  Remember how helpful you were when I couldn’t decide on a dress?  And remember how you gave me suggestions on what to do with our garden trail?  And there was that time that you came up with a brilliant solution for my name conundrum?  See?  We’re friends, all y’all (I’ve been told that “all y’all” is the plural form of “y’all”) and I.  Good friends.  Close friends.  The kind of friends that talk about boobs.  In fact, I’ve mentioned my boobage no fewer than four times so far, so we’re practically bff’s.

{If you’re sensing I’m buttering you up, you’re totally right.}

Where, in the name of all that is good and perky, do you find bridal underthings that work, in a (oh yea I’m totally going there) DD/ DDD cup?  I can barely find regular bras that fit, much less a bustier that’s sexy, like this:


It needs to be snug in the mid-section (which is tough because my band size is a 32) and have enough room in the cups.

Help?  I can do a ‘net search, but I’d rather hear from you if you’ve found something that works.

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    I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt (and divorce papers) to prove it. Here I am again, pledging my life to my (new) love with eyes wide open (and heart racing) knowing full well how emotionally traumatic this can end… and doing it anyway.


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