don’t let her cuteness fool you


Although my little pixie is adorable, don’t be fooled into thinking she is all sweet all the time. This morning I made the mistake of taking her to Target. We all went out to breakfast after we picked up the boys from CCD and I needed to pick up a few things. I thought, Gee, how hard can it be? It’s not like I need to do a lot of shopping. We can make this work.

Well, we made it work because we had to, but it was not easy. Lesson learned: Attempting to shop with Lulu is akin to searching for Charlotte jobs in the LA Times. In other words: it’s an exercise in futility. I’ll have to stick to running errands on my own.

I did get the three items I needed, at least. And I found a solution to my fashion dilemma. Although originally I wanted to stay away from buying yet another little black dress, the truth is that I no longer have a LBD that fits (a good thing). This dress is the right fit, and the right price:

It can be dressed up or down, so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. Now for the fun part: shoes and accessories!

dress dilemma

My husband’s 20th high school reunion is coming up in April and I have no idea what I am going to wear. He attended a Jesuit school so I want to make sure I look presentable. I mean, I’m sure everyone would be accepting if I showed up in some sassy hip hop clothing, but why risk it? (Not to mention that’s not exactly my style.)

But do I go with a dress? Or a pretty top and dress pants? I just don’t know. I bought this gorgeous shirt at Kohl’s recently — a Simply Very tank with a tie on one side. It is super cute but it’s a dark orange color. Almost like pumpkin. Is that inappropriate for spring? And what color pants should I wear — brown? Gray? My black and white pinstripe? I just don’t know.

Time is ticking away so I need to find something fast.

what a mess…


Although you can’t really tell from this photo, Laura got into my makeup bag the other day. I like to use natural makeup, which tend to be in powdered form, so you can only imagine the mess! Let me assure you that the Bare Minerals Warmth sticks to pretty much everything. She also managed to find my favorite eyeliner and used it as a crayon. At least she couldn’t open my lip gloss!

Irritating as it was, the fact is that I need to replace my makeup anyway. It’s old and let’s face it — with spring on the way, some new shades would be a nice pick-me-up, so I think I’ll be treating myself. It will also be an opportunity to pare down a bit. I do wear makeup almost every day, but I can do without a zillion eye shadow shades and colors of gloss that just sit around in my makeup bag. Time to keep it simple!

etsy shop updated: awesome 80s barrettes

retro 80s barrettes

Do you remember wearing these barrettes in the 1980s? I wanted one so bad and finally my mother gave in and bought me a hot pink and white barrette that had silk flowers at the ends. I think we might have been on vacation at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, but I’m not sure. Anyway, there are a lot of retro styles at the moment so I thought it would be fun to make up a few of these braided barrettes. I have a few available in my Etsy shop, and I will be making up more as I have time. (My telecommuting husband has been conference calling up a storm this week, so Laura has been super clingy and I’m not working as fast as I’d like. Usually he can take a quick break so I can get some things done.)

At any rate, pricing on these barrettes is $3 each. I will be offering sets of two for $5. And as always, I am more than happy to make one (or two… or ten) up especially for you! Just send me a message including the following information:

1) What colors you want (pick 2 or 3: light pink, hot pink, light green, green, light blue, royal blue, navy blue, red, cream, white, brown, black, purple, yellow, orange)

2) Hair length (chin, shoulder, long)

3) What side of the head the barrette will worn (left, right, doesn’t matter).

These barrettes are great for any girl from preschool age right through the teen years. I do not recommend them for babies three and under because the streaming ribbons present a choking hazard.

And because I am so tired of the snow and cold (and I think most of the country is too at the moment) use the coupon code THINKSPRING to get an extra 20% off through Friday!