a snowy St. Patrick’s Day greeting

Unbelievably, it went from mid 50’s over the weekend, to SNOW this morning, and quite a bit of it! Thankfully it was just a delayed opening so I was able to bring a haul into work from my co-workers from my favorite Long Island bakery Riesterer’s, including the most amazing Irish Soda bread and leprechaun cookies.

I decided to wear a very warm, cream colored sweater this morning, but I decked out in a Connemara marble necklace that was my great Aunt’s, along with the Connemara marble Celtic knot bracelet that the Man gave me on our wedding day. And, of course, I had to do my nails.


ignore all the fuzz from my sweater!

I originally was just going to paint my nails green with the gold glitter, but then while the Man was trying to fix my (then) crashed laptop, he made a joke about how I should have done a flag on one of my nails. Lo and behold I happen to own both white and orange nail polish 🙂

Hope everyone had a festive and safe Saint Patrick’s day!


cutting back

In the past few years since we’ve been in our house, I could count how many bottles of shampoo and conditioner I’ve bought on one hand. That’s because, like so many of us crazy women, I used to constantly buy the newest product to get the shiniest, healthiest, fullest hair.  Mostly, what I found out, was that very few of them helped at all. So gradually I switched to more natural products.  When we moved into the house and I unpacked everything into the linen closet, I decided I had to use every partially filled bottle I owned before I could buy anything else.  And actually, I’ve done pretty well! But this past weekend while putting away towels I decided to unearth the stash of what was left (along with two unused bottles of perfume I had hidden! Hello GAP… you haven’t made this perfume in how many years??? Still smells the same… )


want one? or three?

No matter what I use, my hair doesn’t really seem any healthier or fuller, so I started researching the “no shampoo” method. There are so many recipes and combinations of things to try and conflicting opinions over what actually works that it is overwhelming.  Instead, in the past month I cut out conditioner which seemed to help a bit, and since last Thursday I haven’t used a blowdryer. I started researching more organic, non-sudsing products and finally purchase one and am trying it out. So far, so good, but I’m not going to disclose what it is just yet.

But the problem remains that I’m just not happy with my hair. I had been cutting it shorter and shorter, and then just got to busy to deal with it, so it’s now long enough again that I keep throwing it up in a clip or a pony tail so I don’t have to deal with it.


the hair masterpiece for the day – clipped back

But on Saturday that will all change. Maybe I’m just a little stir crazy from all the snow and it’s seeped over into every aspect of my life. But I finally made an appointment to cut my hair. If I can’t restore my house right now, maybe I can at least restore my hair. With all the stress that I have on a regular basis, I’m eager to at least get rid of my hair issues and insecurities. We’ll see what I end up doing with it.

In the meantime, what do you do for your hair? Any miracle products? Want any of mine to try? No seriously… I’ll mail you the bottle!!! I hate wasting things! Give me your address!



give pampering… holiday shopping idea list # 2

‘Tis the season for dry hands if you’re anything like me. Between all the papers I deal with at work, all the cooking and resulting cleaning of dishes, and the crocheting, my hands are in sore need of moisture this time of year. So what better way to pamper someone this holiday than with the gift of beauty products?

Here are some of my favorite tried and true products to spoil someone with this holiday season.  Or pick some of these up for yourself – you deserve it!

(click to enlarge!)

PicMonkey Collage1. stila’s In the Garden Eye Palette.  I fell into stila almost by accident when they had an amazing sale on their palettes and am now I couldn’t imagine not owning this one. All the basic colors, they apply easily and even with my sensitive skin and wearing contacts, I’ve never had any irritation.

2. I always apply Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve before bed. It is a bit thicker but absorbs quick enough that I can still navigate Netflix on my nook without leaving major smears. I have found it can leave a residue on paper so I use #6 for during the day.

3. Being a redhead I never leave my house without mascara, no matter how crappy I feel. Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Mascara is my go to in black/brown. I don’t use waterproof, but with this I don’t feel I need to. I’ve cried at many sappy movies wearing this and it has never run. It also washes off easily without removers and has never clumped on me.

4. I have been wearing Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey since, no joke, 1998. It seems to be universally flattering, does not bleed so there is no need for lip liner, and feels luxurious without the heavy or perfumy side effects so many lipsticks have.

5. Julep may be a newer brand (at least to me) but I’m now a believer and LOVE the colors and coverage their nail polishes provide. I especially love Evelyn. A little bit on the pricey side, but sure to delight and the benefits of 3 Free nail polish can’t be ignored. Plus, they constantly have deals so keep an eye out.

6. For during the day moisturizing my go to is The Body Shop’s Almond Hand & Nail Cream. I have one tube in my purse and one at home. It absorbs insanely quick and never leaves a residue. I also use about 5 other Body Shop products on a daily basis but we’ll leave that another day! Be sure to check out the Body Shop membership – I’ve been a member for years and it’s well worth it.

7. Last but not least, L’Occitane’s Amber Eau du Toilette is a rich fragrance that will please anyone who likes warmer, non floral scents. I don’t wear perfume often but this has been my go to for several years.

Happy pampering! What are your go to products this holiday season??