Sap and a Dress

Note: Since it’s Thanksgiving Day in the US, I did one of those sappy “Things I Am Thankful For” entries today. If that kind of thing makes you roll your eyes, feel free to scroll to the end for pictures of me in a pretty dress and red lipstick.

I’m the kind of cheesy dork who tries to appreciate the small things in life. Part of why I like Thanksgiving (aside from the pie) is that it celebrates this kind of navel-gazing. It really lets you revel in gratefulness and humility, and it encourages you to spend some serious time thinking about your life and what’s awesome about it. Plus you get to eat until you can’t move and lie around watching The Twilight Zone all day. What could be better?

Thanksgiving 2010 has been pretty great so far. This morning I slept in. I get up just before 6:00 AM during the week, so sleeping in has become a bit of a luxury. This morning, I didn’t get out of bed until about 9:45. And it was GREAT. I love sleeping, and being in bed in general. It’s warm. It’s comfortable. It’s relaxing. And you know what are awesome? Pillows.

After we got up, the Mister and I took a walk. We live just a few blocks from the ocean, so we made some hot coffee, poured it into thermoses, and walked about a mile and a half down the beach. On the way back, we walked along Ocean Boulevard, which has some great old buildings (I’ll post pictures one of these days)–a green one called “The Empress,” an Art Deco one, a brick one that we refer to as “Toad Hall.”

Once we got home, I took a hot shower while the Mister made a second pot of coffee. I washed my face with Lush Buche de Noel (which smells delicious and is just a tad more moisturizing than Angels on Bare Skin–perfect for winter), and then used Haus of Gloi bubbling scrub in Parkin, which is like Christmas in a jar. It smells AMAZING. (ETA: I used it on my arms, not my face!) I like to ponder the coming day while I’m in the shower, so I thought about what was ahead of me today: cooking, eating, knitting, a phone call to my family in CO, probably a hot bath later. Post-shower, I took the pie I made last night out of the fridge to bring it up to room temperature, and then sat down to blog.

I have so many things to be grateful for today: A job that gives me holidays off and pays well enough that I don’t have to have a second one, which means I got to sleep in on Thanksgiving. A nice warm bed to sleep in, and a fabulous man (and a seriously obnoxious cat) to share it with. A quirky old apartment in a friendly neighborhood a stone’s throw from the largest ocean in the world. Access to a reliably hot shower and fancy-schmancy smelly products to use once I’m in there. A close relationship with my family, and the fact that we’re all healthy and happy. Enough money and leisure time to indulge in my hobbies pretty much at will. A computer and camera with which to create this blog entry and Internet access so I can post it. The list goes on.

My life isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and I’m sure that some people would be humiliated to live the way I do. No house? No children? No Lexus? No CABLE??? And you know what? To hell with them. I’ve had some tough times, but I’ve worked hard to build a life that I love, and there’s not much I would change about it. I’m so utterly fortunate. And I do my best to keep that in mind, even when–ESPECIALLY when–the going gets rough.

And finally, I’m so fortunate to have met you all through this blog. I don’t have a ton of readers, but hey–quality over quantity! Thank you for reading, even when I am a sucky inconsistent blogger. Please know that your support and comments mean a lot to me.

Holy sapballs, Batman! Let’s cut through the treacle with some clothes and makeup, shall we? Today I am wearing my new dress from Lucie Lu. (Sorry for the squinty pictures–it was bright out!)

It’s super comfy, although it’s a bit bigger through the bust than I’d like. I might take it in, I might not. The Mister thinks that it looks like lingerie. I think he’s full of poo. The dress is actually sleeveless; I’m wearing it over a short-sleeved top.

Outfit details–now with sizes! (I think it’s useful when people post sizes along with outfits–do you? And would you find it useful for me to post my physical stats? People usually do this on Fatshionista OOTD posts, and I find it really helpful.)

  • Teagan Dress from Lucie Lu, size 1x (14/16)
  • Lacy sweater from Old Navy a couple of years ago, size L
  • Tights from Target, I forget what size
  • Belt from Old Navy, size M/L
  • Born shoes–although in reality, I wore these shoes all day:

And a better look at the makeup!

I did sort of pinup-inspired eyeliner and red lipstick today. The eyeliner is Urban Decay 24/7 in Crash, which is a gorgeous eggplanty purple with glitter. I really like it, but I always end up with glitter all over my face. I left these next two huge so you can see the glitter.

The lipstick is L’Oreal True Red mixed with a bit of Chocolate Truffle. I like my red lipsticks on the dark and brownish side, and it’s hard to find the exact right shade. So I usually have to mix a couple lipsticks together.

  • UDPP in Eden
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon eyeshadow in Brulee
  • UD 24/7 eyeliner in Crash
  • UD lash primer
  • DiorShow mascara on top lashes only
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in True Red and Chocolate Truffle

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Pictures of food tomorrow.

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  1. YOU LOOK GORGEOUS! Really! What a pretty dress! It looks amazing on you!
    You know, you have such a pretty face! o.o I have a friend who has similar face, Luiza, she’s gorgeous too! πŸ™‚

  2. Love the dress, AND the lipstick AND the eye makeup….very, very nice! Happy Turkey day !

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Yay. I like really good pillows too. And that dress has neat pockets.

    • I concur! It’s hard to find dresses/skirts with pockets, very inconvenient. And a happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  4. I *love* that dress! It looks really nice on you too. I’ve had my eye on that site but it’s not in my budget at the moment. Maybe after the holidays though!
    Also, how do you get such a thin line with your 24/7 liner?

    • Thanks! Yeah, the only reason I finally bought this dress is that it was on sale. πŸ™‚ As for the eyeliner, I just sharpen the shit out of it! I’m sure it won’t last as long that way, but dull eyeliner pencils make me insaaaaane.

  5. You look very pretty!!! I think I just bought those shoes in brown.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I LOVE those shoes, they’re so comfy. And they look cute with handknit socks! VERY IMPORTANT

  6. Gorgeous! Love the dress, love the makeup, everything! And I enjoyed the, ahem, sappy, grateful post. πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful! I love the outfit all put together! My favorite part is the tights – I think it makes the whole thing pop. Lovely. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I liked the gray tights too, a little more unexpected and less blah than black.

  8. […] the outfit isn’t all that spectacular. Dress you’ve seen before, scarf you’ve seen before, generic Old Navy t-shirt, uninspired Gap cardigan. What I really […]


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