Bronze Smoky Eye Tutorial


bronze smoky eye tutorial

Here’s the deal – I can’t rock a smoky eye. At least, I can’t rock most smoky eye looks. Anything involving black or plum or dark navy instantly transforms me into a brothel inhabitant, so I steer very clear. However, I’ve been experimenting with metallics lately, and have found a really pretty (and fairly subtle) bronze look that suits my day-to-day grind. Wanna see? Let’s do this thing!

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Let’s Talk Hair Rollers


steam heat rollers

Here’s the thing about blogging for eight years – you’ll be in a conversation with someone, and they’ll say, “Hey! You should do a post on hair rollers,” and you’ll say, “I did! I created a battle of the rollers series! DON’T YOU REMEMBER THAT RIVETING SERIES!?,” and they’ll be like, “No.” Then you’ll search your archives and proclaim, “BOOM! 2010, yo.” And then you’ll cry because you can’t believe how many more wrinkles have taken over your face in the past three years.

Anyway. Heat rollers versus steam rollers. Let’s do this thing!

Battle of the Rollers – Caruso Steam Hairsetter

Battle of the Rollers – Babyliss Heated Hairsetter

And the winner is…

Hair rollers are kind of the bomb, people. Do you break out the rollers once in awhile?


Odds and Ends



1. If you’re forced to deal with cords, you might as well make them pretty.

2. Great guide for washing and storing all kinds of produce.

3. Summer is here and let’s ponder some bold haircuts for the season.

4. This dress. I saw this dress at my local J. Crew and fell in love, despite not being available in my size at the store or on online. Lucky for me, the J. Crew here in Oklahoma had one left. SCORE. (They also have that same style in pink and blue.)

5. I love this metabolism boosting yoga sequence that was featured in the GOOP newsletter this week. (Scroll about halfway down the page to see.)

6. How do you deal with frustration and your kids? Are you a yeller? Kristen and I admit to frequently raising our voices in this week’s Mama Said video.

This is my last weekend in Oklahoma, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve been here for 10 days already. Time flies when you’re having fun, and being with my family and friends was so needed. (Man, it’s going to be a rude awakening when we get back home. The kids are still in school next week!) Looking forward to a few more days by the pool before heading back to California. Any big travel plans in your future?



A Laundry Update


Shall we talk about how my hanging laundry basket system is working out for my family? Oh, let’s!

hanging laundry baskets

It is the best. thing. ever.

The hanging system has completely changed the way I approach laundry. Like I mentioned before, we dedicated a hallway closet to take care of our laundry needs, and installed six labeled laundry baskets for our family of four. It’s been an organizational dream – no more overflowing cloth bags or hampers stuffed in the back of the closet until I’m forced to shake them all out. The six baskets are labeled Towels, Whites, Lights, Darks, Colors, and Blacks, which would probably work for most, but over the past few months, I’ve realized I seriously micro-manage my laundry piles. Yes, I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I still sort some of the laundry baskets before washing. As if six categories weren’t enough, I prefer to separate laundry into 9-10 piles before washing. Is that crazy? Have I gone off the deep end?

Let’s break it down. Here’s how I sort.



Lights – tans, beige, khaki

Lights – grey, pale blues

Colors – reds, pinks, oranges, purple

Colors – blues, greens




Yep. 9 loads. Some people have informed me that I might be a little loco, but I like to keep all my colors vibrant and I believe my method keeps our clothing from looking dingy and worn.


Also, some of our laundry baskets are far more popular than others. Our “colors” and “lights” baskets fill up twice as fast due to the kids’ colorful clothing and my husbands penchant for grey and light blue. Do you notice a predominant color in your laundry baskets? Also, I would love to hear about your sorting system. Are you a “more is better” when it comes to separating laundry, a “who cares” or somewhere in the middle? Laundry separatists unite!

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