It's all about the stars

I'm totally obsessed with stars - I gravitate immediately towards star-print items in shops. So this year, my gift guide is full of lovely starry items I've found that would make great gifts!
I've done some jewelry, pamper, apparel, accessory, and home items - most are pretty affordable but there are a few luxury items thrown in! 

This year I'm trying to not to go too overboard with gift giving because it's easy for me to get carried away (have you ever seen Leslie Knope in Parks & Rec give gifts? Because that's me.)

Happy shopping!

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I got back a few rolls that I had sent to the lab for processing. A couple feature my family dog Gus who just recently passed away, so they were bittersweet to look at (check out that dopey grin - heartbreaker). 

I'm working on a floral series so I'm hoarding those photos until I'm ready to show it as a body of work - just know that I'm withholding some good stuff, but you'll see it soon!

and a picture of me even! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm spending the day with my little family, cooking and laughing and making fun of movies on TV. It's been pouring all day and I'm worried I ate too many appetizers to enjoy dinner, but we'll see. I hope wherever you are you're having a lovely day. 

Happy Friday!!! Emily and I just finished Stranger Things 2 last night and all I can say is I LOVE STEVE. And also Season 3 please hurry up! Thank goodness for these wonderful shows coming out recently or I wouldn't be able to handle the constant barrage of horrible political news. Sometimes escapism is ok. And on that moderately depressing note, here's some web things!

+ This Stranger Things quiz is NOT ACCURATE! I am not Barb!

+ I was on the Haven't Seen or Heard podcast discussing two Halloween movies - Psycho and Nightmare on Elm Street.

+ What do you think about Blake Shelton being People's Sexiest Man Alive this year? Not sure I agree...

+ A Very Good Dog Hunts Very Bad Ants

+ I'm obsessed with this song!

+ Have a Nice Day!


Buying blushes has become one of my biggest makeup weaknesses - I can never seem to have enough in my collection! I like to try out different colors when the seasons change, and with winter coming up I've been digging out some old favorites. Here are the blushes I've been using every day this fall:

Two Faced Love Flush: How Deep is Your Love?

This blush is as Barbie pink as it gets - and it comes in a compact that looks like a Polly Pocket. What's not to love? Two Faced's formulation is long wearing (16 hours!) and it definitely lives up to that hype. The color is so pigmented that it would look brilliant on any skin tone. I also love that it's a cruelty-free product.


Tarte Amazonian Clay: paaarty

This little blush has been my every day go to for the last few weeks. It's a dusty mauve colored blush which I usually don't choose off the shelf but looks absolutely beautiful on the skin. This has convinced me to try out colors that aren't immediately attractive to me because you never know when you might find a new favorite.


the Balm: Frat Boy

OK yes, this is a sample size but I've been using it and using it and it keeps going so I've had no reason to buy the full size yet! Frat Boy by the Balm is a very natural, your cheeks but better kind of color. And the style of these little samples is so convenient for throwing into your travel makeup bag.


Cargo: Los Cabos

This is 100% the most pigmented blush I own. You only have to just lightly dip a brush into it and you're set. This is my choice for a party or special occasion blush as it has a little bit of gold shimmer in it. It's also a perfect transition from summer into fall/winter.


I hope this gives you some inspiration for your cheeks this season! 

With Halloween on a Tuesday this year, I decided to get my costume-ing done over the weekend before. Every year my work does a very over the top event with different teams in the company competing in team costume and decorating events. It's a ton of fun, but this year I was more on the management side of things so I just kept it simple and wore some deer accessories from last year.

In the evening Emily and I went to a Wes Anderson pop up art show called "Bad Dads" where everyone was encouraged to dress up. I had so much fun making my Agatha from The Grand Budapest Hotel costume - and I think I did a fairly good job! I free-handed the Mexico birthmark so don't judge me too harshly. Emily was Max Fischer from Rushmore and we had a great time mingling with all the Steve Zissous and Susies & Sams. I bought a big print of The Darjeeling Limited and then we went home to watch some spooky YouTube.

Tonight my plan is to watch some scary films and just stay in. I hope every year that some trick-or-treaters will stop by but they never do, so all the Butterfingers are for me! 

Happy Halloween!

Dear Gus,

Hey kiddo. It’s weird thinking that you’re not around anymore. It doesn’t seem real.

I have a confession to make to you – something I couldn’t tell you when you were here. I didn’t like you when we first met. I know, how could that possibly be? You were a little puppy – no one could possibly dislike you. And yet, I did. Let me explain. 

Before you, I had a puppy named Misty. We were inseparable from the second she was born. We had an amazing year together of agility training, teenage crying sessions (I was 14) and howling at ambulances (Misty, not me) before she passed away. She was poisoned by a toxic algae bloom in our lake that none of us knew anything about. I’ll never forget that day – finding her half paralyzed, the look of fear on her face, leaving her at the vet despite wanting to stay, the horrible phone call – it was one of the worst days. I didn’t understand why I’d been cheated out of this relationship I was just starting with her. I still don’t understand, really, beyond the simple fact that things just happen.

Fast forward a short time and my mother decided to go and adopt a puppy without consulting anyone, as a surprise. I wasn’t over Misty. I didn’t want a puppy. And then you showed up, and you were the complete opposite of Misty. Where she had been quiet, calm and polite, you were loud, annoying and pushy. Where she was super intelligent and perceptive, you – just being honest here – were a little dingy. And suddenly I had to look after you while you cried to go outside at 3 a.m. and I was NOT happy.

Luckily for us both, time has a way of working things out. Despite your quirks and the fact that you flunked out of obedience school, your heart won me over. You were the goofiest dog I knew and constantly made us all laugh with your antics. I looked forward to how excited you got every time I returned home from college, and started to miss you more than my family.

Thank you for giving me the chance to love you. Thank you for trusting me enough to take you to the vet. Thank you for trying to eat my camera every time I took photos of you. Thanks for leaving shreds of leather soccer ball fabric all over the lawn. Thank you for healing my heart.

Bye bye Goose, Gus Gus, Ding dong, Augustus, Gus.

Love Alison