7 Quick Takes: Newly Discovered Treasures and Tricks


First, thank you for all your kind words and prayers regarding our loss. We have been overwhelmed by so many sincere emails, FB messages, comments. Seriously. You all have such lovely hearts. It gives me hope. Praise Him.

And now it’s time to be superficial for a little bit. ;) Here are some (very trivial) things I’ve been loving lately.

1. It’s rare that I am “inspired” by style blogs. Usually I just enjoy looking at pretty things and cool styles that I could never afford or would never look good on me. However, for some reason ANMJ’s style resolutions really spoke to me. #3 especially: “…will figure out footwear that doesn’t involve tall boots.” I know I am 100% guilty of falling into the jeans-with-tall-boots rut to look polished. And quite frankly, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I took her nudging and got a pair of ankle boots from Forever 21. I was *so proud* of my $10 find, and was psyched to share it here, but of course, Grace beat me to the punch with the same boots. Meh, that’s okay. Here they are in their glory:

Why is the picture not of me *wearing* the boots? Well, I tried, but I had some issues with the camera timer. And it’s always a little embarrassing to approach Ryan, “ummm…could you take a picture of my shoes?” I can’t wait for Philomena to be old enough to be my very own personal photographer.

2. #6 on the same list was “…will wear bold makeup like it’s no big thing.” I will never ever be daring enough for turquoise eyeshadow and the like. And I have tried and tried and tried bold lipsticks, but I always end up feeling clownish. I was excited to stumble upon Cover Girl’s “Everlasting”– a plumish red. I wore it for the first time a few weeks ago, when Ryan and I had a “date night” [more like “date 45 minutes.”] I felt very proud of myself, and I could just *sense* people in the restaurant checking me out as if I was a daring, cosmopolitan lady. However….the next day in the daylight I tried it again, and I looked a little less classy, and a lot more, um, “lady of the night.” But, that didn’t stop me from trying to be bold, so I mixed it with my old standby (via PW), Maybelline’s “Autumn Rush.” I really like the result:


[I can’t believe I took a cellphone self-portrait of myself *in the bathroom*. Everyone say together, “blogging cliche!”…. Cringe.]

3. This salsa was on sale the other day at Target (Archer Farms Mango Peach Salsa). My, oh, my, it is fantastic. And this is coming from a connoisseur of all things chips and salsa. IMG_6254

4. For Christmas my mom said she would buy me a pair of jeans- even more, she would watch the baby whilst I shopped (!). After coming up dry on skinny jeans that weren’t too skinny and that held their structure and didn’t produce a plumber’s crack, I asked the Facebook world for recommendations. I got some interesting responses, and a friend from high school suggested the Gap’s “Always Skinny.”

I was immediately skeptical, because as many others have noted, over the past 5 or 6 years, the Gap has been *so* disappointing. The prices have gone up, and the quality has gone down, down, down. Nevertheless, since they were on clearance, I decided to give them a shot.

Wow! I am seriously pleased with the jeans. They are exactly what I was wanting. They are stretchy, but don’t stretch OUT, even after wearing them for a couple days. I actually went online and ordered another pair in a different wash. My only complaint is that (as far as I can tell) don’t offer this particular style in a “short” inseam. Soooo, that means I have to cuff them a bit, which I’ve decided looks fine [please don’t tell me otherwise].

I tried to take a picture of myself wearing them, but again, I have issues with both non-awkwardly posing and using the timer on the camera. I’ll be humble and show you the pics anyway, but for a much more flattering depiction, look here. [It seems as though the sizes are limited now. Sorry.]


5. Yesterday I put a few drops of lavender essential oil in the dryer with some towels and sheets. It produced a subtle, yet lovely effect.

6. Mena’s fake-Robeez shoes attract dirt and black marks at a remarkable rate. The other day, I tried rubbing alcohol to clean them. The results weren’t perfect, but it was a definitive improvement. The one on the left has been cleaned.

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As I exclaimed to Ryan, “I didn’t even see this on Pinterest! It’s my own idea!” It’s the small things, people.

7. I have *ridiculously* dry and sensitive skin, so the winter months are pretty much torture on my face. I’ve tried so many different lotions, but for the longest time I used pure coconut oil, which really worked. And yet, for some reason, it just doesn’t do the trick anymore. A couple months ago, Real Simple did a feature on the best facial moisturizers. This one by Burt’s Bees was recommended for dry skin. [It’s a tad pricey for such a small bottle- I’m a cheapo- but, I was able to use an Ulta coupon for it. And it seems like it’ll last awhile.] I have been using it for about a month now, and I am sincerely impressed. My skin is still dry, but MUCH less flaky. And I love that it’s kinda-natural (at least compared to many lotions out there), and it’s completely non-greasy. 

I just realized I’m at the end of the takes, and I haven’t included any gratuitous baby pics yet. Shameful. Here is one from Sunday, when it was amazingly warm and we went to see the ducks [still pronounced hilariously]. As always, go see Jen for more takes.

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18 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes: Newly Discovered Treasures and Tricks

  1. I ran out of facial moisturizer/lotion and just used vaseline’s total moisture (yellow bottle) in a pinch …. I’ve yet to purchase replacement lotion. It seems to do a great job! :)

  2. You crack me up. I admire your style and your willingness to share your pictures of yourself!
    I saw some ankle boots on sale at Target and almost put them in my cart….twice. But, I still haven’t found good jeans to wear with boots (tall or ankle) so want to do that first. Maybe I will try the Gap ones you speak of. Are they too tight? I like the cuff look actually. (and I’m not just saying that). Tip: our camera has a remote we bought for taking pictures (instead of a timer), I bet yours might have that option?
    We love that Manga salsa too! Yum!
    I’ve been using the DermaE facial cleanser and moisturizer for a while now and like it. The person that shares the bathroom with me also likes it for winter use when his face gets incredibly dry also. You can buy this at Food4Thought, Whole Foods, Azure, Amazon, etc.

  3. Oh Sarah, because of this post I have spent the entire evening using the ANMJ suggestions on how to find your personal style. Guess what I came up with? Yellow, gray and navy blue strips. Fashion copying? No, not me.

  4. Congrats on the frugal boot find- I love it when I can get something I like on sale.

    I have been using almond oil with a touch of lavender as moisturizer this winter, and it is actually working fairly well. I bought it as massage oil for George’s labor and obviously didn’t use it all. Works well in the summer, too, i just use less.

  5. You can put the robeez in the washing machine and line dry them. I did it all the time. Also, way to go on the bold lipstick. Your always bold sister would say it is about time!

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  7. I’m going to have to try that salsa! Do you live near a Central Market or HEB? They’ve got a Central Market brand Peach Salsa that is SO.SO.SO good.
    I love those ankle boots–I’d also like to get out of the jeans + tall boots rut, except…I have this fear that ankle boots are just going to feel like I’m shuffling around in short cowboy boots. Maybe I should try on a pair? :)

  8. i used to have terrible issues with dry peeling/flaking skin also. i now use old lady cold creme face “wash” and moisturizer by ponds. it will likely be much cheaper than burts bees, even if it’s not as trendy.

  9. I’ll take the extra length you don’t need on your jeans!!

    I also use Derma E and really like it.

    Did you just put the essential oils straight on the sheets? I’ve heard you can inject them in your wool dryer balls for a fresher scent and have been debating this. Right now I have a lightly scented detergent, but I would prefer unscented and then something like that. Do you use dryer balls?

    • Haha. I always wish I had longer legs, but then I know so many people who can’t find jeans long enough. Thankfully for you, jeans that look just a tad too short are actually “in” right now. ;) (oh, trends….)

      We use dryer balls, but the plastic kind, so I don’t think that would work? I just put a few drops on the towels. And FYI, Ryan couldn’t smell the lavender on the sheets– it was that subtle, but I still liked it.

      • Hmmmmm, even if short jeans are in I just don’t think I can pull it off. But thanks for the tip.

        You should check out wool dryer balls, you’re right it probably wouldn’t work with plastic.

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