That Time I Didn’t Buy A Lipstick

So. The other day I watched all of the Makeup Breakup videos on YouTube because I was bored with Netflix and also these ladies are funny and remind me so much of the fun Aussie babes I used to work with on Tasmania.

And of course I fell in love with the lipstick worn by Kat (the brunette) in one of the videos.

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So I made a little plan to head downtown to the MAC shop and get this lippie, because it just seems like the perfect summer colour, and wouldn’t wearing it just show that I am a fun pretty summer person who has fun and looks pretty while wearing the perfect summer lipstick and doing summer things.

Except that… Before I made it downtown, I read this anti-haul post on Faceonomics, and this anti-haul post on Bad Outfit Great Lipstick, and then poked through the BOGL archives, and I started to think about the emotional roots of my desire for the MAC Darling Clementine lipstick, and I managed to decide against buying it. I am a fun person all the time regardless of what is or isn’t on my lips, you know? And if I’m not feeling fun, it has nothing to do with lipstick or the lack thereof.

Not only did I not buy the MAC lipstick, I was even inspired to clean my bathroom and reorganize my makeup… which… just… Mad props to Bad Outfit Great Lipstick. Not that my bathroom was gross, but I don’t usually dig into that task with that much enthusiasm, shall we say.

So I took my (somewhat dusty, I’ll admit) over-flowing jar of lip products, and divided them into summer colours and winter colours. The winter colours got tucked into the linen closet to await their day, and the summer colours got prettily organized in a little bamboo bin.

Look at all of those summery aren’t-I-a-fun-summer-person-who-has-summer-fun colours! At left: a couple of Sephora lip glosses which I received as a gift. From top to bottom: Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Grapefruit (highly recommended); Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg; Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi; Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (ugh that name) Balm Stain in Rendezvous; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart Valentine.

Lining all that up was so great, I actually [poured myself a gin and then] tidied up my shelf of skincare products, and dug into the linen closet to tidy up the makeup and random junk lurking there. So satisfying! I will admit to throwing out some old products–things that I just never used and were likely long past their use-by dates. And chucking out products–even just deluxe samples from Sephora–really reinforced that I do NOT need to buy more makeup. I just do not get a lot of wear out of this stuff, and already have plenty of fun things that just need to be enjoyed more often.

tl/dr: Don’t buy more shit; just use the nice things you already own!

Link 76: Cocktail Room!!!

Oh my gosh.

This house tour is danged cute–I could definitely live there (minus the kids rooms, lol). And how great is the ‘cocktail room’ moniker? Usually when I dream of owning my own place, I think about how nice it would be to have an art/craft studio. But a whole room devoted to drinking? That’s is a GOAL.

Here is one piece of shabby chic furniture I don’t totally hate.

Of course these days I’m not just scouring the internet for good refinished chairs; I’ve also been looking at a lot of tables.

I’m in the process of turning this adorable-yet-cruddy-thing into a sweet little dining table. The table top was really stained, and if I hadn’t been able to sand it down to an acceptable level of patina, I would have had to paint the damn thing. And as with the chairs, I had a terrible time finding examples of refinished tables that I actually like.

But this little server with its pink top and dark-stained legs is actually pretty great. Personally I would have used (slightly smaller) brass knobs, and of course there’s too much distressing on the pink paint, but setting aside those caveats… If I’d needed to paint my table, this would have been my inspiration.

Fortunately, my table is cleaning up okay, and I’ll be able to just give it a few coats of varnish (which is what you’re supposed to do with good wood furniture because wood is so pretty).

And as a post-script on the chic but not at all shabby front… I am definitely in love with the fabulous high-shine purple dining table in this house tour. However, my dad is a physicist-turned-Christmas-tree-farmer and not the owner of an auto body shop, so a professionally painted table with a custom-mixed colour isn’t really something my pop can whip up.

Link 66: Go Look at This Gorgeous Chair

Thanks to a (possibly slightly misguided) Craigslist purchase, chair repair re-upholstering is now on my mind. Which means I’ve been googling for inspiration and information. There is a LOT of terrible shabby chic furniture out there–I just don’t understand why you would remove all the real patina on something, and then distress your perfectly painted piece to make it look like it has patina–so I haven’t found too many examples of refinished chairs that I actually like.

But this deconstructed army blanket beast is simply glorious, and you need to click on that link and spend some time admiring it. Of course it’s totally not the kind of chair I’m working with, but it’s a damn cool use of materials and form.

Link 64: Someone Else’s Craigslist Shenanigans

I love it when Victoria Elizabeth Barnes posts. She is a Craigslist goddess, and I am in awe of her finds, and charmed by her utterly bonkers tenacity.

I am also in awe of her [saintly? long-suffering? simply spectacularly tolerant?] husband. I’m terrible at finishing projects, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have someone step in and help when I run into trouble.

And this week I’m faced with the prospect of needing to rent a palm sander in order to whip this quirky little fella into shape, so I’m also a bit jealous of VEB’s garage and power tools and not having strip furniture on the kitchen counter. VEB is pretty much #goals.

Oh now here’s an idea…

Okay, so–that Prada knit.

And this knit purse from & Other Stories (as seen in this gift guide).

Those two things would go well together, wouldn’t they?

I know I said that Eddie’s Prada sweater is not my kind of thing, but that stitch pattern really is a slow burn. No wonder Farwell-Clay went to such lengths to figure it out!

Plus Prada has other colourways in the same stitch pattern.

Sorrynotsorry for chopping off Mr. Redmayne’s head. For once we are not focusing on the manflesh here. Eyes on the knitting, folks.

I don’t like orange/brown bits here, but the subtler blues and greens up around the collar bones are doing it for me. I must have something in my stash that I can use to whip up a little Prada-inspired knit purse.

And, on the subject of Prada

 

 

Link 50: Cracking the Code of a Prada Sweater

Personally, I loathe the Prada sweater in question–I can appreciate it, but it is utterly not my thing–but Julia Farwell-Clay’s dive into its construction on MDK is such a good read. At first I was’t seeing it, but then when I saw her final multi-colour swatch, I totally went “oh.”

It is a neat looking pattern, and choosing to just knot the yarn ends looks so freeing… Maybe in a cowl or hat, with a more subtle colour pattern…?

I’ll Have to Make This Someday: Bettine

I’ve been in a little bit of a garment sewing mood since returning from my trip. This means I’m doing a little sewing, and a lot of looking for inspiration online.

It’s not really the season for a light little dress like Bettine, but I am definitely going to make this someday. I have a very similar dress from Modcloth that I wear a lot, so I know it will work on my body. Having a homemade version (or two) would be fab.

There are many lovely examples of Bettines on Pinterest for inspiration. I particularly like the two versions made by this lady (found via the Curvy Sewing Collective).

Improv #2–The Inspiration

Being in more of a rest and recuperation sort of phase these days, I am being very careful to match my projects to my energy. At first this meant spending two and a half months knitting a 7 1/2 foot-long stretch of garter stitch. Then, I cast on for a nice simple stockinette stitch pullover for the Fringe and Friends Knitalong.

The pullover has gone swimmingly–the fit is perfect, and the finished project is going to be a really useful addition to my wardrobe. But the process has almost gone too swimmingly. With the exception of a dropped stitch (which I am blaming on Stranger Things being utterly amazing), nothing has gone wrong. I did adjust my raglan increases on the fly, but this required no ripping back and not much thought. I simply opted to split the sleeves from the body a little earlier than my swatch math had indicated because it felt like the yoke was getting too long; I worked the last few body increases under the arms, and it worked out perfectly. This sweater is taking shape with no problems, and no difficulties. I still have to work the pockets and sleeves, and sew up the faux seams, so I suppose there is still a chance for drama!–but it’s unlikely.

I am revelling in the sensation of something being too easy… and of course I’m also making things more difficult for myself, in the form of another top-down improv sweater.

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The sweater’s basic shape–a long cardigan–is inspired by an old store-bought cardigan that I wear at home all the time. It’s basically my housecoat, I suppose. I’ve gotten a ton of wear out of this sweater–and it shows. The entire thing is covered in pills, and has started to form a few holes. It is worn past the point of repairing, so the plan is to replace is with something hand knit that will get treated with a bit more love, and that will be worth repairing once it starts to wear out.

I spent a lot of time considering various design elements. I even printed out pictures of a few favourite projects and taped them into my notebook so that I could think slowly and thoroughly about their appeal.

Was I inspired by the gentleman in the lower-right corner? You bet I was.
Was I inspired by the gentleman in the lower-right corner? You bet I was.

Kay’s post on Mason Dixon Knitting about searching for a “glamorous granddad” sweater definitely gave me a lot to think about–so many good links in the comments. I fell in love with the notched collar on the sweater in that post, and hope to achieve something similar on my Improv #2.

I was also attracted to a wide button band, as seen on this Vine Lace Vest and on this Dark and Stormy sweater. And I really liked the two button look on the Storytime Scholar sweater. But I also liked the no-button band look on Aidez, and the way the lace pattern follows the neck shaping on Vignette. Deciding on a button band and collar style for this project was difficult–all my desires were very competing. But my love of the notch overrode other concerns!

I’m also really into the cables-up-top-stockinette-below look of Flyingdales, so I will be doing a variation on that. I will likely place my horizontal line a little higher up than shown in that project, and add pockets.

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And, when it comes to Mr. Handsome McBeardyman… I’ll be making my cardigan a little bit v-necked as shown, as I think it will look good with my collection of denim shirts.

And finally… overall, looking at many, many, many projects… I decided that I like Irish Moss stitch and tight skinny cables, so that’s what I’m going with.

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My chart is kind of a mess, but it makes sense to me! I cast on last night and so far–four whole rows!–it’s going well.

I’m using Knitpicks’ CotLin yarn, as something machine washable seemed to make sense for an item that will get a lot of wear. Plus I usually love the way that my store-bought cotton yarn sweaters wear, so hopefully I’ll get that same feel out of this project. And although O-Wool’s Balance was very appealing, I wanted something lighter than worsted weight.

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I created a layout for the two fronts of the cardigan, and then centred this layout on the sleeves and back as well. I’m uncertain what I will do when I have reached the full width of the cable layout on the sleeves and back–I may just leave the motif centred in a sea of stockinette, or I may chart out some more cables. I’ll figure it out when I get there.

This will either be a disaster, or it will be amazing–either way, it’s just challenging enough.