• Fashion,  Hobbies

    How I Style Vintage Trousers

    One of my greatest passions is vintage and antique fashion. So when I have time there’s not much I like better (aside from shopping!) than drooling over vintage patterns and antique fashion plates. Perhaps the only downside is that most vintage fashions/patterns are dresses/skirts. But then I saw this vintage reissue pattern (9189) from Vogue for pants! I chose a thick, stretchy rayon blend in a fine houndstooth print. The pattern was an easy one, and the pants sewed up without too many problems. I even learned how to invisible hand stitch for the hem! These pants are so comfortable. They’re just the right length, and I even took in the…

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  • Travel

    Our First Trip to Portland: Food, the Outdoors, and the Best Bookstore

    Fact: when there’s a three-day weekend you better believe I’m gonna take advantage of it. This last Veteran’s Day weekend we took our first trip to Portland. Knowing Portland is a foodie haven, I was pretty excited. Eating is one of my favorite things to do when traveling, and Portland did not disappoint! Food The town we live in has zero as far as good restaurants go. And while I like to cook, sometimes I just want to have a good meal or snack out. And Portland has both, in spades. Blue Star Donuts: a large selection! yeast and cake donuts Caramelization process. I didn’t get this particular donut, but…

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  • Beauty

    Winter Skin and How I Deal With It

    If you have dry skin, you get it. Heck, if you have combo skin, you experience it. Winter skin. Dullness, dryness, texture. Cold temperatures and dryer air- they do a number on my skin. Summer? Forget about it. Sure my skin is oilier, but a good acne cream and a couple of clarifying masks a week keep things in line. But once October/November rolls around I have to pay more attention to my skincare regime. These are some of the products I use to combat winter skin. Dullness: My skin can look at little blah this time of year. I rotate between chemical exfoliators (Pixi Glow Tonic, Aveeno 60 second…

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