A Natural Mascara … That Works??

I worked for years as a beauty editor at a natural health magazine. We had the strictest standards around… no parabens, no sulfates, no petroleum. So, perhaps needless to say, I tested so many products that just, well, failed to do much of anything. Pretty much this: “Other brands work. Ours… are very natural.” Of course, there were plenty that did, though the general rule was the simpler the product (think lip balm and bar soap), the better it worked. One category of product where I could never find a winner was mascara. Apparently, getting eyelashes to get all voluminous…

Meet the Salvage Dawgs in their Native Habitat… Roanoke, VA

Those of you that spend way too much time on the DIY Network or HGTV (who me?) may have come across a certain show called Salvage Dawgs, where two guys go around tearing out anything and everything you can imagine from old houses. Seriously–bathtubs, light fixtures, and even door handles are fair game for these guys, Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, who bring it back to their massive 40,000 square-foot shop in Roanoke, Virginia. Black Dog Salvage is one of the coolest stores I’ve ever walked into. It’s the kind of place I would have especially loved as a kid,…

Best Restaurants & Bars in Portland, Maine

I love both Portlands… Maine and Oregon, that is. I even wrote about them in the same story once! But my heart will always belong to the East Coast sister (the original!). I grew up going to Maine for a few weeks in the summer every other year to visit my grandparents in Harpswell, and we’d always spend at least a few hours in Portland. Even at 8, I fell in love with the cobblestone streets, hard-knock docks, and of course, the Pirate store on Commercial Street. I’ve been back a few times since then, and only get more crazy…

September Stitch Fix Review

It’s my favorite time of the month. Stitch Fix time! Got anther great note from stylist Amy who mentioned that she has checked out my posts, which made me so happy! And it paid off too–I loved (almost) everything in this fix, and ended up keeping the whole shebang–that 25% discount is tough to pass off when you love everything as much as I did this month. I apologize for the crappy lighting in these–it doesn’t do the amazing colors justice, especially on the fab red coat, but since I’m keeping everything, I’ll swap if I remember to take some…

August Stitch Fix Review

I’m so bummed I didn’t have time to do a photo review of last month’s Fix, as it was the best yet! I snagged the most perfect wrap dress, an orange and gold amazing necklace, and a striped racer-back tee with orange detail. I’ll try to post some retroactive pics of those awesome pieces eventually, as they’re all staples in my wardrobe now. This month I had the same stylist who wrote a really cute note atop my fix! I love the personal touches Stitch Fix includes. Though the colors and styles were spot on, the fits were just slightly…

June Stitch Fix Review

Being on the road a lot this summer has left me with less and less time to actually go shopping. And since summer is my favorite time of year, I’ve been kinda bummed about that. But, thankfully my best friend from when I was growing up in SoCal turned me on to this new startup service called Stitch Fix. I described it once as Netflix for clothes, but it’s really a combination of Netflix and Birchbox (my to-die-for beauty sample subscription service). Basically, you fill out a style profile and a stylist will send you five pieces they think will…

How to Do the Perfect Mad-Men Cateye

So it’s probably not a surprise that I’m a big Mad Men fan. I mean, the clothes, the drinking, the furniture? Incredible. I was hooked from the moment Betty brought out the same servingware my grandmother had with celery and cream cheese appetizers. Okay, and also when she starts shooting pigeons with a shotgun. Anyway, lots of people don’t like Betty, and I totally get why: She’s a terrible mother. But she also lives in a terrible society that is terrible to stay-at-home mothers, so I cut her more slack than most. Plus, I love when she brings out her glamourous Grace Kelly side…

Best Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of my favorite budget destinations and quick weekend getaway spots. In fact, I really don’t recommend people stay much longer than 48 hours, when the gilded edges of Sin City start to show their wear. That said, it’s well worth visiting over and over again as you can really tailor your trip to any interest, whether it’s spa, or food, or straight-up gambling. I used to go about 4 times a year, just for an overnight stay or quick In-N-Out stop enroute to either California or Colorado, and I never got bored. That said, as a…