The Dangers of Vanity and a Few Shameless Plugs

This weekend was action packed, my friends! Nevermind the week, during which I cooked spectacular dishes from the Americas (I did, and they were). Nevermind the perfect, gorgeous, otherworldly springtime outside my doors and windows. Nevermind the regular hilarity with which life happens to me. For now, let’s just talk weekend, shall we?

My vanity is a paradoxical creature. It exists in such a way that I care enough to do something, but I don’t care enough to spend more than about five minutes on said thing. (Bright-ass lipstick diverts multitudes of attention from the rest of the laziness). That being said, some of you are going to feel my pain when I say, “You know how every now and then you see a look or trend you think you might want to try, and then you try it?”

Enter blue eyeshadow, stage left.

How I thought I’d look:


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How I actually looked:



That’s all I have to say about that.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’ve been shopping for new art. I recently received some beautiful – and tres cool – photographs taken by a talented artist who blogs on this site. I couldn’t be happier to have them displayed in my living room. They are the perfect addition to my space:
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To check out this amazing man’s work, look up Gedartis on WordPress, and also click here:
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Last night I went to the Rodriguez concert here in town. If you are unfamiliar, check out “Searching For Sugarman.” {Shameless Plug #2} His story is fascinating, and he is one cool cat. Not to mention a talent to bowl over the stoniest of musical folks. A treat I’m lucky not to have missed!

Today, I attended a ladies’ tea party.
My neighbor – a wonderful person who has kindly taken me under her wing – {Shameless Plug #3, and no, she has not read my blog}and her friends have hosted this event every May for the past five years, during which we all wore fancy hats, had a teacup exchange, chitted and chatted with delightful and interesting people, ate divine finger foods, and of course, drank the finest of teas.
Yes, it really was just like that. No, I am not embellishing or omitting.
My tablemates were lovely. No one gave in to the urge to jump on the trampoline. And my language didn’t get away from me even once. A fine time was had by all:

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My teacup from the exchange

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This hat was meant for me, truly. (We found each other courtesy of the pagepage shop on etsy)
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The rest of my weekend that is of any note happened in the tiny park down the street, the coffee shop I haunt:

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and my own backyard. Lots of reading, playing with the dogs, thinking on life, and breathing in the spring air. Sometimes those are the most important things we can do.

Honestly, who could resist this face?

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{My dog, Toby – Final Shameless Plug}

What’s important to you these days?