Friday, October 26, 2012

The Eyebrow

      Just read the book      

 "The Eyebrow " 

  By Robyn Cosio

How often do you think about your eyebrows?

I mean really? lol

Plucked, penciled, dyed, arched, or pierced -- welcome to the beautiful world of eyebrows. Here, I renowned makeup artist and eyebrow specialist Robyn Cosio follows the evolution of eyebrow fashion throughout history and provides detailed information on how to create the perfect shape for every face. The first definitive book on this fascinating yet often overlooked facial feature, The Eyebrow shows readers how they can completely transform their look just by changing their brows. Dozens of photographs of film and music stars from the 1920s to the present are also included, from Clara Bow's long, thin, dropped-down brow, to the diva-arched brow of the 1950s, to the natural-looking brow of the 1980s. In an extensive how-to section, Cosio shows how to create perfect brows, whether the eyebrows are thick and bushy or thin and sparse. Cosio also examines the folly of eyebrow trends, showing how different eyebrow shapes flatter different faces.

Robyn Cosio

The pictures alone in this book really put together how eyebrows create such a big difference in our appearance. Even showing pictures of some career eye brow transformations of movie stars from yesteryear. One advice she gives Make-up Artist is "Pretend it is your own face" -Meaning taking care to insure you treat the brow application as your own. Simple yet makes sense. There is even a segment on how to do your own brows.  

Robyn Cosio is a world-renowned makeup artist and eyebrow specialist serving clients on both coasts. Based in LA at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles, Robyn is in such high demand in NYC that she is now taking appointments one week each month at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger.
Her work has been featured in Vogue, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, Mademoiselle and Allure and in television commercials for Gallo Winery, Maybelline and Levi's. She is highly sought after as a recognized authority on eyebrows and makeup and has made appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox and MTV. In addition, she has designed makeup for Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Bill Blass and authored the book, The Eyebrow.
Robyn's mastery of both the brow and makeup application is unparalleled and has given her access to some of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and New York: Nicole Kidman, Kate Bosworth, Marisa Tomei, Christina Applegate, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gina Gershon, Vanessa Redgrave, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cat Deeley, Lesley Stahl, Laura San Giacomo and Elizabeth Perkins.
Robyn does not create a "signature brow." Instead, she provides sophisticated analysis of each client's face, creating a tailor-made brow - your signature brow. Her clients are pleased to discover that the better the brow, the less makeup is needed. Robyn has the foresight to recognize that trends are irrelevant and a great face can only be realized by following the simplest principles of glamour:

"It's not glitter eye shadow, black eyeliner, and a foundation applied with a trowel that make a woman beautiful. It is-and make this your beauty mantra-a gorgeous mouth, clear, beautiful skin, great hair, and stunning eyebrows."


Saturday, October 20, 2012


Why are these calling out my name?.........Can it be it's 11 days before Halloween? Yeah,that's it right? 

Via credits to
Joe My God Blog

Friday, October 19, 2012

Martha Stewart Autumn Centerpieces

I know it's not Halloween yet and here I'm posting an Autumn Centerpiece yet this caught my eye. Love the use of colors and textures on this little number.

There's even a "How To"

                                                                    Cornucopia Basket
A basic cornucopia basket gets a glamorous makeover, thanks to sparkly paint and fabric. Fruits and vegetables in rich shades of ruby and amethyst spill out like jewels.

Tools and Materials  via Martha Stewart everything Thanksgiving

  • Cornucopia basket,
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric, such as silvered linen,
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

Shimmery Lined Cornucopia How-To

1. Coat cornucopia lightly with spray paint; let dry.  
2. Cut out a fabric rectangle on the bias: The width should be 3 inches longer than the length of the cornucopia at its longest point, not including the upturned end; the length should be 1 inch longer than the circumference of the cornucopia's opening.  
3. Fold fabric, right side up, so short sides meet; pin together along that edge.
4. Stitch where pinned, with 1/2-inch seam allowance. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew along 1 end; pull thread to cinch fabric closed, and stitch to secure.
5. Turn liner right side out, and place liner in cornucopia; secure cinched end inside tip of basket with a few back stitches.  
6. Fold excess fabric over the rim. Turn edges under 1/2 inch, and pin. With doubled thread and slip stitches, sew hem, pulling thread through basket every couple of stitches to secure.

Free Vintage Printables

For What It's Worth...or Not.: Frame Pumpkins

What a great idea!Pumpkin frames!!!Way too cute!
For What It's Worth...or Not.: Frame Pumpkins: It's about to get even MORE thrifty around here.  We're getting serious about our budget, so that means less trips to the craft store. :...

Click here to see other pictures!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Masterning the Art of Makeup - Doris Lew

Meet Doris Lew    
Read about her here : Masterning the Art of Makeup - Doris Lew 

   Some of her work. Great Halloween inspired looks!


Re-posting a Blog -Going dowm memory lane

A blogger Buddie spoke of re-posting her blogs from when she first began blogging. I did just that by hitting the ol' archives. Just to see how my blogging world started. It was actually September 29, 2010. Reading my early blogs brought back memories;some fun and some not so fun. It's interesting how I could go back in time and see what I was thinking,doing -who "I" was at the time and who I was with. It mentions my ex,Tito. We broke up September 9,2011. It's been over a year and I am OK with it-who wants to date when you have blogging, job searching and  a 13 year old daughter to keep you company.

There's just too much going on to even think about getting into another relationship -There's....

 The Rachel Rose Boutique 
 J.R. Watkins
Julia's Bracelet Campaign for her 8th Grade East Coast Trip
Younique Make-up By Rachel In San Diego

Plus,I'm too invested in Rob Pattinson & Kristen Stewarts relationship to find one myself! 

Here is my very first post:
Note: I didn't even download a picture! Times have change!

How I started going to yard sales :September 29,2010
It began several years ago when I took my boyfriend Tito to work one morning. It was bright and early as we drove to the golf course. We are definitely not"morning people" or this super power couple energized by Starbucks .Neither of us said much as silence shouted in the the cold November air. Thoughts in my head whispered " Who gets up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday"!? Once Tito exited the truck , I slid my junk in the trunk to the drivers side and headed home. Little did I know, one sign would change my Saturday mornings for years to come. It wasn't a spiritual awakening with angels singing & harps playing in the background. Yet, a synergy of sorts. There displayed so proudly stood a YARD Sale sign. I followed the arrow leading me "right" to the house. I was amazed by the gently worn designer labels and "still" in the  package items .I wondered why would this perfectly sane woman was selling unopened, new & up to date items. Being an ex Home Depot employee, there wasn't much I haven't seen or heard, so I asked. She explained how she changed her mind during a redecorating extravaganza, therefore displayed before my eager eyes was the extra. Luckily I had grabbed my wallet before leaving  the house a made my first purchase. The rest, as they say is history. It's going on four years now. I wanted to start blogging about my adventures, show pictures & give tips on finding the "wow" factor. You will be amazed how a simple wow at a yard sale can set the pace for your everyday life. Aren't we all just wanting to be wowed in all factors of our lives?   

Update: Tito's Mother and I still yard sale every Saturday morning.It's our girl time. We have noticed a trend in the past few years, more families are yard sailing to make ends meet .

Here's to more blogging and living large with my Julia Rose

                         Well, not really large, I am working on the living large part! hee hee

Momma Rachel 
Julia Rose 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Natural Stone Beads Bracelet made from Carnelian.

My favorite item @ Rachel Rose Jewelry Boutique

Do you know how in marketing things are pictured and/or displayed in such a way,that when you actually see it in person-your disappointed? When I saw and read the following,I knew this item was for me!

The Savanna stretch bracelet is made up of natural stone beads made from carnelian. The bracelet is then accented with a dangling antique brass coin charm set upon natural wooden beads. It easily stands on its own, but also looks very chic when layered with other bracelets. You'll like it just as much with jeans as you will with your fanciest dress on a Saturday night. 
Item # MIT4009

I have to say,I was not disappointed. You can dress it up or down. It actually goes with everything!

See my pictures below....

It retails for $28.00 -If you in box me I will send you a link for a discount price for being a Blogger Buddie.Put Savannah bracelet on memo. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rachel's Junk in the Trunk: Younique

Rachel's Junk in the Trunk: Younique: Become a Younique Presenter! Are you looking for a rewarding job that allows you the flexibility to set your own hours, get generous roya...

"Younique is a brand new non-traditional direct sales company.  It proudly breaks that mold and has created a business model that is truly unique in so many ways. Using the programs and tools that they have developed, the all-too-common home party is no longer necessary! The products and business opportunity will essentially sell themselves as you successfully tap into the social media resources you already have avoiding the high-pressure sales approach. Allowing the use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other online social media to do the work for you, it makes running your own successful business so simple. Being social, smart, and successful has reached new heights. The sky is the limit, and they want you to succeed and reach your full potential.

 Celebrate your "Younique-ness" with their exclusive products that are beautifully packaged.  You can do them yourself because they are all-inclusive, unique, fun and easy to use. Younique teaches the simplicity of beauty secrets by walking you through each process simply and thoroughly in the comfort of your own home. Their beauty and fashion products enhance your "Younique-ness"."

Younique executive staff:

  •       Derek Maxfield Founder and CEO of Younique
  •       Melanie Huscroft CO- Founder of Younique

For only $99.00, here is what was included in the Presenter's kit:
  • 250 business cards -you pick the color. 
  •    100 product cards (that highlight the products and have my bio and picture on the other side)
  •    My ‘white’ status charm
  •    My Presenter’s Guide (which explains the Commissions Program and the Virtual Parties)
  •    3 darling purple Younique branded Bling pens.
  •    You essentially get 25% discount on the products because you make your own commissions when you pay full price.  

Rachel Lloyd -Sponser
Click here to sign up Younique or email me with any questions: 

Outspoken and Overdressed: Halloween at Disneyland

I paid a visit to one of my favorite Blog Buddies :

                           THE FASHION FAIRY 

Outspoken and Overdressed: Halloween at Disneyland: Top: Banana Republic, Jacket: Topshop, Pants: BDG, Boots: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Forever21, Rings: David Yurman, BP, Ariell...

 I don't think I ever looked this stylish while visiting Mickey! Looks amazing! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Creating a Mobile Office

Finding it harder and harder to stay disciplined in a home office environment -I have moved in at the local library. Well not in a squatter sort of way-more of a utilizing the facilities sort of way. 

Everything,minus the lap top- was purchased @ local yard sales. 
                              ALL FOR UNDER $5.00!!!

   From left to right, a small sewing box for the button rings I am currently making. The middle tote acts as a purse/office supply storage & the avocado green vintage bag holds my lap top. 


I use a shawl to cover the contents of my purse (to hide how messy things can get)-I think I am a closet/purse pack rat. The first step is admitting it, right? 
Do you see the little "people" on my bag. It's actually a hair clip -thought it would bring a little character to the bag. 
There you have it, a mobile office for those days you need to get away from the home office. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Achievable Fashion

Most people channel surf. I happen to blog surf. This is how I happened upon Achievable Fashion. First off ,I love the mascot girl .She is just too cute! How many of us can say we have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear?Sounds so familiar. It's similar to when one of the kids opens the fridge and yells" Mom,there's nothing to eat!"Am I right? -Well Achievable Fashion caught my eye and interest.

Karyn,the owner of Achievable Fashion confesses she is not a fashionista. Secondly, confesses she is not a writer. She's was just too busy of a mom who got sick of having  a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. Her fashion journey began when she set out to rid herself of that dreadful closet full of clothes and nothing to wear – well then out came Achievable Fashion  book.

Which is great for us !
   If you  (click here) - check out a sample of the book. I love when authors give a sneak peak of their work.To me, that tells you it has to be good! There's  so many great ideas! I am sure we all need to "vamp" our wardrobes. Let me know what you think of the site!

How to Make a Button Ring

Have you heard of a Button Ring ?

At a recent visit to Rancho San Diego's Farmer's Market I met Angie of Treasures in Bloom.

I went searching for a hands on video -found one!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fashion Fairy: Bubblegum Alley

Any idea what this is?

While visiting The Fashion Fairy  blog, this picture caught my eye. Then I realized it was a wall of bubble gum!
Fashion Fairy: Bubblegum Alley: Top: American Apparel, Pants: H&M, Sandals: Merona, Target, and Necklace: Brass Plum, Nordstrom.

Meet Erin Edwards - Fashion Fairy Blog Fashionista