Hi, I'm Robyn. I'm so glad you found my blog. I'm a 40-something (born in 1966--you do the math) wife, mother, and Etsy shop owner (where I share my love of all things vintage).
BLOGGING: I started this blog a few years ago so faraway family and friends could keep up on what our family was doing. However, over the past couple of years it evolved to be a bit more than that. It's now one of my favorite creative outlets. So here, I get to geek out on the computer and share my love of family, cooking, makeup, decorating, transforming thrift store items, furniture refinishing, shopping, gardening, and whatever else strikes my fancy.
MAKEUP: I've had a love for makeup my entire life. My mom has a photo of my brother and I (I was around 5 years old) dressing up in our parents' clothes and I'm grinning proudly wearing Mom's bright blue eyeshadow from my lashes to my brows. Nowadays, I usually stick to a neutral palette of ivory, copper, and brown eyeshadows (although I did have a "purple period" in the 80's), but I do like to experiment with other colors as well and you'll see many of of those looks (known as Face of the Day or FOTD) here on my blog. Just click on the "My Makeup Looks" tab at the top of the page. I've even done a few photo tutorials for those women who are just getting into wearing makeup and need a helping hand. I hope you'll find something useful or inspiring.
FASHION: I'm a full-time mom and self-proclaimed curvy girl who enjoys taking pride in her appearance instead of schlepping around town in sweats. I don't consider myself a fashionista but I do enjoying keeping up on the latest trends and incorporating them into my personal style. I'm basically a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal but I add more interest to my outfits with accessories (I never met a scarf I didn't like) and clothing that has special details (like ruffles, ribbons or embroidery). In my blog, you probably won't find much "high fashion" but you WILL find posts on style for real women, easy ways to update your wardrobe, and a few tips and tricks on how not to dress like a mom.
Hair I was born with light brown hair but have been coloring/highlighting it since high school. Although I've been various shades of red and brown from time to time, I've mostly been a blonde because I feel like a blonde at heart.
I've also gone back and forth between short and long, straight and curly but have been enjoying a 5 year run with my below-the-shoulders length hair.
I was born with straight hair but after the birth of my daughter in 1996, my hair turned wavy and even more so after the birth of my son. It's not a "good" wavy in my opinion so I usually blow it out and then re-curl it with a curling iron.
I do not use extensions of any kind.
The dark hair you see underneath in some of my photos is my natural color. I only get the very top and front portions highlighted. Saves time and money and I like the look of the darker hair peeking out.
Skin I'm very fair. I've never been able to tan. I just burn and get freckly. If you ever see me with a tan in any of my photos, it's sunless tanner (either professional spray tan or from a bottle).
I have combination skin with visible pores (what are you gonna do?) in my t-zone. I use glycolic acid, vitamin c creams, Retin A, oil-free moisturizer with SPF, etc. to care for my skin.
I've tried Botox once in the past (on the "11" between my eyebrows). I liked the smoothness and "not mad" look it gave my face; however, it's so expensive so I've never done it since. I don't mind my face in its natural state and my man says I'm beautiful and doesn't even notice the lines. I see so many women (young and old) who overuse Botox and look weird that I've vowed never to be "that" woman. So for now, I just work with what I've got.
I've had permanent makeup (tattooing with veg based dye) done to my eyebrows because they are getting thin in areas and I got tired of filling in with brow pencil. But as of December 2012, I am in need of a touch-up but have no plans of getting the procedure repeated in the near future.
Height: 5' 4"
Pant size: 6 sometimes 8
Top size: Misses Small or 6/8
Shoe size: 7. . . .6 1/2 for very high heels (I think it has something to do with the angle my foot is at) and a 7 1/2 for boots (I hate tight-fitting boots)
MISC.: I love. . .gardening, reading, cooking, renovating and decorating our home, shopping for vintage treasures, refinishing furniture, playing on the computer, bike riding, red wine, seafood, dark chocolate, 4"+ heels, big silver hoop earrings, Bath and Body Works Lavender Vanilla Tranquil Pillow Mist (I use it every night), Etsy, recycling, jLo Live perfume, our miniature poodle Rosie. . .and so much more.
|Cameron and Sierra - First Day of School 2011|
|Sierra and Cameron - Xmas Photo 2010|