Sartorial Saturday–Make it Blue Make it Pink

Today I’m taking a look at a most unexpected lipstick!

You might not think blue is my color, at least not as far as lipstick goes, but that’s the beauty of this particular shade from Bésame Cosmetics…their beautiful “Magic Pink!” It’s inspired by the famous dress scene from Sleeping Beauty, and the color changes as you put it on to create a signature shade of pink!

It really is just the shade of pink I imagined when I thought of the perfect shade for me!

I love cosmetics that are not only beautiful, but also fun!

2022-23 School Year–Week Eighteen

This was a pretty quiet week of school. Ladybug worked word problems centered around “distance equals rate times time” in algebra 2. She did more problems involving stoichiometry in chemistry. In history, she read about the early Lombards, as well as Japan and China. She already finished her grammar curriculum for the year! We continued our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. We turned our attention to Star Wars Everyday for a change of pace, and she made Hoth Chocolate Snowballs to celebrate what was, in the end, a pretty lackluster snow day in terms of snow, but still fun.

Chickadee did word problems involving perimeter and area in math. She finished the chapter on ungulates in science. We continued reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In grammar, she reviewed conjunctions and the various ways commas are used. In history, we read about the line drawings of the Nazca and the giant heads made by the Olmecs.

I can’t believe February begins next week!

Snow Day

Today was a rather anti-climactic snow day as far as the snow was concerned (three inches at most that melted really quickly), but school was cancelled, so we had time to do some fun things like baking. We also made Hoth Chocolate Snowballs from Star Wars Everyday. I never would have thought of using malt powder in hot chocolate…it’s really delicious!

We also had the Markel Family Snow Day Special for dinner…French Toast (made with vanilla brioche!):

We might not have had enough snow to really play in, and I didn’t get to shovel, but it was still a nice break from the normal!

Tasty Tuesday–Kitchen Sink Blondies

Perhaps “Kitchen Sink” is a bit of a misnomer, because I’m not suggesting you put ALL the things in the blondies at once. But what makes these blondies great is that you can add whatever mix-ins you want in whatever ratio you want (I did half dark chocolate and half dried cranberries here), and you can even frost them (cinnamon frosting is especially good!), and not only will they turn out great every time, but it seems like you’re never making the same blondies twice!

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 lb. dark brown sugar (you can use light, but I think the dark gives it a better flavor!)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups of mix-ins (baking chips, nuts, dried fruit…you name it!)
  • Frosting of your choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 and grease (or cover with parchment paper) a cookie sheet with sides (about 15×10 inches…if your pan is a different size, you’ll have to adjust the cooking time).

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. When it’s completely melted, remove from heat and stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Let cool slightly, then stir in the eggs. Stir in flour mixture and mix-ins until just blended. Spread into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes (don’t overbake!)

Let cool completely before frosting (if desired) and slicing…make about 2 dozen blondies.

Mani Monday

I’m calling this mani “January Blues.” It features Sally Hansen Miracle Gel “Luck and Glory” (from their Cruella collection), with accents of “Sugar Fix.”

Sartorial Saturday…On A Sunday–Polka Dot Day

Happy National Polka Dot Day, a day to celebrate the iconic style of that Disney fashionista, Minnie Mouse (although I still like Daisy Duck best!). I pulled out my best polka dot dress, the Maneater swing dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt, for the occasion:

I didn’t buy this Loungefly polka dot crossbody bag, which is designed in the pastel colors of 90s Minnie Mouse, for this holiday, but I’m glad it arrived in time for it! It doesn’t matter which side of the bag you’re looking at…they’re both adorable!!!

I accessorized with some Splendette Duchess Bangles, an Erstwilder Jemima Puddleduck brooch (you know, because Minnie Mouse’s best friend is a duck), a pink hat, and my Minnie Mouse earrings:

It might not be Minnie’s usual color combination (at least not these days), but I think I captured her joyful spirit!

I can’t believe how perfectly the whole look came together!

What a great way to remind me of the fun of our Disney World trip!

Sartorial Saturday–Suiting Up

It’s taken me close to a full year to write this blog post, and it took me almost that long to wear my Miss Candyfloss Verena-Bo blazer for the first time!

I ordered this blazer after Christmas last year, with a voucher similar to the one I used to purchase the Inga-Regina dress. And then it sat in my closet, because there was a catch…I had to order the blazer in a size up because that’s all they had left, and I just didn’t have an opportunity to have it tailored. But this fall I realized that if I waited to have it tailored to fit, I might never get around to wearing it, so even though it’s too big, I paired it with the Jolene-Plum dress (one of the two pieces I have that I knew the blazer would go with), to create a dress suit.

I kept my accessories simple…a pair of Splendette Duchess Bangles, an Erstwilder brooch, and a hat:

Aren’t the faux fur cuffs (and matching collar and pocket trim) lovely?

Yes, I admit that the Verena-Bo doesn’t fit quite as it should. The arms, in particular, are quite loose (and a bit long). But adding a belt to the look helps add some structure to the body of the jacket, and honestly, in the absence of actual tailoring, I’m pretty happy with how the look came together! Now I just need to style it with the Becky-Bo skirt (which is also a bit too big, but that’s a story for another time)!

2022-23 School Year–Week Seventeen

I think we’re still trying to get used to being back to our normal routine, because this was a weird week. We didn’t get quite as much done as I had planned, but that was partially because we had an unexpected field trip opportunity pop up. I was disappointed that the Missouri History Museum discontinued their “Homeschool Days,” something we really enjoyed pre-pandemic. They have replaced it with “History Exploration Days,” however, so we went to that for the first time today. The topic was architecture in the city of St. Louis and beyond, and we especially enjoyed the “Sizing Up the Skyline” workshop, which looked at how architecture has been (and is) judged. In general, though, I felt like even though it’s advertised as a family program for all ages, it skewed quite young, so I’m not sure we’ll go back for one of those events.

There was regular schoolwork this week, too, of course. Ladybug made conversions between the metric and imperial systems in algebra 2. She finished the chapter on stoichiometry in chemistry. We continued our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. In history, she read about Harsha’s defeat by the Chalukya dynasty. She also read some examples of experimental fiction in creative writing.

Chickadee learned how to determine if figures are similar or congruent in math. She learned about horses and ponies in science. We continued to read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and she really dislikes Edmund! In history, she read about Philip II of Macedon, and especially Alexander the Great (and added another item to her list of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World).

We still haven’t returned to themed cooking, but both Chickadee and Ladybug baked something this week. Chickadee helped me make a “Birthday Cookie Cake” from the My Little Pony Baking Book, and Ladybug and I made “Thick Frosted Speculoos Cookie Bars” according to a recipe I saw Molly Yeh make on Girl Meets Farm:

Maybe next week will feel a little more normal!