Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lotions, Potions and Soap

About a year ago I started getting really into homeopathic remedies, teas and cosmetics. I have bought nearly a dozen books on these subjects and have started blending my own teas and making my own skin treatments. The whole process is fun, but the best part is seeing the results and knowing that chose exactly what's in the product that I'm using!

My next venture is going to be in making soap. I'm a little nervous using lye, but I'll watch plenty of videos and take a class if I can find one before starting on my own. I've been reading about different techniques to soap making, and I'm really excited to try some pretty swirl patterns and making cupcake bath bombs. This new venture will have to wait until after the wedding (weddings are a money pit, let me tell you, even when you're doing most of it yourself!).

For now, I'm going to start experimenting more with different types of oils to make lotions and facial creams. I have very sensitive, combination skin, so it'll take some more trial and error before I get to a moisturizer that works well for me. I'll post more about my experiments as they happen!

Much love,

Amanda Marie

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Be Still My Heart

So fashion for the last several seasons has been extremely lackluster for me, but I'm so excited looking at runway shows from the SS12 shows that are going on right now. I think the 80's are officially dead (again). I hate 99.99% of 80's fashion trends. I love the 40's and 50's glamour, and there is something about certain 90's trends that I'll always love (plaid, maxi-skirts, layers), but not much about the 80's is really very captivating to me. Truth be told, even though I went to school for fashion, and work in the industry, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to my wardrobe. A basic top, some jeans, mabye a necklace or two, a leather jacket and some ballet flats is pretty much my day to day uniform.

Looking through the shows, one of my favorites so far is the Badgley Mischka show. Bright colors, peplums, cinched has a definate updated 40's look about it. Lady-like dressing. I love it. It might even inspire me to buy a few dresses very soon.

I am trying a new project, which is to draw at least 1 thing each day for the next year (I've considered doing the 360 photo project as well, but that's a little more difficult). The only days I know I'll miss are the days near my wedding (next month!!!). But, last Christmas Chad bought me a nifty drawing table and I've decided that I don't want to get rusty in my hand sketching skills (everything I draw for work is vector). So what better time to start the 1 drawing a day regimine than while fashion week is going on. Lots of inspiration. Anyways, here are a few of the looks that I love from the Badgley Mischka show. I will post a sketch or two from this show later.

Lots of love

-Amanda Marie

All photos are from the SS'12 Badgley Mischka show. Photos from