I wish I could have found a picture of the Anthropologie sweatshirt I am actually wearing. It has this awesome bird and tree print on it, and is about six inches longer than the one shown here, but has the same asymmetrical hem. Also, I don't have that Anthropologie necklace, but I want it. The one have is similar, but has more chains.
I read Dooce's post today about splitting up with her husband. I've been reading her blog for years and years. I never thought her marriage would end. She and her husband knew each other so well, were so in love, put so much work into their marriage.
It made me wonder, how much I really knew about their lives and their marriage and their issues. Dooce is so open about everything, maybe it gave me a false sense of knowledge, of knowing her. Bloggers show you only what they want you to see, but that isn't any different from anyone else. Two other bloggers I admire split with their husbands in the past year. One has found a fantastic new husband. The other has only just started picking up the pieces. Friends of mine are divorcing and it is ugly and cruel in a way that makes me question our friendship.
Maybe the problem is not keeping the truth about your marriage from the world, but keeping it from yourself. When I compare my marriage to the ones I admire, mine seems to fall short, but I am looking at mine with unflinching honesty, not through the veneer required for publication. Even so, I do have a public marriage and a secret marriage, but it's not because I have anything to hide, it's because there are two people in my marriage and that story isn't mine alone to tell.
You've no doubt heard of Pinterest by now. I really like it. (Leave me your email in the comments if you need an invite.) But, Polyvore, have you heard of that one? That is really starting to suck me in. Lately, I have been recording what I wear each day. I've used it to help a friend choose accessories for an event. I've also created sets of things I love (bags, boots, rings).
I'll be posting my outfits here as well, but please follow me at Polyvore if you use it.
Without exaggeration, Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex is the best skin care product I have ever used. In one week of use, my skin is visibly clearer and smoother, and my skin tone is more even. I received a full size jar of this in a swag bag at a beauty conference I went to a few months ago, so I didn't know it was $92 an ounce until I looked it up online. I'm not surprised, it is a freaking miracle. I wish I had tried it the day I brought it home. I will happily pay $92 for this when then the jar I have runs out. I will also check out the rest of this line because, if it works as well as the Renewal Complex, I will have the skin of a newborn baby.
I love the texture, too. It feels almost dry, and disappears instantly into my skin. I have been using it at night (you only use it once a day), and following it with Clinique Moisturesurge, which is my favorite moisturizer of all time. I think you are supposed to use it in the morning, though, because the directions recommend following it with moisturizer and sunblock.
Up until last year, I was never a regular wearer of jewelry. I'd been wearing the same pair of diamond studs for nearly 20 years. I've always admired people who seem so natural in jewelry, since I always felt so awkward. I decided that I wanted to look as put together as they did, so I developed a jewelry uniform. This set of jewelry goes with almost any outfit I could put together. If I don't want to think about the perfect accessories to go with something, I know that I can simply put on my jewelry uniform and still look like I made an effort.
Wedding band and engagement ring
Sapphire ring that I bought myself for my 25th birthday
Tiffany bracelet from my husband
Tiffany earrings from my husband
Necklace with my daughters' initials and birthstones (I lost the green one)