April 1, 2016

Guess who is back behind the computer?????

I decided earlier this year that I was going to get back to blogging. Writing is one of my true loves and this year I am focusing more on what makes me happy! There will not be posts everyday but I look forward to sharing posts on interiors, fashion, “mommy’ stuff and life! I will also be posting new art work on the Fine Art page. Look forward to connecting with everyone again!


Kristen, the Gypsy Soul


December 21, 2012

2 Kilians Art Studio

For the last 7 months I’ve been pre-occupied with this guy.

Banks at Halloween


And this girl.

Cici having a tea party. Photo by Carriesmithphotography.com


And frankly, I could not be happier. I have not been able or willing to schlep Banks around to Estate Sales and Thrift Stores like I thought I could. Luckily, Grace is more on top of her game than ever and has been procuring amazing find after find. I am still shopping, its just only when the kids are at home with Daddy or Sally and I am on my own, which is not too often. I wasn’t ready to turn on Days of our Lives and eat Bon Bon’s though. ( I mean isn’t that all stay at home moms do anyway?) When my people are at pre-school or napping, I’ve been able to work on client design boards and even better, custom paintings.

I love furniture with a passion, but art has always been my first love. My dad’s side of the family has a strong artistic gene that has been passed down from my great grandfather, Pop. Pop lived until he was 99 and painted daily for as long as I can remember. He was a classical painter and I am so honored to have several of his works in my own home. My grandmother, Bebby, my father, and my sister are all extremely talented classical painters. Pop, Bebby, Dad and Lauren can all paint animals, people, and still lifes with amazing accuracy. Me, not so much. I am all abstract all the way. I have a “Rainman” type color sense, so much so that I assign colors to all numbers in my head, so rarely do I forget any number or sequence of numbers. It makes for an interesting bar trick, but also is the trait that drives my abstract art. I love working with various shades in unexpected ways. Fortunately, the paintings that I have always just done for our home, have been well received by my furniture customers here in Dallas.

I am looking forward to growing this segment of Gypsy Soul in the coming months. All paintings are signed “2 Kilians”. The reason for “2 Kilians” is that inevitably when I am painting, I have a sidekick working on her own gorgeous masterpiece. Caroline is said sidekick, and we share the same middle name, Kilian. We were both named after Clarence Kilian, my great grandfather or better known as “Pop”. Pop is where the passion for painting began and it only seems fitting to honor him with my current works.

Coolest pic ever! Pop showing something to my dad and uncle.

Coolest pic ever! Pop showing working on a car with my dad and uncle. So Norman Rockwell huh?

Below you will see examples of some of my favorite pieces from the last couple of months. Most are sold, but the ones that are still available are marked with pricing below. It is also not too late to order gift certificates for Christmas! I can send these electronically for any denomination and will work with the recipient on color, size and style of their custom piece. Please email at gypsysoulinteriors@gmail.com with any questions you may have! Enjoy!

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!




Chevron Painting Available 30 X 40. $475







August 30, 2012

Another confession, a cleaning product and popsicles. How is that for random?

Anyone else ready for pre-school to start? I almost drove both kids to the liqour store today to pick up some Skinny Girl Margaritas. Unfortunately, I couldnt get my Sh** together enough to make it out the door before 3. Luckily we had friends coming over who brought wine. That being said, I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately. Especially blog posts that are not remotely thought provoking or even design oriented at all.

Todays post is a melange of a few mommy tips that may or may not be helpful at all. Gosh I am chipper this evening huh?

Here we go.

#1 ) A confession. I color my own hair. Well for the past 10 months I’ve colored my own hair. I have had it professionally colored for almost 20 years, yep, since the 7th grade. I was literally.  Dark roots since birth, coupled with the fact that I have horse hair, as my grandmother referred to it, I have never received compliments on my hair. I would be interested to know how many kitchen remodels I could purchase with the amount I have spent in salons over the years.

When prego withBanks, I was sick as a dog. I was able to get my hair half colored once before puking in the salon. So I had to move on to plan B. Plan B was to highlight my own hair at home without all the salon smells. I paint on canvases so I figured I could paint on my hair too. Lord knows I have seen enough stylists do it. I headed to Sally Beauty Supply, where for a whopping $8.93 I was outfitted with the tools to highlight my big horse hair. The ladies at the store showed me what I needed, and ask them what level of developer (look at me throwing around lingo) you will need based on your natural color. For my dark blond/ mousy brown base, I use a level 30 developer. I also chose the “Blue” highlights instead of “Violet” to eliminate any brassiness.

The highlights I use.



The ladies at the store told me to mix the developer with highlighting powder until it looks like jello. Yep, it is just that technical.

It looks like this when it is correctly mixed.

I am too lazy to write all the steps on where to brush the color, but its really pretty easy. Basically grab a 4 year old who has a similar hair color to you and observe where the natural highlights hit. Luckily, I live with a 4 year old who has the exact same hair that I do, sans the 20 years of highlights.

Brush it on and leave for approximately 30 minutes. You will look hot during this process. Like this.

Hot I tell ya.


Ok, so after 30 mins, you simply wash out. I use a Redken product called ” So Silver” shampoo and condition to eliminate any brassy tones. It works wonderfully.

As you can see the highlights are super natural. I have to admit, I have never felt more confident about my hair color. I knew I was on to something when the uber stylish Sam Sano commented on how great my hair color looked recently. I have never in my life received compliments on my hair so it was kind of a big deal. Hmmm, maybe I should forget furniture and start “fixin hair”? j/k


If anyone out there hates the cost/ smell/ experience of a salon, you may want to try your local Sally Beauty Supply. Don’t go buying hair color at the grocery store though. Those products are totally different and will turn your hair orange.


Tidbit of Info #2 ) If you want to have your 4 year old help you clean, give them their own spray bottle filled with water, vinegar and lemon juice. Caroline calls it her “squirt cleaner”. The combo of liquids is obviously non-toxic, smells great and cannot hurt finishes. She had a ball helping mommy clean today!


The flower crown helps too.


#3) My last potentially useless tidbit of info is what fun we had making watermelon popcicles the other day. I am sure there are fancier recipes for watermelon popsicles, but this is what we had in the pantry and they were delish.  I put watermelon in a colander centered over a glass bowl and let Caroline go to town. She squeezed and pounded all the juice with joy. Once she was done, I took a knife and shredded the watermelon into tiny pieces. We filled popsicle molds 3/4 full with juice only, then added a squirt of Agave nectar, squirt of lemon juice and small chunks of watermelon to each mold. Once frozen, we each had one and they were so delicious. I also highly recommend this popsicle mold with a straw to suck all the potentially white sofa staining juice from the bottom. (And yes, that is a Bumbo seat on my counter, and yes I know they have been recalled. )









So there you go. Hope these little bits of info may help you out around your house with little ones!

Happy Shopping!!



August 27, 2012

Dirty Little Secret #2

Dirty Little Secret #2 – All my crafty ideas do not turn out well. Being an artist and a mom is all about accepting the fact that you make mistakes, lots of them. I thought you would enjoy this pic of a blog post/ craft project gone awry.

Sad little girl with sad little crayon project.

I had read this blog post from The Mrs. Preppy and loved the idea. I thought I was going to go one step further and make this gorgeous melted crayon extravanganza. Lots of things went wrong with this project. So you do not make the same mistake, here are my lessons. A) not all crayon colors melt the same B)those cheapy crayons you get for free at restaurants are made of mostly oil, which pools and then turns grey. C) It takes a freaking long time to unwrap 900 million crayons. Moral of the story, this project sucked.


Here is to a fun week and hopefully a successful craft project!


August 14, 2012

“Bling” Dallas Style!

I am genetically pre-disposed to love costume jewelry. My grandmother, Beverly, or “Bebby” as we called her clearly passed on her love of faux baubles to me. At 80 something she was known to pair a leopard top with a mint green skirt and the gaudiest CZ pins you have ever seen to church on Easter. At 14, it was embarassing. As I have gotten older, I love it. This is also the grandmother that my father lovingly referred to as “the narc” because she flew planes with the Civil Air Patrol looking for marijuana fields in her 70’s and 80’s. Bebby didn’t give a s*** what others thought of her and her ensembles. I possess that gene, and frankly, I hope I pass a little of that on to Caroline too.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love “real” jewelry too, but the life stage I am in right now means that my real jewelry is usually in my jewelry box or it will be broken or barfed on repeatedly. So where do I go for the best of the best in bling? Sam Moon of course!!! My in-laws were in town last weekend and out of town guests are always a good excuse to head down to Harry Hines and shop. Another little tidbit, if you go to the HH store, check out the cheapy clothing stores in the shopping center, I have found some really cool trendy tops at these places.

While at Sam Moon, I snapped a few pics of some of my fave pieces. Disregard the quality of the iPhone pics and my lack of make-up. If you haven’t been in a while, you may be surprised! And secret confession #2 (the Cracker Barrel kitchen confession was #1), the gold quatrefoil bracelets that I always wear, and so many of you have commented on, are from Sam Moon. I just buy several packs of them so when the “gold” starts to peel off, I toss them and open a new pack!

Think Sam Moon is just jewelry? Take a gander at the purses, sunglasses and hair bows that also made there way into my shopping basket. In even better news, you can always purchase hair extensions, tacky polka dot luggage, and bedazzled cell phone cases there too (wink, wink). In all seriousness, I love Sam Moon and am not afraid to admit it.

Bad pic, but I LOVE statement bracelets. This peacock kind of rocked my world. With a simple white dress and gold earrings? Yes please!


Along the same lines. So cool.



Thought this little chevron ring would be fun for a night out. Especially since my "real" rings are still a little tight after my pregnancy.


$3.99? I'll take two!


Adore this bag! It came in several colors, and best of all was under $30. Score.

Cute little clutch. Came in a few colorways.




Picked up this little dandy hard clutch. $11.99. Seriously.


Fell for this print hook, line and sinker.



If I wore chunky necklaces, I would have bought this. I do not wear big necklaces due to my large head and short neck. I am not kidding you, I am pretty confident I have the largest head of any girl I know and big necklaces do me no favors.


Another awesome bracelet. Bought this to wear with a solid cocktail dress to a wedding this weekend, but ended up wearing it in a photo shoot.

I really loved these necklaces. It would be cool to wear some of the turquoise with the orange ones. Best part? The "sets" were $6.99.


Since when did Sam Moon sell Tory Burch for $5.99?


Best value in all of Sam Moon? The giant packs of Bows for $11.99! A must for any cute Southern girl.

Want to see some Sam Moon goodies in action?

Check it.
Check it.
Seriously, love that bird on my wrist!


Yep, all the “gold” jewelry is Sam Moon too :)

Pictures above are all from carriesmithphotography.com.

Happy Shopping!!!




June 18, 2012

Reality (I can’t believe I am sharing some of this)

A few of you have asked why I have not posted lately. Here is my long winded answer…..


  Adjusting to being a mother of two has been so much easier than I anticipated in some ways and so much harder than I anticipated in others. I am so much more relaxed with Banks than I ever was with Cici. I think by this time in her life, she had been to the ER twice, once for what I thought was a brain tumor (lymph node) and once for what I thought were seizures (temper tantrums). She had been to the eye doctor at 3 months (I was convinced she had Retinoblastoma (sp?) because of a special on the Today show and an unfortunate glare in a camera), and we probably had been to the doctor 8 times, usually based on a slight change in poop color. With Banks, our pediatrician said we could come at 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month and 2 months, or we could just come in for a quick weight check at 2 weeks and not again until 2 months. Guess which I chose? We said “Peace Out, see you in 8 weeks”. I have realized that newborns are a little more resilient than I gave Cici credit for.
  This parenting strategy also has proven true for leaving Banks with a sitter. I think we left him for the first time with non-family sitter at 3 weeks,  basically leaving the sitter a bottle and our phone number and figured she could hang. You should have seen the arsenal of baby equipment and pages of instructions we left with the sitter the first time we left Cici!  So in that sense life is easier this time around.
  Now, to where it gets harder. My achilles heel is getting out of the door. If I am supposed to meet you somewhere, and I am 30 minutes late, I am really proud of myself. Take note friends, if you need me somewhere at 10, go ahead and tell me 9:15. I promise I won’t get mad if I get there early, becuase I will under no circumstances get there early. We tend to have diaper changing emergencies and ravenous hunger the second I am about to strap the little guy into the carseat. Thank the Lord for my little helper Cici. She has been a complete angel and such a help to mommy. I try to make us all look half decent each day, but again, reality is that Caroline picks her clothes and usually ends up in an ensemble like today. Note the jean vest accessorizing the Puma (where the hell did that come from?) shirt and Walmart skirt. Banks typically heads out for the day in whatever he slept in, and I make somewhat of an attempt to not to be wearing workout clothes. Lord knows I am not working out. We usually make it out the door for the day at 11, and I typically have been attempting to get out the door since around 9.

Cici's chosen ensemble. Note the messy room.

  Notice I didnt include hair and makeup above? Thats becuase not much is going on in those categories right now. Most of you know I have enough hair on my head for 3 people, so it usually ends up pulled up high atop my dome. Due to an uncontrollable vomit reflex while pregnant, I could not get my cut or colored for 9 months. The smell of salons would send me over the edge, so I was a long, puffy, black rooted mess when I finally delivered my sweet baby. I came to the realization that I had to get a haircut two weeks ago, when a woman, wearing “authentic” Louis Vuitton plus sized pink jeans, inquired about what kind of “hair piece” I was wearing. So, being that I had an additional 25 minutes and seeing a swanky “Great Clips” across from Walmart, I headed in. I saw an “Expert Stylist” as they so referred to the technician with the most tenure. Upon asking about how long she had been with the Great Clips institution, she replied since July 11, 2011. Makes you wonder. (As a side note, my favorite roomate ever, who shall remain nameless, went on a date in Boston with a Super Cuts stylist. When she asked “Why Super Cuts?” his response was because the management does not get upset if you mess up your client’s hair. You would think that kind of warning would keep me out of Great Clips type places, but alas, I needed my hair piece trimmed badly.) As I sat in Great Clips with the rest of the patrons, I chuckled at the difference in my life now verses 10 years ago. You see 10 years ago, I was single, living in Boston, and….cool. Having my hair “did” was an event. I would have been sitting in a 3rd floor Newbury Street Salon, sipping wine, making plans for the evening and shelling out $200 bucks for my ‘do. My reality now is staring me in the face at the Great Clips across from the Walmart on Montfort. I pay my $35 (including blowdry) and head on my way. For what its worth, the stylist actually did an excellent job. Luckily it wasn’t Holly’s date, Nacer Anis (can you think of the fun we had with that name) cutting my hair.
  All of that info to tell you that yes, it is wonderful being the mommy of two children. So wonderful that I am actually considering a third at some point, but it ain’t easy. All my clients are so sweet and are probably just blowing smoke up my ass when they say how great I look or how easy I make it seem. Thus, I have a few pictures that paint a better picture of my current “reality” vs. “perception”. It is important to note that as young moms, we are all so freaking hard on ourselves. My friends who work full time feel that they are not measuring up at home. My friends who stay home full time feel guilty that they aren’t contributing to the bottom line of the family finances. Those of us in the middle, who work part time, can feel like we are doing C+ work at both home life and work life. Of course, these scenarios do not describe everyone either. In my opinion social websites like Facebook do nothing to promote the self esteem of moms. Think about it, most people only post pics on Facebook of themselves looking pretty, their kids looking perfect, their husbands winning awards at work, their beautiful new homes, new cars etc. Facebook is the equivalent of those annoying, yes I said it, annoying, Christmas card “update” letters we all get each year. If you are one of the peeps that send update letters, sorry if I have offended you. You can join the ranks of purple lovers, cat people, Kirklands shoppers, capri pant wearers, colored towel purchasers and minivan drivers who are also equally offended by my frankness. I will say that I do love Facebook. I love keeping up with all the wonderful people who have come into my life over the years, but we all need to remember that most people are posting pics that paint themselves in the best light possible.
  In closing, if you wonder why I have not posted on the newest design trend lately, I have been pre-occupied with my “new” normal at home. Its wonderful but it aint pretty. I am amazed at these mommy bloggers who also work full time as designers and manage to have everything perfect all the time. But for me thats not reality. So for your viewing pleasure, I am posting pics of my current “reality”.

So many of you post hospital pictures where you are perfectly made up and happy. This is my delivery room reality. Ben found it funny that I was still throwing up all the way up to delivery day. I did not find it funny. I found it less funny that he decided to capture my discomfort on film. See folks, showing y'all "reality".

How magazines or blogs would "suggest" I live.

How I really live. That would be a fort. Due to laziness, that fort took up my living room for much longer than originally anticipated.


Another view of the living room reality.


The angelic depiction of my children captured by Carrie Smith. I would like you to think we are always this clean and peaceful.

Our reality. Mary Lou Retton attempting to take "the brutha's" blood pressure. He appears to have White Coat Syndrome.



How I would like you to think I look all the time.


How I really look. I took this picture on Tuesday morning which was day 3 of Cici having the flu and day 2 of Ben having the flu. Sick husbands are wayyyyy worse than sick kids. My husband actually had the nerve to ask me why I was being mean to him while he was sick. He considered it mean that I did not come check on him regularly and instead chose to text to inquire on his condition. As long as he was breathing, I considered him ok, and the last thing I wanted was to get sick from his germs. Reality is... mommy doesn't get sick days. I will reluctantly admit, I told him I was jealous that he was suffering with the flu because it meant he got to lay in bed all day alone. Thats what a lack of sleep will do to you.


Hope yall enjoyed my little glimpse of our family “reality” right now. I love design, love interiors, but love my little germy messy family way more. So I will get to design blogging at some point, but right now, this is my priority and the MASSIVE Warehouse Sale we are having on June 29th and 30th :) Stay tuned for details, and new items being posted tomorrow on Facebook at GypsySoulInteriors fan page.

Hope you had a great weekend and Happy Fathers Day to all the daddys in your life!




June 1, 2012

Update On Gypsy Soul Interiors!

Just a little update! We are doing great over here, thank you for all the sweet “Congrats” emails. Banks is a precious little boy and he’s definitely keeping me on my toes. Cici is such a great big sister and has told me numerous times that she is ready for another baby! Easy for her to say, shes still has the luxury of sleeping through the night and taking leisurely naps during the day.

My little babes!

I promise to get back to blogging soon, its been all I can do to maintain the furniture biz and 2 kiddos right now. As far as the furniture biz goes, I am not the only “Gypsy” around here anymore. My dear friend, Grace Mitchell, is also buying for GSI now. I have to admit, most of the cool finds have been courtesy of her lately.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be having a sale with a physical location sometime early summer. Still working details out, but we hope to see everyone there.

Lastly, take a look at all of the amazing new inventory! Don’t forget, we offer local delivery, painting, upholstery and electrical work on all of our purchases. If you need something done, just ask :)

Hope everyone is having a great summer! Happy Shopping!


May 14, 2012

Maternity Leave

Sorry for the crickets on posts around here. We welcomed our precious Benjamin Banks Dowd on 4/30! Available pieces are being updated so you can see inventory, but as always, you will find more info on these pieces on Facebook at “GypsySoulInteriors” page. I am checking email and will hopefully crank out a blog post weekly :)


Happy Shopping!!!


April 26, 2012

Now all we need is a baby :)

Sorry for the crickets lately. These last couple of weeks before baby were not as planned so to speak. I know God puts challenges in your life for a reason, but I am ready for one less challenge and one less surprise. I am a control freak to the extreme, and this past week has tested me like no other.


Anyway, on to the good stuff. So many of you have been asking about Banks’ nursery. I will readily admit that I am not totally in love with it. I think its because all the furniture was Cici’s and after looking at it for 3 years, I am bit “over” it. So essentially, we painted the walls blue, added some new accessories and you can see some of the finished product below. All pictures were taken by Carrie Smith Photography, except for the last iPhone shot :)


The one piece of furniture in his room that I will always love is the Serena and Lily slipcovered Hayes glider. I nursed Cici for 15 months so I definitely got my use out of this purchase. It was one of the more expensive pieces in both their rooms, but I love how the cover is washable and the chair is just about the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in. It was definitely worth the money. I couldn’t bear to spend the additional for the gliding ottoman for several reasons. Mainly, because you cant use them again in other rooms. I found a $39.99 cube ottoman at Homegoods and had Sew Jesse make me a slipcover to match the white upholstery. I was lucky enough to find a very similar white fabric at Fabric Yard in Carrollton. The houndstooth pillow is about 7 years old and from the Storehouse “Going Out of Business Sale” in Atlanta. The silhouette pillow is from Homegoods. Mirror was a Craigslist find, but is Horchow. The “Keep Calm and Cowboy Up” print is from Etsy and the Confederate soldier silhouette is from The Unicorn Shop in Montgomery, Alabama. Lamp and tray are Homegoods, and they are resting on a custom Greek key X bench from Again and Again here in the Big D.

Below is a shot of the wall where Mr. Banks bed is nestled. Before yall go and get fired up about how he will take that cool ass “b” off the wall when he can sit up, I just put it there for staging the pic :) It usually will be on top of his armoire. Ben found the vintage letter when we were in Austin a few months ago. I think it is so cool and masculine! Next to his crib is my favorite wall lamp eva. It is the White Stingray Sconce from Horchow. I found one with a small crack in at at Horchow Finale about 3 months ago and knew I had to use it in his room. The houndstooth pillow is the same one above and the monogrammed pillow is a case from Pottery Barn outlet and I had my sweet friend Meredith Grabham monogram it.  I wish I knew the name of my crib or the name of the store I bought it at. I do remember it was in Canton, Georgia and I ordered it, but thats all I got. I actually think the manufacturer went out of business.

It always bugged me that I did not have a place for others to sit in Caroline’s old nursery, so I made sure to include a comfy chair for a second adult in Banks’ room. Some of you know that I saw this chair at Homegoods, passed it up, and then begged and pleaded for y’all to help me find it again. I was so fortunate that one of you had seen it at a different Homegoods store, so I headed over a picked it up. The art work behind the chair is something that Caroline and I made. It is actually a 5 ft by 5.5.ft bulletin board. We covered the inside with vintage Simon and Garfunkel sheet music using Mod Podge and then stenciled my favorite song lyric on it in black. I wish I had room for the whole verse of “The 59th Street Bridge Song”, but alas I didn’t. The whole verse is ” Got no deeds to do, no promises to keep, Im dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep, let the morning time drop all its petals on me, Life I love you, all is groovy”. If you graduated with me from Saint James, you may remember that this was the closing of my baccalaureate address. I just love this song. Garden stool is from Homegoods and the rocking horse is vintage from The White Elephant. The rug is from Ballards Backroom in Atlanta. May be a bit too feminine, but I have not found a replacement yet :)

Love the vingnette below. The changing table is also from Ballards Backroom in Atlanta. I don’t miss much about the ATL, but I do miss the Backroom and obviously Lewis and Sheron. If you live near Atlanta, you must go to Ballards Backroom. The Holcomb Bridge location (exit 7B off Ga400 if I remember correctly), is the one to go to. Its majority scratch and dent and usually there are no scratches or dents and the pieces are deeply discounted. They also have an amazing linen section at this location. I did exchange the knobs for some white glass beauties from Anthropologie. Cute rabbit lamp is one that my parents were getting rid of from their beach place. I love the window dressing in this room. The panels are actually twin matelasse bed coverlets that I had trim sewn on to. They make excellent curtains for a nursery because of how thick and opaque they are. The relaxed roman was made by Sew Jesse here in Dallas. If you need anything custom sewn for you, I highly recommend her. You can see some of her amazing work on her website.

Well that is about it. Hopefully the next time I post, I will have a new baby! Keep us in your prayers and everyone have a great rest of your week and enjoy the weekend!

Happy Shopping!




April 6, 2012

Random Friday Post

I have had all these “Oh, I need to share that” moments lately, none of which warrants their own blog post. I’ve thrown them all together in a random Good Friday post for you readers :)

Let the randomness begin…

If you know me well, you know I love make-up almost as much as funky interiors. I have loved everything cosmetics since I was a little  girl, playing with my mom’s Ultima II “Sparkling Bordeaux” lipstick. Bonus points if you remember Ultima II. I was really young when our department store stopped carrying it and my mom switched to the “uber hip for Montgomery” brand of Clinique. Speaking of Clinique, does anyone remember the sheer lipgloss they used to sell called Fruit Ice. I loved that color. In the chronology of colors that make me cry because they aren’t made anymore, you can add Trish McEvoy’s lip pencil #17 Metallic Nude.

For literally the past 15 years, I have worn mostly Trish McEvoy with the occasionally dabbling in Laura Mercier. Nothing I tried could ever top Trish’s products for my particular skin (typical combination skin, starting to get a couple of wrinkles I hate to admit). At a dinner party the other weekend, my gorgeous friend Jackie mentioned that she had gotten all new makeup the day before. Her skin looked amazing and I was really drawn to the colors on her eyes. Jackie has green eyes like me and we tend to be able to wear the same colors. When I asked, she said that the brand was Tom Ford. In Dallas, Tom Ford is sold at a couple of department stores, but the Neimans at Northpark is the preferred dealer and they carry the most colors. I decided it was time for a change, so I headed to NP the next Monday. I usually get really annoyed with cosmetic counter make up artists and always ask if they are employed by the department store or the cosmetics line first. Told you I am picky. An amazing artist named Justina helped me find just the right colors, and she even used a different eye pallet than what I saw on Jack, and I loved it. I will say, its not cheap, but I have gotten soooo many compliments on my makeup in the last couple of weeks. I think the main difference is the concept of layering the pigments for a more natural look. Justina is amazing at explaining the process/ steps if you live in the Dallas area. She works at the Neiman’s Tom Ford counter.

I bought the following products and plan to go back to try the Tom Ford Concealer. I do not use a foundation, so I can’t really review, but I am sure its great. So after 15 years, I am a changed woman. Sorry Trish, Tom is my guy now.

I also plan to go back this week and try out the primer that so many people are raving about. I am skeptical though, as I have tried so many primers only to be disappointed because they make my face feel heavy. I don’t wear foundation for the same reason. I think most foundations actually make people look older too.

Even the packaging is swanky..


Next on the agenda, I am finally on board with the colored denim epidemic. Strange time to finally be on board when I am 9 months preggo, but lucky for me Gap Maternity came through. Gap carries 3 colors in a maternity fit and a host of other colors in regular sizes. I ordered the hot pink Maternity jeans seen here. The top of the maternity jeans make them best for first/second  trimester or postpartum, the waistband is a tad snug this late in the game. I also recommend ordering a size down. My cute friend Megan came to girls night on Saturday in the non-maternity version, also from Gap in bright yellow. I loved them so much I had to go ahead and order for after the little man makes his arrival! Both of these versions are very light and great for summer (Even in Texas).

Maternity Left, Regular Right :)



Ok, now how is this for random? Something you didn’t even know you needed… To preface, we bought a house that was built in the 70’s and remodeled sometime around 2006. Our master bath has a jetted bathtub which completely grosses me out. Who knows what lives deep in those jets, and I would never ever turn it on while bathing. About once a month, I run clorox through the system for about an hour to kill any germs that may be lurking. I still would notice particles of black stuff when I would run the jets during subsequent cleaning. I did some internet research only to find out that this is a really common problem and was, in fact, mold from trapped water. G to the Ross. I finally landed on a product called Ahh- Some. It seemed that most of the reviews were really positive for this stuff, so I tried it. I followed the directions and will say you have to monitor it, because it can get bubbly fast. After running this two times, no more black stuff. I have tested the jets now several times since and its still clean. If you have a jetted tub, especially one that has been used by someone other than you, I would get this stuff ASAP!

Fancy Packaging I know.



Lastly, I was in charge of snacks for my favorite 4 year old’s Easter party today. She and I made Oreo Easter basket cookies and Peeps bird nests for her class. They were a huge success! They are pretty self explanatory, but you can find tons of similar recipes on Pinterest. They would be fun activities to make with the little kiddos in your life this weekend!

Those are "Nerds" for eggs, and "Twizzler Rope" for handles.


Chow Mein Noodle Nest are made just like you make Rice Crispies Treats.

See I told you my post today was random. Have a wonderful Good Friday and Easter weekend!