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Toy Giraffe Tuesday: Maisie, Her Giraffe, And Late 1940s-50s Vintage Toddler Dress

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vintage baby dress and toy giraffe

Ever since R bought that 2.5 ft toy giraffe for her birthday, she’s been OBSESSED with it.

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Today it hit it’s pinnacle: she refused to eat or go anywhere without it. She cried every time you took it away, even for a minute.

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We haven’t named it yet, but she calls it “G’affe”.

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Today’s outfit is a late 1940s-early 1950s vintage baby dress I found on eBay. It is made of cotton and dotted swiss. I adore retro baby dresses- the quality and construction (and price) can’t be beat! I should have ironed it, but I have no time for that.

I really wonder how my grandmother dealt with 4 daughters and all those dresses to iron! I know people say that they ‘sprinkled the dresses with water’, but the details are sketchy. One of my friends showed me how to iron puffed baby sleeves and it is kind of like those Imelda Marcos butterfly sleeved Filipino dresses.

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it’s poor neck gets a lot of twisting

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the giraffe gets more kisses than we do!

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non-giraffe shot

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more G’affe kisses

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NOSTALGIC EBAY FIND: Vintage Plastic 1960s-70s Barrettes Old New Stock!

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I was so thrilled to find these on eBay~

My kid’s hair is super fine and none of the newfangled barrette/clips stay in for long.

I have been yearning for the yarn ribbons and plastic barrettes of my childhood- and found these on eBay!

They were new, unused old stock (meaning they were vintage, but never sold).

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Maisie rocking the vintage barrette

These things actually STAY IN HER HAIR! I am so happy!

Now if I could only find some yarn ribbons…

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I love them!

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September 2015 Birchbox “You’re Beautiful” Review

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first glimpse of box

I have to admit, I wasn’t too jazzed about this month’s Birchbox. I’d been waiting with baited breath for the Anastasia Brow Pencil… but once I received it, was ‘meh’. My trusty Rimmel brow pencil is better than this one for me. They do about the same thing, except the Rimmel pencil seems to be less ‘smudgy’.

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Innards

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list of innards

The Tocca body scrub was nice… albeit smallish. The concealer crayon is ok for cleaning up brow meses, but not much else if you need a decent undereye concealer. The hair leave in stuff was ‘ok’. The perfume was DISGUSTING.

I am seriously considering canceling my subscription soon. So far, Ipsy is a far better deal.

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Ipsy September 2015 Glambag Review!

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Sept 2015 Glambag Goodies

I admit it, I love Ipsy.

I love it much more than Birchbox.

This month was no exception.

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this month’s pouch was much cuter than the ugly houndstooth one last month

Every month they send wonderful full size or generously sized samples of beauty products. This month’s bag was fantastic and the pouch was cute, too.

This month’s glambag contained:

Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill tinted brow gel (full sized)FullSizeRender-8
City Chic lipstick (full sized)

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not a bad lipstick- nice and sheer

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Ipsy ❤ NYX Eyeshadow Trio
Octavio Argan Oil

All of the products were great. The NYX shadows work best with a primer underneath. The eye gel was like Benefit’s, but NICER AND BIGGER. The lipstick was a winner as well.

One thing I DID NOT LIKE: I redeemed points I earned last month and was supposed to receive an eyeliner with this shipment. After tracking down the customer service email and writing to them, I still haven’t heard back. That was a disappointment.

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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara and Perfectly Posh Caramel Cray-Cray Lip Scrub Reviews

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my cousin is selling these and gave them to me to try out

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this lip scrub is so delicious that my 1 yr old ended up finding it and eating 1/2 of the tin before I could take it away.

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Apparently, this is the new and improved formula

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I really love this stuff- so yum

Pardon the out-of-sequence photos. I am attempting to type this and prevent my one year old from stealing the mouse/pressing keys on the laptop as I type.

My cousin is selling Perfectly Posh and Younique, so I tried these two items out.

I’ve been lusting after the Younique fiber lash mascara since the day of my c-section. All of the nurses on the ward had these CRAZY long lashes and they were all wearing Younique mascara. I tried out cheaper, knock off brands after that, but they DO NOT COMPARE to the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes AT ALL.

After applying it the first time, my lashes looked like tarantulas had taken up residence on my eyeballs. The second time I tried it, I used a lighter hand and was more pleased with the results.

Here are the before/afters of the first time I used it:

Before applying mascara

Before applying mascara

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Before applying mascara- I have VERY SPARSE Asian-type lashes and brows

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after my 1st attempt- Kim Kardashian meets tarantula lashes

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I have to admit- I really love this stuff

A few words of caution should be used before applying this mascara:

1. Use a base coat of your own fave mascara first

2. Apply an AMPLE amount of gel mascara next

3. Coat with the fibers using A LIGHT HAND SO THAT THEY DO NOT CLUMP.

4. Reapply a TON OF GEL on top of fiber coat to seal it all in, or else you will get flakes.

I will be buying more of this when I run out. It’s as good as it says it is and I am now hooked.

The second review is Perfectly Posh Caramel Cray-Cray Lip Scrub. This stuff is SUPER YUMMY and tastes like candy. It works well to get all the nasty flakes off your lips, especially if you have big lips like mine.

Unfortunately, my 1 yr old found it (I have no idea how she knew how to open it- she had never seen it before) and ate half of it before I could take it away.

I had a diaper nightmare for the rest of the day.

I loved both of them, even though I am usually not a big fan of ‘multi-level marketing’ type makeup schemes.

UPDATE PIC FROM 9/24:

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It’s taken a couple of days to figure this mascara application out, but the more I use it, the more I like it.

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UPDATE: recovering from my week(s) and how Maisie’s birthday bash went (condensed version)

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in a bday present princess nightie (her bday dress was removed due to cake residue)- playing a guitar art project made by my cousin’s talented daughter. My new fave pic 🙂

Had the HUGE baby Maisie birthday bash this week- over 60 people showed up to celebrate with us and stayed on until the wee hours.

Maisie was a perfect hostess- she was able to hang on til about midnight, without having any meltdowns and playing well with all the children and guests.

We had an adult cake smash fight at one point, when my cousin bet my mother a dollar to put the icing on my face… needless to say, about 6 people ended up with cake on their faces. It was hilarious. We are not a sedate, quiet bunch. My parties tend to be kind of raucous, to say the least…

We had a huge full sheet cake with bavarian cream filling- and I cooked a huge spread: 25 lb plus brisket, Persian food, collard greens, appetizers… and people also brought food and drink. Everything- EVERYTHING- was eaten. The only thing I had left after was bottles of vino, vodka, hard cider, beer, soft drinks, juices. I ended up having to cook again the next day, just so we’d have food in the house while we cleaned up.

It was more a party for adults, really… or one of the type of parties I remember attending as a kid with my folks back in the ‘old days’, with the parents having a good time and the children running about playing. Nothing fancy, just lots of people and lots of good food/drink.

My mother went back to Manila this morning, so it was also a sort of bon voyage for her- as well as my cousins’ 35th wedding anniversary.

I am completely EXHAUSTED now. We’re still cleaning up, even though the party was Saturday. I have to do what I can with my back… which feels much better. I am finally (knock wood) off the narcotic pain pills. The procedure seems to be doing what it was supposed to do.

Maisie now wants to sing “Happy Birthday” CONSTANTLY and clap her hands/say “YAY!” after. Poor thing sounds like a screech owl when she sings, so that’s pleasant… lol.

My house guest went back to Houston and now things are much more quiet. Maisie is a bit clingier now that the house is minus one more person, though. That is to be expected.

I bought a gym membership for the entire family this week, too. Hoping I am cleared to start using it soon. I also bought a Buti Yoga DVD set, which I am hoping to utilize as well. I am itching to work out and finally lose this baby weight.

My child has not been allowing me to do much. Her walking is now in full swing and you CANNOT.TAKE.YOUR.EYES.OFF.HER.FOR.EVEN.A.SECOND. If you turn your back on her, she will be climbing something or off in another room. This kid is FAST and my house is HUGE. I will have to call someone in to carpet the front stairwell soon. I swore I’d never cover the wood, but now I’ve changed my mind since this child is a climbing fiend.

I think I’ve spent the most time in years away from the internet/phone/macbook. She’ll steal my phone, my mouse, try to run off with the laptop- you name it, she’ll do it.

The ironic thing is, my house is actually CLEANER now after the party than it was BEFORE. I have no idea how that happened at all. We’re STILL cleaning up, as I said earlier. Maybe it’s all my time away from the internet- I don’t know. Maybe it was the new Dyson Animal I bought. That thing is Ahhh-MAZING. Dysons (and Shop Vacs) are a MUST if you have 3 Newfoundland dogs, like we do.

We WILL be baby proofing the hell out of this place this week. It needs it. I found her eating half of my brand new sugar scrub lip gloss this morning. The resulting farts and regurgitations were disgusting. I have no idea how she opened it- it was in a flat tin and she’s never seen me use it before. Scared the crap out of me!

One thing is for sure- the minute my head hits the pillow nowadays, all I want to do is SLEEP. That is exactly as it should be. I like the fact that I am busy from the time I wake until the time I go to bed. It feels GOOD (well, sometimes) to move. After spending most of the year moving about gingerly, I like this.

Probably not good for blogging, though.

I have an Ipsy review, 2 Birchbox reviews, a ton of food posts to get up and I have no idea how/when these will happen.

I haven’t even really opened/looked at her gifts. I also have a ton of thank you thingies to send out. They’re still (mostly) piled up on the daybed in my office.

Time for me to sleep now… *yawn*

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Behind the scenes photos and sneak peek of Maisie’s 1 yr photo shoot :)

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she was SOOO cranky and cried the entire shoot- which was a first- then she was FINE after when she played with the photographer’s kids! This is her pissed off face.

All photos (except the iPhone snaps by me) by  Kitty Lee Photography

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CAKE!!!

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She stopped crying when Dave, the photog’s hubby, gave her flowers. She was scared of the balloons and the parasol props… but loved their kids’ toy ak-47 gun and scooters.

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my parents, finishing off Maisie’s ‘smash cake’ and smashing it into each other’s faces

chilling out a little bit between crying jags

chilling out a little bit between crying jags

Angry face holding her ice cream cone bubble wand thing- with a bruise on her face from falling in the bathtub that morning

Angry face holding her ice cream cone bubble wand thing- with a bruise on her face from falling in the bathtub that morning

she was scared of the pretty parasol and freaked out

she was scared of the pretty parasol and freaked out

she liked the cake part, especially when she got to feed papa

she liked the cake part, especially when she got to feed papa

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As soon as the shoot was done, she was fine- the boys’ toy ak-47 was a particular favorite of hers WHAT BABY GIRL is scared of balloons and pretty parasols, but loves guns and scooters?!

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she love Ami’s scooter and spent a lot of time figuring out how to balance on it- and she just learned to walk 2 weeks ago!

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by the end of her play date with the photog’s kids, she considered herself a scooter pro

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… and I caught her attempting to push the scooter into the road so she could use it like the big kids were!

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Updates on my week: memories of others, more drama, back pain and procedures…

** am unable/unwilling to edit this properly, as the pain and meds I am on am making it impossible at the moment, so apologies in advance **

I am hoping things get a wee bit better here on out.

After the last post re ‘avalanche of crap’ the other day, I simply did not feel like posting again. My back pain was pretty high and I was feeling down from the drama.

My son and I ended up fighting/discussing/hashing it out until 4 am that night. The man has some issues, which breaks my heart. He says he doesn’t even remember me hugging or kissing him as a child- which is shocking. His father was there and was just as shocked as I was- anyone who knows me, KNOWS that I am pretty demonstrative with my kids and that boy never lacked for love and kisses. He said what he DID remember, when I DID show him affection, it felt ‘fake’ to him somehow.

I mentioned this to other family members and they were just as shocked as we were. We have no idea how he’d come to this conclusion. It was telling, though, when his younger brother tried to hug him and calm him down after the fight on the porch- he pushed C away twice. He eventually apologized to C, but we just simply don’t understand how/why he feels the way he does… and I am heartbroken, still.

He has come back from his time in Chicago a very changed person- a bit neurotic, more so than before. He started pushing us away as a teen, but we assumed it was a normal teenager phase and just due to the kids he ran around with. He went from being a rather shy, but close to his family type kid to acting ashamed of us and feeling jealous of me.

He said he saw me more as a sister than a mother at some point and that he did some of the things he did to me as a teen (lied to his friends and mine about me, so that I was alienated from my own friends) when he started doing theater out of jealousy and didn’t really know why he did/said the things he did back then. It was difficult for me to hear from my adult friends back then all the things my son said to them which weren’t true at all… and he apologized for what he did.

I don’t understand the jealousy part at all. I always have been silly in how supportive and proud I’ve been about my kids and their achievements. I always loved to support them and give them encouragement and just felt joy when they accomplished things. I guess he didn’t feel the same way.

To explain some of it: I’ve always been semi-in the public eye with my work and hobbies. I had no idea and am also baffled as to why my oldest son would be jealous about that. I always assumed (and been vocal) about how proud I was of him. I am very uncomfortable knowing this and my heart hurts over it.

I feel sad for him. I feel sad for us. The rest of us (brother, dad, yadda) can’t really comprehend his side of it. It’s like his perception of how life was is totally at odds with ours. Granted, we had some emotional issues when the boys were growing up. I was gone a lot abroad working. I’d come back to a house that was beyond horrific and get upset over it. My mother and middle son were going through their bipolar. It was not all roses and ice cream… but no family ever is.

At one point during the ‘discussion’, I simply removed myself from the house and went outside on the porch be alone and have a cry. I sobbed for a while, which isn’t like me. I needed the alone time, I felt overwhelmed.

He came outside after a while and demanded to know why I was doing this.

HIM: “What’s this?”

Me: “What’s what?!”

HIM: “WHY are you doing this? Crying?!”

ME: “WTF?! Why do you THINK?”

HIM: “I don’t know”

I am wondering, honestly, if he is not on the autism spectrum sometimes. He doesn’t seem to understand subtle nuances in emotion and can be extremely literal and has a lack of empathy. My youngest son, who IS on the autism spectrum, is very empathetic and ‘gets’ emotional things more-so than any person I know, tried to explain things to him- tried to diffuse the original situation- but could not get through to his brother.

I was on the verge that night of having him move out, honestly, I was. I can’t take much drama like this- not on a constant basis. It’s unhealthy. It’s not good for the baby to see people screaming and crying all the time. It upsets the rest of us and we’ve been pretty much used to a quiet, peaceful, rational calm these last 5 yrs since the 2 big boys have been grown and on their own.

He also told his father about my blog and for a moment there, they attempted to stop me from continuing this. FUCK THAT SHIT. I am blogging. It’s the only thing I have that’s mine alone and the only thing saving my sanity. I won’t hide behind secrets and pretend crap away. I can’t live like that anymore. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to read it. Period.

The next day, my oldest seemed better. Maybe the drama and discussion provided him some sort of catharsis. He actually came with me to a 1 yr old’s birthday party and played with Maisie on the playground and helped watch her. He said he had a good time. I was very grateful that he helped with Maisie so much and seems to adore her as much as he does. I think he’s warmest to her than any of the rest of us and it makes me feel good to see this.

C, on the other hand, was in a hurry to get home.

C: I need to get home, Mom, I have to mow my lawn before the city gives us a citation.

The statement above kind of illustrates the differences between the two boys. Not that it’s bad, but C is probably more mature than all of us combined in the household. He likes to keep on schedule and get stuff done. I really respect that and wish I were more like that myself.

C also came to me the night of the ‘big discussion’ and said he had to go to his room to decompress, it was way too much for him emotionally that day. I could totally concur.

It just worries me that my oldest must have been used to such emotional drama during his time living with his ex. His father keeps reminding me that he must be simply projecting the relationship stuff he had learned/lived in Chicago on me, since I am the only adult female in the house. After the exchange I had with his ex via the text, I am starting to think his dad must be right. This girl is estranged from her family for many years and apparently it wasn’t a great situation to begin with. Her mother was never supportive, nor did she care about her achievements. My son has mentioned her upbringing at great length in the past and it saddened me to hear about it. I was and am still shocked by all of this bullshit this week.

I am wondering how many of my son’s ‘memories’ are simply things he absorbed from HER.

Freaks me out a little bit, to tell you the truth.

I look and feel like shit here… but that’s to be expected lol

I had my back procedure yesterday- lasted longer than I thought it would. It was an epidural with injections to my lumbar region done under live x-ray at a hospital 40 minutes away from my home. I didn’t expect it to be as painful as it was- I am now in more pain today than I had been prior. The side effects (nausea, dizziness, sweating, lethargy, fever, pain) have been BRUTAL. I am hoping it all works- doctor said it may or may not. The tailbone procedure I had last week only worked on half of my tailbone and pain. The doctor says he hopes this procedure that I had yesterday will resolve all of it. From what I’ve read on the Internet, after looking up the side effects i was having, there’s a 50 percent chance that it won’t.

Seems like a lot of work and odds for such shitty odds that it may not work.

I also DETEST these narcotics and my need for pain relief.

I have never experienced chronic pain in my life- nor the need to take these types of medicines on a regular basis- and I am freaked out by how they make me feel emotionally.

I want to wean myself off these things. I want the pain to subside. I want my sons to feel better. I want to rid myself of this sudden depression I have been drowning in.

We also had Maisie’s 1 yr photo shoot 2 days ago, but will save that for another post.

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MY 1ST GIVEAWAY! Claire Lush Designs Sterling Silver And Turquoise Bracelet! **INTERNATIONAL**


AS A THANK YOU TO ALL THE 130 PLUS FOLLOWERS OF MY BLOG AND OVER 6K FOLLOWERS OF MY INSTAGRAM I am having my very FIRST international giveaway!

The adult sized sterling silver and turquoise bracelet was custom designed by Claire Lush Designs just for this contest. The photos were taken by Kitty Lee Photography.

Claire does gorgeous custom jewelry for both adults and children. Here are more photos of her designs (with my Maisie modeling some of it) from a photo shoot this summer. Claire, the designer, is the gorgeous girl in between the 2 little girls.

to celebrate my 100 plus blog followers and 3000 plus Instagram followers, going to have a giveaway soon of AWESOME silver Claire Lush Design jewelry!

Maisie modeling with Claire and Ami

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more of Claire’s gorgeous work (and physique)

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Claire, from Claire Lush Designs

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Maisie and Ami modeling Claire’s children’s jewelry line

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Follow my blog and REPOST this- plus leave a comment on my comments section below once you’ve done it
2. FOLLOW @missmaisiebabyfashionista and @clairelushdesigns and @kittyleephotography on Instagram for extra entries (let me know on comments below if you did the Instagram as well, please)

Contest ends November 1st, 2015 at midnight est. (So that you can get this in time for the holidays 🙂 

Winners will be announced the following day!