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The Cure for Dry Skin

My skin is dryer than the Sahara Desert on a sunny day in August.  I wish I were kidding, but the battle for soft, well-hydrated skin began in childhood.  Dry flaking skin with patches of eczema has always been part of my life.

Dry skin becomes worse in the winter.  If you have dry skin, you know heat, extremely cold temperatures, and lack of sun all work together to suck every last drop of moisture from your body.

Recently my face became a flaky, dry, cracked, itchy, mess.  Then I developed a rash all over my cheeks and chin.

My face looked terrible and when I used makeup, it looked even worse.  No amount of makeup can hide the damage caused by dry skin.

Eucerin & Almond Oil dry skin healing

I knew my skin care routine needed a drastic overhaul.  One morning in a desperate attempt to save face (no pun intended), I reached for the bottle of olive oil and slathered it all over my face and neck.

I feared I would smell like an Italian deli for the whole day, but I didn’t care.  My skin needed a good greasing and if olive worked on my sauteed chicken, I figured it might work on my face.

Little did I know, it would change the entire way I cared for my skin.  After rinsing the olive oil from my face, my skin felt better than ever.  It didn’t hurt to smile and my makeup almost went on smoothly.

I began researching oils and discovered sweet almond oil.  It goes on a little thinner than olive oil and doesn’t have such a strong smell.

Be aware, there are two types of almond oil.  One is poisonous.  You’ll want to look for sweet almond oil that is edible.  I found my bottle in a local food co-op and it cost $6.79 for 8 ounces.

I only wash my face at night and the oil removes any and all makeup.  I try to allow the oil to sit on my face for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water and patting dry.

You may think using oil on your face will cause greasiness or pimples, but I have experienced neither and my rash is completely healed.

You can remove any flaking skin by gently rubbing the area with a little sugar.  I always assumed exfoliating my dry skin would make it worse; however, Laura, my make-up artist friend, encouraged me to try a little sugar to remove any damaged skin in order to allow full absorption of the oil.

It works like magic.  You can spend lots of money on fancy exfoliators, but I have found sugar to work just as well.

After cleansing my face with almond oil, I lather on a thick layer of Eucerin.

Let me be clear; I despise Eucerin.  No offense to the brand, because it works like a dream.  It’s just that Eucerin is thick and greasy.  Turns out it’s just what my face needed.

I bought the tub of Eucerin cream as opposed to the thinner hand lotion.  This is not technically face cream, but it works wonders.

I apply a thick coat of cream until it almost looks like a mask and I rub it into my skin as much as possible.  Then I go to sleep with it on.

Note: If you want to wear today’s hair tomorrow, you’ll need to clip your hair back, because it will make your hair greasy.  It will also get on your pillow case, so just be warned.  I really don’t mind.  A little stain on my pillow case is a small price to pay for good skin.  No one sees my pillow case, but everyone sees my face.

I do not wash my face in the morning.  I rinse it in the shower, but that’s it.  In the morning I moisturize with St. Ives Timeless Skin.  I’ve heard it is a Dr. Oz recommended moisturizer, and as a bonus, it’s cheap.  This tub cost around five to six dollars.

St. Ives Timeless Skin Moisturizer Dr. Oz recommended

I am happy to say that my skin is mostly healed.  I plan to continue this skin care routine throughout the winter.  I would certainly recommend these products to anyone else who is suffering from extremely dry skin.  And remember, this treatment isn’t just for your face.

All the best, ~FringeGirl


Bright Colors & Scarves

It’s What I Wore Wednesday (aka stupid photo day), the day when hundreds of women around (dare I say the world?) the country gather to find and give fashion inspiration.  It’s not so much about making a fashionable outfit as it is making an “outfit”.

Sometimes when women stay at home or work from home, they have a tendency to wear their bathrobes and yoga pants all day, every day. (Not that I would know anything about that.)  WIWW is a reason to get up and get dressed, sometimes even all fancy-like.

closeup mustard sweater & scarf

I only have one outfit for you this week, and here’s my reason.

It is blasted cold outside and windy to boot.  I don’t mind standing in the snow, but the wind turns me into a brightly clad popsicle in mere seconds. I can’t stand the thought of going outside to take a picture and I can’t seem to get good indoor photo.  Maybe it’s my lighting or my camera, but I suspect it’s my photographer.

mustard sweater & scarf

Anyhow, I think it’s a good outfit, at least from the waist up.  The jeans are much more comfortable than they are fashionable and I think I could use some mustard color boot socks, but it is what it is and it’s certainly better than my bathrobe.

Jeans: Kohl’s, T-shirt: Gap, Cardi: Target, Scarf: Charming Charlies

So what about you?  Got any great scarves?  I’m liking the whole scarf thing more and more every time I wear them, and I especially love this bird scarf.


Stupid Photo Day

The other day I handed my husband the camera and said, “Stupid photo day is coming, I need a picture.”

I don’t think What I Wore Wednesday is stupid, I just think my pictures end up looking a wee bit dorky.  I even tried the whole casually look away from the camera thing, I end up looking like the hunchback searching for a dropped button.

I just can’t be subtle or causally relaxed when posing for a picture.  I don’t have the “strike a pose” gene, or jeans for that matter!

So, if I refer to Wednesdays as Stupid Photo Day, will you be offended?  Some people easily offend and I make it a habit to avoid offenses, at least I try to avoid them.

So without further ado, stupid photos.

red pants, animal print shirt and gap sweater

Do red and brown even go together?  I don’t know.  I was in a hurry and just got dressed.

Pants:  Kohl’s (same as these peach pants), Top: Gap (It’s old), Sweater:  Gap (also old), Boots: Same as I always wear.

workout clothes Saturday outfit

My only excuse for this outfit is that it was early on Saturday morning.  We went out for donuts and to the library.  I know they are workout clothes and the only working out I did was lifting the donut into my mouth, but I needed to dress quickly without any fuss.

Everything I am wearing is a hand-me-down, including the sneakers.  I purchased the jacket a few years ago from a local sporting goods store and it’s one of the most practical things I’ve bought.  It’s super lightweight, but incredibly warm.  I have no idea what it’s made out of, probably rubber and fleece fused together (or something like that).  My mommy bought me the headband when we went to the American Girl Doll event back in November.  It may not look so hot, but it’s super warm and it’s perfect for when you don’t want to wash your hair.  Just sayin’.


Sorry about that photo.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so close-up.  My son took it.  He has no problem chopping off parts of my head either.

Both shirts: Hand me down.  Skirt: H&M (a few years old), Boots: Target (a few years old).

I love wearing skirts and dress, but not so much in the winter.  I’m always freezing and I hate being cold, so I wear pants a lot, preferably warm pants.  Besides, all my dresses and skirts are summery.  I can only make a few work in the winter.

So there you have it – Stupid Picture Day.  I guess I can’t bring myself to capture more than three outfits a week.  Seems to be my limit.

What have you been wearing lately?  And, do you have winter skirts/dresses??

P.S. My hair seems to have completely different personalities in these pictures.  It’s naturally curly, but sometimes I blow it, iron it, oil it, and wax it.  I like when it’s straight, but it’s a big job, and if there’s even a hint of moisture in the air, it’s like I’m wearing a Chia Pet on my head.  My daughter likes to tell me my hair is growing, and she doesn’t mean longer.  She most certainly means bigger.


WIWW: Fun Graphic Sweater & DIY Boot Socks

owl sweater and peach pants

FringeKid received a sizable gift card to Kohl’s for Christmas.  I’m always thankful for family who bless my kids with nice Christmas gifts.  I really do appreciate them.

As soon as she opened her gift card, she said, “I want you to get something too.”

And she meant it.

peach pants and sweater

FringeKid and I have a little tradition in Kohl’s.  Every time we get to go shopping there, I always split whatever money I have with her.  We each scour the clearance racks, including the jewelry clearance rack and walk away with something fabulous.

Usually we only go in the store with fifteen or twenty bucks, so we work to dig a treasure out of the 80% off clothes.

That’s why she insisted I get something on this shopping trip.  It’s kind of a tradition for us.

As soon as we walked into the store, she spotted this owl sweater, ran over and grabbed it.  She gave it to me for Christmas and I love it.

Sweater: Kohl’s, Pants: Sonoma brand from Kohl’s, Necklace: Charming Charlies

Jeans & Striped Sweater

My hair blew up over my head.  That’s why it looks cooky on top.

Anyway…I’ve had this sweater for years.  It’s kind of gross with all the pimples on it, but I love how comfortable it is.  I call it my grandpa sweater.  One of the seams is coming apart at the wrist, but it will make through this winter.

Sweater: Target (old), T-shirt: Hand-me-Down, Jeans: Kohl’s, Boots: Dr. Marten Becca Engineer boot.

boots and boot socks with circle scarf wiww

I found this tutorial on Pinterest for turning an old sweater into a circle scarf and boot socks. Just so happens I had an old sweater in my closet.  I’ve had this sweater for years and I don’t know where it came from.  I didn’t buy it, so it must have been a hand-me-down.  Although it fit me, it never looked right.  I think it would work better on a tall, thin woman, but not so much on my shape.

circle scarf and boot sock refashion wiww

It was so easy to turn the sweater into a circle scarf and boot socks.  I simply cut off the arms and made leg warmers.  Then I cut the torso of the sweater right under the armpits.

Bam!  A circle scarf.

No sewing involved.  Pretty cool, huh?

Jeans: Same as above, T-shirt: Hand-me-down (I know you can see that I sewed a hole in the front of the shirt. I should probably trash it, but I won’t.  I’ll wear it till summer and then I’ll think about trashing it.), Scarf and socks: Upcycled, Boots: Same as above.

That’s it.  It’s what I wore this week, or at least what I remembered to photograph.

I’m joining The Pleated Poppy in What I Wore Wednesday.  Hop on over and visit her for oodles of fashion inspiration.


Red Pants and Tacky Lipstick

Today is What I Wore Wednesday and I’m joining Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy.  I know it’s weird to show you what I’m wearing, but the purpose of WIWW is to help stay-at-home/work-from-home women get out of their pajamas.

It’s true.  Some days we need lots of motivation.

I know it’s very shallow and possibly even careless to write about such trivial matters during these tragic times; however, I still cannot think about those little school kids in Sandy Hook Elementary without crying.  It breaks my heart, but I have two children in my own home who think this is truly the best time of the year.

They look for everyone to be just a little bit happier during Christmas, and this year is a sad time for them too.  Their schools have already begun implementing new policies.  I honestly do not think it’s enough, but it’s one small step in the direction of protecting our children.

They have a Christmas sing-along this Friday that will now be behind closed doors.  Traditionally parents and grandparents were invited.  The community came out in support of the kids and to enjoy a time of cheer.  That’s all changed this year, and the kids feel the weight of sorrow.

That’s why I am choosing joy this Christmas.  It is not out of disrespect or because I am not weeping; I am.  I am choosing joy for my children.

Moving on to the frivolous…

I don’t wear many dresses in the winter, because it’s cold and I don’t have any winter dresses; however, the other day I got a bug on to make one of my summer dresses work for winter.

cotton dress summer to winter Target styleIt looks a lot better in the summer, but it worked and it was something different to wear.

Do you make summer things work in the winter?

Dress: Target, Leggings: Gap, Sweater: Target, Sparkly Shoes: Kmart

This lipstick is ridiculous, but I wore it anyway.  It was a sample that came in the mail.  My husband said, “The thing with your style is that there are no limitations.”

I guess that means it’s ok to wear ugly lipstick.

red cord pants - Christmas casual outfitThese are the most comfortable pants in the world.  They’re red, I know.  That might turn some of you off, but I don’t mind looking like a clown every now and again.  They’re holiday-esque.

Pants (they’re cords): Kohl’s, Sweater: hand-me-down, Tank:

That’s it for this week.  I’m sure I got dressed on more than two mornings, but these are the only pictures in my camera.

What are you wearing these days?

Would you wear red pants??

And the really big question of the day – Do you dress up fancy for Christmas???

signatureP.S. Notice the new blog header? I’ve been learning how to do new things and it’s kind of fun, a huge time sucker, but fun.

Hand Me Downs & Remixing – WIWW

Contrary to popular belief, hand-me-downs are not just for children.

Recently I was blessed with a few trash bags full of clothes.  Some work for me and some don’t, but I’ve been trying to mix and match and work more and more pieces into my wardrobe.

So, this is what I wore this week.

If you are new around here, I don’t just  take pictures of myself, because I like how I look.  I document what I wear as motivation, not only to dress better, but also to just simply get dressed.  When you work at home, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of pj pants or yoga pants.  This helps us out of the rut.  I am joining hundreds of other women over on The Pleated Poppy in What I Wore Wednesday.  I am also linking to All Things Alissa for a bargainista link-up.

mixed prints - argyle sweater and polka dot shirt

This sweater came from a yard sale a few years ago. It’s not my favorite, but it works when it’s cold.  I paired it with a shimmery silver dot blouse from Kohl’s (about 5 years old), and a pair of twill pants.  These pants look like denim, but they are not.  They are much, much more comfortable.

This next outfit doesn’t really work for me at all.  I am wearing head to toe (except the necklace and shoes) hand-me-down.

black pants and vestI just don’t wear stuff like this.  It’s not me.  It’s perfectly acceptable to wear out and about, but I was uncomfortable all day.  I felt like another person, instead of myself.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep this vest or pass it on to someone else who may like it more.

What do you think?  Is there a better way to wear it?

button shirt & flower pants

Flowered pants?  Those are me.

Pants: Kohl’s ($8), Shirt & T-shirt: Hand-me-down, Shoes: Kmart

Flowered pants with gold shrugThe flowered pants make another appearance.  This time with a hand-me-down gold shrug.  I’m not at all sure I like the shrug.  (Shrug may not be the right term for this sweater thingy, but I don’t know what else to call it.)

I know I’m having a horrible hair day in this photo, but I think it’s more than that.  I just don’t generally wear vests of any kind.  I think that’s the problem.

printed maxi with chambray shirt and bootsSince it actually warmed up, I decided to pull out my favorite maxi dress and wear it as a skirt.  I am mixing it with a hand-me-down chambray shirt.

Maxi Dress:  Target

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an extensive wardrobe, so I remix pieces of clothing over and over again.  Here are a few ways I wear the same thing in a different way.  I thought it might help someone (maybe) to see how I mix things up.

Here’s my maxi-dress remix.  I suppose if I had a solid green or purple sweater, that would work too.

maxi dress remix

These really are one of my two favorite pants I own.  (Yes, the other pair are printed too!)

flowered pants remix

So, here’s my question:  If you are given a piece of clothing that is not necessarily your style, do you keep it or pass it on?


Advice for The Fashionably Challenged

In this life, there are those of us who can and those of us who cannot.

Some women have a natural flare for style and fashion; the rest of us stand in front of our closet and wonder why we have nothing to wear.

fashion, printed scarf

Here’s some good advice:

If you are fashionably challenged, find someone to be your fashion inspiration and emulate them.

Blogs are filled with fashion inspiration.  Ever hear of What I Wore Wednesday?  Hundreds of real women with real shapes and sizes link up to show off what they wore that week.  Many of them shop at stores you and I can afford – Target, Old Navy, Kohl’s, thrift shops.

If you don’t know what to wear, take some inspiration from a woman whose style you admire.

Lisa Leonard always looks chic and effortless.  I love her style and admire how she mixes color, patterns, and even thrifty pieces of clothing.  When I saw her outfit photo this past week, I knew I could remake it with items in my own closet.

fashion, style, printed jeansI used Lisa’s photo with permission.  You can see more photos of her outfit on her blog.

women's fashion, printed jeans

The bones of this outfit are printed pants, a solid shirt, denim jacket, and a scarf in a completely different print.

I don’t have any pretty winter shoes, so I opted for boots in my outfit, but the bones are the same.

Pants: Kohl’s ($8 clearance), Boots: Target (last year), Long-sleeve T-shirt: Hand-Me-Down, Denim Jacket: Thrifted, Scarf: Kohl’s.

So the next time you think you have nothing to wear, remember to find some inspiration from friends, family, or bloggers who know how to dress well, and then imitate them.  I’m pretty sure they won’t mind a bit.

Who is your fashion role model?

Linking to:

Fashion Friday @ Musings of A Housewife


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