Our plan for the weekend was to drop Chippy off at doggie daycare. We would then drive to Stone Harbor and enjoy a day at the beach. Plans change.
Upon waking up, I just didn’t feel like making the drive to the Jersey Shore. After all, it was the weekend before Labor Day and traffic would be horrific. Perhaps I was a bit sad because it was my son Roman’s 31st birthday and I wasn’t able to celebrate. He was in Cincinnati with Oona.
This guy! I swear I had him yesterday! I’m glad he was visiting Oona. I get a warm feeling inside knowing that my three kids are closerthanthis!
Instead, I decided to concentrate on a few chores. One of the chores being cleaning my makeup vanity.
I try, I really try to keep things organized. And at times I fail. I especially fail in the summer. I dunno what it is about the warm weather but laziness becomes me from June into September. Perhaps it’s because I get so depressed when we return from our annual visits to France. Perhaps it’s that work drains the bejeezus out of me during the week.
I just get lazy.
Yes. I’m tired of being lazy!!!
Bonaparte, being the obsessive neat freak cannot stand any form of a mess that I might create. When I announced that I didn’t want to go to the beach, my Frenchman looked a bit sad. But he brightened up like a neon sign when I told him I wanted to clean.
Honestly, I couldn’t take the mess anymore. I like my cosmetics to be organized and I had let everything slide by. Here’s a few pics of how things looked:
This is the desk where I work my magic. Note the styrofoam wig head on the floor.
Look at the makeup schmutz that I cleaned off the desk. I should be ashamed. But I’m not.
My makeup vanity is an old roll top desk that I found on Craigslist three years ago. I paid all of $30.00 for it. The chair that I sit in was $5.00 at a church rummage sale. I love both.
In the bowels of the desk, I discovered, not one but TWO Trish McEvoy makeup organizers…
There’s a lot of stuff in these things and I never use them but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. Maybe I’ll put one in a purse..
The vanity is in a catty-corner position in the small guest room on the third floor of our humble chateau and this room is where I sit every day to put my makeup on and to fix my fake hair. The room also has a closet which houses my jeans and wigs and other odds and ends.
There is a dresser in the room that cost me nothing. A neighbor was moving and offered it to whoever could carry it out of her home. That would be me.
I cleaned THIS too. Everything from perfume samples to an invitation that was weeks ago was sitting on this dresser…
We arrived home from France on July 3rd. How lazy could I possibly be that I couldn’t either throw this away or put it with my travel stuff? Pretty damned lazy. Note the hair. I just don’t stop shedding!
All the junk from the makeup desk/vanity made its way to the dresser..but the mess is always worse before it gets better!
Nice and clean and organized…….for about two weeks!
This is as good as it gets for the vanity!
All is neat now. Bonaparte stopped breathing when he saw this!
With a stellar job completed, and still early in the day, it was decided that we would take a drive to the outlets. I needed to exercise and what better way to take a nature hike by walking the great outdoors of the outlets.
With my outfit at the ready, it was time for my kind of nature hike..
A nature walk at the outlets!
Besides, I was running low on my bareMinerals “Well Rested”. It’s the best concealer of all time and is less expensive by four bucks at the outlets.
The bareMinerals outlet shop. The prices are decent here.
Got my Well-Rested. And at $16.00 instead of the $20.00 marked!
And what did I spot on the way OUT of the store? NARS–at discounted prices. Bonaparte quickly grabbed me arm and we made a fast exit!
And who doesn’t go to the outlets and not check out J. Crew Factory?
I picked up a cute Paris inspired tee to wear under blazers for the fall…
And this fun tee for $12.00. Bonaparte picked up some pants.
Do you like my hair-of-the-day? It’s Joy by Model Model! I love the length!
This time to pick up groceries for weekend cooking. Since we didn’t make it to the beach, I told Bonaparte that dinner was his choice. He opted for my Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken. We hadn’t had it in a while and Saturday was a good night to enjoy the aromatic heat of the dish.
Lemongrass Chicken marinating. Bread rising and Salmon Rillettes all done. A productive day indeed!
I also baked a loaf of bread and made a batch of Salmon Rillettes for Sunday evening.
We enjoyed our time with a lazy dinner on the deck. Our deck dining days are surely numbered for 2017. The evenings are cooling down. I’m hoping we get a heat wave of sorts mid-September so that we can sneak a few more meals outdoors before hibernation season begins.
And while we were on the deck, and filmed Chippy, I realized that the deck looked barren and we hadn’t done a thing all summer to dress it up.
When you decide to film with your phone after a couple of Kir Royals on the deck
Every year, pots of geraniums decorate the deck. We never got around to it this year. And when I saw the video of Chippy, I was upset because the exceptional film lacked the beautiful background of flowers.
As I whined about this, Bonaparte paid no attention to me.
Yesterday’s Hair-of-the-Day. Konis by It’s A Wig. I love the color! Bonaparte HATES the color. I don’t care. It’s still hair I wear! Notice I’m wearing the same shirt two days in a row. Now that Jake is in California I feel closer to him by wearing this tee!
My Sunday face. From start to finish! It was so much fun to sit at my organized vanity. I even wore false lashes. I just don’t understand why Bonaparte does not like this color wig. TT99J/530 a lovely off black with different hues of auburn and burgundy. I dig it!! I also dig the white eyeliner!
And so, yesterday afternoon, after listening to my constant complaining that we never planted geraniums, Bonaparte and I headed into the car to Home Depot. It is now mum season.
August 27th and we are just now getting around to our “summer” flowers!
We bought some mums.
The deck finally looks nice!
I also cleaned my makeup brushes.
This wasn’t done in a long, long time!!
And purchased a new little rug for my makeup area!
My little corner looks so organized now!!
Dinner started off with the Salmon Rillettes and was followed by Lobster.
Chippy and the Lobster. He would rather have a treat!
A perfect dinner to celebrate the last weekend of August 2017.
This guy. He was so good!!! And I didn’t have butter either!
Salmon Rillettes on home baked bread toast. It is the perfect starter!
I need more mums though. That’ll have to wait until the next productive weekend—whenever that may be!
Do you ever have that kind of weekend? Where plans change and you end up being very productive? I want to hear about it!
Hope you all had a great weekend—and one that was fun and productive!
No song today. I think Chippy’s films are music to the eyes and my voice is music to sore the ears!! XOXOXOXOXOXO!!!!