Monday, July 9, 2012

The. End.


Nature's first green is gold,
Her harvest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

I first read this poem in The outsiders years and years ago. I don't think at the time (being a teenager) i realized how true this little poems is. I love it for its briefness and for it's frankness... and being a little older now i realize now how quickly time slips away. And some of the best words ever written "Nothing gold can stay."

Welcome to black and white collage.

This is for life, art, music, design, books, makeup, and everything else that fills up my life.

amy v.


This was the beginning post on this blog and strangely it seems to be the perfect way to end it. In 2008 I was a stay at home mom to a little girl spending hours a day at the gym and the rest of my day at home cooking, cleaning, and making a perfect little world at home for my husband. A friend was a blogger so with nothing to do I decided that I would blog.

How life changes so quickly....

Now here I am. I will be 31 on the 31st of this month. I am a single mom. I am running my own counter for Dior in Newport Beach.


And time is something that I wish I could buy more of.

This last post is something that I really don't want to write. But it's time now. Looking back its just amazing to see how a blog can capture and hold such precious memories and such powerful moments that changed my life forever.

Life in Tennessee. The birth of Hunter. The progress and path my makeup career took. The end of my marriage. Selling everything and driving back to California. Falling in love. The beginning of friendships. The end of friendships. Being hurt. The successes. The failures. Picking myself up. Falling down. Trying....... Again and again and again. And that's life and how it works.

It goes by so quickly and things can change in the twinkling of an eye. Four years older and four years wiser I think now that things and memories and people and friends and mistakes and achievements and your bestest best and your worstest worst are the things that make us who we are and forms us from day to day. And maybe....

Just maybe....

Some good things that are golden might be able to stay.


Thank you so much to my readers and followers over the past 4 years.

Amy V.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Headband holder

-Get a large roll of paper towels. Test a headband on it to make sure it fits. If not, remove some of the paper towels until they fit properly.
-Get a fabric that coordinates well with your bedroom or bathroom. I went with a very thin taupe-y grey cotton voile fabric.
-Spray paint a ruler (or something flat that can stablize your paper towel roll) with a complimentary or matching color. I used flat white.
-Plug in your hot glue gun and get your scissors out!
-Cut a fabric square and leave an extra 6″ on each side of the roll. Hot glue the edge of the fabric to the paper towel roll as seen above.
-Wrap it all the way around the paper towel roll, overlapping by an inch or two. Cut and glue that edge into place. I folded my edge under before I glued it to make it cleaner.
-Once that’s secure, twist the excess fabric on the sides (like you would with a piece of candy) and tuck them into the paper towel roll hole.
-Put hot glue on your ruler or piece of wood and secure it to the base of the headband holder to prevent it from rolling.


**** Such a great easy project to make!! Found HERE

Monday, May 14, 2012

My last day.

As some of you may know, about two years ago I started working for Dior as a freelance makeup artist and then a little over a year ago i accepted a part time position working behind the counter. Well, last week I got offered a Dior counter manager position in Newport Beach and accepted. Today will be my last day working at the store I've been at for over a year now and I am very sad today to have to say good bye to all of the great people and all of the wonderful friends I've made. Its very rare in the cosmetic world to find such great down to earth girls that really are your friends through thick and thin and through all of your ups and downs. I found a handful of girls that I am so blessed to have had in my life the past year and have truly been such a wonderful addition to my life. There is a quote that says, "hang out with good people and they'll drag you up with them" and these girls certainly have dragged me up and helped me through all of my rough times. I'm gonna miss you guys so much!!!!! :(

Birdie. Barbs. Lockheart. Chihuahua. And Shorty. Some of the classiest ladies you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. And I can't forget Nicole and Jojo.......

So many great memories. I will miss the French bay.....

Get it girl!!!

If you lived here you'd be home now.

A 360 view of my room. Plus some of my favorite things.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

No more tangled messes.

Some really cool unique jewelry holder ideas to spark your creative side. How cool is the rake and cheese grater?? I think it's time to get crafty!

Here is my jewelry holder that I made awhile ago to store some of my necklaces and earrings. You can watch the video to see how I made it HERE. (I can not get the video to be cleared to watch on phones!!! Boo)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Drugstore gem.

This new Balm is the Bomb. :) Super smooth and silky this lip balm will leave your lips soft with a beautiful high shine. If you're looking for something that's highly pigmented then this probably isn't the product for you. However of your looking for something to throw in your bag to hydrate and give your lips a tint of color then you will love this product!!! I highly recommend it especially with summer quickly approaching. I loved it so much that after I bought the first one I went back for another shade! 5 stars.

Pppsssstttt: This lip balm is a TOTAL knock off of Chanel's Coco Rouge Shine and Dior's addict lipsticks. So if you can find a shade that you like then you just saved yourself about 25 bucks. :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Out with the old.

Do you ever have that overwhelming feeling that your "stuff" is taking over your life and you're getting trapped? I've been having that feeling lately and my stuff is starting to cause me anxiety almost. So today I purged and I mean PURGED! Aaaahh. I feel so much better now.

Eisley even got in the mood to get rid of things and was very happy to give to little girls that didn't have all the things she does.

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