I mentioned it earlier but I just want to remind everyone that this Friday, Dec. 1st, will be my first ever blog giveaway! I'm not going to tell you what it is, but I think it'll be pretty good (I might be biased in my own favor though). On Friday morning, I'll have the rules on how to enter, but warning: the time period for entry will only last through the weekend and Monday. On Tuesday morning, I will use a random number generator to choose the winner, and you'll have one week to contact me (via the Contact Me tab above my banner) to give me your shipping address so I can get it to you! If I don't hear from you in a week, I'll pick a second winner in your stead.
Good morning! Did you snag anything special for yourselves over the holiday weekend?
It comes as no surprise to anyone that I'd rather pass a kidney stone than get trampled to death to save 50 cents on a blender, so I stayed home during all that Black Friday chaos. Black Friday is like the Hunger Games; except in the end, you got to save 15% on a new comforter set, but only after you mowed down someone's Grandma with your shopping cart.
I do 99% of my shopping online, and even though I have found that the best deals are NOT on Black Friday (and there are stats to back me up on this), I did find a couple of things that I've been wanting! And they were on Zulily (that site is hit or miss for me, but every now and then, they surprise me). The good stuff does tend to sell out really quickly on that site, so I recommend not waiting too long if you do find something you like.
Hey everyone! I am busting my derriere over here with last-minute changes to Thanksgiving. Somehow "Don't worry Tracy, I'll cook everything" always turns it, "Yeah, so you're going to have to cook EVERYTHING. Sorry."
Maybe we should all just drop the pretense that the burden of holiday cooking will ever NOT be on my tiny angry little shoulders.
<--- that smile? A total lie. I am full of murder.
On the plus side, my DYT pattern cards arrived today, and I am not disappointed that I bought them. More on that in a future post.
I need to go bake this pie that I'm not even going to end up getting a piece of, because my children are all tiny little vultures, and my younger brother who lives with me is 22 and eats like 8000 times his own body weight somehow. Is it too early to open a bottle of wine?
Quick reminder that I will not be posting tomorrow or Friday, and I don't post on weekends as a general rule, so I'll see you all Monday! And please please PLEASE punch your racist old fuckhead relatives in their stupid racist faces when they inevitably do or say something racist. Passivity and "keeping the peace" is how we ended up with neo-nazis in 2017. That would make this the most magical holiday of all. Cheers to all of us who ever had to make a stand to defend the basic humanity of ourselves and to those who took a stand with us! Remember to punch a racist in the face this holiday season. Jesus says it's what HE would do.
Today's post isn't going to have much written content as it's just a quick visual recap of the make-up looks I've worn recently. Some looks I like much better than others, but I'm glad to be branching out of my comfort zone and trying new things. In some photos I have only minimal make-up, in others I full-blown went for it and put ALL THE THINGS ON MY FACE. I don't have an in-between setting,
Forgive how wrinkly the shirt is; I do in fact WEAR my clothing so after a day of sitting, walking, and generally existing, it was less than pristine. This is one of those items I picked up overseas (Malene Birger is a hard designer to find in the US, but she has a boutique in Copenhagen). I saw this dress shirt and had to have it. These really long white shirts are something I noticed being very popular in the northern part of Europe. Unfortunately this is the smallest size the shirt came in, because I am woefully tiny compared to the Danes!
Since it's almost Thanksgiving, I can't stop comparing the cowls on sweaters to that gross wobbly thing hanging off a turkey's face... the snood, the wattle, the beak-scrotum, whatever you want to call it. It's just some weird excess that doesn't need to be there, and it just flops around and gets in the way. If a face could have a nutsack, that's exactly how I imagine it would be.
You might recognize this yellow cowl-neck sweater that I brought back from Oslo. It's perfect in most ways! It's lightweight but really warm because it's wool, it's yellow, well-fitted, and it has 3/4 sleeves!
But it's got a cowl. And ain't nobody got time for dealing with that floppy wattley nonsense.
Another video, what?!
I have been feeling camera-friendly, so let's just go with it! As you know, I don't video-edit (this is both a good and a bad thing), because I want to keep my videos feeling honest, and like you're there with me, as much as possible. I think it's important for people to see how I honestly talk and move and what mistakes I make. I don't want "perfect" in my videos. I want REAL. And this video features a direct, real-time, side-by-side (eye-by-eye?) comparison of my favorite go-to fiberlash mascara which is Deja Vu (or D.J.V) beautinizer fiberlash mascara, and Younique's 3D fiberlash mascara.
Neither are particularly cheap. They are both in the "high end" cost range for mascara. I have had to import the D.J.V. mascara after Sephora stopped carrying it (I still feel betrayed, guys), but it is now available on Amazon. Younique products are sold through their representatives but I have a friend who reps and she has a website (she doesn't live near me, but she has a site). I'll throw links in for anyone who wants to buy anything, but if you have a local friend who sells Younique, support her! If you don't know anyone, then support my friend (I get zero kickbacks, I just want to make sure that you have an easy way to buy the things I share if you are interested). If you get the trio pack of lash serum, mascara, AND the 3D fiberlashes, you save 20% by the way!
My oldest daughter is the only child I have that looks related to me at all, but she looks SO RELATED TO ME that it makes up for all the light-haired, blue-eyed kids I spawned. Seriously, it's like I carbon-copied myself.
This outfit matching was NOT planned, by the way. We both got dressed separately and this is what happened. Yes, we own identical buffalo check shirts (Cat & Jack, from Target. I shop in the children's section. #noshame).
In spite of the fact that we were dressed to match, people still mistook me for the nanny, though one person asked if I was the older sister (at least that shows they recognize the obviously shared genetics).
The rest of my outfit are pretty standard pieces you've seen in other outfits... The lambskin leather skirt is by Chalayan, the white top is Bebe, the over-the-knee-socks are also from Target, my ankle boots are Proenza Schouler, and the bag is Cambridge Satchel Company.
On Tracy 2.0, her outfit is entirely from Target except for the boots she stole from me (Hush Puppies... yes, we wear the same shoe size. She will definitely tower over me in a few years as she did not inherit my tiny short physique, which is not a bad thing at all), and her pineapple purse is Betsey Johnson.
Magnetic make-up palettes are a thing right now, and if you don't have one, I recommend you go get one. Basically, they're a compact that has a built in magnetic layer so you can create your own custom palette. This is great for consolidating your cosmetics (you don't have to dig around to find a certain color), and really convenient for travel purposes (you can buy smaller magnetic palettes that can easily fit in a purse or clutch, too). I went ahead and jumped right on this trend. Unfortunately, that meant having to either pay a more money to buy eyeshadow in magnetic pans that are specifically made for magnetic palettes... OR, take the cheaper but more annoying route of depotting (aka removing) the eyeshadow from my existing premade eyeshadow palette. I chose the cheap annoying route, and did not buy a "depotting tool". If you have a lot of make-up to depot, I would just get the tool. Cuticle scissors were not meant to be abused like this.
It's boot season for all of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, and this is a hack that maybe you already do, but if not, it's a really cheap and easy way to keep those taller boots upright. No one likes sad, flaccid boots. This will also help prevent creasing in the leather, in addition to making them much easier to store. Plus it's prettier.
For this, I used empty gift wrap rolls that I chopped down to size with scissors. These boots are really tall, as they are over-the-knee length. For knee-length and calf-length boots, you can use an empty paper towel roll. With the holiday season coming up, I'm sure you'll have plenty of empty gift wrap rolls though! Once you're done bopping people over the head with them, turn them into boot inserts.
It's really very easy... You just stick them in your boots, and it's great. So much money saved on not having to buy special inserts for my boots to keep them upright!
I own multiple pairs of boots and this is the only way I can keep them all lined up on my shoe shelf in the closet. They were so floppy an sloppy before!
Are you as bothered as I am by boots that don't stand at attention like a soldier?
I am not a fan of tunics in general, especially longer ones that can basically be dresses. I am sure this is largely due to my small bone structure and shortness, but I saw this turquoise-ish blue tunic top (I have no idea what color to label this since I see everything in windows default colors) while I was at the I Love My Life event, and I HAD to buy it. Sadly, it's not available in the online store meaning it probably sold out. But there is a similar regular button-up shirt that appears to the same color, if it's the color that matters to you, versus the tunic length style.
The top is sheer, and I decided to just embrace it and wear a really pretty bralette. I decided to do the whole exposed bra thing on purpose, and I'm totally comfortable being a bit voyeuristic because I am 1000000% comfortable in my own skin, and really, honestly, it's not even THAT MUCH skin that is showing. It's just a little peek-a-boo of skin. I'm not running around with just a bra on or anything. I'm not THAT crass!
It's that time of year when there are holiday parties, cocktail parties, fundraisers, charity auctions, galas, and all sorts of inevitable mandatory fun... and inevitable mandatory dressing up, which tends to involve make-up or else people think I'm just lazy and don't care about disabled kids or something.
Here is the order I just placed. I have no idea how I'm going to wear half those things, but that's why Jesus invented make-up tutorials. Because Jesus wants me to be happy and covered in shimmer. Obviously.
Hi everyone! I've had almost no internet this past weekend, and the tech can't come out until late afternoon on Tuesday, so I'm blogging through my phone and it is like 90s dial-up slow. So there are no images in this post.
But, I am working on a new feature, and yes, I have had to actually do it all in HTML which I haven't touched since about 2002 but thankfully HTML is still stupidly easy, so I'm fine. But you'll notice that the "Closet Clean Out" page tab on the top above my banner has been replaced with "Shop My Favorites". I've decided that since I've nearly sold all of my excess clothes and accessories, and also because most women are not wearing the same size clothing as me, I should consolidate all the links to the items I am buying retail (if they are still being sold, that is). I am mostly making it a point to NOT post the items that are luxury brands; I want to share the items that are basically accessible to most people and aren't going to crack your credit card in half after you swipe for it. If I buy something that has sold out, I might share a similar item (in style and/or price). I am often asked where I bought something, and this is easier than me repeating myself 1,847,962 times. Also, it means you don't have to go digging through my blog posts to find the link to an item you liked (though I'm also editing to add direct links to all my old posts as well).
Good morning or afternoon, depending on your time zone! I am sharing my October Video Challenge from the official DYT Type 4 facebook group. I didn't actually share it in the group because I don't know... I was just too self-conscious and weird that day, and judgmental of myself. The video does cut off at a slightly unexpected spot, but there was no way I was going to re-record the video. I do NOT like doing second takes, or third, or fourth... My videos are ONE TAKE! That's how I roll. I know that if I record over and over again, I will never actually be satisfied with the recording. I have to just let it be a little bit sloppy and take the first video, just to have SOMETHING.
This video is about how I incorporate my secondary energy into my style. It's only a few minutes long. Thanks for watching and enjoy your weekend! And subscribe to my youtube channel! Mostly Petite Me
Since I literally haven't crawled out of my pajamas today, I am not posting an outfit photo. I am hoping to be on the upswing tomorrow though, and I might post extra on the weekend, since this week has been awfully unfashionable here in Mostly Petite Land. On the plus side, I have an order of Younique goodies coming my way that I can't wait to show off! I am already a fan of the lip stain (that stuff is INVINCIBLE), and I'll be trying out a new color, plus lip liner, and some of the eyelash products that launched the brand's cult following. (I was just dissing MLMs up there, but I actually do like to support my friends who sell. I just don't want to do the selling, EVER!) Shout out to Aimee for giving me the hookup! So you'll have some more product reviews coming soon, and yes, I will do some direct comparisons with my favorite K-Beauty brands! See you tomorrow!
Hey everyone! I didn't post yesterday because it was just too swamped with activities due to Halloween. And then this post is up later than normal because initially I was going to share Carol's insights on burgundy and under which circumstances we can wear non-shiny versions of it (as addressed in today's Live Q&A with the Type 4 experts)... but she told us explicitly to stop sharing the information we get in Lifestyle videos with non-Lifestyle members because...well... they didn't pay for that additional DYT support, and I'm inclined to agree. To an extent. I am mulling over how to be both fair to someone else's business model and also true to my own self. I love to share the information with others who may not necessarily be able to afford the membership. I know it's only $12.95 per month but for some people they may not be able to justify ANY non-necessary expenses and I can sympathize with that. My husband went through a layoff that lasted 8 months while I was pregnant (and not working, and too visibly pregnant to get hired anywhere, basically), and we had to cut back to bare bones while we ran through ALL our savings. It sucked. I don't judge people by their financial situation. I have been on both ends. I share what I have, not hoard it from those who can't pay.
Anyway, I will mull over the correct way to share the information I have without making it seem like I'm plagiarizing information that was paid for. In the meantime, here are some photos of the past weekend and Halloween! I took the kids Trunk-or-Treating at my neighbor and friend's church (ward? stake? sorry, I am not familiar with LDS/Mormon nomenclature). My neighbor/friend's daughter has been best friends with my daughter since we moved into the neighborhood 6 years ago. My kids dressed up as 2 kangaroos, a mustached banana, and an emoji. Yeeeaaahhhh... we don't do family-themed costumes. My kids are all too weird and noncompliant for that. And as for me and my husband? Well, every captain has his mermaid. ("MerMAN, dad! MerMAAAANNNN!")
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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Deck of Scarlet (Make Up)
Ipsy (Make Up)
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