Whats on my table

Oh it's been a while since I've done one of these!

Lately, I've been a busy bee, flitting to different projects here and there like many flowers. It's keeping me content, thankfully.

I'm craving a beautiful 1940's suit, and McCalls 4184 is just the ticket. I finished tracing the skirt, and will be perusing where to get an appropriate weight muslin so I can make mockups!! (I have a 'how to work with vintage sewing patterns' primer in the pipeline, so keep your eyes peeled.)

I decided to take on a fun little project I'm chronicling for the blog, I can't wait to share it with you all. It's all in the spirit of Making do and Mending!

Why yes, I'm still working on my Date Maker Cardigan. These are the sleeves, which I'm working two at a time. Making slow progress, as it's been very warm in the afternoon and that's sapping my want to knit, but it'll be done when it's cold!

And I'm finally making sizable progress with a commission to a sweet lady. I have the muslin cut out and will be testing the fit before I work with the fashion fabric.

And that's it. Jugging these four projects is very fun, and is keeping me nice and busy.

What all do you have on your worktables?
Are any of your working on your fall wardrobes?

Product Review: Besame Cosmetics Victory Red Lipstick

Edit to add- Besame's Marketing Director reached out to me, and asked me about which are the best ways to do photograhs for showing the product on varying skintones, and my opinions about diversity in general.  I appreciate it, gratefully. I am excited to see how this new step in the more diverse direction of Besame.

This was actually a difficult review for me to do, for a number of reasons, which you'll read in this.

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I was ecstatic to see a new Besame Cosmetics color! A color from 1941 called Victory Red.(currently sold out) I buzzed about it with friends, and a friend helped me get it, as she'd be awake early for work.

A week after she got her lipstick, she sent mine, and I was still excited, but not as much. On the fair toned models who bought it in store and the fair toned Besame Girls Promotion team, it was starkly bright. I was worried, but I tried to hold the worry in the back of my head, as it might be different on me. I was hoping to see it on a darker toned person, but I didn't.

I tried it the night I got it, doing my usual applying from the tube. It was the worst experience ever. It was akin to dragging a crayon on my lips. So I got my lip brush and gingerly applied it. It looked like costume lipstick was on my face.

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It was very bright. And very drying, my lips feel chapped.

I scrubbed it off my lips and said I'd try again the next day. So I did. And I tried again the next day. I tried to make myself like it, but alas, I can't.

I'm reminded of this post I've seen floating abut the internet.

That's the same shade of lipstick on two different skin tones.

Its a darling color, it's perfectly accurate, but its not for me. I think if Besame had put the lipstick on a variety of skin-tones, it would have bettered my purchase. Honestly, if I saw it on someone similar skin-tone to me, I would have not purchased it.

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I talked it over with a friend who was curious about the company, she looked through their Instagram and told me she counted less than 10 darker toned women who's faces were featured. (This was on June 27th of this year) That made me very sad.

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I talked it over with my sister, and she said she'd probably not want to make a purchase due to that fact 'If I don't see someone who looks like me, I wouldn't want to waste money hoping it works' She tried it, and was quite shocked at the starkness, and scrubbed it off after a while, saying 'It would work for the club maybe'.

My friends assured me I look lovely in the shade, but I am not a fan, sadly.

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Like I mentioned earlier, the lipstick is a beautiful shade in the tube, and there are many many girls who look stunning in it, and rock it, but its not for this darker toned vintage lover. I'm hoping in the future, Besame has a nice gambit of skin-tones of vintage lovers, instead of maybe, three lighter tones.

Have you had an issue with a lipstick?
Do you own Victory Red? How do you find it?

EDIT- 8-23-16: I found this lovely article which addresses some of my concerns for having a more diverse cosmetics company.

Disclaimer: I purchased this with my own money and am receiving no compensation from Besame Cosmetics.I have used affiliate links in this post.

Late summer picnic

This weekend, I had my little picnic at the beautiful Balboa Park. Darling friend, and fellow blogger Janey of Atomic Redhead attended, as well as her friend, and my new acquaintance, Christine of Smitten.

We had a lovely time chitchatting, and making each other laugh. Because of that, I have no photos of us relaxing next to the botanical gardens, or spinning in our dresses.  A couple of my guy friends showed up dressed snazzy, but we all were too busy having fun to capture the moments on film.

Incidentally, Janey, Christine, and I all wore nice pastel shades.

Outfit Details
1950's (???)Dress- Buffalo Exchange
Hat- Flashbacks
Shoes- "borrowed" from grandma

I will most certainly be planning some other get-together again, maybe sometime in November. I had fun with this, and I'm sure others will as well.

Have any of you had a picnic this summer? (or this winter for those of you in the southern hemisphere?)

Where are your favorite places for get-togethers?