American Girl Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are all about being personal.  I don't do that very much on TMC, at least not anymore.  Call me nostalgic but I get that way about American Girl. When American Girl, then Pleasant Company, debuted in the mid-80's I was ten years-old. My Dad knew that my love of history and dolls would just swoon over the catalog. He was right. It was love at first sight. I earmarked the Samantha pages but loved reading the details about all the dolls, which at the time was only three.  My wish for more than a few Christmases was for the Samantha doll.  It's one of the many reasons I do an American Girl gift guide each holiday season. Source: museumofplay.org See that girl reading to her Samantha doll?  That was what I wanted many a Christmas morning. … [Read more...]

Orange Velvet

A cold and blustery November day had me pulling my orange-red velvet blazer out of the closet.  I bought it a while back on a thrift shopping trip with E  (how much fun is it to have a friend who loves to thrift just as much as me? I love it!).  I kept meaning to wear it last fall and winter but it just never happened.  I love the bright, cheery color and the gorgeous satin lining makes me smile.   … [Read more...]

#MyHCLook

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This time of year I am always desperate for a hair cut (anyone else have hair that grows super fast in the fall?) and I'm short on time.  Between all the activities the three girls have with school and outside of that and work and life during the holiday season the last thing I want to do is spend a few hours in my stylist's chair. Then last week I decided enough was enough.  My hair was too long and I needed a cut STAT.  I stopped into one of the many Hair Cuttery's located in my town.  I haven't visited one since I was in college and I'm always a bit shy on switching things up but I was a woman in need. BEFORE #MyHCLook I never actually style my long angled-bob hairstyle before a hair cut.  Does anyone go through all that trouble? After I checked into the salon as a walk-in I … [Read more...]

Real Mom Style

You see my "Real Mom Style" every week.  I'm fairly basic in my love of classic looks that can pull double-duty when it comes to being a work at home mom.  I have lots of inspiration in creating my looks. One place is the trio of ladies that makes up Real Mom Style and the women who link up here each week at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday.  Let's see what they are all up to, shall we?  … [Read more...]

Beauty Trifecta

My latest fun beauty finds, tests and new product love are pretty great.  It's all about hair, face and body this week.  A little trifecta.     Fun Beauty Finds by victoriamason featuring a body moisturizer   Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Eye Treatment/Briogeo Blossom&Bloom Volumizing Conditioner/LaVanila Body Butter … [Read more...]

Working Weekend

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Last weekend H and I had a working weekend. Alone. No kids. We were excited to be able to collaborate, go through the mundane tasks we normally do apart and work side by side. We don't often get a chance to work in quiet for such a long period of time. The last few weeks have been exhausting in our house. We've both been working more than the norm and it is starting to take its toll on us. We needed to get out a bit after being inside all day and for us that meant house hunting. Crisp fall days are perfect for looking for your future home, don't you think? The lighting is golden and shows off the happy medium of what it can look like inside a house. Plus, foliage is gorgeous and often helps a property look its best. As we stood in the drive way of one beautiful home I asked H to snap … [Read more...]

Lace Your Face

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That's right, you heard me.  Lace your face.  It's my newest venture into cloth face masks.  I can't even call it a venture. It is a downright obsession. It's weird, sometimes looks creepy, but totally worth it and takes less time than you might think.  I'm in love and it is with a natural cotton lace on my face. I can't stop saying it either. … [Read more...]

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC

Source: veamason "It's short and squatty." That is just what my five year-old first said when she took a look at the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC.  This four-door crossover SUV arrived at my door in a sharp Mercury Gray with black interior.  It did look short and squat, but so what, it is a crossover SUV.   The grill has a predatory look to it that always makes me smile and it zips around highways with a speed that surprised me. Here's why. … [Read more...]

Gingham Shirt & Layers

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It's finally felt like fall around here for at least a week now. I decided to layer up a gingham shirt I found in a thrift store a few years ago and pair some opaque tights with my freshly polished boots (thank you, H!) with a super comfortable t-shirt style dress I found at Target this summer.   It's become one of my favorite fall pieces.  It's lightweight and versatile making it fun to dress up or down. … [Read more...]

The Nine

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Happy November!  I can't think of a better way to start off the month than with a giveaway.  One giveaway, nine amazing drugstore finds! You already know that when it comes to drugstore beauty, I'm a CVS girl.  To kick off the fall fun, I am giving away nine favorites to one lucky reader.  Let's see what you can win!   … [Read more...]