Lights, Camera, Action

My photo shoot was this weekend and my kitchen is still currently the cleanest it's ever been. Like, literally: ever. I think it's cleaner than it was right after we finished remodeling, and that's saying something because it was brand new then. It's so clean, I would have no qualms about asking my mother-in-law over for dinner and then inviting her to eat off the floor. Or the stove. Or the side of the fridge. All rather awkward places to eat dinner, sure, but you know what, we could do it if we wanted to. There's something very comforting about that, isn't there? Quick, everyone come over and drop something on the ground, then pick it up again and eat it without adhering to the ten-second rule. Live dangerously! It'll never be this clean again!

We spent a few nights last week repainting the cabinetry in the kitchen—oh, you thought I was joking about that? Well, my friends, we obviously do not know each other very well at all—and then most of the weekend cleaning and preparing in some way or another. Like, I got a shellac manicure, for instance. Useful, right? I did it with the excuse that my hand might be photographed close up cutting a pepper or something, but really I just wanted one and needed a decent enough reason to do it. Sean got a haircut, even.

At the eleventh hour, someone (and I'll let you guess who, but it wasn't me) decided he didn't have anything to wear, and so we decided to make an emergency Banana Republic run. (Spoiler alert: that same someone panic-bought a few shirts there, and then ended up wearing a shirt he'd had for ten years instead.) Perusing the racks, I came across one of the dresses from the Mad Men collection, marked down by a third of the price. I tried it on, fell in love with it, and took it to the counter to pay, where I discovered that it was marked down a further 25%. You guys, they basically gave this dress to me at Banana Republic. They practically paid me to take it away! 

I didn't wear it for the shoot—was slightly worried about how that pattern would read on camera—so now someone really needs to get married and invite me so I can debut it then. What I did wear, however, was a lot of makeup. The makeup artist who came over was super awesome, and I loved everything she did on my face, but seeing as my recent work-from-home gig has turned me into more of a cover any zits/pinch your cheeks for color type of gal, the first time I looked in the mirror after she was done, I was all BOOM! MAKEUP! SO THIS IS HOW IT FEELS TO LOOK ALIVE!

At first I worried that it was too much, but considering that not three days ago I'd had a brief and panicked moment wherein I'd debated if it would be overkill to wear false eyelashes, I figured I was probably okay. (False eyelashes! What did I think this was, Mardi Gras?)

(I did not wear false eyelashes. Also, while I think of it, would it be weird to just have a personal makeup artist on retainer all the time? Like maybe just living in your house, covering up your eye circles whenever you asked her to and applying fancy lipgloss with a brush when she noticed you'd rubbed it all off? Uh, no reason. Asking for a friend.)

Anyway, it all went well—despite my cat Charlie leaping up on the counter and licking a terribly pretty carrot cake that had been placed on a terribly pretty decorative cake stand, WELCOME TO AWKWARD CITY, POPULATION: ME—and I am grateful to my lovely extras, Maggie and my brother Luke, who came over and fake-drank wine and fake-ate cheese with us, and didn't laugh when I had to fake-chop carrots for a solid five minutes for a picture. Also, I feel Luke and Sean should both be congratulated for wearing powder and not complaining about it. Yeah, I said it. Real men wear powder! I even have an excellent behind-the-scenes picture of Sean being powdered, which means I now basically have blackmail material for the rest of my life. Oh sorry darling, you don't want this picture of you in a makeup chair to mysteriously become your Facebook profile picture? THEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO UNLOAD THE DISHWASHER. YES, AGAIN.

Once it was all over and done with, Sean and I drove to the little grocery store in our neighborhood and picked up a few delicious things to eat, picnic-style, on the couch in front of the Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Special (Team Melissa!)

And then we left the dishes for later. Because we could.

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Starla
Oct 17, 2011

Gorgoues dress. And your hair, it's got so long!

You will have to post the link to the magazine article up, when it's out, so us curious Brits can also have a look!

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Starla
Oct 17, 2011

(Sorry I mean its, not it's - the errant apostrophe annoys me too!)

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A'Dell
Oct 17, 2011

Yes, but how was the craft services table? Did you chain eat M&Ms like I normally do at shoots? Did you make them call you "the talent?" You should get a SAG card. I'll bet you were very good at fake-chopping carrots.

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Marcheline
Oct 17, 2011

OMG.... with that haircut, Sean totally looks like Dan, the New Zealander tattoo artist from LA Ink!

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Anna Louisa
Oct 17, 2011

I can't wait to see the result! Is it March yet??

http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/

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Nolita
Oct 17, 2011

Can't wait to see the pics from the shoot. Did you end up going with the steam cleaner for the floors? Love that dress!

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Amber
Oct 17, 2011

Can't wait to see the shots! You look adorable, as always.

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whoorl
Oct 17, 2011

Perfect makeup! Perfect cardigan! Perfect guests! PERFECT PERFECT CAN'T WAIT TO SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THE ARTICLE. xoxo

Can NOT wait to see this in print! Congrats on your kitchen makeover magazine debut!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Oct 17, 2011

Thanks, all! I can't wait either -- will let you know when it's out!

Marcheline -- Sean looks like so many different people, it's the weirdest thing. But yes, I do see a bit of a similarity with Dan from LA Ink!

Nolita -- no time to buy a steam mop, though it's on my Christmas list (wow, nerd alert.)

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Lisa
Oct 17, 2011

I just discovered Bundaberg Ginger Beer and it has changed my life.

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Andrea
Oct 17, 2011

I have been eying that EXACT Mad Men/Banana dress for some time now and the fact you discovered it at such a discount has made me leave my place of work IMMEDIATELY (well like, after I make this comment) to see if there truly is a Banana Republic God and if He truly does understand my need for that Mad Men Banana Republic dress at a less obscene price (of which I still would pay if only I didn't require food and toilet paper). Wish me LUCK!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Oct 17, 2011

Andrea, good luck! The only other thing I'd say is that it seems to run big. My heart sank when I pulled this dress from the rack and saw it was the size below the one I normally wear—I tried it on just in case and it fit! I think it must run generously, so don't be disheartened if they don't have your usual size; you can probably get away with going one down.

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Kari
Oct 17, 2011

On your previous post, I said I mop my tile with hot water. And then all the steam mop people convinced me to try that, and I think they have changed my life. Can a mop purchased because of blog comments change someone's life? Anyway, I hope you settled on something you liked. I recommend the steam mop: I now feel much less guilty about letting my son eat food off the floor. (I should maybe not have admitted that, right?)

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Emily
Oct 17, 2011

Cannot wait to see the photos!

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Anna
Oct 18, 2011

Bundaberg Ginger beer YUM!!!

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Starla
Oct 20, 2011

I happened to be in Banana Republic today, and that very same dress was also in the sale here for £29.99.

What a bargain. If you're a UK size 4! But you're right, it will look perfect at a sunny summery wedding.

Interesting that their stock and sale items are identical half the world away!

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