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Rise and shine, morning glory. Happy caturday. 🙂 Thank you for all of your kinds words and encouragement this week and for letting me lean on you for a bit. Maybe someday I can return the favor. I get teary every single time I go into the comments on the Quick Hello post from a few days ago.


I’m feeling a lot better already, partially because I’ve made some headway on cleaning my office. I mean…it still looks like a hornet’s nest, but I have done a lot of purging and a little reorganizing, so one step is better than no steps, I guess.

I hope that you’re having a nice morning so far. What are you up to over there?

I’m just going to continue my office cleaning project and maybe (probably) play with some makeup. I do have to hit up the dollar store and The Container Store a little later, but that’s about it. That’s what I’m doing this weekend.

But right now I’m having breakfast. I made more of those Flourless Thumbprint Oatmeal Cookies (yum!) and some scrambled eggs. And some chai tea, which I’m very excited about. 🙂

Have a great weekend, my friend. Talk to you soon.

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    • What’s your favorite museum and why?
    • Who’s the coolest person you know?
    • Have you ever seen a meteor shower?
    • What’s your favorite spice?
    • How do you feel about strangers in public who give unsolicited makeup advice?
    • When you think “elegant makeup,” what comes to mind?
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    • Kristin K says:

      I would love to win this prize for my sister! She has my 3-year old nephew, and will have another baby this year! She is an all-time Sephora-holic!!! And, this would be an awesome Mother’s Day gift for her!

  1. Stephanie says:

    Good morning,
    Happy Caturday to you too. I’m glad to read you’re feeling better, that feeling that you’ve been struggling with really sucks. I’m really happy that it helped to come on here and vent. Holding all that in isn’t healthy.

    Does Tabs know when you’re feeling down? My cats always know and seem to be more clingy. It’s funny how some are more sensitive than others but overall I can tell they know and try to give me extra love.

    For some reason shopping always makes me feel better. I noticed Loft has 60% off sale items and Gap is running a pretty good sale. Gap has some super cute spring clothes, lots of florals.

    Anyway, yes I have seen a meteor shower. It was many, many years ago and it was tough to find a dark enough spot. I was in my late teens maybe, living in Novato with my mom. My sister was visiting so we all drove out to Stafford Lake and put a blanket down on the path so we could lay on our backs. It was pretty dark out there so we got to see a pretty decent show.

    Random question, have you ever been to the Butter & Egg Day parade in Petaluma? It’s pretty cute, there are several floats from various businesses and schools in town and of course one with Clo. There’s a cow chip toss competition and they get the City Council and a few high ups from the city to participate.

    Have a great day!

  2. Cathy says:

    Happy Caturday! Just laying here in the couch with my two cats. Our couch then turns into Pride Rock ;).

  3. Shaylee says:

    I got engaged a week ago today! 🙂

  4. Ledz says:

    OMG this is amazing! I’ve been eye-ing a bunch of summer stuff on Sephora and I would be floored if I win :)))

  5. Aina Y says:

    I got teary eyed reading your other post. I am sad that is the reason for less posts! I enjoy your youtube videos as well!

  6. Chelsea says:

    I love the Musée de Cluny in Paris! It’s the medieval museum, and there are some tapestries there that I love called The Lady and the Unicorn. In addition to a unicorn, there are other woodland creatures on it, in luding bunnies, which you know I’m partial to.

    I’ve never done the Musée D’Orsay, which is the impressionist museum.

  7. shannon mchenry says:

    When I think of elegant makeup, I think of Audrey Hepburn. Her brows and lips were perfectly defined, and enhanced her natural features. So elegant!!!

  8. Tiffanie says:

    My family used to camp out on the lawn on blankets whenever there was a meteor shower. Good memories!

  9. Jenny says:

    Hi Karen! My comment is going to be about your post, “Quick Hello.” I just now read it! I know how you feel. I’m nearing 30, and I still haven’t even finished school yet let alone started a career, … I’m just a stay at home dog/cat mom at the moment (recently lost my job due to my office shutting down), and feel so utterly useless. I wanted to have children by this time in my life, but now that I’m at this age, I am now unsure that I am mother material. Life is confusing sometimes, and knowing when the *right* time is to have kids is difficult. I don’t believe there is ever a perfect time. If you want kids now, why not? My mother-in-law had her last child, my sis-in-law when she was 40 years old. She’s a great mother, and has done wonderfully with her kids. This comment is rambled, and I’m sorry. When I start talking about/thinking about having kids, my brain turns to mush. Haha. <3
    Jenny recently posted … Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  10. Agata says:

    Hi Karen, I am glad to hear you are feeling better!

    I am working, of course. Enjoy your weekend!
    Agata recently posted … ColourPop does Spring!

  11. Nico says:

    I love your blog!

  12. Julia says:

    The coolest person I know is my mom. She puts up with me through absolutely everything and I’m so thankful for her.

  13. Mimi says:

    I have never seen a meteor shower. But I want to!

  14. Carolyn Campbell says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling brighter :). I think it would depend on the circumstance where a stranger would even get the read from me that I want their advice. I love museums … The favorite thus far for me is the British Museum in London UK. I could spend days there. Ox

  15. stacey says:

    I would love to know some of your go to summer foundations that withstand heat and humidity.

  16. Laurinha says:

    For me/myself, an ellegant make-up is something like:
    skin base md coverage slightly matte;
    e/s satin eggplant/purple/bronze with dark brown/purple eye liner;
    lips darker version of MLBB;
    cheeks satin peach;
    discret contouring;
    eyebrow correction

  17. Laurinha says:

    Oh, and lots of black mascara!!!

  18. dawn says:

    I love the Met in NYC. Aside from all the varied and great art, it has such beautiful natural light in its classical sculpture gallery. I could sit there for hours.

  19. Sarah says:

    Elegant makeup means using a light hand while still defining features to bring out your best you while keeping it understated.

  20. Jennifer says:

    Gee, these are difficult questions for me this morning.

    I guess I would have to say the St. Louis Art Museum is my favorite. That was my childhood museum and it really is a first class institution.

    I can’t settle on a spice, I have too many I love. My top three would be cinnamon, cumin, cloves.
    Jennifer recently posted … 3 Apps to Save You Money on Groceries

  21. Anne says:

    So glad you’re feeling better :-)!

    My favourite museum is the Natural History Museum in London. I love the building – it looks like Hogwarts!

    Random information: I’ve just spent A LOT of money on makeup. Do I have to feel bad about that? Sometimes I feel so guilty for splurging, but I couldn’t resist :-/. Tom Ford Pussycat – awesome on the lips, terrible on the wallet…

    Have a lovely day!

  22. Icequeen81 says:

    What’s your favorite spice? Cilantro

  23. Lisa Brown says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite spice

  24. Quimerula says:

    Elegant makeup: anyone seen in Grace Kelly’s face when she was an actress.

  25. Hannah says:

    Elegant makeup to me is a classic red lip, golden eyes, filled in but not intense brows, flawless base, and a natural contour.

  26. Analy Rodriguez says:

    My favorite museum is the Musée du Louvre in Paris, I loved travelling there as a teenager with my mother and aunt 🙂

  27. Shannon Mackey says:

    Good Morning! I am spending my Saturday working. Checking out your blog is making the day much better.

  28. Mala says:

    Glad to hear that your feeling better 🙂

    And the coolest person that I know happens to be my four year old. Evan fearlessly stands up for his older brother at school when kids try to bully him, and for that I think he is the coolest person I know. 🙂

  29. Kristen says:

    My favorite spice is fresh ginger. I love to have homemade ginger and mint chai with my girlfriend.

    My favorite museum is probably the Met or the National Portrait Gallery – donation-based or free means I can go back again and again and explore at my leisure. Really take in the atmosphere. 🙂

  30. Lulle says:

    Glad to know you’re feeling better! 🙂

    My favorite museum would be the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. It’s an art museum dedicated to the second half of the 19th century (until WW1 actually), which is an incredibly creative period in the history of art.
    Lulle recently posted … REN Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water: a burning rose…

  31. Angela says:

    You know what the worst thing is to shop for? A couch. Bring on Sephora.

  32. Valerie says:

    I love the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It makes me feel like a kid, and I always learn something new!

  33. joods says:

    Favorite museum? I have two…National Gallery, London and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    Favorite spice? Coriander.
    Favorite kitteh? My adorable “Lola the Wonder Cat!”. And a super close second is of course Tabs the cat. 🙂
    My favorite blogger? It’s you my dear Karen. <3

  34. maria says:

    I love ginger…in everything

  35. Holly says:

    It’s super-stormy here in the Seattle area & I wish I was tucked up in bed with a great book…but I’m avoiding my housemates’ noisy family gathering!

    My favorite spice right now is cardamom. It adds a wonderful warm note to baked goods & it’s a nice change of pace from cinnamon. I have a cardamom cookie recipe which is pretty much butter, kinda like a shortbread.

  36. Emmapoo says:

    Love my maltipoo, Emma. She is the princess of the household.

  37. Noon says:

    Since moving here my favorite spice is cardamom, Finns put it in so many baked goods! It’s delicious.
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  38. Shelley says:

    I definitely relate to your feelings about age and life. As a single 33 year old woman, I have started to panic about whether I will ever find someone and get married. I always told myself it will happen eventually, but I am starting to feel the the pressure. I appreciate how open and honest you are about your current life struggles. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

  39. Jen C says:

    Oh some progress is definitely better than none at all, Karen!
    To me an elegant makeup look consists of a defined (but not overly harsh) brows, and an all-matte, smokey eye look. With MLBB lips. And a light blusher. Hmmmmm.

  40. Sarah Duehr says:

    I’ve always wanted to see a meteor shower! I’m never been able to stay up late enough. 🙁 Maybe some day!

  41. Michelle says:

    I’ve seen several meteor showers in Hawaii 🙂

  42. Chelsea says:

    I love love love cinnamon!

  43. Lizzie says:

    Cinnamon! It’s so yummy!

  44. Tiffany says:

    coolest person i know is my mom 🙂

  45. CR Williams says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win every week!!

  46. First off, I love that photo of Tabs. Brilliant! Not to sound too corny but my favorites are my kids. My son is 7 years old and my daughter is 7 months old. Not only are they comprised of the best parts of myself and husband, shmooshed together into tiny people, but they remind us that anything is possible. That the world and life is ever changing not just day to day but moment to moment. They bring out our best and force is to face our worst. I am thankful for my minis.

  47. Courtney says:

    Nope, I’ve never seen a meteor shower, but I’d absolutely love to!

    Have a good weekend Karen 😀

  48. Olivia says:

    I have never received unsolicited makeup advice from a stranger in public and thank god I never have! I think it’s rude. Of course sometimes you’re going to see someone’s makeup and think they didn’t do the best job but we’ve all been there. We all start somewhere and you never begin as a pro

  49. Berry says:

    Love cinnamon. I would say that’s my favorite spice.

  50. broantza says:

    Now, that’s the Karen I knew 🙂 Glad to hear a more cheerful note in your voice!

  51. Maria Therese says:

    Hope your having a awesome weekend big hugs to Tabs too ♥

  52. susan says:

    My grandma is the coolest person I know!

  53. jules m. says:

    my favorite spice/herb is fresh basil- it smells INSANELY good.. i also LOVE rosemary, especially on a roast chicken and potatoes.. getting hungry over here.

  54. Liz says:

    I’ve never had makeup advice, just lots of compliments when I wear certain eye shadows.

  55. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I love cayenne pepper.

  56. Brwnfruit says:

    I helped work on a Habitat for Humanity home this weekend for my cousin, she will be moving in in July, she deserves all of the good things that are happening in her life right now. It really feels great to help out

  57. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    I’m glad you shared how you’ve been feeling the other – we’ve all hit the ‘bump in the road’ at some point. It helps to get words of encouragement from others I think!
    Anyway, happy Caturday!
    My favorite spice is Paprika. It just makes everything better I think…

  58. Andrea Amy says:

    I have never seen a meteor shower before but I have seen shooting stars.

  59. Michelle H. says:

    If I win this gift card, I think I will try a new foundation. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  60. Paol Trenny says:

    My favorite spice is turmeric followed by true cinnamon and cumin.

  61. Devan Eve says:

    My favorite spice is probably cinnamon to be honest. I absolutely love putting it on my drinks and breakfast! I will add cream cheese on my toast and sprinkle cinnamon on it whenever I get the chance to.

  62. Regina says:

    I love cinamon.

  63. Pavithra says:

    Hi Karen! So good to know you’re feeling better! We’re heading towards the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and will go to the beach (perfect beach weather, not) later in the afternoon! Have a great Saturday!

  64. nat ogu says:

    my favorite spice is a combination like tony chacheres called slap yo mama , its a local louisiana company and delicious with less salt than other comparable seasonings

  65. Marisa says:

    Always freaks me out a bit to see those tweezers and pokey things so near Tabs’ big beautiful eyes D: I might’ve jumped a little when I opened this page, haha! NOT THE KITTY!

  66. Lexi says:

    I can’t wait for Spring – and spring makeup collections. Really curious about what YSL has coming out.

  67. Krystle says:

    my husband is the coolest person I know!

  68. Suzanne C says:

    Happy Caturday, girrrrlll, glad you seem to be feeling a bit better. My favorite individual spice is cinnamon, as long as it’s not with chocolate. That is a crime against humanity. I also love the spice mixes I make; nothing beats homemade!

  69. Amber says:

    Glad to hear that you are doing better, Karen !!

    The coolest person I know is my Granny. She is just an amazing person and am so blessed to have her in my life.

    Its not a museum but do aquariums count :)? I love the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. I just love all the exibits and it is in a beautiful location !!

    Hope that you have a great weekend !

  70. Kris says:

    Can never have too much makeup! Random fact… My cat, Winnie loves when I pretend to apply e/s on her face with my makeup brushes 🙂

  71. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I like any spice that is spicy – like chili powder, etc. 🙂 I love to spice up my food! 🙂

  72. Kim pyle says:

    Hello! Happy caterday to you too! How cute is that cat. We just had to find a loving home for our two kittens. My daughter became allergic all of a sudden and started having asthma attacks and breaking out in hives every time she touched them 🙁 So weird after months of having them and her having no reaction at all! Anyhow…
    I have seen a meteor shower. I love them. I seek out those and eclipses and try to watch any in my area any chance I get. My #1 bucket list is to go to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. I’d love to see them anywhere actually, but I want to go to Alaska so bad so putting the both things I want to see so bad together=#1 bucket list item! Have a great day! 🙂

  73. Trillina Palemi says:

    I never Seen A rain of Meteorites 🙂

  74. Nicole says:

    Happy Caturday!

  75. Jennifer says:

    I love watching meteor showers! Last year we seemed to have clouds or rain during almost every one. The best we ever saw was in November – the Leonids, maybe – about 10 years ago. The meteors came one after another.
    We were also lucky enough to see the Northern Lights once. Beautiful!!

  76. Tracy Robertson says:

    I’m glad that you are feeling better! Our brains are complicated machinery and sometimes one little chemical will misfire and it makes us feel terrible! That happens to me now and then. When it does, I tell myself that I probably won’t have a great day, but I’ll make the most of it by getting something done, even if it’s only a load of laundry, and I know the next day will be better!

    I have never, ever had a total stranger give me unsolicited makeup advice. That sounds really funny. I would like to hear stories about that. I don’t know how I would feel if that happened to me. I guess it depends on the strangers attitude and if the advice was any good or not, LOL!

  77. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    Cinnamon !

  78. Julia says:

    I met a guy in the internet from another country and we might probably meet each other this summer! That is so strange and exciting at the same time

  79. Nicole Briley says:

    I have never seen a meteor shower. I have always wanted to but for some reason the sky is always cloudy where I am whenever there is one happening.

  80. Amy says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon, because it is so versatile for both sweet and savory dishes!

  81. Suzanne G says:

    One of the coolest people I now is my aunt who will be turning 90 soon. She is always so happy when you go to visit at her retirement home. She is one of those who always seems to be happy and see the positive in situations.

  82. Emily says:

    Right now my favorite spice/seasoning is old bay. it’s made for seafood and meats but I prefer it on mac and cheese!

  83. Ambritt says:

    When I think of elegant makeup I think of something classic like a red lip paired with a neutral eyeshadow and some black liner.

  84. Susan T. says:

    I have seen a meteor shower and it was pretty cool. A few weeks ago I was woken up by a neon blue light shining in my bedroom window. Turns out it was the Northern Lights and they gave quite a show for about 10 minutes!

  85. Alix says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon!

  86. caroline says:

    Hello and Happy Caturday;
    I’m at Starbucks right now waiting for s friend. Will go to ulta after lunch and coffee.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better!


    Unsolicited make up advice…
    If kind I am all for it. ( gave lipstick on your teeth, etc. ). I do love hearing about peoples favorites

    Hmmm… Now that I think about it I was at Target a bit ago and the consultant from no. 7 wouldn’t stop talking but she is 70 and has amazing skin so I listened. Fortunately someone else needed help and I was able to make a polite exit

  87. Sara says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you have been feeling better! My heart went out to you 🙁

    For me, elegant makeup is defined cat eyes, red lips, and glowy, highlighted, skin. Simple but classy.

  88. Kelvene says:

    the coolest person i know is my big sister:)

  89. Christiana Mercier says:

    I love museums! I live in San Diego and there are so many interesting spots here! Yesterday I saw the King Tut exhibit at the Natural History Museum (this is the last weekend it is here!)

  90. Julia Barkley says:

    Garlic, yum!

  91. Chelsey Keating says:

    I really like the Louisiana Art and Science musuem. It’s huge and it’s a great place for faults and children to visit.

  92. Becca says:

    Favorite spice is cilantro!

  93. Claudia Davis says:

    Zatar is my fav spice. Add it to anything and it makes it incredible. Even adding zatar to pita with some butter and omg……its so good.

  94. Lynn T. says:

    unsolicited make up advice.. i guess it depends on how and what they’re saying. Like if they’re pointing something out that’s negative..then no, keep your thoughts to yourself. But if they’re saying something like a certain color would look good on you or a brand you might like… then ok that’s no harm.

  95. Lulubelle says:

    My favorite spice is black pepper, and I use it liberally. Happy to hear you are feeling better and are making progress on your office. I recently purged/decluttered mine, and now I enjoy walking in in the mornings and starting work. My house is another story, but I did make progress with organizing my dresser drawers. I was inspired by reading articles on “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo, which I’ve got wait listed at my library.

  96. Jillian says:

    Meteor showers are amazing! I went to the top of a hill just outside the city for one once!

  97. Lilly says:

    You have to throw away stuff if you want a neat house

  98. Jessica says:

    The coolest person(s) I know, are my 2 kids. They make me laugh every single day.

  99. I dislike people who give unsolicited make up advice unless I’m in a department store or in a make up store giving myself side eye in the makeover chair, and even then I’m not too big on it… I don’t like it when it comes to trying on clothes. One time I tried on a dress, came out the fitting room to look in the fool length mirror, and the older sales lady said “Oh, that would look great with a girdle.” I did an awesome job of holding my tongue. lol.

  100. Anna says:

    One day, I’ll buy a fancy telescope and be able to watch the stars and planets on a more regular basis!

  101. Tricia says:

    Made some crochet bags

  102. Aarti says:

    It would depend on the unsolicited makeup advice. If I have lipstick on my teeth, then yes please let me know. If said person is just criticizing my look, then no thank you and step aside.

  103. Brian says:

    My favorite spice is ground black pepper!

  104. Emily L. says:

    Happy Caturday! My favorite spice by far is cinnamon. Not only does it taste amazing in desserts, but it has so many awesome health benefits!

  105. Piroska says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower, but here in NW Ontario, I’ve been able to see the Northern Lights a few times. Magical!! :o)

  106. Elaine says:

    My favourite spice is black pepper and cinnamon!

  107. Jessica says:

    Getting more organized always helps me to feel better too :). I need to do some cleaning today I just keep putting it off… Thank you for being so open with your posts. I’ve always enjoyed your blog, now I enjoy it even more.

  108. Jessie C. says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite.

  109. sarah thompson says:

    I. Think a classic wing liner and red lip. Or a neutral look.

  110. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower before

  111. Johnna Quick Owens says:

    One of my favorite memories is a meteor shower. It was in the late fall, a beautiful clear night, no clouds, crisp air. My wife and I laid out blankets on the shore of the lake, had a small fire for warmth, and watched the meteors shooting through the sky over the lake. The reflection in the water made it look like twice as many meteors, and it was a breath-taking sight. We watched all night, only packing up and leaving when the sun finally started to peek over the horizon. One of the best nights….

  112. Sanam says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower in real life.

  113. Actually the Atwater-Kent Museum in Philadelphia is very interesting. Last time I was went there were a lot of cool old artifacts of earlier times in Philadelphia. Went with my mom. Share it with someone you love.

  114. Sarah Sq. says:

    Cinnamon is definitely the best spice!

  115. chelsea says:

    I think that tabs wears that lipstick color than I do.

  116. Aurelie Red says:

    Hi Karen, when I think ““elegant makeup”, I think to a thin black eyeliner and red lips.

  117. alma says:

    My favorite spice is cumin, love me some cumin when I use it I keep on adding, I can never have enough.

  118. Emily says:

    Any spicy spice is my favorite!

  119. I loved Musee d’Orsay in Paris! I once had a professor tell me it was cliche to like impressionist paintings like you find at Musee d’Orsay but I didn’t care!
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  120. INCI says:

    a meteor shower? no :/

  121. Sandy says:

    I hate when strangers give unsolicited makeup advice. But sometimes I do want to give my friends unsolicited makeup advice.

  122. Strangers in public who give unsolicited makeup advice?….just no. I like to do things my way – right or wrong in someone else’s eyes.

  123. Maria Cook says:

    I look forward to seeing this blog in my email. I truly enjoy it. Thank you!!! I’m am glad you are doing better.

  124. Julie Ann says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Hope the organization geos well. Just keep thinking how great it will look when you are finished! I would love to win the gift card, then I can look as fab as your kitty!

  125. Coline T. says:

    Hi, my favorite museum is the Metropolitan museum of art in New York, because there are a big diversity.

  126. Bertha says:

    The Museum of Science in Boston is my favorite museum!

  127. bhevarri says:

    Woo Woo!!

  128. Chelsea B says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon!

  129. Vanessa says:

    I like the Smithsonian natural history museum in D.C. because it’s got the best exhibits on evolution…. including human evolution!

  130. Courtney says:

    I think my mom is the coolest person I know. She has been through so much in her life and has come out on top. She’s going through a divorce right now and is on her own for the first time since. She went straight from her parent’s house to marrying my Dad. She’s a trooper.

  131. Dia says:

    I think elegant makeup is mostly your face but better in every aspect. Enhancing your features without being over the top. But this is just my opinion. I think everyone who wears makeup should wear it how they want to. It’s an expression.

  132. Emily C says:

    I love the British Museum.

  133. Leslie Kiley says:

    The coolest person I know is my daughter. She is super talented and can do just about anything she puts her mind to. From Graphic design to cooking gourmet meals.

  134. Sandy says:

    Oh Karen, you are so beautiful and girl, you photograph amazingly. Wait, does that make sense? Oh well, the thought was there. Elegant make up to me is having it professionally done before a special event, like your wedding.

  135. Margarita says:

    Chanel is elegant makeup!

  136. Kelly Chambers says:

    First off, hope you’re starting to feel like your old self again!!

    Secondly, the coolest person I know is my mom. I love her to death and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She’s my best friend. She kicks butt!!!

  137. annalisa says:

    I love chili powder (not on everything,
    of course), but usually really enjoy all dishes made using it! =)

  138. Jennifer says:

    I love cooking with paprika and cumin!

  139. Jennifer D. says:

    I have only been to one museum, when I was in high school for an AP Art field trip. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. We went to the MOMA in SF. I dont remember the artists that they featured, but do remember this one scandalous nude painting. I have never been back since then.

  140. Ellen says:

    Cinnamon for sur

  141. jen c says:

    I don’t known if I can pick a favorite, but I really enjoyed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I went by myself and didn’t have a schedule so I was able to take all the time I wanted. It was wonderful.

  142. mrsshukra says:

    I don’t think I give unsolicited makeup advice!

  143. Abby says:

    I don’t get a whole lot of unsolicited makeup advice, but I do get a lot of comments. My hair is generally a bright color (right now it’s purple and blonde) so I have a hard time matching my eyebrows and will usually use the electric palette. So I get a lot of comments on my hair color and how cool it is that my eyebrows match! I see it as a compliment!

  144. Illy Junus says:

    My favorite spice is Turmeric, is Asian spice. I love spices,i hope you feel lots better and happy organizing, inspired me to do that too. It’s time to let go things and save space for new things

  145. Elena says:

    What’s your favorite museum and why?
    That is hard to pick! I really liked the Vatican Museum because there is so much stuff there! The Louvre is amazing in its own respect-very cool to see all the Egyptian stuff (sorry Mona Lisa is a little over hyped to me) And I really loved the Uffizi Gallery because I loved studying Renaissance art.

    Have you ever seen a meteor shower?
    Yes! So awesome to watch and count them!

    What’s your favorite spice?
    CINNAMON. In excessive amounts. I always put it in my coffee and any recipe that uses it I always do a lot more!

    How do you feel about strangers in public who give unsolicited makeup advice?

    I’m that stranger. Well usually it is just complements and if the person likes makeup and we get to talking it can lead to advice!

    I meant to comment on the quick hello thread…you are awesome Karen! Hope you are feeling better and just know that anything is possible. Warm thoughts your way!

  146. Gina Bullard says:

    My favorite person is/was my Dad. I miss him everyday — and I’ve been very depressed today. It’s getting a little better – I’d like to be in your shoes and it just be about being (le sigh) 40 . I hope your feeling better though, I know how it is to be emotional…

  147. Deretta says:

    Love the necklaces below! Like you and Loft, I “rue” the day I found RueLaLa…. Ya had me at “sale…!”

  148. Liz says:

    Grains of Paradise are my jam. 🙂

  149. Laura says:

    The best museum is the Smithsonian hands down!

  150. Kathy T says:

    When I think of elegant makeup, I think of makeup that is paired well with updos. I picture a very pretty neutral makeup that is slightly glam.

  151. Nancy Wallner says:

    My favorite spice is thyme. I think it can be used in so many different things and it tastes delicious.

  152. Jessica says:

    “What’s your favorite museum and why?”
    I miss the old California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. I have so many memories of it. I hate the new one! Ugh! So now the Museum of Natural History in New York is my current fave. Funny how I’m an artist, and I prefer science museums to art museums.

    “How do you feel about strangers in public who give unsolicited makeup advice?” Oh NOOOOOOO. That’s so rude.

  153. Becca M says:

    The coolest person I know is my Dad. I learned a lot from him about how you have to do your own thing, and not care if anyone else likes it or not. He’s also wicked funny and will always be there to help in whatever way you need. Yep, he’s the coolest.

  154. Meghan says:

    I can’t get enough oregano! 😛

  155. Mary W says:

    I am a total science geek. Have you ever seen the largest man mande object in the sky fly over you? It is the International Space Station. This is really quite amazing to see. You can sign up with NASA to be notified when you can see it fly over your house. Try it – you’ll love it.

  156. Selene Smith says:

    Hi Karen, how are you? I’m super excited for Mothers Day because I am planning a little get together with my family And surprising my Mom. Can’t wait!

  157. Lauren Walsh says:

    Hi Karen! I’m so happy to hear you’re starting to feel better and that you proactively bagan the clutter cleaning! It’s soo overwhelming to start that, and feels so good after! :)! Keep positive, girl!

    A couple of weeks ago I played hard with my new MAC 15 eye palette. A brand new coworker of mine who I barely knew said “whoa, is it New Years Eve?!”

    Either I was WAY too excited about this palette and put too many shades on, or she’s jealous of it!! 🙂

  158. Tania G says:

    I am so glad you are feeling better. Sometimes thinking of how much you need to get done is overwhelming and you don’t even want to start. Try to think of little things that you can accomplish. Little steps at at time. It won’t seem so overwhelming! Have a wonderful weekend!

  159. Tonia says:

    The coolest person I know is my 7 yr old daughter. I am in awe of how she views and understands the world.

  160. athena rutherford says:

    whenever i think of elegance or elegant makeup i always think of angelina jolie.

  161. Kiki says:

    Spice Girls!!!! Lol i’m so old…..

  162. Oli says:

    When you think elegant makeup, I think of smoky eyes.

  163. Leah says:

    I’ve never had anyone give me unsolicited make up advice, which is good because I think it’s pretty rude!

  164. Linh says:

    My favorite spice/flavor is cinnamon. Many think that I’m weird for loving cinnamon food, drink, and even gum.

  165. Maggie says:

    What’s your favorite museum and why? Hands down The Smithsonian. That’s totally cheating bc it’s made up of a lot of museums but it’s what came to mind. I could spend weeks there and shut out the rest of the world.

    Who’s the coolest person you know? My closest friends and family are all amazing and cool.

    Have you ever seen a meteor shower? Nope–hopefully at some point in life.

    How do you feel about strangers in public who give unsolicited makeup advice? It’s startling every time. Sometimes it’s nice–especially if they’re enthusiastically raving about whatever product I’m beholding. Other times, it can be awkward–especially if it is advice that can be taken as an insult (whether or not they meant well).

    When you think “elegant makeup,” what comes to mind? Lisa Eldridge, hands down. Makeup I’d classify as “fun” suddenly become elegant when she presents it. In fact, whenever I want to look elegant, I check out her videos.

  166. Carla says:

    Hi there. I donated my bed to the Salvation Army today. I wasn’t using it anymore and I figured someone else could get good use out of it. It was in very good condition. My taste in furniture has changed over the years. It was time to move on. Have a great weekend!

  167. Gen says:

    Happy Caturday!

    I’m going to have to try the flourless oatmeal thumbprints because they sound delish!

    Also broke down and bought a few new eco tools brushes. Definitely an underrated line. I would have completely walked past them if it wasn’t for you. 🙂

  168. cristina says:

    My favorite museum is the Smithsonian air and space museum. It’s amazing! The best part is the space lab and the first airplanes ever.

  169. Rachel H says:

    I watched a meteor shower last August and it was beautiful! I woke myself up in the middle of the night to go out and see it and it was wonderful

  170. Amy says:

    I have never seen a meteor shower before, would love to.

  171. Rhia says:

    My favorite spice is freshly ground black pepper. You can never go wrong with that!

  172. Carla S says:

    My favorite spice is basil.

  173. Lori P says:

    I do a lot of cooking with Season Salt, Onion Powder and Garlic Salt/Powder.

  174. Tracy says:

    When you think “elegant makeup,” what comes to mind?

    Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. Elegant and timeless.

  175. TrippyPixie says:

    Lemon pepper is life.

  176. Amy says:

    My family and I once stayed awake to see a meteor shower. My parents fell asleep and my sister and I stayed awake until two. Then we woke our parents up, took our blankets, and camped out on the hood of our car. When it finally started, we all jumped up because we were so excited!! It really was amazing!

  177. BlackAsphodel says:

    “When you think “elegant makeup,” what comes to mind?” I think of a smokey eye, either a well blended black eye, cat eye or an accentuated crease.

  178. Robin says:

    Oh, my. Those cookies are sounding delicious right now! But– I have to focus. Tomorrow my youngest boy is turning 5 and there is a chocolate cake downstairs that needs some frosting. I’m glad to her your spirits are on the upswing. Good luck on project office organize!

  179. Chelsea M says:

    I have a tattoo on my chest that says beauty lies within. I got it 2 years ago and it’s still my only tattoo (:

  180. Sylvia says:

    Elegant makeup to me is simple less is more makeup.

  181. Lorraine says:

    happy Caturday! Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better- nothing like purging and organizing to clear your head. Still sending good thoughts your way.

    Yes, when I was a new-ish bride, my hubs and I woke our toddler up in the middle of the night, scooped him and bundled him and took him to the beach to see the shower(too much light pollution in the city, and beach is only a few blocks from us). The beach was cold so we huddled under blankets to watch nature’s fireworks streak across the sky. Wonderful memory!

  182. rose says:

    my favorite spice is tumeric because i feel like i identify with it the most

  183. em says:

    people like to share their knowledge however sometimes they come off as arrogant. If I ask then it’s fine with me, otherwise don’t try to advise me of makeup choices

  184. Zovesta says:

    What a good cat to pose for that picture! Glad you’re feeling better. =]

    When I think of elegant makeup, I think of 1930s makeup, usually. And the actresses in the Miss Marple/Poirot series, they are always beautifully done up. Here’s the height of elegance, imo:×400.jpg

    A thin line of eyeliner, preferably not pitch black but a dark brown (maybe tightlined), dark brown mascara, some light colour on the lids, a golden/peachy blush applied mostly to the hollows and blended up, and a blotted lipstick with no gloss, a shade like wine.
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  185. Kayla W says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower! I always have good intentions of staying up late to watch them but I always fall asleep!

  186. Dana Truitt says:

    I want to win because I really need the prize due to the fact that I have worked very hard the past 6 months and lost 40lbs. I stopped drinking soda and eating fatty foods, making better choices actually on what I eat. Also I am walking 2 miles every morning and doing 30 mins of cardio every afternoon. I’m adopting this way of life to stay thin and healthy!! Now the side effects of this weight loss is wonderful!! The #1 being all the awesome self confidence..I am so proud of myself for accomplishing such a monumental goal. I can’t wait to go to the family reunion in a month, and look fabulous in a new update outfit, hair and make up which is where I’ll definitely wear this makeup!! This reveal of my new thin and confident self will blow my family away for sure I’m so excited!!
    I will be crossin’ my finger for sure!!

  187. christine says:

    Happy saturday! I love chai tea, so whatever spice is in there is my favorite!

  188. Angela Stevens says:

    We love the ROM in Toronto. It has so many great exhibits it keeps us there all day from open to close. I love the Egypt and the ancient Chinese exhibits most but the old Canadian stuff is also really cool as is the dinosaur display.

  189. Terri says:

    There are many museums I love (the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is one that is near and dear to my heart). However, I think my absolute favorite museum is either the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC or the Smithsonian Museum of American History in D.C.

  190. Rachel R. says:

    Hi! I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling a little better.

    My favorite spices are ginger, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and allspice.

  191. MissAquaholic says:

    Hi! I love face masks 🙂

  192. Ann says:

    I love watching meteor showers at the beach near our vacation home.

  193. Preetha says:

    Happy u r feeling better. My prayers for u…

  194. Sarah W says:

    My fiance is the coolest person I know!

  195. Shelby says:

    My favorite spice is smoked paprika. Just thinking about the smell of it makes my mouth water!

  196. Solangel says:

    I think of elegant makeup and see Angelina Jolie <3

  197. Jiji C. says:

    My favorite spice is posh spice.

  198. Piper says:

    I would say 99% of the time unsolicitedmakeup advie is not okay. It can be pretty rude.

  199. Monica says:

    My favorite spice would have to be cinnamon!

  200. josette says:

    I have seen a meteor shower. It was lovely. My favorite spice is oregano. I love your blog 🙂

  201. Kirsten says:

    I have to say that the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC was pretty spectacular.

    And Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of elegant to me.

    Sorry your 40th is getting you down. *hugs*

  202. Donna W. says:

    Good job on your progress purging and organzing. It is such a great feeling to accomplish that. It’s amazing how quickly our areas can get out of control.

  203. Melissa says:

    Keep focusing on the positive Karen. Things will keep getting better with time.

  204. Isabella says:

    My favorite spice is oregano, it makes everything taste a bit like pizza! Breakfast tip with oregano: fry an egg in butter and when you flip it put cheese and oregano on top and let it melt. I call it pizza egg and it’s delicious!

  205. Devis says:

    When I think of elegant makeup I think of Meryl Streep! Idk why she was the first to pop up in my head 😀

  206. f says:

    I love this blog. You are amazing even when you’re down in the dumps! 🙂

  207. debbie says:

    I hope you feel way better soon. 🙂 My favourite muesuem is the Auckland mueseum in New Zealand because I have many memories as a kid being fascinated by it all and being awed and never wanting to go back home. I still love going there and get the same feeling I did as a kid

  208. Aviva says:

    My favourite spice is rosemary! Fried or fresh 😀

  209. Afiqah Ku says:

    Hi! I’m glad to hear that things are getting better for you. I had bad days recently but I came to realize that I’m lucky to have people who care about me and stay by my side during my bad times. So I can relate what you felt while reading the comments. Don’t worry, good and bad always come in balance =)

  210. Amoure Jones says:

    The spiced most used in my kitchen is sriracha. While I realized it could be considered a condiment (to some) I use it in mostly all of my savory dishes to add a little bit of “spice” to my dishes.

  211. MelodyJ says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon.

  212. Geetha says:

    Favorite spice is Tumeric!

  213. Domenique says:

    I love cumin/ coriander! Which I can get away with since they are from the same plant. I’ve been adding them to a lot of my dishes lately. I definitely like cumin in my egg salad. NUM!

  214. Dimana Dyakova says:

    When you think “elegant makeup,” what comes to mind?
    Perfect skin subtle glowing pigment on the eyes (MakeupGeek “Afterglow”), good mascara and a bold lip 🙂

  215. Maggie says:

    I love cinnamon! It reminds me of my childhood and waking up to the smell of cinnamon tea in the morning. My mom used to take a whole cinnamon stick and let set it to boil and sweeten it with sugar or honey. Sometimes when I have time I’ll make the cinnamon tea on sunday mornings.

  216. Witold Stech says:

    Coffee and cats – that’s what make me happy 🙂

  217. Lilian says:

    Ooh I loooooove spices! Cumin would probably be my favourite.

  218. Mardi says:

    My four ten-week old foster kittens are sitting next to me wrassling. So very cute and wicked!

  219. Lisa says:

    I love the Met, but the Natural History museum is so much fun too. It’s hard to choose!

  220. Kathryn H says:

    <3 Tabs!

  221. Khadija says:

    Elegant makeup for me is always clean radiant skin with a subtle blush, gold shimmer on the lids with lots of long not clumpy lashes, and a bright matte red lip. It’s the kind of look you wear while drinking champagne and gossiping about affairs haha 😉

  222. Priscilla S. says:

    When I think “elegant makeup,” a smokey eye comes to mind.

  223. Daniela says:

    I’m currently renovating/redecorating my apartment (take a wall down, new floor, new kitchen) and all the planning and throwing away stuff takes so much time. I’m happy to move back by the end of July.

  224. Beauty Bee says:

    My favourite spice? Korean red chilli flakes or paste. I’m in loooove and obsessed with Korean food! 😀
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  225. Aenea says:

    It’s my birthday! 🙂

  226. Rosemary says:

    The British Museum is my fav. I live in the US, so I’ve only been there once, but it was love.

    Elegant makeup = Chanel. Red lips, very lashy (as Queen Lisa Eldridge would say) and your skin at its best.

    I hope you feel better this week, Karen. 🙂

  227. Marisela Bennett says:

    When I think of elegant makeup a simple eye makeup with define and volumizing lashes. Perfect skin with the perfect bronze and define cheeks with a glow and a bold lip just perfection.

  228. monica says:

    Do you still read beauty and fashion magazines in paper form?

  229. Anastassia says:

    I love the Tate and BMFA but i have other favorates as well. I don’t mind advice from anyone i like it even if it’s a total stranger.

  230. Daraya says:

    My favorite spices are cinnamon, for sweet dishes, and black pepper, for savory dishes!

  231. Anna says:

    Elegant makeup is composed of clean lines, an accent of color, and a reverence for simplicity.

  232. agnese says:

    hi dear, I want to tell you that you are very important for us , I hope that you are happier these days , I want to read your newsletter every day , is a pleasant appointment open the post and find your email!
    agnese <3<3<3

  233. Lola says:

    I would say that a light wash of color, black eyeliner, and a nice pink lip would be elegant =)

  234. Kathy C says:

    rosemary is my favorite spice!

  235. Hi Karen! As always, I am in! You never know when luck might (finally…) strike!! 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice Sunday.
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  236. Latanya says:

    My fave spice is cumin

  237. Brenda Penton says:

    My favourite spice would be cinnamon. Not only because it tastes great, but it has so many great health benefits.

  238. Loren LAzzara says:

    I need some new primers in my collection.

  239. Tamara Mullen says:

    I love oatmeal cookies and eggs

  240. Kim Henrichs says:

    I’m addicted to Pacifica’s Hawaiian ruby Guava perfume!

  241. Karen says:

    My idea of elegant makeup is a nude eye with feathery black lashes, a bit of nude blush and a full-on, matte red lip…gorgeous!

  242. Denay says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite spice! I consume it daily!!

  243. Rebecca says:

    I have seen a meteor shower! It was one of my first memories I have with my Boyfriend. Super romantic <3

  244. Reezaly says:

    Hello Karen! Although I’ve been subscribed in your email listserv, I haven’t entered in one of your giveaways yet! I believe elegant makeup to be a bit on the pricey side. However, it has to have very good pigmentation, coverage, while being able to look flawless – in the eyes of the artist.

  245. Sherry says:

    My favorite museum is the Smithsonian. I went down to Washington D.C last summer and went to the Smithsonian. It was awesome and they have lots of cool stuff.

  246. Leah says:

    My favorite museum is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My grandmother and I had a tradition of going to New York at least twice a year (I live in Philadelphia so it was always a day trip) and we would always stop by.

  247. Mary María says:

    I love oregano! Pasta & pizza mmmmm.

  248. Kate K says:

    Vanilla extract is the most important baking spice (with cinnamon as a close second). Pepper is the most important single cooking spice, while Italian seasoning is the best blend. Thanks for the giveaway!

  249. Maria J. says:

    What I’m think of Elegant makeup, I think of very natural yet put together, Red Matte lipstick and small winged liner.

  250. Sarah says:

    I’m getting a kick of putting ottoman spice in almost everything lately.

  251. Rose says:

    Audrey Hepburn is the embodiment of elegant makeup

  252. Aeris says:

    My favourite museum is the Musée Guimet in Paris.
    It’s mostly about archeological art from Asia (Japan, India,…) and all the pieces are very well displayed. The light is also beautiful in that museum!

  253. amy pugmire says:

    Love the museum of curiosity. since I am constantly trying to entertain my kids it has become one of our favorite! So many fun neat things to do there!

  254. Alyssa Lee says:

    Garlic salt, it goes on basically everything I cook.

  255. Karenine says:

    I love any museum, but mostly the metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Whenever I feel like I’ve had enough of the city and area where I live, I just hop on a train and stay there all day, taking in all that I can. Speaking of which, I still have to go there this Tuesday for an art history class!

    Hope you have a great rest of your weekend and a fabulous start to the new week!

  256. Denisse Rios says:

    I can’t wait for my Graduation this year. I’m so ready for Summer as I will have the best time of my life with my family! xo, Karen thank you for the oppurtunity.
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  257. Sophie Ramos says:

    When I think of elegant Makeup I think of Tom Ford or Chanel (:

  258. Julieta Perez says:

    The coolest person I know is my Mom. We spend lots of time together, I dont know what I would do with out her!

  259. Doreena says:

    Went to a Sephora store last week while I was in LA CA right on Hollywood Blvd! Way cool!

  260. Jocelyn says:

    Basil is my favorite spice! Even moreso since I started growing it a few years ago. Fresh is so delicious.

  261. Maryna says:

    I love Sephora cosmetics!!!!!

  262. Barbara B says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite spice!

  263. Michaela says:

    i’ve never had a stranger off the street comment on my makeup or give advice but i’m pretty sure i would not appreciate it.

  264. Jha says:

    Happy Caturday Karen! Long time reader, first time commenter. I’m happy to hear that you are feeling better! A little project can definitely help you take your mind off of the bigger stressors in life. Just wanted to tell you to hang in there! You are one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging, your posts never cease to make me smile. Big life changes always have a way of turning us into emotional rollercoasters – I decided to make a big career change from a cushy 9-5 job and into makeup when I turned 30 two years ago and I kind of experienced the same thing. I felt I was standing on the edge of a cliff looking into oblivion and looking back at the comfortable ledge I was standing on. Its unexplainable but its fear and excitement at the same time – the oblivion of “what ifs”. But just know that you are a hero to a lot of us and we consider you our fabulous cat lady friend across the keyboard. And I love how you appreciate fonts as much as I do! Feel better Karen! And ditto-ing on almost everyone’s piece that you look more stunning than ever and love that we can “pseudo-chat” face to fave now via YT!

  265. Amber says:

    I don’t know if this counts as a spice but I am all about a ton of garlic!

  266. Julie says:

    I love the National Gallery in London. It’s free to enter (bonus!) and it’s a fantastic place to people watch all afternoon!
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  267. Lisa Foster says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite museum, but two that I loved are the Art Institute in Chicago and Georgie O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe. Both include well-known works of art that are just spectacular to see in person.

  268. dorit says:

    I hope you’re feeling better today, Karen!

    I’ve indeed seen a meteor shower – twice! I usually don’t see them because I’m living right in the middle of the city and the lights are too bright during nighttime, but in my honeymoon on Maui we went to see the sunrise at Haleakala and when we arrived at four in the morning, there were so many shooting stars! It was breathtaking. I loved it more than the sunrise (which was awesome too!).
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  269. Irene says:

    My favorite museum is probably the Walt Disney Family Museum in SF. I’m biased because I’m a big Disney fan. 🙂

  270. Debra El-Amin says:

    My children are the coolest people I know!! They are both incredible individuals who think for themselves and don’t follow the crowd!! I’m proud to be their Momma!!

  271. Cindy says:

    Speaking of museums, went to MOMA in NYC yesterday to see the Bjork exhibit. Liked the exhibit but REALLY don’t like MOMA. I don’t really understand modern art (like blank canvasses hung up on a wall – THAT I can do myself!!).

  272. Miki says:

    I love any art museum!
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  273. Katia Audrey says:

    I’ve gotta bake those cookies asap lol ! I don’t actually mind strangers giving make up advice, as long as they’re nice, polite and kind. It’s the way you say something that matters to me, more than what you actually say! Have a lovely week Karen!

  274. Bri says:

    Ive never seen a meteor shower! 🙁 It would be really awesome to see one though!

  275. KiKi says:

    Happy Sunday Karen, 1st I would like to say u look great to be almost 40!! Cheers to u hun!! Hoping u feel better about this milestone it’s a blessing.

    •Who’s the coolest person you know? I would have to say my 2 year old son Kaden. I think he been here before & if u have a conversation with him u will be amaze of how cool this 2 year old really is.

    •What’s your favorite spice? Would be hot peppers I’d have to have hot peppers in almost everything I eat. If not hot peppers something spicy.

  276. Clara says:

    My favorite museum is the Metropolitan in NYC!

  277. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I am very lucky to have seen a meteor shower!

  278. Erika B. says:

    My favorite spice for savory dishes is turmeric… and plain old black pepper! For sweets I love cinnamon and cardamom!

  279. Efrain says:

    You don’t have to return the favor my friend.

  280. Neha says:

    Every product I think about buying you have reviewed…I love it. Cinnamon is my fave spice – seems a very popular choice

  281. Liz says:

    I can’t wait for my tom ford summer stuff to ship!!

  282. De says:

    haha such random questions – love it! Favourite spice – CORIANDER all the way baby. Good on, in , with everything!!
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  283. Hayley says:

    wish they had a sephora in my city, id never be out of it! your blog is my bible x

  284. Wayne says:

    It SNOWED this week in the Toronto-area!

  285. Marta says:

    Philadelphia museum of art is my favorite!

  286. I haven’t been up to much, as I have been working the whole weekend, but on Sunday morning Mr. Loca got up early to make pancakes for breakfast. That mad my whole day so much brighter!
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  287. Jordi says:

    Unsolicited make-up advice is an absolute no-no – but letting someone know she has lipstick on her teeth is doing a good deed!

  288. Elizabeth Keiser says:

    The coolest person in my life is my bestfriend/roommate Tracey. She is the embodiment of Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. She is incredibly talented interior designer who loves tacky finds from Goodwill.

  289. Lindsay says:

    not a fan of anyone giving unsolicited advice, especially strangers!

  290. Jenna says:

    I think unsolicited makeup advice is good if it’s done in an elegant manner. Otherwise, it can be self-esteem crushing. At my cashiering job, I once had a lady lean over the counter, hand me a Mary Kay business card and claimed that I ‘needed to give her a call.’ I was so embarrassed! I was like ‘Where’s a paper bag?! I want to hide my face!”

  291. Pauline says:

    My favorite spice is garlic. You can use it on almost every savory food and it is good for you.
    I hope to win a Sephora card one of these days!!!

  292. elia says:

    I love going to galleries and looking at pop art,I’m from LA and would like to visit SF to go to the upper playground gallery. I love tobgo makeupless if possible on weekends but if I need to look put together if I’m going out there’s nothing more elegant than red lipstick. Thanks and I always enjoy your blog!

  293. Sarah says:

    Easily the coolest person I know is my grandma! She is so cool and is the type of person I aspire to be her make up game is also flawless. I’d probably share the gift card with her haha also love your blog! <3

  294. Those oatmeal cookies sound outstanding! And the fact that they are acceptable for breakfast just means everything to me. 🙂

  295. maria says:

    I have had the stomach flu all weekend. It is awful.

  296. MonicaP says:

    What’s your favorite spice?

    Cinnamon 🙂

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  297. richelle bowers says:

    the coolest person I know is my husband….because he has an amazing heart

  298. nlm8 says:

    Museum of Natural History!! Also the American History Smithsoneum 🙂

  299. Deanna says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite spice. I pretty much put it on everything.

  300. Michaela Mappala says:

    My favorite museum is Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It has (in my opinion) the greatest collection of Impressionist paintings, especially Renoir.

  301. Ms. Elise says:

    When I think of elegant makeup, I think of bold red/red-orange/dark red lips and a soft cat eye. That, or just super natural glowy-matte makeup, like shimmery peach cheeks and super matte foundation with a bit of highlight.

  302. marlena says:

    The City Museum in St. Louis and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris are my favorite musuems – the former is so unique and and exciting, the latter is just beautiful, is in an amazing city, and features art from some of my favorite artists/movements.

  303. Sylvia H. says:

    What’s your favorite museum and why?

    Well, I guess it’s The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. It’s a medical museum, and basically it’s what I’m studying now so… 😛

  304. Paper Doll says:

    Thank you for inviting us in to your life & sharing so much of yourself with us. I hope you know that you are not alone in your struggle to find fulfillment & happiness… you & I, & I imagine many other women, have so much in common. It helps to know that we are not alone… & we can help strengthen one another with kind words & support. I hope that our prayers our answered, & we are capable of becoming all that we desire. May God bless us all!

  305. BooBooNinja says:

    Happy weekend, Karen!

  306. Georgia says:

    My favorite spice is crushed red pepper. I love spicy food.

  307. Niki says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon. Anything cinnamon flavor I have to try and it’s the reason Christmas baking season is my favorite baking season.

  308. Princess says:

    I can’t narrow it down to just one person so the coolest people I know are my family members.

  309. Jenn says:

    Glad you’re feeling better 🙂

  310. Justine says:

    I can’t pick a favorite spice! I like ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric.

  311. Carolyn N. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you had a good weekend!

  312. Maddie says:

    If we didn’t have any down days, we wouldn’t truly appreciate the up days. I hope yours are looking up again really soon, Karen! I must say, getting your emails every day sure bring some light into my life. I love your blog. 🙂

  313. Lisa C says:

    I too had a hard time, but for me it was turning 30, realizing that I was no longer in my 20’s. 40 wasn’t as bad for me as 30 was. I absolutely used to dread every birthday once I hit 45. But now I’ve learned to embrace my age (cancer survivor!) so I’ve come to a new appreciation of every birthday 🙂 It’s not always easy to do but I think about the alternative and then I’m happy to see what life is like after 50! Hang in there Karen, you’re still very young and have lots of wonderful years ahead of you!

  314. Amber M says:

    This past week was pretty chaotic leaving me behind in my reading so I didn’t see Thursday’s post until today. Wow! Thank you for your courage and honesty. I turned 40 last October and one of the worst parts of being without kids is being the only one. For those of us struggling in similar situations thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings and reminding us that someone else gets it.

  315. Maria R says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon. ☺ I love to add it to my tea, oatmeal, even coffee. I haven’t really tried it in my cooking yet though.

  316. Bernice says:

    When I think of elegant makeup, I think of Audrey Hepburn.

  317. Tiffany says:

    I am intrigued by the Ole Henriksen skincare line.

  318. Liza says:

    Finals week is here! So basically goodbye makeup hello textbooks. Probably wont even have time to brush my hair let alone my eyebrows! But as soon as this is done, its back home and back to work for me= money! Summer is bae.

  319. Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti says:

    •What’s your favorite spice?

    I think my favorite spice is Posh Spice. I really like Victoria Beckham. Oh, wait! Were you talking about the kind of spice you put on food or in drinks? 😀 In that case, then, it would be nutmeg. I put it on all coffee drinks and hot chai, and it tastes comforting to me. It reminds me of pie.

  320. Virginia says:

    For elegant makeup, I think natural, but with a sophisticated twist. Maybe a sleek cat eye or red lip.

  321. Danielle says:

    The coolest person I know is my mom!

  322. Heather R says:

    I’ve only seen one meteor shower but I love them.

  323. Angel says:

    I am a salt snob. I love fancy salts. I even bought coffee salt this weekend. I think i will sprinkle it over frosted brownies. Yum.

  324. Michelle L says:

    i like cinnamon, and I’ve never seen a meteor shower.

  325. Nicole J. says:

    “How do you feel about strangers in public who give unsolicited makeup advice?”

    I don’t have a major issue with anyone who gives me unsolicited makeup advice because I often take it as someone giving me additional makeup ideas and/or rescuing me from a makeup emergency.

    I usually keep it safe in the makeup department; keeping the looks as close to my natural brown skintone with a light hint of color on my cheeks and plum/burgundy lip color. I often seek additional ideas for more colorful and vibrant looks from makeup mavens of the internet (like yourself, Karen ^_^). I always take the advice of others into consideration when researching new products and looks, so I would not feel particularly offended if a stranger on the street gave me advice on how to polish/jazz up my look.

    In the past few years, finding the right foundation for my skin color and type has been an (expensive!) struggle. I have made misinformed foundation choices that have left a white cast or oily sheen on my face on many occasions; ruining every picture that I have taken at parties & events. I was mortified to see all of those pictures on my Facebook friends’ pages because I figured that if it was very noticeable in those pictures, my oily or unevenly blended makeup look was visible to the naked eyes of the people around me. If those same strangers or acquaintances who saw me riding the NYC subway or entering the room were brave enough to approach me with advice on my makeup application, I would’ve been embarrassed at first but it would’ve saved me a lot of heartache (and money lol) much earlier in my beauty journey.

    Some people can be very rude in their approach, and sometimes you may feel offended even when someone may honestly believe that they are trying to help. The entire notion of someone telling you that what you are doing to express yourself may not be working for you can be very disheartening; it can even ruin the rest of your day/night. When it comes to receiving advice from strangers in public, it is always up to you, the captive audience, to ultimately decide what is best for you. Strangers don’t know you as well as you know yourself, your personal style, your skintone, your skin type, your lifestyle, and your budget. You should always remain confident in your choices while using these advice sessions as lessons for personal growth–Rising above criticism and developing your own personal form of beauty expression. The choice is always yours!

    Thanks for hosting this contest, Karen!

  326. Bonnie C. says:

    I am so glad to be home with my kitty cat after a long road trip. I don’t do well without daily cat therapy!

  327. Toan says:

    Are you going to get the Kat Von D. Shade and Light palette?

    Looks like a nice one!

  328. Lily says:

    The favourite museum is the MET in NYC. It has such a great collection of everything from all over the world.
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  329. Rosie R says:

    Hi! Regarding your question about a meteor shower, I have seen one! And I love them so much. It’s truly a remarkable experience a sight to see. I’m a star fan.

  330. Connie says:

    My favorite spice doesn’t exist yet, but it would be a smoked jalapeno/paprika blend.

  331. Jenn says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower

  332. Sara Muniz says:

    Random comment: I hope my husband’s feet get better soon and I’m praying for a quick recovery he broke one ankle and fractured the other.

  333. Rhoda K says:

    Happy Caturday! I’ve never seen a meteor shower, but hope to!

  334. Nisha says:

    I can’t decided between cinnamon and curry as my favorite spice lol

  335. Edmond says:

    WOW, my fave: cinnamon. Divien. Wow, prize paypal gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

  336. Maren says:

    Fave spices: garlic, cilantro, and hot chilies.
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  337. Lucy Nguyen says:

    I have never seen a meteor shower in my life and wish to see one.

  338. Renata says:

    Absolutely curry is my fav. Indian food rocks! 😀

  339. Rebecca says:

    I just read your quick hello post as well – you are so brave to share your troubles with us and talking about them is definitely going to help you feel better and take on those 40’s girl! thanks for everything as always, you’re amazing! I hope I’m half as cool when I’m 40.

  340. shelly peterson says:

    I have never seen a meteor shower.

  341. Tara says:

    Have you ever seen a meteor shower? No, but just a few days ago we “think” we heard a sonic boom “from” a meteor shower. No, really. I heard something crazy loud and the house shook. I though it was a car accident or something fell in the house… until later that night, on Facebook, I realized I wasn’t the only one and it was heard MILES around me. Crazy! Sonic boom was the only thing the news could come up with…

  342. sienna says:

    I love any art museum!! I really love the milwaukee art museum a lot.

  343. Julie says:

    Favorite spice is GARLIC POWDER. (Is that technically a spice?) I don’t know… but it’s AMAZING and I put it on almost everything. 🙂 Would love to win this giftcard to buy my momma something great for Mother’s day!

  344. Nicole Colantonio says:

    I would LOVEEE to spoil my mom with a whole bag of minis from Sephora for Mother’s Day 🙂

  345. yelena says:

    Karen, I hope you are feeling better and that the weekend served to help you get recharged and refocused.
    I cannot say I need anything from Sephora right now, but a gift card for my mom to buy some treats would be great 😀

    Happy Monday!

  346. Chelsee says:

    My mom is the coolest person I know for sure!

  347. Rina says:

    Love to watch meteor showers in the desert.

  348. Kim says:

    I’m so sorry I wasn’t there for you last week. I hadn’t had a chance to check in until this AM but will catch up now. I hope all is well and I’m sending you virtual hugs if you still need them. You’re awesome – don’t forget that!!!!! 🙂

  349. Melody says:

    What I want to know is how you did the photo for this post! Did Tabs patiently pose? 😉
    When I think of elegant makeup and dress the golden age of Hollywood comes to mind. But with more eyebrows than they did back then lol.

  350. Steph says:

    ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)! I could (and have!) spent hours in the Egyptian, Roman, and Greek sections. Love, love, love all of it.
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  351. Suzanne says:

    My favorite spice is truffle salt.Just a little bit takes food over the edge of deliciousness! Plus it’s great on popcorn!

  352. Candice says:

    How are you so consistently full of fabulous Karen-ness? Thanks for all of the ways that you are you in this world. Sending lots of hugs. Also that opening photo has made me laugh no less than 7 times upon seeing it.

  353. Anika says:

    My favorite spice – Cinnamon!

  354. Jordan says:

    Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better!

  355. Trude says:

    The coolest museum I’ve ever been to is the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. The most amazing collections of art, furniture, so much in an awesome building!
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  356. Audrey B says:

    What’s my favorite spice? I’d have to say cayenne pepper, I love anything that brings “heat” to a dish!

  357. Ruchita says:

    I remember as a kid, loving the National Air and Space Museum in DC!

  358. Regina Reed says:

    CUMIN! I don’t know what it is, I cannot get enough cumin.

  359. Rachel says:

    My favorite museum is the Tate Museum in London. I love it because most of the exhibits are free and there’s some really amazing art in there. I also love converted factories.

  360. Kristina says:

    I love the DeYoung. My dad used to take me there after school when I was little and now it still make me so happy to go there. I love their exhibits!

  361. MB says:

    I can’t wait to add some of those MAC extra dimension eye shadows to my collection. I am suuuch a eyeshadow and lipstick junkie. Idk why but these items are just yummy to me.

  362. Bee says:

    KAren… just read your Hello post and I want to pull you from the screen and hug you!!! you have beeen an integral part of our lives now!!!

    What’s your favorite museum and why? does an aquarium count??? I went to atlanta and to this huge aquarium- it was the best thing ever… I sat in front of the huge fish tank with huge fishes swimming by – it was the most peaceful thing ever. I did not utter a single word for almost 3 hrs… hawwwwww!

    I want to go there again :((
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  363. Andrea Darst says:

    My comment is really a question: I just bought an undereye primer (after reading your review) and I’m not sure in what order to apply it…after serum, but before eye treatment? Thanks!

  364. Alice says:

    Duuuuuuuuude… Cardamom for the win. 😀 Best spice, EVA.

  365. Swati says:

    Cumin is my favorite spice 🙂

  366. Emily says:

    I luckily have never had a stranger try to give me unsolicited makeup advice, because I would NOT react well…

  367. Pamela Haddad says:

    Everyday is Happy Caturday!! Glad you’re feeling better. One of the coolest people I know is my best friend, Joyce. Even though she’s almost 70, she is SO cool! Her hair is gorgeous and people stop her all the time telling her they love the cut and color. And even when she says she’s dressed down for dinner, there’s no way I dress that nicely. She is just awesome!

  368. Ilaria says:

    I would recommend to everyone Mycenae, an archeological site in Greece. In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization. I love this place.

    Thank you for the chance:)

  369. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I’m excited about my trip to Atlanta later this week to pick up my toddler grandson and fly home. His parents will be driving out soon after. Will be so good to have all my family back in Tucson!

  370. Molly says:

    I think of classic red lips, winged liner and fresh foundation as elegant. 🙂

  371. Courtney says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower

  372. Abby says:

    I’ve never seen a meteor shower, but hope to do so someday! That would be cool. I love all museums! So I really don’t have a favorite. I love anything spicy when it comes to spices! Elegant makeup to me is something from the 30’s-50’s like Audrey Hepburn, or the award shows like the Grammy’s or the Oscars.

  373. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    The first thoughts I had as I read your post of your emotional struggles were of the saying to be kind to everyone because we do not know what difficulties they may be walking through. One reason is I have thought how incredibly wonderful it would be to have my life together like you do and to test, photograph, write and post about so many products as you do and have a personal life yet maintain a household in all it entails is simply overwhelming to me. I am by no means glad you are distraught but I do thank you for sharing it with us. I can relate to the disorganization so well. Coming from a few years ago perfectionist and having everything clean and organized to the complete opposite is stressful no matter how or why it happened. But being aware of this and starting little by little doing something about it is progress dear heart, it truly is. As far as having children you will arrive at a place as you are going through this journey of life and find serenity I do believe. You have to be true to yourself and God (if you believe in God) will help you with an answer. I have two daughters that are 19 and 21 that are my heart and my world and are truly blessings. Even though I had graduating with a BBA in accounting, was in public accounying and had gotten married it was hard with two children. But I wouldn’t take anything for them. I do believe I would be a much better mother now if I had small children than I was 15-20 years ago because I have more patience, coping skills, etc. and there are disadvantages to starting a family at 40. Again, do what it takes to find peace within and we will all be here if you post daily or once monthly but of course would miss you. Enough of my rambling. Thank you for sharing part of what makes Karen the beautiful lady that you are. I will be praying for you.

  374. Lydia says:

    I think my favorite museum is the Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago because it is so freaky!

  375. holly says:

    My favorite spice is turmeric! Not only is it super good for you, but tastes great in so many different dishes!

  376. Whitney G says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon. You can put it in sweet and savory dishes.

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  378. Rachel says:

    My favorite spice is cinnamon. It’s just so warm and comforting and delicious.

  379. Lizette says:

    My favorite makeup is a perfectly lined red lip with a subtle eye makeup. I think it looks fresh and elegant because you can pull it off at day or night. And being a fan of classics, a red lip is always in style.

  380. Karen R. says:

    Cinnamon is my favorite.

  381. Kat says:

    my favorite museum is the Field Museum in Chicago. It has a great dinosaur exhibit and it has the most amazing exhibit about Ancient Egypt!!

  382. Bj says:

    Oh my gosh I need this! My makeup bag was stolen yesterday, of course it was only filled with my higher end stuff ;( this would be a blessing to get me back started out on my essentials! Love the blog as always Karen! Xoxo

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