Best of 2017 | Kat Von D Beauty

by Jamie Sanford on January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

I have more “important” posts to work on, about goals and such things, and I will get to that, but during a discussion of “2017 beauty favorites,” I realized that Kat Von D Beauty is absolutely my favorite makeup brand of 2017.

In addition to new products, I’ve picked up some items that are on their way out that made their way to Marshall’s.

There are links below, but here’s a breakdown of some favorites:

  • Lips: I got a few studded kiss lipsticks at Marshall’s, including in the shade Lovecraft, which is my new favorite lip color. I also picked up liquid lipsticks, including sets of minis. I don’t like having mini versions of most products, but liquid lipsticks are perfect for downsizing.
  • Perfume: Kat Von D Beauty has 2 perfumes, Saint and Sinner. I like them both and have small versions of each one.
  • Face: As Kat Von D Beauty shifted to offering the Shade & Light face palette with interchangeable pans, the originals made their way to Marshall’s, so I picked mine up for half price. I am a contouring newbie, so we will have to see how it goes, but so far, I find these powders to be incredibly blendable and easy to apply lightly so I don’t look like a mess.
  • Eyes: I did not get all of the eyeshadow palettes released this year, that would be too many, but I did pick up some of the Shade & Light Eyeshadow quads at, you guessed it, Marshall’s. It is paint-by-numbers eyeshadow, and is great if you want something super simple and fast, but that still looks like you tried. I also picked up the limited-edition Metal Matte Mini palette, since I have the monster-sized one, and I love it so much, but it is not portable. The mini is a great option, and if you haven’t tried out the Metal Crush eyeshadows, this is the perfect way to try multiple colors at a much better price point. The regular Metal Crush eyeshadows are $21 each, and this palette is $39, so you can see the value.

Links to these products are below. Happy 2018!

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2017 Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on December 29, 2017

It’s that time again. The end of the year, and lots of Instagrams to go through.

Let’s get right into the yearly recap.

After a chill NYE with the boys, we went to our favorite park on New Year’s Day. We would end up on a lot of trips to this park all year.

Pete was in NJ for work, and we had a few chances to hang out.

Wine tasting with the boys.

Back at the park, too warm for a normal winter.

We escaped to Florida for a little trip, and toured the campus of Florida Southern College. You can see my full posts on this experience here.

We also went to the Everglades and took an excellent airboat tour.

We also managed to be there at the right time for a trip to the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Back at home – I took this photo of my favorite immigrant.

Different views of the Flatiron Building.

Estate sailing has not become old yet. Old houses are still the weirdest, most interesting museums.

Dad visited and we went to Rutt’s Hut, because you have to.

I posted about the Met Costume Institute’s “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” Exhibition a LOT. It was beautiful.

We had a great evening with Stevie Nicks.

We went to our first air show. (Together, that is.)

We went to a local zoo and William bonded with the budgies.

Back to Florida for a wedding and we finally went to the Giraffe Ranch with Mom and Dad! Look at this beautiful creature! <3

Amazing skies at Mike & Amy’s wedding.

An uneventful July ended with a bang, when I got an email about a surprise Nine Inch Nails show on a random Monday night at Webster Hall.

Random stop at the Gingerbread House, which has seen much better days.

More estate sailing, and another weird thing I should have purchased.

Got together with the girls and selfied with Wadee’ah.

Went to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival with William, and we had poutine in the cold.

We got fancy for David and Brian’s wedding!

Halloween dinner.

We love the fall. A lot.

Will and I had a photoshoot to feature my forest queen antler headpieces. Images can be seen here.

We ventured out to a different park, this time at Ramapo Reservation.

We went to a most excellent Gary Numan show on Will’s birthday. Here’s a video of one of my favorite songs from the show. Watch out for the arm at the very end. So good.

We have not traveled nearly as much this year as we have in the past few, but I intend on changing that for next year. Here’s to another year of Instagrams!

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Link Tank #47

by Jamie Sanford on December 12, 2017

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I’m still so sad that Prince isn’t in our world anymore.

Go listen to the 11/18 episode of the Slate’s Working podcast, with Miz Cracker. I remember baby Miz Cracker from when we met during a drag pageant in 2012, and her evolution has been astounding and amazing, but not surprising. I’m so glad that the world is getting to know her.

This story about how Sarah is total garbage in The Craft is depressing af to someone who enjoyed that movie. I’m still Team Nancy though, she was so badass.

These cute holiday gnomes from Sweet Paul are darling.

Britney’s Blackout was underappreciated and overshadowed by her personal problems. This recap of the influence it had, including words from Britney, is wonderful.

Another queen that I love is Trixie Mattel, and this story on her evolution is fascinating. Way to go, Tracy.

Amazing rockumentaries that you should have seen by now.

I love Archer so much that Archer quotes should be counted as another language that I speak. This is NSFW.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross created their own version of the Halloween theme. It’s a little late in the year for me to share, but it is creepy.

Until next time.

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Forest Fantasy | Living My Best Life

by Jamie Sanford on December 7, 2017

I have been brewing a blog post about making for some time now. I keep working on new projects that make me have more to say, and so it is very delayed. However, I had to do something about this project.

I have been thinking about making a headpiece for myself featuring large antlers for ages, and I finally managed to do so this past October. My Halloween plans did not work out, so I didn’t have a chance to go out in my costume, which is not so much a costume as me living my forest queen fantasy. I wanted to mark the occasion of this particular project, so I asked William to make some photos of me. Add this to the list of things I have done this year to actively try to live my best life. I know that the phrase is overused to death, but the concept is right. I am over being worried about what other people think about me, and so here I am in the woods.

The overwhelming feeling I had while doing this is that I had no idea what to do with my hands. How do models do this?

Will: “Pose like a statue!” Jamie: *does this*

I wish more of my purple hair was illuminated in this one.

The headpiece on my head is a mixture of faux flowers from Michael’s and 2 different kinds of plastic antlers that I found at Pier 1 Imports and then disassembled from their original locations, and painted to what I wanted them to look like. My dress is from eShakti.

“I’m going to stand behind this plant so my hands don’t look weird.” Look at the antlers though!! This is by far the most complicated thing that I have made, and I am super-proud of the result.

Go forth and live your best life. I know that your version of that probably won’t be wearing a giant headpiece in the woods, but you get the idea.

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Holiday Shopping | Christmas Tree

by Jamie Sanford on December 1, 2017

I will be traveling this year and so won’t be putting my tree up. However, I look forward to the day when I will have a house and will definitely be having multiple trees in my home. I don’t know what “Christmas decor overkill” means.

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Let’s start shopping with trees.


The variety of trees is remarkable. I am not a person who needs a real tree, I think that’s why pine-scented candles exist.


One of my greatest dreams is an upside-down Christmas tree. They sell them with bases that come out of the top, but I want to actually mount a tree to the ceiling so there’s empty space under the tree. I think it would make an amazing centerpiece over a dining table.


I have a collection of ornaments starting from when I was born. Those “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments are quite fragile now, and so I hang them inside the tree a bit so they do not get knocked to the floor. I have traditional decorative ornaments in gold, as we ended up with a slight gold theme after my husband Will suggested that we supplement the white lights already in the tree with extra gold ones. I also have some Hallmark pop culture ornaments that were gifts, as well as ones purchased in our travels. I absolutely have too many ornaments for my current tree, which is another reason why I need a house so that I can have multiple trees.


Lights! My main tree right now is pre-lit, but as mentioned above, we haven’t been able to leave it at that. Once Will suggested adding more lights, we have gone a bit crazy. We have the white lights that came with the tree, and we add regular tree lights in gold, and then we add a few more that have ball-shaped bulbs, some with beautiful texture. This adds dimension to the tree that I did not expect, but I love it and will never go back.


Tree toppers! Since my tree is not the sturdiest, we have utilized a simple ornament-style topper for years, like the Christopher Radko one above. Once I get a more substantial tree that can manage a more robust topper, I will likely struggle to pick one that I like. Now that I’ve seen it, I am definitely obsessed with the peacock.

That’s all for me on Christmas tree shopping and decoration. Tweet me with your favorite Christmas tree traditions.

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