After a long absence…

Life and work has been super busy this past year and I have not had the chance to maintain my gloss+cotton blog like I really would like to. BUT I am not giving up on blogging entirely, I am just moving any blogging I do over to I will no longer be posting here at gloss+cotton. I will still be making lifestyle and shopping posts, just not as often. Lifestyle posts will also be intermixed with my posts on any art, design or photography I have to share. Since I am currently involved in purchasing my first home (condo) I am sure there will be posts on home/style/design as well. So be-bop over to my new site. See you there!

Payless Haul – Memorial Day Sale


Let’s be real, Payless almost always has some sort of sale going on. I don’t shop there as much as I used to during college and my early 20s, but I still think it is a great place to find wallet friendly accessories. I will spare you dear readers an entire post on the difficulties I go through finding shoes that fit. So I was thrilled to find a pair of basic white sandals for uner $20! With budget products a good rule of thumb is usually to keep things simple. These simple white sandals will be wearable with a lot of items in my closet. The cheery tote is one of several styles Payless has right now. Accessories are buy one, get one free! So try a bold necklace, and donate some of those old items you’re not using. Many of my more eye-catching accessories were budget finds (Kohls, Target, Payless, Forever21). I sort through mine once a year, donating anything I get bored with. Lastly, sunglasses were 2 for $15 at Payless. If yours get tossed around and/or lost like mine you can’t beat less than $10 per pair.

“Trudy” Comfort Plus sandals – $17 (sale, org $29.99)
Small faux rhinestone earrings – $9.99
Pink necklace – org $7 (free with sale)
Yellow striped cloth tote – $11.99 (sale, org $19.99)

Drugstore Deals: Neutrals

I bought the Rimmel Trio below when I was looking for a cheap neutral palette. It is Rimmel’s Glam Eyes 621 “Orion” ($4.99). I love all three shades together or used separately. The largest midtone brown is great for throwing on with just mascara on the weekends.
I really wanted to be more impressed with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in “Tough as Taupe” ($6.99). I love their shade “Bad to the Bronze” and use it often. The taupe shade just doesn’t last as well on my lids, and I find it more difficult to blend evenly. Thinking I may try using it in a smudgy eyeliner look. Generally I’m impressed with the whole line of Color Tattoo shadows and this one certainly won’t keep me from trying others!


“Black Cherry” by Revlon

Rarely do I ever remember to apply lipstick after I leave my apartment in the morning. “Black Cherry” by Revlon may change that. I put it on my fall list after reading Meg’s review of Revlon’s Just Bitten balm stains from¬† She has good insights on products (U.K. and U.S.), and I encourage you to check out her blog. In tube Black Cherry looks deceivingly dark and gothic. Slicked on it is a lovely plum/wine color. I purchased mine at CVS for $8.99 (with a $3 reward back for all you CVS ExtraBucks people). Top left and swatches were taken in natural light. Top right was taken indoors.Black Cherry - Revlon

First Ladies

History is a school subject that is all too easily generalized. Limited time and resources are largely to blame, and one group I feel becomes largely overlooked in United States history are the “First Ladies” (or hostesses of the Executive branch). Enter C-SPAN and their series on these women. The First Ladies are as varied in time and personality as the Presidents they support. C-SPAN is not a company known for its entertainment value, and while a couple of the segments can be quite dry, the value of this series should not be shortchanged. If anything it may encourage you to seek out and read more about select First Women of the United States. I myself already have a short list of reading to pick up. All segments of the show can be viewed (free) on the C-SPAN First Ladies: Influence and Image web page. At this stage C-SPAN has covered up through Eleanor Roosevelt.

First LadiesBelow are a few suggestions on where to begin:
Grace Coolidge (1923-1929)
Helen Taft (1909-1913)
Julia Grant (1869-1877)
Martha Washington (1789-1797)