Tuesday, September 11, 2012


First:  Remember when I did this Fingerless Gloves DIY ()?  While I really liked the gloves I thought for sure I would place them in my drawer and maybe bring them out in the winter for a ski trip.  Imagine my surprise as I was flipping through Nordstrom's August catalog, which somehow was in my "throw away" pile of magazines.  So here is my inspired (and WAY cheaper) version.  Thanks Nordie's for the inspiration!!
*Picture taken by me from Nordstrom August 2012 catalog with my iPhone

Second:  Some of you may have noticed that I've been a bit MIA (thanks for checking on me Roni!!)
Without waxing poetic I have decided to just come clean cuz eventually it will all come out anyway.  A few weeks ago I had minor surgery to remove a small sebaceous cyst from my scalp that was infected. (fyi: sebaceous cysts are benign).  Still, it kinda rocked my world (the wrong way) and I fell into a semi depression/insomnia state that was so hard to shake.  After a couple of days, wanting to feel better, I went out make-up shopping, bought a new foundation (super-expensive, like if I spent more $$ it would equate to me feeling much better) and broke out horrendously, which only ended up making me feel worse and making my insomnia worse.  As days went by I didn't post I seriously worried about hurting my fellow blogger friend's feelings that I couldn't respond back in a timely manner, that I didn't visit their blogs, that my comments lacked substance, etc....
So I decided to turn the tables around and ask all of you:

1. Faced with insomnia what home remedies do you suggest?
2. How do you deal with blogging guilt?, responding to comments?, visiting hundreds of blogs?

Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom, advice, etc...

P.S. As you can see by the pics I am bouncing back (...slowly...)

How fun is this picture?

 I have always wanted to take a picture like this..... PEAACEE!

"take a look at  yourself and then make a change..."  (Michael Jackson)


  1. oh Dana Im so so sorry to read this i really really hope ur feeling bit better in yourself its a horrible feeling and especially wit insomnia oh god help u that's just awful. i can only say that u do truly look wonderful and Im not just sayin it u really do i love the outfit and fantastic gloves they are genius. hair stunning as always. only thing i do for insomnia is say a prayer don't know how u feel about that but i just start yakking in my head and talk to god and before i know it Im asleep. did u try reading sometimes helps. as to guilt about blogging oh dear i drive myself crazy over this. but it is just so hard to get around to everyone i would love to know how some of them do it to especially if ur working aswell its just impossible. i hope u got my other email Dana i just want u to know Im thinking of u and sending lots of love and hugs to u fRom across the pond. big kiss my sweetest friend xx Leo.

  2. fun pics! love your inspiration,great outfit! xxx

  3. I was wondering what happened to you! First of all, I am glad you are ok, and making a recovery. Secondly, make-up that caused you to break-out? I am so sorry to hear about that, I've experienced that as well and that's never fun. Just take your time...and you look amazing as always, and these are such fun shots! It's hard Dana when you are dealing with blogging guilt. I get a lot of comments on my blog and try my best to respond to each one, but honestly once the post has gone live for a few days, I may not have time to go back. I try my best, I've lost readers because I didn't respond, but you can't make everyone happy. I'm still trying to figure out that balance.

  4. So glad you are now on the mend Dana, it's also amazing how you can spend so much money on make-up & it can totally not suit your skin. I absolutely love your black & white ensemble & yay to the fingerless gloves!
    Keep your chin up gal!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo

  5. You look amazing! I love the black and white, so classic.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. Oh no Dana, sorry to hear you've been feeling so down in the dumps. Happy to see you back though, I was getting worried! It seems to me like insomnia usually goes away when you don't have a lot of things weighing on your mind. I get the blogger guilt too, but it's impossible to respond to every single comment and read every single blog that you're following. You're only human!

    PS Love how the gloves makes it look like cut outs in the top!

    The Tiny Heart

  7. Aww, I hope you get to feeling better soon Dana!!


  8. For insomnia I really don't have a remedy other than a hot bath and a relaxing massage.
    Regarding blog guilt you shouldn't be worried, sincere followers are still here...

    I'm glad you're ok.


  9. This is such a cool look! Digging the simple but always chic black and white palette. As for insomnia, I recommend not looking at your phone or computer at least one to two hours before bedtime, because the lights from either screens affects your synapses and causes you to stay awake. Also, I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better and well on the road to recovery! Take care!

    With love from San Francisco, California,

  10. nice look :)
    I'm sorry to hear this about you. I hope you're feeling better.


  11. Hi my dear, I am so sorry to hear you were not feeling well and had a procedure done, wish I knew earlier so i could've wished you well. I am glad to know you are feeling better, you are a ray of sunshine and please done let anything get you down :)
    I often suffer from insomnia, coffee makes it worse, try herbal Rescue Remedy drops, they natural and safe. You look so chic in this black and white look, love the gloves, you are a future trend spotter!! I need to use mine. Thanks for your comment, (haha the donkey thing made me laugh) no need to feel guilty at all about not responding to comments, life happens!

  12. I am so sorry to hear about your surgery! I am happy that you are back to blogging now! I know it an be hard getting back at it after being away. I have had many surgeries over the years from a motorcycle accident. I dont let that hold me back. I agree it is hard to visit so many blog and comment. You look great here! You did an amazing job with the gloves!


  13. First of all, you poor thing!! Thank God everything was alright in the end and not the worst that it could have been. On your scalp?! Ugh, that just gave me goosebumps; how scary :( Again, I'm so so so so glad you're alright, even with the dealing with the aftermath of insomnia. Insomnia sucks. I've been there for days at a time and thankfully not more than that. I have friends who have been dealing with it for months! Crazy. I'm sure you've tried it, but just in case you haven't, have you tried just taking a melatonin pill and a bath right after; that automatically puts me to bed when I'm having trouble sleeping. Sometimes just the melatonin knocks me on my ass right away! I hope you find something that works for you, hun. ♥
    Thank you for the little shout out. Little things like that make me happy and feel super special! I try to be the best blog friend to those blog friends that I've made a true connection with. I'm very happy to call you one of those people and I'm glad that the feeling is mutual :D
    I love your self proclaimed "copy cat files" series on your blog! It's one of the most unique things. I actually thought about you the other day when I saw this amazing picture of Kelly Osbourne in an equally amazing outfit that I just wanted to "copy-cat" :) So I saved it to my comp for the day I find all the pieces in my closet to make my first copy cat files post to come true! haha
    That brings me to these pictures and this particular outfit - It's a perfect match! And how bout those gloves getting put to use so quickly!?! Yeahh! You look GREAT and there are no indications that you had a little skin problem (I HATE when that happens to me!). Really, you're totally rockin' a Chanel-model vibe! :D
    That sideways picture is AWESOME! Yes, yes, yes, fun indeed!
    As for the guilt on not blogging/commenting/reading blog friends' blogs, I can so understand that guilt. I've called it the blog guilt, too and most all my friends relate. I guess it is a blogger thing. Only we all agree that there's no reason to feel guilty. It's like why do we let it get to us when we miss a few days or a week (or even a month like I did this summer!)? For me, I just worry that they think I've abandoned them or don't care about my blog and I 100% DO. I love my blog, and I love the friends that I've made through it, along with their blogs. But life happens and sometimes life is gonna take us away from the internet for a while. The great thing is they'll still be there when you come back and posts can be read however long after the fact, IF you want to! And your friends will understand, just like your real life friends do when things happen. :) Seriously, don't kick yourself over this.
    Have a great rest of your week, darlin' ♥

  14. Sorry to know you were not so well, am glad you are getting better...you look wonderful!! Keep getting better xx

  15. love the clutch! Great outfit! :)
    wud u like to follow each other? Let me knw! :)

    Maybe you have time to read my new post is up: The making of a Resume

    ~Boomerang Plus

  16. Darling, I am so sorry to hear this! I have been MIA too (been under the weather, still recovering actually, but no more fever, yay!)But good news is you are recovering and it was not serious. I can understand being depressed, I injured my back (STILL recovering after almost 10 months!) and I struggled to make peace with the fact that my lifestyle might not be the same again - no gym, no bootcamp, active lifestyle and worst I put on weight coz I was not working out like normal but now, I couldn't be bothered anymore, at least I am breathing and that's important. Insomia? Tell me about it, share with me if any of our friends' advice works. As for blogging guilt, I try to answer to all that drop in but sometimes I am quite behind but then again not much since my blog is relatively small.. a blessing? I don't know, whatever LOL! Looking forward for the trip!
    Take care for now, doll!

    Kisses from:
    (where fashion and food collide!)

  17. of, si eu sufar de insomnie, ma apuca nervii noaptea, stau in pat si ma uit la tavan, nu pot sa adorm....

  18. cool outfit - love the cut outs on the top!


  19. You look great! I love your clutch :)
    Would you like to follow each other? Please let me know :)


    xoxo, Press

  20. Great photos Dana! It looks like you were having fun :) Love the black and white look.

  21. Love you your blog....
    Nice outfit...
    I follow you...follow me back?

  22. you look beautiful!!!! and you shoes are sooo amazing!!!


  23. Looking great doll and you're rocking this outfit.

    PS. Thx for your comment on my blog and of course we can follow each other. Following you now hope you come visit and follow back if you like.

    <3 Marina

  24. Your very creative I can tells just from your pictures, love the outfit .

    Check out my blog..


  25. love the clutch!

  26. Wow, you're amazing! I love that quote by Michael Jackson, it really fits the last picture! :D


  27. These pictures are amazing. I love your studded clutch.

    I would love for you to stop by my blog and check out my latest outfit post.

  28. I just can't take my eyes off!Seriously,babe!;)

  29. I love white pants and I love the way you styled them here!

    Following your blog and I would love it if you would follow back (:


  30. love the high bun!


  31. amazing outfit, love that clutch! :) <3