New Year, New me. Hello, 2013

It’s that time again; time to think about 2012’s great memories, bad habit’s, and all the things that made 2012 a great year.
Reflections of 2012
This year Tone and I welcomed a new pup into the family; he is truely a joy to have in the house and the routine that comes with owning a puppy has helped ensure I get my daily recommended excercise to boot. We’re still learning and plan to share our experience every step of the way.
We finished our major home reno and are finally feeling at home in our little space. I’ve lived in a few homes over the last few years and always found it difficult to feel the comfort I used to feel while living at my mom’s place; the home I grew up in. I can finally say that I absolutely love my home and it has become a place I find peace in coming home to after a long day’s work.
There was a point this year, it started a few months ago, where I felt I had finally grown into myself. It was a weird feeling but I found a lot of comfort in knowing I was no longer searching to figure out who exactly I was, what was my style? Both fashion and home decor. I realized a lot about myself this year and more than anything it was a year of growth for me personally.

Resolutions for 2013
They say making resolutions in 2013 is the worst time to start (or break) a habit. Maybe it has something to do with the pressure of a new beginning? Maybe it’s that everyone jokes that it only lasts until February? Or is it that it’s simply a cold and sometime depressing time of the year. Whatever the case, I plan on making this the year I stick to my resolutions and this is where I hold mself to them. I’ve ever been someone to talk openly about my goals because I am so afraid of failure but I’m choosing to overcome that fear and list my goals right here, on the world wide web, for the world to see. Hold me to it, world.
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1. Quit Smoking (mom are you reading this? Are you jumping for joy?). I have been an “on-again-off-again” smoker for too many years. Every new year I quit smoking and every March I start agian. It’s a terrible habit. One that I can’t seem to break. The truth is, I find comfort in a cigarette, it’s something Tony and I have always done together. It’s become a part of who I am and I hate it. Today, I am making the decision to make a change. I will quit smoking and will share with you all the ups and downs.
2. Start up my Interior Design course again. I started an interior design course a few months ago and really dropped the ball. I’ve always had a passion for interior design and this course can get me certified so I can start doing what I love. The problem? I come home from work and between walking the dog, making dinner, watching some TV and hanging out with the BF I haven’t really made time for this important project I willingly took on. I have until March 8th to complete my course. I need to do this!
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3. Hit the Gym! I bought a membership (that doesn’t start until Feb.1) and plan to make the time to get to the gym at least 1-3 times per week. I’ve come to the realization I do not like walking/running on a treadmill on a path to no where and the idea of using machine’s is terrifying. I always think people will laugh at me if I’m doing it all wrong. So why join a gym? I got a great corporate membership and plan to hit up some of the awesome classes that they offer. Body Combat, anyone?

There you have it. It’s in print. There’s no going back now.
Happy 2013
xox,
V

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Oil Control

After four oily years of using Laura Mercier’s Creme Foundation I have finally broken up with my longtime foundation. We had a toxic relationship. I loved the initial look and feel of this particular foundation and more importantly the coverage was good enough to conceal even my worst blemishes and acne scars. By the end of the day, however, my face felt like I was wearing a Vaseline mask. I hated the feeling but loved the coverage too much to give it up. After many failed break ups and attempting new products I think I’ve finally found my new foundation love. It’s a foundation compact (score!!) which means no more messy tube and it makes for much quicker application in the morning (double score!).
Im on day 2 of using Bobbi Brown Foundation Compact and I can confidently provide a list of what i look for in a foundation as well as 1st week pro’s and con’s.

What I look for in a foundation
1. I don’t spend hours getting ready in the morning so the faster the application, the better.
2. I need something oil free
3. It has to provide excellent (buildable) coverage. We all have our good and bad days!
4. It needs to be low maintenance. I don’t want to use a foundation brush every morning for work.
5. No more bottles or tubes! I was looking forward to a less messy application.

The Pro’s
Lightweight and easy to wear in the summer
It’s easy compact style makes it perfect for touch ups
The application is fast and flawless. If you feel you need more coverage a little goes a long way with this one.

The Cons
With a $55 price tag I was expecting more foundation. If I were to compare this to real estate the price per square foot is HIGH! The Creme foundation was about the same price but I feel this won’t provide the same kind of longevity. I’m expecting this to last 2 months. The Creme foundation lasts me a minimum of 6 months!

About Me…Take 2

Last year I started a blog but the idea of sharing my idea’s quickly became a daunting task; would people want to read what I had to say? What if what I was writing wasn’t new eough? Or exciting enough? Rather then allowing myself to write about what made me happy I chose to not write all together. My blog quickly became something I thought too hard hard about…it started to feel unathentic and scripted. so I stopped. Well, world, here I go again. Take 2.
Welcome to Practially Made where I will write about my DIY adventure’s (the good and the bad), my moments in the kitchen, health, lifestyle and fashion. I hope you find this blog inspiring and worth the read. I plan to write what makes me happy and hope that you feel the same.

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