Mother’s Day Special Coming Soon! Sneak Peek!

Friends! has a Mother’s Day special coming soon!  Here is a sneak peek at one of the cards that will be included in this year’s special Mother’s Day subscription box of greeting cards:

subscription box greeting cards

I’m busy behind-the-scenes creating five different designs for this year’s special.  There will be special pricing and a special bonus gift.

Why a Subscription to Greeting Cards Makes a Great Gift:

  • Your mom will receive a box in the mail every three months. A subscription to is a gift that keeps on giving!
  • Your mom will always have a card on-hand when she needs one.
  • A subscription box to is a unique gift…way better than flowers!
  • Each box includes ten cards and envelopes.
  • Different subscription lengths available
  • Many siblings go in together and purchase the one-year special pricing.  Your mom will receive a box of cards every month for a year. Woo hoo!!
  • makes a great gift for teacher’s, friends, and neighbors, too!

There are limited quantities and my Mother’s Day specials sell out every year.  If you would like to be put on the pre-buy list (no obligation) send an email to and I’ll put your name down.

More details soon!!!!!!

Also, check out the wonderful “Giving Back Series” review that my cyber-friend Jessica from “Petite Style Script” wrote about and it’s support of Cosmetics for a Cause.  Thanks, Jessica!

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MAC Makeup Tutorial for Everyday Makeup

MAC Makeup Tutorial for Everyday Makeup

I’ve been sick with the flu for almost two weeks now!  The last time I put on makeup was on February 25th when we attended the Duke/Miami basketball game.  I started to feel a little better today, so I decided to grab my phone and document how easy my daily makeup routine is.  You’ll see in my MAC Makeup Tutorial for Everyday Makeup that it takes me about five or ten minutes.

Listen closely to the video, because I reveal a couple of tricks about how my lipstick stays on all day.  Also, be sure to subscribe to my Sussex Circle Musings YouTube Channel. Who knows what I’ll be in the mood to post next?

I originally posted the video in nine parts to my Fashion Meets Fifty Instagram, which is why it isn’t “formatted” properly for YouTube. So what??!!  Watch it anyway!  Who cares if it’s portrait or landscape???  Who made up all these RULES?????????  They drive me nuts!!!!!

mac makeup tutorial for everyday makeup

Watch the video HERE.

Below is a visual of the items I use in the video.

1)  MAC Studio Fix (NC 15)

2)  Lip Glass (Clear Water)

3)  Lipstick (Cream in Your Coffee)

4)  Powder Blush (Mocha)

5)  Lip Pencil (Subculture)

6)  Erase Paste  (Fair) -by Benefit/sold by Sephora-

mac makeup tutorial for everyday makeup


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Brooke, Bidding, & Banana

Banana Republic Shirtdress

Last week, my good friend Melanie invited me to attend a wonderful luncheon at The Breakers Hotel is Palm Beach for the Cancer Alliance.  Brooke Shields was the keynote speaker, and the event was based on shopping, shopping, and more shopping!  So many generous shops from Palm Beach donated items for the attendees to bid on, with all money going to support the Cancer Alliance.  It was a wonderful event, and the most perfect occasions for me to wear my new Banana Republic Shirtdress in Neon Hibiscus.

banana republic shirtdress

(The black straps are from my chunky Banana Republic necklace.)

banana republic shirtdress

I love the style of this dress so much!  I usually freeze at these types of events, but the sleeves on this dress kept me comfortable.  The color is fabulous!  You can easily add rhinestones and wear this dress at night with a dressy heel.

Banana Republic also sells the same design in this pattern, too. I’m planning on wearing it on Easter Sunday.

banana republic shirtdress

I found the perfect purse at Nordstrom. It’s faux leather, vegan, and a copy of a popular Stella McCartney purse.  I love it because it’s perfect for day or night and the strap is adjustable.  Win!!!

chelsea 28 nordstrom silver

Neon Hibiscus Shirtdress HERE

Ikat Shirtdress HERE

Purse HERE

Oh, and I also got a quick selfie with Brooke Shields!

banana republic shirtdress


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Best Product EVER for a No-Chip Manicure, Hands-Down

DIY No-Chip Manicure!

diy no chip manicure

You guys, I HATE getting manicures.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a crisp and clean fingernail as much as the next gal.  However, what I don’t love is the time it takes for the upkeep.  I just have too many other things to do than to sit in a nail salon and have someone poke and prod and massage my digits.  I can do it myself from the comfort of my living room couch on a Saturday night while watching A Few Good Men for the millionth time, thank you very much.

I also don’t like paying for something that doesn’t last.  Because of the work I do, I use my fingertips a lot.  I am constantly repositioning pieces of cardstock and peeling sticky stuff off the backs of embellishments. I also get sticky stuff directly on my fingernails and when I peel it off, the nail polish peels off right along, too.

I have to handle tiny objects like miniature pearls and rhinestones.  Acrylics don’t work for me; I have tried them and their rigidness makes it impossible for me to pick up little pieces of paper.  They aren’t an option.  As a result,  I have come to accept the fact that chipped nail polish is just one of the inevitable inherent dangers in the life of a paper crafter.  Until now.

Friends, meet Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials

I had been toying with the idea of trying a gel manicure, but my dread of the upkeep was preventing me from doing it.  I had seen different do-it-yourself gel products but those things are always all-show and no-go.  In other words, they are usually a rip-off.  I decided to give Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials a try, and I will NEVER look back.  This stuff really works.  I tried it two weeks ago for the first time and my polish never chipped.  I thought it must have just been a random fluke, but no.  I gave myself a manicure on Saturday night.  I have been making cards non-stop since then.  It is now Wednesday night, AND NO CHIPS.  NO FLUKE.  THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS.

This is how I use it:

1) three coats of Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials

  • one coat vertically across nails
  • one coat horizontally across nails
  • one coat vertically across nails

2) three coats of Essie Nail Color, Pinks, Ballet Slippers

diy no-chip manicure
(or any color, but I like to keep it pale)
3) one more coat of Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials
diy no-chip manicure
4) finish it all up with one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat, 0.5 Ounce
(a.k.a. “shellac”  I love this stuff!!)

diy no-chip manicure

That’s it!  You can purchase all of it from for less than the price of one manicure.  Think of all time and money you will save.  You can paint your nails from the comfort of your couch, you don’t have to spend time at the nail salon, and if it does chip, you have the stuff at home to fix it yourself.

Just click on the images below to purchase all three products from  C’mon.  Treat yo’self!!!

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Sweet Progress Winter Swap Box Reveal!

Sweet Progress Winter Swap Box Reveal!


I participated in the Sweet Winter Galentine’s Box Swap and was paired with Dara from the blog “Not in Jersey.”  I noticed right away that Dara lived in Kansas, but little did I know how much we would have in common!!!  The internet is such a small world.

Dara was kind enough to ask if there was anything specific that I would like in my box.  I replied that I would love, love, love to receive items that were “Kansas,” since I’ve never been to Kansas.  I also let her know that I’m a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan.  I assume that everyone who lives in Kansas is friends with Dorothy – I’m weird like that.

She was excited to tell me that not only was she a huge Wizard of Oz fan, too, but that the name of her blog was an homage to the movie – “Not in Jersey,” get it?  Like “not in Kansas anymore!”  So cute!

We also discovered that we are both from New Jersey and that her parents live in Florida about 25 miles from me.  So it is quite possible that this box swap could turn into a real-life meet-up one day.

I was excited to receive some fun “Kansas” items in my box:


Dorothy!  Dark chocolate!  Sunflowers!  Apple butter!  BBQ sauce!!  All of my favorite things.  It’s like Dara read my mind.

Dara was also thoughtful enough to include items to donate to Cosmetics for a Cause! That was so sweet of her!!!  Cosmetics for a Cause is a non-profit that collects makeup and donates it to women in need.  These fun items will make someone less-fortunate very happy. Thank you, Dara!!!!  And thank you, Ashley and Dean for organizing this fun box swap!!!


P.S.  Naturally, I mailed Dara a box of Greeting Cards.  Coincidentally, though, I mailed her my latest collection of hot-air balloon cards.  There’s no place like home!!  Those Wizard of Oz bonds run deep!! 🙂


One of the cards I mailed to Dara! I didn’t realize the Wizard of Oz reference!!!


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