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Monday, January 01, 2007

The perils of working New Year's Day

I'd like to state for the record that I consumed only one glass of Champagne last night. I was completely sober when I watched fireworks from the roof of my wonderful friend Shannon's apartment in Prospect Heights. I was home by 12:38 a.m. and asleep not long after.

I was downright bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when I rolled into the newsroom around 10 a.m. this morning, long before most folks rolled out of bed.

So explain to me why my boss took one look at me, grimaced and said, "Uh. How you doing this morning?" I was mortified!

I'm telling you, it's the undereye circles and my complete inability to apply make-up properly. Is there some kind of surgery I can have? Is there a "Make-up for Dummies" course that I can enroll in?

Enough bellyaching. We have the first finished object of 2007! (Ok, I finished it in 2006! But I think excitement is in order anyway.) This is the Bejeweled scarf by the fabulous Shobhana. Not surprisingly, Lolly pointed me in its direction, and I found it ever so jaunty, even more so because it supported a good cause. (Not sure why it conjured a devilish grin from me, though.)

This is the lovely cormo/mohair blend I picked up at Rhinebeck from Stonesthrow Farm. Thing is, the stitch pattern is so addictive and relaxing and meditative that I just kept knitting and knitting, so it became longer and longer. And it reminded me a little of a get-up that I saw a woman wearing on the street, so I knit an I-cord belt and, well, voila!

It's OK if it seems a little strange to you -- the long-suffering boyfriend described it as "interesting," which is the same adjective he uses for my lousy recipes (and my lousy voice) when he's trying not to hurt my feelings. I'm sure there will be far more appealing iterations at the informal knitalong.


Blogger Carrieoke said...

Dude. I used to get comments like that whenever I didn't wear makeup to annoying.

I lovelovelove the scarf! And I like it with the belt too!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

You know who makes really good concealers? MAC. They have also have a foundation that doubles as concealer- it looks sheer, but in the spots that need more coverage, you just add a 2nd layer.

The scarf looks great!

11:53 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

The scarf is lovely! I feel bad for you having to go into work today, not to mention that comment from the boss - eurgh!

11:57 PM  
Blogger ms.dok said...

Cute scarf!!! it looks fabulous on you!

11:58 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I love the scarf and the icord belt, that's so cute. Great job and what do boys know about fashion anyway? Hmmph!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Suburbaknitsta said...

Such a cute scarf. I totally can relate to the undereye bag things, but I have a combo which has been helping with the problem. Clinique All about eyes gel pot and Benefit Bo oing (concealer pot). Use the gel twice a day and drink lots of water ( the dermo told me that one). Good luck =)

12:26 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You know, I kind of like the belted scarf, but I'd probably be too chicken to actually wear it like that in public. Mind you, I also tried to pull off the belted t-shirt as a dress as a tween in the '80s. Not good.

The scarf looks great though and your boss is surely wrong-o.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

OMG How rude! Sorry, I have no tips for undereye circles - I could use some myself.
I love the scarf. I wouldn't be brave enough to wear it out but it looks good on you - seriously.

3:12 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i would talk to a dermatologist about the undereye circles. there must be some good advice they can give!

love the scarf :) it's even prettier in person!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I love the scarf, I'm working on the same one, although, I doubt I could pulloff your ensemble with the same style you do.

As far as makeup goes, I have always had dark circles. Always. When I DO wear makeup, I use that Bare Escentuals stuff, the mineral makeup, and it is awesome. I get so many compliments about how great my skin looks, and my dark circles just kind of disappear. My mom turned me on to this stuff because she has the same dark circle issues. Bonus: it is EASY to use.

Still, I cannot believe your boss said that to you. Sounds like the day my boss told me I needed to "dress like a grown up and put a face on." I wanted to punch her.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I think what makes you "interesting" is what makes you lovable. So there.

Cute scarf. Now I do want to knit it.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Beck said...

Happy New Year! I also had to work, but at least I got to sleep in. I agree with Sarah on the "Bare Escentuals stuff." I use it and it's really nice, especially for someone who doesn't like to wear makeup.

8:56 AM  
Blogger nat said...

Nice scarf. :) I like it.

9:02 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

I just made that scarf for my MIL, it was such a pleasure to knit, I like what you have done with it. As far as the undereye circles go, my friend swears by Hylexin, you can get it at but allegedly worth it.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

How pretty, Carrie! I love the way yours worked up in that pretty yarn. And so avant-garde with the belt too ;) It is a good look!

So glad you took part in the KAL - and thanks for contributing, girl!

Have a good one - and Happy New Year!

10:43 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

The scarf is great, what a creative twist on it!

I'm not a concealer girl, but I use a little bit of white/ivory eyeshadow just under my bottom eyelashes (you could use a q-tip or your finger). It brightens up my face and (hopefully) distracts from undereye darkness. good luck!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Katyaflutes said...

Hi! Love your scarf! Gorgeous! I randomly have info on this eye situation. Not sure if it's the same deal but my close friend had surgery called blepharoplasty (think that's it) but hers may have been more for undereye bags/puffiness vs circles. perhaps worth checking out if you want a serious remedy and if this isn't the right procedure i'm sure there is something similar. my friend is so not a plastic surgery person but she has had this since when she was reading Highlights and couldn't handle it anymore.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

that's a great scarf! And i actaully like it in its "interesting" format. cuteness!

Happy New Year! I might be in nyc soon--I'll let ya know. ;-)

11:43 AM  
Blogger Amy Artisan said...

The scarf looks great! I'm working on one in a similar color.

The belted look is fun for you! :)

12:12 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Cute adaptation of the scarf! Doesn't "interesting" almost always mean trouble? :)

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I think your make up is just fine, but, as I am CONSTANTLY looking for makeup pointers any chance I get, I always like to go get those free facials offered in department stores. Tell them your concerns. Of course they will try to foist all their products off onto you, but you get a lot of hints in the process, you might WANT to buy some AND if you can return the make up later if you buy and have remorse.

I've found MAC and Shu Euma (sp???) to have the very best make up artists. Lots of good suggestions!

Congrats on your first official FO of the year!

1:40 PM  
Blogger erika said...

dont you just love how everyone thinks they get to comment on your looks at work!? geez. you always look great in photos, so i think you are fine! the only thing i use once in a while is this yellow concealer that you rub in under your eyes, and it balances out "blue" areas. i think its that physicians formula brand.
the scarf is lovely! nice and airy!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I think the scarf with the belt is genius!! It looks really great!

I'm planning on knitting one up in the coming weeks. Yours is inspiration!! :)

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

Hiya! :D I found your blog through crafster, and saw your post on makeup and undereye circles. Have you ever been to It's a skincare/beauty message board with tons and tons of reviews on products. I'm sure any of the girls their could help ya out :D

4:54 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Cute scarf! I love the color.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa Shobhana said...


8:01 PM  
Blogger Kuka said...

hey I love the scarf!
gorgeous colour on you!
I can't remember if I commented last time, but I read something about putting potatoes on your face to de-circle under the eyes?
(now that would be an interesting look hehe)

8:19 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I think your scarf/top looks great. I just started mine yesterday. I agree, the pattern is very addictive but in a relaxing kind of way.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

love the scarf. i really like that shade of blue.

dood, my boyfriend also says he finds things "interesting" when it's anything but. Me: What did you think of my last post on my blog about socks? Him: "Interesting.") is it some sort of universal secret boyfriend code that i wasn't aware of? i smell conspiracy.

10:28 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I had the same problem - everyone was all "what did YOU do last night?" on New Year's Day. So unfair.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love Bejeweled! I'm still trying to finish up spinning a wool-silk blend I want to make mine out of.

I have no make-up advice for you as I've similarly impaired. :-)

Happy New Year to you and yours.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

simply adorabl!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What an adorable scarf! It's so cute.
And Carrie, as a fellow undereye-circle victim, I feel your pain, though I've never noticed yours as being bad. I was constantly being asked, "What's wrong, do you feel OK?" in high school--and then you're like, "Well, I was OK, till now...." Argh!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

ooh... i love the scarf and it looks perfect with the belt.

undereye circles can sometimes be indicative of allergies. my circles are really bad, so i definitely feel for you!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh i think you should rock the belted scarf! Rock it!

And maybe your BOSS was hungover and seeing things! People at work were actually still hung over on Tuesday! Lushes!

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Jennhx said...

It looks lovely though! The i-cord belt is a tiny bit strange but actually the overall look works, somehow! Cool.

I've done my scarf in black, and a bit narrower, looks very different...


9:32 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

happy new year! i think your version of the scarf is cute!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous may said...

oooh, i think it's awesome!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Love the scarf worn belted--looks very cool. Ditto Sarah on the Bare Escentuals. They have a really good powder concealer. (Hard to believe, I know.) Thanks for the comment about the Spiders on Fridays. I'll be in NY the 19th and will try to stop by if that's okay. What time?

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