WOW. I am late with this one. Please forgive me everyone. This last week has been a whirlwind, but I wanted to check in with you -even as late as this- to fill you in a little.
I spent most of last week in Phoenix at my friend Mary's home with a professional film crew there to capture us making some of our most popular recipes from our respective blogs.
Before we settled down for a couple of days in front of the cameras (and not just our hands were in front of the lens, this time!) Mary and I got fantastic lessons in how to do our makeup for the camera from the incomparable makeup artist Lisa Rossi. Lisa had her work cut out for her with me, since my usual daily "makeup routine" is to wash it well, apply spf, and throw on some mascara and lip balm.
Thankfully, Lisa didn't expect Mary and I to learn how to countour and highlight (if I'm thinking of the right terminology) like supermodels. She told us her goal was to make us still look like us, but for our features to stand out on camera. I was relieved.
And even though I wore FAR more makeup than I have since my wedding 21 1/2 years ago, I didn't feel like I was caked with makeup. It really didn't feel heavy at all. Like I said, Lisa's a genius.
If you'd like to see a couple of quick, iPhone outtakes an photos of the week, you can click on through to our Foodie with Family Insiders Group on facebook and see them.
To celebrate wrapping up shooting, Mary and I made our way to our favourite Phoenix restaurant: Rusconi's American Kitchen (which I've mentioned before) and had a great girl's night out. I basically inhaled a generous bowl full of Roasted Garlic Artichoke Goat Cheese Fondue, and since getting home, I've already started work on developing that recipe to share with you all. It was one of the best bites I've had in years. ...And I've had many good bites.
THINGS I LOVE
Normally, my lip routine is either lip balm (99 days out of 100) or a deep red lip stain (for super special occasions.) Lisa persuaded me to try a lipstick and I have to say I loved it. It wasn't garish, it was pretty and subtle, and -unlike lipsticks I tried in the past- stayed put without making my lips feel sticky or dry. I highly recommend this lipstick! (I can't speak for this seller on Amazon... I bought mine locally directly from Lisa. Click on her link to contact her and purchase from her if you prefer!
I mentioned my favourite spf, so I should probably link you to it! This has been my "makeup" for a couple of years now. I just put some of this on before I leave the house and it protects my face from sun damage. It's very lightly tinted, but it just evens things out. It's not even rated for coverage. A tube of this used daily lasts me about 6 months.
I wore this kelly or emerald green shirt for much of the filming this week. It was a beautiful colour, fit like a dream, looked polished, and was comfortable. Basically, it's a unicorn.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND
Look away if you dislike puns. The rest of you Pundits and Word Nerds get ready for the best book recommendation of the year. This one came to me courtesy of Mary's son, Sam. The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by John Pollack. I think the title pretty well says it all, but this fun exploration of word play and puns written by a former World Pun Champion (did you even know there WAS such a thing?) keeps you amused and informed.