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Help For My Face- Green is Good!

Helllu Pussycats!

I would like to tell you about another product that I have been using in 
an effort to help clear up my face and keep it that way.

I have used oodles and oodles of concealers over the years.
I have always said that I would rather look like a
"wacked out" geisha doll then have any redness show thru.
Emotionally, I can handle the embarrassment of breakouts if I can successfully
conceal them no matter how weird the concealer looks.
I know it sounds strange but that has been my coping mechanism since I was a kid.

I have said a hundred time that my top pick for serious coverage is the concealer from MAC 
and you can read about that here.
Luckily, I do have some days or weeks when the breakouts are lighter
 and I don't always need to be so heavily "painted up". I am VERY grateful for those
days and try and use lighter products on my face to help let my skin breathe a bit.

For those of you that have just found me, I have been searching out and using products
that have little or no chemicals in them. Chemicals certainly haven't brought me any relief in 
over 20 years of acne troubles so I have decided to be brave and give them up.
Since the fall of 2012 I have using natural and homemade products 
and have to say, I am seeing some results.
There are no easy answers or magical cures when it comes to acne but it is always nice
to see some positive changes and results that seem to have lasting effects.

In an effort to go with less chemicals I have also decided to go with products
that do not test on animals. At the end of the day, I would rather have acne and 
breakouts then have the suffering and agony of helpless animals on my conscious.
I want to look nice but not at the cost of innocence.

So, having said that...I have come to try out a few products from 
Pur Minerals and so far I have liked everything that I have tried.
This company is cruelty free and doesn't use nasty chemicals.

( please note: I paid for this product, it was not given to me. I am not in any 
way affiliated with Pur Minerals. I am offering up my own opinion based on my
 personal experience. )

**Colour Correcting Primer- Redness Reducer**
This primer is very nice, smooth , light and really does help 
reduce redness. I have tried other green primers that are too heavy or 
leave your skin a weird yellowy-green colour. This one does not.
I use it on days when I need a wee bit more  "help" with the redness on
 the top of my cheeks or forehead. I find that it is good for me to
use on days when I need more than just a spot treatment.
It doesn't cover all the redness completely ( not much does) but  it does work
 very well with my other foundation and mineral powder.
The coverage is good don't get me wrong, I just have learned
to be realistic about what coverage can mean.

This primer has not made me break out. and it washes off easily.
I really like it. I like how it works w my other products or on a good day
I can use it on its own w mineral powder.


In Canada, I get it at Shopper's Drug Mart.
I like to buy products from them when I am first trying something out
 b/c they have such a great return policy.
It isn't cheap but it isn't too expensive either.
I felt it was worth the money for the quality of the product.

If you give it a go, I hope you find it helps you too.
In my next post about products I have had success with, I will write
 about a homemade green primer stick that I bought on Etsy & really like.

Until next time, hope everyone has a fabulous day!
I know it can be hard but try & remember that the acne
doesn't define you and most of all.... you aren't in this alone.

Take care, Luv Lisa xo

Manifestations for March- A Way to Heal

Manifestations for March

Hiya Pussycats!
I finished my manifestation board for March yesterday.
My main intentions are about the following:
*strength

*connection
*transformation
*foundation
*grounded-ness
*authenticity
* easy cash flow
*fluidity


I find making these boards really help me get
 focused and on track for the coming month.
I didn't always do these boards in-fact I only
 started about a year ago.
I started making them on a regular basis when 
a business coach suggested that I make them to 
help get me centered and focused on what I was 
trying to achieve. I was having a lot of difficulty
then trying to plan out what I was doing and why.

For those who don't know, I closed a brick and mortar

business in March of 2104 and decided to sell 
exclusively online. I re-branded and thought I could 
easily jump back in and my creative mojo would
just flow. Well, it didn't.
I wrote a blog piece here about my struggle to

get back on track creatively and emotionally if
you would like to read about that.
It is about overcoming fear of failure 

and massive insecurities.

Anyhow, making manifestation boards was

a way of trying to connect what I wanted, where
I wanted to go with my biz and how I felt about it all.
Despite the fact that I was excited to move into a 

new phase of biz with my new brand and my identity
I had a lot of fear and many doubts.

Visualizing what I wanted and how that would feel

was a big help in helping me pin point exactly what
it was that I was hoping to achieve.
 By knowing what I wanted to achieve, I was able to examine
what it was I was fearful of and how to over come it.
Thinking about and imagining my new successes,

my new customers and my new products helped me
feel that I could do this. 
 I wanted to connect and help women feel
better about themselves, share their feelings, their joy,
 encourage each other and express their love. A manifestation
board helped me to connect in a very real and authentic way
to how I could make that happen 
in my new biz.

The idea of thinking about what I wanted, how

that would feel and what it would look like was a bit
new to me to be honest. I spent a lot of time thinking about
what I DIDN'T want. I was in a "lack" mindset. I focused
on what was missing. If you know anything
about the law of attraction then you know, you get back
what you put out there. Constantly thinking about
I didn't want was working very well let me tell you.
 I decided to change my tune and vision and go

after what I did what. Having the confidence to write 
this post and share with you is part of that vision.

If you are in need of a change, want to day dream,

 feel like some art therapy and a little fun then I
highly recommend getting out some old magazines.
Cut, glue and paste your vision for as long as your
heart desires. Enjoy!
Much luv, Lisa xo

Arrivederci To the Past & Hello to New Moon Seeds

Arrivederci To the Past
Hello to New Moon Seeds

Hiya! Nice to see you!
Yes, it has been a long time. Yes, I had all the best of intentions
to blog more, blog regularly or to just blog at all.
*crickets*
Thaaaaaaat's right. I dropped the ball. Again.
I did not blog, not once. 
In all honesty, I got scared again.
I chickened out, I made excuses, I wasn't ready.
I thought I was....I wasn't.
So there. That is truth. I tried but I couldn't.
I'm saying Arrivederci to the past and all the 
charming mistakes it holds.
No more apologies. 
No more guilt and no more regrets!
I move forward never to apologize for allowing 
cob webs to nestle on my blog again.
I've given the crickets their walking papers
and called in the proverbial cleaning crew.
Time to put on my try again cape and just move forward.
Stamped it! Called it! No eraseies!

*smooths out skirt, makes bangs are pinned to the side,
 applies fresh  gloss and smiles*
****

Today there is a new moon and I like to make new lists
and start new projects on a new moon.
A new moon is a time to plants the seeds of things 
you want to make happen. You set you intentions, envision
and plan. Let go of the things that no longer serve you.


It is a great time to make to-do lists and start new projects.
So, here I am writing a blog post and setting my intentions to
be more connected with you.
Nothing big or grandiose here. Just a simple plan
to become more connected and in touch.
These are the seeds I am planting tonight
out into the universe.  I feel about this :)

I would like to start with Instagram.
I love Instagram and using it to share.

You can find me at ila.and.alice IG here:


I definitely think there is some magic mojo 
happeningover here on this new moon.
I feel good about this Pussycats!
Love to you all, Lisa :)

Starting Over, Facing My Demons and Healing

Hiya Pussycats!

It is time for me to make my way back to social media and blogging.
 
So much to say and share!! I am super excited to get back on
this horse because there have been 
bumps in the road.

Warning! I am going to be rambly as this post is a journal entry
 if you 
will. This post is a declaration enabling to me to come
 out from my creative shadow and two years of confusion
and apprehension.

So, in advance, thank you for staying with me in this post
as I bare a few truths from my creative soul. 
This wasn't a difficult post to write but it is always a wee bit daunting
when one 
bares ones soul on the internet, as you do :)
Change isn't easy and can be terrifying when 
you start digging deep and look for the answers about what
went wrong. I am sure many of you out there can relate.


Lots has happened since I wrote last and also lots has not happened.
Firstly, I said good bye to my beloved namesake and faithful biz name
Weezi 
a few weeks ago. Weezi had been a trusted companion
and cherished friend to me 
in more ways then I can say.
Weezi helped me make my mark on the world and I have to admit
it is with many mixed feelings and a heavy heart that I
say good bye to my old friend.

Weezi has brought me more joy and happiness then I could
possibly put into words. The creative expression & colourful
 journey I have taken with Weezi has been 
the stuff of dreams.
I am extremely grateful for everything both 
good & bad that
I have experienced bc of Weezi. 
All the connections, the visits,
 the friendships, the fashion shows  
and smiling faces will
continue to be my resource for inspiration 
as I move forward with my re-naming and re-branding.
Change is never easy but it can be a bit less intimidating when
you know the time is right to make those changes. Now is the
 right time 
to change the name, how I run my biz and my
 life for that matter.
So, a last farewell and good-bye to Weezi with
 many thanx for the adventure *sniff* xoxo

( my bricks & mortar shoppe 2007- 2014)
*****

So what is the new name of my biz...????


.....my biz is now called "ila and alice" :)

I have re-named my biz after my Grannies bc they were
both incredible, creative, smart, tough women who helped
shape me 
into the crafty gal that I am today. I miss them both
 very much and  
thought naming my biz after them both
would be a wonderful way 
to honour their talents, their
love and their contributions to the 
world while they were here.



ila and alice were very different women but they understood the
 immense personal 
value of creating and making things. They both
loved to express themselves though 
crafty en-devours and they
were both very talented in their crafts of choice.


As I start my journey down this very new path I am thrilled and
greatly comforted by bringing them along. I luved them both dearly
 and being 
able to share their stories throughout my adventures
 into 
online selling eases the sorrow of missing them.

 I look forward to sharing their lives, their insights and gifts with 
you and having you get to know them :)
*****

So what is the long rambley post all about then you might ask!


Well, the up-start with the new biz has been a wee bit slow 
as I am still handling my creative "stage fright" after having shut
down 
my Weezi shoppe two years ago.
Things haven't gone as planned since I moved and closed the
shoppe. 
I have been all over the place and changing my mind about
many things 
as one does after a major life change.
Something was missing.
I just couldn't get back into my groove. I was restless and eager
but also 
felt lost and confused. I didn't recognize myself  and I felt
 like I was 
in a thick fog and didn't know which way to turn.
People said... Pull your boot straps up! 
Move forward! Get on with it! It's easy, you've been doing it
for twenty years! Don't be foolish!

Well, the truth is that I have tried those things and it didn't work.
I lost my creative "mojo".  My feeling free to create, sew,  mix 
and match  and glue with abandon was adrift in a glittery spiral
downwards. 
After having lost my routine, my customers and my
sense of purpose 
I was having some serious blockage with my
creative abilities and it felt like the 
designers version of writers block. 

After I closed the shoppe in March of 2014 I thought I could easily
pick up
where I left off and just simply start creating and making
 like nothing 
was different. This was not to be the case.
I tried to get back into the groove and start sewing up a frenzy
of goodies. 
Each attempt was stymied with a lack of enthusiasm
and feeling of actual 
indifference. I just needed a break I thought.
But, after many struggles I got to the point where I thought 
to myself ...."I don't like sewing anymore".
WHAT?
Not like sewing?! Preposterous! I have been sewing since I was 6.

I luv sewing! I could sew 200 hours a day and luv every minute.
I sew in my sleep! I am a mega sewer! I sew everything
and anything! This could NOT be true because if 

I wasn't sewing and wasn't luving sewing then who was I???? 
What did I have to offer the world without sewing?
The concept was terrifying and
beyond perplexing. 
I had never, ever felt this way.
Everything came to an abrupt halt.
* cue in the needle skidding across the record*

And, so it began....my journey into looking for my lost creative mojo.
It wasn't just about the sewing and designing it turned out.
It was all things creative. OMG!
This was terrifying with a capital T.
I was lost.



With great hesitation and reluctance I started to re-assess.
 I finally accepted and recognized that what I was doing
 before wasn't
authentic to me and my own creative expression.
I had to examine and look at at how I actively participated
in my own creative demise. All my mistakes and sins started
creep up on me like a sordid date in a cheap suit and I couldn't
stop him from showing up and knocking at my front door. 
I had to
 admit some shit I did not want to. I had to be realistic because
if I didn't, the 
bad suit at my door would NEVER stop knocking.
I had to take control back and pony 
up some truths because I hated
 the cheap cologne 
that wafted off that cheap suit and how it
hung under my nose with indifference. 


Here are those truths:
I created to sell quickly, I created to make everyone else happy
 and I 
created what I thought would make people "get me".
I created to fill a void in myself. I created with fear and resentment.
I tried SO hard to please everyone and I tried so hard to
be everything to everyone else that I lost myself along the way.
It back-fired with such velocity that I am still picking up the pieces.



Don't misunderstand, I still luv vintage, vintage looks,
vintage fabrics and all of the things I was passionate about the last
few years. 
The problem was that I created from a place that was
 looking for acceptance  
and validation from people who would
never give it to me. I created 
from a place that was a
true charactuer of desperation. I thought the harder I
try to please everyone the more they will start to REALLY see me,
get me 
and like my offerings. I contorted myself creatively
 and mercilessly trying made things that  
didn't come from a
place of true authenticity. I didn't create from my 
heart I created
 from a messy, confused, scared place that was ruled by fear.
Fear of failure and fear of rejection.
The sad part was, that after awhile this became a natural state for me.
I voided out and neglected my creative soul and consciousness and 
thought I could get away with it. 
Ultimately, the universe doesn't work that way.


Turns out that the universe will eventually slam the proverbial
piano lid down on your neglected soul in order to 
salvage what is left of your mental health and emotional well being.
Ouch.
My lack luster for sewing and creating was a heavy handed wake
up from 
something bigger then me and I had no choice put to sit
up and pay attention. 
My ego was shoved into a shoe box while
my inner self screamed and 
sounded the alarm.....
"Time to take the weapons from the walls people!!
We must end the hostility!!"




This was now out of my hands. Time to get real.

Seriously, the hardest part was saying and admitting that I was
 living in denial, shame 
and hurt. Mostly shame. So much shame.
Huge cargo containers chuck full and seeping out shame. 

Shame of perceived failures.
Shame of wanting and needing to be validated.
Shame and fear of anyone finding out that I was ....well, a fraud
and that 
maybe I really had no talent. Maybe, just maybe I
was an impostor and a fraud!! Point and laugh they will at the
 lady with the giant scarlet F pinned on her chest! 
It was a lot to
 process and I was unsure I even wanted to process it.
There was a lot of hurt under there.
Maybe I could sweep it under the carpet???
No.


Soooooo.......

 Door #1: Live with the fear and self-loathing OR!
Door #2: Ask the tough questions, look within and find help.
Door #2!!



What was most surprising in all honesty that once I made
the decision to do so, I was relieved by how much support
and love was out there.  Yes! I found myself in a place 
where
 I was told it would be OK. OK???! Surely not! I am self-describe
 fraudster 
and charlatan in my community. There is no mercy for such behaviour, surely. 
It couldn't be Ok. It didn't make sense.


But it was OK. I was not a phony.
All those icky, grimy, ugly, dirty mistakes and 
feelings that I harboured
 about rejection 
and validation were allowed to come out
without the humiliation I feared.

Hmmmmmm, fear.
Fear is a clever crippler who fancies dancing with humiliation on
 a regular basis. The two are a toxic and deadly combination
 that will grow roots in your 
soul so gently and warmly you don't
even know what is happening.
 They reside in your psyche like welcomed sidekicks bolstering
up your 
 ego for months & years with cheap gin and canned ham.
Why?
Because the sad part is that it doesn't take much to make your
ego feel warm 
and fuzzy. Your ego, if left to its own devices, will
thrive from the "liquid courage" of falsehood and doubt provided
 by ill-gotten nutrients.


What I didn't know then but I do know now is that forgiveness
and support are easily accessible. 

Strange concept to me this, but very much real. 
The trick was that I also had to forgive myself. 
Imagine that.
 Forgiving myself for being a fallible human was not
only doable but essential.

Essential. No options here...only forgiveness.

Forgiveness FOR myself FROM myself deep down was the
beginning of
the healing process. Being to able to look at myself and say
 "It's OK! Let's move forward" 
was a new concept to me. 

Let me say too, there is such freedom is screaming out
 "I fucked up!!!" So liberating not to fear saying it out loud
 and not allowing the anxiety to reside tightly in your mind
and in your chest.
I.Fucked.Up. ----> Glorious.



Relief doesn't even begin to describe how I now feel everyday.
Am I still nervous and unsure?
Yes, absolutely! But do I live under a veil of self reproach?
No, thank goodness...no.

Soooooooooo, yeah. This brings me to now.
I'm a little battle weary, still nervous but oh so happy to feel free
 of shame, fear 
and my self imposed emotional confinement.
So happy to have waded through so much of it!

From this point on I have made a promise to myself  to continue
 to the do the work while learning to not fear my inner voice
and my intuition in regards to what will make my 
creative-self shine.
The best part is that I will have both my grannies with me to 
help
 get me back into the swing of things. 

Hallelujah and pass the glitter and the glue gun!! :)



Thanx Pussycats for being a part of this with me!!
Much luv, Lisa xo