favor-“ette”: FoodyDirect

favor-"ette": FoodyDirect

April 28th, 2015

A few times a week I’ll receive an e-mail from a brand, ad agency or PR firm, asking if I’d be interested in doing a product review. And most of the time I say no (especially if the note opens with “Dear DonutsDressesandDirt”). I value and respect the time you spend here, and never want […]


a/m15 capsule wardrobe, two weeks(ish) in

a/m15 capsule wardrobe, two weeks(ish) in

April 24th, 2015

Wow – this capsule wardrobe thing has really resonated – more than I anticipated! I’ve had readers e-mailing me, friends chatting me up on the street and lots of Twitter and Instagram “liking” – seems that the concept of minimalist dressing (and a major closet purge) is something that a lot of you think a […]


favor-“ette”: kuttlefish

favor-"ette": kuttlefish

April 21st, 2015

Earth Day is tomorrow – and it’s the 45th anniversary! Did you know that Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world (I didn’t!)? It’s truly a global event, celebrating support for environmental programs and building community activism around the world (you can learn more at the Earth Day website). I thought this was […]


would you try a “capsule wardrobe”?

would you try a "capsule wardrobe"?

April 14th, 2015

In my wanderings around the web lately, the term “capsule wardrobe” seemed to be popping up everywhere. And then one of my fave bloggers Natalie posted about it in greater detail (and seriously – just as I was about to publish this post, THIS appeared on none other than the hallowed pages of Apartment Therapy!). Well […]


favor-“ette”: “kindness wins” book review

kindness wins

April 7th, 2015

My “big” kids are now 23 and 18, and theirs was one of the first generations of tweens/teens to come of age in the era of widely accessible social media (when it was “My Space” – not even Facebook yet – and thank god before things like Burnbook and Yik Yak). Because we as parents […]


favor-“ette”: flared jeans (and how to wear them)

how to wear flared jeans

March 31st, 2015

Some interesting conversations took place after my recent “Crushed/Crushing” post – specifically regarding the flared jeans. Opinions ranged from “SO glad they’re back!”, to “I never got rid of my flares and never will!”, to “How does a woman with normal-length legs wear these jeans without looking like a clown?”. I’m here to help. As […]


crushed/crushing: “bottoms up”

crushed/crushing: "bottoms up”

March 19th, 2015

While amassing pins and links for this month’s “crushed/crushing” post, I noticed a theme developing – all clothes, all from the waist down. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my top situation is pretty static – button downs, tees, sweaters. But switching up the bottom half – especially when it comes to […]


favor-“ette”: a skin care tip

favor-"ette": a skin care tip

February 24th, 2015

A friend and I were chatting on Facebook recently, sharing our skin care routines. This woman is close to my age and is as obsessed with taking care of her skin as I am. She also has amazing skin, and manages to accomplish looking youthful and yet totally natural – so I was paying close attention. […]


“four” you: a blogiversary giveaway!

vazu, liddabit sweets, cold spring apothecary, l'occitane

February 17th, 2015

This Friday Donuts, Dresses and Dirt turns 4. And I can hardly believe it. As I’ve said many (many) times before, I truly started this blog as a lark – a whim – to provide an outlet and a platform for sharing all of the things I was passionate about (click here to read about […]


101: dry shampoo

101: dry shampoo

January 27th, 2015

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to wash my hair daily to keep it looking fresh. And while not always so convenient, it was never really a problem till recently. Now that I’m older, my hair has gotten much drier. And in addition to regular straightening sessions, I’m visiting the colorist every […]