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 […]


favor-“ette”: pinhole press

favor-"ette": pinhole press

January 20th, 2015

For almost 25 years I’ve been archiving my family’s photos the same way – gathering the year’s worth of pictures and painstakingly taping them into an album, collage-style. If I’m super organized I will have broken the task down into two sessions – one mid-year, the other at the end of the year (I think […]


favor-“ette”: an onion tip

favor-"ette": an onion tip

January 13th, 2015

You would be hard pressed to find someone who cries more than I do while chopping onions. I’M THE WORST. We’re talking buckets – burning eyes, smudged mascara – the whole package. Short of goggles, I’ve tried every trick in the book – freezing the onion, chopping it under running water – and nothing worked. Till […]


happy new year – let’s eat!

happy new year - let's eat!

January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year all! Hope your holidays were fabulous, spent doing things you love with those you love most. We had a busy and fun break #sixteendaysofnoschool. There were LOTS of movies – both the child and grown-up variety. Highlights for me were “Song of the Sea” (gorgeous animation and a refreshing break from the […]


double take/portraits over time (giveaway!)

double take/portraits over time (giveaway!)

December 16th, 2014

It is such a privilege to share this book with you all today. Several years ago I became fascinated with the documentary series “Up” – which followed the lives of a group of British 7-year-olds. The director, Michael Apted, visited the children every seven years, until the age of 56 (you can read more about […]


favor-“ette” mermade brooklyn (giveaway!)

mermade brooklyn

December 9th, 2014

In keeping with the holiday gift theme this month (did you catch my kind-of-a-gift-guide last week?), I’m thrilled to share not one but TWO lovely giveaways with you all. Though be warned: if you win you “may” just want to keep these for yourself (no judging). First up? Mermade Brooklyn. Mermade is the creation of […]