Style, Health, Beauty


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She may have chosen to wear long denim skirts almost exclusively in her teen years (but they’re so comfortable!), can sometimes be caught horseback riding bareback in a dress, and prefers to be barefoot all day long, but Amanda Read has also toyed ever so slightly with modeling and costuming in her creative work, and wants her style to reflect the sincerity and timelessness of her pursuits.

Madam Screenwriter at the U.S. Capitol

That red scarf was knitted by Amanda Read’s sister, Abigail Read. Check out her home business at!


Amanda’s little sister designs and makes pretty things! (Her flashy photography is featured here often as well.)

Doodle Knits and Crafts

Yes, Amanda Read is a ModCloth girl. Shabby Apple, Tatyana, Anthropologie, and Free People have also graced her presence.

"Luck Be A Lady" dress in red.

“Luck Be A Lady” dress in red. For this particular photo she switched out the dress’s usual belt and replaced it with the thicker “Leaf for the Day Belt” in black.

"Luck Be A Lady" dress in equine print (which has since been discontinued, sadly). Miss Read wore this dress to the famous filly race, the Kentucky Oaks (2014).

“Luck Be A Lady” dress in equine print (which has since been discontinued, sadly – but others are available!). Miss Read wore this dress to the famous filly race, the Kentucky Oaks (2014). The clutch purse is “Vintner’s Choice Bag” (also sadly no longer available).


"With Only A Wink" dress in black (now back at ModCloth due to popular demand!).

“With Only A Wink” dress in black (ModCloth).

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Health & Beauty

I enjoy playing around with vintage styles in all forms, but I am usually a minimalist when it comes to makeup (particularly everyday makeup…even though I’m supposed to be a Southern Belle, I didn’t practice makeup much until I was 18). Hey, it saves time and money! One aspect of history particularly entertaining to me is watching how economic and political scenarios are reflected in the decor, diet, wardrobe, and overall habitual tastes of a citizenry. At the moment there is a growing interest in reviving the sound traditions of our ancestors in sensible, timeless clothing and self-sufficient health and beauty.

I'm not sure who made this meme, but it's brilliant.

I’m not sure who made this meme, but it’s brilliant.

For clothing, I’m affiliated with ModCloth and Shabby Apple, collecting excellent garments from them mostly when they have sales.

For eye makeup, I use Physician’s Formula and sometimes Cowgirl Dirt. Physician’s Formula also provides nice bronzers and correcting powders that I use when I feel I need to smooth over my complexion. PF’s curling mascara is my favorite, because it encourages a vintage curl without requiring an eyelash curler!

The essential oils of Melrose, Geranium, Purification, and Elemi work wonders for clearing up skin blemishes, as well as ART Purifying Toner from Young Living (I love the light Frankincense and Sandalwood aroma, and it has this refreshing yet gently moisturizing sensation for my oily skin that feels perfect). Lavender is another good one. Sheerlumé skin brightener cream is my favorite skin care product from YL. It only takes the lightest dab of cream on my face once or twice a day for complexion enhancing results, making each vial a long-lasting investment.

Yes, I’m one of those fountain-of-youth-gleeful YL Distributors. My member number is 1820333, if you would like to acquire these priceless products (that actually work!) for remotely affordable prices. I personally know two women who cured cysts and lumps in their breasts with Sacred Frankincense oil instead of surgery.

In this photo I'm wearing the Amoressence shade of LBrianté Lip Gloss as lip gloss and blush, which goes well with my "Technical Writer" dress from ModCloth.

In this photo I’m wearing the Amoressence shade of LBrianté Lip Gloss as lip gloss and blush, which goes well with the deep burgundy accents of my “Technical Writer” dress from ModCloth. Jubilee likes essential oils too!

Sometimes Cowgirl Dirt’s lip liner and clear Peppermint lip balm from Burt’s Bees are enough for lipstick, but my new favorite for both lipstick AND blush is L Brianté Lip Gloss by Young Living. Yes, I put some on my lips and rub some on my cheeks for a rosy, dewy glow, which results in one product fulfilling two functions and enhancing the overall cosmetic color coordination (and the essential oil blends included in the opposite end of the stick are sumptuous!).

The way I learned this lipstick-as-cream-blush trick (which I’ve heard actress Sandra Bullock utilizes herself) was an inadvertent study in supply, demand, and make do. When I attended the America’s First Principles of Freedom 2012 seminar by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Alabama Policy Institute at Samford University, I arrived at the dorm room I shared with Rachel Wilson only to discover I’d forgotten my blush and bronzer!

Gary Palmer, then-president of the API, generously made himself available to get toiletries for our dorm room, but I wasn’t about to ask him to get something so cosmetic as makeup!

I improvised with some Burt’s Bees lip shimmer (it might have been the Rhubarb or Raisin shade), and decided I actually liked that a bit better than using regular blush!

Julep is another company whose products I enjoy. Julep’s beauty products omit the major toxic additives commonly found in cosmetics (such as formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, and camphor) while maintaining superior quality with natural ingredients (i.e. Green coffee bean extract, Rosehip seed oil). Producing such things can be an expensive venture, however, which is why Julep’s creative Maven program is such a brilliant idea for Recessionistas. Follow the links below to learn more!

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Long Weekend Eyeshadow Palette

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