Enthusiasm (!!)

July 18, 2008

This conference had truly renewed my enthusiasm for blogging! There are so many people here who are witty, intelligent, brilliant – and changing the world through words. I love the bond you feel in a room full of 1,000 women (and a few men!), and I love that it’s OK to surf the net (and answer> blog comments!) during the sessions (and basically anytime you feel like it!) There’s kind of the same unity here you feel during freshman orientation of college. During the Closing Keynote tonight a handful of bloggers read selected entries from their blogs. Some were hilarious, some brought tears to the room, some got standing ovations. It was really awesome to hear them read their posts live.

BlogHer has also given me the motivation to take more ownership of KERF. Although it’s my blog, I feel like I try to let things run their course too often (ahem….trolls) to be more authentic. For some reason I thought that it was blog etiquette to let comments be 100% natural. But not so! SO, since it’s my blog, I’ve decided I’m going to start removing any comments that are not contributing to intelligent and friendly conversation . Polite questions and criticism – ask away! But I’ve decided to delete comments that are disrespectful or rude in tone or content as soon as I can get to them.

And I also realized I NEED MORE VIDEO POSTS !!!!!!!! Now that summer school is over, I’ll make a video top priority when I get home!

Afternoon Highlights

I started feeling really hungry around 2:30 during the Video Blogging session. I live on whole grains and when I don’t have them at lunch, I seem to get this insatiable hunger at times. So I ventured on to find a snack. Luckily I came across a mini coffee bar! I got a small skim cappuccino , which was perfect to fill my stomach (for a little while at least).


After coffee, I got a bareMinerals Makeover and fell in love with the foundation. I’m debating if I should invest (it’s an investment, right!?) in the Start-Up Kit. Any recommendations or experiences? It looks really good on my cheeks.

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Mom and I have been craving cupcakes since we arrived. I think it was the mention of Citizen Cupcake here in SF (which we found but didn’t have flavors we wanted at the time we were there). But today we found some cupcakes – in the Sesame Street Lounge! I had half of this guy :mrgreen:


And oh my gosh I want an iRobot vacuum ! We have white carpet at home and I hate seeing the dirt accumulate each day – so I end up vacuuming every other day or so. They have the robots on demo here and they are so cool!

Lastly, they put out big platters of McCain Sweet Potato Fries for snack (along with huge candy bars, popcorn and pretzels). I split these with mom –



Tonight’s cocktail reception was held in a really cool club called Ruby Skye . I met a ton of really cool people – including the infamous Biggie of Lunch In A Box , who I randomly stumbled upon at a cocktail table!



I have one word to sum up the eating part of the night: moderation . I am proud of myself because not only did I eat/drink moderately, but it was effortless (well, mostly :) ). You guys know that party buffets – particularly dessert buffets – are my biggest weakness. Normally I have to work hard to convince myself that I don’t need a third trip to the dessert table (like here , here and here .) But tonight I was moderate across the board, and it was NATURAL! In fact, this whole weekend I feel like I have been eating intuitively .

We started the night with drinks . Seeing that it’s been a girly weekend, I was craving a cosmopolitan ! It was one of the best I’ve ever had – small and strong and cranberryish.


The buffets were fantastic. And it was cool taking all the photos and people just nodding with "food blogger" in the back of their minds :mrgreen:

Endive with bleu cheese and nuts + Mushroom Tarts

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Steak Skewers (the one thing I didn’t try) + Turkey Carving Station

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Roll mountain + pasta bar + Caesar salad

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Plus quesadillas and little quiche-like tarts .


My Plate

  • Lots of salad
  • Tastes of both pastas (in the back)
  • 2 mushroom tarts (buried under the salad)
  • 1 quiche
  • 1 quesadilla
  • 2 endive leaves
  • 2 pieces turkey with aioli


Mom and I were ready for seconds – but then we started talking to some bloggers from – Charlotte!!! – and we both decided that our cravings to keep eating had passed when we finished the conversation. Another lesson to take 20 minutes to reflect before going back for seconds!

We did use our second drink ticket for a fantastic glass of Merlot –

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Lemon squares, macadamia nut cookies , and what I would call "brownie batter bars" because they were so gooey and raw in the best way possible.


We split one of each. I ate more of of the chocolate, less of the lemon and half of the cookie. I wanted 10 more of each, but we decided to move away from the buffet table and starting talking to new people and that was that!


This conference is so well done – and classy. The food has all been outstanding and the people are so interesting. I definitely want to come back next year if I can!

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1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 18, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Wow! All that food looks amazing! And I love lemon bars and gooey brownies. I’m glad you had so much fun :)


2 BethT July 18, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I’m sitting at home in SF watching the Chappelle Show when I SHOULD be at Ruby Skye with the Bloghers! Quite a spread 😀

Good for you for taking greater control on the comments. I can get my daily dose of negativity by flipping on the news. I like reading blogs that bring positive energy into my life! It’s a nice escape.


3 Kristie July 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm

That looks like SUCH a good time. Love all of the great food options. And LOVE LOVE that cupcake, how cute!

I also support your decision to remove negative comments. They are completely unnecessary and only generate useless drama. Good for you.


4 Jim July 18, 2008 at 11:52 pm

In addition to more video posts, I would add that you need more exclamation points. I often find that a single punctuation mark is insufficient to convey the level of excitement I feel.


5 mags July 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm

oh my gosh so glad you are having such a great time!!!

i don’t usually comment, but just had to give you my wholehearted endorsement of bareminerals!! i got the starter kit for my birthday 2 years ago and i swear i will NEVER use another makeup. it is so great and perfect for ALL types of skin (especially mine that is super dry and always seems to break out.) the other great thing is that it takes FOREVER to go through. in the past 2 years i have re-ordered only the basic foundation and the mineral veil ONCE. the stuff is so light and you only use small amounts so it lasts forever!! the great part also is that all you really NEED is the 4 basic things they give you in the starter kit, but you can always buy add ons at places like sephora, macy’s, etc. if you have some extra cash or are feeling adventurous!! haha. :)

anyways, i just love the stuff and think it is perfect for someone like you, kath, who seems to wear minimal makeup but still looks so nice and put together :) it is light and airy, but makes you look beautiful!

wow that was a lot of rambling…


6 Jenn July 19, 2008 at 12:11 am

Again, I am SO happy for you – and jealous all at the same time :)

I am a fan of Bare Minerals make-up. I actually bought the start-up kit myself a couple of years ago, and I think it’s absolutely fantastic! It’s just so light which, as mags said, would be perfect for an au naturel beauty like you!!


7 Rose July 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

Just a quick note on the Bare Minerals make up – I have used this for about three years now, and I definitely think it’s worth the investment. It works especially well for oily skin as it doesn’t clog pores, and I have actually found that I have very few breakouts, if ever (I used to have problems with this in a past). Plus a little really goes a long way with the makeup, and I don’t have to buy that often. Were you thinking about purchasing a kit through the web/phone? I’d recommend getting it in a store because then you can go back when you need it.

Can you tell I really believe in Bare Minerals? I swear I don’t work for them.. :)


8 Audrey July 19, 2008 at 1:03 am

I also love the bareMinerals make-up. I just got the starter kit. I think it was ~$70-80 and considering you get three quality brushes and 4-5 different powders, I thought it was a great deal!


9 Deb July 19, 2008 at 2:34 am

I have to say that I do support the icksnay-the-unproductive-comments decision. While some of the comments can offer some entertainment, that is NOT the reason that we read this food blog! (I usually wonder who are these freaks who have so much time on their hands to waste badgering people??!). We all enjoy this blog so much, and I think that’s a great decision to “trim the fat” 😀


10 hk July 19, 2008 at 5:04 am

ditto on all of the bare-minerals support. I love how easy it is to put on- very minimal effort to create a fresh, even, natural glow- perfect!

what a fun and exciting night. I just love hearing about all of the new things you’re learning, sounds so interesting!!


11 Alison July 19, 2008 at 5:35 am

Hey Kath,
I don’t think I’ve commented on your blog before but I read it absolutely every day! Anyways, about the minerals you tried, I am an avid user of Magnolia Minerals which you can find online. They also have a starter kit and I believe they are a little bit cheaper then Bareminerals. I have been an avid user for months and my friend who recommended them to me absolutely adores the makeup. Good luck and thanks for all the wonderful advice on your blog!



12 ann July 19, 2008 at 5:56 am

sounds like you’ve had an amazing time kath!! congrats! i love your blog and read it daily…i look forward to seeing all the future changes and evolvements! keep up the great work!

p.s. i use bare minerals too and love it…


13 M July 19, 2008 at 5:58 am

I’m glad you’re going to moderate. I was thinking the nasty/catty girls would just stop reading if they couldn’t have an audience for their mean comments, but *you’re* still going to see them, so perhaps not.

At least now, for every 1 girl being awful, you have 20 coming to your defense.


14 am July 19, 2008 at 6:01 am

i recently switched to bare minerals and love it. won’t ever look back. give it a try, i bet you’ll find it’s worth it as everyone else has commented.


15 Cecilia July 19, 2008 at 6:28 am

Oh my gosh! There’s McCain Smilies in the US too?! I remember eating those when I was a kid … ah, childhood memories :0)

I’m the same with you on dessert too!! I think I’ll pass out if I see a (vegan) dessert buffet!


16 Jessica July 19, 2008 at 6:31 am

I am so excited that you gaied so much fromthe conference, because since I’m a loyal blog reader of yours, I get to benefit too from the upcoming additions/changes you have in mind!! Yea, go Kath!!

I think you came to a great decision to take back YOUR blog!! You’re are totall right on that aspect!

I hope your travels home go smoothly! “See” you back in NC soon.


17 KatieF July 19, 2008 at 6:41 am

One look at that dessert spread and I would have been done–I am impressed you had so much self-control! Good job!


18 Julie July 19, 2008 at 6:44 am

re mineral make up – I personally don’t like Bare Minerals – I had a makeover done at a day spa and I just didn’t like how it looked on my skin. But I know tons of people who love it. I also didn’t want to pay that much for it. Several of the drugstore make up brands now have mineral make up. I tried Physicians Formula and I LOVE IT! The price is great and it looks great. I have another friend who loves it too.


19 Julie July 19, 2008 at 6:47 am

oh, and Kath – I think that’s a great idea about removing negative hateful comments. You’re right – it’s your blog :)


20 jenna July 19, 2008 at 7:02 am

First of all—-I couldn’t LIVE without my bareminerals make up. Used it every single day for three years now. Nothing else compares. Its amazing. Second of all. I talked to my mom and she promisedddd me she would coming with me next summer to the conference so you better go back!! :)


21 LT July 19, 2008 at 7:15 am

COMPLETELY agree on the Bare Minerals–can’t say enough good things about it. Go with it. The best thing–swipe on at least a little of the foundation every day, and before you go running, because it also has (natural) sun screen. I found that I really didn’t care for the eye shadows; because they are loose, they would rain down on my cheeks and undereyes–probably user error. In order of importance/most favorite: 1) foundation, 2) mineral veil, 3) the bronzer stuff, and 4) blush


22 VeggieGirl July 19, 2008 at 7:17 am

Your enthusiasm is contagious, Kath – I feel super-excited now just reading about your experience!! :0)

Cutest. Elmo. cupcake. ever.


23 LT July 19, 2008 at 7:19 am

P.S. I have always wanted to go to SF–seeing your activities there, now I REALLY want to go…and then take a drive/tour up through Napa and Sonoma, which I know you did on your honeymoon. My niece got me reading your blog last summer–I really enjoy it. And now she is going to school to be an RD, too! Keep up the great work, and thanks for keeping the trolls away–who needs it.


24 KrisT July 19, 2008 at 7:25 am

bare minerals are the best! .. Definately buy them! It feels like you arent wearing any makeup, its so light and refreshing and it just accents your natural beauty.. i say go for it!


25 Erin July 19, 2008 at 7:42 am

I have to echo the others and say BARE MINERALS IS THE BEST! It is life changing! Go for it!


26 Em July 19, 2008 at 7:43 am

Hey Kath! Wow!
Thanks so much for updating and going into so much detail about the conference! It sounds like it was so much fun!! And I love your comment about you could feel really comfortable taking pictures…

‘And it was cool taking all the photos and people just nodding with “food blogger” in the back of their minds ‘

ha! Sounds like so much fun! I wish I could have gone!!

P.S. I love Bare Minerals make up!! It feels great…so light on the skin!
Happy Saturday Kath!


27 Justy2003 July 19, 2008 at 7:52 am

Yay for no more trolls! :)
And that cupcake is super cute!
Re Bare Minerals makeup, my mom loves hers and all this talk has got me thinking I should give it a try…she’s visiting this next week so maybe I’ll swipe some of hers on and see how I like it 😉
Enjoy the rest of your trip!


28 vegantickles July 19, 2008 at 8:19 am

What ever you do, DO NOT buy an iRobot.
Both my sister and I had one and they both broke down in less than a year.
They really are horrible machines.
Invest your money in a DYSON.
They truly are the best.


29 Laura July 19, 2008 at 8:31 am

Just to weigh in on the Bare Minerals convo, I started with the stuff, but if you have sensitive skin, Kath, you may want to try a different brand. Bare Minerals contains bismuth, which people with sensitive skin can have a bad reaction to, usually after a few weeks of use. I loved BM at first, but had a bad case of the itchies after using it for a while. It’s not the greatest for sensitive skin.

Not to mention, there are MUCH cheaper options out there. Just Google mineral makeup, some brands are just as excellent, contain no bismuth, and are less expensive. Lumiere Cosmetics, Pure Luxe, and the aforementioned Magnolia Minerals are faves of mine. And most will send samples on the cheap, or even free, so you can find your perfect shade before you buy a full size!


30 Alison July 19, 2008 at 8:42 am

I’ve loved reading about your time in San Francisco! And I’m glad you will be moderating the comments more! Have a great rest of the weekend.


31 Brittany July 19, 2008 at 8:46 am

Like most of the others who commented, I really like bare minerals as well. I bought the start up kit and love it. One of my old roommates always seemed to have a perfect glow, come to find out she was using bare minerals. She told me about it and I bought it. It’s totally worth the investment!


32 Bridget July 19, 2008 at 8:47 am

Ditto on the irobot vaccuum. Mine broke in less than 6 months. Ordered the replacement part, and it broke again on a different part. SO frustrating, it just sits in the closet. DON’T BUT IT!!


33 BethT July 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

I agree with not getting Bare Min. if you have sensitive skin. It looked great on me for a few days, then I broke out :( Bummer.


34 Heather July 19, 2008 at 8:55 am

LOVE the cupcake! So cute.

I use Bare Minerals and really like it- it’s a little more coverage than I wear on an everyday basis (usually just use tinted moisturizer) but it’s really great for evenings/events. It stays on a long time and doesn’t get oily.

Enjoy the rest of your trip :)


35 Jenny July 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

Good for you and the decision you’ve made to remove unnecessarily hurtful comments. You’d think adults would gain the wisdom that words can really hurt. But, some of use don’t. It’s the same sort of thing that happens with my ten-year old daughter and the hurtful things that are said amongst her friends. The old “I don’t feel good about myself, so I’ll say something mean to try and bring you down to my level”. I don’t care if you’re ten or thirty, it still hurts. Sometimes people say the worst things and it immediately takes me from being a confident 35 year-old mother of two, successful business woman and all-around happy person to that frightened 13 year-old with zero confidence and low self-esteem. That’s the girl I’ve spent 25 years trying to “fix” and with one mean word, I’m right back where I started. Of course, it’s easier at 35 to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move-on. Sometimes though, it’s hard to be a girl. No matter how old you are. That’s why I’m glad that the vast majority of girls on here and kind and supportive. It’s a nice place to go when you need a friend.


36 Caitlin P July 19, 2008 at 9:17 am

Hey Kath!! I am so jealous reading about your amazing time at the conference! Haha I also thought is was funny to see the Smiles on your blog because I just bought a package to share with my little sisters this week.

I also don’t really understand, but were there people at the conference who blog about all different things?

** Also sorry quick question to anyone that could answer!!**

Its really embarrasing, but I’m 18 and I just recently had a bone scan during a stay at the hospital and I found out I have severe osteoperosis; my doctor said the bones of an 80 year old woman( ughh due to my struggles with eating)
Does anyone have any advice anything with lots of calcium besides Milk or Milk products(because its still pretty hard to get myself to eat those sources of calcium)

Thanks to anyone with any advice!!

Have fun at the rest of your conference Kath and really… congrats with the intuitive eating, thats awesome!


37 Melissa July 19, 2008 at 9:29 am

you look like you’re having such a great time in SF! isn’t it just one of the greatest cities! i love going to ghiradelli square…and make sure you make it to Lombard street! it’s sooooo cool!


38 C July 19, 2008 at 9:36 am

I think it is awesome that you are going to delete the negativity from any comments. It is your blog and YOU are in charge. Rock on!

And for the bare minerals, i have the start up set and a few extras. I love the way it looks and how you can really customize it to what you want. The only thing I don’t like is that if I get hot and sweaty it starts to really really itch. I have talked to a couple of people and they have the same problem. So, I would suggest washing it away before any kind of hot activity.


39 Tina O. July 19, 2008 at 9:44 am

Wow, I was gone most of yesterday and you’ve posted so much! It look so fun there!

My opinion about the Bare Minerals: I could not stand the lose powder-too messy for me! I use Pur Minerals which is pressed and also has way less chemicals. I use all of their eye shadow, blush, bronzer, mascara and of course foundation. I buy mine at ULTA and you can get it online also.

Oh and vacuum cleaners-I have given up! Every one I bought broke-now we use a shop vac. But I also have 3 kids and a dog, so it’s not as ‘overkill’ as you may think. Plus it’s indestructable!


40 Deb July 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

Cailtlin P…you really, really need to make an appointment with a nutritionist STAT!! That’s the best thing for you! You have a long, healthy life ahead and need to learn the best ways to get your calcium along with all the zillions of other nutrients you need daily. Logging in to Kath’s blog is a fabulous addition to that, but at 18 with SEVERE osteoporosis…you really need individualized suggestions!


41 Amanda B July 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

I have sensitive skin so does anyone have any suggestions for mineral makeup that is preferably pressed and over-the-counter for sensitive skin?



42 Fitnessista July 19, 2008 at 10:11 am

looks like you’re having an amazing time!!

the dessert buffet looks glorious :)

what are the little smiley face things next to the sweet potato fries?? whatever they are, they’re super cute!!!


43 Chandra (Eating to Live) July 19, 2008 at 10:39 am

What a fantastic experience!! I just caught up on your other posts from today as well, and it all sounded amazing. And it’s so hilarious how you were running into bloggers in real life left to right. It would be so surreal to me! lol

That’s so cool how you’re getting all those free samples from sponsors, too!!

And deciding to more closely monitor comments is an EXCELLENT idea. It is your blog – take the reins! 😀


44 Lauren July 19, 2008 at 10:40 am

Hi Kath,

Glad you’ve enjoyed BlogHer so much! It sounds like a very exciting and inspiring event. It’s great that it has deepened your interest in your own blog, too!

I’ve used Bare Minerals off and on for the past year and a half. I really like the way it makes my skin look and feel. In that regard, it is worth the investment. (It wasn’t an extremely large investment, if I recall correctly. I think I got the starter kit for about $70 at Sephora; I still have quite a bit of the original bronzer and mineral veil left, and I’ve only had to replace the foundation once). If you like the way the make-up looks on you, I definitely think purchasing the starter kit is a smart investment. However, I’ve also found that the Physician’s Formula mineral foundation works *just* as well for me, and is less than half the price of the Bare Minerals foundation. So that might be another option for you, too.


45 Lauren July 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

To add…I have to agree with Tina O., though — the Bare Minerals products can be really messy! They have permanently stained my vanity, especially the bronzer. (That sentence sounds a little weird…by vanity, I’m referring to a piece of furniture 😉


46 Yvonne July 19, 2008 at 10:50 am

Hi! I don’t usually comment but I felt compelled since Bare Essentuals is the shit!!!! I’ve always hated wearing face make-up but a while ago I started having skin issues and I didn’t want to resort to goopy foundation. People always had told me to get Bare Minerals so I finally caved and invested in the starter kit… and I’M IN LOVE! :o) I use it everyday now… even when my skin is totally clear and fine… just because I love it so much! I highly recommend it.
P.S. this is my fave food blog ever!!


47 Emily July 19, 2008 at 11:01 am

Many people fall in love with Bare Minerals and I was one of those people until I started noticing a strange redness on my lower cheeks which very slowly started creeping up and up and up my cheeks. I’ve had to make 3 trips to the dermatologist and use 3 different creams to try to treat what was diagnosed as contact dermatitis. Turns out I’m just one of those who’s allergic to one of the minerals in the make-up… and I don’t usually have sensitive skin!! I’ve never had a reaction to any cleansers, make-up, lotions, etc. So anyway, while the chances you will have the same experience as me is slim, I just wanted you to be aware that it is possible to have a negative reaction to the make-up. I am now using Physician’s Formula which is much cheaper and doesn’t contain iron oxides which I suspect is the ingredient that didn’t agree with my skin. I’m so glad you’re having such an amazing trip with your mom!! You are doing an wonderful job with having flexible restraint (a Weight Watcher’s term) with food. You should be so proud of yourself!!


48 Julz July 19, 2008 at 11:11 am

I like the bareminerals WARMTH product, a lot! I used to use all of the other ones, but I didn’t like the matte look on my skin, personally! But they are awesome and worth trying out :)

CONGRATS on being so intuitive with your eating :) WAY TO GO DR. KATH, expert nutritionist 😉


49 Every Gym's Nightmare July 19, 2008 at 11:38 am

good job on taking control of your blog back. i kind of get the impression that you post everything and just leave it to let the kids play with how they want. except you do that three times a day, which is mindblowing.

on honestly, i find the supportive comments after the negative ones just as obnoxious. everyone just repeats themselves over and over. by deleting the unneccessary negatives, you eliminate both problems.



50 april July 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

Caitlyn P- There are a lot of vegetables with calcium in them, as well as nutritional supplements. (even Tum’s is a good source!) Make sure your getting plenty of vitamin D too, or else you won’t absorb the calcium. Oh and don’t drink any dark colored coke! If in the ingredients it says phosphoric acid, stay away! Phosphoric acid pulls the calcium out of your bones.


51 Kath July 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

Thanks for all the bareMinerals feedback! I think I will invest, because I loved it on my face in person and just wanted to get some more opinions. I might wait until I get back to CLT though, because we have a BM store and I can try it out again. I don’t tend to have sensitive skin, but I’ll see if they have a return policy or anything.

Guess I won’t get an iRobot!

jenna ,
Awesome your mom wants to come too!!! I hope mine will again :)

Jenny ,
I enjoyed reading your comment :)

Fitnessista ,
They were fries too – a different shape!



52 mollymolly July 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I really enjoy reading your blog…it is interesting, positive, inspiring, AND motivating!

It makes me want to start my own blog, but I have no idea where to begin! yikes!


53 ppp July 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm

one more mineral makeup comment — i use everyday minerals which i LOVE and which is way less expensive than bare minerals (but still more costly than drugstore).

ALSO, if you go to their website (not sure what it is, you can google), you can order a FREE sample kit with 3 foundations, a concealer and a blush so that you can determine your color (you have to pay for shipping but thats like $3).

and the samples actually last awhile – i had to order a full size foundation but am still using the concealer sample! really the BEST makeup decsion i ever made!


54 ppp July 19, 2008 at 12:09 pm

haha i just re-read my own previous comment and realized i sound like a an infomercial…


55 BethT July 19, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Re: return policy – if the BM store won’t let you return it there, buy it from Sephora. They will take anything back with a receipt, even if you have used it. I love it there.


56 Hil July 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Re Bare Minerals: it’s good stuff, and the start-up kit is worth it just for the brushes and the warmth, which I LOVE. But you should know that there are lots of different kinds of mineral makeup out there, and most of them are much cheaper than Bare Minerals. Bare Minerals is great, but it only has a few colors, so if you aren’t happy with your color match, try some of the drug store/internet mineral makeups. I actually got the best match for my skin-tone from a nice drug store brand. I still use the Bare Minerals brushes which make application a million times easier.

Good for you for taking action against trolls and other negative people!


57 Suzanne July 19, 2008 at 12:45 pm


Hi Kath,

Wow! I missed one day of reading KERF and I missed so much!

I have to comment about Bare Minerals. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT!

I started using it a few years ago, and it is so natural-looking. I hate heavy foundations and make-up. This only takes about 5 minutes to apply (or less!) in the morning. It could be daunting looking at all those little containers, but all you really need to start is the starter-kit, and then you can add more as you go.

I have a lot of their products, but use the foundation, mineral veil, and blush everyday religiously.

Hope that helps! Just try it – you definitely won’t be disappointed. :)


58 Jessica July 19, 2008 at 1:03 pm

When I was choosing a new make-up a few months ago, I felt it was really important for it to be safe and organic (since our skin is our bodies largest organ :o)

I lvoe the Cosmetic Safety Database – I use it anytime I am trying out a new product – http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/index.php?nothanks=1

For foundation and eyeshadow I use and LOVE the products from SunCat Natural Mineral Makeup – http://www.suncatnaturalmineralmakeup.com/foundations.html


59 kirsten July 19, 2008 at 1:12 pm

I really dig the bare minerals because I don’t like heavy makeup. I did get the starter kit, but from then on I buy only the pieces I need from ebay because I can get them a la carte.


60 Sarah July 19, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Caitlin –

I also had an eating disorder and now have osteoperosis (although they cannot technically call it that until I am post-menopausal – for now it is called “low bone density.”)

I second the blogger who says get to a dietician as soon as possible. There are calcium and vitamin D supplements that you can take, but without sufficient caloric intake and the correct leptin and estrodial levels in your body, it is going to be worthless to take these supplements or even eat calcium containing products. I am a medical researcher and there are plenty of scientifically reviewed publications examining this issue and coming to that exact conclusion. The good news is that bones are a living organ and so there may be a way that you can rebuild some of your bone density, or at least prevent further decay, but you need to be nutritionally restored for this to happen. This may involve you being in a BMI range of 19-21 rather than settling below this. It is essential for you to begin working with a registered dietician, preferably one who has experience working with eating disorders, if you do not already have one. I am quite frankly appalled that your physician did not provide you with more education on this issue before having you leave his office. Did he run any blood or urine tests to check your Vitamin D and your calcium output levels?


61 Emily July 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm

i second everyday minerals, they are way cheaper, and offer so many more colors than bare minerals plus they don’t have one ingredient BM does which some people are sensitive to.
The free sample kit is great, plus they have specials all the time, where you can get 10-15% off your order, plus free new blushes or eyeshadow. They are a great company.


62 Chelsea July 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

A) We have a Roomba and absolutely LOVE IT! It runs everyday in the living room (where the bird makes a mess) and Monday and Friday throughout the entire house.

B) I think it’s fabulous that you’re going to start moderating more. This is YOUR blog and as such should be a reflection of YOU! Which is beautiful m’dear :)


63 Kate July 19, 2008 at 11:17 pm

I love BareMinerals makeup. I used to stick with just tinted moisturizer with a touch of concealer here or there, but switched over about a year ago on a friend’s recommendation. I bought the start-up kit last October and have not yet run out of any of the powders even though I use it a few days a week.

I haven’t had any trouble with it being messy, spilling, staining, etc. I very rarely get any on my counter when I am putting on my makeup in the morning.


64 SYL July 19, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Echoing everyone else’s comments about BareMinerals…they are the more than worth the investment. I was hesitant too at first but I’ve now been using them for three years and I’m addicted. Now it’s the only make-up that I ever use and I can’t imagine using anything else! You won’t regret this purchase.

I hope you enjoyed SF! I am a new reader of your blog and I absolutely love it. I just moved to SF so it’s been fun following along with you as you venture around the city. Enjoy the rest of your stay!


65 Kristie July 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Like everyone else it seems, I LOVE bare minerals makeup! it’s so lightweight (you don’t even feel like you’re wearing any) and natural looking!!

Good for you for moderating comments. Immature, mean people shouldn’t get the attention they so desperately crave!


66 Mimi July 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm

OMG! This is my first time commenting but I had to tell you that Bare Minerals is AMAZING! Totally worth the money in my opinion. It may seem costly at first, but they literally last forever and are so good for your skin compared to regular liquid foundations. Plus the SPF! It’s fabulous!


67 Biggie @ Lunch in a Box July 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm

It was so cool finally meeting you (and your MOM!) in person, Kath! This weekend seems so unreal, actually talking with people I’ve only encountered online. I feel so motivated with the blog now, and also support your decision to do whatever you like with the comments on your own site. Elise’s session totally rocked as well; now to process all of the information, add people to my reader, etc. etc.


68 Kath July 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Biggie ,
Lovely to meet you too!! I feel like we have 1,000 new things to do/learn now. So much for reducing the time I spend blogging!



69 SweetsandSweats July 21, 2008 at 11:00 am

This honestly looked like one of the best weekends ever. I already adore KERF so I can only imagine where you are going to take it now with this new motivation. Exciting!!!



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