I have one cousin on my mom’s side.

Only my one cousin is way more awesome than a dozen of your cousins put together. Sorry.

J and C 4eva

I was at his house the other day when an email came in asking for a recent professional photo of me for a calendar. (Yes, that calendar, I technically ended up being #13 in votes but someone backed out and so I was asked to join in at the 11th hour. Available for preorder now!)


My skin hates California. My eyes hate the moosh waking up at 6 am everyday. My period? Let’s just not go there. I felt bloaty, I felt puffy, I felt unsalvageable.

Enter my cousin Jaush and his train cases.

Train Case #1

Train Case #2

Don’t you feel prettier just looking at them?

He swooped, he brushed, he laquered, he painted, he teased, he combed, he patted and he fluffed.

Twenty minutes later?


OH. Did I fail to mention the vintage black cocktail dress that just HAPPENED to be in his closet that just HAPPENED to be in my size?

I did?

WELL, he just happened to have a vintage black cocktail dress in my size hanging in his closet.


I’m hoping the next time we hang out peep toe heels fall from the sky and rain gutters spew diamond earrings.

Because after an afternoon with Jaush? I’m beginning to think that’s totally possible.


  1. Um…I heart you…these photos are STUNNING…that chair…I want to eat it…and all the other stuff I told you in private that I will deny. I love you gorgeous woman.

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  2. Can I borrow him for a minute?

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  3. I think every girl needs a cousin like Jaush.

  4. Wow!! I need a Jaush.
    You look gorgeous.

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  5. Absolutely fabulous, dahling.

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  6. You look amazing! And congrats on the calendar!

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  7. Wow. You look gorgeous. Is he for sale? At least lease?

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  8. I love your hair, and look how he made your eyes POP! Can he come up to SF and be my makeup artist? 😉

    Also, I moved from NY to CA earlier this year, and my skin STILL hasn’t recovered.

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  9. Unbelievable. I’m green with envy. But you’re so pretty anyways.

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  10. Wow! We need more pics.

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  11. How fun! But Casey when all is said and done the most beautiful part of those pics is your eyes and Jaush had nothin’ to do with makin’ those. 🙂

  12. i need a Jaush and his box full o’ MAC.

    you look STUNNING.

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  13. I would trade all 25 of my cousins for one of him.

    You look amazing. Congrats on the calender.

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  14. Ohhhh Call me when it starts raining I want to be there. Where can we borrow Jaush! You look amazing

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  15. If someone cracked open a trunk of all that gorgeous MAC makeup in front of me – my first response would be, “Well, hello gorgeous”.

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  16. You look gorgeous! Is your cousin a makeup artist?

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  17. You are always beautiful first of all – second, I too would trade all my cousins for one like that.
    Also, I am in love with the dress and I’ve only seen the collar… you have to show us the rest!

  18. GREAT photo! Your cousin totally rocks.

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  19. Nice! I think I love your cousin a little bit. Can we trade? My cousin has a cute kid. That is kind of even, right?

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  20. I want a Jaush.. seriously anyone to make me beautiful with pretty clothes my size (which would be damn near impossible), I will even do without the diamonds and shoes.. puh-leaaase;) Enjoy your time out west – you got out of IN at the perfect time it’s flipping cold here!!

  21. I’m not a bit makeup girl, but I felt a little flutter at all of that MAC in one place. Mama loves some MAC.

    And your pic is stunning.

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  22. Wow. I totally wish I had a cousin like that! I have a friend like that, who I used to live in the same house as, and he is AMAZING. But now we live in different provinces (Canada-speak for “states”) and I don’t get to see him or his wonderful make-up cases any more. I miss them.

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  23. Lisa in TX says:

    Holy freakin’ cow, you look fan-TAS-tic!!! And he did everything in only 20 minutes? I couldn’t do it with three hours. So jealous.

  24. Jaush, I love you. Call me. Bring the make-up.

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  25. oh his stash is yummy. much better than all of my cousins (and I only had 6….in my graduating class. Like 50 total).

  26. Wow… my cousins are good… but not that good.

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  27. You look stunning! Congrats on the calendar!

  28. Woohooo! Congrats on the bump up and hello gawgeous!!! What a fabulous cousin. That’s a serious makeup kit there mah deah.

  29. Very cool, I am totally jealous of your most awesome cousin.

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  30. Is your cousin, by any chance, looking for a best friend?

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  31. You look fantastic! What a great cousin! It’s always good to know people like that 😀
    Jaush is a neat name. Is it pronounced the same as Josh?

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  32. Oh so jealous! I saw that twitterpic the other night… but didn’t know this was the reason! Congrats on making the calendar… as if you weren’t famous already! 😉

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  33. I think I might buy this calendar. You look stunning!

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  34. I need a cousin Jaush to magically appear every weekday morning at 6:30 am and make me look like THAT….

    You look stunning. I think everyone needs a cousin Jaush, but I’m glad he’s yours.

    Have fun in LA!!


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  35. wow, he’s brilliant. And you are beautiful! : )

  36. Ok, I confess I lied before. I’m totally hitting on you.

    In a mostly platonic hetero way. But I’ll let you know if that changes.

    Keep smiling!

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  37. You are soo pretty, maybe someone will put you on T.V….

  38. You’re in??? Yay! That’s all kinds of awesomeness!

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  39. My cousin used to be a stripper, may be she can make me into an exhibitionist who loves to dance, though I’d settle for just a touch of rhythm.

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  40. Wow.

    And my cousins just poke me in the arm and go, “Oh, sorry…I have a poking problem.”


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  41. Gawd, you’re so damn gorgeous.

    Do me.

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  42. what a gloriously beautiful picture!!

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  43. Congrats on the calendar – there is no default winning, you should definitely be there! I’m sharing a “I love your blog” award with you, your stories make me laugh and cry. I posted more details on my page.

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  44. i’ll be on the next flight out. cause srsly, i want to play dress up

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  45. MAC makeup is the ****. my bff lindsay works for MAC. i get free stuff all the time which i heart.

    you are one sexy lady 😉

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  46. OMG! It is my DREAM to go to the MAC counter and buy their biggest, shiniest train case and fill it with one of everything! I’m SO jealous right now my eyes are turning green. You look fab!

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  47. Meanwhile you regret hanging out with me because when you worn slippers fall from the sky and rain gutters spew bedazzled jean jackets.

  48. Oh and
    P.S. you look beautiful
    P.P.S. in both pictures

  49. Does Jaush do housecalls? To Canada?

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  50. Holy cow, you do have the most awesome cousin. However if my cousins read this I will deny it. I had to click over from twitter to see what the deal was with that picture it is stunning.

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