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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Season

A few weekends ago I woke up and it was slightly chilly outside and Pumpkin Spice Lattes had just come back out. Being the pumpkin lover that I am, I got up, got ready and was off to get my first one of the season! Not that this post is necessarily about the drink, but I did opt for the iced version because as you can see, it was still warm enough for shorts and sandals.

It was such a gorgeous day outside so we decided to go for a stroll around the lake and sip on our yummy fall drinks.

I actually quite liked this outfit despite how simple and kind of boring it was. I was just wearing my J Crew black shorts, a plain black tank and this really cute oatmeal colored cardigan that I got from...Costco! Sometimes you can find some really nice gems at good ol' Costco. Fun fact: this was the first time I wore black on black in literally years. I used to wear black on black everyday because I got into the habit when I worked at Ulta and I loved it so much for a period of time even my professors (in large lectures, at that) would comment on how much I must love wearing black!

What is your go-to comfy outfit on these days transitioning from one season to another?
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer

Recently I was looking for a new foundation. As I wandered around I knew I wanted something paraben free and I always go for something with medium coverage. I ran across this Tarte Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer and decided to try it out on my hand because I know BB creams vary a lot in how much coverage they provide. Once I swatched it I liked the color (they had a good color selection, by the way) and it seemed to have decent coverage so I went ahead and purchased it.

Unfortunately once I got it home and tried it out on my face it wasn't what I was looking for. My skin is very fair and while my skin has been healing, I have leftover acne marks and on my face this product barely provided any coverage at all. I know it's a tinted moisturizer, but the texture seemed like it would have provided a bit more coverage. I did wear it with some concealer and it was nice, just not what  I need day to day.

If you are looking for something with light coverage that is free of some of those more harmful ingredients this might be up your alley! Let me know what you thought of this if you've tried it or what your favorite foundation has been lately :)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Home Decor Updates!

Hey, everyone! I've been doing some little projects around the house and I thought I would compile them and show you guys some of the updates! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen most of these, if not, you can click the link in the top right corner of the page :)
First up is the laundry room. 

This isn't anything new, however I finally got around to taking some photos! The laundry sign off to the right shows all of the symbols found on clothing tags and what they mean! It's from Hobby Lobby and I thought it was obviously appropriate :) Also, the jar of clothespins is probably one of the easiest ways to add a little something to your laundry room that's cute and actually makes sense as a "decor" item in a laundry room.

Next is the DIY wreath we hung over the console table. I've been wanting a magnolia wreath for quite a while now, however they can be pricey! I spent $15 and made this one myself...it's not the best out there, but it's good enough for me, especially with the savings of doing it myself! (Sorry the picture is so weird with the coloring and the shadows, I took it as soon as we got it hung because I was excited haha :)

Last but not least, is our guest bedroom. We finally ordered matching nightstands for this room, I added a couple of throw pillows since I did an update, re-made the "Be Our Guest" sign and added a couple of accessories. I really love this room, it feels fun and cozy at the same time. And I'm still really into the way the  monochrome look that we went for with just a few pops of color turned out.

That's it on the home updates for now. We've got a big change happening in our living room soon so I'll be sure and do a post when the time comes!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Going Blonde Part I

As you may have noticed, I've been going blonde. My natural hair color is dirty blonde, but for about 10 years I was coloring it very dark brown, almost black. I especially remember October 2014 that my roots were coming through and I needed to dye my hair, but I literally didn't feel like it- that started this entire process! I had been wanting to go back blonde for a while, however, I knew it was going to be an expensive and time consuming process!

I thought I would document my progress here for you all and maybe it'll help someone thinking of going blonde!

To start, some pictures to jog your memory:

August 2013

August 2014

Like I said, in October 2014 I started to let my roots grow in so by December my hair looked like this: 
December 2014
In May 2015 I started the process of actually lightening my hair.  I think we bleached it all over, which is definitely not great for your hair but you do have to strip the color out. I don't know much about hair but it's probably the fastest way to get to a lighter color without having to get stark highlights throughout. I will say that it did take a few times to get the orangey color out of it and I still had to get a glaze applied to it to even the color out. This is what it looked like right after the glaze:

It wasn't the color I was going for, but blonde does take time so I left it this way for about two months to give it a break.

That's it for Part I! Happy Friday!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tanya Bur Lipglosses

Tanya Burr Lipglosses in Macaroon, Candy Frost and Bewitching

Tanya Burr Lipglosses in Macaroon, Candy Frost and Bewitching

Swatches of Tanya Burr Lipglosses in Macaroon, Candy Frost and Bewitching
From top to bottom: Macaroon, Candy Frost and Bewitching

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen back in December I go the Tanya Burr advent calendar as a birthday gift. I was really excited to find that three of the days were different shades of her lipglosses because I've been wanting to try them for so long!

The three shades I have now are Macaroon, Candy Frost and Bewitching as you can see above. I like the shade selection because you get to try a coral, a bright pink and a deeper berry so they covered all the bases.

Just to get the basics out of the way, I love the packaging. The square tube is really nice because it's modern and the gold top and accents are super trendy. Also, these have a doe foot applicator. As far as scent, they smell very strongly of vanilla and sweets. It's a pleasant smell for me, I'd rather it smell like this than like chemically-plastic like I've had before, however, it wouldn't be my first choice. The formula is really nice in my opinion. The product feels really smooth on your lips, not gritty at all and it doesn't leave your lips feeling dry.

They are fairly pigmented, although I will say that Macaroon (coral) and Candy Frost (bright pink) are definitely better over either a nude to bring out the color or a complementing lip shade. I like Bewitching on its own and over dark lipsticks to add more shine.

Have you guys tried any of these lipglosses or anything from the Tanya Burr line?

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

30th birthday Recap & Ideas

Today I thought it would be fun to share what we did and how I decorated for my boyfriends 30th birthday! Maybe this will help any of you that have friends or family turning 30 or it may just provide some general birthday ideas.

If you'll remember, last year I did a "coffee shop" theme for his birthday, but this year I decided that 30 is a big enough birthday that "30" would simply be the theme.

To start, I got a great idea from a coworker to do "30 gifts for turning 30". So I made a spreadsheet of all of the ideas that I had, they weren't big, expensive gifts, just random things I know he likes or would think were cool (Gift cards, movies, favorite gum, etc). I categorized everything to make the list making easier because I found it tough to think of 30 things (Movie Day, Coffee Day, Useful Stuff Day). On the list, I also included the gifts I was getting him as well as what his family was getting him in the 30 to make it a little easier for myself! His birthday happened to be on a Saturday, so I decided that starting the Monday before he would get 4-5 gifts (depending on the category) and by Saturday he would be at his last set of gifts totaling 30. He LOVED the idea and looked forward to getting to open gifts every day leading up to his birthday. Even though some gifts were silly, just the act of a mini celebration each day made it that much more special. My goal was for him to feel like his birthday wasn't just over after a few hours because it only comes once a year and 30 is a big milestone!

I decorated most of the house so everywhere he went would have a little birthday in it, however, downstairs I decided to do a black, silver and gold theme with the decor.  I bought those amazing gold metallic number balloons off of Amazon, got the tassel banner from Michaels and I made the banner that says "Thirty" from glitter letters and twine I found at Michaels. Also, I made the big poster board of events that happened in 1986 by taking a tube of white wrapping paper and wrapping it over itself around the tube and then attaching it to a tripod. I had the idea to do that for a while but ended up having to actually make it in a hurry. It was still a hit and he thought it was really interesting to read a compiled list of world events that happened that year.

As far as what we did on his birthday, we took a mini road trip to go snow tubing for the first time and we went into the city to eat at his favorite restaurant. The weather was perfect with a light dusting of snow on the ground and super sunny and we had the best time!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Revlon Hair Dryer and Styler

I was on Ulta's website one night and randomly saw this Revlon Hair Dryer and Styler. There were no reviews on the Ulta website and I didn't look any up, I just decided I'd get it and hope for the best!

I have thick wavy/curly hair that takes a long time to dry, particularly if I'm trying to dry it straight. If I don't use a brush while I'm drying my hair then it'll end up like an actual lions mane. My hope was that this tool might make the drying process easier because I wouldn't have to have a brush in one hand and the hair dryer in the other- it's do-able, but tiring!

So basically, I love thing thing. I haven't used my regular hair dryer since I got this. I let my hair air dry 50-70% of the way, just because it's healthier, and then I finish it off with this. It's no heavier than a regular hair dryer, but it's so nice that you're only holding one tool! As you can see, it has the "Cool," "Low," and "High" settings that are typical and the brush itself is a good size. Even though it's a paddle brush and not a round brush, I still find that I'm able to get my hair decently straight with it. It's much more straight and calm than when I use my regular hair dryer. I still have to use my straightener but the point is that it makes the drying process easier and my hair comes out looking nicer.

My only complaint about it is that the hot air only blows out of the top half of the brush. I wish that it came out of the whole brush because I have to make sure that the top half of the brush is getting through the wet areas, but overall I'm still very happy with this.

I know that this isn't a "new" idea and these types of things have been around for a while, but I never see anyone talking about them. I would imagine that if you have short hair this would be perfect for you, but I have thick hair that's a mid-length and it works great for me too. I'd definitely recommend trying this if you dislike drying your hair!
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