Saturday, June 25, 2016

Swatch Saturday: Ciate A List

As Ben and I continue to wedding plan, we are just finishing up getting all the big stuff taken care of, and now it's time to focus on the details. One of the more recent things we nailed down was the rabbi. Not only will she marry us, but we also get three premarital counseling sessions. We just had our first one last night. On the positive side, I learned that while we have vastly different interests, a lot of our goals are aligned. On the negative side, I learned that I am very needy.

 With all the wedding planning, I am surprising myself with how well I am keeping up with blogging. (I admit, I has been tough). Today I am swatching Ciate A List from the 2015 Mini Mani Month collection.

Ciate A List Swatch

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wet n Wild CoverAll Correcting Palette

When I was in High School, I was super into art. I even opted out of language classes to take more art and science classes. One of the very first things we learned about in art was the color wheel. I can talk about warm colors and cool colors, mixing colors, and color opposites until I am blue in the face (no pun intended).

That is where the idea behind color correcting pallets came from. When you use the opposite color on your skin, it cancels out the color that you want to hide. That really intrigued me, so I decided to pick up the Wet n Wild CoverAll Correcting Palette.

Wet n Wild CoverAll Correcting Palette

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Check Mate

When I was 10 years old, a friend of mine taught me how to play chess. My granddaddy was amazing at chess, and my mom told me that he actually played against a Grandmaster in chess and won! I was so excited to show off my new skills and play against him. I remember I actually took one of his pieces and I was so proud of myself. In the next move, he beat me. That's when I learned the art of sacrificing yourself in order to win, something that Ron Weasley taught us years later.

That's totally barbaric!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Makeup Looks: Earth Tones

I can't even believe how busy I am. From all the first time homeowner stuff, to planning a wedding, to all the other normal life stuff, it's non-stop. Now that it's summer, we are busy with all the stuff that comes with it like vacations and family visits. Plus, I want to take some time away from the computer to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

With everything going on, it's hard to stay ahead with blogging, but I'm doing my best! Today I wanted to share an Earth tone makeup look. I wanted something with lots of browns and greens, but also a touch of gold for some brightness and fun.

Earth tone makeup look

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Swatch Saturday: Ciate Shady Lady

It has been way too long since I have done a Swatch Saturday post. I have been trying to stay ahead by swatching every weekend, but I have been so busy with the house and planning the wedding, it has been tough.  Today I have another nail polish from the 2015 Ciate Mini Mani Month box: Ciate Shady Lady.

Ciate Shady Lady Swatch

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Our First Home

Back at the end of March, Ben and I finally moved into our first house. It took a couple of months for us to get all unpacked and settled . We also had to wait for all of our new furniture to get here, put up our decorations, paint, and fix everything that was broken. Now that our house finally looks like a home, I wanted to share some photos!

Cute coastal home

Saturday, June 4, 2016

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

Last weekend My fiance Ben and I went to Disney World to celebrate our 7th anniversary (plus we visited my grandpa for his 98th birthday). I knew that I wanted to do Disney nail art. I also knew that I was feeling lazy that day and I didn't want to do anything too complicated.

I just got a red jelly, Julep Kimball, from the Brights and White collection in the Julep Maven April 2016 box. Jelly? Pond mani! Red? Mickey Mouse nail art!

Mickey Mouse Pond Mani Nail Art

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

7th Anniversary Trip to Florida

May 27th was my 7th anniversary with my fiance, Ben. This anniversary was a really special one, because it also marked exactly one year until our wedding! We are officially less than one year out now, and I feel like there's so much to do.

The next day, May 28th, was my grandpa's 98th birthday, so we decided to fly down to Florida for a birth-aversary celebration!

Anniversary dinner date night

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Look Book Remix: Floral Maxi Dress

At 4 foot 11, finding maxi dresses is really hard. Most are taller than I am! However, two years ago I finally found one that fit me. It is the perfect thing to throw on when I want to look dressed up, but I'm being lazy. I love my floral maxi dress so much, that I thought it was time to break it out here again.

Even though its finally warming up where, it felt like summer would never come. When I went wedding dress shopping in April, I thought it was going to be a nice warm day, so I was caught off guard when it was in the low 60's! I still wanted to look cute for my big day, so I layered my maxi dress with a cardigan, and I loved the look!

Floral maxi dress layered with a cardigan

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Makeup Looks: Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad

For those that are new here, I am a crazy cat lady. I have had my cat, Muffin, since I was 9, and she is my fur child. And what do children do on Mother's day? Well they get gifts for their mom's of course! This year, Muffin sent me the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Quad. The real question is, why was my mom's name on the packing slip?

This eyeshadow set comes with four colors, Base, Define, Contour, and Highlight. It comes with step-by-step instructions for the Lift Eyes look, but you can also try the Define Eyes, Widen Eyes, and the Narrow Eyes looks.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Life's A Peach

I am really enjoying (slowly) working through the Ciate 2015 Mini Mani Month box. All of the polishes are so pretty and I love getting inspiration from the names. This time, I grabbed Ciate Life's a Peach, and that meant it was time for peach nail art!

Ciate Life's a Peach swatch and peach tree nail art.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Julep Maven May 2016 Box - Rainbow Bright

My mom and I signed up to be Julep Mavens way back when you could skip any box, and we usually skip them. But so far, both the April box, and the May box, really caught my eye. This month, we were introduced to the Rainbow Bright collection. All the polishes are so gorgeous that it was really hard to choose a box. After a lot of debate, I went with the Bombshell box.

May 2016 Julep Maven Bombshell box

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Look Book: Seeing Stars

I love my Canon, but I have one problem with it: it doesn't fit in my purse! Whether that's because my bag is too small, or I have too much stuff in it, is up for debate. When I go out and I want to bring my Canon, I used my old bag, which is large enough, but a little too young for me. I needed the perfect bag.

I thought a bucket bag would fit the bill. Big enough to fit my Canon, plus my other stuff, and grown up enough so I can pretend I am an adult. After some searching, and a lot of debate, I settled on the Night Lights Star-Studded Bucket Bag, by Betsey Johnson.

Betsey Johnson star bucket bag, red blazer, gold sequin top, and beige booties.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Prima Ballerina

When I was 3 years old, I started taking ballet classes. I think the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a ballerina. However, most little kids don't have much dedication, and I quit when I was 5. The reason? The dance studio was too cold.

When I grabbed Ciate Prima Ballerina out of the 2015 Mini Mani Month box, I wanted to try ballet shoe nail art. Ciate Prima Ballerina is a medium gray cream, which doesn't really scream ballerina to me.

Ciate Prima Ballerina and ballet shoe nail art

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Makeup Looks: 50 Shades of Grey

It was a Sunday afternoon, nails were freshly done, and it was time to work on a makeup look. I took a look at what I hadn't used in a while, and a collected a pile of silver eyeshadows. As I put together a look, I was trying to think of a name for it. With all the grays, I thought it would be fun to call it 50 Shades of Grey. Then it was time for lipstick, and there was nothing more fitting then red, just like the red room in the book.

50 Shades of Grey makeup

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Look Book: May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars day! Today is May the 4th, which sounds like "may the force", making today a Star Wars holiday. Acceptable ways to celebrate are to watch all seven movies, drink Star Wars themed drinks, and dress up as your favorite character. Since I am working today, I think I'll sneak in a little Star Wars fun by wearing a necklace my bestie, Sara, got for me.

My brother is a huge Star Wars fan, and he got me into it at a young age. Over the years I have collected some Star Wars themed clothes and accessories, but none are as awesome as these Star Wars leggings I got last year. They are totally ridiculous, but I love them anyway. I knew I had to bring them out for May the 4th!

Star Wars leggings for May the 4th.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fun Events at One Loudoun

On Wednesday I was able to attend a blogger happy hour at Matchbox in One Loudoun. For those in the Northern Virginia/DMV area, One Loudoun is an awesome downtown area. It is pretty new, but already filling up with a lot of great restaurants and hangouts.

Blogger happy hour at Matchbox in One Loudoun

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Said Yes To The Dress!

Just over a week ago I traveled to New York for the day that all girls spend their whole life dreaming about, trying on wedding dresses! I had seen a dress on Say Yes To The Dress a year ago, and it was so beautiful, I knew I needed to try it on. My mom found a place in New York (no, not Kleinfeld's), that had the dress, and we made an appointment.

What to wear to go wedding dress shopping.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Look Book: Bloggers Gonna Blog

I started this blog four and a half years ago, a few months after I graduated college. College is the place you can express yourself with out any many consequences. My hair was every color of the rainbow, I rocked quite a few piercings, and of course I could wear whatever I liked.

Bloggers gonna blog t shirt

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Purple Rainbow

I have really been enjoying gaining inspiration from the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 box. Not only are the polishes gorgeous, but they have fun names! Recently, I grabbed Ciate Purple Rainbow, which is a holo champagne glitter in a clear base. When it hits the light, the color shift is beautiful. I decided to have a little fun with the name with some purple rainbow nail art.

Ciate Purple Rainbow swatch, purple rainbow nail art.

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