Sunday, July 24, 2016

Brew at the Zoo 2016

A few days ago Ben and I went to Brew at the Zoo, at the National Zoo in Washington DC. There were over 80 breweries at this event, both local and national. All proceeds went to supporting wildlife conservation. The Reagan Years, a local 80's cover band, was there playing live music, plus there were local food trucks there offering amazing food.

Brew at the Zoo fundraiser for Wildlife at the National Zoo in Washington DC.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara

There is some makeup that lasts me forever, then there is mascara. I don't know why, but I breeze through it so fast! That means I am always looking for new mascaras to try out. I heard some great things about Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara, and with the adorable packaging, it was hard to resist!

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara review

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Look Book: Floral Crop Top

Sometimes I felt uncomfortable talking about my weight. Just like nearly every other girl person, I have things about my body that I don't like. People often dismiss my body issues because I am not overweight. Its such a frustrating feeling to be told that your feelings are less important.

Black floral crop top with a black a line skirt.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

French Chalet

There is something so pure about a French manicure. Its classic, beautiful, and elegant. After wearing nail art look after nail art look, sometimes I just need to refresh with a French manicure. Now, I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't jazz it up just a little bit.

I was looking for a way to use Ciate Chalet Chic from the 2015 Mini Mani Month. A chalet is actually a cottage in the Swiss Alps. The loose white glitter screamed for snowy nail art, but its the middle of summer, and I just did snow covered house nail art a few months ago. I decided to relax, clear my mind, and go for a clean canvass, with a little fun.

Ciate Chalet Chic from the 2015 Mini Mani Month

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Why is it so hard to find cruelty free moisturizer with SPF that doesn't break the bank? I have been living off moisturizer samples for a while now, and recently I realized that a woman cannot live off samples alone, and I made a decision that it was time to find my go-to.

My usual first step in looking for a new beauty product is to check out what's available at the drug store. I spent 30 minutes searching CVS and all I ended up with was a Burt's Bees moisturizer, but it didn't have SPF. After that, I turned to the internet. While there were plenty of options, they were all so pricey for such a small amount of product. I felt defeated.

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4th of July Celebration

Ben and I moved to northern Virginia three years ago, a few days before the 4th of July. Since we were so close to Washington DC, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than in the nation's capital. While it was an amazing experience, it was also really overwhelming, and we knew that was going to be our first and last time going to the city for 4th of July.

Enjoying local beers on the 4th of July at Lansdowne Celebrates America.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June 2016 Round Up

I really love when other bloggers do round ups. Its a great way to catch up on their posts, and learn more about what's going on their lives. I had been toying with the idea, and I decided that I wanted to start a monthly round up feature here.

This month has been a crazy one behind the Claws Up scenes. Not only has work been busier than ever, Ben and I are also trying to balance home improvement projects, with wedding planning. Now that May is over, we are officially less than a year away until the wedding. Ahh! I feel like there is still so much left to do!

Nail Art & Swatches

Nail art and swatches

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Makeup Looks: Orange Julius

As a blogger, I spend most of my evenings browsing through other blogs. I love catching up on what everyone is doing, connecting with other bloggers, and gaining new inspiration. One blog I follow is Taya My Little Beauty World. Recently, she posted a gorgeous orange and glitter makeup look that I knew I needed to recreate.

Gold glitter and orange makeup look

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!

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


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



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