Saturday, July 30, 2016

Look Book: On My Way to a 5K

As I have mentioned, When I moved to Virginia, I gained a lot of weight really fast. Last fall, I made the decision to go on a diet, in hopes of losing the weight before my wedding dress shopping appointment in April. After a month I still had not lost any weight, and I was feeling really disappointed in myself. That's when Ben suggested that we could go on walks after work.

What to wear to go running

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Raspberry Collins

What's better than a cold drink in the middle of a heatwave? Fall, fall is better. But when fall is still months away, we need to find ways to beat the heat.

Ciate Raspberry Collins came in the 2015 Mini Mani calendar. I just love the gorgeous hot pink/ magenta color, and the smooth formula. At first, I was just going to do raspberry nails, but summertime inspired me, and I thought, why not actually do Raspberry Collins nails?!

Raspberry Collins nail art using Ciate Raspberry Collins

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



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