Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On My Way to a 5k: Prepare to Glow

I mentioned a little while ago that Ben and I have been running for almost a year now. A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to run my first 5k! For the past few weeks, Ben and I have been training, and we have been running 5ks after work once a week. I am trying to shorten my time and my goal is to be under 40 minutes.

Since I am new to running, and with my busy schedule I don't have as much time as I'd like to get better, I knew for my first 5k I wanted it to be a fun run. I needed something relaxed and not competitive so I would feel comfortable taking walk breaks, which I still need a lot of.

After searching online, Ben and I took the plunge and signed up for the Glow Run in Herndon,VA. Before the race there is a pre-run party where they will be handing out prizes for the glowiest costumes. I'm pretty sure that is a word, yes. I already knew I wanted to dress up for my first 5k, but now I knew I needed to go all out.

What to wear to a glow run

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Picnic

I don't know what's going on with me this summer, but I have been feeling uninspired. I hate all my nail polish colors, and have been feeling too lazy to recreate the looks I've pinned. After a lot of thinking I decided I wanted to do some red and summery, and I ended up with picnic nail art.

Picnic nail art

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Makeup Looks: Lemon Drop

Fruit in the summer is the best. Actually it's best in the fall too (hello pumpkin everything!). I love snaking on fresh fruit, and sipping on fruity drinks. I have actually been drinking lemon water almost every day!

I just wanted to have some fun and do a simple lemon makeup look. I just used a yellow eyeshadow on my eyes and lips, and then I stuck on a few lemon fimos.

Lemon makeup look


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

It's pretty obvious that I love experimenting with fun makeup looks, since I have a makeup blog. I like more bold and colorful looks, but my normal day-to-day makeup is much simpler. I go to work really early, so to maximize my much needed sleep, I wear pretty basic makeup.

My go-to eye makeup for work is a nude, shimmery eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. It started with only one eyeshadow that I wore to work, and then I bought a palette with three colors. After going through those, I wanted to add a few more shades to my rotation.

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Look Book: Summer Uniform

I have gotten to that point in the summer where it is just too hot to think about choosing clothes. All I want to do is stay cool, and be comfortable. I have been pretty much wearing the same outfit every weekend (no shame).

In other news, I have new hair! I am slowly but surely getting my hair the color I want for my wedding. That means right now I am rocking wine colored hair tucked under my brunette hair. I can't wait to see it transform over the next new months!

Split back tank top, green shorts, and wine colored hair

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ice Cream

Where I live, in Northern Virginia, it has been a hot summer. We had a heat wave a few weeks ago, and this weekend the heat index is supposed to be at 110 degrees! When it's this hot, all I want to do is cool myself from the inside out. Like most people, all I want all summer long is ice cream. I can't think of too many things better than hearing the ice cream trick come down your street on a hot summer day.

Summertime is the perfect time to rock some ice cream nail art. My nails are already kind of pointy, so I thought ice cream cones would fit perfectly!

Ice cream nail art

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Look Book: White Lace

There is something so pretty about white lace. It's clean, simple, and timeless. For the past couple of summers, I had been looking all over for the perfect white lace dress. Something I could throw on and look effortless. For some reason, I just couldn't find the perfect one.

I am telling you, all the best clothes are found in clearance racks. I found this perfect dress a few weeks ago for less than $15! I have been wearing it non-stop all summer long.

White lace dress and faux snakeskin ballet flats.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ahoy Sailor

Ben and I nicknamed our house The Beach House. It was just very coastal. Plus, the previous owners left one room, and the window treatments, sea foam green. Ben and I aren't beach people, but we felt the theme went with the house, so we made one room beachy. I was actually really easy to decorate, beach decor seems to be very popular this summer.

I grabbed Ahoy Sailor from the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 calendar. I loved that the color matched our Beach House. Of course I had to do some nautical nail art.

Nautical nail art using Ciate Ahoy Sailor from the 2015 Mini Mani Month

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July 2016 Round Up

Summer has been crazy, and it's only getting crazier. I was so busy in July with work, family visits, celebrations, and wedding planning. The month started with 4th of July celebrations. Then my brother, sister-in-law, and mom came to visit for a long weekend, and we did the tourist thing in Washington DC. Last week, Ben and I went to an awesome event, Brew at the Zoo, to support wildlife while drinking unlimited beer.

All in the middle of this was wedding planning. We actually hit a huge milestone, all of our vendors are booked! That means all that's left is just buying and crafting things. A big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I no longer need to contact anyone, or worry about people being booked on our date.

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