September 17, 2014

5 Things That Help Hope Win at Life...

Mascara- Younique 3D Fiber Lash 
Eyeliner- Kat Von D Ink Liner
Foundation- Revlon Photoready mixed with Nars Orgasm Illuminator
Concealer- Maybeline Fit Me
Powder- Wet N Wild
Bronzer & Blush - Elf duo

Mason Jars- I recently just discovered that mason jars with the lids are seriously the best travel mugs or dishes.... they do not leak! Like for reals... I should get in to the business that tests travel mugs because seriously I've got a gift, a real gift for spilling something  hot and usually staining my white blouse.... I'm that girl pulling a mason jar of yogurt from her very chic handbag... not spilling is so in fashion this year....

Coconut Oil- I know there is a MAJOR fad going on out there for coconut oil everything but I have to be honest.. as a person who usually tries EVERY product that is supposed to be amazing for your skin, I've yet to be wowed.. usually I'm in love for a week then just like that I'm over that product that promised the eternal youth.. and I'm searching for something else.. well, guys coconut oil is my go to face wash... like a total granola hippie... I wet my face with hot water, massage on a little (or alot if I'm not paying attention) of coconut oil and wipe it off... it softens, removes all of the dirt, my makeup and what do you know it's anti aging with a tiny bit of sunscreen.. I mean wow what's next? It's so amazing that it does my laundry? Oh I wish...

Paper Towels- I know brilliant right? No seriously... After my brilliant discovery of washing my face with coconut oil, I was using my white washcloths to wash off the dirt & makeup off my face.. funny business though that makeup was staining my washcloths! So I thought to myself, there's got be a disposable something that I can use to wash my face? light bulb moment, Paper towels! Not just any paper towels Viva paper towels... those bad boys are not your usual paper towels they are in it to win it.. and by winning they are wet and wiping all the dirt and makeup off my face and not tearing.. While I understand that paper towels are not exactly cheap, neither is my laundry... So for me, it was the brilliant lesser of two evils.. I wipe off the day and throw it away.. plus I swear this is cheaper than makeup remover wipes... Just sayin..., I should mention this not a sponsored post what so ever, I'm just a really big fan...

Bleach- Ok so we now know that I am prone to some spillage of the beverages.. how do I keep my whites white? Bleach it baby.. and boy do I ever... this is the very reason I sort my laundry, colors & whites... so I can remove those pesky espresso stains or the evidence of spaghetti sauce. Because even though I am MANY years since kindergarten I still wear my food from time to time.

Salsa Crock Pot Chicken- Ok, so this tip was given to me by my girl Ashley K, and I'm so grateful! Here's the scoop.. simply dump two chicken breasts in a crock pot, cover it with a jar your favorite salsa... I love using green salsa! Set the crock pot on low for like 7-8 hours and bam! Delicious shredded chicken  done for you when you walk in the door from work.. you can make your neighbors jealous with all the delicious smells coming from your house... Use the chicken in tortillas for tacos or burrito bowls or for an easy start to a chicken tortilla soup! It's so tasty and I've done many variations of this... Feel free to ask if you want more ideas on this!

Happy Wednesday!

September 15, 2014

Tips & Life Lessons: Ebay...


Isn't that the truth... Today I'm grieving the loss of some deliciously lovely Frye Boots... Ugh.. Ebay user t***y2, I'm shaking my fist at you! Beat me by a lousy $2.50!! It's fine, it's fine it wasn't meant to be... that's what I'm telling myself... But seriously now... Can we just talk about the fabulous-ness of Ebay? I think you know my love of it but seriously, I mean, it's just so great.. addicting? Possibly.. the same way Pinterest is, with no intention of stopping...  I mean, you want a vintage San Francisco 49rs jersey? Or designer jeans? Or gorgeous leather boots (*sob) it's there for you, like the gift that keeps giving... Here's a few tips and life lessons in the wonderful world of Ebay..

  • The auto bid function...ahhhh.... set the highest ammount you are willing to go and voila! Bidding war started... what can I say, I like to win... confession, I kinda get giddy about the thought that I'm winning before the other bidder knows it... evil laugh...
  • Ebay mobile app... that bad boy sends you push notifications when an item you are watching is ending soon... jaw on the floor..
  • If I can't find an item in the store, ie.. sold out.. I usually search Ebay... true story, the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target items are still selling on Ebay! However, don't pay more than what you would have paid in the store.. a bag that was only $50 in the store should never go for $100, that's just dumb..another sore subject...
  • Be ready to walk away, that max bid is set there for a reason! Case in point that purse that I bid on, by Phillip Lim, ended at the final sale of over $100!!! What the? Seriously people... I walked away at waaayyy below $50... and that's what is important to me.. 
  • Double check the shipping costs... if the shipping is more than the item, is it worth it?? To me it's not.. because I am working with a budget and if I don't calculate the shipping, I will blow my budget every time... 
Well, that's my rant tips.. I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I have.. In the meantime I'll be on the hunt for the perfect riding boots..

September 4, 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lash Giveaway! (Closed)


A wise person once said, aka I read this on Pinterest... "if someone tells you that your lashes are too big, stop talking to them.. you don't need that kind of negativity in your life..." Word, wise person on Pinterest... word...


Well, now I know what all the hub bub is all about... Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes you know it, it's everywhere on the internets... ooh la la... I'm in love... It does exactly everything it says it does, lengthens, stays on all day (water resistant) & is a dream to wash off not to mention it's cruelty free, naturally based and environmentally friendly sourced.... I mean it's where all my mascara dreams come true.... Simply apply the transferring gel like mascara, then the fibers, then the gel again and watch those lashes grow! Eat your heart out Dolly Parton... it's just like that...See this video!

I'm hosting a giveaway with Janna Weisbrod a presenter with Younique and she's generously giving away to one lucky reader their very own Younique 3D Fiber Lashes!!!!

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes (value of $29)
With my endless hunt to find the perfect mascara I had a few trust issues, (puts jean shopping to shame)... So when my friend Janna emailed me about this mascara, I was skeptical it's got to be too good to be true... well folks I've been using it everyday for a week now and it's made a believer out of me! See this selfie for proof! It's like the Disneyland of mascara... And now you can can believe in the magic too.... I promise you'll love it!

This giveaway is only open to US & Canada residents... The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday 9/10!  Good luck! Enter below...

*This was a sponsored post however all the opinions are completely mine.


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September 2, 2014

Fall Fashion Wishlist..

Fall Fashion Wishlist..



Ace Delivery top / H M cashmere top, $100 / Forever 21 top / James Lakeland black trenchcoat, $83 / BLANKNYC black vegan leather jacket / H M wool blend coat, $100 / Charles by Charles David high heel shoes / Steve Madden leopard pumps / Urban Decay beauty product

Well, I don't know about you but now that it's September I need more fall fashion.. who am I kidding, I was craving sweaters in August..But at least I don't feel so much like weirdo now that it's kind fall ish... I mean, if Starbucks can sell their Pumpkin Spice Latte then, I can seriously get my sweater wearing on.. who cares that it's 80 degrees, sweating is chic...

Leopard & Camel put them together or wear them on their own, it's a winner... They're just gorgeous and I need it in my life... I'm not kidding when I say, I seriously need that sweater... Beyond the fact that it's cashmere, can't you just picture it with leggings, stiletto booties & a gray scarf... naturally with a coffee in my hand... I can picture it.. It's where all my fashion dreams come true....

Plaid- Can I just say I'm thrilled when a trend doesn't change from year to year? Like leggings... those bad boys are here to stay and all the girls who would like to wear their pj's during the day say Hallelujah! But, I digress.. layering and print mixing.. these two tops are incredible... pair it with stripes, or under that leather jacket... glory... either way they are gonna be an extremely versatile piece in your closet.. swearsies...

Last, but certainly not least.. Urban Decay just came out with a gorgeous new matte eye shadow palette inspired off of their Naked2 line... Umm.. Santa, if you are reading this, I really really want it, like really really... So this is how I'm celebrating Tuesday, basically second Monday.. drooling, planning, hoping & wishing for more of these in my life... What are you loving this season?

August 25, 2014

Stella & Dot GIveaway! (Closed)





Sweater-HM
Pants-Jones NY (Thrifted)
Necklace- Stella & Dot
Clutch-F21
Heels- BcbGirls

Well, I am seriously excited about today's jewelry... I mean who wouldn't be with that gorgeous statement necklace... I love how accessories seriously are the magic dust to any look! Even a basic look is elevated with a good necklace... And this one is no exception! I'm wearing the Norah Pendant from Stella & Dot.. and today I get to give it away to one lucky reader!!!! Yup that's right folks... my very fist giveaway! When Lauren Ciciarelli a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist  approached me about hosting a giveaway for my readers, I was thrilled! This jewelry is gorgeous worn by many celebrities as well us fashionistas...It's so easy just to drool over the keyboard looking at all the yummy baubles... Be sure to head over to her site and start a wish list!

Norah Pendant a value of $98

SO...  let's do this! 
The details... 
This is giveaway is open to USA & CANADA only .... the winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday August 29th.  Happy Monday ya'll and good luck!




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August 20, 2014

Back To School Season: 7 Time Saving Tips ...

Back To School Season..

Back To School Season.. by hchdesigns featuring a ray ban aviator

Ok so it's back to school season.. and it's like a madhouse with traffic at 8:00am and you forgot to leave for work early... Gosh those little kids are cute but they are a real buzz kill when it comes to getting to work on time.. unless.. you plan ahead! Here are some tried and true tricks to help you getting out the door on time!
  • Shower at night.. I know, brilliant right? I should write a book.... If you shower at night, first off it will relax you and help you sleep better, therefore not waking up like the zombie that may or may not happen.. 

  • Speaking of sleep, go to bed! You are not a kid, you are not going to par-tay all night long... the average person needs about 7 hours of sleep.. Getting enough rest will help you not curse at your alarm and help loose the under eye baggage!

  • Skip the coffee shop... There is nothing more chic then saving money... so set your nifty coffee maker to brew right before your alarm goes off in the morning.. that way when you get up, the house smells like coffee and you can stumble to the kitchen poor yourself a cup and all will be right with the world again.

  • Keep your makeup fresh & simple, skip the layers of eye shadow and false lashes... go for neutral tones and classic looks... If you need to carve out more time for this, to do it at home, then do it... It's tempting to do your makeup in the car but repeat after me, "I will not put makeup on in the car".. there are kiddos out there and you need to pay attention to the road... If you are carpooling, then well, if you are comfortable putting on your makeup with an audience then be my guest... 

  • Pick out your outfit the night before, try it on.. accessories and all and make sure you like it.. I say this because there have been many times I've picked out a look the night before only to change my mind the morning of, which consequently results in half of my closet emptied onto my bed.. never a good idea...
  • Set your alarm to go off 15 minutes before you need to get out the door.. this helps me so much, because before you know it you've wasted some serious time wondering if your eyeliner is on evenly..and your not dressed it's time to leave.. awkward...  if you only have 15 minutes left, then you my friend need to start to hustle...

  • Top knot...I know, brilliant again! I'm on a roll.. So you showered the night before and then didn't dry your hair enough, you wake up with random waves and not in a cool way.. Brush that bad boy and pull it into a top knot... 



So there you have it.. my tips and tricks for getting out the door on time! It's that time of year when we are playing frogger with school buses and summer is over... We can handle it with these tips and comfort ourselves with this, if school is back then so is FALL FASHION! Can I get an amen?

August 19, 2014

Oprah Wasn't Built In A Day...


Well, I feel I owe you an apology.. I have been seriously MIA lately, sorry (insert cute sorry face here)...

A while back I wrote out all the "jobs" I had (I've added two more since then)...to quote my girl Julia Roberts... "big mistake, huge"... Never ever write out all the things you do... a sure fire way of promptly getting yourself over-freaking-whelmed.. Like holy crap how am I able to do a normal 9-5 job plus two-three other "jobs/projects"?? Well I'm telling you I don't know... All I know is that every day I'm gonna breathe... put on my big girl pants and get to work.  Rome wasn't built in a day... and apparently neither was Oprah...


Here I am, with large dreams, never ending to do lists and not enough hours in the day..But that's ok, it will happen and I'm done with feeling like I am not enough... Guess what ya'all... I am, I am enough... This ridiculous pressure put there only by our larger than life expectations is well, kinda cray cray.. I mean, who says I should be able to do 5 jobs in a 24 hour span?? Woah...  Life is meant for dreamers, for those Sunday evening BBQ's and black & white movies... Life is meant to be lived well, enjoyed, laughed at and treasured....

There's a lot of pressure out there to feel strong enough, pretty enough... skinny enough, smart enough... but what happens when you feel like there isn't enough of you to go around? I definitely have had those moments... But the truth is, when I dig deep and calm down.. I find out how amazing I am. and all things change.. All my choices are different.. because when you value something, you take care of it.. I'm not going to treat my engagement ring the same way I treat jewelry from a store the is eternally 21 years old.. if you catch my drift.. No, I'm going to treasure my ring because I value it... My husband told me yesterday, "We have to remind ourselves, there are treasures in the process." Sound wisdom from that man.. There are treasures in the process and I for one want to capture each and every one of them.. so when freak out and the mascara is running freely... I can remember two things.. I am enough and there are treasures in the process...