October 14, 2014

Rainy Day...

Rainy Day...



J Crew cotton shirt / H M white top, $11 / Quiz black pants, $16 / Michael kors jewelry / ADOPTED white iphone case / Black glasses / New Balance MRL996DG, $145 / Porcelain cup

Well, it's finally raining here in Cali... which means... zero productivity.. I just want to be home, sip my tea, be causally chic and slow down for just a hot minute...

Sometimes when I get up super early to get ready, I just savor the stillness of the world and sip my coffee...just a sign that I've truly gotten old when getting up early is a luxury... big eye roll, huge... 
On days like this I dream of sitting on my couch, wearing all things cozy & chic... J Crew sweatshirt, oh come to mama... it's such a great way of being cozy and fabulous all at the same time.. and why on earth would you wear runners for any other reason than have a cozy day inside?? I'm kidding... sorta.

I will sit, do nothing... ignore the 3 huge Ikea bags of laundry that needed to be folded and put away.. I will drink my tea and do some online shopping cuz that's just a good day.. Some days you just need to give yourself a rainy day... open up the window and listen to the rain coming down, drink your favorite hot beverage, do an incredible eye makeup job the no one will see and relax... for no other reason than it's raining...


October 6, 2014

Life is Kickball...


Confession.. I've said no to things and opportunities because I thought I wouldn't be good at it... jaw on the floor... I mean, honestly... How does that get you where you want to go? It doesn't... Sometimes I think we are all just kids in our minds, playing the game of kickball and you hear in your head, "oh Hope is kicking, everybody move forward...' So to spare ourselves that kind of pain again or embarrassment we don't go for the dreams or opportunities that we really need in our life...

For me, I've avoided trying things or I quit too early because I'm not immediately good at it... Which, is total crap.. right? I mean we are meant to learn things, it's something that we are supposed to do..That it's ok to be smack in  the middle of a process, to try anyway..to dust your self off and go for it again.. Because at the end of the day, our worth is not defined by how successful our career is anything like that... We are amazing. Period.

The more we learn, the more we grow, the more we inspire others..The more I take risks, the more I can reach for things that normally would have seemed out of my reach... All we can do, is try our best and so what if you can't throw a pigeon clay and you're in front of a ton of people and they're all telling you how to do it and you may or may not start crying... true story that really happened... So what if you walk into a pole while waving hello to a guy... True story, that really happened... So what if you start singing in the wrong key.. on stage.. in front of your whole church...again that's really happened, more than once...

In life we are not guaranteed to avoid embarrassing moments or moments where we are really nervous to try something new.. but when we channel our inner Taylor Swift and "shake it off" we can really do amazing things.. if not for anyone else but ourselves..  That's me, that's where I'm at.. being brave, choosing to believe in myself and praying along the way.. That's all we can do right? Just go for it, you are amazing and you will rock this... So step up to that home plate, and kick that ball... kick it hard!

October 2, 2014

Live Adventurously....




Last week Seth and I celebrated our 5 year Anniversary!!! Gosh... Cannot believe it's been 5 years, I feel so blessed to be his wife.. like SO blessed...
I can't begin to tell you the dream come true he is in my life... 
I thought I would share with you some of our wedding photos.. I never get tired of them! And also, some fun little details of our wedding day! September 25 2009...

  • I wore red stilettos... at the time it was groundbreaking... like no one was doing that.. now everyone seems to think it's a great idea to wear a colored shoe.. I feel that I started that  trend and I'm flattered really that everyone wants to copy me... 
  • I have two wedding dresses...The first one was a lesson in why you don't buy your wedding dress online... for reals, don't do it.. The second is the one I wore and it's dreamy... If I could .. I would wear it around the house... cuz that's just how I roll..
  • Seth had the greatest idea of having a rehearsal luncheon instead of dinner, so the night was free for an early rehearsal and our very chill bachelor & bachelorette parties.
  • I walked down the aisle to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve... the doors opened when the drums kicked in... It was epic..
  • We didn't have a wedding cake.. neither of us like wedding cake and it was too expensive! Instead we served amazing cheesecake for dessert! 
  • My good friend closed her coffee shop for the day so me and my girls could all get ready there... it was so amazing... 
  • We didn't have a DJ, I made every single playlist and had it on my iPod.. again it was epic..


Till this day I look back and thank God for such a wonderful day.. but honestly.. the thing I am most thankful to God for, is my husband... He loves me, listens to my random rambling... I think he is so funny and I laugh at all of his jokes...He supports me in my dreams and I support his... We promised to live adventurously with each other... and everyday whether it's snorkeling in Hawaii or running to Walmart for more toilet paper... has been the very best adventure and I would do all over again in a heartbeat... 




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?