Guest Post: LifeBeingGirly on Creating A Life You Love

Hi, loves! Sorry it’s been so incredibly quiet around the blog this week. I had a few things scheduled but not entirely ready to be posted and have felt all-around terrible every day this week. The stress on my body … Continue reading

Saturday Spoils

Favorite Recipe (Cookies & Cream Cookies): Favorite DIY Project (Succulent Wreath): Favorite Lust-Worthy (Dior Eyeshadow Trio in “Rosewood”): Favorite Far Away Place (Paris): Favorite Bauble (Spiked Lily Necklace): Those are my hot items for this week! I’d love for you … Continue reading

Warm Winter Thoughts… “Wish You Were Here”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I’m a bit of a daydreamer and once I have my sights set on something, I’m a little obsessed. Lately, I’ve been a tad fixated on vacations! My … Continue reading

Snapshots & Lipstick

There are those who are prone to wander. Devoted to torturing themselves with ideas and fantasies of what the world could be, what it should be, what it has been. Those who would rather fill their suitcase time and again, … Continue reading

OOTD: Flight of Fashion

Caught our flight to NYC this morning and… WE MADE IT! Such a nice feeling to be back in this city! ❤️ There is something so artistic and independent about the spirit of this place…

Wanted to share with you guys my outfit of the day. I think I made a good choice…

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The cell phone photo isn’t the best and airport lighting is unflattering but, I am comfortable– especially for the rainy weather we encountered upon arrival.

Sweater- Target, $22
Jeans- Gap, $40
Scarf- Charlotte Russe, $5 (on sale)
Suede Boots- Delia*s, (old)

Hope you all are having a fantastic Monday!

Urban Decay: Haul

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Look what came yesterday guys!! I probably could’ve gone to my local Ulta store and bought the exact same products but, there is something thrilling about getting packages, don’t you think? There is also something no so thrilling about lugging a six month old into a store full of cosmetics he can grab destroy/eat (because everything goes in the mouth by this point) while you are trying to swatch colors. Plus, let’s just throw in there that, although I blog a lot about beauty and fashion, I don’t actually enjoy the act of shopping. Mostly because I’m broke afterwards, ha.

Anyway, I have never before bought a single Urban Decay product. I’m talking, not even a lipgloss. It might be partly because when it comes to semi high-end cosmetics I am a bit of a Smashbox snob and, of course, nothing can compare to MAC so I won’t even go there. But, I was in the market recently for a new palette. Yes, yes, I already have two- a large Stila one I have mixed feelings about and a smaller Smashbox palette that I use almost daily. You have to freshen up the mix every once in a while.

At first, I was really drawn to the Lavish Set by Anastasia of Beverly Hills. The colors= gorgeous!! But, the reviews weren’t awe-inspiring so I kept going with the search. Then, I came across the Coral Crush Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette by Tarte. Although, it’s listed as a “new” item I just feel like the colors, stunning as they might be, are too summery and would look better if I we about to get a tan– not lose one. Also, I have never used the Tarte brand before, even though I often browse their section in the store. I think, not being familiar with the products, I just didn’t trust myself to buy one yet. That doesn’t mean I won’t in the future though.

Finally, I remembered a recent post by rubyangel711 about all the new Urban Decay products at Sephora and couldn’t really help but go onto the Urban Decay website to see what they are all about. I won’t lie, I’ve had my eye on the Naked Palette  for quite some time. My beauty go-to girl, who I talk about ALL the time, Tanya Burr, uses hers frequently. However, the $50 price tag has been the one thing making me keep my distance. I just kept thinking, “What if I buy it and I hate it?” So, I wanted to go small and a little less indulgent before taking an even bigger plunge into the world of Urban Decay eyeshadows.

*Enter Ammo Palette*

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Just look at all that pretty purple wrapping!

Before I talk about how freakin’ fantastic the colors in this palette are, I just want to comment on how great it is that I got double value on the Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The one in the light purple tube is the travel size that you can buy separately for $12. In this case, it came in the package with the eyeshadow. Then, I also got another sample size tube (dark purple) of the anti-aging formula of the potion, which is usually $24! I am so happy to have this coveted item since I’ve seen it used on countless makeup tutorials.

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So, can we just take a minute and talk about the whole reason for this post? The eyeshadow! I mean, can you honestly tell me that those aren’t some of the prettiest colors?

The reviews on the website, about this particular palette, are almost all 5 stars. A lot of people who bought this did so as their first Urban Decay purchase and never looked back afterward. That made me feel so much better! Also, many commented on the staying power of the colors, the pigmentation, and the overall performance– saying that all of them were exceptional.

Value of this haul? Approx $75. Actual price I paid? $42 (including shipping) I have 3 words for you: NOTHING. TO. LOSE.

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I think what I’m most excited about is the fact that this is the PERFECT size for traveling and that I know I won’t feel like I should’ve brought along my other palettes because with these shades, you can literally create anything from a bright day-time eye to a dark, smokey, night look. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to swatch these for you but, I will be sure to give updates on my usage. I think I’m definitely already in love with Maui Wowie, Last Call, and Chopper without even trying them on. Others, like Shattered, are a little bold for me but, I am trying to expand my horizons a bit so, it might be a good thing that I feel a little out of my comfort zone with it.

What do you think of this haul? Was the Ammo Palette a good purchase? Why, or why not? What kind of looks would you like to see me create with this?

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Weekend Wind-Down

The beach was beautiful tonight and just what all of us needed to wind down from a long week.

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Hubby was gone for work for four days this week and with me all doped up on meds from my surgery + baby to take care of, my mom had to spend a couple of nights over here with me… After barely getting past that, I had a six hour wedding to shoot yesterday and an hour drive there and back. Our 7 year old has been super restless this weekend so, I thought a good trip to the beach was the cure for all the exhaustion circulating in our household.

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If you would’ve asked me a week ago, I would’ve told you that I’m not ready for summer to end but, today was a perfect autumn evening. While walking along the sandy sidewalks, by the taco shops, and surf stores I saw the most gorgeous (unaffordable) pair of fall boots; a mixture of woven and leather elements. At the moment I saw them, I realized that I’m ready to wear boots and scarves and have backyard fires. As much fun as I’ve had introducing my new little one to the summer elements of our ‘salt life’, watching our family morph into another year, and experiment with hot weather fashions… All good things must come to an end.

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How was your weekend?

99 Problems But, My Husband Ain’t One

A lot of women say they have the best husband ever. I’m gonna be completely cliché and go with that exact same sentiment.

I have been extremely emotional this weekend. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I have been at home with the kids a lot lately due to my husband’s business travel. I read a pin on Pinterest the other day that said, “A strong woman can handle a busy man…” and I didn’t really know how to take that.

My husband, Jon, and I have been together for almost three years. We’ve been through a lot in those three years and I knew from the get-go that I was going to have to deal with his traveling. Anxious as I might be, I keep myself busy exercising, cleaning, and taking care of the kids. The 3-4 days that he is normally gone, usually go by pretty quickly. But, this weekend, I have specifically been dreading this week’s upcoming trip.

As a couple, and as friends (to each other and others), we have been going through numerous changes. Especially since our youngest was born, have we been feeling the effects of isolation and finding contentment and solace in each other’s arms. Our “friends” and acquaintances haven’t quite grown-up, although they are mostly in their mid-20s and early 30s. Most of them do not have the same values that we do and would rather drop their kids off at the in-laws and get drunk every weekend. — Hubby and I take our responsibility as parents very seriously; even more so, I think, because my step-son doesn’t live with us 100% of the time. So, the time we spend with him is something we want to be quality.–

Anyway… I have been so whiney and clingy and all over my husband this weekend. It seems like I can’t spend enough time with him, and when I do it’s like, we just plop down and watch a movie which involves basically NO talking at all. But, last night I broke down. How ever possible it may be that I have a moderate case of postpartum depression (PPD), I have been dealing with the loss of friendships, the trials of motherhood, and the feeling that my husband and I may be growing apart no matter how much we love each other. I cried and cried, and prayed, and talked about everything. About my lack of faith, my lack of motivation, my low self-esteem,… and let my husband just hold me and stroke my hair. It felt so good and relieving to just be open and not feel like I had to rush and get my thoughts out before we hopped on a plane again.

However, I woke up to the reality that tomorrow at 4:00 AM, he would be flying away from me and taking my heart with him. Being the wife that I am– always feeling like I need to be in complete control– with tears in my eyes, I begged him not to leave tomorrow then, immediately dismissed it and apologized profusely for asking. After all, a strong woman knows how to handle a busy man, right? Wrong. A strong woman knows when to tell her man she needs him, and right now, I need him.
Being the AMAZING person that he is– extremely patient and loving– he postponed his business trip for a week so that he could be home and take a virtual hiatus from the rat race of being a regional manager. We made plans to take our son mini-golfing before the first day of school and promised to make time for each other, reading, talking, and planning like we used to before I felt so tired and empty that I didn’t have anything left to give.

See, the one thing about Jon is that he is always out to make life better, more positive, and more family oriented. He is my anchor when I feel like the storm of life might just blow me away.

Gals, don’t every give up a man who makes you feel like life has a purpose. A man that makes you look forward to waking up in the morning and will make breakfast for your kids/take them to school just so you can get an extra hour of sleep. A man that’s not afraid to be blunt, or funny, or sensitive. It’s all worth it when a guy like that is by your side. ❤

Just to top it all of with whipped cream and a cherry, I went for a long interval speed walk/jog tonight (5 miles) while he watched the kids. I’ve felt like I’ve been at such a plateau in life lately, especially in my fitness. Taking my frustrations to the street and sweating them all out made me feel so weightless tonight. Like, I don’t have any energy to stress or worry and it’s a really ‘clean’ feeling.

What do you guys do when you’re stressed out? Anything in particular help you to wind down?

I find that there is nothing that a jog, a cocktail, and scrolling through a few pages of Pinterest can’t fix 🙂