Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hair & Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

So here's the first of a few Holiday gift guides I'm going to be sharing with you all throughout the Christmas season.  I'm starting off with a guide for all the beauty and hair lovers in your life!  I've listed items that are a few must-haves for me personally like SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Line that I've heard great things about.  Your curls will thank you after using these luxe products.  Haven't even tried it yet, but over the years..SheaMoisture has always done my curls right!  A new curling wand is another item on my wish list to achieve sexy holiday curls!  I also want to use SheaMoisture's Makeup line!  So many beautiful colors.  Plus for the new year I'm trying to go a little more natural with my cosmetics.  This line is made with organic Shea Butter and is paraben and talc free!  I also really love doing at home manicures and I'm smitten with Gwen Stefani's new nail colors by OPI.  'Sleigh Parking Only' is my favorite color right now.  The color is bomb.  I've also listed Cnd's nail scrub sanitizer for all the Mani lovers out there!  My list goes on with other hot items!  Be sure to click each item, it will take you directly to it's site for purchase and pricing info!  SheaMoisture's hair products can be found at Target, Walgreens, and most CVS stores.  The SheaMoisture makeup line is sold exclusively at Target.  Again all other items are clickable and will take you to the direct location of where you can purchase.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pretty little Liners

So here are a few new gems I've just added to my beauty collection!  Recently I decided I needed to stock up on a few more lip liners.  I have so many lipstick shades and always feel like I have to wing it when it comes to liners.  I think I only have like 5 or 6 liners and compared to 25 plus lip shades, I needed more colors desperately.  I only purchased three colors: Vino, Soar, and Plum.

All but 'Plum' is new for me.  Do you know I lost my 'Plum' liner like 3 weeks ago after mixing up the perfect pink pout??  I hardly ever wear lighter pink colors, so I was super pumped when I got it just right.  I've had 'Plum' FOREVER.  Hardly ever used you know I was real irritated when I misplaced it.  I searched high and low for weeks.  So I finally gave up and just bought a new pencil--ugh.  I never loose anything, lol.  Anyway, I'm really excited about them all.  I love playing in makeup and I can't wait to try different combos with each pencil and lippies that I already have.

Recently, I mixed together 'Vino' + 'Plum' with a MAC lip shade 'Captive'.  A new favorite of mine that I will wear again.  I actually saw this color combo on Alex the makeup artist's instagram page.  She did Pam of Koils By Nature's makeup for a photo shoot and her look was FAB!  She used MAC Vino & Plum liner, but used MAC 'Craving' lipstick instead.  'Craving' is just about the exact same color as 'Captive', trust me I did a swatch at the counter, which saved me money.  Here's my combo:

I love it!  

Ladies, as a tip, make sure you either bring some of your lip shades with you in a cosmetic pouch OR make your own swatch card on paper that is labeled and bring it to the counter with you.  This will help you to keep track of what you already have or save you money on buying the same colors.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sweater Weather

Nothing says winter to me more than chunky knit, cozy sweaters! Chunky sweaters this season are my jam!  While in Target a few weeks ago, I found this perfect everyday sweater.  BUT it was retail price.  Being a regular Target shopper I always anticipate items going on clearance.  Just as I anticipated, the price dropped..but I still wasn't sold.  I checked online for the price the next day and to my surprise it went down in price again significantly!  Once I got to the store something told me to check my 'Cartwheel' app--a mobile app created by Target that notifies you of tons of savings.  Upon checking my app I was able to save an additional 25% off.  Now that's how I like to shop.  In total I purchased a sweater that retailed for $27.99 for $10.00--Yahtzee!!

Mossimo Pullover Turtleneck Sweater: Target (On Sale!) | White Jeans (Similar) | Suede Booties (Similar) | Bag (Similar)

Today, I traded out my distressed denim jeans for all white jeans for a minimalistic look.  I actually took a que from my own Winter Wardrobe Style Guide with this pairing.  You can view my guide HERE to get some ideas and inspiration of your own.

I'm so glad we got a break with 50 degree weather, sunshine, and no wind.  I was able to get so much done.  There's so much to do this holiday season.  Have you guys finished your Christmas shopping??


Saturday, December 13, 2014

One year down + a lifetime to go

Hello on this beautiful and gorgeous Saturday morning!  I have been such a busy little bee with work and doing lots of celebrating in my personal life.  First it all started with my hubby's birthday, which we made extra special because it was his 30th.  Then we had the Thanksgiving holiday.  My husband and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving as Mr. & Mrs. so you know I just HAD to make a big dinner!  It was so much fun and everything turned out pretty delicious!  Then finally, a week later we celebrated..our first year wedding anniversary!!!  In dedication to our celebration I decided to share just a few captures of our engagement/love shoot that we did just this past late summer/early fall!

I am so happy that our photographer was able to capture our love so beautifully.  The weather was gorgeous and we had a really nice time shooting.  Again, these are only a few photos I'm sharing because we want to use others for our save the date postcards we should be sending out very soon!

What do you think of my dress?  I purchased it from Anthropologie last Spring!  I love the colors and the material is so breezy.  This is the perfect dress to wear to a Spring or Summer wedding or for just going somewhere nice--Garden party perhaps? The dress is completely sold out, but here's something SIMILAR.

Being married for a year feels great and I am so excited about the many more years we have to come.    During this time, we were able to learn each other on a different level seeing how we hadn't lived together until we wed.  I am coming to learn that marriage is definitely a marathon and not a sprint.  It's not perfect, but it's still beautiful and after every disagreement or rough phase, you come out stronger and closer than before.  Love is a beautiful thing and if you have the chance to experience TRUE love through marriage you'll realize you are very blessed.  I've learned that real love is unconditional, it doesn't keep record of right and wrong, it brings joy, peace, and it seeks understanding.  It's forgiving.  There's nothing more greater than finding two people giving their 100% to each other.

I am so thankful for my husband who has loved me in spite of my flaws and most importantly is overall a good man.

We celebrated by going to this cozy little restaurant in our area called The Point at Phoebus that we both loved.  We had drinks and yummy Shrimp & Grits (My fave!) and Lobster Mac n Cheese!  So romantic and just a good time.  Here are a few snippets along with the flowers hubby surprised me with and a few gifts and tokens from our family!

Before I go I just want to share with you these beautiful words:

A marriage is measured by more than just years-
it's measured by living, by laughter, and tears...
by good times, contentment,
and dreams that come true...
and also by hard times
that love brings you through.

A marriage is greater than simply the sum
of all you've accomplished
and how far you've come...
it's the people whose lives you've touched in some way
and values you've stood for and lived day by day.

A marriage is measured by lessons you've learned,
examples you've set,
and respect you've earned.
It's forged in the balance
the two of you find
in partnership, friendship,
and love all combined.

Just part of my personal life I hope you enjoyed!  Have a great weekend lovelies!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday 2014: A Not So Bad Monday

Cyber Monday

Holiday's over.  Back to work and back to the daily grind.  On a brighter note it IS Cyber Monday!  So you know I had to keep the ball rolling with some of the greatest deals all season!  There are sales almost everywhere, but I've only listed my absolute faves that include items I've been keeping a watch for!

Each store I've featured will take you directly to the items listed above.  Click the links below and remember sales end tonight at midnight!

H&M: 30% off Purchase + Free Shipping on orders over $50 use Code:2896
Madewell: 25% off site-wide with code: GIFTON
Loft: Use code MONDAY for 50% off site-wide! (This store has been on point all season long!)
Nasty Gal:   50% off site wide! Shop Cyber Monday
Forever 21:  20% off when you spend $60 with code: CYBER20 & 30% off when you spend $100 with code: Cyber30  25-50% off site wide!
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday 2014 Guide

Truth is I've only managed to wake up really early or go out the night before to shop Black Friday a few years ago.  It's not something I normally do.  More recently I've found it to be more convenient and hassle free to just shop in my warm home in pj's online!  It only took a few experiences of outrageously long lines and ignorant customers to get me to stay home, lol.

Today I've compiled a list of the best deals out there from some of my favorite stores starting now throughout the weekend.  I've also pulled a few items as well, which can very much be for yourself or  gift ideas for others!  Happy Shopping!



40% off sitewide w/ code "GOBBLEUP"



30% off site wide

Get 50 percent off everything Nov. 25 through Nov. 28 


 Deals under $5, $10, $20 from 11/27 to 11/30 and an extra 30% off clearance. 


30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping. Ends 11/30  Use Code 'HOLIDAY'.


20 Percent Off Purchase of $125 or More through Nov. 28.


Designer clearance event now through Jan. 6


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

P L A I D S with AMI Clubwear

Navy Plaid Coat c/o AMI Clubwear | White Sweater (Similar) | Blue Jeans (Similar) | Navy Quilted Tote Handbag c/o AMI Clubwear | Snake Skin Sneakers (Similar)

Are you you a fan of plaid coats?  I adore them.  Actually I'm completely obsessed with this print.  Especially prints that go outside of the traditional red and green colors.   When it's cold and dreary out it's easy to reach for our black winter coats.  Black goes with everything right?  Well, I've partnered with AMI Clubwear to share some of my favorite items from their fall collection that will add a little more diversity to your fall style.

I'm so in love with this coat and it was perfect for my day out because I was so warm and cozy in it.  It's natural for me to just want to hibernate with such brisk weather, but wearing something that keeps me bundled up makes going out more enjoyable.

I kept things pretty simple by pairing this coat with a navy quilted bag.  I love being hands free when I'm out and about.  The quilted handbag served as the perfect cross body and has so many different compartments there was enough room to carry my essentials.  Perfect!

**This post was sponsored by AMIClubwear.  Check out AMIClubwear's latest fashion line up online at**


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