January 31, 2012

What I'm Wearing...

Shirt - Express, Cardigan - Express, Jeans - Old Navy, Boots - Jessica Simpson, Earrings - Forever 21, Ring - House of Harlow

Not that you can see it from these pictures, but these boots have a stacked heel. Meaning - a heel I can wear. I have so many heels just collecting dust now (because of my balance issues, as I like to call it) so I really need to make it a priority to add new ones that I know I can get wear out of. The gray patent BCBG's from one of my recents outfit posts are the only ones I've acquired that meet that criteria so far, so this definitely needs to get bumped up the priority list. So if you see any that would work for me, send a link my way.
August says hey.

January 30, 2012

Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil

Josie Maran Argan Oil

Several weeks ago while making a Sephora order, I impulsively added the Josie Maran Argan Oil to my shopping basket. I hadn't done much research on it, but what little I had read and heard was all 100% amazing. That it was life changing. That it did 2034905 different things and would clean my house, too.
Ok, that's a lie. It doesn't clean my house. The rest is pretty true, though. It's 100% organic, it has no scent (love this), and you can use it as a moisturizer, on dry skin, on your cuticles, on split ends, on.... pretty much anything. You don't need much at all. I put about 3 drops on my entire face. I use a heavier moisturizer overnight, but this is perfect for putting on in the morning before your makeup. I'm completely in love with it.
Next mission - convince everyone I know to start using it. 

January 27, 2012

Friend Friday - New Trends

Friend Friday
The Fashion Beauty Friend Friday group was created by Katy over at Modly Chic.One week each month Katy puts together a set of questions and on Friday if you want to participate, you answer them on your blog and link back up at Modly Chic

This week we're talking about new trends.

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1. With Fashion week just around the corner, we are all beginning to focus on the upcoming trends for fall. But what about the trends hitting stores now? What are you coveting?
I loved everything about the Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 show. The underwater theme, the colors, Florence singing - absolutely everything.
2. How do you incorporate new trends into your wardrobe?
I don't know that it's something I really spend a lot of effort on. It's not about trying to stay on top of trends, for me it's more trying to use things I already have and not buy something I'm going to be tired of in 2 weeks.
3. What trend are you seeing and not loving?
Is trying to hard a trend? Probably not. It's still my answer.
4. Do you feel the pressure to constantly update your closet with the
latest trends?
Not at all. I buy things if I love them and think I'll get a lot of use out of them.
5. Where do you find inspiration that takes the trend and makes it accessible to you and your personal taste?
Everywhere. Fashion shows, magazines, even just seeing a color combination somewhere that I love. I use Pinterest, my inspiration board in my closet and just try to remember the things that I love then try to find a way to integrate them into my wardrobe, either with pieces I already have or adding some specific pieces and accessories to my closet.

If you're interested in FBFF, go to Modly Chic for more information then e-mail Katy if you want to join the group.

January 26, 2012

What I'm Wearing...

Shirt - J. Crew, Cardigan - Express, Jeans - Old Navy, Boots - BCBG Max Azria, Necklace - Express, Ring - YSL, Watch - Michael Kors
Well, I'm wearing the YSL ring again. See? When I make goals I try to stick to them. I guess I should probably focus on something slightly more important. Not that getting use out the YSL ring isn't important. Yeah, it's time to end this post because I have nothing else to say and I've written 4 sentences about a ring. Now 5. This could go on for awhile. 

January 25, 2012

What I'm Loving...

Hey, you know how I used to do What I'm Loving... posts? Then I stopped for like a month? Well, they're back. You're welcome. And also, thank you all so much for the sweet comments yesterday. I haven't had a chance to comment on blogs this week but hopefully that will change soon.
Here's what I'm loving:


Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo
Every time I post about dry shampoo, 10 people tell me I have to try the Oscar Blandi version. When I was in Ulta a couple of weeks ago spending a Christmas gift card, there was a set on sale. It was a full size bottle and a travel size bottle for less than the full size bottle normally costs. Yeah. Sold. I like the scent and it's more lightweight than my beloved Rockaholic. That means it's not quite as volumizing, on my hair at least, but it's pretty good stuff.


OPI My Private Jet
During the same Ulta trip, there was a huge number of nail polishes on sale. I don't question things like this, I just go with it. My Private jet is dark and shimmery, with some flecks of glitter in it. So basically, it's gorgeous. Apparently the old version, before they re-did, was entirely holographic. Why would you change this? I have no idea. But now it's more like a duo-chrome, meaning it looks one color when you put it one, then because of the shimmer and glittery flecks in it, it flashes another color when light hits it. 


Moneyball
There aren't a lot of movies that Jared and I both want to see. Something like this works, though. Baseball movie? He's happy. Brad Pitt? I'm good. Marriage is about compromise, people.


Bossypants
This is one of the first books I bought for the Nook and it's absolutely hilarious. I think I read it in less than 2 days. Don't read it in public unless you don't mind people looking at you for random laughing. (I'm serious. Lesson learned, there.)


Ok, so that's What I'm Loving right now! What about you?

January 24, 2012

Lucky.

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When I posted the picture of Coco hanging out in my closet Sunday night on Instagram, I didn't know we would all be taking cover in the closet for far more serious reasons hours later. Severe weather started in Alabama during the middle of the night. After the tornado sirens went off twice, the power went out, the radar was showing a tornado headed towards our city, and my in-laws texted Jared to make sure we knew what was going on, it was time to go to the "safe place". An EF-3 tornado touched down in virtually every place I've lived around Birmingham, but luckily our house and my parents house (and everyone I know here, actually) are fine. It's beyond eerie to drive home and pass search and rescue trucks. It's strange to keep hearing that roads you drove up and down daily are closed and entire subdivisions you know are demolished. I didn't fall asleep until about 7 this morning and I don't think I realized how close it literally had hit to our home until I woke up to phone calls, text messages, Tweets, etc. asking if we were ok.
We're ok. 
We're lucky. 
Many people aren't though, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 

January 23, 2012

Coco, Closets, New Shoes


If it's not obvious from the above picture, Coco is staying with us. My parents went to visit Abby in Nashville, then they're going to the mountains for an undetermined amount of time. Ever since they both retired, they go on vacations with "no schedule", ie, they won't tell me when they're coming home. Anyway, I thought it was funny Coco was just hanging out in my closet. We have that in common.


Also, on Sunday I did some unusual for me shoe shopping. I've got to get back to working out, and it needs to be more than occasionally, so here's some motivation. We'll see how that goes.

How was your weekend?

January 20, 2012

Vogue Wisdom

"Fashion isn't a nevessity. It pulls at your heart. It's a whim. You don't need it. You want it." - Marc Jacobs, Vogue

My thoughts exactly.
Have a good weekend :)

January 19, 2012

Essie Luxeffects Glitter Top Coat

Last week when I was in Ulta, one of the first things I knew I wanted to look at was the Essie Luxeffects line. I'm pretty sure it was the holiday collection, or went along with it. Anyway, they are these 3d glitter top coats. Hard to explain but basically they're glittery and shimmery and gorgeous and I need more of them. 
From L to R:
As Gold As It Gets - glided lame sparkles
Shine of the Times - scintillating opalescence
A Cut Above - shattered pink diamond glitz
Set in Stones - disco mirror ball chaos
Pure Pearlfection - decadent iridescence

So far I have Pure Pearlfection. I definitely want to pick up Shine of the Times, which I'm sure is sold out everywhere. Go figure. 

January 18, 2012

They say that the world was built for two...

It's better than I ever even knewThey say that the world was built for twoOnly worth living if somebody is loving youBaby now you do
A couple of weeks ago I heard this Lana Del Rey song on Sirius and I was immediately obsessed. Has anyone else heard Lana Del Rey yet? She was on SNL last week, which seemed to get mixed reviews but I don't care - still obsessed. I bought the few songs that were on iTunes, and the whole album is supposed to be released on the 31st. I can't wait!

January 17, 2012

YSL Arty Ring


When we went out this past Saturday, I wore my YSL arty ring. What's weird about that? Nothing, except I've had it almost a year and it barely gets worn. I obsessed over this ring. I adore it. It's one of my favorites. So why doesn't it get more wear?
Yeah, I don't have an answer to that. I seriously don't know why. Since the big goal last year was learning to get my closet under control, this year the focus is going to be on getting more use out of the things I have and love. There's just no good reason for it. 

Anyone else have this problem? What's one thing in your wardrobe you're in love with and don't wear enough?

January 16, 2012

Urban Decay Naked2

A few days before Christmas, I got the Urban Decay Naked2 palette. The Naked palette is my most used eyeshadow palette, so I was excited to get my hands on Naked2. There are 12 shades, a double ended brush, and a mini lip gloss. Personally I liked the double ended 24/7 liner in Naked, but the quality of the brush is nice and I've used it several times.
Of the 12 shades, 5 are completely new and 1 is a repeat from the first Naked palette. I wish there had been no repeats, would have made more sense to me but hey, I didn't design it. Naked2 is more beige/grey colors so more cool toned than the gold and bronze colors that dominate the warm toned Naked palette. 
This has been my go to ever since I got it. I'm getting as much use out of it as I did Naked. Do you need 2 neutral eye shadow palettes like this? No. Having 1 is more than enough for a normal person. I'm not normal. I'm happy to have both and am loving Naked2 :)

January 13, 2012

HANAair Professional Hair Dryer Review


When Missiko contacted me about reviewing a Hana hair dryer, I of course said yes. When have I ever not wanted to try a new makeup or hair product? But I digress.
 
I was immediately impressed by the gorgeous packaging and couldn't wait to try it as soon as it arrived. The dryer has 2 fan speeds, 3 heat settings and a cold shot - pretty standard. It came with a concentrator, and the cord seems longer than any other hair dryer I've had. 
The Hana certainly will cut your drying time down dramatically (probably in half), which would benefit anyone, especially people with lots of hair. I have thick hair but I've always let it air dry for an hour or so before blow drying it to avoid excess heat. Not something you really have to worry about when you can dry your hair in 5 minutes, though. Another thing I noticed immediately was that my hair had no frizz and no static. Pretty remarkable for December!
You can purchase the HANAair Professional Hair Dryer from Misikko. I always recommend buying the best flat irons and hair dryers you can afford - it minimizes the damage that heat can cause and your hair will definitely be much healthier. 

January 12, 2012

What I'm Wearing...

Top - Gap, Cardigan - Express, Jeans - Old Navy, Shoes - BCBGeneration, Earrings - c/o Guy & Eva, Ring - House of Harlow, Watch - Swiss Legend, Bag - Michael Kors
For the first date night of 2012, Jared and I decided to go to Melting Pot. It has the 3 C's - cocktails, cheese, and chocolate. What's not to like? Nothing. Nothing I tell you. The purse was a Christmas present from my in-laws and when I had my infusion last week, the first thing one of the nurses said is "You got a new purse! I always notice your purses." The other nurse then had a 10 minute conversation with me about my nail polish and Sephora. On one hand I guess I could find it depressing that the nurses at the neurologists office know me so well but, hey, you if you're gonna be known for something those aren't bad things. Not to me, anyway. 

January 11, 2012

Camera Recs - I'm always asking for help, aren't I?

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It's come to my attention recently (and by recently I mean about a year ago but I'm lazy) that my digital camera needs to be replaced. It's been even more obvious lately, and probably would have been smart of me to ask for one for Christmas but when have I ever done things that make sense? Never, that's when. 
Anyway.
So, I need recommendations. What do you use, what do you wish you had, all of it. Both point and shoot and DSLR recommendations are appreciated. If I can find a reasonably priced point and shoot that a lot of people love, I'll probably go ahead and get one. I'd love to have a DSLR so if I can figure out which one of those I should invest in, it'll go on the birthday list and I'll make do with what I have now.
Thanks, and I promise to try and quit asking for advice so much. Except I kinda don't because this is such a good way to get lots of opinions on something and I love that. :)

January 10, 2012

D-ONE.



We did it.
#14.
Off to rest since it's essentially a National Holiday in Alabama now.

Oh yeah - Roll Tide.

January 9, 2012

Roll Tide


Tonight the Alabama Crimson Tide is in New Orleans playing LSU for the BCS National Championship. It will hopefully be Bama's 14th National Championship. I know that if you aren't raised around it, it's hard to grasp how big a deal football is in Alabama.

Like most people in Alabama, I've been a fan since birth.
Always have had plenty of Bama gear. 
Graduated from UA and was in ADPi while I was there.
Dress my dog up in Bama gear. (That's his sweater, he wears his jersey for game days as you all know.)
And have been to more Bama games than I can count, starting from when I was 4. 

So, basically this is a big deal. The biggest deal. If you don't hear from me tomorrow, it's hopefully because I'm celebrating. 


Roll Tide.

January 6, 2012

Suggestions?



Since it's a new year, I want to make some changes to the blog. I have some ideas, but I need some input. What do you want to see more of? Any ideas for series? What kind of posts are your favorites to read? 
I appreciate all comments and feedback! :)

January 5, 2012

Closet Clean Out 2012

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Anyone else like how for the Closet Clean Out posts I put a picture of a ridiculously unattainable closet? Me too. Anyway.
This time last year I was making post after post about my after Christmas shopping. It was shortly after that I decided to do the Closet Clean Out. The only real purpose to Closet Clean Out was to better utilize all the things I already have and not just accumulate items without integrating them into my wardrobe.
Easier said than done. 
I wouldn't have said I really felt like I made a lot of progress until I realized it was the first of the year... and I don't have 2 weeks worth of posts about shopping to do. I haven't quit shopping, of course. Not at all (pretty obvious if you read often). But I do stop and think about how much I need something and how much I want it. It's a balance I haven't completely figured out but I have figured out you have to mix the 2 somehow. Do I need a drawer full of eyeshadow? Nope, not at all, but I love it and use it, so I'm just careful now about what I add to it.

Am I the only one who struggles with this? Anyone else been doing their own version of this, and have you made any progress? One thing that really, surprisingly helped was doing 30 for 30 last year. I might try to do another version of that sometime this year. I'll have to think about that now...

January 4, 2012

I'm well versed in how I might be cursed...

Never mind how you've rationed your time
And the battle is underway
Maybe times are gonna change
Don't just hide in the silence behind

What you've really been trying to say
What a skill, baby, aiming to kill me
With words you don't mean

Maybe nobody loved you when you were young
Maybe, boy, when you cry, nobody ever comes
Will you try it once?
Give up the machine gun

One of several gift cards I got for Christmas was an iTunes one. It's alarming how fast I can burn through an iTunes gift card (seconds, really. I mean just a few clicks and poof, no more gift card, but that's another story...). Anyway, one of the things I got was Sara Bareilles' "Kaleidoscope Heart" album. From start to finish it's quickly becoming one of my favorite albums, and Machine Gun is my absolute favorite track. The melody, the lyrics, everything about it is completely amazing. I love how piano driven all her songs are - makes me want to hurry up and get serious about buying one for our house. 

January 3, 2012

New Years Eve

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know we were in Nashville for New Years Eve. 
We came into town on Friday because Friday night was the Music City Bowl. Mississippi State was in the bowl game, and that's Jared's alma mater. They won!
(Side note: You'd think 2 years of blogging would have taught me something about what angles to have my picture taken at. Nope. Not a thing.)

The game was in downtown Nashville at LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans play. I loved being at a football game and in the middle of the city at the same time.

Had to give myself a quick NYE mani on Saturday before we went out. I used OPI's Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, and the silver accent nail is a Revlon polish of my sister's.

We had dinner with Abby's friends at one of their houses. It seems like whenever people meet both of us we get extreme reactions - that we look exactly alike or we look nothing alike.

We headed out to Cabana to ring in 2012. Things like this make me feel old, but oh well.


How did you spend New Years Eve? 

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!



Happy 2012!
Yeah, I'm a little late - but oh well.
Hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's. Thank you to all of you for helping to make my 2011 a good one - here's hoping this year is amazing and prosperous for all of us!