November 30, 2012

Christmas Decorating

new garland for the 2nd tree

We (and by we I mean Jared) got the outside decorated last weekend, but there just wasn't enough time to pull out all the indoor Christmas decorations. Actually I don't know how much time we have this weekend, but it's getting done. We'll start tonight and it'll be sometime Sunday before it's finished but, oh well. I love it so I don't care.

Have a great weekend :)

November 29, 2012

(Expensive) Lesson Learned

Last Saturday I wore my Paula Bianco wrap scarf to the football game. After wearing it all day, I naturally threw it in the dirty clothes and washed it on Sunday. It said to hand wash it, but I never do that. Wash on gentle and you'll be fine, right?
RIP, Paula Bianco scarf. We had some good times together.

At least Christmas is soon, right?

November 28, 2012

I wish I had a river I could skate away on...

Well, I'm so hard to handle, I'm selfish and I'm sad
Now I've gone and lost the best baby that I ever had
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Starting the day after Thanksgiving (or actually in the car driving on Thanksgiving), I can start listening to nothing but Christmas music and no one (ie, Jared) is allowed to complain about it. Hey, rules are rules. I don't make them. Ok, I made that one but anyway. Anyway, expect a Christmas song a week for the next month. You're welcome in advance.

November 27, 2012

Cyber Monday Shopping

Who did some Cyber Monday deals yesterday? Like I've said, Black Friday terrifies me but I'm fine with Cyber Monday. I don't have to leave my living room to do that. Ideally I do a huge chunk of shopping then, but I'm already feeling behind this year. How did that happen?

What deals did you find on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

November 26, 2012

Weekend Update

Thanksgiving weekend is also Iron Bowl weekend, so Saturday we headed to Tuscaloosa. It was pretty cold but who cares when you beat your rival 49-0? Exactly. We didn't get much done with Christmas decorating. The outside is done but the inside will have to wait until next weekend. Good thing Thanksgiving was early this year.

How was your weekend?

November 23, 2012

Black Friday

I may love shopping but Black Friday terrifies me to my very core. Crowds? Lines? Early morning? I strongly dislike all of these things. Other people participating in Black Friday intrigues me, though. So are you heading out today? What deal are you trying to get? Or do you just enjoy the madness?

Have a great weekend :)

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 22, 2012

Be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!
No matter where you live or what you have going on today, try and take a minute to sit back and appreciate what's around you.

November 21, 2012

Everyone knows it's going to hurt, but at least we'll get hurt trying...

You'll want to go back
You'll wish you were small
Nothing can slow the crying
You'll take the clock off of your wall
And you'll wish it was lying

Love what you have and you'll have more love
You're not dying
Everyone knows you're going to love
Though there's still no cure for crying

Since I'm still listening to Regina Spektor's "What We Saw from the Cheap Seats" on repeat, here is another favorite from the album. I love that enjoy though the song sounds melancholy throughout, when you listen to the lyrics it's really not. Give it a try and see if you agree.

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 20, 2012

Whole 30 - What now?

Several people were curious how reintroduction went when we finished Whole 30 and what our conclusions were. Bottom line - we both feel a lot better when we're eating a primarily Paleo diet. There's nothing we cut out that has been added back nearly to the limit it was in our diet before. Sugar is extremely rare for me now, dairy has been way modified (almond milk, clarified butter, etc.), and I'm being very selective about grains (especially corn - that one might be gone) since that seems to be a problem for my stomach. 
This has been extremely eye opening. You really can change your attitude and outlook towards food in a month - something I would have never believed was possible. It's crazy how much better I feel and how much I don't want the things I had before. Again, never would have thought that could happen in a month. We'll probably do Whole 30 every few months to stay on track, and then stay most Paleo like we are now the rest of the time. If you haven't done Whole 30 it is absolutely worth giving it a try!

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 19, 2012

Weekend Update

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know it was a busy week of getting the bathroom re-tiled and working on remodeling the office. The bathroom is finally finished and put back together (pictures to come on Instagram, and maybe here) so now it's down to the office. All the furniture was finally delivered and assembled, the shelves that were in there before have been repainted, so now it's just a matter of organizing and re-hanging everything. By Sunday I was ready for a break so I headed out for a little shopping. I needed new jeans (down a size, woo) and J. Crew was having a 30% off their sale items which was calling my name. A pretty good way to end the weekend if you ask me.

How was your weekend?

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 16, 2012

Sephora VIB Sale

Like I mentioned yesterday, I finally caved and ordered from the Sephora VIB sale last week. Hey, I went 4 months without buying makeup. I think that's pretty good. I got a good variety of things. First, things I needed to stock back up on:

Josie Maran Argan Oil

Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head
Ok, so those 3 are things I use daily and that needed replacing. Technically those are also all things I could have bought while on the "freeze", but might as well get them at 20% off, right? Now on to the fun stuff:

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
I did a post on this months ago and a post yesterday on picking this over the Vice Palette

Lancome Hypn├┤se Star Mascara Collection
I've wanted to try the Star mascara, and this set was just a few dollars more with a primer, eye makeup remover, and full sized (or close to full sized, I'm not positive) art liner. Good deal!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

Already have 2 of these, love them, and have wanted Exposed for months.

NARS Lipstick in Belle du Jour

Have wanted this for YEARS. Not kidding. Gotta love a good nude lipstick :)

Make Up For Ever Lap Shine Lip Gloss in S2
I have one of these from the Diamond Collection, and I've been curious about this color from the Star Collection for quite some time.

Lorac 3d Liquid Lustre in Diamond - pearl shimmer
I've seen this in several tutorials and loved the result. I have a few hi-liters so I didn't need another, but this is gorgeous and you can also use it on top of your eyeshadow for added shimmer. I think it'll be amazing during the holidays.

I also got my samples, a VIB tote (free), and redeemed 500 of my points for a Laura Mercier set. Phew. This is what happens when I buy no makeup for months...

Have a great weekend :) 

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 15, 2012

Urban Decay Palette - which one?

With the Sephora 20% off VIB sale, the make up spending freeze finally had to come to an end. I'll do a full post on what I picked up, but one of the things I was trying to decide was which Urban Decay palette get. In the past, I'd probably get both, but with all my cleaning out the last couple of years I'm trying to do better. So here's what I was deciding between:

The Vice Palette
This set contains:
- 20 x 0.03 oz Eyeshadow in: Desperation (greyish taupe brown matte-satin), Muse (dark reddish brown w/ golden and multi shimmer), Jagged (matte black base w/gold metallic), Blitz (Bright gold metallic), Penny Lane (bronze metallic w/gold glitter), Junkie (dark green-blue w/ gold shimmer), Chaos (vibrant royal blue w/ very subtle shimmer), Unhinged (electric turquoise blue metallic), Occupy (dark grey-blue metallic), Black Market (dark charcoal black matte-satin), Provocateur (light greyish pink w/lots of multi-glitter), Rapture (dark greyish purple w/multi-shimmer), Vice (dark eggplant w/subtle red shimmer), Noise (dark reddish-pink metallic with big gold glitter), Armor (greyish brown metallic w/ silver micro-glitter), Nevermind (light taupe-brown shimmer), Echo Beach (light wheat-champagne shimmer), Anonymous (light whitish-pink nude matte), Freebird (light peachy-pink w/ silver micro-glitter), Laced (pinky-taupe matte)
- Double sided brush 

Smoked Palette
This set contains:
- 10 x 0.03 oz in Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout, Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt
- 0.04 oz 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
- 0.13 oz Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

Ok, so basically with the first you get 20 full sized eyeshadows and a double sided brush, and with the 2nd you get 10 full sized eyeshadows, a mini primer potion, and a full sized 24/7 liner (which retails for $19). This still makes the first a better value, but when I looked at reviews and swatches, I knew I'd get much more use out of Smoked than Vice. The colors looked like ones I'd use more and I think the quality seemed better as well.  So for that reason, and that I've been wanting to pick up Perversion, I ordered Smoked. The better value doesn't matter as much if you're not going to use it!

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 14, 2012

Time can come and wash away the pain...

I guess you know by now
That we will meet again somehow

Time can come and take away the pain
But I just want my memories to remain
To hear your voice
To see your face
There’s not one moment I’d erase
You are a guest here now

Regina Spektor's newest album is nothing short of amazing. It's hard to pick a favorite since I have about 5, but this one might be it. You know I love anything piano, so give me a ballad like this and, well, I'm pretty much set. 

Enter the Shopbop $100 Gift Card giveaway!

November 13, 2012

Shopbop $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Ok, I know we're all starting to think about Christmas shopping - for others and ourselves (that's not just me, right?). I think everyone knows how often I'm window shopping both Shopbop, as well as the Shopbop blog. Look at all the gorgeous coats they have up right now:

Alice and Olivia

Theyskens' Theory

Rag and Bone

So many different styles, it's hard to pick just one to be obsessed with, right?

Ok, you all know the drill, right? (It is in the title of the post...) Shopbop is offering one of my readers a $100 gift card, just in time for holiday shopping!

Be a follower of Fashion's Maven on Google Friend Connect. If you're not already, just click over to the right.

How to enter:
To enter, leave a comment letting me know you're a follower and your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.

Additional Entries:
Follow me on  Twitter
Tweet about the giveaway including @fashionsmaven and @shopbop and provide a link
"Like"  Fashion's Maven on Facebook

Leave a comment letting me know you want to be entered and for each entry to guarantee it counts. The giveaway is open internationally, but unfortunately not to Pennsylvania bloggers (Shopbop's rules, not mine!). The giveaway will run until November 24 at midnight CST.

Thanks to Shopbop for sponsoring the giveaway. Good luck! :)

November 12, 2012

Weekend Update

If you follow me on Twitter, well, you know what happened. Let's not rehash that, shall we? Take the good with the bad, and Roll (Tide) on. In other news, my steroid infusion lead to the usual bevy of side effects - metallic taste in my mouth, extreme heat wave, energy burst, followed by the "crash". But hey, at least I got a lot of organizing done when I was up for nearly 24 hours. You have to search for a glimmer of positivity sometimes, people.
How was your weekend?

November 9, 2012

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

Last Sunday we finally saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love the book, which usually makes me hesitant to see a movie, but I was still curious enough to see how it turned out. I thought it was really good - not as good as the book (never is), but still really good. It's impossible to get all the details from a book into a movie, but I was pretty impressed. Definitely go read the book first if you haven't. You won't be disappointed.

Have a great weekend :)

November 8, 2012

Wish List - Leather Leggings: DONE!

Zara Faux Leather Leggings

Remember how the one fall thing I wanted and couldn't find was (faux) leather leggings? Well, I finally found some. Taylor posted about these a couple of weeks ago and I ordered them ASAP. They're from Zara, and they have several different styles. Success! 

November 7, 2012

Don't feel bad for me...

Don't feel bad for me
I want you to know
Deep in the cell of my heart
I really want to go

I re-read The Perks of Being a Wallflower last week so I could finally go see the movie. Anyway, one of my favorite things about the book is all the pop culture references to different songs and books . The Smiths "Asleep" might be my favorite song mentioned, but it is definitely a tough list to choose from. For now, I'll just keep listening to this :)

November 6, 2012

Vote. - Don't forget to vote on Tuesday for the slightly less awful and eventually completely ineffective candidate

I don't get political on the blog, but seriously - go vote. 

That's all :)

November 5, 2012

Weekend Update

If you're not following me on Twitter, you might be unaware that Alabama played on Saturday. (You shouldn't be, but that's another story.) It was a little stressful, to say the least, and no one was more stressed than August. Seriously. But hey, a win is a win and we're still #1. Roll Tide.

How was your weekend?

November 2, 2012

Gameday Purse

After we went to our first football game of the season, I decided I needed a good gameday bag. Going to a football game is a long day with lots of walking. A good cross-body bag seemed like a good choice. I already had a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC bag but that was way too tiny. I think a regular MAC bag would have been fine, but Shopbop didn't have any when the 20% off sale was going on and I wanted the deal. They did have the MAC Daddy (nice name), so I got that in Charcoal. My first thought was that it seemed huge next to the Mini MAC (pictured above), but hey, that's the point. I carried it this past Saturday and it worked great though. Fits plenty, isn't too heavy, and never got in my way. Pretty much perfect if you ask me. Get one, especially if you're going to a game sometime soon.

Have a good weekend :)

November 1, 2012

Hold your breath and count to ten...

Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number, you can take my name
But you’ll never have my heart

I'm pretty sure I was hooked on this, oh, 5 seconds into hearing it for the first time. How can you not be? Adele's voice is always gorgeous, and the song is just fun to listen to. I could also be excited about the OPI Skyfall Holiday collection, so maybe the song reminds me of that. But that's probably just me...