Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Skin Care Essentials: Without Breaking The Bank

As women, we are always on the search for the end all be all product when it comes to skincare. Even though there is no magic potion we can just drink to make our skin last and look ageless, we can take care of the biggest organ on our body, our skin! Ever since I turned 27, I've been on the hunt for the best skin care products that work well for sensitive skin, don't break the bank, and work!

Well you're in luck, I compiled some of my absolute favorite products for your skin. I try to be as frugal as I can, and I understand good skin care products cost money, but being smart about coupons, special offers, etc can help you save money. 

ArganiCare Firming Night Cream
I picked up this ArganiCare Firming Night Cream at my last trip to T.J. Maxx. I have been searching for a good night cream to help keep my skin feeling soft and supple. I scored this for $4.99!! Y'all head to T.J. Maxx or Marshall's they have amazing skin care products on the cheap. It does have a slight scent to it so if you are put off by that, then I'd probably steer clear. You can also get this on Amazon for less than $20, which for a good night cream is not bad! I don't only use this one, I've been putting it on a rotation with another cream, but I love the way my skin feels in the morning. Another tip, this night cream is a bit oily, but I like a slight oil for a night cream.

Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer

I got the Origins Mega-Bright dark circle minimizer back in April and I've almost used it every day since then. I definitely have noticed a difference in the darkness under my eyes since. The price point for this cream is $42, which may seem steep don't get me wrong, however, it looks like I barely made a dent in it so I see this bad boy lasting for quite a while. I put this on first before any makeup or moisturizer and let it set and dry for about 5 mins before proceeding. 

Origins A Perfect World Anti-Aging Serum
Origins 'A Perfect World'

This is another Origins product that I love. I was weary at first because of the steep price tag on it, but I use this as a primer for my face before putting any makeup on. It reminds me of a primer I used years back that felt like silk on my skin, but that primer was over $60! I knew I didn't want to spend that much on a primer that wasn't doing anything for my skin. The great thing about the Origins 'A Perfect World' serum is that it has White Tea antioxidants which helps your skin look youthful and hydrated. This is another product that lasts for quite some time, I've gotten over 7-8 months of use from one 1oz bottle with a price point of $43, the great thing is Origins is always having sales where you can save :)!

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm
Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm
This is a fairly new product that I'm using. I went to Ulta wanting something specifically for the lines under my eyes. I have lines under my eyes that no matter what, nothing can help. This Dermalogica multivitamin power firm was recommended because it helps with fine lines without being overly strong. I was told I don't need retinol this young, and I wanted something that was good for sensitive skin. I've used this for a few weeks now and it is super soft feeling, almost like silicone and doesn't aggravate my skin/eyes at all. This was way too pricey for me, but knowing that this would just be an under eye serum, I felt ok spending the $58 on it if it was something that would work in the long run. Ulta carries the Dermalogica brand and you can even have a consultant with a specialist, I know I will be going back for a skin care consultation and facial.

No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream
This Boots No7 beautiful skin night cream was another thing I picked up at my last trip to Ulta. I have heard about the Boots brand and I know it has a good reputation since it's been around the UK for years now. I'm glad that this is finally available in the states because these products seem like the real deal. I read great reviews on this before picking it up and was excited to try it out. It doesn't break the bank at all! It's only $14.99 and it's not excluded from coupons which is even better. I know my sensitive skin would be fine with this product because it's hypo-allergenic. I put on a generous amount before bed and I swear my skin feels baby soft in the morning!! I feel like this will be a tried and true skin care product, if you are looking for a basic night cream, this is your guy...go and get you some!


What are some of your skin care essentials that you can't live without? Any products to absolutely avoid? Leave your comments below!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekending: Working, Shopping & Resting

Man oh man, another weekend came and went just like that. I felt like this weekend was quite the doozy because I worked practically all weekend long. Besides some shopping at Ulta, I picked up some much needed (and not always needed) stuff. I'm so thrilled with the stuff I got, can't wait to do a haul post in the coming week or so. 

I will share that I finally caved and bought myself the Clarisonic Mia 1. I feel like I've been so off the loop for not having this and with only having it a few days, I'm already in love!!

Another place I went to (I told you I was pretty much working and shopping all weekend long) was Target. After seeing snaps from my girl Amanda having just bought the comfiest cardigan, I knew I had to run out and see if my store had it, and they sure did! 

Seriously this cardigan is the softest material and can perfectly layer for cooler weather! I suggest you run to your local Targs and pick yourself up one of these, you won't regret it. 

I also got this adorable sheer plaid blouse. I love how it's perfect to wear during the holidays and totally goes with the whole plaid trend that's happening right now. Another fave pick, can't wait to pair it with a cute statement necklace.

Besides shopping, I did go and watch Hotel Transylvania 2 with my cousin and sister. I thought this was such a cute movie and totally fun to watch for all ages, not just kids. We were probably the only 3 people in the theater without any children, so I'm sure judging was happening...no shame in my game. 

My sissy also finally got around to accepting her role as maid of honor...like she had any choice, but I'm glad she said yes and can't wait to have her by my side.

Finally I'll leave you with another teaser picture from our San Antonio engagement pictures. I did finally get to see all the pictures (all 140 of them!!!). I am so so so thrilled with how all the pictures turned out and I have so many to chose from to do save-the-dates and incorporate the pictures in my shower and our wedding!!

Such a dreamy shot and looks like we were in a different country, so excited to share my others with you guys soon :)!

How were all your weekends? Any good movies or items you bought that is a "must have"? Leave them in the comments below.

Linking up with Biana for weekending!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

First Friday In October

Phew guys! We made it, it's finally Friday!! I still can't believe it's October y'all can you even?! You know what tomorrow is....

I hope they are playing Mean Girls tomorrow on TV in marathon form :)!


Let's recap the week shall we?

I recapped my fun weekend at my fiance's family wedding, that I braved solo (with my little sis, but we knew nobody).

I liked up with my girls Kate & Emily for their bi-weekly recipe swap link up! I made this for dinner and it seriously couldn't be any easier, or yummier! If you've wanted to try your hand at lasagna, I promise this is the easy way to do so :)!

On hump day, I blogged about how frustrating it is shopping for wedding dresses. I have only gone twice and I'm over it. I can't find anything I love within my budget and having tried on things outside of my budget, of course crushed me. Check out some of my wedding dress inspirations that I shared. This dress is by far my favorite of the bunch I posted.

I looooove the bold patterns and the color is so pretty and feminine, just love all the intricate detailing!

On Wednesday, I also participated in Helene's FREE webinar #GetNoticedNow. She has some amazing ideas and shared with all of us some easy and beneficial ways we can get more noticed. I loooove when she said, there's room for all of us at the top. It really made me feel like I could do more with my blog and get more exposure. I loved being able to make new friends and connect more with some bloggers I wouldn't necessarily have met outside of her webinar. I'm excited for future webinars that Helene may have, that girl knows her blogging, so much so that she has made it her full time job!!! Go Girl!

Helene In Between

Yesterday I posted about some of the fun and exciting things I am looking forward to in October including Luke Bryan shakin' it for me and a couple thousand of my closest friends ;)!


In case you missed out from reading some great blog posts from this week, here are some of my fave posts from this week.

~Mad For Plaid~
This plaid dress that Pamela picked up from Old Navy is so flippin' cute!! Even a non-fashion blogger can get with this because it's simple enough to style however you like. I love that she styled hers with booties, I would add a scarf and it'd be a perfect Fall look!

~A Day In The Life~
Let's face it, as bloggers we are pretty darn nosy. If we weren't, nobody would follow anyone on social media...I love posts like this because it gives you insight as to how someone goes about their day. I've been wanting to do a post like this, so I'll definitely have to try to plan something out.

~Fall To-Do List~
Kate has so many fun things on her Fall bucket list, I love that even the warmer temps in Florida don't stop her from getting into all the fun Fall has to offer. My biggest goal is definitely to over indulge in apple cider donuts, yummm!

~My Most Impactful Blog Posts~
I love that Helene points out the posts that have really shaped her blog in the 3 years of blogging!! Her post on SEO for Bloggers definitely helped me understand what it's all about and easy ways to incorporate it into my blogging!

~Cheesy Artichoke Dip~
Anything that's cheesy and a dip is a win-win in my book. I love that this recipe is perfect for bringing to a party or potluck, who doesn't like dip?? Can't wait to tackle this recipe soon!

~How Blogging Has Changed Over The Years~
Amanda laid it all out there and went back to the basics with this post and I loved it! She talked about the evolution of blogging over the past few years and it's crazy to see how different the blogging world is now than it was before! Check out this post to learn more about the awesome blogger that Amanda is :)!

~September 2015 Favorites~
Ok this girl is hilarious! I love watching her vlogs because she is so so comfortable in front of the camera and totally takes time on editing and making sure the video looks great. I also absolutely love that in this favorites video she did a great mix between high end products and drugstore faves because that's always hard to find nowadays, especially all in one video! Watch it asap, you won't regret it!

~Things That Make Me Stabby: Part Deux~
Y'all this girl is funny...even when people make her stabby, her writing just makes you laugh. I couldn't help but nod along to practically all of these circumstances, don't you hate when someone cuts you off at the last second and then gets mad at you?!? Also she's an adorb preggo gal, so check it out and give her some love!


Alright, I think that's all I got for you folks. Another successful week of blogging every.single.day, go me!! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead! I'll leave you with the most basic of basic Fall pictures!

Linking up with my homegirl Amanda for Friday faves!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What I'm Looking Forward To {October}

Wahoo, it's October 1st, can you even believe it?!? This month is seriously going to be a doozy for me because it feels like a ton is going on. Besides working almost every weekend (boooooooo), the end of the month is proving to be a fun and exciting one. 

Here are some of the things I'm looking forward to in the coming month.

Two of my bridesmaids' birthdays

Le Fiance & his parents are coming

My in-law's were supposed to come last month, but because of health issues, that wasn't possible. They are all heading here the weekend before Halloween and I'm so excited. I haven't seen the babe in what seems like forever and that needs to change, so I'm thrilled about that.

grainy iPhone pic...my apologies


My cousin and I are going to the Luke Bryan concert on the 29th and I'm so beyond excited! I've wanted to see Luke shake it for me for a lonnnng time and boy oh boy am I ready! I'm totally already planning the perfect outfit :)!

Luke Bryan


I'm not one to dress up or 'celebrate' Halloween especially because it's not socially acceptable as an adult to go trick-o-treating, what if I want candy...shooot! Well since the holiday happens to fall on a Saturday, it must be celebrated! My friend is having a little party at her house so it gives me an excuse to dress up. I'm not creative with costumes, nor do I want to spend hours crafting a costume. I want to go the easy route and when I stumbled upon these onesie's at Target, I knew what I was gonna do. I'm torn between a few, so maybe you guys can help sway me one way or another.

Character Footie Pajamas


What are some of the things you are looking forward to in October? Are you celebrating Halloween? If so, what costume are you thinking about, crafty or ready made?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wedding Wednesday {The Dress}

Happy hump day friends! So I know a week or so ago I mentioned something about maybe having found the dress, well false alarm. I basically fell for the first dress I put on myself. It was truly a beautiful dress and it fit me absolutely perfect, like no alterations needed! My parents told me to really think about if I wanted it and just wait it out to make sure it was truly the one. I'm so glad that I waited it out because I went to a bridal store last weekend and tried on some more dresses that were completely different from the first one and loooooooved one even more. My dad has set a pretty strict budget on how much to spend on my dress. Ideally he wants to only spend $1500-$2000 on a dress, which of course I had to go and bust with my picks. I found 2 potential dresses that were both above $2500, what can I say I have expensive taste.

I unfortunately couldn't take any pictures of me in the dresses because the shop prohibits taking any pictures, boo. It's still kind of up in the air on if my family and I will be going to India and going wedding dress shopping there. I kind of just want the dress that I fell in love with ($2500), but know that is an awful lot to spend on a dress that I'll wear just once. In the meantime, I'll be putting trying on any more dresses on hold because it's a roller coaster of emotions, trying on beautiful (expensive) dresses and falling in love only to be told it's out of my budget. I will however keep lusting over some of my dress inspiration photos!

Can you tell my style is all over the place?? I know I love big pattern and makes a statement. I love the expensive look of hand embroidering, love lace and fun textures. Not necessarily blinged out, but I want to shine. I know I definitely want a mermaid style because I love the way it hugs my curves.


Now it is your turn! We would love to have you link-up with your wedding tales, planning adventures and day-of memories.


As always, we would love to have you linking up with us and sharing your wedding inspiration, stories and photos of your own! Just please remember to link back to either mine or Macy's blog in order to keep the Wedding Wednesday fun going around.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Spinach Lasagna Roll Up's {Recipe Swap}

Hey friends! I'm typing this while watching the On The Run documentary showcasing Beyonce & Jay-Z's tour last summer. I know I'm like 1 year too late, but I just got HBO Now and it's awesome, I'm fully taking advantage of all the features of it. Regarding the documentary...I mean it's Beyonce, she killed it. I only wish I saw her live, hopefully she goes on tour again soon or is at the Houston Rodeo next year!

In other exciting news, my beautiful coworker is having her beautiful baby boy today via section. I know she is awfully nervous/excited/anxious so if y'all don't mind saying a sweet prayer for an easy surgery and for mama & baby to be healthy, that would be wonderful!

Anywho, I saw this recipe on Pinterest awhile back and knew I've wanted to make it since it seemed really easy (and it really is), plus it tastes amazing! I love the fact that you can make these, stick the extra in the freezer and then heat it up whenever you feel like having one. As far as the recipe went, I really didn't measure anything out, I pretty much eyeballed it to my taste for the most part so use your judgement on how much of what to use based on what you want.


-1 box Lasagna pasta
-Ragu traditional pasta sauce
-Mozzarella cheese
-Parmesan cheese
-Ricotta cheese
-Green onion
-White onion
-Salt & Pepper (to taste)

What to do:

1. Mix the spinach, green & white onion in olive oil and fresh garlic in a medium pan over the stove until spinach and onions cook. Add salt, pepper, basil, & oregano. Cook until all the water is evaporated.

2. Let the mixture cool for a bit, once fully cooled, add ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese to mixture. Add in pasta sauce to give the mix some moisture.

-Follow the directions on the lasagna box to get those cooked, usually 11-13 mins until it's al dente-

3. When you have the pasta cooked and mixture done, lay out the strips of lasagna and at an angle add the mixture in 3 small piles. Add mozzarella cheese on top of each pile.

4. Roll from one end tightly being careful not to spill over the filling. I ate 2 of the rolls so I placed them on a plate and individually added however much pasta sauce I desired along with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. Heat until cheese and sauce are heated up.


Like I said, it'll yield plenty, but the extra rolls you can throw into the freezer without the sauce on it (I find when defrosting, the sauce gets too watery). This is the perfect dish to make ahead and freeze to pull out for lunch or on a night you just don't want to make anything.


Linking up with my girls Emily & Kate for Recipe Swap!!

Martinis & Bikinis

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekend Fun

Another weekend bites the dust. I had a pretty action packed weekend and I definitely feel like I need today off.

On Friday I didn't do a whole lot of anything, but I was excited to finally see one picture from our engagement shoot,,,not sure when the rest of the pictures will be ready, but the editing better be fantastic since he's had a month to do something.

On Saturday, my parents and I went downtown to go dress shopping. I found some more stuff that I like even more than the first time. I still haven't made my mind up on exactly what I want so I have a feeling it'll take more shopping to pick something I absolutely love.

Sunday I had my fiance's family wedding I had to show face to. It was definitely weird because I didn't really know anyone, but I had a really fun time and met a lot more of my future family! My sister was my plus 1 since my fiance was in London for his childhood friend's wedding (lucky him!)

I loved the decor, it was an autumn theme with pretty reds and oranges with pretty rustic features. It was such a classy affair and I had a great time. The photo booth was definitely a fun touch too!

And of course, the thing everyone and their mom's (literally my mom was outside trying to find it), the super moon/lunar eclipse. This hasn't happened in a long long time and won't happen again for years. It was pretty clear and fun to watch it and be apart of history.

How was your weekend? Linking up with Biana for weekending!