Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Faves

Hey guys, thank God it's Friday today. I have been exhausted lately and with the holidays quickly approaching I haven't wanted to do anything but sleep on my free time. I did get most of my shopping done and have a little bit more to do, but all online thank god. 
High Five on Friday:
1.
No I didn't get engaged yet, but I have been eyeing some rings since the boyfriend & I have been talking about it. I was shopping at Costco with a friend and stumbled upon their jewelry. They have the prettiest, shiniest rings and I had to try this one on. A even liked this one a lot, looks pretty on my finger I think.
2.
I was so excited when I finally found a Starbucks that had this coffee mug in stock. I snagged it up and ordered a custom monogram to fit that empty spot. It's my first monogrammed piece and I love it. I heard people complaining about the lids not fitting properly, but when I washed it and dried it very well, it caused zero problems for me.


3.
It was my gorgeous best friends birthday and we celebrated at Cheesecake Factory with tons of laughs. I love this girl and can't wait to spend many more birthdays with her.


4.
I made a bouquet of flowers for my new boss after she lost her mother. I was proud of how pretty the bouquet turned out and she absolutely adored them, not to mention they smelled great thanks to those lillies.

5.
At work yesterday we had our annual holiday party and it was the best year yet. I got an awesome gift from our gift exchange and ate so much I could barely move let alone work afterwards. I made cute festive cupcakes that everyone snacked on along with other delicious food!



 Fave song
(A & I have already chosen this song as our first dance at our wedding, insert googly eyes here)

Fave recipe
I can't wait to make this for Friendsmas. So cute, easy and healthy!


Fave holiday scent




Linking up with Amanda: Meet @ the Barre for Friday favorites and Lauren: Lauren Elizabeth for high five for Friday!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Rocksbox

Everyone loves jewelry, whether it's minimal pieces or lots of fun statement pieces. Typically on my average day I tend to wear a simple necklace, stud earrings, and a simple band on my hand. Of course when I go out to dinner or to a party, I like to jazz it up and play around with my jewelry. I love fun statement pieces, but am sometimes stumped as to what kinds of pieces would look right on me and with what outfit. In comes Rocksbox with basically a Netflix setup with getting jewelry pieces every month in the mail. With the growing popularity of Birchbox and Ipsy it was only a matter of time before something like this came out.
 
After hearing about Rocksbox from a few bloggers like Kate & Emily and loving their pieces that they were getting, I decided to sign up for myself. I cannot wait to get my first box and if you are at all curious about this and want to try it out, you can use this link here to get started. For signing up with that link you can get a $25 credit!
 
What more could you ask for than getting up to $200 worth of jewelry in the mail for just $19/month without any penalties for canceling whenever you want?! Sign up and show me what you get in your first box!
 
 
Disclaimer: I was not paid or contacted by Rocksbox to post this, I am doing this for and by myself to spread the word about a service I like. I paid for the service with my own money.
 
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Alas, it's yet another Monday and after a long holiday weekend. Not only am I stuffed, but I need a nap pronto. On Thanksgiving day I headed to my cousins house with my sister. My parents skipped out this year because they were too busy road tripping to North Carolina. This year was super chill and mostly about the food, which it should always be about. We had our tradition of mexican food (we don't eat Turkey so we do our own traditional Thanksgiving food). I was stuffed and ready to veg out for the night on the couch.
 


 
On Friday, my cousins and I went out to handle the crowds and shop a bit. Our first stop was my favorite happy place, Target. Luckily the one near my cousins house doesn't get too crowded so we got to browse around and shop peacefully. I didn't get a whole lot because there weren't any big ticket items I needed. I picked up a Sony blu-ray/streaming player for cheap along with some great movies!
 

 
Afterwards, we were crazy people and headed to the mall. It actually wasn't as psycho as I thought it was going to be (the longer hours may have helped thin out the crowd). I picked up a cute crew sweater from Pink along with some jeans from American Eagle.
 

 
One of my favorite purchases from this weekend has got to be my new boots I scored from Targs. It was 30% off and they could not be more perfect. I have a feeling these will be my go to boots for winter/fall.
 

Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic but it's a dark washed brown boot
From shopping we went out to brunch at this place I've heard a ton about, but never made it out to until now. I am hooked, this place is amazing and my boyfriend told me he's heard about it from the Food Network so apparently it's a big deal kind of place.
 

 
If you are ever in the area, look up Egg Harbor Cafe and get the s'mores hot chocolate, you won't regret it.
 
I also put up my Christmas decor (I know I didn't wait until after Thanksgiving, but I couldn't help it). It just felt like the holidays were upon us and I wanted the house to be festive so I went ahead and decorated. I didn't do a whole lot, but I have a little "nook" I have dedicated to holiday cheer :).
 


My sort of pathetic falling apart gingerbread house
P.s. most of my decor I scored from Target or Michaels on the cheap.
 
Alright, I think I rambled and ranted enough for a recap. Hope you all had a blast this weekend celebrating and eating with your loved ones.
 
Linking up with Lisa & Bella for weekend recap
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Give Thanks

Happy hump day and Thanksgiving eve y'all! I just wanted to pop by and express some thanks. Today is tough, 2 years ago I got into my very first nasty car accidentand walked out with just a tiny bit of whiplash and nothing more. It's kind of kismet that it happened the eve of Thanksgiving because it really truly made me appreciate being healthy and alive.
 
Not only am I grateful for my health, but there are so many more things in my life that I am so entirely grateful for:
 
Parents
 
Sister
 
Cousin
 
Aunts & Uncles
 
Nephews
 
An amazing boyfriend
 
My amazing friends
 
Two jobs I loooove
 
Target (I mean let's be real here...)
 
Blogging
 
&
 
YOU!
 
Thank you guys for keeping up with my life and reading, I know there are a lot of you that are frequent commenters and readers and I truely appreciate that and appreciate you. I definitely wouldn't want to keep coming back to this here blog without the support of blogging friends, so thanks!
 
Little Baby Garvin
 
P.s. I probably won't be back until next week, so enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends that feel like family. Be safe and eat lots of turkey/food!!!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Eye Makeup Obsession

Guys, I am obsessed with makeup. I hope this isn't news to you all, but if you're new around here and didn't get the hint from my blog name...I love makeup. I feel like a hoarder sometimes because I collect them like a hobby.

When I went to Houston, my cousin who is a makeup aficionado as well, gifted me a bunch of her palettes that she wasn't planning on using. One of the ones she gave me was the Lorac Pro which has been on my wishlist for quite some time and I was going to purchase for myself. Luckily she was nice enough to give me hers and I was thrilled. I have been having so much fun playing around with the different colors. They are so well pigmented and last all night when used with a primer. I seriously see myself using this palette more now than my Naked 2 & 3. I love that the top row has matte colors which can be used for daily wear and the bottom row has the more sparkly and night time colors.

 
 These items are my go to for either daily wear or night time eye makeup. I start out with the UD eyeshadow primer potion-Original on my eyelids, then play around with colors on the Lorac PRO palette. For the matte colors my favorite two are Cream & Mauve and for the shimmer colors, I tend to gravitate towards Nude, Champagne, Pewter, & Deep Purple. I can't wait to watch tutorials and explore more with this palette.

Once I've got the colors that I want, I use a liner (not pictured) on my top lid. For my liner, my favorite technique is to use the black eyeshadow color from the palette with a very thin and angled brush. I find myself creating the lines way better than with a liquid liner or pencil, so if you have any black eyeshadow that gives you good pigment, I recommend trying that technique.

Then it's time for some mascara and my absolute tried and true favorite is hands down Benefit They're Real! This is such a great mascara to wear on a daily basis without ruining your lashes. I never deal with clumping or falling out with this mascara which is a huge deal for me. For someone who has over 20 tubes of mascara (thanks to my Ipsy bag) I have gotten picky with what mascara I use.

From there I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel to keep my brow hairs in place. I got this in my Ipsy bag months and months ago and have been obsessed with it ever since. I never used a brow gel before this and now I can't go back. If I'm filling in my brows (when I'm really going out someplace fancy, takes too long for a daily thing) then this is a perfect way to keep the hairs in place. I totally recommend picking this up and trying it out for yourself.

The final touch is the UD all nighter long-lasting makeup setting spray. This stuff is seriously god send. I cannot say enough good things about this setting spray because it literally doesn't move a thing on your face for the entire day. I have used the e.l.f. setting spray and for a $3 spray it's great, but I don't think it lasted for as long as the UD one. Humidity is going to be a thing I will have to battle in Houston during the summers so this is going to be in my makeup bag for the foreseeable future. Go get you some asap if you haven't tried it yet.

Sorry for the crappy quality of the iPhone camera

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I wasn't paid or compensated in any way for this review. I purchased all products or recieved them through a monthly service which I paid for. Links are added for readers to find the products on the sites I like to shop at.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hey folks! It's rainy/snowy/slushy outside and completely miserable. I so totally wish I could be at home in my pajamas under my warm and comfortable blanket, but alas I need a paycheck so I'm at work. Blogging away because apparently none of my patients want to be out there in the miserable weather, I quite frankly don't blame them.
 
This past weekend was actually a beautiful (probably for the last time) weekend in Chicago. On Saturday I headed downtown in the late afternoon to check out the Mag Mile Lights Festival with my best friend. Neither of us had gone before and we thrilled to get to see Mickey & Minnie Mouse...yes I am an adult, and yes I don't care if you judge me for my love of Disney. Elsa from Frozen was also there, but the parade was too long and we were getting hangry so we high tailed it out of there to find food.
 





 
(Notice there are childrens shoulders and heads in almost every picture, thats basically what we dealt with standing on our tippy toes to see the parade)
 
After the parade, we grabbed food and headed to the Chriskindlemarket in Daley Plaza. I hadn't ever been there and was excited to walk through and check out all the booths and grab a bavarian pretzel! Not only did I get that, but I got hot cocoa in the most adorable snowman mug, so worth the $7!
 



 


 
On Sunday, it was rainy and gloomy all day so the sister and I did some damage at the stores. We went a bit Christmas/holiday decor crazy and grabbed a bunch of stuff. I've already started putting stuff up around the house and can't wait until I put up the tree!!

 
That evening, a few friends and I went to see Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Phew that's a long title. I really enjoyed the movie and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Let me just say I cannot wait until the next and final one comes out.

 
 
The sister and I got matching holiday pajamas and were so excited to try them on, well at least I was.

 
They're from Victoria's Secret and if you buy PJ's you get free slippers and let me tell you those bad boys aren't coming off my feet whenever I'm home, they are SO warm and cozy!
 
Linking up with Lisa & Bella for Weekend Recap!
 
 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Houston Recap: Part 2

Hey folks, so this is the second installment of my Houston trip from last weekend. If you missed part 1, you can read it here!
 
So I left off mortified that I had thrown up my entire lunch and dinner at his parents house, with them fully aware of what had happened...
 
That night was a doozy and I was just looking to basically forget about it. The following day, Sunday it was rainy and gloomy pretty much the whole day, which sucked, but we made the best of it.
 
We headed to Highland Village to visit a few more shops and grab lunch nearby. I got a bunch of stuff from Lush which I cannot wait to try out and had more fun window shopping. The area was busy, but so festive with big bows on the buildings and Christmas cheer spread all around. Although with all the rain, my hair was the size of Texas...but the bigger the hair, the closer to God right?!
 
Since I was a bad blogger and it was rainy, I didn't take any pictures of the shopping area, but found one on Google that depicts it pretty well.
 
 
That evening we headed back to the Sugar Land Town Center and walked around a bit (the shops were unfortunately closed already), but we got to see the Christmas tree in front of City Hall & of course took a selfie in front of it.
 
 
We went to a bar for a pre dinner drink and chatted about the future. It was so nice to finally sit down and map out where we see ourselves in the future and what sort of timeline we want to work with. Let's just say things are exciting and this time in 2 years I will most likely be a Texan resident full time :)! I love that A is super easy to talk to and isn't afraid of having the major talks about the future.
 
After that conversation, we headed over to Escalante's for dinner. It was yummy since I had been craving Tex-Mex since being in Houston.
 
After dinner we had gotten tickets to see Interstellar at the Santikos Palladium. The screen was massive and it was definitely an experience, so if you are in the Sugar Land area or are near a Santikos theater, I highly recommend it. The movie was amazing, although it was long. If you haven't seen Interstellar yet you need to go watch it soon, but prepare yourself for about 3 hours of your time.
 
Monday was my last day in Houston (insert sad face here). Thankfully it was a beautiful day with the sun shining, of course on my last day. I packed my bags and said my goodbyes to my aunt and cousin, A came and we headed back to his house to hang out and have some lunch. I was feeling way better and knew I could be a much better guest this time around.
 
I redeemed myself by helping his mom out in the kitchen (still working on more brownie points) and having a conversation with her. She is super sweet and such a great cook. We all sat down for lunch and talked about the next time I would be coming back (March for the Rodeo, woohoo!!) and possibly having my parents come along with me, told ya we discussed the future quite a bit this weekend. After lunch, his dad had a dentist appointment since his tooth had been bugging him so they headed out and we stuck around and watched TV for a bit before having to leave to beat traffic to the airport. As his parents said their goodbyes to me, his mom came out with a bag full of goodies for me. She got me a lovely Fossil watch that I'm already in love with along with a beautiful pendant necklace. She was so sweet to get me gifts and I figured since she was giving me such nice things, she must like me right?!
 
 
 
When we left for the airport, I told A to make a quick pit stop to Shipley Do-nuts to pick up a yummy donut.
 
 
Naturally, I started to get sad on the trip to the airport because I knew this amazing weekend was coming to an end and I was heading back to cold, dark Chicago. It's always bittersweet, but I was glad that we got to spend the time we did together. Once at the airport, I hauled through security and headed straight to Starbucks to caffeine up and grab some inflight snacks.
 


 
 Once back in Chicago, I was greeted by single digit temps and flurries...oh also my mother who kindly picked me up in the frigid temps late at night.
 
Until next time H-town.
 
 
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