Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekending | Short Workweek Ahead

Happy Monday friends! Was it just me still struggling to get out of bed due to this time change...I feel like I'm blaming the time change a lot, but seriously you took away a precious hour of sleep from me!

Anyway, luckily this is a short week for me since we are headed to Vegas on Thursday!! Tonight I'm hitting up the Rodeo one last time for this year with my cousin and I cannot wait to see Florida Georgia Line perform!!!

On Friday we celebrated St. Patty's Day a little bit at work by putting temporary tats on each other, a lot of people were off due to Spring Break so it was fun just goofing off.

Saturday we woke up bright and early and headed to the Galleria area for some last minute shopping. I didn't really need much, just some of my usual stuff at Sephora, but hubby needed some new shoes and shirts. I was proud to say I didn't buy myself anything besides what I needed at Sephora! After a quick lunch at Cheesecake Factory, we headed back home to relax the day away. I loved my new shoes that I got last weekend so much I decided to wear them when we went shopping, not the best walking around a lot kind of shoes, but they looked cute and I broke them in for Vegas.

That evening we rented The Accountant, I fell asleep during the last 30 minutes so that should tell you what I thought of it. Hubby watched the whole thing, but agreed with the 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, he didn't think there was much of a complete story, like we knew certain things, but felt there was more that needed to be added. Sorry Benny Ben, you're brother totally beats you on the acting front....stick to directing!

Sunday was spent being super productive, getting a ton done around the house as far as cleaning and laundry. My MIL is going to India for a month sort of last minute, so getting prepped for that has been a doozy. The next few weeks without her are going to be long and tough, but it'll be good practice for me running a household on my own! In the midst of all the packing and cleaning her and I got done that day, we decided to take a little break to get pampered and get mani/pedi's. My color is definitely more of a neon orange/coral color, but it doesn't really show in the picture. I love this color because it pairs super well with a nice tan which I'm hoping to get in Vegas.

Again if you missed out on my snaps from last week's Rodeo fun, be sure to follow along tonight while I experience it all over again! Snapchat (npat62) & Instagram (npat62)!


Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Loves | My First HoustonRodeo

Happy Friday loves! This week has felt long and I've been off since the time change...still not adjusting well to that. I think if they want to change the time, we should have that whole week off, whose with me?!

Anyway at least this week was fun, albeit long. If you followed along on my Snapchat story (npat62) or Instagram stories (npat62) you probably saw all my over-snapping from my very first time at the Houston Rodeo. It was such a blast and even though I was beyond exhausted that night after we got home, it was well worth going to bed a little later than usual.

We got there early enough to walk around the carnival grounds, play some games and grab some yummy food (see: saying Oo I need that to just about anything). I played one game and luckily won (beating out a bunch of kids, whoops) to win my Hello Kitty mermaid plush...I love her and am glad I only had to spend $5 to win her.

After walking and eating our way through the carnival grounds, we headed inside to our seats to catch the actual rodeo shows. There was a lot of cowboy stuff going on, here are the few pictures that I took of that (mostly everything else were videos).

I was kinda bummed that they only had one event that featured female riders, but that was probably one of my favorite events of the night. Of course my absolute favorite event was mutton bustin'. If you don't know what that is, you need to youtube it asap. Imagine bull riding except take out the bull and add sheep and then a small human gripping on for dear life as long as they can stay on...that equals just about the cutest thing ever. Also this yardstick pina colada was much needed after all that walking around.

Once the rodeo events were all through with, they transformed the area with a stage ready for Sam Hunt to entertain us for the next hour. He was such a good performer and even though we were all the way up there, we still had an awesome view of the revolving stage! It makes me even more excited for Florida Georgia Line (incase you missed all my snaps and instastories, be sure to catch them this coming Monday when I Rodeo again!)


Overall it was such a fun time and I cannot wait to experience it one more time this year! Next year hubby and I already decided we need to take a day off from work to enjoy the full day of events. If you've never been to Houston or to a rodeo, I highly highly recommend partaking in the fun next year. I already convinced many of my friends and family to make the trip up next year to experience it! 

Linking up with AndreaAprilKatieand Amanda!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekending | Springing Forward

Happy Monday morning cupcakes! Today was the first time I felt the time change and it was awful! Walking out to my car and having it be pitch black thanks! I want my sunshine back!!! The only good thing that comes out of today being Monday is that I get to leave work a bit earlier and head to the Houston Rodeo with my main squeeze Sam Hunt (oh and hubby too 😉). Catch all of the fun the Rodeo has to offer on my snapchat (npat62) and Instagram (npat62)!

This weekend was pretty low key, we did a bit of shoe shopping and eating yummy (but awful for you) foods too! 

Friday night we ended up renting Manchester By The Sea, overall I thought it was a decent movie. I absolutely loved Casey Affleck's acting, but kind of got annoyed by the other characters. 

Saturday we headed out to a few stores before a big rain storm hit us in the afternoon. We went to DSW to use up some giftcards I got. Let me tell you, I always head right to the clearance section of this store because 9 times out of 10 I will always find something there in my size and at an incredible price. I ended up getting 2 pairs of shoes, a fancier pump and wedge sandals. The pumps were originally $79.94 and I ended up getting them for $17! The wedge sandals were $49.94 and I ended up paying $34.94! Here are the wedge sandals I got, but I couldn't find the pumps. They seemed to be the only pair at DSW that day too, so I wonder if they were on final final sale. I love that these wedges look cute with the gladiator-esque style, but are super duper comfortable! Plus this color goes with just about anything and everything under the sun! 

I had been craving some cupcakes so we headed over to Gigi's to grab some yummy treats. I couldn't wait to dig into this confetti cake I picked up, let me tell decision ever! 

Sunday was spent waking up an hour later than usual (thanks DST). I didn't really feel the time change Sunday because we didn't have much planned. I didn't feel sleepy at the time I usually go to bed and ended up sleeping a half hour later than usual. Which definitely made it difficult to wake up this morning. For dinner we met up with our cousins and headed to our favorite, Chuy's! 

Can we just take a minute to talk about a super cute "Beauty and the Feast" shirt they had on their wall...too bad they didn't have my size or else that bad boy was coming home with to stalk all the Chuy's to find my size!!

So waking up this morning was probably already awful, but then add that it was basically night-time out. Luckily it's Spring Break week which means minimal traffic and getting to work a whole 20 minutes sooner than usual. I'll take it especially since getting out of work will be 100% worse this week.


Linking up with Biana who celebrated her birthday this weekend and is frolicking around La La Land :)! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Five on Friday

Hey folks, sorry for my lack of showing up here with you guys! I just dropped the ball and this week was quite the doozy, luckily it went by super quickly which was great! We don't have much planned for the weekend except doing a little shopping for our upcoming Vegas trip! Between my MIL's colonoscopy which had us up at 4am, my 2nd appointment with the dentist for this god awful root canal and craziness at work, can I just say THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY!!

Earlier in the week we got my cousin's save the date in the mail and it made me super excited!! I cannot wait to go to Tampa and see everyone again, too bad it's all the way in December, but I'm sure it'll be here before we know it! How adorable are they and how gorgeous is this picture?!

I didn't share this picture from our Go Texan Day which was last Friday. A bunch of us dressed up at work and it was so much fun wearing our jeans and cowboy boots to kick of Rodeo season in Houston! Let me tell you, I'm already over the traffic around the medical center and it's been a week!

This week we also had International Women's Day, it made me proud to be a strong, independent and fierce woman like many that have come before me. I was also loving Snapchat's fun filters!

Last night I went to a rep dinner and it was my first one in Houston. We went to this super cute little restaurant in Rice Village that had this fun farmhouse fresh look and the food was absolutely delicious! I'm definitely adding it to my restaurants to try out, especially for brunch. Plus there is an adorable milk and cookie stand right next door, could it be any better?! Check out Tinys No.5 if you're in the Rice Village area of Houston.

I'll leave y'all with some humor now....

Seriously the worst feeling in the world...

OMG yes!


After a tough week of crazy people at work...just looking to make it through the day folks

Sometimes I'm not even sure how I made it there in that much time.


This coming week is going to be busy busy busy and I'm excited for it! Monday we go to see Sam Hunt at the Rodeo and Thursday we celebrate our 8 month wedding anniversary with a dinner with some friends at our favorite restaurant. Then the following week we head to Vegas and I cannot wait. The anticipation of it is just killing me because we have not had a vacation where it's just the two of us since our honeymoon in August!!!

Happy Friday loves, Linking up with AndreaAprilKatieand Amanda!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Favorite Purchases | February

With February over and done with, we're into March and Springtime! I discovered some great new products in February and I had to share them with you. None of these are sponsored in anyway besides me actually loving it.

This scrub was something my little sister told me about and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I had tried some of hers when I was in Chicago and I was instantly hooked. It not only smells amazing, but the way it makes your skin feel afterwards is amazing. Considering how budget friendly this is, I know I will continue to use this in my skincare routine.

So after reading about this on Kristen's blog under her packing tips I knew I wanted this. The fact that I got such a great deal on it totally helped and the reviews on this thing, out of this world. Since we have quite a few big trips planned for this year I figured this would be the best thing for me so I could overpack without having to bother with checking bags in. From the reviews, you could pack 2-3 weeks worth of stuff for Europe in the bag...that's insane! Even though Vegas is a short trip, I'll definitely be packing this so I could test it out before our 7-day cruise and London!

So I picked these up kind of on a whim because I wanted acne pads that felt like they were working and making a difference. I got these at the beginning of the month so I've had a good amount of time to figure out if they are helping or not and let me tell you, these bad boys make a difference! I have a few other products from Formula 10.0.6 and I enjoy all of them so I knew this was a brand I could trust. These definitely sting so make sure if you have cystic acne to slowly go over them. They have the max strength salicylic acid in each pad and I use it all around my face every night. It's not too drying or burning (just be extra careful around your eyes). For the price tag you can't beat this.

When I saw these on Biana's post in red, I knew I needed a pair similar. Turns out they were from Target and super affordable!! Under $30 for the shoes that everyone is talking about?! Yes please! These are not only cute to dress up an outfit, without a heel they are probably more comfortable to walk around in. I know these will be getting some good use in Vegas later this month!

When I ran out of my setting powder towards the end of Feb, I was on the hunt for a good loose powder that would get the job done and if it were with a drugstore price, I was sold. After doing a little bit of research and reading multiple sites reviews, I came across this one. Guys this stuff is dirt cheap and it actually works!! Literally my makeup doesn't move an inch the entire day with this stuff. I also find that the quantity of this product is much bigger than others. I even use more than I need just because it's so cheap and there's so much of this stuff! You can pick this up at Walgreens or CVS and it won't break the bank at all! It also has various shades, but I got the translucent full coverage. It does have a little fragrant scent to it, but it doesn't bother me much at all.


That's about it folks. I bought a few cute dresses and tops from Old Navy, but haven't gotten them yet so I can't sing their praises quite yet. What are some fun purchases you've made last month that you can't get enough of?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekending | Pina Colada's, Cowboys & The Oscars

Hey loves! If you were sleeping under a rock last night, you missed that the biggest award show of the year aired yesterday...The Oscars! I don't think it disappointed with the fashion, winners & the water cooler moments.

You had to have heard of the huge snafu at the end when the wrong winner was called out, Miss Universe style. Luckily the cast and crew of La La Land were very gracious and excited for Moonlight to be the winners of the night. It makes me that much more excited to watch Moonlight!

Rewind a bit back to Friday night, hubby and I had our date night at our favorite Mexican spot. It was beyond delicious and we had lots to celebrate since we got to figure out what we were going to do in Vegas and talk more about London!! Afterwards we decided to go watch Get Out and although it's not Oscar nominated or anything, it was actually a good movie and this is coming from someone who hates scary movies. It was fresh and different and I had no idea Jordan Peele was capable of doing something like this!

Saturday after hubby did quite a bit of studying for his work exam that's coming up, we ventured out to Cavander's to look for some boots for me to wear to HoustonRodeo. It was definitely overwhelming and such a Texas store. Between the Hat Bar & the rows and rows of boots, I felt a bit overwhelmed. I ended up finding a pair of boots I love. Although they cost a pretty penny, they are worth the investment and I can't wait to get some use out of them!

After all that, a much needed trip to Sonic needed to happen. I haven't been there in months and had been craving a slushie. Peach Raspberry is so delicious and light, get on it folks! 

Now onto the Oscars!! My favorite part of course is the red carpet and I was actually able to watch the entire length of it. I think overall mostly everyone knocked it out of the park with their looks. It would be absolutely impossible to decide my favorite look of the night because so many of them were just so so good. Can we just take a moment to appreciate all the good looking men that showed up in their best too?!?

Best Dressed Men:

(L-R: Mahershala Ali // Riz Ahmed // John Legend // Casey Affleck // Jeremy Renner //
 Justin Timberlake // Andrew Garfield // Ryan Gosling // Dev Patel)

Best Dressed Women:

(L-R: Chrissy Teigen // Halle Berry // Nicole Kidman // Viola Davis // Taraji P Henson // Emma Stone // Naomie Harris // Octavia Spencer // Priyanka Chopra // Janelle Monae // Brie Larson // Kate McKinnon)

Worst Dressed Women:

(L-R: Jessica Biel // Leslie Mann // Ruth Negga // Michelle Williams // Charlize Theron //        Kirsten Dunst // Salma Hayek // Dakota Johnson // Alicia Vikander)


So what are your thoughts? Do you agree/disagree with some of my picks? Who would your favorite look of the night be?

Also can we talk about the elephant in the room that is the wrong movie name being you think this was staged or an honest mistake?! I cannot figure out which way to go with this.

Hope y'all had a great weekend and have a fantastic week ahead!!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekending | Long Weekend Love

Happy Monday loves, it is quite a happy Monday because I took the day off work today (we didn't have it off for President's Day like others), but unfortunately it's to have a root canal later in the day. Boo about the root canal, but yay for not having to wake up early and drive in this horrible rainy weather we are supposed to get poured on us today. Hubby is off today too so we are going to hang a bit before heading to the endodontist for my procedure.

This past weekend was a fun one with yummy food, great times with friends, a birthday party and an awfully hilarious movie.

Saturday morning we woke up and got ready for a 1st birthday party of a friend's son. It was a superhero party and the theme was so well done. I decided to partake in dressing up with my superman shirt. The food was yummy and so were the cupcakes celebrating the little superhero.

Afterwards we headed back and took a much needed nap since we were going out later that evening. Once we were well rested, we got ready and headed out for the night. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Yardhouse, which we haven't been to in so long. It was so much better than I remember and I just am craving the yummy food we had. Plus it was great to catch up with friends who we haven't seen since their New Year's Eve party.

We then continued our date night at Studio Movie Grill to watch 50 Shades Darker. Oh my god guys, this movie was god awful. I mean the first one wasn't that great, but I will say it was better than this atrocity. It was so awful it was almost comedic how terrible the acting was and I think everyone who was watching in that theater felt the exact same way from the comments that were made throughout the movie, a pet peeve I usually don't like, but for this movie was hilariously welcome. Us girls apologized to the guys for dragging them to this awful movie, but they didn't mind since they didn't expect much. Basically, this movie isn't worth your 2 hours, you're better off watching like literally anything else. 

Sunday was spent mostly lounging around and cleaning up my DVR. Since hubby is studying for a work exam, I've been getting reacquainted with my TV. Netflix finally added season 3 of When Calls The Heart, I never thought this show would capture my heart, but guys this is such a cute show that airs on Hallmark Channel. Definitely love all the characters and storyline and was glad to finally get caught up on the last season.



I hope you guys get today off and if not, hope your day goes quickly and smoothly. Wish me luck on this dang root canal, hope it means I get to eat plenty of ice cream and milkshakes for dinner ;)!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!