Blogging was like…

When I started blogging 5 years ago blogging was like….

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Not very many giveaways and a group giveaway was unheard of because to enter a giveaway you had to leave separate comments for everything

No one had sidebar sponsors aside from maybe a blogher ad and those were reserved for MEGA HUGE bloggers!

People commented and responded more

Seeing a sponsored post was something you just did not see because blogging wasn’t about making money

No one was very focused on numbers and the only way to really measure numbers was through google friend connect

Pinterest was invite only

Instagram did not exist

Neither did google plus

Stumbling was reserved for drunk nights home

People did a lot of centering their words(guilty) and changing font colors mid post(guilty again)

Cartoon headers were HUGE

Music on blogs drove you nuts

Blogging was like….something we did just for fun and because we really wanted everyone to know about our weekends

It was the best day ever when your blog got 10 comments

Linkups were something you did every single day

The thought of 1,000 followers seemed unheard of  and something that would never happen

I do not remember there being blog cliques or maybe I was too new to notice

I love blogging but sometimes it’s funny to look back 5 years and remember when blogging was like…. a different world!

 

When did you start blogging? What do you remember it being like??

 

Beauty Musts for Under $10

I love beauty products. This is not a new revelation. However I do not love to break the bank on a regular basis. I love finding great beauty products that are inexpensive but get the job done. I thought today I would share my beauty musts for under $10.

 

Beauty musts under $10

1. Hair ties: I have used these and only these hair ties since discovering them about 4 years ago. You can make them(tons of tutorials on Pinterest) You can buy them at places like Target, Walgreens, etc. They also sell them at expensive stores like Anthropologie. But honestly they all work the same IMO. I opt for the drugstore ones unless someone gifts me other kinds. These don’t crease your hair, they don’t break and they last much longer than regular hair ties.

2. Baby Lips chap-stick: Maybelline Baby lips is the best I mean I do love several different kinds of chap-stick but this is one I always keep with me because it makes my lips super soft. You can usually buy a 3 pack for less than $8.

3. Skintimate Shave Gel: Not only is this inexpensive but it keeps my legs crazy soft and moisturized which is a bonus for me.

4. EOS hand cream: We all know EOS makes great lip balm but did you also know they make top notch hand cream? I love philosophy hand cream but it can get a little expensive. That’s where this stuff comes in. Not expensive and just as good.

5. Maybelline Lip Crayon: I love these because they last on your lips ALL DAY LONG. I had this on the entire day of my bridal shower and it did amazing. It is seriously the best stuff and it’s inexpensive so you can buy a few to find the colors that work best for you!

6. Maybelline Colossal volume mascara: First of all how adorable is this? Second of all holy eyelashes batman! This comes in waterproof and non waterproof. I opt for waterproof very black. It is inexpensive and honestly who doesn’t love cute packaging?

7. OPI Nein OK Fine: I love a great Grey color on my nails and I love that my salon also has the gel version of this. This is my go to Grey and yes I wear it all year round. It’s perfect for the Fall and Winter months, not too expensive and I think mine has lasted me a well over a year.

8. NYX Concealer: As far as drugstore brand concealers go this one is a must buy. NYX makeup is great and they have an amazing selection at Target. I could honestly spend hours in that section and this has become one of my go to concealers.

 

What are your favorite inexpensive beauty finds? 

Showered With Love

I had my big Bridal Shower Saturday afternoon and it was a shower in more ways than one. Mainly because in the middle it started down pouring rain. Good thing the shower was inside :) Michele and Ashley my matron and maid of honor hosted and it was amazing! Bonus Ashley came in town for the weekend to celebrate! I will not see her again for 54 days…MY WEDDING WEEKEND!

 

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My cousins who are also bridesmaids

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Andrew came to open gifts and brought me the most beautiful flowers!

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Andrews mom, myself and my mom

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My mom, Andrews mom, me, Andrews grandma and Andrew

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My hostessses with the mostesses

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Sweet friend Caitrin

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My “Aunt” Leslie

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Sweet Anne who I used to nanny for when she was 8…she’s almost 20 OMG

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This girl…I can’t even

We were showered with love with so many gifts, wonderful people to spend the day with and amazing memories! We are so blessed by the generosity of my two best friends who put together an amazing shower with fun games, amazing food etc. We were given some of the most amazing gifts too! Plus Andrew’s mom and grandmother came in for the day from Houston just to be there.

I honestly feel so lucky for all the wonderful wedding events we have had so far. I can’t believe in a little over 7 weeks we will be getting married! Crazy!

I could go on and on about the people that were there and the wonderful gifts but I just want to say we have the most amazing friends and family and I am truly grateful for them all.

What did you do this weekend? 

Sunday Social

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This Weeks Questions:

1. One item you wish you could splurge on right now: Probably a Mulberry Alexa Bag
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2. If you had an entire weekend of no plans what would you do? Sleep a lot, watch tons of movies and DVR’d shows, read read read and drink a lot of coffee

3. Next place you are visiting outside of your current city? Philly for bloggy boot camp in Sept

4. Are you a neat freak or a clutterbug? Neat freak like woah. I run our roomba nightly and clean the kitchen twice a day. Usually it’s not dirty

5. Favorite Summer purchase? Oh gosh Probably my “need coffee” shirt

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1. What are you most looking forward to about Fall?
2. What is your favorite sports team?
3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?
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Weekend Makeup

Hey friends! Happy Friday. This weekend is going to be a great one. Why you ask?? Tomorrow is my BIG bridal shower! Ashley is coming in town and I am so excited!!!! Plus excited to celebrate with friends, family and family friends!

Moving on. This brings me to my weekend makeup. Weekend Makeup is the fancier version of what I wear any other day cause it’s the weekend and that face needs a little something extra! Below you will find my weekend makeup favorites!

 

 

Weekend Makeup

1. Naked Basics: I love this more than any other naked palate because it is just the basics but can give you one hell of a dramatic eye look.

2. High Beam by benefit: Gives you  a bit of a glow so that harshness of the week doesn’t show as much for us girls who need it. Me mainly.

3. NARS Angelika: I love me some blush. I love a lot of NARS blushes and this is a top 5 favorite. It’s become a weekend go to favorite of mine. I love giving my cheeks a bit of a glow and this mixed with high beam.

4. Bite lipgloss: I just received some in my popsugar must have box and it’s becoming a fast favorite. It gives you the right amount of stain and color and they come in a variety of shades.

5. Buxom Mascara: Another something from a previous popsugar must have box but since then I have purchased 2 more because I love this mascara so much!!! It’s very price friendly and I love it. You will too! Gives my lashes so much length.

6. Maybeline BB Craem: I have mentioned it several times before and I love this for a great base before my concealers, blushes, etc. So wonderful so light, so perfect.

7. Gimme Brow: Need I say more? Its great for giving you a little more brow and also making your brows look phenomenal.

8. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation Powder: Oh how many times I have mentioned this I do not know but I swear you need to buy this and I will wait for the thank you emails.

 

So what is your weekend makeup? 

Favorite Places in Dallas

I have lived in Dallas my entire life aside from a few years away at college and while I love my city I feel I do not talk of it much.

I thought I would share some of my favorite places in Dallas. They are varied in type etc but if you are ever coming to Dallas or moving here etc you may find this helpful!

 

1. Victor Tangos: One of my favorite restaurants in Dallas. It’s in a fun area and has the best menu of tapas style food. From Crab Mac and Jack to Pulled Pork Tacos it’s a place I take all of my friends when they are in town. It’s also got great cocktails and it’s small so it never feels overwhelming.

2. Klyde Warren Park: It’s a park built above one of Dallas’ biggest highways. How does that happen you ask? Pure Awesome. Here you can hang on a putting green, play ping pong, eat from food trucks, play in fountains or on a playground, eat at one of the regular restaurants at Klyde Warren Park, take a Saturday morning yoga class, or just relax and have fun.

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3. Mercy Wine Bar: Not only was this Andrew and my second date but it’s one of my favorite wine bars/restaurants I’ve ever been to. It’s chill, it’s quiet, it has amazing food and a killer wine list. A must visit if you are in Dallas.

4. Northpark Center: The 7th largest shopping district in America(or so I heard) you can grab a Starbucks and shop at stores ranging from The Gap to Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to Tory Burch and Burberry even Carolina Herrera and Valentino. It’s quite the experience. You can then go see a movie, head to dry bar and get a blow out, grab something to eat at Breadwinners or La Duni then go grab your car out of Valet.

5. Snider Plaza: Another great shopping and dining place. There are bridal shops, cute boutiques, an AMAZING bakery, one of my favorite stores, Bevello and great places to grab a bite to eat. Just a stones throw from the SMU campus.

6. SMU: You can’t visit Dallas and not visit SMU. Notable alums? Yours truly and my fiancee :) But seriously it has the new and amazing George Bush Library. Plus the campus during the holidays is filled with lights and trees. It is gorgeous all year round and worth a visit!

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Have you ever been to Dallas? 

New Obsessions

Before I start today’s post I must explain yesterday’s absence. I had this post planned for yesterday and then I learned the news of Robin Williams on Monday evening. It felt wrong for me to post about random things when my heart felt so heavy. I loved Robin Williams the actor, the humanitarian, the comedian. His movies resonated with all of us and he will be greatly missed.

These are my obsessions….at least for now

1. Buda Juice: This juice bar opened across the street from our house and I seriously wish it wasn’t so dang expensive cause I would go EVERY SINGLE DAY! But once a week treat for now and making my own at home will have to do. I have been drinking Green Monster Smoothies for 5 years now and it’s fun to mix things up!  Current fav is the Carrot, Cucumber, Apple combo!

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2. My Hobo Cross body: I bought a hobo cross body bag about 2 years ago and I just rediscovered it in my closet and I have been loving the look for transitioning my wardrobe from Summer to Fall. It’s beautiful, a great size and the brown is the perfect brown! LOVE!

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3. My Q and A a day journal: 365 days in a year, 365 questions. The same question on the same day each year to see how you have grown, changed and what your life is like from year to year. Everyone needs this!

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4. New Books: I have downloaded several new books and I have been pouring through them like no tomorrow. I plan to do a post dedicated to all the books I am reading, or will be reading over the next few months. It makes me so happy to find new books to love and I have goodreads, twitter and other blogs to thank for that. I love hearing recs so please leave yours in the comments!

 

What are you obsessing over and loving lately?

Prepping for a Blog Conference

I have two blog conferences on the docket over the next 5 months. I am attending Women Get Social in Philly in September(yes 4 weeks before my wedding). Then in January I am going to Alt Summit in SLC. I am so excited for both. But for someone who may have never been to a blog conference they can be a little overwhelming to think about.

I wanted to share the ways I find it easy prepping for a Blog Conference today.

Blogging Conference Tips

1. Research the Conference: No matter how many conferences I have been to(7) I always research the conference ahead of time. I like to know who is speaking, what the sessions are and basically what my plan of attack is. If there are sessions at different times I try to decide ahead of time which ones I want to attend so I do not miss out. I also mark down my second choices in case I change my mind. It is really good to know what the conference is about. Another way to find this out is to look at blog posts of years past of attendees. Usually the conference site will have some of these listed. You can get a first hand view at what the conference is like along with pictures.

2. Research the City: If you have never been to the city before or you have you want to know what the city is going to be like. For me this includes knowing what kind of weather will be happening that time of year because I hate to overpack. I also like to know if I can get coffee in the hotel or if there is a coffee shop close by so I can grab one before the morning sessions. If the hotel has a coffee shop even better. Usually I will get several a day! You also may want to do some site seeing if you have extra time so knowing what is walkable to your hotel, good restaurants etc is extremely important.

3. Get Business Cards: One of the best ways to make a first impression at a blog conference is your business card! I had my blog designer design mine and I love them. They are glossy and look fantastic IMO. But make sure the important information is on there: Your blog name along with a card that looks similar to your blog. Esthetic is everything! Then you want your important social links: twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. Also your name and Email right under your blog name. This is my opinion only and you may want to do yours a different way! Just make sure you have the basics and they look great! You can use sites like vistaprint, minted, etc to get cards done for not too expensive.

4. Join Facebook/Twitter Groups for the Conference: Most conferences will have a Twitter list or a Private Facebook group for attendees. This is a great place to get to know other attendees and also to ask questions. Usually there are veterans from the conference as well as people working for the conference in the groups that are happy to answer all of your questions. Get involved!

5. Know what to take to the Conference: This is a personal decision for everyone so I will talk about what I take. I usually use one of two bags: My LV Neverfull or my Longchamp. In this bag I include: my iPad, 2 Notebooks, Pens, chargers for my phone, iPad, and my extra charger. I also always take a big bottle or tumbler of water. I also include a Clif or Larabar if I get hungry. Then the basics like my camera, phone, wallet, makeup bag, gum, etc. I always take a sweater because conference rooms are notoriously cold! Layers are a big must for me. I also tend to have a basic conference uniform: Skinny Jeans or Leggings, a cute top, sweater, light scarf and boots or flats. You can also ask questions about what to bring to the conference in those Facebook groups :)

6. Bring your best accessory….your personality: Just be yourself. Honestly people will like you for you. If you go with friends try to branch out and meet new people. Make some great connections with brands, get tons of business cards from people and follow up. I have met people and made connections at conferences that are invaluable to me and people I am close with to this day. This is such an important part. Just be you and they will love you!

 

Do you have any tips to add?