The Travel Bug

I recently went on a trip for a blog conference to Philadelphia. Andrew and I are spending our honeymoon in Hawaii for 9 days. After that we are going on a trip to DC/NYC for 10 days and then I will be in Salt Lake City for a blog conference in January. I for sure have the travel bug. I love to travel. I hate packing and unpacking but I love love love to travel. Traveling with Andrew is great because we have the same go with the flow attitude as far as traveling is concerned. I also love to explore a new place alone.

I have quite the long list of places I would love to visit but these are some places Andrew and I have talked about visiting in the next year or two:

 

Napa: Andrew has been before but I have not. I have been to a lot of California aside from Northern so I am really excited to possibly go to Napa for our birthdays.

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Italy: This was a discussed honeymoon spot and now we are talking about possibly going for our one year anniversary. Neither of us have been to Italy. While I have been to parts of Europe Italy would be a fun trip.

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Colorado: Unfortunately we did not get to visit while Andrews older brother was doing his residency there but we would love to go for a low key vacation.

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Las Vegas: I have been twice and both times were family trips. I would love to go and just see some fun shows and shop.

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South Carolina: Andrew’s parents just built a vacation home in South Carolina so I am sure we will be taking many trips there in the next year errr many years.

 

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What is next on your travel agenda?

 

 

The Makeup Show Dallas

A while back I received an email offering me a press pass and a VIP blogger ticket to something called The Makeup Show. Now two things one I hear the word makeup and immediately jump up. Secondly I had no idea what this event was. After doing some research and finding out it’s the largest makeup show for artists, youtubers, stylists, bloggers etc in the country I was so in. It happened to be taking place at a hotel really close to our house and I also heard the words swag bag. As bloggers no words are sweeter to the ears.

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Our swag bags

 

 

I must say I am not a makeup artist, I am not a stylist, however I am a blogger who sometimes blogs about beauty products and just loves MAKEUP!!!!

Friday I went to the VIP event of about 30 Youtubers, makeup artists and bloggers. It was a blast. I learned a ton about products and event received a very cool 30th anniversary Makeupforever gift bag with signatures of all these amazing makeup artists. Some who have won academy awards.

Saturday Andrew made me rest all day so Sunday morning I went back to the even to shop. Oh yes I shopped. Nars, Stila, Makeupforever, CrownBrush, Jouer, Smashbox, and more. I had a blast shopping and meeting so many cool people and networking my little butt off.

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My haul and the things in my swag bag

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I got quite the haul but the best part about it was it was all discounted like crazy. I am talking up to 70% off some things.

It was such a cool opportunity and while I was leaving the hotel Sunday I happened to see the New Orleans Saints football team who were in town to play Dallas yesterday. So there’s that!

The Makeup Show was so fun and I really hope I can go again next year!

Thanks for inviting me!!!

 

Disclosure: I was given a Press Pass and VIP pass to the event but was not obligated in any way to promote it. I just had a really fabulous time and wanted to share my experience. 

Sunday Social

I sincerely hope I sleep in today. That is all.

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Hey Guys Happy Sunday Social Day!!!

 

You know the drill, answer the questions, grab our button for your post and have some Sunday Social fun!

This Weeks Questions:

1. What is your favorite magazine to read? Glamour or Domino. I have always loved Glamour.

2. What is the best thing you’ve seen online lately? This Emma Watson Speech

3. Who is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram or Twitter? Neil Patrick Harris LOVE ME SOME NPH

4. Is there one article of clothing no matter what the season you can’t help but love? My Leopard Tory Burch Flats

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5. Do you prefer email or snail mail? Email. I have awful handwriting.

Next Weeks Questions:

1. Favorite Month and why?
2. Favorite Holiday and why?
3. Are you getting the new iPhone or are you more of an Android person?
4. Most thoughtful gift you have ever received from someone?
5. Something you can’t wait to splurge on?

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

 

Oh my gosh TGIF am I right?

This week I have a few Friday Favorites to share with you so I hope you are ready. Are you ready??? OK let’s do it!

1. Friends turned 20: WHAT? How is the first episode of friends 20 years old!? There have been a ton of fun things on the internet this week about it but I wanted to share my favorite.

2. New Fall TV: OMG guys Fall TV is finally back. Can I get an AMEN? Parenthood, Gotham, Red Band Society, Greys, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, Madam Secretary I could go on and on. So many new good shows and old favorites back and I am just so happy to have a full DVR of fun.

3. New King Sized Bed: Andrew and I got a brand new king sized bed this week(more on that in a different post) and we are LOVING it! We registered for King Size sheets and a comforter and we got all of them so we were ready when the bed was delivered on Tuesday. So much room!

4. Working Out Again: When I got my concussion I had to be super careful for at least a week so this week I got to work out again. Obviously I started slowly but it’s nice to be back to my daily routine of workouts because they honestly make me feel so much better. I hear a body pump class calling my name next week!

5. Emma Watson: Ummmm have you seen this? She is amazing. That is all.

Those are my favorite things this week and I am so looking forward to a weekend of nothing….hopefully. 2 weeks till our Wedding? WHAT!?

What are you up to this weekend?

The Necessary Tools

Hair and Makeup are things us ladies deal with all the time. Sometimes we love it and sometimes we hate it but having the necessary tools to make sure it goes as seamless as possible really does help the process. I wanted to share with you my favorite necessary tools today!

Necessary Tools

1. A great hairbrush: I have super thick hair. I always have and I can not buy cheap rinky dink hairbrushes. This one I have is from bumble and bumble and I also have a GHD one that I love too. They are both flat brushes because I usually dry my hair straight! These are super durable and the two I have I have had for over 4 years! They are amazing!

2. A flat iron with adjustable temps: I love me a good flat iron but it needs to have adjustable temps because the hair closest to my face is much more fine than say the hair in the back of my head. I adjust the temp as I am changing which part of my hair I am flat ironing. I have a Hana Pro as well as a T3 and the T3 I have has the best and quickest adjustable temps. 

3. A good beauty blender: You can go to a drugstore and buy an inexpensive beauty blender and you can go to Sephora and get one for $20 honestly it doesn’t matter but these are soooo great for blending in makeup. The first time I used mine it felt like an “a ha” moment and a “why have I not had this longer moment.” Go get one!

4. Good Makeup Brushes: These are great for blush, foundation etc. But the thing is do not buy cheap ones. Anytime I have bought cheap brushes they break and fall apart so easily. I invested in a really nice set of brushes almost 2 years ago and they have stayed so perfect! I also love my poof brush for loose powder!

5. Q-tips: I love them I use them for so many things but one of my favorites is getting unwanted eyeliner and mascara off the skin around my eye where it may have smudged. Also they are good for smudging if thats the look you are going for. They really can be used for so many things. I also use them when painting my nails to get nail polish off my skin because I can not do a great manicure to save my life.

6. A comb that won’t break: This is a GHD comb and I love it! They are durable and for my super thick and often tangled hair they are perfect. I use a comb when flat ironing my hair so this one is with me anytime I travel and at home.

7. Great makeup remover: I am obsessed with the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes. This stuff is essential in my life. I always following it up with Neutrogena foaming face wash and my skin feels amazing after. Also I have super sensitive skin so if you do as well these work great!

 

What are some Necessary Tools you use?

EASY Fall Wreath DIY

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I love Fall. I know who doesn’t right? Well one thing I love about Fall is the endless amount of crafts I can do. Last year I made an Easy Fall Wreath for our door and decided this year I would make another one and show you guys how I did it! Feel free to pin :)

 

EASY FALL WREATH DIY:

Materials:

  • Styrofoam round can be purchased at Michaels or JoAnns
  • Faux Flowers
  • Raffia in Tan
  • Raffia in colors(usually they come in a multipack)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • TIME

The Process:

  • First get yourself a good amount of space. I chose our living room floor mainly because I wanted to watch a movie while I worked.
  • Next Spread your materials out around you.

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  • Take your foam round and your tan Raffia and start wrapping the raffia in lots of layers around a part of the foam round. This part will take a while at the start while you get the hang of it but basically just wrap it enough to where its thick and you do not see the foam. Then make sure it stays by taking your hot glue gun and putting a few dabs on the back side of the foam round and hold it in place for a about 30 seconds. Make sure you are cutting off small pieces that will start to hang. This is more of a personal preference.

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  • This part with the tan raffia takes a while but you get a good groove going!
  • Then take the colorful raffia when you are about 2/3 of the way done. Decide which colors you want to use. I suggest 2-3 colors. For this I used 3 colors that were more Fall like. You do the same process with this raffia as the tan color. You just wrap it around and cut and make sure you are covering the foam round very well. Then hot glue the ends down.

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  • Now its time to clean up! Meaning take your scissors and cut off all those ends you see hanging around. It will make your wreath look much neater.
  • Next take the flowers cut just the ends of the flower portion off and stick them right into the foam. Also hot glue them down to secure them.

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  • Next show off your gorgeous wreath, hang it on your door and let the compliments of your amazing talents pour in :)

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So what is your favorite Fall Craft to make? Have you ever made an Easy Fall Wreath?

Why We Should NEVER Ban Books

I live in Dallas, TX. In Dallas there is a suburb of sorts called Highland Park or Park Cities because it also encompasses University Park. Yesterday morning I came across an article that really upset me. This article talked about how the high school was banning books such as Song of Solomon, Siddhartha, The Art of Racing in the Rain just to name a few. Here is the article.

Parents got together and decided that this was a good idea because GOD FORBID there be a sex scene or a scene in a book that discusses sex. When I was in high school in AP English we read, The Handmaids Tale. That at the time was the most scandalous book I had ever read. Did it make me into a sex fiend? No. Did it make me anything but more intelligent and more able to understand struggles people go through? Yes.

We also read a book in that same AP English class called Fahrenheit 451. A book about a world where books are banned. I feel when we start doing things such as banning books in high school classes we are just going more towards a world where books are banned. I understand parents think some violent shows, movies and video games are bad for kids to watch and as a parent I think that is their right to protect their children from that. But classic novels? Really? Great works of Fiction, Non Fiction and Poetry? We are going to start banning this? If that is the case we may as well live in a world like Fahrenheit 451.

This article not only made me upset but it made me sad. It made me sad for the students who will never read these books because as bad as it sounds some of my favorite books are books I was forced to read in high school. Books like The Great Gatsby, The Handmaids Tale, Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath. All books that had some sort of life lesson in it. Things like poverty, murder, mental illness, rape. These are things that happen in life. You can’t shield people from the reality of the world forever.

I guess this is just what I think. I am not a parent. Maybe I can’t stand on this one because of that. But I am someone who loves books. I have always loved books. I do not want to live in a world where books are banned.

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What is your take on the subject?

My Weekend Via Instagram

I’m never ready for Mondays lately. Maybe it’s because our weekends have been super busy prepping for the wedding and trying very hard to “relax.” Well none of that happened…at least the relaxing part.

Well here is my weekend via Instagram which if you are not following me you should :)

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Friday we got a new Wedding gift! Hello brand new vitamix we love you.

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Saturday we were a house divided football wise but we still love each other :)

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Brunch with Ally and Ted at Braedwinners….all the coffee

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Got some wedding gifts from my Grandparents and Aunt and Uncle….My grandparents went a little crazy(in a good way) at Crate and Barrel. Hello Kitchenaid Mixer :)

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Andrew wasn’t feeling well Saturday so I got a little crafty and made a new Fall Wreath for our door. Will have the DIY tutorial up later this week!

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Our super cute Fall decked out Front Porch

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Sunday my mom gave us the most amazing gift ever! All of our wedding invites for various parties and the Holiday card we sent right before we got engaged! Seriously AMAZING GIFT! Go momma!

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Andrew had a bad migraine and was still not feeling well Sunday night so I watched some Downton Abbey and had oatmeal for dinner. Yeah it was that kind of night.

 

Other notes of the weekend: Had a nice breakfast with my dad Sunday morning. Our last just us breakfast before the wedding. It was very emotional but it was wonderful! Love my family!

Also Andrew’s good friend Amaan who is a groomsmen in our wedding came over to hang out for a bit this weekend since we were not really up to leaving much. I feel bad cause I put him to work helping me reorganize our kitchen :) Love you buddy!

All in all my weekend was a great weekend. Wish Andrew felt better and hopefully he does today!

 

What was the most fun thing you did this weekend?