Tuesday, January 29, 2013

just around the corner

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, so I thought a wishlist was in order...

1.  How adorable is this mug from West Elm?  Although if you're crafty, you could make it yourself.
2.  Elephants + Hearts + iPhone = LOVE
3.  If this blog was in English I would totally screw these up make these!
4.  These Tory Burch flats were on my Christmas list.  They still are.
5.  I'm pretty sure these straws would make any smoothie infinitely better.
6.  Heart paperclips might make me do some work.
7.  Who doesn't need a heart umbrella.
8.  Lobsters on my sweater.  Lobsters in my tummy.  Lobsters everywhere.
9.  Silver Lab Puppy.  Duh.  (PS. Did you know these are real?!)**

**I have clearly lost my mind, forgotten/blocked form my memory how not awesome lab puppies are.

Monday, January 28, 2013

closet peak

I love seeing how people organize all their "stuff".  Most of my "stuff" consists of clothes, shoes, and accessories.  In fact, other than my dogs, I might head straight for my closet(s!) if there were ever a fire.  I actually have 3 closets (4 if you count all the clothes and shoes that are living at my sisters right now).  I have been in major purge mode lately, but my closets were barely touched.  What can I say, I know what I like.  Oh, and I partake in trends mostly by indulging in color and keeping styles classic.

In my first closet I keep bottoms, tops, and boots.
No rhyme or reason here,  the things I wear most often are closer to the top.  Genius.

I organize my tops by sleeve length, and then by pattern or style.  If I really like something, I will usually get several colors and keep them together, and if I have several striped long sleeve tops, they get put together.

I use pipe insulation (that I found in the creepster, but I'm sure it can be obtained at any home improvement store) to keep my boots upright and orderly...because no one likes disorderly boots.

My second closet is pretty small, and I keep seasonal skirts hanging and off season skirts folded in boxes below.
75% of my skirts are from J Crew, 24% from Target, and 1% random elsewhere.  As you can see I LOVE pattern.

And finally, my accessory/shoe closet.
bags on the left

necklaces on the right

So there you have it.  Soon as temperatures warm up, I might actually start wearing a few of these things...

UPDATE:  Neal would like it noted that he has 0 closets.  It's a lie.  Kind of.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

beauty basics

These items are pretty much my holy grail products that I use daily.  As you can see it's a pretty even mix of drug and department store products.  

  • I always start with Boscia BB Cream.  I have pretty decent skin (as far as blemishes go), so I don't need (or like) a super heavy foundation.  This one is perfectly sheer and natural.  I mix it with ELF Shimmering facial whip for a dewy look.  I've tried several highlighting creams and I really like this $1 version the best. 
  • I am really loving the new Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.  It's nice and compact and has everything I need on a daily basis.
  • Next, I always heat up* and curl my lashes with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler that I've had for 20 years.  I love it, and wouldn't think of using another.  After trying every mascara made, I've finally settled on Loreal's Voluminous in waterproof carbon black.  Fair warning--it is very difficult to remove.  I love it so much, however, I'm willing to deal with that.  
  • Finally, I my favorite lipstick/gloss is Maybelline's superstay stain/gloss.  The formula is amazing, and it never creeps anywhere it doesn't belong.  And when all else fails, I just slap on some lemon drop EOS lipbalm, and call it good.

*I use my hair dryer to do this for about 10 seconds and then test it on my hand before I touch my eyes with it. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

want & why

Well, the holidays are over, time to start a new wishlist...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

you learn something new everyday

The weirdest thing happened to me recently, I learned something very interesting about myself.


Although anyone who knows me, would probably just say, duh.  
It opened my eyes to, ehem, myself.  Weird.  

After my big discovery, I announced it to all my friends, and one of my forever friends sent over this article.  
I could relate to every.single.word.  Maybe you're in the same boat?

Monday, January 21, 2013

four eyes, and then some

After leaving behind my one pair of (old) glasses for the bazillionth time, I decided that I needed an extra pair (or three).  Warby Parker was already on my radar, but then I remembered that I had seen a few optical companies had popped up recently that were offering a free pair.  So after a second trip to the Warby Parker showroom in NYC and a quick Google search for "free glasses", I had three pairs on their way to my mailbox.

The Warby Parker glasses are definitely my favorite.  I don't know if it's because they are the only pair that I tried on prior to purchasing them, or that I paid for them, but I love them the most nonetheless.  (I most certainly will be headed back for these and these very soon.  And possible these!)

These glasses from Firmoo.com are my second favorite, and they were free (for the most part).  I love the contrasting stems (is that what they are even called?).  What I don't love as much, is the thickness of the lenses.  I am practically blind, and my lenses are very thick. Firmoo had several options for the "thinness" of the lens varying from $10-$90.  I chose the cheapest version because I planned on these being a spare pair.  Now that I have them, I really love the frames and wish I had splurged for thinner lenses.

I also love these glasses from Coastal.com, but I don't think they are quite as flattering on my face as the others.  I adore the color, and they arrived the quickest.
Oh, and you can't beat free!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

one week in...

We are officially one week into the new year and I have yet to finalize any "New Years Resolutions".  It's not that I haven't been thinking about them, I have, but clearly they have not been a priority.  Until right.this.moment. Yup, here they are.  
Sort of.

Like I said yesterday, I really just want to be a better me.  There are a few areas in which I don't think I've been my best, or that I just want to improve.  Knowing myself, a list that looks anything like the one above is that fastest route to #epicfail for me.

The first, and most important, thing I need to do is to put myself first.  Which seems a bit selfish, I even hate writing it, but I truly believe that you are only as good to others as you are to yourself.  I have always been willing to drop everything, no matter how important to me, to help someone else.  Hopefully keeping this in the forefront of my mind will help me to keep my priorities in line.

Focus on small steps for big change.  While I do believe in taking a leap of faith, the biggest changes more often happen with the smallest steps.  One of my favorite bloggers is doing "The 52 Project" wherein she is going to attempt to accomplish one small goal each week.  I think it's a fantastic idea, and I'm seriously thinking of coming up with my own series of weekly goals.  I think I can do anything for a week.  Of course at this point it will be more like the "50 Project", but I can live with that.

And finally, I want to be more mindful with my time.  I find myself mindlessly flipping through blogs, facebook, and instagram for obscene amounts of time.  While all these platforms have been created to be more "social" they have made me anything but.  I need to delete the blogs I no longer connect with and get back in touch with everyone I do connect with (like you!), delete a few "friends", and post more pictures of things that inspire me.

I think that should just about do it for this year.  I hope you follow along and check back this time next year for an even more awesome me.

Monday, January 7, 2013

leggings are not your friend(sssss)

I have approximately 52 pairs of leggingsssss.  
Well, maybe not 52, but definitely enough not to have to do laundry.  For a while.  For the last 6 months I've made these guys my BFFs, I'd say at least 6 (if not 7) days of the week I've worn leggings.  They're easy, you can look somewhat put together (if you actually wear shoes), and they pretty much always fit.  The problem is though, that your real clothes start not too fit.  
And that's where I start off this year.  

I've been thinking about New Years resolutions for about a month now and I really haven't come up with much other than I just want to be better...happier, healthier, and all around more awesome.  I know, duh.
Making (and keeping) resolutions seems so daunting.  
Let's talk about those tomorrow.

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