A Review of Some Recent Purchases

Halogen Sweatshirt– When I saw this blue sweatshirt I immediately felt I had to have it, despite 20 other sweatshirts sitting in my closet. I love the bright blue color and the cute little tie detail on the sleeves. I ordered the sweatshirt in a size small and was so disappointed. The small was too big, somewhat shocking, and looked very boxy on me. I ordered the x-small, but it too didn’t fit right. The fit was better, but overall it was not a flattering look on me. Sadly, I returned both and have had to pass on this item. Side note, I first saw this sweatshirt on Simply Lauren Rose. She looked so cute in it and paired her sweatshirt with dark skinny jeans and booties for a more finished look and less lounge around the house. I’m so jealous; I really wanted this top to work out.

Funnel Neck – You guys, I love this top so much that I bought it in the navy and white stripe, wore it twice and then immediately ordered the gray. While I like the gray, I think I like the navy and white more. The navy funnel neck is a waffle material and because of that, I feel, it holds it’s shape a little better. The gray is more of a thin sweatshirt style, but is still very warm. I love bumming around in one of these on the weekends with leggings or changing into one when I get home from work. The funnel neck is also great for layering. Typically, I wear mine with a tank or short sleeve tee underneath. When I go the slacker route and wear one of the funnel necks out to run errands, when it was colder, I paired them with leggings and one of J. Crew’s zip up exersion vests, and my new balance sneakers.  Great buy, in my opinion, and highly recommended. J. Crew factory has been doing a lot of sales lately, and recently these bad boys were 40-50% off.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – I’m not a “make-up person” so to speak, by make-up person I mean one who wanders around Sephora endlessly looking at products, wanting to try them all or watching youtube videos on make-up. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with people who do this, I am just not one of them. I tend to take a very natural and simplistic approach when it comes to my make-up because by the end of the day, I’ve rubbed most of it off anyways by running my hands over my face in exasperation or exhaustion or my dog has licked it off giving me his sweet doggie kisses. I’ve been thinking about bronzer since my sister got married and decided to go for it. I did a little bit of research online and the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder seemed to be highly recommended, and at a $44 price point it wasn’t terrible either. I got the natural color and have been pleasantly surprised. I really like the bronzer. I was worried the bronzer would give me a fake tan appearance or cause my face to look a lot darker than the rest of me causing a neon fake bronzer sign to appear above my head. I was so happy to see that the bronzing powder did none of this. In fact, it gives me the perfect amount of color without causing me to look like I have a fake tan. I have added the bronzer into my morning make-up routine and haven’t regretted it yet. 5 stars, my friend. Invest.

Urban Decay Naked Color Corrector – I cannot for the life of me remember what made me buy this, either an ad in a magazine or another blogger perhaps, but either way, this stuff really does work. I got the Pink because the description stated “Pink: disguises dark circles, particularly on fair skin tones, and works well as a highlighter to create a lifted appearance.” I have dark circles under my eyes courtesy of my love of being a night owl combined with being the mom of an almost 2 year old, thus I don’t get much sleep. The color corrector helps A LOT with my dark circles. I still use concealer on top of the color corrector along with Clinique  powder to set everything.

Free People Top– now on sale, runs big. I wanted to like this shirt. Online the blue is such a beautiful color and I love the embroidery around the buttons. I ordered this and quickly found it runs very, very large and the blue is more drab in person. I didn’t even bother trying a smaller size and just returned it. bummer

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What’s in My Shopping Cart

It’s been so long since I’ve done a What’s in my Shopping Cart post, I thought I’d share a few of the items I have sitting in my cart on various sites. I’ve actually ordered a few of the items and I’ll share my thoughts once they arrive : ) Happy Tuesday!

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Blue Tie Sleeve / Gray Peplum / Gold Necklace / Black Dress / Silver Earrings  / Stripe Funnel Neck / Stripe Waffle Sweats / Stripe TopBangle – on sale! / Color Corrector / Black Top / Bronzer

House Update – Lighting

Hey Guys, it has been so long since I’ve posted anything and I feel bad about that. I keep saying I’m going to do better, but then life gets in the way…. bad excuse, I know.  But anyways, I wanted to pop in and give a quick up date on what projects we’ve been doing around the house.

I’ve started and erased, and rewrote, and erased this post several times, but can’t seem to write the post to where I think everything sounds right.  Instead I’m going to take the easy way out and just do  a list of upgrades we’ve made to the house and have planned.

  1. New ceiling fan in the foyer.  When we purchased the house there was a relatively, albeit dated, fan in the foyer. The lights worked, however the fan itself didn’t work. Because of the style of our house we really needed the fan to help cool the house down in the summer and push heat down in the winter. John’s parents were kind enough to buy us this fan for Christmas ( we really don’t need any clothes or other stuff). We had a contractor come out and install the fan as well as tighten the junction box for the fan in the master bedroom. It’s amazing how a little upgrade and make a room look and feel completely different.  (before is on the left and after is on the right)

    2. I wanted to share the fan John installed in our bedroom. One thing I really disliked about our bedroom is how hot it can get at night. We have a small circular fan on a dresser that runs pretty much all the time, but it isn’t able to really cool down the room; which is the primary reason we wanted the fan in the bedroom. Before that there was a very dated (think 1980s) style overhead light. I’m really glad that is gone. I forgot to get a before picture, which I do a lot, so an after picture will have to suffice.
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    3.  Hallway light. Again, nothing was wrong with the hallway light, but the fixture was terribly dated and the didn’t give off much light. John found these LED ceiling flushmount lights at Home Depot.  They come in a 2 pack and are currently on sale for $40, marked down from $100! I love how we can actually see in the hallway now and the flushmount lights are a more modern look while not having that cold look that can sometimes accompany the modern decor style. IMG_8470

Upcoming projects:

– We are having new hardwood floors installed on Friday! Our carpets aren’t in the best shape and I hate to have people over because of their condition, so these floors have been on the top of my wish list since we moved in. After the floors are installed we will need to get some area rugs and a runner for the hallway. I have one area rug picked out for the family room and we have a hand-me-down runner to use temporarily. I am not sure what it is, but I really hate shopping for rugs.

– Backsplash, the original homeowners decided to install wallpaper in the kitchen around the sink and over the counters instead of a backsplash. Again, not a terrible situation, but very dated. John and I used Christmas money we received from family to purchase backsplash tiles and materials. This past week I had a day off and spent a few hours removing the wallpaper and prepping the area for the tile. Everything is all set, we just need to rent a wet saw and find a weekend when my parents can watch Wallace so we can install the backsplash.

– Crown molding and new toilets are next on our list. I am not sure which we will do first, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the changes as we make them.

– Also on the list is painting the cabinets. I want to paint the upper and lower cabinets a very soft gray, but John wants to use a light gray chalk paint on just the lower cabinets. I’d love to hear from you on which you think would look better. Personally, I think once we have the floors in and the backsplash up it may be easier to decide which way to go. But please let me know your opinion.

That is all for now. As you can see we have a lot going on around the house on top of raising a very active 21 month old! I promise to try and drop in more often and give updates. Have a great Sunday!

SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub

You guys, I am about to tell you about the best face and body scrub. I found SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub while searching for something to help my dry skin, which is somehow oily in certain spots. I have been very lucky that, for the most part, I’ve had great skin and only really had bad breakouts when I was 25-27 years old, right before my wedding and when I was pregnant. However, this winter has been especially harsh on my skin giving me super dry skin (even my son’s cheeks are unusually dry) and about 6 weeks ago I started to have terrible breakouts. Desperate for something to help my skin I began googling and that is when I stumbled upon SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub . My sister had asked me what I wanted for Christmas and not really knowing what I wantedtold her a gift card. When I found this scrub I sent her the link and retracted my previous request for this stuff instead. I have a great sister because she gave me a J.Crew gift card and the scrub.

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A few quick things about SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub , because I don’t want to draw this out #bedtime.

  1. When I saw that the scent is Maple I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t want to walk around smelling like syrup all day. Once I smelled the scrub my mind was easily changed. The scent is definitely a maple scent, yet, it is not over powering.
  2.  SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub  is not joking around. This sh*t works! I noticed after the first time I used it a difference in my skin. My skin was softer and not as dry. After a few days of using the scrub nightly I noticed not only was my skin better, but my face was clearing up as well. I am convinced dead skin traps oils and helps cause breakouts. This scrub removes that thin layer with no irritations, for me at least and I have very sensitive skin.
  3. Per the label, the scrub is a body scrub and can be used anywhere. My whole life I have never been able to find a lotion that can help hydrate my biceps and they are forever dry and red. I used the scrub and within a week noticed my arms looked so much better! No longer were my arms red and dry.
  4.  SOAP & GLORY Breakfast Scrub is only $15!!!! there is really no reason not to buy it. I am always going to have a jar in my shower from here on out. I actually like the scrub so much I bought some of their hand lotion and love it as well.                                                                                                                                                                                 Soap and Glory is an amazing brand, their products deliver, smell great and have affordable price points. Check out more of their amazing products here

 

LED Bathroom Sink Faucet

Yea, if that title seems a bit weird I can understand why. Thursday night I got up to use the restroom and when I walked in I noticed a small stream of water coming from the faucet. I assumed someone had just not turned the water off all the way; no big deal. Well, when I went to turned the knob on the faucet I found it was turned all the way off. I woke up John and he discovered the water line had a hole in it, the pipe under the sink had cracked, and there was another issue with a part (I can’t remember which part) under the knob. John turned off the water saying he’d go to Home Depot in the morning and get everything to fix it. While John was at Home Depot he texted me and asked what I thought about just getting a whole new faucet, “sure!” John picked out (and he did a great job) a matted silver faucet with an LED light. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I got a text that there was an LED light on the new sink. I pretty sure I was thinking of a night club. Either way, I love it! the LED light isn’t noticeable when looking at the faucet and I quickly found it is very nice at night to not have a bright light glaring at you during a 2am bathroom break. What’s more, both John and I were amazed at how a simple faucet upgrade can really refresh/upgrade a small bathroom. It is a really simple and reasonably inexpensive upgrade.

Since buying a house any extra money we have goes to upgrading or changing things in the house we don’t like. The house itself is in amazing condition and was well cared for and maintained. All the changes we are making are purely cosmetic and I love quick little fixes like this.

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A Few of My Favorite Gifts

I am very lucky to have such a generous family. Every year I struggle to make a Christmas list, but when I do manage to get one written my family and John always seem to work together to get me exactly the right items, whether they are on my list or not. This year I received many wonderful gifts, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites. xmas

Patagonia Retool // Plaid Shirt // Patagonia Vest // Fitbit // Google chromecast // Kate Spade Wallet // Glamglow Mask Treatment Set  // Pond’s Dry Skin Cream  // Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub  *not photoed is Owl Crate

Christmas Wish List

As I get older my Christmas Wish List gets harder to write. Typically when creating my list for my parents or John, I try to keep a few things in mind, but the two top questions i ask myself are what do I really need and will I use this item a lot? I have spent the last two years trying to de-clutter our house and expel any none wanted and used items to some vortex in a far away galaxy, some call it goodwill.  This year I decided to put a few staples on my list, a few splurges (that I am not expecting to get), and a few items I’d love to have ( example nicer soap or lotion) but won’t spend the money on. What is on everyone else’s Christmas list? How do you decide what to ask for? When is too old to even make a Christmas list?

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Watch / Tory Burch Purse / micro fleece blanketBurberry Make Up SamplePhilosophy Grace soap and lotionJ. Crew pjs  / White pjs / Open cardigan / Patagonia retool / Booties / Ugg Slipper / Free People Blue Top

 

A few things about some of the gifts I choose:

Pjs: I ask for PJS every year. It is an easy gift for those who don’t like to shop, but don’t want to give a gift card AND you can get pjs anywhere. My mother-in-law gave my a cute pair with foxes from Old Navy, they are very soft and a good thickness AND they were only $7!

micro fleece blanket: I gave this as a gift to one of Wallace’s teachers, Target only $20! I also had it monogramed for $8 to make it a little more personal