Life

Month Five

November 21, 2014

Month Five

Ava –

This was by far your biggest month in terms of growth and discovery. You can lift your head up with ease, even though you still despise tummy time. But you make do because you know the pay off means FOOD! Glorious baby food. We started you on veggies and cereal first because we want you to be a good eater one day. I only hope that your love of carrots and peas sticks around for years to come. You’re a messy eater. Messy doesn’t even begin to describe and I’m just being nice. Somehow you end up with food up your nose, in your hair, and once in your ears. Girl, not sure how it happens but it sure makes for some good laughs.

Also in this month you finally discovered the cat. He’s beginning to warm up to you and during meal time he’s right near your high chair to watch. I think it’s mainly because he’s interested in what you’re eating because he would like some too. You’ve locked eyes a few times and when you’re with your daddy he tends to be near to snuggle up too. I think he is slowly starting to like you and over time you two will be great friends. Or enemies.

October brought your first Halloween. You weren’t exactly thrilled, you kind of wanted nothing to do with it and it was pretty cold and rainy out that day. But for a few short moments you were the cutest damn mouse ever!

Finally, saving the best for last, you finallu rolled over! It’s still a work in progress but it finally happened. Your daddy saw it first but kept it a secret so that I could see it for myself. He’s a pretty great guy. You still struggle because your big head holds everything back.

You’re almost a half year old which makes me feel insanely crazy. Before we know it you’ll be trying to crawl and oh goodness the cat is in for it then!

Love you always,
xox

Momma and Daddy

 

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

 

This week Friday Favorites is dedicated to my #1 favorite thing about this week – Serial Podcast! To say I am obsessed is putting it mildly. Podcasts are a new thing for me lately because I’m old and behind on the times of all the cool things. So imagine my surprise when I uncover fun podcasts that make my commute to work each day more bearable and then Serial comes into my life.

A bit of back story, which isn’t entirely relevant, is that I am naturally drawn to crime dramas. First 48 and Dateline top my list. It’s a rare moment when I watch them because once I starts I fall into the rabbit hole of mass episode watching and wanting to plan a new life around being a detective. When I heard about Serial I thought it was just a murder mystery podcast where each episode chronicled a different story. After the first episode I was hooked and wanted to know more. To my surprise episode 2 picked up and continued the story which drew me in even more.

Serial is hosted by Sarah Koening from This American Life, and she chronicles a murder from 1999. For months she sorts through boxes of evidence, legal documents, notes from lawyers, detectives and testimonies to determine what may have really happened. She spends the entire season looking for answers and trying to make sense of all of the inconsistencies and sketchiness from the 1999 murder.

I’m trying to get anyone to listen to it with me because I need someone to talk to. If I continue to go it alone I will end up becoming too involved with conspiracy theory blogs regarding the podcast and trial. Trust me, I already did after a co-worker mentioned they did in fact exist and they do in fact consume too much time that I will never get back.

If you are listening to Serial, let me know! I need to talk conspiracies, details and how I think I know how the real murderer is…just like everyone else!

Holiday

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Foodie

November 20, 2014

I think of The Foodie as someone who enjoys eating, enjoys preparing large meals, wants to pair a great wine with their steak dinner and could spend hours in the kitchen working up the next great dish.I enlisted the help of The Beard on this gift guide to get his male input on what gifts may be best. I’ll let you guess which one was my idea. We sat down one evening and I asked him to prepare a list of the things he would want if his foodie dreams could come true. The result turned into our pairing with this post and the pieces you see below. We tried to cover everything you or a friend may not already have. Everything from a butane torch to a meat grinder. And for a bit of local love we had to include The Senate Pub Cookbook for the food lovers out there. These gifts will up your culinary game and take you to that next level.

 

holiday gift guide: for the foodie

Wüsthof Gourmet Wine and Cheese Set :: Senate Cookbook :: Le Creuset 5.5 Quart French Oven :: Bonjour Professional Butane Torch :: Jamie Oliver’s Mortar & Pestle :: Bodum Chambord French Press :: Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Recipe Box ::  Cucina Pro Meat Grinder Set 

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Vain Pursuits

November 19, 2014

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From the July Must Haves post we received a comment regarding Vain Pursuits. At the time I knew nothing about the company and wasn’t een sure if it was something worth checking out. But because a reader left a comment and seemed interested I decided to do some research and see what Vain Pursuits was all about. Turns out it’s a custom, personal skin care line which in my opinion is pretty badass. Personalized skin care is what my skin dreams are made of! I often speak about my struggles with skin care and how it takes the perfect combination to avoid sensitivity issue, breakouts and getting the right combination to combat my dry skin. I’m thankful for the comment left on the post and so glad I checked out Vain Pursuits.

To get started you sign up online and fill out a personalize questionnaire to target your skin care concerns and issues. A custom Vain Kit is created and sent to your home, for only $20, and you get to try out 3 mini samples and email with your very own skin care expert. They guide you through the process, check in with you everyday to see how each sample is working out and then help you determine what product is best for you. You can then use the $20 you paid towards your mini samples to buy your full size product(s). Everything is made in Montreal, Canada, cruelty-free, natural, paraben and sulfate free and even though it ships from Canada it only takes at least 5 days to get to your home. When I buy something online I like a quick turnaround and Vain Pursuits didn’t let me down.

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I filled out my questionnaire shortly after receiving the comment in July and was put on a wait list. With smaller, startup companies like this you tend to be put on a list as more and more people find out about their processes and products. When you become popular sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the growing demand. In October I finally received my personal invite and got started with my samples. I was introduced to Ruby, my personal skin care expert, and we began discussing the process immediately. She informed me my samples shipped and she would be in touch once they arrived. Sure enough, the day they reached my door I had an email waiting for her about how to begin my process. Not only were the samples sent in cute packaging but it included cards on all 3 mini samples, why she selected the samples based off my questionnaire. I sampled each product and we decided on a game plan to figure out which product was the best to start with. Each morning she checked in to see how it was working out and touched base every night to see how my skin held up throughout the day. It was a great feeling to have someone help me through the process, which you typically don’t get when you buy your products from a retailer.

If you’re a skin care junky, then hop on over and get started! Once you get your custom kit, enter via Instagram for your chance at winning a year supply of custom skin care. Ava and I will be entering, because I of course have planned to perfect photo which includes the baby. Who doesn’t love babies and skin care?!

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Menswear Shoes

November 18, 2014

HSWI November 2014

Both of the menswear inspired outfits we have today are built upon a pair of shoes, gold oxfords for one and monk strap loafers for the other. Menswear inspired shoes have been insanely popular this year and you might have seen these styles paired with dresses on a couple of my HSWI posts over the past few months. Today these outfits are taking more than just shoes from the boys, adding a bomber jacket here, and a beanie there. If you remove all the feminine accessories, these outfits could fit right into a menswear lookbook. While the outfits below are pretty casual, don’t be afraid to dress up your menswear inspired shoes with feminine blouses. Because oxfords and loafers are pieces that used to be the daily norm for guys, they are a pretty bold or unusual shoe choice for women that can attract a bit of attention. The hope for shoes like this is that they are just as durable and comfortable as their male equivalent, molding to your foot over time to feel as though the shoe was made for you.

How She'd Wear It - Menswear Shoes

1. J.Crew Collection Shearling Bomber

2. Moorea Seal Prima Clutch

3. J.Crew Elephant Trouser Socks

4. Collection XIIX Knit Head Wrap

5. BaubleBar Ice Facet Studs

6. Mango Check Wool-Blend Trousers

7. C’est La Vie Slogan Tee By Tee and Cake

8. Vivienne Westwood Gerlinde Ring

9. House Of Harlow 1960 Pyramid Wrap Ring

10. Kate Spade New York Pella Brogue Oxfords

 

While black would be a reasonable choice for this outfit, it’s not every day that you get a chance to style gold oxfords. You might as well go bold. There are so many menswear details in this outfit from the trousers and socks, a gray t-shirt (which should be just slightly tucked into the front of the trousers), and a bomber jacket. You could stop there and go without the accessories for a full on androgynous look, or you can add a bit of sparkle with some pave studs and chunky gold rings, even the head wrap with metallic fibers adds some shine. The point of this outfit is to show how you can look equally comfortable and stylish with menswear.

How She'd Wear It - Menswear Shoes

1. J.Crew Sweater-Front Sweatshirt

2. Elizabeth And James Edo & Kuril Ring Set

3. Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot Ring in Peppermint

4. Samantha Wills Soul Sessions Ring

5. Sam Edelman Balfour Monk Strap Flats

6. BaubleBar Juniper Ear Cuff Set

7. Ray-Ban Youngster Square Velvet Sunglasses

8. MADEWELL Won Hundred® Miranda Legging Jeans

9. Hinge Cable Knit Beanie

10. MADEWELL Flannel Oversized Boyshirt In Bainbridge Plaid

11. Zac Zac Posen Eartha Backpack

I feel like I was unintentionally inspired by Dylan O’Brien for this outfit, though I’ve always been jealous of the beanie + plaid shirt look on guys. So I took those two favorites and paired them with skinny black pants, monk strap loafers, and layered up. Even the backpack is a call to the cool guy in school who has his backpack nonchalantly hanging from one shoulder, only this bag features a top handle if you choose to add more layers to your outfit. Once you have the cool guy vibe down, add a bunch of rings, just a ton of them. And earrings. Sparkly earrings and maybe an ear cuff to ooze that DGAF rocker chick attitude.

 

– Julia of Style and Cheek

Holiday

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Party Animal

November 17, 2014

The Party Animal/Planner is similar to the Hostess in that they prefer gifts they can use towards a part of event. Think of fun glasses, vodka shooters, a bottle of champagne or even a bar cart. Even multiple bottles of liquor to stock their bar can be the perfect gift for this person in your life. I tend to lean towards more masculine pieces with this gift guide (minus the gold Mikasa glasses) because my husband is The Party Animal type. If you were to show up with a bottle of bourbon and rocking whiskey glasses then you would be instant best friends for the entire evening.

When I put together this gift guide I basically though of anything and everything I would for my current bar setup. I wanted items that were diferent and slightly unique. How many people have a stag bottle opener? Pick multiple pieces for the ultimate gift set or choose just one for the perfect housewarming party gift. You are sure to not dissapoint The Party Animal in your life with one of these great picks!

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Party Animal

 

Veuve Clicquot Traveller Set :: Stag Bottle Opener :: Dorset Cocktail Shaker :: Gold Highball Glasses set of 4 :: Threshold Gold Bar Cart :: Sagaform Rocking Whiskey Glasses set of 6 :: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection :: Soapstone Vodka Shooters set of 6

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

November 17, 2014

Life With The Lady

I typically despise the beginning of the Holiday season because it feels like retailers are shoving pine cones, wrapping paper and twinkle lights down your throat before Halloween even begins. Maybe this is part of the reason why I never really care for Halloween because I can’t seem to enjoy it when Target is already putting out their Christmas displays. Once Halloween passes and a few days go by I start to get the itch for Christmas.

Christmas cheer isn’t spilling out everywhere and I’m not already decorating, but I like to get a leg up on all of my shopping and planning what I need to do. Hence my Gift Guides which are already starting to post on this blog. I can’t get enough of pre-shopping and thinking about the perfect presents for people. Call me a bit of a perfectionist, I don’t mind. Christmas is the one time of year that when I get together with my family and I enjoy the moments of pure happiness when they open a gift that I picked out, on my own, especially for them. It’s not about the gifts, I know I know, but the Holiday’s are a bit better when presents are involved.

I hope you don’t mind that I’m starting the Holiday spirit and gift guides so early. Heck, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet so I’m one of those people making you gag at the thought of starting the celebration too early.  I’m slightly not sorry for it. At the same time you’re not going to see an ounce of Christmas decor in my home until after Thanksgiving. And I won’t be listening to Christmas music or watching Christmas themed movies until then as well. It’s all done in perfect moderation. I just like to get a leg up on my shopping so I’m not stressing at the last hour when nothing is in stock, all of the best colors are sold out and I’m left with buying the nasty smelling candles to give away as gifts. Trust. It’s happened before and I swore I would never allow it to happen again.

The one thing I am struggling with this year is Santa. Ava is too young to even know or being to conceptualize the thought of Santa. Let it be known, in case I have never mentioned it here before, I am NOT a fan of Santa (or any costumed character for that matter). I was reminded the other day that we need to have a Santa visit since it’s Ava’s first Christmas. I don’t know how this will work out but chances are I won’t be within the vicinity of it all taking place. I. Just. Can’t.

To bring it all home, it’s supposed to start snowing here soon. As in, within the hour soon. Around here snow means Christmas is coming. Winter has started early. Tis the season to be jolly, y’all. I’m ready to spread Christmas cheer everywhere.

 

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Life

Cheers to Three!

November 14, 2014

 

Cheers to Three! Three years of blogging is upon us and I for one am silently celebrating. Three full years of blogging pains, trial and errors, celebrations, finding our groove, feeling defeated and feeling the rise of miniature success. I think we have been through it all (almost) within the past three years and it’s truly formed this blog into what you read each and every day (if you do).

What has changed within the past year?

Well the terrible twos were definitely a real thing as we found our groove and decided upon solid content, planning and topics that would appear each week. We went through pregnancy, baby, balancing a new life with my other child which is this blog and have managed to somehow make it all work. It hasn’t been easy and there were times when I did want to throw in the towel, but I hope that never came off in the posts.

Friday Favorites has morphed into something that I actually enjoying doing once a week because it’s my moment to day dream and put together the things I lust after each week. I’m not the only one drooling over fun pieces on the internet. More food posts continued to show up on Thursday’s which was a huge win in our home because that meant home cooked meals 6 nights out of the week and delicious experiments were always brewing in the kitchen. Our collaboration with Style and Cheek continued on course and became much stronger after our mini weekend getaway to Seattle to have one of the best ever friend’s dinner with Julia and Dan. It further confirmed that this collab is what blogging dreams are made of. Life With The Lady continued to grow and showcase some of my real life thoughts, fears, dreams and desires. I’ve never been one to stay closed off about what’s going on in our life and finally got around to sharing more of that personal side. If I’m feeling/thinking/experiencing it, chances are someone else is too.

I started to share this blog with more people and we grew in our readership as well. I’m shy when it comes to promoting our blog because I don’t want to be that person shoving their “new thing” down your throat and stuffing you until you can’t take it anymore. I want it all to be organic and if you stumble upon us then great. If not, I’m okay with it too. But I don’t want to over publicize this to everyone on Facebook because that’s not who I am.

Dreams for year four?

I just hope to keep putting out the same content and same post worthy pieces that I personally enjoy. Some days I wonder if anyone actually cares what I put up each day but at the end of it all, I love it and I love the content we are creating and that’s enough for me. I hope to expand The Makeup Lady into something new and fresh. She needs a bit of a face life…maybe just a little microdermabrasion to get rid of some of that dead skin that’s hanging on and put out new fresh ideas. At the end of it all I just hope that I am still here loving what I do each week and not too much will change.

Thank you to everyone that helps contribute, collaborate and support this little blog.

Holiday

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Hostess

November 13, 2014

The Hostess, for me, is the easiest person to shop for. They typically enjoy anything and everything that they can use to throw a party or something that can add to their decor for when they throw a party! Stores such as Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrell are the types of retailers you’ll want to visit when planning your gift for that hostess in your life. This guide will also come in handy for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday as well.

Don’t limit the gift giving to just Christmas or the winter holiday season. Your hostess deserves a special something anytime of the year. They are welcoming you into their home and the hours/days spent planning and preparing deserve a very special thank you. I don’t know about you, but any time I have organized a party or dinner (which has been a very rare moment) I find that it consumes most of my time and can be quite stressful. When that one friend shows up with a gifted bottle of wine or even a candle, it makes the hours of planning and stressing well worth it. From wreaths, to coasters and candles to bowls, hopefully you’ll find the inspiration and perfect gift for the hostess in your life this holiday season.

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Hostess

 

Bay Leaf Wreath with Burlap Ribbon Hanger :: DENY Designs Coasters :: Footed Cake Platter :: caligraphy Thank You Notes :: Diptyque Winter Candle :: PIP studio Snack Bowl :: Pine Cone Place Holders :: Rosemary Tree 

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Home for the Holidays

November 12, 2014

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Ladies, listen up! You’re likely already receiving and accepting countless invites to visit your lovers family this holiday season, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Whether this is your first visit or your tenth, it is always important to make sure you have on your best face when meeting the family…literally. Even though I’m married, I still abide by a few rules when spending time with the in-laws. First and foremost, less is more! I love makeup and I enjoy a lot of makeup most days. When spending time with the in-laws I try to keep it to a minimum. Not everyone may appreciate my love of makeup and I for one don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb in a group photo. Can you imagine? You might become the long running joke for years to come. Second, you want to look put together and comfortable, but not sloppy. It’s one thing to tone it down and it’s another to look like you just rolled out of bed. If you’re making a first impression, you lovers family needs to see the real you not the REAL you. Don’t show up with bed head or last night’s makeup. Third, this is a go to look you can recreate for every family function and it’s sure to make you a stand out beauty.

Whether you are meeting for a lunch brunch, cocktail hour or dinner at home, here are some essential products you need to pick up to create the perfect Home for the Holidays look.

the makeup lady - home for the holidays

 

 

Bumble and bumble All-Style Blow Dry - the one step wonder to creating the perfect blow dry look. Not only does it give you a smooth finish but it contains oil-absorbing powders to keep your hair fresh and your look lasting all day

bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum – my favorite go to foundation right now. It’s not heavy but can create a full coverage look if needed. Don’t forget the brush because it’s very essential to creating a smooth finish.

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm – cream blush color and lip color in one product. This is one piece you will want to keep in your handbag for quick touch ups throughout the day.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – a smaller version of the popular NAKED palette. This includes the only colors you need for a simple look. Even use the black shadow as a liner to smudge on your lash line. Pick up the double ended brush for application and blending needs.

Diorshow Mascara – simple yet effective. Stay away from full spider lashes and go with Diorshow for a softer look.

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