Friday, December 9, 2016

Feel Grateful Friday #9 : Appreciation of Others Tag

I was tagged by my lovely friend Marianne over at My Happy Bubble to do this tag that she created and I always knew I would integrate it with a feel grateful Friday, because what's gratitude without appreciating all our loved ones? I know that my gratefullness is often intertwined with the people in my life I love and care about. Thank you, Marianne, for both creating this tag and tagging me to do it!

The Rules (They're pretty damn simple (Marianne's title, love it!)):

1. Copy and Paste the rules
2. Write a sentence or two about why gratitude and expressing your appreciation of others is important
3. Write a paragraph about one person who's changed your life for the better or that you really appreciate having around and say why you're so grateful for them
4. Tag as many people as you'd like to spread the positivity

I think the importance of spreading our gratitude to others can be related to how good we feel when others express their gratitude for us. When we receive kind words or a simple thank you for caring for others, it means the world to us. In turn, letting others know we appreciate the things they do, from the mundane to the extravagant, can let them know that we love them and are grateful to have them in our lives. Sometimes even expressing gratitude for a simple gesture that comes naturally to a person, like being a great listener, makes them feel great and helps them realize what a wonderful person they are.

Although it's fairly obvious that the person I would choose for this gratitude tag is my husband, the point is to tell the person we are grateful for just how much and why we are grateful for them. From the minute I met my husband he was the funniest, sweetest person I knew. He's consistently pushing me past my comfort zone because he believes in me and knows I need that gentle shove to get things moving sometimes. He's always there to lend a hand, whether it be with my blog or fixing my bike, I know I can count on him to have my back. And have my back he does - I have never known anyone more loyal, supportive, courageous and loving as my husband. He has always pushed me to follow my dreams, whether it be through his own example or through his uncondtional love and support. Also, he feeds me when I'm hangry and loves me when I'm difficult. Enough said.

I generally don't tag people in tags, as I want ALL my friends to do it and nobody to feel excluded, but for the sake of speading some positivity, I tag Cara from Kindly Unspoken, Emelia from Dream Big and Buy the Shoes, and Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine. I chose these ladies because they are always positive and a constant source of inspiration and I would love to see their posts! Please, everyone, feel free to do this tag and if you do it, leave me a link in the comments so we can all go read your post!

Happy Friday friends! XO

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Goals

I didn't do so hot on my November goals, only managing to accomplish one kind of. The kind of is because I did start to organize and declutter a bit (see blog post here), but I did zero Christmas shopping (although I already know what I'm getting everyone, I'm just getting up the stamina to actually go out and get it!) and don't even talk to me about healthy routines right now. That being said, December is a new month and I'm forging ahead with some new goals.

1 - There's something I'm working on right now that's majorly time consuming (I'll talk more about that later) but I'm hoping to finish that up this week so I can have the rest of my month to relax. So this week will be crazy hectic but hopefully I push forward and get things done.

2 - Continue cooking dinner. So far this month I've made dinner every night, which is quite a feat for me as usually some time halfway through the week I throw in the towel and exhaustion takes over and we eat out. I haven't been doing any fancy meals or anything, but they've been home cooked and I want to continue that throughout the month.

3 - Clean out my wardrobe. To continue on from a theme last month, I really, really need to get things decluttered and I have so many things in my closet not in use so I either need to box some of it up or (more likely) donate a lot of it. It's a huge task but I need to take a Sunday, make a pot of coffee and just get to it. We'll see how it goes.

That's my goals for this month, what are you guys wanting to get done before the new year? XO

Monday, December 5, 2016

November Favorites

Another month has come and gone and it's time for another favorites. Can you believe only 21 days left til Christmas? I know, scary!

This has been a favorite for a few months. It's the Lancome Bienfait Pure Focus matifying moisturizing lotion. I used this not only as a moisturizer, but it also made the perfect primer. It's really, really matifying and it made my makeup go on flawlessly. It is on the pricier side, but a little goes a long way, it's the only thing I've found to tame my oily skin, and it smells amazing! You can find it here.

I'll be the first to say I'm not the biggest Starbucks fan. I know, my basic white girl status just flew out the window. I do make an exception, however, for these VIA instant coffee packets. I'm not the biggest fan of instant coffee but these are life savers for camping or on the go. All you need is hot water and you have a better-than-average cup of coffee anywhere, anytime. I get mine from Amazon here.

I don't know how this hasn't ended up in a favorites earlier, but this Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey is one of my absolute favorite go-to's. It's the prettiest pink-y nude and amazing for everyday. I'm also a big fan of the mint flavor of the Balm Stains so this has been in my bag everyday over the last month. You can find it here.

My camera decided to go haywire here, but these Jewelmint pink pearl drop earrings with diamonds have been a favorite. They're super chic and classic but still dainty. They're no longer available but I've seen them crop up on sites like Tradesy and Ebay so you should keep your eyes pealed if they're something you're looking for.

Last is the infinity scarf I've been wearing since our cold front came in. It's faux fur because you know by now my obsession with faux fur. It's a skinny circle scarf so you basically just slip it on and you're done. It hangs perfectly and adds that little touch of cool to any outfit. You can find a similar one here.

That wraps up my monthly loves, let me know down below what you've been enjoying and Happy December friends! XO

Monday, November 21, 2016

Makeup De-clutter/Collection - Purple Lipsticks

Okay, so one of my goals for November was to organize and de-clutter, and if you haven't already guessed I am a ridiculous hoarder, especially of makeup. It's always on my to-do list to go through it all and get rid of things, but it's a really daunting task. I also really enjoy snooping and seeing what others have in their collection so I thought I'd do a de-clutter/makeup collection post series so I can actually get rid of things and also show you my collection, if you're interested. I started with purple-berry lipsticks because they are my favorite, but also the smallest part of my lipstick collection so hopefully the easiest. Keep reading if you want to see what I kept and what didn't make the cut!

These two were super similar so I couldn't justify keeping both. I ended up getting rid of the Milani Violet lipstick on the left because I didn't love the formula

I'm not a huge gloss person but these 3 are so pigmented and beautiful. The Black Radiance in Plum and the NYX Butter Gloss in Devil's Food Cake were super similar so I ended up keeping the NYX one as they are some of my favorite glosses.

The NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk and the Milani in Sangria were very, very similar shades. Again I decided to part ways with the Milani lipstick. I'm not as big of a fan of the formula as I thought I was when compared with other lipsticks.

I love these 3 colors, especially the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania I did decide to give up the Milani gloss in the middle because it's super sticky and I'm not a huge fan of sticky lip glosses.

I am a really, really big fan of bright purples, they are so fun, vibrant, and make a big statement. I ended up keeping all but the Maybelline Color Elixir, it was really similar to the NYX Butter Gloss in Raspberry Tart.

I love all these beautiful berry pink colors so I kept them all. The formula on the Revlon Kate in shade 29 is one of my favorites.

These two Makeup Revolution lipsticks are some of my favorites, especially the true purple on the right called Make It Right. I have nothing else in my collection like it.

I ended up keeping all four of the shades above. Although the e.l.f. lipstick is in the Shade Beautiful Berry, it really leans towards nude, so I moved it out of my purples/berries, but I love it all the same.

All in all I got rid of six lippies and all my purples now fit in one lipstick holder so I'm definitely happy with my progress.

Did you guys enjoy this type of post? Let me know if you want to see my next de-clutter! Hope you all had an amazing weekend! XO

Monday, November 7, 2016

November Goals 2016

I didn't intentionally skip October's Goals, I just never got around to the post, but it's like the universe knew I wouldn't have time to do any as it was. It was a whirlwind of a month and I didn't even have time to blink, if I'm honest, but hopefully things (fingers crossed) are slowing down and I can actually do some planning. My November goals aren't unlike last years and they, of course, involve the upcoming holidays, but last year was pretty successful so maybe I can have a similar outcome this year.

- First goal is to start Christmas shopping. I was slightly farther along last year but I definitely feel like I have a better general idea this year of what I want to get people and with me and the hubs foregoing gifts for spending some time together this year I don't feel as much shopping strain.

- Second goal is to maintain a healthy schedule. I struggle with this all the time, but especially come holiday season. I find I have a hard time sticking to a routine this time of year as I'm constantly making excuses to blow my diet or stay up late and I'm going to make more of a conscious effort to avoid that. Not entirely, mind you, but more often then not.

- Third goal is, as the weather has turned quite cold lately, to spend my time indoors doing some major organizing. Since the move, all my stuff is kind of helter skelter and I'd like to take the time to go through everything and start deciding what to give to charities, throw away, etc. I hope to really pare down what I have by half before the end of the year.

What are your goals going into this holiday season? Is there anything you really want to accomplish this month? XO

Friday, November 4, 2016

Feel Grateful Friday #8

Happy Friday guys! I am so grateful we are almost at the weekend. It's been a cold, long week, I don't know about you guys, but I always have a hard time adjusting right when the weather turns. 

-I'm grateful for husbands who let you cry, be crazy, be angry, but still love you anyway. I've been a rollercoaster of emotions lately and I'm grateful to have a husband who lets me do what I need to do, gives me a big hug, and tells me he loves me.

-I'm grateful for life running smooth this week. Everything seemed to go with the flow this week, from my train being on time, to meeting all my deadlines, and still being able to post 3 times this week. Woo hoo for the little things!

-I'm grateful for being able to chase my dreams, because that's what life is all about. I'm lucky I'm in a position right now to make changes, and changes are good, no matter how scary they seem!

I hope you all are having a great week and happy Friday! XO

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October Favorites

 I don't even know what happened to October, but it's come and gone and I had a few favorites I thought I'd share with you here on the blog. To start, October was technically my first favorite, as it's my favorite month and I'm sad to see it go.

Another favorite is the Wet n' Wild gel eyeliner in the shade bronze. I shared a pencil version in a similar shade by the brand in my last post, so this is clearly a favorite. I use the e.l.f. Small Angled Brush to apply it and they work perfectly together.

This Model Launcher wax eye pencil in Taupe was a gift from a sweet friend and I am in love. I forget how easy brow pencils can be, especially because this one is in a triangle shape so it's still precise but covers a lot of ground. It's definitely made doing my brows super easy this month.

Just look how beautiful that bronzer is, even in pan! I love a great baked product and this bronzer by e.l.f. in the shade Bora Bora is so perfect for this time of year, when I'm not as tan. It's a gorgeous golden bronze and adds the perfect amount of color and warmth into my skin.

I've talked about this Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in a previous post but I'm especially loving these bottom two shades this time of year. The one on the left is a neutral tan that adds life to the cheeks while still looking undone. The left shade, a beautiful berry pink, is perfect for a fall flush. The palette is in the shade Sugar and Spice.

That wraps up what I've been loving this month. It's been kind of crazy over here so I haven't had a lot of time to enjoy the little things (sad, I know) but I'm hoping things will calm down a little going into the new month. Let me know what you guys loved in October! Happy Wednesday! XO