Thursday, January 31, 2013

sharin the love with links!

This is Chiara Ferragani... and I kind of love her.   She's a blogger and Instagramer and I just think she is super pretty, in a very soft natural kind of way. Though sometimes she totally dresses up-up she's always...I don't know, approachable somehow.  She makes me want to dress better, she makes me want to accessorize.  She also has an adorable pup named Matilda.  I highly recommend checking her out!

These are The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders....and I kind of love them too.  I found myself caught up in the season of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Making the Team and every time an episode ended, I found myself putting on my gym shoes.  They made me want to work out...not because I ever think I'll be doing the splits or any one of their routines..just because.  I also love how supportive they are of each other.  You would think that watching 50 or so really pretty women work together would be super catty and awful and in most cases you'd be right but not in the cheerleaders locker room or anywhere else. I even went so far as to buy one of their fitness DVDs, but it's still in the wrapper.

Also, San Diego Zoo's newest panda him so much. I watch the Panda Cam everyday!! It has been so cool to watch him grow...when he's asleep check out the penguins...they're always walking around like they're taking a sobriety test!

Coachella, and the line up, and having tickets, and an awesome place to stay with friends and a pool and a view, and the time off from work, and pie at the Wheel Inn on the way home! Totally worth the run on sentence, cause there was so much to love!

A few other random things I'm loving right now: the Candy Crush Saga game on FB,  Valentine's Day candy, my next paycheck, and that I've been fighting a sore throat for three days, but I think I won!!

Anything you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear from you!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Burn!...but not the funny 70s show kind.

The other day as I was curling in my newly pink hair I did the unthinkable...I burned myself, right on my neck!  I haven't done this forever (last time it happened I got myself in the forehead).  Here is what I've learned in the healing process based off of what I read on the internet (keep in mind this worked for me, but is by no means medical advice):

  1. Cool it immediately (I used an eye mask that I had in the freezer wrapped in a dry wash cloth) for about 20 minutes or so, whatever you may have time for.
  2. I used Vitamin E oil and some Neosporin on the burned area.
  3. Before bed and in the morning I took a Vitamin E supplement.
  4. Throughout the day I carried a little Vitamin E and reapplied it as my burn felt dry (I read that it was important to keep the area moist).
  5. At night I use a mix of Vitamin E oil and Honey (I used what we had in the kitchen, but some suggestions were for more "fancy" honey) on gauze/band aids over the area.
This has all worked together to heal me up pretty fast.  It's still pretty pink, but all in all it seems to be working.

Hopefully I won't need to read my own advice regarding curling iron burns...but who knows?  

What beauty blunders have wreaked havoc on your life?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

aging happily...a evening out

Last night I met up with a friend for dinner and drinks.  We went for sushi, and were pleasantly surprised to grab a table and watched a line form shortly after we sat down.  After we headed to the Dresden to catch Marty and Elayne who come on at 9.  We got there just before and got a great table and ordered (blood and sand martinis, cause we're cool like that).  We joked about getting to the lounge so early, and figured it was still a little early for the 20-somethings to be out yet.  The place did fill in shortly after their set got started.  We enjoyed our two drinks and opted to take off and be generous with the good fortune of our table.

Our evening finished up before midnight, and I've got to say I am so good with that.  Gone are the days (nights) where we stay at the bar all night, no more "last calls".   I love going out for dinner and drinks, just having a nice evening with friends but I no longer feel the need to stay out.  Sometimes the whole "aging" thing isn't quite as bad as we're lead to believe...however, I will still keep up the fight against wrinkles.

Cheers, to good friends and good times with them.

Are you a party animal, home body, or somewhere in between? What is a good night for you?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

goin for!

I did it! (Or more accurately, my friend did it).   My hair is now partially pink, kind of a hot raspberry shade.  I'm so glad I have a job where this little hair stunt is not only acceptable, but encouraged!  My friend is a cosmetology student, and I'm glad to give her a chance to practice on me...which I probably wouldn't have always done...especially after being in cosmetology school and hearing the horror stories.  But, I love my friend and trust her.  Next up: BANGS!

We used a hair bleach first, then Manic Panic in Hot Hot Pink for this...I originally went with Cotton Candy Pink, but it was too light to show up in my hair.

What's the craziest thing you've done with your hair, or would like to do?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Etsy, for your bath and body needs (and wants)

I love Etsy.  I could get lost in the "shops", it's just so much fun to browse.  I pick up a lot of gifts and jewelry on there...occasionally some baking supplies.  This will be my first foray into the bath and beauty department though.  I was inspired by other bloggers out there who took a chance on some of the shops featuring nail polish and make up.  Currently though, I feel pretty well stocked up in those areas of my life.  What I needed was some new shaving cream, and some body scrub.  On a whim, I picked out a lip smoothie (it was Creme Brulee scented).

I ordered from layla, or Flowering Tree Botanicals which is a mother daughter duo that does not test on animals (always a yay).

Yum! it all smelled so amazing when I got the box, I wanted to use everything at once!

This is what I ordered:

Kyoto - Whipped Body Soap and Shaving Cream - 8 ounce for $5.50 (there was a sale) This makes me want to shave my many shave creams can you say that about?  A little goes a long way and works into a foamy lather, which is nice.  I had been using Lush's Prince shaving product, but it's kind of oily and kind of gums up the razor in a couple of passes.  This one rinses clean too... if I had one complaint, because it's like soap it leaves me a little dry afterward...but that could also be something with this wintery weather too.  

Creme Brulee Lip Smoothie for $3.00 goes on super soft and creamy.  

Coconut Hibiscus Luxury Bath Crystals for $5.00 Sprinkled a little in the bottom in the shower, and my feet feel soft. 

Bird of Paradise soap....sample size. Wash your hands then walk around sniffing your hands, which could be weird out in public, but around the house it's cool. 

Overall, it was a great experience and I will definitely be checking out Etsy again (duh, it's Etsy). :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Best Dressed with the Best Dress (aka what Lucy Liu wore)

I loved Lucy Liu's dress so much I wanted to show it   Here are my four of my favorites...and one of my least favorites.

Not big into awards shows in general, but if I worked on Fashion Police I would totally show some love to Lucy Liu and her dress at the Golden Globes (and if I ever needed a fancy dress...I'd so steal this look!)

I love love love both of these ladies, so happy that Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook...great movie! As for Zooey, she's just never not adorable.

I still watch My So-Called Life when it's on TV.  Can't believe this is Angela Chase pretty and put together.  I've only watched a couple of episodes of Homeland, but Claire Danes will always have a place in my heart.

Gotta love a cute little black and white number, I do! Yay for Fey!

Um, sorry Jessica Chastain, better luck at the next and learn?

Monday, January 7, 2013

a beautiful year

A couple of the blogs I read have posted their beauty resolutions...and so, although I've already mentioned my non new year's resolutions, I'll add on with some beauty resolutions.

Let's start by being more adventurous with my hair.  This will be easy, seeing as my friend is a cosmo student and my new job has no probs with look.  I've actually started on this a bit already, but am ready to go a bit further.  I really wanted the pink ends, and my friend bleached my hair and colored it last week, but the pink I picked was too light (just like she said it would be) so I picked up the next shade darker and am excited to see how it comes out!  (I'll post my own, once we're done)

I'm going to wear heels more often.  Don't get me wrong, I love my sneakers and flip flops but sometimes I just wish I dressed up my feet more.  This year, I think I will.

I'm going to push my wardrobe...I admire so many types of styles.  I love vintage looks and beachy looks, indie and polished....but day to day I wear black tops and jeans.  I'd like to be less boring and more fun with what I put on my person.

I guess all in all, I'd really like to kick things up a notch...I want to have more fun with everything I do.  Inside and out.