Friday, September 5, 2014

...and there went this week!

Oops!  I think when your wedding is three weeks away it's ok to get caught up in everything going on, right?  RIGHT?!  Well, either way - between wedding, work, and life in general I feel like my head might spin off in another direction going 95mph.  Not that I'm not enjoying every second (or trying to at least), I'm just ready to stop feeling like I'm playing catch up 23 hours of the day.  Cha know?  Anyway, Maine was the most fabulous - I have some pictures to share if I ever plug my phone in to my computer - the wedding was incredible, one of the most beautiful settings (and even more beautiful brides) I have ever seen.  Truly magical!  Now we're headed to Chicago this weekend to watch one of my college besties - and freshman year of life roommate! - marry the love of her life. And I KNOW that's going to be amazing!  Can't wait to see all my babes!  #anotherweekendanotherwedding <- in the best way, obviously.  Ours is so soon, y'all.  I kind of can't believe it. Where did 2014 go?  Where did 2013 go?!  What the hell?!?!  What are y'all up to this weekend?

In other news...

I love, love, love, LOVE this.  Perspectacles!  Thank you.

Blueberry pancakes...but BETTER! 

I feel for JLaw, I really do, but am I the only one who thinks taking racy selfies is weird?  I guess if I looked like her my 'tude would be a little different.  Maybe.  

Have y'all read this David Sedaris article?  It is me...minus about 55,000 steps.  So hilarious! 

Does anyone drink apple cider vinegar?  I've dabbled, but can't seem to make a commitment.  




What to spend on at the grocery - need this in my pocket always.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Hi!  Sorry for the late post this week and sporadic posting all week, but surprise (!) I'm in Maine!  We flew up here last night and after a laughably terrible - I mean, really ultra horrendous - travel day finally arrived at our hotel around midnight.  Not wanting to laze around this morning, I got to business and spent all day exploring the GLORIOUS town of Camden, shopping too much and eating even more.  Lobster rolls, y'all.  #wheninrome...nay, Maine.  I've already asked JM if we could move here, but he reminded me I'm not much of a winter person.  C'est la vie.  We are here this long weekend to celebrate two of my sweetest friends getting married, and I am beside myself excited for them.  I know it's going to be absolutely amazing.  Anyway, I'll keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to check in - I hope y'all have the happiest Labor Day weekends!  Stay safe!  Back to regularly scheduled programming next week.  
                                    
HOW are French Bulldog puppies so cute?

Dogs hugging their humans  #heartmelted

Blue Ivy stole the show Sunday night.  No question.

Would you put mayo in your cake batter?  For this I would: Chocolate caramel cake with sea salt

Have you met Gladys?  Holy hilarious.

How to choose a sofa - still settling in to our new home...does it ever end?

Lol.

Say it ain't so! Dishes to make before summer's end (although we all know that's a ways away in Tejas).

Interesting.

Have y'all seen Anna Wintour's ALS #icebucketchallenge?

My heart breaks for this talented young chef and his family.  Houston lost both a rising star and wonderful person.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shopbop Sale!

Is it weird that I like the in-between seasons time?  I mean, summer doesn't technically end until October in Texas (or so I tell myself as I plan my spring/summer wedding at the end of September #dontcare), but while the rest of the country is cooling off and pulling off their snuggly essentials we're still wearing white jeans and sundresses.  Or am I the only one?  Whatever.  I think I love in-between time the most because the sales are so, so good.  And you're still wanting to eek the last bit of summer out, but are also so looking forward to fall...I feel like when winter sales come around I'm still not totally sold on what I'll be wearing that spring and summer.  Again, the only one? I don't know.  Anyway!  Shopbop is having a sale, and as always it is a good one.  I'm planning on stocking up on a few things that will carry me through the end of summer and well in to the fall.  Distressed boyfriend jeans (these too!) being at the top of my list - they just look so comfy!  And a chambray shirtdress.  Always something chambray.  I mean, my fave booties are 50% off!  Ridic!  Now may also be a good time to stock up on a few things for my honeymoon, no?  Like, this maxi, or this Cambridge Satchel (LOVE the flouros!). A new coverup, white jeans, a bright top, some espadrilles, a beach bag, and a precious new bather and I should be ready to take St. Lucia by storm, don't you think?  (I've never met a neon I don't love, you know?) Seriously though, there is so much goodness in this sale - as there always is with every Shopbop sale - but now is an awesome time to stock up on pieces to carry you through, possibly all the way to wintertime.  Enjoy!

A few more of my faves! 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Lulie Wallace Tablescapes

I'm back!  Omg y'all, it was the best week ever.  I feel so rejuved - Rancho La Puerta has their system down.  I think I even lost a pound or two!  Seriously though, I've never had such a relaxing yet ass-kicking week in my life.  With amazing food to boot!  #howsooncanigetback I'll have a full recap soon, but in the meantime if you want to know more about our week or are interested in taking a trip yourself, hit me up

On another note though, have y'all seen Lulie Wallace's new Tablescapes?  They are to die for!  I kept getting glimpses as she worked on this series per her Insta, but I was thrilled to get an email from Furbish saying they finally had few exclusive prints. And if you're looking for the real deal, Lulie added even more originals to her site today.  How precious would one of these be in your kitchen, breakfast room...every room...

A few Originals:
Too good!  


Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Hey gang!  I had anticipated being a bit more organized, but being that I was up until 12:30 this morning packing and at work at 7:00 for a meeting I am feeling frazzled at best.  I wore my sunglasses inside the airport if that gives you any idea how atrocious I look today…I hate when people do that.  Who has friends over for dinner the night before she goes out of town for a week?  This gal does!  Anyway, as the best wedding gift ever (aside from the actual wedding itself, of course) Super K is treating me to a week at a spa - or the Fat Farm as we've jokingly coined it.  I plan on working out 834710874310x a day.  Maybe.  At the very least I'm hoping to (mostly) unplug, unwind, and get skeeeny!  And not drink wine.  Ok, I'm going to try to not drink wine.  We're rapidly approaching t-minus one month, and I need to get my butt in gear.  Like, big time.  I'll try to post (like I said, I would mostly unplug), but if I'm being real I don't even know what the wifi situation is where we're headed.  Which is in Mexico…btw.  All I know is I am looking forward to some well-deserved (maybe?) R&R with my numero uno gal.  So, I hope y'all have the BEST weekend - what's on your agenda?
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Sadly, this is so true.  I wish I had more photos of my beautiful momma!  '

Wow

Make this before summer's end…so easy, SO GOOD!

Don't forget!  Today is the last day to shop the Spirit Beauty Lounge F&F sale!  

Her veil though.  

Fifty Shades...of Kittens!  I can't.

goop's greatest hits - a LOT of goodness! 

Infused water - anything to help beat the heat!

Savannah Guthrie's baby…I can't stop, she's so precious.

Prancercize Round 2

Have y'all downloaded the Spring Shopping App?  Do it!  Now!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spirit Beauty Lounge: Friends & Family Sale!

One difficulty of transitioning to all natural / organic skincare and makeup is I can't just jet over to CVS or stop by Sephora on my way home to pick up this or that. Finding effective natural products (that are actually natural) takes a bit of effort on my part, which is where Spirit Beauty Lounge comes in. I first heard of SBL from Bare Beauty (duh), and I have since ordered beaucoup products from this amazing upon amazing site.  It is my numero uno go-to when I'm either needing to replace a staple or discover a new product.  Their mission is to provide the safest most effective organic beauty out there - all in the same place and all with the same guarantee that it is good for you.
Reading labels and memorizing an ever-growing list of ingredients to avoid can be overwhelming. Spirit Beauty Lounge is a place where you can shop safe, knowing we've done the research for you! We are your "virtual candy store" of organic beauty, where you'll want and love everything on the shelf, except in this candy store, everything is good for you! All of our edited and cherry-picked natural, organic, and sustainable products come from companies who have clearly defined humane, ethical, and environmental policies ensuring the care and beauty of our planet and its inhabitants! As for our own impact...
Well, thanks gals!  You can visit the website for more information, including a note from the site's founder, Spirit Demerson.  When this is something you are passionate about, as I have increasingly become, it really is so comforting to know that you don't have to spend hours (that I don't have) researching products to know whether they a. will work and b. are safe.  I know natural beauty can seem like somewhat of a strange realm, I think plenty of my friends (and fiancé) look at me like I'm a crazy that I don't want to try this or that or borrow their makeup (I mean, remember my gripe about JM's skin?), but it's a choice I'm committed to making, and if anyone wants to chat more about it seriously give me a shout - I would love to give you my two cents!

Anyway, all of this is completely beside the point, which is that Spirit Beauty Lounge is having a Family & Friends sale!  HELL to the YES.  20% off orders of $100 or more with the code FF2014 through August 15th.  Like I've mentioned, it is a literal mecca of natural beauty - replete with custom samples of products you are wanting to try but perhaps not ready to commit to.  And on that note, if you're wanting to try any RMS Beauty samples, they last FOREVER, which is obviously a huge plus.  Check out my favorites below, or spend a little time exploring for yourself - I guarantee you won't be sorry!  What about y'all?  Do you care about whether your fave product is natural or not?  What are some of your faves?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: OITNB

I know I'm not the only one who binge watches Orange is the New Black on the reg, right?  Well, did you know Fischer got married?  In real life!  And her wedding looked like so much fun.  I am pretty (read: extremely) obsessed with her dress, but I generally love the attention to detail throughout the entire day.  It's nice when a wedding looks so perfectly curated, don't you think?  Definitely the prettiest prison guard's wedding I've ever seen!  (And I guess in this case, pink is the new black, no? Sorry, I couldn't help it...)
Click here for more pics and to hear from the bride!  All images via Style Me Pretty

Oh, and while we're talking OITNB...for your viewing pleasure

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Manscaping

Just kidding!  But seriously, what else do you call dudes taking care of their skin?  Someone who knows fill a sister in.  I am kind of a nut about my skincare regimen.  And by nut, I mean that I'm the girl who cannot not check a bag because what would I do without my toiletries? (!?!?!)  I remember being at a wedding in June in North Carolina chatting with one of my unbelievably beautiful and fashionable friends when she admitted that she always used whatever samples were in whichever hotel she and her fiancé were staying for the weekend.  W-H-A-T?  I literally cannot even fathom.  I know I'm being a little overdramatic, but I am serious about my products (and aren't there far worse things to be serious about?  Let's be real here.).  So you can imagine that I expect JM to hold his face to the same standards.  Except he doesn't.  At all.  It drives me NUTS!  I will inform him he needs moisturizer on any given day, and I'm always plotting how I'll get him on a routine...I don't want to be married to someone with wrinkles as much as I don't want them myself! (Just kidding JM, I'll love you no matter what, BUT STILL!)  Enter Ursa Major.  I'm still not totally convinced I'm going to get JM on a routine, but even if I could work in one thing, like the Fantastic Face Wash or the Fortifying Face Balm  I would consider it an enormous victory.  And the packaging is so cute!  Who wouldn't want to use it?
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More than just any products though (because after all, I'm sure even JM would take a trip to CVS with enough cajoling), I am committed to using products that are safe, healthy, and effective.  Thanks to my girl Jessica, of course.  If it is true that anything we put on our skin is absorbed in to our bloodstream within 30 minutes - and Bare Beauty says it's true, which means it must be - then I want to be using products with ingredients that I don't have to wonder/worry about.  And if I'm doing that, then I want JM to be doing that too, because I gotta look out for my dude, right?  Anyway, according to Ursa Major, they are...
"Dedicated to providing men with chemical-free, yet highly-effective, skincare solutions, Ursa Major believes, ' … anything's possible in life when you look and feel your best.' 
Using an artful blend of robust and sustainable ingredients, Ursa Major products nourish and restore the skin, without over-drying or irritating. Both 100% natural and a pleasure to use, these products deliver on their promise to give you clean, comfortable, and healthy skin you'll love.
Sounds like it's worth a try to me!  What about y'all?  Do the men in your life use any particularly amazing products I need to force on JM?



Monday, August 11, 2014

Oof.


Back to the grind!  This weekend was wonderful and terrible all at the same time - and if you've ever moved in to a new house I'm sure you can relate.  I feel like every time we unpack a box seven more appear out of thin air.  And then there's the task of organizing...which is most definitely not in my nature.  (JM's either, unfortunately.)  I would 1000% use a genie wish for those super power Super K genes right about now.  BUT!  We celebrated, and we organized (and organized some more), and I bought some new kicks (IwillrunIwillrunIwillrun), and we ate...oh did we eat...and eat some more.  This was not a wedding diet weekend, but I am not sorry either.  I worked out too!  (That counts for something, right?)  How were y'alls weekends? 

Also, are y'all Today Show fans?  It's part of my pre-work morning ritual / guilty pleasure.  Today is Savannah's last day, and she wrote a really sweet blog about her maternity leave.  Get your mind out of the gutter, I don't have babies on the brain!