Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Essie Spring Nail Colors

The other day I stopped by our local CVS to pick up a few things for the household, and a few things for myself, including SPRING COLOR NAIL POLISHES.

As I was going through my polishes the other day I couldn't find a nice spring polish, which by the way if you are wondering, spring colors are normally just pastel colors.

This year the national/fashion color is purple.

The colors that I found were :: lilacism and find me an oasis.

They are great for Spring-time and this transition from this confused Charlotte weather into summer weather! :)

They are light and need about 2-3 coats, and a top clear coat.

What are your spring-time favorite colors?

Much love, y'all!

Queen City Birthday Celebration

Hi Guys!!

I have been meaning to post this Birthday post for a long time, like since March 2nd, but my busy schedule has prevented me from editing this long post until today!  But I still wanted to share it with y'all! BECAUSE IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!!! :) And I wanted y'all to feel like you were there with me!

I am not one to brag, so please do not think that I am y'all! But, I just wanted to explain my love for all of my friends and family that came out to celebrate with me in the Queen City, and my new found love for a restaurant called Villa Francesca!

From the beginning, I woke up to a beautiful day that God gave us!  It was warm and sunny and it smelled like spring!
Adam surprised me with my FAVORITE Starbucks beverage - the White Chocolate Mocha - ErhMerGerd, it is just so delicious, and with a pecan danish! :)

Then, Adam wanted me to open the presents he got me!
The first one is the Diamond Candle.  Y'all - Diamond Candle is one of my favorite things ever! I found out about this wonderful company about three years ago, and then out of no where between 2013 and 2014, it has become super popular!
But, any who, Adam got me the scent called "Sweety Pea" which tugs at my heart strings because Sweet Pea is what my Mum used to call me, and he got it for that reason!
But enough about that, a Diamond Candle is a 26 ounce candle that has a ring, that is worth $10, $100, $500, $1,000, or $5,000 in every yummy smelling, soy candle.

This is the beautiful candle! (My favorite color is purple by the way!)  And as of about 10 minutes ago, I found the little folded foil in my candle and this is what it revealed...

Adam also got me a double tea kettle, and single cup from Tea Forte. It is loose tea strainer duo within the items.  I love tea, I love trying new teas, loose tea, Tiny Tea, everything!!!

Double Tea Pot!
The Up-Close of the cherry blossoms!
 As you know y'all, I am from Maryland, so cherry blossoms have been a part of my whole life! It was really touching how all of my lovely gifts (that no one had to get me) were so 'me' and who I am deep down, where I come from, what built me.

The focus is on the strainer! :)

After a wonderful afternoon making Cake Pops, and tying bows on the mini wine bottles as my party favor for my guests, we made our way to Villa Francesca in the Queen City.
This little Italian place, y'all, is AH-MAZ-ZING! The wait staff that took care of my party were on point, they took care of everything, complimented me all night and my guests, and the food was so so fabulous!
One of my best friends, Olivia, bought me a drink over the phone because she couldn't be there in person!  The bartender made me this fantabulous drink, called "The Dirty Princess." I had about 4 of them! They were just so yummy!

Another thing that I love to do at parties, is leave lovely little party favors that I believe everyone would enjoy!  (Spoiler Alert of what I made was already stated.)  As you all know, I LOVE making cupcakes, actually I just love baking, so I made Funfetti Cake-Pops and mini bottles of everyone's favorite wine, which I got Sutter Home wine from our local place called Frugal MacDoogal!

I love spoiling people!  I love giving and surprising people with things! :)  It is just the bees-knees, y'all!

In return, I did get spoiled by my friends :: here is a quick pic! 

From left to right & from who ::
* A cute apron with my monogram on it! - Joanna
* Blender Bottle/Shaker (Green) - Chris and Cara
* Diamond Candle - Adam
* Lululemon Shorts (blue&green) and shirt (black) - Meredith
* Canvas (hand-painted) & girl scout cookies- Sydnie
* Tea Forte - Adam
* Be Flirty Wine - Lily
* Merlot Wine - Kalen and Jordan
* Bailey's Coffee Cup - Adam
* Red Blender Bottle with black top and funnel - Emily
* Flowers - Adam
* Lovely cards - Everyone

All in all, I had a wonderful birthday celebration, and you should definitely consider having your birthday in the BEAUTIFUL Queen City!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sephora Haul

Hey Y'all!

I hope that you guys had a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday!  This weekend Adam and I went up  to my beautiful home state of Maryland, and spent time with my family.  My dad got Baptized, First Communion, and Confirmation! God is good, y'all!

Yet, this weekend didn't only bring beautiful flowers, and the smell of spring, it brought me home, to my home Sephora, where I love everyone and everything.

I have a confession guys, I am a makeup hoarder.

I walked into my Sephora, knowing that all I needed was a new bronzer...
Well, I didn't last 5 minutes without walking over to their new product end cap, which held the most beautiful array of colorful lip tints. (Lip Tar)

And just so everyone is aware, PURPLE is this years color, and I personally think it will stay around a good bit!  
So, obviously we all know what happened next, I went straight for a gorgeous purple lip tint, AND I FOUND ONE -- called HOOCHIE!  It is by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and it is 100% Vegan.

Hoochie - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
The color is subtle, yet strong.  You only need a pin prick of the Lip Tar ago put on your lips for the color I have above.

As I continued my stroll through the wonders of Sephora, I found my bronzer, by Too Faced, a highlight by Sephora, and a new mascara by Smashbox, since mine was running low!

Beach Bunny - Too Faced

The color is perfect for all seasons, which is fantastic, because if you are anything like me, you are PALE in the winter and then TAN in the summer, so this bronzer goes with the seasons! PERF!

There are also some Too Faced bronzers that smell like Chocolate, YES, CHOCOLATE!  (You're Welcome)

Full Exposure - Smashbox
This is a great mascara for those of us that have naturally long eyelashes, that just want that lift and separation.  A lot of people recommend "They're Real" by Benefit, and that is fantastic for extra length.

And lastly, I purchased a new highlighter from the Sephora brand, called Star Dust and it gives you that extra shimmer you want, and nice highlight for your cheekbones and nose.

And as I was taking these photos, my cute puppy, Linix wanted to say "Hello" to you!

Lipstick & Squats

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I'm Addicted...to ACTIVEWEAR!

Lately, I have been obsessing over active wear!
Well, let's start with the question, who doesn't love new clothes?!?

Calvin Klein Performance wear
 But, I have to let you in on my little secret(s) - Y'all I don't pay full price!
Marshalls and TJMaxx are my go to! Oh yes, and Rack Room Shoes (for my Nike shoes)

If you are looking for fit-spiration, then you should definitely follow my Pinterest (board)!

The AWESOME detail of the back.
This shirt was originally about $40.00 and I got it for $14.00


There are so many things out there telling you what to wear to the gym, and what styles and brands to wear.  To be completely honest I think it is up to us, what or who we want to wear.  The workout clothes make me feel good, they give me that extra umpf I need to push me to workout, run, or lift.

New Balance Sportsbras 
Adidas crop pants

MPG Shorts
 Y'all, these shorts are AWESOME!  I have never heard of MPG Active wear - which is why I love Marshalls, because You find out new things!  These have a great design, and built-in spandex, YES, built-in spandex.  And when you look at their website their clothes are super cute and trendy!

Lululemon Shorts
I am hoping that this will inspire y'all to love active wear as well!   They are like yoga pants, they just feel right.  And if you're gunna get out there and be on your way to fit and healthier, fabulous lifestyle, then why not do it in a fun way?

There are so many options out there now, you have your typical active wear from Adidas, New Balance, and Nike and then you have your unique ones like Lululemon (which I love!)

Keep it up, y'all! You got this!

I love you all!

Lipstick & Squats