Thursday, May 11, 2017

in my basket

Halloo friends!
I only have TWO (!) more weeks of school left! Time is absolutely dripping by, I won't lie to you! I am ready to sleep in, take my sweet time getting ready, read like crazy and not have to tell a teenager to put their damn fidget spinner away for the thousandth time.

Today I wanted to talk about some stuff that I just bought! Because I shop my feelings away! :) 

 I almost never buy anything if I haven't been recommended it, especially makeup. If you don't follow the BeYouty Bureau on Instagram, you should! I really trust her opinion on makeup because she buys literally everything (think 100+ mascaras) and tests it out, so she knows what the best things are. Cons, she insta stories while she drives every single day and it bums me out. ANYWAY! Recently I finally took her recommendation and ordered a few Colourpop liquid lipsticks. I got into lipstick a year ago when I started to wear Lipsense, I love Lipsense so much that I actually started selling it for a while. However sometimes Lipsense is a little *too* good. Like sometimes I just want lipstick to wear for some blog pictures or just out with friends for a few hours, but it feels like I have to saw my lips off to get Lipsense off. I heard these Colourpop lipsticks last 3-5 hours, which is exactly what I'm looking for. 
I ordered Midi, an ultra matte nude, Echo Park, a ultra satin, and Dopey, another satin lip. These are all dupes for my favorite Lipsense shade Bella (I wear it almost daily). The best part about Colourpop is that they are AFFORDABLE! I got those three lipsticks for $12 and free shipping. I am already picking out some reds and other fun colors.

The next thing I bought is some silicone beauty blenders. You have probably seen people slapping these chicken cutlets on their faces lately. I realized after I have been breaking out like crazy lately, which is not normal for me, that it was my beauty blender getting bacteria on it! I wash my beauty blender weekly and get a new one monthly but it still holds a ton of gross stuff, so I am excited to try these. Way more sanitary.

Something that has been on my wishlist forever is setting spray. I have never tried a setting spray because usually my face holds makeup pretty well, but with summer and sweat coming, I thought it would be time to give it a try. I ended up ordering the NYX setting spray after reading a ton of reviews, it seems the best for your money. I'll let ya know.

Speaking of makeup lasting, I decided to try a new primer, one I have seen on many beauty blogs as the best of the drugstore stuff. Maybelline New York Baby Skin instant Pore Eraser Primer (holy crap, could that name be any longer). As I have been getting older (still not that old so wtf) my pores have been getting huge and I'm sad about it. Hopefully this will make me feel like a youngster again....;)

I am trying to find some affordable summer clothes right now. I just did a huge closet clean out and I basically have no summer clothes. We are headed to the East Coast for a while next month and the heat and humidity miserableness is starting to come back to I am trying to find some clothes that will help me not die. This Cents of Style shirt is so cute, I love the ruffles and the pinstripe and the criss cross back. I also really love this lemon kimono they have as well.
This summer is the summer I buy red saltwater sandals!! I have brown and black and I'm obsessed with them.
This isn't really winter friendly. but I can't stop thinking about this embroidered cape from BooHoo? Haha, is it too weird? 
Annnd lastly just this simple embroidered t-shirt.

I just sold a bunch of clothes I don't wear anymore to Uptown Cheapskate (I have been going there since college, way better than their competitors *cough cough Plato's Closet sucks*) so I was able to get everything listed above with that money. We just started paying for our own health insurance (major groan) and now we are poor! Yay! So I'm extra grateful for Uptown giving me what my gently used clothes are worth.
Also, I have been wearing this pink jacket almost every day before I can't anymore for summer. I think my last day wearing it was last week, it's looking like eighty degree weather from here on out! 

My birthday is in August and I'm thinking about making my first big girl purse purchase with my birthday money. I have my eye on Kate Spade because they seem affordable for a designer purse. I'm trying to convince Mark to go to the outlets in Vegas so I would only have to spend around $100. If anyone has suggestions on how/where to buy designer purses, let me know! This is all new to me, all my purses in my life have been under $30.

Have a good weekend!

Pink Leather Jacket: Forever 21 (can't find the exact one online but this is similar and under $20! This one is under $25)
Black Body Suit: Forever 21
Black tulle ballerina skirt c/o: Uptown Cheapskate American Fork (similar found here, under $50)
Pink lace up flats: J Crew c/o Uptown Cheapskate American Fork
Photos by: Sadie Banks Photography 
Thanks to Cents of Style for letting us use their colorful wall all the time!
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Monday, May 8, 2017

anniversary, 3 years!

Mark and I had a great weekend celebrating both Mark's birthday on Thursday and our anniversary. It was actually the best anniversary yet! We had so much fun, considering the fact we spent the first half of our day with our landlord trying to figure out why our basement keeps flooding and pulling up soaking wet carpet padding.
I have wanted to do a ceramics class for a really long time with Mark because he took a bunch of ceramics classes in college and loved it, but everywhere I looked was either ridiculously expensive, they didn't offer one time sessions or both. I found the Red Kiln as I was googling around and called to see if a one time class is something they offered. They said yes, so then I asked how much it costs and braced myself, unnecessarily so as it turns out.
You guys, it was only $35 a person!! We had a private class that went for a little over an hour and a half and we got as much clay as we wanted! It also includes glazing and firing, which they do for us and we will pick up our creations in a few weeks. I made four bowls and a little cup and Mark made three bowls and a vase. Our instructor did such a good job with me (a beginner is an understatement, I think I ruined four or five balls of clay before I figured out what I was doing) and Mark (an expert!!). Anyway, it was so fun that we are definitely planning a big group date so that we can go again. Mark is going to sign up for their summer class. This isn't sponsored, we just had such a blast that I had to share. The Red Kiln is a small place and I would hate to see it go out of business. 
After our ceramics class we changed quickly and went to dinner at a Salt Lake restaurant that has been on Mark's bucket list for a while, Valter's Osteria. It's supposedly the best restaurant in Utah. It was very good, my favorite was this butternut squash ravioli and they also had this garlic and oil concoction for your bread that was nothing short of amazing. 
We ended the night going to sleep at 10 because I was so exhausted, haha! I almost fell asleep at the dinner table. My perfect night!

I'm so excited for this year, we have so many vacations planned and fun things going on, 4 years will be here in no time!!
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Monday, May 1, 2017

living for the weekends

This was a great weekend! I was such a grump last week, but I finished off with a fantastic Friday (even though I really didn't want to go to work, my children were absolute angels and I was so grateful) and then we just have done some relaxing things at home, including watching all of the Planet of the Apes movies. We also have been planning for some trips we have coming up! We haven't traveled very often since we have been married because we have been putting all our money towards school. Now we are both working and we are going crazy with vacations. In June, we are headed on a big East Coast extravaganza trip, flying into Boston, busing to New York and then flying out of DC. We will definitely be visiting Baltimore, where we lived when we first got married, and maybe Philadelphia.  Then in July we are headed to San Diego for a family vacation. In September we are spending a few days in LA for a concert and then we will finish off the year in Europe, specifically Amsterdam, Paris and London! Today we booked all of our airbnbs and planned a few more concrete things. All very exciting and I really can't even wait! 
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which is like the best week of the whole year at school. Then this next weekend is Mark's birthday and our anniversary! So it will be a really fun weekend. After that I only have a few more weeks of school and I'm out for the summer! Not sure where this year has gone!

Okay, onto outfit details. Remember that post I did about Rosegal that was supposed to give you $50 in free credit but it was actually $50 in coupon codes? That was so lame, but I did use the coupon codes to get this shirt and I really really love this shirt. It's so comfy and I love the patches and oversized nature of it. It is surprisingly good quality for how cheap it was ($13). The shirt is listed as plus size but it would fit smaller women, just size down! You can find it here!
I paid $3 for expedited shipping (regular shipping is free) and it came in about a week and a half. I placed another order with regular shipping and it took a month. So I would for sure pay for the expedited. 
I would 100% consider ordering from Rosegal again. I actually am ordering this cute button down with a bow collar, this really cute button down giraffe shirt (tell me it's not the cutest thing you've ever seen), this floral embroidered top in white, this flounced pinstripe shirt, and this patterned high waisted swimsuit. Again, all marked as plus size but would fit anyone, just look at the sizing! 

Have a good one!

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