Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Flower Power

It's no secret I have a crush on Drew Barrymore. She's the epitome of a carefree, happy-go-lucky chick who is open about her past and optimistic about her future. All admirable traits. 

Among her accolades are being born into an uber famous Hollywood family, getting her big break in E.T., Charlie's Angels, being my favorite Cover Girl, and being hilariously funny in general. She also has a line of wine, a handsome hubby, a cutie daughter and a bebe on the way. So just when you thought she couldn't get any cooler... she goes and creates a make up line--Flower Beauty (of which I am now obsessed).

Now, I already knew about her line, because my mind weirdly only absorbs and retains knowledge of the celebrity nature, but an instagram from Nikki Reed about how fabulous the make up made me take the plunge. Nikki Reed is a new-found celeb obsession of mine I'll address at a later date, I'm sure. Nevertheless, the winter weather has brought with it the return of my "vanilla" skin-tone, and I figured, as long as I was buying new make up... I might as well try cheaper first.

Lo and behold the Flower Tinted Moisturizer, which I'm currently wearing (along with cream blush and berry lip butter). It's seriously amazeballs. And for only $10, I broke my ban of never venturing into Wal Mart again.

So if you're in the market for new beauty goodies, I highly recommend Flower. And basically anything Drew puts her stamp of approval on.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Merry Christmas, Darling

(inslee haynes illustrations)

 I know, I know, it's Thanksgiving! And I fully appreciate that... while mentally thinking ahead to the festivities that await. Whether it's a cookie exchange, a family get-together, a cocktail party or a night out... holiday looks are one of my favorite things about the holidays. And what better way to accessorize than with a fresh face? Any excuse to dress up, wear a red lip and/or fur and I'm in! Current looks I'm loving for holiday outings:

And to top it all off (pun intended)... these tanks (perfect under a fabulous fur coat... but appropriate for the blazing (fire-roasted) indoor temps once inside. Maybe it's time for me to address my obsession with black and white...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Deck the Halls

This is how I like to imagine I look as I decorate... the reality is me in sweats and a top knot covered in ornament glitter and garland watching Christmas classics and dragging boxes down our pull-down attic stairs. Either way, I'll take it. It's decorating time, folks!

In honor of tomorrow's festivities (hanging tinsel on anything that stands still long enough), I painted my nails bright Christmas red. The jolly color is technically Essie's "Really Red," but hey, who am I to get caught up in technicalities. They'll no doubt be chipped and broken after lugging boxes and stringing lights outside, but I couldn't be more excited. 

In normal tradition, my family decks our halls the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but since Thanksgiving is late this year... we wanted ample time to enjoy the trimmings and trappings before 2014 forces us to take them down. 

This year, I even have two houses to decorate! My family's house, which Lulu and I try to make the North Pole, and JT's house, which will be just enough to make neighborhood kids not think he's a  Scrooge (he's been very generous and allowed me to do as I please, but I'm trying to limit myself to areas of the house including the mantle, a tree, and the front porch). I cannot wait. I'll share the finished product with y'all soon!

Is it tomorrow yet?!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Look for Less

I admit that I'm way more obsessed with a few of my blogger friends than I should be, considering I've never actually met them. But that doesn't stop me from have major wardrobe envy for A Piece of Toast, Gal Meets Glam and Dallas Wardrobe.
{photo from Dallas Wardrobe}

Specifically, these boots (similar also seen here on InStyle) that can be found on Happily Grey and Dallas Wardrobe on many occasions (see here, here, here, here or here). I loved, but let's be real... I'm not about to spend my entire paycheck on a pair of boots...just yet anyway. Thankfully, I found a discount double take at trusty H&M (and a middle of the road double take at ALDO).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Wear, Part III

If your holiday season consists more of punching the clock than refilling the punch bowl, these options might be more your forte. If your office is anything like mine, we are always scurrying around like elves at the North Pole making sure deadlines get met before the sugar coma takes everyone off the radar for a few weeks. And since I work in what was once a coffee warehouse... it can get a bit chilly. Comfort and ease reign supreme, but no one wants to look like they wore their flannel jammies to work (I'm talking to myself on that one)
Thankfully, H & M is to the rescue. 
cheap + comfy+ chic = sold.

And if you happen to have a last minute party... these items have you covered while keeping most of that festive green in your wallet.

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