The New Sexy

active wear :: boden 

Well it happened. I found an outfit with an elastic waistband that my husband is perfectly okay with me wearing when he gets home from work. Apparently my typical go-to of paint stained grey sweatpants wasn't doing it for him anymore. I think his initial reaction went something like "well that's the nicest set of work out clothes you've ever worn..." Poor guy, I think he actually thought I worked out in them. I mean that's the plan at some point in time, but Winter is coming and that means mashed potatoes need to be eaten so yeah, for now my workout clothes serve more as a really cute way to keep me warm and comfortable. I am hoping you other ladies understand.  

On a serious note, this set is by far the most amazing line of active wear I have ever worn and I mean that 110%. If only you could feel what I am talking about. 

Boden just released this new line and you have to get your hands on it. Not only will you love it, but your man will love it more. Use the code YOGA for 15% off now through November 9th. I'm off to go watch movies on TV in my new workout gear, you know, in case I decide to do a few crunches during the commercials. 



Mascara 101

Eyes are a big deal to me -- it's what you look at each other with, it's how you communicate with one another, it's how you show somebody what you are truly thinking, and above all else -- it's the one thing on your face that can go from dead to alive in a matter of a few mascara swipes. While I was in Florida with my lady loves it was brought to my attention that none of them knew what 3D Fiber Lash Mascara was. Knowing that these women who I consider to be wise and frequent consumers of the latest make-up trends hadn't a clue about it, I started to wonder if you all were in the dark too. The dark is a very scary space to be so today I want you to pull you out of there. You're welcome. 

Here's my lash secret. I put on a coat of regular mascara [which is always Maybelline Classic Volume Express], allow that to dry, and then do a few swipes of the Younique Transplanting Gel. From there I take the fiber lash wand and do a quick coating of the lashes, and waaaaaaaaaa-la, done. 

Here's the progression from regular mascara to my fiber lash mascara. 

As you can see the fiber lashes both thicken and elongate my normal mascara laden lashes. Similar to a bra it provides the extra "oomph" your lashes sometimes need. If you need a view from the backside of how it thickens, take a look ;) 

the left side has the fiber mascara while the right side does not 

And that completes my lesson on how to get the best eyelashes you have ever had. The moral of the story is this: buy Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, use them in front of all your friends, delight in all of the initial shock that they will have, and then buy them each a tube for Christmas. If you are going to look beautiful 24/7, they should too. 

Now if only I could remember to put on lip gloss every day.....

Speaking of lip gloss -- if you go and "like" my dealer's [sounds legit] Facebook page, you will be entered into a drawing to win your own lip gloss. 

Cheers to having the best looking set of eyes on the planet. Go flaunt em' ladies. 



Stitch Fix Day #2 [Warehouse + Photo Shoot]

And then it dawned on me a whole month later that I still haven't posted about the rest of my time at Stitch Fix. Today I'm here to rectify [totally awkward word] the situation. On the second day in San Francisco, we were taken to the Stitch Fix warehouse, also commonly referred to The Hizzy. This place is both ginormous and amazing. It was like Heaven for clothes. Except these clothes weren't dead, they were fully alive and sparkly and plaid and striped and colorful and OMG I NEEDED THEM ALL. What I forgot to warn the ladies at Stitch Fix of is that I am that girl who walks into a store and can't keep my hands off of everything that I am not supposed to touch. My husband and friends who follow the rules adore this about me ;) Needless to say I tried my best to not get all touchy feely with what was surrounding me but it was hard. Here are some photos of our time at the warehouse, get ready to feast your eyes on the goodness that abounds.

While there we were given the opportunity to put together an entire fix from start to finish. This meant running [literally] up and down the aisles to find all of the five items, to folding all of the items, to wrapping them up all pretty with tissue paper and stickers. I have never felt more incapable of a job in my life. Whoever said folding clothes and then wrapping them up in tissue paper is easy is a liar and we all know where liars go.

After our adventures at The Hizzy, we were taken away for our afternoon activities which consisted of getting our hair and make-up done for a classic Stitch Fix photo shoot. It was a rough day let me tell ya ;) Have any of you experienced the greatness that is the The Dry Bar? We don't have these masterpieces in Indiana but genius I tell you. Walk in, wash your hair, and then they style it however you so desire. I could get used to that treatment.

And then it was time to act like I knew what I was doing.

jen // kilee // natalia // molly // jill // veronika 

That day at Stitch Fix is certainly one of the best days I have had in my 28 years of life. Thank you ladies of SF, ya'll made this girl get to live out her confetti emoticon dreams. 

ps. if you haven't tried out Stitch Fix but are wanting to give it a shot, you certainly should. you can start by filling out your style profile here, I promise you...you won't be sorry. 



What The World Needs

This weekend was full of celebrating a few of our friends accomplishments -- the people who had a dream + balls + passion and made it all happen. I think I have mentioned here before how inspiring it is to watch somebody live out their dreams and how it ignites all sorts of happy feelings on my insides [similar to what Jake Owen does to me] but truly, it's wonderful. One of my favorite quotes is "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Thanks Howard Thurman for those wise words. Anyhow, that quote just kept ringing in my ears as we rocked out at our friend's album release party [download A Great Place To Start by Eric Lee Carpenter on iTunes or Spotify now] and as we drank another one of our friends homemade beer at his brand new brewery [south bend brew werks, check it]. 

It obviously all makes me question what in the heck I am doing with my own life [aside from watching Sex and the City] and makes me pay a little more attention to what I am doing today to get me to where I want to be in three months, three years, and thirty years from now. I guess there is only one problem with all of this...I don't really know where I want to be. Blogging? Perhaps. Working full-time? Maybe. Kids? Don't know. Living in the same house? Gosh I hope or my husband will murder me if we move. Eating macaroni and cheese, drinking vodka, and telling myself I need to be working out? Absolutely. 

So I guess I have a little bit of an idea of what I'll be doing. 

But really, it all has me kinda curious and more tuned into what my passions are. It has also made my stomach hurt because hello, figuring out life is a little bit ulcer inducing. As of right now here is what I have discovered that makes me come alive: 

+ searching the TV every morning for movies that I can record that day

+ moscow mules 

+ watching Eric Church in concert and trying to out-sing the drunk boys next to me [thank you Malibu Rum for scratching another #BestSummerEver item off my bucket list]

+ posing with lions. raaaaaaaaaawr.

+ my new keurig 2.0 brewer

+ bacon aioli sauce on top of a cheeseburger

+ really really really soft pajamas

+ popping champagne bottles

+ mocking people

+ reading every Emily Giffen book possible

+ ballin' outta control

And that pretty much covers it.

As you can see, I've got a bright future ahead of me. Stay tuned to see what I do with all of these passions. I foresee a lot of weight gain, good times, and late nights on the couch in my near future.




Wedding Anniversary "Costumes"

Is it just me or is anybody else totally unmotivated to do anything with your life this week? You're right, it's probably just me. I blame rainy days, margaritas, and 8 year wedding anniversaries. It should be noted that we ate at a Japanese steakhouse for our anniversary last night and my hair still smells like egg yolk. It should also be noted that I was asleep by 8:30 on our anniversary. Basically we are ridiculously romantic and sexy. I showed off my sexy wife skills by trying on Halloween costumes last evening too if you catch my drift. No but literally, I did. This dinosaur one was the hottest by far. 

Dang Shawn is lucky. Anyhow because it is almost my bedtime [nearly 8:15] I'm going to leave you with the one and only Jackie from Our Nashville Life. She is funny, she is new to the scene, and SHE IS GIVING YOU ALL A BRAND NEW CAR. Be sure to get to know her a little bit better below and then go pay her a visit

1. Food is my ultimate love. If you could eat three things for the rest of your life what would they be?

This is probably the easiest question in the world for me because I love food. I would pick fresh fish, a perfectly cooked medium-rare filet, and salads. Give me all the salads.

2. I am a total social media junkie. Which form of social media is your favorite and why? 

While I'm always on Twitter, I have been in love with Instagram since it first came out. You know what they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words".

3. What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
Being a newer blogger myself, my advice is to reach out to other bloggers. Comment on other blogs, tweet to other bloggers, and don't be afraid to email bloggers to network

4. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to have a lavish giveaway in today's post where you buy all of my readers love and adoration, what would you give away?
I would want to go all Oprah on everyone and give everyone A BRAND NEW CAR! You get a car! You get a car!

5. Outside of blogging, how do you spend the majority of your time?

No matter what I'm doing, you can pretty much find me spending time with my dog, Marco! 

Goochie goo that dog is precious. Word on the street is that Jackie has a post full of little tid bits of information about her just waiting for you to read. See what I mean? If I read that post correctly, there is a $750 Amazon gift card waiting for you to win. Whoa baby. Now that's worth dressing up as a dinosaur for. 



Before And After: Half Bath

In staying on trend with this week's blog post topics, I figured I would present to you another before and after post from the house. It's the second room we have "completely finished" and albeit it's the smallest room in the house, it's a success none the less. I understand that a half bathroom renovation doesn't contain quite the same excitement that a kitchen remodel does, but when that half bathroom took three quarters of your life to remove the wallpaper it is definitely worth documenting. This little bath is right off the kitchen area and while I am not sure how much it will be used once our other bathrooms get a complete gutting and face lift, it's a nice little option for guests.

Here is what the bathroom started out as in her original state [a real beaut I know]...

And here she is as of thirty minutes ago.

Lets talk details for a minute and hash out everything that happened in this little bathroom. For starters, the wallpaper came down by yours truly. The tile was taken out, the walls were painted, the trim was painted, crown molding was hung, Shawn installed the bead board, I painted it all white, a new toilet was put in, a vanity [for less than $100 from Home Depot] was installed, new towel and toilet fixtures went up [from Menards], some new decor was hung, and wham bam thank you ma'm it's done. The wall color is Watery by Sherwin Williams, the mirror is from Wayfair, the light fixture is from Shades of Light, the rug and towels I just picked up at Target, and the wall decor was random stuff we had from the old house. I think that about covers it. Here are some additional photos of the place. Anybody is welcome to come use our facilities if you so desire ;)