Nashville Smashville

Pardon the silence around this joint this week. I'm currently frolicking around Nashville in preparation for my bestie's wedding which takes place tomorrow. You know why I love this town? Because brunch. And because bars. And because live music. And most of all because all of that can take place before noon on a weekday. Tonight we are taking my parents to their first country concert [Jake Owen #OMG] so that should be exciting. Don't worry, I've warned my mother of the effects Jake will have on her. I should probably warn Shawn and my dad as well now that I think about it... 

In other news, my favorite shop [and friend] is having their annual clearance sale. Take advantage of 60% off at miss chic asap. 

Gotta jet -- our hotel is directly across the street from a gigantic fancy mall so you know, things to do. 



Staying Hydrated With Vaseline

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you may recall I recently returned from seven heavenly days in Florida soaking up the rays, downing Coronas, delighting in all things Legally Blonde, Definitely Maybe, and every other movie my husband refuses to watch with me. While it was nothing short of amazing, my skin returned back to Indiana more dry than it has ever been before. I will spare you the details of what happened and where my skin disappeared to [anywhere other than on my body] but just trust me when I say it was bad, that it was bad.

In a final attempt to repair what was left of my skin, I figured I would give Vaseline Intensive Repair Lotion Vaseline a shot. As we all know, Vaseline seems to be a leader in the moisturizing industry and after realizing that this very lotion is infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly I knew it wouldn't steer me wrong. Plus for less than $5 it's somewhat of a no brainer. 

It just so happens Vaseline Vaseline is currently hosting a 5 day challenge to test their promise that it will heal dry skin for 5 days and keep skin healed for 3 weeks. I love me a good challenge so I was all over it. They sweetened the deal with hot chocolate and massive marshmallows so yeah, I was totally in.

I can promise you that this Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion Vaseline has completely revitalized my skin and has left it feeling softer than ever after only 5 days. I never thought I would be one to have a cabinet full of Vaseline, but you know what they say -- never say never ;)

Have you tried this lotion before? If so, what are your thoughts? Wonderful right?

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Falling For Fall

Occasionally I forget about why I decided to start this blog in the first place. The whole reason I decided to show up to this online space a few years ago, document the events of my life, and then come back the next day to do the same. It's easy to get caught up in all of the "other stuff" and start producing content that has absolutely nothing to do with the original motive behind this whole thing. As I sat down to write tonight I felt like I had nothing to share, like nothing was "blog worthy" enough to talk about. And that's when I remembered. The whole reason I created this blog was to share [and be able to remember] the events of my life. The little things that make my very average life a little more exciting. I never want to stop documenting the highs, the lows, the thrilling, the mundane, and all of the in between. So while this post about my time spent at the pumpkin patch with my nieces today may not get re-pinned [at all] it's what I want to look back on in three years and be glad that I chose to share. So here we have it, my time spent at the pumpkin patch with my nieces today. 

Apparently there is this cute place near our new home, Amazing Acres, that is basically Fall Heaven on steroids for children. It was like Disney on a very very very miniature scale complete with goats, the world's largest Turkey, and the most amazing donuts. I don't even like donuts and I was dying at their goodness. The girls loved it and heck, so did I. Props to you Fall for showing off today, I dare you to do it again sometime.

But seriously though. I almost kinda want kids after looking at these pictures of those two.

Fall it's official, I've fallen for you.



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.