Friday Chinwag

Aug 26, 2016

Hellooo Friday and all your weekend promising glory! We don't have too many things planned for this weekend, which is nice. I am taking Ace to a birthday party for the first friend he made at school. Cue all the mom feelings. If there is one thing you hope for when you uproot your children and force them to leave their amazing friends in Alaska, is that they will make new friends who are just as kind and funny, welcoming.

Speaking of school....this post on preschool pretty much sums up how I am approaching it this year with Pierce. With Ace I was such a crazy preschool mom. Stressing out about the dress up days, and the snack list, and the volunteer time slots. Nope, that lasted that first year and that was it. Now I'm like, wait, don't I already pay an arm and a leg for this? And now that I have a first grader, I know what kindergarten is all about, so I'm just he prepared for that? Great.

I am currently drooling over these black and white bedrooms.  There will come a day when I actually stop and decorate my house. That day will come when all my children are a little less reckless on the hand wiping on every surface. And when I have it my way, there will be a lot of black and white. Not in a modern way, although I do like to mix traditional and modern pieces. Did you ever see this article with Brooklyn Decker's Texas home? It is amazing, and I love how she approaches decorating. If you like it, get it. That is basically how I shop for everything, if I like it, I will make it work somewhere. No rules. 

I am all about letting my hair air dry! Since I curl or straighten my hair a couple times a week, I try to lessen the amount of heat I am using elsewhere. This post gives you some great ideas on products to help you tame your natural tresses.

A little blog reading this week took me to Grace who updated a bathroom in her house in the most unexpected way, navy! I seriously love the way it looks, and the fact that she makes things like this happen with five kids. She a bad-youknowwhat!

I have started two new books, I know, why read two books at once? Well, it happened by accident. I had one in my car, and one at home, so I started reading the one in my car during my little parking break in the school pick up line. But then I forgot to take it out, and started reading the other book at night. All that to say....I am too damn lazy to walk out to my car and get the book. And all that to really really say, I love this list of books!! I took many notes.

I also happen to LOVE watching documentaries! Chris usually finds me at all hours of the night watching back to back documentaries on Netflix or Apple TV. I have seen all but one of these, and totally recommend them.

I think that is all I have to share today. I hope you all have a great weekend!

I wear my leather vest in the sun

Aug 25, 2016

Leather Vests
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Leather vests now and in the fall
leather vest: nordstrom // tank: nordstrom (size down!!!) // jeans: zara 
shoes: zara (old) // sunglasses: ray-ban // bag: 3.1 phillip lim 

We really are no where near fall down here, and my wardrobe is made up of mostly fall and winter items. I mean sure, I have used the excuse "I have no summer clothes" to justify my purchases the last few months. But, I haven't gone too crazy with the summer items, because after living in Alaska for four years, I actually really like fall clothing. I like to layer. I like the simplicity of a sweater making a whole outfit, I like boots, and I like denim when it doesn't feel like a steam room in my pants. 

I can't compete with mother nature, so for now I am just trying to remix pieces until the temps drops. 

I LOVE this (faux) leather vest that I snagged from the Nordstrom sale. My original thought was to pair it with a turtleneck, or light sweater. But I couldn't wait for that. So this tank top filled the void. 

Although the sweetest lady at Publix who was waiting for her steaks to be sliced just right, and I was waiting for my weekly pickup of cow heart and liver (dog food making), said to me "now that is the cutest vest, but your neck has to be sweating". Ha! Neck sweat is better than armpit sweat right? 

Anything to justify an outfit!

5 samples worthy of a full size purchase

Aug 23, 2016

Oh beauty samples, you wonderful little slices of money stealing heaven. That is...if they are good ones. I fully admit that I have a shelf in my bathroom dedicated to beauty samples. Whether they were sent to me, I picked them up at Ulta, or they came in my Nordstrom and Sephora orders, they seem to be never ending. Many, many do not work out. They are a one and done kind of thing. But today, I want to share five that stood the test until empty, and that I will definitely buy in a full size, if I haven't already done so. 
Beauty Samples to Try
First up, Living proof frizz nourishing cream. On my quest to trying out humidity helping products, I came across this one. I have never really had the need for a styling cream because I have lived in pretty dry places, and my hair loves to be styled in dry weather. My current dwelling situation does not give my hair a confidence boost, instead it makes it a little heavy and lifeless. This styling cream worked wonders. I put it in after my shower, from about the middle of my hair on down. Then let my hair air dry overnight, and style it the next day. I went through this little tube in about a week. 

Next up for the face, the fresh soy face cleanser. I loved this stuff from the moment I put it on my face. It is gentle, but takes off my makeup. The smell is nice, and it doesn't leave my face dry. I immediately purchased the full size in this the second we got a new shipping address. Highly recommend if you are looking for a new cleanser that is refreshing, and light. 

The Truth Serum by Ole Henriksen! I have been using a vitamin c oil on my face for the last....oh....three years. I usually order it off Amazon, and have tried a few. Never really sticking with just one, so when this was sent to me I was like, ehh, why not? I really like this one! I like the texture, the smell obviously, and the way it leaves me skin feeling even before I put on my moisturizer. I feel like it gives my skin a nice glow, and I can definitely tell a difference when I don't use it. 
5 Beauty Samples to Buy in Full Size
On to a little makeup. The NARS Illuminator in Orgasm. Now, I have used the powder blush by the same name for-ever! And I love it, but I got this little sample in my Sephora order and have been slightly obsessed. I have used it alone as a check highlight, mixed it in with my foundation, even used it on my eyelids for a pop of shimmer. I love it all. A great product for a dewy somethin' somethin'. I have just a little bit left that I will be able to squeeze out of this one, and then I am definitely ordering the full size. 

And lastly, some nail polish. I got this as a Sephora sample as well, and was super excited about it. I love trying all different kinds of nail polish brands, and this Formula X one kept popping up everywhere. I tried it, and I really like the formula and the longevity! Nothing will truly beat a gel manicure (and I just bought the new Essie gel polishes) but I really liked this one. I can foresee a long lasting friendship with this brand. 

And that's about it! Have you tried any beauty samples that you like lately? Let me know, I am always down to try something new!

summer jumpsuit dreams

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jumpsuit: nordstrom // shoes: forever 21 c/o // bag: rebecca minkoff (old)

If I could fill my closet with one thing besides denim, it would be jumpsuits. I have had the obsession for as long as I can remember. Chris always calls them a "onesie" and constantly makes the joke...."I hope you don't have to pee while we're out". Hardy har har....

Public bathrooms give me the chills, so I'm usually pretty okay. 

Funny story. I have always been a germaphobe. When I was younger it was BAD! I literally wouldn't touch anything in public. And going to the bathroom? Never. So when my dad had a little graduation party at his house, I got lots of fun gifts for college, one of them being a huge box of toilet seat covers, and hand sanitizer! But really, dorm room bathrooms were for sure going to be my worst nightmare. UNTIL! I somehow stumbled upon a bathroom that was situated between floors in my dorm, no one ever used it because the lighting was so bad in there. And you girls and their bathroom lighting. Well, I could have given a rats ass about the lighting, I needed clean! And I knew that the bathroom was cleaned every morning around 5:30, and I have class at 7, so it was perfect. 

Yes, I am a literal nutcase! But if anyone happens to be going to college at Pacific Lutheran University, lemme know! I'll tell you where the clean bathroom with the bad lighting is. 

Seriously, I have no idea how these posts turn out like this. Weren't we talking about jumpsuits? Well, this one is amazing and under $50!! And super easy to transition to fall with a denim or leather jacket. 


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