Beauty & Fitness

Playlist: Makeup Obsessed

Lately, I find myself reading beauty blogs and following Instagram accounts like make__up__madness and thebeautyacct.  I’m lusting over shadow palettes and brush sets.  So, I thought I’d share a few of my recent purchases.  The palette above; however, is a great palette from Coastal Scents that I’ve had forever.  And clearly, I love looking at […]


July in Photos

This summer is just zooming by like nobody’s business.  Frankly, July was a rough month.  Started out fine but then it took a nosedive.  My crazy work schedule took over again and a lot of late nights left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed.  Near the end of the month I made some adjustments in my […]


First Days of Spring

With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red […]


February in Pictures

I can hardly believe another month has come and gone.  February was a rough month for me.  It marked the one-year mark of losing my dad.  It still feels fresh, and he was on my mind a lot this month.  Work was also very intense this month, but I did manage to take a couple […]


January in Pictures

For 2013 I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition at the end of each month and share some photos from the previous month – just as a little look back into my days. January was definitely a month for refocusing and it seemed to spark my creativity too, since I spent […]


Things I Love Thursday: Bond, James Bond

It’s possible, and very likely, that I’ve mentioned my love of James Bond before. So much so that Eric and I recreated a tasty cocktail in honor of Casino Royale.  I grew up watching James Bond films.  The first one my parents introduced me to was Thunderball.  Both of my parents loved Bond movies, and […]


New Beginnings

Hello, 2013!  I can hardly believe that so much time has passed since I’ve popped in to the blog.  Was my last post seriously in September?  No excuse though, we’re just going to start fresh from here.  I have lots of lovely things to share and I can’t wait to dive right in with some […]


Things I Love Thursday: butter London Polish

It’s that time again!  And since I seem to be overindulging in the introspective soul searching posts lately, I thought I’d focus on something a little more fun for my TILT post.  For Fashion Week, one of my favorite new polish brands introduced a couple of new colors.  This one is called Fish Wife.  So […]


Ready for Something New

Maybe it’s the cooler weather, maybe it’s some weird form of seasonal nesting, maybe it’s just one too many mentions of something that struck a chord with me.  But I feel like I need to get a move on.  I want to get back to fitness and working out, get back on track.  I feel […]


A Birthday in Photos

Disco Bicuit mani An amazing dinner with Eric at Ziziki’s.  I wore a pretty dress. Pink Pankcakes A gift of vintage coupe glasses from J. Starting a new quilt Afternoon at the movies with Eric seeing Snow White & The Huntsman Toasting with Rose Regale Birthday cupcakes from the girls (day of laughter included) Teal […]


Pooltime Lime

So, last week I decided I’d leave my toes in Fear or Desire orange.  But, I wanted a change of pace from the bright summer colors I’ve been drawn to lately.  I needed something darker… So last week’s mani was Essie Sexy Divide.  And I’d forgotten how much I love this one.  It really is […]


Things I Love Thursday: Living Colorfully

It’s been a heckuva week, starting with last Thursday.  Just lots of the crazy going on, lots of emotional upheaval and yes, even tears.  I had to have a little come to Jesus meeting with myself on Tuesday.  Today?  Things are much better.  And a lot of that is just because of refocusing my attitude.  […]


Things I Love Thursday: Holiday Memories

I’m really loving my TILT posts.  They are a fun way to focus on what I’m currently loving (to borrow the name of one of my Pinterest boards) and feeling grateful for.  So, today, since it’s the day after Independence Day I thought I’d focus on the holiday and some of what it brought up […]


A Little Shopping Excursion

Yesterday I went and got my hair cut and brows waxed.  While I was getting my hair done, she also did an extra botanical hair treatment to help protect my hair through the summer months.  I always feel so good when I get my hair done!  Afterwards, I decided to do a little shopping since […]


Manicures, Polish Hoarding, and Swatchicles

I painted my nails for the first time in several months (horrors, I know) last week.  I had a function to go to and COULD NOT show up with naked nails.  After much deliberation, I decided on my very favorite polish – Chanel Peridot.  The last time I wore this polish it chipped badly within […]


Girls’ Day Out

A little while ago one of my closest friends was visiting from Germany.  We got together with two more girlfriends and had a lovely day out.  I took a few photos to record the day, and just wanted to share them.  First we went over to the mall and spent some time at the MAC […]


Pink and Gold

I’m so behind in posting here.  I will get caught up one of these days!  But, I just had to pop in to show you something I’ve been absolutely enamored with.  I think I may have mentioned that I’ve been in dire need of some new perfume for awhile now.  I’ve been trying fragrance after […]


Santa Baby

Dear Santa, There’s a few things I’d really love for you to slide under the tree for me this year. Just a handful of things I’d like to begin the new year with. 1. Beauty   2. Color 3. Luxury & Warmth 4. Fun and… 5. A little sparkle Have I been a good girl? […]


Blowing Out the Candles

I actually had a lovely birthday.  So far it feels good to be 40.  My mother made me a delicious lemon meringue pie.  A co-worker brought red velvet cupcakes to work for me.  I got to spend time with both friends and family without too much drama.  Eric took me out to a fantastic restaurant […]


Birthday Wishlist

So here it is, just two weeks until my birthday.  Two weeks, and I’m torn.  I’m trying to do a little risk mitigation in order to avoid some of the horrible shenanigans that occurred on my birthday last year.  So, in order to attempt to have the happiest 40th I could possibly have, I’m trying […]


Wishing

One of my most favorite things to do is make lists.  And of course the best kind of list is a wish list.  It’s always fun to dream big, so I thought I’d make a little “Dear Santa, this year I’ve been very good and so I’d love it if you brought me…” list.  So […]


Los Chupacabres – A Cautionary Tale

  Several weeks ago one of the women I walk with on Saturdays suggested that we all sign up for a 10k. Up to this point I have only done 5ks, so this was going to be a stretch. She mentioned the 10k would be at night. I figured if I could do a 10k, […]


Bring it

Well, a week has gone by, so it’s time to check in with myself on how I did with my goal. I wanted to focus last week on drinking one 32oz bottle of water a day. I managed to do that every day except Tuesday. Tuesday, I only got about 3/4 of it down. I […]


Albatross

Lately my weight has been bothering me quite a bit and now that school is basically done, it’s time to put my focus back on getting healthy and fit. I really want to get to a healthy weight and feel good in my body. I also am tired of being limited by my weight and […]