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What’s In My Bag

What's in my bag

Some people are shoe people. Some people are diamond people. I’m most definitely a bag person.

I’ve always loved bags. Mostly big bags. I tend to carry around a lot of stuff, so having a good, big bag is important to me.

Here’s my video on what sort of bags I use and what I keep in my bags.

I mention a purse organizer. I use the KLOUD City purse organizer. If you use it, do you like it? What do you always carry in your bag? Do you love bags as much as I do?!

What’s New at the Drugstore / January 2016

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While I don’t wear a lot of makeup (and most days none at all!), I still really enjoy it. Especially drugstore makeup because it’s the most affordable (duh) and easiest to acquire (there are drugstores on every corner in my town).

So, I love combing the drugstore for new things, especially neutral makeup, to find that diamond in the rough item that only costs $4, and I can apply easily and look like $1 million bucks. (Okay, so that’s asking a lot. But I have found many, many inexpensive things that take this tired, haggard looking face up a few notches.)

Here are a few things I found lately (and a mini review).

+CoverGirl trunaked pallets in Golden and Rose.

I also picked up the Nude but when I compared to my Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet (one of only two high end pallets I own), I really saw a one-for-one shade match. So I returned it. But, if you’re interested in the Naked2, definitely go pick up the Nude pallet. So, therefore, the Golden and Rose pallets are just like the Naked1 and Naked3 pallets, in terms of shade matches. While Urban Decay shadows most likely wear best, these from CoverGirl are really a good option considering they are $10 each and the Urban Decay pallets are $50 each. I’ve played around with them a little, and I’m happy with the pigmentation.

+CoverGirl Oh Sugar! lip balm in Soda, Spice, and Punch.

I believe these are supposed to be comparable to the Fresh Sugar Lip Treaments, which are approximately $1 billion dollars each. Ha! No, they aren’t that expensive. But they aren’t cheap. I’ve only experienced Fresh Sugar in the little trial size version I received for my Sephora birthday gift (Sign up to be a Beauty Insider and you get a free gift on your birthday. It’s usually pretty good, albeit something trial sized.). These CoverGirl lip balms smell very similar to the Fresh Sugar (lemony), and they do feel nice and give just a tint of color, which is what I like.

+Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow Crayon

I was SO excited when I found these that I almost knocked the display over. I already love the Maybelline Color Tattoos in the pots, but I was finding that they can dry out (in all fairness, I have had them a while). Anyway, I knew I liked the pots, so I figured I’d love the crayons. I had to restrain myself, so I only picked up three colors. But I’ve been wearing them almost every day, and I love how they look! The color is buildable, meaning, I can just put on a little bit for a little wash of color or I could really build it up and get glamorous! HA! For what?! The carpool line?! But, really, I could. If I ever got glamorous. Anyway! Definitely, run, do not walk, to get these. You will be glad you did. Eyeshadow in a snap! Just rub a little on your eye, blend it out with your fingers, and done. Girl, you look good!

+L’Oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadows in Paris Beach, Little Beige Dress, Sunset Seine, and Quartz Fume

I depend on YouTube for many of my recommendations, and Tati of GlamLifeGuru is amazing for this. She tries EVERYTHING. And I mean, everything. So when she came out with several videos on new drugstore products and raved about these single eyeshadows, you bet I went on the hunt. Tati is totally glam, so she can do all the colors. There’s this blue one that will look amazing on her, but if I tried it, I’m pretty sure people would think I was auditioning for Barnum and Bailey. Anyway, I picked up four (buy one, get one half off!) in neutral colors. These are good! Again, for those of you looking for a neutral, wearable look, I’ve got you covered. Just swipe even one of these colors on your lid, curl those lashes, little bit of mascara, and boom, you’re done!

Have you tried any of these? Or anything else new (or old!) from the drugstore? Do share!

Sweatpants for Your Feet

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A couple of weekends ago I was cruising around DSW with my mom in search of tall boots.  I can’t ever find tall boots that work for me because of my…athletic calves.  Or super-sizes calves.  Anyone else have this problem?!

Anyway, I had a $5 off birthday coupon burning a hole in my pocket that I wanted to spend on the boots.  I found the boots.  But I decided to take a look at the clearance section just for kicks (see what I did there?).

I passed up a couple pairs of slip ons because they looked like they would cause blisters after about 90 seconds of wear.

But then I froze in my tracks when I ran across this lovely, feather gray pair of slip ons.

I pulled them out and immediately fell in love with how light weight they felt.  And that beautiful gray color I love so much.  I slipped them on and my feet went ahhhhhhh.

I’ve been wearing these shoes non-stop for almost two weeks.  These shoes are the sweatpants for your feet.  They feel like slippers.  And, when I’m hanging out on the playground with the kids, I don’t get those darn pebbles in my shoes.

These shoes are the Skechers Go Walk 2 and come in so many lovely colors I NEED THEM ALL!  How awesome is that navy pair?!  WANT!

Athleta, Lululemon, and Reebok shopping trip

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I’m in the process of making over my closet.  I love a good purge.  And every so often I like to cull through my things, remove what doesn’t fit, and re-evaluate my style.  When I worked in an office, I was totally Ann Taylor Loft.  And I loved that look.  And I still love that look.  But that look doesn’t really work with my lifestyle.

I’m a half-the-time at-home mom, 20 hours a week working part time (at home and in casual environments), and teaching group fitness classes.  I need to be able to move from one “job” to the other while staying comfortable, stylish, and feeling put together.

So I’ve been test driving some different types of clothes, this sort of active-wear meets snappy-casual.  All the material are soft and move with my body while still giving me some shape.  I’ve been loving pieces from Athleta, Lululemon, and Reebok.  Here’s what I picked up:

Athleta:

+Illuminate Tee in dress blue and coral sunset

+Seeing Stripes Skirt in black and white stripes (out of stock)

+Shiva Top 3 in grey heather

+Shiva Tank 3 in black

Lululemon:

+The Every Yogi Tee in heathered cashew white/white

+Vinyasa scarf in black and white stripe

Reebok

+Studio Stripe Pants

Favorites // June 2014

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Usually the months feel slow to me.  But the past couple months have FLOWN by.  WARP SPEED!  So here we are at the beginning of July which means it’s time for June favorites.  These are the products I reached for over and over again this month.  Some repeats, some new stuff.

Products mentioned:

+Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in light

+Maybelline Master Glaze by Face Studio Cream Blush in apricot

+e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

+Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum Eyeliner in dark brown and ultra black

+CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara by Lash Blast in very black

+Barr-Co lotion in original scent

+Gap Woven Back T

+Gap Printed Canvas Tote

+Athleta Betonna Jeggings

What did you love in June?  What should I try in July?

Summer 2014 essentials

Summer 2014 Essentials // shorts, best tshirt, awesome swim suit, makeup

Whoa.  It’s HOT outside.  Now, I’m not complaining because this winter was brutal.  For just about everyone everywhere.  It was dark and bitter cold and miserable.  Remember when our pipes froze?  Three times?!

So, I’m totally not complaining.  But I am saying it’s mighty hot out.  So, here are some of my favorite products to use and wear in the summer to stay stylish and if not beat the heat, join it.

Products mentioned:

+Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF55

+China Glaze nail polish in pool party

+Maybelline Master HiLight Blush in coral

+Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in light

+Victoria’s Secret Draped Halter Tankini with Hipster bottoms

+Old Navy 5 inch shorts

+Glitter sandals by Target (last year)

+Merona Womens Favorite VNeck Tshirt

+Lightweight scarf by Target

What are your summer essentials?  Any recommendations?  Questions?