Pretty Pouts


I've been really into lip glosses this last year. Since having to be in front of people all day, it's become part of my daily routine. Plus, it makes me feel pretty! :) I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out. Berry is the new fall lip color. I don't think I could pull off anything too dark. But everyone looks good in jewel tones, so I think it's a color anyone can find the perfect shade of! I'll certainly be looking for some other berry glosses to add to my rotation. Who couldn't use a good lip gloss recommendation? Here are a few I've found that are worth sharing...

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in "Dolly"

On a shopping trip to Sephora with my mom, she got a gift size of this lip polish that she let me try. It was a nice color that went well with both of our complexions, and it was tingly. Not too long thereafter, I went back to buy my own full-sized one.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in "Mudslide"

I don't think I've ever liked a lip gloss as much as I like this one. I received a sample size with my purchase at Sephora, and it has been my go-to ever since. It's creamier than the other Buxom, but it's also tingly and stays on a long time. I'll be buying another one soon.

bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in "Panache"

I've had this one as a favorite for a while. It's one of the darkest colors I've worn, but it goes on smooth and just the right thickness. I do wish the brush were better though.

NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in "Creme Brulee"

This one was one in a "best of" set of five or six that my mom gave me for Christmas. I like a lot of them, but this one is my favorite. The color is more saturated than most other glosses, and it's a light pink that always makes me feel very feminine.

Always in my bag are my two classics: Smith's Rosebud Salve, which I've mentioned before is good for many things, and Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, which I can't live without (plus, they're headquartered here in Durham, NC, and it always makes me think of my grandparents who are beekeepers). During the move, I left mine in my golf bag and was constantly reaching for it as if in withdrawal. Silly, but only because it's the best!


My First Stitch Fix Experience


Last week I mentioned that I was waiting for my first Stitch Fix to arrive, and it came! For those of you that don't know about Stitch Fix, it's a personal styling service. First, you complete your Style Profile including everything from what sizes you typically wear to your ratings of pictures of particular style compilations, and specific items or trends you are looking for. You can even link it to your Facebook profile to provide access to profile pictures and to Pinterest boards where you've pinned looks you like.

Then, you choose a date that you want to receive your fix. You can do them one at a time or schedule regular fixes at intervals of your choosing. By the date you chose, five pieces are delivered to your door specific to your style and fit. The cost? $20 styling fee per fix, and that's it! If you choose to purchase any of the items in your fix, that $20 gets credited toward your purchase. If you choose to purchase all of the items in your fix, you also get 25% off. Keep what you want, return what you don't.

But how was it, you ask?

Work Wardrobe on a Budget

Remember that time I applied for a job one week, interviewed the next, and started the following? Well, it sure happened! I'm very thankful that it did as it relieved a lot of my stresses about money, health insurance, and the foreboding job search. However, that meant I was short on time, and I wanted to look sharp for my new job to set a good impression from the start. I dressed professionally when needed at The Home but typically wore more casual pieces and got rid of all my ill-fitting and worn out clothes before the move, so my wardrobe was limited.

I set out to purchase some new work wardrobe pieces with a budget of $500 to mix in with some pieces I already had. As I'm sure you've realized, I think it's important to spend smartly. Finding quality pieces is important, but you can do so without spending a fortune. You'll see purchases from thrift stores, ridiculously cheap prices of pieces found on clearance, and most other items at sale prices. To further my dollar and stick to my budget, I purchased gift cards at Kroger (where I get fuel points) on my credit card (where I get cash back) and collected coupons for places I shop regularly. Look out for promotions from Kroger for coupons on gift cards and chances to double and quadruple fuel points, too!

From common sense, everything I read on building a work wardrobe, and pictures on Pinterest, I was looking for classic, neutral, and versatile pieces. Forgiving the terrible lighting in my after-work pictures, here's the breakdown (prices rounded and include sales tax):

Our Adventure


My Loves,

Our lives have been busy busy, and so much has happened and changed. We are now in North Carolina in our new home, and I cannot wait to share it all with you! What have I been doing for so long, you ask?

Well, it has certainly been an adventure...

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Somehow April is already almost over (did you see this April Fool's Day prank?), and May is just around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking about how we're going to show our mothers, and the people in our lives who have been like mothers, how much they are loved and celebrated on Mother's Day, May 11. Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas that include gifts you can buy or make.

For the Gardener 

Give a great new pair of garden boots filled with cut flowers or stuffed with paper and topped with small, potted plants. Or create a terrarium with some beautiful succulents for easy care! (I've been meaning to do this.)

For the Mother Who Has Everything

There is no such thing as too much pampering. A massage, facial or mani/pedi, especially with your company, would surely be a welcomed gift.

For the Bath Lover

One of these amazing bath caddies to keep everything in one spot, just where you want them, would make baths even better. And you can personalize it! For a DIY gift, make natural, homemade bath bombs for her to pamper herself at home.

For the Jewelry Lover

Add a personalized card to hold a bracelet, pair of earrings, or necklace hand-picked by wonderful you like this one on Etsy.

For Simplicity

Hand write a sentimental letter on nice stationary. It will mean more than you can imagine.

For the Family-Centered Mother

I'm in love with this DIY family tree tray. I'm going to be on the lookout for the perfect tray at Goodwill to create one of my own.

But really no matter what, the best gift we can give our moms is our time. Whether near or far, plan to set aside time to express your thanks and admiration for the role they have had in shaping you into who you are.


P.S. Mothers sure do make the world's toughest job look appealing.
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