Monthly Archives: March 2015

Have a Beautiful Weekend

March 27, 2015


Spring has sprung and while the rest of the country may not be feeling it yet, Florida is beautiful this time year! I’m celebrating by taking a little day trip to Thomasville, Georgia tomorrow, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. I hope there’s sunshine and butterflies and a boatload of flowers wherever you are! Here are some fun links to browse this weekend…

 Tips to simplify your morning routine

Why aren’t Italians fat?

Eight hairstyles every girl should know

Latest podcast addictions: The Happiness Project and Real Simple

The highlight of my week: the reunited cast of Pretty Woman!!!

 This dress is at the top of my spring wishlist.

Brownies: cakey vs. fudgy

I forgot this happened: Reese and Jake

 Cutest spring vases for all those flowers you’re going to buy

See you next week! xx


March Beauty Buys

March 26, 2015


Olivia Garden Ceramic Round Brush // This boar bristle brush was tricky to use at first (my hand eye coordination is less than stellar), but now I can’t imagine going back to my previous method. It creates the perfect blowout and speeds drying time, which is everything to me on weekday mornings.

Lancome Nude Miracle // I tried a few foundations before committing to this one, and while I love the coverage, matte finish, and added SPF, it was the scent that sealed the deal for me. Some brands can smell almost chemical-ly or like costume makeup, but Lancome Nude Miracle smells fresh and light and adds an uplifting element to my morning routine.

Balenciaga B. // Speaking of amazing scents, Balenciaga B. is a subtle blend of fresh and feminine that’s perfect for everyday wear. It’s light and uplifting, and has become a favorite part of my morning beauty routine. I bought it as a Valentine’s Day gift to myself and plan to keep it as a signature scent for a long time.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage // This is a product that first caught my eye in this tutorial so I decided to give it a whirl. It is amazing in that it works like Photoshop for the face. I have a new sunspot pop up every other day (thanks to my younger, tanorexic self) so I use this to cover blemishes and discoloration. The brush is sold separately but my advice is buy both products together. I didn’t buy it at first, but quickly realized the makeup doesn’t achieve my desired result without the proper tool.

One Year Later…

March 24, 2015

etc / life

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I created this blog! And I can’t believe how much can change in a year. I moved, ended a major relationship, re-evaluated just about every aspect of life (twice), and took a few weekend trips. Overall, it’s been a great year and one I feel that will be significant. It was one year ago this month that I started making decisions that ultimately led me to where I am (and more importantly, where I’m going) now. Through all the ups and downs of this year, I love looking back on the evolution of the blog’s photography, styling, and point of view. Here are a few of my favorite posts from year one…

The quickest DIY for your dresser knobs.

Add a little flavor to your vanilla ice cream.

Re-purpose your favorite candle with a pretty bouquet.

My trip to Atlanta and making memories at Blogshop.

A quick and crunchy snack.

Remembering my 2013 Europe vacay.

Shared my all-time favorite Christmas cookie recipe.

Tips on surviving that gel mani.

Took in a few local festivals in the spring.

A logical storage solution for my growing nail polish collection.

Making my own wall art, potato style.

The weirdest trick ever, that you’ll thank me for later.



March 16, 2015



Now that the worst of the winter weather is behind us, it’s time to slough off the dry skin and get ready to shine for spring, starting with lips. With only two ingredients, this lip scrub is fast, easy, and sweet enough to eat. I like to use it to exfoliate my lips before getting ready, especially if I’m wearing a bold lip color.

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Just a little update…

March 10, 2015


Well, hello there! Just wanted to drop a line and let you know I’m still alive… I haven’t been avoiding you, I promise. The last few weeks I’ve been in more of a ‘gather inspiration’ mode than a ‘sharing’ mode (which my Pinterest account can attest to). Every now and again I like to stop, reflect, refresh and regroup. I’ve also been working on my goals, and planning a few trips for the year, which I’m excited to share with you soon!

My weekends were delightfully occupied these past few weeks because my mom and sister came to visit. My sister and I explored a new park in town, ate pizza at my favorite spot, and went to a local art festival, which really just turned out to be a bunch of white kids with dreads selling hula hoops (I wish I could make this stuff up). The following weekend my mom and I did our usual lunch and shopping thing and then caught a movie because the weather was disappointingly cold and misty.

This week is going to be crazy at work because my co-workers are on spring break (woohoo!), but the silver lining is that I get to run office errands in amazingly beautiful weather. Last weekend was so nice I took extra long walks both days. I explored my neighborhood on foot and even noticed some green starting to return to the hills and trees, a sure sign spring is right around the corner. Can’t wait!

More soon…



March 2, 2015

inspiration / life

I’ve experienced certain jobs, and relationships that I’m grateful for, but have motivated me to move on, and lately I’ve been feeling the push more than ever. In an effort to figure out where I’m going and what I want to be, I’ve started with a few small goals each month. This month is all about baby steps in volunteering, working out, traveling, and job hunting.

Volunteer – Truth be told, I’d adopt 27 puppies tomorrow if I could stay home with them all day and just cuddle in their cuteness. But, a girl’s got bills to pay, and my 8-5 work schedule wouldn’t be fair to a dog. I’m hoping to spend my evenings and/or weekends giving back to animals in some way.

Take a fitness class – I am without a doubt the least athletic person I know. But, I have to do something to take care of myself and I figure a weekly yoga or barre class will not only motivate me to work out more, it will force me outside of my comfort zone, which is always a good thing.

Travel – I have so many places I want to visit! I’ve been feeling held back because I’ve never traveled alone, but I’m going to push that uncomfortable feeling out of the way and just do it. There’s no time like the present, and I don’t want to wait around forever wishing I had seen the sites.

Find a job I love – I’m so grateful to have the job that I do now, but I still have a passion for all things creative. While I’m not sure what exactly I want to do, the exploration part of this journey is exciting. My goal this month is to overhaul my resume and look for classes that further my knowledge in design.