5 on Friday – Winter Blues

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Hello Friday!  Glad to see ya again!

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I am so sick of this weather!  Yesterday was 18 degrees and we got about an inch of snow.  I welcomed this behavior back in December and maybe January.  But now…I am over it and ready to not see my jacket until at least December.

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I am obsessed with my super easy vday decor.  Since it’s been so cold, I haven’t been getting out much the past few days so what’s a girl to do?  Valentine’s crafts of course!  I saw this pin with printout hearts and it was as simple as cutting and hanging up.  I used some tiny cute clothespins left over from wedding shower crafts and a ribbon to hang them up.

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Mental note – update picture frame photos haha

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Since I have been spending a lot of time indoors, it has given me a chance to get some serious use out of the Barre3 DVDs I got for christmas.  I’ve done them 3 days in a row, and I am feeling the burn in my core and arms!

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I really hope it warms up before tomorrow morning at 8 am because I am running the Hot Chocolate 15k!  Right now the weather is showing an expected 30 degrees at start time…wonderful!  I just really really hope it is above freezing.  But hey, at least I get a bunch of hot chocolate at the end right?  Totally makes it worth running 9.3 miles for huh? ;)

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I am no stranger to running in miserable weather…time to bust out the ‘ol penguin hat!

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I thought I would cure myself of the winter blues by perusing some of my favorite online stops for sales and found this amazing deal on a Kendra Scott necklace that I think would make an excellent addition to my collection.  For a savings of $128, don’t mind if I do!!!  Plus, I think it would look so pretty with outfits of all seasons!  Last Call always has great deals on Kendra Scott if you catch it at the right time!  Check it out, you won’t be sorry!

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That’s all folks!!  Have a great weekend, and cross your fingers I don’t freeze to death tomorrow morning!!

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The Glam Series – Eye Makeup Wish List

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This week in The Glam Series everyone is talking about their eye makeup routines.  Since I already posted here about my favorite eye makeup products, I thought I would just talk about some eye makeup products I am currently lusting after.

Eye Makeup Wish List

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

I have been part of the Naked Cult Club for a few years now, and actually recently (well for my birthday – thanks Elana!!)  got a replacement since I ran out of all my “go-to” shades.  I wasn’t that impressed with the Naked 2 so didn’t have high hopes when I heard that they were coming out with a third member of the Naked family.  However, this palette is right up my alley!  I love all the shimmery rose-y shades!

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Benefit Watt’s Up

I received a small sample tube of this in my Sephora birthday gift.  I have always been a fan of brow bone highlight powder, but never used a cream based highlighter.  I found that this product did much more than just regular powder because you can use it on multiple areas of your face.  Nose, inner eye, cheek bones…it covers all the bases and lasts all day.

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes

I’ve never really got into “fancy” mascara.  Everyone seems to be obsessed with Benefit “They’re Real” but I didn’t think it was any more special than my drugstore mascara (and almost 3 times the price!).  My mom got me this awesome “mascara variety pack” for christmas that had about 10 different mascara minis (some are actually full sized!) so I was excited to try out some new fancy brands before committing to a full size.  This one has been my favorite so far!  I really feel like it makes my lashes look longer, more defined, and full.  I plan on picking up a full size whenever I run out of all my minis!

Which new products are on your wish list?  Be sure to check out everyone else’s eye makeup routines over on Jordon’s blog!

PS Hope you like the new theme…I am slowly learning how to be more “blog-savvy”!

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JRaab’s Closet – #1

Today I am excited to link up with Sarah and Shanna for their weekly fashion linkups to showcase “What I Wore Wednesday” aka WIWW.  I actually wore this dress last “Casual Friday” in the office.  I usually always think about what I am going to wear the next day before falling asleep but after being sick and living in sweatpants and a snuggie the past 2 weeks, I have been feeling pretty uninspired.  So what’s a girl to do?  Pinterest of course!  I just searched “Casual Friday” and a bunch of super cute outfits (and funny cartoons) popped up!

20140131-185328.jpgExhibit A – I love penguins so I had to share! :)

This outfit in particular peaked my interest because I had a similar sweater and jeans and couldn’t remember the last time I wore them.

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The inspiration from Pop of Style

And here is my take on it:

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Both the sweater and jeans are from Old Navy, the boots are Steve Madden, and the necklace is one of my favs which I ordered online almost 2 years ago at the beginning of the whole “bubble necklace” craze.  Also, I swear I don’t wear this sweater all the time!  It has just had a lot of face time on the blog so far!

Be sure to check out everyone else’s fashion posts on Sarah and Shanna’s blogs!

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Thirsty Tuesday – Favorite Wine

Is Tuesday to early in the week to talk about wine? Well if so I apologize!  I wanted to briefly share my top 2 favorite wines of the moment!
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I don’t discriminate when it comes to wine – at least  not anymore!  I used to be a 100% white wine only drinker.  Starting first with good ‘ol White Zin back in college (straight out of a martini glass if me and the roomies were feeling extra classy).  I quickly moved to Chardonnay and that stayed my wine of choice for quite awhile.  I remember being at a work dinner soon after graduating college and an older woman made me feel like I was a child since I ordered a white wine.  “Ohhhh you are young that explains why you are drinking that” and then turned her nose in the air and sipped on her Malbec.  At that moment, I knew I needed to branch out and try my hand at some reds (initially it was just so I could fit in during situations where people are sharing a bottle of wine without having to be difficult and ordering something else).  I first eased into the red territory with Pinot Noir and then after establishing a desire for the Pinot, I moved into Cabernet Sauvignons, then took a trip to Napa with my college besties and from then on – I decided I would drink anything!
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 Introducing my current favorite wines:

Apothic Red Wine Blend
This has served as my “go-to” red wine over the past year when I didn’t feel like putting in much effort to decide which bottle had the coolest label research a new brand of wine.  It doesn’t disappoint!  It is usually about $9 a bottle at the store so it won’t bust your budget!
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
This is a new recent favorite.  My Junior League committee usually goes out to get dinner and drinks at Breadwinners after our meetings because they have half priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays.  Depending on how many girls we have, we usually just order a few bottles and all share.  Over the past year, this bottle has become a regular for us!  It can be found at stores for about $12 but of course way more at a restaurant.
What are your favorite wines??
PS Shout out to Jordon for introducing me to Polyvore which I used to make this cute little picture!  I am now obsessed! #newbieblogger
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Get Pin-spired – January

I am super excited to link up with Sheaffer, Shay, and Mel for their monthly Pinterest inspired linkup.  Over the past year I have looked forward to looking at everyone’s fun outfits on the 1st of every month.  Here are 2 of my favorite “Pin-spired” looks this month:

{Mustard & Plaid}

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I fell in love with the “mustard” shade last fall/winter and after putting it on hold for most of the summer, I was excited to bust it back out!  Here is my take on the outfit.

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I did I litte reverse since I don’t own a plaid scarf, but really liked this look for a cold Dallas day!  It will definitly be a repeate outfit before it warms up!

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Scarf – random mass scarf purchase via groupon (don’t ask haha)
Pants – Limited
Boots – Steve Madden (also seen here)
Purse – recent Target clearance find! :)

{Dots, Mint, & Coral}

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Hey, this outfit matches my blog! :)  I have actually owned all of these pieces for awhile, but never paired them together untill being “Pin-spired”!  I really liked how it came together and made me feel springy during the blah of January and I plan to wear it again during spring with a light colored skirt or jeans.

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Sweater – Old Navy

Shirt - Forever 21

Necklace - Groopdealz

Pants – Express

  Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see what everyone else has been wearing this month!

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The Glam Series – Face Time

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Hello!  I am finally almost recovered from the worst sickness of 2014 (fingers crossed).  I am excited to join back in to Jordon’s linkup this week to talk all about my face makeup routine!  Now bear with me…none of the items I am about to discuss are fancy or expensive but they work for me and have been longtime staples in my routine.  I have found that spending more moola on facial treatments has been more beneficial to me than breaking the bank on foundations which gives me more room to splurge on other items (ie fancy eye makeups and eyebrow kits).  But if you are looking for some amazing drugstore finds, you have come to the right place! :)

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Benefit Porefessional

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After applying my Nerium Day Cream (which I talked about last week), I then apply a layer of this magic to my face.  I have been blessed with larger pores (which I am hoping my beloved Nerium shrinks down) so when I received a sample of Porefessional in my Birchbox a few years ago I was very excited to see if it could assist with hiding my pores.  I was immediately sold based on the texture.  It felt like I was applying liquid silk to my face!  It is a somewhat nude color which blends into my skin tone that helps disguise the pores and also redness.  I feel like it acts like an warmup to the foundation.  Kind of like a wannabe concealer, but for all over not just certain spots.   I have since gone through multiple tubes.  The only downside is the price.  At $30 a pop, I can’t help but ration it.  I try to only use it when I know I am having a long day without time to touch up my makeup, or when I know I will be taking lots of pictures.  I am actually all out and planned on using my Birchbox points to cash in on a new tube…but they are on backorder!  If that doesn’t tell you this product is a winner, I don’t know what will! :)  If you have any other suggestions for a winner primer that is possibly cheaper, please let me know!

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

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Now, this isn’t really marketed as a foundation, but I have been using it as a foundation for about 3.5 years.  After applying my primer base, I slap on a layer of this “Healthy Skin Enhancer” by using foundation brush and I feel like it helps tone out my skin and leaves me a clean pallete to apply my blush and bronzer.  I really like this product because it acts as a moisturizer, foundation, and a sunscreen and doesn’t leave me feeling like I have a thick layer of makeup on my face.  I like the light clean feeling when it comes to base layer makeup.  I use shade #30, light to neutral and it has not strayed me wrong.  It is very light so I feel like I don’t have to worry about having a dreaded makeup line.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder

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Notice a trend?  I have had nothing but luck with the Neutrogena cosmetic line for the past few years, so I have been loyal.  After applying my “foundation” base in the form of the Healthy Skin Enhancer, I then apply it’s cousin, the Healthy Skin Pressed Powder with my kabuki brush.  I also use shade #30 in the pressed powder.  I like this powder because it helps prevent shine and makes me feel like my foundation layer is set.  It also helps serve as a touchup for shine throughout the day.  You can also see an alternative use to this powder in my eye makeup post last week.

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Milani Baked Blush

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Brace yourself…this may be the best drugstore find you will ever experience.  I picked this blush up on a whim.  Now mind you, I like the “dewy”/”sunkissed” look when it comes to makeup so I gravitate towards more shimmery  blush, eye makeup, and bronzers.  I was at Walgreens and I saw this blush and since Ulta had recently discontinued my current blush I figured I might as well branch out to something new and have never looked back!  I have always found that I liked the “baked” blush and bronzers because they incorporate different shades within the blush so it isn’t just one uniform color.  This blush has several shades of pink, bronze, and a natural that all blend together for the perfect blushy glow.  I have only used the Bellissimo Bronze shade, but depending on your skin tone there may be a better one for you.  Milani offers a total of 7 different blush shades!  It is only $8 so you can’t really lose if you are looking to branch out.  Beats paying $20-$30 at the department store counter!

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Physician’s Formula Custom Blush and Eye Shadow

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This was another random pick.  I was at Target one day and we all know what happens when you go to Target…you walk in for toothpaste and you leave with a shirt, shoes, workout top, and a few new makeup purchases.  Am I right?  Well this one fall day around my birthday, I was running out of of summer glow and also on my bronzer so I thought I would do some experimenting with a new shade of fake summer glow.  I liked the different colors of this compact and how the different colors could blend together to create a unique bronze color.  At first, I thought it was really dark, but then learned to just slowly blend from the top and then work to the bottom of the compact.  I have only used it as a bronzer due to the shade I purchased, but I think you could possibly look into a different shade and use it for both a blush and a bronzer.

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There you have it!  My face makeup routine in a nutshell…and all (except the Porefessional) can be found at your local drugstore or Target!  How’s that for keeping it simple!  I can’t wait to see what other products everyone is using!  Happy Thursday!

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