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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The Glam Series Linkup – Skin Routine

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I am excited to participate in Jordan’s fun new linkup about favorite beauty products!  I am excited to discover some new tricks and products and also share with you some of my own.  The first week of this linkup is all about skin!

So growing up I felt like I always struggled with my skin.  It was never terrible but never flawless.  I have switched up my skin routine many many times, but I feel like I have settled into a pretty good routine now and have been pretty pleased with the results!  Introducing my skin routine BFFs!

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Clarisonic Plus

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Introducing the Clarisonic Plus!  I got this for my birthday a few years ago from my parents and it was one of those gifts that I didn’t ask for, but was a very pleasant surprise.  Mine didn’t come with all the stuff in the above photo, I just tried to find the one with the same pattern as mine because I think it’s pretty! 🙂  My mom had heard about how great these were and knew how I have always been sensitive about my skin and tried a bunch of products so thought I should give this a shot.  I was hooked from my first use!  It felt like I was getting a mini facial every time I washed my face!  I don’t use it every night (even though I should) but I can definitely tell the difference in my skin if I haven’t used my Clarisonic in a few days.  After a few weeks I remember getting compliments from friends asking what new product I had been using.  I have since got many friends on board the Clarisonic bandwagon including my mom and sister.  They both have the Mia variety and it seems to work the same.  The only difference is that mine has different speeds and beeps to let me know when to move to the next area of my face.

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Philosophy Purity Made Simple

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I received a sample of Philosophy Purity Made Simple in my Birchbox about two years ago and have been hooked ever since.  I love this cleanser because it is very gentle and mild and leaves my skin feeling soft.  I like it so much I buy it in the bulk 32 oz size!  I like that it includes the pump.  It lasts me for about a year and is a great investment.  My mom usually hooks me up w/ one every Christmas so I have a constant supply of my favorite cleanser! 🙂

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Nerium AD

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Have you heard of this stuff yet?  My friend Jenn starting selling Nerium back in November and when she told me about it, it was totally new to me.  Since then, I feel like I have been hearing more and more about it.  She told me about all of it’s benefits and encouraged me to check out all the before and after pictures online.  The pictures are crazy and I almost thought they were photoshopped because of the drastic changes I saw.  This product is all natural and was developed by accident when they were trying to create a topical cure for skin cancer…they realized it wasn’t a cure, but ended up being a game changer in skin care!  I also have always known Jenn to have super sensitive skin, so the fact that she was backing this product enough to sell it, made me very interested to try it.  She said it not only helps with anti-aging prevention (never too young to start!) but it also helps with overall tone and pore size (which I feel like I have always struggled with).  Jenn gave me a 7 day sample of both the day and night cream and after about 2 days, I was hooked and already asking how I could place my order.  The night cream smells a little “plant-like” but that is due to the fact that it is all natural and doesn’t contain any perfumes.  The day cream doesn’t have the same smell but I love how it makes my makeup go on smooth and almost acts like a primer.  It is a tad on the high end when it comes to price…but you get a discount if you sign up to have it on auto deliver (or as they call it, a “Preferred Customer”).  I signed up to get both the day and night cream on the monthly delivery and it is $120.  I do think that both the day and night bottles will last you longer than a month, so I am not sure how long I will keep getting it monthly, but it is much cheaper to get it this way than “a la carte” (about a $40 difference!).  But so far, my skin has never looked better!  It feels so smooth and I have noticed a significant difference in the size of my pores and I even noticed a wrinkle on my forehead has faded!  It caught me off guard one day because it wasn’t something I was overly concerned with so it was a nice surprise when I noticed it faded.  I joked with my friend Jenn about how I wish this stuff made fat disappear.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Just to provide some proof of the disappearing wrinkle:

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Ignore the redness…I just got out of the shower in both pics and my face tends to get red from the hot water.  It is a small change but I think it’s pretty drastic for only using the product for 3o days.  I am excited to see how my skin improves with further use!  If you are interested in trying Nerium, you can use this link which takes you directly to my customer page which gives me a referral bonus! 🙂  Or, I encourage you to find someone you know that sells it and ask them to give you a 7 day trial.  I promise you will love it (and if you don’t they offer a money back guarantee)!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope I helped you discover some new products and I can’t wait to read the other link-up posts to discover everyone else’s favs!  Happy Thursday!

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Fashion Friday – Mustard

Well I totally meant to post this days ago, but this week got away from me!  I have been a crazy, outfit pinning fool lately on pinterest and decided I really needed to start using my pins for daily outfit inspiration.  I have been obsessed with mustard tones this fall (if you told me this a few years ago, I probably would have said ewwww) and have recently purchased a mustard skirt, and cardigan (seen here!) both from The Limited.  So I have kept my eyes peeled when stalking pinterest to find ways to utilize both.  Which brings us to exhibit A:

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I had all the essentials to create this look so I was pumped!  While getting ready I thought about trying it with my ‘ol faithful Steve Madden boots (that everyone and their mother seems to have – even my Mom has some similar!) and ended up being faced with a decision:

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I instantly was sold on the boots option (mainly because I love the cozy feeling of socks + tights) but plan to utilize the pumps option in the future.  I sorta felt like I stepped out of Nashville, but I was ok with that!  Yay for outfit inspirations!

Shirt – Forever 21 (similar)

Skirt – The Limited

Sweater – Loft, from 2009! (similar)

Tights – Who knows?!  Target I think.

Boots – Steve Madden 

Necklace – Premier Designs (from when I hosted a party last year)

Happy Friday!! 🙂

Friday Favs

Today I am doing my first ever blog link up with one of my fav (former Dallas) bloggers, The Bargain Blonde to share some of my current favorite things:

BIRTHDAY FREEBIES

I have said it before, but I LOVE getting things for free!  Since my birthday was yesterday, my email has been blowing up the past 2 weeks with nonstop deals.  I love it!  So far I have cashed in my free Which Wich, Starbucks, Jason’s Deli, and Yummilicious fro-yo!  I still have a few more to redeem next week and looking forward to it!

 Chiffon Tops

I am seriously obsessed!!  If it’s made of chiffon, I pretty much want it on my body asap.  I actually got a total of 4 for my birthday from my cousins Stephanie and Julie!  One of which happens to be this exact shirt:

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 Animal Print

ROAR! I have always been a fan of animal print and I love how leopard print is everywhere you look these days!  Plus it goes with almost everything and can spice up any outfit!

 Christopher Columbus

Yes, you read that right.  I love him because he discovered America…ok who am I kidding?  I love him because he is the reason I always get a 3 day weekend around my birthday!  Holla for bank holidays!!

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Camp Gladiator

The final week of this session just wrapped up, but I ended up signing up for the next one!  CG STRONG!  Fun fact – CG and I have the same birthday! 🙂

 Instagram

I am such a late bloomer with social networking these days.  I resisted twitter for years and when I finally caved I became a tweeting maniac so it’s no surprise that the same thing is occurring with Instagram.  If you follow me, I am sorry if I am annoying!  🙂

  What are you favorite things this week??  Happy Friday!

Wild Wednesday!

I have currently found myself OBSESSED with leopard print!  It goes with everything and can make an outfit pop!  I find myself thinking up random outfits (and getting inspired by pinterest and blogs) and dreamed up this little number this morning while working out at boot camp (because I am pretty much always thinking about what I am going to eat, or what I am going to wear while working out):

Shirt – Frenzi (random h00chie store in Lewisville)

Pants – Limited, Cassidy Fit Bootcut (from 2010)

Belt – Limited

Shoes – Payless (from 2011) Similar

 I went to limited yesterday because I had an expiring coupon, and haven’t been in there in what felt like forever!  I made out like a bandit!  Most everything was 40% off on top of my coupon.  I ended up getting the above mentioned leopard belt, 2 cardigans, the cutest iPhone cover I have ever seen, and a random ring (to push my total to 100 so I could get $30) off.  My total was only $56!  I guess I won’t be upgrading to the new iPhone 5 anytime soon – this cover is too cute!!  It will keep me happy with the iPhone 4 for the time being!  Happy Wednesday!

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