September 5, 2014

BEAUTY | NARS BLUSH DUPES

I love NARS blushes, but I am traveling soon, and depending on where I am going, I usually do not like taking my more expensive makeup with me. Since a lot of you seemed to like my MAC lipstick dupes post , and is now one of the most pinned posts on Pinterst (Who knew?) I thought I would put together another list with my favorite Nars blush dupes. 






Do you have any great dupes to share?




September 4, 2014

IN THE KITCHEN | CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


My husband's birthday is this weekend and we are spending it with friends, but I always like to surprise him early for a dinner, just the two of us. This year I decorated the dinning room and back deck in candles and balloons. I made an Italian dinner with homemade bread, pasta, and his favorite cake, carrot cake. The frosting was homemade cream cheese frosting. It was so delicious , I thought I would share the recipe below.




Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philadelphia cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar (or confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract




How-To:

  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth, about 3 minutes on medium speed. 
  2. Beat in the vanilla extract. Slowly add in the powdered sugar(mixer on slow speed).









August 30, 2014

LIFESTYLE | HELLO WEEKEND

Happy weekend! I hope everyone had a wonderful week.
This weekend I hit my 22 week mark in my pregnancy. I'm sure you can spot the pregnancy pillow in the above picture? I had been putting off getting one, and finally decided it was time. I got one to try and make it through the night with some sort of comfort. I am a tummy sleeper, so it hasn't been so easy for me to adjust to only sleeping on my side. I love it so far, it has really made sleeping through the night a little more comfortable...at least until I get kicked out of bed (literally by baby kicks) in the morning for breakfast.



I have heard really great things about the honest company, and ordered their sample box. I just love their adorable diapers! I love that they don't have any harsh chemicals too. My husband and I agreed that it would be a good decision to stick with Honest when little Phillip is born.

Adorable !


 We are approaching Fall, and I couldn't be more excited! I love the fashion and the lip colors are my favorite during this time of year. It is just such a fun and beautiful season. The leaves in my backyard are already changing those beautiful shades of Fall.

Phillip and I went to a MLB game Tuesday night. With work and everything going on lately, this was the first game we have been to this season .  We are Cardinals fans and they played the Pirates here in Pittsburgh. We had really good seats and I had such a good time with the hubby.







I have really been trying to stay eating healthy throughout my pregnancy , but again, Fall is on the way, and I am a total comfort food junkie in the colder months. I love making homemade bread and soups. I baked some homemade bread this week and it really had me wishing for cooler temperatures.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!








August 19, 2014

BABY | 20 - 21 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE


It has been a while since I did a pregnancy update post! I haven't really had anything to update until now, so I didn't really see the point in posting. I have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far *knock on wood*. I never really got any morning sickness or any of those symptoms my pregnancy app keeps telling me I am going to experience each week. The only thing I have really been having an issue with is those pesky 2nd trimester  headaches. I get them so bad sometimes and all I can do is lay there in pain. I get the chills and eventually get sick because of them. Luckily, they have eased up a bit and I haven't been getting them so much. At this point in the pregnancy I am really missing simple things- sushi , a glass of wine on a Friday night, a tall coffee(or two),  sleeping on my stomach, my old jeans, but it is all worth it! 



We had our 19 week doctors appointment and everything was ok. Heartbeat is still great and I am keeping my weight right where it needs to be. We then got our paperwork to schedule for the ultrasound / anatomy scan. We were so excited and scheduled it right away. There weren't many spots open, but she told us she could get us in for one. We had to drive a little ways to have it done, but we were totally fine with that. We scheduled it for August 12th.

We were so happy and excited when the 12th came. We hadn't seen the baby in 12 weeks!  I had read that if you drink orange juice right before your ultrasound, the baby will move around more, and be more likely to show what the sex is. I drank a bottle of orange juice, and I kept repeating in my head the whole ride "please show, please show". :)

I checked in to our appointment , and the lady behind the desk told us "I can tell you right now , you are in the wrong place". The lady that made our appointment had made a mistake, and scheduled us for SEPTEMBER 12th, not AUGUST 12th. My husband and I looked at each other in total disappointment.   

Luckily, we were able to schedule for the next morning in the city. We felt so disappointed on the ride home, and everyone was calling and texting to ask if everything was ok, and if we had found out the sex of the baby. It was kind of a good thing we missed our appointment the day before though, because we finally got in for our appointment with a tech who had been doing ultrasounds for over 20 years. She had a student in the room with us, and was explaining in detail a lot of things that you normally do not get to hear. She let us know she was going to make sure we got our answer about the sex of the baby before we left. It was really neat and glad we got in when we did. 

She kept telling us how beautiful the heart is and how healthy everything looked. We were so relieved that everything was ok.

The baby was bouncing around and wouldn't stay still, so It took her a little while, but we did find out we are having.....

 

A BOY!!! We are SO excited!! He is named after his daddy, Phillip. He is already sucking his thumb. :) All of our friends predicted we were having a boy. My mom kept sending me texts "It's going to be a boy!". I had a few dreams it was a boy.

Everyone I know that is pregnant (seems like everyone is ha!) is having a girl , so here is one for team blue!

-Pregnancy updates-

I can still see my toes.


Cravings have been totally absent for most of the 2nd trimester. In the beginning of my 2nd trimester I was really craving fruits and veggies for the vitamins. I haven't really had any since then.

Not a sign of stretch marks yet. I know they say stretch marks are hereditary, but you can always try and do things to prevent them. I have been using raw coconut oil and rose hip oil. I know I still have a ways to go yet.

My navel is still in, but I totally feel like it is going to pop out soon! 

I am feeling movement and kicks ALL the time now . I am totally convinced I am giving birth to a ninja! :)

We went a little crazy at babies R US and purchased nursery decor, a car seat , care kits, burp cloths, blankets, toys, and a swing. 

We have started working on the nursery. We are doing it in a sports theme- mostly baseball. I would like to do a post with more photos of the whole nursery when we are done with it.

I attempted to paint baseball stitch on one wall... it was a challenge, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.






19 more weeks to go! :)





August 1, 2014

BEAUTY | JULY FAVORITES


Happy August! Can you believe it is already August??? I can't! 
I have been so focused on everything going on with the pregnancy and work, that it just seems like July came and went so fast.

The whole month of July I was obsessed with trying new blushes and highlighters - as you can see from my group of products.

I wanted to incorporate more than just beauty (snacks,apps, etc. ) but really, I have just been craving fruit and water...really anything cold. I didn't have much time for anything else.

I have done reviews on a few of my favs this time around, so you can look back on those posts if you are interested, but here were my favorite products for the month of July! 


I have had this polish for a while now, but have been loving this color lately. Essie - Bikini so teeny. Great summer polish!

I did a post about this blush not to long ago, along with the Candlelight Glow highlighter by Too Faced cosmetics. I just love it! It is perfect for summer looks.



Fleur Power by MAC is a peachy pink, coral blush. This color is really flattering with my skin tone. I can't get enough of this color lately.

Everyone has been talking about the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks. I love Bobbi Brown products, have for a long while now. These shimmer bricks are GORGEOUS!  I purchased the beige shimmer brick and recommend everyone to try it! 

I did a review on the Nars Copacabana multiple in the previous post. I am so glad I purchased this one. I am a big fan of the multiples. 


"Sky" is a summer body mist from Bath & Body Works. I love clean smelling body sprays, and have been spraying this after I get out of the shower. I love that it is a light scent. Being pregnant, your sense of smell is a lot stronger, so I have been staying away from any powerful smelling fragrances lately to avoid getting a headache.


I have been getting asked about the lipstick in my profile image. It is Nars "Volga".
This is a Matte lipstick. It is a dark berry shade. I am also wearing the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick as my highlight.



My sweetheart bought me a Marilyn Monroe Photo of her doing her makeup at her vanity. I hung it above my vanity and think it goes so nicely up there. I have other b&w photos of Marilyn around my beauty room, so it goes perfect.

It was really cool of Vanity Girl Hollywood to feature my beauty space photo on their instagram. They also had some really sweet things to say about me. It made my day to see all of the likes and kind comments people were leaving on the photo post. Thank you Vanity Girl! I have used my Vanity Girl every day for over 3 years now, I love it!



I got a few more things from Pink Blush Maternity, and recommend them to all of the moms- to- be.
I got a pair of maternity cropped jeans and another maxi dress. Their prices are so affordable and the quality is outstanding. Everything I have gotten so far has been so comfortable.  There is a sale going on right now too, if anyone wants to get in on it.


I hope you enjoyed my July favorites!
What were you loving in July?





July 11, 2014

BEAUTY | NARS COPACABANA MULTIPLE



I love the Nars multiples. I just recently purchased Copacabana from Sephora. Sometimes highlighters can be too metallic and unreal looking. This one will if you apply to heavy - a small amount goes a long way. Copacabana is  most flattering on light skin tones, but I feel if you were to apply lightly on warmer or darker skin tones, it will look beautiful also.  



I applied heavy in the picture as an example.

It is a soft, creamy texture that gives a beautiful glow on the skin. I use both my fingers and a brush to apply. There is a slight shimmer, so if you do not like that, then is not the highlighter for you. Nars multiples are $39(US) dollars, but I have had my multiples for going on 2 years, so they do last a long while. 







July 9, 2014

BABY | PINK BLUSH MATERNITY STYLE + GIVEAWAY



I am almost 15 weeks and my little bump is finally starting to show! I still can't believe I am almost 4 months pregnant. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started looking up maternity clothes. I stumbled on Pink Blush Maternity, and was so happy to find the cute and affordable styles they carry on their website. For me, it has been all about maternity jeans and maxi dresses. The great thing about maxi dresses is they still fit as your bump grows. This black maxi dress from Pink Blush maternity is one of their newer dresses. It is so comfortable and lightweight. Their clothes run true to size. I normally wear a size small in dresses and it fit perfectly.






Kimono is from Forever 21.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to Pink Blush Maternity. If you are pregnant or know someone who is pregnant, feel free to enter. You can get more entries by following or tweeting etc.  You must be 18+ to enter and must be a follower of this blog. Giveaway ends July 16th. Good luck to everyone! Xx


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