Saturday, August 30, 2014

Project Life: 25-26

Annnnnnnnnnnnd........We're caught up! Finally! Hope you've enjoyed all the Project Life stuff, and if you haven't, I hope you enjoy that it's over. Haha. Well, I'll still be posting my weekly spread on Mondays, but the overdose is finished. :) These last two spreads are minimalistic, color-wise. I think the embellishments keep them from being too simple, but I still don't know. I think I'm a bright-color gal in the summer. I could definitely see doing lots of these color schemes during the colder months. Feel free to leave any thoughts or questions in the comment box!

Week 25, left side:

Week 25, right side:

Week 26, left side:

Week 26, right side:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Day in the Life

I've seen these floating around the internet for awhile, and always thought they'd be fun to do: a photo an hour for a whole day. The problem, as it turned out, is that I'm incredibly forgetful, so even if I remembered to start in the morning, I'd take about two pictures and then it would totally slip my mind for the rest of the day. I'm not one of those people who is always thinking about my blog content when I'm doing things, so a lot slips by undocumented (honestly, Project Life has helped more than anything else with that!). It's strange, though--the more I document my life, the more I appreciate it. When I was doing my Project Life pages for the week, most of the journaling talked about what an "awesome" day it was--even though it really was a very typical Friday for me. I'd like to do it again sometime now that I've started classes. Anyway, as crazy as it sounds, this was legitimately a challenge, but definitely a fun one!I If you do it (or have done it) yourself, leave me a link in the comments! I'd love to check it out (and I'm a total nosey Nancy).

I decided to do this a few weeks ago on one of my solo days off, since--although I think it would be interesting to show you a day at my work-- privacy laws won't let me take pictures of the cute kiddos I work with. So this is a pretty typical Friday for me. (*Note: These are all iphone photos, for the simple fact that I didn't feel like lugging around a DSLR all day and fielding questions about why I was taking pictures of random things.)


7 o'clock hour: I usually wake up sometime after 7:00, mainly because Tyler is up and around and I feel guilty (if left to my own devices, I'm more of a 1pm kinda gal...). Generally I whine a lot, and there's some internal struggle regarding actually physically removing myself from my bed. This day was no different.

8 o'clock hour: After I pried myself from the warm comfort of bed, I ended up on the couch because waking up is really hard. I snagged Henry for some cuddling and television, because days off are for being a little lazy, right?


9 o'clock hour: Somewhere after nine, I started to feel guilty (#weirdo) that I'd just been sitting on the couch for over an hour, so I got my happy little self moving, fed the cats, ate breakfast, and took a shower.


10 o'clock hour: So, by the time I started putting makeup on, it was after 10. I'm slow getting around on the weekends. Don't judge. I dried and fixed my hair, put last nights/this mornings dishes in the dishwasher, and did a little tidying up around the apartment before I left.


11 o'clock hour: First stop was one of my favorite flea markets--Urban Market. Every once in a while I pop in just to take a look at the furniture....but I usually end up wandering around the whole store. Like today. That place is a total time-suck. While I was there, I got a tweet from Haley about some new goodies at our favorite scrapbook store, so I added that to the agenda, too!


12 o'clock hour: I was getting a little hungry, so I stopped by Elle's for some iced coffee....and macarons.....and truffles....and an apple almond tart. (I am doing AWESOME at this whole eating-healthier thing.) But HEY, I only ate the tart and drank some of the coffee, and saved the rest for later. I mean, that's got to be less calories than a whole freaking lunch, right? *shifty eyes* Then I popped by a local used bookstore and headed to Target for a few things (mainly chickpeas, because I am freaking addicted).


1 o'clock hour: Against my better judgment, I went to the mall. I can't decide if I went because it was tax-free weekend, or in spite of it, but I really needed some new jeans. I still need some new jeans, because I bought shorts, a skirt, a cami, some shoes, and a hat, but no jeans. Darn you Forever 21.


2 o'clock hour: From the mall I headed toward home, and stopped by Scrapbook Generation. My wallet was weeping when I left, but I was a happy camper.


3 o'clock hour: I arrived back home, put on pajama pants (judge me, but I never wear *real* clothes at home unless I'm expecting visitors), and immediately became a cat chair. So I snuggled Oliver for a while, and then started on chores.

4 o'clock hour: Laundry began a little after 4. It was a dark, dark time in my life.


5 o'clock hour: At this point, I'm still alternating between cleaning and being a bum on the couch. #reallife Finally, Tyler gets home around 5:30.

6 o'clock hour: We decided to head to the library, which has become sort of a weekly ritual for us. Tyler has discovered that the library carries comics, so.... :) I have discovered the sweet lavender latte from the Mudhouse location in the library center. It's pretty amazing.


7 o'clock hour: We drove around town a bit, just talking, because we weren't quite ready to be home.


8 o'clock hour: We started miss our little fluffbutts, so we started for home. We did have to pull over just once so I could snap a photo of the sunset.

9 o'clock hour: Tyler decided to play some video games, so I ate my macarons from earlier, flipped through some magazines, and painted my nails.


10 o'clock hour: We popped in Catfish, which I had been dying to see, but had never watched because it isn't on Netflix or Amazon Instant. Tyler, in his passionate love for the library, said to check and see if they had it, and sure enough! We had to go to the north side to find it, but since we were driving around aimlessly for a while anyway, it wasn't a big deal. We watched it and Forensic Files until we couldn't keep our eyes open, and then dragged ourselves to bed.

Whew! That post was a lot longer than I thought it would be, but it was so fun to create! Thanks for taking a peek at my day! Gold star if you made it to the end. ;)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

5 Favorites: Face

I am far from a beauty guru. If we're being honest here, until a couples months ago, I had worn the exact same brand and type of foundation since high school. I've just been lucky in the skin department for most of my life, so there was really no need to fix what wasn't broken, you know what I mean? As I inch a little closer to thirty (eek!) though, my skin really is changing, and I've had to start experimenting a little to figure out what will work best for this next stage in life. I've added some new things to my skincare routine (you can read about some of my skincare faves here, and a part two is in the works!) and I've started trying to invest a little more in makeup as well. Here are a few current favorites in the makeup department.


1// Benefit Boi-ing Concealer: I tried this at the recommendation of a girl at Ulta while we were commiserating about dark undereye circles, and it is my go-to concealer--not only for dark circles, but blemishes too. It has the perfect consistency, blends naturally, and covers really well. It also doesn't settle into fine lines, not that I have any of those. Ahem.

2// Benefit Eye Bright Pencil:  I use this in conjunction with the concealer when I haven't slept well and my dark circles are extra out-of-control, which seems to be happening more often now that I'm back in grad school. It works wonders!

3//Benefit Porefessional Primer: Confession time: I didn't start using primer until a couple years ago--actually, the first time I used it was at my wedding, and I didn't use it consistently for months afterward. I have since become fully convinced of the error of my ways, and this stuff is gold as far as my skin is concerned. I consider it a splurge and use some cheaper stuff on a day-to-day basis, but lets just say I'm tempted to apply to work part time with Benefit (I'm a fan, if you couldn't tell by this collection...) and tell them they can just pay me in Porefessional.

4// Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation: I bought this at Haley's suggestion, and I can say 100% that it is the best foundation I have ever tried. And let me tell you, I have tried a ton since beginning my search for a new foundation. I was a bit worried about it drying out my skin, since I have a tendency toward dryness anyway, but so far so good. I mainly use this on the weekends, so my skin does get a break (since it is full coverage), but seriously, I'm in love.

5// ELF Tone Correcting Powder: I adore this stuff. Being a(n extremely) fair-complected gal, I have the worst time finding powder. Either it's waaaay too dark, or it makes me look like Wednesday Adams. This blends perfectly while balancing my skin tone, and--bonus!--it's only about $3.

What are your makeup must-haves? I'm always up for trying new stuff!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Project Life: 22-24

More Project Life weeklies! We're almost caught up! These were some that I completed on my binge-scrap day. I mellowed out a bit for weeks 22 and 23, then went right back to bright colors for week 24. Summer just does that to me I guess. Bright colors everywhere!

Week 22, left side:

Week 22, right side:

Week 23, left side:

Week 23, right side:

Week 24, left side:

Week 25, right side:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Things I Have Learned This Week.


1// My brain does not function as well as it did the first time I went to grad school.

2// I am the worst at eyebrows. I can maintain, but when it comes to altering them whatsoever, NOPE. I thought about trying to shape mine today, and then freaked out and decided I couldn't do it (which was probably for the best, since I didn't screw them up).  Also, I'm glad the Benefit eyebrow bar exists--best decision ever.

3// One of my classes requires me to train a giant hissing cockroach. This was not a happy discovery.

4// Oliver loves Tyler more than he loves me, and it kills me. (Henry is still a mama's boy, though.)

5// High levels of stress don't incapacitate me, but they come pretty darn close.

6// Wine helps. So does organization.

7// Awesome coworkers who recognize when I'm struggling and rearrange things so that I get a break from more high-demand kiddos also help. A lot.

8// I get more excited about tattoo appointments than almost anything else.

9// I really really really love school.

10// I also really really love sleep. Sometimes I have to choose between loves.

11// I am much a much happier person after dessert.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vinyl Love // Ultraviolence


Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey

In 3 words: glamorous, captivating, dark (in a very, very good way)

Favorite tracks: Brooklyn Baby, Pretty When You Cry, Ultraviolence, West Coast

Ultraviolence has definitely been my go-to summer album, and honestly, my very favorite record release so far this year. In the interest of full-disclosure, I must tell you that I'm an unabashed Lana Del Rey fan. I swear she moves in and out of decades. She's so polarizing; most people love her or hate her (though I also get the occasional "who?" or "she's alright"--my husband falls into the latter category, which pains me to no end). She's endlessly fascinating, a walking paradox, and this is reflected in this record--it feels autobiographical, yet hyperbolic; melancholy, yet beautiful;  profound, yet tounge-in-cheek; vintage, yet ahead of its time. It's complicated, messy, and perfect all at once.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Last week, for a post, I took some photos with my cats,who were not having it that day--especially Oliver (the Siamese), who had some hilarious faces. I thought it would be fun to share some of the outtakes, because they're pretty funny. It was honestly hard picking which ones to use here; lemme tell ya, it took a ton of shots to get the few decent ones I used last week. Usually my little guys are pretty cuddly and mostly okay with having their pictures taken, but I think together might have just been asking for trouble.






I definitely don't have a career as a pet photographer anywhere in my future....ha!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


A couple weeks ago, Tyler and I went back to my hometown to celebrate my brother's birthday with him. It had been over a year since I'd been back (and two since Tyler had) so it was definitely overdue. Here are a few of the highlights!

Since I hadn't been home in ages, spending time with family and friends was the biggest priority. I finally got to meet my brother's girlfriend, who is absolutely awesome! I also met up with the lovely Emma for some frozen yogurt; we started following each other on Instagram ages ago, and then I realized that not only does she live in my hometown, but she is actually friends with my brother! Such a crazy small world. So we made plans for an introduction, and she is every bit as sweet as I imagined. Love that girl!



We spent a few hours on Saturday in my mom's hometown, visiting family. We stopped by my grandma's for awhile and sat talking on her front porch. I was a little distracted by her cat, who was most biggest attention-seeking little thing I have ever seen. Any time I stopped petting her she would grab my hand with her paw and pull it back toward her. She did make me miss our little guys, though! (#crazycatlady)


Growing up in this area, I don't think I fully appreciated it. I mean, I wouldn't want to live there now, but it really is a beautiful place to visit. Green rolling hills and blue skies have a special place in my heart.


My brother wanted to go to the rodeo for his birthday (sometimes I'm not sure we're related....) so that's what we did Saturday night. It was actually a lot of fun, and I'll post more about it later; I took toooooo many pictures.


This is the most random thing, but I have to include it because it cracks me up. My brother made a bunch of sweet pickles using my grandmother's recipe and gave me some. This is what was on the jar when I got it. *insert crying laughing emoji*


Sunday we headed home (with a couple pit stops along the way...#JollyCone4Lyfe..) It was a crazy short trip, but we already have plans to go back in the fall. A year is far too long between visits!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Project Life: Weeks 32 & 33

You might have noticed that I didn't post my weekly Project Life pages like usual last Monday. We took a little trip to my hometown last weekend and ended up getting home later than expected on Sunday. I suppose I could have stayed up late to do them, I guess, but I'm a slacker. Plus, you may not know this about me, but I really really really love sleep. Like, a lot. I'm back on track, though, and posting two weeks' worth today!

Week 32, left side:


Insert (I took a ton of photos, and narrowing it down was nearly impossible!):


Week 32, right side:


Week 33, left side:


Week 34 right side:


I've really got to get better about taking photos during the week. 99% of these are from the weekends! Yipes. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Project Life:19-21

Just dropping by with more Project Life weeklies. Are you sick of these yet? :)

Week 19, left side:


Week 19, right side:

Week 20, left side:

Week 20, right side:

Week 21, left side:

Week 21, right side:


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