Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I'm Pregnant

13 Weeks
My first reaction to a positive pregnancy test was nothing like I imagined. My intuition told me that something was different and I just knew I had to be expecting- seeing the positive test just made it sink in more.  I felt a rush of glee over me and then immediately after I was frightened.  I left the bathroom and told Shane the news and I could hear it all over my voice that I was in shock. I'm going to be someone's MOTHER!

I'm starting to type this at 10 weeks pregnant- by the time you read this I will be 15 weeks along.  So far its been a bumpy ride. The first ultrasound was done when I was 6 weeks and I was so surprised to see my little baby's heart beat.  I was speechless to say the least.  I didn't get the wonderful "morning" sickness until about 7 weeks and wow I didn't know that I could vomit so much.  As most of you know, I ADORE food.  These days, food really isn't on the top of my list of things that make me happy.  Other than that, I am seeing a little bump arise from my usually squishy/chubby tummy and I'm always super tired. I keep telling myself that it's all temporary. :) Now at 15 weeks, the vomiting has subsided and I am getting my energy back- my sense of smell is my worst enemy.

We have nicknamed our baby "Buttons"- simply based on the fact that Shane resembled an elderly man when he was just a baby.  This, of course, made me think that our child may look fresh out of the retirement home and I thought of Benjamin Button- hence Buttons.

I'm fixated on making sure that our little baby is set up for success. I'm researching like crazy on everything an anything baby related. I have also been harassing people about their birthing stories. My mother has challenged me to an all natural birth but I'm not as bad ass as she is- so we will see.

 For anyone interested, I will be giving updates via blog.  I also have other posts regarding beauty and fashion on the way. :)  Overall, we feel so blessed to have Buttons on the way.

buttons wave.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gifts Under $15

Gifts Under $15

These products are sure to please the recipients as well as your wallet!  

1. Statement Necklace- $15 This particular necklace is now sold out but check out www.baublebar.com to find some great pieces and awesome prices.
2. Lime Crime Eyeliner- $14 This is perfect for a girl who can not live with out her cat eye. If you haven't heard of Lime Crime... shame on you!!
3. Sketch book Book $9.95 Barnes & Noble
4. Sephora Collection All Access Glam Pallete- $15
5. Awesome R2D2 Ornament. They have a wide array of cute ones- $6-$15 at Target
6. H&M Pile Lined Thick Sock- $6
7. Claire's Floral Beanie- $6
8. Guess? Ring- On Sale for $12

Friday, December 12, 2014

Flashback Friday: Gaucho Pants


UUUUUUUUUUggggggghhhhh!!!!!  I can proudly say that I did NOT participate in this trend. My wonderful friend, Laura, had the pleasure of working at Talbots while this awful style was in full effect. She loves to recall how older women wanted to pair these with knee high boots and she was glad to interject that "it wasn't cute".

Anyway, I know some of you thought it was the new yoga pant or that they were just comfortable... but boy they were so unflattering. I detested seeing girls pairing t-shirts, gauchos and wedged flip flops together! Gag me! :) So please... reminisce of that time you or your sister/friend/coworker/teacher wore gaucho pants and let's celebrate that it is no longer a trend!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Flashback Friday: Jon B.

Some of you may not have a clue who this is... but I dabbled with BET when I was in elementary school soooo I was quite aware of who Jon B. was and I had a little crush on him. I can't even watch one of his videos now with out cringing but that is what was so amazing about 90's R&B.  Also, "They Don't Know" is a classic- so no shame! So this Friday, I chose to remind everyone of the talents of Jon B.- ENJOY!! By the way... if you want to see what he is up to you can follow him on twitter or visit his website!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2014 Gift Guide for Trendy Girls

Christmas Banner

Preppy girl holiday guide

  1. Kate Spade "This is the Year to" Idiom Bracelet.
  2. Ugg Australia Robe
  3. J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer
  4. Michael Kors Stockard Boot
  5. Ann Taylor Cashmere Scarf
  6. J. Crew Dragonfly Necklace
  7. Monogrammed Clutch
Rocker Gift Guide
1. Kat Von D. Ladybird Palette
2. Leather Leggings
3. Steve Madden Globaal Bootie
4. Alexander McQueen 3D Skull Bracelet
5. Wine Velvet Skater Skirt
6. Ear Cuff

Boho Gift Guide

1. Free People "Ayla" Necklace
2. Jade Bangle
3. Tarte "Makin' Waves" Set
4. Big Buddha "Jodi" Satchel
5. Crochet Tunic
6. Temporary Metallic Tattoos

Gift Guide Trendy Girl
1. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour
2. Fur Vest
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs "Katie" Turnlock Bracelet
4. Tory Burch Snow Leopard Crossbody
5. Leopard Gloves
6. Chanel No. 5 

Country Girl Gift Guide
1. State Necklace
2. Southern Marsh Pullover
3. Ray Ban Aviators
4. Justin Western Boot
5. Fringe Handbag
6. Plaid Infinity Scarf

Gift for Urban Queen
1. Timberland Earthkeeper Tall Boot
2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Saw Tooth Studs
3. Juicy Couture Slim Leg Joggers
4. Nixon Monarch Watch
5. Moschino Quilted Napa Leather Backpack
6. Sassy Beanie

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY: Clothes Pin Picture Frame

*Great Christmas gift alert.

I was at Michael's and found this lovely wooden frame in the last call section for $8.00. I am always looking for a new way to add some decor in to our very plain home so alas a project was born. Total this project cost me $14. 

What you will need:
  • (1) backless frame
  • (9) clothes pins
  • 1 roll of twine or jute
  • gold paint
  • sponge brush
  • staple gun

Step 1: Measure out how many inches you would like your strings to be apart. I measured the frame and divided the inches by 4 to get a good idea.  I marked each spot I wanted to put in a staple with chalk.

Step 2: The picture above is a little misleading. I realized after that I should put my staples vertically on the inside ridge of the frame.  Your staples will serve as the spot where you will be tying your jute.

Step 3: Paint your frame. I used metallic acrylic paint. I love acrylic paint because it doesn't take too long to dry and its easy to work with. I also used a sponge brush because I still  wanted the wood portion to come through.  I did about three coats and let it dry for 40 minutes.

Step 4: All that is left is hanging your pictures with clothes pins and finding the perfect spot in your home!

I hope you enjoyed  this! Don't be too stressed if you have to play around with your staple placement... the weight of your pictures/clothespins make the spacing seem off.  Also, the tighter you tie your jute/twine the less slack for slouching.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Joie De Vivre

I haven't posted one of these in some time but here are some snip bits of the great times I've had these past few months.

My lovely friend Carla and I were reunited on Halloween. She was Mrs. Frizzle and I was a jellyfish. Good times :)

Ceviche... need I say more?

Mind my finger. Beautiful water in Mexico.  We went on a cruise in September. It was just what we needed to relax

I really need to find out what this building is. My sister came in town and we took a ride on the Natchez down the Mississippi River and we came across this!  

Stoic angel on a tomb. I found this very beautiful.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

Twiggy + Miracle Gel Top Coat
Okay, so initially I was EXTREMELY skeptical. Due to the fact that I work in retail, gel nails are a must for me. My hands are constantly in use; whether it'd be ringing up a sale, sending an email, putting up back stock or adjusting buckles... my hands are never idle.  The problem is I detest going to the nail salon!  You can now see why a product like this would have me rubbing my chin in thought. Anyway, Essie and Sally Hansen are my two top favorite nail polish brands so I decided to give this a go. I apologize for lack of photos.

How to: The process is extremely easy. All you do is apply two coats of your color of choice and top it off with the top coat.  Note: it must be a miracle gel color.  Sally Hansen advertises up to 14 days of color and shine.  

At 14 days.
The Verdict: Okay, so Sally Hansen is right you will get 14 days of color and shine but it doesn't mean that your nails will not be chipped.  Unlike a gel manicure you would get at a salon, this will most definitely chip on you within a week.  I do know that chalky colors tend to chip faster than your vibrant shades so I am not 100% positive it isn't the entire line that is like this.  I also tested this out during one of the busiest times at my job... so others may find better results. All in all, it is defintely worth a try but don't look at it as a 14 day manicure.