10/11/14

Forever 21: Small Fall Haul!

Hey everybody!  Here are a few things I recently picked up at Forever 21 that I am totally loving.  As you probably know, F21 items go pretty quickly so if you're interested in any of these things, you might want to check them out fairly soon!!!  Let's get to it...



Out At Sea Bodycon Dress, $14
This dress was actually on clearance when I bought it, so I'm not too surprised that it is no longer on their website.  Items that are sold out are always popping back up on their site from time to time with returns and so forth, so if you're interested in this then keep your eyes open.  I ordered a size bigger than I normally wear in F21, because it is super form fitting.  I really, really, really like this dress.  I love the sleeve length, and how it comes all the way down to the knee.  With a dress this tight it would be a little much if it were a super short length.  And even though this dress pretty much clings to your whole body, it doesn't accentuate your flaws.  Even the stripes are pretty easy to pull off, which never happens.  This dress is surprisingly flattering, and I definitely plan on throwing this in my suitcase for a trip to Vegas this week!



Distressed Denim Jacket (in light denim), $29.90
I have a darker denim jacket that I have owned for several years now, but I didn't have a lighter denim one.  I hadn't ever even tried on any of Forever 21's denim jackets before so I was unsure about the quality/fit/etc.  I was really pleased when this arrived.  The denim is a great weight and feels like a really good quality.  This particular jacket is made kind of small, I wish I would have sized up in this as well.  I am going to keep the jacket, as it is wearable.  But if you do decide to buy this item, it would be my recommendation to size up.
I love the distressed detailing on the back.  Super cute!

Fuzzy Striped Cardigan, $34.80
This sweater is seriously soft and cozy!  The fuzzy material is thick yet stretchy and is super warm for the cooler months.  The length of this open-front cardigan is perfect for skinny jeans or leggings, and the front pockets are great as well.  I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot this Fall and Winter!


(an up-close shot of the fuzzy material!)

That's it guys!  If you have any questions just let me know!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!  Mmmuuuaahhh!
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10/9/14

Fall 2014 Nail Polish Trend: Navy Nails

Hey everyone.  While I was just surfing around on the net I found an article from Allure on nail polish trends for Fall 2014.  I already knew Navy was going to be a trend this season, and they did in fact have that on the list.  (You can see the full article here).  Finding the right Navy polish can be somewhat of a challenge.  As with a lot of darker hued polishes, it's very common that the end result is so dark it ends up just looking black.  And while I do love a black polish, if I want black nails I'll just paint them black.  Right?  If I want blue or oxblood or whatever, then I want the color to stay true.  The best Navy polish I have ever used is by China Glaze and it is in the shade First Mate.

First Mate is a true creamy navy blue, that in any light always keeps it's true color.  I was testing out some polishes for Fall the other day, and it just so happened to be when the sun was shining through my window.  I was able to capture in a couple of photos how the polish looks both in the sun and with a shadow cast on it.  As you can see, the color stays pretty much the same - always navy, always a true blue.



And here is the color on all of my nails.  I adore this color!  Rich and deep for the season, but not as stark as a true black.



So if you're in the market for a pretty Navy polish, check out China Glaze's First Mate.  I don't think you'll be disappointed!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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10/4/14

Nashville Getaway: The Grand Ole Opry & Marcy Jo's Mealhouse!

Hey guys!  We went on a weekend getaway to Nashville this weekend and I thought I'd share some photos of some of the things we did.  It's such a great city with so much to do, I highly recommend going there if you ever get the chance!  This was just my 2nd time ever going, but I definitely plan on going many, many more times again.



MOTD:  Make Up For Ever HD foundation, Coty Airspun powder, MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose, MAC Emphasize, Benefit Hoola bronzer, Nars Sin blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Makeup Geek Vegas Lights palette, Anastasia Brow Wiz, Anastasia clear brow gel, Maybelline Rocket Volume mascara, MAC Syrup lipstick, Maybelline Colorsensational Elixir in Glistening Amber, UD deslick makeup setting spray

 

A trip to Nashville is never complete without a trip to the Opry, and we grabbed dinner at the Opry Backstage Grill to get things started.

Loved getting to spend some time with the aunt and uncle <3



OOTD:  Dress from Old Navy, Old West leather cowgirl boots, and statement necklace from Walmart


There were numerous people performing, and all of them were so good!  I didn't take too many pics, but here are a few that I did get.

Ricky Scaggs

Aaron Tippin

One of my favorites - Joe Diffie


John Conlee in his Rose Colored Glasses

Little Big Town

It was indeed a special night at the Opry, Reba McEntire stopped by to ask Little Big Town if they wanted to be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry!  It was great!

We went backstage after the show, a definite must-do if you ever go.  I actually did the tour when I was here last year, but had to do it again because it's so much fun.  You get to see all of the dressing rooms and even get to go onstage 'into the circle'.  


Sara Haze (who also performed during the show) stepped out of her dressing room to meet us.  She's so talented and super sweet and down to earth.  This was her 19th time performing at the Opry!  


We got to meet Jeannie Seely, an Opry member since 1967.  So classy and witty, she was a hoot!



About a half an hour away from Nashville is this adorable little diner called "Marcy Jo's Mealhouse"....(actually located in Columbia, TN to be exact).  If you've ever heard of country music's Joey + Rory then you might have heard of this place.  (Marcy is Rory's sister).  Literally in the fork of the road, this hole in the wall is a hidden gem.  Simple, intimate & cozy, the people are as friendly as the food is delicious.






Rory's daughter Hopie was our waitress for the day, she's as sweet and down to earth as you'd imagine.  This is the size of the entire dining area, so as you can see there's not much seating room.  I was afraid we'd have to wait for a table, but we were seated immediately.  Upstairs in the loft they have several goodies available for purchase (homemade soaps, guitar string jewelry, hats, coffee cups, etc.).  As far as what we ate, I had the buffalo chicken sandwich with french fries, David had the fried catfish sandwich with sweet potato fries, my aunt had the chicken salad sandwich with fries, and my uncle had the gravy and biscuits.  For dessert we ordered a couple pieces of Elvis cake and split it between us.  Elvis cake is their house buttercream cake with a pineapple/cream cheese/pecan topping (so good).  GO TO THIS PLACE IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE!!!


Joey and Rory have concerts in their barn at their home occasionally, so we drove down the road to see where it was located.  It's just a couple of minutes from the restaurant, and is just a beautiful property.  When and if they do have more concerts there, we definitely plan on attending!



Hope you guys enjoyed sharing the photos of our weekend getaway to Music City, USA!  So many things to do and see, go to Nashville if you ever get the chance!  Perhaps we will see you there - xoxoxo!
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10/2/14

FabFitFun Fall 2014 Box

Hey guys!  I thought I'd share what was in this season's FFFVIP box!  This subscription box comes 4 times a year and has over $200 worth of goodies for $49.99.  Every box is the same, so let's see what everybody got!





First thing was a set of 4 thank you cards with a wax seal.  This is perfect for me, as I am a big fan of the extinct handwritten letter.



Basically you just light the candle, drip the wax on the envelope, and then stamp it with your press.


The press reads 'THX', or thanks.  (To match the 'thank you' cards).



The cards are such a nice cardstock, thick and very nice quality.



Next up is this adorable pair of socks with tread/grips to keep you from slipping.




They have these really cute, stretchy straps that go across the top of your foot to keep them on.  Love that.



I always, always, always use a heat protectant and I love CHI brand products.



The next thing in the box was this green tea scented tub of vegan body butter.



This stuff is no joke - SUPER emollient and moisturizing, this stuff smells absolutely heavenly.



I can't believe this box had an apron in it!  I collect aprons and am always up for getting more.


The tag on it opens up to an actual gift tag.  Would be such a lovely present to give someone!


The new one is the brown and white polka dot one.  So cute, and it's made almost exactly like my cherry one (which, for all you Desperate Housewives fans, is the exact brand Bree Van De Kamp wore).



As soon as I opened the box a really fragrant-earthy scent wafted through the air.  I kept wondering what it would be, and finally discovered it was this bar of soap at the bottom of the box.  An absolutely lovely soap made with such great ingredients, I immediately sat this out to use at the bathroom sink.  I hadn't ever tried anything from Jessica Alba's product line, and I can't wait to give this a whirl.


3 month subscription to an online fitness training program.




It has honestly been yearsss since I've tried anything from Dermalogica, so I can't wait to try this moisturizer.



Next up was this lip cream with packaging very similar to another lip product I own!  The mirror and LED light come in handy for applying lip color on the go.


The color is really pretty and bright, and the product is really creamy and moisturizing.



The FFFVIP box always has a couple of extra goodies thrown in (which I always enjoy).  I've not tried these vegan crackers yet, but I threw them in my bag for a getaway we're going on tomorrow.  Great on-the-road snack!


And they also threw in a bag of Moroccan Mint tea.  I drink tea every single day, so this will definitely be gobbled up.



The grand total of the value of the box was over $230!  I think it was full of really great products that I will actually use.  I know this subscription box is one of the pricier ones, but I think it is definitely worth it.  Highly recommend checking it out.  Thanks for stopping by guys and have a great weekend!
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