Happy Things

Hi beauties!  We have had the most perfect weather this week.  Some great rainstorms have brought cooler temperatures and light breezes.  I really hate the heat so this has been a major relief to me!  This weekend I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday my lovely readers!  I hope you all had a wonderful week.  I’ve been really enjoying the new fall line-up on TV (particularly Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue and Revolution) and all my fave returning shows (Dexter {duh!}, Glee, … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday!  My friend Shay is coming in town this weekend to celebrate her birthday so I’m ecstatic to spend the weekend with her!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend as well.  Here are a few things that brightened up my week:


{I started the week off bold with OPI Red polish.  Such a pretty, classic red.}


{Cooking in my new Anthropologie apron that was on sale!}

20120712-114449.jpg{Having a clean Bo Bo.  Nothing like snuggling up with a clean, fluffy doggy.  This is the best dog shampoo EVER.}


{My absolutely stunning handmade turquoise cuff from Lux Divine Jewelry that I won!}


{The Cupcakes and Cashmere book that came in the mail this week!  Read it all in one sitting.  So worth the purchase!  Love her.}

20120712-114517.jpg{Wearing light blazers & bright colors all week.  The blazer is from here, the blouse here and the lipstick here.}

{I’m starting the weekend with playful nails using Essie Camera, a delicious pinkish orange sherbet color, with a glittery accent nail.}

What are you few things that made you happy  this week?

Happy Things

Happy Friday!  I’m looking forward to a weekend full of old friends.  I have my 10-year reunion tonight (gasp!) and a BBQ with some high school friends on Saturday that are in town for the reunion.  I can’t wait to see everyone and hope to squeeze in some serious lounging around as well.  Here are a few things that made me happy this week.  All photos are from Instagram (username: GourmetBeauty).


{Spending Monday evening with my GPop.  He lives in Indiana and was on a road trip back from Utah so he stayed in Albuquerque for the night.  His health has been declining and visiting Utah was on his bucket list.  He is one of my absolute favorite people so this was the highlight of my week.}

20120627-151009.jpg{My new J. Crew Mila cap-toe flats, a lovely gift from my Dad}

20120627-151034.jpg{This guy.  Because seriously, just look at him.}

20120627-151044.jpg{My gorgeous new journal from Anthropologie for jotting down blog ideas & to-do lists}

20120627-151058.jpg{The perfect warm, summery, nude lip: MAC Honeylove lipstick with Victoria’s Secret gloss in Simmer}

20120627-151111.jpg{Interviewing The Skinny Confidential’s Lauryn Evarts on my blog & the fact that I hit 600 followers this week!}

What are you a few things that made you smile this week?

Mother’s Day 2012 Gift Guide: 6 Great Gifts For Every Budget

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect  time to show your mom how much your appreciate her.  Here are my gift ideas for every budget:

1.  Kindle Fire  $199

If your mom enjoys reading this tablet could be  fantastic gift for her.  It comes with tons of neat features including games, the ability to watch movies and TV shows and much more.  It’s half the price of an iPad and has similar usability.

2.  Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System $119

I always like to get my mom things she can pamper herself with and this is the ultimate skin care tool.  It exfoliates and it also cleanses up to 6x better than just washing your face with your hands.  It allows products to absorb and work to their full capacity.  It comes in 17 shades so you can pick one out in her favorite color.

3.  Gift Certificate to Broadway Skin & Body Retreat $45-$115

This is my favorite spa in town and I frequently give gift certificates to family and friends to this place.  It’s a cozy and intimate little spa that’s located in a victorian-style home and it’s run by just one young woman who happens to be one of my absolute best friends!  She’s known for her stellar facials and they also offer amazing massages, salt scrubs, body wraps, polarity therapy, make-up application and airbrush tanning.  She has an absolutely fantastic selection of skincare products for every skin type and product preference.  She carries Image Skincare, which is full of potent, pharmaceutical grade ingredients, and 100% Pure, which is completely natural and also vegan except for the cruelty free honey they use in some of their products.

4.  Lush Gift Set $9.95-$199.95

Lush is my favorite body care brand.  They specialize in bath bombs but they also carry moisturizers, bubble bars, cleansers, toners, and much more.  All their products are hand-made and packed full of real fruits, vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics.  They never ever test on animals.  A gift set from Lush is an amazing treat for your mom and they have options for every budget.  From their Buttercup gift set that only’s $9.95 to their Lush Legends set that includes all their best sellers for $199.95 and tons of options in between, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that’s just right for  you.

5.  Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug $8.00

Anthropologie has the most beautiful and whimsical items for your home.  Their mugs are one of my favorite items to give as gifts.  These monogram mugs are inexpensive and personalized with initials.

6.  Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle  $6.00

Essie is my favorite nail polish brand and this is the most universally flattering shade.  It continuously wins beauty awards with its sheer, glossy hue and extremely easy application.