Happy Things

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to a long holiday weekend filled with reading, relaxing, friends and getting ready for our upcoming Hawaii family vacation! We leave early next week for Oahu with Jon’s family and we are so looking forward to a tropical getaway! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. If you’re attending any BBQs I would highly suggest bringing my tequila soaked watermelon wedges with you. They are easy and will instantly make you the life of the party. 🙂 Here are the highlights of my week in pictures!

{The Marriott resort in Oahu that we will be staying at next week!}

20120830-112253.jpg{Philosophy Amazing Grace perfume was my go-to scent this week. After my August Beauty listed that in her top 5 beauty essentials I pulled it out of my medicine cabinet and now I remember how wonderful it is. LOVE this scent.}

20120830-112301.jpg{Pinot Noir and Call of Duty on Xbox Live with Jon was a great way to spend an evening. Yes, I play video games. I’m actually pretty good!}

20120830-112309.jpg{Crab legs were definitely my favorite meal this week! We had a date night at Pelicans, one of our favorite spots, and I ordered my usual crab legs with steamed vegetables instead of rice. Little modifications like that make it possible to eat healthy at restaurants. I also use mostly fresh lemon juice on the crab instead of drenching it in butter. It still tastes heavenly, I swear.}

20120830-112316.jpg{MAC Snob was my lipstick of choice this week. This is probably my favorite shade of all time next to Creme Cup. I need a new tube, clearly.}

20120830-112325.jpg{My blogging friend Kayla from Peace Love and Glitter tagged me on Instagram to share my top 3 skincare essentials. These are CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and Argan Oil}

20120830-112332.jpg{I read an interview with Essie Weingarten, creator of Essie polish, on Into the Gloss, and she mentioned that applying one coat of Essie Marshmallow with one coat of Ballet Slippers gives a beautiful color. I tried this but it was a bit streaky so I added a final coat of Marshmallow to get the opaque look. Love it. This is actually what the Vogue girls are said to wear from The Devil Wears Prada. I posted recently that Ballet Slippers with Mademoiselle is the Vogue color but that is actually Essie’s favorite combination. I’ve corrected this information on the previous post…clearly this is very serious so I need to get it right. LOL }

20120830-112341.jpg{I’ve been putting a few drops of Aveda’s Lavender Fleurs essential oil on our pillows at night. It really helps with sleeping and relaxation. It feels like a treat to have lavender scented pillows.}

20120830-130608.jpg{I read recently that applying a thin coat of top coat each day after a manicure will help keep chips at bay and prolong the life of your manicure. I just bought Essie 3-Way Glaze and tried this trick with this week’s polish application and it really works! My nails always chip within 1 day of painting my own nails, even with the best base and top coats, so I was really surprised that this finally worked for me! I just keep the top coat in my purse…it takes about 15 seconds to do each day and it dries quickly!}

What made your week great?

Happy Things

Happy Friday! Sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently as I normally do! I’m still getting caught up from being on vacation in Florida. Here are a few things that have perked up my week in pictures:

20120823-134943.jpg{This memory of the beach in Florida. I’m ready to go back!}

20120823-135000.jpg{This is one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers with one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. Essie Weingarten herself wears this combination so I had to try it!}

20120823-135031.jpg{This was the ONLY makeup I packed for my Florida trip besides lipgloss. I was so proud of myself. These essentials kept me feeling put together without being overdone. Products: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, MAC Powder Blush in Dame, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Stila Stay All Day 10-1 HD Beauty Balm (Laura Mercier is still my favorite but I left it at home for this trip), CoverGirl LashBlast mascara (this is my second favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous is my fave.)

20120823-135107.jpg{I did a fun twist on the french manicure this week with Essie Mademoiselle and Martha Stewart Glitter in Sugar Cube as the tip.}

20120823-135118.jpg{Jon was out of town this week so I cooked for one! I made myself this salmon dinner and this Brussels sprouts dish…so good!}

20120823-135125.jpg{Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh strawberry slices and a touch of agave was the perfect breakfast this week.}

20120823-135135.jpg{My friend Paula and I had a fun night in this week. We baked a homemade, healthy pizza (recipe coming next week!), sipped red wine and watched the movie Bachelorette on OnDemand. Hilarious movie.}

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{**OBSESSED** with this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It came in my July Birchbox and I just love love love it.}

20120823-135150.jpg{Posted this picture of Jon and me on Instagram this week for Throwback Thursday. This was in Vegas 6 years ago. Love this picture…and him!}

20120823-135156.jpg{My current favorite lipcolor is MAC Creme Cup lipstick with a swipe of MAC Nymphette Lipglass. The pinky gold shimmer of the gloss makes the lipstick look so feminine and sexy. LOVE.}

What made you happy this week?

Happy Things

Happy happy Friday! I have a lot of happy things documented this week! Here are the highlights of my week in pictures:

20120726-165221.jpg{I saw this glitter gradient manicure on Pinterest and had to try it myself! I used Essie Limo-Scene with Essie Set in Stones. I followed this tutorial}

20120726-165233.jpg{Fresh mint water was the perfect evening refresher. You can buy the infusion pitcher here}

20120726-165244.jpg{Bo was in dire need of a bath and a hair cut. Nothing like a clean, soft, groomed pup! Thanks Renee!}

20120726-165259.jpg{I switched my nails up a lot this week! I reversed the glitter for this manicure and used Essie Ballet Slippers with Martha Stewart glitter in Sugar Cube}

20120726-165309.jpg{I’m officially hooked on Lux Divine Jewelry and am so in love with these agate handmade necklaces I ordered for my mom and me}

20120726-165325.jpg{We have had afternoon rainstorms nearly every day this week. Absolutely love gloomy, stormy weather}

20120726-165337.jpg{I made a casual maxi dress from Forever21 work appropriate with a Loft cardigan and skinny belt. Similar dress here. Yes, I’m obsessed with stripes}

20120726-165402.jpg{Lunch break pedicures are the best! This is Essie Mint Candy Apple}

20120726-165413.jpg{I’ve been too lazy to cook dinner this week so I’ve been living off of arugula salads and white wine water. Recipe for my arugula salad here}

20120726-165440.jpg{Bo has been so snuggly in the mornings! It’s hard to leave him}

20120726-165449.jpg{After reading that the gorgeous Bachelorette Emily Maynard wears Essie Fiji I pulled out my bottle and applied it right away. Such a pretty, opaque whitish pink. Reminds me of a strawberry milkshake. Click here to find out the rest of Emily’s beauty must-haves}

20120726-165459.jpg{The absolute highlight of my week was when Emily Maynard saw my Essie Fiji manicure picture on Instagram and LIKED it! And then I proceeded to get 46 new Instragram followers in a matter of minutes.}

What made you happy this week?