Beauty of the Month: Cathy Anderson of Poor Little It Girl

I’m thrilled to feature the beautiful Cathy Anderson from Poor Little It Girl as my December Beauty!  Poor Little It Girl (PLIG) is a fantastic fashion blog featuring all things stylish that are under $100!  I’ve found quite a few amazing … 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 lovelies! I’m looking forward to a weekend of Olympics, reading and hanging out with good friends. Here a few highlights from this past weekend and this week in pictures!

20120802-135107.jpg{Saturday day was spent with my good friend Megan getting manicures for her birthday and sipping on pink champagne! Megan is on the left wearing Essie Nice is Nice and I’m sporting Essie Lapis of Luxury.}

20120802-135118.jpg{Saturday night we had a double date with friends and saw Savages. Loved it! It was nearly as good as the book! I was excited to wear my new Forever21 dress that I got during their BOGO sale, which ends on Sunday. It cost me $12 and the bright blazer adds a touch of polish to a casual summer dress.}

20120802-135130.jpg{Sunday we had dinner with some family and got to see the adorable twins Finn & Oliver. Love these little guys!}

20120802-135139.jpg{I kept things natural and sheer this week with Essie Mademoiselle, one of most award-winning nail polish shades of all time.}

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{My nightly skincare routine gets a dose of excitement with Lush Bubblegum lip scrub. Seriously hooked on this stuff. It preps my lips for all the lipstick I wear during the day.}

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{Dresses are the way to go during this heat, ugh. Loving my Gap dress I got on sale and my Lux Divine cuff and necklace (similar necklace here). Stay tuned for a Lux Divine giveaway on my blog this month!}

20120802-135303.jpg{I had lunch at my mom’s house this week and got to visit with her horses. This is Star.}

20120802-135556.jpg{Fresh flowers instantly add life and charm to a home. These yellow tulips from Trader Joe’s have really brightened my week.}

{We redecorated the master bath this week! I don’t have a before picture to show you but picture a gold shower curtain and pink towels…sick. We just used what we both had previously when we moved in together and it was a heinous mix that we’ve always been too lazy to change. The new bathroom decor makes it feel bigger and brighter. Shower curtain from Target.}

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?

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:

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

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{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.}

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

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{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 been having a nice few days off, lounging at home, seeing friends and enjoying some much needed rain and gloomy weather!  I recently finished 50 Shades of Grey and was so massively dissapointed by the horrendous writing, lack of plot and the constant use of the phrases Jeez  and Oh my that I can’t couldn’t bring myself to buy the last two in the trilogy.  Instead, I whipped through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn this week, one of my favorite authors.  I suggest all three of her books if you like thriller and crime novels. Her writing is outstanding.  I’m now onto Savages by Don Winslow, so I can read the book before I see the movie (can’t wait!).

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Here are a few things that made my week wonderful.  All photos are from Instagram (username: GourmetBeauty).

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{The great memories of my 10-year high school reunion from last weekend.  So nice to be reunited with my high school group of best friends}

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{Essie nail polish in Too Too Hot, the perfect coral red for the 4th of July}

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{Lazy mornings in bed}

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{A pretty statement necklace from Francesca’s that brightens up any simple summer sweater}

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{Jon and I spent the 4th with some great friends.  This is Paula and me enjoying the rainstorm, the fireworks and some beer.  A similar striped dress can be found here}

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{My tequila soaked watermelon was a HIT at the 4th of July party.  Simple and delicious recipe coming next week on the blog}

What are a few things making you happy this week?

Summer Dresses Under $50

I’ve always been more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. That’s my only characteristic that isn’t super girly. My goal this spring and summer is to wear more dresses. My friend Josa always wears cute dresses and she has motivated me to start doing the same. Not only are they feminine and stylish, they are so much simpler than having to put together an entire outfit. Just throw on a cute dress and you’re done! Plus they are comfortable and they keep you cool. My favorites are casual t-shirt style dresses with stripes or another fun print. I love love LOVE stripes.

This is in no way a fashion blog and any clothing posts will be few and far between. I just wanted to share some great summer dresses I’m loving! Here are some of my favorite and very affordable casual dresses, most of which I’ve recently purchased:

{Striped linen blend dress: $16.90 Forever 21}

{Striped dress with belt: $14.80 Forever 21}

{Belted stripe dress: $16.90 Forever 21}

{Striped maxi dress: $14.50 from Forever21}

{Strapless maxi dress: $44.99 The Webster at Target}

{Flutter sleeve dress: $42.99 The Webster at Target}