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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 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?

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.