Thursday, July 31, 2014

Long Boarding extras!

There are a couple extra things you'll want in learning to long board. Since you should be starting off slow a helmet isn't completely necessary but I think they should always be recommended. Pads are a plus if you are worried about falling. Wrist guards, sliding gloves, (if you're going fast) knee pads, elbow pads all can be useful, but again, you shouldn't be going that fast in the beginning so you should be able to just jump off if you get into trouble. One thing you really need though, are closed toed shoes you don't mind messing up. Vans are pretty classic boarding shoes with a thick sole to give you a good foot brake. (I totally begged for Vans as a kid, I guess they were cool unbeknownst to me they were definitely skater shoes. ) Really any thick soled shoe should be solid for a foot brake. There are several good brands, like Etnies, Converse are pretty classic, heck I would even wear Keds! I did most of my browsing at DSW. Who doesn't love a discount? It's actually pretty annoying that not all skate companies sell girls stuff. I have been looking for a backpack with board straps and they only have large boy ones! Ughh! Well below is a roundup of cute shoes and bag I think would work for my style and needs. Let me know what you think!
 {Row 1: Left, Right; Row 2: Left, Right; Row 3: Left, Right; Row 4: Left, Right}
{Top, Bottom}
{Keds}
 {Left, Right}
 {Left, Right}

  {Left, Right}
 {Left, Right}

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Instagram vs. Real Life

I found this article a few days ago and fell in love! I was planning on doing my own version when I saw Krista did the same! Honestly most of my pictures are one and done, which is why they aren't always as pretty as other highly followed grammers, (hence why I have so few followers). If you want to follow along I'm right here!

The Gratuitous Food Shot:
What it looks like...
OMG I am such a great baker! I do it all the time and with perfect execution! #Marthawho

The real deal...
I planned this days in advance and was still covered in frosting when we got to the party. There isn't a side shot because I let the raspberry filling leak out and made the side an accidental ombre. And can you even tell those are star sprinkles? Whatever, it was good.

Nature in the City:

What it looks like...
I'm pretty much mother nature and all her creatures flock to me like moths to a flame.

The real deal...
I had to move my 'shot' around because the mom took a big ole poopy right before this!!

I'm an active human adult: 
What it looks like...
I'm so cool, I rock climb! I do this all the time! #6pack #gunshow

The real deal...
These really shouldn't be used to rock climb, but they were cute and donated shortly after this! lol!

Cute guy alert: 
What it looks like...
Chris and I can just go to an expensive hotel and eat and drink to our hearts desire! Also, isn't he SUPER cute??? #humblebrag

The real deal...
I mean, he really is that cute, you can't fake those dimples, this is a one and done shot. However, this was paid for by a friend who couldn't make his reservation in time. So it was totes free! After all, we po.

Getting ready shot: 
What it looks like...
Just casually getting ready making a beautiful mess over here. #makeupjunkie #iwokeuplikethis

The real deal...
I totally moved everything around so it would look more dense and mixed in the pink and black and white. Does the Natty Boh even stand out?

Healthy Food: 
What it looks like...
I eat totes beautifully healthy all the time. #raw #youarewhatyoueat

The real deal...
Usually all this would just be thrown on a cutting board, probably in chopping lines. Also, so many filters, I have the worst kitchen lighting, I had to change so many settings to make this look like actual vegetables! yeeessshh! But I really do eat this a lot! Post here

My Perfect Dog: 
What it looks like...
My perfect dog posing perfectly for us. #konaversary

The real deal...
This took a million shots and I'm sure Chris loved every minute of it. There is a treat in Kon's eyesight so we could get him to focus!

My Perfect Dog Revisited: 
What it looks like...
I live a life of perfect luxury, with a beautiful husband and modelesque pup. #luxlife #datbootydoe

The real deal...
Kona was terrified, he hated the SUPs also the light tuning was so weird, which is why there is a ridiculous filter on there. We were only there a day, drove there 2 hours and drove back 2 hours. It was worth it but we were exhausted!

So there you have it! My dream life, alter ego. I'm honestly so bad at taking pictures. I just get embarrassed! Which is silly since I love my friends that take pics all the time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Don't be Afraid

I had wanted to skate board for a long time. Mostly through college, it was probably the number two way of getting around my very flat campus, walking being the first. I had never really put a lot of thought into it but I always thought those girls that long boarded to class were so cool. Finally, like five years later, I have my own board! I read A Little Dash of Darling's post on long boarding and I couldn't help but look at the comments of girls saying they were too scared to try it. What? What are you afraid of? falling? Something most people do regularly without a board under them? I understand people don't want to get scratched up but that is was pads are for! You're not going to start off going down ramps! You start off slow, learn to push yourself, get faster, try some tricks all in the amount of time you are willing to give it! Don't be afraid!

I love my Never Summer Heist, it gives me the flex I like, and smooth trucks for long rides. I actually got mine off Craigslist! I had tried several other boards, mostly Sector 9's and liked the Never Summer the best, mostly because the guy we bought it from had really put nicer trucks and wheels on it and it rode differently than the Sector 9's I had tried. Also like $100 cheaper! Chris has really encouraged me to not be afraid of silly things like that. It might just be because he is a great teacher and/or husband but I always feel braver when he is the one behind me encouraging me to try. 
Behold, our Board Room where the only meetings are held outside. My Never Summer is the one hanging on the right and Chris' Sector 9 in on the far left. Yes everything else is Chris' but he has helped me learn, and not constantly fall on my butt for all of them! If you have any questions on long boarding I think this is a good place to start. And of course you are more than welcome to leave q's in the comments!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Update

Ah what a great weekend! After Chris and I dropped off our little Kon at his uncles we headed up to Lake Gaston to see some old friends from Baltimore. The couple hosting knew we were coming but the other couple who were coming with them didn't. It was quite a surprise! It was great to relax and catch up at a beautiful lake with great company and really great food! 
If I ever get pics from our friends Go-Pro I'll have to post them because we got to go a little crazy. Lots of Wake boarding, hanging out in tubes with our floating cooler, anchored down right by the dock. It was great! I'm so grateful I was able to make such great friends and that we get to see each other at least once a year! Which is definitely not nearly enough! We also got to meet their new puppy who is probably about as big as Kona is now!
Overall it was a great weekend and now I want to try to wake board more now!!
I hope you all had a great weekend too!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Surprise!

I'm really excited to surprise some friends this weekend! Like super excited! I think I've touched on this before but I like to pre-plan a lot before a trip to get excited and this one is no different. I've made my silly packing list. 
I've cleaned the house. Gotten our neighbors to makes sure no one steals anything. Kon has a place to sleep.
{he is not pleased}
Ah! I'm just overly excited for some reason. Are you doing anything fun this weekend? What makes you excited for a trip? Let me know in the comments! Are your pepper plants overflowing with produce that you have to bring them as gifts to people?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exhausted

For some reason I have been completely exhausted this week. I haven't made a proper dinner for us for the past few nights! ah! I have been trying to get through my mountain of ironing and finally finished it last night while Mr. Chris was playing ultimate. While I do this chore I don't really care to do, I like to watch ridiculous Youtube videos. The two channels I went back and forth last night? Made Man's Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins. If you read my podcast post you'll know I love to listen to celebrity interviews. They are just more fun and less showcase-y than you would see otherwise.  I love this Bill Hader one.
The other channel I was watching SO randomly? Screen Junkie Honest Trailers. These are obviously much shorter than the interviews but I love to poke holes in plots and these guys do too! And they are so funny! This Frozen one really got me. As much as I loved Frozen there was so much that I was like "What is this?! Where is this coming from!?" That thought stream is really embodied in this trailer. 
I also really like these Vogue 73 Questions like, a lot! I need to know if they get some questions ahead of time because there is no way I could answer them so fast! 
What do you do to get through your chores? What Youtube videos do you like?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See by: Anthony Doerr

After what felt like an eternity, I finally finished All the Light We Cannot See. There are 530 pages girl! But in my opinion, it is totally worth it! I loved this book! Long story short: Twin stories of blind French Marie-Laure and a radio obsessed orphaned German, Werner's lives throughout World War II who's worlds collide at the very very end. (Like page 469/530) This was so beautifully written, the prose was just gorgeous, even the intricate, technical language was beautiful to read. I couldn't put it down!
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This is a different angle than I am used to reading regarding novels about WWII. Neither character is Jewish, however you get to see the propaganda through their eyes. How confusing that must have been, and how heavy the feeling of betrayal of your country, to be lied to and think you are a 'good guy' only to find out you're representing monsters, yet having to keep up the facade to stay alive. It is all so intricately woven much more beautifully than I could ever explain. 

There were moments when I couldn't read fast enough and was literally biting my nails. The book jumps back and forth between 1939 and 1945, which can be confusing at times, especially if you don't read the chapter titles like I did! The book then brings us all the way to the present. When I finally finished I felt exhausted, like I had held my breath for the entirety of the book.

I would highly highly recommend picking this up. Especially if you like WWII novels. This is literally a perspective I have never read from and I just fell in love with it.

Have you read this gem? What did you think? What should I read next? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekend Update

We had a pretty relaxing weekend, even if the rain interrupted us a bit. We enjoyed some Mexican food in Durham with some friends that went on to a late night, apparently too late for me because I fell asleep at their house! Does anyone else have that problem? When we lived in Baltimore Chris would be up playing games with the boys and usually one girl till the early morning while me and the other significant others fell asleep! hahaha! 
We were planning on having some old friends over on Saturday but they were also conked out from their vacation so we moved it to Sunday. We tried to go kayaking but the rain was just too bad! We drove all the way out to the lake only for it to start raining! :( Luckily the one we went to isn't too far from our house. After being home for only maybe 30 minutes Chris comes in and says we found a wake board for a steal! So we ran out and picked him up a wake board with bindings AND a rope! 
He is definitely excited to break it in! He had been wanting one for a while and honestly, I don't think we could have found a better deal! If you are ever looking for anything, seriously, Craigslist is the best!
On Sunday we got all our food ready for our friends. We made guacamole, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Lemon Rice, Asparagus, and finally another watermelon cake! Seriously, this is now my favorite summertime dessert! It was so nice to reconnect and eat delicious food! I hope you had a great weekend too!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I know I know you've already seen people get crazy over the Nordstrom Sale. Honestly, I'm not that impressed this time around. I have only online shopped but I am surprisingly underwhelmed. 

The TOP TWO things I absolutely would want if I were treating myself would be these guys: 
Especially the Karl on the right! To die!
I think all of these are actually good deals and would make very nice gifts for almost any lady. 
Finally I think both these bags are adorable and actually pretty good deals. You can almost never find Clairsonic brushes or beauty blenders on sale so I would definitely jump on this if you like either of these guys!
Did you pick up any deals this weekend? Was there something I missed? Did the clothing items not scream out to anyone else?!?

Friday, July 18, 2014

TGIF!! Peter Thomas Roth Skintant Mask Magic Review

Ahhh so glad it's Friday! Yesterday when I was trying to finish my post I was thinking to myself 'what a mess this is!' Sometimes you just need to wipe the slate clean. Much like taking off your makeup at the end of a long day or getting rid of things you no longer need anymore sometimes it's good to just get rid of it. Get rid of the bad thoughts, get rid of self doubt, just forget about it! It just feels so much better to start off clean. After all that frustration one thing that really makes me feel better is the literally clean myself.

When I was a kid and would cry about who knows what, my mom would say to take a shower, then you don't know what are tears and what is just water and I would always feel better after. It's a habit I have to this day! There is something very calming about the bathroom. When I need to collect my thoughts I will go into my bathroom and start mindlessly organizing, getting that small thing accomplished really helps de-clutter my mind. Maybe it's because people leave you alone when you are in the bathroom. (Moms, I know you'll tell me different!)

After a long hard day I like to wash my face and if I'm feeling up to it I'll put on a mask as well. Masks have always been kind to my skin and I think they have really helped in the past month. Seriously, my skin is looking so good if it weren't for my morning zombie routine I would probably go without a BB Cream. maybe. I have really been liking the Peter Thomas Roth Skintant Mask Magic trio. I have tried all three and have really been loving them. I like these because they do not harden like a lot of masks. You simply wash them off easily, so you're not sitting there in your sink trying to scrub a mask off.
Of these three masks I have been liking the Cucumber Gel Mask and the Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Mask the most. These two are more gentle and have really brightened and moisturized my skin. I have only been using them as directed, 7-10 minutes but you can also use them as an intense overnight treatment. I feel like my skin just glows, and is so nice and clear, which is a real confidence boost. These two have calming scents, and neither are overwhelming, they can also be chilled for a more soothing effect.

You can't buy the Pumpkin Enzyme mask individually at Sephora, however this is my least favorite. I do not like the smell. I'm not a huge pumpkin person anyway, so if you like PSL's then you would probably like how this smells. This is the harshest out of the three. It is an exfoliating mask that tingles when you first put it on. You also look slightly jaundice while it does it's magic. It does exfoliate nicely but I would not buy the trio again purely because I don't like the smell of this particular mask.

In the end I think I would just get one of the three but I still can't choose between the rose and the cucumber. I really like that the trio is offered, it gives you a good chance to try all three. I know 1.7 ounces sounds small but I think I could get a solid years worth of masks out of these pots!

What do you like to do to relax? Or collect your thoughts? Where do you go to be alone?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bikini Body

I had planned on writing something else today but it just wasn't good. {I tend to meander}So I'm going to direct you to something I think is good. We all have insecurities, I have plenty, it makes my husband crazy. Right now I am not happy with how my body looks, especially in a bikini I know used to look so good. But I went to the beach anyway because I love the beach and I love my husband and that should really be all that matters. Then I realized, no one cares. No one was going to point out 'oh you know that looked way better on you last year.' Strangers don't care as much as you think they do, and if they do, you should read this article and tell them to go to hell. I go back to this article a lot when I feel bad. 
Do you have something you read to make you feel better?  A mantra? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette

So I have gotten a few looks out of my new Tarte Pallette and I am in love! This guy has everything I need. At first I was thrown off by the 'small' mirror and then did a caparison and it is the same size as my other Tarte blush/bronzer duo, the packaging is just bigger. 
This palette has just about everything you would need for a night out. A nice highlighter, Champagne, a light champagne, a bronzer to deepen, Park Ave. Princess, a lighter toned matte bronzer, and a blusher, Unleashed, a matte nude rose. These all give a more muted and sultry look, a rainforest after dark look.  {lol}
The eye shadows have a good color payoff and aren't chalky, the far left shadow started off chalky but after I got the top layer off it was perfect. From Left to Right the shadows are: Bare to Explore, a matte pink beige, Make a Mauve, a plum mauve with microglitters, Plum Away with Me, a dark brown-purple micro glitter, Up to No Gold, a shimmery gold, Tan-gled Up in You, a matte tan, Don’t Turn A-Brown, a dark matte brown. I wish they would put the names on the pan, but we can't have it all right? The other slight downside to having everything in one palette is you really need to make sure you are concentrating your brushes when you pick up the bronzer and blush, two items you usually use a large brush for, so you don't pick up unwanted eyeshadows! 
{Yep, this is a car selfie because I didn't have time to take one at home!}
I think these colors are all very complimentary to my skin tone. I will say I think the Park Ave. Princess looks much lighter in this palette than it does in my other palette, but looks the same on my skin. So far I have really liked the looks I can make with this guy, and could easily go from day to night with it as well. I love that it is an all-in-one item and would travel so easily. 
So tell me, do you have a Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette? What do you think of it? Will you buy one now? Would you like to see how I go this look? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weekend Update: Anniversary

This Friday everyone had a long week so we decided to go out to Alivia's in Durham. {I also got to test out my Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette, review coming soon!} We then went on to our house and hosted the most ridiculous blowout game of Taboo ever. We kicked some serious butt! Our living room rug has now seen its fair share of stains but is still lookin' fab.
On Saturday we wanted to head to Wilmington but the weather looked pretty terrible so we opted to stay home and got some serious work done! We took several bags of clothes and home items to Goodwill. It just feels good to get rid of things you don't need anymore! I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! And I know Chris is glad to get rid of all those pants that are just a little bit too big!
On Sunday we got up super early and made our way to Wilmington! We spent the day at the beach soaking up the sun and playing in the water. We ate at one of my favorite spots, Sweet 'n Savory, went back to the beach then changed and got cleaned up and found Fork 'n Cork for a new place to try for dinner. Can we just take a moment to laugh at the fact we ate at 2 places that use 'n instead of and? It was really good, we split the duck wings and a Kyle Style Burger and they were so good! I definitely think the duck wings are a go-to, they weren't too gamey or fatty, which I think can be a big issue with duck. Finally, it isn't a trip to Wilmington for me without a visit to Kilwins for some toasted coconut ice cream!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Today Dr. Chris and I have been married for 3 years! It has completely flown by! I'm so lucky I get to be with this guy everyday. 
My hope is that you will always see the best of you reflected in my eyes. As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to keep. Aloha my love! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Club: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls By: David Sedaris

I have always wanted to read a David Sedaris book. That sounds so weird but I have. I have heard so much about him and how funny his stories are but I just couldn't pluck myself up to give away my $27 hard earned dollars for a small book of stories. Luckily I didn't have to in this instance. Now I see what the fuss is about. This book read like he is your close acquaintance at a party with riveting and not so riveting tales to tell. They are interesting enough that you don't want to walk away, and smart enough you don't want to fall asleep. I have to say I did expect it to be a it funnier, however I did laugh out loud at several plot turns.
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In the book he has several essays meant for high schoolers to deliver for competitions which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was a story teller in college and I could just imagine how I would go about telling these stories! I always wanted to go towards dark humor in my story telling which is why I told so many Tucker Max stories, also people loved hearing blatant and crass misogyny coming out of a petite woman's mouth. Maybe it was just my excellent performance maybe it was the words, we'll never know. Back to the Owls!

This book meanders through his life from his grown up life in France, to his childhood home in Raleigh, to his travels with books tours he takes us everywhere. It felt very fluid to me, but I can see how someone else might find it distracting. I loved the writing and the stories and hopefully one of my other book members did too and would be willing to share their other David Sedaris treasures!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat Review

Being that I got caught in a serious storm yesterday and was sans umbrella I thought today would be the perfect time for me to finally review the Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat. I have been using a sample of Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara which is far from waterproof. Here are the results of yesterday's down pour for reference: 
{awesome right?}
This is with only my non-waterproof mascara, but I used the same one when conducting my test. My results were not positive. 
As you can see the top photo is with both mascara as well as the Lash Genius just as it would be normally, completely dried and ready for the day. Then I splashed water on my face and you can see there is fall out and streaking and serious movement of the mascara. The bottom picture is just after squeezing my eyes and a bit more water. As you can see this is NOT waterproof. I found the product hard to use and a bit hard to apply, I tried to use several coast but it did not come off the brush as easily as I would want it to. This might be good for daily use and trying to keep your mascara from moving while going through out your day with minimal sweat and movement. However I expected this guy to let me use my non-waterproof mascara for waterskiing days, volleyball and days laying by the pool. I will have to turn to my Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes for that, {this stuff does NOT move} which thankfully, I also got in the set I got this tube of lies in. I would still recommend the gift set which you can read my review of here
So tell me, have you guys tried this? Did it work for you? Let me know!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Weekend Update

I had so much fun this weekend, getting to spend time with my family is so fulfilling for me. Plus getting to watch little Jackson learn and grow is something I cherish, that little guy is just too cute!! We both learned something new this weekend, I FINALLY, after 5 years of trying can say I can slalom water ski! And Jackson learn how to jump off the boat! (Safely and into my arms)


 Noelle and I also had a little photoshoot and we got some awesome sister time in. I love spending time with my family but it's always nice to come back home to your own home and your own bed with your own Kon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Raspberry Filling

For my mom's birthday she had mentioned she wanted to try the cake I made for New Years but I hadn't gotten an opportunity to make one for her until now! This one didn't turn out as pretty as my New Years one but was just as tasty!

Here is the recipe for this delicious cake, adapted from here

Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes with Raspberry Curd Filling
Ingredients:
For the cake:
2 1/3 cups cake flour
2 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. poppy seeds
5 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
12 tsbp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk
For the raspberry curd: (can be made ahead of time)
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 pint ripe raspberries or 1 12-oz. package frozen raspberries, thawed
5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2-3 tsp. fresh lemon juice
For the frosting: 
8 oz. cream cheese
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 1 large lemon
Fresh raspberries, for garnish 
Directions: 
To make the cake, position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour three (or one three times) 9″ cake pans.  Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds in a bowl; set aside.   In the clean, dry bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and increase the speed to medium-high.  Beat just until stiff peaks form when the whisk is lifted.  Transfer the egg whites to a separate bowl, clean the mixer bowl and reattach it with the paddle attachment.
Add the butter to the mixer bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until incorporated.  Mix in the lemon zest.  Beat the mixture on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Add 1/4 cup of the milk and beat until just blended.  Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture alternately with the remaining milk in three batches, beginning and ending with the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Beat until just blended.  Using a rubber spatula, fold one quarter of the egg whites into the batter, being careful not to deflate the mixture.  Once incorporated, add in the rest of the whites and gently fold in until well combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 24-26 minutes.  Cool the cakes in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Run a thin knife around the outside of pans and gently turn the cakes out.  Allow to cool completely.
To make the raspberry curd, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the raspberries, egg yolks, sugar and salt, and cook, mashing the berries.  Stir frequently at first and then constantly at the end, until thickened, about 10 minutes.  Pour the mixture through a coarse strainer set over a bowl, pressing hard on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.  Cool to room temperature; the curd will continue to thicken as it cools.  Stir in lemon juice to taste.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Layer the cakes with the cooled raspberry curd, you may want to cut the ‘crust’ off for a more fluffy outcome.  Once layered, allow the assembled cakes to cool in the refrigerator to help them set.  In the meantime, make the frosting.  
To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth. Frost cooled cake as desired.  Garnish with fresh raspberries as desired. 
Yum! Obviously I wasn't able to follow all of the directions, my strainer has gone missing so I had raspberry curd all up in my frosting! But it was still delicious!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Fourth!

I hope everyone had a fun and restful Fourth of July. Mine was full of fun and family! It was my sisters birthday, and I volunteered to make the cake for both my mom and Noelle. For Noelle I wanted to make something I knew she would like and after seeing this pin I knew what I had to do...

Bare in mind I was at the lake and had limited resources but I think it turned out really nicely, and we pretty much ate the whole thing in one night! Who knew whipped cream and watermelon was SO GOOD!? It reminded us of the delicious shave ice we all shared in Hawaii. One word of warning though, if you use spray whipped cream it will melt into the watermelon, these pictures are actually round 2 of 'frosting' since it collapsed so quickly after applying! 
Happy Birthday my sweet sister!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth!

I hope no one is reading this on Friday unless you are reading from another country because today we celebrate being American! I also get to celebrate my sister and my mom's birthdays! I'll be making the cakes for these lovely ladies, which if they turn out nicely you will get to see next week! I am so happy I get to be closer to my family and watch my nephew grow up. Words can't express how much I love and look up to these women. They are both unbelievably strong, strong in ways I don't know if ever could be, but luckily I will have them by my side to support me. Happy birthday to my two firecrackers!!
Ohhhh yeah, my 21st birthday, I think they waited veeeerrryy patiently for that day!
We'll be a little more tame this year I think! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Club: The Virgins by: Pamela Erens

I finished The Virgins on my way back home from Orlando and I liked it, it was a good summer read, not a life changer but worth picking up. It is all written from the perspective of a boarding school coxswain named Bruce Bennet-Jones. It is so easy to forget he is narrating when he plummets you into the relationship he voyeuristically watches. Taking place in 1979 at an elite boarding school The Virgins wasn't exactly what I was expecting, yes, I thought I was getting Gossip Girl. It kind of is, but dark and written from the perspective of a teenage dickface. Seriously, Bruce is a 'nerd' in the sense that he can't get laid, and doesn't play sports. He wants you to feel sorry for him because his friends don't like him, why? Because he acts like a dick. Why does he act like a dick? Because that's what he thinks with, so much so a tries to rape Aviva, the object of his affection, while only knowing her a few days and feeling he has the right.  He narrates the story between Aviva, the new girl, and Seung, a lifer, who is coming into his own. This is really their story. It's tragic and dark and a strong coming of age novel that I think is a great read summer or not.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lorac Self Tanner Review

As you may have noticed from past Monthly Purchase roundups I bought quite a few fake tanning products and not to worry! I have been using them! Mostly I have been using my Lorac selfTANtalizer Body Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner because basically it rocks. Seriously, I have gotten so many compliments on my skin and 'oh how tan you are' and 'did you get a lot of time at the pool?' No, because I barely have time to go to the pool and it's not necessary because I have an awesome fake tan! People are always shocked when I tell them I fake tan, I think because of my dark hair and eyes people think I tan at the drop of a hat. Not anymore, sadly. I LOVE this stuff! So without further adieu here is my fake tanning process:

| Shower and exfoliate your whole body - I use Tree Hut Sugar Scrub in Hawaiian Kukui
| Shave girl, you gotta shave | 
| Once dried off I take my mitt and apply about a quarter size amount onto my mitt and buff buff buff! |
| I usually start with my legs and work my way up and add more product as needed | 
| Once the legs are bronzed I rub the remaining product on my feet and between my toes |
| I do my back from here | 
| This takes to most amount of agility and I don't want my tanned arms getting rubbed too much | 
| then onto the torso and arms | 
| of course adding more product as you go/as desired | 
| Don't forget your neck, hands, between your fingers, again, with what remains on the mitt | 
| After a minute or so of drying I change into loose fitting PJs and jump into bed with non-white sheets |
| you don't want your bed to be tan too! | 
| I find this to not have that terrible smell others have, or it just doesn't bother me the way others do | 
| I wear it all the next day as well and then wash it off the following night | 
| of course you can let it set only a couple hours or let it build for longer | 
I find this to be the best I've tried, it has a little shimmer so if you don't like that I wouldn't buy this but it is barely noticeable. It will get splotchy if you don't exfoliate before and use lotion on the following days. Most self tanners are drying to your skin so don't skimp on the moisturizers! The mitt really helps with streaking and keeping your palms from looking like you're from another world! It has an instant color pay off so you know exactly what you are putting where, it does start to look dark but once you wash it off it will even out to a more natural color. When you shower it off don't be afraid to use a loofa but don't heavily exfoliate or all your hard work will be for nothing! I HAVE worn white right after applying this and only the inside where it truly rubbed my skin got tan as well. I would not recommend doing this but it didn't ruin anything so you can take your chances, but I definitely wouldn't sleep on white sheets with this! It doesn't turn my skin orange or green {BareMinerals!} Just a beautiful tan! 
So tell me, do you fake tan? What products do you use? What should I try next!? Do you like Lorac? What do you like about it? Have you used it and hated it? Let me know in the comments!!
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