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Amy’s Bachelorette Party

At the ripe ol’ age of 31 you might think my bachelorette party days are over, but this summer has proven two things:

  1. My bachelorette party days are definitely NOT over (you might say, they have only just begun)
  2. It is ALWAYS funny to ask people if you can try on something they are wearing <- unrelated

Anyweeez – last weekend I drove the 6 hours to Spokane to party it up with the ‘bians for Amy and Shannon’s joint bachelorette. My dear sisters Megan and Rachel arrived with Nan in tow at the Oxford Suites on the Spokane river with enough time to procure the LARGEST pours of sh*tty wine and snap a few pics.
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Then, we headed up to the room to decorate and try our hardest not to prematurely stick our faces in the cake.

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The gals started to arrive and dranks were drunk. My auntie got Amy this awesome shirt!

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Then, we headed out to Nyne (which also happens to be the venue for the wedding).

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How GORGEOUS are these two? NOT FAIR

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My cuz DJ C-Mad was spinning the hits and Rachel and I just wanted to dance to Drake. Haha. After a bit, we headed over to the other gay bar in Spokane, Irvs.

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And thennnnn the DJ at Irvs had Amy and Shannon sit down on the stage while people danced up on em. It was gross. And sweet. And slightly sweaty. After that, they were instructed to stand in the middle of the dance floor and everyone who loved them was told to encircle them. Macklemore’s Same Love started playing as this big ol’ gay group hug just got larger and larger.

Of course I lost it. I just started crying. SUCH a sap you guys I’m sorry! But I couldn’t help it. Amy just means the absolute world to me and the fact that the LGBT community has had to deal with ANY kind of sh*t over the years LITerally makes me wanna vom. Like come on people. But anyways – it was awesome and Rachel got part of it on vid…(sorry the camera gets flipped the wrong way JUST DEAL K?)

Influenster YSL Vox Box Review

Bonjour bon bons!

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Can you imagine how overjoyed I was when I found out I was being sent the YSL Vox Box via Influenster? I literally peed and couldn’t sleep for a week. Then, a couple weeks later I received this little box of majesty containing the YSL Touche Éclat’ Blur Perfector and the Touche Éclat Blur Primer. I DIED.

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First, let’s discuss the Perfector.

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The packaging. OH LAWWwww the packaging. Perfect in everyway. Here’s to you, Yves! If you’ve ever felt the consistency of the Mally Face Defender, than you are familiar with this kindof product. The idea is that you can use this before OR after you’ve applied your makeup. And I have tried both methods. The box recommends using a sweeping motion (from the interior to the exterior of the face) when applying it before makeup, and then using a blotting motion for touch-ups.

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My thoughts on this product should first be prefaced by the fact that I have fairly decent skin. I do not have large pores, oily skin or any issues with my foundation breaking-up on me. That being said, I do like using this product as a touch-up OR as a primer, but I think I prefer to use it as a touch-up. When I need a quick face refresh I will ALWAYS reach for an oil-blotting sheet, a makeup mist or a product like this before I’ll ever reach for a powder. I find that I tend to look more cakey (read:OLD) with the more powdery products I apply (which is why I love the It Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Powder!).

The product itself is kindof like a balm and has that silicony feel to it, which I do not hate. It does provide a nice, smooth, even base on which you can apply foundation. However, I really love using it as a touch-up product after work when I want my skin to look a bit more fresh. I find that the claims to “blur”imperfections aren’t totally false, as it does tend to smooth out the skin quite nicely.

The second product I received is the primer and YES, it has tiny gold sparkles in it and crazy enough, they don’t transfer too much on the skin. At first I thought I was in for a glitter bomb, but they pretty much dissipate once you smooth it over your skin.

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Again, I am not the best at reviewing primers simply because I do not need one necessarily. However, if I want my makeup to last long and still look awesome, I will use one to ensure it is as locked-down as possible. This primer definitely does the trick but I am not sure if it’s worth the price. Whereas the perfector is more of a niche product (with GORG packaging), this primer is something I would pass on. It works nicely as a base for foundation, but so do many other primers which cost much less.

So there you have it – my review on the new goodies from YSL! Have you tried these products?

Happenings

Hellllllo my little limoncellos!

Like. HOW good does limoncello sound rn? So good.

I have literally had the busiest BWG summer everrrr. Babies, weddings, showers and the like have kept me in the car every weekend and I don’t know how much more Redbull I can take. I’ve tried books on tape, singing intense power ballads, rolling all the windows down, pinching and slapping myself – nothing works except Redbull. I’m disgusted with myself, but alas, a girls gotta stay awake!

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In beauty news – I bought hot rollers due to a lovely co-worker of mine (Hi Kristi!) loving hers but I am having some major issues with getting mine to hold a decent curl.

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YEP

Additionally, I FINALLY got to try the Glam Glow mask a couple weeks ago when my pal Elizabeth let me try it out. And canijustsay, I TOTALLY get why people shell out 75 bones for this stuff because my face was literally beaming and I was the most beautiful person in the world.

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Lastly, I tried to perform my own root touch-up with this stuff, and I think I did a pretty decent job:

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One of my recent trips took me to lovely Spokane, Washington for my best friend Holly’s bachelorette party. Anytime spent with these hussies is time well spent.

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Had to snap a pic of the Alma Mater!

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Dinner at Durkins!

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This happened

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Crab Cakes!

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Sis Pic

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Me and Peeves

I’ve also been busy experiencing all that Portland has to offer, including but not limited to:

SOCCER GAMES!

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TRIVIA NIGHT!
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DOG PARKS WITH ZOE AND ELIZABETH!

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PAINTING MY OWN FACE LIKE A GD 7-YEAR OLD

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RUNNING DOWN THE STREET FOR 5 SONGS

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And lastly, food news! Lately, my food intake has been ON POINT.

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Dinner

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My trash can at work at the end of most days

ok, actually I did eat two healthy things this month –

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Homemade granola – Thanks Jamie!

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Coconut water force fed to me by Holly

Annnnnd, that’s all she I wrote. Cripes it’s going to September soon – you guys ready?!

 

 

 

Megan’s Baby Shower

First and foremost, I would like to point out that ZERO gross baby shower games were played at Megan’s shower and this was no fault of mine.

Ok. Now that that’s outta the way – let’s talk about this baby shower!

I have to give all the props in the world to Nan and Barbara for doing the bulk of the work for this shindig. You see, the night before the shower I accidentally got drunk was indisposed and therefore wasn’t as much of a help as I should have been the day of the shower. Thank God for G2 and some chips & salsa in the mornin’ amiright!?

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Before the shenanigans the night prior, we somehow convinced Meg to let us make a paper mache mold of her belly and OMG you guys, it was hilar. First of all, she had to borrow a pair of Amy’s basketball shorts and that, in itself, was funny. I had the exciting job of smothering Vaseline all over the tum before we went in with the strips of fabric and it truly was a dream, realized for me.

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And really, what can I say about the shower? It was blue. There was cake and punch. Megan got baby sh*t and we did NOT play the poopy diaper game.

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Had to try the belly on

I just still can’t believe that my sister is going to birth a baby. I mean, I felt him move around in her belly and it is just INSANE. I really can’t handle it.

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Tiny UW Sweater!

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Blue dranks because little boys

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It was also an exciting weekend because I got to see Nan and Gare’s new digs. I am so excited for them to get into the new house and for my Dad to have an actual recording studio. I plan to drop my first album this time next year, so look out for that.

Summer Sephora Haul

G’Day Chickadees!

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I have a few odd and ends recently purchased at Mecca and so I thought it was time I let you all in on what I got because well, I know you’re DYING to hear.

Sephora Summer Crushes Kit

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I had to get this thing because it has SO many of products I have been dying to try. Just feast your eyes…

The Via Liberata tanning mousse alone was reason enough for me to purchase this set. Y’all know I am self-proclaimed tanning product whore and shelling out the $50 to buy the full size just can’t happen right now.

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Everything else in the set I cannot WAIT to try. Especially the Lavanila Labratories fragrance, the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (mermaid hair HERE I COME) and Caudalie Divine Oil which is a HUGE-ASS bottle.

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Sephora Classic Mini-Multitasker Brush

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Seriously just go to Sephora and feel this puppy. I feel like it could do anything. I plan to keep it in my purse and use it in the following situations:

  • I get to work and realize my blush def aint on fleek
  • my aging skin is making my foundation settle into my wrinkles
  • touch ups! Because duh.

Annnnd for the CROWN JEWEL of this haul….

THE BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR IN CHAMPAGNE POP

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You guys have no clue how excited I am to own this. Think of the most excited you’ve ever been in your life (acing an exam, jumping out of an airplane, etc.) and multiply that times 1,000 and you might begin to understand how freakin’ excited I am to dust this powder sent from baby Jesus on the tops of my cheekbones.

Jaclyn Hill collaborated with Becca on this stuff and she is def one of my all-time favorite YouTubers so this just adds to my excitement.

You guys, just loooooooooooooooooooooooook at the majesty.

I am so in love with this product that I am going to swaddle as if I would my own baby. I’ll sing to it. I’ll raise it to be an individual. This highlighter and I will have a long, loving relationship together.

Lately

Been thinkin’ bout you baby…just sitting away, watching the days go by!! <— anybody??

Oh heyyyyy guys!

My makeup has been super wishy-washy lately. Some days I’m totally on fleek and then the next I look like a sweaty 19-year-old at prom with too much blush and mis-shapen eyebrows. As such, I’d like to showcase some of my better days.

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I call this, the “Who me? I’m wearing hardly ANY makeup…just a little mascara…” HAAHAHAhashashahahaaaa

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TRANSFER FILTER FOR THE WIN

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Channeling Cindy Crawford, Marilyn and Taylor Momsen…

And here’s some more randomness for your reading pleasure.

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Mississippi Street Fair #trufflefries

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Yeeeeeeppppp

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PREACH

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Balcony Picnics! Class.

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I have literally been looking for this errrrrywhere. The highlight is srsly LIFE CHANGING.

Ok that’s it bye.

Summer Days

Driftin’ away!

Who else finsd Olivia Newton John (ONJ) unbearable? I think it’s the breathy voice. Give me Rizzo any day of the week! And DON’T get me started on her weird baby-like hips at the end of the movie in those lycra pants. Just don’t.

But back to MY world sans ONJ – It’s been an interesting summer so far. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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I randomly purchased this Tarte lipstick in Angelic Nude from Sephora the other week. Anything with the word “butter” in it draws me in…just like all the other millions of white-girls these kindsof brands market to.

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My hands after the aforementioned trip to Sephora were completely covered…in swatches. Apparently I favor peach and coral lipsticks that don’t like to come off!

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I have managed a couple trips to some of America’s finest swimming pools this summer. The list is short, but speaks volumes: the swimming pool at my grandparents old folks home and my mom’s friend’s house that is for sale. SO bougie you guys.

As you can probs tell, I have gone home a couple times this summer and well, YOU KNOW what happens in Kennewick stays in Kennewick I put on the internet.

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I find this position to be quite comfortable during my 3.5 hour drive, go fig. Legal?

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I try on tiaras at Charming Charlie with absolutely zero f*ucks given and shamelessly take a selfie. That woman in the back? WAS TOTALLY STARING AT ME.

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I go to Mexican food with Nan and Meg and contemplate ordering a Chi Chi – which is the world’s perfect drink.

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We get alllllll the candy and watch Gone Girl and feel bad for Neil Patrick Harris.

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I let McDoogal give me kisses even though her mouth is literally a cave of decaying doggie chiclets.

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I wear my signature shirt with a wholesome CMS (closed-mouth smile).

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I run haphazardly down the street for 10 minutes and sweat 186 buckets.

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I also received this amazing sticker from a co-worker of mine, (HEY TYLER!) and am trying hard to think of reasons NOT to order 10 more and stick them to nearly everything I own. Because funny.

 All for now!

Macaron Cafe Review

Bonjour bébés!

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YES. I took this pic myself!!

Today I bring you a post all about one of my most favorite confections – the macaron!

Macarons are my favorite for a multitude of reasons:

  1. They are French
  2. They are undeniably sweet
  3. They come in pastel colors
  4. Blair Waldof eats them

So when the kind folks at Macaron Cafe offered to send me a box, I felt I would be doing human-kind (aka my blog readers) a disservice by NOT accepting their generous offer. And so I did. And man, am I glad!

The macarons were sent 2-day delivery, so they arrived very fresh and aromatic. The packaging is beyond adorable and is also very sleek.

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I was sent the Small Luxury Gift Box which includes 6 macarons for $18. When you order on the website you can choose from about 24 flavors. I do not know the exact flavors I was sent, but I enjoyed each one immensely.

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They were the kind of macarons my Parisian dreams are made of. A crisp exterior, pillowy soft on the inside and filled with a sweet, delectable cream. Ohhhh I could srsly eat these puppies morning noon and night you guys.

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Also, there is something about a macaron that is just SO lady-like and delicate. I feel like these would make the perfect gift for a girly-girl, a Gossip Girl fan or anyone you want to feel special. Chocolates are like soooooooo been-there-done-that but macarons??! Macarons my friends, are the new chocolate.

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These make me want to light my candles, throw on “French Kiss” and wear a beret while taking a bubble bath and sipping champagne.

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I would recommend Macaron Cafe to absolutely anyone. Be it your GF, wife, husband, gunkle or Canadian pen pal (yes, they ship to Canada!).

Home

I used to have this pillow case as a kid that had a kindof patchwork pattern and it was super worn and faded. On one of the squares it said, “Little boats must stay near shore”. I remember taking that pillow case with me to acting camp in the 6th grade and sobbbbbing into it with rampant homesickness. I clutched that pillow when I got in trouble for one thing, or another – likely throwing my sister’s pog collection across the room… And now, 20 + years later – I do not have the pillow. Hahahhhah I bet you thought I’d say I’ve kept it all these years. But no, I grew up and said goodbye to the pillow, along with my Cabbage Patch doll Kara which I am now sick about.

But the fact remains true, I have always liked and sort-of needed to be near my home. My family, my house, that feeling I get when I am at home, is like none other. I am by no means a “little boat”, but staying near shore has always rang true for me. And last weekend, I  had the best time with all the feels.

This weekend in particular was especially amazing because my sister Amy came home too, which also means she brought her and her fiance’s dog Ellie!

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I CANNOT tell you how obsessed I am with this pup. She be wild and she be crazy but she is also the sweetest little thing everrrr and I want to dog-nap her.

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On Saturday morning I woke up in my usual at-home outfit. I ALWAYS forget to bring pajamas home so I end up in a pair of Nan’s pj pants and whatever random shirt I pilfer from the dresser in my room. Case in point:

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But like, this wallpaper is THE BEST no?

Then my dad and I went to Starbucks and he drove me by their new house!

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Then I sat around and had coffee with the parentals and then got myself ready for the day.

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We went to Wal-Mart to procure my our father’s day gift for Pops and then we went to David’s Bridal and Target.

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Pink Car at Wal-Mart

It was determined that my recently purchased gray dress at The Rack was the wrong undertone so I had to suck it up and buy one of the grossly overpriced dresses that I will only wear once. But you know what – I am pumped for my sister’s wedding so really, I could care less!

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After getting the dress, Amy and I snuck off to Kennewick’s finest establishment, aptly named The Office.

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We met the whole motley crew for dinner at Ice Harbor Brewery where I consumed a giant lamb gyro and fries like nobody’s biz-NASS. Then Amy, Megan, Ben and I ended up at….you guessed it…THE PAGE!

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That night, we played Heads Up in the front room where Amy I CLEANED UP! Then I PTFO like a little kid after a long, sweaty day at the carnival.

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The next day we had a little family bbq with my aunt and uncle and grandparents. I wore Adidas slides and determined that I need a pair.

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Watching them interact with little Ellie is damn near the sweetest thing that could ever happen. As I gathered up my stuff to leave for the weekend, I srsly contemplated bringing a couple of my fave BSC books. Because this, my friends is a mere quarter of my extensive collection:

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Oh, and a big ol’ Happy Father’s Day to Gary D. Or Gare-Bear. Or Vin Diesel.

Oh, Gare

LOVE YOU

After we ate, I drove back to Portland in my mom’s car so that we can be a 2-car household and not leave one another stranded when the other person takes the car. Whoop whoop!

Such a great weekend. I love my home.

Forever 31

HAHAHAHAHhahahaaaaa

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Already laughing at my own joke per usual :)

But really, how great would Forever 31 be? A place where Anthropologie and Ross meet, fall in love, and produce a place where Sam Smith’s angelic voice fills the air. And the racks are stocked with tasteful and age-appropriate cheap sh*t that falls apart after 3 wears. Where a pair of cute shorts you know will only last one summer, but that DO NOT show the bottom of your ass-cheeks, will only set you back $9.80! Where is this place, my friends? WHERE.

So what, if I want a borderline slutty tank that I can wear to book club and drink red wine in (because in your thirties you drink red wine)? And don’t go sayin’ that us 31-year-olds shouldn’t HAVE to shop at F21 anymore because our mid-level jobs are providing us with the means to shop exclusively at Nordy’s. Honey. I don’t care if I make 200 GR a year, I will STILL crave that $24.90 maxi dress.

So until this obvious gap in the market is remedied, I will continue to spend time hunting the racks of my local F21 in hot pursuit of the few items that work for my sassy, 31-year-old self. And here’s what I found.

Embroidered Peasant Shirt

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Contrast Button-Down

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Textured Striped Skirt

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I also found a flowy blush pink racerback tank top that is the perfect color. But I couldn’t find the picture online because there are 21897437 tank tops and aint nobody got time for that.

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