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Bargains at Ulta and Macy’s

Something about the word bargain gets me excited. As do the words, “additional 90% off”.

The other weekend before I hopped on the plane at GEG (with a dream and my cardigan), we made a pit-stop at one of Spokane’s finest establishments – Macy’s Clearance Center. Not many know about this place, accessed only by rickety elevator at the store’s  downtown Spokane location. The air up on the 8th floor is thick and hot. The floors creak under dated carpet and clothing racks from the late 80′s. But if you can see past all that, you can truly find some treasures…marked down to $5.99.

The day we wandered in was (lucky for us) the first day of a massive sale. 90% off original prices. NO JOKE. And since I had to catch a flight back to Seattle, we had only 30 minutes. We were a circus. Veritable lions, tigers and bears among the racks, on the prowl.  There were GOOD Macy’s headlining brands like Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Splendid and tons of others, marked down to just dollars.

I ended up with only two dresses, which I happily paid $18 for both. The first is a Tommy Hilfiger shift, which I promptly wore on the first sunny day after I got it.

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With Lou!

It’s a little short on me (surprise surprise) but I don’t currr. The print is too fresh.

The other dress is by Rachel Roy and I thought was something  I could wear to work. Also black and white is totes on trend.

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This isn’t the exact one, but it’s darn close

On to the Ulta stuff!

Sorry if anyone is sick of me bragging about the bargains I find at Ulta. I can’t help it. SO –

Recently Ulta had Revlon, Maybelline, Physicians Formula and a few other brands on sale for 40% off. Which is  huge. Usually they do a BOGO on these brands so 40% on anything is a real treat. Additionally in my last Ulta online order, I was given a $5 off any $15 purchase coupon. On top of that, I have been clipping coupons from weekly Redplum ads.

As a result, I was able to get these three products for stupid cheap.

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl $13.95

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Kandee Johnson used this in an old tutorial and it looked so lovely on her. I wasn’t about to pay full price for it, so when it went on sale – I grabbed it.

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Pink Pineapple

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I mean. The bottle is enough to make me want the entire line. I decided to get this light pastel pink because the color has become such a staple for me. I would even go so far as to say it’s my signature color. Unfortunately the color is pretty sheer and I needed three coats to get it opaque.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot

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I am fully on board the orange/coral lip trend for this spring. And if you haven’t tried one of these color elixirs from Maybelline, you are srsly missing out. They are beyond amazing and almost feel like gel on the lips. Smooth, rich and really pigmented – the apricot color adds the perfect pop of color to my face. I love wearing it with a dewy, bronzed look.

The original total for all three of these products would be roughly $30 (inc. tax).

On sale, the total came to about $18 (inc tax).

With my $5 off coupon AND $1 Maybelline coupon – I was outta there for about $12 (less than the original price of the powder alone). The girl at Ulta was even like, “Wow, you got a really good deal.”

WORD to yer mother.

 

A Giveaway: Calling All Brides (and mommas)!

The Natalie Diaries:

Great giveaway happening on my girl Treana’s blog today…check it out!

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(Or not calling the bride if you win!)
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I posted about the weekend wedding itineraries and calling cards that I got from Chloe & Milo Designs on Etsy . I got them printed online at Zazzle, and JUST LOOK at how great the itineraries turned out.
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Now Morgan of Chloe & Milo has agreed to give one lucky bride (or any other non-wedding planning human) her own set of calling cards for FREE! I have been thinking that momma’s could use these for all of the important baby numbers– family, doctors, babysitters, neighbors, etc.  All of the non-winners will get a 10% off code to her Etsy shop for invites, itineraries, and general cuteness that she makes.

Here is a fake phone number version of the one that she made for me! (Sorry y’all, you can’t prank call my wedding team).

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Meeting Sprinkle of Glitter

You guys.

I met Louise.

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You know Louise, of the YouTube channel Sprinkle of Glitter?

If you don’t, allow me to fill you in. Louise is from England, married and has an adorable 3-year-old daughter, Darcy. Her channel focuses on all aspects of life, from makeup/beauty, to day-in-the-life vlogs to serious, deeper subjects. I think people love Louise because she is relate-able, animated, hilarious and seemingly humble. Now that I have actually met her in person (pinch me again) I can confirm that she is in fact, all of these things.

So how did I meet her?

She flew all the way from the UK to Seattle for a visit with her dear friend (and fellow YouTuber) Marie of Bits and Clips. One day, 20 minutes before I had a appt with the doc, I saw a post on Facebook outlining a meet-up she was having in Kerry Park. Obviously, I had not planned on going, but as soon as I realized our proximity I hyperventilated casually decided to go.

I know I sound crazy. She makes videos on the internet…SO WHAT!? Well. YouTube celebs (youlebrities?) are kindof maje. The lucky ones have morphed from normal people who enjoy sitting in front of a camera and talking, to celebrities in their own right.

I DIGRESS, heres the deets:

The park had about 50 girls, anxiously pacing too and fro, clutching their lovely hand-written notes and small gifts for Louise. They were shaking. Shaking. I say girls, because they were just that. The vast majority of this mob was made up of high school girls and college students. There was the odd Mom bob, but I noticed that these women were dropping off their high-school daughters, not actually attending the meet-up.  So then I felt like a douche.

As Louise pulled up I thought, “Oh wonderful! They found a spot in the front!”. Meanwhile, the girls behind me were nervously emitting muffled screams and twisting their purse straps as they caught sight of her. This was REAL y’all. People was losing they shizz.

She came out of the car and immediately addressed the crowd, saying “Hi!!”. She was everything. Gracious, well-poised and adorable without being obnoxious. Right off the bat, she exclaimed, “You all look so American!” and of course we all chuckled.

Then it was dead silent. Everybody was just stunned, shocked and in awe. The air was palpable. So naturally, I started nervously blurting things out. Word vomit, I think they call it. You know me.

When it was my turn for a picture with her, I told her I was probably the oldest person there. I also said that I make “uncontrollable ugly face” in pictures and was sorry for that, to which she said “Don’t say that! You look wonderful! You could have elephantiasis!”. hahahahaaaaaaaaa

Oh Louise.

I side hugged the bejesus outta her and said more awkward things as you might expect.

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Am I patting her?

I almost kissed the top of her head while singing let’sgotothebeach EACH letsgogetaway, but thought she might have me arrested, right there in the park.

Oh, and obvs I had to get one a’these:

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Just two besties

It was a wonderful treat for us Seattlites, to receive a sprinkle of glitter from my personal favorite YouTuber, Louise!

Here we all are! (via her Twitter):

 

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Op. There’s crazy me. Laying it on thick.

Happenings

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For various reasons I have taken up running again. A looming wedding, ensuing honeymoon and extra half-inch of arm flab, softly hanging where a tricep should be perhaps. The gym is claustrophobic, pilates is expensive and lifting weights? In the words of Michelle Tanner – NO WAY JOSE! As a result, I have been heaving myself onto the pavement 4 times a week for how ever many miles or minutes I can muster. Since my mornings are presh (sleep) and evenings are full (moving), it leaves my lunch break as the only viable time slot. So, I strip off my ugly work pants in exchange for running shorts and return to the office one sparkling lady. Since our office is devoid of showers – you guessed it – I lady bath it. Recently I discovered these body wipes from Ban to aid in such a thing.

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My thoughts? Don’t waste your money on these. I was suckered in by the “cooling effect” and quickly lost sight of what they actually were…a 10- pack of baby wipes for $3.99. And no judgie-wudgie for not showering after my runs. I don’t sweat that much.

The other day I saw this license plate:

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Unfortunately I never got a look at the driver. Who do you suppose it was? An angry, divorcee who owns a 2014 Cathy Comic desk planner? A 40-year-old man that loves Magic cards and has a scraggly goatee? I guess we will never know.

This is happening in my car right now and it rocks.

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Yankee Candle, I love you. I really do.

This stuffed animal alone has got me really excited for Easter:

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How could it not?

And lastly, my extensions came in you guys. My sister Rachel said that they are too dark for me but the shade lighter is pretty blonde. I am TORN! Do I keep them and try to make them “work”? Exchange for the lighter shade and just get my hair to match the color? Or just return and try another brand? I need help. #firstworldproblems

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And lastly, I kindof met a celeb this week. So stay tuned for THAT story!

TMI Tag

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Do you like the graphic? I made it using clip art.

1: What are you wearing?

Ugly Banana Republic “business woman” pants, F21 tank and Target cardi. Haven’t changed after work. So profesh.

2: Ever been in love?

Yes.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?

I have had one terrible relationship so the breakup was actually a GODSEND.

4: How tall are you?

5’11″1/2 sometimes referred to as 6 foot denial.

5: How much do you weigh?

Around a buck-fifty.

6: Any tattoos?

Nope.

7: Any piercings?

Just two, in my ears which I got when I was a SENIOR in high school. Late bloomer much?

8: OTP (One True Pairing: what’s your favorite fictional couple)?

Jim and Pam from The Office. Hands down.

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9: Favorite show?

Of all time? Geez. Probably Sex and the City. Lately? Breaking Bad.

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10: Favorite bands?

Um…the cast of Frozen?

11: Something you miss?

Being able to eat 2 bagels for lunch and still wear a size 4.

12: Favorite song?

Wow, this is hard. I guess I’d say “Imagine” by John Lennon because it is perfect.

13: How old are you?

30 years YOUNG.

14: Zodiac sign?

Capricorn. The goat.

15: Quality you look for in a partner?

Humor.

16: Favorite Quote?

“Contrary to popular belief, the most dangerous animal is not the lion or tiger or even the elephant. The most dangerous animal is a shark riding on an elephant, just trampling and eating everything they see.” – Jack Handy

17: Favorite actor?

John Lithgow is nice.

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Also, Bill Murray.

18: Favorite color?

Pink!

19: Loud music or soft?

Soft I guess?

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?

A shopping mall.

21: How long does it take you to shower?

10-15 min

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Like 45 minutes.

23: Ever been in a physical fight?

Um no. That scares the piss out of me.

24: Turn on?

YSL L’Homme cologne. Srsly so good.

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25: Turn off?

Men who are too “pretty”.

26: The reason I joined Youtube?

I am only on YouTube to watch others. But I have made 3 videos and they are the best on the WWW.

27: Fears?

Snakes for sure.

28: Last thing that made you cry?

I bawled the last time I watched Shine, starring Geoffrey Rush (also an amazing actor).

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29: Last time you said you loved someone?

Like 2 hours ago, I texted it to Bryan.

30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name?

It’s m’name. I’m SO clever you guys.

31: Last book you read?

The Favored Child, by Philipa Gregory

32: The book you’re currently reading?

Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum (currently loving)

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33: Last show you watched?

Dexter!

34: Last person you talked to?

Bryan

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

Hahahahaaa the last text on my phone is the pharmacy telling me my prescriptions are ready! I am so old.

36: Favorite food?

Pizza!

37: Place you want to visit?

New Zealand!

38: Last place you were?

Vacation wise – Whistler, Canada. Literally- the doctor’s office.

39: Do you have a crush?

Yes. On Bryan, first and foremost. Secondly, Conan O’Brien. He really does it for me. (I’m in no way kidding)

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40: Last time you kissed someone?

This mornin’

41: Last time you were insulted?

So- here’s the thing. I am pretty sensitive about the way I look. I know, I have a blog so WTF am I doing? Well, I don’t post photos I don’t like (duh) and I try to keep things light-hearted here. One time, a guy at a bar told me I looked like Brooke Hogan and I literally didn’t come out of my apartment for a month.

42: Favorite flavor of sweet?

Cotton candy and/or birthday cake. And I like the buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies.

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43: What instruments do you play??

Clarinet, a teensy bit of piano and yes, the RECORDER! I whistle nicely, too.

44: Favorite piece of jewelery?

Duurrr, my engagement ring!

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45: Last sport you played?

I am pretty sure I threw the football around with Bryan at some point last fall. But actually played? I helped coach varsity volleyball at Jackson Hole High School a couple years ago?

46: Last song you sang?

Let it Go from Frozen, obviously.

47: Favorite chat up line?

I always liked, “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” So cheesy.

48: Have you ever used it?

Yes, on Bryan last night so he would get up to get me a glass of water :)

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?

Netflix counts I assume?

50: Who should answer these questions next?

EVERYONE. Everywhere.

Up With Montana, Boys!

Down with the foe!

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Yes, that is the University of Montana state fight song and last weekend as we rolled past the border into the big sky state, my mother began singing it. Not because anyone in our fam is a “Grizz”, but because Hamilton, Montana is the birthplace and home of my dear and recently deceased grandmother, Dorothy Davis. Last weekend, we made the trip to this beautiful state to bury her ashes and say our final goodbyes to this little lady who’s simple life I admire so very much.

Born in 1919 and popularly referred to as G-Dot, Dorothy lived to be the ripe ol’ age of 94. She was sassy. And spirited. She ruled the circle at seated kickball.

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At the memorial, my aunt and mom read some of her beautiful writings and clever poetry. We reminisced her younger years, filled with golf, oil painting and plenty of Wonder Bread. We took a moment to remember all that she was – a devoted Christian woman, who may have had small-town views but NEVER judged. And all that she wasn’t – a gourmet chef or lover of spicy foods. She married my grandfather after only 3 months of dating, only to say goodbye to him 2 days after their wedding so he could fight in WW2.

She was a woman who had chronic acid indigestion, who hated losing at rummy and who I will miss each day of my life.

The memorial was perfect and seeing my great aunt Maxine was even better.

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But enough of the sad! On to the good! It is after-all, what G-Dot would have wanted.

In lieu of getting a hotel in the tiny town of Hamilton, we opted to rent a house via VRBO. We drove out into the sticks and after a few wrong turns, pulled into the driveway of the house (click here for the posting). The exterior looked pretty nondescript but after opening the front door it was clear we were in Montana. Knotty pine finishes enveloped walls laden with mounted fish, mallard art and cowboy paraphernalia. Chochkies rattled as I walked by every old-english polished surface. This place was a gem.

We immediately noticed the cool old barn outside and wisely headed out for a photo sesh and subsequent lols. Feast your eyeballs.

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I can’t handle Meg’s face

The house was great, save for the fact that the 7,000 inch television required a PhD in technology to operate and the heat wouldn’t work the last day. Although, the heat not working may have been a blessing in disguise since it forced us to start a fire (with wood, you know) and pretend we were on Little House on the Prairie.

We found the world’s oldest K-Mart and contemplated buying matching thermal PJ’s for .99 cents. Oh, and this hat.

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Other wonderful Montana discoveries:

Written in the bathroom stall of the $50,000 Silver Dollar Bar

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Puka shells are always in style in the MT

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All in all, it was a wonderful trip and absolutely the best way to say goodbye to my wonderful Grandma Dot.

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We will miss you.

Ulta/Drugstore Haul

Nothing like a healthy dose of good ol’ fashioned consumerism to brighten up your hump day.

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This haul is comprised of multiple trips to the drugstore, one trip to Nordstrom and a recent order I placed on Ulta.com.

SO. I have made a great discovery in buying stuff at Ulta. First, you gotta sign up for the emails. Then, they will barrage your inbox with heaps of deals and coupons. Most of the time, I just use the $3.50 off a $10 purchase coupon in the store and call it good. BUT. I have recently gotten wise to the special offers that come through, kinda like this one I got the other day:

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That’s a good deal, right?

Well, what I do is this: I save up a bunch of things I need to get at Ulta. Boring things. Like dryshampoo, razors, face lotion, mascara, bobby pins or cotton rounds. Or, if I have an upcoming birthday gift or mothers day gift to get, I will pick something from Ulta. The Lorac Pro palette for my sister or a little bottle of Chanel perfume for my mom. Perf.

Between the little crap that I need OR one larger gift item – I have easily hit the $40 mark and have now spent enough to get the awesome free gift online. But it doesn’t stop there. I have also qualified for free shipping, used my handy-dandy $3.50 off coupon (only for non-prestige brands) AND will receive three free samples with my online purchase. HIGHWAY ROBBERY guys.

I used this maneuver on my recent order and well, here’s the loot!

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Bathina Body Oil Mist $34

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Funnily enough, I discovered this product because of Lo Bosworth. Remember Lo? She was the normal-person touchstone on The Hills and is now going to culinary school and occasionally putting out the random vid on YouTube.

She recommended this oil and I was all, “well if LO likes it…”. I tested it out a few times on various shopping excursions and COULD NOT STOP smelling my skin. The scent is so beautiful and feminine and therefore I needed it.

Mac Lipstick in Sunny Seoul $16

I posted this lipstick before, but thought I’d mention it again because it really is SO beautiful and springy. I love the cremesheen + pearl formula and this one especially, is so creamy and buildable.

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Essence Silky Touch Blush in Life’s A Cherry $3

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I have already praised these blushes from Essence. They are velvety soft and the pigmentation is great.

Essence Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush $3

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YOU GUYS. I think glitter is making a COMEBACK. Urban Decay recently released a new line of glitters so it must be true. I picked this one up after trying the sample at Fred Meyer and realizing it was just glorious. I can’t wait to pop a little bit on my lower lash line and be like, totes on trend.

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair $5

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Speaking of on trend, I feel like ANYTHING with the word “butter” in the name is an instant hit right now. Lip butter. Body butter. Butter polish. I also happen to like actual butter, but that is neither here nor there.

These glosses are SO hyped across the WWW and on YouTube so I just had to jump on the bandwagon. So far, I luuurve but I will keep ya’ll posted.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Gumdrop $6

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I had to get a coordinating lipstick and obvi I chose the Barbiest pink there was. Which I am also noticing is another trend for this spring. Barbie lips and glittery eyes?! Thank God! The dark vampy lip trend from winter is becoming so blasé for me.

NYX Lip Primer $7

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I mostly bought this lip primer because I have a couple of lipsticks that feather really bad on me. I also wanted to try it under red lipstick, which is the worst offender of feathering, or bleeding. I will let you know how I like it!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk $4.50

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This is a definite staple in my makeup collection and the second one I have purchased. It works great as an eye base or as a waterline brightener. The pigmentation is amazing and it stays put wonderfully.

It Cosmetics Freebie

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I received this little set for spending $40 online. I specifically waited for an It Cosmetics gift to come up because I have been dying to try the Bye Bye Undereye Concealer and the CC cream. I also received a Hydrating Gloss Stain in Naturally Flushed.

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The concealer sample is in medium, which might be a little too dark for my undereye area (I am PALE y’all) but I’m still going to give ‘er a shot.

Maybelline The Rocket Mascara $7.50

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I have been using up all of my mascara samples and finally needed a fresh one. This is one of my favorites from the drugstore. It has a rubberized wand, is extremely separating and hold a curl REAL nice.

Wet’n’Wild Mega Last Lipstick in Pinkerbelle $2

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I almost have the entire line of these lipsticks and for darn good reason. They are SO pigmented, they last forever on the lips, the color selection is perfection AND – they cost $1.99. How can you not?

This shade is just SO completely gorgeous, like a mix of neon pink, bright salmon and just a slight hint of orange. It’s brill.

Biotin 2.49

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I take my biotin everyday so naturally, I go through it pretty quick. This is my third bottle and it WORKS.

Jordana Lipstick in Perfect Pink $1.49

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I picked up this lipstick whilst shopping at the world’s oldest KMart in Hamilton, Montana (more on that later). The color sucked me in and it was only $1.49 so, match made in heaven. Unfortunately the formula is pretty dry. I have topped it with a lipgloss for better success but it is not a standout.

Jordana Blush in Coral Sandy Beach and Pink Beauty $2.49

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The blushes are definitely the stars of the Jordana line. I picked up the only two shades they had left and so far, I’m really impressed with the color payoff and staying power. The colors are amazing and the packaging is really compact, which is nice.

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That was kindofalot. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about my hurr…yes, I ordered extensions. Yes, it’s the BIG TIME.

Time to Say Goodbye

It’s time.

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As I sit down in front of my tiny laptop to write this, my shoulders are extra hunched, my fingers are hovering rigidly above the keyboard. I am staring pointedly at the blinking cursor with a furrowed brow and pursed lips. How do I begin to explain in writing, a change that I can barely form words for?

We are moving to Portland.

Dun-Dun-DUUUUNNN. Yes. It’s true.

And it happened so. darn. fast.

In a nutshell, Bryan was offered a promotion (that we could not ignore) but the job was in Portland. Since we just bought a lovely new house, like yesterday, of course our first reactions were hesitant. How could we fathom moving out of a house we were just settling into? That we loved. That we still owed lots of money on.

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But really, the house was the only thing holding us back. Well, that, our awesome friends who we will miss, family and the SEAHAWKS. But anyway.

I won’t get into all the details of how leaving Seattle is alright with us. It’s an amazing place and one that we would love to return to, one day.  But other than the house, a structure in which we have resided in for the past five months, there is nothing tying us here.

So off we go into the great unknown! Residents of OREGON, we shall be. And I feel like I need to address the stereotypes elephants in the room straight away.

  • I will not be getting gauges in my ears.
  • Nor will I start to drink craft beer.
  • I promise to keep hangy beanies to a minimum.
  • We won’t start using organic deodorant and toothpaste.

Hahahaaaa. But seriously, while we are pumped for things like Voodoo Donuts, Co-op summer salads and all the other things that make Portland such an awesome, albeit weird place, we are wary of becoming obsessed with spelt flour, the Trailblazers and growing beards. You get it.

Any Portland peeps out there who share a love for makeup, little dogs and going on fabulous glamping trips?

If so, drop me a line.

Things I Don’t Want

You know, we all spend so much time thinking, talking and lusting about things WE WANT. Which is just sad, really. Not because we shouldn’t be materialistic (there are worse things, me thinks), but because desperation is not a good look on anyone.

So in light of this, I have decided to show you all some things I definitely do not want.

Like, at all. 

THIS DRESS

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asdWhat is up with the whole neoprene trend? I don’t get how is it cool to wear scuba fabric in our daily lives. While doing scuba? Sure. Washing the dishes? Applying for a loan? No.

The garment pictured, combines the lovely neoprene trend with what appears to be an un-snapped body suit (you know the ones, girls) sewn into the silhouette of a skater dress. Annd, what girl wants a butt-stripe? NOT ME.

THESE JEANS

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^And these shoes^

I’ll admit it. When skinny jeans first came out, I was a big skeptic. It wasn’t until months later that I finally caved and gave into that ankle-hugging glory. But this jean trend? It didn’t work on women in the 80′s and it doesn’t work now. Plus, if you have even the semblance of a saddle bag, skintight high-waisted pants aren’t really your BFF anyway.

I have nothing against a combat boot when worn with the appropriate pairing. The above platform versions look like a castoff from that movie The Craft.

The new Velvetines from Lime Crime

velvetine-salem_1_2I want to make it clear that I am NOT hating on Lime Crime. I frigging love their makeup and philosphpy and just, everything. And because I love them so much, sometimes it is nice when they come out with something I don’t like. The above pictured velvetine in Salem is from the new “Clueless Witch” line which has three dark, vampy shades. One of the shades would work for me, but this deep brown, matte lip color? You can guess what I think it looks like.

The Marc Jobs Lolita Palette

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Oh, how I wanted this when it came out last August. I died for it. The packaging is bliss, the colors looked amazing. I was SURE the eyeshadows would be velvety soft, super pigmented and blendable. I have swatched the shadows and tried them on at Sephora a good 87263 times, and you know what? I was not impressed. Not at all.

THESE HAIR TRENDS

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This looks like her colorist was drunk. Or high. And you are probably too if you find this hair stripe to be a nice looking trend.

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I mean. COME ON. Do I need to say anything about this mushroom pictured above? YEAH, didn’t think so.

 Oh and lastly…

HAREM SWEATPANTS

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On men, especially. I mean, are regular sweatpants not roomy enough? All I can think about when I see these are DIAPERS. You could have diapers on under there.

Or these, on anyone besides Aladdin.

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Any new trends you can’t stand or things you don’t want?

5-Minute Face || Natalie

The Natalie Diaries:

Check out my guest post on Pretty Wednesday today!

Originally posted on Pretty Wednesday:

DSC_1042 I am over the top excited that my friend and fellow blogger, Natalie, agreed to show me around the world of makeup a few days ago. She does such an awesome job of combining ‘worth it’ department store makeup with ‘it’s the same damn thing’ drug store products. I have learned so much from her over the last year or so of friendship and am honored she would share her knowledge here.

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Hey there! I’m Natalie from The Natalie Diaries.

Any gal, married, single, with 3 kids or one fur baby can always use a quick way to get herself looking fabulous in the morning so Melissa and I thought it would be fun to share a few tips on how to get there with you. Here is my version of what I like to call The 5-Minute Face.

First, I prep my face with moisturizer. I like…

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