Festivus for the Rest of Us

My dear mother.

All she has ever wanted in this world was a big, loving family that loves to play games, sit around and eat licorice and drink wine. When she was a kid she told me that her friends had to tell her to go home at the end of the day. She’s a real people-person, a chit-chatter, she may or may not invade your bubble. She is without a doubt the most creative, fun-loving woman I know and I am so glad she’s passed down these traits to me. Her and I are the party girls.

Unfortunately my extended family is all spread out over the great state of Washington and with everyone married and having kids these days, family get-togethers are a real toughie.

This year, Nan had the brilliant idea of getting everyone together BEFORE the craziness of the holidays began and calling it…

FESTIVUS. (for the rest of us)

And for those of you who are not Seinfeld fans please unsubscribe :

Festivus is a holiday celebrated by the Costanza family that revolves around an un-decorated pole, feats of strength and of course the official airing of grievances.

So we came, we were festivious (I’m making that I word I guess) and had a fabulous weekend.

Here’s what went down. And I apologize for the over-abundance of pics of Tate and E. They’re impossible not to photograph.

Tate is now a full-on miniature Ben Johnson (his dad). He is man of adventure, curiosity and of course, few words. He fights my cuddles, hugs, kisses and drive-by grabs fiercely and consistently. These behaviors become even more amplified when E is around, as he adores her. I may as well be chopped liver.

Night one was spent with E putting on a puppet show for Tate where a set of paternal twins (a bear and a dog) go to Starbucks. She wrote the whole thing out on paper before hand and girlfriend’s execution was impeccable. Tate grunted in appreciation and then tried to incorporate a piggy into the show, with E lovingly accepted.

Then, pants were removed and E pulled Tate around on a blanket for a good half hour.

The next day was Festivus so naturally, Nan and I wrote a commemorative song for opening ceremonies to the tune of Oh Christmas Tree. It went something like this:

Oh Festivus! Oh Festivus!

The rest of us love Festivus.

Oh Festivus! Oh Festivus!

The rest of us love Festivus.

It is the day where we drink wine,

share feats of strength and then we dine.

Oh Festivus! Oh Festivus!

The rest of us love Festivus.

We prepared food, started drinking wine around 2 pm and subsequently began covering the Festivus pole in grievances.

My aunt Con brought over gifts for Tate and E, including the best necklaces ever:

And (because of her passionate rendition of How Far I’ll Go from Moana the previous evening) E got this fabulous Moana outfit:

Then we were presented with Festivus shirts to honor the holiday, which are definitely pretty amazing.

The rest of the holiday was spent playing games, jamming out with the cousins, playing cards and just kinda laying around.

 

All in all, it was simply perfect and I cannot wait for next year’s festivities!

 

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Fall Smokey Eye

Well HELLO.

It’s almost Thanksgiving and personally, I am not ready. The dinky 6-foot tree that was a doorbuster at Target 3 years ago just won’t cut it in our new place. HOWEVER, we just paid $946 to fix a dent I made in David’s car when I backed into one of those old street lamps in downtown Portland. (It came out of nowhere!) So alas, I’ll probably set our sub-par NON pre-lit tree on top of an Amazon box and call ‘er a day.

But if anyone has a tree they need to get rid of, I 10 out of 10 want it. Seriously.

Sorry about the tangent there guys – I digress. Let’s get to the meekup.

I give you…my go-to smoky eye this fall!

I created this look using m’ trusty Morphe 350 palette, which truly is an amazing palette.

Starting off with a skin-colored base color, I take that color from the inner corner to about 3/4 way across my lid. I then take the lighter orange color and blend that into the crease  in windshield wiper motions. The darker orange color gets layered over the top of that in the same fashion, while the burnt orange red color gets placed in the outer V along with the dark chocolate brown. I also smudged some matte black into my crease using a tiny brush to get that definition. I made sure the area between my crease colors and eyebrow were nicely blended. Then, I took the dark brown color and ran that under my lashline for added definition.

If anyone wants a video on this look – I’ll do my best to film on my iPhone 7 with bad lighting in my bathrobe :).

Helicopters and Halloween

What’s up mellowcreme pumpkins?

The pumpkins are indeed the best part of Brach’s Autumn Mix – who agrees!?

So this last weekend was pretty magical. Portland had 70 degree weather, David and I discovered we get the current season of AHS Cult on Hulu and I allllmost went for a run.

ALSO:

I took David over and under on a helicopter ride!

So pretty right?

But really, it was a pretty sweet little situation. We did have to share the helicopter with one other person (a man with B.O) but it was SO beautiful and worthy every penny.

That night, we went to a Halloween party with our pals Kelly and Connor.

We decided on high school stereotypes for our costumes. Me: goth. David: nerd. I proposed this idea because I’ve pretty much been bingeing on YouTube goth Black Friday .

My makeup took me nearly 2 hours. I had to use a whole face of the lightest concealer I had mixed with some crappy white cream makeup I got at the Halloween store. I wanted to cancel out my eyebrows but we didn’t have a glue stick so I just did my best with concealer and white eyeshadow. The other thing that took me forever was obvs the liner.

I absolutely LOVE doing this kind of thing though. I could spend all day making it perfect.

Once we got to the party – it was ON.

Also – these two captured my heart with these perfect Wizard of Oz costumes.

The next day was spent pumpkin patching and gettin’ ready for ACTUAL Halloween.

OH MEIRA.

Then I glued E’s costume down for the 2389223 time.

And coated the shoes with a final layer of modpodge. Here they were pre-modpodge.

If you can’t tell from the pic, she wanted to be a cupcake this year. We followed this DIY to make her costume.

And lastly, here’s a couple pics of Tate and Nana. Who are my favorite people to Facetime.

 

Hall of Fall

‘eyyy Cheeto puffs!

I hope everyone is enjoying this truly glorious season. For us Portlanders, it means the start of rain season. The start of what I like to call the Pac NW Uniform: jeans, rain boots (Hunter, most likely) and a black puffy coat of a reputable brand. So yeah, I’m actually kinda pissed about it but – que sera sera. I live here.

A couple weekends ago, my whole family gathered in lovely Spokane, WA for a visit to my alma-mater Whitworth University. I played volleyball there a decade ago a little while ago and was being honored for my contributions to the team! GO ME.

Here I am in the fieldhouse, with a picture of my thighs me hitting a ball in the background. We also watched the volleyball game and my HOW THE SPANDEX HAVE CHANGED.

In all seriousness though, it was a pretty special and important moment for me and I am still shocked that I was even considered.

Here I am with my former coaches from SFCC (not sure why I look SO incredibly pointy):

And here I am with some of my teammates and coach from Whitworth:

We also attended a Whitworth football game! A first for me.

All in all, pretty dang sah-sweet.

But then we all went to Manito Park and Amy and Shannon met us and my heart exploded with love for my family and of course, Tate was his usual adorable self.

Then we got a family pic taken from the worst angle EVER but whatever.

Before leaving, we sat Tate on a bench to see if he’d let us take his picture and it actually worked!

Happy fall good friends!

Flower Beauty Ultimate 3-in-1 Beauty Sponge Review

Hello all you pistachio macarons!

And welcome to today’s review! I am very pleased to announce that not only have I found a total GEM of a product, but you can get it at Wal-Mart. I KNOW. But I promise it’s worth the trip. And while you’re there maybe pick up a mulled cider candle for $3.33, you can thank me later 😉

And now…ONTO THE GEM!

I wanted the Flower Beauty Ultimate 3-in-1 Beauty Sponge after watching a review this past summer from Kathleen Lights. However, here in Portland, most of the Wal-Mart stores are the mini versions called “neighborhood markets” and unfortunately they do not carry Flower Beauty. And online, this product was often sold-out (although it isn’t now!). So when I was in Spokane last weekend and was able to get to a proper Wal-Mart, I somehow remembered to check the beauty aisle for it. THEY HAD ONE LEFT, lucky me. And I am so glad they did.

THIS SPONGE IS AMAZING guys.

I have used the Beauty Blender, the EcoTools sponge, the Real Techniques one and most recently, the L’Oreal version.

I can safely say that this one from Flower Beauty is right up there with the Beauty Blender, but costs about $15 less.

Of course, these makeup application sponges should largely only be judged after being dampened so that is what I did. This puppy really expands upon being run under water and becomes incredibly soft and springy. The softness of this sponge is really what makes it so amazing. I also really enjoy the shape and having a flattened, pointed edge.

I used it to apply my Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and it blended everything beautifully. I am so beyond impressed and will probably be purchasing a backup or two…that’s how much I love it!

Have YOU tried this sponge? What did you think?

 

Drugstore and Davines Haul!

Hiya!

Today I thought I’d bring you a collective haul as I’ve recently been replacing several items I’ve run out of. Let’s get to it!

Milani Make it Last Setting Spray

I have had my eye out for this stuff literally FOREVER. David sweetly picked this up for me a couple of weeks ago when he ran to Freddie’s for dog food – what a guy! So far, I reallllly like it and it definitely makes my makeup last longer than my other tried-and-true from the drugstore, the Wet’n’Wild Photo Focus.

Earth Science Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser

The lady who does my hair (and is also an aesthetician) recommended this brand to me. I got it at New Seasons (Portland’s local all-natural grocery store) and so far I love it. It REALLY breaks down makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated.

Essence Lash Princess Mascara

My sister recommended this mascara to me. I am nearly out of the L’Oreal Lash Paradise and Covergirl Full Bloom so I thought I’d give it a whirl. They have three formulas for this, with three different wand shapes. I went with the volume one and so far it’s not bad…

Essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Coral

This color caught my eye REAL QUICK. I am totally in love with this line of blushes from Essence. They are pigmented, silky soft to the touch (as the name would imply) and blend out beautifully. PLUS, this brand is so so cheap.

Dr. Teals Epsom Salt Foaming Bath and Soaking Solution in Coconut Oil

These were buy one, get one at Freddie’s the other day and I decided to give the brand new formula a try. Also, because it is COCONUT. I just love epsom salt baths and the bubble bath is really nice too. Hoping this makes me smell like a beach.

And lastly, I splurged on these three items from Davines. I am so in love with this brand, their products and their color. My hair person recommended I try the Melu line this time and so far I have been absolutely loving it.

Davines Melu Shampoo and Conditioner

Melu Hair Shield

This is a heat protectant and I really like that it doesn’t weigh my hair down. I seem to have that problem with other heat protectants.

And that’s it! What have YOU been buying lately?

Mickey, Meira & Makeshift Forts

Good morning little pumpkins!

As you all probably know, my darling nephew Tate turned 2 a couple of weeks ago. To celebrate, we made the trek over to Kennewick, donned our Mickey (and Minnie) ears and partied hard with lil’ Taterbug.

My mom and I spent Saturday morning decorating her house and I wish I would have taken more pictures because it was SO friggen’ cute.

Auntie Rachel made the perfect Mickey cake you see here. It was delish!

We did however, all have black frosting mouths which reminded me of the following scene from a Pee-Wee Herman movie that used to creep me the F out.

Of course, Tate gobbled it down. He wasn’t sure about it at first…

But then started shoveling.

The party was super fun and Meg did an amazing job of everything, per usual.

OH! And Tate got baby-Wranglers. I. CANNOT. HANDLE. IT.

In other news…

I brought Meira to work the other day because I had driven my car and it was pretty much the best thing. I think I pretty much qualify for a service dog too because just having her with me made my day so much easier. Dogs > Humans.

She looks so sheepish here! She laid right by my desk all day and let everyone pet her and gave her love. Meira is quite simply, the best dog there is.

Also…

One of my favorite things about E is her imaginative and nurturing mind. She absolutely LOVES playing with her babies and is just so precious with them. Her newest baby Charlotte, came with a tiny, front-facing doll carrier that she can wear and it is just about as cute as you could expect. It is so awesome when David and I are doing stuff around the house and we can hear her talking and singing to her babies. I remember doing the same things when I was her age. Gah! The rampant cuteness :).

Anyway, the other day I came downstairs and she asked me for a flashlight. We didn’t end up finding one so I suggested a cell phone light and when I came into the living room to see what she wanted it for, I found this:

It’s a doll fort. And she packed them little bags with clothes and necessities they would need. Just absolutely so darling.

And that’s all for now! Au revoir BBs.