Things I Got for Christmaukkah and My B-Day

You knew this was coming.

Each year, I am flooded with gifts within a two day span because Nan and Gare idiotically (love you guys!) decided it was a good idea to conceive a child (gross) exactly 9 months before CHRISTMAS #amateurhour.

So here are some things I got this year, commemorating my grand, yule-tide entrance into this world.

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A Disney Swarovski Crystal Bracelet from David! He secretly snapped this up while we were in Disney a while back. I love it so much and have barely taken it off because MICKEY GOES WITH EVERYTHING.

Obviously, I got quite a bit of makeup this year. I mean DUH.

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Sister Megan got me this Kat Von D duo-toned blush and so far I really like it!

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She also got me this highlighting palette which is surprisingly not half bad for L.A Colors. Swatches below:

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The whitest shade is DEFINITELY glittery so beware.

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Meg also gave me this Benefit lipgloss in the color nookie nookie. It is gorgeous and slightly iridescent which is totes on trend rn.

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She also gave me this LOVE-ly (get it?) palette from Too Faced. The colors are all shimmery and super buttery and pigmented. Also the eyeliner that came with this bad boy is AMAZING. SUPER DUPER soft and VERY VERY black. I might end up re-purchasing the eyeliner by itself.

And David got me a Velvet Teddy! Probably not the kind you’re thinking of tho…

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I’ve wanted this color for awhile now

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Nan and Gare gifted me the perfume I wanted so badly and it smells just as good as the 53937 other times I put it on in Sephora on my lunch break.

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If you don’t know Sailor Moon, then  I don’t know you you obviously don’t ever go to Hot Topic. Nor were you a pre-pubescent girl in the early 2000’s. Amy and Shan totally surprised me with these amazing Sailor Moon tube socks and tank!

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David’s Dad and Lisa got me the Lush box I so desperately wanted! I CANNOT WAIT to try these products out (listed below):

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David also got me the Astronomical Lush box, which comes with some amazing goodies! I have already tried The Experimenter and realllly loved it.

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Ah yisss. The Tory Burch nylon backpack I wanted! I squealed with delight and surprise when my Mom gave me this. I am going to be the most chic commuter EVERRRR.

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And last but CERTAINLY not least, Shannon got me the Wet Brush PRO! I have the regular Wet Brush and swear by it (great for kiddos too!) and I can tell you that the pro version is amazing. I love the feel of the handle too!

And that’s it folks. What did you get for xmas?

Christmaukking

No! That wasn’t the sound of me trying to hold in a little bit of vom!

Similar to Christmasing, it was what I had the absolute delight of doing this year.

The first holiday activity on the docket was E’s Nutcracker performance in which sister absolutely killed it. Not to mention, the whole thing was just about the most adorable display of tiny tutus, beginner balanchine  hands and itty bitty buns ;).

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After her dazzling debut, we headed to David’s Dad & Lisa’s house for a psueo Christmas Eve. We had Spanish coffees, ice cream sundaes and watched the old clay-mation Rudolph movie by the fire.

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So did Meira.

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The next day we opened gifts, ate tons of healthy food and then took a late-night plane to Kennewizzle.

I love when we’re all at my parent’s house. Its just chaotic and funny and someone’s crying and there’s always wine and pita chips. Tate came over to play with his best bud and I snapped a couple adorable pics while they watched Sesame Street.

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E kept covering up Tate with his blankie. #futurebabysitter

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That night Rach came over and we played Speak Out, which caused everyone to very slightly pee their pants.

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It should also be said that this game should only be played with people you don’t care about drooling in front of :).

Christmas eve was très eventful as we had a recording sesh, went to the trampoline gym AND had a b-day party for yers truly. And we lit the candles for the first day of Hanukkah!

These guys are the only presents I need. and maybe some bath bombs from Lush.

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Christmas morning was of course splendid as Mr. Tate M. Johnson came dressed as Santa!

Here he is with his FAVORITE thing of all…books!

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Anyone like this ghetto contraption my Mom made with an old rider toy from GW and an old belt? #KLASS.

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And the menorah my mom found for which we had no candles that fit so we actually WIDDLED some down. Yes, Nan and I widdled together.

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The day after Christmas we came back to Portland and David was back to work on Tuesday. He did however, find time to whisk me away on a quick trip to the Columbia Gorge Hotel!

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It was stunning, all decked out in Christmas cheer and when we got to the room, we had a surprise waiting for us!

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Note: David’s pose was completely his idea.

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This was just so special to me. Having worked in hospitality (namely, room service) and making rooms feel special for other people, it felt so good to finally get to experience this for myself. David and I sipped champagne and kicked back in comfy chairs before heading downstairs to the hotel bar for happy hour.

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That night after dinner, I lost a bet and had to sing “Friend Like Me” at a local karaoke bar which I begrudgingly did amidst the sounds of LITERAL crickets. Not even one, lowly courtesy clap-along.

The next day we walked around the ground of the place and realized we were basically on top of a waterfall!

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During the time between Christmas and the New Year, I did lots of important things. But mostly, I binge watched Shameless (OMG SO GOOD) and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce (NOT AS GOOD BUT STILL GOOD).

Then New Year’s Eve rolled around.

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So I did some green eyeshadow:

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Slapped on this little number (Christmas present from Meg):

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And David and I went out, had some libations and stood on a crowded dance floor so balloons would drop on our head. #worthit

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All in all, we had a wonderful break, oozing with love, family and Barbie cake.

Halloween 2016

Hello goblins and ghouls!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween this year…I know I did. You see, when you’re with someone who likes getting dressed up just as much as you – you dress the F up.

This year, we were invited to an awesome costume party by my pal Kelly a couple weeks ago and we decided to pay homage to our favorite scene from G.O.T this last season – the walk of shame.

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If anyone out there is a fan of the show – you know how crazy this scene was. We decided David would make the perfect “high sparrow” nun-lady, and I could definitely pull off the evil Cersei. You’ll also know that for the scene to be truly authentic, I would have had to be buck naked. And I was eager to take on that challenge. Not by actually being naked but by attaining a nakedy look. I searched everywhere for a nude bodysuit to no avail and realized I would either have to go the American Apparel route or have to take to the internets. A Capezio nude women’s jumpsuit was running upwards of $30 online and truly, I just didn’t want to commit.

So sadly, I tried to create the best representation of the character that I possibly could, evidenced below. David on the other hand, absolutely KILLED the nun lady. I mean…

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And in case anyone is curious, I really was the ugliest human alive that night…

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ITS CALLED DEDICATION

If you’re curious, the wig was a “surfer boy” wig from Spirit Halloween, which I happily hacked away at.

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For Halloween weekend, we decided to do a little light bar-hopping with some friends. And after the season 7 premiere of the Walking Dead, where I did in fact cry 2 buckets of tears, David decided he wanted to be….

NEGAN

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His portrayal is spot-on and quite literally, very disturbing. For any TWD fans out there, this will send chills up your spine.

To compliment David’s Negan, I really wanted to be Rick – but since I already had the zombie dress from last year – I decided to just do that again.

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This year I found a zombie makeup look I really liked and did a slightly glammy zombie girl.

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If anyone is interested in a tutorial on this – just let me know!

Here was the look I was inspired by:

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I wish I had the contact lenses!

So, there you have it. Another Halloween in the books. What were you for Halloween??

Christmas + B-Day Haul!

Yo yo yo!

If you guys have been around for awhile, you know these two dates are one and the FREAKING same. WEll, my birthday falls on Christmas Eve but like BFD, it’s the same day.

This year, people really ponied up and gave me some great things and welp – here they are!

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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 YES. I own the Gwen Stefani palette from Urban Decay and lemmejustsay – this palette is amaaaazing. My initial reaction to this palette was that it had WAY too many beigy colors. But upon closer inspection, each one offers something totally different. I have used basically every color in this palette, and so far there is not a dud in the bunch. I LOVE the blue and the pink as well, because both colors make my baby blues POP majorlly.  I now understand that Urban Decay has released the Gwen blush palette….and oh law, it looks GORGEOUS. Must. Resist.

The Balm In the Balm of Your Hand Palette

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Sister Megan got me this palette for Christmas and I am SO glad she did. I wanted this palette because I realized I (horror of horrors) own NOTHING from The Balm. I have wanted to try their blushes, eyeshadows, bronzer and OF COURSE the Mary Lou-minizer for a while now. This palette contains ALL of those items, plus a lip color and a lip and cheek color. I have had a chance to use several of these colors and so far my favorites are ALLLLLL of the shadows, the Hot Mama blush, Mary Louminizer and the cream cheek color. Plus, how cute is this packaging!?

Lush Rosy Christmas Gift Set

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I purchased two of these little suckers during the day after Christmas sale on the Lush website. This box contains a small bottle of Rose Jam shower gel and a small tub of my beloved Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. Each box was $16.95 and it was buy one get one free, so I got both of these boxes for a helluva deal!

Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb

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These little guys were also buy one get one free, and at $4.95 apiece I couldn’t resist. I reallllly like this bath bomb because it releases a vanilla-infused cocoa butter formula into the water and it leaves my skin feeling baby soft.

Lush Rosie Wrapped Gift Box

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Big thanks to Nan for realizing how much I need Lush in my life! This gift box contains more of my favorite things, Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. It also contains a miniature size of the Ultrabalm, which is pretty great. It also contains my beloved Rose Jam Bubbleroon AND Amandopondo Bubble Bar. I am vurrry excited to use this all up and smell like roses!

That pretty much sums it up! What did you all get for Christmas?

Christmas 2015

Hello bunnies.

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Welp. It’s all over. The holidays have come and gone again. It has been an interesting year for me, and as I sit here writing, listlessly munching on a small bowl of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, I cannot help but wonder –  what will 2016 hold?

Mascara. And undoubtedly, an ungodly amount of candy, sure to wreak havoc on my molars and dentist bill. But I am also hopeful. Hopeful that 2016 will be better than 2015, a year filled with ups and downs, smiles and frowns (see what I did there?). So, hello 2016.

It’s me.

But let’s shift our focus onto Christmas of last year and talk about the sh*t I got and the babies I held (Tate).

Per usual, Nan’s respective Santy and Snow Babies collections were on fleek.

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The break started off with my birthday celebration on the 23rd. It was basically the worst thing ever but we had no choice because Amy and Shannon had to leave Christmas morning which meant everything had to be bumped up a day. For my birthday, I got ballet slippers! Wearable ballet slippers.

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 I also got black Vans, because I have decided that slip-on shoes are the best shoes.

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The night of my faux-birthday, we had Papa Johns and my sister’s wife Shannon did my hurr and it looks glorious.

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My mom also took me to get a pedicure AND an ice-cream cake. So basically, things that would make a 5 year-old happy, make me happy.

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The best part of my birthday this year was getting to spend time with my nephew Tate, who I think I love more than anyone else in the family #sorryguys.

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Christmas Eve was spent doing Christmas things! We opened gifts, ate brisket and played lots of Farkel and card games.

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Here are more things people gave me!

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Living

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Ari!!!

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Economic, haha

Amy and I even took Ellie to Costco to try and find Amy some cop clothes (Amy is a correctional officer).

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Christmas Day was spent relaxing, drinking vodka + sprites and you guessed it, more Farkel.

A wonderful, family-filled time!

Little Haul

I grabbed a few things from Sephora and Macy’s that I am very excited about!

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Ariana Grande Bubble Bath + Rollerball

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I nabbed this duo on Thanksgiving Day at Macy’s for $25. It was a good deal, considering the rollerball alone is probably about $25 on it’s own. As I mentioned in my Christmas list post, this perfume isn’t exactly the classiest, but I love the way it smells (it has bottom notes of MARSHMALLOW) and am really excited to take a bubble bath!

Tory Burch Perfume Duo

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Meg and I saw this at Sephora when we were shopping with sweet baby Tate and were pretty excited that this was only $18. The bottles are pretty legit and I am in LOVE with the standard Tory Burch original perfume.

Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist

I feel like this whole Korean beauty fad is quickly taking over. One thing I LOVE about this trend is the cute packaging. And as we all well know, I judge books by their covers. I could not resist buying this moisturizing facial spray for $15. I meannnn, just look at it!

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My 2015 Christmas List

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It’s that time of year again! The time of year where Christmas and my godforsaken birthday fall on nearly the same day. Thank the Lord Nan had them break her water on Christmas Eve, otherwise I would have been born on the WORST day of the year to have a birthday. However, it has also historically meant I get more prezzies, which, as I get older, are dwindling. For example, this year, I actually told my mom to pay my car insurance for a year as my gift..and she almost agreed to do it!
Please see below for the link and descriptions for things on my ACTUAL Christmas list.

Joe’s Jeans black denim skinny jeans
I have been jonesing for a pair of destroyed black jeans. Unfortunately, my long body only looks good in a couple of brands: The Gap and Joe’s.

Sperry Top-Sider white deck shoes – Nordstrom $59.95
I LOVE the way these look with rolled-up jeans or shorts in the summer time. And since my bday is in the winter…I gotta think ahead.

Vans suede leather shoes – urbanoutfitters.com $63
I wear my gold metallic vans ALL the time, so obvs I need them in black.

TheBalm makeup – Kohls $39
Mostly, I want this for the blushes and the forest green eyeshadow. Plus, I own NOTHING from the Balm!

Ariana Grande Eau de parfum perfume – Macy’s $50
This perfume is delightful and probs too young for me but I DON’T CARE. It has bottom notes of MARSHMALLOW. I mean, hello!

Lush Christmas Candy Gift Box Bubble bath – LUSH $29
There are about 5 Lush gift boxes I realllllly want. Anything containing Rose Jam or Snow Fairy and I’m a happy camper.

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner Beauty product – $34
You can read about 1272 posts on my blog about this stuff. It’s what dreams are made of.

Carpet Remnant Rectangular area rug
YEPPP. I have cold-ass hardwood floors and I would like a cheap-O piece of carpet to lay on and watch Gilmore Girls.

Sound of Music on CD
My car has a CD player so of course I want this on CD. What do you take me for?

Little Twin Stars 2016 Day Planner
Or really, any day planner will do. I also saw a Walking Dead one that is amaze-balls.
And last but not least…MY HAIR
My wonderful sister-in-law Shannon will be doing my hair at Christmas time and YOU GUYS it is going to be glorious.