September 29, 2014

good read: the light between oceans


I read a lot. And by a lot I mean a lot. I'm talking about 2 books at a time, anywhere from 4-6 books a month. Yep, nerd alert. I would start a book blog if I had the time....
I love sharing books on the blog and I know I don't as much as I'd like too but every once and a while I across one that is just so stinkin' good I can't keep it to myself and I couldn't wait to write my thoughts on this book.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

I'll do my best to keep it basic enough not to give away anything but let you in enough to spark an interest. 

Set in Australia in the 1920's (which I hope already sparks some interest) a man and wife run a lighthouse on Janus island. They can't have any children, and one day a boat with a dead man and alive baby floats onto the shore. 

They decide to keep the child and as the story unwinds, good and bad comes from the choice. Eventually life catches up to them and secrets of their private life on the island are revealed.

It is written so so so incredibly well. The author is amazing. The characters are incredible and the story itself is not only creative but written in a way that it takes you up and down, in and out and all around...in a good way. You start asking yourself what you'd do in this situation and you can't agree with one character or the other because the choices are based between love and logic. And those can get muddled sometimes. You feel for the mother but ache for the logical father. You hurt for the child but want what's best too. 

It was one of those books half way through you are thinking "If this doesn't end right, I'm going to hate this book!" but although it didn't end exactly how I wanted it to, it ended in a good way. I was more than pleased.

Loved everything about it and give it a serious 10 out of 10 for great characters, good story line, emotional connection, incredible writing and a adult novel that was clean. 

A definite must-read. Let me know if you have and what you thought of it. 

September 26, 2014

friday five

Hey! Its Friday...
ready

Accomplished. 

Here's your friday five...

1. This hair color...I'm doing it. Just you wait.
penny red

2. This kitchen. Need I say more?

FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE: French Cottage Kitchen Inspiration

3. This because THIS is my all I wear now-a-days...

Urban Decay - Naked3
4. This place...because its all I got people and I'm loving it!

5. These lips because its Fall now and I'm allowed to do this! ;)
 gorgeous makeup //click for Fall makeup resolutions! 

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

September 25, 2014

fashion abroad

Take a second and close your eyes...uuuuuuhhhhh wait, you can't read the amazing things I'm going to write...so keep them open but picture the perfect place you'd like to visit. Yep, anywhere in the world. Awwwwww. Go there with me for a few seconds....now close your eyes.

Are you back? Okay, good.

The first place I think of if I was offered anywhere in the world would be GREECE! My husband's family is from Greece so it's on our list of the first place we will head once life (or kids) let us. :)

Beaches, culture, tradition, family, beaches, more beaches, fresh food....sounds incredible.

I'm a traveler who always plans ahead some cute outfits to wear and if I have to go on a little shopping trip or something...well, shoot. :) When I think Greece I think something light, comfortable, cute and beach-y....here's what I came up with.




fashion abroad



Linen pants, comfy top, a just-in-case jacket, hat, sunnies, sandals, leather backpack, a watch to stay on schedule and some cute little anchor earring. Perfect.

Besides a cute outfit, I would be dying to try some authentic Greek and Mediterranean food. That is one of my favorite types of food so to get it first hand would be incredible. I'd really enjoy completely diving myself into the culture and hopefully have a chance to learn a few things about the language, might even pick up a "teach yourself Greek" book beforehand or just wing it and catch on as I go. But learning the basics like hello, thank you, your welcome, my name is....would be a few I'd get under my belt. I really enjoy becoming one-with-the-country when I travel.

As the weather is cooling itself off here, it really was nice to slip away for bit to a nice, warm place and imagine life in Greece. 

Thanks for traveling with me today. :)

Where would you go? Any fashion favorites you couldn't live without?

September 23, 2014

to do list: halloween and fall crafts

Its no secret. I love Halloween. I don't know why? I love October, I love Fall, I love dressing up and Halloween is just right in there.

Stumbled across so so so cute Halloween decorations that I couldn't resist sharing.

Diy balloons
So cute for a little Halloween party...

Rustic BOO pennants...HERE

Because when do eighteen25 not do something cute? HERE

Fall!!
Might not be totally Halloween but I love this front walk way look. So gorgeous!

Decorate your outdoors with our amazing Pumpkin Lantern pattern:http://www.bhg.com/party/fall-harvest-party/?socsrc=bhgpin091514pumpkinlantern&page=4
Pumpkin lanterns. Saw this in Better Homes and Garden magazine and just loved this idea!

Young At Heart Mommy | South Florida Lifestyle Blogger: Eerie Eyeball Pretzel Rods #Halloween
Monster pretzel sticks! My kids would love these! HERE

Make this Halloween skull using nails and string.
Skull art. These nail and sting designs are so cool! HERE

Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial
Pumpkin topiary. Love this!

fabric stip banner dyi, make with gauze, lace, tulle, add spiders, bugs, skulls and some glitter
Cute Halloween ribbon banner. HERE

Hope that gets you all in the Halloween Spirit! Til next time....


September 22, 2014

Favorite post-workout snacks/smoothies

Making sure you get the right nutrients in your body after a workout is critical! But making sure you eat well all around is just as important. :)

To help you out here our my TOP 5 go-to post workout snacks.....

1. Protein powder with water/almond milk and a banana.This is my number one because it  what I reach for 90% of the time. I run errands after the gym so this is easy and simple.

2. Chocolate Almond Protein Smoothie. Click HERE for recipe. Yum! And my go-to snack at night when I get the munchies...saves me every time.


3. Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie. This is a new "invention" and I love it. 
Recipe: 
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Blend and enjoy!

4. Protein powder with water/almond milk and energy bar. I like THIS, THIS and THIS.

5. Creamsicle Protein Smoothie. Recipe from Tone it Up found HERE. YUM!!!! Tastes like a dessert...
Tone-it-up-Creamisicle-Smoothie

I am always looking for something fun and new for an after workout snack so I hope this helps! I know life gets busy (I'm slammed everyday this week) but getting in a good workout really helps with your energy levels, mood and stress! I promise!!! 60 minutes a day is only 4% of your whole day! You can do it! :)

And to make life easier for you, I invested in one of THESE and haven't regretted it ONE BIT! Worth every stinkin' penny. LOVE MINE

September 15, 2014

personalize your beauty!

 I had the chance to personalize my makeup area a little and it got me thinking about how important it is to personalize your own beauty! 

Being an individual is really what sets you apart in the beauty-world. If your look is simple mascara and lip gloss or a full-out look everyday, dressed to the nines....that's fine! Being true to yourself and finding what is comfortable for you is what matters.

Sometimes it can take a few tries to find what works with you. I know it took me years to find my "feel" and flow and as makeup artist. I felt a lot of pressure to do things a certain way, to dress a certain way and even to make my clients look a certain way but once I embraced my natural approach and stop trying to be something that didn't feel right, a huge weight was lifted of my shoulders and I really started to personalize myself as a makeup artist. Without diversity life would be boring! We need all sorts of styles and interest to make it interesting. 

I'm really happy to have a few little pieces of personalized cute-ness in my makeup area....make me feel pretty professional! :)

What is some of your signature looks? 
How do you personalize your beauty?


I love this mug. Perfect to hold my brushes at home or for an on-site application....or even some morning tea! ;)


LOVE having this cute little note pad to write some blogging thoughts or even a personalize note to a client!


Getting my makeup space pretty....

Happy Monday everyone! Let's make it a great week!

September 11, 2014

August Favorites

I might be a week late, and haven't done this in a couple months but its HERE!!! August faves....


1. Maybelline's Color Show polish in Bad to the Bronze. Not the best quality but I love this color on my toes and fingers. A subtle bronze with just the right amount of metallic.
2. it's a 10 Miracle Leave-In plus Keratin. Winner!!!! Winner of all hair products in all the world. The best ever! This is all I use on my hair and it makes is shiney, thick, soft, manageable, healthy, etc, etc, etc. LOVE!
3. Arbonne's FC5 Moisturizing Night Creme. Hello amazing! Light, fresh, hydrating, perfect for everyone. A must have! PS> I can get you a discount...
4. The Body Shop's body soaps. I strayed for a while but came back and I"m so happy I did. BEST. SOAP. EVER! So moisturzing, smells great, frothy (?). They have buy 3 get 3 free sales and this is when I usually stock up. 
5. Bergamot essential oil. This has been by my makeup and applied daily. Bergamot helps ease stress and tension, plus calms irritability. That's one of my least favorite things about myself, I'm easily annoyed especially on certain times of the month. This helps and it smells citrus-y and fresh.