August 29, 2014

the friday five

Its such a beautiful day today! I feel like Fall is creeping in over in our parts of the woods. I'm trying to enjoy the last bit of summer but really looking forward to Fall....and with that said, here is my friday five!

1. This beautiful window pane mirror for above my fireplace from Etsy.

Window Pane Mirror 46 X 36  Painted Barnwood  by ABWframes on Etsy, $159.00

2. This dinnerware set from CB2

dinnerware

3. This massive chalkboard idea....so cute! 

Love this chalk board--kitchen

4. This kettlebell workout from Tone it Up....kills me everytime. I love it!

LYB Kettlebell katrina tone it up toned up printable jpg

5. This hair cut and color...and pretty much everything about this person. (Any other Emma-lovers?)

Emma Stone: Emma's gorgeous red bob is all one length with long layers, making it the ultimate easy, wash-and-go style.

August 27, 2014

my easy, everyday makeup look

I'm a busy mom of two kids, BUT I don't wanna look like a slob-fest when I'm running errands. I feel better when I put a little something on and try to look like I tried. Here is a simple, everyday, go-to look for me that I do in about 5 minutes.



Foundation: I love my CC Cream by Arbonne. BB/CC Creams are perfect for quick application and if you get the right one you're skin can look flawless with light coverage. I just apply this with my finger tips, blend out and good to go!

Bronzer: I've been using Benefit's Hoola Bronzer for years and I usually just dust this on with a big powder brush to give me a little color.

Blush: I have fallen in love with Tarte's cheek stains. I apply a small amount to my cheeks with a blush brush and blend out.

Then for the eyes...

I take Era by MAC and blend onto my brow bone with a fluffly blending brush, then apply Nooner in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Pallette to my lids with a rounded eyeshadow brush and follow it up with a brown eyeliner and some mascara.

Lastly, some lipgloss in my favorite shade of the moment.

And there we have it! 5 minute makeup for the busy mom....

August 21, 2014

drugstore beauty bargains

Sharing my favorite drug-store beauty bargains. Now, if you know me...I will pay outta my tail for a good beauty product, but if I can find something just as good for half the price? I'm doing it! Yes, I do like to feel a little fancy and splurge here and there but I appreciate a good deal too.

Anyways...here are some of my drugstore favorites!



I know! Its amazing...everything under $10. These really are my go-to, must-have products from the drugstore and I'm really picky. Everything is awesome and just as good as some high-end products I've used.

Let me know if you try them out or if you have some favorites.

August 20, 2014

living room inspiration

living room inspiration

Thought I would share my inspiration for my living room. Now, this is not EXACTLY what I will be using but the idea is still the same. Idea: main points neutral, with accenting bold colors. I like this idea because as time goes by and trends change the basic, main pieces are simple enough that I can just change the accessories. Plus, getting new pillows here and there is fun!

August 19, 2014

Awesome Deal!

I don't get paid by The Body Shop by the way...I just love their products and have to share this awesome sale! 50% off all their bath and body products. I absolutely LOVE their body butters. I have yet to find a moisturizer that I like as much as these and for $10, you CANNOT beat it! I'm stocking up! :) It only lasts today (August 19th) but sign up for emails to see what good deals they have. 

Bath & Body

August 18, 2014

casual fall transition

casual fall transition

Wanted to share with you today just a quick look that is super easy to put together to help yourself look summery but getting ready for Fall. I love sweaters, sneakers and boyfriends jeans so this looks say "LAURA" all over it! What is your favorite summer to fall look?

August 16, 2014

favorite makeup brushes

I think I did a post like a while back but wanted to update it. These are the makeup brushes that I reach for on a daily basis. I don't use sponge applicators for anything. Brushes really are the way to go because you can wash them as often as you like and reuse them over and over again. Plus, if you get some that are really good quality they will last you for years! Also, I only use synthetic hair brushes because they are cruelty-free, easier to clean and don't shed.

Here are my recent favorites....


Left to Right: Ulta's Professional large powder brush, RealTechnique's blush brush, RealTechniques expect face brush, the next for are all Sigma E55, E40, E70 and E60, lastly just a spooley for my eyebrows.

Sooooooo.....
I use my large powder brush to apply my powder and bronzer. 
I use the blush brush to apply my uhhhhhhh....blush. 
The expect face brush is incredible and I use this to buff on my foundation. 
The eye-shadow brushes I kinda mix up here and there depending on what I'm doing but I use the E55 to apply or press on a shadow to my lids, the E40 for blending colors out on my crease, E70 has a nice angle to it and perfect for applying color to the crease and the E60 is probably my favorite-its perfect for all over application and for right under the brow bone for a highlight.
Lastly, I use the spooley everyday to tame my brows and its just an old mascara wand that I washed off. 

I've used quite a bit of brush brands and the 2 that I keep going back to are Sigma and RealTechniques. Like I said, you'll drop some money for the brushes but won't have to buy any again....maybe forever. And I recommend buying them in kits because you get more for your buck that way!

Hope this helps and have a fun weekend!

August 10, 2014

my favorite healthy snacks

I'm doing a fitness challenge right now and lost a tad bit of focus over the weekend....as usual. Ugh. Why? But I can't beat myself up over it, just move forward.

Snacking is the devil. I'm terrible at night-snacking. I'll do great all day, super good and then eat a buffet of junk right before bed. Its awesome....no, its not. I hate it. Maybe I'll do post on conquering the night-time snacking monster but right now I'm going to share a few snacks that I love!

Tips: Skip the carbs when going for a snack. I know, its hard!!! Think fruit, veggies and protein. These will keep you fuller longer and satisfy more than you think. And a snack should be around 200 calories.

Here we go................

Apples and natural peanut butter (not gonna lie, sometimes I sneak in a dab of Nutella)
Carrot sticks and hummus (I get the 100 calorie, small packs)
Cottage cheese and pineapple
Avocado
Cucumber and tuna fish (made with Greek yogurt, not mayo)
Any fruit I have hanging around the house....buy it! :)
Green smoothie or chocolate almond smoothie
Black beans and salsa
Kale chips (recipe to come)
Almonds or nuts (just a handful)
A cup of tea

These are really the ones I can think of right now and its probably because they are usually the ones I go for. I hope this helps and let me know what some of your favorites are too!