Top Autumnal Nails

One of my favorite things to do is to paint my nails. Strangely its something I find calming and almost therapeutic  to pick out a color and lounge in my pajamas put on some Netflix and have a little bit of a pamper evening. During the Summer and Spring months I am all about the nudes and pastels with a little bit of a pop of a neon. However; during the Autumn months I am all about the deep colors. I’m a huge lover of Essie polishes! I love the formula, the brush, the quality of how it drys.. and the list goes on!

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  1. Wicked ($8.00): I love this shade! It’s probably the one I wear the most  a deep red almost a burgundy color. When wet applying it looks more red while dried it will dry darker.
  2.  Stylenomics ($4.00): I got this one on sale years ago. Just like Wicked while wet it looks more green almost like a Christmas tree however once dried it will dry a shade darker.
  3.  After School Boy Blazer ($8.00): Another favorite! When you think Autumn I have never really thought a deep navy would be in that palate. Since then- this nail polish is one that I do tend to reach for the most during this season. It almost reminds me of a deep night once dried.It does look lighter at application however just you wait!
  4.  Mink Muffs ($8.00): If you want a more traditional Autumn color this is your cup of tea! Mink Muffs is a deep nude color that will dry a little darker without a pink undertone.
  5.  Carry On ($8.00): The difference between this one and Wicked is this one is a little bit more red and dries with more a red undertone instead of a deep burgundy.
  6. Smokin’ Hot ($8.00): This one is more of a gray with a purple undertone.
  7. Comfy in Cashmere ($8.00): Out of all of them this one is a matte nail polish. The color is a nude color with a pink undertone with a purple shine to it while application after drying it will dry more of a matte with no trace of purple.
  8. Berry Naughty ($8.00): Technically this is a part of the Christmas range. I still love it to wear during the Autumn months. This color is more traditional red then the others. You can never go wrong with a classic red nail am I right!?

Are you a nail polish lover? What is your go to color right now?

 

 

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Autumn Home Touches

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Ever since I was a little kid- I have loved home decor! I remember I would purposely start rearranging my room before bed time- only to postpone bed time I suppose.

Now that I am an adult I enjoy interior design for a new reason. I love it because it makes a house a home and it makes an ordinary space extraordinary,cozy, warm, and comfortable.

Around this time of year I love to decorate my room- to make it a little bit more cozier and festive. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be creative in your space. Before hitting the shops I recommend you “shop” your house. Recycle bed spreads, move around pictures,use old pillows, be creative- even use the great outdoors!

Once you have done that- hit the shops! Everything else I got from Walmart and Hobby Lobby and then with a little bit of creativity I put it all together!

I had so much fun putting everything together!

How did you decorate your space this Autumn season?

Hello Autumn

Today is September 22nd, 2016.

You know what that means? According to the calendar- it’s the first official day of Autumn!img_2257

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I read a quote last year that says; “Autumn the season that teaches us change can be beautiful.” I have always loved Autumn. Everything about it- the ability to have a clean slate and enjoy the beauty.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to as days are getting colder and the best time of year is beginning.

Autumn Leaves

Fall Fashion

Pumpkins

Apple Orchards

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Corn Mazes

Fresh School Supplies

Bonfires

Christmas is Coming

Hot Apple Cider

Candles & More Candles!

Hot Chocolates

Scarves & Boots & Beanies

Cozy Socks

Oversize Sweaters

Bubble Baths

Rainy Days Watching Films

Evenings Get Darker

Russian Tea

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Throw Blankets

Fireplaces

 What is your favorite part of Autumn?

Gray and Plaid

Fashion is fun- that’s no doubt.

Another amazing way to showcase yourself and display your creativity. Weather you shop at your local boutique or you hit up the Goodwill.

While out shopping I always ask myself three questions:

  1. Do I love it? If I don’t love it in the store then you know I wouldn’t love it in my closet
  2.  How much is it? Can I afford this? Will it go with anything in my closet?
  3. Is it comfortable?

I’m not really a fan of clothes that are skin tight. I’m not saying I don’t love to rock some skinny jeans and leggings here and there. I believe clothes speak louder than words can. If you feel beautiful and confident in your outfit that day- people can notice that. That’s the only thing that really matters- if you feel beautiful and confident.

My “go to outfit” is rather simple. I always say- plaid goes with everything. A little dress goes a long way- it’s loose from the body and it’s easy to throw on win win well in my book

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Navy and Green Plaid Top ($9.00): I love a good bargain! Who doesn’t? I’m known to be drawn to my neutrals: black, gray, and white.It hasn’t been until recently that I have been branching out of my comfort zone I guess you could say. Recently I have been loving incorporating deep colors such as maroon and greens  into my comfort zone of neutrals.

Gray Smock Dress: ($ 15.00): If you look closely at this dress you will see that this dress has a very subtle stripe. I love a good stripe. I feel like it brings some class to any wardrobe. What I love about this dress is one the comfort and two I love the simplicity of the dress. I love that you can wear it as is in the summer, and then in the fall you can wear it with a sweater, plaid shirt, a coat, with a big cozy scarf and boots and your set!

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To be honest; I hate shoes. I don’t know if it’s because I always thought I had too big of feet and I think shoes make them look bigger or the whole being “comfortable” issue. For shoes I go for the simplicity of it. I love a good ballet slipper or a pair of boots.

Olive Green Boots ($25.00): These are a recent purchase and honestly I am already obsessed. I love that they are not your typical color. The detail on the string. And that there is a little bit of a heel. I’m usually not a fan of any heel mainly because I’m a little clumsy. Besides that I fell in love and I just HAD to add them to my collection.

I have many items in my wardrobe that I love to wear. Simply because they make me feel good. I think that’s healthy to have outfits that you already love and you feel good in to help you get through your day. Some days it’s a dress and plaid shirt. Other days it’s leggings, a long t-shirt, and a kimono. Heck, someday’s it’s yoga pants, a sweat shirt, and fuzzy socks.

There’s a saying in the job world that says “dress for the job you want” even though I agree completely however; I like to add onto that. Dress how you want to treat yourself- for yourself.  For an example: if you are feeling blah about yourself normally people will figure that out due to the fact you didn’t put that extra time into yourself to help yourself feel good about yourself. Confused? Yep, me too. I’m not saying you always have to have your hair lay perfectly and your clothes have to be wrinkle free. I am saying whatever you are rocking that day- bad day or not- own it!

When you look into a mirror love yourself from the inside to the outside. That’s where the beauty lies in the first place.

What is your go to outfit?

Top Ten Favorite Movies

It’s September!

Honestly it’s my favorite time of the year!  The days are getting shorter- the nights are getting cooler, the mornings are getting darker. It’s the perfect time to to cuddle your blankets-  don’t forget to put on your bed warmer! Curl up, make yourself a cup of tea, light a candle (or two), put on the Christmas lights and wind down with a movie.

If you are aimlessly scanning Netflix not finding anything to watch. Here are my top ten movies of all time.

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10: You’ve Got Mail- Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan- talk about a classic! This movie is the definition of a modern classic love story. Small children book store owner Meg Ryan, and mega book store typhoon Tom Hanks meet in a chat room. Who anonymously become cyber pen pals. Can love be found? Even if they are rivals? Based in autumn in New York City with love in the air anything is possible.

9: The Ultimate Gift- Based off the best selling novel by Jim Stovall. Drew Fuller and Abigail Breslin lead an all- star cast. Bringing a heartwarming drama that brings up the very important question- what is important in life? The movie follows Drew Fuller’s character as he goes on a journey following his wealthy grandfather’s passing leaving him twelve “gifts” to help navigate and challenge him to find out what is more important- money or something more?

8: Sense & Sensibility- Marianne Dashwood, young and naive wearing her heart on her sleeve contrasting her older sister, Elinor Dashwood who is more reserved and guarded. Following their hearts in love and life. From the brilliant brain of Jane Austen. This BBC mini series pulls out all the questions- Can you be sensible with having sense? Can the sisters find personal happiness in a time where society dictates status and money rules the heart?

7: Funny Face- Paris the city of love with lights shining bright is the backdrop of this musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Small bookstore clerk turned model Audrey Hepburn and fashion photographer Fred Astaire who discovers her. Waltz into audiences hearts for generations.

6: Singin’ in the Rain- Where can you go wrong? Who doesn’t start singing. “I’m singing in the rain oh I’m singing in the rain oh what a glorious feeling…” Whenever you get caught in a rain storm? Set during the time in cinematic history when silent movies are transitioning into talking pictures. Gene Kelly who plays the biggest “heartthrob” at the time having to find a new way to reinvent himself with the world that is changing around him.

5: Sabrina- Before there were countless Cinderella stories. There was Sabrina. Sabrina follows the story of Sabrina played by Audrey Hepburn who is the chauffeur’s daughter. Serving the Larrabee family for a number of years The Larrabee’s have two sons played by Humphrey Bogart and William Holden one who is all work while the other is all playboy. Enter in the picture Sabrina after returning from Paris all grown and glamorous both brothers fall under the spell. Enter in the forbidden romance, the charm of first love, and elegance only a Audrey Hepburn movie can bring.

4: Dirty Dancing- Filled with memorable lines such as, “No one puts Baby in a corner” and with a soundtrack that brings you back to the Summer of 1963. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray star in this coming of age story of discovering who you are, what you will stand for, and how far you will go. On a family vacation to the Catskill Mountain resort seventeen-year- old “Baby” finds herself drawn out of her shell attracted to the rebellious Johnny who is the resorts dance instructor proving that opposites do indeed attract.

3: Grease- “Summer loving happened so fast…” Let’s go back to a time when life was young and experiencing love for the first time. Back to high school beyond the homework and the confusing time of pimples. Follow the senior year of Pink Lady, Sandy played by Olivia Newton- John and bad boy T-Bird leader, Danny played by the ever so dashing John Travolta. Follow them as they explore finding the world post high school. What crowd is more important or more importantly whose more important?

Now for the top two!!

2: Roman Holiday- Why hello Audrey Hepburn! In her first on screen debut she captures the audience winning an Oscar! Audrey Hepburn dazzles as a modern day princess who has grown tired of her every day rituals. Determined to abandon her royal obligations and explore Rome on her own. Enter in the handsome Gregory Peck, an American reporter who is stranded in Rome waiting for his ticket out. However; the plan falters as the two fall in love. All in black and white a romantic tale enjoyed for generations learning about love, determination, and standing on your own two feet.

1: Pride & Prejudice- The greatest love story of all time! With beautiful language by Jane Austen’s masterpiece. A enchanting tale- Keira Knightly stars as Elizabeth Bennet who is headstrong and strong willed with passion and fearlessness. Enter in the ever so dashing and mysterious Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. As life is challenging it is also kind. Upon meeting Elizabeth swears he is the last man she could ever marry. After months of misconceptions and life throwing it’s curve balls. Elizabeth finds herself captivated by the same man she thought she had known. A visually pleasing film with a unbelievable scenery and beautiful score throughout the film Darcy and Elizabeth’s love story shines even more. “Yes, a thousand times yes!” for generations to come.

What is your favorite movie?

Lush: Not Just Skin Deep

From the moment I can remember I’ve loved makeup, or correction anything “girly”. Although makeup is grand and pretty. The most important thing is your skin. Growing up my mom had a rule- no makeup until I was thirteen. On my thirteenth birthday I woke up knowing today was the day! My mom took me and two friends to her Mary Kay consultant’s house and we had a makeup party! Oh my! However; from the get go makeup is a tool to enhance a women’s natural beauty and that’s it.

What is beauty? Have you ever asked yourself? I think everyone has a different answer. Even though makeup is fun it’s only temporary. You will have your skin forever and you have to take care of it. I say why not splurge a little? Especially on things that feels good on the skin and better yet- good for the skin.

For me that is Lush.

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I found out about Lush through different YouTube videos and beauty blogs. Everyone was raving and I just knew I HAD to get my hands on it! And once I did- I was HOOKED! Yes, Lush is a little expensive and hard to get sometimes (especially when you live in the Midwest!) But oh so worth it!

I find the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. If that means using a product in the shower that gives you that extra spring in your step or having a little soak in the bubble bath. Your body and your mind will thank you for it. What I love about Lush is that it’s all natural, it’s not tested on animals, and all hand made. You can trust it.

Some of my favorite products are what Lush is known for: Their bath bombs! After a rough week or just needing a little rest I love to run a little bath and just shut out the world for awhile. Light up your favorite candle put in a movie or read a book and your set!

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Besides their unbelievable bath bombs I’m a huge fan of their shampoo and conditioners. I have naturally oily and dull hair. I have been trying to grow my hair out for years- with no success in that matter. These last couple months I have decided to really start taking care of my hair (I’m a lover of hot tools that’s for sure!) I had always seen the shampoo and conditioners on the site thinking how good they looked but never putting them in my basket. When I decided it was time to get serious about taking care of my hair so it can grow. I decided to go for it! And now after using them for months I question why oh why didn’t I do it sooner! My hair feels healthier even with using a curling iron almost every day! My hair is less greasy and I like to say maybe a little bit more volume too! Another positive your hair smells good all day long even after a day’s wash!

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I can’t write a post about my love for Lush and not talk about a couple of my favorite skin products! I have combination skin. And like I said from an early age I learned that beauty is found without a face of makeup on. I love to wash my face and I want to know that I’m getting all my makeup off and I’m not drying out my skin. I found two products (so far) that I find does just that. Herbalism: is a face and body cleanser that helps exfoliate and “mops” up extra oil on the face. Let me tell you this is a gem! I personally like to use this one in the shower. When I am doing more a deep clean for my face. The next one is the Tea Tree Water: which is a toner water. For someone who was a complete newbie I didn’t really know what toner really was. What it does it cleanses and keeps disasters at bay- yes, I do get spots but what I find is it stops the spot before it can get too big or even sometimes to a white head.

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One of the very first things I have ever bought from Lush was the Mint Julips Lip Scrub. As someone who lives in a climate of consistent wind and cold- chap lips aren’t cute. What I love- is that when using I can really feel  I am removing the chap off my lips for a smoother lip. And it taste delicious!

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Like makeup- it’s fun to dress up and feel glamorous. However; the most important thing just like washing your face is to take care of all of you. No one will do it for you unfortunately. You have a decision to want to take care of your skin or hair.

” The beauty of a women is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a women is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place love resides. True beauty in a women is reflected in her soul it’s the caring that she lovingly gives  the passion that she shows and the beauty of a women only grows with passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn

At thirteen I don’t think I understood the underlining reason of makeup or what “beauty” is. The only thing that was running through my head was probably, “Yes, finally!” When really it opened up a door to help see myself as the beautiful lady that loves makeup but loves taking care of her “inner” beauty more. The confidence that I can walk out of my house without a stitch of makeup on my face and still feel the beauty I feel with the makeup on- simply because I took the time in treating my skin and maybe my self esteem too.

What products/brands make you feel confident?