Flowers From My Garden

imageOn my days off work, I love hanging with my flowers in my little garden.  Since I’m just renting and want to take my flowers with me when it’s time to go, it has turned into my little potted piece of paradise.  I’ve been getting lots of bug visitors lately though.  Viva spider season!  I saw this green one catch a fly and a bee out of mid air!  Freaky much?  Um, Yes!

Here’s a little sampling of some of the flowers I’m growing currently.

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The Only Nail Color I’m Wearing This Summer

Cajun Shrimp Nail Polish

I definitely have the tendency of getting a little… well… super into things.  Right now I’m obsessed with all things coral. Purses, shoes, clothing, eyeshadows (seriously!) if it’s coral color, it’s love.  So when I got my OPI gel mani done in its Cajun Shrimp color, it was love at first sight.  It’s the perfect combination of pink and orange.  Not to mention it totally compliments my super duper pale skin tone!  This is my third mani (in a row) of this color and I’m so not even close to tired of it yet!  Cajun Shrimp is hands down my nail color for the summer!

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Lust List: Practically Impractical

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Sometimes a pair of shoes will come into your life that are so wonderfully impractical that they come full circle to become practical again.  These Kate Spade Go Taxi Flats from its Monaco collection are exactly that.  They’re decked out to look like your typical cab: yellow as the sun with checkered trim.  There are even little wheels on the side!

Now as fantastically darling as these babies are, I obviously wanted to actually be able to wear them with my current wardrobe before pulling the trigger.  Truthfully, I’m not a yellow person and don’t own much in the way of yellow, so no matchy matchy outfits were in order.  That’s fine with me.  Color, though, I have plenty of hanging in the closet.  With funky flats like these, I think you should just go all out and wear more color!

They’re surprisingly easy to wear but just make sure you’re not in a hurry because you will be stopped by people for complements and photos.  Seriously!  People just can’t help themselves around these adorable flats!  Oh, and a crucial side note, they’re actually comfortable!  I can wear them all day and not feel the need to kick them off immediately when I get home!  I’m in love…

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Lust List: SJP’s Shoe Line Debuts February 28th

Picture 2I’m pretty sure I could sit and watch Sex & the City reruns for months straight and live a very content life.  So when Sarah Jessica Parker announced that she’d be collaborating on a new shoe line with Manolo Blahnik, I gasped with shoe obsessed delight.  Affordable high-end Italian-made shoes with Carrie Bradshaw influence?!  Wish list officially updated.  The collection features tons of color in wearable designs that put a emphasis on comfort.  As if we weren’t sold before but now they’re comfortable?  Dreams really do come true!

The collection debuts exclusively at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com at Midnight on February 28th.  SJP herself will even be visiting a handful of locations for the debut!  For more information on location availability and about the collection, click here.  Ok, let’s be honest.  Who has their alarm set?SJP

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Lust List: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Naked 3Man, this Urban Decay Naked 3 palette was on backorder forever!  So happy it’s finally here!  The colors are a really nice array of rosey tones so I thought this would be perfect for my skintone.  Not to mention I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with all things rose gold.  It’s been really fun testing all the colors and doing lots of combinations to find out what works for me.

DSC_0013Aren’t they pretty?!  There’s a perfect combination of shimmer, matte, light, and dark tones. The colors are rather sheer but have a totally buildable quality to them.  And when paired with one of the generous samples of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, they just last and last and last and last… get where I’m going with this?  Good.  I need to add another step to my beauty routine like I need to put a hole in my head but the Primer Potion was so incredible, I decided the extra 15 seconds a day was totally worth it.  The Eden color is what I use now and I actually put it under my eyes as well!  Stays put all day and the nice beige matte gives me a good even foundation to play with the eyeshadows on.  The trick is to use just a teenie tiny itty bitty amount of the Primer Potion.  It goes a long way and actually works better if you use less!  On another note, I’ll be totally honest with you guys (as I always am!), I don’t like the double sided brush that come with the palette.  It’s way too stiff for my liking.

DSC_0016As you can see, a lot of the really light colors get a little lost on my skintone.  For me, the first 4 colors are used as a subtle rosey base or to add a little sheen on top.  Otherwise, they’re essentially invisible.  Urban Decay did a pretty great job sticking to the rose gold category but not making every color seem like just one step darker than the next.  There are probably a million possibilities in this thing!  Here’s one of my go to favs…

DSC_0034I use Strange as the base which is a slightly pink matte color up to my brow.  Then use Buzz over the lid and added just a hint of sparkle to the inner corners with Dust.  Topped it all off by lining my eyes with Blackheart on both the top and bottom and added some mascara. Voila!  This is one of my favorite combinations to go from day to night.  We’re all busy ladies!  Not needing to touch up your makeup from one thing to the next is a major added bonus!

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All in all, this is a great palette that will be nice for travel since you can do day AND night looks all in one.  Bravo, Urban Decay, Bravo!

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Monday Must-Have Lust List: Peter Pilotto for Target

peter-pilotto-targetI for one am not tired at all of all these designer collaborations.  Doesn’t the saying go “Two minds are better than one” after all?  Well the Peter Pilotto for Target collaboration is no exception.  It’s colorful, loud, and just plain fun!  These pieces mix and match well together or can add a pop to jeans and plain tees.  The pattern guru did not tone down his love for mixing unexpected colors and graphics for this collection, which is a refreshing aspect of this collaboration. Often we see designers try to become more “mainstream.”  Maybe the mainstream is becoming more accepting of outside-the-box designer creations or maybe Peter Pilotto just went for it.  Either way, this collection has been a smash hit in the blogosphere.  Collection launched at Target stores and Target.com today 2/10/2014.

I didn’t make it to the store but I was able to nab the pieces below online.  Stay tuned for posts on how I style these babies.Peter Pilotto

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Lust List: Erin Fetherston x JewelMint Collection

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Get ready to fall in love with this adorable collection!  Erin Fetherston has created a Studio Series in collaboration with JewelMint and the results are perfection.  There’s a lot of rose gold, whimsy, and romance in this collection and any (or all!) pieces would be an easy addition to your look.  Now let’s get what we really want this Valentine’s Day and just send the link directly to our loved ones.  Why beat around the bush?

Shop the collection here!

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