Friday, August 29, 2014

learn • style • want • home

Its clear that I know absolutely nothing about makeup, and it almost saddens me b/c now in my soon to be mid 30s, I am interested in learning. One thing I desperately want to learn to do is to fill in my eyebrows perfectly. As a child they were very thick, but after years of waxing they do look a lot like the young lady's photo pictured above in the before shot. I don't care what anyone says, Meagan's OTK and jeans look is my style. That look is perfect. Ripped jeans, OTK brown suede boots and a boyfriend tee, its like she knows who I am. I seriously want seared ahi tuna, its been awhile. I've never lived in a home with one, but I'd love to buy a house with an entryway. I just want to add stuff to it. I'm not sure it will always look so picture perfect, but I've always felt they really make a home a home.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

does nail polish even qualify

I've recently made some abrupt changes to my company and our focus is now on supporting small businesses and local artisans. This quarter's box will feature the company Plum Island Soap Co and each box will include 3 full size bath + body products and two fashion accessories. I've come across a ton of other companies I plan on reaching out to that sell bath + body, skincare as well as makeup. I haven't decided if I really want to include "makeup" makeup in the box yet. You know, bb creams, mascara's, etc... You just don't know what people like, what works with their skin tone and currently my platform isn't advanced enough to make those kinds of customizations for each and every subscriber. A little nail polish and lipstick is okay, but I think that's about as far as I may go when it comes to makeup. Does nail polish even qualify?

So anyway, I made the mistake of ordering several hundreds of dollars worth of product only to find out that the scent was way too overpowering. I ordered the wild lavender body oil and bar soap as well as the Mermaid Milk Bath. The thing with lavender is you either really love it or really hate it. Honestly, it smelled like a really expensive bug spray. I almost freaked out but Plum Island Soap Co has excellent customer service and agreed to exchange everything for other scents. Thank goodness because... 

So I decided to go with the Naked Shower Gel, Ylang Ylang Body Butter and the Soothing Foot Soak. Well this is what I've come up with so far, I just sent that huge order back yesterday so I have until September 2nd to finalize my decision. I feel like this may be a better choice than what I had chosen previously, at least I hope so. This time around, I'm gonna order the body butter to make sure that it is a scent that I can live with, well, my subscribers.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

learn • style • want • home

I've always wanted to (learn) wear makeup but I feel like it's way too expensive to purchase when you don't have a clue about what to do with the stuff. I want to start off with something simple though, the no makeup-makeup look. Seems simple enough but this girl doesn't know a thing. I feel like it's the face of Fall; (style) plaids, knits, boots and scarves.

It's no secret that I long to turn my business into a full-time business and finally be able to (want) work from home. I think about it everyday. A bit of good news for me, a blogger that I've been trying to reach for several months now has finally replied to my email and I get to send her a box for review. Hers is the blog of blogs for these types of reviews so I can't wait, hoping it goes well. What I wouldn't do to be able to wake up in that (home) platform bed with a cup of hot chai tea to read it, here's to goals and cozy dreams.

normally its pretty cheesy

Its almost that time again, actually it is that time. Halloween decorations are pretty much in your face like BAM in stores right now and I'm pretty excited. Anything that calls for decorating the front porch makes me dance a little jig. This year we're taking the kids to Halloween Horror Nights and I may be happier than both of my children, but I digress. I want to step my Halloween decor game up a bit this year. Normally its pretty cheesy, but I want it to look well thought out and put together.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

just in case

To ceiling fan or not to ceiling fan? I often ask myself this question. The only time I ever really use our ceiling fan is when I'm coming out of the shower and have to get ready to go somewhere immediately after. All of that moving around and stepping out of a hell-like sauna can really make a girl sweat. I'll turn it on for a few minutes, but then its off again because I normally get cold. I really have no other use for it to be honest, and we have one in every room in the house. I personally don't care for them. They collect dust and aren't visually pleasing to look at. Sure there are some beautiful fans out there, but I much rather see them on a front porch.

I recently read on a blog, I forget where, about not waiting until you purchase your home to start buying your furniture. I've been doing that and living miserably all the while. Its just that we have furniture that is totally not my style and I'm never happy to come home and look at it. You know how it feels when you walk in a beautiful room that you never want to leave. Well I want to feel that way about my entire living space. When we moved in about 5 years ago I was so happy to call that place my home, but now I think I'm just bored. Its quite small, but I could live with that if the decor was how I wanted it. The first thing that has to go is the ceiling fan, but we have to clear out the garage so that we'll have a place to store it. That gives me an idea for a future blog post. All of this is just in case we have to stay here for another year. I really don't want to, but just in case.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

gemma on your lips

As a newly inducted member of the Football Moms Club, something I just came up with like two seconds ago, I feel that it is my duty to write about proper mom gear. My boy twin has started his first year as a Pop Warner Mighty Mite and I couldn't be happier. Sure I get to spend 8 hours a week at football practice in the sweltering heat, sweating, hungry and thirsty in an open field full of dragon fly's, gnats and ants, but who wouldn't want to sit in a lawn chair fanning themselves profusely as they watch their child tackle, get tackled, hike balls and receive them? It really is better than it sounds, or worse, it just depends on who you ask I guess.

This mom is all about functional cuteness. You can throw on your teams tank with a pair of cutoffs and Chuck Taylor's and still rock a purple lip at 9 am, I dare anyone to say something. Not really, I don't really dare anyone to say something. If you're a parent, sister, brother, relative or neighbor of a little leaguer, you probably looked at those other people and said, "damn, why didn't I bring a tent too?" Well guess who won't be saying that? This girl! Prepare yourselves ladies! You can be cute under a tent with sparkly studded earrings and Gemma on your lips!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

win-win in my book

In short, I love my Clarisonic Plus. As a teen I had perfect skin, so much so that my teacher thought I wore makeup. I didn't understand what that meant then. I mean if that were the case, I'd happily rewind time and suffer through acne all 4 years of high school. But that can't happen, so thank goodness for Clarisonic. Below are before and after photos of my skin. My face looks fuller in the after picture, I believe its because I gained a little weight. Skin is clearer, face is plumper, win-win in my book. What do you use to cleanse your face?

I use Mary Kay Timewise Miracle Set, as well as their microdermabrasion kit (I use this twice a week). The results are after two weeks of cleansing and moisturizing twice a day with the Clarisonic. Now all I need to do is find something for those dark circles under my eyes. Its always something.

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