Thursday, March 5

Post-Bach Brunch

So what do you wear to a post-Bachelorette party brunch when you've slept 10 hours in two nights combined and spent three weeks planning the party? Your new favorite t-shirt and velvet leggings. 
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| glasses: H&M | t-shirt: gift | sweater: Urban Outfitters | leggings: Target | flats: Target |
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This is literally what I did as soon as I got home from brunch, after taking photos, because you know, a blogger's work is never done! 

Just a couple notable things about this outfit: this t-shirt was part of my Christmas present from my sister, Carina. I've worn it as many times as socially acceptable since I got it. And you know, I wasn't always a snuggle monster, but now I totally am. If we ever meet, expect a really big cozy hug. 

And the leggings- so I'm trying not to buy clothing this year, since a huge new budget called "all my friends are getting married" has popped up in my life. But I decided it was ok to buy some new accessories so I don't go crazy. And my definition of "accessories" has gotten very liberal indeed. I make my own rules, OK?! 

But these leggings, seriously. I was on my 1000th (each increasingly dangerous) trip to Target for party supplies, and found an entire section of clearance hosiery/socks/leggings. Already obsessed with them, and I'll be wearing them all weekend on my trip. So...justified. I would seriously recommend them if you can find 'em at your neighborhood Target. 
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Ooh that post-party brunch (went to Mack & Kate's by the way, so good!) One of us is looking especially haggard. But I had the most lovely griddle cakes and deviled eggs.

So, I'm in the middle of another surprise snow day, crossing my fingers that we make it out of Nashville this evening, and to California tonight. A snow day today is dope, as far as I'm concerned (we actually got a few inches!), just as long as it doesn't interfere with my plans. Catch you on the flipside, and in the meantime, follow along via Twitter or Instagram, if you like! 

Tuesday, March 3

#AmandaGoesWilder Weekend

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Whaaat a weekend. I love celebrating my best friends. Bonus when it's with THEIR best friends, and dear family that comes to town. There's gonna be a LOT of that this year. 

My baby was the bachelorette party on Friday night (top three photos.) I realized I absolutely go into "blackout party planning mode" when I'm hosting anything. But things really couldn't have gone better; from dinner without reservations in downtown Franklin, our hotel, the decor, games, and brunch the next morning. We just had a blast, and showered the bride-to-be with lingerie and lots of sweets. Oh- and the theme I went with was #AmandaGoesWilder, since she'll be Mrs. Wilder in about 2.5 weeks. Insane!

The second three photos are from the bridal shower on Sunday. Missy, Katie, and Julie planned it and did an amazing job! I didn't do a great job of taking photos of the decor, but it was fabulous. And holy appetizers. Those Shrewsbury women can host ;) 

To be honest, I am learning as I go through this first "close friend getting married" experience, all of these things are new for me! I'm also saving bits along the way for the next bachelorette/bridal shower/wedding [JENAE.] 

I am truly thrilled for Amanda, who's been my girl since day one, second one, of moving to Nashville (and who I lived with for most of college --> "Roomie.") But you know what's a little strange? I feel like I'm giving all my best friends away to have a new best friend. Sunday night I felt the slightest bit melancholy like, why didn't I enjoy those random times in college when the dorm was completely empty and we would just hang? You know, I think there's a lesson in there for every phase of life. Good thing I like Dustin alright ;) love you Roomie, and on to the next batch of festivities!

Saturday, February 28

Shooties Take Austin

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| t-shirt: Old Navy | shots: Target | shooties: Payless | 

Hey there! Just stopping in with a quick outfit, one of those "here but not here" editions because I'm in the middle of #AmandaGoesWilder weekend (and I'm watching Parks & Rec with Huntee if this post turns Leslie Knope-ish.) 

I wore this out on my recent trip to Austin. Yes, it was warm enough there to wear shorts. No, I don't want to talk about it. This was a nostalgic little reminder about how easy it is to dress when the weather's warm. I really love the "dressed-up t-shirt" look and these shorts that I randomly found on clearance at Target are an easy way to dress up anything- and still be wearing shorts! 

On Friday night, Carina and I explored Rainey Street. Word on the street is that it's where the Yuppies hang out, and we had heard some great recommendations! Rainey St. is lined with historical-homes-turned-trendy-bars and awesome restaurants. We ate at G'Raj Mahal, where Indian cuisine meets the Austin "food trailer" scene. Thoroughly enjoyed my night out with Carina, that ended at the Friends & Neighbors Galentine's party, where we narrowly missed meeting Nicole! 
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There's my last little memory of Austin, in outfit form. Do you have a simple go-to going out look? 

Thursday, February 26

Thankful Thursday #3 and monthly goals, February

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mostly irrelevant though I am thankful for lip color and heirloom pins! 

I might just be overdue for a Thankful Thursday! And on this Thursday, I am thankful for:

13. Sugar by Maroon 5 and car dancing, in general. You guys. This song. Is SO catchy. I cannot listen to it without wanting to sing and dance along, and it instantly puts me in a good mood. Sometimes I allow myself to listen to it on the radio more than once a day! Also, dancing in your car, especially while stuck in traffic, is so good for you. Plus you get weird looks, which is always fun.

14. An outfit that makes me feel like a little Valentine. I mean, it's still February right? Wearing pink and red together makes me feel girly and great, bonus that I brainstormed this outfit while still in my bed.

15. A trip home next week, and all my sibs in one place! This came upon me SO fast, and I just can't wait to be with everyone, including Huntee, in the Golden State. A little vacay never hurt nobody.

16. Good hair days. I've been having a little bit of "haircut remorse" (if you will) and envying some long locks; but when I styled my wet hair with a pillow the other night and have thoroughly enjoyed the results all week long...then I really like short hair.

17. Freshly washed sheets. Is there anything better then going to sleep when you JUST washed your sheets? That makes for the sweetest dreams possible, truly.

18. Wine + Girl Scout cookies + Parks and Rec. We'll go ahead and just call this the best Tuesday night ever. Especially since this was after getting harassed by a Spencer Gift's employee.

19. That my plans tonight are baking and wrangling together sparkly party supplies. It's a hard life. Not too bad for a Thursday night.

20. A new phone! I went gold and white, and I have to say, I don't hate it. Mostly excited about gigs on gigs of space for all my photos of Beyonce, videos of babies, etc.

Just like you, I can't believe it is nearly the third month of the year. February was a good month for me, in terms of my monthly goals and life in general.

This past month I: went somewhere new (Austin), saw live music (Copeland), saw a family member (Carina), love was my one word motto and I knocked that out of the part (imho), I am hosting some girls tonight for dinner, and I sent out a lot of Valentine's! The only thing I didn't accomplish was reading a book, but as I've been telling myself: they're just goals. If I accomplished everything with ease then I would be perfect.

It always feels like things really pick up for Spring though- this year is no different, so

Tuesday, February 24


Here's a way to tell that it's actually really cold in Nashville (or a way to tell that I am totally a Californian who has never dressed for actual cold): when I'm wearing my corduroy pants. 

When I'm laying in bed after hitting snooze a dozen times, and my weather app reads 3 degrees (true life, wtf Nashville) I know I'll need as many layers as I can muster, a long coat, hat gloves scarf, probably rainboots, and pants of some sort. I don't know that corduroys are any warmer than jeans, but it's a mental thing that keeps me slightly cozier. 
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| beanie: H&M | scarf: Old Navy | flannel: gift | sweater: UO | cords: F21 | socks: Target | boots: Hunter |

Enough about the cold. I'll bet it's cold wherever you're reading this too! Last week was totally weird. These pictures make it look like we got snow in Nashville, but we never got more than an inch. What you're seeing here is ice that never melted, all week long. 

I keep telling people this as the silliest anecdote to describe the city "being on lockdown": I had Preds (vs. Sharks, how's that for regionally confused sports fandoms??) hockey tickets for Tuesday night, and the Preds scored 5 goals so we earned a free Frosty with our ticket, but WENDY'S WAS CLOSED. So, legit lockdown. 

I lived in this thermal and beanie for three days, and when I finally went back to work I had one of those "omg my hair is so dirty and I didn't even realize because I've been living inside of a beanie I can't wait to go home and shower" moments. 

So, yeah. Highlights and lowlights of the week. 
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You would think with all that downtime and time spent at home I would have been SUPER productive and like re-branded my blog and DIY-ed an entire bachelorette party right? No, you know me better than that. I tried to write in my journal about last week and it was like "...snowpocalypse? Not sure what I even did..." I think my main (--> only accomplishment) was starting Parks and Rec, I love it already, and I knew Aziz would be my favorite, and he so is. It's completely relevant as tonight is the series finale.

So things are pretty much back to normal. Things on my mind:
- Amanda's bachelorette party on Friday/Saturday
- Sundar coming to town Friday night (tbd due to weather)
- Amanda's bridal shower Sunday
- going home NEXT WEEKEND, yippee! Everyone, including Huntee, will be there, and Tarif is starring in another show!

Hope you all are staying warm and not losing your sparkle (Bachelor Season 17, anyone?)
Thanks for reading! 

Friday, February 20

ipsy vs. Birchbox, January

Here's January's attempt to solve my never-ending first-world problem; in which I try to choose between two monthly subscription services (referred to hereafter as "subs"): ipsy & Birchbox. Currently subscribed to both. Trying to keep one and lose the other. But which one is best for me? (Here's: October // November // December.)

After winning the first two months, ipsy slipped behind Birchbox's all-star box in December. I'd say I'm doing a good job at using all the products I receive, which is why I am still subscribed to both (I mean...that and the fact that I can'tstopwon'tstop.) For the most part, I am still enjoying trying out new products, and the sample-sizes are perfect for traveling.

Here are the goods from last month!
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Birchbox (products left to right)
Key West Aloe Facial Cleanser- I like this, and I'm all about a travel size face wash. This had a soapy feel, which made my face feel really clean; though I would be more interested in a scrub with salicylic acid/blemish benefits. I bet the aloe would be really nice after a day in the sun. 
Essentiel Elements Rosemary Body Lotion- Yay, another lotion! I thought that would be something I wouldn't tire of, and yet...this lotion isn't super greasy, which is great for application while driving, and smells fancy, like something I imagine a Jane Austen character would wear.
Sweet Science Invisible Daily Tint- This is advertised as a "concealer with SPF, yay" which sounds like a good idea. But every time I used this, I found it extremely difficult to blend, and just a terrible consistency all together. I'm wondering if I got a bad batch? 
*Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner-* I was very surprised to like this! I wasn't sure how to use it at first, since it's the same brown/copper-y color as my regular eyeshadow, but I found it works well on the top/bottom of your eyes in place of shadow (when you're in a pinch/rush.) It stayed put all day (in a cat eye), even after working out!
When Travelmate Sheet Mask- These are for after you travel, or something? I thought I would use mine after returning from Austin. As far as face masks go, it was nice, but I think I like the ones you self-apply better. I did not enjoy having that slimy thing on my face for 30 minutes, and didn't really notice a benefit after.  

*Favorite of the month! Like I said, I was pleasantly surprised how this gorgeous eyeliner could replace eyeshadow in two seconds. It went on smooth like a crayon, but still stayed in place. I would buy this! 

Can you tell how cute this confetti covered box is? I think I've decided to keep some of my favorites, and use them as giftboxes/boxes to send some Birchbox goodies to my friends. 
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ipsy (products clockwise)
*Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow-* Love this! This is a variation of the color I wear everyday, a copper-y brown. This shadow has great shimmer and pigment, and goes on smooth. That link is a little wonky though, apparently you can only buy it in a palette, and I couldn't find this exact shade. Still, I'm a fan of any Pacifica products I have tried. 
Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo- Pretty meh. I tried using this in place of/over blush, and I think the color is just too light for me. I realize this is supposed to be sheer but this doesn't show on me at all. I like the idea, maybe if it came in a darker shade? 
Hikari Cosmetics Eyeliner in Storm- Ok, when exactly is the occasion for silver eyeliner? A NYE wedding? Between ipsy and Birchbox, at this point I have enough silver eyeliner to last me through these weddings forever. I would have much rather recieved one in purple/blue/any color over silver, as an eyeliner pen, it's pretty decent.
L.A. Fresh Day Moisturizer- I can't say that anything about this is life-changing, BUT- I took this to Austin, and it is fantastic that the pouch cap screws on and off. You can open it, use some of it, and save the rest for another trip, which is unheard of! Really great sample/travel size. 
Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm- This stuff is great! It's advertised as a "balm", but it's really more of a moisturizing gloss. So it has the benefits of a gloss without being gloopy. Smells fresh and minty, and I like the bright white, minimal packaging. Seems very grown-up.

*Favorite of the month, though it was a close call! I could literally wear this eyeshadow everyday. 

You can't even tell how cute this bag is. The other side is white, and it's a faux leather-y canvas! I tucked this right inside my new purse to hold lotion, gloss, bobby pins, etc. 

Victor for January: ipsy. Birchbox was fairly meh all around this time, and ipsy had some real gems. Though I will say, it wasn't a landslide! C'mon Birchbox, you just got back in my good graces.

Anyone receive a Birchbox or ipsy this month, and have a difference experience with a product? Or maybe you got something awesome that I am seriously missing out on? Do tell! 

As always, if you are interested in signing up for ipsy OR Birchbox (or both ;) for $10/month, you can find my referral links here: ipsy //Birchbox.

** I should note that at this point, I'm more reviewing the products and trying to use them all, instead of really considering which box to cancel. I'll probably keep them both, for a while ;) ** 

Thursday, February 19

Dreaming of Bare Legs, Pt. 2

So this week has turned out to be totally wacky! Productivity rates are low, ice rates are high; I'm going on probably my 100th cup of tea, and going through all my fuzzy socks as well. When you're thrown into a weird situation like, "the city is shut down, come into work if you can", things feel very strange indeed. Today is my first full-day back at work week ago, Thursday, actually!

One thing I know for sure--I'm READY to be back in warm weather like this past weekend! No layers, bare legs, short sleeves?! Seems like a cruel joke now.
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| glasses: H&M | backpack: Target | dress: ASOS (giveaway win) | tennis shoes: Urban Outfitters |

I wore this outfit this past Saturday in Austin, when it was 80 degrees (!?) and we walked around the whole city. I knew at some point during the trip we would be doing some serious adventuring (Peanut is a San Franciscan and <3's to walk) so I made sure to pack an outfit that was comfy and cute. This is usually the hardest part of packing for a trip, because truth be told, I'd rather be in running shorts and a t-shirt. Especially if there's a possibility of riding a bike. 

This dress worked out to be comfortable for nearly every activity (didn't end up riding bikes) including hiding a Torchy's Tacos food baby. I opted for tennis shoes over flats since I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking. I've had these Urban Outfitters plimsolls for going on four years now? They've totally earned their keep, and I've nearly worn through the sole. Not bad for a $15 pair of shoes. 

One last note about the cold: I have now experienced a new low temperature in Nashville (and, in life) a WHOPPING 1 degree. Wind chills as low as -14, so fun! Wtf, Nashville. I will not complain this Summer. I will not complain this Summer.