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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Career Update

Just popping in quickly to share about a new life update!

I got a new job! I accepted a position as a Director of Communications for a church and will start next Monday. (2/27) I'm sad to leave the people at my current job of 5ish years but excited for the next opportunity.

What does a Director of Communications at a church do? Well, I'm glad you asked. They are mainly responsible for overseeing all communications from the church including newsletters, emails, social media, website, printed materials (bulletins), graphics, videos, etc. They are also responsible for creating a strategy and process for how information gets communicated and from which vehicles. So creativity, writing and process. Some of my favorite things! :) Basically it's my dream job minus animals. If it somehow included animals it would be a dream job. I'm really, really excited and can't wait to start!

I even got the opportunity to go and pick out new office furniture at Ikea with my new boss. There's something about a new office/new furniture that makes me so excited. I can't wait! Once I get in and settled I might do an office post with pics of my new office! Maybe that's not exciting to anyone else, but it is to me. HAHA.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Favorite e.l.f. Cosmetics

e.l.f. (eyes lips face) cosmetics is one of my favorite brands. They aren't new by any means, but I never really purchased anything from this brand before. This is definitely considered a drug store brand but in most cases, the products themselves remind you of something much more expensive. Beauty vloggers all over YouTube have been astonished at how well e.l.f. products do compared to high-end and pricey dupes.

This isn't a sponsored post...I just really like e.l.f. and figured I'd share a few of my faves with the blogosphere.

//1 e.l.f. blush in Tickled Pink
I'm a big fan of this blush. This particular shade is matte (no shimmer) and I love that. I've grown awa from bluish pinks to the warmer corally pinks which I think compliments my VERY fair skin much better and warms it up a bit.

//2 e.l.f. eyebrow kit in Ash
I've never really done much with my eyebrows since my hair is so light and sparse, but this brow cream and powder really help me emphasize my brows but the color isn't too dark for them. This is something I consistently struggle with is a true "blonde brow" cream/powder and this e.l.f. version matches very well!

//3 e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer
This stuff is the bomb diggety. (do the youngins still say that?) It's heavy enough for my dry winter skin but also lightweight enough for warm weather wear. It absorbs quickly, smells great, and very affordable. This is my third order of this moisturizer!

//4 e.l.f. Eye Liner
This thing says it's "Mineral Eye Liner" but honestly idk what that really means. This eyeliner is nice and opaque and has legitimate staying power. The downside is it only comes in black. PLEASE MAKE MORE COLORS, e.l.f.!! For the price, you can't beat it!

//5 e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream
I've not been one to take care of my eyes and it's showing as I get older. So this illuminating eye cream is just creamy/thick enough to absorb but not so thin it absorbs in seconds. I have no idea if it is making my eyes illuminated, but it definitely moisturizes and keeps things "supple". HAHA.

//6 e.l.f. Blush Brush
This is the best blush brush I've ever used, hands down. It deposits color evenly and well. And for the price point, it's a great deal!

Have you tried any e.l.f. products? Do you have any faves? Please share!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Skills I Have That Don't Belong on a Resume

I'd consider myself a jill-of-many-trades. And though resumes should make you appear well-rounded and interesting, there are just some skills that have no place on a professional resume. But they do have a place on a lifestyle blog, right?

Skills I Have That Don't Belong on a Resume


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Mostly a British one, a Spanish one, Russian and also deeply Southern.

Outfit Planning

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People have asked me to help them plan and put together outfits and I've ventured into it for my mom as well. Read about that here.


From my book-shelf to my closet, things are in ROY G BIV order. It makes me less anxious and calms my eyes. Also when I buy a new pack of crayons (don't you??) I dump all the crayons out and put them in ROY G BIV order with the black/white/gray/brown neutrals at the back of the box.

Furniture Rearranging

I'm pretty good at rearranging furniture and home decor to get different looks. I do this quite frequently. I think some people calling it "shopping their home".

Budget Clothes Shopping

I never pay full price for clothing and accessories. My pride and joy is using multiple discounts to purchase Kate Spade merchandise. :)

Relating to Anyone About Anything

In my short 32 years of life I've worked in a variety of industries, done a variety of hobbies/activities and have a variety of friends. What this translates to is my ability to relate to pretty much anyone over a particular subject. Marketing? Check. Animals/veterinary stuff? Check. Military stuff? Check. Church stuff? Check. Nerdy things? Yep. Food? Absolutely. Football? Yup.


I can recite the letters of the alphabet backwards from memory. I learned it when I was 3 and still remember it. This is useful never unless I'm trying to pass a field sobriety test maybe? IDK.

These are my useful but not professionally useful skills that don't belong on a resume. What are some of yours?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Things That Make Me Roll My Eyes

One of my favorite and most frequently used emojis (besides crying laughing) is the eye roll emoji. Why? Because life makes me roll my eyes sometimes...

Things That Make Me Roll My Eyes

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When people eat 3 lettuce leaves and 2 strawberries for lunch and then complain 2 hours later when they are starving and raiding the vending machines. Like what?

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When I see people rinsing off clean dishes and cutlery before using them. What is wrong with you?

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When someone complains all day because they are hungover and then drinks again the next night. No ma'am!

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When some teen in a jacked up car tries to rev his engine at a stoplight. STAHP. You're in a Suzuki...k thanks.

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When you brand drop luxury items you own (bags, shoes, suits, cars, etc.) just to get attention.

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(Yes I'm using this one again because it's awesome!) When the boss tries to be inclusive and invites people to a meeting just to not offend them...but not because they need to be there. Bye.

When someone comes to my desk to tell me how annoying it is when they are constantly being interrupted at their desk. SO THEY COME TO MINE TO COMPLAIN. No ma'am!

What are some things that make you roll your eyes?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Care Deeply/Care Little

There are some things in life I care very deeply for. I am passionate about those things. Other things, while important to some, are things I care very little for.

Care Deeply/Care Little

  • Animal welfare/hunting for sport
  • Animal adoption/buying pets from breeders and pet stores
  • Human trafficking/political parties
  • Public schools/private schools
  • Bringing back the arts to public education curriculums/standardized testing
  • Music/math
  • Jesus/any political candidate
  • Being frugal/luxury items (well except for Kate Spade...aka my kryptonite!)
  • Emotional intelligence/extreme insecurity in adults
  • Chocolate/coffee
  • Native American discrimination/the gender equality debate in society
  • Foreign policy/war
  • Someone's actions/someone's past
  • McDonald's double cheeseburger, no pickle, no onions/anything from Burger King
  • Rule abiders/rule breakers
  • Bananas/banana flavor

What about you? Do you have any similarities to my list above?

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Not-So-Secret Famous Guacamole Recipe

Have you ever been to Chipotle?

Well if your answer is no, you should do yourself a favor and try out your local one. If your answer is yes, PLEASE tell me you've had the guacamole before.

Hopefully you have. But if you haven't you can now make their famous (AND DELICIOUS) guacamole at home. Adapted from their recipe here.

2 ripe avocados
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 jalapeƱo, including seeds (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp kosher salt

I used a jar of jalapeno slices and ended up using about 4 slices to get the perfect amount of heat for us. But we are wimps when it comes to that, so you may want to play around with quantities. I also used 3 avocados because...well...I like avocados.

Scoop pitted avocados into a bowl and coat with lime juice.

Mash with a fork until creamy.

Fold in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Add more salt. (I like a salty guac..)


Friday, January 20, 2017

How to Wear Pantone's Greenery (Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year)

I'm really digging this year's Pantone color "Greenery". It's calming, yet fresh. I absolutely love the idea of incorporating punches of this green into home decor. I also know that green is a somewhat difficult color to wear. This green has a lot of yellow and a little bit of blue, making it flattering for most...but not all. Even if this color is a little warm for me to wear I can still make it work by pairing it with a cooler color or incorporating it in accessories or a manicure!

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I really love this green paired with navy. Well, y'all know I pink puffy heart love navy blue but this green really is a great color to pair with navy. Of course you can always wear black but I find this navy helps pick up on some of the faint blue tones in the green hue. 

Wearing a green dress with a cooler toned cardigan over it (near the face) would help someone with a cooler complexion be able to pull off this color. This cool pink cardigan in the example above fits the bill. But you could also pair with a navy cardigan/jacket, a charcoal gray or even a more emerald green completer piece for a tone-on-tone look. Personally I love the pink and green and might even try this with a darker pink one as well! 

You really can't go wrong with boyfriend jeans and leather accessories if you try this hue in a comfy t shirt. Really, jeans go with anything. But I'd stay away from black accessories and stick with brown. Think of it as pairing colors based on how they occur in nature. Brown and green are seen the most often together versus black and green. (Tree trunks and tree leaves) 

If you're nervous about this shade of green you can always experiment with some fun accessories in this year's freshest color! 

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