Versatile Blogger Award

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I was nominated for another award and I am so thankful to the lovely community I have surrounded myself with that have kept my blog in their thoughts. I really enjoy this tag because it let’s you all get to know me a little bit more! Thank you so much to Simply Caylee. If she hadn’t nominated me in the first place, I would definitely be nominating her below. Go ahead and check out her blog. She is extremely creative! Enough rambling though, let’s do it!

The Rules :

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice
  3. Link you nominees and let them know of your nomination
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself

Facts About Me :

  1. I have dyed my hair every “natural” color (was clown red for a while there) on the spectrum. With the exception of blonde!
  2. I work full time as a designer at an interior design firm.
  3. I didn’t really start getting into beauty and makeup seriously until about 2-3 years ago.
  4. I have never lived outside of the Midwest and would love to venture out someday.
  5. My go-to Starbucks order is an iced soy chai tea latte with light ice. (Sounds extremely basic but it is amazing)
  6. The most used app on my phone is Youtube.
  7. I prefer rain & gloomy weather to sunshine. If only humidity wasn’t a package deal with rain…

My nominees :

Becca P Beauty

Fun House Vision

Blonde’s Tea

Emaaly Maae

A Beautiful Thing

The Homemaker’s Life

From Lashes to Heels

Polished By Amy

Tea Time With Hann

Le Wendy

Be A Free Blog

Dreamstream

A Real Wonderland

The Kristin Review

Simple Ula

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Sweater Weather Fall Tag

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Today’s weather is hitting me in the fall feels and I came across this tag that I thought sounded fun and totally worked with my mood. I found this on An Endless Weekend’s page (what a great name right?!) so you can hop on over to her page after this to read her tag! Without further ado, let’s do this.

Favorite Candle Scent?

Honestly, I prefer the apple and cinnamon scents over the pumpkin spice. Any candle with either of those scents has my vote!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?

Tea all the way. I love tea and find I flock towards it more often than not. I normally have a green tea everyday and have been trying to incorporate lavender tea into my nightly routine for a better night’s sleep.

What is the best fall memory you have?

Yikes…I guess I don’t have a favorite. Blame it on the bad memory!

Best fragrance for fall?

Best fragrance year round, Dolce. I’m not super into switching up my scents for the seasons.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?

Turkeyyyyyy

What is Autumn weather like where you live?

The weather is just like every other season in Iowa. 70 one day, 40 the next, little rain here, little sunshine there. You never know!

Most worn sweater?

The sweater I featured in this post (New York and Company for those wondering).

Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?

If by football you mean tailgating and then following that up by watching the game in a bar, then football for sure.

Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings, jeggings if I must. I’ll always opt for leggings.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Uggs are so much more comfy, but I found myself not touching them since college. Ugh. Maybe I’ll go break out a pair now!

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Plain and simple. No.

Favorite fall TV show?

I’m a sucker for the CW shows. Netflix just uploaded all of the newest seasons of everything and I’m finding it difficult deciding what to watch!

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Spooky Scary Skeletons Remix. You’re welcome. 🙂

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Couple costume with my fiance, Janet Snakehole and Bert Macklin from Parks and Recreation. It’s too perfect for us haha!

Hats or scarves?

Scarves, scarves, scarves

What is you #1 favorite thing about fall?

If I had to pick one, Halloween. Favorite holiday ever!

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Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe – With a Twist!

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I recently saw this recipe floating around the internet and decided that I NEEDED to try it immediately. I love my mimosas and had never contemplated adding in such a fun fall flavor! The recipe is ridiculously simple so I won’t even try to dress it up. Get a cup, some champagne of your choice, and some apple cider. Absolutely AMAZING! Super yummy and super sweet. I definitely couldn’t drink too many of these since they are way more sugary. Next time, I definitely want to try it with some local apple cider (couldn’t find anything but big name brand this time).

The Twist. I brought this drink to an early morning tailgate to share with my family and friends and we decided to kick it up a notch. We added a splash of Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka and that made the drink 10x more amazing. When I say splash, I mean just a splash (less than a shot). We aren’t trying to get too crazy. But the raspberry flavor added such a yummy twist on an already amazing drink. Let me know if you try this out. I’d love to get your thoughts! Enjoy!

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How To Save A Broken Candle

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I hope everyone is having a lovely fall and enjoying the nice change in weather. Being able to turn the AC off and open the windows is such a great feeling to me. I love it! With the cooler air blowing into my house, I realized my candles needed to be switched out to something a little more weather appropriate.

So, this weekend I busted out the fall scented candles! I don’t like pumpkin spice for anything, besides candles. Yes, I know, I am one of the few who hates pumpkin and pumpkin spice. About mid-fall last year I made the plunge and got myself a Scentsy so I had a couple candles left over from last year. Waste not, want not! Those were the first candles I went to grab this season, just to use up whatever was left. However, I noticed that one of my candles had broken in our move last year (UGH!). I’m sure that I’m not the first, nor the last, to have this problem.

So, I’m here today to tell you that all is not lost! For all the candles who have broken, wick wore down, or the scent isn’t as powerful – there is still hope! Go ahead and cut out a chunk of your broken candle and put it in a Scentsy pot. It works just as well as the expensive name brand cubes and it’ll let you utilize the rest of your candle. Don’t give up on your stubborn candles just yet! I know how annoying it is to buy a cheap candle and love the scent but all that burns is the wick. (I like to call them a one and done candle.) Super annoying. But using your Scentsy pot will give them life again! I highly recommend getting one of these pots, especially if you have a growing pile of broken candles. It has been a life saver! Even buying the cult favorites (gimme some of that Marshmallow Fireside!) and breaking it up for the Scentsy is something I often do. It’s a great twist and safer than having an open flame around kids and curious pets! Definitely give it a try and let me know your thoughts. I hope you found this helpful! Subscribe and stick around for more! 🙂

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Flashback Friday – Scenic Heaven

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For those of you who don’t know, I went on a much needed vaca this summer to Colorado. I never got a chance to share all the wonderful views and places I went during my far too short week there. I wanted to take today to share some of my trip with you! I hope you enjoy. If you do, don’t forget to hit that like button! 🙂

One of the first places we always make sure we stop at, Arapahoe Cafe. Food is just as amazing as the views! Be sure to get there early for breakfast to you can have a beautiful seat out on their patio.

The drive/hike up to the top of Mt. Evans always proves to be a gorgeous can’t miss opportunity for us.

This wonderful little town is a hidden gem and can’t miss in my opinion. See my blog here about this place!

Garden of the Gods was a first for me this year. I can’t believe I had never been here before. It was absolutely breathtaking. Being a midwestern girl, I am always amazed by mountains but there is something about this place that gets me in the feels!

The hike up to Lily Pad lake was a gorgeous one and well worth the walk! The pond is so cute and there are plenty of spots to camp or have a picnic on the shores.

I can’t, and won’t, ever forget about visiting my favorite spot in the world (so far). Sapphire Point Overlook is my absolute favorite spot to go to. It’s a great place to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Luckily for us, we stumbled upon a few artists. I don’t blame them for setting up shop here. It’s extremely inspirational and a beautiful backdrop for a studio session.

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100 Followers Thank You!

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I wanted to take today to say a big thank you to all of you! I started my blog about 5 or 6 months ago and didn’t have many expectations or goals in mind. Having this steady amount of growth in such a short amount of time is amazing to me. I really love writing and sharing all of my opinions with all of you. So thank you to all of you who love reading and interacting with me! This is such a wonderful community and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’ll be sure to keep up writing for as long as everyone is willing to read. 🙂

I’ll be back again on Friday with a normal post. I just didn’t want to forget to thank everyone for their continued support. You all make this hobby fun! 🙂

Shopping Haul – Target, Ulta, Michael’s

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I definitely satisfied my shopping itch this weekend. My wallet isn’t happy, but I am! Like most people, Target always gets the best of me. This haul is definitely an odd mixture of all things décor, clothing, and beauty so let’s just get into it!

Firstly, this shirt…omg it is made of the comfiest material ever. I purchased it this weekend and I’ve already worn it. It’s super cute and super comfortable. This shirt will definitely be one of the most used in my collection and who can argue with that price? Am I right? Target you don’t disappoint.

Cat owners will understand this next purchase. I’ve been needing a jewelry tray to put my ring and earrings in at night. Whenever I put them loosely on my night stand, I’ll wake up to find that my cat took them and hid them…This tray is super cute and I loved the metal mixed with glass.

I was in desperate need of a mascara so I decided to try out a Wet N Wild mascara to add to my cruelty free products. So far, I’m not disappointed! I can’t tell if that is because this mascara actually rocks or if my old mascara was soooo beyond done that anything looks better. I’ll keep you updated.

I picked up two more bottles of the Batiste Dark & Deep Brown dry shampoo because I go through these things like nobody’s business! I like the brunette version much better than the original due to the fact that I don’t have to worry about brushing out the white cast.

I’ve wanted to try out these blushes ever since I saw Casey Holmes rave about them. So I picked up Wet N Wild’s Color Icon Ombre Blush in Mai Tai Buy You A Drink. I’m excited to try this out! I bought it at Target but can only seem to find the purple blush on their website? So I linked the actual color from Wet N Wild.

I couldn’t resist picking up another darker nude liquid lipstick and I’ve been meaning to try the new NYX Lip Lingerie line (mine is in the color Push Up). Dark nudes are definitely my go to year round.

I’m always looking to get my hands on a backup eyebrow pencil. So naturally, I had to pick up some more of my ash brown!

I’ve been looking for a good set of cute letters to display. I’m not quite sure where they’re going to be displayed yet but I love the color and material of these. I just had to have them!

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Autumn Treat – S’mores Muffins

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Cooler evenings have me yearning to start a fire and roast some marshmallows! However, I walked by this little beauty in the store the other day and decided to see if it would satisfy my s’mores craving. Now it has my asking, where have these been my whole life? S’mores muffins are probably the most ingenious idea ever. These are SO yummy. I just got mine from the local grocery store in their bakery section. So, now that I’m hooked, I decided to take to the internet to find some yummy recipes. I found a super simple and easy to follow recipe on Busy Moms Helper that I’ll definitely need to try. I also found a yummy sounding recipe that adds bananas on Inside Bru Crew Life’s blog. Of the two, I’m leaning more towards the recipe that includes bananas. I think that would make a super yummy addition to these treats. But I’m definitely going to be trying both of these this fall/winter season. They would be such a cute treat to bring along to a party or event this season. If you try them too, let me know how you like them!

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My Go-To Autumn Lip Shades

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This nasty humid heat doesn’t have me feeling much of that beautiful fall weather I was promised. However, that doesn’t stop my style from switching seasons before the weather. I’ve officially declared it fall to my wardrobe. I’ve got an itch for a fall shopping spree (let me know if you would like to see a fashion haul). My clothes may need some freshening up for fall but I have my fall lip colors sitting out ready to use. These are some of my staple colors and I don’t stray too far from these darker nudes throughout the year. They are definitely more fall tones though, so I thought I would share.

  1. Tarte’s Tartist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Namaste
  2. Maybelline Color Sensational in 940 Touchable Taupe
  3. NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème in Copenhagen
  4. Maybelline Color Sensational in 695 Divine Wine
  5. NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème in Athens

I swatched them all together in order below so you can see them in relation to each other since a couple of them are quite similar nudes. What are your favorite go-to fall shades? I’d love to try out some new shades!

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Unique Blogger Award

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It’s my honor and pleasure to share an amazing blogger, GlitsandGlamz, who has been so kind to nominate me for “The Unique Blogger Award”. She is such a sweet girl and I can’t thank her enough for thinking of me for this award! She is one of my favorite beauty bloggers and her Instagram is too cute! Be sure to go ahead and check out her page after reading. 🙂

The Rules :

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions.

The Questions and Answers :

  1. Where do you get your inspiration for your makeup looks?
    1. I watch A LOT of youtube videos so I get a lot of my ideas from looks from there. A couple of my favorite beauty youtubers are Casey Holmes, Jaclyn Hill, and Carli Bybel. Be sure to check out their videos if you ever need a little inspiration!
  2. How long does it typically take you to get ready?
    1. It takes me probably under a half hour from leaving my bed to leaving the house. I’ve got my routine down to a T and I love it! I love lounging in bed for an extra half hour in the morning.
  3. What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
    1. I will never ever leave my house without my phone. Cliché? Yes, but also true.

My Questions :

  1. If you could only use one beauty/make up product for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
  2. What inspired you to start a blog?
  3. Where in the world do you most want to travel?

I Nominate :

Moments of a Mermaid

Beautify Brooke

Kawaii Peach Girl

Miss T Makeup

Styled By McKenz

Lexi Life 95

Glam Meets Girl

Writings and Worship

I love this award to get to support and showcase some of the great bloggers out their and get their unique style and writing noticed by others. I hope you all consider accepting this nomination and be sure to spread the love and support around the blogging community. Once again, a big thank you to GlitsAndGlamz for the love!

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This or That Tag

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I saw laurenellen do this tag and thought it was super cute and creative. So, today I decided to give it a go! If there is a rhyme or reason to why the originating author chose the subjects they did, I’ll never know. I thought it was fun and a few of the choices definitely threw me for a loop! Keep reading to read some of my favorites!

Makeup

Blush or Bronzer : Bronzer, I need it!

Lip Gloss or Lipstick : Stick. My hair sticks to gloss WAY too easily. Annoying!

Eyeliner or Mascara : Mascara. I definitely use mascara way more than eyeliner. I feel bare without it.

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadows : Pressed, I guess. I didn’t know loose was a thing?

Brushes or Sponges : Depends on what it’s for I guess…I use brushes more than sponges so brushes I suppose!

 

Nails

Long or Short : Long! If only I could grow them out without picking at them…

Acrylic or Natural : Natural. I love acrylic for their length but they’re so much work to keep up on.

Brights or Darks : Option C – Neutral.

Flower or No Flower : NOOOOO Flower

 

Fashion

Jeans or Sweat Pants : Sweat Pants all day, everyday!

Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve : Long sleeve for sure.

Stripes or Plaid : Plaid. Not all stripes are flattering…

Dresses or Skirts : Skirts. More versatility.

Flip Flops or Sandals : Sandals.

Scarves or Hats : Scarves for days I’m dressing cute. Hats on days I want to be a bum.

Studs or Dangly Earrings : Studs.

Heels or Flats : Flats. As much as it pains me to say, flats are more functional for me. Heels are so cute though.

Jacket or Hoodie : Hoodie. If I’m dressing down, I’m going full bum mode!

 

Hair

Curly or Straight : Straight. Takes way less time to do!

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips : Bobby Pins. Not sure if I have ever used a butterfly clip.

Long or Short : Long. I’ve done both but I prefer long.

Light or Dark : Dark. Looks best with my skin tone. I’m not meant to be a blonde!

Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs : Side Sweep. I’ve never done full bangs (not after grade school at least).

Up or Down : Up. Get all this dang hair out of my face!

 

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading this tag as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you do this tag, be sure to tag me!

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Wedding Wednesday – The Most Expensive Delivery I Have Ever Received

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After three and a half long months, I received the most expensive delivery I’ve ever received – my wedding dress. I am still as much in love with it as I was the first time I put it on. I think it somehow got more gorgeous over the past couple months.

Finding this dress was the most stressful process that I’ve done thus far in the wedding planning process. I had a specific taste of what I wanted in mind but had no idea what style of dress I wanted. This made it very difficult to describe what I liked to the poor consultants who attempted to help me. I went to four stores before finding the right store, and the right consultant, for me. Some of the earlier stores, I won’t mention any names, were the kind of store that the consultant was the only one allowed to peruse the inventory. Needless to say, every dress she pulled was wrong for me. I definitely had more luck at the other stores that I was actually allowed to look at their inventory (I don’t think that was too much to ask). However, none of the other stores had exactly what I was looking for, even though I had no idea what I wanted. I just hadn’t experienced the “This is MY dress” moment yet.

All this changed when I finally went to Stacey’s Bridal. It took me way too long to think of going here to search for thee dress. I purchased both of my prom dresses here and have always had the most wonderful experience. My consultant could read my thoughts like a dream and he knew exactly what I was after. I told him what designer I was looking towards for inspiration and he actually pulled that designer’s collection immediately for me to look at. Safe to say, I found THE dress in less than an hour. It was such a breath of fresh air to have a consultant who listened to me and watched my facial expressions when my words fell short of my thoughts.

Now, after all of the pain of looking for a dress I’m so happy to have it here and know that it looks just as beautiful as I remember. And thank goodness I don’t have to go on a drastic wedding fad diet to fit into it. It’s the perfect size and I couldn’t be happier! Of course, I can’t post pictures because of a sneaky fiancé. It’s safe to say I’ll post plenty of pictures of it in a year. 🙂

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