December 19, 2014

..Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas & happy "paw-lidays" from my fur clan to yours! I have said it once and I will say it again, I think I missed my calling as pet photographer. Each year my Christmas card gets better and better (see last year and the year before). I will be taking some time off next week to travel, be with my family, bake cookies, and do all those Christmas-y things that make me happy. I hope you get to do the same.

December 17, 2014

..Christmas Wishlist All Under $100

..Christmas Wishlist All Under $100

I know things can get a little repetitive and overwhelming with gift guides around this time of year for anyone who spends time reading blogs, and I definitely don't want to inundate you with another one, so this year I have opted to not do any! I mean, who am I to tell you what to buy for your loved ones, right? Right. I have, however, come up with a wishlist of my own which usually (selfishly) helps my friends, family, and boyfriend out as I have been told I am a hard person to shop due to my particular taste.

In general, when I am gifting others, I try to stay away from things that they'd probably need to try on first (shoes, bottoms, etc), which leaves me in a few fool proof safety zones: beauty, accessories, home decor, and cozy lounge wear. I really feel like no girl has ever said they have enough earrings, clutches, perfume, or fancy candles. We just love them, we always want more, it's in our DNA. These are some things that fall into those categories that I would be MORE than excited to see under the tree this year.

December 14, 2014

..Christmas Cake Batter Cookies

I made these cookies for the blogger cookie swap last week. Each person receives the addresses of three other food bloggers. They you send each of them one dozen homemade cookies and you also receive three different boxes of cookies made by other bloggers. Each participant posted their cookie recipe today, check them out to get some great ideas for the holidays!

1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
8 oz cream cheese (1 package)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
1 cup red and green colored M+Ms
1.75 oz red and green sprinkles
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth then beat in the egg, vanilla, and sprinkles. Gradually add in the cake mix until you create a dough. Fold in your chocolate chips and M+Ms until evenly distributed in the dough. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or so (until its stiff and cold) then roll the cookies into 1.5 inch balls. Coat them in some powdered sugar and bake on 350 for 10-12 minutes.

December 11, 2014

..Bridal Beauty & the Urban Decay Naked 2 Pallet

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The deets: Skin: Laura Mercier foundation primerMUFE HD Foundation in 115; Laura Mercier concealer in 1; NARS "Laguna" bronzerNARS"Copacabana" Multiple used as highlighter; Bobbi Brown "Peony" blush & Bobbi Brown"pale yellow" powder to set. Eyes: MAC "Cork" shadow in brows; Urban Decay original primer; Naked 2 pallet colors used: "Foxy" on brow bone, "Tease" in the crease, "Booty Call" on the lid,  "Blackout" used as under eyeliner and Clinique black liquid liner on top; L'Oreal waterproof Voluminous mascara; two Kiss Trio individual lashes used in medium on each eye. Lips: Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Orchid.

Scenes of a bride and her posse getting ready for a wedding were never more perfectly captured. The messy pile of snacks/beauty products really says it all if you ask me. The cute robes that were given as bridesmaid gifts made for really cute prep photos! Anyway, back to the point of this post: bridal beauty. I highly recommend the Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet, I used it on almost everyone I did makeup on this day (MOB, bridesmaids, bride) but the specific details listed above are from the bride.

Other posts from this wedding here here and here. You can find other examples of wedding makeup I have done here and here.
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December 10, 2014

..Four Favorites


1. This "Text Me Merry Xmas" jam is hilarious and who doesn't love anything Kristin Bell does?

2. A cute little "For Your Mistletoes" pedicure in a jar idea that would make the best little gift for the girls in your life!

3. I feel like I need an ear crawler. This one is affordable and would be the perfect touch of holiday glam.

4. 100 years of beauty in one minute! So fun to see. I think the 50's-70's are my favorites.