Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The London Makeup Edit

Being the makeup fiend that I am, packing makeup for a trip is always a bit of a struggle.  I love the time I have in the morning to pick out my makeup and use what feels right that day.  Packing forces me to abandon that process and choose all-purpose, no-fail items.  

For my recent trip to London, I knew I didn't want to fuss much with makeup in the morning (there was too much to be seen out there!) but I still wanted to feel like myself.  And let's be real, I knew I'd be buying makeup out there too so I'd likely have some new items to play around with.   

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cross Stitching 101: The Tools to Get Started

Cross Stitching 101, how to cross stitch,
I've reached Grandma Status: Maximum Grandma-locity.  Cross-stitching, it's my new thing.  I'm not ashamed to admit that I've tried my hand at several hobbies, many of which never stuck.  Knitting, jewelry-making, clay sculpting (that lasted literally one day), knitting again, and various painting projects.  I think maybe I get bored or antsy pretty easily (especially in the winter months when I'm cooped up indoors) and I tend to majorly overestimate my artistic abilities.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pomegranate Cornbread Bundt Cake

So I just got back from my honeymoon in London (though the wedding was back in May) and I had every intention of putting together a little post before leaving just so I didn't seem MIA.  Well, oops, I didn't have time to make that post and this blog just sat quietly for over a week.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist


Christmas come early!  For a just a few glorious days this week, Sephora is offering 20% your entire purchase if you're a VIB or VIB Rouge member.  Beauty Insiders, you are cast aside!  Being a VIB, I'm both ashamed (it takes some spending to earn that status) and proud but mostly ecstatic to finally get a discount on some items I can't justify spending full price on.  Here's what I've got my eyeballs on:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

8 Things Make Me Happy This Week

1.  Goodbye, I've spent my entire life savings on miniatures.

2.  Sometimes my brain thinks that creativity is a scarce resource too.  (ppssst, it's not)

3.  Hi.  Duh.  I'm doing this obviously.  

4.  Ya know, if I didn't have a 9-5 job, I could make cakes like this too. That's whats holding me back. Not, like, ya know, talent.

5.  Love these travel beauty essentials since I'm going on a cheeky little trip to merry ol' England next week!


7.  This is everything.  (See what I did there?)

8.  The Sephora VIB Sale is next week.  Someone get my smelling salts!


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Apple Pie Calzone with Salty Honey Caramel Sauce

apple pie calzone and salty honey caramel sauce
You've never seen the word Calzone used so liberally until now.  What some may call a "giant hand pie," I call a Calzone.  Cuz why the hell not?  It's my kitchen after all.  And it certainly looks like a Calzone.  

I've moved on from galettes.  And by that I mean, I've started folding dough in a different way.  Because really, this is just a cousin to the galette.  It's pie dough, fruit, little sugar.  Like the lazy man's pie.  Or should I say the lazy Ann's pie?  (I shouldn't).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Milani Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadow

milani eyeshadow swatches
I'm generally not one for drugstore eyeshadows (Maybelline Color Tattoos aside).  I swear I'm not snooty, I've just never really been super impressed with the ones I've tried.  Of course, there are always exceptions and I've got my share of Wet N' Wild palettes and a few L'Oreal Infallible shadows but they're just not ones I reach for on a daily basis.  When it comes to eyeshadows, my (not so) secret pleasure is nice "high-end" palettes.  I love the packaging (<<< sucker) and I love the built-in color "guides."  I find creating eye looks easier when working from a palette because the palette does half the work for you.  And, yes, you're likely to plunk down some serious moolah but nice palettes last ffoorreevverrr.  Like, years.  I consider it money well spent.