July 29, 2011

Guest Post - My Dog

Since my latest outfit pictures didn't turn out, Tayla said she would fill in for me.   Phewey.
Tayla says...
Sporting my new Petco shirt and bow from human mom.  Do you think these stripes make my butt look fat?
I only pose for delicious treats.  Otherwise, I will ignore you.  Yes, that is a threat.
I love everything about this picture.
So very sleepy.  Is it the weekend yet?
Ok human.  Getting grumpy.  Need more treats!!
Finally a picture from my good side.  TDIF!!  Thank dog it's Friday!!  High fives all around.  Yes, human taught me how to do that.

July 27, 2011

DIY Fishtail Braid

For Anne.

July 26, 2011

Current Style Obsessions

Dress, Gold Leaf Boho Ring, Necklace, Shoes: c/o Windsor Store; Clutch: Thrifted; Stone Ring: Aldo, Gold Bracelets: Forever21; Turquoise Bracelet: c/o Le Mode Accessories
I am currently obsessing over:

Layering bracelets.  Chunky, skinny, gold, silver, bangles, boyfriend watches, simple, or statement - the possibilities of adorning those sweet wrists are endless.  Layer a few or a layer a lot.  There are no rules.

Mixing chunky rings on the same hand.  Two to three is sufficient.

Turquoise.  It's striking, it stands out, and it is always the perfect pop of color.  Especially during the summer.

Prints.  Switch up that little black dress for one that stands out with an interesting or fun print.  It is sure to make a statement.

July 21, 2011

Makeup Tutorial

A little bit of everything all wrapped into one video!

July 19, 2011

Ten Reminders for Beautiful Skin

Image via Pinterest

1.  It seems like milk gets all the credit for doing a body good, but let's not forget about water!   Water hydrates skin and cleans out harmful toxins.  Doctors recommend 8-9 glasses per day.  Dehydrated skin has a tendency to look worn and lined, whereas hydrated skin looks vibrant and healthy.

2.  Always wear sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher (30 is ideal) to avoid premature aging and sun damage.  The easiest way to do this is to use moisturizer and/or foundation with built in SPF.

3.  Don't forget to moisturize day and night!  There are so many creams on the market that will benefit your skin type.  Use a lighter moisturizer during the day that can go under your makeup and a heavier solution-specific cream at night while you sleep, when skin is more absorbent.  To lock in the moisture, make sure to apply it while skin is still damp.  

4.  Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.  These are high in antioxidants and help provide protection against the environment.

5.  Increase blood circulation by exercising regularly.  This helps in the renewal of skin cells by carrying more nutrients to the skin.  Just remember to cleanse your skin after working out to avoid the build up of bacteria.  Keeping a cleansing towelette in your gym bag can help.  Regular exercise is also beneficial because it releases stress hormones which can contribute to acne.

6.  Never, I repeat NEVER go to bed with makeup on.  You will end up sleeping with a load of free radicals from the pollution that your makeup has absorbed during the day.  This can age your skin, contribute to cellular damage, and cause breakouts.  If you are too tired to wash your face, keep cleansing towelettes by your bed and massage onto your skin for thirty seconds to loosen up makeup dirt and oils.

7.  Speaking of - they don't call it beauty sleep for nothing.  When you are in your deepest stage of sleep, growth hormones increase and initiate cell and tissue repair.  Limited or restless sleep cuts into this restorative process.  To attain a good night's sleep, try doing something that relaxes you, whether it be listening to relaxing music, reading a book, or taking a warm bath.

8.  The skin around your eyes is about a third as thick as the rest of your face, therefore, it is extremely fragile.  Use eye creams sparingly, try not to rub your eyes, and remove makeup by soaking cotton pads in makeup remover and pressing them lightly onto the eyes for ten seconds before gently wiping clean.

9.  Don't smoke.  Smoking contributes to wrinkles and depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as Vitamin A.  It also damages collagen and elastin, which give your skin its strength.  Not to mention, the repetitive pursing of your lips and squinting of your eyes every time you inhale leads to lines and wrinkles.

10.  Enhance your natural beauty!  Accentuate your best features rather than masking them with tons of makeup.    


July 14, 2011

The Universe of Oz

Shirt, Purse: c/o Windsor Store; Maxi Skirt: Rebecca Beeson; Shoes: BCBG; Necklace: Juicy Couture c/o UrbanMinx
I need to be careful of what I say.  Whenever I profess out loud how wonderful something is going in an aspect of my life, it is as if the Universe is listening.  Seriously, it is such an eavesdropper.  So there I am, just walking along, maybe doing a heel click jump and throwing my hands in the air, when all of a sudden, the Universe throws a curve ball my way.  And when I dance around to dodge it, guess what.  There's a fork in my road.  Oh great.  Not only is the Universe an eavesdropper, but it is a total rain-on-your-parader.  I mean, why can't life be all rainbows and butterflies?  Why can't it be a perfect yellow brick road filled with nothing but magic?  But when I reflect on it, I know that we are put here to gain more brain, more heart and more courage, because in a way, we kind of are the tinman, lion and scarecrow all wrapped up into one.  So, whatever curve balls are thrown my way, I hope I'm carrying the proper equipment and sparkly shoes that always guide me home.  And I'll try not to forget that the Universe is always listening.

July 12, 2011

The Reason I Survive

Top, Shorts, Shoes, Bracelets: c/o Windsor Store; Purse, earrings and ring: Francesca's Collections; Belt: Nordstroms BP
Well, I am surviving this summer, the heat, the flames, the monsoons, the 4,000 feet tall hoboobs AKA dust storms, and all.  Arizona is kinda dirty right now.  If you take out the fact that everyone is sweating their fannies off, the weather has been a little insane.  Hubby says it's a full time job keeping our backyard clean.  I say it's a full time job watching him keep it clean.  Hey, I'm busy too.  Like, spray painting picture frames turquoise and figuring out the exact way our new throw blanket should be placed across our bed.  But seriously.  Husband is cah-razy around the house because he can do, and fix, anything and everything by himself.  Sometimes I don't know what worries me more, the tasks at hand, or hubby tackling the tasks at hand.  For example, we had a bee hive between the wood panels of our jacuzzi.  My instinct was to call the exterminator.  Husband's instinct was to grab a roll of paper towels and matches, and smoke those honey bees out.  No not like that.  Apparently there's science behind it.  Hubby said he saw it on one of those survival shows and that it is pretty much an ancient Aboriginal trick.  Not quite sure if the Aborigines had paper towels back then, but I'll go with it.  Anyways, to my disbelief, he successfully removed the hive without taking any stings to the epidermis. We even ate some of the delicious honey.  Then, the thirty foot palm trees needed to be desperately trimmed.  Again, my instinct was to call a professional.  But, to Hubby, again, no big deal.  In a t-shirt with the sleeves cut off, there he was, up on the ladder, ripping the branches down with, no, not a tree trimmer, a harness strap he uses for his dirt bike.  He's like my own little McGyver.  Now, there is a leak underneath the floors in the kitchen.  But I guess I won't worry about it because Husband's on it.  So do you see, how I can just sit back, worry relax and let the man do his magic?  Frankly, I don't know how I would survive without him.

July 11, 2011

Tucson Staycation - Why Wouldn't We?

Sweet little ride and country tunes.
Holding Hands and Singing Along
Holding hands and singing tunes.  Top on my list is "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen.  "Whoo-ah, never gonna grow up!"
Shoes off and toes on the dash.
Looking for a place to stay.  This motel might be a little too "Pyscho" for us.  Let's keep on driving.
Ahhh...much betters.  This hotel is pretty much baby bear, AKA perfect.
I think I'll lay in the grass and day dream.  But not too long because...
I have a date for some plounging.  AKA pool lounging.  Gosh it's a rough life.  No I will not trade places.  OK, only if you are a permanent plounger.  Then we can talk.
Keeping it glam with a floppy hat.  c/o Windsor Store.
And we will finish it off with a perfect date, on a perfect weekend away, with my perfect man.  xo
Now less about me and more about you.  Winner of the "dress of your choice" giveaway from La Posh Style is...
Carolyn!!  Carolyn said...
Big, big thanks to all who entered!!!