Thursday, July 17, 2014

7 Things Making Me Happy This Week

Another week of summer flown by!  And I'm jetting off to NYC this weekend to visit the little sis!  Woo!  Let's talk about happy things:

1.  Seinfeld emojis are the best news of the week!  Since getting cable recently, it seems like there isn't an hour of the day when an episode of Seinfeld isn't airing and I'm lovin' every minute of it Jerry!  Binge watching til bedtime?  Yep.  

2.  You'll probably notice that around these parts, I don't make a lot of desserts that require much intricate decorating.  There are several reasons for this (laziness, lack of skills, laziness...) but when I spy a cake like this Trix Cake, it makes me want to run to the kitchen and have at it.  

3.  I LOVE reading about marketing tricks for different industries and this list of restaurant menu secrets was fascinating.  I don't know why I'm surprised to find that so much research has gone into menu creation.  It makes you wonder what other sorts of marketing tricks we fall prey to on the daily.  I'd love to know industry secrets for cosmetics since I am a documented sucker for pretty packaging.  

4.  When I was younger I distinctly remember my Grandma Anna using a mortar and pestle to grind up vitamins and vaseline to make her "salve," which she would put on her face for supposed beauty benefits.   She was a peculiar, fascinating woman.  We all joked about it and chalked it up to the one million other odd things my grandma did.  According to xoVain though, my grandma was actually on to something.  Aren't grandma's always right? (and weird).  

5.  Since recently painting a dresser in my bedroom, I've been drunk on painting!  I want to paint all the furniture in my home (but oddly not the walls...).  Just look at this adorable bar cart!  I'd take up drinking a nightcap every day just as an excuse to make that cart.  

6.  It's amazing how it sometimes takes one article for something to click.  This article on silicones in beauty products answers so many questions for me!  I feel like I can make much more informed purchases with a little knowledge on the ingredients in cosmetics.  If you've got 10 minutes to spare, I really recommend the read.  

7.  Ok, let's all just get a grip people! 

What's making you happy this week?
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's Love: Miss Manga Mascara

Why yes, those ARE fake flowers.  What of it?

I'm in looooovvveeeee!

It's rare that I find a mascara that I like so quickly after trying it.  Often times, I need to let mascaras dry out a bit before I really fall in love.  And that's ok.  I'm prepared for that.  But gee whiz, is it nice to love a mascara after the first use.  Miss Manga, you saucy minx!  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Potato Chip Rice Krispies

Oh yes I did.  Potato Chips in the Rice Krispies.  We all understand this concept because whether you want to admit it or not, we all dipped our french fries in our milkshakes when we were younger.

Don't even deny it.  I KNOW YOU DID TOO.

And it kinda worked right?  There was something delicious about the bland salty potato being covered in cold sweet milkshake.  Because even as 7 year olds we understood that salty + sweet = heaven.

Trust your inner 7 year old.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Look: Easy Tuck and Cover

Perfect. Summer. Hair.  Period.  

I've spent 28 summers of my life dealing with heat and humidity.  That's 28 summers of bad hair days.  And finally, FINALLY, my 29th summer I wised up.  Here's the trick: just give up.  

And I mean that in the best way possible.  I don't fuss with curling my hair much (just the parts that matter), and rarely wear my hair down in summer.  I am a high-powered business woman on the go who does not have time to fuss! (Did you picture a 1980's-style woman in a shoulder padded blazer with sensible shoes?  I did)  So, easy but stylish updo's are my jam.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Weekly Manicure #1: Formula X Brain Power

Incredibly natural hand pose

I thought it would be fun to do a super casual (i.e. pics taken with my iPhone) manicure post each week since I'm always painting my nails and I rarely use the same colors too frequently.  And cuz I wanna, ok?  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 Things Making Me Happy This Week

We did it.  We made it to Friday.  Hallelujah.

1.  I don't need this, I don't need this, I don't need this.  #nobuyjuly 

2.  Cats Sitting Awkwardly couldn't get any better unless it was Cats Chillin' in Boxes.  

3.  I am forever is awe of the beauty of pies.  This Bumpy Cherry and Almond Pie is gawjus.  Making a beautiful pies is something that is forever out of my grasp.  Good thing I can make a damn good cookie.  

4.  If the word "nachos" exists, I provide my stamp of approval.  No further explanation necessary.  These Apple Nachos are embarrassingly easy and I'm a bit ashamed I've never done this before.  I'm losing my nacho street cred.   

5.  I have this problem where most blushes bafflingly look the same on me.  And it's alway "clown face pink" no matter what shade I chose.  I think I'm defying the laws of light and color with my ability to alter all blushes once they hit my skin.  So this list of Nude Blushes is now my Bible.  I've been eyeing the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee for quite sometime and now it only beckons me more.    T minus 20 days until #buyeverythingAugust  

What's making you happy this week?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blueberry Pinwheels

I love a good dessert that looks fancy and sophisticated but is secretly easy enough to do on a lazy Sunday morning.  Pinwheels are that dessert.  Don't be deceived by their adorable playful shape.  They're dead simple and *gasp* I even used store-bought pie dough.  

Go ahead and judge me.