Brr! Much of the US has experienced snow in the last week, which is really putting a damper on the traditional pastel spring dresses. The reality for many of us is that there is snow on the ground. The highs are barely in the 40s. And it's pretty impractical for us to sport our newest Lilly dress or high heels, for that matter. Here are a few springy Easter outfit ideas that keep warmth in mind.
What will you sport on Easter? Has the weather changed your outfit plans?
I don't know about all of you, but there are some mornings when I don't have time to do all of my makeup. But, there are a few things I don't like to leave the house without using. But, it takes time to go through my makeup to get to these things. So, I found an extra pencil cup at home, (this one from the Container Store) and decided to use it to put these almost everyday essentials in on my dresser!
-MAC Concealer in NC20 (blemishes)
-Maybelline Instant AgeRewind under eye concealer
-Maybelline BB cream in light
-CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara (not my favorite honestly)
-Maybelline MasterBrow eye brow pencil
-Maybelline Great Lash Clear used to set eyebrows
-Sephora Eye Brow Brush/Lash Comb
-Sephora Eyelash Curler
(no, this post was not sponsored by Maybelline, or anyone else, even though it might look that way!)
It's me longing for summer again. Concerts. Probably because so much new information has been released for summer concerts here, and the fact that a lot has been here lately. Here are a few tips to mind your manners.
1. Try to respect others' space. We know it's a tall order, and it's impossible in some respects. That girl wants to see Taylor Swift as much as you do, so don't use force!
2. Do not block people's views. I had one of my worst concert experiences ever when the man (grown man) in front of me would not get off of his chair and was blocking everyone's view. He basically said no way and kept standing up there. (bizarre much?) Same goes with posters. As darling as they might be, they can really get in the way!
3. Be careful with any food/drink that you have. Try not to spill or kick anything over. Everyone around you will be bummed out.
I am going to briefly preface this haul that is a little bit sinful. This is collective: from my birthday, to Target gift cards, to post operation gifts (I've been in the OR 3 times in 3 weeks.) So, don't judge me too hard :) Here goes nothing...
1. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: Haven't tried this yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
2. Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette: This palette is gorgeous. It was $4.99, and it has been sold out since the fall. I picked up the last one :)
3. Burt's Bees Towelettes for Sensitive Skin: I am adoring these. I got them to take to the hospital to wash my face, and have since been using them every morning. They are super hydrating and they have no fragrance, which is great.
4. Maybelline BabyLips in Original Mint: It's the first one I've tried, and I'll definitely pick up more!
1. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in 120 Light: This stuff is going to be holy grail for me. I did one eye and showed my mom and she could not believe the difference. I don't think I'll leave the house without using this! I have dark circles, and this really helps.
2. Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara: This has been getting a ton of hype in the YouTube beauty world, so I had to try it. I like it so far.
3. Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover: I am sensitive to basically every makeup remover. It's a constant battle, and I have yet to find one that doesn't hurt my eyes. This one has been irritating to my eyes, but fine on my face, so I'll still use it. If anyone has a great eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes, comment and let me know!
4. Wet N Wild Walking on Egg Shells Trio: This is an awesome little trio. It was like $1.99, and the colors and quality are incredible. I have looked for this at multiple drug stores since AUGUST, and I finally caught a lady in the cosmetics department as she was refreshing the display.
5. L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lip Stain in 184-Rose on and on: This is supposed to be a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains, and I haven't tried it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lipstain in 030 Smitten: Love these, I am sure I'll love this one too!
2. L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Pink Cashmere: I have never tried a L'Oreal lipstick, so I'm curious to see how I like them!
1. Nars Pressed Light Reflecting Powder (Sephora): Love this. It really sets your makeup and leaves a barely noticeable photoshopped glow.
2. Urban Decay Naked Basics: I love this palette so much, they are all good quality mattes, while I wish there would have been more variety in the shades.
3. Sephora Brand Eye Lash Curler: Does the job well.
3. Tweezerman Tweezers (Beauty Brands): Do the job well, great high quality tweezers.
4. Clinique Chubby Shadow Stick in Bountiful Beige: Great base, convenient and super easy to apply.
1. Fresh Sugar Petal Lip Treatment: I am obsessed with these things. They are seriously so good. This is the newest color, and it swatches gorgeously!
2. Origins GinZing Eye Cream: I have already noticed a difference in how soft my skin is with this in just a few days.
3. Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Stash: These are my all time favorite eye liners, and this olive green color is gorgeous.
4. Korres Lip Butter in Mango: Moisturizing and a great color, I'd definitely pick these up in other colors!
5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed: I've been lusting after this color for so long, and it is as pretty as everyone says it is!
6. + 7. Sephora Hair Ties in Blue and Green: The girls that work there were helping my mom out and they felt so bad for me after my surgery that they gave those to my mom for me!
8. Dior Addict Lipstick Sample in Extreme: Another gift from the lovely Sephora team, I have never owned any super high end lip products, so I am excited to see how I like this.
That's it. There is the official end of this collective, gigantic haul. Let me know if any of these products are your favorites or what you've hauled recently (beauty or fashion or anything!)
It seems that every brand just came out with some sort of new face finishing/setting powder. Has anyone tried any of these? They look so beautiful, but many of them are very expensive. The NARS and Hourglass powders have both been super raved about lately.
A much more affordable way to try this new craze. 100% Pure Argan Oil, just not under the Josie Maran name. (and it's worth it, my skin and hair have thanked me!)
The lady at Whole Foods who helped me find this told me that a lot of people have been asking for it, probably because of all of the much deserved hype! She also uses it in her hair.
For anyone who is wondering, I use it on my face after I wash it, but before I put on any other cream. On my hair, I use it right before I blow it dry. My mother has been using it as well, and she loves it as much as I do!
Have you tried Argan Oil? Will you try it? Let us know if you love it like we do!
PS-we accidentally skipped today in the queue, our bad for this late post.
If you're a senior like me, or you graduated in a previous year, chances are you've been in a _____ University Class of 20__ Facebook group. People are annoying. Here are a few tips to make sure you're not "facebook famous" the first day of class.
1. Limit your posting. I know, you have 9 million questions, just ask someone specific. Don't post: "what are the meal plans?" or "how much does living in __ dorm cost?" Chances are, fellow freshmen are wondering the same thing.
2. Only introduce yourself one time, if at all. It's great to introduce yourself, but only do it once. Or not at all. I swear this one guy has introduced himself 5+ times!
3. Don't friend everyone in the group. Yes, a girl literally has done that.
4. Don't post anything too personal. i.e not the best place to ask what to get your boyfriend for his birthday.
5. Be nice to everyone, don't bash other schools, Greek organizations, sports teams, other campus activities. It reflects poorly on you!
I always love browsing Pinterest for a variety of ideas, but most importantly: Food. Here is a cookie recipe I tried and loved from Love Veggies and Yoga
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are the best peanut butter cookies I've ever made or eaten. And the most amazing thing about them is there's no flour, no butter, and no white sugar used. And they taste better than any other peanut butter cookie I've had, many of which use plenty of those ingredients. They're melt-in-your mouth soft and chewy, and extremely moist. They're intensely peanut-butter flavored and because there's no butter or flour added, the purity of the peanut butter shines though. There's no white sugar, just brown sugar, so the cookies have richer flavor and stay soft for days. They're bursting at the seams with dark chocolate, a perfect pairing for peanut butter. They're naturally gluten-free, easy, and fast to make. They're my new favorite peanut butter cookie.
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer creamy honey roasted; plain or crunchy may be used; do not use natural or homemade peanut butter - see below)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semi-sweet, dark, or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips may be substituted)
To the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-combined and the sugar is fully incorporated and is mixture is no longer gritty or granular, about 3 minutes. Stop to scrape down the bowl as necessary. (Note regarding peanut butter - although natural peanut butter or homemade peanut butter may work, I recommend using storebought peanut butter like Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan or similar so that cookies bake up thicker and spread less. Using natural or homemade peanut butter tends to result in thinner and flatter cookies that are prone to spreading while baking)
Add the baking soda and beat to incorporate. Add the chocolate and beat to just incorporate; don't overmix or the nice chocolate chunks will break down. Transfer dough to airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 5 days, before baking.
Preheat oven to 350F, line 2 baking sheets with Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mats, parchment, or spray with cooking spray; set aside. Using a 2-inch cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons of dough or about 1.60 to 1.75 ounces by weight), form dough mounds and place on prepared baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart (8 to 10 per tray). If chocolate is falling out of dough since there is an abundance, roll ball between palms to encourage it to stay in the dough. Slightly flatten the mounds before baking so they don't stay too domed and puffed while baking, just don't over-flatten.
Bake for 8 to10 minutes, until edges are set and tops are barely set, even if slightly underbaked in the center. Watch them very closely after 7 minutes and I recommend not baking longer than ten minutes. Cookies firm up as they cool, and baking too long will result in cookies that become too crisp and hard (The cookies shown in the photos were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark, and have chewy edges with pillowy soft centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
Eyebrows. We've posted about them before. We still love them. Here are some fabulous eye brow products--all under $9!
1. Brow Brush/Comb. This can be purchased at Sephora for like $6. It helps tame those brows and is good for tweezing assistance.
2. Maybelline MasterBrow. It's the weirdest, best thing. It's like a waxy pencil for your brows. You fill them in, but the wax also helps it to set. If I don't need flawless makeup for a whole day, I just use this. It works like a dream, and it can be found at any drugstor/Target. A warning: sharpening this thing is annoying, but for $7, I'll take it.
3. Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara. Works as a setting gel if you've filled in your brows, or if you don't want to fill them and just want to set them. A great price at $4.
4. Tweezers. Any pair will do, you can find them at all prices. This isn't something for every day, but we all need them!
All you need is a magnet and your bobby pins! This is probably not a new concept, but it was for us. Seriously, they won't get "lost" in the bottom of your purse or cosmetic bag anymore. Plus, it's an excuse to use a cute magnet you probably don't have a better use for. The bigger, the better. The business card sized ones work perfectly to keep a couple in your purse!
Are we just late to the band wagon? Or do you do something like this already? Let us know!
The Academy Awards have passed. All award shows are unfortunately over for the year. The red carpet was not overly impressive this show, but there were a few knockouts. Here are 5 (of the many) we loved!
Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta: She's been on everyone's best dressed list. It's unanimous how beautiful she looked!
Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
Reese Witherspoon in Vintage Dior: Reese can do no wrong in our books, and this is no exception. She's darling and elegant as ever; and we dig the hair.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture: WE LOVE HER. Jennifer Lawrence looks so stunning and oh so famous, but she's the girl that we can all see as our friend. She's funny and down to earth to boot.
Giuliana Rancic in Rafael Cennamo: Giuliana looks much better this time around! We love her hair sans extensions as well.
Rebecca has agreed to enlighten us today on her college tour tips! We are so grateful for her post, and adore her blog! Everyone should check out her blog and follow!
Hey y’all! My
name is Rebecca, and I blog over at life with rMe. I was so glad with A & C agreed to let me guest post
today! As a tour guide with the
admissions office at my college, I give a lot of tours and interact with a lot
of prospective students. As
juniors begin to look at colleges and seniors finish up any last minute visits,
I thought it would be useful to do a Mind Your Manners Monday regarding
admissions tours and visits!
Besides using questions as a way to show interest in your
tour, if you don’t ask any questions, it forces me to talk at you for an hour
and a half. You don’t know how
frustrating the tours are for me when the family doesn’t talk or ask any
questions. As prepared as tour
guides are, they only have so many interesting stories and jokes to tell!
Don’t trash talk
Even if you are talking about our rival schools, it’s not
nice to talk badly about other schools!
It makes me wonder what you would say about my school to a tour guide at
another school. I’m a tour guide
because I love my college, and I would hate for you to talk badly about it with
a tour guide at Rival University.
Tell your tour guide
at the beginning if there is something specific you want to see
As amazing as your tour guide may be, she can’t read your
mind! Also, most campus tours will
not include EVERY building on campus.
So if you want to see the riding facilities or the art studios, make
sure your tour guide knows! She
may not be able to take you on the tour, but she will probably be able to
arrange something that you can see them!
I know for me, our art barn isn’t on the main part of campus, but I’m
always willing to give the family a map with the route to the art barn
highlighted so they can drive up after their tour!
Come to your tour
having done some research on that college
You wouldn’t believe how many people come into an admissions
tour not knowing the first thing about my college! I understand that you might get colleges confused, but when
you bring up your major and it’s not even a program we offer…
I hope y’all have some great campus tours, and be sure to
thank your tour guide at the end!
Even though it is my job and I do get paid to give the tours, it is
something I truly enjoy. I’m
always looking for ways to make my tours better, and sometimes that comes in
the form of advice from the prospective family. But even if you didn’t enjoy your tour, thank your
guide! (PS, how many of y’all want
to hear my ghost stories while we’re on tours? Over the summer I researched ghost stories on my campus to
tell during the tour, but I’m always scared the family will be freaked out and
never return to my school!)
Hey everyone! Normal posting will resume tomorrow. We've had quite the week, A with school and C with recovering from a medical procedure. We appreciate your understanding, and we're looking forward to getting back into the swing of things! Happy Friday! xoxo, A+C
It's Sunday. We know what we need to do. You all do too. You probably have school work or other work. Yup. We do. High school is so different from college. We've both managed to make it through high school (a few more months for C!) With pretty decent grades (not to toot our own horns!) But the skill of time management is crucial, and takes practice.
1. Make a daily to do list. This can help about everyone if you're not in the habit of doing so already. Maybe you have a notebook or use your planner. Write it every morning (part of a routine) or every night before bed for the next day. You can always add and check off stuff during the day!
2. Keep a "weekly layout". I do it on my laptop and in a notebook. Use this for things in advance, like to plan your work outs of the week or a babysitting gig. This is best done on Sundays for me, that way I force myself to look through my planner (no excuse for oops, I forgot that Lit Analysis was due THIS Wednesday!) This goes for things you know way in advance, and then add on (in a different color) things that come up.
3. Force yourself to go to bed earlier. Y'all wonder: how can you go to bed early when you have XYZ due tomorrow? Our answer: don't do XYZ at 10:00 the night before its due. Not procrastinating is key, especially when it's a project you know a month in advance. Teachers don't give projects out so far ahead because they need to plan out things, they do it because it takes you that much time to work adequately.
4. Find what your priorities are, in order. School comes first. Probably what your parents say (ours do too.) For example, School Work--> Work Work--> Sports/Extra Curriculars --> TV/Blogging/Anything that is seen as "fun". When we miss blogging, it is because we have other things that are more important. A blog post for Tuesday never comes before a calc test on Tuesday.
5. Space out your studying. How many of us have crammed? All of us. It works, until you realize how much better things are when you spread them out! Try to allow 20 minutes per subject (or so) a night, even if you have "no homework." Reviewing those notes night by night will make chapter tests a lot easier and save you more time than the usual cramming for 2+ hours the night before.
Although I'm writing this in advance, this is a personal post from C.
When this post goes live, I will be recovering from an operation. Although I have had many (more than I can count on my fingers and toes), they are something that one can never get used to. So I have to stop and think to myself, that I have happiness right here. Even though it sucks that I cannot be out partying, or that I am missing days of school, I have started to learn that I need to be happy with myself and where I am right now. (this is from a lululemon bag, judge me.)
I want to encourage everyone else to join me in the attempt to try to be happy with myself at this moment, appreciate what I have and what I can do. The last thing I wanted was to visit the hospital yet again. But I remember how blessed I am to have some of the best doctors in the country working on my body and trying to make it function better. I have parents and friends that love and care about me, and of course I have a doggie who will be with me too. I have knowledge that I will be better and things will improve after this.
If any of you all are struggling with anything, write down a few "positive" notes on your current situation. If you lost a family member, think about the times you had and how he or she would want you to live. Maybe you went through a breakup. Think about all of the good things that can come out of a seemingly tragic situation. (I know how hard this is, trust me.)
Life is too short to be unhappy with your current life.
We know what people normally say...take the stairs instead of the elevator! walk instead of drive! blah. Here are some other, different ways to get exercise while you're living your day to day life. 1. Exercise ball at desk. We've said it before, we love this. It's fun, and it definitely challenges your core. We've been doing this for about 3 years at my house, and it's awesome.
2. Writing the alphabet with your feet while sitting. Seriously, I am the most fidgety person ever. So, in class or at work, cross your legs and write out the alphabet (or various other words) It's supposedly good for your thighs!
3. Walk around while on the phone. Do you find yourself laying or sitting while you talk on the phone? Walk around or pace instead!
4. Stretch. Seriously, this may not be calorie burning, but simple stretching in the morning and at night will help with flexibility over time.
Today is Ash Wednesday. We are both Catholic, and are taking this day to sacrifice indulgences and make positive changes during Lent. We hope you all consider the same, whether it be for personal or religious reasons! xoxo, A+C
Yup. Go get some while you can. These are so fun and freshen up any look. I love that I'll be able to wear these on the beach or by the pool and not worry about getting one a little wet, because they are so inexpensive. I love the idea of an all white outfit and a pop of headscarf color for summer. If you're interested in testing out the trend but don't want to invest in a more expensive one (we're with you there!), than check these out!!
We hate to start off with something so morbid and sad, but I've actually been to three wakes in the last three weeks, and I have definitely started to notice some things. Here are a few tips.
1. Dress appropriately. No, it's not necessary to wear head to toe black, but it is important to be in darker colors. (mentioning because I saw a lady in a pink, blue, green, and orange floral dress with a white base at a wake one time.)
2. Act appropriately. It may be your best friend that you're normally gregarious with, but now is the time where that is inappropriate. Tone it down if that is something you struggle with. We have no idea how loud we are being sometimes.
3. Offer to help. Chances are, they may not need help or want anything, but the sentiment means enough itself.
4. Make sure to speak with others who are suffering the loss than the one person you are there for. It may seem awkward, but if you know at all anyone else or know someone is say, your friends father, express the sentiments.
5. Follow up with a sympathy card. Make sure to include that the visitation/funeral was lovely, and that you're glad you got to see whoever you were there for. Again, offer to help with anything, unless you already have.
Things to say: (because we know this can be awkward.)
-I'm sorry for your loss.
-I am here for you if you need anything, even just to talk.
-I'm glad to see you, though not under the circumstances (if it's someone you haven't seen in a while.)
-Is there anything you or your family need?
-I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
-If you knew the person: Mrs. Jensen was so lovely, I enjoyed when she picked us up from grade school, she always made the best cookies. (express something positive, especially if the person suffered from a prolonged illness.
-If you did not know the person: I am sure Mr. Hoffmann was a great person, you always spoke highly of him (name something you can remember if you remember anything.)
-The best thing to say if you don't know what to say is: I am sorry for your loss.
As many of you know (if you read my tumblr than you know), skin care has been a major new obsession of mine. Yesterday and today, I did some serious shopping at Walgreens, Target, Bath and Body Works, Sephora, and Forever 21. Here are my purchases!
Bath and Body Works
Shea Cashmere Hand Cream: A favorite of mine, I always keep some in my purse, plus it was on sale for $6!
Dancing Water Pocket Bac: One of the only scents I can tolerate from here.
Cream Eyelet Head Scarf
Navy, White, Pink, and Blue Ikat Head Scarf
I could not resist picking these up, I love the headscarf trend but I wouldn't want to spend too much on one, so I can not feel bad about wearing these near the water. Plus, at $3.80 each, they are the most inexpensive ones out there.
SEPHORA (the only one that matters)
-Passion Fruit Daiquiri Lotion Sample
-Nars Eye Pencil Sharpener: I finally broke my cheapie Revlon one, hope this one works better.
-Clarins Toning Lotion: Have been dying to try this.
-Soap and Glory Hand Food: Another one I've been obsessing over.
-First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Creme: Looking forward to seeing how this helps my dry face, like the price point.
-Jack Black Lip Balm: Praying this helps my lips, these were totally sold out! I got the last one, so they must be good.
-Maybelline Master Brow: Heard many good things about this, looking forward to trying it out!
-Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Eye Trio: I've also read many good things about these, and this one looked beautiful!
-Maybeline Color Whisper in Some Like It Taupe: I had a $2 off coupon, so I had to try it!
-Nivea Mint and Minerals Chapstick: I haven't tried this one yet, and I finally finished my Milk and Honey
-Nivea Essentially Enriched Moisturizer: I have had 3 bottles of this this winter, and it's been mentioned here too. I love it!
-Maybeline BB Creme in Light Medium: I ran out of my Garnier BB Cream, so I figured I'd try this one to change it up. Plus, InStyle just had this listed as the best BB for young skin, so I could not resist.
Whew! Have you been shopping lately? Let me know! Also, have you tried any of these products? Let me know your thoughts!