Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter in the Cold

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?
xoxo,
A+C



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Another Use For: A Pencil Cup

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!

Contents:
-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!)

How do you store your everyday makeup basics?
xoxo,
A+C


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Five Things

Our lovely friend D over at MissGlamDan tagged us yesterday! Basically, we just say 5 random facts about ourselves, so here are our five facts that A+C have in common!


  1. We both have the same breed of dog.
  2. We have sisters the same age.
  3. C's family friend knows A's family well.
  4. When we first started talking and bonded instantly, especially over our stress levels.
  5. Our birthday's are one month and two days apart, with one year between us!

xoxo,
A+C

Monday, March 25, 2013

MYMM: Concerts

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.
4. Please, keep attire appropriate.
5. Thank everyone who works at the venue.

xoxo,
A+C




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Here are a few things to clean out that you might not remember to!



What are some often forgotten spring cleaning spots?
xoxo,
A+C

Monday, March 18, 2013

MYMM: Buffet

We all go out to eat. Sometimes they are buffets, whether it's with your family at Easter brunch, or simply in the dorm dining halls. Here are a few guidelines to remember.


1. Do not use your fingers for anything. Always use tongs/serving spoons. It makes me cringe when I see someone pick up a roll with their hands.
2. Only take what you can eat. I always overeat at buffets, but it helps a lot to just take less to begin with so you're not stuffed and no food goes to waste.
3. Move efficiently in the line, especially if it's crowded.
4. Don't bring a used plate up to the line again.
5. Thank everyone, as we always say!

Keep minding your manners!
Love,
A+C

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Keep It Positive

It's midterm time. Spring Break Time. We want to remind y'all to just stay positive throughout this week!


Sending Smiles,
A+C

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mint Condition

Mint is all over the place this spring! Here are some of our favorite mint green pieces. 



Madewell / Prabal Gurung green shirt / Current/Elliott cropped jeans / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew bikini / Kate Spade flat shoes / Leather Satchel Company satchel bag / Kate Spade earrings / Sally Hansen nail care


xoxo,
A+C

Friday, March 15, 2013

An Embarrassingly Large Beauty Haul

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...

Walgreen's

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!


Walgreens Again
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.

 Target
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!


Birthday
'
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.  

Post-Operation(s) Sephora
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!)
xoxo,
C


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Powder

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.


Chanel face powder / Hourglass Cosmetics hourglass cosmetic / NARS Cosmetics / Laura Mercier , $37 / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics , $33

Are these worth a splurge in your book?
xoxo,
A+C

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Argan Oil

Alright, most of you know the latest and the greatest trend in skin and hair care is the Josie Maran Argan Oil at Sephora. 

Here's the problem: This 1.7oz bottle is a whopping $48.00. It's 100% Pure Argan Oil, nothing else special added to it.
I set out on a mission to find the exact same thing at Whole Foods for a fraction of the cost.
*drumroll*

So, I did find the exact same thing. Aura Cacia Argan Skin Oil for 1oz at Whole Foods for $14.99. It's even cheaper on Amazon for $9.50


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!
xoxo,
A+C

PS-we accidentally skipped today in the queue, our bad for this late post.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Splurge or Steal: Fringe Bikinis

A major trend in swimwear has been the "fringe bikini" Here are two different tops: One from L*SPACE and one from Target.

The green one: Target
The red one: L*SPACE

Would you splurge or steal on this top? Or would you avoid it all together?
xoxo,
A+C

Monday, March 11, 2013

MYMM:College Facebook Groups

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!

xoxo,
A+C

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pinterest Recipe

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.
Ingredients:
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)
Directions:
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.



Friday, March 8, 2013

Get Lucite.

Lucite seems to be all the rage lately. It's showing up everywhere: from Stuart Weitzman to Forever21. Here are a few pieces we love.


Kate Spade lucite shoes / Kate Spade mid heels / Diane von Furstenberg buckle shoes / Alexis Bittar gold necklace / Snowflake jewelry / Forever 21 box chain necklace

Do you like the Lucite or is it too mod for you?
xoxo,
A+C

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Brow-lelulliah

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!

xoxo,
A+C

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

absence

Excuse our most recent blog absence. Things caught up with us. We'll back soon. Thanks for sticking around!
xoxo,
A+C

Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to: Not Lose Bobby Pins

Remember when we brought this pony tail holder tip to you? Well, we have our sister tip: the bobby pins. 
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!
xoxo,
A+C

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 Academy Award Looks We Loved

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.


 And a bonus....


Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Who's looks were you loving this Oscar Show?

Monday, February 25, 2013

MYMM: College Tours [guest post!]

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! xoxo, A+C
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!

Ask Questions
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 other schools
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!)

xoxo,
Rebecca

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Highlighters

 We love highlighters: both kinds! A random take on highlighters (the markers) and highlighters (for the face!)



Eponymous objects, but quite different! Happy Sunday!
xoxo,
A+C 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Guide to Snuggly Snow Days

Happy Snow Day! By now, we've each had classes/school cancelled, and it's awesome. We thought it would be fun to share some of things we've enjoyed on our snow days. 


Patagonia / Old Navy pajamas / Wide shoes / Face mask / Essie nail polish, $12 / Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate / Orla Kiely Acorn Cup Mug, $12

The Outfit
-Cuddly pajama bottoms or yoga pants, slippers, fleece of your choice! If you're at home and you won't see anyone (or if you're at college and don't care) it's the perfect day to cuddle in your pjs!
The Activities
-The best part about snow days are that you can basically do whatever, schoolwork optional. It's fun to skip it on a day off!
-Nails/Face Masks. It's a perfect time to have a spa day. Paint your nails, and try a face mask to help you relax or to moisturize your skin!
-Read magazines or books. They are perfect. I read a ton on snow days. It's a great time to catch up on magazines!
-Hot Chocolate. This classic snow day tradition, and it's a yummy one. Grab your favorite mug and make some good old hot cocoa, or hot tea if you prefer.
-Watch TV and movies. Cold and gross days lend themselves to watching movies and catching up on your favorite shows!
-For those true dare devils, go out and play in the snow! Build a snowman! Have a snow ball fight! Go sledding!

Have you enjoyed any snow days yet? How have you spent them?
xoxo,
A+C

Friday, February 22, 2013

We're Back!

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

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Time Management For High School Students

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. 

What did we miss?
xoxo,
A+C

Saturday, February 16, 2013

On Recovery

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.
Love and Support Always,
A+C

Friday, February 15, 2013

How To: Exercise Without Really Trying

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.

xoxo,
A+C

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!





Scheduler failed, but a little Valentines Day humor! I hope all of you have a great day, regardless of how and who you're celebrating with!
xoxo,
A+C

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

F21: Head Scarves

What do these all have in common?
-They're all super in for spring.
-They're all from Forever 21.
-They all cost $3.80.


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!!
xoxo,
A+C



Forever 21 floral hair accessory / Forever 21  / Forever 21  / Forever 21  / Forever 21 floral hair accessory / Forever 21  / Forever 21  / Forever 21 crochet hair accessory / Forever 21  / Forever 21 floral hair accessory / Forever 21 crochet hair accessory / Forever 21  / Forever 21 floral hair accessory / Forever 21 floral hair accessory / Forever 21 vintage hair accessory



Monday, February 11, 2013

MYMM: Funeral Visitations

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.

xoxo,
A+C

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A [large] Mostly Beauty Haul

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.


Forever 21
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.


Walgreens
-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!

Target
-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!
xoxo,
C