Loving Lately--Fall Edition

Hey you! How was your weekend? I'm sharing mine below, along with a bunch of other goodies I've been loving lately. Enjoy!

My Birthday--Saturday was my birthday! Woo hoo! I was sick all weekend with a horrible stomach virus and migraine, so I didn't really do a lot, but felt the love online. Thanks Amy and Kerry for my presents--I love the blogger community. I rallied, ate some cake (my most memorable one ever--click to see it) and saw Gone Girl. Again, thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes.

Jessica Simpson--A highlight was meeting Jessica Simpson (she was so sweet! click here for a pic) at an in-store event for Dillards and receiving some JS goodies, like her Jessica Simpson fragrance. Whenever I wear this I either hear, "Omg what are you wearing? It smells SO GOOD!" or I hear, "Okay, who smells so good? What is that?" According to the description: "The heart of the fragrance is a romantic floral bouquet of frangipani, night blooming jasmine, orange flower and tiger lily. Warm, satisfying dry notes of white chocolate vanilla bean accord, sandalwood, tonka bean and drift wood round out the natural beauty of this harmonious signature scent." It smells good, y'all. Get it at Dillards.

Shiny Hair--This one is a reader request! I have dry, frizzy hair (and I color my roots), so anytime it looks shiny, it is via products--it's not naturally that way. Thanks to blogging, I get to try all sorts of new things (some good and some never see the light of this space) and I was contacted to try celeb colorist Rita Hazan's new Weekly Remedy. It's quick 2 step process--after shampooing, apply step 1 and rinse, then repeat for step 2. No waiting for it to soak in and no heavy-feeling products--just shiny hair. You can find it at ULTA.

Sole Serum--I've been attending a lot of blogger events this month (it's been a goal for this social anxiety girl) and my feet have been feeling the pain of wearing heels (I wear sneakers or flats at work). I was sent this Sole Serum to try and I love it--they have a purse size for $9.99 and a larger size. Just rub a little into your feet and they'll feel better in a few minutes. To save y'all some money, try the code Fall30 for 30% off.

Autumn Everything--Fall is my FAVE season: cooler weather, all the scarves, and pumpkin everything (I even bought a "pumpkin tree" what?). Seriously, this is the fastest season, and that's my only complaint.

Halloween Stuff--I am not into scary stuff, but I do have a few treats I love:

  • First off, I rarely dress up, but I was sent these little earrings and charm from Chamilia by Swarovski Group from their I Love You to Death collection. They're so dainty, and my little sister has already claimed them. They'd be cute for Day of the Dead celebrations, too. 
  • I am obsessed with watching any and all Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube. Cute or gory, I am mesmerized by the talent that is out there, and I secretly love the special fx stuff.
  • I also love Halloween nails! I love my nail art, but the new collection (thanks SinfulColors) makes it affordable and easy. Just add a top coat and you're done. These are from the Wicked Color collection by SinfulColors. You can get them for $1.99 each (there are 14 to choose from!) at Walgreens and Target.
Pumpkin Spice, Mystery Moonshine (multi-colored confetti), Glow in the Dark (it is really good), Cauldron Couture (glittery emerald), Splatter Spell (gilded black flecks)

sinful colors 2014
Swatches over white base. The glow shows up in 1 coat!

Charlie's Dogiversary--Saturday was also the date I received Charlie four years ago. Charlie Brown is the sweetest and is my heart. You can read this post from a few years ago to learn more about his "adoption."

PopSugar Must Have Box--This is one of my favorite subscription boxes. In the video below, I quickly share what was in my October box: candles, treats, nail stuff, and more. You'll have to forgive the quality--like I said I am not feeling well. But anyway, this sub service is so fun, and I've got a sweet deal. If you want $10 off a 3 month subscription, use the code OCT10SELECT. It ends 11/2 so hurry! https://musthave.popsugar.com/

The following disclosure: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. 
The opinions I have shared about the box are my own 
and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

The Grits Blog--We all love new blogs to check out, so here's one I've been loving lately: The Grits Blog. I love the variety of content she features and she is a fellow rescue pup mom, like me!

So that's what I've been Loving Lately--what about you?


My Morning Routine

Come with me as I share a little of my morning routine:

Being a blogger means you have late nights and early mornings, so this morning means a 6 am wake up call, complete with coffee. I spend the next couple of hours reading and responding to emails, social media, and visiting blogs, including mine! Do you do that too? 

Charlie finally wakes up when he hears me fixing breakfast. Typical! We go for his morning walk and then it's time for me to get ready for my other job--taking care of two sweet girls.


My New Bag Essential!

Sometimes you will find me carrying around a six month old. Sometimes you will find me running after a four year old. Other times, I will have both of them. These cuties can be quite the handful! And when I'm taking care of them, my bag of kids' supplies is always close by. You name it, it's in there.

My latest addition to my bag is officially my must-have essential: Puffs SoftPack. Um, where have these been all my life? Anyone who has or takes care of kids knows the need for tissues. We go through so many of these a day. A tissue in my pocket just won't cut it, am I right? So I've even tried grabbing a handful and stuffing them in my bag, only to find they'd get dirty, ripped, or that I still didn't have enough. But with the Puffs SoftPack, I can throw them in my bag, boom, done.


DIY Pumpkin Spice Solid Sugar Scrubs

Just go ahead and give me all the booties, boots, any and every kind of fall footwear. But after a summer of sandals, my feet are in need of special treatment. So yeah, not only do I want all the boots, but I want all the pumpkin things, too. Basic and guilty as charged. Combine all of that and you've got yourself a diy. While I use these Pumpkin Spice Solid Sugar Scrubs on my feet, they're perfect on the rest of your body or as a gift. Read on to see how to make them:


How To: Black And Gold Foil Nails

Hey you! It's been a minute since I've shared a nail tutorial with y'all, hasn't it? I wanted something easy and that would work well for Halloween, fall, and winter. You can do this! Let's see how to:


My Fall Hair Care Routine

Hey you! How was your weekend? I had friends come up and visit, which is always fun, plus I had a few events thrown in just to keep me on my toes. But back to my friends--as usual the convo eventually ended up back to beauty products, and this time we were talking about hair. One of my friends is having issues with dry hair and frizziness, and thanks to the changing (I say fickle) season, those issues seemed to have gotten worse. She asked what I used, since she noticed my hair wasn't frizzy or dry. I showed her my exact hair care routine for fall and now I'm sharing it with you:


What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

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I'm so glad it's the weekend! I was really frustrated after yesterday's post, so I'm looking forward to my friends coming up for the weekend to cheer me up. And I'm always looking forward to my next trip--my birthday is on the 18th! Speaking of travel, a few weeks ago I shared a What's In My Bag post while I was on vacation at Sandestin. Since I was beachin' it (that's officially a word now), the contents in my bag were slim, which left several of you disappointed. And so I am now sharing what skin care, hair care, body care, and makeup that I packed. Check it out in the video below:

Can't see the video above? 

Allow me to entice you to watch the video by sharing a few of my items below (I was originally sent these for review but have repurchased or would repurchase them all):

For my hair, I brought Wen Fall Tuscan Pear Cleansing Conditioner (obviously I moved it to a travel container but I wanted y'all to see the container!). I love this because it's everything I need to cleanse my hair in one product and it makes my hair, specifically my beachy hair, all nice and soft. And it smells so good!

I've not had great success with natural or even healthier deodorants, until this one from Lavanila. This one is in Vanilla Lavender, but there are 6 scents to choose from. Not only do I like the scent, but it works!

I loveeee a cleansing brush and am a huge fan of Pulsaderm (see orig review here). But I admit, I usually didn't pack it for travel because of the size. Enter the Pulsaderm Buddy. It's just a couple of inches so it takes up no room in your bag. Don't let the size fool ya--it is small but mighty and travel-friendly. And it comes in 6 colors, which I love. The Buddy has 2 speeds, comes in the bag pictured above, 2 brush heads, cleanser, and a charger. Love! You need this!

I know I'm not the only one who carries a small container of laundry detergent when I travel, right? I had a chance to sample these (this is the travel sampler) from Roux Maison, a company based out of Nashville that makes all-natural and fabric-specific laundry detergents/stain remover. While they have fragrance-free scents, they also have sweet tea and ambrosia scents. I have really loved the delicate detergent and the stain remover.

Pür Minerals has a new flawless foundation, the Air Perfection Cushion Compact.  It's a lightweight mousse that gives skin sheer to medium coverage without looking oily or greasy. I was excited to receive this because cushion compacts are so big right now. Add some concealer and I'm ready to go.

I thought I'd share some swatches--the far left is quickly blended in (my arm is a different shade than my face), a swatch in the middle, and then a swatch using the puff. You can see me wearing it in the video. 

Not a week goes by that I'm not asked what I use to get my teeth white. I have this obsession that my teeth can never.be.white.enough, so I've talked about the products I've used (feel free to search), but not my toothpaste! It's the Colgate Enamel Health Whitening Toothpaste. It helps with my slight coffee addiction.  

To see everything I brought with me (there's so much more!) check out the video I linked in the beginning of this post. And before you go, I urge you to enter my giveaway for $100. You don't have to follow any blogs. You don't have to do a thousand steps, just leave a comment on the linked post with your email. That money could go towards gifts for the holidays, bills, charity, or whatever you'd like. Thanks for entering.



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