Sunday, June 24, 2012

.June Gloom

  Jacket, shorts, necklace: Gap
Tank: Hurley
Wedges: BC Footwear
Even though it's raining in these pictures and I am listening to thunder outside, I am so happy to be HOME this June.  Last year at this time I was miserable, pregnant, (not miserable because I was pregnant, mind you) exhausted, in Ohio, and an overall vomitous mass.  I'm an Oregon girl though and through, and I haven't complained about the rain since I returned from the sticky Midwest last year. 

My floral shorts and fondant-ish wedges go quite well together, and I really love my coral makeup with the shades of green.  I'll have an "About Face" post up soon so you can get a closer look.  Well, I am off to prepare for the crazy week I have ahead of me.  I feel more accomplished than usual today.  I have a stewy stew stewing in the slow-cooker for my newly postpartum sister, a Swiss chard strata setting in the fridge for tomorrow's breakfast, a talk prepared for the upcoming cardboard box retreat, Vacation Bible School music almost perfected, and a sleeping baby boy right beside me.  (That last one is my greatest accomplishment, let me tell you!  Sheesh.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Polka-Dots as Promised

Ah, Oregon June.  Your finicky ways are harshing my buzz.  At least I can still blind the internets with my tights-less limbs.
Dress, vest: Gap
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: Miz Mooz
Nails: Sally Hansen Caribbean Coral
Garnier BB Cream
Benefit Box Powder in Sugarbomb
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer for Dark Circles
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in Chopper, Foxy, Tease
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Whiskey
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach

I am wearing a different outfit in the close-ups because I changed clothing throughout the day.  Gabriel tends to spit on me a lot.  

I am preparing for a "Cardboard Box" retreat for my junior high kids.  It is centered around homelessness, and I am looking forward to it yet dreading it, too.  I really want to find a healthy balance between materialism and helping others.  I know I'll learn a lot, and I already feel convicted to do more for those less fortunate than myself. 

I hope your weekend is warmer than mine!  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

About Face: Shade of Grey

Enough with the makeup, you're thinking!  I vow to have an outfit post up soon... with polka-dots to make up for my slothfulness.  This simple makeup look has been my go-to quite frequently this summer.  I highly recommend the Maybelline Color Tattoos; they bear a striking resemblance, texture, and quality to my Tarte Amazonian Clay cream eyeshadow, but at a third of the price.  I hear they are better than MAC Paint Pots, but I cannot attest to that as I only own one MAC lipstick.  I own four of these cute little pots o' shadow, and I store them upside-down to keep them from drying out.

Clinique Super Balanced Makeup
Benetint (on cheeks)
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
TheBalm eyeshadow in Matt Smith
Clinique High Impact Mascara


My dear college friend Angel visited me for the weekend.  I haven't seen her in five years!  It was so wonderful to catch up and relive 'old times.'  I miss her already!  The pain of her absence is somewhat eased by the knowledge that my dear brother and his awesome wife and children are steadily on their way to Oregon!  I haven't seen them in a year, and it will be so good to have them living in the area again.  I foresee much quoting of "The Room."

Have a great one!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

About Face: Summer Night

Dr. Jart BB Cream
TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer highlight
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Peaceful
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles

Urban Decay primer potion
Urban Decay Baked eyeshadow
TheBalm Matt Smith eyeshadow (up to browbone)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara
Urban Decay Radium eyeliner (on lower lashline)
Benefit Eye Bright in inner corner

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart

There will be a day where I won't wear blue eyeliner, but that day hasn't come just yet!  I turn 30 in August, and I'm milking my remaining twenties for all they're worth.  I definitely have to be in the mood for this particular makeup look.  It's pretty bold and youthful.  The combination of gold, blue, and fuchsia is really fun for a summer night date.  (What's a date?  I don't quite remember...)  If I could do this look over again, I would put more mascara on my lower lashes and blend out the blue a little more. 

I highly recommend the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains.  They are easy to apply and last all day.  I actually took a nap with this on, and it stayed beautiful yet didn't rub off on my pillow.  It eventually dried down to an amazing "popsicle" pink-- a real face-brightener. 

Could you see yourself trying this?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Losing Myself

Beret: American Apparel
Top, Jeans: Gap
 Sweater: H&M
Shoes: BC Footwear

This outfit is what happens when Oregon decides to rain in June and I want to see if I fit into a size 8.  (I don't.)  Just because it fits doesn't mean it fits.  Obviously, I am still trying to lose baby weight (among other weight) that seems to love my body so much.  My main concern is to become healthier and stronger, but I'd love to be able to crack open the box in the attic stuffed with my size 6 clothing.  I think it will be simultaneously fun and humbling to see my progress on this blog.

I find that in order for myself to be successful, I have to love my body in the shape it is right now.  I am still beautiful; my body is still a temple.  Yes, I am worthy.  I am worthy of exercise, makeup, good and healthy food, a nice haircut, and real clothing instead of sweatpants.
Dr. Jart BB Cream
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Concealer
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer highlight
Lorac eyeshadow in Serenity, Bronze, and Enlighten
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara 
Clinique lipstick in Beach Coral

Bangs are on the to-do list.  Look at that Tyra Banks fivehead going on!  I grew out my bangs, thinking that a sophisticated mother of two like myself needs to look the part.  HA! 

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Swing of Things

Coat: Gap
Blouse: Old Navy
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Seychelles
Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum 

Where do I begin?!?  I am ecstatic to be back!  So much has happened in the past year, and I can't wait to catch up with you.  I've had an adorable baby boy after a horrific pregnancy, started a new job as a junior high youth minister, Darin lost his job, got a better one, and I am now obsessed with makeup.  Here's the makeup I wore today:
Odd picture, but you get the point:
Garnier BB Cream
Benefit Bella Bamba blush
Benefit Hoola bronzer
TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer highlighter
Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach
Benefit Stay Don't Stray (as under eye primer)

Tarte Clean Slate Creaseless Eye Primer
Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister, Woodstock, and Sin eyeshadows
TheBalm 'Matt Smith'
Benefit Bad Gal mascara

Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Nude
Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck (It was FREE, okay?)

When I was pregnant, nothing fit, and anything that did fit made me feel worse.  Gone were the days of my fun hats, colorful tights, and sky-high shoes!  To make myself feel better, I did my makeup every day, whether I went out of the house or not.  I watched many hours of YouTube tutorials throughout the sleepless nights of vomiting and hip/sciatic pain, and learned a lot!  I am no makeup expert, but I am having a wonderful time playing with it.  Cosmetics are a great way of expressing yourself when your clothes don't fit.  I will incorporate some 'beauty' into this ghost of a blog, in hopes to inspire those of you who are interested in makeup but don't know where to start.  

Here goes nothing, everybody.  Thank you for coming back!
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