beach bunny…

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{lolli swim, www.ishine365.com}

Time has kind of flown by, I finally looked up at September is almost over.  Which gives me about a month til we are headed off for a week of Hawaiian sun.

So I’ve been scouring the internets looking for cute swimsuits and found the most adorable one-piece with a mini-tummy cut out by Lolli Swim.

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I love bright colors with black & white stripes.  Love the contrast.

Red with b&w always makes me feel like I’m trying to look french, so I opted for royal purple and neon pink.

Because neon pink goes with everything.

weekend plans…

My mom is coming in town again this weekend, being an interior designer she’s been really insightful as to what direction we should be taking design-wise with the house.  Actually, I’m pretty opinionated so when our opinions align, then she’s incredibly insightful.

I think as all daughters do, I set up a list of shopping, cocktails and general shenanigans to keep us busy.  Not to mention paint color picking and landscaping (but I wont tell her that til she gets here).

shopping list

So early Saturday morning, I pick up her up from the Louis Armstrong airport and we’re off.  Antique shopping on Magazine St, lunch at La Petite Grocery and then running errands at Anthro & Sephora (my fave kind of errands).

Oh, and cocktails.

Lots of cocktails…

Beauty…Wine Lips

lip tar

 

I decided since I like wine passing through my lips so much, I would give wine on my lips a try for the holidays.

I wanted to buy Tom Ford’s Violet Fatale, a gogeous deep wine color, but for something I might try three or four times, $48 seemed a little steep.

wine lip color

Instead I ordered the lip tar holiday collection at Sephora and am in love, especially since it was only $20.

The colors are amazing, so highly pigmented.  And it covers all my bases~ hot pink, a neutral red and easy nude.

So on date night tonight, I will wear and drink my wine.   And not in the unfortunate way I wore it in my favorite Theory sweater before I had to get rid of it.  A bit of a pinot noir accident.  Sigh…

Beauty…Red Lips

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Tonight is date night and I’m feeling like red.

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I’ve been scouring Sephora for the perfect red lip stain.

I tried on what felt like hundreds (which wasn’t ideal since they each take like an entire box of tissues to scrub off my lips), but a friend gave me a tube of Stila and I’m in love.   And it comes off easily with eye makeup remover.

Date Night here I come…

 

Mental Health Day…Sephora

Every once in a while I need a mental health day.

I was thinking that as I get older my need for one would be fewer and farther between, but as I’m beginning to notice I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Instead I find myself in the middle of Kansas, standing in a shopping center in 100 degree heat asking myself, “what in the hell am I doing here?” (not existentially but more in the literal sense).   As you can see, my work trip ended up not terribly successful and I wasn’t taking it well.

So with the sun blazing in my face and dread washing over me as the thoughts of a seven hour drive ahead of me rattled around my head, I had an epiphany.

I was standing in front of a Sephora. It would be a good day after all.

 

false lashes

 

Once I realized I already had a seven hour drive ahead of me, I figured, honestly whats another hour?   So I took my time and bought completely unnecessary and absolutely essential beauty products.  Self tanner?  Of course.  Various hues of pink bobby pins?  Not a second thought.  But most needed were some new mink lashes.  Lashes are always an unnecessary essential.

So beginning hour two in Sephora I remembered I needed new perfume.  I’ve always been an ardent wearer of Coco Mademoiselle, basically since I began wearing perfume.  I have purse spray, travel spray, parfum, eau de toilette, etc; I am ready for any occasion I might need to smell gorgeous.

But standing in front of hundreds of bottles of perfume I realized I was completely out.  Where had my zealotry over Coco Mademoiselle gone?  I think it was my subconscious telling me something.

Tom Ford- Violet Blonde

It was at that pivotal point in Wichita, Kansas, I realized it was time for a change.

It was an odd disconnect with who I had been before, a girl who hates change and resigned herself to the same perfume for eternity, and  a new me trying to come to the forefront.  I brazenly stepped forward to accept the change (‘brazenly’ after debating in my head for 20 minutes)  and bought ‘Violet Blonde’ by Tom Ford.

But apparently, as The Boyfriend pointed out this morning, the new me smells like old ladies and baby powder.  Oh, change.  It isn’t always for the best.

 

Flouro for Spring ’13…

Sitting on my couch reading Vogue and drinking pinot (otherwise known as my regular evening routine), I came across an article about make-up trends for Spring ’13.

Normally I don’t pay too much attention unless it’s about mascara or glosses (I’m a lash and lip girl), but I was ecstatic to see fluorescents are the new thing.

Vogue- Flouro

To say I love neon pink would be an epic understatement, like saying I like fruity pebbles in my frozen yogurt.  I love fruity pebbles in my frozen yogurt.

Pink day planner, wallet, lip gloss…the list is on-going and it’s endless.

OCC Lip Tar- Nylon

I came across this lip gloss from OCC via Pinterest and ordered from Sephora.  Highly pigmented with a slight hint of metallic sheen.  I’m a little nervous about the goo-factor considering the name ‘Tar’ but if the color is that gorgeous in person, I can deal with goo.

A friend of mine gave me her old Chanel lipstick, sadly now out of production, which sounds strange to take someone else’s lipstick but the color was so amazing I couldn’t say no.  It was a cream matte and in a bright bold pink.  I loved it until the day I had one too many glasses of chardonnay with friends and left it on a patio.

Pink lipstick…you will be missed.

Chanel L'Eclatante

So to relieve my agony over losing the best lipstick ever, I went to Neimans to see what new things Chanel had to offer.  To replace the old color I had, apparently other people had been asking as well, they now offer L’Eclatante.  A new neon pink creme lipstick.

Sold.

Chanel- Spring 13 Nails

They also have these gorgeous new nail colors for Spring ’13.  They always have the best colors, old-school Vamp still being my personal fave.

Spring…I’ll be ready.

Destination…San Francisco

Normally I am an early riser.

Add that to the two hour time change and I am a super early riser.  Early enough actually to hit the Black Friday sales without having to set an alarm.

By 8 am, I have led a path of destruction through Barney’s, H&M and Sephora.  Now time for a treat…

{The Boyfriend’s hot choco from La Boulange}