Thursday, April 17

No Makeup Makeup for dark skin

“I woke up like this”… 5 words that you will probably never hear me say. I just don't have roll out of the bed flawless skin. I need makeup to give me that polished look.  Sure, I have days that I don’t put on make-up and still look okay. And…yes I can live without makeup, but why try if I don't have to? So today I thought I would share my everyday make-up or my no makeup makeup.  Just keep in mind that I’m not a make-up guru. In fact, I’m more on the make-up challenge end of things.

I’m not the type to spend a lot of time doing makeup. Honestly, I would rather spend that extra time sleeping or singing in the shower.  So I keep everything very simple. I start with my primer and then apply my BB cream with my bare hands and then I blend with a damp Beauty Blender. Next, it is all about concealing. I use a concealer that is the same shade as my skin to keep thing natural looking.  Again, I use my fingers… I have no time for brushes. Next a light dusting of powder to set everything. I love Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder. My skin is on the drier side and this doesn’t cake up. Then I lightly apply blush. I'm so loving Julep's blush right now, the texture is amazing.  For my eyes, I apply an ultra thin line to the top but I don’t wing it out because I suck at it. Then I apply mascara, usually only to the top lashes but every now and then I will put some on my bottom lashes. Then I lightly line my lips and add lip-gloss. And that is it. This process usually takes about 8-10 minutes.

No Makeup Makeup for dark skin

1// Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer  2//Smashbox BB crème in Dark  3//Mac Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer NW45     4// Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder 5// Julep Petal Pink Blush  6// Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner  7// They’re Real Mascara   8//NYX Lipliner in Plum  9// Julep Awestruck Gloss

And now it is time for some shameless selfies & funny faces :)
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I'm curious…what are some of your must have makeup products? 

Tuesday, April 15

Finding Balance

Marriage. Career. Family. Dog. Home. Money. School. Health. Blog. Friends. Hobbies. Money. Time. Fitness. Love. Legacy. Retirement. Community. Emails. Money.

These are some of the many thoughts that cross my mind on a regular. And if you’re anything like me then you have experienced that feeling when everything seems to go crazy. Well maybe crazy is too strong of a word. Maybe what I should call it is unbalanced. Simply put, for the last decade of my life I have been trying to keep everything in balance.

how to find balance in life

Identify & Acknowledge
What I’ve learned about this balancing thing is that it is never consistent. Each month, week, or day brings about a new set of accomplishments and challenges. But hey, that's life right. Sh*t changes. However, I always find myself using the same plan when trying to keep the balance in my life. First thing I do is identify what is working for me, what is causing stress, and acknowledge what I need/want. For me the last portion of that sentence is always the hardest because it is easy to get caught up in what truly is a need versus something that I want.

how to find balance in life

Analyze, Prioritize, & Plan
I can’t even lie, I am guilty of wasting time. Especially online… I love pinterest & Instagram and if I could I would do it for a living. But I know that every minute I spend on social media sites is a minute that I could have been doing something more important…like writing my dissertation so I can graduate. Honestly it all comes down to prioritizing the to-do list. Because let’s keep it real, there will always be something to go undone. Or at least, that’s how it is at my house. My motto is do what you can and don’t beat yourself up about the things that are out of your control. I just try not to let this turn into a reason to be lazy.
how to find balance in life
how to find balance in life

Trust & Act
I think the worst feeling in the world is not being able to trust in yourself. Who knows you better than you? I mean really, self-doubt is a nasty b****. Trusting in myself has not been an easy journey. And yes, there are times when I wish I could pass on being a responsible adult. But when I really think about it, I don’t want someone else making decisions for me. It is like the quote says, “as soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

how to find balance in life

What I'm wearing: Chambray Top- Target // Skirt & Tank top- Lizard Thicket // Shoes- Nine West

Monday, April 14

Fab 5 Countdown

Happy Monday! Yes, I should be heading off to work right now but I was canceled so it is really a happy Monday for me.  This weekend flew by like crazy. I guess it was because I was having fun. The weather has been so pretty in Atlanta and I have been spending as much time as possible out side. On Saturday I had the opportunity to be a judge at Salvage's Vintage Style Competition (LOVE!) and on Sunday I spent the day chilling in my parents' yard with the family. To be honest, I didn't get much work or crafting done this weekend and I'm okay with that. But what I did do is listen to Pandora all most everyday. I swear I will never get tired of that app. My favorite station right now is the The Lumineers. Anywho…here is my countdown of how I spent my week.


3 Reading
 Longbourn- Jo Baker 
So my three must reads have one thing in common… they are all spin offs based on the classic Pride & Prejudice.  Baker's book revolves around the lives of the service men and women of Longbourn. While Aiden novel, tells the story of Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy from Mr.Darcy's point of view. Last but not least, Elliott's novel is from Georgiana Darcy's perspective and takes place after Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding. 
              2 Awesome Blog Posts
 Inspired by Hogwarts Houses- Sincerely Sara // Spodee Wine Cupcakes Recipe- My Beach is Better

1 Quote
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Sunday, April 13

Salvage Atlanta Recap

Yesterday I had the honor of attending Salvage and let me just say… It was awesome! I love all things vintage and when you put over 50 of Atlanta's vintage indie shops under one roof it is an utopia. Christy & Shannon (the creators of Salvage) are geniuses! And to make things even better I was asked to judge the Vintage Style Competition along side Cath of Asian Cajuns and Elizabeth of Sunday's Best Vintage
Salvage Atlanta 2014

There were so many cute things and the vendors were all super nice. I really wished I could have purchased something from everyone. 

Salvage Atlanta 2014

Salvage Atlanta 2014

Salvage Atlanta 2014

Salvage Atlanta 2014

I was able to pick up an art print I've been eyeing from Native Bear. And Christy & Shannon gave us an art print from Finely Crafted that features the best places to shop vintage in Atlanta and some Atlanta landmarks. I am going to have so much fun visiting each of these shops. 

Salvage Atlanta 2014