Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pocketbook Beauty

Is Pocketbook only a Northeast term?  It might be.  Oh well, if it isn't already established that I am a New England girl to my core then now you know!  Pocketbook, purse, bag, your lifeline - whatever you call it, it is pretty essential to your every day life.

I was visiting a friend in New York City a few years back and she had this go to bag of makeup hidden in her bag.  I thought this was a fantastic idea and have adopted having a go to makeup kit that I always carry around with me.  These products are great for last minute touch ups that will get you from the office "I've rubbed off all my makeup because I had ten thousand meetings" look to the "I look super cute for my date and didn't have to go home first" look.  


Cover Girl BBCream 
I've talked about my love for this product before but I can't stop raving about it.  Super cheap and super useful - it adds glow and light coverage.

Pacifica Island Vanilla
Heart roller perfumes!  Perfect for car applying, this little gems take up zero space in your bag.  And this is probably my new favorite scent, a soft vanilla with a touch of floral accents.

Cover Girl Flamed Out
A defining and voluminous mascara.  Def win win. 

Hawaiian Tropics Lip Balm
I'm not a big gloss or lipstick girl, so this balm does the trick in keeping my lips soft.  And it smells like the beach! And SPF 45!

Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti
This is a travel size of one of my favorite bronzers.  It give a shimmery coverage and also smells like the beach (do you see a beach theme here!?). 


Monday, October 20, 2014

The Weekend Report

Friday




My friend, Karen, hosted a fall party Friday night.  She just built a fire pit that is so well done (she DIY'd it, HGTV style!) and is perfect for a New England October night.  She is also celebrating a birthday this week so I brought along a cupcake cake.  This was my first time buying a cupcake cake and it was a big hit.  A cupcake cake is basically a dozen cupcakes held together by a sheet of frosting.  It is perfect for larger parties where there is no cutting or "give me just a sliver" convos.

PS:  don't knock it till you try it but Shaw's supermarkets makes the best cakes in town.  

Saturday:


I did a lot more than drink on Saturday but for some reason this is my only pic of the day - ha!  It was a lime coconut margarita (aka like drinking a key lime pie) from Sam Diego's in Plymouth.  

Sunday:




I volunteered with my sister at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk in Providence on Sunday.  We had a great time volunteering in a sea of pink!  It was a great walk to celebrate an a amazing cause.









Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Most Random Halloween Costume


In the spirit of Charlie Brown's The Great Pumpkin airing tonight, I thought I would show you my most random Halloween costume.  My four year old sister looks adorable as a bunny and there is 6 year old me as a California raisin.  What was I or (my mom at that matter) thinking!  I do remember the cartoon being a Saturday morning favorite of mine.  If this doesn't scream child of the 80s then I don't know what will!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Weekend Report

Friday:


I visited my parents in Vermont for the first half of my extra long weekend (I highly recommend book ending a long weekend with taking Friday off!). I've been working out more lately (hello love/hate relationship with Barre!) and decided to treat myself to a Swedish massage at The Woodstock Inn.  It was perfection!  I arrived a little early to use their fabulous amenities including their outdoor whirlpool and sauna.  




I've probably mentioned this before but it is worth mentioning for the thousandth time that Woodstock is the most picturesque New England town, especially in the fall.  I can only compare in to walking through a postcard.  It is adorable!

Saturday:  






My mom and I went to an outdoor fair where all that we found appealing was this giant bag of kettle corn. Ha - oh well!



The rest of the day was spent enjoying the foliage, getting lost in a novel, and enjoying cheese & crackers and Shipyard Pumpkinhead while watching Serendipity.  

Sunday:


I got up extra early to make an appetizer for my friend's baby shower.  It is an Italian pull apart bread using Pillsbury Grands Biscuits.  I will post the recipe soon!


I did NOT make this but a girl can dream!  Cutest cake ever award!


And shout out to Wegman's for their Breast Cancer Awareness Month pumpkins.

Today was pretty uneventful with running a bunch of errands. So to sum up my weekend I'll leave you with the obligatory fall foliage shot:








Monday, October 6, 2014

The Weekend Report

Friday


I took at trip down to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Friday afternoon.  I popped into Kate Spade (didn't buy anything) but had to snap a pic of this quote.  It always makes me smile!


The main reason for my trip was the crazy sale that J.Crew was having.  I tried on 1,000 things but only bought a sweater.  It was a great deal though, originally $98 and I got it for $28.  Winning!


And I picked up this arrow bracelet at Bloomingdale's Outlet for $5!

I also picked up this hoodie at Old Navy (not at the outlet, on my way home) and it is incredibly comfortable.  I don't know why the site is listing it as lounge wear as I think this is the perfect pairing for jeans and TOMs. $15 bucks, another winner.

Saturday



My friend, Karey, and I saw Gone Girl on Saturday.  It was so good slash so disturbing slash follows the book to a T (with a slight ending variation).  See it.  Read the book first though.  I was glad to have been prepped for some of those visuals, ahhh.

Anyway, we walked around Downtown Crossing before the movie started and found this adorable makeshift bookshop set up in an alleyway.  Adorable!

Sunday







My Sunday was spent the best possible way: running errands, a 2.5 hour nap (because I couldn't sleep the night before due to previously mentioned Gone Girl), and ending my day with some work and chamomile tea at my local coffee house.




Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Recap: The Husband's Secret

Hi Friends!  A very happy Friday to you!  My book club met last night where we ate fantastic sushi and chatted about everything under the sun except for the book, ha!  We all work together though, so we would often catch up on the book in hallway conversations.




The book we read, "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty was fantastic.  Everyone in book club gave it a huge thumbs up -that is very telling coming from a pretty opinionated group.  The story revolves around 3 groups of people.  I've expressed in past book reviews that I do not heart multiple characters in a novel.  In "The Husband's Secret," all of these groups end up connecting.  As the reader, you're not sure how they will be connected but as you read on the peices fall together.  

The story starts with a wife finding a letter that is addressed to her from her husband to be read after he dies.  The debate ensues over whether or not she will open the letter.  I thought that we would never see the letter but it is brought up in the middle of the book and not the end which I found really refreshing.  Without giving anything away, "The Husband's Secret" questions how small choices in life can lead to large mistakes.  Definitely worth the read!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Haircare


I don’t love my hair.  I have super fine hair that likes to be both oily and dry and oh yeah, refuses I mean REFUSES to grow.  I actually went an entire year without cutting my hair and it did not go past my shoulders.  And I have to color it because I’m getting old and gray blends better with blonde than brunette.  So there’s that rant.  Like so many things in life, I decided not to fight my hair and embrace that short length is more my speed and that blonde highlights will forever be in my hair vocab. 

Part of my acceptance of the new do is getting it on a schedule.  Because I have oily roots, I used to wash my hair every day.  I learned however, that washing hair every day strips it of it's natural oils and hence not that healthy looking. I now only wash my hair 3 times a week and blow dry my hair twice a week.  My hair now looks healthier than ever.  Here’s my schedule (and how I style): 

 Sunday: Ponytail
Monday: Ponytail
Tuesday: wash & style
Wednesday: Velcro rollers
Thursday: wash & style
Friday: Velcro rollers
Saturday: wash and dry naturally

I also think it is important to rotate through hair products so that your hair doesn’t get used to the same products.  Here’s what I use: 

 



Ovation Cell Therapy Volume Therapy Shampoo
I bought this product a while ago while trying to grow my hair out.  Full disclosure, it did not work so I feel kind of weird listing it.  I’m basically using this once a week to run through the product.  This stuff was not cheap so I can’t justify tossing it.  But maybe you will have luck, you never know! 


It is important to use a clarifying shampoo if you are on the not-wash-my-hair-everyday train. This clean volume shampoo removes any build up and is not heavy.

As you can see from my second infomercial product, I have tried everything to get my hair in an OK spot.  This attempt includes Wen. The purpose of Wen is to just use the cleansing cream and not a shampoo as they think shampoo is too drying. Well the cleansing cream weighed my hair down considerably when I used it as a shampoo. I find it to be a much better conditioner.  It seals in ends and helps prevent breakage.

Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo
I started using this shampoo after I started getting highlights again.  I find that it really helps the color maintain.  I also bought the massive bottle at Nordstrom Rack.  Definitely check out that place for hair care products – they have some great deals. 


I use this product just on the ends of my hair once a week.  It is not too heavy and does a great job combating the frizz factor.