May 27, 2014

minimal-classic-outfit

minimal casual outfits like this.

black-and-white-bathroom

this bathroom.  the floor!  need i say more?

all-for-you

this kind of love.  the crazy unconditional kind.

  dining-al-fresco

dining al fresco in a field.

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what are you loving this week?

May 23, 2014

shalom-bracelet-la-la-lovely

it has been crazy these past two weeks since i came home from england.  london already feels like a life time ago.  i’ve been wanting to share photos and tell you about the trip, but it just hasn’t happened yet (next week!).  crossed an ocean, one of the great lakes, conquered customs and walked in the door to kids with the flu – a very long lasting one – that ushered us into this very harried week.  two starting baseball, 5th grade field trips, award ceremonies and a day that started with an unexpected and necessary trip to the doctor for one, and ended with a trip to the ER for another (everyone is ok, thank god!).  mix in regular responsibilities, working on the website update / launch and bad headaches (sinus headache suggestions anyone?) and, well, i’m ready for a weekend or two or three.

they say when it rains it pours.  i’ve found that to be true….not all the time, but occasionally.  i’m not for expecting monsoons at the sight of a drop, but sometimes a drop turns to rain and so on.  if i’m honest, i’m usually one that freaks out when it rains this kind of water.  sometimes, admittedly, even when it just sprinkles.

flash back a few weeks, before the pour, and i was packed and prepared.

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May 22, 2014

eyelashes

i love makeup, but i don’t like wearing a lot of makeup.   or shall i say, i don’t like to look like i wear a lot of makeup.  there are a few products that i, now (at my age), consider a daily necessity.  mascara being one of them.  tinted moisturizer, bronzer, mascara and lip gloss are on my everyday list.  a little bit of each of them can go a very long way.

do you remember wanting to wear mascara as a kid?  lip gloss was no big deal and kind of a given, but when you were allowed to wear mascara than you were officially allowed to wear makeup.  do you remember what age?  i think it was 9th grade for me (this is a current conversation in our house right now, actually).  my young mascara of choice was maybelline water proof.

these days i wear mascara  because my eyes are always looking a bit tired, come morning time.  if you have kids, or just stay up way too late, like me, than you probably can relate.  with the help of an eyelash curler and a good mascara, full eyelashes and bright eyes are a sure possibility.

and, while I’d like to wish that my lashes looked like the lovely above, they simply don’t….so i get by with a little help from my favorite mascaras.  if you are looking for a great curl (as pictured), one of my favorite tricks is to heat my eyelash curler with the blow dryer, for a few seconds (make sure to test the temperature on your hand first), and then curl my eyelashes before applying mascara.  this trick really opens the eyes up and is a great base before applying makeup.  the other must is to simply buy a good product.

A  F E W  M A S C A R A  F A V E S  /

fave mascara

1/ tarte lights, camera, flashes statement mascara (also in waterproof)
2/ kevyn aucoin volume mascara
3/ rimmel london lash accelerator
4/ dior show mascara
5/ benefit BADgal lash

 do you have a a favorite mascara?  or any eye opening tricks?

p.s. this tip for making your mascara last is good one to keep in your beauty bag.

images / pinterest

post in collaboration with tarte cosmetics.  all opinions are my own.

May 21, 2014

new-look-la-la-lovely

hi lovelies.  notice anything different?  this site just got a little re-fresh.  while, i still totally love the design of my blog and wasn’t ready to part, all together, with the look and logo, i felt it was time for a little update.  i wanted things to be super clean, simple and modern, with a touch of sweet.  the site was originally desgined by breanna rose and the updated design (and development) by tom wilz.  i’ve been really fortunate to work with such great designers!

what do you think?

i’m super pleased with the fresh look.  i’m also way excited about some of the new functions and additions to the site.  wanna see?

line

the LIVING / LOVING / LITTLES categories have been updated with a drop down menu (hover + then click) of specific categories (as shwon above).  pretty cool!

i’ve also updated the features section so you can access the regulars in the easiest of ways.

circle-feature

how about this pretty little circle, at the bottom?  it has a purpose.  click on it and it will take you back to the top of the page.

popular-posts

if you’re looking for more lovely than scroll to the bottom for popular posts.

 

shop-page

one BRAND NEW FEATURE  i’m thrilled about is the shop.  i’ll be curating some of my most favorite things.  some that i personally have and love, as well other lovely things that are on my wish list.

new photos

and…. new pictures – done by white shutter.  we had such a fun time doing the photoshoot and i can’t wait to share a few more pics from that day!

i’m still working on re-categorizing all of my old posts (note to anyone starting a blog : do not create a million gazillion categories.  keep it simple!) to get them all in the right place.  all of my old posts are still on the blog, you just might have to use the search menu for older features like monday mess and wait a few days for the categories to get totally populated.  thanks for your patience!

but, for now….sit down with a cup of tea and take a look around!

a huge thanks to tom wilz + and white shutter!

May 20, 2014

hanging-nightstand

this brilliant diy hanging table.

honeycomb-cookies

honeycomb cookies.

  notting-hill-door

notting hill doors.  always + forever.

chances

chances.  i’m starting to love them + i can see how they work like vitamins.

girls-in-killer-coats

girls in killer coats.  yes, i’m still wearing coats here.  which girl are you?  i’m in the tennies.

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what are you loving this week?