Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeup for the Nurses

My friend Mariah is a nurse over in China. She travels all over the world with orphan babies who have been born with an abnormality. She travels with them to different doctors who perform corrective surgeries on them. She does amazing, amazing work. She lives in a house with five other nurses and, though they don't get to go out often, when they do, they like to glam it up (what girl doesn't right?)

Mariah (center)

Anyway, in our emails she was telling me that they look up makeup tutorials on Youtube for these occasions but all of them seem to require numerous products or brushes. Or really expensive products. For the most part, they're able to get drug store products and brands. She asked me to put together a makeup tutorial using some of my favorite drug store products so....here we go. My down and dirty makeup tutorial for a night out!


And I think we can all agree I have a bright future in makeup tutorials (can be read: should keep her day job



Foundation | Eye shadow Palette | Eye Shadow | Mascara
Bronzer | Blush | Lips 

TIP: For Brown Eys - Use Browns/Golds/Metallics
For Green Eyes - Use plums/Purples
For Blue Eyes - Use Grays 

Brushes I used are above. You can use the same brush for bronzer and blush, just clean off between. I recommend two contouring brushes - one for light colors and one for darker. 

Side note...In the eye shadow section, I tell you to bring the cream shadow up to your eyebrow...if you only have one eyebrow, I advise you to leave this post immediately and hit up your nearest waxing salon.



Follow along on Mariah's journeys here. She's also a blogger!

Happy Make-up-ing!

XO, A

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday's Letters....Soul Mates, Weddings and Random Stranger People

Friday

Dear Coworker that sits right next to me….MUST you bring in Chick-fil-A to work every Friday morning? For a Southern girl who is trying to eat healthy, this is equivalent to dropping a shopaholic in the middle of Nordstrom #byediet Dear Girls….Fall is hard and I get that. I came to work in a sleeveless vest today. I walked in behind someone in boots, a scarf and a sweater. I’m not going to say someone was a little overzealous, I’m just going to say it’s going to be 78 at noon. Dear random stranger girl in the Walmart parking lot….I think you might be my soul mate. I know this because as we were passing I heard you tell your girlfriend “It’s still like summer out. Isn’t that awesome?!”  Dear Home….I haven’t seen you one night this week (the pile of clothes on my bedroom floor can attest) , and while this is how I prefer my schedule, homegirl needs some sleep. #cantstopwontstop Dear the term “Bye Felicia”….I confess I just learned what you mean (Urban Dictionary is everything) and now I’m obsessed with saying this, even where it probably doesn’t make the most sense.  


Dear Tomorrowworld….You are no longer tomorrow but today. I will need massive amounts of cake and wine this weekend to cope with my sadness for not being part of you this year. Dear Tomorrowworld Again….ok ok….I’m actually not THAT sad I’m missing you this year because instead of rocking out to some Avicci, I will be celebrating my little neighbor, Chelsea-muffin’s wedding tomorrow. And I cannot wait to see her finally get to marry Austin! Bloggy love forever.


Happy Friday Babes
XO, A

Friday’s Letters originated by Ashley Slater 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekend Goods

The weekends lately have been extra sleuth-ey. I blink and I swear they are gone. But this past one was a good one indeed. 

It started with a Friday night at home with dinner and a movie. The Other Woman was rented. I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long time. I think we can deem this one a "buyer."  


I traded my sleeping-in on Saturday for a run with Whitney and then hopped into a spin class which is my newfound obsession. (Note to self: do not attempt to run AND then do spin. I basically wanted to die.) 

Saturday was spent soaking up the rays of what will most likely be our last pool day here in Atlanta. Temps are forecasted to be in the high 60's this week (As I write this, I'm sitting in a sweatshirt....let the always-cold feelings commence.) 
❤️

And concluded with dinner with some of my favorite girls....including this one. 

Sunday I met a new friend for lunch and then did some Hello Fall shopping with Candace and Kelly!


And before I knew it....it was Monday again. Until Friday comes gain.....

How did you spend your weekend?!

Also, can we please just take a moment of silence to mourn the official end of summer.....oh boy

XO, A



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trending.....Fall

Yes, yes, this is the right blog. 
And yes, we are talking about fall today.
This is what we call....acceptance people.  

Truth be told...I don't entirely hate fall. I mean the temperatures outside are perfect for running, your summer tan is still lingering on and your cute clothes can actually be seen before you have to pile on the heavy coats. 

(and before all  you northerners mock me....let me remind you of Winter-Mageddon). 

So, as I mourn the shifting of my summer tanks to the back of the closet, I'm focusing on the fall trends I'm super excited to bust out. 

Winter White
They say that leather makes a girl feel like a rebel but if you could see the look my grandma gives someone that wears white after Labor Day, you would know that winter white makes you WAY more a rebel. Loving everything about this outfit. So chic. 
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Crop Tops
I loved this trend for summer and I'm loving how they can transition into the fall. Plus...can you say motivation to keep those abs toned all winter long?! 
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Beanies
I am a pronounced baseball hat fan. But I think I'll have to trade them out for some knitted beanies this fall. So cozy. 
Beanie

Fall Plaid and Structured Jackets
I don't know if I can pull this one off....I do better when I channel a more boho vibe....but I love this look.
love the combo: tan jacket, blue green plaid, distressed jeans, and lots of pearl beads, and heels, can't wait for casual Fridays :)

What fashions have you all jazzed for fall? 

XO, A

Monday, September 15, 2014

What Love Is

The start of this blog is somewhat of a tragic story. I wish I could say that it was because I had amazing outfits I just had to share. Or that the Joe March in me just couldn't be contained and I had to write. But the truth is, is that this blog was an outlet. It still is. 
My addictions come together

But back when it started, the author was just a shell of a person. The start of this blog coincided with the end of a long relationship and God help you if you weed back through the beginning entries...you'll need a Prozac, a bottle of wine and a box of chocolate to make it through. 

It was a couple years before this blog was ever found by anyone else in the blogosphere and once it was, I went and deleted some of the more depressing posts. Only I wish I hadn't. Sure they are tragic. Some are downright desperate. And the fact that I could have been the model child of what NOT to do in a relationship, is a gross understatement. But it's where I was in life. 

I found one of those deleted posts the other day. It was a post about what love was to me. And to re-read it was as if I was reading another author's work and not my own. It's amazing to see how those moments of tragedy....those things you are certain you will never recover from, somehow and unknowingly, usher you into a new beautiful phase of life that you could have never imaged.  
Amen!

What Love Is....
-Sometimes fuzzy with a brown tail
-Girlfriends who create silly playlists for you
-A friend who drives 45 minutes just to have overpriced coffee with you in the middle of the Kroger flower section 
-Sitting on the bathroom counter talking about our days
-Girlfriends that will run horrible distances with you and encourage you every step of the way
-Sunday night movies 
-Forehead kisses 
-Anyone that sits in the horrible Atlanta traffic to come see you...seriously, there is no greater love. 
-Fearless 

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What is love to you?

XO, A


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Letters...The one with all the spandex, the book and the inappropriate office wear

WANT

Dear women at work.....WHAT are you doing in the bathroom? I mean, in the time it took one of you to go and wash your hands, I changed out of a work outfit into a completely spandex get up (do you know how hard spandex is to get on sometimes?) AND folded my clothes AND put my hair in a pontytail AND washed my hands. Like is there an essential step I'm missing in the bathroom process? Dear Atlanta Traffic...For the love,man, I am seriously about one more traffic jam away from becoming that woman in her tennis shoes and pencil skirt schluffing the streets. Dear That woman in the pencil skirt and tennis shoes schluffing the streets....You are officially the smartest person in the world. 
I mean, when done right...it's not half bad

Dear Fall Fashion...I'm kind of digging you. If I have to be pale, I might as well be dressed cute. Dear Gone Girl (yes, it is 4 weeks later and I am still reading Gone Girl. I do not lie when I say I am literally the slowest reader.)...You are such a departure from my normal reading (which would be like a magazine) but I am really digging you. 

Dear Friday....Today is Spirit Day at the office...which often proves difficult when your team is the Gamecocks....and of which "gamecocks" is often...um.....abbreviated. Time to get creative with appropriate office-wear!

Happy Friday Muffins!

XO, A 

Friday's Letters concepted by Ashley Slater

Monday, September 8, 2014

Twink-a-dinks

So they say everyone has a twin somewhere in this world. 
Well mine lives in Alaska. 


If you do not know this reference, you need to run to your nearest Redbox and rent The Proposal. Best movie of all time. 

Maybe not my physical twin but, my name twin. Somewhere in Anchorage, Alaska is a woman with my same first and last name and apparently an incredibly similar email address. Over the past few years, I've learned a few things about my name twin....

She seems to have a kind heart. She helped coordinate a baby shower (Don't worry, I emailed back saying you'd bring the brownies). She also recently ran in a charity fundraiser.  
food | via Tumblr

But this lady also seems to have a bit of a forgetful side as well. In the past month I she has been emailed concerning the following:

-Overdue library books

-Several notices from the local school asking if she was going to enroll her kids

and, the best one, an ongoing lawsuit that stretched over months in which my name twin apparently used an image illegally and was being prosecuted 
books

Of course I always email these people back and tell them they have the wrong Ashley but, especially in the case of the lawsuit, they mostly don't believe me and the emails continue on for weeks. 

So.to my name twin....for the love of all good things woman....learn your email address!

(Or else your kids may never learn to read and you may be going up the river!) 

Do you have a name twin somewhere? Or a real look-a-like? 

XO, A

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