Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Enchanted Rose Teacup Exchange - Spring 2017

I've gotten so far behind on my blog, I can't deny it.  And honestly, this post is quite late in coming, but I really did want to get it up all the same.  Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose hosted one of her Teacup Exchanges this spring, and I was so thankful to participate. Above I've posted the pictures of what I received in the exchange; it is always such a blessing to open the package and see what someone else has taken the time to put together, and this time was no different.

 I received this lovely package from Salinn.  The teacup itself is simply charming; look at those butterflies! Of course there were chocolates and teas and all sorts of fun extras. And the fun notebook that I cannot wait to use! Thank you so much Salinn!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ipsy Glam Bag | Make-Up Review

I know; my poor blog has been neglected this month. Between catching a cold and keeping up with all of my commitments (some of which entered into my weekly blog time) I have yet to get a post up. However, this has given me time to truly give my ipsy subscription a chance before writing this post.

What is ipsy? 

As you may have gathered from my photos, ipsy is a make-up subscription.  Once a month they send you five make-up products (and a cutsey bag) based on your own preferences.  This is my fourth month, and I have been so pleased with my experience I thought I would share it with you!

When you first sign up for your ipsy "Glam Bag" they have you take a quick but thorough quiz to get a feel for your beauty preferences.  This little questionnaire gives them a feel for your favorite types of make-up, skin type and color, sensitivities, brands you are partial too, hair type, and products you love! With all of this in mind, the people at ipsy assemble your Glam Bag based on your personal style.

Once a month, they send you the Glam Bag, which consists of one make-up bag and 5 beauty products based on your prestated preferences.  This could include mascara, lipstick, foundation, nail polish, hair products, face masks, and the list goes on.  

Once your Glam Bag comes in, and you have time to test out and enjoy your products, you get the option to review the items.  The brand, the product, and how it personally works for you are all included in your review, which then goes to help them decide how to better choose your next bag.  Let me say, I decided to actually follow up with reviews this time (something I am usually quite forgetful about) and I am so glad I did! My bags are improving every month and I am loving my make-up products.

Also, I cannot forget one of my favorite parts of this subscription: it is only $10 per month! And yes, the shipping is free! On top of that, every review you post works towards your points system.  Enough points earned equals a bonus gift in your Glam Bag for the month you decide to redeem them.  Along with reviews, you can also earn points by telling your friends, which is exactly what I am doing here! So I will leave you with my own personal referral link, in case you decide you would like to join ipsy yourself (which I highly recommend if you are interested in trying out new make-up products in a fun and affordable fashion!) 


** this is not sponsored, I merely reviewed this for my enjoyment, and yours! **

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Siesta Key - Vacation

Hello again!

This year is going to be full.  The plans are already being written down, the dates set, the changes and adventures just on the horizon.  There is an excess of life wanting to be lived.

This February, we started our crazy year with a trip to Siesta Key, Florida, to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.  Few things make my body feel better than a good dose of sunshine, especially accompanied by saltwater and sand.  We spent the days reading good books, eating wonderful food, admiring the stunning sunset, and walking the shores.

I took my camera out a few days, and wanted to share some of the beautiful sights we saw.  For the most part, these are either straight out of camera or edited with basic brightening and contrasting.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dressing Like Jane Austen

I must say, I have a love for all things Jane Austen.  When I heard about the "I Love Austen Week" hosted by Hamlette I knew I had to participate (even though vacation planning put me almost too late.) There are lots of fun reviews currently being posted by all sorts of Jane Austen lovers right here, and I highly suggest you go check them out if you too are a fan of her works. And if you are not familiar with Jane Austen, you especially should go look around, and be prepared to find a new wondrous world opened up to you!

My post today is a quick look at how we can find ways to create our own regency wear with what we have on hand in today's world.

The First basic item, of course, is your gown.  The fabric, style, and colors can very depending on the type of event you are attending, or your own personal preferences. I chose my colors when I was sixteen, and this was my first historical project, so my colors are a bit darker than period accurate - but I liked them anyway. ;) I have worked with the Simplicity pattern 4055 with much success (pictured here) and Butterick B6074 (with alterations and changes because it was far less agreeable.)

Next are accessories.  Elbow length gloves are perfect (watch that you match creams and/or whites, depending on your gown color!) Also a small reticule is great to have to hold your personal items for the night. Thrift stores and antique stores are probably the best places to start looking for these.

Jewelry is not difficult.  Simplicity was valued, so a modest set of pearls or a small cross on a chain will accent the dress nicely. Hair adornments were also a favorite, and really such fun! I found all of these at Charming Charlies.

Don't forget to go join the fun yourself, and look around!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Current Love

It is the end of January already! I had a lot I wanted to accomplish this month, and if I'm honest, not all of it got done.  But that is okay!  I still checked off several items, and had a lot of fun in between.  While my newest blog post ideas are under construction, I'm sharing my most recent favorites of the new year.

  • Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.  I have seen this book come up several places, and I simply had to try it.  I am by no means even close to finishing, but it was one of those rare books where the introduction gets your attention.  I quickly realized this book is going to be less about food and more about family, friends, fellowship, and faith.  

  • Blanket Scarves.  I got one for Christmas, and I love the added warmth more than I anticipated. Madison at Minnie Muse just posted a "how to wear" tutorial, and I am so excited to try new ways to style my scarf!

  •  13 Seasons of NCIS.  My mom, sister, and I have been watching through these on Netflix for over a year, and we just finished season thirteen.  It has been a lot of fun - a lot of laughs and, I'll admit, a lot of tears (especially at this most recently finale!)

  • The Coolest Little Plant.  My dad bought me this lovely terrarium for Christmas, and I love it.  Review in the process... ;)

  • Knee High Socks  from Kohl's.  Seriously, I have several colors and patterns and they are the best thing almost all January occasions.  They slide right over leggings too! 

  • Beauty and the Beast trailers.  Also, the trailer music.  Beyond excited for this!

  • Extra Cuddley Kitties.  A fuzzy cat who wants to sleep on your lap is one of the best ways to end a day.

  • At Last, Tea.  English Breakfast has been my lately go to, ironically after dinner.  I've also kept sketching my tea cups.  And I am quite fond of my ever growing little collection of teacups that I am surrounded by in my room. :)

What have been your favorites lately? 
What are you looking forward to most?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Art Project & Tea

I have a bit of a shorter post today - reason being, I'd love some feedback! (reason #2 being my minimal talent with the phone camera...) I've been projecting lately (no shock there) and my latest arts and crafts indulgence has me at the sketch book.  I drink a lot of tea (it's actually getting pretty insane) and though perhaps I could reuse all of those tea bag tags that simply go to waste.  Simply put, I added some cutesy teacups to go with them, and have been going through the different teas in the house ever since.

So do tell, what do you think? Comments, suggestions, tips, thoughts?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

5 Reasons for Keeping My Bucket List

Around the time I started blogging, I also started a bucket list - a list of things I want to do, see, or accomplish with my life.  I had loved the idea for a while, and needed all the reason I could to embrace a new season of my life.  I had recently lost a lot - friends I'd had for nearly a decade, the kitty I'd had for longer, and the path I was planning on going down in my life.  I needed a general sense of direction, no matter how crazy or far out-there some of my ideas seemed to be.  I needed something to look forward to.  I needed even a small thing to keep me honest-to-goodness living.

I purchased a small notebook and began filling it with things I wanted to do.  Every time I would think of something new, I wrote it down as the next number on my list.  Whenever I completed an item, I'd put a date next to it.  There really haven't been that many I've managed to cross off just yet, but they've already taught me a lot. 

Here are my top reasons for having a Bucket List.

1.) Face Your Fear
What would you do, if fear was not holding you back?  We are not called to live in a state of fear, but freedom.  I don't want to be afraid all of the time.  I'm finding that certain things I was afraid to do, are also things I would love to experience.  Having this list reminds me not to let fear keep me from living the life I want to live.

2.) Purpose and Vision
God has a purpose for each and every life.  He didn't make one of me, different from every other billion person on the planet, by accident.  Wouldn't it be a shame to let life slip by while we live lethargically? Where there is no vision, the people perish: let's keep a purpose for our lives, with Christ as the ultimate vision.

3.) Make Every Moment Count
What knows how long we have?  From this season of life to literal breathing and living, it could change at any time.  Don't wait around assuming you have more.  We should get excited to live our calling!

4.) Encouragement to Learn
I think it's safe to say that we do not want to be called foolish.  Pay attention, study, ask questions, try something new - there is so much to learn to both help and bring us joy through life.

5.) See the Glory of God
Yes, the world is fallen.  But there is still beauty to be found.  God did not leave us, His creation, with no way out of misery.  To the child of God, we know something better is coming, which to me only encourages the lovely here.  Unlike so many of the lost, we know this is not all there is: in every moment of beauty we can see a glimpse of God's glory, and be filled with the power of hope for what is yet to come.  How inspiring, to see God's power and might, and wonder at it through the places I wish to see in His Earth.

The truth is, I have a lot I still want to accomplish!  I want to experience life, not being held back by fear. I want to make a difference in the world, to touch people and be a blessing wherever I go.  I want to be seen as someone who is kind and classy, courageous and full of life.  I want to serve and be helpful, to use my gifts to bring happiness.  I want find love, to be it and show it wherever I am and however I feel. It's not like I want a lot out of myself or anything, right?

So what is the point?

Having this little list reminds me to live my one life fully and abundantly for the glory of God.  But it also keeps one more thing in check:

 No matter how many adventures I have, how many people know me, or what I accomplish, there is one thing that I want to encompass all of this.  In the end, I want people to look at me and see that I have a heart like Christ.  I want them to say that my heart looks like His.
Whatever God calls me to do, I want to be right there in His will serving Him.  I plan to spend my life loving Jesus, and hopefully, at the end of my days, people will look over my life, and say Yes, her heart was like His.