Happy Friday friends! Have you had a good week? We’re always ready for the weekend, right?! It’s been a big week over here so this post is a hodge podge of things to fill you in on what’s been going on lately! I’ll do another post with lots more details and specifics on a few of these things, but for now, here is the big picture snapshot.
First up, some beauty news I’ve been meaning to update you with! Remember I talked to you about my experience with lash extensions and how they damaged my natural lashes? I’d heard great things about both NueLash and the R+F Lash Boost and decided to give NueLash a try. It had great reviews for growing your lashes and making them thicker and fuller. I found it for $65 at Overstock, but they also carry it at department stores like Nordstrom.
I’ve been using it religiously for about 2 1/2 months and I can say that my lashes have definitely grown and are much longer. Before I used NueLash, when I curled my lashes, the lashes barely went over the word REVLON on my eyelash curler. Now, they go way past it and I can see that they are longer too.
My problem with products like this is that I’m not sure if it’s the product that worked, or if they would’ve grown longer on their own. Or maybe they grew faster with this product?? I can’t say for sure, but I wanted to give you the update because some of you had been asking about that and I didn’t realize it had been so long that I’ve been using it. I put it on my lash line every night religiously before bed. It goes on clear and doesn’t feel like anything besides wet.
I’ve also been using a new mascara that seriously brings out the drama in your lashes and I like mine just short of Tammy Faye style;) This mascara is super dark black and gives crazy volume even after just one coat. But, I apply a second coat after the first one dries for a more dramatic look. I’m really picky about my mascara and the mascara brush, but this one is so good. The only thing is, be sure to wipe the excess mascara off the brush into the tube before you apply so it doesn’t go on clumpy.
Moving on up, I got my eyebrows microbladed yesterday! I’ve been wanting to do it for a looong time because my brows are so weak and light and don’t grow at all. Whenever you see me in makeup, I can assure you I’ve drawn my brows on and colored them. I use Mac brow pencil in ‘Fling’ to draw them on and Anastasia Dipbrow in Soft Brown with an angle brush to fill them in. The picture above is with makeup on my brows.
I will do another post detailing the whole microblading process with you, but I couldn’t wait to show you a quick iPhone before and after pic. I will say I’m definitely not used to them yet, but I think after 2 weeks when the color has faded and settled in, I’m gonna really like it!
If you are in the Houston area, I went to Venetian Nail Salon in Spring and Linh did them. Isn’t it amazing how they can basically tattoo brows onto your face?! Right now, everytime I see my reflection in the mirror, I feel like I need to go wash my face. What do you guys think of the result so far?
Over the years we’ve gotten lots of questions about our marble kitchen countertops. We love them and they are gorgeous, but after 7 years of wear and tear and no marble treatment and not really knowing how to properly care for them, they’ve gotten pretty beat up.
We have lots of scratches and etching, but it’s gotten worse recently with a few large deep scratches that apparently appeared magically because no one around here claims any knowledge of how they happened. Today, we’re having a company come out to restore the marble by doing a very fine sanding and polishing. It’s a big job that requires the whole kitchen area to be taped off because the dust gets everywhere and we obviously won’t be able to use the kitchen while the job is being done.
I’ll share with you on Stories and in a future blog post, so let me know if you have questions so I can get the answers for you!
I feel fortunate to have a large walk-in closet with lots of organization and storage all to myself. It was one of the “dream items” on my list when we built our house 7 years ago. I carefully planned out every detail from the built-in dresser with overhead shelves, the island with cubbies on both sides and a tall center shoe shelf for lots ‘o shoes.
When designed the shoe shelf, I figured I’d use the top shelf for boots, and the lower shelves for shoes. Each shelf holds 5 pair of shoes, so with 9 shelves, I could comfortably organize and store 5 pair of boots and 40 pair of shoes. Well . . . fast forward 7 years later, and I could use a leetle more shelving for Spring beauties like this:
The plan is to sheetrock the window on the back wall and then add shelves at the same height as the existing shoe shelf to the left so it looks like they continue. The back wall is wider than the original shoe shelf, so each shelf will hold 7 shoes, creating room for 28 pair of shoes total there.
I wasn’t using that hanging space anyway and I have two more windows on the adjacent wall, so I don’t think I’ll mind losing this one for more shelving. I recently had the closet painted all white to create a fresh, clean start in here and have since organized and purged a ton of things, so it feels so much lighter in here. I’ll do a full closet update post soon after the shelves are installed.
Y’all know I rely on my Master List to help me organize my brain and get things out of my head and onto paper. The Master List has been a great tool, but the problem with it was that it wasn’t always accessible when I needed it, so I’d still be jotting things here and there and then trying to corral them all to add to the list when I had time.
Well, I started using Evernote several months ago and it really is life-changing! It’s not all that pretty or user-friendly at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes indispensable. The very best thing is that I have it on all my devices, including my iPhone, iPad, computer in my office and the computer in the kitchen and they are all synced. I have to pay a subscription to sync so many devices (I think it only syncs 2 for free), but it’s worth it!
To get the most out of Evernote, I trudged through, David Allen’s Getting Things Done and let me tell you, it was painfully slow to read, but also very helpful. I just wish he were more concise because it took me forever to read through the whole book!
The book and Evernote go hand-in-hand though, so I do recommend both. The point is to get everything out of your head and onto “paper” so your mind is clear and free, as opposed to a mess trying to hold onto everything you need to remember.
Evernote is an online catalog of Notebooks and Notes to help keep you organized with a handy Web Clipper so you can add things online, similar to a Pinterest page. I used it for Jordan’s 1st birthday party and I now use it for my daily To-Do List, Grocery List, Blog Post Ideas, Household Things, Kid Things, Travel, Parties, etc. You can customize it however you see fit.
I’m starting to live in jean shorts again since finding a great dupe for my old trusty favorite pair. This new version is distressed and loose fitting, so I sized down to 24 and they still fit on the relaxed side. They are short, but the looser fit doesn’t make them feel too short.
You’ll usually find me running around in shorts and flip flops, but it’s nice to dress them up with wedges sometimes. I love a wedge for adding height while still being easy to walk in. This gold zippered pair are too cute and they come in other colors.
Something similar to this outfit is my weekend uniform when running around and I want to be both comfy and cute (and taller). Our weekends lately have been filled with baseball and birthday parties and this weekend is no exception. We’ll probably also go to the car show since my boys love to do that every year.
And this is another THIS & THAT topic for ya if you made it this far! My mom, brother and I are going to see Theresa Caputo next week when she’s here in Houston at the Arena Theatre. Do you know who she is- the Long Island Medium? I know some people have strong feelings about her (negative and positive), but I’m going with an open heart and mind and I really want to support my mom and brother. I can’t wait to update you on that experience!