Beauty, Uncategorized

Lovely Lips

If you know me at all, you know I’m pretty passionate about lip products. In my opinion, there isn’t much worse beauty-wise than dry, cracked lips. I would like to share with you now my current obsession: Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm. I’ve tried all of the products in this cult classic line and this is by far my favorite. It’s not as saccharine as the strawberry and the mint is a nice addition to the original rose salve and at $7 a pop, it’s the perfect mid-week treat.

Anyway, also in heavy rotation in my beauty game lately is Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color (Bombay is my shade of choice) topped off with a good ol’ Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Super Natural. The colors are just a little brighter than my natural lip color and are the perfect way to perk up a windblown winter complexion without saying to the world “I AM WEARING LIPSTICK TODAY LOOK AT MY MOUTH IT IS A COLOR NOT FOUND IN NATURE” (there’s a time and a place for that, to be sure, but sometimes I’m just not in the mood). I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the colors in Cargo’s line, as I haven’t found something so moisturizing with such staying power in a long time. (By the way, the product description on Ulta’s site claims that it’s also a subtly plumping lipstick, but I haven’t really noticed that effect, which, if that’s what you’re looking for, might be the ONLY downside to this product.) Give ‘em a try and let me know what you think!


I’d take a picture of all of these things on my face, but I’m in the middle of Starbucks and I’m not sure my selfie game is quite up to par. Also, sorry for the terrible quality; there’s a dust speck in my iPhone camera lens… (ugh.)

Life, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Resolution: Reading

So, one of my (super cheesy!) New Year’s resolutions is to read more. In college, I did so much reading and studying for school that I didn’t make as much time for leisurely reading as I would have liked. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m making it a goal to read more this year. I’m starting slow- as that’s the best way to bring about real change- and shooting for one book per month. Right now I’m working on compiling a list of all of the things I want to read this year (which, I’m sure is far more than twelve books) but the first one in the lineup is Continue reading

Life, Thoughts, Uncategorized

OK, 2014. Let’s Do This.

I’ve always thought that New Year’s resolutions were kind of weird. Like, if you think something is worth changing or resolving to do, you should probably feel strongly enough that you will act on it immediately, regardless of what time of the year it is. In any case, the new year presents a convenient deadline for starting new goals and it just so happens that I have quite a few of them right now. Goal one is to get back into blogging, so here I am (ta-da!). I won’t bore you with a laundry list of things I want to change about myself and/or my life this year, but the overarching theme is that I want to make myself a priority in my own life and make time for things I enjoy. Anyway, that’s the Spark Notes version of my trite list, which actually contains just about every New Year’s resolution cliché you can probably think of.

So, friends, here’s to a dazzling year of health and happiness for everyone. Let’s make 2014 our best year yet. 


Beauty, Uncategorized

An Old Favorite…

A couple of months ago I wrote about my summer beauty must-haves. If you recall, I was love/hating Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. Well, it finally came time to retire that stuff (according to Good Housekeeping, opened mascara has about a three-month shelf life) and I knew I wasn’t going to buy it again. Rather than just going back to my usual Lancôme Hypnose though, I decided to throw it way back and buy my high school favorite, Diorshow. I first used it when I was seventeen and ladies and gents, I think I just fell back in love. I may never return to my Hypnose again. Diorshow has won countless awards from beauty mags with good reason. Its buildable formula and gigantic brush make for lush, dramatic lashes that perfectly complete any eye makeup look. Weird bonus: it’s lightly perfumed, so it smells nice when you open it and put it on! Hooray!photo (49) unedited


Adventures in Dinner Prep…

Last Thursday I had my wisdom teeth removed. It was not a super pleasant experience and I can be a little bit of a whiner, so as a thank-you to my lovely parents and brother, who have been incredibly kind and shockingly patient with me for the past week, I decided to make a little surprise feast for dinner the other night. Feeling inspired by the new (and evidently fleeting?) fall weather, I wanted to serve up comforting and autumnal flavors for their enjoyment. We had a[n absurdly huge] meal consisting of baked brie with fig jam and apples, spaghetti squash “mac and cheese”, pork chops with peaches and bourbon sauce, a sautéed kale concoction, and pumpkin spice cake for dessert.  Hungry yet?IMG_3948

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DIY, Home, Uncategorized

Earring Storage Extravaganza!

So, if you know me in real life, you know that my mom and I own a couple of stores together. One of them is a kitchen and gourmet shop called The Fig Tree, which has been opened for just over two months (!) and the other is a women’s boutique called Vignettes, which we opened in November of 2007. We recently moved to a bigger, much nicer location down the street from our old store, and we’ve been having a fantastic time decorating our new space and making it feel like home. One of the elements we get compliments on ALL THE TIME is our earring display:


We have two of them hanging in the store and they were a simple DIY project that we completed in one afternoon. (Full disclosure: we had a little help from our contractor when we made them, but the process is really simple and easy to re-create.) Read on for the step-by-step instructions! Continue reading

Gastronomie, Uncategorized

Trail Mixin’

“Food is my favorite part of the day.”

–Jennifer Lawrence-

I don’t think anyone has ever more accurately captured my feelings about food as Jennifer Lawrence did in those eight words. Maybe it was growing up in the restaurant business, maybe it was all that time spent leafing through my mother’s impressive cookbook collection, maybe it’s just that food is excellent. I love to cook and try new things in the kitchen, but sometimes I just want a quick and easy snack that is also delicious. Enter: trail mix. No fancy tools required, just a bowl and whatever munchies you have on hand. Although I’ve never really met a trail mix I didn’t love, I do have a go-to recipe and it is this:

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DIY, Gastronomie

Knock-your-socks-off White Sangria

I don’t know about you, but I love sangria. I don’t think there is a more perfect summer drink. It’s light and fruity and just what I want to drink with a nice big salad or grilled seasonal veggies and it’s great to take along to a BBQ or dinner party instead of the standard bottle of wine or six-pack of beer. My go-to recipe uses pinot noir and it’s pretty simple, but the best thing about sangria is that you can easily change up one or two elements and have a completely different drink every time. Tonight I thought I’d whip up a pitcher of white sangria as a little treat. I stuck with the lemon/lime/orange combo that’s pretty standard for most sangrias, but swapped out my pinot noir for some pinot grigio and threw in some different fruit. It’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself, and it was super easy to make- including chilling time, it was about 25 minutes from slicing to sipping. I usually use strawberries in my red sangria, but the crisp pinot grigio pairs really well with some tart Granny Smith apples and sweet peaches.

sangria pitcher

Sangria ingredients


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