Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Nails


I started off the week with this tribal look. The base is NYC "Lexington Yellow". I used a Bundle Monster plate and the polishes Zoya "Natty" (vegan) and OPI "Dutch Ya Just Love OPI". 



Easter nails! I did a simple pastel skittle and then added the bunny and carrot this morning.
Index: Color Club "Blushing Rose' (vegan) but it chipped so quickly so I switched to Sally Hansen Insta-Dry "Pink Blink".
Middle: Julep "Shenae" (vegan).
Ring: Julep "Simone" (vegan)
Pinky: Essie "Borrowed and Blue"






Saturday, March 30, 2013

Walking Old Navy Ad


Run, don't walk, to Old Navy and buy this top for only $4.99 on clearance! I only paid like $6 something so I don't feel too robbed after purchasing it last week. haha It is so soft and comfortable!  If they had some black/white or maybe navy/grey combos I'd totally pick up another. I love the length an overall fit. 


I feel like I'm starting to see a difference in my body with my clothes on. I've been working hard at the gym! Two areas I'm really trying to improve are my hamstrings and shoulders/back.

It has been a stressful week, continuing into the weekend. But I hope you all have a great weekend/Easter! 


Friday, March 29, 2013

Food Prep



This week I decided to try doing a food prep day. So on Monday I made the following from scratch: bagels (which were very time consuming but amazing), pasta, pesto, hashbrowns, energy bars and zucchini muffins. I also chopped up a pineapple. It was great because I had less work to do later in the week. Plus this week was weird and I wasn't home a lot so I was glad I did this! Do you do a food prep day?

Deeelicious chocolate cookies. This recipe but I added coconut and some almonds. They were better when frozen!


Soft tacos filled with Trader Joes faux chicken, kale, salsa, olives etc

Chips, salsa, guac and beer. Yeah!

Amazing bagels. Worth all of the work!


I made this pasta (used my Omega juicer pasta attachment!) and this pesto but with almonds. Mmm.

Moussaka recipe from Native Foods Cafe cookbook. I'll get a better picture when I eat the leftovers because it was very runny at first but it did firm up! Really delicious. It's just a layer of potato, tomato sauce, zucchini, tomato sauce, eggplant and topped with a vegan bechamel sauce!

Had Subway yesterday when I was waiting around for my husband. All the veggies minus jalepenos with spicy mustard and avocado.

Whipped up some curry last night. It's my easy go to meal these days.

Breakfast this morning was a simple tofu scramble and hashbrowns. The scramble has some garlic powder, pepper, sea salt, Daiya mozzarella and turmeric. 



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Classic


Today was long and not in the best of ways. A meeting that didn't go as I hoped and then 5 hours of waiting around on base for my husband to finish up at work (I watched Jack Reacher and The Sandlot hehe). But! Husband has tomorrow off so the weekend has officially started. He leaves for 2 weeks of training on Tuesday so we'll be sure to make the most of our time together these next few days.

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated when taking my outfit pictures because I do it myself with a point an shoot camera... no tripod or remote. I don't have great lighting indoors so I always go outside. So then it's a matter of finding somewhere to balance my camera and have the sun in the right spot. Oh and preferably no people next to me. haha Not the easiest task! So last weekend I asked my husband to snap a few shots. I couldn't not laugh but am hoping to make it a regular weekend thing!

I have to talk about this jacket. I tried it on At Old Navy recently and felt it was promising. I was on the website and remembered they have a "tall" section. I decided to order the jacket in Tall and am so happy I did! It's hard to find jackets, especially denim or faux leather, that are long enough. I also have a larger chest so cropped jackets just don't work on me. I have tried on sooo many and just ended up looking super boxy. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for a faux leather jacket come Fall!


These pictures below I took earlier in the day. This Target dress is so comfortable and I love the classic cut! I've been drawn to longer hemlines lately. I think it's an age thing, honestly.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prabal Gurung Blouse


I hadn't yet worn this shirt despite how excited I was to get my paws on it because it's a bit big. I could take it to a tailor but I'm stubborn (and grew up with a mother who is a seamstress!) so I'm waiting until I get the new part of my sewing machine and can do it myself.  Still, I really wanted to wear it an found that it worked tucked in. I just love the crazy print and those mesh cutouts!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ELF Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks Review

My morning started out with a phone call from my husband that he had been in a wreck. He wasn't hurt (no one was, thankfully) but our car was totaled! He swerved to avoid hitting a SUV on the freeway that had lost control and was half in the fast lane and half off the road but thinks he still clipped it. Then he was hit by 3 or 4 oncoming cars! So scary. We went to the ER later just to make sure he was okay (better safe than sorry) and x-rays confirmed that he only had a bruised chest, which he knew. So he'll be sore for a few days. He's feeling lucky to even be alive though! If his car had spun 180 degrees the other way... he would have have been so lucky. Ugh. I don't even want to think about that!


So today was spent dealing with this. We have a rental car for the next few days until insurance decides what they're giving us. We still owe money on this car (it was the first car we actually bought ourselves!) so I'm a bit worried that it isn't currently worth any more than we owe on it. But I'm trying to stay positive and hope that it all works out and we can replace it with someone we love. I am sad to lose this car though! It was a bit sentimental. 

But besides that craziness, I did promise a review today so here it is! From car crashes to makeup reviews. haha


I recently spotted these in Target and remembered reading good reviews so I decided to try them. They are the ELF Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks (vegan). I got "Pink Umbrellas" and "Movie Star".


Here are the ingredients:
Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylexyl Palmitate, Ceresin, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Disostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax (cera microcristallina), Polyethylene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben. 

May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red No.27 Lake (CU 45410), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019)

First up is "Pink Umbrellas".  These really do look like a jumbo crayon. The part you use almost looks plastic, haha. It's very smooth and pretty durable. I don't think it would get smashed too easily.  "Pink Umbrellas" smells pretty strongly of peppermint to me. It has no flavour but you can smell the peppermint for a while after applying this.


"Pink Umbrellas" is a pretty light pink shade that will vary depending on the natural pigment of your lips.  I've found myself reaching for this a lot because it goes with pretty much anything. I don't need a mirror to apply it but the colour payoff is nice! 

Wearing "Pink Umbrellas". 

 Next we have "Movie Star".  This one doesn't smell too great, unfortunately. It reminds me of a hospital... like rubber gloves or something.  Thankfully it's not too strong and I like the product enough to ignore it.


"Movie Star" is a very nice deep red. It has great colour payoff! I was impressed. 

Wearing "Movie Star".

More swatches:

outdoor shade

outdoor sun

smudged

Overall, I'm very happy with these. I don't like most lip glosses because I'm not a fan of that wet, shiny, sticky look or feel.  These do have the word "gloss" in the name but they wear more like a tinted balm. The colours really do show up, at least in the two shades I got. They aren't super long wearing but at least they are easy to apply. I love how these feel on my lips, almost like a stain with just a bit of balm/chapstick on top. If your lips are chapped when you apply this, they won't apply very evenly so keep that in mind. I don't find them drying you just have to have soft lips to start with or the pigment will stick to the dry bits.

Think you'll give these a try? I usually avoid the elf Essential line but these were a nice surprise. You can read more views on Makeupalley.


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