Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Shipped Off!

Sent out these two new paintings yesterday! Hope they get to their owners in one piece!

A personalized canvas painting would be a great gift for the holidays! Please visit my Etsy shop to browse around and feel free to message me on there for a customized painting! I welcome new ideas and would love to work with you on a new design :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekend Fun

My sister is visiting for the entire week!!! I'm so happy. I love having her here! So far we have spent some time relaxing, going to church, [formal dress] shopping and surprising David for his birthday! Every Monday, we go to our friends house for MNF (Monday Night Football) but last night we decided to surprise him at Bowl and Barrel. Kelly and I told him that we needed to pick up a dress that she put on hold at Nordstrom Rack before we went and he didn't even question it since her one goal of the week was to find a formal dress. I told him exactly where to park, which was directly across from the bowling alley, and he still had no idea... Until our friends popped out behind a pillar and surprised him. He was so surprised, it was so cute! I love surprising people! And I think it really made his birthday special :)

Here are a few pictures from the past few days:

Scarf: Cotton On
Sweater: Goodwill
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Thrift Store

Scarf: Ciao Bella Boutique
Leopard Top: Ciao Bella Boutique
Sweater: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: The Shoe Dept.

 A church snapchat.

 Two of my most favorite people!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Life of a Curlaholic

So I have been getting an itch for a hair change lately but I'm too scared to dye my hair and I will never get a different hair cut. I'm too stubborn and love my long hair. So instead of doing something drastic, like either of the previously mentioned changes, I decided to toy around with my hair a little bit..

My usual regime is pretty simple: I wash my hair with curly shampoo (I switch between Pantene and Treseme) and condition with Herbal Essence. I know that is a lot of different products but for my hair, it works best to switch around. Then all I do after I get out of the shower is put some Garnier Fructis Curl Constructing Mousse and wait 6 hours for my hair to dry. This is not an exaggeration. My hair takes that long to dry and that's with me periodically drying it with a diffuser. Such a pain but worth it! I usually shower at night so the next morning I can curl it with my wand when my hair is dry. I only wand the top layer because my hair is pretty wavy so the mix between the wand curls and my natural curls underneath mesh together well and hey, it takes me less time than doing most of my hair. It takes me about 20-30 minutes to curl the top layer. Here is a picture of my everyday hair..

I have been doing it like this for years and I love it.. Except for waiting for it to dry. I don't like going out looking like a wet mop so I wash my hair on nights when my husband and I have no plans.

So after reading some blogs and talking to friends, I decided to take on a little different tactic on my hair. I don't think it is a drastic change, but it was different enough for me. So the alternative hair regime is shower, wash with the same shampoos, blow dry all of my hair, sleep on it and curl with a curler the next morning, but use the curler as a wand. I don't clamp my hair, I just wrap the hair around the curler, just like you would do with a wand. It took me an HOUR to curl my entire head. An hour. That's a long time to be curling hair! I've done it twice and then I was over it. However, I do like the way my hair looks...

Like I said, not a huge difference, just different timing. So here is my dilemma..
- I can either shower and mousse, wait 6+ hours to dry but curling only takes 20ish minutes
- I can shower and blow dry and have instant dry hair, but take an hour to curl.

I just realized I don't even know why I am posting this.. I'm sure no one cares about my different hair processes. Soooooo.. Happy Thursday. I have no life. Goodbye.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Life has been so fun and busy lately which means a decrease in blogging.. Oops! 

This weekend David and I went to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar (our fave) with our friend Nate and his new lady friend. It is always a fun night at Pete's but even more fun with more friends! This weekend we also went to Petland to pick up some things for Miley and ended up holding puppies for two hours (insert in love cat emoji here).. They were adorable!! Of course, I fell in love with the tiny chihuahua. He was the cutest thing I have ever seen - minus Miley. The little cutie was $1400, eek! Who would spend that much money? You can find puppies on Craiglists, adoption centers, or other random outlets. Seems a little crazy to me.. Oh well. Can't wait to get our little baby boy chihuahua in April, though!

Here are a few of my recent outfits and my new favorite accessory! So happy it finally came in the mail and I can be apart of the world wide, huge, gold bracelet epidemic, woo hoo!

Do I wear a leopard pattern is some form every day? Maybe. Judgement free zone, okay!?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Scarf Love

Sunday consisted of church, grocery shopping and small group. What's new? Our Sundays are the same every week but hey, I'm not complaining!

Necklace: Ciao Bella Boutique (no longer in stock)
Scarf: I can't remember!
(These oatmeal colored scarves are everywhere, though)
Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Target
Tights: Target
Boots: The Shoe Dept.

Yesterday I went to ship out a new painting and the post office was closed for Veteran's Day. How come I never think about this before I run errands? I'm a dumb dumb. So I ended up buying some holiday decorations :) David has very, very strong feelings about not decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over so I have to subtly and slowly sneak decorations in.. It's kind of fun, actually. 

Anyways, here is what I wore and here is the painting I'm shipping out soon! I got compliments from a guy about my hair and scarf, then about my mixed prints. Small compliments like that definitely make your day but it also got me thinking about the "mixing prints" epidemic and how much I love it. Some of the mixing I have seen is a little too crazy for my taste, but hey, if that's what you like then that's what you like! I hope that everyone has played around with mixing their prints at least a few times...

Necklace: Ciao Bella Boutique
Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Flats: Payless

You can order your own custom-made painting at my Etsy shop here. I love designing new and original paintings and always welcome an idea for a new creation!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scarves and Boots

The weather in Dallas yesterday was rather surprising. It has been on and off chilly for the last couple of weeks but yesterday was probably the coldest it's been since we've been here! My phone said 57 degrees but it forgot to inform me that it actually felt like 30. I could have bundled up more but I am in no way complaining; I am loving this weather! However, I have yet to give into my over-sized sweaters. I'm trying to save those until they are vital to wear.

One thing that has been bugging me the past couple months is the fascination that everyone has with giving into new trends/traditions RIGHT when they come out.. By this I mean, girls raced to Starbucks the day that PSLs came out, they put on boots and scarves at the first sign of a wind chill and they will now be chugging down peppermint mocha coffees until the end of December. Don't get me wrong, I definitely love myself a PSL, sweet sweater, perfect boot and peppermint mocha but why pull them out the first day you possibly can? I'm not switching out my pumpkin flavored drinks and smells for peppermint ones for a few more weeks, at least!
Am I the only one holding off on my peppermint mochas and over-sized sweaters?

Scarf: Dallas Market
Striped top: Forever 21
Sweater: Target
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: $1.50 thrift store find (my proudest purchase!)