Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday: outfits from Vegas

I hope everyone's holiday was fabulous.  Be on the lookout for a recap of my Christmas soon.

So I know I'm super late (like a month) at posting these.  But below are a few outfits pics I took before we were headed out while we were in Vegas during Thanksgiving.
We had a great time.  It was our first time going.  We stayed for 5 days, which was a little too long, IMO... We have to go back for a friend's wedding in June.  I think that will be a blast to go with a group of our high school friends!
first day there sightseeing. skinnies: Kohls; shoes: Coach; cardi: F21; tank: F21

Before heading out to see Peep Show:: BTW, this show was absolutely amazing! I love burlesque shows.  I think they're so fun to watch!  And this one had some amazing dancers!!

 dress: Old Navy, tights: Target; necklace: F21; shoes: DSW; clutch: local boutique
Holly doing an interview
Shopping day:
 jacket, tee, jeans: Loft; shoes: Steve Madden

 Before heading out to see the Blue Man Group:
 shirt: Old Navy; black jeans: Loft; shoes: Payless

Happy Hump Day!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

3 Things Thursday: the hair edition

Here are some new hair products that I've been loving lately.  I used to use nothing but Redken products.  My mom used to be a hair stylist.  Although she hasn't done hair in about 10 years she continues to renew her cosmetology license.  So we're able to get salon hair products at the supply house for cost.   So I picked up these 4 new products one day, and I've been loving them all since.


1.   Redken Body Full shampoo and conditioner
This shampoo and conditioner gives great volume.  It is safe to use on color-treated hair.  Neither is too heavy.  It has a nice scent that's not too overpowering.  It works great on my fine hair.  

2. Redken Guts 10
This gives great volume without being too heavy or sticky.  I apply it to wet hair by spraying it straight onto my roots in sections.  Then I massage it into the scalp and comb it through the rest of my hair.  Then I use this product on the ends:

3.  Redken Aerate 08
This stuff is awesome! The texture of it is so strange.  Its almost like a whipped paste.  You have to use such a tiny amount though.  It can give your hair a stiff feel with too much.  Here's what the description says:
The revolutionary aerated cream adds featherweight body with the moisturizing properties of a cream.

  • Conditioning agents provide silky softness and manageability.
  • The volumizing benefits of Cellulose plumps hair, giving It body and texture.
  • Helps block humidity for prolonged shape memory and refined style.

  • Here's my hair after blow-drying it and using these products.  Keep in mind I am not naked in the first pic.  I had on a bath wrap.  The second pic was after I actually fixed it.


    All of these products work great with my fine hair.  This may sound gross but I only wash my hair twice a week.  I wash it on Mondays and Thursdays usually.  If I watch the amount of product I put in it I can go several days without washing it.  I use dry shampoo after the 2nd day.  I usually wear my bangs pulled back so I don't touch my hair a lot.  That helps it to not get greasy.  And I usually wear it up on the last day. 

    I'm finding the longer my hair is getting the harder it is to style.  I've been trying to grow my hair out for a long time now.  Although I love my hair short (below) I want long hair so bad.  While this may be a fantasy b/c I will never have the hair I dream of... I'm still trying!  Every night I take pre-natal vitamins and biotin (with my birth control haha).  I think it helps.

    me (with short hair) and my niece a few years ago at her b-day party

    I'm all about finding a good deal, but I'm pretty picky about the products I put in my hair.  It has ta tendency to turn brassy if I put certain products in it.  But that's not saying there aren't some good drugstore finds out there.  I don't know that I would use salon products if I didn't get them at the price I did. 

    What is your daily hair routine? Fave products?


    Monday, December 12, 2011

    How the Glitz Stole Christmas

    I signed up for the first ever How the Glitz Stole Christmas blogger swap hosted by Raven and Lindsey.  First I want to say this was so much fun!  Thanks to Lindsay and Raven for coordinating this!!!

    I was paired up with the adorable, Shalyn, from So Shay.  She did such a great job b/c all of these things suited me perfectly.  Here's what she sent me:

    my box of goodies:

    a super soft and adorable scarf (i love scarves!)
    a stocking with sour patch kids, a cute package of hot chocolate, an ELF makeup palette, OPI Christmas Mini set

    a pretty pair of earrings

    My cute card with removable ornament (its on my tree now), and yes that is a pic of Mocha with Santa

    This was one of the colors from the set

    Thank you so my Shalyn!  I love everything.  Hope everyone has a great day!  If you want to see what everyone else got you can check or the link-up here.


    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    Wardrobe Wednesday: OOTD

    Today's outfit is a pretty basic work outfit- nothing fancy.  Pretty boring... It got pretty cold here overnight. 
    pants- Loft
    sweater- JCP
    wedges- Target
    scarf- American Eagle

    I picked up this scarf over the weekend with an American Eagle coupon, and I couldn't wait to wear it.  I have no makeup on today.  My eyelid has been itching all week in one spot, and I just couldn't bare to put any eye makeup on just to rub it off.
    With that being said... This leads me into a discussion about the random "health" issues I've been having for the past month. 
    I've got this weird red patch on my left eyelid.  And it itches like crazy.  I haven't changed my makeup or any facial products recently.  So I have no clue what it is.  My vision insurance kicks in January 1st so I'm going to have my eyes checked then.
    Both of my eyes have been twitching for over a month.  Not continuously.  But on and off and nearly every day.  Just recently my entire right eyelid has been twitching every few times I blink.  People can even see it when they look close enough.  I have no idea what is causing it. 
    I have also been having crazy muscle spasms everywhere lately.  Sometimes when I lay down at night my temple will spasm while I'm laying on it.  I get spasms in muscles in my legs, arms, back, etc... I've never had them this much this often.  So at this point I've convinced myself that I have some neurological problem and I need to go to the doctor asap.  Husband thinks I'm over-reacting...
    Anyone else ever had this happen?!

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Book Review & My New Lifestyle

    So instead of a recipe on this "Tasty Tuesday" I'm going to talk a little bit about a new life decision I made recently regarding my eating habits.

    Has everyone heard of this book?
    The book was published in 2005 and written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.  The title will definitely fool you.  From the title and the cover I think that it's about changing the way we eat and the way we view food in general.  I thought it would be similar to Bethenny's Naturally Thin, which I loved.  Wrong!  It is a very sharp, to-the-point, no-nonsense book about veganism and avoiding processed foods. 

    I heard about the book a few years ago, but I never read it.  After reading Raven's post I decided to check it out from my local library.  I started and finished the entire book within a 24 hour period.  I was so intrigued by the information in it.

    {Just to back up a little... I've always been health-conscious.  I used to be very active so I never watched what I ate.  It wasn't until starting college and a sedentary "desk" job that I realized how important eating right was.  I also used to work at a medical weight loss clinic where I taught a nutrition course.  I was a nutrutional counselor, and our program was calorie counting.  I've been a big advocate for counting calories since then because it works.  And it's scientifically proven.  I know the importance of eating a well balance diet.  I mostly cook from scratch, and we do not eat or buy a lot of processed foods.  About 6 months ago I started buying only free range organic chicken.  Ok so that's where I was before I read the book.} 

    Anyway... The book had a lot of eye-opening info in it.  If you are easily offended by the f-word or any curse words this book is definitely not for you.  Considering I sometimes have a bad mouth myself... It didn't bother me! 
    There are sections on animal cruelty, factory farming, the processing of meat and other foods.  I was actually in the process of doing the 17 Day Diet  when I first started reading this. One night I had to make a chicken and vegetable soup.  I was sitting on the couch trying to eat the soup when I got totally grossed out by the thought of the chicken.  I threw the soup away and haven't eaten meat since.  That was the 16th of November.  I did have about 3-5 bites of turkey on Thanksgiving.  But that is it. 

    I have no plan of going completely vegan.  I just feel like it might be too difficult and a little to expensive for me.  I don't think I could totally cut out cheese and every single animal processed food.  Eggs are also one of my favorite breakfast foods.  Even though it took me until last week to be able to stomach eggs again.

    One of the other big parts that got me was a section on diet cokes.  I've always known the aspartame was really bad.  My mom has always gotten onto me about diet cokes because of it.  But I never paid attention to it.  My husband and I both are huge diet coke drinkers.  It wasn't until seeing it all in writing that it clicked.  I  haven't had more than a few sips of diet coke since reading the book almost a month ago.  I have had a few regular cokes here and there.  But the scariest thing was reading all of the possible side effects of aspartame. 

    So far making this transition into vegetarianism has been easy.  I was never a huge meat eater.  I would much rather eat carbs anyway.  The first week I lost about 4 lbs.  But that's not the reason I am doing this.  I managed to sustain the entire time in Vegas without eating meat except for the few bites of turkey on Thanksgiving.  The hardest part is going out to dinner though.  But in Vegas most places had vegetarian options.  I had a vegetarian hot dog with all kinds of good toppings at Pink's.  Johnny Rockettes had a soy burger that you could substitute any burger for.  So some restaurants are jumping on the bandwagon. 

    I have still been eating seafood though.  I've always liked the products by Boca and Morningstar way before this.  So that has made the transition easier.  Here's an example of some things I've been cooking that the husband can eat too.
    Red beans with sausage in the crock pot- I just don't eat the sausage
    Vegetable stir-fry with quinoa or rice
    Spaghetti- husband will put meatballs in his
    If he eats a pork chop or chicken I will make a Boca burger or boca chicken patty
    veggie wraps

    I have not tried to push this lifestyle on anyone, not even husband.  But he's been so supportive of it.  I feel really good about my decision.  And I just feel better in general.  So what do you think?  Is this something you would every consider? Have you read the book or anything like it? 
    Sorry this is so long-winded!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Three Things Thursday: Fave Christmas Movies

    For this edition of 3 Things Thursday I decided to share my 3 favorite Christmas movies with you guys!

    1. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
    Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?! I LOVE this movie.  It's cute, funny, and very entertaining!  I've seen it a ton of times, and can recite most of the movie!

    2.  Prancer
    This is just a good classic movie!  I used to watch it as a kid every year.

    3.  Elf

    I love Will Ferrell and most of the movies he plays in. So naturally Elf is one of my faves!

    What are your favorite holiday movies?