Monday, October 29, 2012

Outfit: Fall Brights

It was pretty chilly here this weekend. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw where I just picked up this scarf. I love the colors! It's a little larger than I normally care for but I made it work. When I first decided it wear it, I had no idea how I would style it. This is what I came up with. I love how the bright jewel tones of the scarf help to brighten up a gloomy, chilly fall day. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Scarf: Target, Blazer: The Limited {last season}, Jeans: Kohl's, Tank: Target, Heels: Target, Bag: LV, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Fossil {similar}, Earrings: Juicy Couture




Monday, October 22, 2012

Essie Sole Mate

Nail of the Day ~ Sole Mate by Essie


Ok, let me first point out {because you'll notice} my bad polish job. It was part me, part the polish. This one seemed a little more thin and was a tad harder to get a perfect polish job. As for the polish itself, I wanted to do this post to give you all another "oxblood" color choice. Now, if you haven't heard, "oxblood" is the color of the season. Basically, it's a deep wine color.

When I first chose to put on this color, I thought it looked a tad more purple than it actually looks on the nails. It's a deep red wine cream. Some nails were a little more opaque than others, even with two coats. Overall, it's a great color to try if you've wanted to dive into these colors for fall.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Decorating

Sorry this post is late. I was waiting because I still hadn't acquired all of my outdoor decor. Well, that's just not gonna happen now. I wanted to re-create what I did last year with hay bales but we can't find them this year. At least not the right sized ones.  I'm over it now and like the more simple look. Hopefully this gives you some ideas of your own. Keep in mind, I don't like clutter and if I decorate too heavily, that's what it looks like to me. At the same time, I so appreciate others homes where they are filled to the brim with holiday decor. Warning - this post is pic heavy!

Dining Room:


I think the bead strand came from Pottery Barn but I can't remember. 
I got this idea from Pinterest. You can see the inspiration photo here in my Holiday Decor Board. The candlesticks are from Hobby Lobby. The pumpkins are from Kirkland's. 


I've had the napkins and placemats for years. The chargers are from Walmart last year as are the plates.



I found these cute leaf bowls at TJ Maxx earlier this year. I bought green and orange. They also make great candy dishes!


I wasn't quite sure what to do with the plant so I stuck some picks in it that I got from Michael's. The pumpkin is from Hobby Lobby last year but they have them again. It's one of my favorite pieces. The glass hurricane is old and I just stuck some scented pinecones and pumpkins in it as a base for a white candle.


If you've been following me a while, you know we recently made-over the dining room. Hence the lack of things on the walls. I'm still trying to find just the right paintings for the wall w/out the mirror. No such luck yet.


Other Areas in the House:


This is in the breakfast nook. The vase arrangement is always up. The candle is from Walmart {Mulled Cider} and is one of my all-time favorites. The holder is from BBW. The decoration is from Kohl's a few years ago.


These are sitting on the ledge that separates the family room from the breakfast nook. I've had all of this for several years and can't remember where it came from, sorry. I didn't take a picture, but there is a wreath at the base of the table arrangement that always sits on the breakfast table in the background.


The mantel over the fireplace in the family room. The garland is from Walmart a few years ago. I already had it and just haven't looked for a better replacement yet. The wreath is from Michael's recently. I was able to get it when they had 50% off. The wreath is held up with a Command Hook. Most of the decor stays up all year and I decorate around it.  


One of my favorite things from this year is the corncob guy I picked up at Michael's. He's just too cute. The books are also from Michael's and I've had them for a few years. They sit there all the time along with the candle holder on top.


I originally passed on this glittery pumpkin when I first saw it at Hobby Lobby. Well, I couldn't resist and went back for it. It's just too cute!



These cute ceramic pumpkins are new this year and I picked them at Kirkland's. The flowers behind them are from Michael's and stays there year-round.

Outside:


The wreath I made last year. You can see it in a previous post here. I need to store it a little better so it keeps the shape for next year. The urns are old but I got the idea for the pumpkins from Pinterest {link above}. I didn't go as fancy as the original picture but it's the same idea.




 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Favorite Drugstore Eye Shadows

Hello fellow shadow junkies! This particular post has been written down in my "ideas" book for quite some time. As often as I accumulate eyeshadow, I never felt my list was ready so share. And lets just be honest, it will keep growing. However, I thought the list I share with you was pretty complete and these are my most used and favorite drugstore eye shadows. I'll be sure to update if and when the list ever changes. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

L'Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24H + GIVEAWAY!{CLOSED}

Hey everyone! I'm teaming up with Katie from Everyday Southernista for this review and GIVEAWAY! How it works - we are both doing our own review of the new L'Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24H mascara and holding a giveaway for each of you a chance to win one. There will be 2 winners {one chosen from each blog}.

RULES:
1. You must follow BOTH blogs.
2. Leave a comment saying what your current favorite mascara is.
3. Open to US residents only.
4. Starts Monday October 15, 2012 and ends Friday October 19, 2012
5. One comment per person, per blog, please.
6. One winner from each blog will be chosen at random and contacted.

Thanks for entering and good luck!


This is the latest mascara from L'Oreal to join the "Voluminous" family. The 'Power Volume' intrigued me right away. However, I didn't know what to think about the '24H' part. First thing that came to mind was waterproof and hard to get off. Two things I don't care for in a mascara. First, it's not waterproof. Second, it comes off very easily with makeup remover. So, no worries there if you were thinking the same thing. I've seen this on special displays at Target but hanging with the other mascaras at the drugstores. I picked mine up at Kroger {local grocery store} for a great price around $7.

First Impressions: Nice packaging. It's the same as the previous Collagen mascara. It has a nice click top so you know it's on tight and won't dry out. The brush is very large. The packaging says 'Mega Brush' and they are not kidding. It's about an inch long and very full. Next I noticed a slight smell. This is something I got used to after using a few times but it was sort of strong right off.


From the Packaging: ...new formula with collagen spheres and mega brush gives lashes 15x more impact and 24 hours of volume for fuller-looking, plumped up lashes. No flakes, smudges, or clumps.


Overall Thoughts: It is a very volumizing mascara. I got both volume and length out of it, which I love from a mascara. I didn't notice clumps, but did have a tad bit of smudging on one upper lid after a full day of wear. This could have been because I was wearing a cream shadow but it was set with a primer so I'm not sure. This isn't something I normally deal with. Maybe it just gave me that great of lashes that they were longer? Who knows.

My only real issue with this mascara is the brush size. You almost need to see it in person to believe how big it really is. While I love a large brush, they might have gone a tad overboard with this one. I would say I have normal size eyes and it was a little hard getting at the base of the lashes. The bottom lashes,  I tend to use a smaller brush for those anyway. My lashes felt soft even with several coats on, which was nice. Bottom line, it's a nice mascara that gives great volume if you don't mind the oversized brush.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Chili

After posting a picture of the Fall Chili I made the other night on Instagram MissCrysM, I had several requests for the recipe. I know chili is one of those things that everyone is pretty particular about, me included.

This recipe has been tweaked several times over the years from my Parents original. We think it's just right now. If you prefer White Bean Chicken Chili, check out my recipe for that here.

Fall Chili recipe
shown with sour cream, cheese and Fritos


Things to note:  I'll either use ground turkey or lean ground beef. If using turkey, you may need to add extra seasonings since turkey is rather bland on it's own. The seasonings I list are approximate measurements. I've made this so many times that I usually just know by site and once again, I eyeball everything. I do a taste test after simmering a few minutes to see if I need to make adjustments. :)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 - 1/2 pound ground turkey or beef
Green Pepper, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 15oz can Chili Beans {i use spicy} do NOT drain
1 15oz can Light Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
2 15oz can diced tomatoes of your choice - do NOT drain
1 can water {you can add more if you need it}

Directions:
Saute onion and pepper in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef and brown until done. {if using anything other than lean meat, you may have to drain}

Add seasonings, stir. I salt and pepper to taste throughout the cooking process to make sure it's just right. Add tomatoes, beans and water. Stir and let simmer on low heat at least 30 minutes before serving.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Sally Hansen Tyin' the Knot

Nail of the Day ~ Tyin' the Knot, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength


This is another one of those colors that I wonder why I don't wear more often. I bought this last year and only seem to wear it in the fall. Poor thing has probably only gotten two or three uses. It's a great color though! I'd say it's a true taupe {gray/brown for those that don't know what taupe is}. In some light it looks a tad more silver/gray. In some, a little more brown with a very slight purple tone.

This formula wears really nice as well. If you love taupe anything, give this one a try. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. As always, I used two coats unless otherwise noted.


with flash

Friday, October 05, 2012

Revlon Impulsive

Nail of the Day ~ Impulsive, Revlon


I think the name of this polish is great - Impulsive - exactly what I was when buying this color. The color and the "new shade" sucked me in. At first it reminded me of something I had. Then the more I looked at it, I thought it was pretty unique. It's a true purple cream. It's not a deep purple at all. At first I thought it was a royal purple or a blue purple. The more I've looked at in on the nails, the more I think it's just plain purple. If you could pick out a shade for the rainbow, this might just be it. Very pretty on. Not quite as bright as it photographs. If you love any shade of purple like I do, you won't be sorry with this one.



with flash
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