November 10, 2013

vintage circus baby shower

It's been over a year ago now since my sister and I threw, what we thought, was an awesome baby shower for a dear friend of ours. She was expecting her second child, a baby girl. After having her very "boy" little guy who had just turned 2 at the time, I think she was excited to starting planning for a little girl.

We chose a Vintage Circus theme.
We wanted a more cool color palette and a killer (not literally) dessert table!

Here are a few highlights from the big day.


 And the piece de resistance

 It was such a fun party to plan. So many little details that make an event so special and memorable. The little girl we planned this shower for, Elanor (Ellie), is almost 8 months old now. Oh how time flies... 

Congratulations Amber!

November 05, 2013

l'oreal paris magic nude liquid powder review

I'm back! It's been a while I know, I hope you all are doing great and still follow my little blog, I left you hanging there for a few months, ok... 6 to be exact... sorry about that! Well, I return with a helpful girly review for you. I recently decided to try a new foundation. I saw some commercials and thought "hey I should try that!" So I went to one of the few stores we have here in little Brookings, and picked up a bottle of L'oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation. It retails for $12.95/1 fl oz., is available in 12 shades, and has 18 SPF.
It retails at $12.95/1 fl oz., is available in 12 shades and is easy to find at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. - See more at:
It retails at $12.95/1 fl oz., is available in 12 shades and is easy to find at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. - See more at:
It retails at $12.95/1 fl oz., is available in 12 shades and is easy to find at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. - See more at:
It retails at $12.95/1 fl oz., is available in 12 shades and is easy to find at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. - See more at:

It retails at $12.95/1 fl oz., is available in 12 shades and is easy to find at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. - See more at:
I would have to say that I don't love this foundation, it's sad, because I really wanted to! But it just doesn't work for me. Here's why:

L'Oreal Paris Magic Nude, Classic Tan

  • Very sheer coverage. I find I have to use a lot more foundation to cover my less than perfect skin. If you have clear, smooth skin, this would work for you.
  •  Makes dry skin look even more dry. I don't have overly dry skin, a few places here or there. Using this foundation built up in those dry areas, has a party and erected a spotlight for all to notice.
  • The final texture is amazing! I love the way my skin feels after I apply this foundation. It is so silky smooth and doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything. I just don't like the way the finish looks.
  • Doesn't last very long. I will be out for a few hours during the day, doing nothing major, maybe grocery shopping, or running errands, but by the time I get home, I would need to practically re-apply. This is even after concealer that has been set by powder! Not a long, or short for that matter, lasting makeup. 
  • It is recommended on the bottle to use your fingers to apply. DO THIS! if you try to use a sponge or brush, it will really streak. If using your fingers to apply foundation grosses you out, do not get this foundation. And if you do buy it, ALWAYS wash your hands before applying anything to your face.
  • Very liquid-y consistancy. Be sure to shake before use every time. This foundation seperates when it sits for a while, and is very runny. 
I would rate this foundation a 2 out of 5. I will not be purchasing it again.
Overall, in my opinion, you would be better off avoiding this foundation. I just don't think it's worth your money. I hope this review was helpful!

Are there any foundations you love? Share in the comments!

May 16, 2013

state of mind

You may have already heard this news... but if not here it is: 

We're Moving!!!

Where to? Brookings, Oregon. It's a little coastal touristy town right on the south west corner of Oregon. Right on highway 101.

 My parents live in this neck of the woods. My dad also has an automotive supply business, he offered my husband a job,  a job that will allow him to work 30 hours a week instead of 60! Oh happy day! Poor guy has been stressed for so long with his job now (GM for an automotive retail store) It will be a much needed change for him. 

Did I mention I will be living by the ocean?!? This has been a dream of mine for so long. I LOVE the ocean! The weather in Brookings range from 50's to 70's all year long. It's a perfect spot if you dislike both hot summers and cold winters, which we do. Hot summers are no fun, plus people feel it is an excuse to wear things they really should not be wearing, my eyes!! I get tired of cold winters and feeling like a sumo wrestler with the layer upon layer of clothing. I do like snow, I do not like ice storms... 

Going from Arizona where you get the occasional flooding, HOT summers, hot winters, and forest fires to Indiana that has hot summers, cold winters, ice storms, flooding, tornadoes (I'm sure I'm forgetting some other catastrophes) Brookings will be very mild. I love the weather where I can wear sandals with jeans and a sweater. Perfection. Every once in a while they get what are called "micro-bursts" where the temp can be 100 for a day. Kind of crazy!

We will be starting our journey on June 18th. 5 weeks away! EEK! I'll post photos on Instagram. Follow me if you want to join us on our journey! All four of us (poor kitties) 

Here are a few pictures from the area.

This is the little community we'll be living in. It is also a vacation rental location if anyone wants to visit!

I'll try to post as often as I can but it will be hit or miss for the next 6 weeks!

April 29, 2013

pink poppy shoppe

Along with my Etsy store for men, Medford & Brooke, where I sell pocket squares on cards, see this post. I also have an Etsy store for women and girls. I have hair bows for both, as well as cute office paperclips or bookmarks. I will eventually be adding some stationary, jewelry, and sugar scrubs. Odd assortment of things I know, but that's what keeps it interesting!

Here are a few of the items offered

Both stores have FREE U.S Shipping! Please go check them out!

April 23, 2013

pocket squared

What is a pocket square? 

A pocket square is a handkerchief worn in a man's suit coat or tuxedo pocket. Pocket squares as a fashion accessory for formal attire have only been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Especially popular in the 1920s, men used to wear a pocket square in combination with a suit, a vest, and the era’s typical fedora hat.

Initially pocket squares came from the linen handkerchiefs used for personal hygiene.  As 2 piece suits came into fashion in the 19th century, many men started to place their clean pocket square into the breast pocket of their jacket to protect it from dirt and other objects, such as coins, in their trousers’ pockets. After use the pocket square would move from the breast pocket to the trousers’ pockets. By the 1920s the pocket square had become more of a fashion accessory than having any other purpose. Often times men had a pocket square in their breast pocket, and another handkerchief in their trousers meant for wiping their hands or cleaning their nose.

A pocket square is almost a must have when wearing a tuxedo and a classic bow tie. The formal black tie attire traditionally calls for a black tuxedo jacket and pants, white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, and a white pocket square. For business, the pocket square is a great way to add some color to your attire. Many fashion experts prefer having a different pattern on their pocket square, and even different colors, than the ones found in the necktie.

The flat folded pocket square is especially becoming more common. Some of the more extravagant folds are becoming outdated. Simplicity has definitely taken over in the last few years.
Now the problem with folding large handkerchiefs to look flat is that they never stay that way! This inspired me to get creative and open an Etsy store that provides flat folded pocket squares attached to cards that slide into your pocket and stay in place. These already exist... you might say, well yes, they do, but I have only found solid colors, why not have fun and create them with patterns?!? That is just what I have done. Head on over to my Etsy store to check them out! I would love your feedback.

April 17, 2013

live unexpectedly

I have been loving the color blocking trend right now, especially unexpected color combinations. I also am very into neons and pattern mixing these days. Here are a few photos that I'm crazy about.

You'll notice that are a few photos with the same girls in them, that is because I follow their blogs, LOVE their style, and pin almost all of their outfits on Pinterest. Check them out, maybe you'll love them too!

 What trends are you loving?

April 15, 2013

inglot freedom system

Through I discovered an awesome new product! It is called the Freedom System by Inglot. If you've never hear of Inglot, they are a high quality cosmetic company used by many pro makeup artists, they sell great products that I definitely would recommend.

So this is how it works:

You pick your size of palette. Then fill it with your choice of shadow colors (they also give you the option to make palettes for blush, concealer, etc... but we'll focus on the eyeshadow option for this post.

Let's do it together shall we?

This is the palette I chose


You can sort your shadows by color family or by finish as you browse. I'll sort by color. I'm going to create a palette of colors that look the best on me, this palette will be great for travel, all my favorite colors in a nice little compact.

Here is my finished palette
tip: mix your finishes for any eyeshadow look

Each shadow is $6.00

From left to right: 325 Matte, 329 Matte, 430 Pearl, 605 Pearl, 72 AMC

They have several different size palettes to choose from, just depends on how much you want to spend!

Head on over to and create your own palette, I will warn you though... if you like playing with color, it gets addicting...
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