FAVORITE THING: REVLON MATTE BALM

October 12th, 2016

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Girlfriends share!  They share everything from parenting advice to wine.  Or maybe the name of their favorite deodorant.  More times than not, my favorite things are discovered because a girlfriend gave me the inside track.  I thought it would be fun to share in the same way here on the blog.  A quick, not fancy post, about one of my favorite things.

First up, Revlon Matte Balm.  This drug store beauty purchase is my absolute favorite lip color.  I love the matte finish and the color is rich {and it lasts}.  I’m super picky when it comes to lip color.  I don’t like shiny or sticky gloss.  I also hate when a lipstick is overly drying and wears off unevenly.  This balm goes on just like your run-of-the- mill lip balm {AKA: ChapStick}.  It is moisturizing and leaves your lips super smooth.  I have Enchanting {a nude} and Striking {a coral-red}.  With 10 colors, everyone can find one they love!

I also love Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick and Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint.

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 25

October 7th, 2016

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This week was an absolute blur. I worked Monday – Thursday {more on that in an upcoming post} and suddenly it’s Friday.  The forecast shows rain all weekend, so it seems we are entering our hibernation mode.  {At least I will be.}  Time to break out that happy light!  Are you going hunting for the great pumpkin this weekend?  It is that time of year!

Here are a few things that inspire or interest me this week:

1. Central Park.  Fall.  I mean.

2. I read this book in two days.  I couldn’t put it down.  I HIGHLY recommend Relativity by Antonia Hayes.

3.  My bedroom is desperately calling for a little TLC.  The simplicity of this room is striking.

4.  Just added this new rug to our family room.  We love it.  And now Target is having a sale on rugs….get one!

5.  These awesome lights would look great in a kids room or in an office.

6.  Popsicle stained lips.  Right on. Ordering this lipstick today in Jam.

7.  Pajamas for a night out?  Why not!  A few accessories and velvet shoes and you are good to go.

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 24

September 30th, 2016

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It’s a Friday Night Lights kind of night.  We are headed to the UW v. Stanford football game this evening.  Well, actually the fun starts this afternoon.  Looking forward to catching up with college friends and being back on campus.  What are you up to this weekend?  Fall is here!  Have a good one. xo

Here are few things that inspire and interest me this week:

1. A misty view at Machu Picchu.  Seriously on the bucket list.

2.  Have you ever heard of magic cakes? Looks delicious, right?

3.  Calm living at its finest.  This takes “dwell well” to a whole new level.

4.  See the good.  Simply put.

5.  The sweetest little side lamp.  #targetdoesitagain

6.  My obsession for velvet booties grows.  {Here is a great selection.  Which is your favorite?}

7.  A fall cheese platter.  Yes. Please.

{Magic cakes via Cup of Jo}

 

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WORTH A LISTEN: THE RUN-UP PODCAST

September 26th, 2016

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Tonight is the first presidential debate leading up to the election.  Recently I started listening to The Run-Up podcast, produced by the New York Times.  It is an extremely informative podcast airing twice a week focused on all things Clinton and Trump.  The New York Times did just endorse Hilary Clinton, but I find the podcast to be fairly well-balanced in the way they approach each topic.  Many contributors and authors are interviewed with differing points of view.  No matter your politics, I 100% believe it is worth a listen.  The episode airing tomorrow will be breaking down the debate.  I can’t wait!

Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 23

September 23rd, 2016

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Giddy up- it’s Friday!  I’m looking forward to this first fall weekend.  Little Man is playing in his first flag football game of the season on Saturday.  We are hoping he will pull a flag this year.  Man, I love that kid!  Hope you have great things planned for yourself and your family.

Here a few things that inspired and interested me this week:

1. Oh, these black houses in Iceland have me Googling “Best Exterior Black Paint Colors”.

2.  An ingenious way to store/display heels.

3.  Call me old fashioned, but I like my earphones.  Obviously I didn’t just by the iPhone 7.  Instead, picked up these gold ear buds and they are AMAZING!

4.  Clogs with socks?  Totally PNW right there, but I kind of love it.  Totally out side my comfort zone-so I think I’m going to try it.

5.  This side shelf lamp would be perfect in a guest room.  Wish we had one in our house.

6.  Bomber jackets of my dreams.  Seriously.

7.  The 70’s called and word is that wall hangings are all the rage.  Like or dislike?

 

 

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MOM UNIFORM: MENSWEAR PLUS YOGA GEAR

September 20th, 2016

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So if I’m being totally honest, I get super excited when I get to “dress” for something.  I’m trying to force myself out of my usual casual gear and into an actual outfit.  Recently a friend was wearing the most awesome pair of black leggings that she casually paired with a loose T.  She looked amazing.   I was shocked when she told me they were a yoga pant.  Oh, this was too good to be true.  Time for a new mom uniform.

The uniform:

I finally picked up a pair of these amazingly comfortable yoga pants.  Unlike most Lululemon leggings the logo is on the high waist band, so no one will know they are yoga pants.  {When I say these are the most comfortable pair of yoga pants ever- I do not exaggerate!}  Getting creative on how I can wear these everyday, I paired them with a menswear shirt.  Wearing the shirt a little oversized (so it provides ample coverage), I cinched it with a leather obi belt.  The perfect finishes to this uniform are a round toe pump (or flats), a nude lip, and a simple bar necklace.

Now, go get dressed and have some fun!

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 22

September 16th, 2016

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I’m so happy it is Friday!  This week seemed exceptionally long, but I did accomplish quite a bit.  Finishing a few projects that have been lingering always feels good.  Fall officially starts next week, but I can already feel it in the air.  I swapped out my closet and I am ready for long sleeves and boots.  What are you up to this weekend?

A few things that inspire and interest me this week:

1.  The epitome of cool.  This snap shot of Lauren Hutton feels like it could have been taken on the streets of NY this week.

2. This salad sounds so delicious.  If peaches are out of season, I’m thinking you could swap pears in their place.

3.  Looking for something different to do in Seattle?  The Smith Tower has been re-imagined with a general store and a speak-easy bar.  Great views of the city in a historical building.

4.  These jeans.  Is 42 too old for rips and frays?  I say, no.

5.  Colder weather is on its way.  Time to cuddle up and read.  How perfect is this blanket?

6.  A positive message each and every morning.  Everyone could use a friendly bathmat.

8.  A modern farmhouse in Missouri.  This family knows how to dwell well.

 

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LAUGH OUT LOUD PODCAST

September 15th, 2016

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Oh. my. goodness!  I had to share this hilarious podcast.  It is this week’s Modern Love podcast, “Revenge of the Friend”.   Kristen Chenoweth reads the essay and it is laugh out loud funny.  It is a story of revenge that a spin instructor seeks for her dear friend!  Spin bikes, a well crafted play list, an ex-husband, and the other woman.

Listen and tell me what you think!

Graphic by Brian Rea via the New York Times

 

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MOTHERING MANTRA: RAISING CAPABLE HUMANS

September 14th, 2016

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Everyone needs a mantra, right?  That might be a bit of a stretch, but I love it when someone tells me they have a personal mantra.  While mantras are usually focused on one’s self, my new mantra is focused on parenting.  My “mothering” to be specific.  As we embark on a new school year, I have adopted a simple but powerful mantra:  I am raising capable humans.  (At least that is the goal!)

As a mother who does not work outside my home, this guiding principle isn’t so simple after all.  My job is actually… my kids.   My kids and running my house while trying to maintain some semblance of sanity. When your kids are your work, you can get a little crazed.  I take my boys’ shortcomings, struggles, and idiosyncracies very personal.  I feel it all to my core.  After a particularly difficult school year, I came to painfully realize this is 100% unhealthy.  It isn’t good for me and it certainly isn’t good for them.  They are humans, and although I am on the journey with them, it is their journey after all.

These boys do amazing things all of the time.  They are capable of climbing rock walls, skiing black diamonds, making stop motion videos, and popping up on surf boards.  If this is true, then they are also capable of making mac n’ cheese, managing their homework, asking a teacher for help, and doing their own laundry.  Of course I will advocate for them and help them when they need it.  I love them fiercely!  I just need to remind myself that I don’t need to DO for them all of the time.  In my teens, my dad used to say the funniest thing.  He would tell me, “I’ve done my job if you want to move out.”  I totally get it now.  Independent children ready and eager to take on the world is the end game.  The first step is just getting out of the way.  Simple, but not easy.

What do you think of personal mantras?  Am I just taking my crazy in a different direction?

 

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IN THE DETAILS – NO.21

June 3rd, 2016

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And just like that it is Friday again!  Amen, to that.  I am thinking that every work/school week should be 4 days.  So much better!  Little Man is off to a camp out with Dad this weekend, so it’s just me and Big W.  It is so nice to have a little time one-on-one with my kids.  The weather is going to be awesome in Seattle, so I have a feeling it’s going to be a great couple of days.

A few things that inspire and interest me this week:

1.  Today is National Donut Day!  Go ahead and splurge.

2.  Love these nails and the play with negative space.

3.  Oh. My. Gosh.  I am obsessed with this vanity.  I will be eternally grateful to anyone that can help me find the source!

4.  Summer sandals.  This color way would look awesome with a tan.

5.  Warmer weather is begging you to spend hours outside.  These lounge chairs totally up the patio game.

6.  Confetti Cookies.  That’s all.  {Well, also, these will be perfect for our family’s summer birthdays.}

7.  Time for a matinee my friends!  Me Before You is in theaters now.  Bring your tissues.

 

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