July 30, 2014

Weekend in Philly

Over the weekend I took a trip to Atlantic City, and Philadelphia to meet up with my best friend Abby and our friend Krista for a girls weekend. It was absolutely something I needed, as being here in North Carolina has made me miss "my people". Even though Abby was busy with her work, I didn't let that keep me from exploring the city. 

I have a few super simple tips for exploring the city of Philadelphia. Sneakers are in fashion right now, so wear them! I made the mistake of wearing my Sperrys which I love, but they gave me the worst blisters on my ankles. I really wish I would have just sucked it up and brought my running shoes. Make sure you go out of your way to eat at Jim's Steaks on South Street. I got a recommendation from a good friend who grew up there and that's her favorite. Always believe a local. Don't be afraid to explore alone! I had so much fun by myself listening to music and walking all around landmarks. 

"Traveling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."

July 8, 2014


As of the past few months I've been living in Winston Salem, North Carolina! I know it's a huge change for me, and don't worry my husband and I are still together and doing great! I took an assignment as a travel nurse, so I'm here for the summer! I have had a great time exploring, and it's been so nice being within an hour of super great shopping in Charlotte, and 3 hours to the beach. It's been a whole new world, especially since I am often called a Yankee. Which truly cracks me up! 

 I want to bring back my outfit posts, but I'm stranded without any of my normal photographers, so you'll get what you get haha! I also will be bringing back lots of reviews of my favorite cosmetic, hair, nail, and skincare favorites. Also, I am trying to rededicate my life to health & fitness (I know, again!) and would love to share this part of life too.

I'm looking forward to reinventing this blog with you as my readers!

April 7, 2014

War Paint

This past weekend I had the opportunity to run The Color Run for the second year in a row. My friend from work Elise was sweet enough to invite me to run in her sister's place, and I really did have a blast. Her family is the sweetest, and incredibly welcoming. 

 Last year I ran the full 3.1 miles while dodging small children and every person who was walking. This year I learned a few tricks I thought I could share with you all! 
1. If you actually do plan on running, get there early! The course is crowded with people, and most of them are just there to walk the event. 
2. Bring a towel for your car! If you don't and you have cloth interiors you will find random amounts of color on your clothes for weeks even if you clean after you get home.
3. If you're blonde, invest in a purifying shampoo for after the race. In an effort to not have my hair stained this has really helped!
4. Put your phone in a plastic bag, unless of course you have a LifeProof case! I'm going to be cleaning mine for weeks.
5. I leave my hair down for this race, simply because the people in the color areas have a tendency to aim for your face and ears. That being said, sunglasses are a fabulous idea just because you want to be able to see!

Elise and I freezing our tails off waiting for her family & to run!

After the race, generally a pretty dirty crew.

April 4, 2014

British Invasion

As of late I have become quite obsessed with drugstore & High Street products. For anyone in the US it's beyond difficult to get ahold of so many amazing High Street products but I was lucky to get a shipment of love from a dear friend. These products aren't all from that particular package, as in the US you can order Sleek Cosmetics from their website but these are amazing products I wanted to share.

Soap and Glory is one of my favorite brands for skin care, but when I learned they had cosmetics I instantly had to get my hands on some of them. The Kick Ass Concealer, and Glow All Out are my first two items from their cosmetic line and they sure don't disappoint. The concealer has become my go to under eye concealer, and it lasts a full 12 hour shift. And the highlighter is so gorgeous. I find myself reaching for it quite often and get loads of compliments when I wear it.

Sleek blushers are amazing, and great products. These you can purchase if in the US through the Sleek website, and I highly recommend it. Their Matte Me lip cream is an amazing dupe for the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. And I honestly think it has better lasting power, as I had to scrub it off where the Hourglass one faded. 

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer has a bit of a cult following. And for a good reason I believe! The color I have appears too dark in the tube but blends so well into my skin that you would never know it's a smidgen too dark. It also has a great lasting power, as it boasts 16 hour wear. 

And lastly are some random goodies of brands we have plenty of in the US but these products aren't on our shelves. The Loreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution is essentially a cleansing water. It is very similar to Bioderma and the Caudalie versions, but at a better price point for those in the UK. For me after the exchange rate and shipping was about equal pricing. Then there's the Tresemme 24 Hour Body root pumping powder. I have recently got into these types of hair powders and find they're so easy to use. They make my hair appear fuller and give it better volume, so I couldn't resist this one.

If you're lucky enough to live in the UK, please frequent Boots as often as possible for me. I am in awe of their 3 for 2 specials, and find their sales are hands down better than any we get in the US. And if you have any more recommendations for products I would adore to hear them! 


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