It's just something about Valentine's Day that makes us want to go all out, especially when it comes to preparing for that date night with our husband or boyfriend. That's fine, but you don't always have to do that with your makeup. It can be simply done, but look so beautiful and elegant at the same time. Sometimes with makeup doing a little can have a bigger impact. Also, with most men, when you don't wear as much makeup it makes you appear more confident and because of that, more attractive.
On my eyes, I combined a light and medium pink eyeshadow right above the lid. Above the outer side of the upper lid and onto the outer corner of the lid, I added a burgundy shade of eyeshadow. I blend each shadow in as I go so that the shadows appear seamless. On the mid portion of my lid and all the way to the inner corner I added a bronze shade, and this shade just adds a gorgeous focal point to this look. I added a black eye liner onto the upper and lower waterline of my eyes. I then took the light pink eyeshadow on a thin makeup brush and blended it onto my lower lash line. I added the medium pink and did the same as with the lighter pink. With the burgundy shadow I only added it to the outer corner to combine with the makeup on the upper lid and blended out to the mid portion of my lower lash line. I added a very natural looking, light weight, thin banned false lash to my eyes, but this is very optional. A good black eyeliner on both top and bottom lashes can create a similar result. I used a black mascara for my lower lash to complete the eye look.
On my face, I used a powder foundation. I lightly contoured my jaw line, cheekbones and forehead and blended it all out. Then I used a rose colored blush on my cheeks to give a very natural finish. I added a champagne colored highlight to my upper cheek bones, the bridge and tip of my nose, as well as my upper lip area (cupids bow) and the mid portion of my forehead. This gives a subtle, yet natural glow to my skin.
For my lips, I combined a dark brown and a pink lip liner to outline my lips. I filled them in lightly with both lip liners and used a rose colored lipstick to complete my lips.
Products Used: Tarteist Pro Palette (chic, mod & drama), Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer (for lids), Loreal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner in Carbon Black, Evoke Lashes in style Chris, MAC False Lash Extreme Black mascara, MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC43, Wet N Wild Baton De Maquillage Contour in #805 Call Me Maple,Milani Rose D'Oro Baked Blush, Colourpop Super Cheek in Flexitarian
If you've been looking for a simpler and gorgeous approach to your Valentines Day look this year, then I hope this ends your search. Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate it.
It's easy to have goals, but it can be a bit tricky to achieve them depending on what they are and if they're long term or short term. I have 5 ways that have worked for me even when road blocks occur.
1. Why is your particular goal important to you? What is the reason you want to accomplish it? The reason behind it can either keep you focused and motivated to keep pushing toward it or cause you to lose interest altogether.
2. Pick out the goal that makes the most sense. Knowing where to start is key. Some goals can't be completed until several smaller ones are achieved.
3. Plan a strategy for how this goal will be completed and a realistic time period. You can do this by keeping a journal of steps you plan to take for each strategy. Be aware that some steps may go faster or slower that expected, but having that list will keep you prepared on what comes next when it's time.
4. Find ways to keep yourself inspired and motivated through challenging times when the unexpected occurs. It can be easy to throw in the towel and just say "Forget it!" during a rough patch. You can keep up with people who have successfully achieved goals similar to yours. Connect with them on social media. Watch videos where people share how they accomplished their goals despite the curve balls that came their way.
5. Surround yourself with positive/realistic individuals. You need people in your life who will encourage you to work hard and do your best, but also help you stay level headed and realistic with your goals. So, be a good listener and open to those who are looking out for your best interest. They may be the ones who can possibly give you a different/better approach on how to achieve your goals.
I hope this gave you another point of view on how to achieve your goals. It's never easy to wait on something you want so badly, but oh, how sweet the reward is when you see how all of your patience and hard work has paid off.
Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your time here. I really appreciate it!
If you've been telling yourself, "I'll never get out from under my bills" or I'll never be debt free; STOP IT! When my husband and I first got married, were in debt with school loans and credit cards. Not too long after we married, we had a medical emergency and of course there was another bill to add to the mix. Talk about overwhelming. OMG, it felt like falling into a dark hole where there is no light to lead you out of it. For me, being in debt is the worse feeling I've ever felt and I'm certain my husband felt the same way. I can honestly say, that we weren't living life freely the way everyone should live.
After several years, the church we were members of at that time offered a class called "Financial Peace University." My husband and I knew we needed help and something needed to be done financially. We knew we just couldn't keep living this way. Though we knew we needed to do something, we had our reservations about this class. Would it really help us with the mess we put ourselves in; how much of our mess would we have to talk about, etc. Despite all of our reservations, the need to take care of our situation became more important. We signed up for the class, and without a doubt made one of the best decisions of our lives.
Dave Ramsey is the creator of Financial Peace University. He's a well known financial advisor and author. When it comes down to it, his program just makes total sense. In this program, you learn how to get out of debt and how to save money at the same time. You learn to continuously add to that savings and keep building it (he calls it the emergency fund) up, so if there is an emergency, you're ready financially. This course teaches you how to get out of financial stress and move into a comfortable, peaceful financial situation. You also learn the best order in which to pay your bills.
This course isn't rocket science and having this tool to take you step by step to lower your debt is so powerful. It definitely can take time depending on your level of debt. The most important thing is to start. Don't go another year going further into the pit hole that debt is.
What I learned from "Financial Peace University":
1. I don't apply for credit cards - It's so easy to get sucked into a new credit card especially while shopping. "You can get 15% or 20% off your perchase. I just say "Thank you, but "No" thank you!"
2. I don't buy whatever I want, even if I can afford it. Sometimes I just tell myself, "Not today." One reason for this is that it really stops me from getting things I might not actually use and it also is an example to what I always tell my kids, "If it's meant for you to have, it'll be there."
3. Be ready to give. Having money isn't all about me or my family, so it's important to be ready to give and help others all year long. We know we can't help everyone, but we want to be prepared for whoever God calls us to assist.
Are we completely debt free, nope, but we're in control and have gotten down to just a few major things. We're continuously saving, paying things on time and feeling so blessed to be able to do so. If you're carrying the weight of your debts and are looking for a way to live life the way it should be lived, head over to www.daveramsey.com That program will guide you to that light at the end of the tunnel. Though, there are other financial programs out there, I can only vouch for what worked for us. My point is to find something you feel comfortable using and get it going. 2018 has just begun, so it's the perfect time to attack your debt in an easy to follow format, learn to be smart with your money and ultimately live a life that's debt free. You can do it!!!!
I can't say enough about how fast this year has gone by. 2017 has truly had its ups and downs. However, I am thankful for all of it. As a family and life in general, we've had the unexpected to arise. We've had cancer to affect our family. It's never that you don't believe it can happen, it's just that it happened and there's absolutely nothing you can do, but be there for your loved one and pray that the cancer leaves their body. In our case there was a happy ending and my family member is now in remission. My prayer now is that the cancer doesn't return.
I wasn't expecting to have to take a break from YouTube, but it happened. I believe it was a blessing in disguise because I've been able to evaluate what direction I want to take with it and it's been a refreshing time. I've very excited for my future with YouTube. I've been able to develop my brand through Instagram and learning from my favorite blogger, Marianna Hewitt. If you don't already know, she started a new Instagram page called "Blog With Me" this year to help anyone who wants to be a blogger and grow their Instagram page. Marianna answers a lot of questions and gives such wise advice. So visit her page and I'm sure that you'll find information you didn't know you needed.
I appreciate all of the brands I've tried and learned about this year and I'm happy to have this blogging platform to share it on, as well as Instagram. What I am most thrilled about this year is how much I've grown and come out of my social media shell. Being vulnerable does help to get you out of your comfort zone and it is something I'd recommend to anyone who wants to brand themselves in social media. You have to allow yourself to be a little vulnerable. Step out and try something new, whether it's food related, traveling to new location or a new form of fashion (ie. trying a color/pattern you're not use to wearing). Obviously, this is all within reason; don't break the bank, save for the things you can't afford. You know, use your own discretion.
My main goal in 2018 is to do better than I did in 2017. I want to continue meeting my goals, self-evaluate often, grow my brand and help others along the way. I would love to travel to places I've never been and not just read about the brands, but actually go and meet the owners ( the heart of the brand). If others can do what they do well, then why can't you and I? All it takes is hard work, dedication and determination. I want to remember to take time for fun and enjoy the life around me. It's so easy, in the midst of working hard, to forget to enjoy things, take a break and let go of the serious for a little while. When it's time to hit the grind again, you're ready and refreshed. There are several bloggers I'd love to collaborate with and will communicate that with them. There are brands I'd love to work with as well and will be reaching out to them.
There are more brands I want to try and several repurchase items I don't want to live without. I will be sharing those things with you and what works for me in detail. I want to branch out of my comfort zone a bit more in 2018 and continue to push past fears.
Below are the important things I'm encouraging myself to do and share with you. When it comes down to it life is way to short, so enjoy it.
Thank you so much for visiting me here! I've appreciated each of you this year. Merry Christmas and a blessed New to you and yours!
How many times have you come across a place that offers decadent chocolates and a delicious barbecue menu? Well, a cozy location in Tomball, Texas does, and it was a first for my hubby and I. I will tell you that Tejas Chocolate needs to be on everyone's bucket list of places to dine. Once you're here, it will definitely go on your list of guilty pleasures. If you're one of those who needs ratings to get you in the door, well, on the "Top 50 List" they were ranked #6 by Texas Monthly. That says a lot. Let me share our experience with you.
So, my husband had the inside scoop on everything they had to offer. He's always full of surprises like that and he absolutely loves visiting and trying highly rated bbq! Because I didn't fully know what to expect, I walk in and become like a kid in a candy store, literally. When you first walk in, the chocolates are the first things you see. I look wide-eyed into the glass case windows at all of the chocolates, my husband redirects me towards the line we're suppose to be in for our barbecue meal. So, while in line, I'm trying to choose what to get before it's our turn and there is so much to choose from. There were several delicious sounding options but I finally picked something I hadn't had in years.
Because I love a good sandwhich, I couldn't pass up on their "Pastrami Reuben w/Sauerkraut" Sandwich. It came with their house dressing and house mustard. I highly suggest trying this sandwhich, if you happen to stop by on a Thursday. That's the only day it's offered. This sandwhich was so much better than I expected. Don't expect a sweet dressing to spread on this sandwhich. No, no, no! It's a beautifully flavored savory dressing that they created and it works seamlessly with everything on this sandwhich. The sauerkraut was amazing and yes, even the mustard was perfect. This is not just a sandwhich; it's an edible miracle that makes your eyes close, everything around you go silent and the only things you're aware of are each and every taste bud experiencing this flavor filled miracle.
My husband's meal consisted of brisket, ribs, jalapeno cheese sausage with a side of green beans and carrot souffle. I never expect any less from him. He loves to see what each barbecue restaurant uniquely brings to the table (no pun intended) flavor wise. So, what he loved about the meat was that they were seasoned nicely, the brisket had a nice smoke ring and had the perfect tenderness, the ribs were cooked well, had a great glaze that added a hint of sweetness, which made them very well balanced and the sausage had a good flavor and was juicy. He enjoyed his sides, but that carrot souffle stole the side dish show. I had a chance to taste a bit of it and I was floored. It was just that good! It would make the perfect dessert even though it's sweet, it's not overly sweet. Make sure you add this to whatever you order or you're missing out!
You better believe I had room for dessert. There were so many chocolates to choose from, it made it hard to pick the first one. My kids picked "It's the Great Maple Pumpkin" "Cherry Jubilee" and "Tomball Tea Party". We (the hubs and I) also added "Sweet Potato & Smoked Honey", "Salted Caramel", Kahlua and a few others to go.
Also, the wonderful young lady who described each chocolate so well, could see that I was indeed was a true chocolate lover, and revealed another Tejas Chocolate treasure.
Though, they had several candy bars to choose from the "Dark Matter" chocolate bar intrigued me. I'm so glad I chose this one. The black chocolate, black pepper infused bar with with the perfect amount of black lava sea salt underneath was so ridiculously good, I wish I'd gotten two of them. This just gives me another reason to go back and visit them again.
If you are ever in the Houston, TX area, you must take a side trip to Tejas Chocolate, in Tomball, TX and experience everything they have to offer. Most important, the staff is amazing. They are so kind and you feel at home. You can tell that they are glad to be there and so you just can't help but feel the same. There is more than what we tried. Oh, if you get their tea, please don't forget to add their mint syrup to your tea. I love mint in my tea, but I never thought to make a syrup. You don't have to worry about trying to avoid mint leaves going up your straw. Genius!!! Please check out their website for more information and exact location: http://tejaschocolate.com
If you've been or if you go after reading this, I'd love to hear your experience.
Thank you all so much for stopping by. I appreciate it!
Who doesn't love a great biker jacket? If you do, now is the time to sport one or two. They're everywhere and come in a huge variety of beautiful colors! You can get them in leather, suede or save a few bucks and go for faux. ASOS has such beautiful biker jackets in tall and average body types, as well as prices to fit most budgets. The "New Look Tall Faux Leather Shearling Collar Biker Jacket" is in a unique color, "Mink". It appears grey in some lighting and in others a beautiful soft mauve. All I can say is, It is simply GORGEOUS!
How I styled this jacket:
It's great with light grey ankle pants.
A black maxi or midi dress combined with this jacket creates a chic look.
Oh yeah and don't forget black jeans with heels or boots. The removable faux shearling collar is so soft and gives this jacket a cozy warm look.
Have you fallen in love with biker jackets this season? Have they been a part of your life forever and you've just been waiting for everyone else to come around? LOL! Whatever the case may be, thanks for visiting me here. Have a blessed weekend, everyone.
When I think of fall and winter the first word that comes to mind is "Cozy". That's exactly the way I want to feel on those chilly to freezing days. At home, on those days, I wrap up in a blanket or a throw, and curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea. However, you can't always wrap up the same way on an outing. One texture that automatically brings me those cozy feels is "Faux Fur". My love for this type of fur runs quite deep and I don't think it'll ever go away.
Animal fur has been a fashion status symbol since about the late 1900s. Now, though animal fur outerwear and clothing is still available, popular and pricey, we have the faux option. The cool part is that faux fur is so much more realistic looking now-a-days and more affordable than the real thing. Also, I just love the warmth and beauty faux fur pieces bring to any outfit; casual or dressy.
Here are a few of my faux fur must haves:
This very soft purse that easily converts to a clutch can dress up a dress or work well with jeans (black or blue), a white top and a black leather/pleather jacket. (Purchased online at Boohoo)
I love a cute slouchy knit hats with a faux fur ball accent. They are perfect for keeping your head and ears warm when you're out and about. (Purchased online at American Eagle 2016)
First of all, the color pattern in this scarf is absolutely perfect! I wear this piece with a black or tan turtleneck (can include a skirt, dress slacks or jeans). (Purchased at Walmart 2016)
Truly, vests can be such a stylish addition to an outfit, so why not a furry one. This Forever 21 find is the perfect faux fur addition to my fall/winter wardrobe.
There are so many faux fur clothing items you can add to your fall and winter outfits. It's up to you to pick what works for you. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I'm into. If you've been looking for something to add a little more warmth and style to accent what you already have, I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration.
Thanks so much for visiting me here. Have a blessed day!