Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No, not the gas station...

My latest obsession is everything Chevron.

No, not like the gas station, but the zig-zag inspired print.

Now, those of you who know me, like my best friend and roommate Danica, you know that I got in a bit of an uproar over the whole Missoni for Target thing. For those of you who don't know, Missoni is a high end brand, usually spoted on celebs as you can see here:

The brand decided to create a line exclusively for Target stores much like other brands have done; brands like William Rast (Justin Timberlake's company), Jean Paul Gaultier, and McQ Alexander McQueen.

Unlike most of the general public, and those waiting in line for the brand, I was not very amused by the Target venture. To be honest, I'm not a huge Missoni fan to begin with but then oversaturating the general public with heaps of the zig zag print, not to mention an immense amount of commercials being thrown our way, I just wansn't on board with the whole thing.

That being said, I still love the chevron print on just about anything. Here are some things I'm DYING for right now:

This adorable dresser with the chevron pattern painted on top, it actually looks like it might be two nightstands used side-by-side to give the dresser effect. love.

A punch of color and chevron print to match. I'm dying for this. Now, to just find an occasion to recreate this look... Good thing October is the "Month of a Million Birthdays" as I like to call it.

This is one of my absolute favorites. It's a mix of pretty much all my favorite colors (as you can probably tell from my blog layout). Haha. It pretty much is my blog layout in a room. I love it. And I love the the soft grey color doesnt make the chevron pattern make you dizzy or anything like it could in a brighter color.

And lastly, yet again, a mix of all my favorites. I have a love of all things eclectic. This room is so wonderfully eclectic it makes me giddy.

With Danica moving out very shortly, I feel like I should take this opportunity to do some redecorating. I'd like to change my room around a bit and definitely do an overhaul on my garage turned craft room. If/when I tackle these projects, don't be surprised if you see some chevron sprinkled throughout.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, September 19, 2011

as unexpected as it is... some boy has been making me extraordinarily happy lately :)



Friday, September 16, 2011

Makeup Your Mind!

If you know anything about me, you know that I am literally the epitome of a girly girl.
I've carried a purse since I could walk. I live for shoes and handbags. I'm a firm believer that you can never have enough accesories. And, of course, I LOVE makeup.
I had been stuck in a makeup rut, using the same old thing even though I knew I didn't like it, but dreading figuring out something else to use. I had been using MACs Studio Fix liquid foundation for years. I had never been totally satisfied with it but, like I said, switching brands can oftentimes be such a hassle. You go down to the department store, have a stranger sell you some random make up that is probably seasonal that they're being told to sell, after which, you get home and realize its not your color whatesoever and on top of that, it makes you break out!
I don't know what came over me but, I had heard that there was a Sephora inside my local JCPenny so I decided to check it out. I walked in and, what do you know, there really WAS a Sephora! I actually used to work at Ulta with my roommate Danica and while, stores like those are fun, they can oftentimes be overwhelming and all of the employees are busy helping someone else. The way this Sephora was set up tho was perfect. It was much smaller than most Sephora's but it still felt like they had everything I needed. The girls who worked there were very friendly and got right to assisting me with my make up selection.
I was eager to try Makeup Forever because I've noticed it's what my idol Kandee Johnson often uses. I asked the girl working if she had a favorite brand and she acutally told me that she loves the Stila Perfect and Correct Foundation. I hadn't used anything Stila since high school, maybe even junior high but I figured I'd give it a shot. Since I was already there, I asked if she would mind using one brand on each side of my face, to compare. I liked them both but the Makeup Forever reminded me a lot of MAC which, like I said, I was trying to steer away from. The Stila foundation seemed to have a lot more to offer with key benefits like:
•Swirled with an advanced emolient system
•Unique multi-mineral complex
•Contains potent antioxidants & skin soothing chamomile
•Helps diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
•Helps hydrate & balance
•Helps minimize pores & control oil
•High definition, high performance
•Weightless, medium coverage
And overall, it just felt better on my skin, so I decided to go with it. After all, look how cool it looks!

Since buying it, I actually feel like my skin has improved. Putting it on is so refreshing because of the built in hydration. I've been really happy with my purchase and I think I can officially say that I'm a Stila fan!
While I was there I also picked up one of my favorite Nars blush called "Orgasm". I die for this blush. It literally looks great on everyone. Depending on your skin type it can look peachy or pinky and has a gorgeous iridescent hue. I just love it.

Because I tend to get oily throughout the day I also picked up a Mattifying Foundation compact from the Sephora brand.

While I was there I picked up a few other things and then made myself get out of there before I spent any more money! haha.

I'm so happy with everything I bought, its scary how fast you can spend money on makeup!
It sure doesn't LOOK like $215 worth of stuff! haha.

Also, today is the first day of sorority recruitment at my Alma Mater California State Univeristy, Fullerton! Wishing my girls good luck! Can't believe it's been seven YEARS since I became a Gamma Phi Beta!

♥ ΓΦΒ ♥ pΓΦΒably the best decision I've ever made.

I hope that everyone has a happy Friday and a very relaxing weedend!

xoxo, shea

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The higher the hair...

...The closer to God!
I've always loved that little saying. My roommate does too and even has this in her bathroom:

I've always had such a hard time getting any volume in my hair. I remember being little and my mom (who isn't very hair knowledgable to begin with) trying to curl my hair and by the time she finished it'd be completely straight and flat again. Since getting older, my hair has gotten thicker and can manage to actually hold a curl now but doesn't really keep much volume.
So the other day I came across Kate's blog where I found this awesome post.
I watched these tutorial videos:

and thought to myself, I HAVE to try it! I had a dinner date planned last night with my boyfriend and his mom, who, not only would I be meeting for the first time, she ALSO just so happens to be a hair stylist! So, if this went right, it would be perfect.
I went to my local beauty store and couldn't find the Aquage Uplifting Foam that Kate raves about and swears by on her blog but, the girl working there suggested this:
I use Matrix haircare already so I figured it was worth a shot.
Once I made that purchase, it was volumizing time!
I washed my hair, applied the volumizing foam and blew my hair dry upside down. I could already tell that the volumizing foam had worked because my hair was fuller than normal.
I then used Kate's technique and crossed my fingers:

(that's my "I sure hope this works" face. haha) I let the hair sit while I finished up my make-up, took a deep breath, took the clips out and viola:

more volume than I've ever been able to give myself! After I took the clips out I had to do just a little touching up but I was very pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to really perfect this technique and spend more time being "closer to God" ;) haha. xoxo,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

the blog post that never was...

As cliche as it is to say, there really aren't enough hours in the day.

I have been wanting so badly to blog more often. I know that, for me, blogging every day is a bit unreasonable as of now but I would like to at least start with trying to keep up with it once a week. My roommate Danica and I were talking yesterday about it and I got super excited because I had a great blog idea!
Last night I had planned to make a batch of my famous toffee for my grandpa's birthday. Usually I only make it for Christmas to keep it special, but I know how much my grandpa loves it so I decided I'd make an exception for him. I asked Danica if she would help me take photos for a "Toffee Tutorial" blogpost. She, of course, said yes and we were both excited about it.
Now... insert that old cliche saying "there aren't enough hours in the day". After work I went over to my aunt and uncles house to watch my two little favorite people, my two and four year old cousins Cade and Brynn while my aunt and uncle went to parent teacher night. I ended up being over there longer than expected and rushed home to make my toffee. It wasn't until I was almost done that I let out an "OH SHOOT!" from the kitchen. Danica immediately knew why I did it and jumped up off the couch with her iPhone and snapped a picture of me. Haha. We both knew we missed the opportunity. I guess that means I'll just have to make another batch which, isn't all that bad, it just means we'll have some extra toffee :)
So I guess technically this is a blog post about a blog post that didnt happen. That still counts right? Haha. Well, at least the toffee got made and my grandpa loved it. :) That's all that really matters.

Do you have any tips for how to keep up with your blog and write in it more regularly?


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