apparently i like to eat / humpday confessions link up

16th April 2014

cupcake royale ice cream cone / humpday confessions / hello, rigby!

humpday confessions time: i appear to be addicted to food. if you follow me on instagram, my latest photos have ALL been food. #sorrynotsorry. that delicious critter up there? that was my after work snack today. it’s a scoop of salted caramel cupcake ice cream in a vanilla wafer cone from my bff Cupcake Royale. it was amazing and totally worth the obscene amount of calories.

I have no idea what i'm doing dog GIF

another confession? i’ve taken two photography classes (one in high school, one in college) and i still can’t figure out how to use anything but auto mode on my DSLR. as soon as i get ~into~ photography, i put the camera down, pick it up 6 months later and can’t remember a thing. all of that will change this weekend though, as my friend Sarah and I are taking a photography class at a winery. yes you read that right, we will be tasting wine AND learning to photograph for 4 glorious hours. expect photos and a full report next week.

It's so fluffy despicable me gif

and another thing, i think i am turning into my mother. i remember her telling me when i was little that she used to come into my room and watch me sleep as a baby. well guess what? i do the same thing to my dog. he’s just so darn cute, i especially love when he curls into a little ball with his whole body on top of a pillow. he’s just so cute and fluffy!

do you have confessions to share this week? i totally want to read all about ‘em in the comments.

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humpday confessions / hello, rigby!  The Hump Day Blog Hop

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convertible tote bag / splurge, spend, save

15th April 2014

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Something I’ve been keeping my eye out for is the perfect convertible tote bag for spring/summer adventures. I’m not the type of girl to lug around a huge camera bag, I prefer something a bit smaller and more multi-use. Typically I will shoot with one or two prime lenses and call it good. Sorry, I guess I’m not the next Ansel Adams after all. ; )

Not only do I carry around camera stuff, but I also tend to have pockets and bag stocked with dog treats, poop bags… you know, that crazy dog lady stuff. Not to mention all the crazy stuff that ends up at the bottom of my purse. I’m sure you know the drill.

Anyways, while shopping around, I’ve found a few convertible tote bags that I think may be the right fit for me. BUT, I’d also love to hear how you lug around all of your on-the-go goods!

Convertible Tote Bag / Spend, Splurge, Save / hello, rigby! Splurge
Coach $398 / Rebecca Minkoff $325Kate Spade $478 / Rebecca Minkoff $295

Dooney & Bourke $199 / Lulu’s $59 / Dooney & Bourke $139 / Modcloth $45

Mossimo Supply Co. $30 / Old Navy $25 / Forever 21 $25

Which one is your favorite? Or, would you choose something completely different? Let me know in the comments!


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Julep Lip Product Review: Buff Lip Scrub + Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment

14th April 2014

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I am so glad spring is here for one major reason: my dry skin will soon be history! Winter is always so hard on my face and body skin, and especially hard on my lips! Basically all winter, my lips peel, bleed, peel some more, and nobody’s got time for that.

Julep Lip Product Review / hello, rigby!

I was really excited to see Julep offer two awesome lip products in their Modern Beauty box for March, and I just couldn’t resist giving them a try.

The first product is Julep Buff Lip Scrub, which comes in this handy twist up pen.

Julep Lip Product Review / Julep Buff Lip Scrub / hello, rigby! I don’t know about you, but one thing that grosses me out about so many lip products are the little jars or tubs they come in. It seems so unhygienic to go back over and over to get lip product out, and I absolutely hate the feeling of getting lip gunk under your nails. Ew!

I’ve been using the Buff Lip Scrub about once a week and I’ve noticed it helps a TON with getting the dry, flaky bit off my lips without making them bleed or irritated. I also was pleased with the price – when comparing to one of the “holy grail” lip scrubs, the Fresh Lip Polish, this product is about 30% cheaper ($16 versus $22.50).

When you’re done buffing and scrubbing your lips off, then you apply the Julep Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment. It comes in a little squeeze tube, and even has a fancy metallic tip to “soothe and cool lips.”

Julep Lip Product Review / Julep Luxe Lip Treatment Balm / hello, rigby! Between the two, this is by far my favorite Julep lip product. I use it nearly every morning and night before bed for extra lip moisture. I find the metallic tip is a nice change from the traditional plastic applicator, and it definitely cools like Julep says! I’ve read some reviews that complain that it smells and tastes strange. I don’t get that personally – I think it tastes and smells fairly normal.

It’s a little pricier than most lip products I’ve purchased, but this is definitely a product you only use a tiny amount of for extra lip conditioning treatment, not an all-day Chapstick replacement. I’ve noticed a huge difference from using it, my lips are peeling much less and overall feel less chapped on a regular basis.

Julep sells their Buff Lip Scrub for $20 for non-Mavens, and $16 with a Maven subscription. The Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment is $24 for non-Mavens, $19.20 with a Maven subscription. If you’re interested in trying Julep’s Subscription box (these products were in the Modern Beauty box for March) you can sign up with code “FREEBOX” to get your first month for the cost of shipping.

What’s your go-to lip product(s)?

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thank god i’m not dying / 5 on friday

11th April 2014

since i’m a little behind on blogland stuff due to having sick brain all week, i thought i’d end this week on a positive note with a fun 5 on friday post.

5 on friday link up / hello, rigby!

1 / a big thank you for all the feel good messages on my last post – i think i’m finally recovering from that awesome allergen-cold-death-bug i contracted this week. this is my third time being sick in the last 6 months and i’m hoping there’s no more of that this year. seriously.

2 / do your pets know when you’re sick and act differently towards you? rigby has been on his best behavior this week. the first time he even remotely bothered me was this evening, which i’m guessing is because he realizes i am not feeling so awful anymore.

Peter Som for Kohls Collection / hello, rigby! romper / jumpsuit / vest / pineapple tank / soft pant
3 / ok, so i mentioned that i totally killed my budget this week and that the sephora sale was the culprit. oops, may have spoken too soon. i also bought a few cute things from the peter som for kohl’s collection. has anyone else picked anything up from their new line?

Hanae Mori Butterfly, Elizabeth James White, Nest Indigo, Lancome La vie est Belle Frangrances / hello, rigby!
hanae mori butterfly (old fave) + some that i’ve been recommended: elizabeth + james nirvana white / nest indigo / lancome la vie est belle
4 / speaking of shopping, i’ve also been trying to find a new “signature scent” to wear on the daily. my go-to scent for special occasions has been Hanae Mori Butterfly for years, but it just feels too “young” smelling to me these days. i typically lean towards scents that are spicy, woodsy, with hints of vanilla and floral. any recommendations?

Breaking Bad Title Card

5 / i’m late to the party on this, but we’ve been watching the entire series of breaking bad. D also has also been watching game of thrones non-stop to get caught up to the current season. i may be missing something, but i really don’t get the hype. i’ll stick to my bad reality tv, kthx. ; )

happy friday!

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what i read: march 2014 / part 2

8th April 2014

what i read: march 2014 / part 2 / hello, rigby!

since i read a few more books than normal last month, i’d figure i shouldn’t overwhelm you with all of them at once. here’s part two of what i read last month, just in case you’re like me and like picking up a few new books (or, 12) every month.

What I’m currently reading:

Divergent by Veronica Roth Book Review
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Yep, still reading this.
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Birchbox March 2014 / beauty review

3rd April 2014

A little late on posting my March Birchbox, but I wanted to make sure I had time to adequately sample everything this month before posting my thoughts! If you’re new to the whole beauty-subscription-box thing, basically Birchbox sends 4-5 samples each month to your door for $10. They have a ton of variation between each box, so you never know exactly what you’re going to get. It’s a fun little way to treat yourself to a fun surprise each month if you ask me!

Here’s what I got in my March 2014 Birchbox:

Birchbox March 2014 Review / hello, rigby!

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what i read: march 2014 / part 1

1st April 2014

what i read / march 2014 / hello, rigby!

obviously march has come and gone. happy april fool’s day everyone! no fooling here today though, just a recap of what i read this last month.

What I’m currently reading:

Divergent by Veronica Roth Book Review
Divergent by Veronica Roth

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$150 budget challenge for march / the final check in

31st March 2014

Remember when I posted about cracking down on my spending in March? The reason I even considered this was I felt like I was spending too much on non-essential wardrobe and beauty items. I decided to set a limit of $150 for March because I over spent in February since it was my birthday month and well, you’re supposed to treat yoself during your birthday month right? ; )

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