My New Makeup Favs

Lately, every time I walk in to Sephora I walk out with a bag full of makeup! What is it about girls and makeup?  I always feel the need to buy the latest thing to find my new makeup favs.

Maybe it because of my mom and her makeup obsession.  She would take me on “shopping days” when I was young.  She would take me out of school for the day and we would drive into L.A. to go shopping and lunch.  We always came home with bags full of goodies.  I know that might sound awful but, a girls gotta have fun. Right?  Like mother, like daughter, I have done the same road shopping trip with my girls.

Here are my new makeup Favs…

 Its All About The Pretty Make up

 

1. bareMinerals ~ Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

Risk It All ~ hot pink

 

2. Makeup Forever ~ HD Blush

330 – rosy plum

 

3. Make up Forever 

158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush

 

4. Too Faced ~ Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner

Blackout – matte black

 

5. CLINIQUE ~ Bottom Lash Mascara

01 Black

 

6. Urban Decay

Naked 2 Eyeshadow 

What are your new makeup favs?

 

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Picnic Essentials

There’s nothing I love more in the summer than a picnic.  It is the perfect season to be out in nature enjoying the beauty all around us.  With just a few picnic essentials you will have planned a picnic to remember.

There are so many wonderful places to have a picnic, on the beach, the lake, the park, in the mountains or even in your own backyard.  Where you have your picnic sets the mood along with your theme.  You can have a casual picnic with friends or a more elegant style picnic for 2.

The type of food you serve can also set the mood of the picnic.  Make sure you serve food that can be prepared a head of time and that does not take a lot of fussing.  Think of your theme and follow it all the way through.

Here are a few picnic essentials you don’t want to forget.

Picnic Essentials Metal Fruit Basket

1.  The basket you carry your items in says a lot about you.  Make a statement choose one that shows your personality.  Like this Fruit Metal Picnic Basket from Cost Plus WORLD MARKET.

Picnic Essentials L.L. Bean blanket

2. The blanket you will sit on needs to be soft and large enough for you and your guests to spread out and get comfortable on. This blanket will serve both as your seating area and as your table.  This L.L. Bean Waterproof Outdoor Blanket is a perfect choice.

Picnic Essentials melamine dinnerware

Picnic Essentials wine glass holder

Picnic Essentials outdoor drink ware

3. Make it feel like your eating and drinking on your best crystal and china, invest in Melamine Dinnerware from Pier 1 Imports. Don’t you love the pattern? These wine glasses along with holders from Bed Bath & beyond, and beverage glasses from Pottery Barn are must have picnic essential items.

4.  Don’t forget the little things, a corkscrew, water, cutting board, knife and hand wipes.

5. Always have a small vase with fresh flowers and don’t forget your iPod so the music can set the mood.

Now go and plan a picnic using these picnic essentials and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in the summertime.

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All Dolled up for Brunch

Fashion-post#1-Summer BrunchAre you going to brunch soon?

If you’re not you need to plan one soon!  Call some friends, hurry!

Brunch is a perfect time to savor your meal for hours while enjoying the company and conversation of good friends.  Brunch is my favorite meal to eat out at a restaurant, especially if it is a buffet.  I like trying a bit of everything, while not rushing my meal.

What is your favorite brunch cocktail or mocktail?  A bloody Mary? A Mimosa? or my favorite a Bellini?

Most of the time when I’m brunching, I go pretty casual, but there are a few times every season when it’s fun to go all dolled up for brunch.  Summer is definitely one of them.

Dress ~ by Ivy & Blu at Nordstrom $148.88

Hat ~ by Eric Javits at Neiman Marcus $198.00

Sunglasses ~ by Tom Ford at Barneys New York $395.00

Handbag ~ Kate Spade $ 298.00

Nail Color ~ Essie, color-Muchi Muchi $ 8.50 {msrp}

Shoes ~ Jasmin Asymmetric Kitten Heels at Top Shop $95.00

Wrap Bracelet ~ by Stella & Dot $39.00

Bracelet ~ by Stella & Dot $34.00

 

Let me know where and the name your favorite restaurant to brunch at and what’s your favorite food to eat there.

 

Summer 2014 ~ Bucket List

Summer 2014 bucket listIt’s been only 9 days since the summer solstice, yet it feels like summer has been here for weeks.

I was planning to share my top 25 summer bucket-list items a few days ago however, in true summer style, I’ve been in summer mode — enjoying morning coffee while watching the sun come up, long walks on the beach, shopping days with my daughters, and walking my dog in the cool summer night breeze, anything but sitting in front of my computer.

Here is my summer bucket list I’m planning to have completed by Labor Day.

So, here we go!

1. Attend an outdoor concert

2. Find the best ice cream shops in L.A. and Orange County

3. Make homemade ice cream in unusual but delicious flavors

4. Participate in a adult scavenger hunt. (alcohol involved)

5. Exercise daily

6. Have movie night in the backyard

7. Wine tasting in Napa

8. Go to a Angels baseball game

9. Surprise Handsome with a weekend away

10. Attend the county fair

11. Write my kids letters that I won’t give them until they are 25

12. Have a bonfire at the beach with family & friends

13. Bake a apple pie

14. Go bowling at midnight

15. Make homemade Strawberry jam

16. Write a love letter to Handsome

17. Have a water balloon fight

18. Volunteer at the senior center

19. Build a sand castle

20. Make my dads lemonade recipe

21. Take a road trip up north

22. Watch the sunset and wake up for the sunrise in a 24 hour period

23. Host a brunch for friends

24. Attend my first blogging convention

25. Enjoy all that the summer of 2014 has to offer!

Please share with me some of your summer bucket list items.

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A Guide to Online Beauty Box Clubs

Have you ever heard of a Beauty Box Club?

Do you love a surprise?  Are you on the go and can’t get around to the cosmetic department to try all the new have to have beauty products?  Do you hate trying to find a parking spot at the mall?  Do you want to try new beauty products without spending a ton of money?  If your answer is YES to any of these questions then you need a Beauty Box Club in your life, and there are several to choose from.

Weather you have been applying make-up since Jr. High or just started dabbeling in makeuplast year, these boxes of joy will have you looking forward to getting the mail.

Let’s take a look at 3 of them now!

beauty box 5

beauty box five ~

beautybox5.com

You will receive… A mix of deluxe samples and full size products.  The products include a combination of make-up, skincare, fragrance, body and nail products along with beauty and hair accessories.

Cost… $12.00 Monthly  ~  $30.00 Quarterly  ~  $99.00 Yearly  ~ FREE SHIPPING

Beauty Army

Beauty Army

Beautyarmy.com

You will receive… See a full list of brands here. Take a beauty profile quiz to reveal your nine custom products, choose up to 6.  You can retake the quiz to get different products.

Cost… $12.00 a month shipping included

Birch Box

BIRCHBOX

birchbox.com

You will receive… A selection of 4 or 5 samples of well known brands and up and coming treasures.  Birchbox now also has a men’s box.  With every purchase you will also receive Birchbox points. You can use your points to buy full size products

Cost… $10.00 Monthly or $110.00 Yearly

 

I’ve decided to sign up for one of these Beauty Boxes {not sure which one yet}.  When I receive my box we can see what I got together!

Have you ever tried one of these Beauty Box Clubs?  Let me know what you thought of them…the Good & the Bad!

Until Next Time…

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Sharing Love

There are so many wonderful bloggers out there with such informative and brilliant information.  I thought I would start a new series called Sharing Love, where I will be sharing with you all my favorite posts I have read over the past few weeks.

Chelsea from Two Twenty One has a great post on “How to take Better Smartphone Photos” Check out her Favorite Phone Camera Apps + Tipshow-to-take-better-smartphone-photos-darker-pink

Take a look at You Grow Girl.  The Much to Do with Violets post tells you 8 ways to use those beautiful little purple flowers.

sharing the love Looking for a beach table setting for your next casual dinner party?  Uncommon designs has one of my favorite Summer Beach Themed Summer Tablescape.

Summer-beach-Tablescape-550

Thanks for checking out some of my favorites blogs posts!  If you have a favorite blogger or post that you have seen lately, please share the link in the comments section and maybe I will feature them in my next Sharing Love post.

Until next time…

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Paws in the Garden, Garden Tour ~ Part 2.

Last week I was told you about the adorable garden tour, Paws In The Garden, I was invited to by one of my friends.  Here comes the next two gardens…

The next two gardens you are going to see are both located in the oldest neighbor in California.  The Los Rios District is located right across from the Capistrano Depot train station in the city of San juan Capistrano.  There are 40 homes in this neighbor, which vary in age from 50 to 204 years old.  3 of them are original adobe structures.  A majority of the homes are still private residences, while there are a few restaurants and businesses in some of the old homes.  Originally these houses were built for the workers and builders of the San Juan Capistrano Mission (yep, the same mission you studied about in 4th grade).  If you are in the area go talk a walk down this historic street.  It’s amazing!

It’s time to check out the third and fourth home on this fun tour through San Juan Capistrano.

House #3 (not a house, it’s an adorable artist’s gallery that has a fun garden area)

SJ Garden Tour House #3

Wouldn’t you love to greet the morning with a cup of tea on this rustic wood bench?

San Juan Capistrano Garden Tour, Paws in the Garden

Or in the late afternoon share a few laughs with a friend over a glass of ice tea…or maybe something stronger?

 You too, can visit this garden and while you’re there check out their wonderful artwork.  The Cottage Gallery.

San Juan Capistrano Garden Tour House

On our way from garden #3 to garden #4, we passed by this artist creating a painting of one of the historic homes on Los Rios.

House #4

San Juan Capistrano Garden Tour House 4 As we walked through the picket fence we were greeted by this adorable plant stand.San Juan Capistrano Garden Tour House 4 - 6

Don’t you just love this engraved rock surrounded by flowers that are butterflies favorites?

San Juan Capistrano Garden Tour House 4

I loved this old time water pump turned into a fountain.

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The jacaranda tree provided plenty of shade in this garden.

SJ Garden Tour House 4 - 10

Just like the day bed at the 2nd home in the 1st garden post here, how adorable is this desk set?  I love how both of these homeowners are using everyday indoor items as a place to showcase plants.

SJ Garden Tour House 4 - 9

Isn’t this a treehouse any kid would love?

SJ Garden Tour House 4 - 3

These raised garden beds are in their own gated community.  It’s the only way to keep the bunnies out!SJ Garden Tour House 4 - 2

What a great place to enjoy a lovely summer dinner with family and friends.

SJ Garden Tour House 4 - 7

If you have been on Pinterest lately, then no doubt you have seen all the items you can make out of simple wooden pallets.  How adorable is this pallet chandelier with mason jars holding the lights?

I hope you enjoyed this Paws in the Garden, Garden Tour!

To see the first two gardens, click here.

Did you get a chance to check out The Ark of San Juan website?  If you love Cats and Dogs are are able to donate a little their way, I am sure they would appreciate it!

Thank you, Stacey for inviting me!

Until next time…

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Paws in the Garden, Garden Tour in San Juan Capistrano

A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to the Paws in the Garden, Garden Tour in the charming historic city of San Juan Capistrano.  I am always up for going to a Garden Tour with friends.

SJC Garden Tour Sign

There were 4 gardens to explore and I couldn’t wait to get started.  Today, you will have a look at 2 of the stunningly unique gardens.

Let’s get started with Paws in the Garden…

House # 1

SJ Garden Tour House 1 - 5

When we first walked up the driveway we were greeted by this beautiful clay pot planted with green plants and white flowers, my favorite combination.  Don’t you love how the plants drip down the side of the pot?

SJ Garden Tour House 1 -1

This backyard reminded me of a beautiful villa in Spain, with graceful sounds of water splashing in the fountain and the pea gravel paths.

SJC Garden Tour House 1- 2

What a perfect place for quiet moments in this lush garden.

SJC Garden Tour House 1 - 3

There were a couple of arches throughout the yard with elegant climbing roses.

SJC Garden Tour House 1 -4

The homeowner was present in her back yard when we were taking our tour, and she told us the yard had been landscaped and is maintained by Rogers Gardens.  If you live in the southern California area and you haven’t been to Rogers Gardens, you must go, you are missing out.  If you don’t live locally do yourself a favor and check out their incredible website here.

House #2

SJC Garden Tour House 2 -1You know you are at the home of an artist as soon as you walk by this charming china plate mosaic mail box.

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Then you are greeted by this topsy turvy clay pot arrangement.  I love how the flowers spill out of the pots on to the next one.

SJC Garden Tour House 2 - 2

How cute is this old laundry tub turned herb garden?  And the markers for the herbs, painted wooden spoons…Genius!

SJC Garden Tour House 2- 9As I walked through the white picket fence into the backyard, I felt like a child.  There was so many wondrous flowers and sculptures my eyes didn’t know where to look first.  I could have spent hours in that yard taking in all the delightfully pieces of art and flowers.

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Be careful where you sit!

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Or sleep!  Talk about a bed of roses…

SJC Garden Tour House 2- 4

The house you are looking at beyond the the enchanting table is the adorable separate cottage suite.SJC Garden Tour House 2 -5

Can’t you just imagine having afternoon tea with all your dearest friends at this lovely table?

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The entire backyard, house, and both cottages {guest suite and artist studio} are all shaded by this impressive tree.  One of the volunteers said it was one of the oldest trees in the city of San Juan Capistrano.

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Everywhere you looked there was flowers gracing every item.

SJC Garden Tour House 2 - 1

This sitting area was located next to the art studio cottage.  It is a perfect place to sit with a tall ice filled glass of sweet tea or a cocktail in the early evening.

So that is the first two homes…click here for the next two!

How adorable is the name of the tour, “Paws in the Garden” put on by The Ark of San Juan.   The Ark of San Juan is a Companion Animal Rescue, if you are interested in learning more about this awesome organization please click here.

The Ark of San Juan

P.O. Box 117, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693   ~  {949} 388-0034

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My Backyard, an extension of inside

In the past week I have been to 2 home and garden tours.  1 garden only tour (post coming soon) and 1 interior home and garden tour {they didn’t allow pictures inside, darn}.  I love all home and garden tours, there are so many great ideas you can pick up along the way, much to Handsome’s dismay.  I always come back home so excited about what I saw and want to start a millions projects {having not gone on the home tours along with me, Handsome does not always share in my enthusiasm}.

Going on the garden tour made me think about my own backyard and the projects I have in mind.  I have these visions in my head of everything from casual to themed backyard parties.  I love being outside, and I can’t think of anything better than having the family and friends I love with me in my backyard.

 I don’t have a vast yard, I like to think of my backyard as intimate; so I know I must have a well thought out plan, designated sections are essential.

So today, please enjoy some of my inspirations.

The following are the needed zones I would like to incorporate in my backyard plan to make my intimate yard be the outside extension of my home.

Section 1. ~Dining~

My Back Yard, an extension of inside

Photo from www.sunset.com

Being that I am of 100% Italian heritage, eating is something we do well, and often.  It is the center of all gatherings.  I want this area to be most importantly comfortable, whatever furniture I choose I know there will be bottoms siting in the seats for extended periods of time.

Section 2. ~Growing Edibles~

My backyard

Picture from www.gardenideaspicture.us

Nothing is better than cooking with just picked herbs and vegetables.  With this wall garden, even if space is limited it’s possible to grow your favorites so they are always on hand.

Section 3. ~Relaxing~

My Backyard, an extension of inside

Photo from www.housebeautiful.com

This is the space I want see family and friend gather at sunset for wine and cheese.  Talking about old times and making new memories.  Or sitting with my daughters for a little girl talk.  A midnight rendezvous with Handsome would be my favorite thing to do in the sitting area!

Section 4. ~Flower Garden~

My Backyard, an extension of inside

Photo from mypixelatedoasis.blogspot.com

A definate must for me is a garden that I can cut flowers from.

Section 5. ~Playtime~

Backyard

Photo from www.ibocce.com

Nothing would be as wonderful as keeping the old family traditions alive.  Starting with the game of Bocce Ball.  I remember as a child, my Grandfather playing Bocce with his friends.  I never understood what they were saying as they were speaking italian but, I was always enamored with how they would break in to laugher every few words.  I would love to incorporate a bocce ball court or one of those huge chess/checkers games.

These ideas are only the start…

I can’t wait to share with you all the upcoming projects I have planned, so I can get my parties started {I can hear Handsome cheering in the background}!

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My Instagram Weekend in Review

Wow!  What an incredible past weekend I have had!

 I know I have a slightly skewed way of thinking, but in my head, I count my week starting with Friday.  Why, you may ask?  I just think it is better to start out the week with fun and the weekends are always fun {even if I’m just lying around}!

On Friday afternoon, Handsome and I drove to our friend’s condo in Carlsbad, CA!

Carlsbad condo with ocean view

Their place had an incredible view of the ocean.  There a few things better than the sound of pounding waves. Continue reading

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