Saturday, April 12, 2014

a few days late...

We celebrated this guy's birthday this week.

It's no coincidence that Luke means "light."  One of the things that first drew me to my husband was his love for people.  His way of connecting with people is a gift, and it comes from his love for Jesus.
As mad as he makes me sometimes, I know his heart is full of passion and grace.

And his son-dogs sure do love him.

Hope the last year in your twenties is your very best, Honey.

Monday, March 24, 2014

my daily no-makeup makeup

Funny how it can take so many products to achieve such a natural look.
My daily look is focused mostly on the skin.  I feel like once my base looks nice I can get away with keeping everything else very natural.

Apply Mac Prep & Prime Skin Refined Zone to T-zone.
Either with fingers or Sigma F80 brush, apply Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab all over.
To hide discolorations and darkness, apply Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer with a light touch.
To brighten and highlight, apply and blend Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer.
Using concealer brush, dab blemishes/spots with Mac Studio Finish Concealer.
Lightly dust Elf HD powder over T-zone with large powder brush.
Sweep NYX matte bronzer in medium over cheeks, forehead, and jawline to bronze and contour.

Apply Nars eye primer to lids.
Dab a small amount of LM concealer to lower lid to conceal and brighten.
With a light touch, apply Mac vanilla pigment to inner corners and brow bone to brighten using tapered shadow brush.
Sweet a small amount of NYX bronzer over crease to define.
Apply NYX brown eyeliner to outer two-thirds of top lash lines.
Apply Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening mascara to top lashes.
Lightly sweet bottom lashes with Clinique bottom lash mascara.
Brush through brows and apply a touch of color with Milani brow pencil in natural taupe.

Forgot to picture this because I keep it in my purse.  Most days I keep it very simple and apply a touch of Bare Escentuals Buxom lip gloss in Rebel.

Perfecting the skin takes up the most time, especially since I have problematic skin to begin with.  Some days when I'm pressed for time I simply sweep on some mascara and lip gloss after finishing the skin and I'm good to go.  Most days I do take the couple extra minutes to brighten up and define my eyes with the products listed above.  Having very deep set eyes, using brightening products makes an enormous difference.

The NYX bronzer is my most recent discovery and I can't get enough of it.  It's difficult to find the perfect bronzer (not too orange, not too muddy, etc.), and I LOVE this one.  And super affordable to boot.  Most days I don't bother with blush.

What are your daily favorites?

Monday, March 17, 2014

hand-me-down jeans and a necklace from age nine

As comfortable as wide-leg pants are, I don't gravitate towards them a lot because they typically swallow me.  These Gap trousers were given to me by a friend and when I put them on, I knew I'd found my match.  Baggy, but not too rapper-esque and not too long.  The best part?  FREE.  Thanks, Kara. :)

And then there's this necklace.  This precious gem of a necklace I've had since I was nine.  My parents bought it for me while we were on a family vacation in Canada.  It's so special to me that I wouldn't wear it for the longest time because I didn't want anything to happen to it.  I would see it from time to time in my jewelry box and smile to myself as my sweet Canadian memories would flood back.  Canada... where I watched baby ducks attempt to learn to fly.  Where my brother and dad went out fishing in the mornings while Mom and I hit the beach.  Where I bravely jumped off a high platform into the cold lake water with my dad waiting nearby.  Where we went canoeing and paddle boating and ate bountiful meals at the lodge.

Twenty-one years later and I've been wearing my necklace again.  It reminds me of that perfect time I never want to forget.  It reminds me to let my future children know that nine isn't so bad and they should soak every bit of it in, because one day they'll be thirty and looking back at nine like it's some kind of princess dream.

Friday, March 14, 2014

well hello again

I can't remember the last time I was away from my blog for a whole month.  It wasn't planned, I assure you, but alas, it happened.

I can best sum up the last month like this… Intense preparation for our annual Night of Worship in February in which God once again blew me away.  I truly wish all of you reading this had been there.  It was a room full of worshippers thirsting for Jesus.  It was loud.  It was powerful.  It was a night I will certainly never forget.

Then I spent some time recuperating and the following weekend spent several days away with family.  It was refreshing and delightful.  I returned just in time to get snowed in for the entire week.  We did leave the house a couple times, but schools and most everything else shut down for the week as we enjoyed the sparkly blankets of white covering our town.  I mostly stayed in my jammies and soaked in the time at home with Luke and the pups.

This past week I picked up an additional job as a tutor, so it has been a full week of long days.  But tonight - tonight I had an evening to myself.  First on the agenda was painting my grossly forsaken toenails, which are now coral-hued and ready for spring.  Then I hopped on here, and just like coming home after a long, long trip, it feels good to be back.  I've missed this little place.

I'm hoping to get back to posting regularly, but thank goodness this internet world continues on without me and welcomes me whenever I find my way back.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

happy 37 years to the best of the best

Happy 37 year anniversary to my mom and dad!

I'm so thankful you met each other, fell in love, and committed to forever!
Dad, thank you for still loving Mom fervently and for making her laugh.
Mom, thank you for supporting Dad in all you do and serving him whole-heartedly.

Here's to 37 more.

Friday, February 7, 2014

black and plaid

AE hat/shirt, Target dress, A&F jeans, Kohl's boots

I'll admit it.  I'm kind of a closet-American-Eagle-shopper.  Are there other thirty year-old's out there who are with me?  The truth is, all through college I (for the most part) avoided AE because I thought it was soooo high school.  And then a couple years ago I wandered in with a friend and found myself liking it again... especially during big sales and especially when there are gems on neglected clearance racks.  So every now and then (if I happen to be passing by) I mosey in and check it out.  Of course, I always lay low and keep my sunglasses on, just in case I run into anyone.  :)

Regardless, I can't deny this faithful toboggan is my best buddy in the winter.  It fits my big 'ole head, it's comfy and warm, and it's complete with a delightful pom pom.  Fits all the criteria for a good boggan in my book.  And so what if it's meant for a high-schooler?  It's not like wearing a more grown-up hat is gonna hide these chipmunk cheeks...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

crystal wonderland

Sights in our yard.

Needless to say, we've been cooped up in our home for several days.  No school all week.  And I've been thanking God continually because Tuesday morning I woke up with a full blown cold.  Normally I ease into them, but no siree, this one snuck up on me and entered full force.  To be off work has been a blessing.

Boy, Winter, you're really making up for last year, aren't ya?  We don't mind so much.  Thanks to you, our week has been soup, ice cream, and Castle marathons.  Thanks to you, we see God in your gleaming beauty.