Monday, January 30, 2017

Smile Laugh Wink

Happy Monday lovelies!  I received this fabulous Bare Minerals eyeliner set his past Christmas and I've been using it non-stop ever since... so I had to share it with you!  I have been a Bare Minerals makeup user for as long as I can remember (since high school which was many moons ago)!  When it comes to liners (lip, brow, or eyes), there are a few specific needs I must have:  

2) Easy to apply: have you ever bought one of those over the counter brands at your local drug store only to find out when you get home and try to apply it, you murder your eye in doing so?  When applying a liner around your delicate eye area I would like to think it doesn't require a match and fire to soften the tip to make it glide on smoothly!  Right?  Thanks a lot!  Now I can't return it because it's been unwrapped!  I know you've had this experience!  So frustrating!

3) It's versatile in intensity and style.  Some days I might like to do an intense cat eye with a thin line and some days I prefer a more smoky blended line.  I like to have options!

The Bare Minerals "Smile, Laugh, Wink" set is the ultimate wardrobe for achieving classic-to-cat eyed definition. It comes with three masterful, multi-tasking eyeliners and each one delivers a totally different look from simple and traditional to bold and smoked out to intense and polished.

In this set, you'll receive one of each:

Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Absolute Black (0.012 oz)
Round The Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner in Midnight (0.04 oz)
Lash Domination Ink Liner in Intense Black (0.02 oz)
and a Sharpener!

It's a great buy to purchase all together vs. individually and you will not be disappointed in the quality and versatility this set delivers!  I am absolutely hooked!

Be BeYOUtifil!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inhale Exhale Love

Location: Loon Trail
The best thing about living in California is the winters are mild and you really can enjoy being outdoors all year long!  I've been spending a lot of time recently exploring, hiking, and taking in the fresh air and beautiful scenery that surrounds the San Francisco Bay Area.  It's fun to just go for a Sunday drive, pull over at a trail head, and take a hike.

Featured Piece: Inhale, Exhale, Love Sweatshirt found here

I recently picked up a few cozy sweatshirts from Target that are perfect for outdoor adventures.  This black "Inhale, Exhale, Love" sweatshirt is one of my favorites and it's super cozy and warm!  It's perfect for a short hike when it's a little cooler out or something to throw on when you're looking to cozy up in sweats and slippers at home!  Here are a few others I recently picked up that you might love as well!

4.  Weekend Wanderer Blue Sweatshirt (recently worn in this post here)

I don't know exactly where this trail head started an stopped.  I just sort of stumbled upon it without taking note of exactly where it was or how I got there!  I do know the trail is called "Loon Trail" and it was somewhere off the grid near Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, CA.  There are a ton of fabulous hiking trails in San Mateo County.  You can find a list with maps and trail descriptions here.   

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Adventure is out there!  Opt outside and enjoy it!  




Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentines Day Favorites

"I So Heart You" Valentine Card by the talented Sandy M of Ooh La Frou Frou

Valentines Day is just a few weeks away and I am already dreaming of pink champagne, chocolates, and romance!  I recently created a new Pinterest board to get some Valentine's Day romantic inspiration!  You can check it out here!  I've also rounded up some of my favorite Valentines Day inspired looks and gifts whether you're planning a fancy dinner date in the city or a romantic casual evening at home watching Netflix...I've got you covered! attention...I've included some great gift ideas as well!  

With Love,


This coral pink flowy maxi dress is simply stunning
Every valentine gal needs a sweet scented perfume like this one!
I love anything with bows such as these cute pajamas and this classy red ruffle dress
Scallops are a cute and romantic detail like this blush top here or this lace ruffle neck top here
Get your glow on with this Too Faced Bronzer and this chocolate bons bons eye shadow pallete
Everyone needs a cute pair of red sunnies to go with their valentines outfit
Looking for the perfect bag? I love this mini-love cross body one here
These heart adorned sneakers are sure to make a statement for your casual date out!
Here are a few of my other favorite dress options here, here, and here!

Shop the rest of my Valentines Selections below!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Weekend Wanderer

Location: Memorial Park, Loma Mar, CA

I love being outdoors and in to nature as much as possible.  This coming year, we hope to spend more time camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and just enjoying all the beautiful landscape that surrounds us!  Luckily for me, living in California I don't need to travel too far to spend some time in the mountains, on the coast at the beach, or in the wilderness.

Outfit Details:

Featured Piece:  Weekend Wanderer Sweatshirt found here  (similar options here, here, and here)

Black skinny jeans (similar found here and here)

This past weekend, we spent some time hiking and taking in the fresh air under the redwood trees. There's a humbling feeling when you're in the presence of these gentle old giants.  A calming peace envelops you like the coastal fog that drifts in.  In honor of California's magnificent redwoods, the Save the Redwoods League has created the infographic below to show some of the ways that redwoods support people and wildlife. Feel free to share it, and visit the Save the Redwoods League blog for more information.


It was pretty chilly this past Saturday and I don't like to be cold!  I wore layers that could be put on or peeled off depending on the weather.  The ground on the forest floor was still very damp from recent rain storms.  However, we still had a great time hiking, identifying the various plants along the trails, bird watching, and keeping our eyes out for wildlife. Some of the plants we found were huckleberry, ferns, redwood sorrel, and horsetail.  We also saw a few western grey squirrels, Steller's jays, and acorn woodpeckers.  Some other common wildlife you may encounter are skunks, raccoons, and banana slugs.  

Did you know that giant redwood trees can live up to 2,000 years old?  It amazes me when I stop, look up, and wonder what the world was like when this old living tree was just a seedling?  I hope you all take some time to get out and explore more this year!  Nature has such a calming and soothing effect on your attitude and it's fun to get out with your kids and enjoy the great outdoors!  

Happy New Year,



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reflecting Back on 2016

Featured Piece: Red Lantern Bell Sleeve Top from SheIn found here (also comes in pink, black, navy and white)!  I am thinking of ordering this top in the pink color for Valentines day!  Isn't it cute?  I love the bell shaped sleeves and this red color is perfect for the holidays and any occasion!

Happy New Year!  The beginning of the new year is a great time to reflect back on all the memories created and the accomplishments you made, big or small!!  2016 was a memorable year with a lot of great moments, some happy and sad memories, and a good amount of change!  

I lost my job in March which was a very scary time time for me personally.  I had only been employed there for a year and a half.  However, I believe everything happens for a reason.  I disliked my Manager, didn't feel like I had any work life flexibility, and just felt underappreciated and under valued.  It's really frustrating when you're in a job with high hopes for a long lasting and fulfilling experience. I tried to focus on the positive aspects this change could bring.  I had a few months off with pay due to my severance package which gave me time to look for a new job and focus on myself for a little while...something I need to get better at doing. During this time off, I was able to spend more time with friends and family, travel to local places I had never seen or experienced, exercise more, and get a bit more organized!  

I started my new job in May and couldn't be happier!  I work for a fantastic, creative, and family friendly company!  I adore my Manager who is one of the best executive leaders I've had the opportunity to work with.  She is extremely organized, intelligent, and really recognizes and appreciates the value I bring to the table!  I love the team I work with as well.  They are collaborative, friendly, and supportive which is really all you can ask for from your co-workers.  I am a firm believer that "progress is always the result of change".  Although this change was scary and a bit stressful, it turned out to be one of the best things I've experienced this past year. 

2016 brought a lot of fun and new travel adventures!  I received a Sonoma/Napa wine passport for my birthday last January and took full advantage of using it as often as we could!  We explored many different wineries with family and friends, experienced new places to dine, and enjoyed all the benefits of this membership!  I posted a few of our wine adventures here, here and here!  

We also took a few mini family vacations.  Although I am a native California girl, I've never been to San Diego! I thought it would be a lot of fun for our kids with so many family activities to see and do!  We visited Sea World, Coronado, La Jolla, and Old Town and really enjoyed the resort we stayed at - Kona Kai Yacht Club.  I posted a few highlights from our trip to San Diego here and here!  We really enjoyed it and look forward to going back in the near future! 

We also just took our first trip to Yosemite as a family over the Christmas holiday!  I didn't get a chance to blog about it but I posted some of our memories on Instagram!  We stayed at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp which is in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park.  We did a full day of exploration in Yosemite Valley seeing some of the most majestic and beautiful sites Yosemite has to offer such as Tunnel View, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. We also dined at the Majestic Ahwahnee Hotel which was beautifully decked out for the holidays!  Winter time is such a beautiful season to visit Yosemite.  The snow capped mountains and meadows, gushing waterfalls, and starry winter nights are amazingly beautiful!          

2016 was a year to focus on getting some of those home improvement projects checked off our list!  It feels so good to refresh and/or redecorate your house...even it's a small space like painting and  reorganizing your makes such a big difference!  This past year, we finally installed our new wrought iron and glass front doors which provides so much curb appeal, we installed new french doors in our dining room which brought in a ton of natural light, we opened up a wall between our living and dining room to make the space feel more open and flowing, and we installed new can lighting throughout our first floor living space.  We are not completely done yet...we need to finish painting, installing new bamboo flooring, base boards, and crown molding, and install a custom built in entertainment cabinet in our living room.  Once we finish those projects in 2017, we can move on to the upstairs projects! One day at a time right?  I guess home projects are never completely done!   

I'm looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us! Reflecting back, I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support and encouragement of this little blog project.  I really enjoy creating content, sharing my experiences, and hearing from all of you!  It truly means a lot to me!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I wish you health, happiness, and lots of love for 2017!  

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Best wishes for a Fabulous 2017!  Thank you to SheIn for sponsoring this post!  For more fabulous fashion, shoes, and accessories, visit their website!  The red lantern bell sleeve top I'm wearing in this post can be found here