Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday's Thoughts

Hiiiii friends. I'm feeling a lot of, well, feelings today. Blame it on PMS, stress, missin my mama, whatever. I don't know what's going on with me. Actually. I do. My uterus is getting mad that I'm not pregnant. No fair. I don't give it a baby, so it makes me suffer with cramps and emotions. Last night, I cried over a damn quote I saw someone post on Instagram.

Perks of being a girl, right?

Isn't that weird how biology works? Like my body wants a baby in it. I don't, but it does.

Speaking of biology and things being natural and what not, I've been trying to live a more natural life. I'm not sure if that's because I live in Austin and all-natural products are readily available or if I've just read too much about natural living on the ole internet or WHAT. But something has sparked a fire in me. I've started with my diet and my skin care regime. For example, I juice a lot more so I can get lots of vitamins and nutrients. I haven't actually noticed a difference in the way I feel, but I swear it's working. And I've been using more natural products on my face, like coconut oil for moisurization. Again... don't see a huge difference, but it's gotta be better than using something that has benzoyl peroxide in it. I guess? Whatever helps me sleep at night.

Moving on to more random thoughts... I sent a rant email to my apartment complex last night about how all of the parking spots close to my building are always crowded, making me park far as shit away. Mostly I'm just annoyed by it, but I also don't particularly love walking alone in the dark of the night. So I mentioned that my safety migggght be compromised due to this inconvenience and they overreacted and offered for me to break my lease at no charge haha. Basically, telling me to move. Crazies.

I'm missin my parents a lot this week. It's really starting to hit me that they don't live within reasonable driving distance anymore. They finally started building their house in Nashville. It no longer feels like I just haven't been home in a while. They left and they're not coming back. Things are gettin real. There are some weekends where I really just want to drive home and hang out with my mom. Lay on her shoulder and share a glass of wine as we talk about how much I should be putting in my 401k. I just sort of feel alone without them. I talk to my mom every day, but it's not the same.

Poor Graham. All of these emotions are probably making him want to take a longggg vacation away from me. I teared up last night because he wouldn't change the channel off of hockey. Lordy.

Anywho, that's all I got for ya today. Hope you all have a super fun weekend that doesn't involve a shit ton of hormones!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Beauty Favorites

I'm always getting asked what beauty products I use. It's not really a secret that I love makeup and that I spending entirely too much money at Ulta and Sephora. And I pretty much can't leave Target without a new face wash or nail polish. It's kind of a problem, yall.

Below I've compiled a list of my beauty must haves. These are things I used on a daily/weekly basis and really cannot live without!
1// Colossal Mascara - My long time fave. 
2// St Tropez Self Tanner - Swear by this stuff. Not streaky, doesn't make you orange. Buy the glove that comes with it though!
3// Coconut Oil - I have pretty dry skin, so I put a ton of this on at night. It's also good to put on wet hair and to add into smoothies! It has incredible health benefits.
4// Jordana Eyeliner - Okay this is cheap $1 eyeliner from Walgreens, but it's so easy to glide on and it lasts all day.
5// Lorac TANtilizer Bronzer/Highlighter Duo - Bought this on a whim and I can't get enough!
6// Clarisonic Mia 2 - G's mom bought this for me for Christmas and my skin officially will never be the same. Absolutely worth every penny.
7// Chanel Chance - I used to wear this in high school and G bought me a new bottle for my birthday. Definitely my signature scent!
8// Secret Clinical Strength Stress Eliminator Deodorant  - Okay, so I swear by this deo. I have a sweating issue. I sweat through any and all deo's. I couldn't go a whole day without having to reapply. Not only does this stuff smell incredible, it lasts like 3 days.
9// Naked Palette - This is an obvious one.
10// Carmex Lipbalm - Back to the dry skin. I slather this stuff on before bed at night and I wake up with the softest lips every day.
11// Neutragena Naturals Face Wash - No harsh chemicals here, perfect for my stupid sensitive skin. Smells so yummy too! Perfect for cleansing and makeup removal, which seems to be hard to find in a lot of face washes.

I believe every girl should learn to pamper herself and learn to take care of her skin. I also believe that makeup can help make a girl feel beautiful and if she knows how to use it and it makes her feel good, then it ain't really hurtin anyone, is it? I learned from a young age the importance of taking care of my skin. That meant taking a shower daily, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen. I haven't always been great at it (this summer, I didn't shower for 3 days. Sexy, I know), but the idea has always been there. As I got older, I went through all of the phases of makeup. You know the ones. See below for my 10th grade heavy eyeliner and black tipped french manicure.

Anywho, after years of trial and error, I finally found what works for me. I've found a great mixture of quality and inexpensive products. Somedays I go glam and other days I rock a naked face. I place a high importance of how my skin looks and feels, and if that includes makeup that day, then great. Find what works for you, but don't rely on makeup to make you feel beautiful. You can't find beauty in a foundation bottle. Learn to feel good without makeup, take care of your skin and body, and add makeup from there. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I need to vent

I'm in a bitchy mood. I really can't help it. This day is just turning into something I really don't like, and frankly, my boyfriend and mom shouldn't have to suffer alone when I need to vent. Thanks readers, yall are real pals.

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^ probably how yall will feel after reading this post.

It all started around 4am this morning when I kept having anxiety dreams about work. (Side note: G is out of town for work and when he is out of town, I sleep at his house because it's easier to take care of his dog there than my apartment. Plus it doesn't hurt that he lives 5 minutes from my office. So needless to say, I was excited to sleep in for a bit.) Anywho... back to the dreams. If you've never experienced one, you're really damn lucky. They're usually dreams about the stupidest crap, but you feel scared, anxious, angry, whatever in them. And for me at least, they seem to play over and over again and I can't dream about anything else. That equals a terrible night's sleep. Getting to sleep in a bit meant nothing. So needless to say, I am le tired.

I forgot to pack breakfast, so I stopped and got donuts. I don't even need a reason to justify my donut buying. They're delicious and it's important to indulge when you want, and damn it, I wanted to.

And since I was on such a sugar high, my brain turned to mush and made me forgot my work laptop at G's house. Naturally, I didn't realize until I got to work. Turnnnnn back around.

And now I'm late for work.

This next story is extremely petty and I know I sound like a brat, but I don't care. This is my blog and I can write whatever I want. We have a realllly big account at work that is demanding a crazy project to be finished in one month. I literally have to dedicate 3/4 of my day to this project. Working at an agency makes this prettty damn hard. I feel like I'm being pushed really hard here, especially when I'm in the process of being transferred into my new role (did I mention I got a promotion?). Anywho, I know this project will be a huge success, but the hours I'll be devoting to it really suck. I should be grateful that I have a great job at a successful agency, but girlfriend needs a drink after works just about every day.

Next item on the list: Graham is out of town. I don't like it. I miss him.

Also... it's really damn cold out.

That's all. I feel much better, now that that's off my chest.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy Days

I want to start documenting my happy moments each week. I want to be able to look back a year from now and see what made me smile throughout the year. Plus, sometimes I need to just sit back and look at my life. Take a look at the things I may take for granted and see how they impact me. The big things, the small things, shooot.. even the insignificant things.

1. We got a brand new office and work and it is AWESOME! Our company has grown so much and it's nice to see the fruits of our labor in this cool new space. Plus I have a great new office of my own, which is cool. I'm excited to decorate it. OH and this is kind of insignificant to most, but at our old office, the walls were dark gray and since our CEO hated flourescent lighting, we all worked by lamplight. Which was eh.. cozy at times, but our new office has tons of natural light as well as overhead lighting. It's the little things :)

2. The Bachelor is back! I didn't watch last season because Desiree was the most annoying person to walk the planet, but I see pretty awesome drama coming up with Juan Pablo. I love the crazies of each season and you see 'em most on The Bachelor, because frankly, men on the Bachelorette don't drunk into drunkass crazies like the girls do.

3. Speaking of TV, I'm super excited that Girls is back. And the new show, True Detectives, that comes on before looks reallllly good.

4. Valentines Day is coming up and I'm so excited. A day that forces my boyfriend and I to be over the top cheesy and lovey is a happy day in my book.

5. My niece is turning ONE tomorrow! Holy cow, how has it been a year already? She is so beautiful and so stinkin' smart. A whole year of loving that sweet baby!

6. The weather has been incredible lately. So sunny and warm-ish in January? Please don't leave!

7. I got to see my high school best friend this past weekend (naturally, I didn't take any pictures) and it made my heart so happy to see her. We laughed till we cried reminiscing on old memories. I'm pretty sure her new boyfriend thinks I'm a nutjob, but oh well. I missed her so much!

8. My new position at work is finallllly coming together at work. It's been a clusterfuck trying to transfer into it, but I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Hip hip hooray!

8's all I got because I cut the tip of my finger yesterday and it hurts to type haha. Thanks for letting me share my life with all of you! I hope you are able to find happiness in all of your days :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Day In The Life

A day in the life of….

I’ve read several blogs lately that do the whole “day in the life of” thing. I’m always highly entertained by them because their lives always seem to be so much more fascinating than mine. But hell, maybe my life is significantly more fascinating than yours (doubtful), so I thought I’d give it a go.

6:00am—Upstairs neighbor wakes me up with his daily loogie hawking.

6:15—It ends and I fall back asleep.

7:30—Alarm starts blaring that annoying ass jingle.

7:32—Browse Instagram to see what juicy pictures people have posted overnight and to see if my boyfriend’s exgirlfriend has creepily liked more of my pictures because she’s been doing that and it’s sorta making me think she’s a psycho that’s going to murder me.

7:40—Realize I need to get up and do my hair. Switch over to Facebook to see stupid crap even juicier drama.

8:00—Get out of bed and examine the damage my hair did overnight. Start straightening it.

8:15—Shit, I better hurry up. Need to leave in 15 minutes. Oh my god why is my face so dry?

8:20—Rush to put on makeup and get dressed.

8:35—Wait is it freezing or not freezing out? Better change clothes.

8:40—I’m finally on the road.

8:55—I hate all of you on the road. Quit driving so damn slow and get me to work. Did I mention I hate you?

9:04—Stroll into the office and complain about the traffic to my officemate that clearly doesn’t give a shit.

9:15—Check emails, work on a few daily reports, wish I had something delicious, like a breakfast taco, for breakfast. My morning routine.

10:30—Time for a meeting. We’re kicking ass with this client? Awesome. Short and sweet meetings, just like I like em.
11:00—More work. Boo.

11:15—Officemate shows me pictures of his newborn. So cute. I need one. No I don’t.

11:45—I need lunch and I need it now. Off to Whole Foods.

11:50—I’m going to kill someone. I’ve circled this stupid parking lot 45 times and for some reason no one is leaving Whole Foods.

11:52—Snag a spot, but almost ran over a woman not wearing a bra in the process. Whatever. That’ll teach her to go braless at the grocery store. This ain’t Walmart.

12:15—Back at the office. Peruse blogs. Drink my daily Coke. This is the liffffffe.

1:00—Back to business. Oh this project is urgent and needs to be done by EOD today and it’s going to take me several hours? Perfect. I love a good challenge and at least a day’s notice on stuff like this, but I suppose that’s neither here nor there.

3:00—Play a little dart-ball with my officemate. Kind of like darts but you throw a ball at a target, and well, you get it.

4:00—Holy shit, one hour till I get to leave.

5:00—Do I need glasses? Why do my eyeballs burn?

5:05—Stand up to leave. Remember I forgot to do something. Sit back down.

5:15—Headed out. See ya later suckers! On this particular day, I almost fell down the stairs because I was texting and walking and stairs should never be involved in that situation. My ankle really hurts.

5:20—Call my mom. Immediately get jealous of the dinner she’s cooking. Why was I not more grateful for essentially a personal chef when I was living at home in high school?

5:30—Get to Graham’s house. Greet this handsome guy. Take him for a walk. Get yelled at by a senior citizen for not cleaning up his poop. He shit in bushes and I’m certainly not going to dig through all the leaves to pick it up.

6:00—Graham’s finally home. I’m annoyed that he wants to work out and not watch TV with me. See, this is tough. I love his hot bod but also love him hanging out with me. I don’t want to pick just one!

7:00—I’m freaking starving why is Graham not back yet.

7:05—For the love of God, I’m going to die.

8:30—Finally eating. I’m hangry. Very hangry. I stab Graham with a fork. Not actually, but I probably could.

8:45—Watch New Girl. Why is Schmidt so hilarious?

9:30—I pluck Graham’s unibrow. What a sign of true love.

10:00—Driving home. Oh hell yes, Kendrick Lamar is on the radio? Time to scream/rap the lyrics.

10:30—Play a quick crossword puzzle because I’m 80 and immediately fall asleep.

And there ya have it. Pretty much my average day. I have good days. They may not be action packed, but they make me happy and that's all that really matters, right?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

House Lustin'

I've lived in an apartment for 5 years now and it hasn't always been a walk in the park. My first apartment was so much fun, but not the most ideal living situation. I lived with 4 other girls and shared a room with someone else. The year after that, I moved in with 3 of my other best friends into a much smaller space. I shared a bathroom but finally had my own space. Eventually one of those roommates moved out and a random girl moved in. We quickly discovered she worked in the phone sex industry. Not only did I have a fucking weird roommate, but our apartment was clearly built out of cardboard because the walls to my room were paper thin (in addition to me vividly hearing my roommate, temperatures were also out of control in the summer and winter) and our ceiling literally rained on more than one occassion. Also someone shit their boxers and left them in our hallway.

Oh the perils of college apartments.

This year is the first year I've truly been on my own. My parents paid for my rent throughout college, so now that I've graduated and started working, I'm on my own. Meaning I cry monthly when I write my rent check. Living in Austin ain't cheap yall. My apartment is pretty awesome in terms of size, but it definitely has its downfalls. For example, I wake up almost every morning around 6 due to my upstairs neighbor hawking loogies and then there's usually a huge dog fight outside every night around 10pm. Real fun.

I've seriously been lusting about owning a home. Having a backyard and not listening to the people above me stomp around sounds like heaven. I'm not really in a position right now to make that leap just yet, but a girl can lust can't she?

Love the colors here. It's bright but neutral at the same time. Perfection.

Yes, this will do.

Love the tiles and dark cabinets. Though I also love that antique white look. Choices, choices!

Yes, gimme.

I can just picture a pooch greeting me at the door everyday. I neeeeed.

I just want a cozy little house that's decked out in Pottery Barn that's filled with my man and a cute pup and lots of wine and possibly a pool.

A girl can dream, can't she?

Friday, January 3, 2014


Wooo it's Friday! Too bad my days have been super mixed up thanks to New Year's being in the middle of the week. I'm so not looking forward to next week when real life starts back up and Christmas "break" is officially over.

Sometimes being a grown up sucks. My old high school best friend that's still in school texted me and told me we should get together over the break. Uhhhh... what break? What I would give for that month long winter break I had in college. Oh well, somebody's gotta pay the bills and that somebody is me.

Anywho, I haven't done an InstaFriday in close to 100 years, so here we go!

Right before Christmas, we had a pj + Secret Santa party at work. I looked like white trash a huge idiot going out in public in my jammies.

My sweet babes is so photogenic. Just look at the smile.

I went to Nashville for Christmas and was finally reunited with my sweet girl. She wouldn't leave my side the whole time I was there.

My friend Adam is hilarious.... but an idiot.

My sweet niece Ella in the cutest outfit ever.

Can ya tell I love my nieces?

Graham and I bought a juicing and have been trying to eat healthier. So far so good! Needless to say I need to take it easy on the ginger... this has certainly been a learning process filled with weird concoctions.

G and I went on a drive the other day and passed by this in Austin. I love finding cool little corners of my city.

Being as ghostly pale as I am, I decided it had been too long since my last spray tan (or St. Tropez rubdown.. whatever) and that I needed a fresh one for NYE. So I put it on and climbed into bed to watch Parenthood. Naturally it was the saddest episode in the world so I cried a little, then immediately fell asleep. When I woke up, I literally screamed. Talk about freaking the F out.... buttttt the odds were in my favor and the streak was gone after a shower and I was left with a nice new tan. Phew!

Happy New Years from the lazy I developed from drinking and my handsome boyfriend!

Happy Friday! My weekend is going to consist of a fake pregnant belly, lots of laundry, and lots of Netflix. Have a good one!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


I don't think I made any real resolutions last year, mainly because I knew I was going to have a whirlwind of a year (plus I know I'm not the only one that never keeps them haha). However, 2014 doesn't have any impending craziness, which means making some realistic resolutions may be just what I need. 2013 was quite the learning experience in more ways than one, and I'd like to do whatever I can to be the best person I can be for myself, my relationships, and my job.

1. Live a healthier lifestyle
Seriously every year, I say I’m going to quit drinking Coke, but really… it ain’t happenin. I love it too much. However, I did just buy a juicer and have started tracking what I eat in My Fitness Pal. That app makes me feel guilty when I eat bad things, so I guess that’s a sign it’s working, right? I loathe working out, but maybe I’ll jump on the working out train… baby steps at first! It would be cool to do a pilates class though. Knowing I have to go every week because I’m shelling out an arm and a leg should be enough motivation for me haha. We’ll see.

2. Spend more time outside
I read somewhere the other day that you’re more prone to illness and less mental clarity when you coop yourself up all day. And seeing as how I work in an office for 8+ hours a day, then immediately go home and stay indoors all evening, I’m not getting any fresh air. I don’t think the short 15 minute dog walk is doing me much help. So! I plan on spending at least 30 minutes to an hour each day outside. It may be reading, playing with the dog, going for a walk, or hell, maybe even a run if I’m feeling adventurous. And when it gets warmer, I plan on spending more time by water and going on hikes.

3. Be as nice as possible, in every situation
I’m not a bitch by any means, but I have been known to show my frustration or annoyance when things don’t go my way or I happen to be in one of those moods… I’ve actually been told by several people that one of my most redeeming qualities is that I’m incredibly nice. That doesn’t change the fact that sometimes I’m quick to react and may not be so nice without really stepping back and reevaluating the situation. I see myself doing this at work a lot and it needs to stop. I need to learn to be more patient and understanding. Another side to this whole “being nice as possible” thing is that you never know when you might turn someone’s day around by kindness. Seriously. Open a door for a stranger, ask someone how their day is going, or just shoot someone a smile. The world is full of grumpy people and I don’t want to be one of those people. That said, I’m still allowed to get annoyed with people on the road in traffic and at the grocery store, because I swear to god people turn into freakin morons when they step foot onto either of those places :)

4. Blog daily (or at least 3x a week)
I want to be more dedicated to this little space of the world. Plus I loved re-reading all my old posts from 2013 when writing my recap and wished I had written more down.

5. Love harder
This means calling my family more often, spending more time with friends, and not slacking in my relationship. It’s easy to get comfortable and set in your ways and 2013 was a year for me to do the bare minimum at times. I definitely didn’t call my grandma as much as I should’ve and I definitely felt too busy for friends at times. And poor Graham. Some days I should’ve squeezed him tighter and thanked him for being so awesome. So for 2014, I’m going to love reallllll hard.

6. Save 15% or more of my salary.

In addition, the person I'd like to be in 2014 will be happy, healthy, in love, and a hard worker. I want to leave 2014 feeling that way. So here's to 2013! Thanks for being the best year of my life; I hate to see ya go.

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