Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In recent years I go back and forth on being okay with my size. Then I find clothes like Torrid's, and I am quite happy with myself.

Torrid tends to have more of an edgy style, but some of their clothes are pretty nice. They have especially nice dresses, and are cut to fit a voluptuous figure beautifully. I've also bought work clothes and lingerie from Torrid, and have loved everything I've bought. Their clearance is awesome but sales are final, which sucks if you're ordering online.

At the store, their customer service is awesome. All the ladies are super friendly and I secretly wish I could pull off the rockabilly look. They are around if you need a different size or just an opinion on something you're trying on, but they don't smother you. They also offer up great suggestions if you've got an idea of what you're looking for, or just have an occasion to shop for.

Torrid has their own rewards program called Diva Style. I haven't racked up enough purchases to benefit from it, but they do send you a $10 coupon for your birthday. They also have a credit card available, which I would SO have if my husband allowed. (Not having one really is better for our financial health though.) Their downfall is that their clothes are definitely more expensive than I like to buy unless I'm completely in love with an item, or am looking for a special occasion.

Here are some of the items I've bought from Torrid:
I also have a pair of baby pink fishnets that are SO CUTE but I still don't know what to wear them with. Any suggestions??

Remington Curling Rod

Friday, September 14, 2012

Here is a gadget that I would really miss if they ever stop making it. This is the easiest, near-dummy proof curling iron I have ever used. (I say "near-dummy proof" because to say a curling IRON is dummy proof is an oxymoron.) This one in particular has a pretty pink pearly shaft. They say the ceramic has crushed pearls in it, but I'm pretty sure that's just a marketing ploy, even though it is quite smooth. I have both sizes, the smaller one for spiral curls, the fat one for big barrel curls. It also comes with a glove to protect your hand, which it does (so I use it every time), but it is not heat proof. It's merely an additional layer to protect you from burning your skin off. It's similar to those stretchy cotton gloves you might wear in the fall. The iron has a digital temperature display and you can hold down the (-) button in order to lock in the temperature that you've set the iron. This is handy if you accidentally push in the buttons with your thumb when you're curling your hair. To power it on or off, you have to hold in the button which also helps to prevent accidental on/off. I feel like this is the easiest curling iron I've ever used because of the lack of the clamp. I never got the hang of being able to curl my hair without accidentally kinking or getting my hair stuck in that stupid clamp. Or knowing which direction I should clamp my hair in, then twist my hair. (I'm a very uncoordinated hair stylist, which is why it's hardly ever done nicely.) With this pink beauty, I just twist my hair around, hold, hold, let go. Perfect ringlet! There is a minor learning curve in figuring out how to twist your hair around so that your hair lays flat, not in an actual twist. It can also be awkward to have both arms up at all times, but once you get the hang of it, curling goes super quick even on my super thick hair.

EOS Shave Cream

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I picked this up at Target one day because it advertises that you can shave wet or dry. I tend to not shave in the shower in the mornings because like I've said before, I wake up as late as possible in the morning. This doesn't leave time for shaving. However, I have been trying my best to be a better and less prickly wife, so I thought this would help me out. It does! I like this stuff. It's like a thick lotion that you smear on. Let it sit for a few seconds (I never do though because I'm impatient), then shave that shiznitch off. The only problem with this is it gunks up your razor pretty fast, so I have to have the sink running with super hot water to clean off the razor after a few swipes. Once you're done, you can rub in any leftover cream. My legs always feel like I've just slathered them in nice rich lotion, plus they're nice and smooth like a good wife should be.

Added perks are that the bottle is that smooth soft sort of plastic that EOS uses, unlike other shave gels which tend to have metal bottoms that rust in the shower. It's also just nice to touch. I bought the Raspberry Vanilla scent which is nice smelling, but nothing to write home about. The bottle has little thumb prints on the side to make it easier to grip in the shower. Or outside of the shower, if you are really bad at holding things.

All in all, I like this shave cream, but you could also use a nice thick lotion and use it the same way without purchasing an extra product.

Revlon Hot Air Styler

Monday, September 10, 2012

Several months ago I cut off all my wedding hair - 7 inches!! Since it was a really nice length, at the collarbone, I wanted to attempt to blow out my hair with a round brush. Knowing how uncoordinated I am in the hair department, I found an even better tool. A hot air styler! Genius. I remember my grandma having one like 20 years ago. Why did these go out of style? Bitches be crazy. Anyway, I opened the package and then had no clue how on earth to use the damn thing. I turned to my BFF, Google. Google is so smart. Google knows everything! Google is also an excellent teacher and has taught me how to do countless things that people think I'm talented for. (Ha!) So, Google taught me how to use the hot air styler to make me pretty. It's not much different than if you were to use a round brush and blow dryer. It just combines the tools into one. (I use the large round attachment pictured in the middle.) I have to separate my hair into layers since it's superthick, but when I'm in a hurry I can do thicker layers if I use the High setting. I don't like using the High setting because 1) heat on your hair is BAD, 2) it sounds like a jet engine in your ear. (I mean come on, you're putting the bread & butter of a hair dryer right in your ear. Of course it would sound like that.) Also, using the hot air styler does not always produce a perfect blow out. At minimum, it produces a NEAR perfect blow out, but sometimes I will go over the top layer real quick with my flat iron.

Again I ask, why did this tool go out of style?!

Victoria's Secret Cotton Lingerie & Body by Victoria Bras

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Skiivies.  We all need them.  These are the ones I love:

On the bottom...
Victoria's Secret Cotton Lingerie Bikini & Hiphugger
Cool, comfy, stretchy, light cotton.  What could be better?  These are the perfect cut so they're not riding too high or too low.  They're not wedgie inducing.  They're anti-crack.  They come in so many colors and designs, and they often have the VS Panty Raid which is 7 for $26.  I have a hard time holding back!

On the top...
Victoria's Secret Body by Victoria Demi Bra
I tend to only buy this bra when I have some cash to spare and am in need of a nice, sturdy, yet uber comfortable bra. The cups are lightly lined with memory foam. It's glorious. Now, this doesn't mean that the cups remember the shape of your girls. It means when you're wearing this bra, your girls are comfortably nestled in soft cups that conform to your shape. This is also quite a pretty bra, in my opinion. The solid and patterned designs come in a soft, stretchy microfiber material. The lace style (which is lined) isn't as soft but isn't itchy, and has the additional femininity that lace provides. The cups and straps also have a delicate picot trim and a tiny bow resting right between Lisa and Marie. By far, my favorite bra I've owned.

Now you all know my favorite brands and styles of undies.  There you have it.

What I Do

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Here is a little preview of what I do....

I am adding new designs to my Etsy shop all the time so be sure to visit often!


Friday, August 31, 2012 is a site full of really unique and cute clothes. I love their dresses. I feel like their style is different from most styles sold in stores. Their only down side is they are a bit on the expensive side, but they do allow you to invite others to the site and they get $10 off their first order over $50, and you get $10 too! Also, their shipping is very reasonably priced (or free!!) and their customer service cannot be surpassed. All in all, I feel like Modcloth is a good company that I want to support, in addition to having cool clothes. It also helps that their mascot is a pug because the girl that started the site has a pug. (They get to bring their dogs to work. Wish I could do that!)

Modcloth has several great features in addition to being all around awesome.

One great perk of Modcloth is a lot of customers leave reviews for the clothes, including pictures. I love when reviews include pictures! It really helps to know how the clothes look and feel (according to their review) on real, live people.

Also, if an item is out of stock you can still let Modcloth know that you NEED it, and they re-order based on feedback! I've seen lots of items come back, which is always nice when you've found an item you love! On most sites when it's gone, it's gone.

Returns and exchanges are really easy with Modcloth. As I said earlier, their customer service is amazing. You can give them a call and you'll reach a person who is happy to answer all of your questions. Returns for a full refund is 30 days, the only draw back is that they need to receive it by the 30 day mark. If you give them a call they will help you out with that. After 30 days you can get store credit, but once it's been too long (I think over 60 days), the credit is subject to a 50% restocking fee. That part sucks, but I did return a dress several months after receiving it because I realized I would never ever wear it and would rather have 50% store credit (especially when I have items on my wishlist!) than nothing at all.  Modcloth also produces a shipping label for you, so all you have to do is shove the box in a USPS mailbox!  Easy peasey. 

Here are the dresses I've bought:

Let me know if you would like me to invite you to Modcloth for the $10 off coupon code!

Super lazy daily routine

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I wake up as late as possible. I have to wake up, walk the pug, shower, dress, and be at work by the appropriate time. Though I'm a girly girl, love makeup and feeling pretty, I am also entirely unmotivated to get ready beyond looking barely presentable Monday through Friday mornings. So, here is my lazy daily routine. Sometimes I skip steps when I'm really lazy (read: tired).

#1 Pop of color
At the very least, I try to use some sort of light blush so I at least look alive in the morning. Since it's summer and I'm slightly sunkissed, I use my absolute favorite face product. Too Faced Pink Leopard.

This stuff is the best and it's flattering on most skin tones. I'm very light skinned with blue/pink undertones, so I never thought I would find a bronzer that looks natural on me. This stuff is the best. It has shades of bronze, rosy pink, and gold. I apply it with a nice fluffy brush to the apples of my cheeks and sweep up gently, then brushing very lightly on my nose, forehead, and chin. Ta-da! A lovely natural flush.

In the winter, I like to use Bare Escentuals All-Over Color in True.

Again, flattering on most skin tones. It is a rosy gold with shimmer. Another version of a natural flush, only a little less bronze for winter pale skin.
#2 Touch of lazy magic
I just discovered this little magic stick. Almay Wake Up Eyeliner + Highlighter. Mine is in Coffee Buzz & Iced Buff, which is a medium brown eyeliner and very pale pink shimmery highlighter.

The highlighter has a cooling effect when you put it on. Pretty cool. (Ha ha!) The eyeliner is just slightly metallic. The combination is very subtle but the effect is leaps and bounds nicer than a totally naked eye.
#3 Pièce de résistance, mascara
If I skip the magic stick, sometimes even the pop of color, at the VERY least I do try to wear mascara. My eyelashes are supernaturally long and dark, but straight. I feel like mascara just gives them a touch more oomph, pow, and kazaam. Lately I've enjoyed mascara by Urban Decay. I like either the Supercurl or Lush Lash.

One of the things I like about both of these mascaras is they don't budge all day, but come off easily with water and minimal rubbing. Supercurl has a curved brush, which I feel does help give my lashes a bit of curl. I can't stand curling my lashes with a traditional lash curler*, so if a mascara can give me a slight curl, I'm happy. Lush Lash has sort of an hour glass shaped brush. This helps reach the tiny lashes in the inner and outer corners of the eye. The formula is smooth and touchable on the lashes, but doesn't flake. It contains a serum to aid in the health of your lashes, but I haven't noticed a difference in mine. I have read other reviews that say they've noticed a difference. Like I said earlier though, mine are naturally long, so I think if they grew any longer I would look freakish.
There you have it. My super lazy daily routine!
*For special occasions, I do use the Heated Lash Curler by Blinc. This tool is the best thing ever. You curl your hair with heat, why not your lashes? For super oomph, I use They're Real mascara by Benefit, then curl. My natural lashes could pass as falsies, no lie.

Obligatory Introduction

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My dearest friend just started a personal blog, which has inspired me to write a blog too. I like reading blogs and always see them as sort of mini-internet celebs. I tend to google a lot and my BFF, Google, leads me to a lot of really cool blogs with reviews and such. I love finding reviews on something I am interested in buying. I try not to buy before finding reviews. Also, I do blog occasionally through my work's office version of Facebook. So..... I'm going to try to combine the two! BAM! Welcome to my blog.