Today was a fun day for J.J. and I. We headed to the mall and did some more shopping preparations for my friend Laura's wedding. I wore a simple relaxed outfit and very minimal makeup, just a bit of eyeliner and mascara. I can never resist kissing my son's cheeks too much so I had to stay clear of any lip products.
We stopped by the Gulfstream Park shopping plaza and casino and did a bit of shopping from the Container Store which just opened here not too long ago, and Crate & Barrel. J.J. helped me pick out the cutest couch pillows from Crate & Barrel and I also snagged the 10 piece pop top organizers. I was so surprised to see the couch pillows scan in at $11.99 all the way down from their original price of $32.99 so I had to plant another kiss on those cheeks that I love so much for having such a good eye for a bargain.
It's almost the end of December but feels like the middle of July here in South Florida. Jerrid and I spent the day shopping for our upcoming trip to Atlanta for the New Year's wedding of one of my good college friends. The malls were packed and we rushed through the crowds, hand in hand, to find me the perfect dress to wear to the wedding. I finally decided on another Sue Wong dress, this time the feather mini dress in eggplant. It's perfect and I can't wait to wear it!
I wore a simple outfit today, with a mixture of creams and whites. I popped on my gold vintage earrings that were a gift from my mom and matched my makeup to them. I used my Sedona Lace 88 metals palette which is always an easy tool for me to use for a quick look with all of my favorite shades.
What I'm wearing:
Old Navy faux fur vest / Old Navy cream tank top / Paper Demin & Co. Jeans
XTC on Melrose shoes / SHIH by Stephanie Lin bag
Sedona Lace 88 metals palette / MAC lipstick in "Hue" / MAC lipglass in "Baby Sparks"
MAC blush in "Springsheen" / Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara in Black / LORAC eyeliner in Black
This year was all about our little prince. He was such a good boy al year long and brought us so much joy, Santa had no choice but to bring him a significantly large amount of presents. Currently we are still on the couch watching JJ play with his new toys. We can't seem to get the smile off from our faces watching the joy on our son's face. This is truly a magical time of the year.
Soon is approaching the time to hop on over to Grandma's house and enjoy her Christmas feast! My tummy is rumbling and I certainly can't wait!
I hope you have all had as magical of a Christmas as we have had here at our home. I hope your holiday was filled with love, joy, and smiles. It's not about the presents, but the blessings that we have everyday...those simple things that we may overlook, but mean the world to us.
I recently purchased a new lipglass from the Pro Longwear collection from MAC. I wanted to try out the Pro Longwear glasses to see if they were anything like the Creamsheen glasses with longer wear, but I was way off. This lipglass is not easy to apply and very sticky, almost to the point of being flat out uncomfortable. The color is pretty in "Patience Please", which is a milky pinkish beige. I wish they would make it in a Creamsheen lipglass. I will give this lipglass another chance or two, but it may just be one of those tubes that gets lost in my sea of lip products.
Ever since I began to mention how wonderful Yankee Candle wax burners and waxes were making my home smell, a friend of mine introduced me to Scentsy. Scentsy is a company that produces flameless wax burners, which were got automatic green light in my mind since I do have a child. I received a few products from Scentsy as a gift from my friend and have been obsessing over their goodies ever since. I chose 6 delicious scents such as Paradise Punch, which has been a favorite ever since it touched the burner tray. The smell is strong and delectable.
The burners are easy to use with simple on and off switches. No more lighters, tea lights, and hot wax on the top tray and inside the tea light candle tray. The larger burners are very low maintenance with removable top trays for easy cleaning. To make cleaning even easier, Scentsy has created a scent tab that you place into the wet wax and let solidify during cooling, at which time you just pull on the tabs and remove the entire solidified wax from the burner tray. It's pretty neat!
By doing the math you can see that Scentsy is actually a smart choice for the penny pincher. In comparison to Yankee Candle, which sells their waxes for $1.99 each, Scentsy sells a bar of 8 separate cubes for $5.00. Yankee Candle waxes last about 8 hours where as Scentsy bars divided into 8 cubes, each lasting 8 hours makes up for more overall hours of scent and less money spent to constantly replace waxes. Also, no more money spent on buying new tea light candles, which last about 3 hours each. Scentsy wax burners are electric and totally flameless. Its such a convenience!
"Crinkle" large flameless burner.
These are the 6 scents that I have chosen; "Peach a la mode", "Paradise Punch", "Rio Beach", "Eskimo Kiss", "French Kiss", and "Sweet Pea and Vanilla". Browse the catalog here to check out the other available scents and read their descriptionsHERE.
The waxes come in a container such as this and are separated into 8 blocks. They are easy to pull apart and convenient to store. Do remember to store them in a location that is not exposed to heat.
Scentsy also offers a variety of mini plug-in wall wax burners. They are easy to handle and turn on with a big on and off switch on the front. The burner looks like an adorable functional night light and brightens up any dull dark room.
"Roma" plug in mini wall wax burner.
The catalog is very easy to look at easy to understand. Its great for inspiration on where and how to place your Scentsy burner.
There is a vast array of designs and colors of burners that you have to choose from.
It's fun and can be the perfect final touch to any room.
There are also pages and pages of scents to choose from, each in their own category.
Just have a basic idea of what you're looking for, categorize it, and then hunt down the exact scent you're looking for by the descriptions!
I'm so glad I was introduced to Scentsy and I couldn't wait to share their products with all of you.
Scentsy may have your perfect holiday scent and may also be the perfect gift for someone special on your list!
If you're interested in some Scentsy products to get your home smelling perfect,
check out my friend Lyndsey's Scentsy website here:
Today I took J.J. to Outdoor World, which is a sportsmens shopping plaza with multiple fishing, sporting goods, and boating stores such as Bass Pro Shops. Every year Bass Pro Shops allows children to get a free photo taken with their Santa. The process is very organized and the wait is not bad at all. You pick up an appointment card with the time of your photo session with Santa, and you shop around until it's your time to line up and wait. There are about 10-15 people with the same time as you so your wait is never too long.
Bass Pro Shops has some of the best toys that I've seen. I picked up a few things for J.J. that he had showed interest for, such as the truck and boat toy set, later on that same day when I dropped him off with grandma for a few hours. The prices were guilt free and the toys are so intricate and finely detailed. I know J.J. will be one happy camper on Christmas morning.
Making sure Santa's sleigh is ready for the big day!
Santa : And what would you like for Christmas little boy?
On my birthday I was gifted a Lorac gift set from Sephora containing 2 palettes (16 eyeshadow shades in each and 1 blush in each), 2 glosses, 2 liners, and a bronzer all neatly packed into a silver glittery jewelry box-like packaging. It was exactly what I had wanted and I have been using the palettes non-stop since receiving them due to the wonderful pigmentation and awesome color selection.
My look today was done using colors from both the Day and Night palette, which I will post about shortly. I want to get some photos in better natural lighting from the sun. I also want to include swatches of the shades.
I put this look together in about 10 minutes to do some quick Christmas shopping.
A good friend of mine and design mastermind, Jermaine Jenkins, has taken his clothing, J-Work Limited, line to the next level! Jermaine, creator of J-Work Limited has had his clothing line featured in many big name media outlets such as MTV, BET's 106 & Park, and plenty of blogs. At around this time of the year in 2009, I remember blogging about J-Work and featuring a few of the shirts in my post, and I am so proud of the huge leaps that J-Work has taken since their start back then. J-Work is very classy and exclusive. A great gift idea just in time for the holidays.
If you're looking to check out some J-Work for yourself or for someone else, hit up the website at www.JWORKLIMITED.com.
Disclaimer: Product was sent complimentary of the company for consideration.
I've been promising to post a photo of my new vanity. I love the way this vanity looks so chic and elegant and the price was unbeatable. I plan to get the matching lingerie drawer to store all of my makeup and beauty necessities in and place it right next to the vanity. I bought the vase, candles, and candle holders from HomeGoods. I preserved the flowers from my birthday by hanging them in the closet upside down and putting 2 coats of flower lacquer on them. They look beautiful.
I have so much new makeup to apply in front of my vanity. My nieces gifted me with the sweetest Lorac gift set on my birthday. The set comes with a day and night palette as well as a bronzer and 2 lip glosses. I did this look using the night palette and the black eyeliner that comes with it. The quality of the eyeshadows is superb. I'm so happy and can't thank my nieces enough! They know me too well! I took this photo when the sun was setting so I didn't have the greatest lighting, but I will be posting up some new looks and outfit posts soon. I have yet to organize all of my clothes and belongings in our new home.
I have so much to be thankful for...for my family, my friends, and all the love and support they show me, and for my readers, who have been so patient with me. Thank you.
The winner of the Naughty Monkey shoe giveaway will be announced this Sunday! I can't wait to choose a winner! I've had a blast going through your entries and reading all of you wonderful comments. There have been some changes to the giveaway guidelines so do review them and make any changes that need to be made before Sunday. If you haven't posted your comment on the Naughty Monkey facebook page as well as under the post, please do so as soon as you can.
I have been spending so much time with my family and catching up on some quality time with Jerrid. We have just settled into our new home and moving can be so time consuming so I have been missing from blogging for a bit while my obsession over getting the house together has consumed me.
I have so much to share with you and so many new beauty products to share with you! I can't wait and don't even know where to begin!
I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with joy! I wish for you all to be surrounded by the ones you love and to understand and appreciate one another.
I hope you have all had a fun and safe Halloween! J.J.'s Halloween was jam packed with treats, and costume craziness. Our day started out at J.J.'s school where a Halloween party took place. J.J. had so much fun with all of his friends and teachers.
Later on we headed over to the mall and walked around with some of the other trick-or-treaters in costumes. To finish off the night we frolicked around our neighborhood and went door to door to grab some treats from the neighbors. J.J. had such a good time!