Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Flattering Flares












TOP: Express c/o | DENIM: Express c/o (many of the jeans are $80 and under!) | WEDGES: Jeffrey Campbell | NECKLACE: H.Audrey (dupe HERE) | LIPS: Kat von Des ‘Lolita' | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton (Montaigne GM) | SUNGLASSES: Givenchy | NAILS: SNS Dip #74 

Oh my goodness - talk about the cutest flares, ever?! Someone commented on my IG last night that they remember I used to wear flares so much - and I really did! Every fall I got a new pair - something about fall makes me want to wear them. I went into Express right before we flew to Alberta and I tried on TONS of jeans (they were all really cute and under $100) and I ended up buying these mainly because I knew I’d get a ton of wear out of the dark wash. For sizing - I tried on a 4 like normal but they were just a little big and I felt like the 2 was actually a little more flattering. Also, I am not quite 5’7 and the length was great - my wedges are not super high. If you are shorter, I recommend getting them hemmed - thats what I typically do! Considering these are under $79 and look & fit like a designer pair makes me wish I would’ve taken advantage of the Express promo - which I think is buy one and get one for $19.90?! I think if I got a second pair I’d get the black ones for fall. Paired w/a chunky sweater or cardigan & a floppy hat!?! So cute!

Anyway, I am in Dallas, TX today - I’m getting a laser treatment for pores, acne scarring called Clear + Brilliant - has anyone tried it?! Im just praying it will help w/the melasma on my upper lip bc it is out of control. I am so excited bc I’ve heard if you do a few treatments you see a difference. Praying this isn’t too painful! I’ll def let you all know how it goes!! <3 

Thanks to Express for sponsoring today’s post. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall Must Have: $23 Off The Shoulder Sweater












SWEATER: Tobi (only $23, similar here & here) | DENIM: AG Jeans (I have had these the longest so I’ve made the rips larger over time!) | BOOTIES: Steve Madden (similar & fully in stock here & here) | SUNGLASSES: Givenchy | NECKLACES: BaubleBar & here

John and are both prefer cooler temps to hotter ones - and we also prefer mountains over beaches. I don’t know if there’s anything more peaceful than a quiet morning in the mountains with a hot cup of coffee. We’ve been making  sure to get up at 6am so we can take full advantage of this beauty before it gets crowded. 

In other news, can you believe this sweater was only $23?! I was psyched - I have quite the collection of off the shoulder sweaters from the past few years but it seems they have been hard to find lately. I sized up to a medium so it would be super slouchy but I would have been happier with a small I am afraid. Oh well!

Thanks so much for all of the fun comments on yesterdays post... a lot of you made me feel better about not being the best hiker! John said we were at 11,000 foot altitude so hopefully it wasn’t just me being super out of shape. (I’m telling my self that!) 




Monday, August 22, 2016

What I Wore Hiking at Lake Louise










TEE: BP (wearing size small) | VEST: NorthFace (wearing small - it was a little big though) | LEGGINGS: Zella (size small) | TENNIS SHOES: Nike | SCARF: Louis Vuitton (similar style) | HANDBAG: Goyard ‘St. Louis PM’ c/o Keeks || John’s Pullover: Patagonia

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that John and I are in Alberta, Canada visiting Lake Louise! It’s absolutely stunning - its crazy to think that people live near here and get to see this beauty on a regular basis. It is polar opposite of Oklahoma, haha! (I will full post talking ab what we did, where we ate, stayed, etc.!)

Anyway, the first morning we were here, we got up at 6am and went for a hike - we grabbed coffees & breakfast, tossed it in my bag and got going... Everyone was like “oh yea its super easy - only one mile, you’ll do it in no time!” So of course I was psyched bc I’m over here thinking “sweet, I’m going to look so legit going for a hike”... and then we started walking up the mountain and John looks at me (apparently I was breathing hard or something, idk) and says “whens the last time you went to Zumba?” I was like “umm like a month ago!” So yea, it wasn’t so easy for me. I am totally not the hiking type -- I remember dating John and going on hikes w/him to impress him and then quitting once we got married! lol! Also, I totally didn’t intend on wearing a LV scarf on a hike but when we walked outside and realized it was in the 30s, it was all I had to add on to stay warm. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!! Have any of you visited somewhere that looked like this within the US? I’d love to hear of some beautiful places in America that are similar! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Vanity + My 5 Favorite Make-Up Brushes







I’ve totally forgotten to share the vanity details on here so I thought I’d do a quick re-cap of this area of my room really quickly! 

My vanity is here.
My x-bench is here & the bowl is here.
My fig tree is from Silks are Forever - this is a 6” but I prefer 7” but it sold out. The ceilings in this room is 10” or 12?! Need to ask John, lol! I will say these aren't as nice - I wish I would've gotten this one that is the same price and better quality.
My rug is c/o of Lulu & Georgia.
The mirror is here, BUT I had to order this twice & it was broken both times so I finally just got it replaced in Tulsa. (they did give me my money back both times!)

Now for makeup brushes... if I had to pick 5 makeup brushes it would be these 5- these are my top five favorite!
1. Sigma F80: For foundation application - its a must have.
2. Beauty Blender: I use it in several steps of my makeup application.
3. Sigma E40: I use this for my transition color in my crease which is my favorite & to contour my nose.
4. Sigma F40: For perfect application of blush.
5. Chanel #1: I use this for powder & bronzer.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Our Weekend in OKC







TEE: BP (only $19!) | SHORTS: One Teaspoon (similar style here) | JACKET: old (similar style HERE & I actually have the one!) | NECKLACES: BaubleBar, similar HERE | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | BOOTIES: Steve Madden (similar & fully in stock HERE) | 

Thought I’d share this outfit that I wore over the weekend while visiting Oklahoma City! It’s a pretty simple look, but one that I’ve been wearing so much lately. John has been on nights for 7 weeks now and it’s taking a toll on both of us - he usually sleeps during the day while I work so we just don’t get very much quality time together. Its just a part of residency of course but we will be happy when this is done. On Saturday he actually had a day off (which is a rare treat!) so we drove over to Oklahoma City for the day. We snapped these while in Bricktown. If you visit the area make sure you go to Big Truck Tacos & also - we went to dinner at Republic which was recommended to me on Snapchat and oh-em-gee. It was so good & John was obsessed bc they had huge TV screens everywhere. Just thought I’d share! :) Also - if you saw on Snap, I picked up a ton of candles from B&BW - their fall scents are out and they were 2 for $24 this weekend. I had a ton of people screenshot the candles so I’ll make sure to tweet the ones I bought today. 

Okay so this tee- I ordered it last week bc I saw it on the Nordstrom New Arrivals section and I love the length of it. It’s nice & long which is perfect for fall & winter when you want to wear leggings & a cardigan. Also, you guys know I wear military style jackets SO much. A couple of years back I ordered THIS one from Nordstrom and I get SO much wear out of it (sorry if you’ve seen me over-wear it!) It looks great w/simple outfits or even over a dress. I’m going to link a few of my favorite fall & pre-fall items from Nordstrom in the widget below. <3

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring todays post.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PB & Banana PUP-cakes Recipe

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You all may have seen on my Snaps that we made some ‘PUPcakes’ for Fitz over the weekend. His second birthday was August 8 and yes - we are crazies and threw him a little party. No shame in our game. A little background - I am a crazy dog lover. Like, I’ll be walking down the street and ask to pet someones dog... I don’t meet a stranger when it comes to seeing someone with a dog. I had a Pinterest board where I pinned golden doodle puppies all the time when John was in medical school. He always said “no we are not getting a dog!” He is very allergic to dogs -- w/exception of F1B Goldendoodles. I begged and begged for a dog and the first year of residency - just a week before my birthday John drove me to Missouri to see a breeder. We met all of the puppies that were not already ‘claimed’ - and got to pick which one we liked.  I was on the floor playing with them all and John was sitting on the couch and I remember Fitz (he had a different name then!) kept going straight to John and curling up in his arms- meanwhile the rest were super playful and one was kind of a bully (but so cute!!). As soon as Fitz started snuggling John - I could see that John was quickly getting used to the idea of having a dog. It was the BEST bday present ever!! Within just a few weeks of having Fitz - John was making stops on his way home at Petsmart to surprise Fitz with new toys -- it didn’t take long too become a crazy puppy lover. 

We are so crazy ab him - he has the most fun personality, ever. I swear he thinks he’s part human! He’s made this whole residency thing 1000x better, that’s for sure. I could go on forever and ever ab him but I will refrain! 

Anyway, my friend Kara has a golden doodle and they celebrated his birthday just before Fitz w/these PUPcakes so we stole the recipe for Fitzy. He is OBSESSED w/them btw!

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^PB is his favorite!

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^ever feel like someones staring at you?? haha. I turned around to see him staring anxiously... 


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^How they look before icing!

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Medium Bananas Mashed
2/3 Cup Honey
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups Flour
2 TSP Baking Soda
1 TSP Baking Powder

For Frosting:
5oz. Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
2 TSP Milk

Directions:
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees & grease mini muffin pans (I just used the muffin liners)

In a mixer, beat the PB, Oil, Bananas, Honey, & Eggs until combined.

Gradually add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well, Spoon batter into muffin tins until about 3/4 full.

Bake for 8-12 minutes (or until you can stick a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean - we had to check it several times until they were ready!)

Frosting:
Combing PB, Neufchatel cheese, & milk until smooth. Spread over Pupcakes once they are cooled down. I made the Pupcakes before church & spread the icing on them after church!

Disclaimer: Some dogs may have allergies os use w/caution. Consult your vet w/any questions or ingredients on this list.
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^Marwan & Melissa & their pup Spike came over to celebrate! Spike wasn’t sure about all of this!

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Outfit details:
My tunic is HERE (on sale for $27.)
Denim is HERE.
Necklaces are HERE & HERE.
Shoes are HERE

Countertops are Cambria Quartz - Brittanica. 
Gold Kitchen Aid Mixer is HERE - from the Artisan collection in ‘Champagne’. 

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