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A Place for My Makeup

I love buying makeup.  There’s just something about opening up the pretty packaging and adding a new product to my collection that I adore.  I’ve been using the same LeSportsac cosmetic bag for years, but I’m thinking about finding my cosmetics a new home.

I love the simplicity and the pop of color inside!

Target Natural Train Case

 

A little bigger than I’m looking for, but I love the retro vibe

ModCloth Bag in the U.S.S.R.

 

The multi-colored hearts are perfect, and I love the fold out option for travel.  

F21 Fold Out Cosmetic Bag

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Beauty Obsession: Davines LOVE

I’ve admitted that I’m a beauty product junkie.  When it comes to my skin and hair, I’m a pretty picky lady.  I was using the same Aveda shampoo for the last two years, until my hair stylist gifted me a travel size of Davines Love shampoo and conditioner for our wedding.

At first I was drawn to the name and the simple packaging.  After using it for the last 6 months, I love how it smooths and tames my hair without laying it down.  I have pretty thick hair that is prone to major frizziness, and this stuff does wonders for frizz-fighting.  And it smells fantastic.  What’s not to LOVE?

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Return to Sender

My husband and I move around A LOT.  (North Carolina, St. Louis, Wisconsin,and New Orleans since we met.)  So when we knew we were going to live in a place for more than a year, I had to get a return address stamp.  There is just something about the permanence of a return address stamp that just feels so old school and charming.  Here are some of my favorites.

Custom Wood Handle Address Stamp by NoteTrunk

Custom Airmail Return Address Stamp by thepaperprincess

And if you prefer labels, these are just lovely:Eco-friendly address labels by upup

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Trend I Love: Tulip Skirts

In the last year, I’ve developed a serious crush on tulip skirts.  They are super flattering, versatile, and feminine.  My basic navy Banana Republic tulip skirt is on heavy rotation in my closet, and I would love to add another to my collection.

Anthropologie Geometry in Motion Skirt $78

F21 Tulip Skirt With Pockets $22.80

ASOS Contrast Trim Tulip Skirt $51.72

ASOS Tailored Paperbag Tulp Skirt $60.34

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Novice Cook: Chocolate Chip Pie

Last weekend we had a little party for Patrick’s birthday and I was in charge of making dessert.  The hubs has two favorite desserts.  Confetti cake with rainbow chip icing (out of the box, easy-peasy) and his mom’s chocolate chip pie.  Every year I’ve taken the easy way out and made confetti cake, but this year I was determined to make BOTH.

After two emails, a phone call, and a follow up text message, I finally figured out the basics of the recipe.  Why is it that moms/aunts/grandmas always make the best stuff but never write down an actual recipe?  I need steps, people.

Chocolate Chip Pie
This recipe has been in Patrick’s family for years, and every generation seems to have adapted it a bit.  Everyone seems to love it, even non-dessert lovers.

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter

Filling:

  • 34 large marshmallows
  • 12 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 pint of real whipping cream
  • 3 oz of semi-sweet bakers chocolate, grated

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter  and press into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a 9×13 cake pan. Bake at 350 for six to 8 mins or follow directions on box.  Let cool.

Add marshmallows and milk to sauce pan and over med/low to low heat slowly melt marshmallows until smooth.  Set aside and let cool.

Whip the cream and fold in the cooled marshmallow mixture. Fold almost all of the grated chocolate into the whipped cream/marshmallow mixture. Pour over graham cracker crust and sprinkle with the rest of the grated chocolate. Cover and refrigerate.

 

Novice Cook Notes:

  1. Freeze the bowl and beater(s) for 10 minutes before whipping the cream
  2. Prep your grated chocolate while waiting for the marshmallows to cool.
  3. Grating the bakers chocolate is kind of tough!  Don’t give up!

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Etsy love: Jewelry

You might have noticed that I seriously have a thing for Etsy.  I found Etsy while planning our wedding, and fell in love with the idea of so many talented artists in one place.  It’s now the first place I turn to for gifts, decor,  and stand-out accessories.

I bought my wedding day bracelet from Noaki Jewelry, and received so many compliments on my one-of-a-kind piece.  Every piece is handmade from vintage materials, and they are the perfect for special occasions.  She has so many amazing options in her shop right now.

Topaz flower bracelet and Stained Glass Necklace

I recently discovered Elephantine, and I really want to buy one of her simple gold necklaces to wear every day.

Akira necklace

Tabula Rasa Necklace

My most recent Etsy purchase is from Verabel, who specializes in vintage art lockets.  I fell in love with this locket immediately, and it’s by far my favorite piece of jewelry right now.Verabel FOX collaboration locket (temporarily out of stock, will be back in February)

What are your favorite Etsy jewelry finds?

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Love/Want/Need: 2 Bandits

I adore boots.  And while I may be super picky about buying them, once they are in my closet I am sure to love them forever.

So when I discovered 2 Bandits, a way to accessorize and change up my beloved boots, I was totally smitten.  The price is a little steep, but considering their products are totally unique, I think it’s worth it.

2 bandits

Now if only I hadn’t just vowed to only buy things I needed.  But I need these, right?

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