So, I thought it might be kind of fun to do... well... a fun post. Perhaps maybe even a little bit of a girly-fun post (Andrew, I still love you) which features the odds and ends, gadgets and gizmos I'm loving at the moment. Pregnancy has brought on a whole slew of emotions I never fathomed possible. Food cravings, yes, and I'll get to that, but also changes (albeit slight) in music taste, pleasure reading, clothing (and not just because I've got a basketball in the belly). Oh, and I've a wild penchant for all things makeup. Just ask my CP; she'll likely elaborate after about two minutes of straight laughter.
Up first is Pixiwoo. What, you ask, is a Pixiwoo? Beats me. But it's compiled of two amazing British makeup artists: sisters Nicola & Samantha Chapman. Their makeup tutorials are wonderful, extremely helpful, and feature looks from everyday work-wear to the extreme high fashion runway stuff. They also give you the low-down on new products, complete with reviews and great visual testing. To add extra icing to the delicious pile of MAC, Chanel, and Illamasqua, they have frequent giveaways, which is great for those of us who love freebies. And that's everybody, right?
|Nicola & Samantha Chapman|
Twitter ~ YouTube ~ Facebook ~ Website
Next is my favorite makeup & skincare finds. I've always been obsessed with makeup. Color, technique... you name it, I love it. Lancome cosmetics took up the first four years of my working career. Starting out at Dillard's, ending up at McRae's as a counter manager, I not only learned the basics of makeup application and skincare but also developed a hearty taste for finding that perfect product. Easier said than done when there's so many to choose from, am I right, girls? If I named every product that's ever held a close place to my heart, we'd be here all month. So, here's my can't live without's as of right now.
|L to R: Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace Body Spray, Thymes Lavender Body Lotion, |
Essence of Beauty Makeup Brushes, Urban Decay Primer Potion,
Wet 'n Wild Eyeshadows & Blushers, & Lancome Visionnaire
I'm also lovin' flat shoes. Largely to do with the fact I'm gaining weight everyday, I am certain, but there it is. If I'm not wearing my Ariat cowboy boots (more comfortable than any pair of tennis shoes, trust me), I'm sporting flats.
While I'd love to have a pair of these...
|Glittery Ballet Flats by London Sole|
I'm perfectly content (for now) with these:
|Sequined Ballet flats by Arizona Jean Co.|
Let's see... What next? Oh! Crazy into nonfiction, which is weird since I'm generally a fiction/tell me an awesome-not-true-but-maybe-could-really-happen kinda girl. However, since I write mainly historical, delving head-first into research is essential. Currently on my nightstand (or wherever they happen to land--computer room, coffee table, kitchen, bathroom):
|L to R: Britons by Linda Colley, Prince of Pleasure by Saul David,|
Dancing into Battle by Nick Foulkes, The Regency Underworld
by Donald Low, & La Grande Armee by Georges Blond.
My next obsession needs no formal introduction...
|Triple Double Oreo Cookies.|
Dip 'em in milk and oh my goodness...
Lastly, the Hubby and I are loving, loving, looooving FX's new original series, American Horror Story. It's different, it's brilliant. Scary & suspenseful as all get-out. Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and newcomer Taissa Farmiga star as Ben, Vivien, and Violet Harmon, a family seeking to remedy an anguished past. The solution? Moving from their quiet Boston neighborhood to an old, old mansion in Los Angeles. What they don't know is that the house is haunted. Big time. Day and night, all sorts of strange things happen. From break-ins, to wild dreams, to meeting up with former residents of the house--both dead and alive. It's a complete hour of edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting entertainment. We watch it dvr'd as we're going to bed on Wednesday evenings. Needless to say, if I wake up sometime in the middle of the night and my arm's hanging off the bed, I snatch it back with a hearty gasp.
|L to R: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Jamie Brewer, Alexandra Breckenridge, Denis O'Hare (burning guy),|
Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Dylan McDermott, & Connie Britton.
Well, that's it for stuff I'm lovin' right now. Tell me, have you got some strong affinities of your own, recent or old? And if so, what?
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,