March 2014 archive

3 Little Bargains


I love a good deal!  I would definitely consider myself a bargain shopper the majority of the time. (Although, Patrick would most likely disagree.  When you’re married to a finance guy, nothing is a bargain.  Keep that in mind ladies.)  A quality brand at a low price is always a good thing though.  You can’t go wrong with that!  I found some little gems when I shopped at TJ Maxx last week and thought I’d share the great accessories you can find there.

Item #1:  Shoes $49.99betsy2feet

I fell in love with these Betsey shoes immediately, and it takes a lot for me to love a pair of flats!  When you’re 5 feet 2 inches tall, heels are always a good thing to wear.  However, these were too cute to pass up.  They will go with so many spring and summer outfits.


scarfItem #2:  Scarf $16.99

TJ Maxx has a great scarf selection, and I can’t ever say no to a scarf.  That’s probably why I have like over 50 in my closet and can’t find half of them!  This one I loved because it’s perfect for the summer—light, bright and unique.




Item #3:  Purse $79.99Sak purse

I’ve been looking for a lighter purse recently that is still leather and will go with several different outfits.  I’ve never bought a purse from The Sak before, but I loved the color, size and pockets of this one.  It’s not nearly as heavy as the other leather purses I own and has both black and brown leather so it will go with a lot.

3 little bargains

I can barely enter a TJ Maxx without buying something.  They always have something I can’t live without whether it’s clothes, candles or bedding from Homegoods.  I guess you could say I am a Maxxinista!

Body Scrub


I decided to try and combine some of my favorite things to make my own signature body scrub the other day.  This combination is amazing and makes your skin feel so smooth and moisturized!  Each ingredient has wonderful health benefits as well.

Here’s what you need to recreate it:

  • 1 1/2 cups all natural coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup epsom salt
  • 5-8 drops lavender oil
  • 5-8 drops almond oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until it’s fully mixed.  The amount of lavender and almond oil depends on how strong you want your scrub to smell.  Store the scrub in a small mason jar at room temperature.  A friend of mine gave me the scrub below that she made and I absolutely love the shell addition!  I’m totally using this for all my scrubs now.  scrub

Lipstick Love


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I just love the new lipstick I bought this weekend!  Revlon Colorburst and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable is amazing, and it’s only $8.99 at Ulta!  It stays on well throughout the day and comes in a matte balm (Colorburst) or balm stain (Just Bitten Kissable.)  The matte balm is going to have a lot more color than the balm stain. I bought the colors (from left to right) Unapologetic (matte balm), Honey (balm stain), and Striking (matte balm).  A good bonus is that they don’t dry out my lips which is something I always look for in a lip color!


annielipstickIn this picture, I’m wearing Striking.  I like how it works as both a liner and lipstick.  Go out and get you some!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Beauty tip:  For smooth lips, combine about a teaspoon of sea salt with a teaspoon of organic, unrefined coconut oil.  Scrub gently on lips until they feel smooth.  Apply some coconut oil to your lips at night to keep them moisturized.  You’ll be amazed at how amazing your lips feel after doing this a few days!

My Favorite Mascara



Okay…I know this is going to sound ridiculous, but I’m pretty sure that if I could only bring three things with me to a desert island, one of them would be mascara.  Yes, I know that sounds vain and absolutely idiotic, but that’s basically how much I love me some mascara.  In the summer, it’s pretty much the only makeup I wear.  Well, that and a good lip gloss.  I about died when Maybelline dropped my favorite mascara last year, so I knew I had to find an adequate replacement fast!  So, after trying numerous brands, I found Bare Mineral’s Lash Domination in Intense Black.  It’s absolutely amazing and worth every penny!









Here are some tips to applying mascara:

1. I start by applying the brush directly to the root of my lash and move the brush back forth several times.

2. Make sure to get the lashes towards the inside of your eye in order to really open up your eye.

3. Take the brush and sweep it over the inside of your eyelashes a couple times.

4. Separate any lashes with the tip of the brush.

Don’t forget to always take your mascara off before you head to bed to preserve those lovely lashes!

Happy lashing!


Paris Quotes



America is my country.  Paris is my hometown.
Gertrude Stein

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.
Thomas Jefferson 

You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists,–these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.
Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris 

Ajoutez deux lettres à Paris : c’est le paradis.
~ Jules Renard


To err is human.  To loaf is Parisian.
~ Victor Hugo

The whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music… it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in everything.
~ James Thurber

What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!
~ Charles Dickens

I could spend my whole life watching the Seine flow by. It is a poem of Paris.
~ Blaise Cendrars


In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
~ Mark Twain

When good Americans die, they go to Paris.
~ Oscar Wilde

The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.
~ Marion Cotillard in MIdnight in Paris



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Burlap Bow


Burlap ribbon (at least 7 ft. or 2.3 yds for 4 loop bow)
Glue gun

Step 1:  Cut your burlap ribbon about 7 ft. or 2.3 yds.

Step 2:  Hold ribbon as pictured leaving enough ribbon hanging for 1 tail (roughly 1 ft.)









Step 3:  Make one loop on the left.  Don’t make the loop too big or the burlap will not hold its form.









Step 4:  Make another loop the same size on the right side.









Step 5:  Loop back and forth so that you have two loops on each side.  For larger/fuller bows, keep looping back and forth so that you have four loops on each side.









Step 6:  Cut a piece of twine and tie around the center in a knot to hold the bow together.









Step 7:  Cut tails at the end.  Fold tail in half and cut diagonally upward towards the fold to get the scissor tail look.







Step 8:  I like to cut another smaller piece of burlap to wrap around the center of my bow.  Hold it together at the back with hot glue.


Now you have a beautiful bow to decorate wreaths, parties, presents and more!


Easy Baked Salmon Pour Trois



8 oz. of Wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon
¼ cup of GF soy sauce or Tamari
2 tbs. of honey
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Sriracha hot chili sauce

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Put a large piece of foil (large enough to wrap up your salmon) on a pan.  Place salmon skin side down on the foil.

Add soy sauce, honey, and garlic.  seasonedsalmonSprinkle some pepper on top and top it off with as much Sriracha as your taste buds like!

Wrap foil around salmon and bake for 12-15 minutes or until salmon flakes with a fork.  Serve over a bed of brown rice and pour the leftover sauce on top.  Enjoy!