Hello friends!! It’s my last day here in San Franciso and we have had a ball!!! We took a 2 year hiatus from our yearly Frisco trips and boy have I missed this place!!! Rob + I drove up this past Friday for our anniversary get away. This city is so beautiful to me. I never get tired of it!! My dream is to one day own a home here. Im posting this from my phone, so I hope it works. I just wanted to share some of the beauty I’ve captured through my lens during my time here. Meanwhile, I hope you are all having marvelous Mondays! Go forth and prosper!!!
I’ve never been one for wearing much make up. On a good day, I typically wear foundation, blush and lip balm. But I do keep 3 go-to lipstick shades with me in case I find myself needing a pick-me-up. Lately, I have begun regularly wearing mascara and eyeliner. As I am getting my skin in better shape, I am opting for less foundation. I love playing up my eyes and leaving everything else bare. I’m not a fan of the caked and baked look that make-up can sometimes have. I believe less is more, and that make-up shouldn’t really be “seen” or “noticed” it should just be something that is there to enhance what you already have. I have a memory from high school that kind of set my view on make-up early on. I remember getting ready for a party with a group of friends and one of the girls removed her make-up from the day in order to apply a fresh “coat” if you will. Well, when she removed her make-up she looked like a completely different person! It wasn’t that she looked bad, she just didn’t look like her. Because of that, I never wanted to look that different without my make up, so I never really delved into the possibilities of what make-up can do. My wedding was the first time I ever had a full face of make up. I thought it made me look like a cross between my mother and a somewhat friendly drag queen that could be related to my family. Nevertheless, I was told it was important for the pictures, so I went with it. Even though I am not a make-up connoisseur, I am a lover of beautiful things as well as things that have the potential to make you look beautiful!! Hence the reason for this post. What I love about make-up is it’s potential for creating something different. . . and a little bit of pretty packaging doesn’t hurt either!
Liquid Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiere; Translucent Powder: Chanel; Lip Balm + Cuticle Creme: Burt’s Bees; Eyeliner: Loreal Pencil Perfect in Espresso; Lipsticks: NP Set in Washington, Sephora Matte Lipstick in Fuchsia, Shisheido Make up Perfecting Lipstick in Real Red; Blush: Bobbi Brown in Pale Pink; Tortoise Shell Headband: Goody; Make-up bag: Cathexis
What are some of your favorite go-to cosmetics?
Saturday’s Destination: Disneyland
I always have a hard time when it comes to dressing for amusement parks. I always want to look cute, but because my feet are so “sensitive” I have to wear comfortable shoes, and usually comfortable means ugly. So all my cute outfits are generally not appropriate because they look ridiculous with a big old bubble gum tennis shoe. Anyway, this summer for trips to the amusement park, I opted for color to combat the wackness of my outfit. A bright lip and T can do wonders for the psyche!!!
chartreuse tank: Cynthia Rowley | off shoulder l/s T: Active Balance Collection | distressed denim leggings: Just USA Premium | shoes: Reebok Air Walk
Sunday’s Destination: Errands
My brother and niece stayed over Saturday night, and since we were out late, we skipped church. It got chilly that evening and I had to run a few errands so I donned my trench, grabbed my Chucks and called it a day. Simple and casual.
belted trench: Zara Basic | distressed denim leggings: Just USA Premium | shoes: Converse All Stars
Monday’s Destination: Kid’s School, errands, working lunch
The heat returned, but I still needed to look decent because I had a working lunch date. I love these cropped capri pants I got @ H&M a few years back. They can dress up or down. I love wearing them with heels and a blazer, but I needed to be comfortable yet presentable for that day’s line up. I paired it with my Cynthia Rowley scoop neck T (she makes the most amazing T’s and tanks) and I was good to go from 8am-9pm. It was a Looonnngg Dayyyyyy!!!
cropped drawstring capri pants: H&M | Cynthia Rowley dolman sleeve T | raffia sandals: Banana Republic
Tuesday’s Destination: Kid’s School, Office work + Parent Teacher Conference
Wanted to look presentable for the Parent Teacher conference, but still be true to my own style. I chose my go-to H&M acid dye leggings and a studded sweater I found at Marshall’s. Marshall’s and TJ maxx are goldmine’s for me. They never fail me!
acid-dye leggings: H&M | studded wide knit sweater duster: Vertigo | draped tank: Forever 21 | metalllic bronze sandals: Isaac Mizrahi for Target
It’s our anniversary!!! As of 4 pm today, I will have been married for 11 years! A milestone some may say. But i’ll let you in on a little secret. September 21st is the date Rob and I got married in front of all our friends and family. And although that is the date we celebrate as our anniversary, we actually got married in Vegas on January 3rd, 2002. I got the crazy idea in my head that I wanted us to have a secret from the rest of the world. So I suggested we run off into the night and get married and not tell anyone. It would just be our little secret. Well, we did. And we kept that secret, pretty much. I don’t know what it is about secrets. Sometimes they can be sooo good.☺ Anyway, it’s been an amazing journey. There have been many lessons learned on both sides, and we are still growing. I thank God for the life He has blessed us to create together and I’m looking ahead with excitement toward our future!
I spent this morning working on some renderings for an interior design company that I am very fond of. I love that I am able to freelance and keep my hands in different areas that are interesting to me. If I wasn’t so in love with fashion, interior design would be my full time love. But luckily, I am blessed to be able to do both!! I love rendering and it keeps my creative juices flowing. Plus, watching projects go from paper to reality is always a great source of joy and inspiration for me. So, today I am thankful for the humble opportunity to contribute to the bigger picture. I am thankful that God has given me an opportunity to use my talents in a way that can allow me to earn money, and fulfill a need for those who need it. It’s good to be needed. It’s good to be challenged. It’s all good.