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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

At Fred Meyer, I Saw New Wet N Wild Displays Set Out!!!


There they were, on the last day of 2013, with no one in sight to fill them. Talk about pure torture to a beauty blogger!!! I even went back six hours later and they were still empty. Well, at least we have 2014, right?!?!?!?!




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MegaVolume - I don't know what this is!!!  Aggggh!  Mascara and lipstick duos, perhaps?  What else gives volume?  Lip plumpers?

In The Spotlight looks to be limited edition nail polishes and eye palette...*fingers crossed*

If you have ANY information, please let me know.  If it's not out Wednesday, there will be much weeping in the aisle.  I'm taking tissues with me.

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Wet N Wild Mega Rocks Large Glitter Nail Polish

Look what I saw at Fred Meyer today. Here we have a new collection of Wet N Wild nail polishes with large glitters. Some are multi-colored. At my store they are $2.99 and there is a $1.00 off coupon attached so be sure the checkout person gets the coupon off.

Pictures of the ones I purchased will be included later. I'm sorry this picture is so fuzzy. The display was down on the bottom and I'm having knee trouble so I couldn't squat down to get a straight on picture. And I guess I didn't see how bad it is until it was blown up larger on the computer.

Wet N Wild, Mega Rocks, On The Rocks, glitter, nail polish




I'm not sure quite yet why I didn't get them all yet, (except that my husband was with me), but I loved the dual colors of glitter in the blue and the pink that is also in the purple.  They are all glorious!!  I may end up with all of them yet!!!

Have you spotted this collection in your area yet?

Flash Sale At Algenist Dot Com! 12/30/12 One Day Only!!

Go hit up Algenist.com NOW.  Today only, Monday, December 30th, 2013, there is a Flash Sale of 25% off the entire website!!!
Use the code:  Shop25
I've loved everything I've used by Algenist.  Last year, my favorite product, new or otherwise, of 2012 was the Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm.
For 2013, I was going to announce this in a few days, but my favorite new item of the year is their Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil.  My plan was to review it and announce it as my product of the year at the same time.  Just get it.  You won't regret it!!!  My review will explain why.

Algenist

You honestly can get anything from Algenist and never go wrong.  Search my blog for Algenist and you will find more products to love.  You can also read about the Alguronic Acid, the sea algae ingredient that has made this skin line a real winner!  Or read about it on the website, or just google it.  Be sure to check out...oh just check it all out.  From the micro-abrasion mask to the new pore treatments, to the oil and the eye balm.
And be sure to come back and tell me what you think.  I usually wait for a Sephora sale on Algenist, but this one really beats it!  Go!  Shop!  Now!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Staying Cozy With Some Cute And Some Ugly Pajamas. PLUS A Giveaway


On several holiday trips to Target, I noticed some awesome pajamas. Some were very cute in my eyes, some were questionable and on the verge of ugly. The funny thing is that the ones that I couldn't picture anyone actually wearing were the ones that people were just clammoring over when I was in the store. Here's some pictures of some of the things I saw, both cute and questionable.

Naturally, walking in, my first stop was in the Women's section, where I looked for a Christmas sweater or t-shirt to have another to wear at Christmas dinner.  Depending on what we're doing, I'll dress up for Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner, not necessarily both or sometimes both.  But just in case, it's a good excuse to get another holiday shirt.


hilarious holiday, Target

I don't even have to tell you what I chose, do I?  Snoopy!  Although I was tempted by ALL.  Especially the Coca-Cola Santa Claus.  We have a lot of Coca-Cola Clauses in our kitchen.  And I love them, so I was really tempted.

But onto the men's department where I hoped to find some pj's for my son and maybe a holiday set of boxers for myself, too.


This year, Target was running a Hilarious Holiday campaign.  I got a real kick out of the different signs around the store like the one in the upper left hand corner.  See the Grinch boxers?  They come with a gift bag!!  In the upper right, is the Coca-Cola boxers that I got for myself.  There were so many choices!!!

If they'd had my size in the Ralphie from A Christmas Story on the lower left, I would have purchased those.  On the lower right you can see the Batman boxers which had a blue cape on the back.  Now is that hilarious or what?  They also had caped Superman boxers!

hilarious holiday boxers, Target
More awesome men's undies to chose from.  On the lower left hand side is a pair of Peanuts sleep pants.  I wanted these really badly!!!!  But I couldn't find them in my size.  I'm going to check Target online to see if they're still available.  I WANT THEM.

Moving into the pajamas:

hilarious holiday pajamas, Target

I thought these were really questionable.  They are adult men's onesies!!!  Does any guy wear these?  They even had footie Superman pj's that I saw.  They have long capes on the back, which I thought would be a little bit hard to sleep with.  However, every time I was in Target, I saw boys, teens, men and women looking at these and declaring them completely awesome.  I heard people talking about lounging in them on Christmas and weekend mornings, so I guess that just shows you what I know.

My son and I went to Target after Christmas with myself intent on looking to see if maybe I had somehow missed the Peanuts sleep pants, and he saw these onesie pj's and said "Moooooooooooooom, why didn't you get me these?!?!?!?!?!"  My heart grew three sizes that day, as did my appreciation for what I thought were ugly pajamas.

These are some of the pj's and gift items that I had purchased for my teenaged son for Christmas:

hilarious holiday gifts, Target

Do you see the pajama sets on the upper left?  I took a picture of Ralphie, but I got him the set of Superman on the bottom.  The pants are fleece and there is an accompanying t-shirt.  There were two different tins that had A Christmas Story Boxers in them.  I mean, c'mon, they're a major award!!!

On the bottom left, I purchased a Chapstick tin for his stocking.  It has three peppermint flavored Chapsticks in it, which are truly a Godsend in a long dry Alaskan winter.  On the bottom right are Superman sleep pants.  They look grey in the picture, but they are actually a true superman blue.  And the orange looking S logo is bright red.  See Cookie Monster peeking out from behind them?  I've been asking for those for two years!!!  I'll have to buy them for myself, I guess.

I want to show you that Target still has cozy pajamas in stock, as you see the plaid on the right in the lower picture.  Most of the other pj's I've shown you are still in our local stores, but they're going fast.  And, it looks like Target is gearing up to get ready for some sexy Valentine pajamas and boxers.  Uh huh, I bought Snoopy for myself!!

Valentine boxers, Target

And now we get to the giveaway!  Two of the funniest items that caught mine and my son's eyes when Target was beginning to put out holiday items were the mustached corkscrew set and the flask.  My son has been asking for a flask since he was ten!  I guess it's a cool thing for a kid to carry around??  But he still doesn't have one.  No!!  Too young!!  I can't imagine if I'd given in and he had one at school.  Gosh, what are kids thinking?  Anyway, this is the giveaway:

giveaway, flask, mustache set, Target

Please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Giveaway and good luck.  Get some cute or ugly jammies and celebrate your hilarious holidays!


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Too Faced Lip Insurance Is The Lifesaver To Your Lip Products.

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When you order from TooFaced.com, they give samples with their orders. You can choose which you'd like and I picked a deluxe sample of the Lip Insurance lip primer.  I wasn't really sure how it was going to work until I tried it.  The sample size is .12 oz, and the full sized product is .15 oz and retails for $19.

Too Faced Cosmetics, Lip Insurance

via Instagram

I had decided to wear a red gloss on Christmas day and thought that would be a great time to test the Lip Insurance.  Red pigments are the sheerest of all the colors and can really run into lip lines and all through your living room if you're not careful.  Lip Insurance says right on the tube that it is anti-feathering.  As with all Too Faced Products, Lip Insurance is cruelty-free.

The product has a doe foot applicator and is a light fleshy color.  It dries a little sticky, which is really great since that is how the lip product will stay in place.  When I applied lip gloss over it, it really stuck to my lips and didn't run into any cracks or lines because of the Lip Insurance. The color of the gloss wasn't altered at all by the Lip Insurance.  I became a really big fan of this product at that point.  I wore just Lip Insurance and a gloss, (no lipstick), and the color lasted ALL DAY!!  Throughout dinner and everything!

When I went to wash my face about 14 hours later, I still had lip color on and it hadn't migrated anywhere.  I just couldn't believe it.  It was worn down a bit from super glossy to a fainter color but to have a gloss on for 14 hours is simply unheard of!! This is really an awesome product.  You can find it at TooFaced.com, Amazon.com, Beauty.com and Sephora.

Have you tried the Lip Insurance?  What did you think?  Doesn't Too Faced have great deluxe samples with their orders?

My Right Hand, (Cinderella), Nails are Freakishly Long



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TheBalm Nude'tude Eyeshadow Palette

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Check out the Inside of TheBalm's fantastic palette Nude'tude.  It's beautiful and has it's own distinct personality which differs from all other nude palettes.

Kohls, theBalm, Nude'tude, eyeshadow, palette

This palette can be purchased at Kohl's,Amazon, NordstromBeauty.com and TheBalm.com.

Don't you think it would be a great addition to your nude eye palette collection?  (Always mind the way you're sitting when taking a picture of a palette with a full length mirror.  Oh my goodness!!)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Santa Stopped At Sephora For Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Set in Flash

We can look forward to a review in the future.  The Smashbox Wonder Vision sets are sold out online at Nordstrom and Sephora, but you can still find them at Beauty.com, and Amazon.

Smashbox Wonder Vision, eyeshadow, Flash

Posted via Instagram

There are three color schemes to choose from.  I have Flash, which is plums, and the other two sets are a bronze and a blue.

Have you seen these sets?  What did you think?

My Big Christmas Score - Pixi Beauty Eye Alchemy Assortment - Sold At Target

One item with five stars next to it on my Christmas list was the Pixi Beauty Eye Alchemy Assortment eyeshadow palette. I really wanted it. Five stars and directions to aisle 16 at Target.

Pixi, Beauty, eyeshadow, Eye Alchemy Assortment, Target

Posted via Instagram

I can't wait to get into it!!!  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

This Is The Essence Metal Glam Collection - First Look

Oooooh, last minute Christmas shopping really pays off!!! I went to Fred Meyer and found the new Essence Metal Glam Collection. It was all so beautiful. There are three nail colors and a glitter. They looked awesome on the display so I bought two and the glitter. The nail polish that I left at the store was a chrome lavendar. There is a highlighting shimmer, three gorgeous eye shadows, a lip gloss and nail stickers that I need to play with.

Essence cosmetics, highlighter, nail polish, holographic, eyeshadow, Metal Glam, lipgloss, nail stickers

Posted via Instagram

Have you seen this collection yet?  Essence is carried at Fred Meyer in the Pacific Northwest and Ulta in the PNW and everywhere else.

Holy Essence Metal Glam Hologram Eyeshadows!!!!!

Look at these three new eyeshadows from Essence that appear to have holographic particles. It's so hard to take a picture of anything holographic, but here, you can at least get an idea of the colors.



Originally posted via Instagram 

Monday, December 23, 2013

New Kardashian Beauty Touch Tones Eyeshadow Palettes - First Look

Look what I found at Fred Meyer!!! (Check Ulta if you're not in the Pacific Northwest). These new eyeshadow palettes from Kardashian Beauty seem to have lots of shimmer for the holidays and even some holographic bits in some of the shades. This is your first look at the palettes.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The First Official Day Of Winter In Anchorage, Alaska 2013


It's a beautiful first day of official winter. The snow is gently falling and it's almost dark at 4pm but it is so beautiful outside.

Anchorage, Alaska

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Suggestions For Holiday Makeup - New Year's Eve

As I was scrolling through my Inbox, I found some great ideas for New Year's Eve makeup. I read most of the posts and I really think that with so many great ideas, it's better at this very late hour, to show you these awesome specimins, rather than do one look of my own at a time. Which is not to say I won't, but DUDE!!! Check these out!!! Some will have to be translated. I love reading the translations that google gives me into English. Sometimes they're hysterical and sometimes I have no idea what they were supposed to be, but...DO IT.

Thank you  for this Buzz Feed great post..  And if you don't go check it out, I'm really going to wonder what on earth you were thinking!!!  Tell me which is your favorite!  I've never thought of using an eyeshadow as nail polish the way one blogger did, and if you know me in person, you know I'm going to do the silver glitter eye!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Here's My Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

I've had it about three days and haven't even been able to open it yet during this busy family time of year. I'm a bad blogger. Bad blogger, no, no.

Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadow palette

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How Do You Shop Style? Play The #WeShopStyle Game

It's no secret that I am a major player in the shopping game. My stats are really high. As a matter of fact, I'm also excellent at the fantasy shopping game. I like to fake cyber shop late at night, or when there are sales, and sometimes, my fantasy shopping game becomes reality. So having the opportunity to take a fun Shop Style game was right up my shopping alley.  The following graphic is so true for me, and it's cheaper than a gym so I get mental and physical therapy at the same time!  Works for me!!

We Shop Style, PopSugar


Playing the Shop Style game was fun and intriguing to me. In addition, at the end of the game is a chance to win a designer bag from Balenciaga, Saint Laurent or Proenza Schouler between now and January 11th, 2014.

We Shop Style, PopSugar

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Have a little fun and enter to win!  You can view the official rules at this link.  
My biggest thing that I shop for regularly this year, (since I'm pretty complete in my boot collection), is scarves.  Love them!!!  What is your perfect item to shop for this year?  How did you enjoy playing the How Do You Shop Style game?


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December Ipsy Bag! Check It Out!!!

I always plan to show you my Ipsy Bag and I just haven't gotten it done at all this year...UNTIL NOW!!!  I have received some awesome items in the bags over the last year...including NYX blush, lipsticks, eyeshadows...Be A Bombshell blush...mind you, these are all full sized items...Sation nail polish, Zoya nail polish....AND MORE....

Here is the December 2013 Ipsy bag that I received.  I'm leaving my picture full sized so that you can drool as much as possible over the items.


Ipsy bag, eyelashes, eyeshadow, blush, nailpolish, lipgloss

(Originally posted via Instagram)

The sides of my picture were cut off in the Instagram photo to fit IG better.  But here are some things that you need to know:  A year's subscription to Ipsy is only $110.   To purchase an individual bag is just $10, so there's a $10 savings with the yearly price....did I mention you are receiving full sized items in each bag?


First, there is the bag.  This one is pretty nice.  Most bags are bout 5" x 7".  Love the shiny black textured outside and the hot pink inside.  Love!!!

The lipstick I received is NYX Cosmetics in the color Cream, (#607).  It's a frosted nude beige.  I love everything NYX.  I started buying them many years ago on trips to Hawaii where Longs Drugs was the only place I could find the brand.  I loaded up on pigments and eyeshadows.....bringing it to present day, I'm now able to buy a limited amount of their items at Fred Meyer.  Our two local Targets just received the brand this month but they seem to have trouble re-stocking NYX and Pixi.  It's.....so........sloooooooow.  Anyway, when I am out of state, I purchase from the full line of NYX at Ulta and one of my favorite places to shop for NYX online is Cherry Couture.  They often have fantastic sales.  You should definitely check them out.  Don't forget to shop the brand's own website NYX Cosmetics.com.  Sign up for their email and receive 25% off your first order.

I met with the NYX team at Cosmoprof North America this past summer and the one before and I'm telling you the products that were introduced this year are just killer and wait until you see what's coming up in the spring.  I'll be writing that up soon to let you know what I've discovered.

Lastly, about the lipstick, in the end cap is a matching lipgloss.  NYX Cosmetics truly has great products at great prices and I've received many awesome NYX items in my Ipsy bags.   Happy, happy, happy. You are also able to purchase these items and more from the brands on the Ipsy website.  Each bag contains a postcard featuring the brands of the month and information about the special discounts which often come  from many of them.

Be A Bombshell is a brand I hadn't experienced or heard of until Ipsy.  At this point, I've received a many different types of items from them and I've enjoyed them all.  It's a good brand and I've been impressed with the quality.  This month's bag includes The One Stick.  My color is Girl Crush, a light pink with a hint of golden shimmer, which is absolutely perfect for me.  I think I'd prefer this on my lips rather than cheeks just because I personally am not fond of cream cheek color.  However, this color intrigues me and I'm going to give it a try.  It looks beautiful and would be great for a classic wintery etherial look.  Use it anywhere you like for a wisp of color.  Layer it to make more of a statement, if you like.

Next is NickaK NY nailpolish in the color NY112, a taupe toned milk chocolate color. This goes well with the NYX round lipstick Cream.  I've also met with the Nicka K team at CosmoprofNA last summer and had a great visit.  It wasn't quite that way this last July unfortunately but I do love this nail polish.  She's a beauty!

Let's talk Pop Beauty! I was thrilled to find a Bright Up Your Life eyeshadow trio in my bag.  Mine is called Smokin' Hot and is perfect for this time of year, or anytime really.  It contains three shades of grey, from light to dark, with varying amounts of shimmer from heavy to slight.  You can also find Pop Beauty at Ulta and on Ipsy.

The last item in my already stuffed Ipsy bag is Ardell Natural Lashes, number 120 Demi, in the color black.  These are light and wispy and come with glue for application.   You can find these at virtually any store.  I usually buy mine at Sally's or at Fred Meyer when they do a buy one, get one 1/2 off sale; which is currently running thru December 21st, if you live in the Pacific Northwest.

There you have it:  Full sized items for just $10 a month!!!  Isn't it amazing?  And if you sign up for a year, you basically get one month free!!!  A year is just $110!!  WORTH IT!!!  If you use my Ipsy link, I will receive a few points and eventually will be able to use them toward a purchase.  Check out what's on their website and see if you might be interested.  This is the first time I've blogged my Ipsy bag, (shame on me but it's really been a rough year).  I have been completely satisfied with every bag I've received since I re-joined last March.

And the final note for this blog post that I have to tell you:  Ipsy has a series of questions that you can answer and the bags are catered to your preferences.  Holy great idea, Batman!!!  And you can change those preferences any time that you want!

Are you an Ipsy subscriber?  Which of the monthly sample services do you subscribe to?


Check out the lamp at the...wait for it....Pharmacy!!!!! #humor



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Ha! #MyKindOfHoliday Instagrammed Christmas Card To Target



#mykindofHoliday, Christmas card

(Originally posted via Instagram)

This is my nephew and niece and their two small children.  I had to Instagram it to the Target hashtag of My Kind Of Holiday.  If you've ever had small children, you know exactly how my niece would feel in that moment and exactly how my nephew has that "well, what can you do" look.

I remember being very small and going to Grandma's house and being up super late until half or more of the kids were crying and the adults were fighting...you know, good old family holiday, lol!!!!

Hahaha!  This is the best Christmas card I've ever received!!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

An appropriate Peanuts shirt for today. I love Snoopy!!!!

Peanuts shir, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Alaska

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Nordstrom Beauty Sale!!!!!

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This is absolutely unprecedented.  I was browsing Nordstrom.com and found many major beauty items on sale!!  Go thru the link above.  And hurry!!!  It's now until 12/18/13.  GO NOW!  STOCK UP!!!  And if you're a Nordstrom card holder, you may wish to use this as your optional 10 point day.

You'll find some major examples below, but friends, we're talking 14 web pages of beauty items on sale.  You MUST order online and if you do so, I'd really appreciate you using my affiliate links, as I make a small percentage back on sales.

All the major brands!!!  Nars, Dior, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Clarisonic, Laura Mercier and MORE!  Check it out and be sure to tell me what you've decided to purchase.





Friday, December 13, 2013

Ooooo Magic Top Coat Nail Polish From Loreal!!!

Loreal Paris, Magic Top Coat, flakie nail polish, glitter

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Beauty Blog Coalition Winter Giveaway!!!!


The bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition are at it again and want to give you the opportunity to win a little money right before the holiday season!


All terms and conditions are listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open from 10 December until 21 December, internationally to all those ages 18 and up. You may tweet using the Rafflecopter option once a day until the giveaway is over for extra entries. One winner will receive a $500 prepaid Visa gift card. Two more winners will receive a $200 prepaid Visa gift card. (Both are available as a one-time PayPal transfer if the winner so chooses.)

Please take time to visit the bloggers who made this giveaway happen and good luck!


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Monday, December 9, 2013

I Love The Holiday 2013 Nordstrom Shopping Bags!! They Always Make Me Happy!!

Aren't these such pretty bags this year?  I've been collecting all the different variety of Nordstrom shopping bags for a lot of years.  I'm sure my husband thinks it's crazy, and perhaps it is, but some day, I will be a little old lady with my collection of totes from Norstrom and I will be very happy at the colors of holiday cheer and my memories of the best store in town!

Nordstrom, Christmas holiday 2013

Originally posted via Instagram

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Time For The Nightly Neck Rub



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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Amazing Klout Perk - People Magazine VIP Gift Box


People Magazine, Jamberry, Rembrandt, washi tape,

Originally posted via Instagram

I received a Klout perk of a subscription to People Magazine and was surprised to receive this People VIP gift box.  It has some cool things in it which were chosen by People's editors.

In the picture on the right at the bottom left, you see Washi tape.  This is a super trendy item that I've heard people talk about but I've never seen before.  They are colorful rolls of Japanese tape that can be used for anything...super trendy, super popular to the point of obsession.

Above the tape is a bracelet.  It is a a blue enamel bangle and you can see the silver that is at the edges and inside.

The Jamberry Nails are in the middle of the box.  Jamberry are vinyl nail wraps that can be easily applied and secured with a blow dryer.

At the top left is a box of designer note cards.  This is a thoughtful inclusion the the VIP box, particularly at this time of year when thank you cards may be needed and appropriate.

Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips are another very thoughtful item at holiday time.  They dissolve in 5-10 minutes and claim to provide visible stain removal in 3 days with 3 times a day use.  Because the time involved is so short, they can be used while at work, in the car or whenever.  I'm going to begin using them today and will let you know of my results when finished.

Do you see the animal print at the bottom left under the Jamberry?  It's a very nice quality animal print scarf. With a pair of sunglasses, I'll be sure to be mistaken for a celebrity while wearing this scarf that bears a large trend from Fall 2013.  When I wear this, I might have to put a sign on my back that says "sorry, no autographs today".  

I'd like to take this moment to say thank you both to Klout and People Magazine for this surprise box that comes with the VIP perk access to People.  This is an awesome box that took me quite by surprise and everything in it is desirable and part of some top trends as we look forward to 2014.

The Best $10 I've Ever Spent

I ordered this charm from Sassy Lemonade on Etsy. I follow her on Instagram and actually found this item on her IG feed. I ordered a bible verse that has been very meaningful to me in my life and will continue to be. I regularly lean on this promise from God.

Believe it or not, the verse is embossed on a smashed penny!!! Isn't that cool?

Rock That Purple and Pink Hair Like You Just Don't Care!!

Thanksgiving with new hair thanks to Jen at Vavoom Hair Studio in Anchorage.

Rocksbox, Elumin, Vavoom Hair Studio, Anchorage, Alaska pink hair, purple hair

via Instagram

And, the shorter gold chain?  That's from my Rocksbox subscription!  Cute!  And affordable. 

He has so much #Holiday cheer!!!



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Still One Of My Favorite Items I've Painted For Christmas

Santa, Americana, paint, Christmas

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Sweet Kitty


She was really sacked out tonight, completely enjoying getting her throat rubbed. My husband snuck behind me to capture her picture and she gave him the stink eye. She hasn't sat on my lap at night for a couple of nights, with all the holiday activity and all, so she was really enjoying our time together. So was I.



Originally posted via Instagram

Super Cute Penguin From The Nordstrom Holiday Catalog


I got a new holiday catalog from Nordstrom today and this little guy was in it. Actually, he's a really big guy. He's 32" high!! Nearly three feet but he's adorable. Check him out an other great holiday items at Nordstrom.com/Giftability.

penguin, nordstrom

I originally posted this via Instagram.

Let's play a game.  What would you name this guy if you had him?  I think he's so super cute!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shop Your Style With POPSUGAR ShopStyle!

Partnered post with Popsugar for ShopStyle


I am honored to have been hand selected as a Popsugar Blogger to be part of their We Search. We Find. We ShopStyle! collaboration with Popsugar.  I am helping to spread the word about the ShopStyle campaign that began this month and you'll see everywhere:  tv, major publications, and even taxis in NYC!!  Check out this commercial.  I love it.  It's catchy and full of style!

My contribution to this campaign, in addition to helping spread the word, is the opportunity to show you my own style, creating a faux print ad that includes the ShopStyle t-shirt....which just happens to be exactly my style, too!!!  Check it out.  These are a few of my favorite things!

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I love boots, tennis shoes, color, camo, black, layers and color, color, color.  I'm so happy that camo is a highlight this year because I will wear it in every color and in any type of item that I can.  My favorite accessories are a layer of bracelets and/or a scarf.  You can take a favorite old shirt that you've worn for years and totally change up the look by adding a scarf.  Bright colors do me just fine and jeans are a must.  Blue jeans, camo jeans, black jeans, alien jeans...I don't even care as long as they are jeans.

Let me tell you about my favorite items, starting from the top left:

Old Navy Camoflauge shirt in black, it's sheer so you get to layer.  :)
My Shop Style Tshirt layered over an Apt 9 tank top
A bright scarf from Kohl's
JLo by Jennifer Lopez Embellished Skinny Jeans
Steve Madden Monicca Boots

Next is a shirt that I got at Old Navy a few years ago that is probably the most utilized item in my waredrobe.  I wear it under everything, with everything and alone.  I love love love that color of pink.  Random scarf with it.  Alaska is a place where the weather can be freezing, suddenly warm, and back to freezing within the scope of a half hour, so layering is a must.

Next to that is my favorite Coach bag.  It has all my brights and goes with everything.
At the lower left hand corner is an Old Navy Embellished Sweatshirt.
The sweatshirt is layered with an Apt 9 shirt.

Paired with my Shop Style tshirt and Apt 9 tank top in the middle is my skinny camo jeans by Union Bay.
I wear those, and other jeans, with my brown Earth Origins boots.

Rounding the corner to the lower left, I have my favorite tennis shoes.  I love my neon Asics.  You'll see there are many varieties of neon Asics to choose from.
Of course, there's Converse, which I have been wearing since grade school, when it wasn't cool for a girl to wear them, but I did.  I've stuck it out until it became cool.  Go me!!
Neon Tek Gear shorts to encourage a workout.

Who leaves the house without their phone?  Not me!!  Mine wears a Kate Spade iphone case.
And I never leave without my North Face E-tip Gloves.  Perfection.  I've been wearing them four years and when it's really cold, I just put another glove or mitten over them.  None of the cheap knockoffs work as well.  Trust me on this.

Up the left side to the top are a variety of necklaces from various places that can be used alone or for layering.  You'll see some bracelets that I like to layer, combining colors, textures and metals, and a couple more scarves that I enjoy.

Participating in this campaign has been fun.  You'll see more items pinned to Pinterest, featured on Instagram, tweeted out, Facebooked and all other forms of social media.

(I have to show you the complication we dealt with in doing this shoot.  There was a very pouty dog who was grumping around the shoot because she wasn't allowed to walk all over it and the flash was in her eyes.  Poor spoiled baby!!)
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So break from your regular routine and check out ShopStyle!  It has all the brands and stores that you love and trust.  You won't be disappointed, I promise you!!!  Let me know what you think.

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