Yesterday was the first day it was ‘cool’ enough to wear something with sleeves. (Seriously love warm weather so that’s fine with me)! But all good things must come to an end.
The below 90 temps got me thinking that maybe it’s time to start updating my beauty routine (and add in a few more warm makeup colors) now that it’s cooling off.
Here are a few of the products that I would love to try for the fall! Have you tried any of these yet?
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HER JOURNEY BEGINS……
Somewhere on a beach in Italy – eating gelato
For safety and privacy sake I’ve been hesitant to share online that my daughter is spending a year traveling around the world before she starts art school next year.
Yet so many friends have asked that I give tips and advice to others who might be considering it, so here you go (and here are a few of my favorite photos of her so far):
- Give a small yet reasonable budget. We give our daughter a weekly allowance, but we give her $40/day. That’s enough for her to find a place to stay, eat cheap food, and explore (by foot) whatever town she’s in.
- Have her work complete 1 “portfolio worthy” piece of artwork a week
- Volunteer for half of her trip….OR go to classes.
- I will never publicly post where she is…only where she WAS.
- To save money she can stay with friends (she’s hooked up with the foreign exchange students from hosting and being a “returnee” herself.
So far she only had a little snafu in Zurich. But I was so proud of her for figuring out how to make it work.
As of right now she’s been to Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever had a child do a gap year?
After what feels like a million years, my friend Rachelle is FINALLY marrying her guy. (Seriously it’s been over a decade).
To celebrate their upcoming wedding ceremony, I offered the use of my house so all of her friends and family could celebrate her with a Parisian themed bridal shower. He asked her to marry him in Paris a little over a year ago, so it was the perfect way to honor that.
As you know I don’t eat eggs (allergic), dairy or gluten (sensitive)….so when someone else offered to make all the food….I said YES! (See? She’s got us all in the spirit of saying “yes” to things!) Someone else brought over the decorations. And it was genius. All of my parties from now on are going to be my girlfriends each handling one detail of a party. Because that was the easiest and prettiest party I ever (kinda) did. Especially since I didn’t really do anything. It was awesome!
Oh….and I ate everything….and spent the next 3 days eating everything in sight and gaining 11 pounds. For real. Gluten makes me crave sugar. And when I have sugar I don’t want to stop. So with Halloween just a few days after the bridal shower I indulged…every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And that’s ok because now I’m back to eating normal foods again…like vegetables…and no sugar. And even though I gained weight and broke out, the most important thing is I got to celebrate my beautiful friend for her shower….I didn’t have to make any food….sometimes you’ve got to pick your battles. If you want to see a party that I did everything for and where all the food was gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, check out my 20th Anniversary Roaring 20’s party HERE. But this shower was much less stressful.
I hope this post inspires you to have help when you’re planning a party. And enjoy all the new things (food, decorations, etc.) when your friends share their talents at your event. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was perfect!
This weekend was crazy!
A good kind of crazy…but crazy nonetheless.
First I hosted a good friend’s Parisian themed bridal shower. More on that in tomorrow’s blog.
Then I ran to help one of besties for the rest of the weekend. She directs the Miss Arizona USA and Miss Arizona Teen USA pageant. I thought I would be mostly backstage steaming dresses and helping with butt glue (so your swimsuit doesn’t ride up). Turns out that in addition to being backstage, I needed to sit just behind the judges taking photos, posting updates and doing all things social media! Seriously had the best seats in the house. Which is why the next day I made sure to bring more than just flip flops and a cotton dress the next day (not the prettiest look when you are out in front of the audience) 😉
I wore simple makeup because when you are helping out for 12 hours straight you don’t need stage makeup at 7:45am. My hair fell as soon as I arrived though, so one of my favorite makeup/hair stylists, Kelly Wisniewski did a quickie styling session on my hair just before showtime. Thank goodness for her!
Although I’m not as glam as the contestants (because it’s about THEM, not me), I still wanted to show you some of the fun highlights and behind the scenes from the pageant. For the updates, go to the Miss Arizona USA facebook and Instagram – and the Miss Teen Arizona USA facebook and Instagram. Enjoy!