Thursday, May 31, 2012

Leopard Print : Or Should I Say Cougar...

There is a small joke around here about leopard print. We (my husband) calls it cougar print. Reason being: I am older than him. Oooh shocker! I am not technically a cougar (I don't think)! I'm pretty sure you have to be OVER 30 and I still have a few more months! HA! Though I must admit I am counting the days. I cannot believe my twenties are almost over! What the heck happened? I keep saying I'm having a midlife crisis, though I am not quite to midlife! Enough with the rambling! Here are some super cute leopard (forgot we are calling it cougar) prints and some fun ways to style them!

Fun With Leopard

Looks With Leopard

Leopard 2

Leopard 2 by flairbybrandi featuring a leopard print dress

This (of course) also inspired two new makeup looks! Check my upcoming posts for the new looks!

Leopard & Animalistic Makeup Look
In My Bag
Romantic Makeup Look
Hair Streaking with Splat
Pink and Black


Thrifty Thursday : Fab Finds All Under $5

I didn't have time to try on all of my new finds for you guys, so I took a few quick snapshots. All of these were under $5.00 each! Some were under $3.00. The brands vary from Rue 21, Forever 21, Guess, Loft, Gap, Old Navy, etc.

I wish the pictures would have turned out better! I will have to take more when I have a finished look! I hope everyone is having a great Thursday!


Makeup Look : Burgundy Blues

Here is the makeup look of the day. These were a few more colors that I don't normally experiment with, so I thought I'd try something out. I called this Burgundy Blues.

I have been getting a lot of questions about my makeup looks, fashion/style, preferences, etc. I decided that I would do a Q & A based off a few things my readers have asked. This will be in video form, so stay tuned for that post. If you have any other questions you want to ask please feel free to do so in the comment section or by email at


Casual Kind of Day

Here are a few fun and casual looks!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Makeup Look : Spicy

I think I only used my Avon Vibrant Spice Quad once, and I'm pretty sure it was only for one color. Here is a quick look I created with my quad. This one is called Spicy.

This was really easy and the only shadow I used was from the Avon Quad pictured below.

To finish it off I added a thin line of black liner and super shock mascara.


What's in My Bag
Black Tie Looks
Casual Kind of Day
Thrifty Bargains
Denim Days Makeup Look


Schools Out For Summer

Today was officially the last day of school before Summer break. Both of my boys are beyond excited! This Summer is going to be quite entertaining!

Last night my oldest had his 6th grade graduation. I can't believe he will be in 7th grade next year! He has grown so fast! My youngest had his 2nd grade graduation today. Time goes by so fast!

Here are a few pictures of their last days as 6th and 2nd graders.


40's Flair

Here are a few finds I put together inspired by the 40's. The style of the forties has such a romantic feel.
40's flair


In My Bag
Thrifty Finds

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm Quitting...

I decided to share part of my newest personal journey with you. I have been a smoker for 18 years. I started young! I wish I never would have picked up those stupid things, but I did. The thought of quitting has always been hard.

I have tried quitting cold turkey before, and of course tried the gum. Neither worked. This has been a bad habit that is very hard to break. This past Sunday I decided to try something new. My husband and I (he is quitting also) decided we would try out the electronic cigarettes. I don't even think that these were intended to help you quit, but so far it is working.

We bought the NJoy brand rechargeable kit. They are a little under $20 each and the cartridge refill is also about $20. The refill cartridge is equivalent to a carton of cigarettes. The electronic cigarette doesn't have tar, tobacco, or half the other things found in cigarettes. It does have nicotine though. It doesn't smell like smoke, there are no ashes, and it is super easy to use.

I can say that it has helped so far. When I get the urge to smoke a cigarette I pick this up and smoke it.There is a lot less nicotine in these than in regular cigarettes, but since they are so similar to regular cigarettes it makes this process much easier.

Since I smoked for so long I got used to the feeling of the nicotine, holding the cigarette, and blowing out the smoke. These, of course, are natural effects of smoking. With the electric cigarette you do the exact same thing. I can't say that it is as fulfilling as lighting a cigarette and feeling the full effects, but it helps me so much more than just putting a piece of gum in my mouth. I plan to taper off of these in my quitting process, but this will be much easier than going cold turkey. I really have hope this time! We will see how it goes! Below are the pictures of the rechargeable cigarettes, refill cartridges, and single disposable electric cigarettes in case you are thinking of trying this out as a way to quit! They have regular, lights,  menthol, and menthol lights.

Electronic pack. Comes with charger, one cartridge and one cigarette.

These are cartridge refills

This is the disposable cigarette.

Everyone wish me luck!! If you want to stop smoking now is the time! I'm thrilled my husband decided to quit with me, but either way I'm doing this! Who else wants to quit?


A Neon Kind of Day

Check out these fab neon finds that are sure to add a pop of color to any wardrobe!

Neon Kind of Day

Mango mini dress
£23 -

Calypso St Barth silk dress
$275 -

Giambattista Valli pleated dress
£939 -

Rebecca Taylor cut out t shirt
255 CAD -

Monki vintage tank
€20 -

Linea Weekend camisole top
£41 -

Naf Naf t shirt
€20 -

7 For All Mankind blue skinny jeans
$210 -

Color block skirt
$40 -

Madewell summer leather sandals
$55 -

K. Jacques leather shoes
$270 -

Aerosoles low heels
$69 -

B Brian Atwood high heel sandals
$210 -

AX Paris peep toe platform heels
$53 -

Steve madden pumps
$130 -

Rebecca Minkoff leather shoulder bag
$495 -

Kate Spade patent handbag
$298 -

Marc Jacobs studded handbag
£419 -

Hurley tote handbag
$40 -

Ted baker handbag
£75 -

Kate spade bag
$478 -

Gerafftes Bustierkleid Pflaume
€1.198 -

Combishort bustier en lin
€15 -


Monday, May 28, 2012

Week In Photos

Here is a quick few instagram photos of the past week.  I still can't believe Ty rode those little cars!