August Favorites: Best Self Success Journal, bareMinerals Invisible Bronze, Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil 022, MAC 24-hour Extend Eye Base, Beauty Blog

My August Favorites

  BEAUTY bareMinerals Invisible Bronze :: Did I need another bronzer? Nope. But Jamie Paige listed this in her top 10 bronzers and I always find her recommendations to be spot-on, so I scooped it up in the shade ‘fair to light’. It’s a sheer formula with the teensiest amount of shimmer that gives the skin a really pretty glow, similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. This is probably the reddest bronzer in my collection, but it works, because fair to light skin tones usually flush a little with a tan, so it looks really natural. I like to bounce it…

This + That

Over on Manrepeller, 24 women reflected on how life changes with age. Good news: a lot of the little things we nitpick and obsess over won’t even phase us down the road. Hot baths with lots of epsom salt are my favorite way to de-stress and unwind after a long day, and adding in this all-natural rose bubble bath for sensitive skin from the drugstore is my new jam. Which iconic movie heroine are you, based on your Myers-Briggs personality type? (According to this article, I’m Jane Eyre; which reminds me that I’d really like to re-read the book.) I texted my…

Friday’s Five

I realized this week that I’ve spent 8 summers in the flower shop, and this June marked the fifth anniversary of C and I taking over ownership from his parents and restarting the business in a new location. Those early days were incredibly stressful, but also really sweet because we were in it together. We jumped in with both feet and didn’t know a thing about flowers, accounting or being employers, and it’s crazy to look back on how much we learned and how far we’ve come! It’s still stressful — small business ownership is a rollercoaster of emotional ups…

The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens, Modern Southern Cooking, Southern Recipes, Cookbook Review

Cooking the Book: The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens

When C and I moved in together, my cooking abilities were limited to scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, frozen skillet meals, pasta with sauce from a jar, and Publix Rotisserie chickens. (Okay, that last one is cheating; but we survived on those buttered-up deli birds for our first several months as mortgage-paying grownups.) My mom gave me a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book that year, and it became my kitchen bible. It was the perfect starter guide, filled with classic recipes that were easy to follow with familiar ingredients that were easy to find in the…

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Packaging Hack

Quick Tip: A Hoola Hack

I’m filing this one under “Possibly Useless Posts” because it seems kind of silly to share, but you just never know when a simple beauty hack could be your Oprah “ah-ha!” moment. So here we go! Benefit Hoola is one of my favorite everyday bronzers, and one of my top picks for light complexions. It’s a universally-flattering shade — not to orange, not too gray — that looks like a natural tan when you lightly sweep it onto the high points of your face.* My only gripe: I don’t like the packaging. Like all Benefit face powders, Hoola is housed in…

Taking Stock | 0817

It’s been over a year since my last Taking Stock update, so I’m doing a grrreat job of keeping up with this “monthly” series. (*Palm to forehead*) I always enjoy looking back on these posts as little snapshots in time, so let’s bring it back! Making : a mess in the kitchen as I try to get back into making healthy, home-cooked meals. Sometimes I forget how much I love to cook, and after months of surviving on burritos and takeout, it feels good to get reacquainted with my oven. Drinking : iced tea by the bucketful because it is H-O-T down here,…