Wednesday, September 17, 2014

These Boots Were Made For Walkin'

I have wanted a pair of cowboy boots for, oh, about 100 years. Okay just kidding... for a long time. I just never found a pair that were "me". I also had a lot of trouble finding a pair that fit me right. I have a really high arch and wear a size 9 or 10 typically. I love the Corral boots but they are pretty pricey and I guess a blessing in disguise because none of them would fit on my foot. On my birthday I went to Cavender's to see if anything new screamed my name. I tried on damn near every cute boot in that place and none of them fit me. I was ready to give up and found this boot on the end-cap.
I fell in LOVE. They have a taller shaft than most cowboy boots and a partial inside zipper. They also have a riding boot look to them.

I ended up buying them the next day and they have been screaming my name from inside their happy little home box for the last three weeks. I couldn't stand to go another day without wearing them.
They are the Ariat Sahara.
It's 86 degrees outside and I don't give a sh!t. I am wearing my damn boots!
I just threw on some American Eagle cutoff jean shorts, a tank top, and a tunic-tee from Target.
Hair is up in a bun because it's hot and it hasn't been washed today... not gonna lie. Tan legs are by Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.

If you are in the market for some super comfortable cowboy boots that are stylish but still look like nice boots, get these!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Buy This Not That!

I've been wanting to write this post for quite some time now! Just now getting around to it but that's alright! Let's get to it!

A little back story on this... I LOVE Jaclyn Hill. She is a makeup artist that has a channel on YouTube. She is more than a makeup artist, she is a makeup GENIUS. I have been a huge fan of hers since she started making tutorials on YouTube. I have learned soooo much from this girl. One of the biggest things I have learned from her is how to highlight.

Let's talk about her highlight here... she is GLOWING underneath her eyes. It looks amazing so I bought the powder she uses to set her under-eye concealer... Mac Shaping Powder in "Emphasize". This powder is off-white with very fine pearl.
She uses the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter brush to apply this powder. This brush is $24.00 dollars. WHAT!? I am not paying $24.00 for a brush that only does one thing on 1/8th of my face.

Well much to my surprise (not) Jaclyn and Sigma are affiliated and she created her own "expert box" with all of her favorite Sigma brushes... for $90.
I justified purchasing this in that I didn't have any brushes that were similar in shape or use and buying the set saved me a little money instead of buying individuals. And these brushes have great reviews and are very high quality. So I got this set and I love all of the brushes!!

Now with that being said... The F35 is not my favorite brush to set my under-eye concealer. My old ELF Studio Blush Brush is my favorite.
The brush head is a bit larger and the ferrel is pinched so it is flatter on two sides unlike the F35 which has a round ferrel. I feel like the ELF brush sets the powder better because it presses the powder in to the skin thanks to its flatter sides. It also covers a larger area and gets the job done quicker.

Did I mention it's only $3.00 DOLLARS!? I have had the ELF brush for about 3 years and it is still good as new. The quality is great and it has a plastic handle vs the Sigma's wooden handle so it should technically last longer and look new for longer.

One thing the Sigma F35 does well is highlight your cheekbones. But if you are like me and your cheekbones highlight themselves after a few hours, this brush is unnecessary.

All-in-all, get the ELF Blush Brush if you are looking to set under-eye concealer. It's $3.00 and does the job better than the Sigma F35 which is $24.00.

Have you found any products that are less expensive but do the job better? Please share!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Megan over at Style Me Swanky does a weekly roundup pretty regularly and I was inspired. She has a cute picture at the top then writes short little bits of info that come to her mind so I am going to follow suit.

Here goes!
Football season is among us. Mizzou Tigers, baby!

Yesterday I got two "shirt dresses" at Target similar to this one. I got both in a grey color thinking they would look cute with some tall boot socks and my new Ariat's. Unlucky for me I got them both in the wrong size.

I'm anxiously awaiting my Sleek makeup purchase to arrive. I have heard so much about their blushes. I got a 20% off coupon last weekend so I ordered some stuff!

This week has been an interesting transition from Summer for me. Usually I don't even notice when Fall comes around but since school started I have been picking up one of Tim's daughters from school. It's unusual for me to have a specific time of the day that I need to be somewhere. But I like it!

This weekend is one of my favorite poker runs in Lake Cumberland, KY. I was so sad that we couldn't go. (You have to reserve a houseboat and they are booked up for years or stay with a friend.) But then last minute a friend told us to come out and that they had room for us on their boat. I was double-bummed. We are just too busy with work right now.

Speaking of work... I have been completely enthralled with getting our books to-the-cent-perfect. This last week I have been using Quickbooks more than Facebook and I am finally making some progress and learning some new tricks. Funny how that works!

I was interviewed this week by Boating Magazine about my run in the Shootout. I am pretty excited to see how the story turns out. And after a little research it looks like I am the fastest female to run in the Shootout in a boat by herself! Cool!

I got Baby Kitty one of these. It's supposed to simulate the cat's instinct to hunt and prevent over-eating and obesity. Here is a video on a cat using it.

So that's my weekly roundup! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Love changing it up.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Last Two Weeks in Photos

Oh hey there! Let's do this really quick so I can get back on track with the regular antics around here.

Baby Kitty is still name-less but he fits in pretty well as my office cat.

 Boo Boo is still truckin' along. His birthday was August 9th and he turned 14 years old.

A few Saturday's back (August 16th) Tyson, Neely, Jefferson, Sam and I went to a German beer festival in Freistat, MO. The food was delish-- bratwurts, sauerkraut, and traditional potato salad. And beer... looooots of beer.
 Turns out carnies are not very good photographers.

Then the next weekend was the Shootout. AKA the greatest week of the whole year.
 The turnout for Supercat Fest was great!
 And yes... this is me actually racing in the Shootout. I did 80mph!
 Pink helmet and pink life jacket, of course!
It was soooo HOT.
But there were a lot of people there!
  The Wednesday after the Shootout was my birthday. I might have done a little shopping... oops. I found this absolutely awesome bright pink/coral top at Cavendar's and
And I've been dying to get some cute cowboy boots but NONE OF THE CUTE ONES FIT ME. I have a really high arch and wear a size 9 or 10 usually. I literally could not get on a boot that didn't have a side zipper. Then as I was leaving I spotted these and fell in love. They are a riding boot style with the western snip-toe which is sort of unique.
 For my birthday dinner we went to the Japanese steakhouse. It was very yummy!
Birthday outfit!
Like I said... I LOVE that top!
 And my birthday cake was pretty bad ass!
I got some pretty neat prezzies, too!
Neely gave me this awesome anchor bracelet by Kiel Patrick James.
And Tyson got me some cute workout gear!
On Labor Day I went to the Lake to see my mom and my baby boy Bonzai.
And on Saturday I went to Mallory's dads 60th birthday party. It was fun to see so many people from my home town.

And of course I went boating...

So that's pretty much what I've been up to. Obviously there was some work in there. Now that our busy season of boating and traveling is over for a little bit, this place should get back to normal. I've got some posts I am excited to do about makeup, hair, and clothes so look out for those soon!
Happy Thursday.