Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Makeup

I teased my girlfriends and said that my fabulousness was accidental.

What I meant by it- I put a great deal of thought and effort into my appearance.  I care a great deal about first impressions. But, I'm no fuss- very minimal. I don't put a lot of time and effort into it.  I've bragged before that I rarely spend over $30 for any item of clothing.  My hair is done by me (except the hair cut) and it's done quickly, My makeup application mirrors this.

Makeup is important to me to make me feel my best.  I've seen women who rock a beat face and one of my beautiful girlfriends said she needs about 30 minutes to put on makeup.  Not me.

I think that amount of time scares a lot of women because we simply do not have it, or just don't have the energy or interest.

I'm here to tell you that you can look good in about 5 minutes!

I start with a clean face, and E.L.F. Primer.


My skin is very prone to breakouts, especially around the time of my cycle.  I would not go out sans makeup, but I'm sharing this pic with you.  (WOW! #believeit)

I first put on my makeup with a blending brush.  I use Maybelline Fit and I mix colors 310 and 330.  I then use concealer under my eyes and on the spots, also Maybelline Fit.  I top with Almay Smart Shade Finishing Powder to set it. 

This is what you get after that. 


Next, I do very minimal "fleek" on the eyebrows.  (That word cracks me up.)  I use E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit.... sometimes I put on eye shadow, most of the times, not (I just don't feel like it considering I have to wear glasses all day now!)  I line the insides of my eyes (if I feel like it) and top with mascara.  Mascara is a must and I have tried a few because I love my eyes to look doe-y.  Right now, I'm using Essence Mascara.  

I also use blush and sometimes highlighter

I top with gloss or nude lipstick (unless I'm feeling froggy, in which I'll do red!)

Here's my finished product:



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blur

According to Blogger, I haven't written in 28 days..... It's all been a blur. So much has gone on but nothing truly significant (I'm thankful for that) <<<< evidently I assume significant = bad.  My family is alive and well, well, except for Zoe who is recovering from the flu because an extended family member brought a sick kid over for Thanksgiving dinner but that's neither here nor there because the more I think about it the more pissed I get so I won't.

Breathe.

Last week, Braxton had something, I don't know what. He had a fever that won't quit and his doctor sent us to the Emergency Room of the children's hospital, where he got blood drawn, almost got a catheter (except he peed toward the nurse just as she was about to insert- thank GOD), chest x-ray and antibiotic shots in both legs.  And yet, we STILL don't know what was wrong with him. 




It's been rough.

But there's also been good moments.

I turned 30------- (ain't it sad that I had to think what year it is to remember how old I am). 34. I turned 34.  My birthday was low key. My husband and I ate at a very cool restaurant called Hammerheads then we saw Gone Girl which was so good that I want to un-see it so I can see it again.  My girlfriends and I went to Wild Eggs which is amazing.  We're going again this weekend. 

I've also repeated this dress a lot... it's one of my faves:



And I also wore my best outfit ever.  I LOVE this outfit, it makes me look slim. 


And I walked in Old Navy to get socks on probably the worst shopping day ever without a stroller, with both kids and this happened:
"Are you my mommy?"

But alas, Life is Good! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

#Momista- Work Wear

Hey guys!!! Thanks so much for your support on my returning back to blogging about fashion! I promise to never get lost in mommydom again.

Below are pics of things I wore to work last week and this week. I've been taking the pics in the morning before I leave out, so the lighting may not be great, but hopefully you get the general idea.

I don't know if I've told you about my limit- Pretty much everything (besides shoes and coats) is purchased below $30.  Part of it is because I'm frugal and part of it is because I know I don't take great care of my things.  Due to time, I will definitely put something in the wash that says it should go to the dry cleaners.  Cream and white never stays vibrant with me. And somehow, my shirts always end up with random grease marks, although that is probably due to my lotion and Vaseline wear and probably a side of baby hands and hair products.  #eczemalife




Shirt:  JCPenney:  $9.99
Pants: JCPenny, Liz Claiborne: $28.80

I wanted to NOT have to pay this much for pants but black pants = #lestruggle.  After trying on about 20 pair in the course of several months, I said screw it!!!  At least these were on sale though. These are the best pants I've ever tried on. I love ankle pants because they're high-waters on purpose.  #longlegproblems


I went out with my friends, husband and their husbands, which I haven't done since May.  I had no real time or desire to shop, so this came out of my closet.

Sheer shirt:  JCPenney:  $9.99
Skater skirt:  JCPenney: 14.99



Dressy sweatshirt:  JCPenney, $9.99
Black pencil skirt: (from my friend who lost her baby weight) Score for me.


I wear a lot of sleeveless tops and cardigans for work.  
Hold on, I just thought about it- I dress like this on the weekend too, it's my uniform.  

Shirt:  (check out the lacy detail on the sleeves):  JCPenney, $7.99
Liz Claiborne pants again
***when you are frugal, it's about the rotation***


Black and white cardigan for work, Old Navy, $14.99

I see that my overall theme here is $9.99 and JCPenney.  They pretty much always have a coupon, so sign up for their emails and text alerts and their clearance section is nothing to sneeze at.  Everything besides the pants came from the clearance section because it's the first area I go to! 


***Uhhh, doesn't JCPenney need to paying me for promo.?*** :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fashionista Lost within the Mom Files

Thank God for friends... friends that will check you and be honest with you and love you, all in the same breath.

I have many real life, real time girlfriends, but I also have a few blogging girlfriends, who've I've never met in person, never even talked to on the phone, but  we've chatted, e-mailed, and sent texts (do you say texted?) and I consider them my sisters, just as my girls in real life.

One of my blogging sisters checked me because my blog fashion has gotten lost among the mom files.

And you know what? She's telling the truth. This blog started off as a fashion blog when I had no kids to a semi fashion blog when I had one kid to a mostly mom blog right now.

This spills over into my real life. I have lost myself in motherhood.  Don't get me wrong. I still look cute (I'm not giving that up.) I RARELY take time out to do what I really want to do.

Today, I did a presentation at my job (yes, a law firm) about fashion and due to suggestions from my co-workers, my wheels are turning.

But right now, I'm going to start putting a little fashion back in my blogging life because this is what I have to do!

So check out today's outfit which was about $15!  WTF, you say?

Yes. $15.



The dress was $9.99 from Old Navy
The vest was $4.99 at JCPenney
....and the belt came off of another dress




Friday, October 17, 2014

I Don't Want to Forget

I copied the idea for this post from Carolyn.  Brax is 7 months now, which has flown by, and he's the perfect baby.

Why am I tearing up typing this?  Tears are so petty.


I don't want to forget...

-that he stood before he crawled. (He's done pretty much everything before his time.) 

-how he smiles and grunts and tries to get to me when I walk into the room.

-how he wakes up early in the morning when I'm getting ready for work and spends time with me. 

-the way he hugs my neck when I pick him up.

-his feet on my arms as I nurse him.

-his happiness.  (He is truly the happiest baby I've ever seen!)

-the way he tries to suck my face.

-the way his thick, soft hair feels and smells.

-the love and admiration in his eyes for his sister. 

-him in his dad's lap as he tried to get him to shoot the baby basketball. 

-his half crawl/half walk. 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Ross Remedy


One day last week, I didn't have to pick up the kids after work and didn't have to be anywhere, PLUS I had a gift card so I thought, "perfect day to shop".  All things pointed to it, right?

There is a  Ross really close to my home and that place is a one stop shop for me, like Target.

Their shoe department never ceases to disappoint and I was able to find a pair shoes that I've worn every day since Friday.

 Guess how much they were????


$13.98!  Can you believe it?  I love these shoes. They are so mascu-feminine and the spikes add a dose of rocker chic!  I seriously haven't been pumped about a pair of shoes like this in a long time.

I also had a wristlet bag that had spikes on it and out of habit/lack of time, I wore it everyday. Sadly, the wristlet park broke off a few months ago but I kept using it as a clutch. This method did not serve me well because: a) I keep leaving the bag everywhere and b) a mom needs her arms free.  I have other purses to carry but who has time to change purses, PLUS my bags are big bags and couple that with baby bags and you just run out of arms. (I need to be an octopus!) 

So I saw this cross body bag and knew it had to come home with me.


This baby was $23.98 and it's another LOVE purchase.  I have also rocked this everyday. Since I like masculine things, this purse was the perfect opposite for me. I love the chain tassel.

Another purchased was this mug.  I loved it. I don't know why, I'm not a huge drinker of coffee (although mother of two-hood has made me now need a cup every morning to function at work).  I think this mug is too fly for coffee anyway, my co-worker suggested I put flowers in it.  Here it sits at work :




Monday, October 6, 2014

Solo Parenting

My husband went out of town on business for about a week.  I was pretty panicked leading up to it, thinking about the last time he left. I was pregnant with Braxton and Zoe wasn't herself. She was quiet and stayed right under me, and asked for her daddy a lot.

Not to mention,  THERE ARE TWO OF THEM NOW..... 

A baby and a toddler-baby (because Zoe has her days).

My family made sure to enforce to me, in their own ways, that I was being dramatic and it wasn't that bad. My mom stressed to me that she had four kids and made it just fine when my dad was away to which I retorted, "Hey, I have no problem in admitting that you are a better woman than me. If you can do it, that's YOU."  My aunt, who also has two sons and her husband was gone for months and months at a time, also stressed to me that it wasn't that bad.

I ignored them both.

My struggle and thoughts are MY thoughts. My family, like a lot of your families, can be quite judgmental... so I just ignore them or respond with a retort (because that's how my mouth is set up.) I just think it's rude to discount how people feel.

Maybe it wasn't to THEM, but to ME, the thought of it being one parent down was bananas.

The craziness while he was gone ebbed and flowed. It was hardest on me in the mornings because we leave so early (it's still dark out) and  the kids are knocked out.  I had to make two trips to the car - one carrying all of their stuff and my stuff for work, and the second carrying just over 20 lb. Braxton in his car seat and 30 lb. Zoe over my other arm.  (I repeated "I can do all things through Christ" over and over and thought of Super Woman.)

After work, I was nervous for picking them both up and entertaining, feeding, and bathing TWO KIDS.... by myself.

There were some days we didn't even go straight home- opting for adventuring to the mall, park, or Target, because I didn't want to be the yelling mom- "Zoe stop, Zoe no, Zoe don't."  It was much easier to make pit stops because once we got home, they were both pretty much exhausted.  Also, there were a few days that they got baths together.

My home wasn't clean.  It was a hot mess until the day I left work early to go clean before I picked them up.

But there were also such sweet moments...

Sneaking in and quietly observing them playing together. 
They melt my stone heart.  

 They were well contained in the cart. 

I was putting on my makeup one early morning and evidently he tried to wake up but just couldn't.
He woke up slept like this. 

I found this great dress at JCP for $9.99.

And we survived.... and thank God we did, because you know what- Hubby got a promotion and will be leaving me with these boogers more often.