2.29.2012

Help?

Hey guys!
I have a favor to ask of you... I REALLY REALLY want to win... SOOoooo... Remember my "Effie Trinket" fantasy makeup I showed you? Well, I entered it in a contest and the photo with the most "Likes" wins. Would you mind helping me out?? :) Of course, if you like a photo better than mine- vote for it! But if you think I deserve to win, I'd love your vote!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!
(This should take you directly to my photo. If it doesn't, just click on "Get Started Now" to view the entries. You don't have to do anything else other than "Like" the photo)

In other news... Here's a sneak peek of the photo shoot I had with Miss Katrina (one of my lovely sponsors) before I moved. SO excited about these!

2.28.2012

Opposition

Have you ever made a decision that you KNEW was right. You felt it in your heart, your mind was at peace. Then you go forward with that decision only to have everything that could go wrong- seem to do so?

As much as you think "maybe I was wrong" you know you weren't. As much as you want to give up, you know you can't.

Because there will always be opposition. There is always that someone out there wanting you to fail, wanting you to give up, wanting you to be sad, depressed, and angry.

But there is also ALWAYS that someone there who KNOWS you can succeed, PUSHES you to keep going, and WANTS nothing more than for you to be happy, faithful, and excited about life.

The best things in life come when we feel the most opposition keeping us away from them. Life will be sweet when we make it through those challenges.

So keep going! Even when it seems like all is lost. Because you absolutely can do this!


2.27.2012

Blogger of the Week: Deer Circus Blog

Hey guys!
Today I am introducing you to this week's "Blog of the Week"- Bridget from her blog "Deer Circus". Bridget is beautiful inside and out, as is her blog. She posts about her adventurous life with dreamy pictures to match. It's uplifting, inspiring, and incredibly optimistic. AND she works at a magazine. Awesome! :D So read, enjoy, then pop over to Bridget's blog. I KNOW you will love it!


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blogging in the presence of gentri’s followers? excuse me while a blush. (a lot.)


i’m bridget, and am delighted to share my little slice of the blogosphere with you!
i may be the penman behind the deer circus—a blog about life as a bashful but adventure-seeking book-nerd-turned-portrait-photographerbut my husband is the looks behind it.


i’m a better person for knowing him. robbie has cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease. but despite being saddled with its complications, he’s becoming a pharmacist. and he’s been my best friend since we were 17. and he’s a dapper dresser. and we love being optimists together.


actually, we’re big on optimism. we like to think that happiness is a choice & it’s all in the details: bright lipstick & a top knot for me, a bowtie for him. together, we love forts & thrifting & fondue.

we also love our dog-children, bernie & archibald.



most of all, whether we’re corn-mazing or grabbing a midnight milkshake, we like to photograph & document every little thing. for us, blogging is mode of remembering. and i’m always on the lookout for other bloggers to share & remember with!


from the bottom of my humbled heart: hello!

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See? Simply lovely. :) Now click on over to Bridget's Blog and say hello, you will be SO glad you did!

2.25.2012

Their Favorite Moments

Hey guys!
Instead of doing a normal Sponsor Feature Post, I am letting them take over. So today you get to peek into the life of my sponsors and their favorite moments. :)

A Lost Feather
This is one of my favorite recent photos. My dog, Boo, and I had gone to the beach on an unseasonably warm January day. We walked and played in the sand, Boo barked at a horseshoe crab, I photographed our surroundings, then we settled on a small dune to watch the water. I love days like that.

and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Every time I see this picture my heart just swells with an overwhelming feeling of love for my son. It's as if this picture captures all my love for him in one frame. It's perfect, he's perfect, and I love him with my whole heart! {I mean seriously, look at those eyes!!}

Honey Pot Pet Studios
EEK! We are so excited to be a part of Gentri's Blog today! You may have seen us here before, but in case you missed us, Honey Pot {Pet Studios} is operated by pet lovers like you. We design and distribute a wide range of pet products that are handmade, made in USA & Canada, and that are unique and darling. Our products are uniquely designed, hand selected, tested and catered to you with materials of the highest quality standards. Come shop your heart out and find something for your furry friends (Cat & Dog), and yes! There's something for you too in the "Shop You" aisle. We ALWAYS have something going on! Free Shipping when you spend $75 or more, but remember, a lot of our products INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING ALREADY! Plus, we have a $10 Flat Rate Shipping. Check out our Sales Items! and our NEW HONEY COLLECTION Here for both Cats & Dogs. Just because we love Gentri, we're giving her blog readers a 20% OFF promo code: ShopGentri - just enter at check out! We ship all over the US & Canada. 

Kristie Was Here
I'm a Bay Area gal with a dancing habit, french frie addiction, and the intermittent ability to write clever sentences in blank spaces. Naturally, I blog. Writing and photography overwhelm my life and there's a good dose of music providing the soundtrack. I'm usually behind a camera or a computer--depends on the day.

Little Penelope Lane
This is one of my favorite pictures of all times because it makes me laugh. It is so real. Just trying to smile through the ups and downs each day can bring!

Rad Rag Designs
Hey, it's Dannielle from Rad Rag Designs.  I like to blog about refahioning items, how-to tutorials and the  items that I make.   Feel free to stop by my blog and stay while, I would love to have you over!
I am offer 10% off my shop to your readers with the code DEAL10

The Bookness
I love photography. My blog is my space to share small images from my world and share it with your world. The camera is my best friend. This is just a few of my photos.

Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard
This is a photo of The Beard and I on our wedding day. I love it because it captures the beauty of our day just the way I remember it.

Boyish Chic
Here is my favorite photo of me because it reminds of me time & place where I felt completely, divinely happy. It was taken at La Jolla Coves, CA; one of my all time favorite places. The beach has always been a safe haven for me - away from the crazy that is my life - & this photo reminds me of that freeing, happy feeling.

1581 Designs/ The Andrews Update
 I love this photo because it is one of our most recent photos as a family of three.  I find so much joy in being a wife and a mom, so this photo warms my heart.
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Live, Laugh, L0ve
It is my favorite picture because I had been up for almost 24 hours. I was tired & had a feeling that day was going to be a bad day because I wasn't going to be going to be until I had been up for wayyy over 24 hours, so needless to say - I was in a bad mood. I went to open the blinds because I knew dawn was breaking & for the first time in a long time I saw the sun rise. A beautiful, breathtaking sunrise that I don't see often enough & God reminded me that I should be starting the day {or continuing it} in a good mood because there was beauty all around me.

Secret Life of Bee
This image was really fun to create. It has been over a year since I have been able to take photography classes and I have really missed it. I miss it mostly for the different types of photography we got to experiment with. This is called levitation photography. I'm excited to do more with it.

The Hinton Hookup
This is one of my absolute favorite pictures from my wedding day. Before getting dressed, all of my bridesmaids and I took this picture in a cute little room that matched our wedding party towel wraps. These girls are my best friends and sisters. My wedding day wouldn't have been the same without them!

2.24.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 5

Happppppyyyy Friiiiiiiiidaaaaaaay!
Technically it's my Thursday. But it feels like Friday... Which I can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing. All I know, is that I need a weekend... Badly.

On to the beauty tips!


Many of you have expressed concerns with acne and what kind of treatment would be good for you.


Well, how about an acne facial? haha!


To those of you with oily and/ or acne- severe or not, I suggest getting a High Frequency Treatment. I LOVE THIS FACIAL! It is by far my favorite facial! It's so much fun, I practice this every chance I get. Ok, so it can hurt. But it's totally worth it, and it doesn't hurt that badly. Plus, the benefits are amazing!


What happens (BASICALLY) is this:

There are three MAIN steps to this facial. First they'll use a galvanic current on a negative setting to turn your oil into soap! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! YES! OIL INTO SOAP! How awesome is that?! This process opens your pores and softens the tissue.
Second, they'll use a High Frequency Electrode. This has so many benefits I can't list them all. Some are that it drys out acne and speeds up the healing process, minimizes pores, helps the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps with the tone of your skin, and SO much more.
Third, they'll use the Galvanic current again, only this time on a positive setting. This closes the pores back up, soothes the nerves, hardens and firms the tissue, and pushes the products used (masks, toners, etc) into the skin so you receive the full benefits of them.

Doesn't that sound wonderful?! Well, it is! So yes, if you have oily, acne, or normal skin- look into getting this treatment! It's my favorite.


Someone asked me how I suggest you clean your makeup brushes-

Answer: with shampoo. :) Your brushes should be real hair (of some kind), so shampoo is how you should wash them.

That's all I have for this week. I graduated out of Freshman this week (exciting!), so I am OFFICIALLY taking clients! If you live near me, come and get something done! It'll help me graduate! haha!


Oh, and in case you missed it, here is what I did in my fantasy makeup class last week. This is my friend Kandace who I turned into Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games! Compare to THIS picture.


It was so much fun and I'm hoping to help out with the makeup at a fashion show this weekend! Happy Friday everyone! Any fun plans?

2.23.2012

Fantasy Makeup Pt. 1 + an update

Hey guys!
So the other day at school we had a "Fantasy Makeup" day. We had to bring in a "model" (I asked my friend Kandace. She was PERFECT!) and do their makeup as something other than a normal day to day look. Some of the girls did a girl version of the band "Kiss", one did an "Ice Princess", one did a "mermaid", and I chose to do Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games!

We had a professional photographer come in, so I'll have better pictures soon (ones where you can actually see that Kandace's eyes are blue, like effie's). But I couldn't wait to share this any longer! What do you think?? Do you like it? (In case you're wondering, her outfit came completely from my closet.) I can't wait to get a copy of the professional pics! I'll be sure to share them. :)

Here are some other little things that have been going on...

1. Did you know that there are "Birthday Cake Oreos"?! I found them the other day and was in Heaven! I shared that pic on instagram (obviously!) and I think I may have started an Instagram trend. haha!
2. I've been loving the weather here! I posted this pic and Janette commented saying how that is not warm and that I better not be wearing shorts...
3. In response to Janette's comment I shared this picture... I was in fact, wearing shorts. hahaha! I WAS wearing tights, so it probably doesn't count. But it was still funny. :)
4. We spent our entire afternoon at school on Tuesday trying to figure out the "marbling" technique for nails. Finally got it down after much trial and error.

I hope you're all having a great week! I announced the Valentines Giveaway Winners HERE. Be sure to email me if you're a winner!

2.22.2012

Valentines Giveaway...

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Here are the winners from the Valentines Giveaway! Thank you to ALL who participated! Once again, I just have to express my love for you all! :) Love you!

The winner of the Honey Pot Pet Studios Gift Basket iiiiiss...
Nicole from her blog:
Running in Heels!!

The winner of the Secret Life of Bee Blog Design iiiiss...
Sarah from her blog:
Forever God's Princess!!

The winner of the Little Penelope Lane Hair Wrap iiiiss...
Katelyn from her blog:
Inner Vision!!

The winner of the Craft to the Radio Button Necklace iiiiss...
Shane from her blog:
Whispering Sweet Nothings!!

The winner of the Boyish Chic Sponsor Spot iiiiss...
The lovely girls behind the blog:
The Green Ray Bans!!

The winner of the Craft'n Bettie Chalk Ring iiiiss...
Elisha from her blog:
The Official Blog of Elisha!!

The winner of the Rad Rag Designs Poppy Brooch + Large Sponsor Spot iiiiss...
Kaycie from her blog:
Redhead Memories!!

The winner of the CCY Designs/ Live, Laugh, L0ve Inspirational Print + Medium Sponsor Spot iiiiss...
Meghan from her blog:
Struggling Cyster!!

Congratulations to ALL of the winers! Email me ASAP to claim your prizes!

The winner of the SneakPeeq Gift Card will be announced later today!

Spring Short Suits

Happy Wednesday!

Lately as I've been reading blogs I've noticed that most of you are suffering from the Winter Blues. I've also seen a bunch of "Spring Trends" posts. Well, I haven't had any time to check out those trends for myself, but I have seen one trend for Spring around the web and I must admit, I'm quite happy about it.

You see, "short suits" are "in". This is great for me since I can't wear jeans to school, I don't want to wear skirts EVERY day, dress pants aren't really my thing, and it gets really hot here. I hope I'll have a chance to try some of these out! Because I think they're super cute!

all of these shoes can be found at this link: "Stylish Women's Sandals" (minus the spiked loafers)
-I'm not much of a sandal girl, but I love the ones pictured above. Plus the heel isn't too high on either of them, so I wouldn't go home aching everyday.
-I haven't had a good pair of flats in far too long. I need to change that. I love those yellow and tan ones on the left! 
-AND I've wanted a pair of loafers and/or oxfords for a very long time now. These ones are super cute and I just love those spike loafers.


Wouldn't a short suit look great with one of these pairs of shoes? I chose these shoes specifically because they'd be something I could handle wearing at school all day. I know boots are a winter shoe, but I have some like that (which you see all the time) and plan on wearing them all summer.

What trend are you most excited about for Spring? PLEASE educate me since I am so far behind. haha!

2.21.2012

Blogscar Red Carpet

Hey guys!
So this coming Sunday is not only the Oscars. It's also the reveal of the winners from the Blogscars! (read more about them HERE) We decided to take this a step further from just voting and each do our own red carpet look! Fun right?!

So I don't have anything majorly fancy for a red carpet look. But when I shared the two dresses I do have on Instagram, this blue dress won by a lot. So here it is, my best red carpet look. I also never do my hair straight, ever. So I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone there and keep the outfit "me".

I know these aren't the best pictures, but I felt bad making my roommate take my pictures. Hearing about blogging is still new to them, I need to ease them in slowly. haha!

I'm so excited to see the results of the Blogscars! Every blogger who was nominated is amazing! I'm so glad that I didn't have to decide the results.

Happy Tuesday!
The winners of the Valentines Giveaway will be announced tomorrow!

2.20.2012

Blogger of the Week: Love. Life. Babies.

Hey guys!
Today we have our Blogger of the Week guest posting! This week it's Stephanie from her blog "Love, Life, Babies". Stephanie is BEAUTIFUL as is her blog. I know for a fact that you will all love her and her blog as much as I do! Plus, her FANTASTIC bob makes me want to chop my hair. But I don't think it'd look as amazing...

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greetings gentri lee readers! 
my name is stephanie and i am seriously so stinkin' excited to be with you today! 
i'm the brains behind love. life. babies. 
i'm also a fresh juice, smoothie drinking, vegan who has a slightly unhealthy
 relationship with chips and salsa, pistachios and sometimes cereal. 
i blog about dancing in fields, breathing in rainbows and magical fairies. 


-joking-
 i write about my family, my faith, the occasional how-to with a little 
beauty and fashion mixed in. 
i'm married to a pretty amazing guy. we met in tulsa, oklahoma at bible college in 2003, 
married two years later and after 4 years of marriage {and two miscarriages} 
we made this sweet little angel, paisley grace. 
gah! isn't she just precious? and look at her working that iphone! 
she's a baby genius. ; ) 
 i would love for you to join me on my journey through this super fun and sometimes
crazy life! i'm always looking for more crazies like me to connect with. *wink*
thank you gentri for having me!!! 
xo 

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Amazing right?! Now go visit her blog! Go go go!

P.S. Today is the last day to enter the Valentines Group Giveaway! Hurry!
So much to do, so little time!

2.19.2012

Mountain Shoot

Before I moved last month I had the fun opportunity to do a photo shoot with the lovely Ashley from Ashley Eliza Photography.
Poncho: c/o Minimalist Knitter; Shirt: Charlotte Russe; Hat: Smiths (seriously); Jeans: Nordstrom; Shoes: Nordstrom; Scarf: Gift from Sister

We took these photos in one of my favorite locations. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this spot on a daily basis. Ok, not really. But it's so pretty I couldn't help but take a photo almost every time I drove past it on my way home from work.

Ashley is such a great photographer. It was really like we were just old friends hanging out (we even went to dinner after), and she had me laughing the whole time.

If you're in the Utah County, Utah area and need a photographer, Ashley would be a great choice!

2.17.2012

Sneak Peeq

Hey guys!
Have you entered the February group giveaway yet? You should, because it's awesome! Speaking of the giveaway...

I know this part was probably confusing, so I thought I'd explain it again.

Seakpeeq is an website that provides you with amazing discounts on all of your favorite fashion, food, and home decor items. They're giving away a $25 gift card to one of you!

BUT

You have to be a new member of sneakpeeq and you have to follow THIS link in order for your entry to count.

Good luck, everyone!

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 4

Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you all have a great weekend lined up. This week FLEW by! I seriously don't know where it went. I've been so busy. I feel like I have so much to do that I just haven't done anything! Even though I really have... does that make ANY sense? haha!

This week at school we did a BUNCH of stuff. I learned how to do Microdermabrasions, Fantasy Makeup (more on that later, oh you're going to love it!!), chemical peels, body wraps, and more! My brain is on overload from all I've learned. I have to test out of freshman on Wednesday and don't feel ready! I do, but I've just taken in so much info lately that I need this weekend to sort it all out.

My mom requested that I post about Microderms, which I think is good. They're very popular and people don't really understand them. They just hear about them and assume that it's what they need. So hopefully this will give you a little more info and you can see if it's really for you or not. :)

Microdermabrasion is an abrasive exfoliant. It's not a miracle worker. It helps REDUCE the appearance of early aging fine lines, small, non-keloid (raised) scars. And can help with hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and freckles when used with other products. So don't go in thinking you're going to get rid of all your wrinkles, cause it won't. I'm sorry. :/

Microdermabrasion system is a sandblaster. It uses micro crystals delivered under pressure to exfoliate your skin. It removes the top few layers of dead skin cells making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It felt like I had "face planted on the beach" as my classmate put it. haha! It doesn't hurt (it can if it's turned up too high) and my skin does feel really nice! There are some contraindications for microderm, so be sure to talk to your doctor/ esthetician before choosing this treatment.

Remember that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of pores (since oil expands the pores and makes them more noticable, exfoliation cleans them out.) but you can not actually shrink your pores! Your born with them and they are what they are.

Since we had to give and receive the treatment in a limited amount of time, we had to let our masks sit while giving the treatment to someone else. Hence why my face is white in both pictures. haha!

Ok. Moving on.

Here are a few interesting facts that I learned this week...

Did you know you can get ring worm from tanning beds?? Skin Cancer, Ring Worm, smelly tanning lotion VS. Pretty, Healthy, nice smelling Skin? Which will you choose??

Did you know you can get skin cancer on your lips?? Yup. WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Did you know you're not supposed to use cortizone cream over long periods of time? It's hormones and can be harmful. I still haven't learned a lot about this, so that's all I can share.

If you're looking for a relaxing day at the spa and not really looking to treat anything, a hot stone facial would be a great choice for you!

Dark Circles are usually caused by dehydration or they're hereditary. So if no one else in your family has them, try drinking more water. Actually- try eating more water. I know that sounds weird. But drinking water really just goes through you. When you eat your water (watermelon, celery, etc) you'll stay more hydrated.

When you are going to get something waxed- don't shower, swim, or sweat beforehand. Wet skin is softer than dry skin and it can tear!

and last but not least,

Over exfoliation and over massage can cause breakouts. You shouldn't be exfoliating daily. Twice a week is good if you're using a non-abrasive exfoliant. Once a week for more abrasive. If you're doing serious chemical peels, twice per month. haha!

Well, did you learn anything new??

(once again, I am new to esthetics. I may not have gotten everything right. If I have something wrong, please kindly tell me in the comments.)

Join Me?

Did you know that March is quickly approaching? I'm so not ready. Hence why I'm already announcing that there is space available for March sponsors! :D

I try really hard to make sure each of my sponsors is happy, satisfied, and feel that their money was well spent. My ads are set to rotate EACH time the page is refreshed (something I recommend to all those who offer sponsorship) giving each sponsor equal time at the top of their size/ group.

I believe I will be changing the size of the ads for March, but I might not get to it. So you can check out my sponsor page HERE but know that a couple things could change (not pricing).

If you would like to sponsor Gentri Lee, please email me at gentrileeblog(at)gmail(dot)com. I would love to have you as part of my team!
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2.16.2012

Rad Rag Designs and Little Penelope Lane

Hey guys!
Do you know Danielle who blogs over at Rad Rag Designs? Well, she has a LOVELY little shop (as I'm sure you saw if you entered the giveaway) and KINDLY sent me this beautiful Poppy Brooch.

I've worn it a couple of times now and always receive compliments on it.

Not only is it beautiful, but it's beautifully made! You can tell that there was lots of love put into it. :)

One of my favorite parts (that nobody but you really sees. But I love it all the same) is the cute tag on the back! I want to start a shop just so I can have cute tags! haha!
Thank you again, Danielle!! I love it!

I was also sent some adorable hair wraps from Sarah at Little Penelope Lane. They're each so cute and well made, plus I had so many people stop and ask where I got them!

I wanted to wear it a little differently than expected, so I tied it upside down and LOVED it!
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My esthetics school BFF wanted to try them out too, so I brought one for her to wear.

There are so many different ways you could wear these, the possibilities are endless, really.

Thank you, Sarah! Love them all!

If you haven't yet, you should probably enter the Valentines Giveaway. It includes one of Danielle's pretty brooches as well as one of Sarah's cute hair wraps! Go go go!
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