Blogger of the Week: Classy Confessions

Hey guys!
This week's blog of the week is Classy Confessions by Megan. She is incredibly kind and has SUCH cute style and I wish I could just go shopping in her closet. She also dances on the Cougerette's (BYU's National Championship Dance Team) with a bunch of the girls I grew up w/ danced w forever! So here she is, to tell you about herself and her blog. :)


Hello dahlings! My name is Megan and I blog over at Classy Confessions. I am so excited to be posting here today! I absolutely adore Gentri and although we've never officially met, I would love to be her cyber bestie! I am honored to receive her BOW award! I am twenty (almost twenty one) years old. I'm married to the man of my dreams and we have a darling little pup named Winston...Churchill, of course. I blog about life, fashion, food, and whatever else is on my mind at the time. 

I'm like one of those annoying parents who just brags about their children. But isn't he cute? I wasn't so fond of him when we first got him, but he has stolen my heart. He is the apple of my eye, besides my husband of course. He keeps it fun around our house and we love him very much. Tune into my blog for updates from Winston himself! 

This is my handsome husband Andy. He is so supportive, loving, and sometimes makes appearances on the blog. He is also the photographer in chief responsible for most of my post. I just love him. 

Needless to say, I love clothes. I was raised by a loving fashionable mother with two fashionista sisters. I guess you could say it was in my blood! Classy Confessions has pushed me to try new things, come out of my box, and just have fun. It's a way for me to express myself, share my style with the world, and make new friends. It has been a great adventure. Come stop by and we can friends too! 


I am sure you love her already, just like I knew you would. So pop over to her blog and tell her hello!


Another One

The other day I was lucky enough to meet up with a couple more local bloggers! We decided Texas Roadhouse was in order and so that's where we headed, to stuff our faces and talk about things only bloggers talk about.
That lovely on the left is Miss Sarah. She and I actually went to high school together and now she teaches hair at my school (so she's not my instructor). I was so excited when I found out she has a blog and lives down the street from me. HOORAY for friends! Then there's Miss Shaylynn. She is too funny! Courtney had met her last week and I couldn't wait for my turn! She actually wrote about our meet up yesterday, her version will be much better than this i'mtootiredtohardlythinkandamcontemplatingbeinglateforschooltomorrowsoIcansleepin post. Then of course there's myself and Miss Courtney- who you see all the time. :)

We had so much fun and I am SO hoping this happens again- reeeeaaaaaal soon!

and because I love you all... You just have to see this picture:
I wasn't actually supposed to post it. But Shaylynn did... so I figured I could. She thinks she's a cowgirl because she rode a mechanical bull once... so we told them it was her birthday and made her sit on the birthday saddle. It was hilarious and she wasn't at all happy with us. haha!

P.S. I am now accepting sponsors for the month of May!! :D email me at gentrileeblog(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested!

P.P.S. Get your 7 Questions posts ready for tomorrow's link up! :D


Blogger of the Week: xoxoRachel Sayumi.

Hey guys! This week's BOW is Rachel from her blog- xoxo Rachel Sayumi. Not only are Rachel and I good blog friends, but I'd say we're good real life friends too! Yup, we've met, and she is just as great in person as she is on her blog. :) So read, then hop over to her blog to tell her hello!


Heyyy lovely friends of Gentri!! My name is Rachel,and I blog over at xoxo Rachel Sayumi.
First off, can I just thank Gentri for having me here? I started blogging summer of 2011 and I've wanted to be featured on her BOW since then! And I've even chilled with her a few times,she is the greatest. It's a blogger's dream come true (:
So. Here's a lil bit about me.
I like clothes. Wait a second,no. I LOVE clothes. Like a lot. But I don't like buying expensive things. My blog is a creative outlet for me. It helps me to wear my clothes in several different ways! Once in a while I'll have random tidbits and gold nuggets of life,such as music or Instagram photo's,or just whatever is cool in life at the moment.
I'm not even ashamed to say,I definitely wear certain shirts more than once a week. But to me,it doesn't matter because I create a whole new outfit with it. It's fun,kind of like a game!
My favorite places to shop would have to be... Forever21. Target. Old Navy. Thrift Stores. And random online shops,such as gojane.com... or ebay!! Honestly I have some of my favorite wardrobe pieces from these stores. Before I purchase something online,I ALWAYS look for discount coupons on Google. I can usually find something,like a 20% off code or a free shipping code. It's such a great feeling to buy something for less than what it's being sold for.
By the way,if you couldn't tell,all the pictures I've used are of me wearing the same lace shirt I got from Forever21. That's what I mean by making the most out of the clothes I already own (:
Thanks for reading,guys! Stop by anytime and say hello over at my bloggy.
& Thanks again,Gentri for havin me! Love youu.


SEE?! She's so cute and LOVE her style! GO tell her hello!


Send Something Good Participant Link Up

Hey guys!
Today we're having a link up for all those participating in the Send Something Good Project! So exciting!

We have over 160 bloggers participating and I know it's going to be such a blast! So take a look at who links up and make some new friends- whether you're participating or not. :)

(only those who signed up for the Send Something Good Project may link up)

Not only does this create a list of all those participating, but it is also a chance for the participants to tell us a little about themselves. :) SO, here is my list:

10 of my favorite things:
1. Foxes
2. Mountains
3. Pretending I'm a photographer
4. The Color Taupe
5. Lace
6. Rose Gold
7. The Outdoors/ traveling/ exploring/ roadtrips
8. Items that hold their beauty in the details, structure, and architecture rather in the embellishments. Does that make sense?
9. Bowties or items that can be worn around the neck of a collared shirt and peter pan collars
10. Reading

You can link up here, with Kaitlyn, Kristy, or all 3! I believe it'll show up on all three blogs regardless.


Blogger of the Week: Simply Us

Hey guys!
Today we have the guest post from this week's Blog of the Week! This week it's Katrina from her blog "Simply Us". She is amazing. That's the bottom line. She's an amazing professional photographer (you'll see what I mean soon if you missed past photos), shares mouth watering recipes, each post is simply beautiful. So read, then hop over to her blog. You will be SO glad you did!


See?! Amazing, right?! Now go go go over to her blog! :D


Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 11

It has been a long week and I didn't stay on top of my homework like I usually do. So instead of having time to blog, I've had to work on stuff for school. Whoops. This week we learned about makeup (and chemical peels, but that will have to wait until next week). I don't have the energy to write an entire post on it, there's a lot I want to share, AND my classmate accidentally took my notebook home. haha!

So instead, here are some makeup videos we watched.

This first one is a fantasy or camouflage makeup. It kind of goes in reverse. So what you see at the end of the video is what the guy really looks like.

This one teaches you how to use the color wheel in makeup. There are some other things I'd add to it, but she has some good tips.

We may have watched this video multiple times as well... whoops.

Have a great friday! :D


Lena, Kelley, Ashley, and Courtney

I miss home, I do. I don't think this will become a permanent location for me (but what do I know?). However, this is a GREAT place to meet bloggers! No, none of them live here. But a major freeway passes right through, so I've had several blogger meet ups already and I'm LOVING it! So if you're passing through or coming for a visit- let me know!

I met Lena and Kelley (along with their husbands, a brother, and a friend) at In N'Out while they were on their epic roadtrip! It was SUCH a fun night and they were so easy to talk to! It's like we had known each other forever!
Yes, this is my "I'm not done laughing... aw man you took the picture when I wasn't ready" face. Whoops. haha!
Talking "Blog" and loving it. :)
It was dark, so we couldn't get a good shot of the three of us. But their friend Mason did a great job despite the lack of light.

A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to meet Ashley!! It was a short visit, but I loved every minute of it! Courtney works right next door to where we were meeting for frozen yogurt, so she joined us which was great!
Yes, I wore a giant tshirt to a blog meet up. It was the day I watched General Conference, so putting jeans on was pushing it for me. haha!

I also met Bella, Ashley's baby! She is SUCH a cute dog and I loved that Ashley shared her frozen yogurt with her. hahaha!

I've said it before and I'll say it again- Meeting blog friends in real life is THE BEST! Seriously, they're amazing, you already know them, you're already friends, and they understand all of your blogging cares and woes. haha!

Happy Thrusday, my friends!


The Most Important Day

Happy Happy Easter everyone!
I hope you have plans to spend it with those you love, and to celebrate it however you believe.

I believe that Easter is about the most important event in the history of the world. I believe that there is someone who was willing to do whatever it took, to save me, to save you, to save us all. I believe that He loves me, more than I can possibly understand. I believe that He knows exactly how I feel at my darkest moments. I believe that He knows exactly how I feel at my loneliest moments.

I believe that He rose on that third day. I believe that He does, indeed, live. I believe that He paid the price for every sin, He suffered for every pain and weakness that we feel. I believe that He is there, for all of us, that He will not leave us comfortless, as long as we seek Him. I believe that I am strong enough to get through anything, because He is there for me, knows exactly what I feel, and because He was willing to do whatever it took to save me, you, and every living thing that has and will live upon this Earth.

I believe that we need not suffer from the pains of sin, heartbreak, loneliness, if we only lean on Him. I believe that all of us can return to Him again. I believe that He knows and loves every single one of us. I believe that He knows and loves you. I believe that I will meet Him again one day, and that will be a very important day.

My heart is full. Of gratitude, peace, and hope.


Katie and Brindi (the roommates)

It is my Spring Break! Ah! So excited. I left school at lunch yesterday to get my break started a little early. To stay productive, I decided to use my roommates as makeup models. It's fun, and I can always use the practice. It ended up turning into an entire photo shoot, even though I am no photographer and my camera isn't even that nice (love it still!).
This is my roommate Katie-

and this is my roommate Brindi-

The scenery was just as beautiful as they were.

They're slowly getting used to having a blogger for a roommate. Although it's still pretty new to them. haha!

The weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold, a slight breeze, and the sun was shining.

I loved when the sun was shining through the trees. Like I said, I'm not a photographer, but I was bossing them around while pretending to be one. "Stand here! Oh, hurry! Over there!"

They were especially hesitant to take pictures in the road. It wasn't a busy street, but they're still new to this. haha!

Overall, I think they did a great job! It was so fun doing there makeup, hair, helping with their outfits, then 
putting it all together.

I hope you all have a fantastic Easter Weekend!

P.S. Have you jointed the "Send Something Good" project?! You need to!


Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 10

It's time for your weekly skin care tips. :) This week includes hair health too. Exciting! haha!

Do you ever get those red bumps on your arms or legs? Well they're ingrown hairs and can be caused by clothing that is too tight or not enough exfoliation. To get rid of them- exfoliate! haha! If they're really bad and seem infected, you're probably going to need to use a product with salacilyc acid (I'm realizing that salacilyc is an amazing ingredient), or of course- speak to your dermatologist.

If you're having hair problems like thinning, lack of shine, or brittleness it's probably caused by something internal, not necessarily your hair product. So check your diet, and if it's serious, talk to your dermatologist.

So you know how when you are cold, you can warm up by moving around? Well that's why you get goosebumps. When you're cold, your skin contracts to warm you up, causing goosebumps. Our bodies are amazing.

The reason laser hair removal has to be done in stages is because it only works when the hair is in the first stage of growth, and your hair grows at different rates (otherwise it'd all fall out at once. No fun). It also doesn't work as well on blondes because the laser is attracted to the pigment in the skin, so the hair needs to be darker than the skin.

Well, that's all I have for you this week. Hope you learned something new!! :D

If you missed yesterdays post and haven't signed up for the "Send Something Good" project (previously known as Package Pals) yet, then get to it! haha!


Package Pals= Send Something Good

WELCOME!! To Package Pals Round 2!!

Well... Sort of...

I couldn't be more excited about this project. It's going to be a blast! But before I get into that, I want to explain where it came from...

Some of you may have heard of a little project called "Package Pals". Last Fall a blogger from Germany and myself exchanged packages, they were filled with our favorite treats, treats the other blogger had always wanted to try from our own country, plus some other goodies that were specific to our country. When I posted about it on my blog, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

The reaction was AMAZING! Everyone wanted their own package pal. So the very next day, Package Pals was born. Over 50 bloggers signed up, I gave them partners, asked them to get to know each other, and then send a box filled with goodies. I was blown away by the creativity. People sent items like: Fry Sauce- a Utah favorite, Sea Shells from the California Coast, Seeds from the state flower of Michigan, home made Maple Syrup from Canada, and so much more! We all had such a great time and everyone couldn't wait for the next round...

But I was exhausted. It was no easy task, there were bumps along the way, and now that I am in school, I do not have the time it takes to organize another round. A month or so ago I received an email from Kaitlyn. She and Kristy had both participated in the first round, knew my dilemma of not having time (or the technical skills) to pull it off myself again, and had a lot of great and new ideas of how to run it this next time around.

I was THRILLED and "Package Pals" become the "Send Something Good" project! (Lets face it, Package Pals wasn't the best name to begin with. haha! Remember, I brought this project to life in less than 24 hrs) They both have the exact qualities and abilities to make this project be what I know it can be.

So with new ideas, direction, and a fresh new name, "Send Something Good" is ready to launch! A big thank you to Kaitlyn and Kristy, this wouldn't be happening without them.


It's going to be a little different this time around. Instead of having a "partner" it's going to be round robin. Everyone will have a different blogger that they're assigned to "get to know" kind of like a secret sister. Read their blog, find out their interests, email back and forth, but don't tell them WHY. When shopping for your blogger, take into account not only their interests, but things that are specific to your area of the world.

This project is ALL about bringing us together, making friends all over the world, and learning something new about somewhere you've never been. This doesn't require you to spend a lot of money. Get personal in what you include in your package. Maybe a favorite book that you don't mind passing on, a necklace you made, a package of seeds from your favorite flower, or a friendship bracelet! You also don't have to have a blogger from a different country. I know that can get expensive. So just specify your preference when you sign up. 

To sign up, read the fine print below, and then email sendsomethinggood2012(at)gmail(dot)com. you are also welcome to purchase send something good products from Kaitlyn's shoppe at 20% off with the discount code SENDSOMETHINGGOOD. They're the perfect addition to your "Send Something Good" package. :) The first week will be the best time to purchase, it might not reach you in time if you wait.

This is going to be an AMAZING project, I can FEEL it! So send your email to sign up (sendsomethinggood2012(at)gmail(dot)com) and spread the word!

dates & deadlines:
sign up deadline: april 11.12
opt out deadline: april 12.12
addresses assigned: april 16.12
photos due: april 29.12
mailing deadline: april 30.12
send something good reveal/link up: may 28.12

the fine print:
in order for this awesome project to run smoothly, and to make sure everyone has a great time - there's a couple things to note:

one | email your blog address, your full name and your full snail mail home address to sendsomethinggood2012(at)gmail(dot)com. don't forget apartment numbers, street directions (N, W. etc.)

two | those who sign up will have until one week after the project is announced (april 5.12-april 12.12) to opt out (should you change your mind or find you will not have the time) once this time has past, we will consider you committed to the project. 

three | if you opt out after april 12.12, this will be very sad. but more importantly, if you opt out at a later date, or don't send in your pictures by the deadline (april 29.12) or don't mail your parcel by the deadline (april 30.12) you will leave a blogger orphaned! *tear...

four | if a blogger should become orphaned for the above reasons, you promise to be open to the idea of sending another parcel out of the goodness of your heart. we hope this doesn't happen, but if it does, we will sent out an APB (mass email) and politely beg for someone to pick up the orphan and send them something good!

five | if you are planning a move in the next two months, it could get tricky because your parcel could technically arrive anytime in april or may. if this is the case, we would prefer that you wait until the next round of this project.

six | ideally you are a blogger, with a blog. that way, whoever gets your name will be able to learn about you through your online space. in addition, you will be able to link-up on reveal day (may 28.12) when we all share our something good parcels! if you still want to participate, but you don't have a blog, or an updated blog, please also include with your contact info five things about yourself and five types of material things that you love.

seven | once your assigned address and blogger has been sent to you (april 16.12), take a few days to get to know them through their blog! don't tell them that you have their name, it will make for a fun surprise! ;) you can also use this time to purchase great "send something good" themed items at shop.isavirtue.net

eight | please send photos of your wrapped items and wrapped parcel to sendsomethinggood2012(at)gmail(dot)com by april 29.12. this is simply motivational and will confirm that you are all set to mail your package. you may also send your photos earlier than this date :)

nine | there is no monetary minimum or maximum in which to spend on your parcel. you can re-purpose household items, make something by hand, purchase special trinkets or re-gift something that you think would better suit your assigned blogger. get to know your blogger and try to send them things that they might like, but you can also share things that mean something to you, or things that may not be available in their location!

So join the fun!! Send an email to sendsomethinggood2012@gmail.com along with your name, blog address and shipping address and become a part of what is going to be a GREAT project!!


Blogger of the Week: Grace and Viola

Hey guys!
Today we have Mandy from her blog Grace and Viola guest posting as Blog of the Week! She's still in high school but has more style in her little pinkie than I did in my entire body in hs and probably even now. I love her posts and her outfits, and I know you will too!


I am so excited to be featured on Gentri Lee's blog. She emailed me a few days ago and ever since I''ve been thinking of a post. I decided to do an outfit post with little fun facts about me. So here I go.
hat: vintage. dress/vest: urban outfitters. shoes: dsw.
My full name is Amanda Grace Lancia. My mother named me after a doll she had as a child. I never understood why I am officially Amanda if she always had the intention of calling me Mandy. However, I have never actually liked my name. I don't know what name I would have chosen for myself. I've always liked the name Lucy, but I'm not sure if it fits me.
I'm an ethnic mutt. I am Italian, Irish, English, German, Austrian, Bohemian, Czechoslovakian, and Norwegian.
I am the editor of the newspaper at my school even though I have an irrational fear of touching paper. Maybe I had one to many paper cuts as a child, who knows. The sound of folding paper is equivalent to nails on a chalkboard to me. I'm a freak.
A few years ago, I developed an allergy to apples. I don't know why or how, but eating one now closes my throat. This makes my favorite season of autumn a little less happy since I can now only look at caramel apples.
I don't own a bicycle. I've always wanted a neat, retro one, but I've never bought a bike. I guess this mug will just have to do.
I love elephants. As a child, I was terrified of them. Between the scary heffalumps of Winnie the Pooh and the loud elephants on the walls of the Rain Forest Cafe, I couldn't even stand to look at them. But somehow, a few years ago that all changed. Maybe it was the cute baby elephant dancing through the forest on the GE commercial that did it. Since then, I have collected many elephant items, including the softest stuffed animal ever. I have even thought about adopting one from Africa. I just need to save up a little more money.
Lately, I have been spending my days deciding which college to choose. Pro and con lists fill my notebooks, but I don't know where to go. I thought I would take this time to ask for some help. Do any of you lovely ladies have any ideas, opinions, or suggestions? I would love to hear what you have to say. I need all the help I can get.
Thank you so much Gentri for reading my blog. I hope that you all get a chance to stop by!


See? Amazing right? Now hop on over to her blog! I know you will love it!


German Pancakes with Honey Baklava Syrup for General Conference Weekend

It is Conference Weekend for the LDS Church. I always love these weekends (they happen twice a year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall). As good as the actual food I eat (recipe below) is, the spiritual food is far better. Every single talk and message has been inspired, as always. Every single song sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or guest choirs is beautiful. Yup, these are definitely two of my favorite weekends of the year. :)
Conference Necessities: German Pancakes for breakfast, Conference on TV, Coloring pages to keep my hands busy so my brain can listen, and Cadbury Easter Eggs
One of my family's traditions is to have German Pancakes for breakfast on the morning of Sunday Conference. I decided you guys would enjoy the recipe, so here you go:

German Pancakes and Honey Baklava Syrup
German Pancakes- Family Recipe:
6 Eggs
1 cup Milk
1 cup Flour
pinch of Salt
2/3 cup Butter

Preheat Oven to 425

Melt Butter in 9x13 pan while the oven preheats. Mix other ingredients together. When oven has preheated poor the batter into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Honey Baklava Syrup via Cheeky Kitchen:
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup Cream
1 Fresh Squeezed Orange
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla

Mix all ingredients in sauce pan over medium heat until ingredients are well blended and syrup is very hot.

Spoon syrup over pancakes (no butter needed since you cooked it in butter) and ENJOY! :D

P.S. I really need to win this giveaway. So just ignore this, because if you enter too, I won't have as good of a chance at winning. ;)
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