1.30.2013

Cool Pants Club

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First, can we just take a second to oo and ah over those mountains in the background?
I hadn't made the patterned pants plunge until Lulu's sent me this pair of pants. I am now a member of the cool pants club. So much fun! The splashes of green, while I wasn't so sure about at first, are my favorite part. You can't tell, but they are also high wasted, which hello, is awesome.
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Be sure to check out my first vacation outfit here
Since I'm going to Florida the weather change is going to be big. I could not be more excited about that. Thank goodness it has warmed up slightly here, we've moved from the 0 degree range to the 20 degree range. When I head to Florida I'll be moving into the 70 degree range! Dreamy.
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This outfit is perfect for traveling. The lightweight blouse gives you the appearance of being pulled together while at the same time it is cool enough for warm weather.
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I hope you all have a wonderful day. Don't worry, I'll be thinking about you all as I have the time of my life with my five and a half BFF's at Disney World!
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P.S. these pants are on sale for $60! Go snag a pair!
P.P.S. if you want to take a small look back at my time working at Disney World, check out this ancient post.

1.29.2013

How to Contour

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Contouring is one of the most important steps in any makeup routine, but I think it scares a lot of people. So here is how I contour, follow these steps and you'll be good to go!
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If that seems like too much for you, just think of it as a 3- forehead to cheekbone to jawline.
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1.28.2013

Mellow Yellow

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Vacation season is upon us, and I always put a lot of thought into my wardrobe choices... or I throw everything I can into my bag. But I've got some really fun outfits for you guys for the next few days.
This outfit is perfect for taking a trip. Flowy light weight tops paired with comfortable jeggings- pull together a comfortable yet chic outfit.
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This bag is perfect for trips as well. Small enough that it's not too heavy to carry around yet large enough to carry the essentials.
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All of these items (besides the shoes and hairbow) can be found at Called To Surf in Provo, Utah. It's a great store for casual yet chic clothing.
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Now, why am I doing a week of vacation wear? That's because... I'm going to Disney World!! That's right, so excited.
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Be sure to check out Called to Surf, especially if you live in the area and can check them out in person!

P.S. If you want a sneak peak of my other vacation wear outfits, tune into The Daily Dish today on ABC 4 at 11am to see me sharing my tips on dressing for trips!

P.P.S. I apologize for my grainy photos. I don't know what's happened...

1.23.2013

Soldier Hollow

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The other night I went with my church group to a wonderful place called- Soldier Hollow. I don't know a lot of people in my church group, so my sister and her boy were kind enough to come with me. Even though it was 0 degrees or less, we had an absolute blast.
  
Soldier Hollow has 5 or 6 different tubing tracks. You hook your tube up to the lift, it pulls you to the top of the very long hill, then you pick your track and head on down! Going down solo is fun but my favorites are always the group runs.
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Some people thought I was crazy for bringing my camera with me, but I wanted to document this fun night! And I'm so glad I did.
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I also love how fast you get going down this hill. Snow spraying in your face, distant "Whoops" of joy, and things that make you laugh so hard your side hurts (like a poor girl who fell down 6 times in a row. She didn't fall hard, so it was ok to think it was funny, yes??).
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Maybe these aren't the best pictures in the world, but I love them just the same.

My height is always such a novelty. Everyone thought it was so funny how I could almost completely disappear into my tube.
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After we had reached our cold limits, we ran into the lodge for soup, hot chocolate, and donuts.

If you're ever in Utah during the winter, Soldier Hollow is a must do.

1.22.2013

Dutch Braids

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This one is really simple. There's only one step that is the trick to this, it's starting the braid much higher than you would if you had long hair.
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If you try it out, let me know! You can see me wearing this hairdo in this picture...

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1.21.2013

Accessorized

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Last week I was able to be on The Daily Dish to share some of the ways I like to make every day accessories unique. The one in the picture above is one of my favorites. The twenties and Chanel, so classic. You can find that post HERE.
You can find the bow post HERE.
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And this one HERE.
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And of course, you all know my favorite accessory, this scarf. You can find the tutorial HERE.
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I didn't do a great job of showing this one in the video, but I love sticking elastic headbands under my collar. You can find that post HERE (it's a really old guest post).
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1.18.2013

You Know You've Made It When...

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A while ago I was invited by Jamberry Nails to create a makeover time laps video. It was a blast and I love seeing the finished product.
The model was so beautiful and super fun to work with, as all of them were.
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Plus, I was paid in the form of Jamberry Nail Shields. So awesome. I have yet to try them out, but I'm excited for when I do! You know you have made it as a professional when you start getting paid for your work. While this wasn't cash, it totally counts.
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Remember, if you're in need of a makeup artist, I am your girl!

1.17.2013

LOTM- Winter Activity

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As ladies who love being outside, we can't let the colder seasons keep us from having fun. So today we are sharing an idea for a winter activity. I wish I had time to go do something big and crazy, but I've been pretty busy, so it needed to be something simple.
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It has been incredibly cold here lately, and while that can be depressing there are lots of things that make it worth while.
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The icicles around these parts have been stunning. They're growing on every corner and are bigger than usual.
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So for my Winter Activity I bundled up and decided to go on an Icicle Hunt! I wandered around my neighborhood and took pictures of every icicle I could find. Plus, it gives me an excuse to go for a walk in this freezing weather.
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So go ahead and get outside, brave the weather and enjoy the beauty.

Be sure to check out the other LOTM!
Katie- This month's guest blogger!

1.16.2013

Brunch Bunch

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Monday I was in Salt Lake so Nikki and I decided to meet up for some brunch. We ate ate Bruges Waffles and Frites. It was so amazing, I've never had a waffle like this and it was delicious. I had blueberries with mine and Nikki had Strawberries with hers. The best part was that the fruit was fresh, a big thing for me (I hate canned fruit).
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They also put this heavy whipped cream stuff on top (no idea what it was called... creme frieshe or something. haha!). If all the food in Belgium is like this I seriously need to go asap!
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After we ate, we headed to a camera shop then back to the park to take some outfit pictures for each other. I'm saving those for another day, but here are a couple gems...
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That snow plow was coming my way, I was a bit nervous...
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1.15.2013

Cracker or Cookie?

this is an old post that i was updating to show a friend who asked for the recipe. good ol blogger decided to repost it rather than just fix it. so there you go! enjoy! haha!

Today I made ritz... treats... I'm not sure what they're called... But I'm sure they're YUMMY!

My sister taught me this easy peesy recipe while I was living with her and her kids in AK. They remind me of days/ nights hudled and sealed in her kids room...

Ok, that sounds wierd... We were actually in the middle of a volcano eruption. We had been told to seal up all air vents, doorways, and windows. Gather in one room with supplies (our supply of choice- Ritz Treats, as I've just named them), and don't come out until the ash has settled. Good times... good times...

ANYWAY...

Like I said, today I made these delicious treats. Now I'll teach you. :)

You'll need Ritz Crackers, Peanut Butter, and White Chocolate Chips. That's it!

First step is to spread peanut butter between two Ritz Crackers. Don't overdo it or things will get messy. Plus it's not as good. Trust me, been there...


So now you should have however many little P.B. Ritz Sandwiches.


Next step is to melt the white chocolate. You'll need about one bag of white chocolate chips per sleeve of ritz. Make sense?

Only set the stove on LOOOOW. It'll melt just as quick and won't burn (again... been there. Lets see how many ways I've botched up this "easy peesy" recipe...). If you've added too much peanut butter it'll melt really quickly and mix in with the white chocolate- not bad, but not pretty. (what's that? Mistake number 3 in a 3 step recipe??)


Last, you completely coat each Ritz sandwich in the melted white chocolate. Let them cool and harden (they're better that way... yup, been there too) then ENJOOOOOY!


Unfortunately, mine don't come out as perfectly coated and smooth like my sisters do... Live and learn.

So now after reading all of my mistakes this recipe is FOOL PROOF! You're welcome. :)

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Beehive

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I've had a few questions on how i do my top knot. Sarah and I shared one way HERE. But here is how I do it...
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you can also check out this tutorial on video! This was my second appearance on The Daily Dish (I've been on four times now) and I'm loving it!!
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