Saturday, July 27, 2019

My microblading experience

I've been going to my esthetician for over 4 years now for my lash extensions and if there is anyone I trust with my face, it is her! I've followed Katie to 3 different places now! She recently opened her own business called The Art of Beauty. It is located in Columbia, IL which is a suburb on the east side of the St. Louis metro area. Over the last couple of years, she's been tempting me with microblading. Every time I see her work on Instagram, it kept convincing me I needed this in my life. At one of my lash fill appointments in June, I told her I was finally ready to take the plunge! The thing about Katie is that she is amazing and her schedule is booked! I legit have my lash appointments booked out for a whole year just to ensure I get them scheduled at the times I need. One whole year out! So even though I told her in June I was ready for my brows, I knew it would be a few months before it actually happened. Plenty of time to mentally prepare! My appointment was booked for October 11th.

The Art of Beauty Combo Brows, Katie, Columbia, IL
Before and after
Combo microbladed/machine shaded brows
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul '19

Nordstrom haul:

The sale that everyone loves and hates is here! I've been shopping this sale even before I was a blogger, so although my posting schedule is sporadic, I can't not shop this sale! I live for this sale! It's really the only time (other than Black Friday) that I actually prefer to shop it in store vs. online! I'm ruining the ending by showing you everything that I bought in the photo above, but for those of you that want to see how I narrowed it down to those decisions, you can read on for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

My home office makeover

A little over a month ago, I shared in this post that I left my job of 13 years and started a new job that allows me to work from home. We had a home office already, but it was pretty haphazard in terms of furniture and decor. It turned into a quasi storage space with a desk in it, and of course my infamous mirror I use for my outfit selfies. Since I'd be spending so much time in this room now, I really wanted to make it a space that I loved, a space that made me feel good, and a space that was more intentional. It took a few weeks of buying things here and there and painting, but it is officially done! I couldn't not share the transformation. Let's get started!

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog 2019

You guys! Admittedly, I'm not on Instagram as much just because that's the way life goes and priorities change. But the one thing that does not change is that I still hoard ALL my Nordstrom Notes for the Anniversary Sale! And when you're not on Instagram, you don't realize until now that the Anniversary Sale is only two weeks away! Insert girlie squeals here! I ran to my mailbox to see if the catalog was waiting for me, but duh. There's this thing called the internet and the Anniversary Sale catalog is online. So here are all my picks! Let's get started!

Topshop Sweater Sale $44.90After sale $68
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Europe recap day 4: Notre Dame, boat tour, dinner

Welp. Life has been extremely crazy since we got back from Europe. I never imagined it would take me this long to recap the trip, but alas, even if it takes me the rest of the year, I am determined to document everything from the trip! It's kind of nice because I'm able to relive it as I put these posts together. Putting together these posts also makes me realize how much we actually did and saw! I mean. I'm only on day 4. DAY FOUR! Yet this is post number 7! Each day could easily break down into 2-3 posts thanks to all the content. Anyway! Let's go ahead and move on to part two of day 4. If you want a refresher on how part one of day 4 went, you can get yourself caught up here first.

Notre Dame Paris, April 2019
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

My big life change

We interrupt the Europe recap posts to talk about my big life change. I'm sorry the vacation recap is taking me so long to get through! I ended up with so much content, and then in the middle of all of that, something big has been happening over the last 3 weeks that has left me a bit distracted. After 13 years, I decided it was time to leave my job for reasons I won't go into on the blog. But I will say that I made this decision in January, right after the new year. The ideal plan was that I would find a new job, put in my notice, go to Europe, then come home to a new life. Somehow I'm only about 4 weeks off that schedule and it happened really fast after Europe. It really is ironic when wishes come true the second you decide to let things go.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Europe recap day 4: Versailles

Palace of Versailles statues, the gardens
Palace of Versailles statues

Well, you have made it to day 4 of our Europe Trip! We covered a lot in day 4 as well, so this will be split up into two separate posts - this one covering our tour to Versailles and then our own visit to Notre Dame as well as a boat tour! This was the only day of our entire trip that our group split up. Half the group had already been to Europe together before so they were off to venture some new things for them. We debated on touring the Louvre or Versailles, and the consensus was Versailles. It was only a half day tour - the shuttle left at 8:45am (ish), and we planned to be back in Paris by 1-2pm.
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