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Last Chance Sales 2016

Double Shot of Sass | End of Year Sales

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I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas yesterday! Lukas and I spent the day at his parents playing games and refusing to take off our pajamas! I mean really, is there any other holiday where that is acceptable?! I don’t think so! I get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so spending the day relaxing on the couch made my little heart happy. We all received extremely thoughtful gifts {Lukas and I booked a trip to Orlando and he made me a bath tray to go across the tub} but the best gift of all couldn’t be found under the tree or bought. It’s the love in our hearts for our family, friends, and Savior, which I am forever grateful for!

End of year sales are up this morning! Purses. Shoes. Clothes. A ton of stuff I’ve had my eye on throughout the year. A fun tradition of mine the day after Christmas is to stock up on cards, wrapping supplies, and little gifts to keep on hand! Everything is craaaazy on sale and that makes it a little more worth it to me! Plus it makes me feel like a real adult to have a card or two ready to go when there’s a birthday get together! I linked some really fun holiday items to stowaway for next year, few additions that will make a new home in my closet, and pieces that I have loved this year that are now marked down!

Nordstrom – Half Year Sale

Shopbop – Up to 75% off + additional 25% off with code TREATYOURSELF

Anthropology – Extra 40% with code TAGTIME

And, Tory Burch is having their semi-annual 30% off sale!

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Beauty Product Breakdown

Double Shot of Sass | Recent Selfie Looks

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I’ve always believed that when you look good, you feel good! When I’m having an off day, a pop of color on my lips and fluffy lashes seem to do the trick! I love to try new products and play up my look which is only natural since I’m a full time make up artist/hairstylist! It keeps the creative juices flowing! These are some of my favorite looks from the past couple of months + a product list of what I used for each one!

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EYES // ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SHADOW WARM TAUPE {all over lid}, BECCA CHAMPAGNE POP {swipe in the middle of lid}, ARDELL LASHES WHISPIES | FACE // MAKE UP FOR EVER PRESSED POWDER HD FOUNDATION 120, NARS RADIANT CREAM CONCEALER CHANTILLY,  LAURA MERCIER SETTING POWDER, NARS TRANSLUCENT POWDER, BECCA CHAMPAGNE POP, NARS DEEP THROAT BLUSH, TARTE PARK AVENUE PRINCESS BRONZER BROWS // ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ TAUPE | LIPS // TOM FORD BLUSH NUDE, MARC JACOBS SUGAR SUGAR

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EYES // ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SHADOW SIENNA {all over lid}, ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SHADOW WINE {swipe in the middle of lid}, ARDELL LASHES WHISPIES | FACE // MAKE UP FOR EVER PRESSED POWDER HD FOUNDATION 120, NARS RADIANT CREAM CONCEALER CHANTILLY, LAURA MERCIER SETTING POWDER, NARS TRANSLUCENT POWDER, BECCA CHAMPAGNE POP, NARS DEEP THROAT BLUSH, TARTE PARK AVENUE PRINCESS BRONZER | BROWS // ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ TAUPE | LIPS // ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK SPICE

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EYES // URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA | FACE // MAKE UP FOR EVER PRESSED POWDER HD FOUNDATION 120, NARS RADIANT CREAM CONCEALER CHANTILLY, LAURA MERCIER SETTING POWDER, NARS TRANSLUCENT POWDER, BECCA CHAMPAGNE POP, NARS MARI HARI BLUSH, TARTE PARK AVENUE PRINCESS BRONZER | BROWS // ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DUO SHADOW SOFT BROWN | LIPS // GLOMINERALS MATTE LIP CRAYON SORBET

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HAIR // HOT TOOLS 1 IN CURLING IRON BRUSHED OUT, THE OAUI TEXTURE SPRAY, KENRA 25 HAIRSPRAY | LIPS // MARC JACOBS SUGAR SUGAR

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New Years Eve Sparkle

Double Shot of Sass | New Years Eve Sparkle

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New Years Eve has to be my favorite holiday to dress for! It’s the perfect opportunity to wear all the sequins, glitter, and velvet your little heart desires! Whether you’re going out to a swanky hotel or hosting at your casa, I picked some pieces that are a must to bring in the New Year!

I just purchased these last night and they are on major sale {under $50}! We are going to Austin to spend the evening with friends but we aren’t quite sure if we’ll be going to 6th Street or staying in! Either way, I’m wearing these bad boys with a fun frock or distressed denim! If we do decide to go out, I’m going wear them with this! I love mixing metallics and textures! And if we are staying in, I plan on wearing this! Also under $50 🙂

Loren Hope has been one of my favorite jewelers for now 3 years! Her pieces remind me of the art deco era which automatically makes me think of The Great Gatsby, sequin flapper dresses, and champagne! Combine those three things and you have one hell of a New Years Eve party and you need jewels to match! I have both this and this and I always get compliments on them! So Daisy Buchanan!

This has been on my wishlist for the past couple of weeks, fingers crossed it’s one of my Christmas gifts! I want to carry it on New Years Eve, I hate carrying a purse or a cross body when out for a late night! I just want to be able to hold my cards, phone, lipstick, and a rollerball perfume to get me through the evening!

If you’re hosting, you have to get these! They would make the cutest garnish for your cocktails and goes along with the sparkler theme! So cute! And you need this for your bubbly!

I woke up a little under the weather this morning and I’m trying to push through to finish Christmas shopping! I ain’t got time to be sick! Ugh! So, wish me luck that I don’t kill anyone today! #nopatience 🙂

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Holiday Hues

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LEITH SWEATER | MORNING LAVENDER PLEATED SKIRT | STEVE MADDEN HEELS | DANIEL WELLINGTON CUFF | DAVID YURMAN BANGLE | DAVID YURMAN RING | KENDRA SCOTT EARRINGS

It’s safe to say that I’ve been a little MIA for the past three weeks! To be completely honest, I wasn’t feeling creative or inspired and I felt like such a failure as a blogger. Every time I sat down to write something I felt like I had nothing to offer you as my readers. Especially with all of the daunting gift guides after Black Friday and Cyber Week, I just threw my hands up and said “I need a serious moment!” I didn’t start my blog to push products or to create boring posts that had zero personality. I’m here to share with you my love of life and to hopefully sprinkle a little love on yours as well. I also came to realize that even if my life seems so boring and lacking luster, that you all are still here to know about my week that was spent 90% of the time in my pajamas and make up free! #imsorry I’m feeling so refreshed and having a little time off inspired me to think about my goals for the new year, which includes being my most genuine self even if I’m feeling kind of sucky! So, I’m back! 🙂

Now, let’s talk beauty!

A few of my favorite things about the holiday’s are parties, red lips, and cocktails. These three things, particularly all together, give me all the feels! I love to play up my make up with sparkles and bright hues, and this look happens to be my go-to when in a hurry to get ready for evening soiree’s because it has minimal steps! Raise your hand if your husband or boyfriend rushes you to get ready…my hand is up! To create this look I used Anastasia Beverly Hills shadows in Burnt Orange {all over lid} and Wine {in the middle of lid}! That’s right, only two colors! I’m so pale I’m practically see-through and the orange shadows warm up my face so I don’t look like Nightmare Before Christmas! And it’s not competing with my orange red lip! This liquid lipstick is super sassy for the holla-days, the color is Spice and it’s linked below “SHOP THE POST”! I’m usually not a fan of liquid lipsticks because they tend to be really drying and call me crazy, but it makes me have a lisp! I know, I’m weird. But not this one! Woohoo!

You all should know by now that pleated skirts are my weakness and I secretly wish that I could wear this one everyday of the week! The midi length can accentuate any body type, from short to tall. Mini skirts always tend to make me look like a troll (i.e. stumpy and wide) and who wants that?! Maxi’s are generally too long and it’s such a task to go get it altered. Midi’s are hassle free, they make me look taller, and the classiest length! This skirt is from Morning Lavender and I’m wearing an XS, fits perfectly.

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Lily Rae’s Birth Story

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First, I would just love to say that Jacob and I feel so blessed for all of the well wishes, prayers, and sweet words that have been sent our way. Lily’s entrance into the world was nothing we could have ever been prepared for, but we are so in love with our sweet girl! She is such a sweet angel, and those fresh from Heaven loving I get makes me forget what life was like before her. As much as I’m sad that my little bump is gone and my pregnancy is over, it has taken me a few weeks to process my thoughts about what I experienced during Lily’s birth. Like most other mama’s, it was the scariest, most beautiful moment of my life. There’s nothing that will ever prepare you for what your body and emotions go through. So, here goes nothing…

At my 39 week appointment, my doctor and I agreed on elected induction for Wednesday, November 16 (which is also mine and Kay’s birthday). She had stripped my membranes twice, and I was already dilated to 2 centimeters. My due date was November 20, and I was concerned of having Lily during the week of Thanksgivingor that Sunday as my doctor would be out. Call me a chicken, but I was so scared of not having my doctor deliver our baby! It just made the most sense to be induced,and I was so excited of the possibility of having Lily on my birthday.

On November 16, we arrived at the Women’s Hospital of Texas in Houston at 6 in the morning. Jacob and I were immediately checked into a room (I turned 23 in Room 23!), and I was started on Pitocin. I had heard such intense stories from other mama’s about their experience with Pitocin, and I was shocked when NOTHING HAPPENED. For a solid 4 hours, I did not have a single major contraction nor did my water break. My doctor broke my water at 12:30 (which wasn’t bad at all), and then things finally started to get rolling. My contractions started, and they were INTENSE. I made a deal with myself that once I saw Jesus, I would get my epidural. After about an hour and a half, I saw the light, and it was epidural time! I was so scared about getting one, but it wasn’t bad at all! After 10 minutes, I was in bliss. Really, though…they should give you one of those babies when you go to the spa. It was so nice! I took several naps, watched Harry Potter, read my book…it was amazing.

Up until 7:00, everything about my labor was so easy…until it wasn’t. I was dilating quickly, but Lily wasn’t responding well to my contractions. During each contraction, her heart rate would drop and pick up extremely quickly. My nurse (who was on absolute angel) had me start alternating laying on my sides to change Lily’s position. After 30 minutes of that, my doctor came in and we started to discuss the possibility of a C-section. For some reason, I never prepared myself for that. I always envisioned giving birth vaginally, and the thought of having a major surgery just wasn’t {I thought} in the cards for me. Oh, how I was wrong.

While my doctor was in midsentence, Lily’s heart dropped to a zero and we were immediately taken into surgery. Probably TMI, but my doctor literally held Lily’s head in to prevent her descending more into the birth canal. To say that I was terrified would be an understatement. I wasn’t aware that Jacob wasn’t allowed in the operating room until they had surgery started made me completely lose my mind. I remember looking around not seeing his face, and that truly was the worst part. Also, they called a Code Blue on both Lily and I, and they ended up completely sedating me while they did the surgery. I never saw Jacob come into the operating room, and I don’t remember hearing my sweet girl’s first cry. They woke me up while I was still on the table so I could hold her which was an absolute blessing and the most magical moment of my entire life. Lily was already having the sensation to suck, and when I kissed her little lips she kissed me back. Jacob talks about that moment like it was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen {swoon}.

Although the surgery and recovery was the most intense, painful experienceof my life, we are so happy to have our girl here. She will forever be the best birthday present I will ever receive, and I’m so thankful that I get to be her mama. She is the best, sweetest baby (who L-O-V-E-S to sleep), and Jacob and I are just so smitten with her. As for Jacob, he’s literally the best dad in the world, and I can’t imagine my heart could grow any bigger with love for him. We fight over who’s going to hold her!

Since we didn’t get to have photos taken in the delivery room like we had planned, I’m taking the opportunity to share my maternity session with Courtney Brown of Courtney Leigh Photography. Being pregnant was such a magical season of my life, and I think she captured this time perfectly. I think I may even love these photos more than my wedding photos (which Courtney also photographed and did an AMAZING job). Side note, Courtney and I have become such dear friends, and if you are in need of a fine art photographer, she is your gal! She has such a warm, loving personality, and she will make you feel like a million bucks in front of her camera. Jacob doesn’t even complain getting his picture taken when she’s the one behind the camera, and that’s saying something!

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