June Rants and Raves

I cannot believe that it is already July. June seriously just came and went. Maybe because I was super busy this month, I went out more and just was trying to keep an all around positive mood. Trust me this helps.

Octopus Takoyaki – Rave:

I love street food! Not only is it made right when you order it, but it is affordable and so good. While the Takoyaki pictured here is Octopus, next to it you also have Sweet pork dumplings. Yum!

Pineapple Earrings from Charming Charlies – Rave:

Love these little things. They are just studs but I love pineapples and they add a pop of color to any dull outfit.

Books- Rant:

So I haven’t had any time to read, and it makes me feel guilty and stupid. I know I shouldn’t think that way but it does. I will be setting aside some time to read through, just because I do love to read and I really miss it.

Hard Cider – Rave:

I am loving Hard Cider. I’ve never really had it before but Idahoans seem to love it and well now so do I!

So that is all for rants and raves not too many things but that’s okay.

 

Let’s Make Friends #4

So I’ve done it! I actually met with someone. I won’t lie she took the first step in asking to meet, but I still did it! We will call her El. El is into vintage style (which she pulls off so well I am actually a little jealous!). She is a part of the military, and loves food. We went for breakfast on Sunday morning, and  it was awkward at first, because how the hell do you start conversations nowadays? Eventually we settled in to a comfortable conversation that had us bonding. I was nervous trying to decide on what to wear because I want make a good impression, but not seem like I tried too hard. I ended up with high waist skinny jeans, a mustard colored blouse and a blue open sweater. I completely forgot to take a picture because I was nervous and completely forgot.

We ended up chatting from 9:30 am until 3 so, I think it went well. We did exchange numbers so we just have to maintain this new, precarious friendship we built. I am thinking this Saturday a little farmer’s market date, where we can eat and walk around. Now, I just have to plan what to wear…

What I have been Watching: Sense8

So, you must have heard that Sense8 has been cancelled and recently has released it’s 2 hour series finale. I’ve actually seen this when it first came out, and I fell in love with each of the 8 characters and their lovers and friends. Imagine how crushed I was that this was over, not only did it have strong (and even vulnerable) female characters, but had great representation of love, friendship, and family. Before watching the finale, I decided to binge watch the entire 2 seasons and relived why I love it so much!

First off, Lito is my absolute favorite characters and may be my spirit animal. His relationship with Hernando and even dani was amazing. Not to mention the amazing chemistry of Amanita and Nomi ( I love Amanita!). I was not entirely onboard with Kala and Wolfgang at first, I did grow to love them because they are just amazing characters. The show can be a little slow at times, while extremely fast paced at others. Not to mention the storylines had so much information you had to pay attention to or else you will miss something. If you don’t pay attention you can be left feeling confused. Plus, if you are not comfortable with watching nude or sex scenes, I don’t actually know what to tell you. While I can see that the show was probably really expensive to film especially since it was filmed on location, I wished that Netflix would have given us 1 new season as opposed to a 2 hour finale. This would have been great for a premium cable channel like HBO or Showtime.

There was a couple of questions I was left with after watching the finale, but I loved the ending. I just wished it was not over.

Beauty: Elf Cosmetics Haul

I decided to treat myself and since e.l.f.  was having a sale I decided to partake. I think I have mentioned before that I really like e.l.f because not only is their quality good and reliable, but it is extremely affordable.

3 piece Gift set includes Moisturizing Lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round, Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems, and The Silk Eyeshadow in Rose all day. This was a nice surprise as I actually completely forgot about it, so when I opened my package I also thought they messed up and sent me extra stuff. Massaging Facial Cleanser was something I added on a whim, I have never used one before, usually because these are expensive. This one was on sale and affordable so I thought “Why not?” I needed a new liquid liner, so when I saw the Intense Ink Eyeliner I had to get it. I had to toss a couple this week because of age or quality so I am hoping this one does not let me down. I didn’t notice until I got it that I purchased a Black Navy which I hope will look good with my brown eyes. I have been wanting to try the e.l.f. Active so I got the Workout Ready Lip Tint in Fearless Pink. I want to eventually try all the Active brand beauty items.

I needed a facial oil so I purchased the Nourishing Facial Oil. I really like the e.l.f  skincare line so I am super eager to use this and see how this goes. I also purchased the Mattifying Mask, because I love me some masks! I have been wanting the Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold for a while and it is finally available and on sale, YAY! I got another Baked Highlighter this time in Moonlight pearls which I am super eager to use as I am finally feeling confident in using them. Last but not least the Lip Exfoliator in sweet cheery, I’ve used their exfoliators before so I am a huge fan!

Tried any of the products? What do you think about them?

 

Lifestyle: Early Morning Hikes

I can’t sleep in anymore, it is a proven fact. So instead of sitting around on my butt, I decided to be active. So loading the dogs and my husband in the car we set off for an easy hike. The trail we went on was only 2.7 miles so if we added it up we only hiked 5.4. It’s been almost a year since I’ve hiked anything so we took it slow since we are trying to get into the groove of it.

While the scenery was not much to look at, as it was mostly hills with bushes, it was really the cool fresh air I was breathing and the conversation that was the main focus. Just taking time out to enjoy nature and the simple things in life is what makes times like these special. The only time I had my phone on me was to quickly take these pictures and then I just put it away. I almost snapchatted, but I decided not to. I just wanted to live in the moment and enjoy. I did a post on Instagram but that was much later.

Sometimes we need to remember that there are simple things we can do to make ourselves happy.

I Chopped my Hair!

So Monday I made a very spontaneous decision to cut my hair and I don’t mean just a trim either I mean 5+ inches to lob off. With summer approaching and just the desire to have a low maintenance hair, while also making sure I keep it healthy I decided to cut it off.

As you can see the ends were a lot lighter which is the result of various dye jobs. The ends were also split and because I had some layers it was all uneven. I also kinda just wanted to start fresh, sort of like a blank slate for my hair. My natural hair color is just a mousy brown, which I don’t usually like but while this sort of natural ombre was nice it kept getting tangled.

While the stylish went shorter than I asked and went a bit too liberal on the layers in the back, I’m old enough to know that hair grows back and to not be upset. I actually like it now that I have had a couple of days to really get used to it and make it me. I think I look funny with bed head because my hair literally sticks up everywhere.

What do you all think?

Let’s Make Friends Update #3

Hello, Hello!

So Friend-wise I still have yet to meet anyone face to face, which leads me to have questions like:

Am I taking things to slow?
Do people even want to be my friend?
Should I just ask?
How long does one even wait until you ask someone to meet?

It’s just so hard trying to make friends when your no longer going to parties, around people the same age as you at school, or you know hate your job… but I am trying. I just didn’t realize how insecure you start to feel when you really want something as simple as making a friend.

I’m still having chats with people though, while some have fizzled out I still have quite a few that I keep up a steady stream of chatter with. Hopefully next week I will have an update, something that will give me (and you) hope that this whole internet friendship stuff works.

 

Beauty: Sally Hansen – Instadry Nail Color in Sugar Poppy

It has been a while since I’ve given myself a manicure, much less paint my nails. Recently, however, I wanted to make sure I take better care of my nails, especially with summer rolling around my nails should be at least a little nice. While I did not go get a mani-pedi, I purchased a new nail polish and painted my nails. I actually don’t have very many Sally Hansen nail polishes, but when I saw Sally Hansen instadry Nail color in Sugar Poppy I needed to buy it. The color is such a happy one, that is perfect for spring and summer. Plus insta-dry is good especially since after I paint my nails I find myself having to do 10 million things with my hands.

Unfortunately, color is pretty, the formula was not so much. It was really thick, because they only want you to use one coat, the brush was really wide so I kept getting the polish all over my fingers. The polish did go on smoothly and dried really quickly which is great. I noticed though, that after a day the polish on my right hand did chip, which made me sad.

I did like it though, not sure if I will buy another color or not though.

Lifestyle: Weekend Traditions

Since moving to Idaho we have tried to make our new house feel like a home. It’s just my husband and me, so we try to make each other feel special. In order to do so, we have adopted a couple of traditions to make sure we don’t get homesick. Some we do together, others we do separately.

Saturday Morning Breakfast.

This is a huge breakfast that we make and eat together. It usually involves coffee, pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Sometimes we switch it up with some bagels and lox, pastries, or a quiche. We always eat together though, with no phones around and talk. This is the most important part.

Taking the dogs for a long walk

Now that we have Auri it’s really hard for one of us to walk the dogs. Auri is still a puppy and not used to the leash so she ends up winding it around the person walking her. This annoys the walker and Tesla, our other dog. We make sure that after breakfast we make time for the dogs as well. Taking them on a long walk around the neighborhood gives us a chance to go out, explore our area and exercise the dogs.

Taking time for a bath and audiobooks

I am not usually a big fan of audiobooks, but I am a huge fan of baths and reading. I don’t trust myself not to get the book I am reading wet so turning on an audiobook is the next best thing. The bath usually consists of a bath bomb, bath salts, or bubbles (because you are never too old for bubbles!). This is a time I have for myself, no cats, dogs or husband. Just me relaxing. Trust me it is great for your mental health.

This list isn’t very long but it is something we do every weekend that is sort of becoming a tradition.  Do you have any traditions you do on the weekends?