March 10, 2015

It's My Birthday

Today is my 29th birthday and it's kind of surreal. Growing up, my mom made birthdays so special.  It's not that we necessarily did anything over-the-top extravagant (although she did fly up to Milwaukee when I lived there for school to surprise me the morning of my birthday, which was pretty amazing) but she just has a way of making the day extra special and because of that my birthday has always been a day I especially look forward to.  This year however, I wasn't really looking forward to today, I was actually kind of dreading it.  Overall I'm pretty happy with my life and feel really fortunate for all that I have and how much love surrounds me, but sometimes I feel like I should have more to show for 29 years of life, that's a long time!  I decided today I would share 29 things I am thankful for, because my life is a good one and I should acknowledge that more.

1.  Jesus & my salvation, without which I wouldn't have a list to be thankful for

2. My family, a severely close second

3. My boyfriend

4. Sushi & Mexican food

5. My health

6. God's unending love & patience with me, I never seem to run out of second chances

7. Deep hair conditioners

8.  Where I live, both America & South Carolina

9. DVR... and Bravo! for that matter

10. My job

11. Sunny 80 degree days

12.  My nephew

13. Learning to be better with my money

14. Books

15. Makeup, men, I feel for you on bad skin days

16. Cell phones, but more importantly text messaging

17. Pinterest, 90% of my dinners are thanks to you

18. Men and women who are far more brave than I am who willingly fight for our country

19.  Freedom

20. Matinee movie prices, because otherwise no thank you

21. Hair straighteners

22. Leggings

23. A house to live in

24. My education & the ability to go to school

25. Jimmy John's, Subway, Jersey Mike's, McAlister's, all sandwich places

26. Friends who love me

27. Being able to laugh at myself

28. To have had a really fun & exciting early 20s, but to be more grounded and settled now

29. My life & each new day. It's far from perfect, some days just plain suck and it's hard for me to find the good in them.  But then I have days like today where I see so clearly just how much I have to be grateful for and hope that I can think about the things in this list when I start to throw myself a pity party.

Here's to the last year in my 20s & hoping it's a great year and I'm the best version of myself yet!

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

March 3, 2015

Loving Lately

I'm not a big splurger when it comes to purchases for myself; I really try to find great deals and even a $50 purchase can take me a bit of thinking about before taking the plunge.  My birthday is in March and I usually will use that as an excuse to buy myself something I've been wanting for a while, here are some things I'm currently loving.

1. Metallic Vans- These would look so cute with skinny jeans or leggings, I love them!

2.  YSL Oil Lip Tint-  These things are getting some major hype lately and sound exactly like something I'd love. They are an oil, so they are supposed to be very moisturizing, and if I like one thing, it's a moisturizing lip balm. They're pricey and slightly extravagant, but that's what birthdays are for!

3. Z by Zella Leggings-  I wear leggings 5 out of 7 days a week at least.  I've always heard such good things about this brand which is Nordstrom's own athletic brand. These are currently on sale at Nordstrom Rack online for only $12.90.

4. Longchamp Le Pliage-  I have debated for the past 2 years whether to ask for this for Christmas or to buy it myself.  This is such a classic bag that will never go out of style and would also be a great every day bag to tote around my laptop, Nook, and even my gym clothes for after work. I love the "red" and "bilberry" colors, they're a change nice from the black I usually gravitate towards, but would still match a lot.

5. Suede Toe Heels-  I have a wedding this June and think these would be perfect for a summer wedding! These are gorgeous!

6. Sunless Face Tanner-  I gave up tanning beds about 2 years ago and it's been a sad ride. I miss so bad being tan all year round, especially my face.  I've used body self tanners on my face before and they just clogged my pores and completely irritated my skin.  I love Clinique skincare and think this might be worth trying. 

7.  Brooks Running Shoes-  I have an older edition (is that how you refer to shoes?) of these shoes and they're my favorite, but have seen better days. I love lightweight running shoes that are slim and not too chunky. Also, I love how bright these are!

What are some things you have had on your wish list lately? Do you own any of these products and want to recommend them or something similar?