Monday Musings

If you follow me on Instagram (name: pipmegan), you know that I am now loving eyebrow pomade.  Random, right? Quite honestly, I always thought it was weird when people took time to "do" their eyebrows.  I decided to play around at the Anastasia section in Sephora and it was all downhill from there.  I am a HUGE fan of the Anastasia Brow Pomade in blonde.  I also bought an angled brush to use with the pomade.  The overall effect is fuller and more defined brows:



This is the brush that I got to apply the pomade with: 


My next mission is figuring out how to contour ... any good beginner videos out there?  I could spend hours watching YouTube makeup videos and I feel like I've seen so many on contouring but I can't quite replicate the effect on myself. 

The Queen of contouring, Kimmy K!


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If you are looking for a classic black pump, look no further than the J.Crew Roxie pump! I was hesitant to order these because of the heel height, but after breaking them in they are quite comfy!  I always break in heels by walking around the house with 3 pairs of socks (if you want to really break them in apply heat from a hair dryer).  



I also ordered these festive earrings during one of their 25% off promos ... they are surprisingly not heavy at all!




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 I've had these red Hunter boots ever since I got them on Gilt almost 4 years ago!  I still wear them almost every time it rains, but it's about time for me to get another pair as these are pretty worn being that they have been around the horn! 



I really like the shorter pair.  Every single time it rains I tell myself to just order a pair of the short ones but I never do!


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We've had the same couch for 6 years and it's really starting to get to the point of no return.  It's actually held up well considering we have 4 dogs, but its time is coming to an end.  I've been casually looking for a new couch for a few months now and just can't seem to find anything that I like.  I want to make sure it will hold up well and that the dogs won't ruin it!  Do you all have any suggestions? I was thinking leather given the dog situation, but my Mom pointed out how badly a leather couch would get scratched up with all of the dogs.  I was just thinking it would be way easier to clean.  

Here is a couch that I love ... but blue velvet?  Probably not the best idea :( 


And here's the couch we've had for 6 years- bless it.  


See the dogs up there? They're like little mountain goats!  I'd love to say, "Oh let's get a frou frou couch and I just won't let the dogs up on it!", but we all know that will never happen as I am a slave to my dogs and just let them do whatever they want.  I'm sure I'll be a fantastic parent someday! :/

Here is another couch I've seen floating around the internet that I think I like, but I would hate to blindly order a couch online without seeing it in person: 



I think it's Mid-Century modern?  Is it hideous?  I just googled "tan leather couch" and this one keeps popping up.  I have no clue about decorating.  I probably need some sort of help, but I'm too cheap to hire someone for that.  I'd rather buy clothes and eyebrow pomade.  

I should probably just get the blue velvet one, right?  I just want a chic and crazy living room with eclectic touches and Jonathan Adler pillows.  


I mean, these pillows are so crazy, but I love them! 






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What do you all think about the couch situation?

This & That: Thoughts on a Tuesday


I have found the perfect necklace organizer via Amazon! It's the EZNecklace Organizer and someone from Tennessee makes them by hand and sells them on Amazon.  I was so happy with this purchase! Now I just need a way to organize my earrings ... thoughts? 




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As you all know, I am having a major fringe moment right now and have been on the lookout for a fringe jacket that isn't super expensive.  I was doing a simple google shopping search when I came across this one from none other than Abercrombie *takes me back to high school*.  I kind of want to go try it on but I'm scared I will suffocate from the fumes of the tween cologne.  And how about those shorts on the model ... yikes.  Please tell me kids these days aren't wearing diaper shorts like that?



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Keeping with the tassel and fringe theme, I wore my Lulu Dharma tassel necklace yesterday and loved it.  So fun! 



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 I wanted to do a quick review of chemical peels since I do them quite often and I always seem to get questions about them.  The one I got was the Skinmedica Vitalize Peel and I will probably end up getting 4-5 spread out every 4 weeks.  I typically do them on a Thursday or Friday so that you have the weekend to look all scary.  You get the peel put on by an esthetician in layers (normally they do 2-3 passes or "layers").  You leave with the layers still on your face and are instructed to not wash your face for 24 hours to let the peel really soak in.  You end up looking very shiny for about 2 days like this: 


And then on the 3rd day or so it just hits and all of your skin starts flaking off and you end up looking like you stuck your face in a bag of lays chips.  Makeup only makes it worse, but unfortunately I had to wear makeup for work so I end up looking pretty scary: 


The results are usually a brighter complexion and decreased hyper-pigmentation.  

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I have been loving big statement necklaces lately ... do you all have any recommendations for some other ones?  The crazier, the better.  I just love how they can add a little pizazz to a simple outfit.  


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Rob just recently got a GoPro camera and he is all about doing some bike riding vlogs.  I thought since he's got the camera maybe I could start vlogging again?  Did you all like those or did I look like a goon? What do you all think?  I just have so many beauty products I want to review but it takes forever to type them all out and I figured it would just be easier to do videos.  


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Have a great Tuesday!

Mid Week Randoms

First off, I wanted to tell you all about this cute skirt from J.Crew that comes in stripes as well as three solid colors! It's also currently 25% off ... highly recommend! 




This blouse is perfect for tucking into skirts and blousing out or wearing untucked with pants for work.  Another great work recommendation. 


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I finally got my hands on some Frame Denim jeans and they are seriously so comfortable- I thought I was wearing pajama jeans! 

My friend aptly named the severely slashed ones the "sausage jeans" because she says your skin plunges out of the holes.  I still want them.  



How do we feel about the knee holes?  I love them but I hear mixed opinions on this style. 



I love this pair but it looks similar to some other jeans that I have. 



I don't even wear jeans that much so I'm not sure they're worth the price, to be honest.  However, they were some of the most comfortable jeans that I've tried on in a long time. 

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Am I boring everyone yet? I have another TV recommendation.  If you liked Serial then you HAVE to watch the HBO Docuseries, The Jinx.  It follows the bizarre, rich, and diabolical man, Robert Durst, who was suspected in weird murders and a disappearance of his wife.  Is anyone else watching?


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Can we talk about Kim K's new hair? What was she thinking?  I actually love the color since she got it redone with the yellow removed in Paris, but just not on her.  And why is she wearing super revealing clothing all the time?  I feel like Kanye is brainwashing her.  Her outfits have been really bizarre lately.


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That's all I've got today- have a great Wednesday!

Fringe/Tassel for Spring 2015

I know fringe had its brief moment over the last couple of years - remember when I got the fringe booties 3 years ago and then the ones last year? 

Let's take a moment of silence for the fringe booties that I've plowed through over the years:



To be completely honest, I thought fringe was kind of on the way out, but Lord have mercy it's back this spring in a big way! 

I've even talked myself into needing a FRINGE JACKET! 




Aren't they so fun? And I want to be able to do this: 


Image via Style Scented

Yasssss! 

And just when I thought Kendra Scott tassel necklaces were a thing of the past, fringe jewelry is literally EVERYWHERE.  I have been wanting to buy anything with tassels lately.  Tassel earrings, tassel necklaces, tassel bracelets ... just no boob tassels please.  

This weekend alone I bought several tassel necklaces, because you know, I just had to have them at that exact moment. 

I got the one below at a local store here called Spruce.  


These are the other ones that I got via a GMA promo that made them 29 dollars a piece.  Unfortunately that promo has ended and they are back to regular price: 



I love tassel necklaces but tend to like tassel earrings only if they are shorter because I hate when earrings hit scarves or jackets.  

These from J.Crew are amazing and are 25% off today!




And have you all heard of Mignonne Gavigan scarf necklaces?  My friend Lauren introduced me to them a couple of years ago and I've always wanted one.  They are like scarf necklaces with intricate beading and some have adornments while others are simple.  I love these: 



They are so cute with a simple t-shirt and leather jacket: 



So spill, do you all love fringe and tassel right now or do you feel like they've jumped the shark?

Recent Beauty Reviews: Sparkle Collagen Supplement, Nivea In Shower Body Lotion, Bioderma Crealine, & More!

By now I've made it very apparent that I'm a certifiable loon when it comes to buying skincare items.  I live for Refinery 29 or Allure articles that talk about the newest "it" items in skincare.  

One item that I read about recently was a skin powder that you drink!  It says that it is supposed to improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles.  I purchased this on Amazon (prime slays me daily) and it actually tastes pretty good!  I will report back on if I actually see any results, but as of now it just tastes like crystal light. 



I also ordered this cult favorite, Bioderma.  I never really understood the purpose of Bioderma and why it was such a popular "must have" beauty item in every beauty gurus arsenal.  I mean, it's just soapy water, right?  Well Bioderma touts their Crealine as having fatty acid esters that emulsifies dirt and leaves behind a "moisturizing barrier".  I've used it for a couple of days and like it just fine.  I usually use it after taking off my makeup with a mild cleanser.  I don't use it solely to take off my makeup as I am one of those people who has to have a squeaky clean feeling on my face. 



I also wanted to share this deep conditioner with you that I've been using for about a month now.  It's the Keratin Brand Vanilla Bean deep conditioner and it's EXCELLENT.  It smells amazing and really helps condition ratty ends to make them smooth and shiny.  



As soon as I saw the commercial for this Nivea "in shower" body lotion, I just knew that I had to get it because 1) I am lazy and 2) I hate the smell of most body lotions.  You use it after using a normal shower gel but you rinse it off and it leaves a moisture barrier on your skin like when you apply moisturizer after the shower.  I really like it and have been loving it this week.  You all know I am big on smells and this definitely passes the sniff test with its low key scent.  No, it doesn't moisturize as well as using a body cream after the shower, but it does the job well enough and saves me the time and stickiness on my hands you get after applying lotion (i'm sure that makes me sound really neurotic).  



And while we're talking about drug store items such as the Nivea Lotion ... I just wanted to take a moment give a shout out to the best concealer ever, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser.  I ended up trying a couple of more expensive concealers and seriously, NOTHING COMPARES.  This is my absolute must have drugstore buy! 



Have a great day! 

Progrid

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