Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I am a self-professed bookworm. There is nothing I love more than cracking open the cover of a brand new book. Or strolling around the bookstore/library. Getting lost in a great book is the ultimate escape for me...I can be in a bustling room and not hear a thing once I've delved into the depths of a book. I bought a Kindle so I no longer get to crack a book open but the experience is just as exhilarating!

Book reading can be a fairly isolating experience, however, so I wanted to join a book "club" of sorts. Lo and behold...I discovered the Slow Readers Book Club! Woot! I've been reading Diana's blog for a few months and finally bit the bullet and joined the book club!

I can't wait to get into my first book, Finny: A Novel by Justin Kramon!

You can find more info about the club here. And you can check out the sweet button to ya left! :-)

DIY or DIE? part deux

Welllll. I done went and did it! I really didn't take any typical diy pics. I think you can figure it out...two lipsticks, a bowl, and a spoon. Mix. BAM. Awesome lipstick color. I think I am still a hair off on the color but I like how the two shades mixed together so I'm contemplating whether I want to raid my stash or not. Sometimes you just need to leave well enough alone! :-)

I used Revlon's Strawberry Suede and Milani's Rose Hip. Alone, these two shades rock my world. The Revlon color can be used during the day and is great in the summer. I am so in love with the Milani shade. It is truly one of my favorites. There is nothing better than a blue-toned neon pink lipstick!! If I have a bad day I definitely swipe it on before a night out!

Now, please excuse my beautimous face. I've been up since 5:30 am so cut me a little slack. ;-)

The pic really doesn't do it any justice...stupid point and shoot distorts the color. I probably should have applied it with a heavier hand, but the bright shade was a bit of a shock to my washed out face!

SO. Lesson learned? I can make a beautiful shade that a makeup artist can! Oh...I stored the mixed color in a gloss container with a screw on cap. I no longer used the color in the container so I just cleaned it out to store the new awesome.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I don't think I'll die if I don't get this diy done for you all...but I reallllllllly want lipstick the same color as the one Cate Blanchett wore to this month's Golden Globes. The bright, poppy pink is JUST what a pale, blue-eyed, (dyed) black haired chica like me needs.

Now, I'm sure Cate's makeup artist mixed 9 skillion different lippies together to get one gorgeous shade. That is lovely for such a special event but it is not realistic for this gal. I want to take this color with me everywhere. It is too pretty not to.

Beauty blog, Bella Sugar, suggested a few imitation lipsticks. None appear to be spot on, though.

The wonderful person (who has the same bday as me!) that runs the twitter account for Zuzii Shoes (@ZuziiShoes) suggested I get to diy'ing. (I'm sick with grief that I don't know that fab lady's *or man's* name!!!!)

I have a couple of colors that I think might make a good blend. One is the Revlon Strawberry Suede seen on the Bella Sugar list of suggestions. It's a great color, but it is no pink poppy. Tomorrow night I will venture out into the land of bloggy tutorialy/diy. By Monday, I hope to have some results and pics for you!

In the mean time, enjoy this:

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Well, I found my camera. If you follow me on Twitter (@painteddaughter) you know the location fell into my brain while drinking coffee yesterday morning! Thanks, brain!

The only downside to this NYE was that my camera pooped out right before things got to going gooood. :-( Oh well.

Here's some snaps:

We had a big bonfire in a small fire pit.

We had shots shots shots shotshotshots!

Yiiiiiikes. Apparently that was a bit strong for Tony!

We burned a pizza box.

I got a sweet pic of Jacob's beard.

And this was, seriously, the only pic of the BF and me I was able to get. Ha! Keep in mind, this is completely unedited. I guess we didn't realize if we held our arms farther out we might actually fit the frame!

I hope everyone had a safe and awesome New Year's Eve. And I hope you all were better prepared for picture-taking than I was! :-)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


You know what is sooo hard to do? Posting pictures that are in the camera YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE!!!!!!!! I'm obviously thrilled with this turn of events. ;-)

I promise to have some NYE pics soon! For now, just stare at how pretty me and the BF are. Ha!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


All in all, 2010 was a killer year. I figured that because we only have two days left I would reminisce on some of the best and brightest moments. Here's some highlights:

-took TWO fab trips to Hot Springs, AR
-BF's lil sis got engaged
-BF and I bought a house (!!!)
-BF officially has a new name...FIANCE (!!!)

**I highly doubt I'll be calling BF 'fiance' that much...for some reason I'm frightened by that word. Seems VERY pretentious to me.

I've got a couple more exciting moments planned for the last waning ticks of 2010....tonight I'm getting fresh ink on my elbow to form a bit of an elbow "cuff", if you will. Two more roses will adorn my arm and I CANNOT wait. My right elbow/arm is slowly becoming a beautiful homage to my beautiful Nana...(love you and miss you, Nana! don'tcrydon'tcrydon'tcry) I will also be changing up my hair color in the next day or so...black, blonde, blue??? Who knows! ;-) Friday night will definitely make new memories. A wonderful friend is having a house party for NYE and it should be EPIC. Definitely a don't miss. I'll take many a pic, I'm sure.

Next year will include many exciting things. I'm looking forward to decorating our home and slowly planning our wedding (eep!). The planning should be tough but fun. A very dear friend has offered her amazing skillz to help us out and I couldn't be more thrilled by that. Another has offered her help with invites/stationary or just use of her awesome discount for DIY supplies for those types of things. I'm also excited to see my future sis-in-law get hitched in October. It should be a beautiful event to say the least!

I've got some big goals for 2011, too. I've got to get my fitness/eating bidness on TRACK. No more fooling around eating like there are no consequences. I don't want people to tell me I look pretty on my wedding day...I want them to whisper to one another that I look smokin' hot. ;-) I also hope to motivate myself to blog more. I'd like to share more of my outfit looks and chronicle the epic journey of house decorating and wedding planning. Stay tuned...you don't want to miss any of the awesome. Ha!

So...auf Wiedrsehen, au revoir, hasta la vista. I'll see ya on the flip side....IN FRIGGIN 2011!!!