Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beach by Bobbi Brown...

RED ALERT!!!  Beach Lovers everywhere!! 
You have to take advantage of this Mega-deal:
This fragrance will immediately transport you to sunny warm days at the beach.  I Love it!!!
It is often out at department store because it is sooooo awesome.  
Trust me when I tell you, that you will regret missing out on this deal.
With the cold winter months coming ahead, the scent will cure your winter blues.
If you are a Bobbi Brown lover, you can also take advantage of her
 20% off sitewide sale, but it ends today so hurry!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beyond Cozy...

This time of year, I am all about being comfortable and cozy.  Which is why I am digging drapey tops, capes and ponchos.  To keep it classy, make sure your bottoms are fitted.
I also go from wearing blacks and greys to whites and nudes.  If you are on the west coast, you can probably get away with a leggy look like the one above, but either way just grab similar colors to create the same feel.
The first week of December I wore red nails to celebrate the start of the season then I did dark green but this week I am feeling the glitter.  I think I will do either a white or pale peachy color with a little accent nail or a little bit of Essie's Beyond Cozy on each nail.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunset Sparkle...

If you've ever been to Sedona, you know that the sunsets and sunrises are just AMAZING here.  I take pictures everyday and my pictures don't even begin to capture what I see.
When I came across this job and saw that it was in Arizona, I was not too excited but I am so glad I visited because Northern Arizona is just gorgeous.  Not to bad mouth Phoenix or anything but I wanted to live somewhere beautiful and the thought of another apartment, freeway filled life was not alluring,
The boys love to go on walks period, but here in the desert they demand even more walks.  I don't mind taking them, it's only when I hear the pack of coyotes in the distance that I worry.  As the sun sets is when you often will hear them howling.   It is beautiful but creepy.  Norm is soooooooo friendly that I worry about him trying to befriend them so he is usually on leash.
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We've had a beautiful fall and with the temps starting to dip, I've started to pull out my sweaters.   I picked this Marled sweater coat from  mark. (Avon's boutique brand).  The lenght is perfect and I also can throw it on and glam up the most basic look.  
Just because I live in the desert doesn't mean I can't glam it up a bit.  
In fact, I consider it my duty.
:)
With subtle sequins,  it's perfect for the holidays right?  
The first time I wore this sweater, I colleague called out to me from afar 
"Laura you are sparkling!!!"  
And that's how I knew this sweater was perfect.
This time of year calls for sparkle, glitter and fun.
I was a little worried about the chain detail but it's not too heavy and adds a little something extra! :)
What have you been up to?  
Have you added a new piece to your wardrobe?


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blanket Scarves...

Seventeen days away from Christmas and I am keeping an eye on inexpensive gifts so I can get everyone on my list.  Blanket Scarves are big this fall and I would not mind one under my tree, especially in a color that can carry over past the holiday season like the ASOS one above
I like this one myself because it has soft blues.  I can see it over a white coat.  I am really big on white clothing.  Winter whites with a splash of color and I am happy.
I also love this one and it is only $26 bucks!! It's plaid but the neutral color behind it makes it killer in my eyes.
 I chose a few blanket scarves for you to peruse and I stayed under $50 bucks because really, who has the money these days to spend more?  Let me know what you think!


Monday, November 24, 2014

super-KUHL vest...

It's officially the time of the year when I can't get enough fur and fleece in my life.  My latest obessesion is this "Flight Vest" from KUHL. 
I have a cream vest like this from Patagonia that I loooooooove! So when I saw this KUHL vest , I thought it would be a perfect for my lifestyle here in Northern Arizona.  Vests help you feel less like a marshmallow in the winter which is why I want to adopt this furry friend.
Another reason, why I am in love is because it comes with a hoodie that you can tuck in.
What do you think?  
Would you inVEST in this baby?
 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

organizing accessories...

Hope you are having a great week so far, I am super happy because tommorow B comes back from a 2 week trip.  In the meantime, I've been organizing, unpacking and tidying up for the holidays.
I have to be honest, I am a little wary to unpack at times because I feel we are always on the move.  We are not drifters but our jobs take us to different places.  Anyway, moving has been good for us because it keeps us from becoming hoarders and pairing things down.  As I was organizing my accessories, I realized I have a thing for snakeskin and little bags of course!
 Like most girls, I also love bracelets and here is my stash.  
I like to keep the ones currently in rotation handy, so I placed them where I can see them.
Believe it or not, I just used some old perfume boxes and place my stuff in here, so if we do have to move again or travel I can just grab my faves and go!
I am NOT the most organized all the time, so I have to show you my catch all bracelet basket.  These are the ones I am not feeling at the moment. BUT every once in a while I go through this basket and rediscover an oldie but a goodie.
How do you keep your fave pieces organized?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mani Monday : holiday nails...


I've already warned you that I am the worst at putting on nail polish, but here we are again and it's time for Mani-Monday.  Of course with the holidays coming up, it's time to get your glitter and shimmer on.  I have Pinterest Boards dedicated to all things Shimmery and Golden that inspired me to add a little sparkle to my nails.
I am big on neutral and nice clean nails, so I pulled out Cocktails and Coconuts and topped it off with a little gold glitter layer called Luxe Effects from Essie and tada.  I have to admit, nail pics are a little awkward but here are the results.
It's nice to start the week with a new look all be it a different color on your nails.  I am thinking I am going to go dark for my next mani.  
Any suggestions?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Preparations...

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I had to start a little decorating around our casa. 
So far, I've added this boho runner to our dining table and threw on some pumpkins.  
Honestly, placing pumpkins around the house is the best I can do, not to mention that I am on my own until the actual holiday.  B is on a MEGA camping trip with the kiddos for 2 weeks and I back at school teaching some of our international students.
I am enjoying having a mantel and fireplace.  
It's perfect for placing a few little bits of pumpkin cheer.

You probably recognize some of the pieces above, our little shells and California flag are about the few things that manage to make each move.  Believe it or not during this last move I had to downsize a bit and left some of my beachy belongings in Nashville but hopefully they found a good home. B's parents are coming to Sedona for Thanksgiving so I am totally excited to have company and for the first time in many years, have Thanksgiving with family.  Last year, it was a Whole Foods Turkey for us and the year before it was Cracker Barrel.  We still had a great Turkey Day (BTW Cracker Barrel was goooood) but again, being around people you know, in a house, with a fireplace...perfect!
 "Friendsgiving" is trending right now and I think it sounds like such a great idea if you aren't able to spend the big day with family.  Check out my friend Alicia's blog for her fun post about it.
What are you doing to get ready for Thanksgiving?

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