Sunday, December 14, 2014

{Favorite} Fall Booties



When I first laid eyes on these Ambrose Quilted Booties by Sperry's at Nordstrom I knew I had to add them to my growing shoes collection. To my husbands relief I opted to purchase these beauties instead of another gorgeous pair I had been lusting over, the Ash Jalouse boot. Additionally, I'd like to state contrary to what my he might believes: I don't often purchase a pair of shoes, but when I do I have a solid reason. The only other pair of booties I own are by Toms and the style is quite different from these by Sperry's.

I adore the construction of this bootie. The soft quilted suede paired with the creamy leather of the upper bootie is so dreamy. I often day dreaming of outfits to wear these with - no joke, I should be studying biochemistry instead. Regardless of that minor detail, I am very pleased to have these to incorporate into my fall and winter wardrobe.


What is your staple item(s) for your fall/winter attire?

XOXO,
Carolyn

Sunday, November 30, 2014

{DIY}: Stud Earring Holder


Creating this updated version of my stud earring holder was very simple. I had been wanting to update the look of my previous holder to increase the visual esthetic of my bedroom. Functionality, for studs and hooks, the holder is still very appropriate and the addition of the metal increases the overall integrity of the holder. I purchased my frame from IKEA and the perforated sheet metal from Home Depot. Home Depot offers a range if different sizes and style of perforated sheet metal, including varying sizes of holes. They do sell a  style that is more suited for studs, but I loved the design of the style that I purchased.


 Materials:
  • Perforated sheet metal
  • IKEA TOLSBY Picture frame
  • Tin snips
Directions:
  1. Measure the insert of the frame to the sheet of metal.
  2. Carefully cut the perforated sheet metal (Caution the metal sharp and little pieces of metal and float around or end up on the surface you are cutting them on.) 
  3. Cut to size 
  4. Fit into frame
  5. Assemble frame to base
Optional: Paint frame

If you are into DIY or more personal gifts for the holiday, this would be a simple and creative gift to give someone!

Enjoy!

XOXO,
Carolyn

Monday, November 24, 2014

Influenster | ModaVoxBox


I've been blown away Influenster! I've been a member of the Influenster community for over a year now and this is by far my favorite box to have received. It could not have come at more perfect of a time. The weather is turning cold and I'm always on the prowl for more hand lotions and hair treatments. Also it is the perfect time to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, guilt free, and you might know someone who needs a little extra TLC on their nose *cough* husband *cough*.

Contained in this little box, JK, it was pretty heavy - I rang my mom while I was at school and she told me I had a heavy box at home from influenster and she was ever so curious to know what was in it - are many essential health and beauty items, with a treat of course:

Natural Spring Water with Electrolytes | resource® 
You know, with electrolytes so it's even better than just plain water, cause science.

Clairol Hair Food Mask
So delicious smelling, I'm happy to have this little treat in my shower. Plus, the smell doesn't linger in my hair and I can apply to the roots without added weight.

Jergens Ultra Healing lotion
Good ole Jergens with their good smells of almonds and cherries.

Puffs Softpack
A great concept and easy to store just about anywhere!

Rimmel London had a few goodies:

Mositure Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight 
Gorgeous nude colored lipstick, that is actually a good shade for my skin tone.

Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner
I yelped to my mom about how I've been meaning to pick up a transparent lipliner when I spotted this in my box. Happy.
 
Scandaleye Rockin' Curves Mascara
I love the length and volume this mascara gives my lashes! Definitely a new favorite.

Always saving the best for last:

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa 
It's nice to indulge every once in a while and especially when its with a loved one, I shared a nice cup of cocoa with my nephew!

Enjoying Rimmel's Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara, Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner and Lipstick in Nude Delight.
Have you spotted any of these products in the store? I haven't seen any yet, but then again I was a hermit until last week.

XOXO,
Carolyn

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Being an Influenster

Almost two years ago I was invited to become a member of the Influenster program. I was so elated when I got my email saying I was accepted and that a VoxBox was on it's way to my door step for me to review. I had seen many reviews previously from current members and wanted to contribute my opinions to each new campaign. I've been a part of a variety of campaigns since I've begun my membership and aquired numerous badges ranging from camping to fulfilling my sweet tooth!

Some of my favorite campaigns include the Mary Kay box, which happened to be my first VoxBox and the Dr. Scholls active inserts.


These Dr. Scholls inserts followed so months after to review and I only have praise for these guys.


I think the opportunity to be an Influenster is phenomenal. You have the chance to try products and honestly tell the company, Influenster and the public your feelings toward the product.

Stay tuned for the next campaign I am a part of!

XOXO,
Carolyn


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

{Photo Diary}: Austin, Texas




One of my last ditch trips before medical school placed me in Texas to visit my sister. While there we further traveled to Austin.  Enjoying good company, food from a local restaurant, traversing the capital and streets of SoCo, and exploring a pool preserve, only added to a more memorable summer.

Where is your travel recommendation? Have you traveled to Austin? What did you think?

XOXO,
Carolyn