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Friday Favorites Round Up

May 29, 2015

Three cheers for shorter weeks because that gets us back to Friday that much faster!! I can't believe this is the last Friday of May and that we are into June in a few short day!! Slow down time, just slow don and yes I realize I just said "woo hoo" for shorter weeks!!  I'm getting right into it this Friday and linking up with my favorite Grecian Goddess, Amanda, fresh off her amazing honeymoon! 

Favorite Recipe//


I'm all about easy weeknight meals and this flat bread is just that!! Add a delicious arugula salad on the side and you've got dinner in 15 minutes! 

Favorite Workout//



It's going to come as no shock that the TIU Girls did it again and I worked out to both the Abs and Arms videos twice this week! 


Favorite DIY//

How fun would this globe be to your shelf or even a bigger desk? Love that you can play around with the colors too! 

Favorite Work Outfit//

Last Friday I bought this skirt and couldn't wait to wear it to work on Tuesday!! It's currently an extra 50% off from Loft which makes it $30!! I paired it with a bright orange blouse, but can't wait to play around with more colors! Sorry for the bathroom photo...


Favorite Links//

// 5 unique ways to incorporate fruit into your wedding decor
// 10 items all women need to keep at their desks
// Changing out my drab winter totes for some of these more fun ones

That's the round up for the week!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Photography | Links and Tips

May 28, 2015

You may remember back in March I set a goal to up my photography game and the first step in that direction was buying a new camera! Well there were a few things that needed to happen before I made the purchase! The first was selling my point and shoot camera (check) and then asking you all for advice on what camera you recommended!! A huge thank you to Karly for recommending Samsung NX300 because that's the beauty we went with! 
It took about two months worth of research, but after talking it through with Gary and really going through why I needed a bigger, better and let's face it, more expensive camera, I decided to take the plunge!! I'm planning on doing a thorough review of the camera after a few months of use, but what I'm hoping is that you'll start seeing more professional looking photos and less iPhone captured ones!

Two Major Selling Points 

1. It's totally compact and not nearly as bulky as a DSLR. I knew that if I bought a bulky camera I'd never take it with me on trips and I'd loathe having to carry it places. This pretty camera is light weight and packs a punch. It also comes with a 18-55 mm lens with your purchase, so that already takes a lot of the price down! 

2. It has wifi and social sharing compatibility! Since it's a Samsung camera, there are apps you can download that make taking pictures with your camera as easy to share on your social channels as with your phone! 

Now that I'm getting starting with a higher caliber camera, I really want to improve my skills and learn all I can about the features, how to make pictures really pop and what in the heck ISO and aperture mean LOL! 

I've rounded up 10 of my favorite photography links and can't wait to dig into more! 

1// How to take brighter photos (via Thirteen Thoughts)
2// Understanding ISO, aperture and shutter speed (via Playful Cooking)
3// What is shutter speed (via Capture by Lucy)
4// Tips on improving your photography (via Postcards From Rachel)
5// Photography tips for bloggers (via Thirteen Thoughts)
6// 5 food photography hacks (via Lisa Loves John)
7// Top 5 photography tips and tools (via Design Eat Repeat
8// 25 fashion poses for lifestyle bloggers (via Venus Trapped in Mars)
9// Photography Tips - incredibly thorough!!! (via I Heart Organizing
10// Better photos - PERIOD! (via Honey We're Home)

Please share all your tips, tricks and the sites that have been crucial to learning for you! 

Top 4 Concealers

May 27, 2015

Concealer! It's really a love/hate relationship I have with it because on the one hand I hate that I need it and on the flip side - I'm so happy that I've found four incredible concealers that do their job right!! Through some trial and error, I've picked my four favorite concealers and I'm sharing what makes each of them so special!! 

MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER

This is my go-to concealer when I'm really getting "done up!" It's got a thicker consistency and a little goes a long way! I swear by a lot of MAC face products because of their staying power. My one piece of advice while wearing this; make sure you set your concealer. I know you're supposed to set it regardless of what kind you use, but with this one especially since it's thicker and can crease by the end of the day. 

NARS CREAMY RADIANT CONCEALER

It doesn't get much better than this concealer! My favorite is the applicator - it makes it really easy to get the "triangle" to make sure you are covering your entire under eye area. I wear "vanilla" and it acts more like a highlighter for me, but still covers my under eye area - if that makes any sense. It's very light and not nearly as thick as the MAC concealer. Again this one tends to crease a little more than I'd like, but a good setting powder and you're good to go! 

URBAN DECAY WEIGHTLESS CONCEALER

As the name suggest, this has the lightest formula of any concealer I've ever tried! The applicator is really fun too because it's not "static," but bends into any section of your face you might need - not just under eye area, but around the nose too. For being so weightless, the coverage is actually really wonderful. I also love that with this concealer I don't have to add setting powder. I usually do just to be safe, but I've noticed that on days when I don't set it, there aren't any creases! 

BENEFIT ERASE PASTE

I used Erase Paste exclusively for about three years before I decided to venture to the three mentioned above, so that should tell you something right there!! the coverage is wonderful, but my one any only gripe throughout my use was that I always used my finger to apply. I only switched because I wanted a different application method, but if I was to go back, I'd use my concealer brush and apply that way!! It's blendable and really does a wonderful job at hiding those dark circles under your eyes! 

Regardless of what concealer I'm using, the biggest game changer in application has been the Beauty Blender! This little tool has totally redefined how I do my under-eye are and it really gets into the nooks and crannies of everything I'm trying to blend!! 

I'm also really interested in trying Maybelline Instant Age rewind - have you tried this one?

What's your favorite concealer?
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