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a little wish list: drug store beauty products.

revlon foundation | rimmel foundation | concealer | powder | highlighter | eye shadow | color stick | lip gloss | lip butter | nail polish
with the amount of youtube beauty videos i watch from day to day, i have quite a formidable products wish list forming in my iphone notes. today, i thought i'd share a few of the drug store selections i'm currently eyeing. if i'm lucky enough to scoop some of these products up over the next few months, i'll go ahead & review them here on the blog for anyone who may be interested, complete with pretty detail photos taken with our new camera [i know... i'm obsessed]!
FACE | the revlon colorstay foundation for combo/oily skin has topped my list of favorite drug store foundations since i first applied it. and since the whipped creme makeup variety has gotten stellar reviews from my go-to youtube beauty gurus, of course i want to try it & compare with the original. as for the rimmel clean finish matte foundation, this is also o…

the sunday currently, volume 19.

readinglittle women, by louisa may alcott. and instead of reading from my nook, i'm reading a real-life book, one that my parents gave me for christmas in 1997. i love it. writinga lot of different things, really. things i can't wait to share here in this space, & things i am hoping will make an impact. also, huge, huge lists, especially for this blog. i have been brainstorming a lot of posts, & there are a few in particular that i am especially excited about - those are coming in february. listeningto the blast of the heater. it has been ridiculously cold here, cold enough to make me realize i could never live anywhere colder. hello, this is the louisiana in me speaking. thinkingthat the show nip/tuck is pretty much insane. justin & i have been watching it lately, & we're almost finished with season two. i like it, & i crave watching it, but when we are watching it, we end up looking at each other like, did that really just happen? smellinga fresh pot of c…

friday's fancies #56: black + white.

due to the recent re-discovery of my black, stretchy, skinny jeans, i was excited to pull together a look for this week's friday's fancies theme, black & white. and ever since my new year, new you post, i've been obsessed with pops of pink & gold. not only do the anchor earrings play into that love, but i also have been drawn to all things nautical recently. 
you may [or may not] have noticed my absence from friday's fancies & friday's letters last week - every once in a while, i like to depart from my usual routine & put up either a wishes for this weekend or weekender post in place of the regulars. for me, it just keep things interesting, & ultimately, reaffirms my love of these two link-ups. so, a big thank you goes out to both alison & ashley for hosting what i consider two of the best link-ups in the blogging community.
top | skinnies | nail polish | earrings | bag | boots | scarf

dear beautiful creatures, as i was telling lindsey yesterda…

on the nature of dreams.

dreams don't have to be one-note, one-path progressions. they can come in layers, in different colors... they can come from what seems like two separate universes.

your dreams don't have to make sense. their lack of sense is not a tragedy, but otherwise, quite the opposite.

the only tragedy is if the duality of their nature becomes squelched. if you happen to think if i do the one, then i can't do the other. that's the only path you should fear.

can you think of anything better than being a person who chases every path they dream up, whether they all head in the same direction or not? because i cannot.

to me, it seems like the ultimate accomplishment, wherever exactly it is that i end up. in the middle of one path, at the end of another.

   this is what it's like to try.

photo: a dreary, post-holiday wilmington winter sky \ instagram

one more little taste of christmas in wilmington.

now that it seems we're officially in the midst of the after-holidays winter slump, i thought i'd share a few more photos from when my family visited wilmington for christmas. if you can't get over the fact that the holidays are over, just pretend that they aren't, right?

christmas 2012 in wilmington is one i'm sure i'll always remember. it was our first married christmas, my family's first time visiting us, & a time of good food, afternoons lounging & watching movies together, & tons of time exploring this great city. looking back on these photos makes the anticipation for next christmas even greater.

photos: christmas in wilmington \ nikon

the sunday currently, volume 18.

we're having a great, delicious-food-filled weekend. yesterday, we started the day out with brunch at the george [which is probably one of our favorite places in wilmington]. i had the belgian waffles with warm berry sauce. and the coffee? starbucks caliber, for sure. 

after an afternoon of beach time & shopping, we had ice cream at cold stone, dinner at fat tony's [barbecue pizza addiction], & finally, a monster creation of amazingness from orange leaf.

today, we are heading back up to the mayfaire for lunch at atlanta bread, then we're myrtle beach bound. i haven't been to south carolina in over a year, so i'm ready! i hope julianne & shannon are enjoying their visit. i think they are! 
readingbeautiful creatures, still. i just recently saw the preview for the movie for the first time, & i got really excited. as it played, i turned to justin & said, 'yep, that's what i'm reading right now.' not sure where the feeling of pride cam…


this weekend, justin's sister & her husband are coming to visit wilimington. i can't wait to show them around, eat at some new restaurants, & just enjoy having company. i love when family visits!
here are some things i've taken interest in over the past few days - perhaps you'd like to peruse them, too?
-- i was doing a bit of google searching & came across this blog which offers up advice on how to DIY your blog design. i've been meaning to spruce things up around here lately, & i think i may have found the golden ticket right here. i can't wait to see where this takes me over the next couple of weeks.
-- in a similar vein, this blog seems to be an endless fountain of knowledge, advice, & guidance. not to mention, i'm just oddly drawn to read more about her life. i find her interesting & inspiring!
-- a friend told me about pottermore when it was first released, but only just recently have i really gotten into it. if you're a harry…

love lists: december.

there's really nothing like the month of december, is there? 
twinkle lights everywhere, christmas tree smell around every corner, 
& that beautiful holiday spirit in the air. 
beyond those lovelies, here are the things i was smitten with 
in the twelfth & final month of two thousand twelve.
1. candles; especially bath & body works white barn no. 2 chestnut & clove. also, the candle kara ended up gifting me - woodwick's pumpkin butter. what's unique about the woodwick candle is... well, the wick. the wooden nature of it causes it to crackle & pop like a real fire when lit. so not only does it smell amazing, but its sounds are soothing. and in searching for the link for the white barn candle, i've noticed it's on sale - $5 for the jumbo 3-wick candle, instead of its usual $20. i'm going to have to scoop some up!

2. my maybooks planner, given to me for christmas by justin. because when your planner is this pretty, you're more apt to use it, righ…

wilmington snapshot: battleship north carolina.

while my parents & sister were in town for christmas, we got to explore a lot of wilmington. on a day when justin unfortunately had to work, we went to tour one of the big attractions here: the battleship north carolina. not only did i finally get to see wilmington from that side of the river, but i also got to try out our brand new nikon.