Thursday, August 28, 2014

National Bow Tie Day

Hi friends!

Summer is drawing to a close and every few days, I feel a tiny hint of fall in the air, so that means cooler days and #pumpkineverything are just around the corner. Thank goodness! And though I'm no football fan (sorry guys, I'm just not. Oops), fall means football games and tailgating (yes, I do love tailgating. Um duh) are also right around the corner, which means it's time to dress in your gameday best and fill your wardrobe with new pieces in your favorite team colors! So while the ladies are picking out new cowboy boots and sundresses, the gentlemen are picking out new bowties to sport at all the games.

Well guess what. Yesterday was National Bow Tie Day, and you know I love a good bow tie. I'm sure you also know how much I love High Cotton's bow ties as well as all of the people involved with High Cotton. SO, as luck would have it, the fabulous and terribly sweet people of High Cotton are offering a pretty exciting bow tie giveaway in honor of their favorite holiday!

One of you will win a free bow tie of your choice from High Cotton's brand new Fall collection (pictured above), which just launched on Monday! Such a cute "happy football season" gift for the man in your life :)

All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

In other exciting HIgh Cotton news, through Sunday, August 31st, with any purchase of $50 or more, you will receive free High Cotton croakies! They don't even sell croakies, so this is an exciting little thing they're just doing right now! Get 'em while they're hot!

So cute, right?

This giveaway will run through 11:59pm, September 5th.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Wayfaring Wanderlust + Giveaway

Hi friends! Happy weekend! Today I want to introduce you all to Jen, one of my very first and oldest blogging friends from back in my Tumblr days. Jen just got back from a year and a half teaching English in Madrid! That's certainly far more than I can say I've done in the past year an a half. Holy moly. Jen started out as a food and recipe blogger, but during her time in Madrid, those drool-worthy recipe posts were interrupted by loads of incredible posts about her travels all over Europe filled with completely amazing photographs she took along the way. And don't even get me started on her Instagram. Never has an Instagram account given me wanderlust quite as fiercely as Jen's does :)

Now, I'm excited to partner with Jen to announce her new Etsy shop, Wayfaring Wanderlust, where she's selling her gorgeous travel photography as prints! Seriously, look at these beauties! If they don't instantly give you the travel bug, I don't know what will!

I wasted no time selecting one for my gallery-wall-in-the-making, and I can't wait to hang it! I've always been so infatuated with those beautiful blue rooftops in Santorini...especially after Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. Anyone else with me there??

Jen is giving away one of her beautiful 8x10 prints to one of you! All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

Good luck! Go show my girl some love :)
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

July Favorites

Some of my favorite blog posts to read are roundups of favorites. Whether it's favorite books, favorite fragrances, favorite recipes, it doesn't matter. I just love getting an inside peek into what other people are loving. I feel like it's a great way to get recommendations. I think my favorite "favorites" posts are monthly favorites...collections of in-the-moment obsessions. Surprisingly enough, I've never done one, so I figured, a ball game's still a ball game even if you're late! So here I am with my little list of things I loved during July (and am still loving)!

1. I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends by Courtney Robertson - This. Book. You all know how unapologetically obsessed I am with all things The Bachelor/ette, so when this frothy, salacious Bachelor tell-all hit book stores, you can guarantee I was there to pick it up on day one...with bells on. This is a must read for any Bachelor fan, especially if you have a sense of humor and a craving for all the juicy inside scoop (fantasy suites, anyone?). I'm a teensy bit embarrassed about how quickly I devoured this book, but it was one of those fluffy beach reads that just sucks you in, especially if you just have to know all the dirty deets about the television franchise we all know and love.

2. Lorac Pro Palette - This eyeshadow palette is everything. The colors are so gorgeous and blend beautifully, and they all look so amazing together! I'm completely in love. I bought this palette a few weeks ago (late to the game, I know), and I've used it every day since. I guess now I need to pick up the Lorac Pro 2, right? 

3. Tory Burch Leather Aviators - I know I've already gushed really hard over these sunglasses, but they're just that incredible and I'm still crazy in love with them. 

4. Elizabeth And James Nirvana White - Ever since getting my sense of smell back a few months ago (Wait! It's been almost a year now! Woohoo!!!), I've been loading up on yummy smelling candles and room scents and perfumes, and I think I've found my new favorite scent. It's sweet and floral and light and fabulous. It just feels fancy and smells delicious.

5. The O.C. - Obviously this isn't a new favorite, just one that's been revisited. I was so obsessed with this show when it was on, but somehow, I've managed to go through the last, what, 7 years (?) since it ended without rewatching it from the beginning. The time has come to venture back to Orange County and Captain Oats, and I'm loving every minute of it. I've missed this show. The obsession lives on. And the soundtrack????? Oh my gosh. Perfect. I forgot how amazing it was.

6. Tarte's "Lights, Camera, Flashes" mascara - You guys. I've found it. I've found my perfect mascara. Mascara is by far my favorite makeup product, and I'm always trying out new ones, but I've never settled on the one. Until now. This mascara is perfect for making your lashes suuuper long and suuuper voluminous and suuuper dramatic. It's easy to use, and there's never any clumping. I think it's limited edition though, so I'm going to have to run back to Sephora and pick up a few more so this love affair doesn't end as quickly as it began...

7. Blue Eyeliner - I'm not a very adventurous person when it comes to, let's face it, most things...but particularly makeup. I've been loving the blue eyeliner trend, but I didn't know if I was cool enough to pull it off. Ultimately, I decided that even though I'm probably no where near cool enough, I don't care and I'm gonna rock it anyway. I've just been using a $4 Rimmel one, but it's awesome and it gets the job done aaaand I'm kinda digging it. 

8. Essie Aruba Blue - I got this nail polish for my birthday last year, but I don't think I had worn it even once until July. I don't know why it didn't strike my fancy before, but it's been on my nails all month long. It's a gorgeous blue and it's really easy to wear. I'm wearing it now, in fact, though my nails need some serious TLC. I've really been loving this polish.

9. Kitty Ring (similar) - Remember how I'm a cat lady now? Well, ever since getting Hazel, I've fully embraced my newfound catladydom. This little kitty ring was my first official cat lady purchase, and I've been wearing it constantly. No shame. I love it. Meow.

10. Healthy Living - Eric and I have been on a major health kick for the past month. Just lots of clean eating, drinking less (except on Bachelorette Mondays, obviously), and going to the gym every day. It's been a great kick in the pants and a fabulous lifestyle change. Adding a hefty dose of daily activity into the equation has been wonderful, and I love that we're doing it together.

11. Sorry I'm Not Sorry wallet - This is the happiest and most exciting find of the month. Guys. This wallet is $6.99 at Target. I know! Amazing! I love my everyday Kate Spade wallet, but there are some times I would rather have something not quite as nice and easier to throw around than that big ol' going out or bachelorette weekends or concerts. This cutie patootie fits the bill, and looks fabulous doing it.

What did you love last month? Anything I absolutely have to check out? Let me know! Happy August!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Amazing Movies

In the last month, I have seen two movies that I simply cannot keep quiet about. I feel like sometimes there's just a movie dead zone and nothing good comes out for months but then BAM all of a sudden there are like ten movies I'm dying to see. Right now, we're in the midst of major movie upswing, and I'm loving it! There's so much out right now that I'm dying to see, but these are two movies I've seen recently and feel I must share with you.

A few weeks ago, I saw Chef, and I'm still obsessing over it. Literally the day after I saw it, I already wanted to see it again. Yes, it was that good. It was just a really entertaining, uplifting, heartwarming movie, and the storyline was fantastic. Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, and I think it was such a great representation of his genius. I was sufficiently impressed. Chef is about a very passionate and acclaimed chef at a restaurant with an owner who won't let him experiment and flex his artistic cooking muscles in the kitchen. One poor review from a famous food blogger, a few twitter wars, and one infamous viral video later, the chef ultimately he loses his job. Through his struggle to find an alternate source of income while still fulfilling his passion for creating incredible food, he opens a food truck and finds joy in cooking again while also repairing his relationship with his young son. It's heartwarming and lovely and I highly recommend it. Plus, it just made me want to cook all the things.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Garden State. A lot. The movie, the soundtrack, the whole shebang. It's perfect. When I learned that Zach Braff was working on a new Garden State-esque project, my countdown began. I knew it would be another completely perfect movie from his incredibly brilliant mind. Enough gushing? Get the picture? If you don't know the story behind Wish I Was Here and its journey to theaters, let me fill you in just a little bit. This is the very first movie to be entirely crowd funded, a fact that completely blows my mind, especially after seeing the incredible production quality that came out of it. Basically, Zach Braff wrote the screenplay and had his brilliant story idea all planned out, but the production companies all wanted to change things about it, so Zach Braff was like "No! See ya!" He started a Kickstarter campaign and raised all of the money to make the movie through donations from supporters and fans. This made the movie that much more impressive. The cast was flawless and the attention to detail was something that could have only been made possible by the out-of-this-world creativity of Zach Braff himself. Wish I Was Here is the story of a struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) who supports their family through a miserable job, children at a private school they can no longer afford, and a father (Mandy Patinkin) who is rapidly losing his battle with cancer. His life hits a crossroads, but through homeschooling his children and repairing his relationship with his father, he begins to find the purpose in his life that he had somehow lost along the way. Eric and I were in tears through the entire movie. It was so gorgeous and inspiring and stuck with me for days after I saw it. Go see it immediately.

So now I've got the movie bug. After seeing these two, I'm having trouble staying away from the movie theater. Have you seen anything amazing lately?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Tory Burch Leather Aviators + Giveaway!

I can't even get over how excited I am about this! I'm so completely obsessed with sunglasses, so Eye Care Associates contacted me a few weeks ago about doing a collaboration, and I couldn't have been more thrilled! About a week and a half ago, I popped by the Cameron Village location in Raleigh to pick out a fabulous pair of sunnies. Everyone was so nice and so helpful, and there were so many gorgeous sunglasses to choose from...this super indecisive girl over here had a nearly impossible time picking some out.

However, I eventually settled on the ones that immediately caught my eye when I first walked in: these beauties from Tory Burch.
The orange leather detailing is so eye-catching, it's no wonder these were the ones I swooned over first. I think they're gorgeous. I love aviators, and I've always wanted some really good ones, but I've never taken the plunge past a few $15 pairs because I've always had a hard time finding some that properly suit my face. I guess I was just waiting for these bad boys. Holy guacamole they're perfect. I'm in love.
Even the matching case is adorable. Leave it to me to obsess harder over the packaging than the actual product, but really, I just adore the case. Maybe I'll actually use this one instead of tossing it in a drawer and scratching my glasses. Not like I've ever done that before.....#oops

Because Eye Care Associates is utterly and completely fabulous, they are going to give away the same pair of Tory Burch aviators to one of you lovelies! Join me in a giant round of applause! We'll be twins! Seriously, I'm so excited. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

Another exciting bit of news is that Eye Care Associates has a fantastic Groupon up for grabs right now. Basically, you buy the Groupon for $50 and it's worth up to $200 in prescription eyeglasses. OR for all you 20/20 eyesight folks, you can buy the $20 option worth $70 in sunglasses. Is that a deal or is that a deal?! Definitely something to look into if you have an Eye Care Associates location near you :)

Good luck to all of you!!!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Gold Striped Refrigerator

Pinterest made me do it. Really. I saw this pin, and I immediately needed it in my life. At first, I thought it was gold foil or paint or something super complicated that I'm not allowed to do re my renter's agreement nonsense, but OH NO, my friends. It's so much simpler than that!

I posted the picture above on Instagram, and everyone wanted to know how I did it. You wanna know a secret? Gold duct tape. Yes, it exists, and yes, it's life changing. I used 3 rolls, and at $3 a pop, I was able to give my boring white refrigerator a super glam $9 facelift. I'm completely in love with it, and shockingly enough, so is Eric. He says it's "like Kate Spade for Kenmore." Ha! What a trooper.

I just used the gold duct tape and tried to make it as straight as possible. It took about an hour and a lot of frustration and yelling from my perfectionist self, but I think it came out pretty great! I didn't even measure it!

Then all I had to do was style it up a little with some fun decor items (elephant, boxwood, and apothecary jar all from Homegoods...with an added pink bow courtesy of my ribbon box) and then I just spray painted a wine bottle gold. Let's be honest, I'll spray paint anything gold. I'd probably spray paint Hazel gold if she stayed still long enough.

Remember this print??

If you do this to your refrigerator, send me pics on Twitter or Instagram! I wanna see!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Initial Decor + GIVEAWAY!

Whaddya know??? I'm back after a superlong hiatus from the blogosphere. Oops. But I'm back, and I have some exciting things to show you! Namely, the cutest little monogram shop from right here in Raleigh, NC, Initial Decor. How 'bout that cheeky little play on words?!

I'm so in love with the clutch and earrings they sent me. The clutch is in my #1 absolute favorite color combo (#pinkandnavyeverything), and it's the perfect size to hold all of my essentials for a fun night out. Plus my cards and ID and things but, um duh I'm not including those in my pictures. Sorry, stalkers and identity thieves. But yeah, it's the perfect size for my phone, cards, lipstick, mascara, and a little perfume rollerball, and it has a divider inside to keep things organized. Which, by the way, can we talk for a second about my obsession with the Elizabeth And James Nirvana perfume? Listen, all these years later, Mary Kate and Ashley still do no wrong. That jazz is the BOMB.

The earrings were a super fun surprise, too! They're so darn cute, and I love the gold monogram. You know how I feel about #allgoldeverything.

I'm super excited, too, because Initial Decor is giving away a pair of these quatrefoil earrings to one beautiful Mason Like The Jar reader, and you get to completely customize them in your favorite color combination!

Just enter using the Rafflecopter below! AND you can use the code "SUMMER" to receive 20% off all Initial Decor orders, and lemme tell you, they have some seriously cute stuff. If it's not moving, monogram it!

Good luck, darlings!

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