Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Current 'To Read' List

So, I am pretty much a book hoarder. (You should know this by now.) I have a current stack of books on my nightstand and bookcase that are just waiting to be read. I honestly wish I could spend the entire day just reading them, but you know, life. Because I am always curious as to what others are reading, I figured I'd share whats in my current stack of books I need to read!

1.
Because The Fault in Our Stars was so great (huge understatement, legit.) I immediately ordered Looking for Alaska. The only reason I haven't read this one yet is because I am still in an emotional depression over TFIOS, and I hear I need to emotionally prepare myself for this one, too.

2.
 I believe this is the only NS book I haven't read yet. I don't know, I wanna read it, but I'm not the best with memoirs. I get bored easily.

3.

I saw this one on the shelf and it just looked intriguing. The back summary sounded great, so for 40 cents, I picked it up. I think this might be the next one I read!

4.
I've been meaning to read this one since last summer because I think it will make for a great book to read on the beach. Obviously, I haven't been to the beach recently, so I probably just need to go ahead and read it. 

5.

As shocking as it is, I've never read this book! It was never a classic we had to read in high school, and for some reason, it just slipped under the reading radar in my post high school years. I have a feeling I am going to love this book because 1984 is one of my top 3 favorite books and I hear they're pretty similar 'dystopian' story lines. Also, it's about books, so I'm pretty sure I'll love it. 



Okay, so I think I'll stop with five for now. To be honest, there are actually several more books on my bookcase that are just waiting to be read, and you know what? I LOVE that. I love that I don't ever have to worry about what I am going to read next! (especially when I find most at thrift stores and only pay around 50 cents for them!)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Writers Block



So here's the deal. I've stared at that blinking cursor for the past hour trying my hardest to come up with something to blog about. You know what I've come up with?

Absolutely nothing.

I apologize for that, but rather than just type 'fluff' I'm trying to be more proactive about the choices I make as far as posting. I want this blog to be a sort of journal for me, but on other aspects, I love sharing about what I wear, makeup and etc with you readers! Because, you know what? That's a part of me, too.

Many people have asked me what my blog is and to be honest, currently I have no answer.  To sorta put it into words, it's become a collage of my life. I'm not just a fashion blogger, a beauty blogger, a lifestyle blogger (I think we can all safely say I will never be a food blogger! hehe). I am all of those things and then some.

You're probably thinking..."Where are you going with this, Amber?" and here's what:
 I'm sure you may have noticed by now that I've added some new tabs up top ^. These little pages are a new way I am organizing my posts. Most should fit into one of those categories, but as always, there's always a little bit of miscellaneous in my life, so that's where the 'etc.' comes in.

Over the next few days, I am going to update all my previous posts, so that when you click on one of those categories, you'll find everything I've ever had to say about that on here! It's pretty time-consuming to go back through almost 400 posts, so bare with me. It might be a little bit before I have them all complete.

I'm kinda excited about all of this! Even though it's a small change, it makes me feel more organized and I hope it makes my blog easier to read for you guys too!

As always, I am always looking to evolve to be better at what I do (in all areas of my life), so that's where you guys come in.... Please email me or comment on this post if you have any suggestions or general thoughts or ideas to share with me. Each and everyone of you who read my little corner on the ol' interwebs make me happy, and I, of course, want to make you happy too! Let me know (kindly, please?) what you all think/feel/alloftheabove or just feel free to leave me a smiley face...or nothing at all. That's cool too ;)

Love you guys, thanks for reading! :) Oh and I have something REALLY exciting going on this wednesday!You don't wanna miss it. (Ok, ok, I don't want you to miss it!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What WE Wore Wednesday

Hey y'all! I'm back sharing with you a few of the outfits I wore this week. 
Here's what I wore to the awards ceremony friday:
Dress is from Kohls last year
Jacket-Goodwill
wedges- also goodwill

Earrings are from target! 

Saturday, my friend (visiting from Idaho) and I rode the train into downtown Dallas. It was so much fun! Living in the suburbs definitely has it's fair share of setbacks...I love the city. Everything is so lively and all of the hustle and bustle just makes me want to move downtown.
 We had planned on going to dinner and then going up into the Reunion Tower, but we ended up laughing and chatting too long at the restaurant, it closed! So we ended up just sitting in front of the JFK memorial, people watching and giggling while munching on tiramisu. It was a fantastic night. 
All that's to say, here's what we wore:
Isn't she just drop dead gorgeous!?!?! The long blonde hair, her model-esque figure and beautiful, jaw-dropping smile; she's quite the trifecta! Not only that, but she's beautiful on the inside and out.  It kinda hurt standing next to her all night...hehehe, I kid, I kid. 

Anyway, we wanted to dress up a bit but still look sorta casual. 
My outfit:
Top is Coldwater Creek from the outlet store
Jeans-Goodwill
Wedges-once again, goodwill 
My little pins in my hair were a gift from another friend...thanks Ev!
and the necklace is from franchescas 

Alli's outfit:
her dress is from Marshalls. It has the most gorgeous black and gold lace back...I wish I had a pic!
Sandals are target I believe. 
I just wanna steal all the hair off her head, it's so dang pretty!

and just because...
 If I had one picture to describe our friendship, it'd be this:
Yeah. We've been friends for over 5 years and yes I am posting this for the entire internet world to see...hahaha!
Love you Alli!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

T-Shirt OBSESSED

I have a guilty obsession, and it's something I need to tell you about. I've been lying to you. 

I know I started the whole WIWW thing to get out of my former uniform: t-shirts and jeans... but lately, all I wanna do is wear t-shirts.  

I mean have you seen them recently? They've really stepped their game up.
The other day I bought this one:
 I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and ever since I got it in the mail, I haven't wanted to take it off. Legit. If you don't understand it, we pretty much can't be friends.
How freaking awesome is it to support one of your favorite books of all time ON YOUR BODY!?!?!! I can't even. Cant. Even. 

Speaking of favorite books...

I LOVE THIS! Again, one of many favorite books out there, but how adorable is this?!?!
Not to mention that it says Le Petit Prince not The little Prince...
it's the small things, guys. 



I don't even know how else to describe how excited this makes me. The fact that T-shirts with novels on them even EXSIST IN THE FIRST PLACE makes me want to scream (good screams) and then to have my favorites ones on shirts makes it 100X better. For real. 

This is another one of those that if you don't understand we can't be friends. ever. 
I reeeeeally want this one, in fact, I think I might have to have it. HAVE to. 


yeah, this one has my name allllllll over it. 
My wallet is looking pretty scared right now. ha!
(I should probably stop saying this but.... if you don't get this we can't be...
OK, OK I'll let this one slide)

Then, there are some pretty darn hilarious ones out there, too!
For example:
YES YES YES 100X YES!


If there was a shirt out there to describe my sense of humor, it'd be this one. 


no wait, maybe this one!!?!!?!
I literally snort every time I see this one. 

Now, don't even get me started on band tees. The Killers have some pretty awesome ones out there... but I shall refrain from sharing them with you. 

What do you think... Are tees no longer frumpy?  Have they transformed into a way of self-expression?

I think so!


*BUY ALL THE TSHIRTS!*
(insert image of that internet meme here)



Friday, April 11, 2014

Wait, What? I Won a Writing Award!?!?!

One afternoon, I received a phone call. It wasn't a number I recognized, but something told me to answer it anyway. I'm so glad I did because it was a call from my former college telling me that I placed in their creative writing contest and was invited to the ceremony in a few days (today)!

 I wrote a piece for my creative writing class last semester and part of our grade was submitting it somewhere.

 I chose the contest my school did for the entire state for not only college students but nonprofessional writers...
and out of 700 entities, I placed fourth! I was literally shocked.
 I don't really consider myself a 'writer' because
A. I have terrible grammar skills
and B. My paper wasn't even really that good. It was just a paper I wrote for that course. 


I think it's funny because I only got a B on the paper in my class... I kinda wanted my professor to be there so I could show her that I actually won an award for that B! Hehehe. 

Anyway, if you're curious, my piece was a short story about the repercussions of hit-and-run accidents. (It was actually meant to be somewhat of a fable) It's titled "The Green Balloon".
Who knows, maybe I'll share it on here sometime!

After the ceremony, my brothers and I celebrated by eating at Red Robin.
It's been a great start to the weekend, that's for sure!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recent Drugstore Favorites

Today I thought I'd share a few beauty products I've been loving lately!


Let's start with the face stuff, shall we?
Going clockwise...
I picked this up at Target because I needed a good highlighter. I have to say I probably wouldn't have purchased ($13.99, are they crazy?!?!?!) this if it didn't have a buy 1 get 1 free coupon attached to it. But I'm glad I did. It's the most gorgeous pearly pink shimmer that really makes the face look bright and healthy!
You can see above how it catches the sunlight beautifully.

I guess technically this was free (thanks to that awesome coupon!) I had heard great things about these, especially that they were great dupes for those crazy expensive Bobbi Brown ones. These are very pigmented and great swirled all together or used separately. I like using these as eyeshadows, and it's a great way to add warmth to your skin as a bronzer. 
Far left is all swirled together and right are each of the shades


I picked this up initially because a completely matte bronzer is sorta hard to come by. I love that I can pick which color I want to use, whether it's the lighter, darker or a mix of all four shades. It's perfect for contouring, too! I got this for $3.50 at Big Lots so go pick one up for yourself!
(I swirled my finger in all four shades for the above swatch)

This concealer rocks. It covers my dark circles and doesn't make my look like I have makeup caked on. I highly recommend it!

This was one of those impulse buys at target. It was marked down to $7 at almost 70% off. I figured I'd try it and if I didn't like it, I'd return it. Ha! It is crazy pigmented and the shades are all gorgeous. If you don't want to fork the money over for those Naked palettes, I recommend running to Target to get this. The shades remind me of all three of those palettes and are just as good. 
 I didn't realize that this was a limited edition so if you want this go to Target ASAP!

Anyway, these were just a few beauty items I've using and loving lately. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIWW: 1 Graphic Tee- 4 Ways!

While shopping at an outlet mall with my grandma and dad, we stumbled across the 'perfect' tee shirt for myself.
 I loooove bikes and often daydream about riding my bike down the river Seine with flowers in my basket. My grandma, aunt and I even have a board dedicated to bikes on Pinterest! 
So when I saw this shirt, we all knew I needed to have it. As we finished the rest of our shopping trip, I kept imagining all the different outfit combinations I could create with it (please tell me I'm not the only one who does that!)
Thus, this post was born. Here's how I wore the same graphic tee (which is just perfect for spring!) 4 different ways!

1. Maxi skirt and statement necklace:
The first way I wore it was with this maxi skirt. This was the most comfy outfits ever....maxi skirts are basically fancy-fied sweat pants. No joke!
Pink cardigan-Jcrew via Goodwill
Tee-Loft Outlet
Maxi skirt- LC for Kohls, yard sale find
Necklace-Everyday Icing stolen from my mom (thanks mom!)
Wedges which you can't really see- Goodwill

2. Jean jacket and sandals
I can't believe it's already time to break out my sandals...which only means one thing: I need to get a pedicure! I have to say this outfit was the one I felt the most 'me' in. My jean jacket is a staple in my closet and I loved how it looked with the tee!
Jacket-Old Navy via Goodwill
Pants-Loft clearance (a $6.88 score!)
Sandals-Kohls
Earrings-no clue...maybe target?

3. Moto jacket and Converse
I wore this outfit when I was in Ohio and needed a heavier jacket. I love pairing edgy items with more feminine pieces! My aunt called this look "My hipster outfit".  :)
By the way, she did my hair in this picture...isn't it awesome! I wish she was closer to do my hair everyday, hehehe!
Jacket- Kohls
Black jeans-Loft
chucks-DSW
Earrings(my fav ever!)- Target

4. Flowy skirt and bright cardigan:
I think this is my favorite look of them all! This one felt very Parisian chic to me, what do you think?
Cardigan-Old Navy
Skirt-Goodwill
Necklace-Forever 21
Flats-TJmaxx

and believe it or not, I still have other ideas with this tee rolling in the back of my head! But I suppose I will stop with 4 for now. 

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