Top 10 Favorite Nail Polishes

Y’all know I love nail polish and I have a TON of colors. I’m always buying new colors that come out with new collections, but I have some colors that will always be my favorite. Narrowing it down to 10 was quite the challenge! 

I’d love to know your favorite shade so tell me in the comments!


















Work Wear Wednesday III

Shirt-Old Navy; Pants-Belk; Shoes-TJ Maxx(similar); Necklace-J Crew Factory(similar); Bracelets-John Hardy, J Crew Factory; Watch-Fossil; Earrings-The Pink Pearl; Ring-Jane; Lips-Colour Pop Point Zero; Nails-OPI My Pal Joey

I’m obsessed with these shoes and that lip color and that necklace. That is all.

P.S. Since Work Wear Wednesday is going to be a thing around here, I made a category for it under “Fashion” on the right sidebar thing. I know trying to remember my Wednesday outfits is a lot so I saved you the stress and trouble. You’re welcome. (that is sarcasm for those who aren’t familiar)

Quick Brow Tutorial

Thanks to Instagram, brows have become like a work of art and getting #browsonfleek can take quite a bit of time. I am a firm believer in using brow products, but ain’t nobody got time to sculpt and shape for an hour every day. Even if I’m not wearing makeup, I will at least run some brow gel through my brows before I leave the house. Brows frame the face and really pull a makeup look together, in my opinion.

I have decent brows. The hairs aren’t too sparse and they’re pretty full. I get them waxed every few months, I don’t do them myself, but that’s all the maintenance they require. Fortunately, my brows are pretty light so if I miss a wax appointment, it’s no big deal.

I’ve found 3 products that give me full, natural looking brows, in less than 5 minutes.

IMG_5064.JPGEssence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows, L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Blonde, & Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

  1. Brush through brows with spoolie
  2. Apply Essence Make Me Brow and let dry (minute or so)
  3. Fill in any sparse areas with pencil
  4. Set with clear brow gel

Essence Make Me Brow has little fibers in it that add some fullness to your brows so it kind of fills them in and gives them a little color. It’s a genius product and it’s $2.99. What more can you ask for?

You can use any clear brow gel or none at all if you don’t have issues with your brows staying in place. I got this Anastasia sample in my Play! box and I’ve been loving it. It’s like hairspray for your brows. Once you use it, you don’t have to worry about your brows going ANYWHERE. My friend, Lindsay, recommended the NYX Control Freak brow gel, so I’m going to pick that up when I finish the Anastasia. (PS–if you aren’t reading her blog, you should be!)


Top to Bottom: Essence, Essence + Pencil, Essence+Pencil+Clear Brow Gel


Up close


Before & After

What’s your go-to brow product?

Straight off the Shoulders

55aShirt-Sam’s Club; Jeans-Old Navy; Heels-Nordstrom(similar); Bracelets-Purple Peridot, John Hardy, Stella & Dot; Watch-Fossil; Earrings-Purple Peridot; Ring-Kendra Scott; Purse-Mud Pie; Nails-Essie Merino Cool; Lips-Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin

As I’ve said many times before, I’m an equal opportunity shopper. I was at Sam’s Club buying dog food and treats and decided to stroll through the clothes. I found this freaking cute off the shoulder, ruffle top for $7. I bought it in 2 colors.

There are so many ways to style this shirt, but I went with a more glam option to wear out to dinner. I’m pretty obsessed with how it came together. It’s one of my favorite looks to date!


You know that saying, “If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans”? If it’s true, and I think it is, I am responsible for many LOLs throughout the day.

 As I’ve said before on here, I’ve always been a girl with a plan. I don’t operate on the fly. I need to know where, when, why, what for, etc. before I can agree to anything. I love a list and can’t operate without my planner. I am Monica Gellar from Friends. I know it. I own it.

 Brief backstory: I grew up in a small, one stoplight town where there weren’t many places to shop or things to do. I fell in love with fashion at an early age and I’ve had a subscription to Vogue since middle school. A la if Muhammed won’t come to the mountain and what have you. I wanted nothing more than to go to Meredith College, study abroad in Paris, and then take off to New York to conquer the fashion world leaving my little town in my rear view mirror. Don’t get me wrong, I love my town and the people in it, but I had dreams of big city life.

 My plans included going to MC, studying abroad in Paris, graduating with a job in the fashion industry, moving to a bigger city, becoming financially independent, and riding off into the sunset.


 Some of those worked out. I went to MC, studied abroad, and I graduated. I had no job lined up and zero prospects, even though I had been applying for 4 months. Job hunting is probably one of the worst things in life and was especially hard on me. I took every “no” personally and constantly felt like I wasn’t good enough. Where did I go wrong? I had a degree and some experience, but that wasn’t enough.

 I found a part-time job about a month later and things started to look up. That part-time job because full time, I moved into a new apartment, and thought I was starting to get on my feet. I still had to have financial help from parents because the pay wasn’t that great, but it was a start. Things were going well for a while and life was good. I worked by myself so I had a lot of spare time on my hands throughout the day which gave me plenty of time to get inside my own head and think about everything that hadn’t gone “my way” in life. That led to extreme unhappiness, depression, and some dark days. Continuing to work there would have been detrimental to my health so I quit with no other job lined up. I told myself I would never let myself go to that terrible, dark place again and I meant it.

 Shortly after I quit, I moved to a new apartment and then spent 3 months unemployed. I then landed a part-time job at a company that has and continues to make the list of best places to work. I got to work and really loved my job. Again, I was part-time so I still relied on financial help from parents which I hated, but it was necessary. I was hoping to move into a full time position, but in the year and a half I was there, it just didn’t work out. I had to find something full time so I started the application process all over again. I found a full time job and moved back to Eastern NC at the end of April of this year.

 So now we’re in 2016. I graduated 3 years ago and none of those aforementioned plans had worked out. I wasn’t working in fashion and really hadn’t at all, I wasn’t living in a big city, and I wasn’t quite financially independent.


So, here I am, back in Eastern NC working a full time job. This was my shot to get it together. WRONG. I knew on my first day of work that I had made a mistake. Too late now! All I could do was suck it up and try to find something else. *Interlude: I applied for a job with the company I work for now (company XYZ) in January at another location and didn’t get it.* The 2.5 months that I worked there were the longest of my life. I’m not an emotional person and I never cry, but I basically cried every day and I was just miserable. The ONE upside to that job is the friends I made and I still keep in touch with them now. *Interlude: The first week I started working, I got a call asking if I was still interested in a position with company XYZ. I couldn’t say yes fast enough.*

I got to a breaking point and I was done. I straight up walked out at 10:00 and never looked back. That is something that is completely out of character for me. I always do things the proper way and act professionally, but enough is enough. I wasn’t being treated with respect and my self-esteem took a brutal beating every time I stepped foot in that office. As someone who struggles with anxiety on the daily and has dealt with depression in the past, I knew I had to get out. I was so close to going back to that dark place that I went in 2014 that I said I’d never go back to.

I interviewed with XYZ the week that I quit my job. I thought the interview went well and I was hopeful. I did go without a job for a month and some change though. I was offered the job with XYZ and I gladly accepted. I’ve been here a little over a month and I’m loving it. There was an employee appreciation event not too long after I started and I stayed at the event the entire time and talked to so many people. The old, non-confident me would have made an appearance, some small talk, and bounced. I have social anxiety so this was a major stride for me. I was having a good time and didn’t want to leave. That night, for the first time in months (maybe even years), I actually felt happy.  I I’ve learned a lot and I’ve got a lot left to learn, but I’m enjoying the ride. I work with the nicest people. I look forward to going to work each day. I feel like I’ve finally found my place and where I belong. Took me a while to get here, but I made it.

 Presently, I’m living in a smallish town working in agriculture lending—a far cry from NYC and fashion. Yet, I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Funny how things don’t work out, yet work out at the same time.

 I told this LONG story to simply say this…find your happy. He will help you. He will guide you. He will test your faith and trust. He will never leave you. He will never lead you astray. If you take a leap of faith, He will catch you. And, I guarantee he will LOL at you during some point along the way.

 “For I know the plans I have you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11


My alma mater posted this on Instagram during from graduation this year and it really resonated with me.

Full Face Nothing Over $10

I saw a few YouTubers doing videos using products that didn’t cost more than $10 and I wanted to share my $10 and under picks with y’all.

If there’s anything I want y’all to take away from this blog, it’s that looking and feeling good doesn’t have to break the bank–be it fashion or beauty. I will never stop dreaming about Birkins and a closet full of Loubs, but that’s not reality. It’s ok to dream, but you’ve got to live in the now! Ok, on to the post.

facePrimer: Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm $6.49
Foundation: Maybelline Matte + Poreless $7.99
Concealer: NYX HD Concealer $4.99
Powder: Maybelline Matte + Poreless $7.99
Bronzer: Lorac Tantalizer Matte Baked Bronzer $8
Blush: NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic $6.99
Highlighter: L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte $7.99
–*Setting Spray: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray  $4.99
eyes–*Eye Shadow Primer: Essence I Love Stage Eye Shadow Base $3.49
Eye Shadow Palette: Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 $7
Pencil Eye Liner: Ulta Gel Eye Liner Pencil in Black/Brown $8
Gel Liner: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Brown $8.99
Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara $8.49
Brow Pencil: L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer  $8.99
Brow Gel: Essence Make Me Brow $2.99
lipsLip Liner: Essence Lip Liner $1.99
Matte Lip: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $5.99
Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss $4.99
Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids $7.99

I have tried all of the products except the two noted with *asterisks. They are all great and some of them are part of my daily routine.

What’s your favorite bargain beauty buy? (say that 5 times fast!)

Work Wear Wednesday II: Classic

4Shirt-Old Navy; Pants-Belk; Shoes-Tory Burch; Earrings-Wal Mart; Bracelets-John Hardy; Forever 21; Ring-Charming Charlie; Necklace-Handpicked; Nails-Essie Merino Cool;
Lips-NYX Cherry Pie

Now that I’m back in the work force, I’m shopping for pieces that work for work and play. Our dress code is business casual and my previous jobs had a casual dress code so I had to do some shopping.

Since I spent more time at work than at play, Work Wear Wednesdays will be in full swing for a while. Dressing for the office doesn’t have to be boring!



Shine Showdown

I have very oily skin so whenever I see a product with “matte” or “oil control” on it, I have to try it.

One of my favorite YouTubers, Nicole, was raving about the Murad Oil Control Mattifier so I picked it up. Benefit has had a product that has similar claims and I wanted to try it too. I got both of them and put them to the test. Keep reading to see which one works!



Murad on top; Benefit on bottom

Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

  • Description ( Acne Oil-Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF 15 / PA++ is a shine-reducing moisturizer that controls oil for up to 8 hours* and protects blemish-prone skin. Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 / PA++ reduces shine on contact creating an immediate matte surface. It supports natural oil balance throughout the day, and prevents sun damage by delivering powerful UVA/UVB sun protection. Recommended as a Step 3 moisturizer in any Murad acne regimen, it eliminates surface shine as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health system of care.
  • Price: $39.50 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstorm, for 1.7 oz
  • Pros: Easy to find; has an SPF but no flashback in photography; controls shine all day with minimal blotting and touching up
  • Cons: Pricey; thick consistency
  • Final Verdict: I use this as my morning moisturizer and I love that it has SPF in it. I normally perfect moisturizers that are a gel consistency because I like how they absorb quickly. This has a thicker, lotion type feel, but it doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin. The price is a little steep, but it is worth every cent. There were a few times during the day where I felt oily, but I didn’t look shiny which is A-OK with me. I hate looking shiny!

L to R: 7 am and 5:45 pm — I blotted once

Benefit The Porefessioanl Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel

  • Description ( Secret weapon to defeat pores & shine. Matte Rescue’s lightweight, water-based gel overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. It instantly minimizes pores with diamond powder, known for its soft-focus pore-blurring effect. Skin feels clean, smooth and instantly refreshed. When shine attacks, this mattifying gel comes to the rescue!
  • Price: $28 at Ulta and Sephora for 1.6 oz; Ulta has a travel size that’s $10 for 0.5 oz
  • Pros: Gel formula absorbs quickly
  • Cons: Pricey; still need a sunscreen since this doesn’t have an SPF
  • Final Verdict: As I said earlier, I prefer products with a gel consistency. The formula is about the only good thing about this product. I had to blot and powder multiple times throughout the day which I don’t have to do when I use the Murad. I’m glad I bought the smaller size!

L to R: 7 am; 6:25 pm (that forehead shine!), 11:30 pm –I blotted 3 times and powdered once

If you have oily skin, I highly recommend the Murad Oil Control Mattifier. You can a sample for free at Sephora and see for yourself. I’m telling you, it works! It is holy grail status and I will never be without it!

Make(up) My Day

4Shirt-Lane Bryant; Sweater-Target; Jeans-Old Navy; Shoes-Old Navy(similar);
Bracelets-Kendra Scott, Mantra Band; Watch-Fossil; Earrings-Harper & Jewels;
Nails-OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?; Lips-Colour Pop Frenchie

This shirt has lipstick, mascara, eye liner, and GOLD GLITTER on it which means it was made for me. I was checking and my mom was perusing the sale section and  found this for $12. Needless to say, I made a second transaction ASAP.

Also, this sweater is everything. I’m hot natured AF so I don’t usually have much use for sweaters and coats BUT this one is super lightweight and perfect. You will be seeing a lot!

The Pet Tag

Y’all know I am an avid YouTube watcher and one of my favorite beauty gurus to watch is KathleenLights. She recently did The Pet Tag and I nearly squeal. Y’all know I am a crazy dog lady so I had to jump on this.


1. What is your pets name?

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
Obviously, he is a dog and we don’t know. Whenever someone says, “what kind of dog is he?” I say, “A cute one!”

3. How long have you had your pet friend?
8 years in December

4. How did you get your pet?
He found us! He was roaming the neighborhood and we really thought he was a wolf/coyote at first. We could only see him off in the distance when it was dark and his silhouette looks like a wolf. We live out in the country so it’s not unheard of. My family loves animals so once my dad got Jake to come to him, he became ours.

5. How old is your pet?
Since he found us, we really don’t know, but we guess he’s about 11 or 12.

6. What is your favorite memory with your pet?
At first, Jake only liked my dad and while he was glad to have a home, he wasn’t affectionate for the longest time. It took a little while for him to warm up to us. He doesn’t dole out kisses frequently so the first time he gave me a kiss was the best! Now  he loves for you to love him and is so affectionate!

7. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
Jake is very vocal and LOVES to talk. When I call home, my mom will ask him if he wants to talk to me, and he’ll go to town telling me a story. He’s also the sweetest dog. So many people are scared of him because he looks scary and while he’s had some temperament issues, he just wants you to love him. He’s the sweetest most affectionate dog. He’s also VERY smart and he’s a lefty. When you tell him to shake, he always gives you his left paw.

8. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
Everything! I call home twice a day to check on him, request pictures all the time, and I talk to him on the phone. He’s given us quite a few scares with trips to the emergency vet and those were some scary times! Jake was house trained and knew how to sit and shake when he found us so it’s clear he was put out. We also figured that he was abused. It hurts my heart to think about anyone being mean to my sweet baby, but at the same time, if they hadn’t been, we wouldn’t have ended up with him and I can’t imagine my life without him.

9. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?
As I mentioned earlier, Jake is very smart. One of the first times I stayed at home by myself, he followed me everywhere He rarely comes upstairs, but sat at the top of the stairs while I got ready and slept by my bed each night. Like I said, he’s a sweet dog, but if someone tried to get me, I know he’d defend me. There’s nothing like the loyalty and love of a dog.

10. What are nicknames you call your pet?
Jakey, Jakey Pet, Jakey Pet Dog


1. What is your pets name?

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
Jack is a dog and we don’t know. He’s just a cute pet.

3. How long have you had your pet friend?
9 years as of last Friday (Sept 30)

4. How did you get your pet?
We found him in the bushes outside my parents bedroom window.

5. How old is your pet?
9 years old. He was just a few weeks old when we found him.

6. What is your favorite memory with your pet?
When he was little and couldn’t jump on my bed, he would come in my room, let out a little whimper, I’d pick him up and put him in my bed, and he’d cuddle with me all night.

7. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
Jack is just funny and so lazy. As you can see in the picture, if you leave something on the edge of the counter, he assumes you left it for him. He ate my birthday cake one year and an entire roast that my mom cooked. If there’s a cord or something in his path, he won’t step over it, he barks till you pick it up so he can easily pass. He also knows exactly when my mom puts her head on the pillow every night because that’s when he decides he needs to go outside. He spends the majority of his day alternating between the couch and his bed.

8. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
Again, everything! Jack was my first baby. I took care him from puppy to present so he is extra special.

9. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?
Like I said, Jack is lazy so I love to snuggle with him on the couch.

10. What are nicknames you call your pet?
Jackie, Jackie Pet, Lil Pet, Littles –when we found him, my mom made the comment that he was such a “little pet” and it stuck.


1. What is your pets name?
Windsor Cambridge is his full name

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
Peekapoo (pekingese + poodle)

3. How long have you had your pet friend?
4 years in December

4. How did you get your pet?
My best friend found him online

5. How old is your pet?
He will be 4 in 12 days!

6. What is your favorite memory with your pet?
Windsor saved me from myself and for that I am eternally grateful. It’s hard to pick one because he brings me so much joy every single day.

7. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
He is just like me. He HATES mornings, waking up early, being disturbed while he sleeps, and most people. Unlike me, he loves outside. I deal with it because of him, but we all know I don’t prefer it. I know everyone thinks their dog is the best and the smartest, but Windsor is really smart. If I throw his ball and he doesn’t see where it landed, I’ll say, “it went in the _____” and he’ll reroute to whatever room and find it. He also knows what it means when I say, “want to go see your grandma and grandpa?” He recognizes my car and my family members cars and goes NUTS when he sees them pull up. He’s always patrolling from his lookout spot!

8. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
Everything! I look at him and think my heart just may burst right out of my chest. I just love him so much. If I think about how much I love him for too long, I will start crying.

9. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?
We are low-key, easy to entertain folks. I love when he cuddles up in my lap or in the crook of my arm for snuggle time.

10. What are nicknames you call your pet?
Gah, there are so many–WinWin Dog, WinWin Boy, WinWin, Winds, Angel Face, Baby Dog, the Baby, and my friend Katie calls him Peek or Peek Anne.

*I know a lot of people are very “Adopt Don’t Shop” and I am all for rescuing animals and giving them wonderful homes. As you read above, we have 2 rescues. Windsor was purchased because he has is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed. I am extremely allergic to dogs and cats so a dog has to be hypoallergenic if it’s going to live with me all the time. I know people have very strong opinions on purchasing dogs so I just wanted to put that out there.*

If you read all that, claps for you! If nothing else, I hope you smiled when you saw pictures of my sweet angels.

If my allergies and finances would allow, I would have ALL THE DOGS, literally. It’s my dream to go to every shelter and say, “I’ll take ’em all!” As I said earlier, I’m SUPER allergic to dogs so when I go home for the weekend, I have to heavily medicate myself, but it’s worth it because I can’t imagine my life without my boys.

I know a lot of y’all have pets and I love seeing their pics on y’alls Instagrams! Tell me something about your pet in the comments!