Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Got it Good

With thanksgiving on the brain I've really been thinking about this song and I love the words
lets all remember to be grateful and realize that we have "Got it good", we really do...Happy Thanksgiving with some words from one of my favorite artists...

Got it Good

If I had one wish
If I had one wish
It would be to be free of this fighting all around
'Cause it's so wrong
And it could be so right
In my heart I know we're here to grow, to love, to give, to learn, to live...
And I believe in miracles
Open up your eyes

Got a soul, got a mind
Got a heart that beats in timeYou've got a smile, got a voice Got the gift of love

*You've got it good
Don't forget how lucky you are*
Darling, darling, use it to connect with everyone

Don't you know we're golden Covered up with mud One day you'll see the truth that we all share the same blood Supposed to love thy neighbour Together we should stand Whatever colour, race or creed
Come on and hold my hand
'Cause I don't differentiate
We're all the same to me

Got a soul, got a mind
Got a heart that beats in time You've got a smile, got a voice Got the gift of love

*You've got it good Don't forget how lucky you are*
Darling, darling, use it to connect with everyone

And it's getting so serious
Crushed my heart in pieces
But I know I'm not alone in wanting peace Not alone
And if you feel what I feel
Raise your hands with me

Got a soul, got a mind
Got a heart that beats in time You've got a smile, got a voice Got the gift of love

*You've got it good Don't forget how lucky you are*
Darling, darling, use it to connect with everyone

Got a soul, got a mind
Got a heart that beats in time You've got a smile, got a voice Got the gift of love

*You've got it good Don't forget how lucky you are*
Darling, darling, thank you for the moments that we had

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas Fantasy vs. Reality

This is more my style when it comes to Christmas and decorating....however

This is how I like Christmas to feel warm,inviting, and cozy if any of you out there know how to bridge this gap that I'm finding in my life right now, please speak up I need help...

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon

Two words NEW MOON. For those of you who saw it last night and sat in a line in the freezing cold for two and half hours before show time, hello, so worth it. Last night was rather an eventful evening while standing in line I had my Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate in one hand and a faithful rice crispy in the other and after fifteen minutes they were both frozen and no good at that point so I decided to be-friend some girls standing next to me and they challenged me to a game of yahtzee while we listened to tunes from back in the day...shameful as this is to admit we listened to a little Mmbop yes we did and it was fabulous sitting in the parking lot on the freezing cold ground (next time there will be a blanket involved in this) for hours while we anticipated and mind you, sacrificed being in the warm!.......Well?.... was it worth it I THINK SO YES, funny as it is I'm not even one of the real Twilight fanatics but because there were so many that were I was forced to get my butt out there and freeze too! And so glad I did by the way...

PS-I love you husband you are better than Edward for standing by my side the whole time!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

La La Loving This

Check out this Craigslist find turned chalkboard, the frame was gold and dull but with a fresh coat of white paint it has to be one of the cutest chalkboards I've ever seen... I must go on a search myself now I have to have one of these in my house. Nothing like another diy project gone fabulous! If only I had been the one to snag this, *sigh*, I guess there will be others. Happy Craigslisting! I think I found this pic via design*sponge, forgive me it's been in my design file for awhile waiting to be blogged about.

Photography 101: The Challenge

I'm afraid it's time...time to read this baby from front to cover and learn anything and everything I can about the amazing surprise gift that my husband got me last year! While shopping I was in line returning some goods and my husband said that he would switch on and off in the line with me because it was so long because we were going to have to be there for like an hour, meanwhile I'm standing in line and I'm looking around he is no where to be found and by this point I'm starting to get upset that he isn't keeping his end of the bargain and just when I thought I was going to have to leave this line and go find him he came up behind me with a bag and said I have a surprise for you...anyway long story short he said I couldn't look until we got home and I was stunned when I did, there in that bag was the most precious gift anyone could have given me, a Nikon D40 camera.....one little device that could encompass so many of my life passions all in one (being in nature, design, capturing priceless moments, creativity, and so on) anyways so you get the point but now the time has arrived for me to take the plunge, and so the challenge is on I will read this from front to back, no excuses, and guess what after I'm done I am so going to need practice so take hold you photo loving people and come be my guinea pigs so I can get good at this! 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Smokey Eyes For Blondes

This girl gets it just right everytime. Use the steps below for the same effect just using lighter colors more in the gold brown range. Also, use the liner in a darker brown color a little darker on the outer corners like she does above
(<        >) kind of like half triangle parenthesis, then use the a lighter shadow the rest of the way underneath the eye.

Smokey Eyes

Today I'm reminiscent of the days when I used to work for the makeup company Stila. So I thought what would be better then to share with you some insider tips on the classic smokey eye (although I prefer a more subtle smokey eye) (like this one pictured above) using dark browns and greys instead of that sometimes harsh all black look. So here is the step by step I got when I flew out to LA for an exclusive Stila makeup training.

#1- Apply concealer to the eyelid to keep the shadow in place

#2- Apply a loose powder to underneath the eye for any stray shadow to fall (this makes for an easy way to sweep it away when your all done)

Tip* If you have small eyes you really should stay away from black it will only make them appear even smaller.

#3- Line the lash line filling in the spaces between the hairs (avoid a thick line keep it thin and close to the lashes) choosing a color that is brown or grey will be more flattering on most people.

#4-Choose an eyeshadow with three similar shades going from light, to med, to dark.

Tip* When applying the shadow use an eyeshadow brush that is rounded at the top and instead of sweeping the shadow start with the lightest color and press the shadow into the lid.

#5-Start with the lightest color at the lash line and blend pressing the shadow (instead of sweeping) over the eyeliner line and moving up.

#6- Repeat with the medium color above the light and then the darkest color above the medium continuing to press and pack onto the lid. (Make sure you keep the color on the lid only with all three colors making sure not to go into the crease.)

#7-Use a small thin brush to apply the darkest color to the outer corner of the eye and blend.

#8-Apply mascara sweeping the lashes outward toward the outer corner of the eye instead of straight up this gives a lifted look to the eye and makes the eye appear more almond shape.

#9-Sweep away loose powder under the eye with a powder brush.

#10-Lining the inner bottom of the eye is an option the most flattering is when you line the bottom with the shadow for a softer line and then blend. 

So that's it your all done! Ready to enjoy a night on the town now?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yellow Happiness

Today calls for a good old fashion red type writer and lots of yellow just like this room, I mean I'm really feeling it today...and I feel like I have so much to say that I don't say enough so I think I might just find a typewriter and go nuts instead! Life is so full of so many things and experiences and I just feel like I'm so behind sometimes and not to mention a big time perfectionist in a lot of areas of life so yeah pair those together and just see what you get! Exactly my point...looks like I have some catching up to do......but don't fear for me it is coming, it is.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Smitten Over

Every once and again I find a look that just feels like it came from my very own heart, and today this one is it. I'm particularly loving the no laces look on the shoes and well just everything about this entourage.  Completely and prophetically inspired. Somewhere deep inside there is a way I too can just whip an outfit like this up in my head...for now though the focus is on my home and it's outfits if you get where I'm going with this...stay tuned for a more focused Erin on some of my own fashion senses. Happy inspirational outfit today!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Missing home today....

I was going through some of my pictures today and I found this one of Florida..this is where my parents live, it's so beautiful in FL and even in November and December there is tons of sun and it's so green all the time! I miss the weather especially when it snows here and I know it's coming soon...boo guess I'll have to spend some times indoors looking at this photo to stay sane!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Count Down

I can't believe it is only 24 days until I become 26! I have no shortage of ideas for what I want for my birthday though...sad huh, I just love so many things and to me "things" are experiences and experiences are what is most important anyway right? So here is one of the things I have my eye on is called "count me healthy jewerly" and it's a bracelet that counts your health goals or whatever goals you want it to count with these small beads that slide from side to side, easy peesy just slide a bead over when you accomplish one of the goals throughout your day. They really have made it easier than ever to keep track of how many glasses of water you are drinking a day or kicking a Dr. Pepper habit (which by the way I need to do)...word has it that this bracelet was featured at this years Grammy Awards as well, so apparently now I really have to have one! Ryan if your reading this I've done the hard work for you honey.