Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lip gloss makes me happy

I'm not really the adventurous type when it comes to makeup. For some reason I've always been intimidated by any eye makeup other than mascara, so I have my staples from Bare Minerals and keep it pretty simple.

Lip gloss is a whole different story - I just can't seem to have enough! I seem to always be searching for more, even though I have a whole stash at home waiting for me. The hunt for the perfect pink/berry/nude shades is one I think I'll always be on, but I thought I'd share the most perfect ones I've found so far:

Perfect pinks:

Chanel Glossimer in Sirop - I ration this stuff like my life depends on it. It looks bright in the tube but it really is the perfect pinkish/coral shade to boost your natural lip color. Perfection.

Victoria Secret Very Sexy Lipgloss in Rumor and Secret - Much more affordable and has great staying power.

Perfect berry:

Neutrogena Lip Sheers in Shimmering Blush - A sheer berry tint that is really moisturizing. And you can pick it up while you're buying groceries - bonus.

Perfect nudes:

Mac Lipstick in Freckletone - A peachy-nude that gives just the right amount of color, goes on creamy and smooth.

Flirt Lipgloss (at Kohl's) in Heavenly Honey - Affordable and fun. It goes on sheer and shiny, perfect to layer it over lipstick.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jared's trip down memory lane...

I think every little boy, at one time or another, starts a baseball card collection - cause that's what little boys do. Jared is no exception; when he was little he would mow the lawn with his brother on Saturday mornings and as a reward his dad would take them to buy a pack of cards. (or he would steal them from his uncle Andrew, for which he says he has since apologized for) About a week ago, while going through his parents attic, he discovered his long lost collection - but it was a little bigger than he remembered it being.

In true Jared fashion, the collection has the most cards I've ever seen - but not just baseball cards, no, there are football and basketball cards too. Who even knew they made those! Some are carefully organized and preserved in binders while the rest are piled in little bricks filling an entire plastic storage container.

So for the past week he's had fun going through them all and resorting them. Every once in a while I'll hear "Look at this! Nolan Ryan rookie card!" or "Look at this! It's Ken Griffy Jr.'s DAD!" It's pretty funny. I don't know what we're going to do with all of them, but who knows we could be sitting on a small fortune - so Jared says!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I love the Lobby of Hobbies

Something about Hobby Lobby makes time stand still when I'm there, and leads me to believe that my crafting abilities are far superior than they actually are. I don't know what it is. I was talking to my friend, Shelby, about this strangeness and she totally knows what I'm talking about!

You walk in and an hour later you find yourself in some random isle thinking, "Why wouldn't I make my own rubber stamps! Brilliant!" What!? I've had to talk myself out of taking up so many random, useless crafting hobbies - like stamp carving - it's kind of insane. Last night I was totally mesmerized by all the different sizes of hot glue gun sticks when I realized that I've used a glue gun once in the past 4 years, I don't need the stinking glue sticks.

Hobs (as Stew and I refer to it as) is a dangerous place. There's no telling how much time or money you will spend on things that you never knew were absolute necessities. I was lucky yesterday and escaped only one hour and $12 later. But next time I can only hope to be so lucky.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Family Time Part II

Everyone always says "Your poor dad!" when I tell them I have three sisters, but I always tell them that he wouldn't have it any other way, and neither would we for that matter.

I remember begging my dad to let me stay up past my 8:30 bedtime when I was little so I could watch the rest of Monday Night Football, and I remember laughing hysterically with the rest of my sisters when he tried to teach us how to punt in the backyard (none of us quite got the hang of it!). Football is something my dad taught me to love, for which Jared is grateful I'm sure!

He also taught us how to shoot, mostly bottles or paper plates set on tree branches - we're still girls so we're not about to kill anything. But shooting skeet is the most fun, we always loved going skeet shooting with the boys in high school - especially to see the look on their faces when the only girls in the group pulled out two Brownings in perfect condition. Of course we had no idea that ours (borrowed from Dad) were the best guns in the group, pretty funny.

Dad still has the best shot, but Melissa takes the cake when it comes to throwing the skeet. Kellye is left handed so we're always a little nervous when she's trying to turn the safety on and off, love you Kel! And Paige's alter ego, "Hank", is a pretty good at target shooting. Mom, on the other hand, isn't too fond of guns in general so she is the photographer!

Kellye shooting, Jared shooting backup.

Melissa and Molly

Jared shooting, me shooting backup.

With four daughters I think he likes having a son-in-law!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A bit of my (temporary) portfolio..

Until I have my own photography website up and running the blog will have to do.
I love taking pictures of kids, these are a few of my favorites!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Discovery Channel rocks my world

You've done it again Discovery Channel! First it was Deadliest Catch, then Man vs. Wild, now Everest: Beyond the Limit has me totally hooked.

I have no idea why but I love watching pretty much anything having to do with Mount Everest. I am not a climber, or even a camper for that matter, but something about Mount Everest documentaries and shows are completely mesmerizing to me.

Check it out Tuesday nights at 9:00. There are only a few more episodes but after Dec. 18 there will be a follow up show called "After the Climb" on Tuesday nights at 10:00.

Monday, December 3, 2007

My first photography job...

These are some of my pictures from the wedding I shot a few weeks ago...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coffee table chicness

I really love looking through big art and photography books, especially the hardbound or vintage ones. They also look really nice on a coffee table or shelf as decoration (very Pottery Barn-esque).

Here are a couple you might like for yourself or to give as a nice Christmas or hostess gift.

This new one from Phaidon looks pretty awesome and is relatively inexpensive at $29.00.

The Great Masters of Italian Art - $15.98, Wonders of the World - $19.98, and Italy: Antique and Modern Genius - $9.95.

And my personal favorite (that I will have someday!) The Art of Florence - $138.75.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Great costumes ... that I never posted

These alien twins were pretty hilarious (good job Ashley and Jamie!)

(where do you find a blue spandex bodysuit??)

But the all time winners are my parents dressed as Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne - wigs, tattoos, and all - classic!

(doesn't my dad look thrilled!? It's so disturbing, yet so hilarious I can barely stand it)

I already have a halloween costume picked out for Chauncey next year, he's going to be a Rabbi with a little yamakah and all. Fun stuff.

Monday, November 26, 2007

TWO years in a ROW!

Ah, the smell of victory. For the second year in a row the better school has won the annual Lone Star Showdown - Texas A&M 38, Texas 30. I must say it felt pretty great to send the Longhorns home to mama with 88,000 Aggies singing the War Hymn to them on their way out. Yes, it was a great day.

The gang at Kellye and Paige's apartment before the game (Jared's getting in the spirit!)

Pre-game in our AWESOME SEATS (thanks Jared!)

Class of 2004 and Class of 2006 - WHOOP!

Melissa's sweet kicks! She actually had toe surgery on both feet the day before and still stood the whole game - they call that the 12th man!!

Jared and I trying to stay warm.

The best student section in college football.

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