Friday Favorites in Five

July 25, 2014

Once again - here we are, Friday. I was talking to someone this week at work and we decided Monday and Tuesday drag on...then all the sudden it's Hump Day, then BAM it's Friday. The weekend flies, then it's Monday all over again. Why is that? What happens to time?

1. Food photography is something I like to play with...mostly so I can eat after...but isn't this picture pretty?!?

2. Favorite hairstyle right now...the low bun. I tried to do something similar to this the other day, but it didn't look anything like this...

3. Seriously - this might become a favorite drink of the summer. Peach White Wine Slushies? YUM!

4. Amy over at Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins posted this iced coffee trick earlier in the week. I've done it every day since. Favorite summer morning drink now...


5. This might be an all-time favorite video for a good laugh. I don't know why, but it gets me every time. I think half of it is Janice's reaction. I mean, hello? Help the kid!

Container Gardener Wanna-be

July 23, 2014

Is there such a thing as a job as a container gardener? There probably is...if not, there should be, and I want to do that when I grow up. Which really is now

Summer container gardening is one of my favorite things. I really love planting flowers in flower beds, but I looooooove playing with different combinations and textures in containers. I don't usually follow any "rules" when I plan it out - I try to find color combinations that work together, look at the textures, then I look to see if they all require the same sunlight/water (that should probably be first, no?). 




1. Red Verbena
2. Pink Lantana
3. Blue Lobelia

I love the combination! I wanted bold and bright colors with a complimentary cool color. The lantana and verbena can stand up to the heat, and they're strong spreading flowers. So far the Lobelia has been such a pretty addition to the mix.

What do you think? Do you want to be a container gardener too??? Let's do it! :)

July Julep Maven Box

July 21, 2014

It's hard to believe that another month has already gone by, and it's time again for my Julep Maven box! When I came home and saw that it arrived I thought  "Really? It's already time again?" Not that I'm complaining, because I love getting these boxes, it's just that time goes by so fast and I don't even realize it! 

This month had two nail colors, just like June's box, and a body lotion. 


The Bare Body Milk is really nice. It has a very subtle, clean scent - which I like because sometimes scented lotions can be overpowering. I usually try to go for an unscented, but this is so soft that it's barely noticeable. Just right! 

I've been using pretty thick moisturizers or a coconut oil for my body lotion, so I was immediately unsure when I realized that the consistency was a little thinner than I'm used to; however, it kept my skin moisturized all day! I like that it felt light on the skin. Great balance!


The first nail color was a really pretty bright pink called Vicki. It is a perfect pink for spring and summer. I will definitely get a lot of use from this color!



The second nail color was a nude/peach color named Kelsey. It's not my favorite with my skin tone, but I might be able to wear it on my toes.


See what I mean? Kind of blah.

Even though one of the polishes was a slight miss, overall it was another exciting box! So far I've been pretty impressed with the quality of the products. As for the staying power of the polish (because that is a big deal for me), I think it lasts just as long (and maybe a little bit longer) than other polishes I have. 

If you want to get your own Julep boxes each month, take the Maven Style Quiz.

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Friday Favorites in Five

July 18, 2014

Helloooooo Friday! I really can't believe it's Friday. Tuesday was trying to last forever. Then the week went by in a blink. What happened? Did we even have a Wednesday or Thursday? 

Well, obviously we did.

Unless this is some kind of time warp and it's actually only Tuesday...still?

No, it's definitely Friday. Phew.

Now that that's straightened out...

Today we're going blue. For no particular reason other than the fact that I saw something blue that caught my eye and thought I'd look for more. I liked what I found. So here we are!

1. This is what I think about at night. A lovely blue accented living room with a bold blue sofa. Love this room! This is my style - a mix of casual and classic with fun pops of color and pattern...except my living room looks nothing like this. 

2. Pretty little blue necklaces - love! I've been wanting something like this for a while. It needs to be long, and I'm good with it being chunky. This would be so pretty for layering. Do you layer necklaces? Why do I find this to be a challenge?

3. I've never owned blue plates. I've never looked for blue plates. I've never even had an interest in blue plates. These blue plates though...I could get into (or I eat those blueberry pancakes off of them). I have a "plate wall" in my dining room (you know, just in case I run short I can take some off the wall), but it doesn't look like this...sadly.

4. I've always wanted a bright-colored front door. This blue door is the perfect color of blue. It's like the door says "Hey! You! Come over here! Welcome to my fun home!" That's what they'd say, you know? If doors could talk. Just like this.

5. This is what first caught my eye leading to the "blue search". Of course. I've never tasted it but it looks like it would be a favorite breakfast, lunch, or dinner item. The blueberries. Yum. Yes I just ended this list with the first thing that caught my eye. I'm in a weird mood. Must be the time warp.

How was your week? Have you had any favorite finds? Share below in the comments!

Have a wonderful weekend!