Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tiny Tags Giveaway!

Goodness guys, I am so excited about today's giveaway featuring Tiny Tags! As you know, I'm obsessed with anything that is monogrammed or personalized and today's giveaway is perfection. Melissa from Tiny Tags created special jewelry for mommies to celebrate "the love in our lives". Their jewelry and mission is to celebrate children and to give back to children and mothers in need. Wearing a piece of their jewelry, personalized with the blessings in your life also gives back to several organizations! Tiny Tags donates every month to nonprofit organization like the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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Tiny Tags jewelry is perfect for any woman celebrating those dear to their hearts. It's the perfect staple necklace to wear daily- the pieces are sweet, feminine, chic, and goes with everything. They're gaining popularity and have been featured in several magazines, including this month's People StyleWatch!

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Melissa has generously offered to giveaway 1 Tag Sterling Silver Necklace! See below on how to enter! The contest will run through July 31st and you can also enjoy 15% off your purchase through then using LLP14 at checkout through then!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OOTD: Seeing Spots

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Top: Forever 21 // Skirt: Forever 21 (old, similar here) // Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (similar here and here
Bracelets: Very Jane (available here and here too!) // Lipstick: MAC Angel with Angel Lipglass 

This has to be one of my favorite outfits I've worn to work. I was browsing online and fell in love with this top and ordered it almost immediately. The tulip sleeves are so sweet and feminine, I love the high collar with the little details, and I don't have a lot of polka dotted items- I had to add this to my closet! I can't wait to wear this again, it's such a versatile top, it will look cute with jeans, shorts, slacks, etc.

Have you bought anything recently you just loved? I love when I find an item I can't wear enough. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beauty Buys + First Thoughts

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e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot - Aint That Sweet? // e.l.f. Studio HD Blush - Headliner // e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette - Light // e.l.f. Studio Baked Blush - Rich Rose // e.l.f. Studio Mineral Powder Brush // Maybelline One By One Mascara // NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium

So I randomly ordered some items from e.l.f recently. I kind of gave up on their products, but seeing some blog reviews (like Meg's!) and using some of my older purchases from them I bought a few more products. I haven't tried any of these out yet, but kind of tested them on my hand when they were delivered. I got the smudge pot to use as kind of a primer like MAC's paint pots, so we'll see how it goes. I keep hearing about the HD Blush so I hope it lives up to the hype. The color is really nice, it's a soft natural looking pink and I'm excited to try it. The Baked Blush is really pretty and I thought it would look nice over some pink or coral blushes for some summer shimmer. I saw the blush palette in my People StyleWatch so I thought I would give it a try. The top left and bottom right colors look like blushes they sell individually and that I own  (Pink Passion  and Pink), but I really like the two top colors so far (in my swipe). 

The Maybelline mascara I got on a whim before trying my beloved Younique (best mascara ever!), and I freaking hate it. I guess it's been discontinued and I totally get why. It does absolutely positively NOTHING for my lashes. I'm just gonna dump it. 

The NYX bronzer is a repeat buy, this is my 5th one I think? I was looking around Ulta to maybe try a different brand, I almost bought Benefit's Hoola, but when I was swiping colors and brand these two were identical? I had to do a few swipes to know which one was which!

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Conair Volume and Styling Comb: I really like this comb a lot! It teases really well, almost too well even. It's great for getting a good tease that builds up a pouf- perfect for updos!
L'Oreal Boost It Blow Out Heat SprayI've been looking for a new heat spray and I figured I'd try this one, I also have the other Boost It products, so I figured they would work well together. The smell of this line is delicious and the spray is nice. It's light weight and doesn't weigh down my hair or builds up product with use. I haven't used it enough to know if it really works, but I've enjoyed it so far.
Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo: Holy Grail status! This is so much better than their basic one I've been using (and loving). The smell is great, it adds a ton of texture and volume. I absolutely love this dry shampoo! Get yourself one asap!

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MAC Tinted Lipglass- AngelWhen I went shopping with my SIL a few weekends ago, I came across this gloss and fell in love with it. I have the lipstick, and I somehow had NO IDEA they also made it in a gloss. Turns out, they made a bunch of their top lipsticks into glosses! How I missed the memo I have no clue. Of course, they were out of it then, but I picked it up the weekend after. It's such a great summer shade and is pretty opaque but with some color in it.
NYX Butter Gloss - Creme BruleeI keep hearing about this shade and NYX's Butter Glosses so I finally bit the bullet and bought it. I really love the consistency and color. It's gorgeous on its own and I love pairing it with MAC Creme Cup.
Maybelline Vivids- Fuchsia Flash: I bought this one because it's a total dupe for MAC's Candy Yum Yum and I didn't know if I would really love the color so I didn't want to spend the extra $$ for a lipstick shade I may not wear all the time. It's really pretty and a lot of fun to wear. I don't know if I'll be wearing it all the time so I'm happy with this price point and purchase.
Maybelline Baby Lips- Pink: I love the Baby Lips products to wear as a quick chapstick with a wash of color. This pink is great and very natural, the scent is medicated and a bit strong, but doesn't bother me too much.

What beauty products have you purchased lately? Have you tried any of these? What was your experience?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Catch-Up

Weekends have always been my favorite time of the week, but since having a family of my own, they really are the best days ever. I look forward to the days of sleeping in, eating breakfast, and spending time together regardless of the activities we have planned.

This past Saturday, I was hoping to sleep in until 8, but Ellie Bell woke up at 715 bright and cheery eyed. After breakfast we headed out to a first birthday party and Ellie had a blast playing in the park.

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We tried to take a picture of the three girls together. They are Matt's bff's daughters and were all born right after each other (we also got married back to back months!). Getting multiple babies to look in the same direction at the same time is incredibly hard, there is several people behind us calling their names and clapping and still...nothing. Here were the best shots.
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After the party we ran our usual errands (Costco/Lowe's) then Matt and I came back and played with Ellie. It's so nice having a playroom and a backyard to play in. I'm still working on decorating the playroom, so I'll post some pictures soon. It's not done yet and is far from being ready, but we have a bookshelf for the toys/books and a couch so the necessities are there! After playing, Matt and I relaxed and watched a movie together. We haven't done that in so long! It was nice to be able to unwind together.
On Sunday, Ellie and I went to church and I am counting down the weeks until she can be in the nursery. All she wants to do is play and be loud and it's pretty tough during sacrament. Four more months! I bring the usual briberies: cheerios, sippy cup, quiet toys, etc. It's just such a tough age (so the RS women tell me!). She finally got a chance to wear this yellow dress I got her a few months ago. I love this dress and wish she had worn it more, I had to snap some pics of her in it!
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Those pink chubby cheeks just kill me. Hope you guys had a great weekend and today starts off the week right!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OOTD: Skirting the Issue

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SKIRT: Forever 21 (old, similar here) TOP: Old Navy (old, similar here) Cardigan: Old Navy 
PUMPS: DSW (old, similar here and here) NECKLACE: Stella and Dot

Skirts are one of my favorite pieces to wear for work, I've worn three just this last week. I don't think women wear skirts that often in the work place. In my last two positions, most of the women I've worked with almost always wore pants. Even though our dress was casual and we wore jeans daily, we would have days or meetings that we would have to dress up for and I always chose a dress or skirt, but would be the only one! What do you prefer to wear?

This weekend I was reviewing my closet to see what items I wanted to be on the look out for to add to my wardrobe and I definitely need to get some more dresses, but it's so hard to find ones that are long enough or have a sleeve (so I don't have to wear a cardigan). I think I need to step out of my comfort zone for stores and shop at new places. On a side note, I've had these heels for years and there one of my favorites. They are so comfortable, I wish I had bought them in every color! 

Hope you guys are having a great week!

Don't forget to enter my White Plum Giveaway and enjoy 20% off through July 18 using LIPSTICK20 at checkout!

Friday, July 11, 2014

OOTD: Nice to Mint You

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TOP: Forever 21 (old, but similar here) PANTS: Express Columnist HEELS: Nordstrom Rack

Happy Friday! Thank you so much for all the wonderful feedback and support on yesterday's blog/IG post! I'm hoping to do more OOTD posts of my work outfits. It's been a big transition going from casual to business, did I tell you we have to wear nylons? I feel like I'm back in my sorority chapter meetings! 

This weekend we don't have too many plans. Tomorrow we plan on cleaning/organizing our garage. We have so much stuff that we need to get rid of by throwing it away, selling, or donating. I've joined a couple of exchange Facebook pages for our area and hope to purge some items through there. It's pretty cool, you post what you're selling/looking for and can get it local from your neighbors! Our family who use it have had good experiences and I've seen some legit items so hopefully our stuff will find good homes. Then Sunday we have some family parties then it's back to getting ready for the work week.

I'll leave you guys some cute pics of child labor in it's finest. Next week I plan on teaching her to fold and put away the laundry.
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Don't forget to enter my White Plum Giveaway and enjoy 20% off through July 18 using LIPSTICK20 at checkout!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Work OOTDs

This week has been so great! Last Thursday I moved all of mine and Ellie's stuff to our home where we are finally living full time! It's been amazing to wake up and go to sleep every night here and see Matt everyday. Ellie sleeps so much better too and is so happy. Our night routine is better, the last few nights at bedtime I ask her if she's ready to go to bed and she says "ya" and then we get her dolly, her paci, give kisses and she goes right down. It's so cute! She's also learned where her bellybutton is and points to it when asked. We are trying to teach her where her ears are now, but she keeps pointing to her bellybutton, ha ha! Sometimes she'll get it and point to each one individually when asked, but we're still working on it.

On Monday, I started my new position closer to home and I've really enjoyed it. It's a lot of training and I can't wait to be done and dive in fully. I'm still with the same company, but my new position is a whole new ballgame and a completely different environment than my previous one. It's a lot of fun and I look forward to the new role.

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DRESS: Old Navy (Similar here) CARDIGAN: Old Navy HEELS: Nine West Flax Pumps
NECKLACE: Nordstrom (super old, similar here)

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TOP: Old Navy SKIRT: Forever 21 (old, similar here) SHOES: Nordstrom Rack (I hate this color, it's very yellow, I plan on getting the Nine West Flax Pumps I'm wearing above in the nude)

I've really enjoyed dressing up this week for work, it's been a nice switch these last few days. I still need to build up my wardrobe with business clothes, I'll just add things over time. I have a lot of blouses, but I need to get more heels, skirts, and dress pants. I definitely want to still wear a lot of color and not just black/gray all the time. It keeps life fun.

Hope you guys are having a great week!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

White Plum Giveaway!

Happy hump day everyone! Today's post is brought to you by White Plum and includes an amazing giveaway! See below for your chance to win $50 store credit! They are also offering all Love, Lipstick, and Pearls readers 20% off using LIPSTICK20 for 20% off entire purchase until 7/18.

White Plum was started by Hilary Zwahlen as a creative outlet as she took on roles of wife and mother. Before those roles, she worked as a professional dancer and actor (Ryan Gosling has even said "hi" to her on set of Gangster Squad! Squeal!) and has always had a passion for creativity. She created White Plum as an accessible lifestyle brand. It's an online boutique that offers the latest trends in both fashion and home. When reviewing their company, this section of their About Me really stuck out and I love what they stand for: At White Plum, we've found that the way to succeed as a business is to help our customers succeed; we believe the best deal for you is the best deal for us.

Last summer I bought a pair of floral leggings (you may remember from this post) that were from White Plum and practically lived in them. They were the softest most comfortable pair of leggings in the world. Ugh, I wanna go put them on now just thinking about how great they are. So for the review I wanted to try another printed bottom and give palazzo pants a whirl. I've seen them all over Instagram and thought they'd be perfect for relaxing this summer.

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I paired them with a basic tank and a fun necklace this past weekend for a BBQ and some errands. My brother-in-law said they reminded him of Saved by the Bell and he loved them. They were so soft and extra long so they would be perfect to wear with wedges. The fabric is really lightweight and breathable so even though the heat was scorching this weekend in CA, I was still as cool as possible.

The giveaway ends next Friday at midnight and the winners will be announced the following week. Don't forget to enter LIPSTICK20 for 20% off entire purchase until then as well! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Can you (h)ear me now?

If you look at my jewelry collection, I have plenty of statement necklaces and stud earrings. Statement earrings though? Not so much. I wear earrings everyday, but always tend to stick with some basic studs. I love the look of statement earrings, but hate the feeling of dangling ones. Solution? Statement studs! After seeing these gorgeous beauties on Kate Mara, I went on a hunt to find some equally gorgeous studs.

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1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Aren't these beautiful? I think they would be easy to wear as well. Not ready yet for something so loud? #3 are the perfect way to to dip your toes into the trend. They are sitting in my shopping cart ready to checkout now!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Let's Catch Up! + Younique Winner Announced!

I’m still going back and forth between homes so my blogging has kind of slowed. When I look at my draft log I have several semi-written drafts that I need to finish. I have them written, but just need to edit or attach the links and photos. Hopefully, I can get completely caught up in the next month because I finally got my job transfer!! (insert yell and dance here)

My new position starts next week and I’m very excited. It’s close to our home and where Ellie will be attending daycare. It’s going to be so nice to not have a long drive (it will only be about 10 minutes versus the 45 I drive now!) and I will be able to sleep in an extra hour or so! Plus, I’ll actually be able to live in our house as a family. It’s been so hard not seeing Matt everyday or having our own space and routine. We've been going back and forth between our house and my in-laws since April. I’m so thankful that they have been sweet enough to let us stay, it really has been a great time there and a huge blessing that we were able to do that.

At my new position (I’m still with the same company), there is a business dress code so I've had to get some new items to add to my closet. At my current position, we went to a casual dress code in 2012 and I wear dresses/skirts for church so I haven’t had a use for any dress pants (or really heels for that matter). I’m excited to dress up a bit for work now and hope to share some pictures of my outfits. It will be a huge shift in my closet, that's for sure!

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Two weeks ago, my family from Washington was in town for Disneyland after my cousin’s return from his mission in the Philippines. Ellie and I were able to meet up with them for dinner and had so much fun! I wish we had more time together with them and we’re hoping to make a trip up there this fall. My cousin has the cutest son who is the same age as Ellie and it was adorable watching them interact. To us, they look so similar too! Ellie really is a good mix of both Matt and I, but when I get her with my Dad’s side of the family she is a total Anderson. All I see is our features in her cheeks, lips, the shape of her ears, etc. It’s so amusing to me how her features change so often and how much of both sides of our family I see in her. Genetics are incredible.
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We also attended a gorgeous wedding at the Leoness Winery in Temecula. It was for one of Matt’s best friend and he was a part of the wedding party. It was the perfect day and we are so excited for them! All of the details were beautiful, the food was delicious, and they both were glowing and gorgeous! They used the same photographers Matt and I use for our family/maternity pictures, Lovers of Love Photography, and they've already posted some sneak peeks and I can’t wait to see more. Jamiee made the most stunning bride, her veil was to die for and they got some great blowing in the wind pictures of it I’ve been drooling over these last few days. I love looking at wedding pictures, it’s so heartwarming to see such special moments of your loved ones.

This weekend we have ZERO plans (besides for the 4th!) and I can’t wait. We have been waiting for this weekend for months. We’re just going to relax, clean/organize the house, and check out our neighborhood. It’s been hard to organize and stay organized at our new home since we've gone back and forth so much. There’s still plenty to do!

I hope each of you are having a great week and have a fantastic weekend!

Are you my Younique Rose Water giveaway winner? Congratulations Jacqueline!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baby Must Haves: 12 Months

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Wow. So I’m super behind, but wanted to finish up my first full year of baby must-haves. This past year has been incredible and so much fun. Every month was better than the last and continues to still get better. Having a child has enriched my life beyond measure and has been an incredible journey. I want to get all mushy here and write how much becoming a mother means to me, but I’ll save that for another time. It’s really hard to articulate the love I have for her and the joy she brings me.

Here are some fun updates with Ellie, we had her 1 year baby wellness appointment and she is still above average in both height and weight. That’s not a shocker since most “pants” are short on her and I have to size up on the majority of her clothing. She has started to babble with more meaning to what she’s trying to communicate. She has said “up”, "papa", and “mine” a few times and says different variations of “ba” and “bla” for blocks or her sippy cup. She points at everything, brings you stuff, and follows simple commands. She also started walking just a few weeks before her first birthday! Which is tons of fun. It’s amazing how fast she’s developing and growing. It’s seriously ridiculously crazy how our bodies and minds work.

We are still breastfeeding, but are going to start the weaning process. I’m going to possibly do a post about our journey because it really has been a roller coaster. I’m so happy and surprised that we have even made it this far. I would like to nurse for longer, but I’ve barely hung on as it is! I think it will be pretty tough on her, she has started to point to our boppy (which I almost always use to nurse) and pull it to me as well as pulling on my shirt when she’s ready to nurse. I want to wean as naturally as possible, I don’t want this to be a negative experience for us. If you have any tips at all, please share!

Here are some of our most used/played with items this past month:
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Small Chair or Seat: We gave this to Ellie on her first birthday and she’s obsessed with her chair. At my cousins' homes they have similar chairs or mini love seats that pull out into a bed and Ellie absolutely loves playing and sitting on them. I remember being a child and loving anything that was small and my size. Now there are so many toys available for children, I’m excited to give Ellie some of the stuff I know I would have enjoyed myself.

Push Toys: I’ve posted about push toys back in my 9 Month Must Haves and wanted to add some new ones. Now that Ellie is walking on her own, she loves toys that are easy to move with her. She loves push toys more now that she’s able to play more with them while walking instead of using it to help her walk. She loves the shopping cart to put her toys in as she moves around the house and take them out. For her birthday she also received fun vacuum and popping push toys as well that she enjoys. It’s so cute to see her interact more with the toys and play with others.

Glow Worm: This doll is Ellie's must have. She sleeps with it every night and has to have it. It sings various lullabies and its face lights up. After 10 minutes it stops playing and the light dims to off. It's great on the nights we put Ellie to sleep tired, but she's not quite ready to fall asleep yet. There's been a few times where she wakes during the night crying because she doesn't have her doll and she reaches out for it and goes back down. I love checking on her at night and seeing her cuddle her dolls, it's so sweet. She'll play and cuddle this doll and now even pushes all of her other dolls tummy to see if they do any tricks.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set: Ellie got this gift as an early birthday present. When we went to Utah earlier this year, my cousin's child had the same toy and Ellie had a great time playing with it. Since getting the toy for herself, I have to seriously pry it out of her hands for bedtime. It's so cute and I love the songs and sounds it makes.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Greatest Hits): Ellie loves music and really enjoys the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse songs. This CD has lots of songs and it's fun to listen to on long drives. She kicks her feet and gets excited when she hears songs she recognizes. I think my next CD purchase for her will be this Now That's What I Call Disney, Vol. 1.

What are some of your baby's favorite toys and items?