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Classic…

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I’m no makeup artist, and I learn nearly everything I know from makeup videos on youtube, but after some recent additions to my makeup I decided to fool around a bit. Yesterday before making my outfit post I created this subtle glam, bronzy type look.

Here’s what I used…

Mac Primer

Mac Mineralize Moisture Foundation

Urban Decay 24/7 concealer pencil in FBI

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour palet in Java, Fawn, Banana & Sand

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil

Smashbox Brow Tech

Too Faced Natural Eyes in Classic

Sephora Lip Liner Pencil in Pure Pinky

Maybelline Gel Eye Liner 

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara 

Hope you like it!

xo,

A

Skinny Dipping…

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I found this little gem on a UK website called SkinnyDip London and fell madly in love! Their selection of phone cases is so unique and adorable, I had to get one (and trust me, a few more than necessary in the future too!) It only took about a week to get here, and even with some shipping questions through email, staff answered my questions within a few hours and were so very sweet! So you can see why I just had to share this with you. They have so many other amazing options, I doubt you could actually go through their site without wanting one yourself.

Here are a few others I adore… (pictures click through to links)

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I hope you find something you love!

xo,

A

RocksBox My Socks Off…

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Jewelry – the tiny (or not so tiny) beautiful gems we wear that always uplift, or entirely make an outfit what it is. Seasons come and go, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up to trend on the latest statement pieces, and not only that, jewelry can be mighty expensive. So I joined Rocksbox! It’s the perfect way to stay in style and in budget. With a small monthly fee you receive a box of designer jewelry in which you can choose to borrow for some time, buy pieces in your box if your heart is set, or swap pieces for new ones at any time. Cool, right? Except here’s the catch, you can get your first month with Rocksbox free by using the code tatimoretoxoxo at check out. If you decide after your first month that Rocksbox isn’t the way for you, you can always cancel your membership. But a month of designer jewelry, for free!? You really just can’t go wrong…

I can’t wait to share with all of you my first Rocksbox 🙂

xoxo,

A

Ulta Beauty Haul – Contouring…

I have been in desperate need of some new makeup (and still am!!) I just got a new ‘do’, my nails freshly done, and what else not better than some amazing new makeup to add to the beautifying madness!?

Here’s what I ended up with…

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

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Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil

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Smashbox Brow Tech in Dark Brown

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A simple blending sponge… (found at your local pharmacy store)

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I got this as a free-be with my Ulta rewards card… Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil

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After concealing & contouring… (for my first time!)

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I’ve always seen contouring guides on Pintrest using liquid concealers, highlighters, etc. But I chose this one in hopes that it would be a great guide for me, with many options and have a soft natural look. I think it paid off! I used the Smashbox brow kit and got the result I’ve been looking for since I’ve started using creamy pencils from Sephora. It really gave my eyebrows a clean, amazing look and enhanced their shape, but I didn’t realize how heavy I had put it on until taking a step back. Changing from the pencil to the powder, I was a bit unaware of how much even the tiniest bit of powder could impact the color.

I’d love to hear back any advice, what you think of these products if you have them, and any recommendations for some great bronzers & blushes!

xo,

A

Orange’s & Cigarettes…

Spring into Spring
I’ve been moving houses and in the midst of changing/getting wifi, so posting has been pretty difficult! Finally settled and eager to post, I thought the best thing to do was to share some chic street style inspiration for you all. I made this little set on Polyvore (my new favourite wee tool!). The high waisted cigarette trousers would look so amazing with this chic orange crop top sweater. I put two different shoes with this, either the cheetah or the white. I couldn’t decide what I liked better, so that’s up to you 🙂 I added in the touch of cobalt blue to give it more color and originality (these two colors together are drool worthy).
I hope this outfit can inspire your closets!
xo,
A

Fashion Blogger Spotlight: That Pommie Girl

Instagram is my favorite place to explore new stores and bloggers. I always find the best deals, special/unique brands, and outfit inspiration. One of my favorite bloggers of the moment is Sarah Ashcroft, the UK fashion blogger for That Pommie Girl. She doesn’t only have to-die-for style, but her makeup is always gorgeous! Trust me, I wouldn’t waste your time… Her page is really worth checking out. She posts makeup tutorial videos on youtube, and even gives you pay-day inspiration from multiple different stores. In case you’re just a bit curious, here are some of my recent favorite looks from her page…

Colour Pop…

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Lilac Love

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First World Problems…

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Side Split…

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In the Pink…

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Big Knits…

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You can also find tons of great posts and inspiration on her Instagram page (@sarahhashcroft).

Enjoy loves!

XO,

A

Grumpy Puppy

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This comfy and casual outfit is a must for me! It’s hard to constantly shop and add new items to my wardrobe, so I constantly try to make the best of what I have and create new looks with the some of the same pieces. The more you experiment with the clothes you have the more different looks you can have! Even try and incorporate some old clothes that you don’t really wear anymore but just can’t get rid of; you will be surprised.

Grey Top – Truly Madly Deelpy

Plaid Shirt – J.Crew

Black Jeans – Tommy Hilfiger

Booties – Aldo

Doggy Hat – Urban Outfitters

xo,

A

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Hey Everyone!

Baking has always been one of my favourite hobbies, so I am always up for exploring my latest Pintrest finds, and seeing if the creative recipes I find can actually come out like the pictures. This is one of those.

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Here’s what it calls for…

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

12 oz Chocolate melting pieces

1 cup Flour

1/4 Kosher Salt

1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Butter

4 oz Cream Cheese

So here’s what you do…

1. Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat in flour and salt. Fold in chocolate morsels. Scoop (about 1-2 Tbsp) onto a parchment lined baking sheet (or two plates, like I did). Freeze for about 2 hours (or overnight). <– (I froze mine for about a half an hour, their texture and taste was still amazing!! xo)

2. Once frozen, use hands to soften a little into a nicely shaped ball. Using a toothpick, dip into melted chocolate coating and return to parchment (I just threw them in the bowl and rolled them around with a spoon, they pulled them out with the spoon). Drizzle with melted vanilla if wanted. Refrigerate and enjoy.

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Enjoy 🙂

xo, A

(P.S… see more delicious Pintrest ideas on my page :))

Questions I Never Asked My Grandpa

My grandfather passed away last weekend, and I’ve had quite the hard time coming to acceptance with it. He was always such a quiet man. Always deep in concentration, full of knowledge, serious in tone – until it came to sports of course. He knew everything and anything and was always willing to discuss the matters of any current game (and I mean any – soccer, football, tennis, baseball, basketball, swim, etc. – you mentioned it, he knew it). His home was my second home, and still is. As a child I spent my weekends running through the yard chasing the dogs, smashing my feet into the fallen blackberries, and then jumping into the pool, my toes covered in black. I could hear my grandpa yelling from the stoop, “damnit Alex, use the hose!”

I loved him so dearly and I was his baby. He taught me how to whistle, shuffle cards and play endless games of solitaire. Make homemade macaronis.
That’s always what he was to me. My beloved grandfather who never had much to say, loved sports, playing cards, his Sunday softball games, Italian cold cuts and pasta, and hanging with his pals at the local convenient store. And I always thought for sure that that’s who he was. And unconditionally I loved every bit of him.

When he passed, old pictures came out, stories, memories. While flipping through the box of 200 pictures he took at about age 24 during his time stationed in Germany in the 50s, I got to thinking that the man with the huge grin in those pictures wasn’t the one I ever knew. He was laughing, dancing with friends, taking in the sun at a camp on station. My grandmother gave me his uniform from war with “Absi” sewn at the pocket. The same exact shirt he was wearing in the pictures. I held that uniform so tight and all I could do was weep. I breathed it in, rubbed it against my face. It’s been sitting in the closet for nearly 50 years, but I still wanted to feel like I was feeling the man in those pictures; I was feeling my grandpa’s soul. I loved everything he was so much, but everything I knew he was for the past 20 years I was alive was not even half of what he ever was. All those times we spoke on the phone and never knew quite what to say, the silence during Family Fued. I only knew the last twenty years of his life and I let the 60 others get away. I wanted to hear his stories; what the sun felt like on his face in Germany, what his friends were like, if they still spoke, what life was like for him at my age in his time.

I’ve carried those pictures with their sweet inscriptions on the back with me everywhere since I’ve had them, and can’t let them go. Because believe it or not I feel like I’ve met a new man that I’ve never known in those pictures and their writing, and I’ve grown to love my grandpa even more than I thought I could.
But it’s too late. And my heart breaks. And losing him hurts even more now than I imagined possible. I didn’t just lose my grandpa, I lost the man in those pictures. I lost the adventure, the lifetime, and all of those silent moments while sitting next to his hospital bed to ever know what his whole life was really like.

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So if your grandparents are still around, always try and remember that they had a life before you were born. I know that that sounds so ignorant and mean to think that we as people only can think of others living in the time that they were involved in our lives, but it isn’t. And it isn’t that I, or anyone else who never knew their 15-30 year old aged grandparents lives weren’t interested, or are too busy with our own lives, it’s just sometimes, in the heat of our current society, we never think to ask, or realize to learn the history that is within the people in our very own homes. So don’t ever forget to ask them. Their wisdom and experiences can warm your soul.

Now granpy, I know you aren’t technologically savvy, and you haven’t used a computer in most likely 5 years, but here are my questions for you (I’ll read them out loud – maybe you will hear me from heaven):

-What meal that your mom/dad cooked when you were a kid was your favorite?
-What was the neighborhood like when you first built the house?
-I love the 50s. What was your favorite song from then?
-Did you play baseball in high school?
-Why did you join the army?
-What’s your favorite memory from your time enlisted?
-I’ve seen all of your beautiful pictures. Did you want to be a photographer?
-How was Germany? What was it like after Hitler?
-Did you ever think about leaving RI?
-Who taught you how to whistle?
-What kind of car did you drive in the 50s?
-you lived in the time of Audrey Hepburn, JFK and Marilyn Monroe. What did you think of them?
-What smell reminds you of home?
-what’s your favorite memory?

I know you can’t answer me, but just know that I wanted to know.

And lastly granps,
I love you more than you ever knew. You were a fighter.

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Xo
A

Lovely Words: You’re All That I Can See

I thought that this was incredibly heartfelt & beautiful, and saved it awhile back so I could hold onto it. I thought maybe you would want to hold onto it too. Enjoy xo

“how can you tell me

that nobody notices you

when the sound of your laughter

feels like home to me

or when my skin is inked

with every word you’ve told me

I know how you mumble

when you’re sad

and how your eyes seem to turn

from green to grey then

and I know how lost you feel sometimes

or how much you want to disappear

but how can you tell me

that nobody notiices you

when you are all that I can see?

wtm

xo, A