Subtle Hints

Recycled Consign and Design

Recycled Consign and Design

Recycled Consign and Design

Recycled Consign and Design

Recycled Consign and Design

Sweatshirt: c/o Recycled Consign and Design
Jeans: American Eagle
Heels: Sole Society (old)
Necklace: Purple Peridot
Clutch: Brickyard Buffalo
Sunglasses: RayBan

So. Confession time. Marriage is hard with a baby. I was warned about this during my pregnancy from my friends who had been through it. In fact, at my baby shower my sweet friends all wrote me a little book on “parenthood,” and the #1 theme was to make sure we occasionally make time for ourselves to keep our marriage fresh. And you know what? We haven’t. It’s been almost year and the hubs and I have been on ONE date. ONE.

That’s hard on a relationship! We both work full-time and have high-stress jobs (I’m a nurse and the hubs runs his own electrical company). We come home, eat dinner, get Landon ready for bed, and pass out. And we love that little man of ours so much that he comes before any “us” time, naturally. My mom guilt hits hard when I think of leaving him with a babysitter anymore than I already do. I feel selfish and like a bad parent for wanting some alone time. But I know that’s not the case, at all, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a date night to keep that spark in our marriage.

Anyways, this is the perfect sweatshirt to drop a subtle hint that we need a date night. Which will probably involve some Froyo and an On Demand movie that i’ll pass out half way into. But hey, at least we’re making a small effort, right? :)

Mommy friends out there, how do you make date nights work for you?

Also, I’m excited to be collaborating with Recycled Consign and Design throughout the next few posts! Amanda’s hand-picked boutique offers the latest trends in clothing and accessories, and even some home decor! I love her mantra of bringing new life to an old piece, and hello, we know I believe in the same!. Be sure to check her out!

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Eye Makeup for Tired Eyes

Eye Makeup for Tired Eyes

I’ve had multiple requests for an eye makeup tutorial on my Instagram lately! A lot of you have been telling me I look “refreshed,” and while I think you’re crazy (because it’s a miracle I’m not falling asleep while typing this), I’m happy to share any tips I have for looking a little more bright-eyed!

I’ve found that a natural, clean eye looks best on me. I don’t use a lot of shadows, as I find they tend to make me look tired (and hello, who needs that?). This also takes me less than 5 minutes to do, which is necessary when you have a baby trying to climb all over you as you get ready in the morning.

I feel like my eye makeup routine is always changing, but here are the current products I’m using. Most are pricey while others you can find at your local drugstore:

Physicians Formula Concealer Stick in Soft Yellow
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Light Golden
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Bone
Clinique Eyeshadow Palette in Spicy (<—this is old and they most likely don’t make it anymore. I use the darkest brown in the palette, any dark shimmery brown will do)
L’Oreal Infalliable Gel Liner in Espresso
Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara in Black
a lash curler
Too Faced Primed and Poreless(or any setting powder)

(Click the photo below, and then zoom in for a larger view)

Eye Makeup for Tired Eyes

  1. I have REALLY dark circles. First I draw an upside down triangle with the Physicians Formula Concealer Stick and blend. I then repeat with the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, and lightly dab over the entire area to blend.
  2. Next I set the concealer/corrector mixture with Too Faced Primed and Poreless setting powder to prevent it from melting throughout the day.
  3. Then I go over my entire eyelid up to the brow with Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Bone. It’s a neutral color and looks like I have nothing on, which I prefer. My eyes are very dark, and I find that dark shadows make me look tired. No thanks!
  4. Using the L’Oreal Infalliable Gel Liner, I lightly line the top of my eye and slightly on the bottom (not as heavy on the bottom).
  5. Then I go over the gel liner using the darkest shade of brown in my Clinique Palette. This softens the harsh look of the gel liner. I do this on top and bottom.
  6. Then for my favorite trick, I take my Too Faced setting powder again and swipe underneath my bottom lash line. This prevents any eyeliner from running throughout the day!
  7. I curl my lashes,
  8. And then I apply two coats of Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara.
  9. Last, I take my L’Oreal Gel Liner and use it in my top and bottom waterline. My eyes are huge, and I don’t like how they look without liner in my waterline. You might skip this step if you want your eyes to appear larger.
  10. And you’re done!

Easy, right? I’m sure my routine will switch up again in a few months, but so many of you liked it on Instagram that I’m thinking I finally got something right! 😉 Hope that helps all of you that have been asking!

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Floral Sleeve Maxi Dress and Change

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

Floral Sleeved Maxi Dress

The Silver Wren

Dress: Forever 21 (similar)
Belt: Target
Shoes: TJMaxx (similar)
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Stella & Dot
Necklace: c/o The Silver Wren
Bag: Sarah Wells Bags

Mother Nature finally has her “ish” together, and we had a beautiful Easter weekend here in CT. FINALLY.

This floral sleeve maxi dress has been hanging in my closet for over a month now, and I was all WOOOO, I’m not wearing pants! (<–is that weird?) as soon as I saw the thermometer hit 60 degrees. Except, when I put the dress on I realized just how not warm 60 degrees actually is, how pale my legs are, and also wondered how the heck I would accomplish pumping on Easter in a sleeved maxi dress?????

I mean, how do you even do that? It’s not like I can pull the top down, and I can’t exactly hike it up? So I nixed the dress and decided to wear pants and a top. I suppose I’ll save this dress for a day where I’m only pumping in the privacy of my own home. Needless to say, I enjoyed wearing it for the 10 minutes it was on. I feel it’s a little bohemian which I’m currently liking quite a bit.

Anyways! I’m in week 3 of the new job and so far I’m really happy with it. It’s amazing how we can be so afraid to take the plunge towards change, but when we’re in the middle of it it doesn’t seem so bad. I literally panicked the last week of my old job because I was leaving my comfort zone. I had been planted in one place for four years, knew my routine, was comfortable with other staff members, and developed a strong repoire with my patients. It literally broke my heart to leave some of them, and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t cry (<–can I still blame hormones for that?). But I knew it was the right change to make for myself and my family, and now that I’m on the other side I can see even more how this was the right decision. Funny how that works, right?

Hope you all are having a good week! I have some fun collaborations coming up, and some changes are in the works here on the blog. Stay tuned. :)

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