Friday, September 20, 2013

High Five For Friday!

Last week I tried the Apple Caramel Pie cookies and they were bomb, so I decided to try the Pumpkin Cheesecake ones this week and they're pretty dang good too. 

Paul came home and said he had a surprise for me, and pulled out this. Best husband ever? Yep. (I'm a weird woman, I know)

Nana was SO frisky all day yesterday. It cracked me up. She'd sit like this and stare at Paul for like 20 minutes straight.

Yoga pants and sleepy time tea while hubby makes dinner for us. Need I say more?

I tried the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and I love it. Well worth the $20.

How has you week gone? Link up with Lauren and share!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

4 Ways to Prevent Buying Clothes That You Don't Need

We all do it. Buy clothes that we really didn't need. Not that I'm against shopping all the time, I just get frustrated when I end up with clothes in my closet that I never wear. So here are just a few tips that you might already know, but are pretty dang helpful in the long run.

Problem # 1 - Buying doubles of things.
Solution: If you're anything like me, you find a shirt (or something) that you like, and buy it in every color. Don't do this. Find the color that you like most and buy that. If you're dying to have the same style in a different color, go back and get it. Don't buy them on the same day. (Chances are, you'll get infatuated with the garment and think you want it in every color, when in all reality you don't even like some of the colors you picked out).
Example- I have this shirt from Target in 6 different colors. Excessive, right? It's a wonderful shirt to have, goes with everything. But I really only wear the black and grey one (my favorite colors).
Mossimo V-Neck Tee
Problem # 2 - Buying things that are too big or small just because you're obsessed with it and they don't have your size.
Solution: If they don't have it in your size, ask if they have it in back. If they don't have it in the back, ask when they will. If they're going to get a new shipment in soon, wait it out and buy it when your size comes in. If they're not going to get one in again, buy it one size larger ONLY IF you plan on getting it tailored. If you don't plan on getting in tailored, please, just don't buy it. You'll either be walking around looking frumpy in a size too big, or it will sit in your closet and be a waste of space.

Problem # 3: Buying things simply because they're on sale.
Solution: If you're madly in love with it, buy it. If you're not freaking out about it, leave it on the rack. If you're in between, buy it. (It's on sale, you probably wont ever see it again and you'll regret not buying it). Things on sale usually tend to be the things you regret not buying.

Problem # 4: Buying clothes that aren't compatible with your lifestyle.
Solution: Think about what you do on a daily basis. Are you like me, where you stay at home all day every day except on the weekends when you go grocery shopping? Then you might not want to buy that super dressy cocktail dress or those black slacks. I'm not saying you shouldn't dress up, cause' if you know anything about me, you know that I'm all about looking cute on a regular basis. Just don't buy things that you're never going to have the chance to wear. Those 4 inch heels when you never even go out, slacks, super fancy blazers. If your lifestyle doesn't require those items, you might not want to buy them.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Montana

I'll never forget the day that Paul got his first set of orders saying that he was going to Hawaii.
We were so excited.
We wanted so badly to get out of Germany.
And I wanted so badly to get as far away from Montana as possible.
Well I got what I wanted, didn't I?
No.

I decided to change the name of this blog because Montana is what my life is about.
Montana is where my husband and I grew up. Where our lives began.
The reason we know each other.
It's the nickname I was given at my out-of-state summer camp.
The place we pridefully own up to when military friends ask where we're from.
It's the 4th biggest state in the U.S. and it JUST reached a million people.
Montana is where our best friends stayed while we ventured off.
It's the place that everyone complains about until they're away from it for long enough, and then they realize it's the only place they want to call home.
It's the state that I want my children to be born in, and where I want our first real home to be built from the ground up.
Montana is the last best place.

and I can't wait to go back.







Sincerely, Montana.♥  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Daily Hair Products


1. Chi 1" Flat Iron (source)
2. Kenra Volume 25 Hairspray (source)
 3. Hot Tools 1 1/4" Curling Iron Pink Edition (source)
4. Aquage Uplifting Foam (source)
5. Hot Tools 1" Gold Curling Iron (source)
6. Hot Tools Leopard Blow Dryer Set (source)

These are my go-to's for all of my hairstyles. This obviously does not include my shampoo and conditioner. (I mostly use Biolage, if you were wondering). The tool I use most is my 1" curling iron, seeing as I still  have some shorter layers in my hair that make the 1 1/4" a little too big.

This is what the 1" barrel does to my hair.
This is how my hair looks straightened.

Now if you're wondering, I have THE thinnest hair you will ever see. But you can't really tell it's thin, can you? I can thank Aquage, and back-combing for that. (:
I swear by Aquage Uplifting Foam. It is the best thing that's happened to my hair. Ever.
If you have thin hair, use this and you will be one happy girl.
I am also madly in love with all of my Hot Tools appliances. They work wonders. All of them.
Also, Kenra Volume 25 has been rated the best hairspray multiple years in a row, for a reason.
It is probably the best hairspray you will ever use.
As for my Chi straight iron, I'm not really a fan.
I paid $90 for it and expected a lot more from it, but have been quite disappointed.
One day, I'll probably invest in a Hot Tools straight iron, but for now the Chi will have to do.


So if you're debating on getting a Hot Tools curling iron, just do it, okay?
They're SO worth the money.
Flawless curls every time ^
Now go on, go splurge on some curling irons.
Do it for your hair. ♥

Thursday, September 12, 2013

High Five for Friday


1. I got spoiled this week and got to go to the mall two times! Our mall is the bomb.
2. I was extremely excited when I saw that Kate from The Small Things Blog liked my photo on Instagram. It's like, a celebrity liking your picture. Awesome.
3. I've been dying to try the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion for a long time because I have VERY oily skin, so I finally bought it. Can't wait to try it, maybe I'll do a review on it. (:
4. So I went to the Paul Mitchell Salon on Hickam and got my hair done. I am VERY pleased with how it turned out. The color is definitely growing on me.
5. Another exciting thing that's happening for me is that one of my pins on Pinterest has gotten over a hundred re-pins in just a few days. It's the first time this has happened to me and I really hope it (and others) continue to get repinned.

How has your week gone? Link up with Lauren and let everyone know!!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hair Color Timeline and an Outfit

I have a problem. Is there a name for it? It involves changing my hair color way more than one person should. Here's a fun little timeline to prove my point.
Have fun. I'm a dork.
December 2011
April 2012
August 2012

September 2012
November 2012
January 2013
April 2013
May 2013
September 2013 (today)
September 2013 (today)
September 2013 (today)
I know, I know, I have a veeryyyyy bad habit. That's why when you hear me complain about the fact that my hair wont grow, you should tell me to shush up. Haha.
I am absolutely IN LOVE with what I got done to my hair today though.
I had her put in the lightest shade of Ash Brown she had, and she foiled it in really thin chunks. I couldn't be more pleased with the way it turned out.
How much it cost, on the other hand, is a whole different ball park.
Stuff's expensive here in Hawaii, I'll tell ya' that.
I feel as though this darker ash color 1. makes my eyes stand out, 2. compliments my skin tone, and 3. makes me look older. Which are all a plus, in my book. (:

Also, because it's late and I didn't come up with more outfits for "What I'm Wearing"--
This is one of my go to outfits. It's comfy, casual yet dressy, and you can wear it anywhere...

Grey V-Neck: Target
Black Maxi: Target
Belt: Target

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If Jewelry Grew on Trees

Last night I went to the mall to exchange something I bought from Victorias Secret, and I decided to roam around the store Icing by Claires.
I was extremely pleased with the choices they had there, compared to the normal Claires.
I think the difference is that Icing is more for older girls and women, where as Claires has a lot of things for little girls.
Anyway, here's what I found.
This adorable bow ring. Icing ($8.50)
These huge emerald cut stones. (my motto is, the bigger the better)
These bow studs. (I like bows, if you haven't noticed)
Icing ($12.50)
Icing ($11.50) But I got them for  $5.75 because earrings were buy one get one 50% off. (:
I also just wanted to show how I display my jewelry.
To me, jewelry is art, and I feel as though it should be displayed as such.

Bracelet Stand: T.J. Maxx ($6.99)
Earring Tree: Ross ($9.99)
On the cubby in our closet I also display Lauren Conrad's book "Beauty", a photo of Marilyn Monroe, the first roses my husband ever bought me, a red and black box that I got when I was young (a lot of makeup came in it), and a few of Paul's Air Force medals.
If you have a walk in closet (or even if you don't), you should take the time to make it pretty.
You should feel like a princess when you're getting ready for the day, and making your closet attractive is one step you can take to always feel that way.

How do you keep your closet looking presentable and organized?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Reviews and a Revelation

Lately I've been thinking about that fact that I'm extremely girly.
I've ALWAYS loved hair, makeup, nails, cute clothes, purses, shoes and glitter..
But since I got married I suppose I've toned it down because I'm only ever surrounded by my husband
(And we all know men aren't into girly stuff)
So I've decided that I need to start embracing my girly side again.
I'll start by reviewing a few products I've invested in lately.




Yesterday Paul bought me this Essie nail polish called "muchi, muchi", and I'm in love with it.


This is the color I was going for ^
I had my nails done like this by my friend Hailey in June, and you could say I missed them pretty bad.
I just loved how feminine they looked, so I came pretty close with this color by Essie.
I love Essie polish because it's very high quality and goes on smooth.
You could go with one layer for a more sheer look, or you can do what I did and do 2 coats which gives a really nice pale pink color.



Another thing I got yesterday was this Clinique stay-matte foundation, and I loooove it.
If you have oily, acne prone skin like me, I'd definitely suggest this foundation.
It's full coverage but it feels light and fresh when it's on.
It was $20 for me because I bought it in the Clinique section at the Navy Exchange, but you can get it at Sephora for $23.

Friday, September 6, 2013

High Five for Friday

Hi! It's Friday again already?
Good lord.Time flies.
Here's a little rundown of my week.


1) My hubby wore his blues on Tuesday. He was NOT happy about it, but I was pretty much drooling. (soo handsome)
2) Okay. So. I'll give Hawaii this: the sunsets here = gorg. This was out my guest bedroom window. (Lucky Scott)
3) So I finally found wine that I like (unbelievable) annnddd I do a whole lot of Pinning.
4) One strange thing we see a lot of in Hawaii is stray chickens.. What are you doing chickens? I don't think you should be hanging outside of Wendy's. (Pfff, kids these days).
5) I've been eating A LOT of apple slices with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. It's my new favorite snack, plus it's healthy. WIN.

What did your week look like? 



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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I feel like a lot of people (especially people my age) take things for granted and don't count their blessings.
I am definitely guilty of doing this.
So I deem Thursdays thankful days.

Count your blessings, because there are plenty of people who are much worse off than you, but still love their lives.

1. I am thankful for shopping trips to Target, and my husband tolerating me trying on 20 different pairs of shoes but not buying any because I'm indecisive.
2. I am thankful for my husband. Period.
3. I am thankful for my dog. She is such a blessing to our little family.
4. I'm thankful that we found a beautiful little home.
5. I am thankful to be alive.

What about you? What do you find yourself thankful for these days?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What I'm Wearing

On Wednesdays
We wear pink.
No I'm kidding. (If you didn't understand that reference, we can't be friends)
Back to business.
On Wednesdays, I will post some outfit pictures and tell you where I got my clothes.
Okay? Okay.
(:

Ruffled Tank: Old (T.J. Maxx, maybe?)
White Cardigan: Walmart! (I'm serious)
Leggings: Ross
Loafers: The Base Exchange (In Germany)
Belt: T.J. Maxx


Vest: Jeans Warehouse
Miss Me Jean Shorts: The Navy Exchange (Pearl Harbor, 70 bucks)
Shoes: Same as above
Cross Cuff Bracelet: The Buckle

Black Tank: Target
Aztec Cardigan: Jeans Warehouse
Leggings: Same as above
Shoes: Same as above

FYI: I'm aware I'm wearing the same shoes in all three pictures. I need to get new shoes but haven't been able to find any I love lately.

Don't you love how Nana photo bombs all of my pictures? I do.
Have a good Wednesday!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

If We Were Back Home

Here are a few things that I would most likely be adding to my closet if we were living back home. (Flathead Valley, Montana)
Fall and Winter are my absolute favorite seasons to dress for.
Everyone looks so modest yet classy and stylish and I just love it.
The coats, scarves, leggings, boots, sweaters, hats and gloves.
Ahh, wonderful.
But living in Hawaii means no Winter clothes, so I have to figure out what to do with my life. Haha.
Anyway, I hope you at least enjoy some of these Fall/Winter clothes and get to wear them this holiday season.
I envy you. (;