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Monday, September 15

Graze Box Number 5

If you haven't heard of Graze, it's a subscription box that includes four snacks. Each box costs $6.49 but using the offer code below, you can get your first box free! 

Here's what I got in my most recently box!

Natural Vanilla Seeds - I can't really say that this tasted like vanilla... more like just plain seeds, but I liked them well enough. They were a tad bland but the constant hand to mouth motion kept me entertained for a good long while. 



Mango Chutney  - Definitely had that Indian Chutney flavor in 'em. These jam products are a hit or miss. I liked this one a lot but definitely needed a bit of a mint afterwards. 



Summer Berry Compote - The jam here was pretty good (sweet, but not overly so). However, I was not a fan of the shortbread. It crumbled apart too quickly and tasted dry/stale. 

Yin and Yang - This was not memorable at all. Now that I'm looking at the photo again, it doesn't look incredibly attractive either! Every part of this snack was tasty... however, it really didn't blend together too well.

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Thursday, August 28

Straight Legged Ankle Pants

I love the look of these straight legged ankle pants. I think these are comfortable, stylish, and perfect for the workplace. They work great with heels and flats. Blouses, tanks and sweaters pair with these pants with no problem. When I started working, I didn't own any, but now, I've got three in different colors and my collection is growing rapidly. 

Here's an example from Forever 21, but these are really available anywhere at all different price points and qualities.
Essential Twill Ankle Pants, Forever 21
 
My favorite fit has been the Julie Ankle Pant in Petite sizing from Loft. They're the perfect length for heels and flats, stretchy, and great quality (with the exception of a bit of fading).  


Julie Straight Legged Mid Weight Pant, Loft
They come in a ton of colors. I own 2 pairs of black pants (different materials) and one pair in a dark green. Definitely thinking of branching out into navy... and maybe something bright too!


True Straight Pants, GAP
Do you like this style? Where do you purchase work pants?

Thursday, August 21

Musical Instrument Museum

You guys probably didn't know this (nor would it ever really be relevant) but there's a Musical Instrument Museum on Arizona. Nestled in the desert, this building might seem out of place... but the aesthetically pleasing architecture makes it seem natural in the desert landscape. 
Once inside, you see long curvy hallways that remind me of concert halls. Fitting, given the theme and in fact, the museum does host concerts quite often. Though there's a lot to see. I visited the majority of the museum in a few hours.

First, I started off in a room that sorted music by geographic location; we traveled the world through song and sound, learning about how all sorts of instruments evolved through time. 

 Then, we went to a room that featured a lot of modern artists. One of the coolest exhibits I saw was this Olympic Drum from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I never realized it was so intricate up close. 

Lastly, after an entire day of being forbidden to touch the instruments, there was an interactive room. Bongos, drums, gongs, a theramin and even an automated machine were available to play with.


If you're looking for an event to do with parents or young kids, I highly recommend this. There was a surprising number of young adults just wandering the halls alone, too. Very fun to visit at least once!


Anything similar in you area? Or is the Musical Instrument Museum one of a kind? 

Monday, August 4

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Standout Review

When I opened this lipstick, I was immediately struck by how similar to a large chubby crayon it looked. But when I put it to my lips, it made a very defined red line. 250 Standout was much brighter than I'd ever thought it could be. The pigmentation of this lipstick made me nervous. Would it be hard to put wear? What if I drew outside of the lines? Despite my fears, I continued applying the gorgeous cool toned red color. Its matte finish doesn't accentuate dry lips as much as I thought it would. 


Overall, I have a pretty positive reaction to the product. However, I do have two major complaints. The first is that this lipstick transfers. Don't plan on having this lipstick stay on if you're going to be kissing someone (even a light peck on the cheek) or eating. If you don't accidentally transfer though, the lipstick lasts a few hours and leaves a nice stain effect. My second issue is more personal. I think, having an olive undertone and warm skin, this exact shade of red was not right for me. However, I am a pretty big fan of the application, which is very creamy. I also like the feeling of it on my lips which is quite moisturizing.  

The search for a perfect red continues!

Monday, July 21

Haley's Heavenly Scents

I first ordered from this site about a year ago. You can read about the scents that I ordered here. I enjoyed this site so much that I thought I'd order again. Her shipping time is by no means fast (she took a month to get these out to me) but to me, the pluses outweigh the minuses. She has a TON of scents, various lovely shapes and she's always always affordable. 

Let me share what I got this time!


Peeps - Sugar, sugar, sugar... and perhaps a bit of marshmallow. This smells sweet and bright. It perks you up wonderfully with a bit of a sugar rush, but isn't cloyingly sweet. 


Creme Brulee - You might expect this to be super sweet but while it is definitely a desert scent, it's more of a subdued caramel scent. Much more sophisticated than the Peeps smell. 


Apple Cinnamon - A great cinnamon scent that's not to harsh on the nose. It's sweet, but not overwhelming at all since the apple adds a bit of tartness. A perfect scent for the fall (or to remind you of the fall). 



Rosemary Mint - Ugh. I don't like this one at all. That's not the fault of Haley's though... Unfortunately, I had to purchase this to discover that I really don't like the rosemary scent. 

Toasted Marshmellow - Since this is another sweet dessert scent, I don't really distinguish it too much from Creme Brulee. If any difference, I'd only notice the lack of a caramel scent. 

Overall, my favorites have to be the apple cinnamon (tart + sweet make a great combination) and the Creme Brulee for when I just want a really nice sweet scent. 

Thursday, July 10

Featuring... Blush Colored Shorts

Do you ever NEED to have a certain item... then time passes and you look at an old wishlist and wonder... why did I ever want this? Despite all those items that I'm really happy I find after a good long while, I'm not sure why I ever wanted a pair of blush colored shorts!
Featuring...Blush Colored Shorts



Tokidoki cotton t shirt / Belted shorts, $19 / Rupert Sanderson / Cath Kidston , $54 / Pendant necklace

I suppose, ultimately, I'm happy that I didn't get these shorts. Maybe if I got them, I'd be sick of them already.

Thursday, June 26

Seattle Vacation Recap Day 3 & 4

For parts one and two of my recap, please click on the links! On the third day, we went to Seatown Seabar for breakfast. I thought it was the prettiest place... located right across from the Sound and very close to Pike Place Market. I had heard about this place from Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations video... so like that video recommended, I ordered the dungeness crab breakfast sandwich. It was very good, though I thought it could have used more crab. 



My companion was boring and ordered eggs with bacon, toast and hash browns. 


After breakfast, we took a detour to suburban Seattle to find where my boyfriend had lived years ago. From there, we went on a nature trip to Summit Lake. After driving what seemed like FOREVER, I realized that we had to travel on a little dirt road for many miles before we could actually start hiking. I didn't want to do that so we took some pictures at the foot of the mountain and some other ones up another nearby mountain (no idea the name). Seattle is crazy, stupid beautiful. 



Afterwards, we drove back and watched the sunset by the Sound.

For dinner, we went to a local brewery so our resident beer enthusiast could be satisfied. Beer was had. My traveling companion got a lamb burger and I got an appetizer with mussels and clams. I seriously cannot get enough of that rich buttery sauce. On the other hand, my partner does want to make it known that he was not a fan of his "tzatziki burger" as the sauce was too strong. 






After dinner, we went to the Dahlia Lounge. I rarely go to bars and even more rarely do I drink at them, but on vacation, I loved the classy atmosphere of the Dahlia Lounge. No pictures from there... because reasons. 

The next morning, we had a few free hours before the flight, so I took a quick trip to the Space Needle. I got my obligatory Space Needle picture, went on a search for the Pie Shop, ordered delicious Chicken Pot and Shepard's Pie as well as Strawberry Rhubarb dessert. We ate lunch while watching the waves on the Sound and went back to the hotel to pack.






And so concludes our trip to Seattle. Until next time!