Monday, November 25

Datevitation Love Coupon Book + Giveaway

My boyfriend was right next to me when I received an email from Datevitation, asking me to review one of their books. I've seen Datevitation around before, and I've ALWAYS, not so secretly, wanted to receive one of their booklets as a gift. With my birthday coming up here in December, I asked my boyfriend to make me some coupons... with my supervision, of course. I thought it was great fun! 

What exactly is Datevitation? According to the site, is the web's first online platform to create a custom love coupon book. Unlike the pre-packaged love coupon books on the market, you pick the dates and can customize the text to your liking. Once you are done customizing the text in your book, Datevitation will print it out and ship it to you. They're all about ease, convenience, and customization. Let's see how they did!

The booklet came in a manila envelope, then a nondescript old timey envelope. Even though I knew what was in it... I still loved opening the package.

Here's the title page, which was customizable depending on the occasion. Don't think it's limited to your significant other though! I think a lot of the activities are perfect for siblings, parents, and those who you just don't know what to get! Girls, I also don't think there's any shame in sending your SO a link to this site with a few suggestions. 

My boyfriend really made use of the customization feature on the booklets...This guy fancies himself a comedian.

If you have some extra time on your hands, I highly recommend you to take a peek at all the pictures, especially the R-Rated ones. (They're made with the same adorable drawings and hilarious.) 

Okay, I actually did get a giggle out of this one.

The concept was fairly easy, even for my boyfriend, who's never looked at anything similar, to figure out. 

Step 1: Select who you are (boy/girl/man/woman) and who your recipient is.
Step 2. Choose the occasion (birthday/congrats/Christmas)
Step 3: Choose your activities. From artistic fun, to outdoor adventures, to the usual ideas like dinner and a movie, Datevitation has it all. 

I'd like to offer you the chance to win your very own Datevitation booklet. You can make this as a gift for a friend or loved one... or do as I did and tell them to make one for you!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don't end up winning the giveaway, here's a coupon code for you to use: 7PERCENTSOLUTION

It's good for 10 dollars off the purchase as well as free shipping for a total value of 13.50! That means, one booklet with 5 coupons is only $15.00... and you don't even have to leave your house! Make sure to order by December 13 so it reaches you by Christmas. 

Thursday, November 21

Essential Makeup Products

After watching way too many timed makeup challenges on Youtube, I realized that they had one of two interpretations.

1. The youtuber tries to put on a full face of makeup as quickly as possible. 
2. The youtuber chooses her most essential products and applies calmly. 

I had my own real life timed makeup challenge a few months ago when I graduated. My graduation was at 5:30. My friend (and her parents!) were picking me up at 5:10. 

My mom calls me at 3:30 to tell me that she locked her keys in her car. I had a good two hours until I had to get ready, so I opted to help her out. At 3:40, I left. Now, the drive should have only taken 20 minutes each way, but on the way there, I got stuck in traffic for ten minutes. Not a big deal. I arrive to help my mom out at 4:10. She ordered a lovely Starbucks drink for me (and since I had an hour to spare) I waited 10 minutes for the drink. I leave at 4:20. 

Let's do a quick calculation here. 20 minutes to get home (4:40) then half an hour to get dressed and do my makeup. So, this time, I'm driving home along a different route and ... lo and behold, there's a car accident. Now, I generally try not to be selfish and think about how an accident's going to make me late when someone's car could be totaled or how they could be hurt, but I really couldn't help myself this time. The worst part of it is that I could have gotten off the freeway before the accident. The time it took me to get from one exit to another tripled and it was 4:40 by the time I was off. Of course, I got on the surface street instead of the newly cleared off highway and that cost me some time too. By 4:50, I wasn't home yet... but my friend had called me saying she was on her way. 

I got home at 5:00 and did the essentials first. Got my clutch ready with my cards and put in my keys. At 5:05, my friend called me again to say she was here. I got dressed faster than I ever had in my life ... and that left me no time for makeup. 

That's right. On my graduation, I didn't have time to put on makeup. So, I grabbed the essentials  and left. That's right, these are the items I choose for my REAL LIFE timed make up challenge. 

1. SPF/Tinted Moisturizer

This helped protect me from the sun... a MUST in Arizona. It also worked to even my complexion.

2. Blush

I have a naturally colorless face. The blush helps make me look alive and awake. 

3. Eyeliner

As the first make up item I ever tried, eyeliner has a special place in my heart. There's nothing else that makes me feel and look pulled together quite as quickly as eyeliner. 

If you were doing the makeup challenge... what would your essential items be? 

Monday, November 11

Featuring... Call of the Styled Coat

It's been a while since a style post, hasn't it? We'll, I've been on a Modcloth kick lately and so when they asked me to join their weekly Polyvore Outfit Challenge, of course I agreed! I love the Modcloth style, especially their dresses. My shopping tip? Stalk the Sale section like crazy!

Today, I'm featuring their Call of the Styled Coat. I'm a really basic kind of girl and I live in Arizona, which means I only need to own one sweatshirt for our "Winter". I had a lot of trouble styling this coat. Yep, it's still high 80s here.  
Featuring... Call of the Styled Coat

If I wore this coat in AZ, it'd definitely be something I throw OVER an outfit, wear for 15 minutes to walk from one place to another, then take off. I paired it with a rather neutral ensemble inside. The mustard yellow works well with the blue coat, the golds and neutrals make cute appearances all over the outfit and the purse ties the outfit in with the coat! There are no real fashion risks happening here... but it's cute and easy!

How many coats do you own? Do you mind what you're wearing inside the coat too?

Thursday, November 7

Beef and Barley Soup

I've stopped taking so many pictures of the food I make because I make some damn unattractive food. In fact, just the other day, I cooked two meals that looked incredibly unappetizing. One was soggy and pink and the other was sticky and green/yellow. They tasted great, of course, but looked awful. 

I don't think that this is a beef and barley soup is one of those dishes. This one actually looks really good. I made  this by referencing Picky Palate and Laura in the Kitchen.

I highly recommend visiting those links up above if you're feeling like a warm hearty soup. I made way too much for one person and ended up eating this for a very, very long time. The surprising thing is, after all that time, I still enjoyed it.