Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rambling Randomness...And Q&A Time

I think everyone is posting their normal "random" nonsense today...Thursday is always one of those days, isn't it?
OK so fall is back...seriously, yesterday I had on sandals and today I am wearing a puffy vest, scarf, and boots--Tennessee, I dearly love you, but pick a season and stick with it.
So glad the weekend is nearing, though I think I mention that fact every week, but so be it. I'm baking tonight, more Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats, this time for our work Halloween celebration...let's just hope I can make it out of the house without the hubby sampling one too many.
Did anyone watch Revenge last night? Seriously, it's gotten to the fact that Jeff watches it with me each week...the suspense of everything is putting me on the edge of my seat. Next week is going to end with a big bang, I'm just sure of it.
So, I received a bunch of questions I have stockpiled into one shebang of answers...if I missed you, I blame it on my overloaded brain and remind me to finish what I started.
What products do you use on my hair? How do you fix and curl?
For shampoo/conditioner, I switch it up between Aveeno, Biolage, and Clairol Shimmer Lights which is PERFECT for blondes between root touch-ups. I also do a weekly deep conditioning treatment called Miracle 7. Once I'm out of the shower, I towel dry for 5-10 minutes to remove water and spray Tresemme Heat Protectant all over. I blowdry in sections, just because I have tons of hair and it is super thick. Once dry, I spray each section with Alterna Caviar Spray {miracle in a bottle for damaged hair} and then curl with a 1 1/4 curling iron. Finally, I straighten the top with a flat iron...I know, tedious process but now that I have it mastered, it only takes about 20 minutes.

Where did you get the boots you wore for the gender reveal party?
Oh dear heavens, I get this question literally everytime I wear them...I should be a walking spokesperson for Gianni Bini as I am a devout and loyal shopper of their shoes--trust me, their infamous green boxes are stocked in my closet. They are last year's version that are my favorite pair of shoes ever {thanks Dad!}. And yes, I bought them in a similar color this year because I heart them so much. 

What are your plans for after Little Miss Sunshine makes her debut?
Oh what a topic...this has been quite the discussion, and this is just OUR decision, for I know people really like to throw their two cents in about anything and everything baby-related. Currently, the plan is for me to go back to work once maternity leave is said and done. I am planning to take off somewhere between 8-12 weeks to spend as much time with her at home as possible, and then the idea is that I'll go back to my "normal" life and career.
Since childcare is crazy in that you sign up months before they are set to arrive, we have registered for a preschool literally the next building over from my office, so she won't be far away. As rewarding as being a stay-at-home mother would be, at this time in our lives, it's just not the right decision for us. However, we're lucky in that my Mom, grandparents, family members, and friends live close by so we have a herd ready and willing to jump in whenever we need help!

Where do you buy your clothes--both pre-prego and now maternity?
I am a savvy shopper in that I hunt for a good deal. I subscribe to stores emails so that I can  take advantage of sales and specials--my favorites are Gap, Francesca's, Old Navy, Loft, JCrew, and Macys. Then of course I have online shops I visit in search of dresses and statement pieces--Lulu's, ModCloth, Shop Ruche, and Shop Sosie. I'm also known to hit up TJMaxx, Forever 21, and Target and seem to do quite well when I'm on a mission. 
The biggest thing I am learning in dressing for the growing baby bump is to wear what is comfortable. Most days, you can find me in longer tunics/cardigans and leggings with boots/flats and either a scarf or a big necklace.

What makeup do you use?
You never know what you're going to find in my bag, as I sample different products seeking  new favorites. I moisturize with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, and then prime with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer {using a makeup brush to apply}. Then it's to the Make Up For Ever line-- I use their foundation in color #155 before brushing on the Matte Face Powder. For blush, I'm currently using Sephora's Romantic Rose. As for the eyes, I am picky when it comes to eyeliner and I am in love with Maybelline's Line Stylist in Onyx {it doesn't run/smudge throughout the day}. For eyeshadow, I use Clinique's Colour Surge Quad Set in Choco-Latte and then finish with High Lengths Mascara in Black. Finally, to the lips--I use Bare Escentuals lipliner in Peony and then set with the Fruit Cocktail lipgloss.

How do you find time to blog regularly?
To be honest, it's all about scheduling and multitasking. If I am on a not-so-important conference call, you can bet I am plotting ideas for blog posts or drafting text. Sometimes, I have posts planned out well in advance so that makes it a lot easier. I also have a document labeled "Blogging Ideas" for when I have a topic I may want to post about at a later date when I am getting into a rut...this has helped me come up with fresh ideas on more than one occasion.

That's it for today friends...sorry for the lengthy post! I'm working on all sorts of fun posts, though--fashion for tomorrow, more fall recipes I am wanting to sample, and the debut of a new sponsor AND giveaway. Woo hoo ;)

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all your answers! I'm doing a question post too! I love your hair and makeup! :)

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  2. I live in Tennessee as well! I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, but yes the weather is bipolar. :) Yesterday it was 80 and today it's 58 and rainy. Crazy! Congrats on the girl! You gender reveal party was gorgeous! Have a great day!

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  3. I low your answers. You should do a vlog on how you do your hair! My hair is short and I have a hard time curling it!

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  4. I loved reading your Q&A and getting to know you better and um, how awesome is it that your daugther's preschool will be right next door?! :)

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  5. I actually look forward to conference calls so I can blog. haha. Love it!

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  6. Great post!! Congrats on having a baby girl. We had a little girl in May and it's the most amazing experience. I also went back to work it's just what works for us now.

    PS I'm going to have to make those Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats, yum!

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  7. Thanks for doing this Q&A!! I always think your hair and makeup is BEAUTIFUL!! (And I always love your outfits too!)

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  8. Love this! Thanks for sharing your beauty tips!

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  9. I love the Q&As! Thanks for sharing your beauty tips. I found your blog a few weeks ago and LOVE your style, growing baby bump, etc. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I also went back to work after having a baby. It was so so hard but unfortunately I do need to work at least for a couple more years. That is so great that she will be close. My mom and mother in law watch Gracie while I'm working and I'm so blessed for that! Hope you have a happy halloween! ~Andrea

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