Ipsy – July Sunsational Sunkissed Glam Bags

A while ago (so long ago that I actually didn’t remember doing it), I signed up for Ipsy. It’s a once/month beauty product subscription that it sent to you through the mail so that you can try out new products. It’s pretty inexpensive at only $10/month and you get 5 products that are tailored to you but to receive them you need to be a subscriber.

It was quite the surprise to check my e-mail the other day and find one titled, “Order Confirmation: Monthly Glam Bag Subscription.” At first I was stumped and couldn’t remember what this was but apparently I signed up in February 2014 and they were just now able to add me. Before I even got the package I figured that I would cancel it after this month because really, I never wear any make-up but already I’m liking it.

In fact I’m actually wearing the Pixi Tinted Brilliant Balm ($14) they sent me right now in Pretty Pink.

If you’re curious about Ipsy, here’s what I got for July in their “Sunsationally Sunkissed” Bag.

1.) 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 by bareMinerals ($18)

2.) Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08 ($11.99)

3.) Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm - Pretty Pink ($14)

4.) Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer -Radiant Sand ($10)

5.) Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning and Texturizing Spray ($19.95)

If you like what you see and A) like to get things in the mail and B) want to pamper yourself for only a Tenner + tax once a month check it out HERE.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Santa Monica Weekend Getaway – Part 2

Buckle in folks, this is might  be a long one.

A month ago on a whim, I booked myself a solo trip down to Santa Monica. It was completely spontaneous and although it felt a bit weird to plan a trip by myself, I must admit that I was kind of looking forward to it. I wasn’t planning on going with any sort of agenda and was thinking that I’d just see where the weekend took me.

Except really this is me we’re taking about; so the day before I left I did some travel related research and planned out my two days. Keeping up with the theme of the trip on Saturday morning  I made the decision to pushed back my returning flight to accommodate my ever-growing itinerary and I didn’t look back.

I arrive in LAX and immediately took off for the Pacific Palisades and more specifically, The Getty Villa so that I could make my afternoon tea reservations. After a slight detour to THE Estate Sale that will forever top all Estate Sales, I mean come on, it was held on their tennis court for goodness sake! I made to tea with plenty of time to spare.

Since I was apparently the only one to be dining solo I was greeted by name by the maitre d’ and seated in the middle of the room, by myself. Which was okay. See, I recently read this post about why there’s really isn’t a reason for you to feel self-conscious in public since you’re never going to see those people again and I was really trying to embrace that.

More about tea in another post but suffice to say, it was SO GOOD!

After wandering around The Villa for a bit I took off for my home-away-from-home and The Caboose was as darling in person as it was in pictures; a unique mix of kitschy and vintage decor and it was all mine for the night.

 

The next morning was nothing but blue skies and that suited me just fine. I was planning on spending the rest of the trip exploring Santa Monica Pier and all the shopping the downtown had to offer and I was looking forward to some gorgeous So. Cal. weather.

I made sure to stop off a a few bakeries, the Sunday Farmer’s Market and a coffee shop to get some coffee beans for The Husband and by the time I got to the Pier my feet were killing me and the place was packed. I made sure to stop off and get myself a turkey dog from the very first, Corn Dog on a Stick and even squeezed in a spin or two on the carousel but that was about all I could do in the crush of people.

By the time I boarded the plane to go home I was tuckered out but happy. My weekend was every single bit the adventure that I had hoped it would be and who knows, maybe this solo travel thing might become a yearly event for me. I heard Catalina Island is a pretty neat place to visit.

Yours Truly,

Mel

P.S. Is it really obvious that I just figured out how to make collages?


Santa Monica Getaway Weekend – Part 1

July has unofficially become our month of travel and this past weekend while in Santa Monica I got to reacquaint myself with someone very important; Me. You see, this year I’ve kind of lost sight of who I am and what it is I want from me and and it was kind of nice to spend some time just being me.

I did what I wanted, ate when I felt like it, listened to the radio too loud and pretty much fell in love with who I was and who I’d become.

Learn to be alone and to like it. [Because] there is nothing more freeing and empowering than learning to like your own company.

-Mandy Hale

On my last day I happened upon Clint LaPointe and his band playing next to the Santa Monica Pier and after listened to a song I bought their CD. As I was listening to the CD in the car on the way back to LAX this song came on and I totally teared up; but in a good way. The title was Anthem (listen to it HERE) and it was the perfect way to end my weekend.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Renegade Craft Fair – San Francisco, CA

I’ve never been, so I really can’t say what it’ll be like but the Renegade Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center Pavilion in San Francisco, CA this weekend (Sat., 7/19 & Sun., 7/20 from 11am – 6pm) look pretty sweet.

With over hundreds of craft booth, workshops, food, music and a FREE Photo booth it sounds like a great way to spend a few hours this weekend.

If anyone goes, let me know how it is.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Goodbye Maui, Hello Home!

And I’m back! While vacations are always great, there’s nothing like coming home to your own bed and a puppy who REALLY missed you.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the adventure of traveling but my heart know that California will always be home.

I’m sure you want to see what we were up to and I promise we did more than just take food photos. In between breakfast, lunch and dinner we managed to take in the sights, do a little window shopping and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

the Food: tropical fruits (strawberry papayas & dragonfruit), malasadas & shaved ice

the Sights: waterfalls, the Road to Hana & Dragon’s Teeth

And we can even clean up nice if we need to.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Vacation Update

Sorry for the radio silence!

The Husband and I were lucky enough to get invited to a wedding in Maui and between all the travel prep, house cleaning and the 4th of July Holiday I forgot to post that I was going to be out for a while.

Have no fear, I’ll be back next week with more travel pictures but here’s a little something to tide you over until then.

Yours Truly,

Mel




Estate Sale (Friday, 6/27 – Sunday, 6/29)

Happy Friday Everyone!

Here’s a little something to get you all excited for this weekend; an Estate Sale because come on, who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt?

It’s being held by Family Treasures Estate Sale Liquidators and it is going to be HERE and it will be going on today through Sunday, 6/29 from 9AM – 4PM.

According to the notice that I received this is what you can expect:

Huge Doll Collection: Betsy McCall, Globel, Madame Alexander, Disney, Royal Dalton, Cabbage Patch, Stieff Bear, Precious Moments, Kish, Wendy Lawton, McClory, Goodrau, handmade Russian dolls, Anderson Miniatures, Dresden collectibles, Vintage Half Doll pin cushions, Effanbees, American Girl and accessories, Antique porcelain doll heads, Alice in Wonderland collection.  Several limited edition dolls, signed and one of a kind dolls, 7 hutches full of dolls and collectibles, Doll furniture, rocking chairs, horse trike, doll clothes and accessories, ~40 Limoges trinket boxes, collectibles, household, garden decorations, patio furniture, outdoor rugs, electric BBQ, kitchen table and chairs, patio furniture, hutches, Rattan furniture, rubber made container, Franciscan glasses and dishers, Royal Anderson Flower of the Month, kitchen, costume jewelry, miniatures craft supplies, holiday, clothing, Alice in Wonderland collection and more!

Sounds like a good sale for anyone interested in dolls but you never know what you’ll find until you get there.

Yours Truly,

Mel