Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Roll Call #3


It's been several months since I've had a roll call here on the blog and I decided what better day than today?! Right?! I've recently gotten some new readers and I just wanted to say, hello and thank you for taking time out of your already busy day to stop and read about my crazy life. I've told y'all that my blog is my therapy, so I apologize for the days when it doesn't make sense. 

All you have to do for roll call is answer the question below and list the state that you are from.  I love hearing from y'all and seeing where everyone is from. I think the first roll call, the big state of Texas had the most comments and then for the second, I was happily surprised that states north of the Mason-Dixon Line came through.  Pretty neat! If I can get the random little do-hicky thing to work, I may also be sending a little "happy" out to a random commenter, so see?  You have a chance to WIN something, too!  My last "happy" winner was Amy Horton! No relation, but a dear, sweet reader who always makes me smile!  Hi, Amy! {waving}

I'll go first.  This is all you have to do:

Laura
Chocolate cake {duh!}
Louisiana

So I guess now you know the question:

Do you prefer cake or pie for dessert and which flavor is your favorite? 

I'll announce the results and winner next week!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello Friday


This has been a week for the record books, y'all, and simply one I'm ready to put behind me. I'm still not feeling 100% after my "procedure" this week, but thank GOD it's hair day!  I have an appointment with a new stylist this afternoon and I'm a little nervous - always nervous about trying someone knew!  Do you get that way, too?  My precious Anna Banana has taken a leave of absence to take care of her sister who has cancer and the outlook is not good, so say a prayer for my favorite gal today. Here are this week's favorites:

{one.} Loved this pic Reese Witherspoon put on IG Sunday night at the Golden Globe awards. I didn't get a chance to watch the show this year {and that's why I didn't have a post on Monday dedicated to my favorite dresses like I normally do}, but I did see Reese's dress and I thought she looked stunning in yellow.



{two.} I survived my first ever root canal on Monday and let me just say that I am not a fan. I hope I never have to go through that again as long as I live. The absolute BEST thing about it - other than pain pills! - was a Sonic chocolate milkshake afterwards! YUM!


{three.} When I was cleaning out drawers and closets around New Year's I found some free samples that I can't even remember receiving.  A sample of this eye cream was in the bag and I decided to try it.  One word: WOW! Some time inbetween basketball games this weekend, I'm making a quick trip to Ulta for this splurge! I can't believe the difference in my eyes and how much brighter they looked! I've been rationing my free sample all week! Ha!

{four.} On Tuesday night, my ballers went to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  It's like they can't get enough basketball and I just don't understand it! I believe it was a little more of a daddy-daughter date night, too, because Wayne treated them to dinner and then the funny basketball antics ensued.  I got tons of pics from all three all evening, but this one was my favorite!


I actually enjoyed a nice quiet evening at home - still recovering - with a warm bath, a face mask, my essential oils, and a good book! I wasn't jealous one bit.  Okay, maybe I was jealous about dinner, but that's the only thing! Alise sent me the sweetest texts on their way home that night. I love her so much!


{five.} I bought our first King Cake this week from a local bakery and it was oh-so good!! I bought a chocolate cake for us at home and got Stephanie and her team mates a strawberry cream cheese. Can you believe the poor dear had never had a King Cake until I bought her one last year? I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I was.  Anyhoo!  It was the first time I had ever had a chocolate King Cake and it certainly did not disappoint!  It was sooo good and fresh! In case you didn't know, the King Cake inspiration comes from Mardi Gras and all that jazz. If you're interested in purchasing a cake, some of the bakeries in south Louisiana ship them and I suggest Gambinos and Ambrosia Bakery. 

{BONUS.} If you're a fan of Target and their dollar aisle - which I think has recently become the three dollar aisle at our store - due to inflation, I guess! - I highly suggest hitting it up soon before all the really, really cute Valentine Day stuff is gone!  I was just in our store yesterday morning, getting in some retail therapy before work and they had some awesome stuff! 

Loved all the comments about matte lipstick this week! I think we girls have got it figured out. We know what we like and we do what we want! Yassss! In case you missed the post, you can catch up this week!

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Happy Friday the 13th, Happy Weekend, Happy MLK Day, and Happy Birthday to me next week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Favorite Winter Outfits

I'm not sure if winter weather will ever stay a while here in Louisiana. We've had a few days of what I consider "cold" weather and then it warms right back up into the 70's - and even 80's - the next day. It wasn't even cold for Christmas! Fingers crossed no one in the family gets sick with this craziness! Having said that - and the fact that y'all know I'm a girl who loves her boots and layers - I thought I would share a few of my favorite winter outfits. Well, not mine personally, but you get the idea. Just throwing out some style options that say, "ME!"


Out of all the pictures I perused on my 'Fall Wardrobe' Pinterest board, this pin is positively, absolutely, without a doubt, me. It screams everything that is within me! Leopard {or polka dots}! Leggings! Layers! And boots! I love wearing dresses with leggings more than I like wearing tunics - which I do wear alot of! I don't know why. Maybe because it looks classier? Being a professional and working in an office setting does not always afford me the latest styles because they sometimes are too casual. However, this look would be something the nuns would smile at. And God, too. For church, of course. Now I know...you scarfy people out there would want to drape one over on me, but nope! Ain't happening.  No scarves in this post.


So did I mention that I don't wear jeans? I mean, I HAVE a pair of jeans - that I love from American Eagle - Hell, I have LOTS of jeans, okay? I just don't wear them.  Especially since I bought my fat pants last fall - aka "joggers." True story: a few weeks ago when Alise and I went to the Dillards 50% off sale, we were walking out of the house and she said, "Mom, please don't wear those pants?" And I said, "Why not? They're my fat pants!" Yes, people!  I actually wore them out in public despite my daughter's groanings!

This look is so classic and sassy!  A little more dressier for work, so I would save it for a date night - which I did! - and maybe church. I'm all about some lace. And I love my faux leather leggings! I wore this look for the first time last New Year's Eve (2015) when Wayne and I went to a party. It was fun! 


Now this. This is something I would wear to work. And what's with the black/red/white combos, you ask? I have no idea. And although this model is very chic indeed, I wouldn't particularly walk into the office looking like this. What would the nuns think? I would, however, wear the white jacket with the sleeves down and a nice pair of red dress pants.  And different heels, of course.  Those babies wouldn't last thirty minutes! 


And this is me. On the weekends. Finally!  No black/red/white combo!


And this is me again. On the weekends. At a basketball game or running errands.



Told y'all I had jeans!

Linking up with What I Wore Wednesday|| What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday|| 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Is Matte Lipstick For Women Over 40?


I've been struggling with this question since Christmas.

I had never even really heard of matte lipstick until Stephanie told me about it and since she and I do not share the same tastes in lip shades, I guess I was just automatically turned off to the idea. I'm an 80's girl!  Your lipstick is suppose to be BRIGHT! And glossy!

I mentioned a few months ago that I bought Alise a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit when she made straight A's the first nine weeks. I had never even heard of KJ Lip Kits until football season when Alise was introduced to them at school by some of her friends. It only took one pep rally for all the girls to be sporting the same lip shade to cheer in {I know!  I don't even want to think about it, but after Alise lost the new $15 eye liner I bought her in the girls locker room one pep rally, I had the discussion with her about sharing make up!).

So, anyway.  Fast forward to Christmas when she received not one, but TWO new lip kits. Don't ask me what shades they were.  They all end with the letter K. Go figure. The surprise being that after she tried them on, she decided she didn't like the shades. Ugh! Really?

So what's a mom to do?

Well, I tried 'em myself!

I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about.

And I'm still undecided.

First of all, I'm not really a nude shade kinda girl. I like reds and pinks, so the colors that Alise chose were not in my lip color wheel. After I lined my lips with the pencil, I applied the color which at first looked very glossy - just like a colored lip gloss. However, after a few minutes, the shine faded and I was left with exactly a nude lip color or stain.  My brain wanted to keep reaching for a lip gloss - that I could never find - to give my lips some sense of smoothness and sheen.  As for lasting wear, I wouldn't say that the color lasts all day, but I was still sporting the first application at lunch time.

I haven't reverted back to my other lipsticks yet, because I think the subtle look may be growing on me. Some days I feel like my face is very plain without some "real" lip color, though. Ya know, they say women my age shouldn't wear red and bright pink lipsticks because it makes us look older. I won't bother telling you what this 80s girl thinks about that!

So what do you think? Do you like the new look of matte lipsticks? Do you think this product is for women over 40 or is it here today and gone tomorrow?  Just like bright pink lipstick, right?! Can't wait to hear what you think!

Linking up this week with Tuesday Talk and Thoughts on Thursday.

Friday, January 06, 2017

First Friday Favorites of 2017



Happy First Friday of 2017! I hope this week has been fun with ringing in the new year! For us, it meant getting back in to a some-what routine with work and school starting back on Wednesday. We've had cheer practice and a basketball game. We had hot dogs (bleh!) for supper one night. So yeah. Routine.

I'm linking up with Andrea and April today for Friday Favorites and 5 on Friday! Catch up on what everyone else is doing for the New Year! Get some ideas!  Make some new friends!  Say "Hello" and join us!




{one.}

Alise's first semi-formal school dance is in a few weeks and she is so excited! I've been putting off the whole dress shopping because, well, {sigh} I just wasn't ready to face the music. I wasn't ready to come to terms with the fact that my eleven and a half year old baby girl was ready to attend her first formal dance. No way. Fast forward to January 1st and Dillard's 50% off sale. I bought Alise's dress, y'all, for $11 dollars and some change! Cha-ching! Never. In a million years. Did I think I would find a dress for that cheap, but we shopped the sale racks and the dress she chose did not have a price tag. The sales clerk was kind enough to give us a "deal" and then we got 50% off of that price! I have to admit that Baby Girl has great taste when it comes to choosing a "first-formal-dress-that-doesn't-make-you-look-25" and there was hardly no arguing between us! Win, win! I can't wait to show you pictures in a few weeks! I was thinking that since I got her dress for hardly nothing, I would splurge and have her hair styled for the event.  But then again, we haven't bought shoes yet, either!  Eek!

{And just to update, I found the dress on the Dillard's website and it retailed for $89!!  A $78 dollar savings that I'm proud about because I doubt she will ever wear the dress again after the dance!}


{two.}

I am loving Jodi Picoult's new novel, Small Great Things. She is one of my favorite, favorite authors and I was so disappointed in her last novel, that I was a little wary about picking up her latest, but I am SO glad I did! I'm about half way through the book, and I think it's going to rank right up there with my favorite novel by Jodi, The Storyteller. I surely recommend them both! I've done something that I've never done. I've challenged myself to read 20 books in 2017 on Goodreads. There is a part of me that says, "you totally suck, Laura" because it's such a low number, but 2016 was not a high volume reading year for me. It's no joke that I've been in a slump for over a year, but I'm hoping things are looking up!  You can find me on Goodreads as Laura Horton. 

{three.}

I ordered this keyhole dress from the Nordstrom's Half Year Sale last week and I love it! I've been wanting a simple, navy dress for work and I'm loving the keyhole style this season. I got the dress for 50% off, but unfortunately, I don't think the dress is still available at that price.


{four.}

Alise got to spend the day with her BFF this past week to celebrate her birthday! They shopped and had lunch at PF Chang's. Alise was so excited! She came home with a leopard pom pom on her new Kate Spade purse.  I started to give her the "you-don't-mess-up-a-Kate-Spade-purse-with-a-leopard-pom-pom" talk, but I refrained.


{five.}

For all the anti-organization sentiments I had this time last year, I've seriously made up with it this year!  We spent New Year's Eve and day cleaning out drawers, closets, and the utility room. I washed curtains, ironed them and re-hung them. Alise cleaned out the drawers and cabinets in her bathroom as well as her drawers in her room. I found medicine from 2010! I reaorganized the pantry! I cleaned out my closet and gave clothes that I no longer wear to my maid. We can finally walk in our utlity room again! Wayne actually wheeled the garbage cans into the house because the black bags were just too heavy. We took a ton of boxes and black bags to Goodwill on January 1 in the pouring down rain. I feel like a new woman! Only two more areas to go and that's my woman cave and the upstairs and then #operationcleanup2017 will be ovah!!

Enjoy your weekend! Talk to y'all next week!