Required Reading: Rainy Day Reads

One of my favorite features that I’ve let fall by the wayside is my weekly link round-ups. I can’t guarantee that I’ll get back to doing them every single weekend but I’m gonna try.

Rainy weekends are kind of my favorite especially after hectic weeks. Last night I finally got to see Gone Girl and it definitely didn’t disappoint. So good. And you don’t need to have read the book to appreciate it. If you haven’t seen it yet, go. Rosamund Pike is the definition of crazy beautiful.

For the rest of the weekend, I’m looking forward to catching up on some shows, tackling a crazy massive laundry pile and dodging raindrops at a pumpkin patch (D3 wants to make a Mike Wazowski pumpkin). Exciting stuff, huh? Yeah real life is so glamorous. Happy Weekend Friends!

Photo by Trevor Triano

 

* Yesterday I finally got around to updating my events page and I’ve added a few that local gals will want to check out. One even involves playing bingo for designer handbags. Yup, you read that right.

* All of the sales are happening this weekend. I am restraining myself to stay strong with my no spend goal for this month. But that doesn’t mean I can’t pretend shop. So in my imaginary shopping cart is this pastel pink coat from Piperlime (save 20% with code FALL20) and this boots + jeans combo from Madewell (Get 30% off with code OHFALL or just pop in the store and save).

* My gal Grace {A Southern Drawl} looks all grown up in this tweed number. She crushes a casual look but personally I love a great work ‘fit and the jacket she’s rocking is both classy and super cute.

* I fell in love with Thirsty Hearts Design when I rocked this tee but I became officially obsessed after ordering this ‘Apple of My Eye’ print. Can’t wait to hang it up in D3’s room. Now I’m trying to narrow down my next purchase.

* I’m loving hats lately (clearly) so I couldn’t get enough of this edition of the Atlanta Style Series. Love all gals in this link-up so be sure to check out all their blogs. My only question: is it cool enough to rock wool hats in Atlanta yet?

* Do you follow District Sparkle on Instagram? If not, you need to. Meaghan is super witty, has great style and a REALLY cute dog. She’s also relatable (read: not all peonies, coffee and expensive shoes).

* This Caprese Pizza that Lexi {Glitter, Inc} made has my mouth watering. And the recipe looks easy. Add it to the list.

* If you’re looking to brighten up your Pinterest feed, make sure you’re following Mrs. Lilien (chances are you already are or if not, that you’ve pinned one of her bright, fun images before). Seriously, she’s pinning all things that are good – cocktails, pretty clothes, holiday fun, party planning, cute stuff for kiddos, travel lust, I could go on.

* Last but not least, in case you missed it, do me a proper and check out Monday’s post. Wasn’t sure how I felt about rocking a hat on the blog (well, a non-Derby hat) but now I think it’s one of my favorite looks I’ve ever shared. Thinking about wearing it again this weekend.

Favorite Things: How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

I thought about skipping over this post on the blog but I feel like having one of these parties is too fun not to share and seriously, I can’t recommend throwing one enough. If you’re more into the outfit game, I’ll be back to that tomorrow – promise.

I love a good costume party. Nothing like dressing up in something fun on a random Saturday. Also everything is funnier in a costume.

My friends and I had been wanting to throw a Murder Mystery Party for FOREVER so this past weekend we finally bit the bullet and put one together. Granted it was a little last minute but it was crazy fun and a good learning experience for when we, inevitably, want to have one again.

I had never thrown, or gone to for that matter, a Murder Mystery Party but as a long time lover of both the game and movie Clue – I figured it would be a lot of fun. Luckily my pals were on board and after a little internet searching (what did we do before the Googler), I found a kit that we all agreed to. The crazy fun/good thing about these is you can find a “murder” for almost any party theme. There’s 80’s, Old West, Luau, Toga, Prom, I could go on.

Initially we thought we might have more people, so I bought a party kit for a larger group that was Dallas (the tv show, not the city) themed. We all loved the theme but when we didn’t have the right amount of people, I bought this one instead. The Murder of Millionaire theme still fit with our over-the top 80’s Oil Baron/Cattle Rancher theme so it worked out perfectly. I think we also clearly have a bit of a Dynasty vibe going too.

If you’re thinking about throwing one (I HIGHLY recommend it), I’ve included some tips after the pics (sorry for the pic quality – it was hard to focus on taking pictures with all the ridiculousness).

Oh and if you’re in Louisville, there’s only one place to get a seriously bad-ass costume – The Nitty Gritty.

Here’s my quick tips/instructions after planning:

* Require Costumes. Seriously, it’s no fun if you’re the random person dressed in regular jeans and a t-shirt when everyone else is decked out.

* Pick a Host who can Keep a Secret. In some kits, the host knows the entire story so you’ll want someone who’s hair is big enough to hold all the secrets. In others (like the one we did), the host can assume a role and play along.

* Get everyone their roles in advance. I wish I had delivered the identities a little sooner to all the players but getting the characters out early helped everyone pick out a great costume and prepare for their role.

* Make sure everyone can come on time. You can’t roll in thirty or 45 minutes late or you’ll miss a huge chunk of the party and make it a pain for everyone else playing.

* Have Name Tags at the Party. Even if you only are playing with eight people, you’ll forget people’s character names. Name Tags are key.

* Encourage everyone to stay in character until the end. This is big time. It’s way more entertaining and hilarious is everyone stays in their character the whole night. Give awards at the end of the night to whoever played their part the best.

* Serve Drinks. Often and Early. No but really, after a drink or two everyone got WAY more into their parts.

Throw your own: Murder of a Millionaire Party Kit

Beauty: The {New} Basics

There have been a lot of welcome changes to get used to after {what felt like} an eternity of being pregnant. There’s the obvious one of not carrying around a growing human but for me, the biggest change has been rediscovering my skin.

BTB (before the babe) I had pretty decent skin – the occasional flare up but never anything too rough. But during pregnancy I struggle with serious acne and I’m not being dramatic here – it was ROUGH. My forehead had what looked like a giant rash and my chin/neck area broke out like I was back in 7th grade. The weirdest part was, pretty regularly, finding bumps hiding in my eyebrows. Yeah, shit got weird.

So you can imagine my focus on getting back to some semblance of normal ATB (after the babe). I started out with this kit to help clear things up. It was great but after a few weeks became a little harsh so I’ve switched into a pretty standard routine now that’s helping get my skin back in shape.

 

beauty basics

Nightly Needs: obiqo night cream and Eye Cream | Murad Acne Clearing Solution and Spot Treatment

I received a sample of the obiqo night cream and eye cream BTB but didn’t give them a try until I escaped from the hospital. I love that both creams are rich but not too heavy. My eyes also tend to be really sensitive to creams and products (I’m talking tearing up like I just watched The Notebook) but this one is sensitive enough to keep the waterworks at bay. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the mornings – waking up looking more refreshed with less dry, rough patches.

Before I slather on the obiqo cream though, I’ve been using the Murad Acne Clearing Solution and spot treatment to help clear up those lingering break outs. I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks but can already tell it’s helping with the persistent chin flare ups.

Daily Dose: Pixi Glow Tonic | Evian Mist | Boots No7 Lift & Luminate

When I wake up, I love starting off my morning with a mist of Evian. Mostly it’s a good wake up and it feels great before starting my morning routine. Then it’s on to my go-to’s: this Pixi Glow Tonic and Boots No 7 Day Cream (both from Target!).

I read about the glow tonic online and how people raved about it. I can attest that it’s pretty great. It doesn’t strip your skin the way some toners can but rather leaves it feeling fresh and clean. I’m not sure if it’s helped me “glow” but I definitely like that it gives me a clean slate before putting on makeup. The Boots Day Cream is another goodie and I love that it also doesn’t make my eyes water up but more importantly that it moisturizes without feeling tacky or heavy.

Weekly Wants: frank Body Scrub | Glam Glow Mud Mask

If I get a few minutes for a ‘treat yo self’ moment, I’m turning to one of these products.

I read about the frank body scrub from a couple bloggers I love so I decided to give it a try. It’s a little messy but it makes the shower feel like a day at the spa. The description promises that frank will  “target cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne with roasted and ground robusta coffee beans.” I can’t say I’ve noticed any specific changes on any of these fronts but it does leave my skin feeling smoother, more moisturized and it smells delicious.

And this Glam Glow Mud Mask is the deal. I used it once and almost immediately noticed results. It was the best ‘reset’ button I’ve used for my skin. In about 20 minutes it made a huge difference. It may be a little pricey but the bottle is big and allows for a bunch of uses. I haven’t had a chance to use it as much as I’d like but it made my skin feel younger, smoother and just awesome.

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