Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blushington

Sometimes a girl just needs to be pampered, don't you agree? We all get our hair done every six weeks and maybe get our manicures and pedicures every two weeks. Some of us even get regular facials and massages. But what about makeup? It's hard to find a place to go get your makeup done professionally at a decent price. There aren't many of these places where I live (actually there are NONE of these places where I live... *sad face*), but in star-studded places like LA, NY, and Miami, they're all over.

An adorable place in LA called Blushington (click here to go to their website) is one such place... and boy is it chic! It's reasonably affordable at $40 for a complete face of makeup and $50 to make you red-carpet ready. They offer other services as well like waxing and lash extensions.

How cute is this place??





All images courtesy of Blushington


I'm so jealous of you ladies who live in LA and have these lovely places just around the corner.

What do you think? Are you in love with this place as much as I am? Would you go here to have your makeup done?

Have a wonderful Thursday!
And stay Beautiful!

xoxo,
Elizabeth



Monday, June 25, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Oh my goodness! I'm so excited right now! I was nominated by the lovely Jen of Party of One for the Versatile Blogger Award! EEEKK! 
She was super sweet to nominate me and 14 other beautiful bloggers for this award. What an honor!

If you haven't checked out Jen's blog, do it right now! She is new in the bloggy world (like me), so I'm sure she would appreciate any and all love you could give her. You will NOT be disappointed... her blog is funny and fun! One of my favorites, for sure!



The rules for this award are as follows:
1. Thank blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their site
3. include award image on your post
4. give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their site
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated


7 Random Facts about Me:

1. I enjoy being by myself most of the time
2. I'm the youngest certified Christian Image Consultant in the country
3. I have 5 brothers and sisters
4. I don't have my license yet, and I'm 18
5. I love old movies
6. I hate it when someone wears pants that are too short
7. I love looking at beautiful pictures (part of the reason why I love magazines and Pinterest!)

Well, there you go! My seven random facts... I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me.

And now for the lovely ladies I'm going to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award! I chose these ladies because they constantly leave me such sweet comments/they don't have many followers and I think they should have more/they just have a wonderful blog that I look forward to reading every day!

Go check these beautiful blogs out!

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks
Anastasia @ Lily Lemontree
Leonie @ Vintage Bluebell
Angie @ Swede Dreamer
Karen @ Crumbs of Style
Laura @ Styled by Laura


Stay Beautiful!
And thanks again, Jen!!

xoxo,
Elizabeth




Friday, June 22, 2012

Shall We Dance?

Dancing has always had a big part in human culture throughout history. While dancing is usually centered around events such as weddings or parties, it can also be a form of entertainment and competition.

The word "dancing" can bring many different pictures into your mind, depending on how you were raised, which part of the world you live in, and what social circles you are apart of. There's ballet, hip-hop, line dancing, pop, ballroom, break dancing, tap, synchronized, and the "whatever" dance where you just get up and start moving to the beat of the music. There's refined dancing and not so refined dancing. The list can go on and on.

To me, there's one dance out of all of these that's withstood the test of time and is loved and appreciated by everyone, no matter their age, race, or social standing... it's called the romantic dance... cue the *Awwws* and *Sighs*. You know what I'm talking about, right? You've probably seen this dance again and again in every single chick-flick known to man. The scene where the "in love" couple move as one on the dance floor in a swoon-worthy fashion (sometimes they hate each other when they dance, but by the end of the dance... cupid has struck). 

What girl doesn't love these scenes??












Are you sighing and awwwing yet? I thought so...

Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mid-Week Dreaming

Just some cool eye candy to brighten up your Wednesday!
I hope your day is going well! 









Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth



Monday, June 18, 2012

{Funny} Wedding Invitation

June is the month of weddings, right? Well, I ran across this invitation and couldn't help but laugh. I don't think I have the sense of humor to pull off using this as my wedding invitation... but it sure put a smile on my face!




Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth



Saturday, June 16, 2012

To My Dad

On this Father's Day weekend I want to honor my very handsome and wonderful dad!




I love him so much... he always makes me laugh and he helps me to not take everything so seriously (which I tend to do a lot!). When I think the world's coming to an end, he cracks a joke and I realize everything is going to be okay.

Thank you dad for being there for me and for all of your love and support... I'm so glad God gave me you as a dad!
I love you!

{via pinterest}

{via pinterest}

xoxo,
Elizabeth



Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Game of Chess

I'm sure everyone has at one time or another heard that familiar and dreaded word "checkmate". It simply means you've lost at a game called chess. Chess has become a classic household game that people have been playing for a long time. I personally don't play chess very often, but I do enjoy the thought and strategy you have to put into playing such an intriguing, and sometimes complicated, game. 

The game of chess has been around since before the 6th century A.D., where it started in India. The game then became popular in Persia where the royalty would be required to learn the game and play it well as part of their education.
From there it went to Russia and eventually to the rest of Europe. In the 19th century, chess became popular in coffee houses all over the civilized world. The most famous being in London and Paris.
Chess is now a sport and there are tournaments all over the world that people come to compete in.

I've always thought chess was such a smart and glamorous game. The "elite" of board games, if you will.
What's your take on chess? Do you enjoy a good game every once in a while?

I would love to be playing chess in one of these pictures... so elegant and chic.









And thank you all so much for the sweet messages you sent me while I was away! I had a great time and I'm glad to be back blogging.

Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth


Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekend Ponderings

It's Friday! You made it to yet another summer weekend... so go out and enjoy it! I'm going on a little vacation with my wonderful mom for a few days, so please excuse the lack of posting while I'm gone. I'll resume regular posting on Thursday. Thanks for bearing with me!

 I'm leaving you with a little quote to contemplate as you go throughout your beautiful weekend.




Stay Beautiful and Confident!
xoxo,
Elizabeth


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Miss USA

Hello, Lovelies! I hope you're all doing well today.

The Miss USA pageant aired on NBC this past Sunday and Miss Rhode Island won the much coveted title. 
I thought it would be fun to bring you all back in time through 6 decades of Miss USA pageant winners.

Isn't it interesting to see how our view of beauty has changed in a span of 60 years? Is it just me or does the 2012 winner look a bit fake compared to winners of the past decades? Don't get me wrong, I think she's gorgeous, but she seems to have no uniqueness to her... I don't know, what do you think? 

1952 Miss New York
Jackie Loughery

1962 Miss Hawaii
Macel Wilson

1972 Miss Hawaii
Tanya Wilson

1982 Miss Arkansas
Terri Utley

1992 Miss California
Shannon Marketic

2002 Miss D.C.
Shauntay Hinton

2012 Miss Rhode Island
Olivia Culpo

Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth


Monday, June 4, 2012

Camouflaging A "Belly"

Happy Monday, Lovelies! I hope this post finds you well and having a great start to your week. 

Today I'm going to give you a few tips and tricks to hiding a "belly". Now before you start condemning yourself for eating that bowl of ice cream last night, let me remind you of something. Some women are just prone to gaining weight in their tummy area more than other women... stinks I know. If you've had children and you're noticing your belly isn't quite as flat anymore, or maybe you just have more of a rounded figure, this post is for you.

Like any body type, they have their pros and cons. The more rounded body type may not have the flattest midsection, but most of them tend to have fabulous legs {my mom definitely falls into this category. She has amazing legs. Me, not so much}. So take advantage of those amazing legs and show them off with fitted bottoms with different fun patterns and colors to draw attention to your lower half.  And don't forget your heels! They show off your legs even more.

Now, since the belly (the part we're trying to camouflage) is in the "middle" of our bodies, we don't want to bring attention to that area. That means no crazy patterns or horizontal stripes. We also want to give you more of a hourglass shape. To do this, we want to make sure there's definition right underneath the bust. This is where the smallest part of your waist is. Some people call these types of shirts "maternity" or "baby-doll" tops... but believe me they do a great job of smoothing out a not so flat stomach. But these aren't the only types of tops you can wear. You can also wear anything with rushing or draping around the belly area to kind of blur the bulge. Please don't misunderstand me when I say "draping". Some "draping" tops can be quite baggy, so please try them on. If a certain top make you look 20 pounds heavier, it's probably NOT the top for you. Oh, and please don't wear belts! They're meant to show off the midsection... need I say more? Another no-no is tucking your shirt in... it creates a line across your midsection, drawing attention to your waist, which we don't want.

You also want to bring attention to your beautiful face! Putting on a bold necklace, scarf or earrings brings the eye upward. And remember to smile ladies! It's another great way to bring attention to your face.

In summation: define the area right beneath the bust and wear tops with draping or rushing. And show off your beautiful face/decollete area and your fabulous legs!
Check out these outfits I put together below so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about.


Camouflaging a Belly by jesusekb on polyvore.com


If you don't want to just hide your belly bulge, but you want to get rid of it permanently, you probably already know what I'm going to tell you. Do lots of crunches and eat less carbohydrates and starches! You'll be amazed how much fat you loose on your belly when you don't eat pasta or bread. Easier said than done, right? Mmmhmmm.

You can get rid of "jiggling" by putting on a firming moisturizer on your tummy and love-handles everyday. I love Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. It firms and tones your skin, but it also smells like chocolate... YUM! This won't get rid of any fat, but it will help to firm any loose skin.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.
Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 60th year as the queen of England this month. 

She's one pretty incredible lady and even though I don't call her my Queen, I look up to her as a wonderful example of a leading and powerful woman. It would be truly wonderful to meet her someday.... for afternoon tea maybe. Wouldn't that be delightful?







Stay Beautiful!
xoxo,
Elizabeth