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About: I graduated from a 2 year masters program slammed into 11 months, met and married the love of my life, have an adorable little boy, moved to San Francisco, have my dream job at Stanford University, and own an adorable Australian Labradoodle named Wookiee. I love my family, friends, church, fashion, soccer, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad and Lost. I am extremely blessed!                                                                                                                                               
Happy Valentine’s Day!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day last night. We went to Straw - a restaurant in Hayes Valley that specializes in unique carnival-themed food. We realized that this was probably the first time eating fried food since moving back from Indiana - we couldn’t stomach it as much as we used to! Either we’re getting healthier or older (probably the latter). Super cute restaurant.

Afterwards, we went to a movie. Or should I say…movies? We couldn’t agree on which movie to see, so I saw “Monuments Men” and Adam saw “Lego Movie”. Haha! That’s what true love is, right? Seeing separate movies together? I love us. 

SO in love with my husband and little boy. Every Valentine’s Day just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.

Even though we didn’t go to a fancy restaurant, I still wanted to dress up. Outfit is below!

Blazer: Urban Outfitters

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Forever 21

Leggings: American Apparel

Boots: H&M

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It’s your lucky day - I created my first video! Learn all about my skincare routine (Disclaimer - my skin is nowhere near perfect. I like hearing what other people use for their skin, so I thought you might, too!). 

Enjoy!

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whitening lightning.

I’ve tried about a million times (not exaggerating) using the Crest White Strips, but always end up throwing them away because my teeth are too sensitive. One of my favorite bloggers posted a tutorial on how she gets her perfect teeth, and that’s where I discovered Whitening Lightening. It’s AMAZING, people. I’m dumb and forgot to take a “before” picture, but I can definitely see results. The kit says that you can use it up to three times (which is how many times I’ve used it in the picture below), but I’m pretty sure I can get 6-7 sessions. It’s easy peasy, too. Wipe your teeth so they’re dry, slap some gel on, then stick the light device in your mouth for 20 pain-free minutes. The results should last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years depending on your habits (I drink coffee and wine, soooo…we’ll see). 

It’s freaking expensive, but use the code “FH2TKIT” to get Dial A Smile for $70 bones. 

Here’s my unedited (GASP) picture of my pearly whites:

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new years eve.

When I was little, the year 2014 was a magical number. It sounded so…futuristic. Surely we’d have flying cars, hoverboards and a microwave type machine that turned a tiny pizza into an x-large (FYI - I just randomly came up with those examples). 

2013 was a fun year (we moved three times). We love living in San Francisco, but miss our family terribly. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

Here’s my NYE look. I was gifted the Naked Basics eyeshadow palette and was pumped to try it out for our night on the town (we’ll be back by 8:30pm…just the way I like it). Happy New Years, everyone! <3

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Behold! An outfit post! I know you’ve been waiting a long time for an update (let’s see…Samuel is 15 months and I was 9 months pregnant so that means it’s been 2 years. You didn’t really want to see me in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, did you?). 

I was forced to wear a hat today - any of you who are following my “no poo” journey, listen up. DO NOT USE COCONUT OIL AS A HAIR MASK. My hair is a big ball of GREASE. I have a feeling it will be a while before all of the oil gets out of my hair. Anyway, I thought I should take advantage and turn something nasty into something presentable. I’m not a hipster by any means, but pairing this hat with my converse always makes me feel like one.

Outfit: 

Hat: Charming Charlies

Cardigan: ISDA & CO

White t-shirt: Target 

Jeans: Armani Exchange

Shoes: Black Monochrome Converse

Scarf: Walmart (yes, Walmart)

Makeup:

Foundation: MUFE

Concealer: Dior

Bronzer: Smashbox

Blush: Tarte

Eyes: Naked Palette, Urban Decay Eyeliner, Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara

Eyebrows: Pretty & Cute

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no heat curls.

i’ve tried to figure out the easiest way to wake up with hassle-free hair. i don’t have a lot of free time nowadays (did i mention that i’m a mom?) so if i find something quick and easy, it’s a winner! i stumbled across this tutorial and decided to give it a shot.

here are my results (all i did was take out the headband - i didn’t add any product or use styling tools). i’ll continue trying to perfect it (hers looks way better), but for my first time, i’m fairly happy with the outcome.

(there was a horrible glare on my glasses so…this is what you get).

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eyeliner comparison.

i love a good eyeliner (as opposed to a bad one). below is a swatch comparison between four eyeliners that i own and love for different reasons.

- revlon colorstay in black (far left): the cheapest of the four. as you can see, it’s not as pigmented as the other three, but i usually put a liquid eyeliner over the pencil eyeliner anyway. bang for your buck!

- nyx slide on in jet black (second from left): THE BEST “drugstore” brand eyeliner, ever. i put drugstore in quotes because while it’s considered a drugstore brand, you can’t really find them at a drugstore. weird. it’s more pigmented than revlon’s brand and it slides on like butta. 

- too faced perfect eyes in perfect black (third) and urban decay in perversion (last): i lump these two together because i can’t tell the difference between them. i love them equally…both are super dark and buttery at one swipe (time saver, yo!). the too faced pencil comes with a blender built on the eyeliner brush (which is nice) but i still use my go-to smudge brush from target…i’ve had it for YEARS and haven’t found a better one. 

now somebody tell me how to get these stripes off my hand. 

p.s. that was a joke. i know how to get them off. acid.

p.p.s. that was a joke, too. i know you have to use a small flame to melt them off.

p.p.p.s. that wasn’t a joke. somebody please send help or i’ll end up like this.

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