Sephora Score-a

 

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Playing with new lip gloss and eyeshadow before a night out with friends!

Treat yo’ self!

That’s exactly what I did over the long weekend.

After payday Friday, I decided to try a few things I’ve been eyeing at Sephora. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised.

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Life is Short. Stop Drinking Crappy Wine.

Sorry to be so frank. 

Maybe it was after our trip to Italy, but at some point recently I vowed to stop drinking crappy wine.

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Charcuterie and wine in Rome, Italy.

And by “crappy,” (excuse my third grade verbiage) I mean wine that I’m just kind of meh about.

Why settle?

Problem is, when it comes to purchasing wine, I have no idea what I’m doing, or how to escape meh. For years I’ve simply wandered the aisles of stores, picking anything that catches my eye with a cutesy label or a funny name, praying to the wine gods my $6.99 bottle tastes close to decent.

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I have no idea what I’m doing.

Not anymore.

Life is too short to waste it on bad wine.

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In search of help, I sought out an expert friend of mine to shed some light on what I consider a delicious yet overwhelming topic. My friend and Zumba buddy Tracey LaPierre is an enologist and owner of Seattle Wine Lab, a quality control consulting firm for winemakers. With over 16 years in the wine biz, who knew my key to drinking better wine has been two-stepping next to me this entire time in Zumba class?

So, let’s get drinking!

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The Eyes Have It: Makeup I’m Loving Now

Confession: I’m a bit nervous.

I’m so incredibly humbled to get such a great response from you all on my last post. I mean, how on earth can I follow that up?!

However, I’ve gotten so many questions about my favorite go-to eye makeup products that I wanted to address it in a post. I also purchased a little selfie tripod on Amazon, so hopefully a little tutorial will come later. I am constantly compelled to stress I am not a makeup artist, but since I’m get questions, I’m happy to share everything I can.

One caveat: I wear eyelash extensions. This means my product stash might be a little different than people who don’t. I steer clear of eye makeup with oils in them, because they tend to make extensions fall out quicker.

Let’s get down to business.

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Why We Eloped

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In 2015, couples spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. 

I don’t know about you, but a price tag like this gives me anxiety. This is one of several reasons we eloped.

Yes, we eloped. It was a lovely, teeny-tiny ceremony in October 2013 in Woodinville, WA.

When it comes up, I get a lot of questions. There are several reasons we made this choice, and I don’t regret it.

If your dream is to have a huge ceremony, that’s fine. However, I bring this up because I’ve had conversations with brides-to-be admitting they never wanted a huge ceremony and feel completely overwhelmed.

I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Sleep Lizdom

“2 AM?? What time do you have to go to bed?”

I can’t tell you how often I hear this when I’m asked about my job. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night for work for almost a decade now, so if there is one thing I’m an expert on, it’s sleep. Mostly because I love it, it’s fleeting, I’m desperate for it and I’ve dedicated so much of my time to trying to get it.

Because I go to sleep during the day, I’ve had to create my own personal sleep environment, and this past year or so, my husband and I have gotten very serious about doing this. In creating this space, I’ve learned so much about sleep that I wanted to share what I’ve discovered, because most likely you are like me and struggling to get every minute of shut eye you can.

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The Art of Faking Flawlessness

“Fake it ’til you make it.”

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Up at 4am doing my makeup

Who said that? Was it Mark Twain? Ben Franklin? Socrates? Either way, have wiser words ever been spoken? This week I had to fake flawlessness for work, because after an allergic reaction I was a giant, blotchy mess. Continue reading “The Art of Faking Flawlessness”