Ok, so maybe it’s not really summer yet, but this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, which is widely known as the unofficial beginning of summer. And since temperatures have finally crept up to a place where we don’t need winter coats, and we’ve been toying with turning on the AC, I think that qualifies as “summer,” as well.
When I think of summer, I think of so many pleasant activities. Sitting on the porch with my cat(s), enjoying the weather. Getting back into my outdoor running routine, long days, and inching closer to football season. (Yes, I know I’m hopeless)
But I also think of Father’s Day, which is right around the corner. We tend to stick in the realm of golf, grilling, & clothing for Father’s Day gifts. My Dad, like my Mom, is a simple man, who doesn’t especially care for being pampered and fussed over. He grew up with very little, so he’s kept that mindset.
It’s been a rough 2013 for my Dad, so far, with 2 extended hospital stays. But when summer rolls around, he usually starts hitting the golf courses. Heck, our neighborhood borders 2 golf courses, so if he doesn’t want to stray far from home, he doesn’t have to. Last year, for Father’s Day, we got him a gift certificate that covered all the local courses.
He still isn’t strong enough to hit the links, but I’m constantly thinking about the time when he can get back after it. What I’d actually love to do is spring for my Dad to take a trip, out of state, and go on a sort of golf-a-palooza. I always hear about the great courses down south, so I’d look there first. And since our family owns a house just outside Charlotte, I started looking at North Carolina golf communities.
We’re not in the market to make a permanent move, but I stumbled across the Cullasaja Club, which looks absolutely breathtaking. No, really! Hidden back of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Highlands, NC, there’s a lot more than just golf to occupy a member. You can boat, swim, play tennis, and take advantage of a myriad of fitness programs. Jackpot! And don’t even get me started about the food! I’d have to be active in order to work off all the calories I’d consume!
I would definitely put a house in a community like this, on my “Lottery List.” I’m always so envious of people with summer and other seasonal homes. I would love to have one for the entire family to use. Ahhh, let me get back to buying lotto tickets!
But back to reality, I’ll keep enjoying this late start to summer. I went running (again) tonight, and will be seeing a new “summer blockbuster” tomorrow at the movies. Let the games begin!
It’s no secret that I’m an iPhone addict. I am always on my phone doing something. Whether that’s checking Twitter or taking pics/video, it’s always something!
A late night channel surfing stop on QVC (I know, I know) had me purchasing the Halo Starlight charger late last month. The presentation was great, and buying backup power for my baby is super practical! Not to mention that, should I ever take the plunge and switch to Android, my Halo charger would charge that phone as well, as well as any iPod I may own in the future. (I’ve been thinking about possibly jumping to Galaxy S4 w/ an iPod touch on the side)
But I didn’t stop there. I snagged a deal from Eversave for an iPhone charger case. I had had a referral, so the full price of the retail $75 case ended up being about $9. Then I remembered that I had a really cheap backup charger from Digipower that the salesman from Radio Shack gave me free, when I upgraded to my current phone. It looks like this product.
So, right now, I’m in the middle of some heavy duty testing!
The past couple of months have been quite eventful in the land of all my young adult literature fandoms. My cup runneth over, y’all! I’ve pretty much in nonstop super fangirl mode for the past week. So many exciting announcement and reveals are happening!
Let me give you the rundown right quick!
1. The Hunger Games started its own official Instagram account. Check it out: instagram.com/thehungergames! On there, they’ve begun hinting that something is going to go down on May 14th. Eeeekkk!
2. Continuing the Instagram theme, The Mortal Instruments’ Instagram page was teasing official character posters all week. We got to see Simon, Valentine, and Magnus Bane’s posters. So exciting!
TMI Instagram account teasing character posters
3. Over in Divergent land, a lot was happening as well! Veronica Roth revealed the cover art for the final book in the trilogy, Allegiant, on the Today Show. It comes out on October 22nd and I can’t wait!
4. Keeping it in Divergent-land, it looks like the sequel is already in the works! Deadline Hollywood reported that Brian Duffield had signed on to write the script for Insurgent, the second book in the trilogy. This is an extremely good sign as Divergent has only been filming for a few weeks! What a vote of confidence!
5. Divergent isn’t the only one of my beloved series to get the greenlight towards a sequel movie adaptation, though. In Cannes, it was just announced that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (book #2) is being put into production and will begin shooting later this year.
6. The Mortal Instruments‘ prequel series, The Infernal Devices, also has a script in the works. This news didn’t break in the past week, but it’s still fresh enough in my mind to make me include it in this post! Oh yeah!
7. And lastly, let me tell you about the most recent book I’ve read, The Maze Runner. Filming is set to get underway on Monday, in New Orleans. Some really amazing concept art has bee premiered by Entertainment Weekly. It was even more detailed and chilling than I even imagined it! Now, I’m not paying too much attention to the cast and production of the movie just yet because I’m not done reading the series. I still have to start/finish The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and prequel book, The Kill Order. I’d rather do so while creating the characters in my own head. Then, I’ll re-read the series later after getting up-to-speed with movie filming.
Sooooooo, that’s why I’ve been smiling ear-to-ear this week! The worlds I escape to, when real life is just too much, had a lot happen recently and it really brightened my spring!
This morning, Justin Timberlake announced his solo tour dates for this fall’s The 20/20 Experience World Tour. If you haven’t seen them yet, click here and see if he’s coming to your hood.
Let’s start with the positive: JT IS COMING TO OHIO! TWICE! No, seriously, this is a huge deal. Usually artists as big as him don’t show a lot of love to the Midwest when they do major tours. They think a stop in Chicago and Detroit covers everything. Well, it doesn’t, people!
Midwesterners, in my neck of the woods, have plenty of options for this tour. Columbus and Cleveland Ohio, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Louisville are all within a 3 hour drive. Oddly enough, there aren’t the usual Detroit and Chicago stops. I approve, Justin. I approve!
What I don’t approve of is the timing of all of this. JT announced his tour dates today. He doesn’t start until October 31st, but he’s putting those suckas on sale next week!
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Pump your breaks, Timberlake! We’re not all multimillionaires! Some of us need more than 7 days to gather the necessary funds to pay for your super expensive concert tickets! I want you to take my money, but please, give me more than a minute to gather it! We’re in a recession, dammit!
I’m working it out, thanks to a friend, but this is a rant that I let loose on Twitter on a regular basis. I really, really, really need to start a “Concert Fund” and regularly pour money into it, so I’m ready when these artist pull this crap. Because, really, they do it all the time! Why haven’t I adapted yet? Well, I will! Some people have rainy day funds, or general savings accounts. Suz is going to have a a “Concert Fund” and that’s perfectly normal, you guys!
Where’s a Ticket Oak when you really need one?
Honestly, when’s the last time you said that out loud? It’s probably been a while, right? Well feast your eyes on this work of art!
Well, I have to thank them for preaching that good word with their latest Windows phone TV ad. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of the back and forth between Samsung/Android and Apple. How bout both of y’all calm your tits and concentrate on your own product, not your competitor. It’s so juvenile and people are going to like what they regardless of how petty your ads are.
And while the Windows ad is truthfully funny, they’re employing the same “bash the competitor” mentality that Samsung uses, so they’re not whole lot better. It’s like political season all over again. Le sigh…
“I think they like fighting.”
Apple used to poke, incessantly, at Windows, back in the day. Remember the Mac vs. PC ads? Those were hilarious to me, and I’m a lifelong PC user!
In any case, I’m quite liking the direction Apple has been going lately, with their ads. See the most recent offering, below:
THIS is what a mobile phone manufacturer should be putting out into the world.
And having said all that, no way I’m buying a Windows phone. I’m an app addict, and the Windows phone offerings are just not up the standard I’ve become accustomed to with the iTunes App Store.
Last month I shared that I had won a Twitter contest that saw me receive 4 Milani Color Statement lipsticks and a lip liner. It was great luck as I had heard a lot of good things about the product and was wanting to try it anyway. So, this was the perfect opportunity!
The day I got my lippies, I slapped one of those suckas on my lips, the second I got back inside after gathering the mail. My kneejerk response was that I really liked them. But I wanted to give it a little more attention and wear than that.
So, since then, I’ve been rotating through them, and I’ve even bought a few more. (Y’all know I have a serious makeup hoarding problem, right?) So, now my collection is shades strong. I own Bronze Beauty, Best Red, Black Cherry, Flirty Fuchsia (the ones I won), as well as Flamingo Pose, Orange-Gina, Sweet Nectar, and Uptown Mauve. I wore Uptown Mauve today.
These lipsticks are extremely pigmented. One swipe and you have a lot of color already on your lips. I love that! They last a good amount of time, too. I didn’t ever time it, or anything, but a very long time considering it’s not marketed as a “long wear” lipstick, and doesn’t have the texture of one, either. It feels light and creamy, even though some of the shades are strictly matte or shimmery.
I don’t feel these dry your lips out; instead they sort of feel moisturizing. Basically, the formula is a winner. I didn’t notice any feathering, and it didn’t draw extra attention to fine lines or dryness on your lips. (As a general rule, I like to keep my lips nice and exfoliated whenever I use lipstick, so I can’t expand very much) And when the vibrancy of the color begins to fade, it leaves behind a very nice and natural stain on your lips. I had Uptown Mauve on most of the afternoon and evening today. I even worked out, showered, and ate spaghetti with it on. I call that quite a test! (more…)
It’s that time of the year where TV studios are having their upfront presentations and announcing which shows got picked up and which are being shown the door. This time around, it doesn’t appear that anything I’m attached to has been killed off (well, except for Smash, which we all figured would be canned due to low ratings and a high production budget). This post is dedicated to new shows — of the reality variety — that I may be tuning in to.
I will say that the whole reality TV trend has gotten completely out of hand. Who knew, when MTV debuted the very first season of Real World, that we’d end up with the over-saturation we’re stuck with now. But you know what they say, “hind sight is 20/20!”
Over the years I’ve watched a lot of reality crap on E! Network. I wasted away, many a night, watching the Kardashians. Now that I’m sick of them, I no longer watch their shows. Instead, I allow my brain to rot while watching what Ryan Lochte would do or couple-centric shows like Married to Jonas and Ice Loves Coco.
I seem to have always loved the reality shows about couples, beginning with Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. Ever since then, I’ve watched almost all of them, and will continue the trend when Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie premieres on E! this summer. Jessie James is one of my favorite singers and Eric Decker is a talented WR for the Denver Broncos, who used to give my Buckeyes fits when he played college ball at the University of Minnesota; he never beat us, though! I love those two together (they’re engaged now), so I’ll definitely be watching!
E!’s also earning my loyalty by offering TV personality best known as The Tonight Show’s “Ross, the Intern,” his own talk show aptly titled Hello Ross. It’ll cover all things pop culture, which I’ve always been all about. And plus, I absolutely adore Ross Mathews. He’s the cutest thing. So really looking forward to that!
I’m not sure if the network upfront presentations are over or not, but I’m sure some more programs will be on my radar for the summer and fall. And hopefully they all last more than one season!
I use the word “discover” quite liberally as I know I really didn’t discover anything. But if I haven’t smelled it before, it’s new to me, right?
Anyway, I was flipping through the Summer Fashion Issue of Harper’s Bazaar this afternoon. As is customary when I read fashion mags, I take a moment to sniff all the perfume inserts I can. Most of the time they’re entirely too strong for my liking, but I’m still curious enough about them.
TIP: Cut out those inserts and stick them in your sock and underwear drawers. I’ve been doing this for years and love it!
So, I took the 3-4 other samples and cast them aside, while I hung onto the one shining star from this issue, Chloe. It’s described as “a fresh and feminine fragrance with an utterly innate sense of chic.” That’s a lot of talk, but I agree with the “fresh” adjective. It smelled very light to me. I don’t like the heavy and overbearing scents. I don’t even wear perfume spray a lot. I usually stick to perfumed body wash and lotion, like I do with Calvin Klein’s Euphoria. However, I will still add this to my “Wish List” in the unlikely case that there’s a sale at Macy’s or something. You never know!
ETA: When I scored my super fab new handbag, at Marshall’s the other day, I saw a small size of Chloe available near the checkout line for $14.50. Should I take the plunge, it will be there and not Macy’s! Score!
Bare Minerals was the Today’s Special Value all day Saturday (April 20th) and so, Bare Minerals was on air 5 times in a 24 hour period. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I watched 90% of all of those shows too. You don’t know me! Actually, you guys do. Very well. Just search “Bare Minerals” on this blog and you’ll see how much I talk about them.
Anywhoooo, I never buy the major products or TSV sets. There’s always a bunch of stuff I don’t want, and even though they offer killer deals, I still never jump. That didn’t change this weekend. As of this post, I still haven’t bought anything since January’s raiding of my bank account. Actually, it didn’t even do that much damange. I bought a $20 brush set off of QVC and a super discounted 8-color eyeshadow palette for $21 (regularly $40) in my local boutique. See, not bad?
Last month, QVC hosted Bare Minerals for a couple of shows and they premiered a lip product that really caught my attention: double-ended Lip Quickies! The dubbed “Modern Florals” collection contain three bright and vibrant spring colors, 3 more muted colors, and a super cute bag (with an attached mirror). I perked up when they showed it, but I wasn’t at a place where I could splurge, even though the total, with shipping, would only be $33.59.
They showed the Modern Floral Lip Quickies again over the weekend and the price is still the same. Considering one solo Lip Quickie is $19, it’s a great value. I’m now in a position to purchase, but I still haven’t pulled the trigger. Why? (more…)
I’ve been on a nice little run lately, when it comes to winning Twitter contests featuring makeup. I never win anything. Seriously. But I’ve won two contests in the past month, thanks to Milani Cosmetics and Flower Beauty, Drew Barrymore’s new makeup line.
Last week I got my package from Milani, containing 4 of their new Color Statement Lipsticks and one liner. (I’m currently testing them, and a review is on the way. So far, I love them!) A couple of days ago I got Color Play Creme Eyeshadow from Flower Beauty. The packaging was super cute. The shadow was wrapped in pretty pink tissue paper and they even included a letter! Adorable!
I’m going to keep entering contests, but if I don’t win any more, I’ll still think this run was amazing! Just think of how many people are on Twitter!