11 Beauty Essentials: Sarah Spills Her Bag

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We refresh our wardrobes, closets and home decor when the seasons change but do we do the same with our make up bags? I know I have found myself digging into my makeup bag to find old products that I probably should have thrown away years ago. Let’s face it, that year-old concealer tube at the bottom of your bag, covered in last Halloween’s gaudy eye shadow is probably not the healthiest for your skin and most likely deserves to be tossed. So this season I did a bit of a refresh: I purged a bunch of products to make room for bright shiny new ones. It was so worth it!!

Anyone else out there feel like a kid in a candy store when you enter through the glorious doors of Sephora? I know I do! As a makeup junkie, I love testing new products and always leave the store with way more then planned—plus those travel sized products in the checkout line get me every time. Because of that, I usually order most of my beauty products online, but one thing I don’t trust the internet to do is match a foundation shade to my skin.  And when summer fades to fall, so does my tan so updating my foundation color is an absolute must.  Sephora’s Color IQ service identifies your skin tone and then pinpoints your foundation match from 1,500 formulas…magical, right?  I totally recommend heading into the store for this service—it is pretty dead on. (more…)

What’s for Lunch- Mason Jar Salads

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Every day we find ourselves asking the same question…what to pack for lunch?? Whether you plan it the night before or make it in the morning, there just never seems to be enough time. To add to the stress of it all, we have to pack for our husbands and one day kids too?! Ahhh! Most of the time we find ourselves giving up the battle and just grabbing something close to work, not knowing the real nutritional value and content, and of course spending a fortune. As people say, “the struggle is real.”

To help with that struggle we teamed up with nutrition expert and a personal friend of ours to help us find a healthy and pocket friendly routine for our busy lives. And the answer to what’s for lunch?

Mason Jar Salads!! (more…)

Pumpkin Decorating + Boozy Milkshakes

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Halloween has long been a favorite holiday of ours. Dressing up in costume mixed with unlimited amounts of candy and favorable weather are a few of the things that get us excited about this time of year.  Since we already have our costumes picked out and ready to go, the only thing missing were the pumpkins!  So we threw together a little pumpkin decorating party at Natasha’s house where we made a boozy milkshake and put your creativity to the test. There are so many options when it comes to pumpkin decorating, whether it be carving, painting, using glitter and ribbons or even adding funky accessories to dress them up, the options are really endless.  There is no wrong way to decorate a pumpkin, sometimes they turn out silly and other times they turn out to be a work of art but all that really matters in the end is that you enjoy the process. (more…)

From the Farmer’s Dish and Giveaway

IMG_4775Signing up for our weekly delivery from From the Farmer has been such an amazing experience. Of course it’s so nice to have fresh, local food sent directly to our door step, but it’s also a huge time saver during our busy work week. No more rushing in and out of the grocery store for fresh fruit and veggies. I always forget my shopping list when I go anyway.

One of the challenges can be deciding what new creation to make with all the delicious goodies at hand. This week our box contained mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, spinach and kale. My first thought was to make one of my favorite dishes… pasta. I’ve blogged about this before too (you can click here for that recipe), but it’s fun to find new ways to eat it! We used these fresh ingredients to make a chunky sauce to top those scrumptious noodles.

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Halloween Costume Ideas 2014

halloween-fashionAre you one to have your Halloween Costume planned out 6 months in advance or that guy, scrambling around the morning of pulling something together out of your own closet then picking up cat ears at your local party city?

Whichever Halloween fashionista lover you may be, we wanted to help and share our own Halloween Costume ideas for 2014. Each of us put together costume picks and inspiration boards to inspire you this Halloween!

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A Trip Down 95 to RVA

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My husband and I took a trip down 95 to RVA to met up with some old college friends for the weekend. That, coupled with the fall weather, had me reminiscing about those care free days when I would throw on a college hoody, skinny jeans and a pair of Uggz. Yes, I know how cliché that is and I’m not going to lie…I still own a pair and still wear those Uggz when I walkthe fur-baby below 30 degrees. Don’t judge.

Well as I mentioned, the overcast skies, scattered showers and brisk, cool weather in Richmond made for perfect cozy, sweater weather. My favorite go to in the fall now is a silk or denim button down shirt layered under a chunky knit sweater. This simple combo creates an effortless element to any fall look and if the weather brings a surprise warm up, you just shed a layer! I added my new joie crepe joggers to complete the look which was perfect since they are incredibly comfortable and perfect for weekends like this.

We were sad to say goodbye to our RVA friends after such a relaxing weekend and, although it had me feeling nostalgic about college, I’m glad to say my style has evolved some over the years. How about you? Do you have any favorite fall staples, new or old,that you love?

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Fall ’14–Fashion or Fail?

KIM KARDASHIAN GOES SHOPPING ON RODEO DRIVE

Do you guys remember a few years ago, when everybody—no, literally everybody—was rocking the Juicy Couture velour tracksuit? You know what I’m talking about? The one with “JUICY” emblazoned on the backside? That is, if you were “hip” enough to grab the original. Later the trend came to encompass bottoms that advertised “PINK,” “RUTGERS,” “ED HARDY” or assorted other brands on the asses of America.  (more…)

Fighting Breast Cancer with Sylene

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 Did you know that 1 in 8 women living in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime?  Scary statistic, right?  We have made so many strides in the fight against breast cancer but we have not won the battle yet.  There is still a long way to go with fundraising for research and new treatments that we must do before we can cure this deadly disease for good.  The good new is that there are so many ways that each and every one of us can do our part to help.

In our search to help and to get the word out to our readers, we approached our favorite local lingerie and swimwear shop, Sylene, to find out how they do their part to help fund the Breast Cancer battle.  Cyla and Helen, the sisters behind the Chevy Chase based luxury lingerie store, were extremely welcoming when we came in and toured the store. It was just as if we had just entered one of their homes. They take such great pride in their store (which has been in business for an astounding 39 years!), it’s easy to see that every piece of merchandise has been meticulously selected with their customers in mind.

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They may carry the most luxurious lingerie and sultry swimwear in the DC area, but their main focus is on the fit.  After many years in business they have discovered that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra! Crazy right?? Cyla, Helen and their talented staff have been working hard to change this statistic and are beyond helpful finding bras that will fit you both beautifully and correctly. (more…)

Boot Day

boot dayIt’s coming up on one of my favorite days of the year… this day is honestly like a holiday to me and, I suspect, other fashionistas. The problem is, it takes a bit of concentration and (I’m not gonna beat around the bush here because I know that you, dear readers, will understand) psychic ability to discern the exact date. It’s not on any calendar I have and it varies depending on what city (or country) I’m living in, but it like the sun rising each morning it arrives every year.

You know how every year, late Indian summer gently turns to early fall. The leaves slowly turn reddish and gold and the morning dog walk has that crispness – a tiny shiver before walking into the sunshine. You briefly consider putting on that cute bomber jacket you just bought, but then it’s only a short walk and your neighbors are sort of scrubs, anyway. You make a mental note: this weekend, it is time.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Because you (and I) are not the only ones with this original thought. That weekend, at brunch or shopping at the farmer’s market or out whimsically apple picking with your husband, you and every other woman age 20-40 has magically received the same signal like a beam from on high:

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