Monday Morning Obsessions: Reality Television to Binge this Week.

This weekend was a unique one for us, it was the first weekend in a very long time that my husband had to work through the weekend. He’s a geologist so a working weekend is a real rarity. While I wish he was home and we were able to go do something fun it was a nice opportunity to catch up on all of my trash TV, Reality TV. I fancy myself a reality TV expert, I love it, all of it.

Since I was a kid watching The Real World, I have always loved reality TV. In fact, the first paper I wrote in college was about the history of reality TV. While I love it all there is a few reality TV shows that I am so excited for every week and here they are.

90 Day Fiance

90 Day Fiance

What a gem!! I’m so thankful for the wonderful people at TLC for greenlighting this show. If you have not yet seen, this show follows an American and their foreign partner as they come to America through the K1 Visa. This show is on every Sunday night and needs to be watched. This weekend I did a Q & A with my husband on Instagram during the show and it was so funny! I honestly think this is the best show on TV! Yup, I said it.

Teen Mom 2

MTV’s Teen Mom 2

I’m going to be so honest, I wish I didn’t love this show. It has turned into such a trashy show that and the show now has very little to do with being an actual mom and more to do with inflated egos. There was an episode this season that still has me shook, after a road rage issue Jenelle followed a man to his home where she proceeded to pull her gun on him, all while her 9-year-old son is in the front seat.

TLC Unexpected

If you loved 16 and Pregnant, TLC has a new show called Unexpected, totally worth a watch, it’s so good!

The Real Housewives Of New York

The Real Housewives of New York City

This season was just one exciting thing after another. Honestly, I wish it was like Big Brother and I could have watched the LuAnn saga every day. I am counting down the hours until the reunion this week. I love all the housewives franchises but this is on a whole different level.

Now that RHONY is coming to an end I am so excited to dive all the way into Real Housewives of Dallas. This season is going to be so good because Leeanne Locken is crazy.

Floribama Shore

Floribama Shore Cast

This show. I find all of the characters on this show rather annoying and yet I still tune in every single week. This was MTV’s attempt to duplicate the success of Jersey Shore, nothing will EVER be the Jersey Shore but it is a very good attempt.

Okay, for as much as I love Reality TV there is one show I’ve never been able to watch, The Bachelor. I find the characters boring and its such a time commitment but maybe I need to give it a try. Is there one season of The Bachelor that I should watch that will totally get me hooked?

Happy Watching!



The Best Home Products Purchased On Amazon

The Best Home Products Purchased On Amazon

I love Amazon, I mean, honestly who doesn’t? 2-day shipping on basically everything, great prices and super convenient. I love online shopping so Amazon is a great friend of mine.

Earlier this year we were getting ready to put our home in Birmingham on the market before our move back to California and I needed a few decorative things fast so I turned to my trusted old friend, Amazon. I was able to give my home a few of the cute things it needed and the house sold in the first week, HALLELUJAH!

I have purchased so many home products from Amazon this year that it was super tough to pick my favorites but here we go.

AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheet Set

Queen Sheet Set

I just added these to our bed in our guest bedroom and they are great. I go a bit overboard on sheets because I love a really nice set and this is for sure the nicest set I have ever seen under $50 and even better they are only $19.99.

Ojia Decorative Plush Mongolian Faux Fur Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Case

Faux Fur Throw Pillow

I never have had just a plain white comforter so when I added the new duvet to my bed I immediately thought it needed color and a little bit of texture and that’s exactly what I got with this pillowcase. Its so cute, my husband doesn’t understand it but I love it.

AUSHEN Desk Lamp, Rose Gold Lamp,Metal Table Lamp with Fabric Shades

Rose Gold Lamp

I was specifically looking for a rose gold lamp to add to my room and everything I was finding was super expensive so where did I turn, Amazon, duh! Super happy with this purchase but you have to use a LED bulb or else it gets too warm.

Rizzy Home Solid Velvet with Self Flange Decorative Pillow, 18 by 18-Inch, Light Purple

Velvet Pillow

This says light purple but I would say this is much more of a grey then a light purple. This helped complete my bed look; love the light neutrals with the white duvet. Also, the rivets around the edge are so cute!

Bamboo Cheese Board with Cutlery Set, Charcuterie Platter with Slide-out Drawer with 4 Stainless Steel/Bamboo Knives Server Set.

Charcuterie Board

I love like love love a charcuterie board. Sometimes for dinner, we will buy some fancy cheeses and drink wine and pretend its healthy. I have a few charcuterie boards but this is the only one with the server set included within the board which is kind of a fun touch.

KingLinen White Down Alternative Comforter Duvet Insert King

This was absolutely a convenience purchase that I just fell in love with. I needed a new duvet insert and had no time to venture to purchase one so during my work day I bought off Amazon for next day delivery and could not be more pleased with the quality of this duvet insert.

Thirstystone Round White Marble/Gold Edged Coasters (Set of 4), Multicolor

Marble Coasters

I love decorating with rock items, I mean a geologist does live with me after all. These are super cute and really go with my southwest theme in my living room, I really hope this white rock trend never goes away.

Now Designs Bamboo Utensils, Set of 5, Multi-Color

Rainbow Kitchen Utensils

How cute are these?! I had plain all black utensils and wanted to upgrade, bought these and couldn’t be happier with the fun colors they bring to my kitchen.

I trust Amazon for a lot but really wasn’t so sure about buying clothes from Amazon until recently. Thanks to my new favorite blogger, Katy Roach, my mind has completely changed on Amazon clothing purchases. I have bought so many cute items this summer and I can’t wait to do a blog post on those items. If you aren’t following Katy, do yourself a favor and go on over to her blog and give it a read, so many great Amazon finds!

What are your favorite Amazon Prime purchases? I would love to talk to someone that does a majority of their grocery shopping on Amazon Prime because Amazon Grocery really intrigues me.

Easy Everyday Makeup Routine and Products

Easy Everyday Makeup Routine and Products

I have finally come to a place in my makeup routine where I have a few beauty products that I use every day, I think I have perfected my everyday beauty routine. If I want a more glam look or maybe a more polished look for a meeting I’m going to, I will alter a bit but for the most part, I like sticking to the basics that work best for me. I have dry sensitive skin so I am very particular with what I put on my face both for skin care as well as makeup.

Summer Makeup Must Haves

This post is in order of application:

Primer: After I complete my skincare routine (that’s a whole different post coming soon) I always start my makeup routine with NYX Professional Makeup Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray I realize its a setting spray and not a primer but it really does wonders when applied first. It helps my foundation stay on my face all day even in this extreme heat we have been facing here in Palm Springs.

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup this stuff is legit magic. I have seen this foundation on social media for years and finally decided to purchase and was blown away. I have a hard time finding makeup for my dry skin that can also stand the heat of Palm Springs and this one does it all. I really love this product because a little goes a long way. I put one small dot on my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and just press it into my skin and seriously FLAWLESS. This is a full coverage foundation but it really does feel so nice and lightweight.

Setting Powder: Sephora Collection – MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder if you have dry, patchy skin this powder is a necessity! In 2016, I had my make up done in San Francisco for a wedding and the makeup artist used this and I was blown away. It is light and perfect. A little of this product goes a long way! One compact will last approximately 6 months, super economic.

Bronzer: Then I quickly use a matte bronzer just to warm up my face a bit. I find most matte bronzers to be chalky and a weird consistency but have had great luck with the Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, I’ve used this in the past and have always loved it and last week I found it at TJ Maxx for $3.99!!!! legit, what a steal. I apply this to under my cheekbones and the top of my forehead, I have a huge forehead and this helps to minimize the appearance of my extra large forehead.

Blush: On a recent Ulta haul I bought the Morphe Blushing Babes Blush Trio this collection is $12 and it’s so rich in color. That price point for beautiful, perfect blush is mind-blowing! I buy the pop of pink pack and its the perfect trio of blushes for my fair skin.

Highlighter: I’m super weird about highlighter, in that I have lots of opinions. I stay far away from highlighters with a white undertone, these look fine until you see a picture of yourself the next day and completely regret the bright white highlighter. I generally go with a yellow undertone as this looks the best with my skin tone and honestly photographs best. When it comes to highlighter I’m a bit of a hoarder. My current favorite is a combination. I take Milk Makeup Highlighter and rub the product on the back of my hand to warm it up then I take the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and apply it to the spots on my face I want to be highlighted. I normally do my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and a few light dabs on my chin. Then I lightly apply Jouer Powder Highlighter on top and it makes the most beautiful highlight.

Sidenote: I used the Beauty Blender for ages but one day I was looking for a cheaper alternative and purchased the real techniques version and will never ever go back. I’m obsessed. Its so good and legit a quarter the costs of the beauty blender.

Eyebrows: I have naturally very thin eyebrows so the obsession with dark, thick eyebrows will never work on me. I line the top of my eyebrows and softly fill in my eyebrows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil and am good to go. This product is the best, I’ve had the pencil for over a year and it still has plenty of product left.

Eyeliner: In an effort to make my eyes look a splash bigger than they actually are, I take the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the color desperation and very softly line the top lash line. I don’t personally like black eyeliner if feels too drastic on my eyes.

Mascara: If you follow me on Instagram, if you don’t follow me here, anyways I am constantly talking about one thing and that is my love for L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, I wear the color Blackest Black in the waterproof version. It’s the holy grail of mascara, seriously. It makes my eyelashes look more voluminous and longer than ever before. I curl my eyelashes then heavily layer this mascara on its so good.

Lips:  I am OBSESSED with lip products but the everyday look I talked about on an earlier blog post that can be found hereMonday Morning Obsessions: The Perfect Summer Nude Lip

I love makeup and am always searching for new products, spending hours in Ulta or Sephora testing out every new product sounds like the perfect Saturday to me. I read a lot about new products and always try to stay up to date on new releases but on top of that my best friend works in the beauty industry and she is constantly giving me new products that I usually fall in love with. Luckily, we have very different skin tones so she always saves all the fair shades for me, she keeps my make up vanity FULL!

What are some holy grail products that you can’t live without? I love new products and I am sure my husband loves when I add to my makeup collection.







Monday Morning Obsessions: The Perfect Summer Nude Lip

Monday Morning Obsessions: The Perfect Summer Nude Lip

I love lipstick. Actually, I love all lip products; matte lipstick, natural lipstick, lipgloss, nude lipstick, glitter lipstick, bold lipstick, you name it and I love it. To be completely honest, I am a bit embarrassed by my lipstick collection, it’s excessive.

My favorite girl, Rhinanna, once said this about her favorite beauty product, “Lipstick. It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid–they won’t notice when you’re not.”

Nude Summer Lipstick Products

Let me tell you that quote has stuck by me because boy do I believe it. Lipstick can take a mascara only day into a fully polished look. I love all lipstick looks but this summer I have my favorite everyday, nude lip look. This look is created by three tried and true products that once they are layered together make a long lasting, high shine nude lip.

To achieve this look I start with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in the color whipped caviar, I line my lips with this liner then I fill in my lips completely with this lip liner. Once that is done I take NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick and layer that on top of my already lined lips. Once that is on I wait a complete minute to allow that to dry on my lips, this minute of waiting is super important for long lasting lips. Once the product is dry I then apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in the color Vintage over my lips. This product is amazing, it’s like nothing I’ve ever used. Its super high shine and long-lasting. $16 for a lip gloss might seem a bit crazy, but it’s SO WORTH IT!

My skin tone is pretty light, even in summer, but this color trio looks great on a variety of skin tones from fair to deep skin tones.

This is my everyday look but when it comes to a night out or a more high glam opportunity I live for a bold lip, I can’t wait to write about my favorite bold lip products. I HAVE A LOT OF FAVORITES! What are your favorite lip products? I am always looking to expand my ridiculous collection!

Happy Monday!




Best Movies about summer to watch this summer

Best Movies about summer to watch this summer

The dog days of summer have hit us hard and fast here in Palm Springs. We are getting to that point in summer where the only portion of the pool you would like to be in is the portion covered in shade, its hot. If you have never experienced a summer in the desert, it really is an experience like nothing else.

In these extreme heat days sometimes all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch one of my favorite movies with a diet coke in hand. The only thing better than that is going to a movie theatre where the Air Conditioning is up all the way and you don’t have to worry about the Air Conditioning bill. Side Note: Worrying about the price of our electricity bill makes me feel very old.

This list is all of my favorite summer movies made in my lifetime. Hopefully this list will take you back to a very specific memory of watching movies with your best friends during summer break, I know it does for me.

Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

Maybe its all my years as a summer camp caunselor in New England but this hilarious movie feels so real. If you have ever spent a summer at a summer camp and want to know what is going on with the counselors this is a great place to start. Netflix also released a prequel series but I think the movie is the real star worth watching.

Where to watch: Netflix

Summer Catch

Summer Catch

Um, hello Freddie Prinze Jr and Jessica Biel my two absolute favorites from the late 90’s early 2000’s. Who doesn’t a love story about two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks?

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Now and Then
Now and Then

This coming of age film about four friends and the stories that made them into the women they are today. I love how this movie cuts back anf forth to give great perspective on each characters evolution. My favorite scene will always be Teeny explaining how she stuffed her bra with pudding.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

Is the story of a pair of jeans that fits each girl in the friend group realistic? Absolutely not. But this cute movie about four friends all experiencing the trials of being a teenage girl is absolutely worth a watch. This may be a controversial statement but I think I enjoy the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 just as much as the first one.

Where to watch: amazon prime video

American Pie 2

American Pie 2

Technically this is the only American Pie all about summer, but the whole triology has lots of summer vibes. This comedy is about the first summer back from college and how these rowdy boys have “matured”. This movie is best accompanied by lots of miller lites.

Where to watch: Netflix


The Sandlot

This cult classic came out 25 years ago and is more popular than ever. This movie makes every person feel nostalgic for their childhood even if its a childhood you did not have. I need to watch this movie with my nephew, hes the perfect age to fall in love with this movie.

Where to watch: HBO Now

Independence Day

Independence Day

Honestly Will Smith as an action hero never gets old to me, like ever at all. What says summer american blockbuster more than action movie based around America’s Independence starring the Fresh Prince. It sounds silly but it really is a must watch.

Where to watch: Starz

The Parent Trap

Parent Trap

Seriously, what happened to that sweet little Lindsay Lohan who had a horrible english accent but was so cute no one seemed to mind. I love the original Parent Trap with Hayley Mills but as far as remakes go its not half bad.

Where to watch: Prime Video

Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious

I have a very unhealthy obsession with the entire Fast & Furious series but the first one will always be my favorite because the storyline in the movie actually seems realistic. Next time you watch Fast and Furious pay close attention to how Vin Diesel drinks a corona, that in no way seems realistic

Where to watch: Netflix

Blue Crush
Blue Crush

This movie always makes me wish I was sitting on the beach in Hawaii with my best girl friends. Yes there are some romantic aspects but the real theme of the movie is how strong friendships are. DId I want to become a bad ass surfer after this movie? duh!!

Where to watch: Netflix

Which is your absolute favorite summer movie? I am sure I could easily add 500 great summer movies to this list.