beautifully noted : lashing out

beautifully noted | lashing out | 1Curl up ladies, because I’m lashing out today about my favorite eyelash curler! As you know I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my daily makeup routine, but I never leave the house without “my face on” and that includes curling my lashes. It’s a quick step to incorporate with eye enhancing results and who doesn’t want to enhance their lashes? Keep reading for more…

beautifully noted | lashing out | 2Among our makeup tools and brushes, I think it’s safe to say each of us have one of these eye popping gadgets. While most eyelash curlers are scary looking metal finger traps, I love the tarte picture perfect eyelash curler. It’s simply the best one I’ve ever used! Never has curling my lashes been easier, thanks to this ergonomically designed eyelash curler. The job gets done with just one good squeeze and the purple grip handles makes for easy use with your index finger and thumb.

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And can I just talk about the all day hold this curler provides?! It’s all thanks to the purple silicone pad, which also makes it simple for me to see that I’m getting all my lashes in the curler since my lashes are dark. I find that the best way to curl lashes is to clamp the lash curler right at the lash line and hold for 5 seconds. Then release the curler from lashes and gently pull away to avoid pulling any out. In need of an extra hold for a special occasion or date night? Heat it up by holding a blow dryer to the curler for a few seconds and repeat the steps above.

beautifully noted | lashing out | 4In order to prevent lash breakage and keep them healthy don’t forget to replace your curler pad. I like to switch mine out about every three months.

beautifully noted | lashing out | 5One last thing… If you’re in the market for a new mascara check out tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. It’s an amazing 4-in-1 mascara that lengthens, curls, conditions and gives that volume we all want. And like most tarte products, it’s vegan friendly and formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, or gluten. Talk about fabu-lash!



austin eats : queso

austin eats | quesoOne thing that I’ve fallen head over heels for since moving to Austin is queso! It’s no exaggeration when I say I could eat this everyday… And since I haven’t mastered my own version of this cheesy goodness, I’m sharing my top five places to grab a chip and dip. From late night cravings to an Austin classic institution, there’s a spot for everyone. Keep reading for more…

austin eats | queso | 2Amazing cheesy goodness!

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Lamberts– I know they are known for BBQ but trust me on the queso!

Tacodeli– As my favorite spot for breakfast tacos sometimes I opt for this cheesy dip instead.

Güero’s Taco Bar– An Austin classic!

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon– It’s hard to pick an ultimate fave but this just might be it! (pictured above)

Magnolia Cafe– For all those after concert late night queso cravings… and I have yet to try all the different variations.

in my pantry : roasted walnut oil

in my pantry | roasted walnut oil

We will be heading to Boston today, but before I leave I wanted to pop in with this month’s edition of in my pantry. My salads have been taken to a new level thanks to Roasted Walnut Oil and I can’t get enough of it. I’ve been playing around with different types of dressings, incorporating this nutty oil from balsamic to mustard seed vinaigrettes. And all thanks to walnuts naturally containing omega-3, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E this oil can be considered a health superstar. Just remember to store it in the refrigerator to prevent it from going bad. Hope you’re having a great start to the day!

up close and personal : little colette

up close and personal  | little coletteThank you all for your patience and understanding from my absence from the blog last week as R and I grieved the loss of our dear furry daughter, Colette. Stepping away was much needed for quality time together remembering our little lady and trying to accept this loss. She was my first ever four legged friend and for the past twelve years brought me nothing but pure joy and happiness. I’m so grateful to have had her in my life as she taught and gave me the gifts of unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship. She will be forever loved and greatly missed… Thanks for all the years Cole.


hello...Hello my dear readers, please excuse my absence for this week. R and I experienced a loss of someone very special to us over the weekend and we are currently just taking it day by day. I will be away for the rest of the week, but will be back on Monday with a full week of posts. Thank you for all your patience and understanding.



links and things

links and things | sunset hikes{sunset hikes}

It’s been a long gloomy and wet week, with more rain predicted throughout the weekend. So needless to say, my time will mostly be spent indoors but, I’m not going to let that keep me from having a couple days of indulgence. I’ll be catching up on a stack of new magazines, watching a movie with R, and making a trip to the flower shop to brighten things up. What is on your agenda? Have a great weekend!

links and things | flaky croissant{flaky croissant}

links and things | beautiful laundry basket{a beautiful laundry basket… makes doing laundry all the better}

Peanut butter taste test.

I’ve got a sweet tooth for these sandwich cookies.

French beauty secrets spilled by Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie.

The Disruptor 50 list.

I’ll have a Campari on the rocks at this bar.

obsessing over : glass terrines

obsessing over | glass terrinesWhen it comes to keeping things organized in the kitchen, I love storing things in clear containers. Not only does it make ingredients easier to find, but it also protects dried goods from moisture. My favorite are these glass terrines, which are perfect for stashing all my dried fruit and nuts. Whether you tuck them in your pantry or display on open shelves, these charming jars are sure to spruce up any corner of your kitchen. What are some of your favorite ways of keeping your pantry organized?

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