Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bluegrass Charm

Earlier in the year, I was sent a couple of products from an adorable company called Bluegrass Charm. Based in Kentucky, this shop has all of your monogrammed needs and is super precious! Best part about it? The quality of the goods are great and the prices won't break the bank! Win win!

This post is long overdue, but I wanted  to give you a peek at what they sent me because everything is adorable and better late than never I suppose!

Firstly, they sent me two keychains (both are adorable). The first one is an Alpha Phi embroidered key chain. I had a keychain like this my freshman year and I used it until it fell apart, so I was beyond excited to see this in my package. The colors are gorgeous and it hasn't really gotten dirty at all.

The second keychain is a plastic circle with the BC logo on it and a cute grey and white chevron ribbon tied at the top. This one is also great quality and has resisted chipping as well as fraying. Love both of these! 
Next thing in the package was a coozie with the brand logo in glitter and oh my gosh the amount of times I have used this? I couldn't even tell you. I love this coozie. I have a lot of coozies and let me tell you this one is great. And of course I love the glitter detailing. 
Also inside were two monogram decals. The quality of these is really nice and the lettering is very crisp and precise. I haven't used them yet because I'm sure of what I want to put them on. Do you have any suggestions? You can order these from their Etsy page here.

Along with these goodies, I was also sent a Logo Tee with my monogram on the front, all printed in gold glitter, and a black and white chevron infinity scarf with my monogram embroidered in red. Unfortunately, both of these are still at school so I won't be able to show you these until August, but once I'm back I'll absolutely show you those as well!

Current'y, Bluegrass Charm's Shop Envy page is under construction, but their Etsy, Tumblr, and website are all up and running! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bachelorette Calorie Burner

This summer, my family has adopted quite a bit of a healthy lifestyle. It wasn't something I planned on doing, but it's been a lot easier than I expected. (It probably doesn't hurt that my mom does the food shopping and cooking.) 

Aside from eating better, as a family we're trying to be more active too. So I put together a workout for our favorite Monday night program, The Bachelorette. I know it's a little late in the season, but better late than ever!

Have you been watching The Bachelorette? Who are you rooting for?
Hope your Monday was super romantic!

One Direction: Our Moment

I've said it once and I'll say it forever; I love One Direction. When I first heard that the boys were releasing a fragrance I immediately put it on my Christmas list. My family, being the wonderful people that they are, got me not only the perfume for Christmas, but the whole gift set which includes a body lotion and shower gel. When I went back to school I didn't take the set with me, afraid that it might get jostled or busted up through the traveling, so I have only just been using the set since mid May. And oh boy. I love this stuff.
Well firstly, the packaging is gorgeous. The gift box has all five of the gorgeous guys on it, so duh I love it. But the inside is super sturdy and I've been keeping everything inside the box even as I've been using it. It's been keeping out the dust and keeping all the products together has reminded me to use them together. (Full disclosure; I haven't used the shower gel yet because I share a shower and don't want anyone else to use it up on me!) 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Like To Be Bad

Okay, so this might be crazy but I used to hate wearing nail polish. I used to be constantly aware of it on my fingers and I thought I could feel the added weight on my hands; like I said, crazy. Well, I when I went off to college I decided that I wanted to love it and after painting my nails time and time again I have reached the point where I hate having unpainted nails.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago my aunt and I went for pedicures and she'd picked up a couple of Essie polishes and gave me this one; #798 Like To Be Bad.
This color is a little sheer and I've been using three to four coats to achieve the really opaque look, but it is seriously the most lovely baby pink color. In the bottle it appears to be very shimmery but once applied the pink glitz really blends out. I would consider this to be a a pretty flat and neutral color, but I am truly in love. I can already tell that this is going to be a repurchase. No chipping for days and pretty for every season. Neutral, but still adds a subtle pop of color! Totally my color for summer.
What are some of your favorite polishes? Any that you've been absolutely loving for summer? Let me know!

Happy Sunday and best wishes for the week ahead!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Currently Listening To: June 2014

So this month I've been jamming to both new artists and some old personal favorites alike. There is just so much good music out there and I've been eating it up! Here are eight of my favorites for the month of June! You can listen to the playlist on Spotify under the cut below!

Even though I'm absolutely going to be doing a post reviewing Ed Sheeran's new album next week, I just had to include something in here! What have you guys been listening to this month?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Homemade French Macarons

For months now I've been dying to try my hands at some homemade French Macaron cookies. Some of my family came out to spend the day for Father's Day and my aunt suggested that we give it a shot. After heading to our local grocery store to pick up some ingredients we got to work in the kitchen.

I've been watching Byron Talbott's YouTube videos for a while and have been really wanting to try one of his recipes, so after clicking around on his website for a little bit I decided to base my cookies off of Byron's Salted Caramel Macaron recipe. I even went ahead and followed his instructions for making homemade caramel filling from a can of sweetened condensed milk, and guess what! It totally worked! We also used some seedless jams and peanut butter to fill the other cookies too!

Following his instructions, this really wasn't too tough to do! There is quite a bit of patience required when making these cookies; having to whip the egg whites into a meringue, letting the batter dry for 15 minutes prior to baking, cooking in the oven for at least 10 (depending on your oven), and the thirty minutes of cooling time before you can fill them but wow these cookies were so worth it!

I'm thinking some red, white, and blue ones for the Fourth of July!
Hope everyone had a nice Father's Day!