Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Best Bachelorette Weekend Ever....Seriously Though

I am headed to Cleveland tomorrow morning, so first I have to say, Go Rattlers!!!  I can't believe C and his team have made it to the Arena Bowl yet again.  The game will be broadcast on Saturday night (8pm Eastern) if anyone wants to check it out.  It should be a REALLY good game!

Anywho....this past weekend was my Bachelorette party! We planned on going to Sedona (Northern Arizona) to spend the weekend doing wine tastings.  I was told to bring white flip flops, a white cross body purse and a cute white dress for going out.  We left friday afternoon after lunch.


Two of the girls picked me up and we all piled in her small SUV and left to pick up the fourth girl. One other would be meeting us there.  When we got to her house, they gave me a cute little gift bag with a poem.  Also inside were these:


Yep, they tricked me.  We weren't going wine tasting at all.....we were going to Disneyland!

I honestly couldn't believe it...though now it made more sense as to why we were leaving so early!

When we arrived at the hotel, the room was decorated by the fifth girl, my best friend, who lives in San Diego.  It was soooooo adorable!  She had little gift bags for each girl set up as well as snack packs for the park the next day.


That's the bridesmaid who couldn't make it :)
 In my gift bag, I found a cute little backpack for the park, a "night of" kit for going out dancing and a "day after" kit for any hangover symptoms before we hit the park, a little white veil to wear out that night and white leggings.  Why white leggings you ask?  I asked the same question.

It was because not only were we going to Disneyland, we were all going to be sporting the cutest tutu's ever while at the park! Ahhhh!!!!  I'm pretty sure this Bachelorette party couldn't have been more right on and fit for me.

"Booping" everyone on the head while we got ready with my fancy wand!

That night we headed out to the only club around, the girls in black and me in white (with my new mini veil).  It lasted about a whopping two hours before we all decided we were bored and headed back to the hotel to rest up for Disney the next day.  Yeah, I am definitely not the partying type!


After the heat and stupid smoke/dry ice machine got us in the club...FLAT hair!
This is 100% posed and probably the most rebellious/inappropriate thing we did the whole trip
Disney was absolutely awesome.  People loved our outfits and it was so fun to get congratulations from complete strangers.  There were even a couple of people that stopped us to take a picture so they could show someone else back home!





Screaming bloody murder (not faking it) while they point out I'm getting married....I dislike steep drops!
Hearts and showing off my ring :)
Cutest ever!

Finally leaving the park at the end of the day....dead tired!
Before
After
We stayed at the park until it closed and then dropped into bed when we got back.  The next day we got up early (for me) and headed back to Phoenix.

It was a short but incredible weekend, one that I will never forget!  I am so grateful that my friends really know me and planned something that I would love!  I can't tell you how glad I am that I didn't have any of the "traditional" bachelorette party items!

Next up......my wedding!  18 days and counting!!  Eeeek!!!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Bon's Book Club - In Cold Blood




This month’s (ok last months….) book for Bon’s Book Club was In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.  This is another book that has been adapted into a movie.  This book also, interestingly enough, is considered the first ever nonfiction novel.  The book reads like a novel, but all of the facts are historically true. Here is the description of the book from Amazon:


“On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.”

I can’t say I really liked this book.  Actually, about halfway through I almost quit.  Which I NEVER do.  I was seriously thinking about it but I googled the book and decided to push forward based on other peoples comments.  That's why this review is so late too....sorry guys.
 
I think the thing I disliked most about this book was the author’s tendency to include too much information.  He would go into extreme detail about things that to me, weren’t very important.  I skimmed several parts in the book after the first section.

I do think it is cool that this book was the first ever non-fiction narrative.  The story is completely true and Capote learned so much about the crime and each of the men that he wrote the book like a story book.  It was pretty neat. I am definitely going to have to go back and watch the movie again.

Overall I’m glad I took the time to read this book as it has a pretty cool history, but it’s not on the top of my list to suggest to others unless they have some free time and really love descriptive and over indulgent writing.


Next up for Bon’s Book Club is Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Calahan.  At first I wasn’t really looking forward to reading this and almost decided not to purchase and take part this month.  I ended up changing my mind and I am glad I did.  I’m only a few pages in but I am totally intrigued!! 

Have you read In Cold Blood? What are your thoughts?

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Boxy Charm Review - August

Boxy Charm time!

But first.....I leave for my surprise Bachelorette weekend later today!  Eeek!!!

Alright back to business.

This box is $21.00 a month with free shipping and is a “beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Each box contains full size and luxury size beauty samples from preferred well-known brands.” They aim to cover a whole look from makeup to nails, which I really like. 

The theme is “Beach Babe” which isn’t totally portrayed by the products.  It may as well be “Pretty girl” which would fit just as well. Womp womp.

Here is the August Boxy Charm! 

           1)      Enter Pronoun Blowtorch Bronzer   10 g. (FULL SIZE)
            Ok I’ve got something to admit…I have no idea what to do with a bronzer.  This stuff looks 
            really dark to me too, I would make a mess of myself!  Can we talk about the brand name   
            real fast?  At first when I read the beauty card I thought they forgot to enter the name of the  
            brand and that was their place holder!
Full Size: $35.00 My Value: $35.00

           2)      Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in “Floriculture” – 3.5 g.  (FULL SIZE)
I realized after I took all of my photos that I didn’t actually open anything up so you could see the color. Whoops.  This would best be described as almost a maroon lipstick.  In other words, no thanks.
Full Size: $22.00 My Value: $22.00

3)   ModelCo Cheek & Lip Tint in “Rosy Red” – .33 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
I’ve already gotten this stuff from a beauty box and I didn’t really like it.  It turned my finger totally pink and it was just too much of a hassle to use.  The color didn’t last very long either; it wore off in patches on my lips.
Full Size: $22.00 My Value: $22.00

4)   Morphe Brushes Powder Brush  – (FULL SIZE)
I don’t have much to say about this, it’s just another makeup brush. All I can tell you is I would never pay full price for this.
Full Size: $19.99 My Value: $19.99

5)   OFRA Cosmetics Lip Liner in “Silk” – .04 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Another lip liner in some neutral shade. The end.
Full Size: $13.00 My Value: $13.00

Final Cost: $21.00
Final Value: $111.99

Well this looks like a fantastic value, but as always I think that is more due to really high prices of the items.  <------- same sentence I used last month, still true.

I don’t think I will really get use out of any of these products, which stinks.

I wonder if I am just coming to the end of the road on beauty boxes?  I feel like I am always getting the same dang thing.  Is it because I’ve received them for so long and its no longer exciting to me, or because they really are getting boring with the products they send?

If you’d like to get Boxy Charm, you can sign up here!

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Engagement Pics...Part Two

 I thought I would share some more pictures today. Some of these show our more silly side, which I love!
 











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Monday, August 11, 2014

Winning!

Well guys, it happened, C and the Rattlers won their last playoff game and are now headed to the Arena Bowl.....for the third straight year!


The team in the other division that had a better record than us also won......so it looks like I am headed to Cleveland next week!

A fan captured our kiss after the game.....way blurry though!
 It's not like I have a wedding or anything two weeks after that :/  Oh man, I don't think I could stack anything else on my plate right now! 

It's ok though.  I love that the team gets the chance to play for the title again, I would follow C anywhere to watch him play!
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Starbox Review - July

Starbox time!  

If you don’t remember, Starbox is a monthly beauty box that is $15 a month (plus a few dollars S&H) and comes with 3-4 FULL SIZED products each time.  No tiny lotion samples!
The website says the makeup line is comparable to MAC, Chanel, Sephora and other department store lines.  It also says that the value of each monthly box ranges from $35.00 to $99.00.

I am only one or two months away from cancelling this box.  I just don’t love it as much as I used to, so it’s on probation right now. I will likely wait to make up my mind until after their quarterly gift, which I believe comes next month.

The theme of this box is “Nylon Pink” which I know nothing about. After some googling, I found out that they are the only Asian-American all girl rock band in the US.  So…..they are picking my make up this month?

Here it is….the July Starbox!  

       
           1)     Starlooks Eye Pencil in “Blue Chill” -  .08 oz  (FULL SIZE)
I guess if I wore eye liner pencils this would be a decent item. The blue color is pretty. It’s not too crazy bright, but you can tell it is definitely a blue. Alas, I don’t use eyeliner pencils though.
Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

           2)    Starlooks Eye Shadow in “Traffic Yellow”– .11 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            I’m sorry but what?  How many people would ever use yellow shadow that often?   
            Traffic Yellow sounds so far from appealing to me.  I definitely won’t be using this.   
            It’s not even a pretty gold tone, its dirty yellow. Boo.
           Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

           3)    Starlooks Tender Gloss in “Pooh Bear”  – .13 oz. (FULL SIZE)
When I read the name of this lipstick I was instantly afraid to open it.  I KNEW I wouldn’t like it.  I mean, Pooh is yellow and the only other color to him is his bright red shirt.  Imagine my surprise when the lipstick was neither of those, but still ugly.  Only certain people can get away with electric orange lips and I am not one of them.  Another fail.
            Full Size: $13.00 My Value: $13.00

           4)    Starlooks Lip Pencil in “Tipsy”  – .08 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I think this is the only thing in the box that a normal makeup user might wear.  It’s just a pinkish nude lip pencil, nothing new.  Too bad I don’t use lip pencils either!
           Full Size: $13.00 My Value: $13.00

Final Cost: $17.58
Final Value: $45.00

Whelp, this whole box was a waste of $17.58 for me.  What a bummer. The idea was fun, but the company didn’t even come close to playing it safe. I am pretty sure majority of their subscribers aren’t ones to wear makeup like this.

Funny thing, last month I said I thought this box was running out of original things, it just seemed to be the same old boring stuff.  Guess I got what I asked for right?!?  Haha oh man.

What do you think?

If you’d like to try Starbox you can sign up here!

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)

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