by Heather

Winter Makeup

December 17, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather

Winter Makeup Routine

Makeup is a never-ending fascination for me. I love playing with new products and continuing to find what works for me in a certain season of my life. I’ve recently overhauled my makeup bag for the winter months with some new finds and I had to share them with you since I’ve changed it up since my SUMMER ROUTINE I filled you in on. These are fabulous products that I feel good about wearing whether to a party or to my workout (just pairing different products or paring down as needed).

Here’s my Winter Makeup Favorites:

COVERFX Total Cover Cream Foundation: This creamy SPF 30 buildable coverage makes my skin happy in the winter when it feels a little dried out.  I love the easy swipe on application that I can put on at red lights on the way to work as well since it’s so tidy and won’t make a mess. My shade is G40 when I’m winter pale.

e.l.f. blush in Pink Passion: I’ve recently become an e.l.f. junkie. I already have two shades of their blush and just added an eyeshadow to my arsenal. You can find them online via the link or at Target! I LOVE how cheap all their stuff is and they usually have dupes for more expensive brands like Nars Orgasm blush or Mac, etc.

L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: I have never really found a BB cream I loved before this one. I like this as a quick, no fuss product when I’m running out of the house on the weekend and don’t want to put on a ton of makeup for a workout. I just got this from a friend for my birthday and I use it either underneath my foundation to smooth out and correct my skin first or by itself as I mentioned earlier. I love that it color matches to your skin tone.

COVER FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment: This is another great option to use as a base before your foundation. This primer helps control your oiliness and helps treat breakouts. The wow factor for this product? It minimizes the look of fine lines and pores! It also feels very silky and smooth going on.

COVER FX Blemish Treatment Primer: The blemish treatment primer preps blemishes for coverage by creating a smooth surface for flawless makeup application and longer lasting coverage. You can put this on after moisturizing to help prepare any bumps you have for better coverage.

Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner: I hop around looking for different eyeliners A LOT! My drugstore favorites are Revlon Colorstay and Milani’s liquid pencil, but I splurged on this one to find out what the raving was about. I’ve decided this one doesn’t work well for my sensitive skin on the inner rim of my eyes but I like it for a thicker, upper lash line. It’s soft, infused with clay, goes on smoothly and stays on all day…which is very important to me with long days at the office followed up by Pure Barre classes.

COVERFX Makeup-Winter makeup routineAs you can tell, I’ve really become a COVERFX girl lately. I really like their products a lot and am going to have to get some more mineral foundation because this girl is OUT. It’s a must have for me.

Now that you know my winter makeup favorites, what are yours?!

*Thanks to Magen Davis Photography for these shots!

by Heather

Graduation

December 14, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

Saturday marked the end of an era in my husband and I’s life and the beginning of a new chapter. Eric graduated with his Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Adult Acute Care at UAB. It has been a long 4 years in the making where he quit his job as an accountant at KPMG to start pre-requisite classes for the Accelerated Master’s Program. Two years worth of nursing school was condensed in 1 year and then he started clinicals. Many months he would work 21 days in a row, 2 days off, 19 days in a row, 1 day off because he was working full-time as a nurse in the neuro ICU and managing his clinicals. Eric has worked night shift, day shift, weekends, holidays, and it was a constant reminder of how grateful I am for so many health care professionals who work so hard day in and night out.

There was a span of about a year where we lived on 1 income, and penny pinched and scraped and saved. Eric got many scholarships, worked his butt off, and budgeted so he could graduate with no debt. It was an incredible team effort that I have been honored to be a part of. We have both worked harder than we ever have in our lives over the past few years and it was such a fabulous long weekend to celebrate this monumentous goal. To say I’m a proud wife doesn’t even begin to cover it.

We’re excited that today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Today begins a slow and steady process of looking for a new home, finding renters for our condo, looking for a new job for Eric and figuring out what our lives will look like. We hope to find a neighborhood, small group, and job that allows us as a couple to bring honor and glory to God with everything in us. We hope to strengthen our marriage, to rely on God, and to learn more about each other with each passing day.

I’m telling you all this as little bit of a life update and as a prayer request for us as a family. We are ecstatic about the next part of our journey and I wouldn’t feel right about not sharing what all is going on with my readers. This blog and all the comments, encouragement, and love have meant a lot to me during this time. It’s been a great outlet for me while Eric was working night shifts, or while he was studying for exams and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of My Life Well Loved is in the midst of this bigger picture journey.

We kicked off our celebration of this weekend on Thursday night at the lobby of the Aloft hotel in Homewood surrounded by friends and family. It was a group big enough to feel festive and small enough to be intimate and to talk to each person. It was a fabulous opportunity for us to get to connect with our friends who have supported us closely during this journey. After the party, we went over to Gian Marco’s Wine Bar in Homewood to eat dinner with his family, who was in town from Tampa. See pictures below of the invitations from Tiny Prints, our specialty drinks of the evening, and a few of our Samford friends that were there.

Tiny Prints Graduation Invitiations

Eric and Heather

Graduation

Eric's Graduation

Friday night, Eric and I had over my parents, his parents, his sister, and my sister and brother-in-law over for dinner. We made a “healthier” version of lasagna, salad, and French Bread. It was a nice opportunity to thank them for all their support and to just spend some low key time together as a family.

Eric's graduation

Eric and HeatherSaturday was graduation and we had a great time celebrating Eric and all his accomplishments before going to a low key dinner at Post Office Pies to enjoy the fabulous beer cocktails. If you’re local and haven’t tried these yet, they are a must!

Overall, it was just such a wonderful 4 days to get to celebrate everything that my husband means to me and to reflect on the past 4 years. We look forward to the journey ahead and to a time of refinement, patience, and lots of prayer as we figure out the next steps.

by Heather

Healthy Hazelnut Cookies

December 10, 2014 in Clean Eating, Recipes by Heather

Healthy Hazelnut Cookies

 

Healthy Hazelnut CookiesI don’t know if you’ll believe me or not when I tell you this but I have found a DELICIOUS Paleo, healthy cookie! It is all-natural, nutty and completely acceptable to eat for breakfast. It feels like a cheat, but it’s not! This Healthy Hazelnut Cookie even passed the husband’s inspection as well as Magen my photographer!

I whipped this cookie recipe up in about 25 minutes and couldn’t resist eating more than 2 at each setting. These cookies aren’t too sweet and they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way I like them! I’d recommend these cookies for a Christmas cookie swap, a gluten-free classroom, or a treat for a friend who has allergies.

I definitely plan to make these cookies again and Magen my photographer told me she wants to make them for her kids to enjoy after testing them. On a side note, you’ll have to excuse my sparse posts this week, I’ve been sick with a stomach bug and then a sinus infection…it’s been a rough go to say the least. I’m finally on the mend though and just nursing the residual scratchy throat and cough.

Paleo Hazelnut CookiesIf you’re looking for more Christmassy recipes, may I suggest the Cranberry Mule or these Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels? AND I’m participating in a Countdown to Christmas with other bloggers that will give you countless more holiday cheer ideas, so check that out here.

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

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Healthy Hazelnut Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hazelnut flour
  • 1½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup melted grass-fed organic ghee
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir until a thick dough is formed.
  5. Spoon small scoops onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Use a small piece of parchment to flatten cookies to ¼ inch thick.
  7. Bake until just starting to brown, 10-12 minutes.
  8. Cool on wire rack.

In case you haven’t heard of almond or hazelnut flour before, I’m pretty partial to Bob’s Red Mill. You can find these pure ground up nut mixes at your Publix or on Amazon via the links below. These are gluten-free mixes that are clean eating friendly and a great way to enjoy treats without any guilt!

*Recipe via Cook Eat Paleo. Thanks to Magen Davis Photography for these beautiful shots!

by Heather

Neiman Marcus Sale

December 6, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

House of Harlow Starburst EarringsMy dear friend Chic in Academia got me in trouble last night with some midnight shopping online! But, at least I scored some hot deals. Neiman Marcus is having a huge sale right now, so hop on it! Shipping is free, there’s free gift wrap, and many items are under $25! This Neiman Marcus sale is super easy to navigate by price point too, just check $25 and under, $25-$50 etc. You can get up to 33% off men’s items and up to 50% off women’s.

Below are some of my favorite picks:

hammered earringsPanacea Hammered Earrings: These are unique and fun. All I’ve been buying for the past couple of years are bracelets it seems thanks to E. McGarrah designs, so I need some new hammered gold earrings like yesterday. Only $20!

Hexagon NecklaceJules Smith Hexagon Necklace: I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this on Chic in Academia and I adore it. A true statement piece. Originally $98, marked down to $29!

drop earringsPanacea Double -Drop Faceted Earrings: These remind me of just classic beauty. Perfect topper for a holiday outfit.

House of Harlow Sunburst Earrings: LOVE this bright cobalt blue color! (pictured at top)

savoySavoy Vanity Tray: As I’ve mentioned, I’m daydreaming of our next house and getting a cute vanity set up. I would love a tray like this to keep my makeup, lotions, brushes and such organized!

Let me know what you get at the Neiman Marcus sale or what you like from this post in the comments below!

by Heather

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

December 5, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

$50 and under gift guideAs promised, I’ve got another gift guide for you! And this one is all items that are $50 and under for a special lady in your life. These are for the divas on a budget who still want to make sure their friends and family members feel special.

I have been browsing hot and heavy through the Shops of Grand River to see what options they have available for affordable gifts and here’s what I found for you to enjoy!

Here’s my favorite finds for the $50 and under gift guide:

*J. Crew Factory Quilted Puffer Vest: For $49.50, this baby is a steal. Regularly $100+. I have the khacki version of this winter staple and love it!

*Gap T Back Sports Bra: At $39.95, this sports bra has a little more sass in the back and comes in a host of fun colors that gives your workout obsessed friend one more option to choose from for layering with her workout tank.

*J. Crew Factory Classic Chambray Shirt: At only $34, this wardrobe classic is here to stay. Make sure you get a comfortable one because you’ll probably want to do all your day to day tasks in this little number, topped by that awesome vest!

*J. Crew Factory Layered Stone Petals Necklace: This pop of color draws the eye up and towards it so it takes any outfit from ho-hum to HEY-OH! ($24.50)

*Gap Ribbed Cowl Scarf: A great basic to add to any fashionista’s wardrobe. ($24.46)

*J. Crew Factory Passport Carrier: For the jet set queen who likes to travel in style. This color is too cute to pass up.

*J. Crew Factory Slouchy Wool Blend Hat: This little number is perfect to add a laid back vibe to any outfit. ($16)

The Shops at Grand River are in Leeds, less than 20 minutes away from Birmingham depending on where you live. They have fabulous stores like J. Crew, LOFT, Coach, Fossil, Nike, Gap, Banana Republic, Charming Charlie’s and many more. Head out to find great deals on the brands you love to help you save this Christmas season!

What’s your favorite gift under $50 to make someone feel special?

by Heather

Beauty Bits: Grease be Gone

December 4, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather

Batiste Dry ShampooIf you have not discovered the absolute miracle product of hair care yet, hold onto your horses, this baby is a game changer. If you already use this product, you know what I’m talking about…it’s dry shampoo, of course! As a lady on the go, ain’t nobody got time for washing hair every day. Even if your hair is fine or gets greasy quickly, I guarantee you can make it at least a day in between washings if you use dry shampoo.

I’ve experimented with quite a few dry shampoo’s lately and batiste has been my favorite thus far. Not only is the batiste cool & crisp fresh effective, but it smells really good too. In fact, when I used it for the first time I hopped in the car with my husband for a road trip and said, “What is that smell? It’s so good and I feel like it’s me but I didn’t put on any perfume.” A few seconds later it hit me I had just applied this dry shampoo and I’ve been sold ever since.

batiste can take you from Pure Barre to date night in no time flat and who doesn’t want that?!  I’ve heard some people say they apply dry shampoo the night before to make sure their hair feels squeaky clean in the morning, so give that a whirl if you want to try something different! I usually apply it after a workout to freshen my look or first thing in the morning when I’m getting ready.

You can pick batiste dry shampoo up on Amazon or in your local CVS. They even make a dry shampoo for brunettes that is a darker color if you need it so that your hair won’t show any white marks. I find that batiste gives my 2nd and 3rd day hair some lift, texture, and it soaks up any oiliness that may be trying to peek through.

Are you a beauty product lover too? Then you’ll definitely want to check out my Beauty Bits co-hosts Style Briefs, The Style Gathering, & my scoop (who even included a giveaway!) to see what fabulous beauty items the other beauty mavens love. After The Style Gathering’s last post I’m more bound and determined than ever that I MUST get some Latisse!

P.S. I launched an Instagram giveaway for a pair of designer denim from Fabrik Homewood so make sure you go follow me there to enter to win!

by Heather

Gift Guide for Men

December 1, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

Men's Gift Guide
Men are the hardest people on earth to shop for in my book. Whether it be my dad, grandfathers, or my husband, they never seem to have a running list of things they want the way most women I know do. The moment I get asked what I want for my birthday or Christmas, I point to my Pinterest Wish List board which is brimming with ideas big and small to make the gift giver’s job easy peasy. In order to try to help you narrow down what to gift the man in your life, I’ve forcibly gotten some intel from the men in my life to help us all out. See below for the details of the ultimate gift guide for men.

Southern Inspired: If you are from the South, there’s not much better than owning your southern charm. That’s where these quality products come into play! I’m loving Yellowhammer Supply Co.’s trendy mural of Alabama tee and the classic vest with the cute little yellowhammer symbol. Whether you’re from Birmingham, or the South, I bet your man would love this new line! It embodies everything that makes us Alabama proud.

Blanton’s: This nice bourbon is a gift my husband wouldn’t typically buy for himself, which makes it a really nice gift. Whether it be a fine bourbon, or an outlandish watch, spoil the man in your life with something you know he could never justify in his mind.

Wireless speakers: “Sonos is far and away the best I’ve ever heard. The speakers aren’t cheap, but come in a variety of sizes and prices — from a soundbar for the living room TV to small speakers for the bathroom and everything in between. It’s all controlled by an iPhone app that syncs perfectly with Spotify, iTunes cloud, Pandora or whatever other music service people have on their mobile device. You can even listen to different things in different rooms simultaneously. I love it. It was a total game changer at our house. I’ve heard people talk about having a “soundtrack to (their) lives” … Sonos makes that possible at home.” WOW! Talk about a raving recommendation from Cliff of YHN when I asked him what he would put on the men’s gift guide.

Personalized Beer Mugs: I haven’t met many men who don’t think this is a cool gift idea. There’s something about the hubs pulling out chilled beer glasses from our freezer that makes guests feel special. Find out your friend, dad, or husband’s favorite beer and get them that glass like the infamous Stella glass that my hubs is partial to.

Cologne: No matter what you get, if your guy knows you think the scent is sexy, chances are he will be a fan. Make a detour to the cologne department while you’re out shopping and nonchalantly ask your guy to smell different ones to see what he thinks if you need a direction to start in.

Tickets: It’s all about the experience with this one! Is your dad a die-hard rock fan? Is your brother really into the arts? Get a ticket to an upcoming show for the two of you to go to together. It will mean the world that you want to participate in something with the person and will be a treat for both of you!

Charlie Bham

Charlie Bham Pocket Squares: Birmingham local designer Chad Ellis created a taste of Italian style right here in the South. The focus of Charlie is to provide people with a variety of styles and options to help create their own personal portfolio of menswear accessories for their closet. The brand uses top of line fabrics imported from Italy that provide the best look and feel of what is found in the market today.

 

by Heather

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2014

November 27, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather

Black Friday Sales

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Hope your day has been filled with family, good food and fabulous drinks like this Cranberry Moscow Mule! Below are some of the pictures I snapped with my family and our feast. Such a good day except for the fact that the hubs was MIA due to work.

Now, it’s time to get your shop on! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 deals for you below. Cheers to some great deals and good luck out there!

My Life Well Loved

Amazon: Lightening deals will be amazing all day long! Different deals go live every 10 minutes.

Anthropologie: Huge sale sitewide.

athleta: 20% off cute workout apparel with code fit20.

Banana Republic: 50% off 1 full-priced item and 40% off everything else with code BRFORTY

Express: 50% off until noon on Friday

Fabrik: 30% off the whole store, 50% off shoes 9-10 am Friday only.

Gap: 50% off site-wide with code BLKFRIDAY at checkout

Gus Mayer: 50% off all sale markdowns

J. Crew: 30% off full-price and extra 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code THANKS.

Kate Spade Secret Sale: up to 75% off bags, shoes, clothing and jewelry. see my favorites here.

Loft: 50% off everything with code TREAT on Thanksgiving.

My Life Well Loved: GET 25% off an ad or sponsored post HERE on MyLifeWellLoved.com with code WEEKEND! Great for bloggers, Etsy shops, small business, and more. *Subject to approval.

Nordstrom: Nordstrom…I mean…cute booties, makeup, killer outfits. What more could you want? Up to 40% off.

Piperlime: 25% off sitewide with code THANKFUL25

Shop Bop: Up to an extra 25% off with code GOBIG14 through Cyber Monday.

SOCA: Between 9-10 am get piko tops for $15 in store, 40% off Frye boots, and up to 70% off sale items
Sole Society: 30% off select shoes on Thanksgiving.

Target: Free shipping online plus deals throughout stores and online.

The Pants Store: First 300 at each location at opening get $25 free Pants bucks to spend that day, many discounts throughout the store.

by Heather

Cranberry Moscow Mule

November 26, 2014 in Recipes by Heather

Cranberry Moscow MuleI’m excited to welcome Amy from MyScoop to share a holiday delight. I have a feeling this drink recipe will be very popular with you guys. Now, I can’t wait to get my hands on this Cranberry Moscow Mule!

It was love at first sip, my relationship with the Moscow Mule that is. The combination of vodka and ginger beer is like Christmas for your taste buds. So with the holidays upon us I thought what about giving it a seasonal twist by adding cranberries. The result is a delicious drink that is also a beautiful pink hue. Cheers and happy holidays!

Cranberry Mule
 
Ingredients
  • Vodka
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Ice
  • Limes
  • Cranberry Jam
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
Instructions
  1. Cook your cranberry mixture together until it is the consistency of jam.
  2. Fill a copper mug with ice. Pour in 2 shots of vodka.
  3. Pour in ginger beer until the mug is about ¾ full.
  4. Squeeze half of a lime and add lime juice to mug.
  5. Zest half of the lime and stir in drink.
  6. Take a dollop (about 1 Tbsp) of cranberry mixture and stir in mug all together.

What’s your favorite holiday drink?

by Heather

Auburn Iron Bowl Style

November 25, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

Casual Winter StyleIf you live in the state of Alabama, you know it’s Iron Bowl Week! And that means The Style Gathering and I are back and ready to style you in all things Orange and Blue & Crimson and White. It’s time to find your warm and fashionably chic gameday gear to kick your look up for a perfect evening of tailgating, chanting War Eagle, and enjoying a hopefully great game!

I went back to The Pants Store again before the Auburn/Samford game and picked out this outfit to wear to the game. The only difference? I accidentally left off the necklace in the photo shoot with Magen that I wore to the game and in the last Auburn game day post I did…shoot!

I wanted something warm, understated and items I’d wear day in and day out, gameday or not! This outfit has become a staple in my fall/winter wardrobe. I love the vibrant blue of that vest and the sweater is so comfy and loose. I threw on a few orange details in the Lily & Laura bracelets and the Target special bangle and called it a day.

I have become a believer in The Pants Store. I don’t know why I had never been before this fall, but I am incredibly glad I’ve found this affordable option for everything from accessories to vests to jeans. You can find The Pants Store at several locations around the state: Leeds, Mountain Brook, Trussville, and Tuscaloosa. If you don’t live near one of their locations, you can always shop online though!

There’s no need to overthink your game day outfit! My only word of caution? Unless you’re 6 foot 4, 20, and tee-niny, skip the white printed leggings with game day colors. It’s just too much. I so wanted them to work but after I saw them on girl after girl in Auburn, I’m convinced it’s a tough look to pull off. If you’ve got the confidence to do it, by all means, go girl, but that’s one trend I’ll have to skip.

Relaxed Winter Look

denim and booties

Relaxed winter wear

Casual Winter Style

Casual Winter Look

Casual Winter Look

Shop the Look: Booties: OTBT (Pants Store) // Jeans: Joe’s Vintage Reserve 1971 The Skinny (Pants Store) // Sweater: Pants Store Label (similar) // Vest: Swoon brand at Pants Store  (similar) // Earrings: J Crew // Bracelets: Lily & Laura from Pants Store & Target

2013 Iron Bowl

Now, let’s hope that this game ends up like the last time Auburn went up against #1 Alabama! (:01 of glory is all we need) “They’re not gonna keep them off the field tonight!” (image: ESPN)

In case you missed our last Auburn/Alabama game day ideas, make sure you check that out here! *All photos via Magen Davis Photography.

So, who are you rooting for? Auburn or Alabama?