Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Colorado Girls' Trip

Last month, I got to go to a state I'd never been to before with some of my favorite people.

Colorado has been a state I've wanted to visit for the longest time, and my friends out there have wanted me to come out there so badly. Now, I can finally say that not only have I been, I already want to go back.

So, here's what my friends and I did in Denver and Breckenridge. :)


Denver is a cool city. As a Tennessee native, I adore Nashville's industrial side, and Downtown Denver is that times ten. Beyond Denver's limits were the towns of Golden and Border, and I fell in love with those places, too. The Denver area has a TON to offer, from restaurants to cool street art to, of course, the gorgeous mountain backdrop behind it all.

Highlights from Denver/Golden/Boulder:
  • Chautauqua National Park
  • Tokyo Joe's
  • Larkburger
  • Linger Eatuaries
  • Little Man Ice Cream
  • The Source
  • Union Station
  • Downtown Denver in general, really


My friends and I adored this little town. Some of us skied, some of us relaxed and enjoyed the town. Either way, this place was a blast for all of us.

Highlights from Breckenridge:
  • The Starbucks, which was situated in a little yellow cottage. That was our main hangout.
  • The gondola to and from Peak 9
  • The shopping
  • Downstairs at Eric's (a restaurant and arcade!)
  • Peak 9 itself (I didn't ski, but it was cool to's like a theme park.)
And so concludes my recap of my Colorado girls' trip. Thanks so much for reading! :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

March Favorites | 2017

I know I say something similar every month, but March has come and gone, and I can’t believe how fast it came and went.

This month was pretty big travel-wise, but I loved this month a whole lot in general. So, without further delay, I present my favorites for this past March!


I can’t start the beauty section without mentioning my experience at Bite Beauty. The two lipsticks I made there are my absolute favorites. (If you want to know more about my making these lipsticks in San Francisco, click here.)

But as far as the rest of my makeup goes, I’ve been really loving using just the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme sans foundation. That concealer’s coverage is so thick that I find that I don’t need really much else in the face department. Plus, it’s given my skin a chance to breathe, which is a big plus.


Here are my top 5 songs for March:

  1. Symphony by Clean Bandit (feat. Zara Larsson)
  2. Waterfall by Stargate (feat. Sia and P!nk)
  3. Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men
  4. Blindside by Hunter Hunted
  5. Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

As mentioned earlier, I traveled a ton this month. My travels were mainly on the West Coast and in the Midwest.

Y’all know that I absolutely adore California. I had not been to San Francisco in ten years, and I finally got the chance to fall in love with it again. It’s such a unique city, and I can’t wait to go back.

Then, this month, I went to the great state of Colorado for the first time! Don’t you worry, I’ll be posting more about my trip to Denver and Breckenridge, but I had a blast out there with my best friends.

Bible Verse

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when the morning dawns.” - Psalm 46:5

What were your favorite things in March? Let me know in the comments! :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bite Beauty Lip Lab San Francisco

Let me tell you about one of the coolest experiences of my life so far. 

On the corner of Sutter and Fillmore Street in San Francisco is the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. One of only four locations in the world, this little shop isn't just a place to buy Bite Beauty makeup. Oh, no.

It's called a Lip Lab for a reason.

It all started when I made an appointment for the Bespoke lipstick experience a couple of days prior. On the day of the appointment, Mom and I walked into the Lip Lab. 

I thought I knew what to expect based on what I saw on YouTube. I had what lipstick colors I wanted in mind (including names!), but it was a whole different ballgame when the technician pulled out an entire tray full of colors. It was like an artist's palette, but with any lipstick I could think of or imagine. 

Still, I stuck with exactly what I wanted; one blush pink, the other a bubblegum shade with a violet kick. And I chose a matte finish, which, in Bite Beauty terms, means a creamy, no-shimmer base. No chalky mattes here.

So, the technician (shoutout to Rhianna, who was AWESOME and totally got my vision) went to work. She first put together a version of "Savannah in Wonderland" (the blush pink) that was more orange-leaning. 

"Savannah in Wonderland", version 1

I decided to definitely go more pink - since I modeled this shade after this blog - and once she added that extra pink pigment, it was perfect. (In fact, comparing it to this website, I can't believe how well it actually matches.)

"Savannah in Wonderland", version 2; the winner!

Next, she went to work on the second bubblegum/violet shade, "We're All Mad Here." Rhianna got the shade exactly perfect on the first go, and I fell in love with it immediately.

"We're All Mad Here"

Finally, I got to pick some scents. I chose cherry, and y'all, it smells like cherry Kool-Aid.

Once we had the two shades down, we went over to the actual lab to have the lipsticks made. She whipped together larger chunks of the pigments, put them each in the microwave, softened them, and put them in molds. Then, after in sitting in dry ice for a few minutes, the molds came off, and I had two lipsticks.

It's one thing to have your lipsticks be mixed together on a piece of plastic, but it's another ballgame entirely once they're in tubes.

Overall, this experience was a dream come true. If I had the opportunity to do this again, I would, and with the same colors, too. (They make a color profile for you that has the "recipes" for each lipstick so you can reorder them easily.)

If you want to do this, you can. It's $150 for the entire appointment, and it took about an hour for the consultation and for everything to be mixed and made. Plus, you get a goody bag filled with lip scrub, a lip mask, and a lip primer/liner.

If you prefer a less expensive (and faster) option, though, there's a $55 option where you can choose just a premade color, a finish, and a scent (and for two, it's $80). But I can't recommend the custom experience enough to y'all.

If you do decide to go for the Bespoke option, here are some tips:
  • Know what you want beforehand. Do some research. Look at your own makeup collection. Do you find yourself looking for specific shades, but find they just don't work with your skin tone? Do you have favorite colors that you would prefer to wear everyday, but would rather them be more sheer or more pigmented? Need that perfect shade of red, but can't find it? Those situations would be perfect for this appointment.
  • Make an actual appointment to do this. Walk-ins are welcome, but there are quite a few who come in parties, so keep that in mind. It's best to make an appointment a couple days in advance at least by calling them ahead of time.
  • Work with your technician, and don't be afraid to speak up if something's not exactly the way you want it. Explaining your vision further and as clearly as you can will be helpful for you both. She's there to make your dream lipstick, so make sure you're in love with it. 
  • Most of all...have fun!!

If you go to the San Francisco location, ask for Rhianna (and tell her I said hi!). Otherwise, you can go do this in San Jose, New York, or Toronto (for all you amazing Canadians). 

Would you go do something like this? What lipstick would you make? Let me know in the comments! :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

San Francisco | Plannercon & Adventures

I. Love. San. Francisco. Well, I adore California, but I adore this hilly city's quirks and charm.

Mom and I took a long weekend this past weekend and headed out west to Plannercon 2017. This time around, we would be planning (literally), workshopping, and actually shopping in Burlingame, a town just south of the city.

But beyond that, the city of San Francisco was ours. And it was awesome. :)

Here is a little recap of Plannercon, our city adventures, and so much more.

Plannercon 2017

As mentioned earlier, Plannercon took place south of San Francisco proper in Burlingame, which is about 20 minutes south. This was the first year for the convention, and - in my opinion - it was a rousing success. 

Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops we went to, and it was so cool to sit in a room with so many women who not only wanted to decorate their planners, but also set goals for their actual lives and use their planners to further their dreams. Plus, we got to do a faith-based journal workshop hosted by Cori Spieker of The Reset Girl. I learned so much from her, both from the journal workshop and her keynote speech.

We also enjoyed the shopping, too. ;)

City Adventures

Before, between, and after Plannercon activities, we still had time to explore San Francisco. I had not been to this city since I was 15 (and I'm 25 now!), so I was excited to revisit this city after a decade.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • JapanTown!
  • Castle in the Air store in Berkeley
  • Honey Honey Cafe and Crepery (best. Breakfast. Burrito. Ever.)
  • Fillmore & Sutter Streets (great shopping!)
  • Bite Beauty Lip Lab (stay tuned till tomorrow for a full post on was that incredible of an experience!)

And that, dear reader, was my San Francisco recap! :) Thanks for reading!