1. I've been passing way too much time reading the complete archives of my new favorite makeup blog, Brightest Bulb in the Box. I love pretty much every single post, but this one BLEW MY MIND. It's her tutorial on how she covers up her 'bad skin.' Now, I've seen her mention before that she has 'bad skin,' which (based on her pictures, which are generally showcasing eye shadow looks) I took to mean that she possibly gets two zits per year. Because her skin looks flawless in her pictures. BUT I WAS WRONG. Apparently she got tired of people accusing her of not actually having/understanding bad skin, so she gave a step-by-step tutorial of how she disguises her bad skin. And there are 'before' pictures. And DANG. She actually does have legitimately challenging skin (I don't say that to judge or be mean-- I have bad skin, too!!! I say this because I APPRECIATE the challenges she is starting with and I'm blown away by how freaking fantastic she looks after she does her makeup magic every day!!) and her routine isn't even that complex, but her final results....staggering. I'm probably using too many strong adjectives here, but you can blame that on the fact that I'm on narcotic cough syrup and have been homebound for days. And I've reread this tutorial 80 times. And I'm going to buy every product she mentions (which isn't even a lot). Tarte foundation is apparently the key here, and since I'm a recent Tarte fan/convert (I've started using their lip products and blush, mainly...and I picked them because they leave out most of the scary chemicals I try to avoid these days!!! So I don't even have to compromise that to get this amazing new routine going!!), I'm extra-excited to get started. And I have an Ulta gift card. And Christmas money!! So basically, as soon as I'm well enough to leave the house...guess where I'll be heading? Alright. Now go read that post and ogle over how amazing her products/skillz are.
2. In other important news, the new season of The Bachelor begins on Monday. Juan Pablo is the man of the hour this season, so both the network and the reality TV-focused Twittersphere are referring to this as Juan-uary. That cracks me up every time. I'm really excited about Juan-uary. I want to do a bracket again, like I did for the last season of Bachelorette. This is the only similar bracket I've found so far. It's totally workable, but I basically don't want to use it based on the poor font choice someone picked to write Juan Pablo's name in. Is that a dumb reason to reject an entire bracket? I don't think so. BAD CHOICE. I could probably make my own bracket (using more appropriate fonts) in about ten minutes, but I'm really lazy, so...we'll just have to see. Anyone else planning on watching? Of all the social media outlets, I tend to use Twitter the least...but MAN I love me some Twitter during Bachelor/ette seasons. It redeems itself for the rest of the year, in my eyes.
3. I went to the doctor yesterday in search of medicine to shorten the duration of bronchitis. Then I remembered why I hate going to doctors. Turns out it's not because you have to pay money to be told what you already know, or because you have to sit in a waiting room with sick (and contagious, unlike me) people.
IT'S THE SCALE.
Oh sweet Jesus, they weighed me. I felt compelled to give the nurse a thousand excuses. First of all, obviously my clothes probably weighed 10 or 12 pounds-it was a really cold morning, I was running a fever, and there were a lot of layers. Also, it's literally less than a week after 'the holidays.' We had a failed adoption less than two months ago, and there's been a lot of emotional eating since then. I hurt my back and couldn't exercise. Now I can't breathe and therefore can't really exercise. And finally, maybe there's something wrong with your scale??
Even I couldn't buy all my lame excuses. I just wanted to cry and leave. It would be better to have bronchitis for an extra month than have to be weighed. What was I thinking??! It was tragic, people. That was a number I never, ever needed to see. I was going to work out and eat right for a month and THEN weigh and get a 'before' number. This totally screwed up my plans. Ugh.
Now I HAVE to get well soon so that I can return to the gym. I have several friends that are members at my new gym that are texting me whenever they're going to group classes. This is going to be great. I JUST HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BREATHE. Gah. Do you ever feel like your body is conspiring against you? (Yes, considering most of you are friends with me because we have infertility, the ultimate body conspiracy, in common...you do understand.) It sucks. I want to be healthy. I'm willing to work out. BUT NOW I CAN'T BREATHE (or do anything more strenuous than sitting without hacking up a lung). Stupid.
Let's bookend this with something more uplifting, shall we?
4. You know I'm a big fan of planners and keeping a physical calendar (in addition to the one on my phone. Double the fun!). Most years I spend a lot of time researching, shopping, and/or custom ordering the perfect planner to live in my purse and keep me straight throughout the year. Last year I had a May Books planner, which I liked, but it ended up not being quite as perfect as I needed it to be. This year I have a Plum Paper Designs planner for work (which I've discussed in great detail already), but it's WAY too big to use for personal use (or to carry around). To be honest, I just haven't thought about it yet. I wasn't ready for the stress of having to figure out what to get, so I just didn't think about it. But now it's 2014 and I've had no place to write down upcoming events (other than on my work planner, which is fine, but...it's at work. Not handy when I'm not there).
Anyway. Yesterday I was at Target waiting for my prescriptions to be filled and I wandered past an end-cap display of planners and calendars. And wouldn't you know it? They actually had the (almost) PERFECT planner just SITTING THERE!!
I say almost perfect, because obviously perfection would require a much cuter cover and my monogram. But that's a lot to ask out of a pre-made planner, so as far as mass-produced planners go, this is about as perfect as I'm gonna get.
First of all, my main requirement is always that there's both month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance components. Check. Tabbed months? Check. (May Books didn't have this, drove me crazy) Spiral and/or lays flat to write? Check. Has major holidays noted? Check. (It never occurred to me that custom planners wouldn't have this, but neither May Books nor my Plum Paper planners do. Seriously? I had to look up and write in Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.? Lame.) Small and lightweight for my purse? SUPER CHECK. Here's a photo so you can see how tiny it is. I've never had one THIS itty bitty that also meets all the other requirements!
For the record, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is a) a freaking fantastic book!!! and b) a standard-sized book that is serving as my size comparison tool.
|Small but mighty!|
Unfortunately, I couldn't find these planners on Target's webpage (fail), but the brand is Sugar Paper. They had a wide variety of sizes, so if you're still hunting for a planner and the $6 price point is more appealing than the custom-planner $60+ price point, I'd suggest you take a gander at these!! I know that my wallet was certainly appreciative of the cost savings.
And now I have more money to shop at Ulta. So BOOM, we've come full circle. Have a happy Saturday!