Pursuit of Pink

Perfect Makeup Travel Bag

Friday, November 20, 2015

Are you traveling for the holidays this year? Have I got the perfect cosmetic/makeup travel bag to share with you! Perfect is a pretty bold word, but I can honestly say that London Soho New York has nailed it with this bag.

Before I get into why I love the London Soho New York cosmetic box, allow me to give you some back story. For a long time (at least five years) I carried all of my makeup in a giant bag that I got for free from a department store. I loved that bag, but after throwing so much makeup into it for 5 years it got quite dirty. Sadly, I decided to throw my beloved bag away and went on a quest to find an identical one but I could not find anything that came close to it. I've had to settle for mediocre bags since then. Yes it sounds silly that I just spent an entire paragraph explaining my saga about a makeup bag, but when you love makeup like I do this is important.

I've been looking for a bag that holds all of my makeup at once so it needs to be a pretty good size. However, I don't want it to be too large with a lot of extra space. When there is extra space, your powders can come open and spill all over the place. No one wants that! The London Soho New York cosmetic box is the perfect size. But why I really love the cosmetic box is the awesome brush holder in a separate zippered section. You are able to keep everything neatly organized in the brush slots. I hate just tossing my brushes into my bag and pulling them out later to see that the brushes have completely lost their shape. This way your brushes stay neat and tidy and will look how you expect them to look when you pull them out after traveling. Plus there is a mesh pouch which allows you to carry any extra brushes or miscellaneous items (lipsticks) you might have.

And one final note for all of you neat freaks like me out there. The inside is made of easy-wipe vinyl, so you don't have to worry about makeup staining your cosmetic box. I may never have to buy another cosmetic bag again! With a super affordable price point, this is THE cosmetic bag to own. It would also make a great Christmas present. You can pick one of these awesome bags up at Target.

Wore: Slouchy Beret

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tolar informed me that this outfit makes me look like a lumberjack. Of course, I responded with "No way, check out my bling," putting him in his place!

I love taking something casual or plain and pairing it with some "fancy" items. This buffalo check button up shirt might look like something that a lumberjack would wear, but throw on a gorgeous necklace from Stella & Dot and a slouchy beret from Scala Pronto and you transform into an instant trendsetter.*

This slouchy beret is everything I have looked for in a Fall/Winter hat and never found until now. I love the neutral oatmeal color coupled with the pop of silver bling woven through - the color allows this hat to be worn with just about anything. The knit is soft and extremely comfortable; no scratching my head and wishing I could just take it off. And it is the perfect thickness, not too thick and not too thin. So you can rest assured that your head will be kept warm during the cold months, but you won't be sweating underneath (and ruining your hairstyle). Because the beret is the perfect thickness, it is great to wear indoors as a fashion accessory or outside for warmth and functionality.

Buffalo Check shirt: Walmart (!!!!)
Slouchy Beret: Scala Pronto (c/o).
Necklace: Stella & Dot.
Earrings: Target.

*trendsetter status more likely to be achieved by you than me

I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy.

I'm Still Alive, I Promise

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My sweet friend Marcy sent me a text message yesterday wondering what was up with me and why Pursuit of Pink seemed to be trapped in October. And of course I am sure that all of you are probably wondering the same thing!

First things first, I'm alive and have absolutely no plans of halting the happenings at Pursuit of Pink. I just needed a little time off. I've been a little busy with entertaining some house guests, planning a baby shower, Christmas shopping for a Thanksgiving gift exchange, keeping up with church and MOPS stuff, enjoying my fabulous family and suffering from a cold that knocked me down hard! Everything but the cold has been full of enjoyment for me and just kept me a little too busy to sit down at my computer each night.

But I'm back. And figured I'd show you some shots of life straight from the ol' iphone because honestly I don't do anything with out that cellular device.

-We took family photos during my hiatus and I cannot wait to get those back and share with you. The leaves at the park where we shot the photos were insanely huge and gorgeous!

-My dear friend Rebekah and her sweet family came to visit us for a couple days. Bek is the type of friend that you need to have in your life. She is so positive, such a wise woman constantly pouring into me and she is the type of friend who even if you don't talk every day it always feels like you just spoke with each other. While Bek was here we went to a trampoline park with the ladies from my church and had a blast - seriously it was the most fun I've had in a long time!

-Sesame Street Live came to Roanoke and my sweet friend Shelly (a former co-worker from D.C.) hooked us up with tickets. We all had a blast meeting Elmo and friends and enjoying the show. Thanks so much Shelly!

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Friday, October 30, 2015

I'm just going to warn you, this post is going to include a lot of pictures. I mean, when you have kids as cute as K and her cousin, the photographer just cannot help herself.

Over the weekend we took K and my sweet nephew to Thornspring Farms' Pumpkin Patch and we all had a blast. I had previously mentioned how much I loved Thornspring Farms and their Pumpkin Patch festivities did not disappoint this year.

I have to say that going to a Pumpkin Patch is most definitely one of my favorite Fall activities. This was our third year going and we had so much fun!!!! This might be my favorite year because K was able to do everything this time! Thornspring Farms offers quite a lot of activities: a corn maze for the adults, a hay maze for the little ones, teeter-totters, tractor-train rides, cart racing, big slides, silly photo opps and the pièce de résistance: an air filled jumping mat. K and my nephew did not want to stop jumping, they were having a blast and it was pure joy just watching them laugh and jump and slide.(You will see a pumpkin patch time out photo below, that's what happens when a tantrum is thrown for having to get off the jumping mat.)

Enjoy the photos! (And Mom, next time we must get you in one!)

You're welcome world - everything just got a whole lot cuter!

Leaf Jumping!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

When I first entered the "real world" I realized quickly just how boring being an adult actually can be. I had my first big girl job and all we concentrated on was work (the nerve!). We didn't take time to celebrate all of the little holidays and season changes that were happening around us. There was no pumpkin carving contest, no Thanksgiving or Christmas break off from work (only vacation days I had to use if I wanted that time off) and certainly no craft project to savor the beauty of the changing leaves. The real world kept on going, regardless of what the calendar said.

But I missed all of the small little celebrations, I missed the breaks, the time spent acknowledging that a new season and holiday was fast approaching. Which is one of the joys I find in motherhood - I LOVE exploring new seasons with K and teaching her about holiday traditions. I love that we get to watch her experience so many things for the first time. Watching my child take in the season changes and seeing her explore new things is thrilling to me. 

Last week, Tolar raked all of our leaves into a HUGE pile in the yard and he showed K the true art of leaf jumping. At first all she wanted to do was pick the leaves up and let them come tumbling down (we had just sang "The Leaves On The Tree" earlier that day), but after a little prodding she realized just how much fun it is to run and jump into a big ol' pile of leaves. And in true 2 year old fashion, she has asked to jump in the leaves every day since.

Peanut Butter Oreo Bark

Monday, October 26, 2015

Peanut Butter and Chocolate...could there be a more perfect combination? I think not!
I have my fabulous brother in law to thank for introducing me to this incredibly delicious and easy recipe full of peanut butter chocolate goodness.

Do you have a Halloween party coming up this weekend and you aren't sure what to make? Or are you short on time, but really want to wow your friends with a yummy treat? Well make this! Peanut Butter Oreo Bark is going to come to your rescue. Just don't expect there to be anything left over, because this stuff will go fast once word gets out how delicious it is! You might even want to make two batches.


-12 Oreo Cookies
-1 package peanut butter chips


1.) Break up the Oreo cookies into small pieces. You can either use a food processor (just don't chop them too fine), a spoon to smash them or simply break them up with your hands. I prefer to use a spoon because I want them broken up, but not too tiny or too large.

2.) In a separate bowl, microwave the peanut butter chips for 90 seconds. Stir until creamy.

3.) Pour Oreo crumbles into creamed peanut butter.

4.) Spread mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. The mixture will seem a bit sticky, but shouldn't be too hard to spread.

5.) Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so it can harden.

6.) Break up into bite size pieces and enjoy!

High Five For Friday

Friday, October 23, 2015

Happy Friday friends!!! Life is getting pretty crazy lately and I am most definitely glad it is Friday. And today, I'm super excited to share that all of the fab hosts for High Five For Friday are featuring yours truly as this week's featured blogger! That sure made me smile! So be sure to check out the High Five For Friday link up on the fab blogs of Tif, Caitlin, Della and Katie.

1.) Tolar raked all of our leaves into a huge pile and we introduced Baby K to the fine art of jumping in them. She had a blast and has asked to jump in the leaves every day since.

2.) I watched my friend Liann's two daughters yesterday and all three girls had a blast together. They are sweet friends and I love watching K develop great relationships with them.

3.) On instagram, I found the cutest shop ever called Twinkle Twinkle Lil Jar. They have so many adorable mugs, cups and other accessories that are dipped in glitter/sparkles.

4.) Our Halloween decor is out in full force (you can see everything in this post here)! We are loving the witch legs sticking out of the ground!

5.) It was a late night for me and Baby K over the weekend and when we got home my little sweetie just collapsed on the floor because she was so tired. She looked adorable so of course I had to snap a picture.

I'm linking up this post with September Farm, Bright on a Budget and Meet @ the Barre.

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