Pursuit of Pink

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forever a Brown and Black Fan

I am a neutral loving fool, no doubt about that. I love that neutrals go with everything (that's why they are neutrals), including each other. And something about brown and black together, I think it's such a classic look. I will probably be rocking brown and black well into my 80's.

One thing that really makes pairing neutrals fun is that you can add accessories to give a pop of color. This red striped scarf goes great with brown and black. And gives me some extra color for the gorgeous fall days.

And here is a tip for you - this dress that I'm wearing is actually a sleeveless dress. I love transitioning my clothes between seasons, it really helps me stretch my wardrobe (and allow me to wear my favorite items all year long). By adding a cardigan, scarf and boots, this dress is now ready to be worn in cooler temps.

What is a way that you like to transition your clothing between seasons?

Dress: Old Navy.
Cardigan: Gap (similar).
Boots: Target (similar).
Scarf: Wal-Mart.
Earrings: Target.

I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So and Style Elixir.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

List of lasts

The last...

Thing I ate: Pumpkin Oreos (oh yeah!).

Song I sang for Baby K: The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The super speedy version - she thinks its hilarious when I sing it really fast.

Picture I took with my iphone: I actually had to use Algebra yesterday! I was trying to resize a picture manually and figure out the proportions, so I pulled out the old "find x" equation.

Time I actually used Algebra outside of yesterday: maybe 10th grade in Algebra 2?

Website I visited: The Roanoke Times. I want to get the Sunday paper for the coupons.

E-mail I sent: To our photographer; we are having family photos taken in a couple weeks and I am so excited! We've always been blessed to have amazing photographers in our life and I am so thankful to have found Whitney from Shine Photography here in the New River Valley.

Thing I watched on tv: Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel. And strangely, I was very hungry while watching.

Show I watched on Netflix: I'm currently going through Season 3 of Hart of Dixie. I love that show and actually pretend I'm living that life now that I live in Dublin, VA after living in Northern Virginia.

Time I paid $2.77/a gallon for gas: That would be on Sunday! Woop woop! I don't know the last time I paid less than $3 a gallon.

Thing I bought for myself: An awesome dress from the LOFT. I can wear it with boots, with heels, with sandals; it is such a versatile dress! Thinking I might wear it in our family photos.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Getaway

For the first time since Baby K was born (and actually since our Baby Moon in May 2013), Tolar and I were able to take a little getaway just the two of us. Tolar was on fall break at the end of last week, so it was the perfect time for us to escape. We didn't want to go too far because we didn't want to spend all of our time driving, so we ended up heading to Charlotte, NC which is about 2 1/2 hours south of where we currently live. It is a city that I spent a little bit of time visiting during my college years, but Tolar has only passed through. So off we went.

We spent a few days relaxing, exploring the city, going out to eat at places we probably wouldn't take Baby K, sleeping in and just enjoying each other. We checked out the movie Gone Girl (it was fantastic, even after reading the book I still really liked it!), ate at an amazing French Bakery called Amelie's, attended an improv comedy show, had yummy burgers at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, toured the city and happened upon a BBQ festival and visited the Billy Graham Library (the grounds are gorgeous!). It was quite awesome to take a little trip away. Baby K was well cared for. Tolar's Mom and Step Dad took her to Pinehurst, NC and they had a blast too!

Now enjoy this embarrassing amount of photos from our weekend, including some shots of Baby K's weekend too. After all, aren't weekends away best told in pictures?

Friday, October 17, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you get a chance to get outside and enjoy Fall - the leaves are turning colors and it is glorious outside.
Here are my top five moments from the week:

1.) My sister, brother in-law and nephew came to visit last weekend and I just LOVE to watch Baby K follow her cousin around. Those two are inseparable when they get together.

2.) On Monday, I went out for ladies night with some awesome women from our church. It was so fun to have a reason to get dressed up on a Monday night and enjoy some good girl talk!

3.) My awesome niece got her learner's permit this week. I cannot believe she is old enough to drive! We are so proud of the young woman that she is growing up to be (and yes, I sound really old saying that!).

4.) So this happened on Wednesday! I got to be on tv to promote The Cat in the Hat for Roanoke Children's Theatre.

5.) Tolar and I are currently on a mini getaway, JUST THE TWO OF US! This is our first trip alone since we took our Baby Moon back in May 2013. We are enjoying the alone time, but definitely miss our girl!!! These are some fun facetime shots that cracked me up.

I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth and September Farm.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How To Clean MakeUp Brushes

Clean Your Makeup Brushes in Four Easy Steps

I know we've all heard of spring cleaning, where you clean out your house and spruce everything up. Well, what about fall cleaning for your beauty tools? Yep, even your makeup needs a good cleaning - although your makeup brushes really should be cleaned regularly instead of just once a year.

It is so easy to clean your makeup brushes, that you can add it into your weekly routine. Here are four simple steps to do just that!

Clean Your Makeup Brushes Step 1
All you need is some baby soap, a baby wipe and a bowl with warm water. And you don't need to have a baby to buy this stuff - they are some pretty cheap products that you can find at Target or Walgreens.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes Step 2
Wipe off any excess foundation using a baby wipe. I give all the credit for this genius move to my friend Jenn from The Wannabe Housewife. I actually use a baby wipe every other day, in between my deep cleanings. And I prefer the Huggies brand wipes, simply because they are really thick.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes Step 3
Quick tip: if you swirl the brush, it helps to remove even more makeup residue.

I rinse my brushes under warm running water and then lay flat.

That is it! Simple, easy and completely manageable.
Do you remember my skin care post from earlier week? This is another skin care tip I have: by washing and cleaning your makeup brushes regularly you can help keep breakouts at bay.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Great Eyeliner Search Might Be Ending!

Eyeliner is a makeup product that I go back and forth on. Sometimes I love it so much that I wear it everyday, other times I think I should just save it for special occasions. But one things remains constant, it must be easy to apply!

I blogged awhile back about my favorite eyeliners and I still really like those. But several weeks ago I discovered a gel eyeliner that is hands down my absolute favorite. I'm talking about L'Oreal's Infallible 24HR Lacquer Intense Gel Eyeliner (you might have seen my instagram post about this a few weeks ago). I don't think I will have to look anymore for another eyeliner because this one is so fantastic.

Here are the MANY reasons I love it:
-Glides on so smoothly
-A little goes a long way
-It stays where you put it and doesn't transfer to your eyelids
-Very easy to apply
-Easy to take off
-You get a lot of product for not a lot of money
-Unless you are a 5 year old experimenting with makeup for the first time, it is really hard to mess up
-Your eyes really pop

I could go on and on about how much I love this eyeliner. I just cannot believe how easily it glides, this is the easiest eyeliner I have ever applied. After I use the eyeliner brush that comes with the gel, I like to take an angled brush and go over my eyeliner to give it a bit more of a blended look.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quick and Easy Taco Pizza

I am a huge pizza fan and I definitely love me some Mexican food too! Combine the two and you get an incredibly tasty Taco Pizza. I'm talking one of the best things I have made in a long time!

quick and easy taco pizza

This dish is so easy to make; there is no need to prepare anything ahead of time and I simply prep the ingredients as I go along.

Here is what you will need:
Pizza dough (I love the Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust)
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
Sliced green onions (to taste)
Shredded cheddar cheese (to taste)
Taco sauce

1.) Spread pizza dough out on a greased cookie sheet and prebake for 5 minutes (or according to instructions on package).

2.) While the dough is baking, brown 1 pound ground beef. Add 1 package of taco seasoning and stir, coating the browned ground beef.

3.) Once dough has been prebaked, spread your favorite salsa all over the crust (this will count as your pizza sauce).

4.) Top the salsa with seasoned ground beef.

5.) Sprinkle sliced green onions and shredded cheese over the beef. You can use as much or as little as you like, whatever your preference is, that's perfect!

6.) Pop the pizza back in the oven to continue backing another 8-10 minutes.

7.) While the pizza is baking, dice up some lettuce and tomato.

8.) Once the pizza is finished baking, top with diced lettuce and tomato and then drizzle taco sauce on top.

9.) Cut and devour!

taco pizza
yummy taco pizza

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