Pursuit of Pink

Friday, September 19, 2014

High Five For Friday

What a fast week this was! My week was jam packed, but still allowed me some time for relaxation and enjoyment. Just the type of week I love!
Here are the top five moments from my week:

1.) Getting to meet blog friends in real life is such a treat! Especially when they are just as fantastic in person as you expect them to be! This is my dear friend Ashley who blogs over at The Vanilla Tulip. She also happens to be my Rodan + Fields business partner, which means we get to interact a ton! With friends as great as her, I'm excited for all of the times we will get to hang out in the future.

2.) Tolar got his first ride on my Dad's tractor and he seemed to really like it! Also, Baby K really enjoyed watching her Daddy.

3.) I joined a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in Blacksburg and I had an awesome time at our first meeting. The theme for this year is Be You Bravely and we shared stories of times in our life that we truly felt brave. It was encouraging to hear other Moms feeling that going to the grocery store with your newborn, by yourself for the first time, was brave! Baby K got fussy in the children's area and ended up having to come join me for the end of the meeting. If you could send up a prayer that she enjoys herself just as much as I did for our next meeting, I would greatly appreciate it!

4.) Tolar and Baby K picked me up in Greensboro, NC after my weekend away. We stopped at a rest area and snapped this picture which I just love!!! It was so great to be reunited with my family after being gone for 4 days. (And two bonus things happened on my trip that I wasn't really expecting when I first planned my trip to Atlanta: 1.) my sweet friend Robin and her family were flying home from Atlanta at the same time I was so we had a quick reunion in the airport 2.)I got to spend some time with my dear friend Jessy and her family while in Greensboro, which included meeting her brand new baby boy!)

5.) I fall in love with my baby girl all over again, every single day. Isn't she just the cutest? I was thrilled that she let me put that headband on her and that she left it on!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth and September Farm.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Makes Me Happy?

Happiness and positivity - those are two things I strive for in my daily life. I mean seriously, life is way too short to be unhappy. I love to smile and see others do the same. So imagine my excitement when my Bestie Erica challenged me to write a blog post about 10 things that make me happy. Here we go...in no particular order.

1.) A clean, organized room/house. It is kind of a problem of mine, but I cannot relax unless my house is clean. I feel like I accomplish more when the house is clean and sitting in a clean space just makes me feel great. These pictures are from when we were selling our house in Alexandria. I LOVED the 11 days that our house was on the market because everything was neat and tidy constantly.

2.) Picmonkey. I am by no means a graphic designer (I didn't even know what type face meant at first), but the more I play around with graphics and photos in picmonkey, the more I love it. It is fun to personalize a photo and make it "mine." And creating graphics for instagram is quickly becoming one of my favorite past times.

3.) These two. Tolar and Baby K have changed  my life for the better. I cannot imagine where I would be or what boring mess my life would be without them. Every day I hope that I can fully express to them how happy they make me and how much I love them. There just aren't enough words to explain what I feel in my heart for them.

4.) Changing skin and changing lives. Rodan + Fields changed my life at a time when my family needed it most and it has been INCREDIBLE to be able to bless some of my friends by having them join my team. And I just LOVE helping my customers achieve more confidence because their skin is now smoother, firmer, and wrinkle and blemish free. 

5.) Coffee. This amazingness helps me start my day off just right. I am nothing without my coffee. I love the taste (well more like the taste of the creamer), the smell and the relaxingness that comes with drinking my java each morning. And yes, relaxingness is a word. Special thanks to my friend Amanda for my awesome mug.

6.) Makeup. I know it seems vain, but I simply love makeup. I love the way I look and feel when I put on a full face of makeup. It is so fun to experiment with new products, colors and looks.

7.) Instagram. Yes, its strange but true. I just love instagram. The pictures make me happy and catching a glimpse into others lives is so fun. I have been able to find some new etsy shops and inspirational people by scrolling through instagram. And if you hop over to my instagram account now, I've teamed up with my sweet friend Jenn for a little giveaway.

8.) A Britney song on the radio. I have been a Britney Spears fan forever! In fact, that is what sealed my best friend and I becoming friends - we were out one night and a Britney Spears song came on and I wanted to dance, but I had a really big purse with me. So I dropped my purse to the floor right next to me and maxed it out on the dance floor.

9.) A good night's sleep. I LOVE to sleep and I'm so lucky that my sweet Baby K is an excellent sleeper. I just feel so refreshed and ready for the day when I get a solid night's sleep. Sometimes I don't want to go to sleep because I don't want to miss anything, but I know I will feel so amazing when morning comes if I get my 7-8 hours sleep.

10.) My parents. When I called my parents to tell them that Tolar had lost his job and that we were going to sell our house, the very first thing my Mom said was "well, you can move in with us." And that is exactly what happened. They opened up their house to us and have let the three of us take over their home. Our stuff is everywhere and my Mom does not care. They have selflessly helped us out in every way imaginable. It is fun to banter and pick with my Dad and to see, daily, that my parents truly enjoy spending time with my daughter. This has been a difficult year for us, but God continues to bless us through my fabulous parents.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Faves

Fall Faves

The weather is starting to get a little bit colder which has me ready for layers and fall fashion. I have been on the hunt for a blazer, particularly a blazer without a thick lining. I like that the one pictured above is a dark grey, a little bit of a change from basic black (which I wear all the time). Leopard print, long vests and metallics have found their way on fall fashion trend lists for the year. Fringe has also made its way on some lists, but I prefer to leave the fringe in 1986. So if I want to hop on this trend, those adorable fringe earrings will have to do. And as always, scarves will be a part of my wardrobe no matter what the temperature is outside!

Vest: ChicNova (on sale!).
Booties: Madden Girl (also on sale!).
Scarf: Sole Society.
Tunic: Maurices.
Blazer: Target.
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack.

Linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy, Style Elixir and Because Shanna Said So.

Friday, September 12, 2014

High Five For Friday

After going through some pretty rough months at the beginning of the year, I have found it extremely therapeutic to appreciate the small things in life. Everything is blessing!
So here are some awesome moments from the past week.

1.) Our church (Lifeline Church) passed out water and lanyards at the Virginia Tech Gobbler Fest and we had an awesome time. There was even an adorable little redheaded helper.

2.) Happy kids in chucks. Enough said!

3.) I started working some part time hours with Roanoke Children's Theatre this week. One of my friends and former co-workers opened the theatre and it has been awesome reconnecting with Pat and jumping back into the theatre/working world; even for just a few hours. The first production starts next month (The Cat in the Hat) and I can't wait to see it!

4.) We had a very successful launch of Lifeline Church. 183 people were in attendance for our very first service and 5 individuals gave their life to Christ. I'm so excited to be a part of this church and to see it transform lives in the New River Valley and beyond!

5.) After building a virtual friendship with this very special lady for the past two years I FINALLY got to meet my sweet friend Jenn in real life! Jenn and I both started our blogs around the same time and she has been an incredible encourager and supporter all along the way. And to be able to hug her is incredible. Jenn has also joined my fast growing Rodan + Fields team and as I type I'm getting to spend the weekend hanging out with her.

I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth, September Farm and Meet @ the Barre.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Glossing Styling Creme

I cannot believe it, but this is my 500th post!!!! Somehow, someway over the past 2 years I have found something to talk about 500 times. WHOA! Just like I said earlier this week, a huge reason I started this blog was to share my beauty tips and tricks with my friends allowing them a way to find info even when I wasn't with them. So I figured for my 500th post, I would stick with what I know and offer up an awesome product that I just started using and that I absolutely love.

For all you humidity sufferers out there, I have found an amazing product to help your hair stay looking fab all day. After years and I do mean YEARS of despising the summer heat and humidity and trying to figure out a way to not have to spend a lot of time outdoors on days that I fixed my hair, this product has changed the way I feel about the great outdoors. I must give props where props are due - and that is to my sweet friend Amanda (go check out her awesome blog Fun in the Oven) who actually introduced me to this genius product. Amanda lives in Texas, so she knows a thing or too about battling hot temperatures.

The amazing product I am talking about is Fekkai Glossing Styling Creme. I'm sure you've had this happen before: you style your hair in the morning, you love the way it looks, but then you step outside. Just a few hours later you catch a glimpse of your hair in the mirror and realize it looks nothing, absolutely nothing, like it looked that morning. The heat and humidity have turned your hair into a pretty frizzy nightmare. Well thanks to this genius product, that is no longer a problem. I'm not getting paid to tell you this, all of these opinions are entirely my own and I purchased this product on my own accord. It's so great that I knew I couldn't keep it a secret.

Thanks to the shine release complex of Fekkai Glossing Styling Creme, infused with olive oil, my hair looks so shiny, smooth and pretty. And the best part, it really only takes a small amount to work. In fact, one day I used too much and my hair actually looked like it was still wet, even after I blow dried it. A little goes a long way, so you will absolutely get your money's worth with the product. I apply the creme to my hair after I have towel dried it (but you can also apply it to dry hair if you prefer) and just massage it into the bottom part of my hair. I keep it away from my roots.

And check out my results. This below picture was taken about 6 hours after I got ready for the day. I spent all morning running errands and hopping in and out of the car. And 6 hours later, I was still happy with the shine and frizz free hair that was sitting on top of my head. Pretty amazing! Here is a link to get your hands on some!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tell Me What To Do In Atlanta

Later this week I will be flying down to Atlanta for four days to attend an awesome convention with Rodan + Fields. While yes, my schedule will be pretty packed, I will still have a few hours at night to have some fun. The only time I've ever been to Atlanta was on a school trip when I was in the 9th grade, therefore I definitely need some suggestions!!!

I need your help! What do you like to do in Atlanta? Anything you would recommend that I check out? What about restaurants???? I'm looking for cool, non chain places somewhat near the Georgia World Congress Center/CNN Center. Can you recommend anything? I'm open to all types of food.

Is there any cool shopping I should check out? Or something really neat to see? I would love your recommendations. So let me know! You can comment below, e-mail me at lindsay@pursuitofpink.com or tweet at me (@lindsaytolar). I can't wait to hear what you have to say.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Beauty Roundup

One of the reasons that I started this blog is because I LOVE to talk about beauty products and share tips with my friends. I figured why not put my tips out on the internet for my friends to get anytime they want, right?

Since I've gained some new followers (hey y'all!!!), I thought it would be a good idea to do a roundup of some of my favorite beauty posts and tips that I've shared. I've gotten some inquiries in recent weeks, so here are the most popular requests.

1.) It's no secret that I love hair spray, I use it every single day. Check out this post for my take on four different hair spray brands to see which one I like best. And shockingly, my favorite is not the most expensive.

2.) Eye shadow is one of my favorite parts of putting on makeup. "How do you put on your eye shadow?" is a very popular question that I get asked. So here is how!

3.) For my normal, everyday look I don't wear eyeliner. But I will add it to my makeup look for a dramatic effect. This post has my top eye liner picks.

4.) And finally, shopping at beauty stores is a favorite hobby. I love Ulta and there are many reasons why!