Friday, April 18, 2014

High Five For Friday

It's been a busy week - I'm ready for Friday and definitely ready to celebrate Easter and the empty tomb. Thank you Jesus for saving my life!

1.) We had some nice weather which prompted my friend Kristina to suggest we take our girls on a walk. Our friend Katie and her dog Stuart joined us too!


2.) We are dog sitting for my friend Marcy while she is out of town. Tabby is a timid dog who prefers men over women. It took me about 3 days, but she finally let me pet her!!! And she jumps on me. It's official, she likes me.


3.) I love that little things fascinate my Baby K. She could stare at the fan all day long.


4.) We are also dog sitting for our friends Dane and Courtney (yep, our house is a circus - a fun circus). Baby K was getting acquainted with her new friend Riley.


5.) Tolar started singing and playing the guitar for Baby K and she decided that she wanted to help her Daddy play.


I'm linking up this High Five For Friday post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty Box 5 April

Beauty Box 5 has provided me with a complimentary subscription for review purposes. All opinions in this post are my own.


I got my Beauty Box 5 in the mail and again its a good one. I seriously urge you to consider buying a subscription to Beauty Box 5 if you have ever thought about it. I have loved every box they have sent me. They are always full of great products that I actually use, not full of products that I've never heard of and haven't the slightest clue what they are for. These are products that fit into my current beauty routine and actually make it better.

Beauty Box 5 is a beauty subscription service that sends a box of five different beauty samples to your mailbox each month for just $12. Plus the subscription also makes a great gift - Mother's Day is just around the corner.

So here is what came in my box for April:
1.) BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette - This is a such a fun little compact with three different eyeshadow colors. I love that I can pop this compact in my purse and it takes up almost zero space. And with the three different colors, I can create a ton of looks. Super versatile.

2.) Jergens Natural Glow - I haven't used this sunless tanner yet because I am still in love with my Rodan + Fields foaming sunless tan. But I know that Jergens is a good and trusted brand, so maybe I will pass this sample along to my Bestie and see if she wants to give it a whirl. I love that this tanner isn't supposed to leave streaks, making it super easy to apply.

3.) Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick - Ok, winner winner chicken dinner! This lipstick is awesome!!!! It is very hydrating and I simply LOVE the color. Concerto is the perfect spring lip color - not too bold at all. And bonus, this lipstick lasts awhile. No need to reapply multiple times during the day.

4.) Bonne Bell Lip Definer - I'm not that much of a lip liner user, but I do love what they do. This liner keeps lipstick from feathering and makes for a perfectly natural look when paired with clear gloss. 

5.) Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes - Maybe this is tied with #3 as a huge winner. I simply love that these wipes are in a portable little container. I can attach this to my diaper bag and use these wipes on the go. These are the perfect wipes to remove eye makeup when I am out and about.


To get your very own subscription to Beauty Box 5, click this link.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ready for Summer

summer




I am so ready for summer. We enjoyed a few nice and beautiful days around these parts and then yesterday boom, here comes the rain and freezing temps again. I loved that one of my friends in Chicago posted on facebook "go home winter, you're drunk."  My thoughts exactly. No one wants you around winter. We want the sun and the beach and the relaxation that comes with summer.

I'm not exactly sure if I will be getting to a beach anytime this summer, but a girl can still dream and plan her beach outfit can't she? I've been eyeing the swimsuits that have hit the stores and also kind of dreading getting into one, but I am so in love with some of the prints. I'm all about a tankini now that I'm a mama. Don't nobody want to see my stomach. Amen. 

In addition to the swimsuits, I am loving several options of flip flops from Tory Burch. She has such great designs. And throw in some fun towels, a good chick book and a nice frozen lemonade and ah - I'm ready for my nap in the sun.

Are you summer ready? Have you started looking for a swimsuit?

Swimsuits
Black tankini top: Alloy (sold out, similar).
Pink bikini bottoms: Charlotte Russe.
Black and White Ikat tankini: Calypso St. Barth.
Grey and Yellow tankini top: Buckle.

Sandals
Leopard Print: Neiman Marcus.
Black: Bloomingdale's.

Beachtowels
Pineapple print: Victoria's Secret.
Sun Sea You Me: Life Is Good.


I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some encouragement for you

We could all use a little encouragement, huh? Let's just be honest: life can be tough, it can be messy and rough and doesn't always end up as we want it to. But it goes on. And its how we react during the messy moments that really show our true character and even, who we could become.

One of my favorite ways to navigate a rough time is to read encouraging verses in scripture. Yes, going on walks in the gorgeous sunshine to catch up with my girlfriends is an excellent way to cheer up, but nothing fuels my soul like hearing straight from the Lord. So I thought I would share some of my favorite verses with you.

I hope if you are having a down day, that these verses will encourage you the way they do me.


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 6-7

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

And for some super awesome encouragement, you have GOT to watch our Pastor's Palm Sunday message from yesterday about "Capturing Hope." It was such a timely message for me to hear and it made me come alive!

Friday, April 11, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday people!

Let's jump right into the good moments from the week.

1.) This. This right here. Baby K NEVER cuddles. Like ever, which really breaks this Mama's heart. But this week, she just laid her sweet little head right on my chest and stayed there. And I melted.


2.) I had a somewhat stressful day on Wednesday and put a simple prayer request out on facebook just asking my friends to lift me up in prayer (I love facebook for that!). Well not only did so many people pray for me, but my amazing friend Julie stopped by to bring me cupcakes, tulips and one of the sweetest cards ever written. I also scored some hugs from her cute little boys. It is friends like Julie who can seriously turn a stressful and hard day into a day with rainbows and butterflies.


3.) We did it! We started laying Baby K down for bed at night without her sleep suit. Yes, I know I should have had her out of the suit awhile ago, but winter decided to stick around longer than I would have liked, so I kept my baby in her sleep suit (and yes, I admit it - she slept so good in it, why wreck a good thing, amiright?). So far we are at four solid nights of no sleep suit and zero waking up. Oh sweet Baby K, thank you for continuing your good sleeping habits.


4.) Tolar and I completely fail at trying to be sporadic. We are planners through and through. That's one of the reasons we are so well matched. But this week, we tried to throw our schedule out the window and take Baby K out on a walk in the beautiful 72 degree weather we've been having. On our way to the park, I realized what time it was and that I was missing a pumping session (sorry - hope that's not TMI) and Tolar realized he had to help a friend move like 50 minutes later. Way to think we didn't have a schedule. So beautiful outside afternoon was gone and we only had a few minutes to grab some milkshakes. Not a total loss and the milkshakes were super yummy.


5.) God is amazing. He had my friend Katy send this info to me from Christine Caine at the EXACT moment I needed it. I loved it so much, I just had to share!


I hope you had a great week and that you have tons of fun plans in store for the weekend. Oh and if you missed yesterday's post about the awesome sunless tanner from Rodan + Fields, don't worry. There is still time to snag one for yourself!

I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Get Those Winter White Legs Ready For Summer

Who is like me and is kind of terrified to bring out their pasty white legs now that warmer temps are upon us? It is time to get those winter white legs ready - shorts and dress season is fast approaching and I definitely want to have a little color on my legs.

If you aren't ready to bear the white, I have just the thing for you! You've never had such a gorgeous glow without any UV rays until you've tried the Rodan + Fields foaming sunless tanner.

Allure Magazine had this to say about it!
"Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tan: This foam...prolong[s] color by decreasing cell turnover...the color lasted a full five days."

Due to the overwhelming response for the R+F sunless tanner, as seen in Allure, I want to place a huge order because people are snatching these up! Seriously, I placed a big order at the end of March and opened it up to my personal friends on facebook and my followers on instagram and they sold like hot cakes! This is such a great product.




I'm now opening up the offer to you, my fabulous followers of Pursuit of Pink. If you would like one for only $24 plus shipping (I'm picking up the tax for you!!!) comment below with a way for me to contact you. You can either leave your e-mail address or twitter handle and I will get in touch with you immediately. Or if you don't want to leave your info, reach out to me via e-mail (lindsay@pursuitofpink.com). 

The sunless tanner works great and doesn't streak or turn orange. It is safe for the face and bronze in color. This dries in seconds and there is no transfer on clothes.




Here is a bit more info:

  • How many applications to get a good color? I like 2, but it still shows up after 1. For 2, apply, then wait 1 minute until dry and reapply.
  • Do I need to wear gloves? Nope. Just remember to wash your hands immediately after applying.
  • How long does it last: 5-6 days before it starts to fade; a week or a little longer before I need to reapply.
  • How long do I need to wait before showering/getting into the water? Wait at least one hour.
  • How long before it starts to show? You'll start seeing a little bit within an hour, but it is usually a few hours before I really start to see it.
Best practices: Exfoliate prior to applying the tanner and shave your legs before applying. Do not shave after using (i.e. the same night), it will fade quicker. If you want to apply sunscreen after, wait one hour.


Again, if you want to snatch one of these awesome tanners up, just leave a way for me to contact you and I will make sure to add your order to the list. This would be the perfect gift to add to an Easter basket...I'm just saying!



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I Heart Scarves

It is no secret that I just adore scarves. They are one of my favorite accessories and really dress up any look. I even love to throw a scarf over a t-shirt to give it a little flair.

Have you heard of Subtle Luxury and their amazing Spun Scarves? They have some of the most amazing and beautiful scarves I have ever seen. And let's talk about soft, oh my goodness - so soft and cuddly. I practically want to sleep in my Spun Scarves because they are the softest scarves I have ever owned. And their scarves are very lightweight so I don't have to worry about overheating when I still want to wear a scarf in the sping.
Subtle Luxury is a California brand that designs fashion items with a washed, lived in look to create a vintage feel. I love that!

This Swirling Lagoon Red Print Scarf is so fun and pretty. I love that I can wear it with lots of different items and still add some color to my wardrobe. That's one of my goals for Spring, to add some more color to my outfits. And these amazing Spun Scarves are loved by celebrities too - how cool is that? Charlize Theron, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff and Selena Gomez all wear the Spun Scarves.


Jeans: Old Navy.
Black Tank, Shoes and Sunnies: Target.
Cardigan: LOFT.
Scarf: c/o Subtle Luxury.


I also love this Metallic Mint Scarf that I have from Subtle Luxury. It is the perfect color for spring and can go with dresses, jeans, pants, anything. So versatile.


Jeans and shirt: Old Navy.
Vest: New York & Company.
Scarf: c/o Subtle Luxury.
Shoes: Target.

I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday, Style Elixir for Style Sessions and Plane Pretty for Sunday Style.