Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Favorites

Although I am sad to see September go and have to kiss summer goodbye, I am now very excited for all things fall that October will bring!  This means bring on the pumpkins.  Bring on the changing leaves.  Bring on Halloween!  

Beauty:

My favorite beauty item this month has been this eyebrow pencil.  I know it's kind of hard to tell what it is since I've used so much of it, but it is Maybelline's Eye Studio Brow Pencil.  I just started filling in my brows maybe a year ago.  It was never something that even occurred to me that I needed to be doing.  But I am so glad I found out about it.  Thankfully my eyebrows are pretty full already so I don't need to fill them in too much, and I don't do it every day.  But it is really helpful to just complete the look, especially for special occasions.  I have tried different colors and I have tried using powder and brushes, but this one has been my favorite for a while now.  The color matches my brows perfectly and I love that it has the comb on the other end. I think it's about time to get a new one though. 

Fashion: 

My favorite fashion item this month are these Old Navy Faux-Suede Ankle Boots.  I have been wanting a pair of ankle boots for a while but just haven't found any I like.  Now that fall clothing is starting to come out it has been a lot easier to find them.  I didn't really want them in the suede material because I was worried they would get ruined in the rain.  But they were really affordable and comfortable so I couldn't pass them up.  I will just have to be very careful on what days I decide to wear them. 

Food: 

It's all about the oatmeal this month!  For some reason I just can't get enough oatmeal.  I probably had it for breakfast almost every morning this month.  I love it with either bananas and a spoonful of peanut butter or with frozen fruit sprinkled with cinnamon.  Pretty sure I went through an entire tub this month.  Is that bad?  I recently heard about overnight oatmeal that I must try now!

TV/Movie/Book:

Besides the Ellen show, there are not too many other TV shows that I watch.  In fact most of my TV and movie watching happens on Netflix now.  Which is great when you missed a show the first time around and are able to binge watch the entire thing!  Thankfully I don't have time to binge watch this show right now, but there are only 3 seasons so it won't take long to catch up anyway.  I'm still on season 1, but I am loving the show New Girl.  Zooey Deschanel is so cute and quirky.  All the characters have great chemistry, it is just a fun show to watch that I'd recommend to anyone. 

Random:

My random favorite this month is this Insanity workout.  Technically I just started a little over a week ago, but I am loving it already.  I have done the entire program before, about 3 or 4 years ago.  It is hands down the hardest workouts I have ever done.  Feeling a little unmotivated and bored with my normal workouts, I decided to give this one a try again.  I love that the workouts are fairly short but always make you push yourself.  Can't wait to see my results in 60 days! 

What have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31 Day Nail Challenge: Day 5&6 (Blue and Violet)


Since I slacked on last week's blue color I decided to cheat a little bit and combine the two colors together using the same polish!  How you might ask?  Feeling inspired by the previous glow in the dark nails, I decided to try another magical polish.  


For the blue color I chose to use my Del Sol polish in the color Superhero.  I think it's fitting that it's called Superhero because it really does have some super powers.  This one is magical because it changes colors in the sun!  If you are inside the polish will be this very pale, light blue color.  However, once you are in the sunlight it magically changes to a pale, light purple color. 



Nail polish companies should really make more magical nail polish like these because I would buy them all.  I have heard there are nail polishes that are scented.  Maybe that will be my next crazy polish to try. 

So you see, I have a blue polish and a violet polish all in one!  How nice that worked out.  Now I am back on track, just in time to start thinking of designs for next week's color.  

Any suggestions for next week's black and white nails?

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Maltese Falcon


Book: The Maltese Falcon
Author:  Dashiell Hammett

About the book:
This book is a mystery that starts out with a woman who hires two detectives to help find her younger sister.  The sister supposedly ran off with a (married) man and will not return home.  The woman is eager to get her sister home before her parents return from vacation.  You quickly learn this story was all a lie when a murder takes place the next day.  With multiple murders and people constantly changing stories, this book is full of surprises.  The story unfolds that a group of people are looking for a certain falcon statue that is worth a lot of money.  When a lot of people are in search for a lot of money, greed gets in the way with no remorse. 

My Thoughts: 
I thought the book started out very strong.  The author did a great job at capturing my attention and making me want to read more.  Within the first couple chapters there was already a murder and the story was full of mystery.  There were a lot of characters involved in this book, and with some being killed off so shortly, it was a little hard to keep track of everyone.  However, the abrupt murders and changing stories kept me intrigued of wanting to know what was really going on and what was all the hype with this falcon thing. 

Mystery books are my favorite genre because, if written well, they just suck you in and make you want to keep reading.  You need to know what happens next!   Apparently this book has been made into a movie, so now I am on the hunt to see this movie and see how it compares.  I'm not getting my hopes up though because books tend to be better than the movie, in my opinion. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

I realize it is probably too late for a weekend recap since it is now already Wednesday.  But I am going to do one anyway because I am slightly slacking on my nail challenge this week.  

So this past weekend was a pretty relaxing one.  Saturday was spent at the Farmer's Market again in the morning.  I am really loving going to the Farmer's Market.  But I've realized I need to plan out weekly recipes before I go so then I know what to buy while I'm there.  We quickly decided to make fajitas so we just ended up buying bell peppers and onions (along with some other veggies for the week).  

This Nutella Banana bread was delicious!

The rest of the day was spent baking and napping.  A pretty chill day if you ask me.  That night we rented a couple movies and cooked up some fajitas.  We ended up watching American Hustle, and to be honest I didn't really like it.  Granted we were preoccupied making fajitas halfway through, but I just felt like it was really hard to follow and didn't make sense to me.  

On Sunday we went to an A's game with my work.  Last year we went to a Giants game, so it was only fair to the A's fans to go to one of their games this year.  It was hard to root for another team, but it was a good game so I'm glad we went. 


When we got home we watched our other movie, Transcendence, which I enjoyed a lot more.  It was almost scary to think that this could potentially happen someday with how much focus we put on technology.  At least it won't happen in my lifetime, I hope.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Race Bucket List

September 21 - Race Bucket List
What races would you love to do if you had the time/money? These can be as realistic or unrealistic as you want!

This week's link-up was really fun to do!  Thinking about all the races I could do if time and money didn't matter.  In no particular order, here is my top five bucket list of races. 



1.  Any sort of Disney Run.  The best part is they have races all throughout the year ranging from 10k to marathons.  Some are Disneyland but some are also in Disneyworld.  I think out of all of the races, my top choice would be the Tinkerbell Half Marathon.  It just looks like so much fun.  It is a whole weekend event with costumes involved.  Unfortunately it costs in the couple hundred dollar range just to register.  Not exactly in my budget at the moment.  But if I was planning to go to Disneyland anyway it would be something to look into, so not completely unrealistic. 



2.  Tough Mudder.  For those who may not know, this run is an obstacle course race.  It is a 10-12 mile course with obstacles including things like water, mud, fire, and electricity.  It sounds like the most intense race someone could do.  It would definitely take some training, and I'm thinking more strength than just straight running.  Which would be a nice change of pace from only running.  Again this race is a bit pricey, depending on when you register it can range from $100-$200.  All locations are a bit of a drive for me too, so it would have to be something I am completely committed to and preferably do in a group. 



3.  The Color Run.  I can't believe I haven't done one of these runs yet.  It just looks too fun to pass up.  The race is a 5k course and the purpose of the race is not on the running but on having fun.  You are supposed to wear a white t-shirt so that by the end of the race you are covered in color!  The great part about this race is there are so many locations, anybody could find one close enough to them.  As always it's cheaper to sign up early and preferably with a group. 



4.  Similar to the Color Run is the Electric Run.  This one is also a 5k where to the purpose is more to have fun that run for a fast time.  The run is at night and each course is themed.  Costumes are encouraged and there's an after party to follow.  Sounds like a good night to be had with a group of friends.  There aren't quite as many location options as the Color Run but it is similar in price. 



5.  Last, but not least, is a Santa Run.  I think I am burned out on the long distance running and find myself more intrigued in shorter distance runs.  Especially the fun ones like these.  With the holidays coming up, this run looks like a fun way to get in the spirit!  It's only a 5k and starts in the afternoon but everyone is dressed up like Santa or one of his helpers.  Grab some friends, join a team, and have fun!