Friday Favorites: The Final Five Are “Setting the World On Fire”

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope the week didn’t wear you out too much, since you were stuck staying up till midnight every night to watch the Olympics (cough NBC cough). The summer is quickly coming to an end. Teachers and students are heading back to school, the heat waves of August are rolling in, and I’ll be heading up to Wisconsin soon. This time next week, I’ll already be moving into my first apartment! Here are some Friday Favorites to take into the weekend and help you through next week. Let me know some of your favorite things from the week!

“Setting the World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk

Kenny Chesney is my favorite artist. For my 16th birthday, my parents got me front row sandbar tickets to his concert with Tim McGraw, and it was a religious experience. The first song I ever heard by him was “When the Sun Goes Down” when I ten, and I was half asleep in the car on the way back from the doctor’s. I made my mom play the song three more times in a row. I’ve eagerly awaited every new album since then, and while the past few years didn’t do much for me, the release of  The Big Revival brought me back to that little girl in the car falling in love with Kenny Chesney for the first time.

So when the latest single from the upcoming album, Cosmic Hallelujah, dropped, I freaked. This has to be one of my favorite Kenny Chesney songs ever, and featuring P!nk? I mean, hellooooo? How perfect! It’s such a feel good song about being young, wild, and free, a theme Kenny Chesney has always kept throughout the years. Just look at the lyrics!

Up all night and we were feelin’ so good
Yeah, we got a little higher than we probably should
We were in a hotel singin’ in the hallway lights
We were strikin’ the matches right down to the ashes
Setting the world on fire, setting the world on fire

This is a must download for your weekend playlist. It is also available on Spotify!

Alex and Ani

When I opened the latest Alex and Ani email, I actually screamed at work. Staring up at me under the headline “Show off your spirit with new collegiate additions” was a picture of shiny, new Wisconsin bangle. How could I not make this a Friday Favorite? I’ve been dying for a Wisconsin bangle to complete my #charmedarms game day look, and to wear around campus. I even tweeted at Alex and Ani earlier this year begging them to make one, and they came through! Now the hard part is deciding between gold and silver. The Wisconsin bangle, and five more new collegiate additions, launch Monday on the Alex and Ani website.

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The Final Five

I don’t get emotional about sports often, and when I do it’s usually me screaming obscenities at Badger football games when the refs make terrible calls. But every time the Olympics come around, I always get emotionally invested.

The girls of the Final Five captured my heart this year. From Aly’s happy tears when she slayed her floor routine for individual all around, to Laurie whispering to herself, “I got this,” before completing her beam exercise which helped the U.S. grab the gold, everything these incredible ladies have done has made me so emotional. Don’t even get me started on the angel to grace this earth, Simone Biles. Her face when she won gold? I was tearing up too. I’m pretty sure I’ll be searching for some Final Five posters to hang in my apartment. These ladies kicked ass, and I’ll try my damndest to put as much heart and soul into what I love the same way they did.

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Friday Favorites: Challah-lujah it’s the Weekend

Happy Friday y’all! I hope the week didn’t wear you down too much and you’re ready for a relaxing weekend. The Olympics officially start tonight, so be sure not to miss the opening ceremonies. I love getting to see the show every country puts on each time. I’ve got a few new favorite things to share with y’all, so kick back, relax, and have a look at my latest obsessions!

Challahlujah Breakfast Sandwich

The brainchild of my friend Stephanie and I is quickly becoming one of my favorite breakfast dishes. Thanks to some Instagram inspiration from the always punny @unkoshermarket, we came up with the Challahlujah Breakfast sandwich: corn beef hash, over-medium eggs, and cheese, all on a toasted challah roll. To be honest, it was more the name we were proud of than anything, but the second we took a bite into it at work the next day, we knew we had a masterpiece on our hands. Luckily, we both work at Suzy Q’s Hometown diner, so Steph asked Suzy (aka Mom) if we could put it on the specials board. And it actually sold! Talk about a confidence boost for a girl who just tests her recipes out on her family!

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Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick

There are two things that make finding a good, true red liquid lipstick hard for a girl like me:

  1. I talk so much it comes off too quickly.
  2. I’m so pale

But thanks to the collaboration between Smashbox and YouTuber goddess extraordinaire Lilly Singh (aka IISuperwomanII), I’ve found a product that pays no mind to any of these issues. The Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick alone is a godsend. It is a comfortable matte that doesn’t leave your lips dry and begging for lip balm thanks to infused primer oil. I wear it for six hours at work where I’m talking to customers and coworkers constantly, and I don’t have to add lip balm or reapply once. Smashbox’s website says Advanced Polymer Technology makes it stay put for up to 8 hours, which it easily does. I made mine last for 12 hours with minimal fading once! They claim it’s “smudge-proof, budge-proof, and non-feathering,” which it is for me!

Could it get any better? Oh, I assure you it can. Throw in the gorgeous genius that is Lilly Singh and you get the best shade of the bunch: BAWSE. One of my favorite terms is girl boss, and Lilly embodies that. Her “no-rules red” collab with Smashbox is my favorite color ever, and gives me a confidence boost whenever I step out of the house with it on. I get so many compliments from family, friends, and strangers every time I wear it. And what Badger fan would I be if I didn’t have a show stopping red to wear to games at Camp Randall?  At $24 a tube, this is a bit pricer than what I usually go for, but it is so worth it! I also own the Always On Liquid Lipstick in Babe Alert, a nude rose.

Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer

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This liquid gold is cement for your face in a tiny bottle. It is actual magic. The product description on Amazon reads “Apply over any completed makeup for smudge and water resistance. Final Seal keeps makeup in place on performers who heavily perspire.” Well, what better place to test it than a hot, greasy diner in the middle of the summer in Florida? The regular customers that come in the end of the day kept complimenting my makeup, since it’s usually been melted off by the time they see me during the day. Not with this beautiful blue spray. Ben Nye Final Seal gives a gorgeous matte finish that holds on for hours. I bought the 1 oz bottle to give it a test run, and I’ll definitely be buying one of the larger ones after this.

ColourPop Eyeshadow

As you can easily see, we’ve got a theme going here. I’ve been on a makeup kick lately, and one of my favorite finds is ColourPop, especially their eye shadows. The colors are stunning and super pigmented, and at $5, a great price. After $30, you get free shipping within the US, so there is always an excuse to get more beautiful colors like this. They have everything from pinks to metal colors and metallic to pearlized finishes. I was nervous to buy some of the more ~~fun~~ colors like blues and greens, but if you’ve got the confidence, you can rock them casually during the day just as easily as you can at a party. I won’t lie, half of what makes me fall in love with a shade is it’s description. A few of my favorites?

  • Bubbly: A truly angelic pink with tons of silver and bright bubble gum pink glitter = A princess pink that is totally rave worthy.
  • Girly: Creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish. Girly, the perfect way to class up your stripper heels.
  • Lovely: Soft light gold with shimmering flecks of multi- dimensional glitter, wear anywhere from a sweet afternoon tea to a belligerent night in Vegas.
  • Tea Party: A versatile soft peachy pink with gazillion silver glitters and subtle hints of pale pink glitter. Highlight anything and everything with it! This shade is made for you if: you love pink champagne, sparkles, and tea parties (duh).

 

 

Cheers,  Josie

Confessions of a Former Florida Girl: My Beach Bag Essentials

IMG_2703You can take the girl out of Florida and drop her in freezing cold Wisconsin, but you can’t take Florida out of the girl. I cannot go to the beach empty handed as a born and bred Florida girl. You need to bring sunscreen to reapply, money for ice cream on the pier, headphones, sunglasses, and so much more. It might drive my Dad nuts when when I haul all this to our yearly beach house trip to Ocean Isle Beach, NC, but a beach bag is a must with all that! Here are a few of my beach bag essentials that make every trip to the beach perfect.

glo minerals The Cherry Balm

My lips get destroyed between dry winters in Wisconsin and sunny summers in Florida. The lovely ladies at Velvet Waxing Studio in Madison introduced me to the incredible lip balm The Cherry Balm from glo minerals that has saved my lips from chapping or burning between my two homes. I never leave the house without The Cherry Balm. While you might get some weird looks when you pull this glue stick sized lip balm out of your bag, I promise it is worth the stares. The Cherry Balm protects lips with full spectrum SPF 15 and locks in the moisture with hemp seed oil, meadowfoam, and mango seed butter. The balm costs $14, but it has lasted me over a year. It’s done wonders for my lips, soothing and healing them when I first bought it December 2014 and kept them protected until I ran out of my first stick this past January. It is worth the investment and is a total must for your beach bag when you’re out there lounging in the harsh summer sun. Skip the cheap lip balm next time you’re at the drugstore and order The Cherry Balm instead. Plus, if you aren’t a cherry person, it also comes in mint.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream

After I’ve protected my lips, I need to add some color to them. Yes, I’m that person that wears makeup to the beach. I think some eyeliner, mascara, and a pretty summer lip color brings the whole beach look together. My favorite lip colors lately are Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Creams. They go on beautifully, and I adore their bright, summery colors like pinks and corals right now. Even after eating, drinking, and chatting during the day, the color lasts with little transfer until I wash it off at night. This one is San Paulo that offered a perfect pop of pink. There are 34 shades of Soft Matte Lip Creams, so I guarantee there will be at least one you will fall in love. They’re small and perfect to slip into your beach bag before you head out for some fun in the sun.

Kaitlin Kendall Design Donut Floppy Hat and Fancy Bands

Etsy browsing is one of guilty pleasures. I love supporting small, independent businesses, and I actually find a lot of them through Instagram and then follow the links to their Etsy stores. Instagram is a great place to find small businesses with unique, handmade products, and it’s also a great place to share your finds so others can support these shops too. One of my favorite finds is Kaitlin Kendall Design (@katiebowhead on Instagram). I saw her post about these handpainted ‘Donut’ floppy sun hats and I had to have one for our beach house trip. It was so cute and I got tons of compliments on it. It also fit perfectly and was perfect for shading my face and shoulders from the sun. Kaitlin (a fellow Florida girl) also threw in a couple knotted hair ties or “fancy bands” with the hat. These hair ties are great because they’re loose enough to not rip your hair out later, but tight enough to hold up against the waves when you go for a dip. She also has the hat in a watermelon design for an even more summery or spring feel.  I recommend checking out her Instagram or Etsy store to see her other gorgeous products like her bow bracelets, wristlets, lanyards, and headbands.

Cheers, Josie 

Coffee Cozy Crazy

I live off of coffee like most college students, but in the dreariness of Wisconsin winters, I get tired of plain paper and plastic cups. I need some color in my life! Also, walking around with iced coffee in the snow and frigid winter wind isn’t the most fun. It was miserable, but then I found @shopcatherinemason on Instagram. Her fun, colorful coffee cozies immediately caught my attention and are my newest obsession.

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Owner Ashlen makes the cutest cozies and combines my love of color, Disney, monograms, and coffee in one versatile product. Catherine Mason coffee cozies fit “hot and cold disposable cups in different sizes as well as cans, water bottles, and small mason jars.”

They’re also perfect for my transition between Wisconsin winters and Florida summers. They keep my hands and drinks warm in the winter, but keep my drinks cold and condensation controlled in the summer.

My favorite cozy is my Monogram Mouse. It is completely customized and two of my favorite things: Disney and monograms! I adore the bright blue and pink with the gold monogram that make it the perfect summer accessory. IMG_2009

Be sure to check out Catherine Mason and her shop on Instagram for the latest designs and updates. Their second collaboration with @stellalaneshop goes live tomorrow at 9 am PST and they have the cutest appliques like peaches, lemons and strawberries, oh my!

There are always great deals, promo codes, and sales going on, so keep an eye on this adorable shop.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Cheers,  Josie