Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{Two Thousand Thirteen | Year Review}

After a quick glance over the last blogging year I noticed, while I had an amazing year, this blog was a bit of a fail. Here's to doing better next year. Let Two Thousand Fourteen commence!!!
Have a great year!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

{Christmas Playlist}

With everything going on this time of year and having a cold for the best part of the last two weeks, it has taken me a long time and effort to get into the Christmas spirit. Below it one of the playlist I have compiled over the last week to help me get there...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

{Early Christmas Presents | Disney on Ice}

As an early Christmas present for my niece, last Wednesday I took her to see Disney on Ice.
As you could imagine, she enjoyed it quite thoroughly.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

{November Review}

This scented candle is perfect for putting you in the mood for Thanksgiving. | Bought my sister a drink from Dunkin' Donuts, then went for a quick drive around... what does this lead up to? Yep, me asking her for a favor. Ha! | Loving this nail polish in the shade 390 "Burgundy Flirt." Hating that it takes three thick coats to get the desired result. | I am kind of obsessed with hot tea right now. | Although no one else knows it's there, I love when the insides of boots/shoes have loud colors and prints. | 
I may have had to take down my niece to get this. I joke...

Favorite Blogs/YouTubers | Matters of Merrymaking - Blog: For some reason during the fall and winter, I get the strangest urges to wear dresses... and this blog has to be my go-to place to find practical dress inspiration.

New-to-Me Blogs/YouTubers | Sam Garrett - YouTube: Talk about one amazing musician... awesome voice. I am currently loving "Brave Beautiful Animals" and "I'm Alive". You can also find him on iTunes and Spotify.

Favorite TV Shows/Movies | Leverage - Although, I feel like the show did "jump the shark" in the 5th and final season... I love it! And to make matters even better, Netflix has added all five seasons to their Watch Instantly lineup.

Online Shops | H&M - With the closest store to me over an hour away, I love that H&M is now available online. I find their sizing to be quite a bit off when visiting the stores... but now that I know what I'm looking for, the online store is perfect. And they ship quite quickly given their shipping rate.

Random Website | RetailMeNot - This has been my go-to website for coupon codes for over two years now. I am a huge online shopper throughout the year but in November and December, I tend to visit this site an least twice a day... everyday. Oh, you thought this was a game?!? Ha!

Hope ya'll had an amazing Thanksgiving! Time to gear up for Christmas!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

{Party Dress Search}

Time has truly flown by this year and I find myself yet again in a last minute hunt for a dress to wear for the holidays this year. With only 2 weeks and 2 days until the first Christmas party I'm attending and my initial choice in dresses still "Temporarily Out of Stock" on the eShakti website... the pressure is on. If you can't tell by some of the dresses I have been drawn to online... I'm thinking some sort of lace this year.

Christmas Party 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

{October Review}

Well, that was a shorter trip over to WordPress than I thought it would be. Sorry for the back and forth, but I am back on Blogger for good. Here is the October Review I posted last Friday on WordPress.

Philippians 4:13 and Donut Shop coffee – my two must haves at 7:30am | New gold toned additions to my jewelry collection | I always become obsessed with 3 Musketeers when it gets cooler outside. I don’t know why… | Time to officially start shopping for a Christmas party dress. | Catching up with a childhood friend at Red Robins | The most absolutely random mega box from Influenster. Yep, random!

Favorite Blogs/YouTubers | Gabe & Babe TV – YouTube: Gabe and Chad are vloggers I’m subscribed to that decided to do Vlogtober this year… which means they vlogged everyday for the month of October. I like their random vlogs but I really enjoyed adding them to list of daily vloggers I watched this month.

New-to-Me Blogs/YouTubers | Ben Brown – YouTube: Yet another daily vlogger…I found this channel through FunForLouis daily vlogs. Ben and Louis are friends who spend quite a bit of time together, so it tends to be very interesting to see the same day from two different perspectives.

Favorite TV Shows/Movies | Face Off – I love reality/competition shows that are based on actually skills and talent.

Online Shops | Esty – I go through phases with Esty… and currently I am loving it. I tend to get lost for hours on this site.

Apps I’m Loving | Spotify – The Spotify app has been on my phone, laptop, and tablet for ages but for some reason I never used it. I’m not sure what I thought it was but once I came out from under the rock I’ve clearly been living under, I have become hooked. The perfect app for random music lovers.

Friday, November 8, 2013

{Made the Move...}

I have moved... over to Wordpress that is... for the moment. I've heard a lot of things about Wordpress and have finally decided to try it out for the rest of the year. The decision will be made in January whether I stay or go.
So, for the time being, come and check out ThroughMyLittleLens.Wordpress.com!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

{September Review}

I know this is a little late but I thought I would share my photo and internet favorites from September.

Currently obsessed with Hot Tamales and Fuze Iced Tea (half tea / half lemonade) | Trying out a new face wash from Origins | One of the many items I've ordered from ASOS | Stocking up on the basics | Getting in my "something green" for the day. | New segment "I don't understand": I don't understand why guys wear skinny jeans/pants then trying to sag them??? Huh?

Favorite Blogs/YouTubers | Vivianna Does Makeup - Blog: While, she does makeup... she also does a lot of skincare... which I love.; DanIsNotOnFire - YouTube: He is hilarious... and his Human Interaction video describes, in less than 5 minutes, how I feel the vast majority of the time.

New-to-Me Blogs/YouTubers | sWooZie - YouTube: I found Adande's channel after watching this random YouTubers React video. He has some funny stories... and he is a christian. And his birthday is the same day as mine.

Favorite TV Shows/Movies | The Great British Bake Off - Of course we do not get this show in America but let's just say that the Internet can be a wonderful place... and some fabulous people upload each episode on Wednesdays, after it has aired on Tuesdays in England.

Online Shops | ASOS - After this blog post, I'm sure I do not need to go into why I am loving this shop.

Random Website | YouNow - This is a live streaming site which is basically like Ustream however here you have the option to "thumbs up" and give the person more time live... or "thumbs down" and kick them off. Very entertaining.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

{Black Sheer Dots}

Flats: Shoe Show | Jeans: IF | Top: Cato* | Wish Bone Necklace: Forever21 | Watch and Bracelet: Gift

*Who knew that Cato still had nice things?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

{Four Must See TV Shows That Have Been Cancelled}

So, you may know by now, that I am quite picky when it comes to the shows I watch... but it never fails, that as soon as I find a new show to watch, it ends up being cancelled after one or two seasons. I guess that means the general public isn't into the kind of shows that I like. As much as it sucks that the shows I like keep getting cancelled, I don't mind that my taste in TV shows and movies do not fall in line with the masses. Four of the shows I really like but they have been cancelled are The Finder, Terra Nova, Storm Chasers, Sherlock. Now I know that Storm Chasers had more than two seasons, but it still hurts just the same. Ha. And while Sherlock has not been technically cancelled, it has been forever since season two ended.

Also, all of these shows are available to "watch instantly" on Netflix, if you want to check them out.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

{ASOS Obsession}

So about a month ago, I was watching Louise's (YouTube Channel: Sprinkle of Glitter) LA Vidcon Day 1 video... and she was wearing the most amazing maxi dress from ASOS (the spooky tree print dress below). Now, I'm a subscriber to her channel, so I know she is a big fan of the website. But up to that point, I had never checked it out. This dress however completely push me right over to the ASOS site, where I have since become obsessed.
I want everything!

ASOS Obsession

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{Fall Scent Preview}

Recently, I stopped into Bath & Body Works for more scentportable refills in the scent of island margarita, only to notice they had a Fall Preview going on. I decided not to get the Fall candles just yet, however I had to pick up the pumpkin scented anti-bacterial hand gels. Ah-Mazing!!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

{Life Lately}

1. Volunteering: Re-organizing one of the many food closets | 2. In a store dressing room. Say WHAT!?! | 3. Currently obsessed with Food Lion's deli chicken salad. | 4. On the scene of my mom's second car accident in less than a week... | 5. You can never go wrong with classic Lay's. | 6. Grabbing snacks before heading to the movie theater. | 7. Amazing how the same top in two different sizes can give you two completely different looks. | 8. SinfulShine in My Kryptonite. Note: This color will stain not only your nails but your fingers as well. | 9. You can never have too much carrot cake! | 10. Fave  artist of the summer: Anthony Evans. A playlist will be coming soon. | 11. Loving my new laptop but Windows 8 is really trying my patience. | 12. How random are the side items at Cook Out? | 13. Taco dip anyone? Recipe c/o my manager. | 14. My birthday bag this year is Zara's Braided Shopper. Can't wait for Fall. | 15. Note to self: Do not go into the Dollar Store on your lunch break. | 16. Preparing some items to list on eBay. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

{It Was A Great One}

All things considered, (family, friends, road trips, gifts, giveaways, car accidents & new cars, volunteering, and a lot of unexpected slightly unwanted playtime with my niece and nephew) this past July will go down in my book as another great birthday month. Time to start Christmas shopping...

*I always seem to get the best pics of the sky when heading into the shoe store near my house.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

{What’s in my “Road Trip” Bag}

For me, the bag I carry on a road trip, particularly when there is going to be a lot of shopping going on, has to be a large bag with a shoulder strap that can be carried cross-body. This blue Caper bag {Sold Out} was my first purchase from JustFab about a year ago… and it has held up extremely well. I tend to keep very small purchases {nail polish, jewelry, etc.} in my bag until I use them, so it is very necessary for me to start out with the bear minimum in my bag. These are the 10 things I typically start out with on a road trip…

1. Hard Sunglasses Case - Picked up this Coach case at TJ Maxx last summer.
2. Phone/Tablet Cables and USB Car Charger - I rarely ever charge my devices before I get in the car to leave.
3. Lip Balm - Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me.
4. Lotion - Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
5. Wallet - My favorite, super old, Tommy Hilfiger wallet.
6. Nail file/clippers - As a nail-biter {I know, I know}, I must have something to take care of nail issues to prevent myself from giving in to the impulse to bit. This floral nail file is Madewell for Birchbox.
7. Candy/Mints/Gum - Whenever I can find these cinnamon Mentos, I always stock up on them. Love!
8. Reading Material - I used to carry a book and a few magazines, since getting the Nook HD, life has been so much easier… and lighter.
9. Moisture Stick - This all-purpose E.L.F. Daily Moisture stick is amazing.
10. A Liter Bottle - I got this fish bottle from Kmart last year, after making the decision to give up soda. This bottle is clear... in the picture, there is sweet tea in it.

What do you carry in your bag on a road trip?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

{On To The Next City}

It's just day two of my trip and I can already tell that the decision to go city-hopping was a good one. 
By the way: On a road trip, does anyone else feel like it is their duty, as the front-seat passenger, to stay awake during the drive? Or is it just me?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

{Birthday Vacations}

With the extremely rainy summer we have been having, the decision this year has been made to head north for my birthday vacation. While I love our usually beach trips, I am quite exited about our city trip this year.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

{Birthday Bucket List}

It is that time of year again and I am celebrating my birthday all month long. This year I've decided to put together a bucket list of things I want to do before my next birthday. Here we go...

Monday, July 8, 2013

{Celebrating All Weekend}

Flats: Teva | Jeans and Tank: Old Navy | Striped Top: H&M

In my family, the 4th of July is not only a time to celebrate our independence but we also celebrate three birthdays. With my niece, my sister, and my own birthday weeks apart (June 12th, June 30th, July 10th respectively), we end up having a massive BBQ... and celebrating the entire weekend. While their birthdays have already past by then, it is a great way for me to kick-off my birthday week. How do you kick-off your birthday week?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

{30 Day Snap - Day Thirty | A Great Season}

This 30 Day Snap has really been a great experience. Making the effort to take and post a photo everyday has made me realize all things considered the season of life I'm in right now has been a great one.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

{30 Day Snap - Day Twenty-Nine | 1st and 15th}

Living in a military town, this is what life looks like when the 1st or the 15th falls anywhere close to a weekend. Waiting in line...

Friday, June 28, 2013

{30 Day Snap - Day Twenty-Eight | A Little Break}

Taking a little break while setting up my laptop again. With the knowledge that all your information has been saved onto an external hard drive and the cloud, it can be quite liberating to be able to start over.

{30 Day Snap - Day Twenty-Seven | Unfortunate Crashes}

This honestly has to be the best $7 I ever spent on Amazon. My laptop is quite the dinosaur... once again, it crashed and the need to restore the hard drive back to the factory settings became necessary. After anxiously purchasing this external case over 3 years, I think the search is officially on for a new laptop.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

{30 Day Snap - Day Twenty-Six | Happy Finds}

Who knew Google Play had gift card? 
As someone who attempts to limit the amount of websites that keep my payment info on file, I was very happy to find this gift card for Google Play at Wal-Mart today. This also helps with the amount of spending I do... 
Candy Crush can get expensive, you know. Ha!