On turning 29 +1

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Well last month I had a birthday didn’t I? A pretty big one I’d say…I mean it wasn’t 18 or 21 or 50…but I turned over a decade. I’ll admit, I thought nothing of it. Everyone said that “30 is the new 20” and “you’ll find your first gray hair that morning” but I don’t know…a birthday isjust that to me.
A day.
My friends and I had planned a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey and it was going to get my mind off things and jump start my long vacation. I was just going to get away and, to be quite honest, it was well needed. I’ve been kind of running myself into the ground lately…but at the same time that level of busy feels normal. Does that make sense?
It was taking this vacation that gave me time to sit and think.
I’ll be first to admit that having time to sit and think is not my favorite place to be.I’m an introvert. That keeps to myself and deals with me internally. And I don’t know if it was the fact that I had time off, had turned 30, or was spending waaaay to much time with my family but- I was starting to actually panic. All of a sudden I began to realize things like I’ve been out of high school/ college for x amount of years or I thought I’d be at this stage of my life by now. Just random things that had never really popped up in my head before and now…it’s like running along the headlines rolling behind my eyes like movie credits. Then you think of those dumb pacts you used to make “if I’m not married and you’re not married at 30…we’ll get married ok?” I mean it’s just funny to think of now. I’m not sure I think I’m just rambling at this point.
So that’s pretty much where I am right now. It’s all kind of subsided (not fully) and I don’t fully feel like myself but- I’m getting there. I have a lot of half written post that I’m hoping to schedule and have for you guys but I just kind of wanted to let ya’ll know what’s up.
Especially since I’d started getting really back into things and then- nada.

Hope you’re all doing well and hope to be chittychatt’n with you all soon!

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I heart summer tag

So I saw a couple of you lovelies (Julia and Deb) do the I πŸ’™ summer tag so I figured I’d go for it too :). I’ve been trying to get back to my blogging and these tags and photo updates have been a nice ease in so I hope you’ve been enjoying them! Of course I decide to try and get back into things while I’m in the middle of vacation because I’m super smart…but I think I’m doing alright.
So heeeere we go!

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?

Well. I just started using bronzer (no joke…late to the game) but I’ve gotten a couple sets with bronzers included and like them so far! I have Nars Laguna, as well as Tarte park avenue princess. I also have one by cover fx in sunkissed and I kind of love it…but I maybe a little dark for it now (fingers crossed). Prior to my higher end bronzers I had some drug store ones I just didn’t love all that much, however, that could be because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Who knows.

2. You’re relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on? (Favorite Summer Drink)

Omg what wouldn’t I have to drink? I love fresh strawberry lemonade and I’m a fan of light cocktails…because I’m of age and I can do that if I do so choose. But definitely water! I’m terrible of drinking water on vacation or outside and you end up feeling crummy. So double fist your alcoholic beverage with water (that goes for late nights bar hopping too…don’t ever be that girl. ever)

3. Favorite summer lip product?

I’m really loving the jack black balms as well as the baby lips SPF. I’m really scared of getting sunburned on my lips- happened once when I was younger (as well as the rest of my body) just terrible

4. Pool or Beach?

– I really enjoy the beach. The sound is relaxing with the waves and i enjoy doing stuff like boogie boarding- however I don’t like sand in my pants. So in a pinch I enjoy the pool. It’s just nice to know that there is a beach 2ish hours from my house. I would like to learn how to surf one day too…so I guess I’m more pro beach.

5. Summer = crazy hair! What’s your must-have styling product?

– Ugh. My hair in the summer is a hotmessexpress. Oil is good as well as products that have uv protection is nice. I still have to straighten my hair but it holds up pretty ok even with humidity- but soon as rain or water hits- I’m pretty screwed. I think I’ll answer this a little bit better with the summer proof products…

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

– I enjoy both. Natural is always better but I have some lily white skin over here…I need help. I do enjoy fake tans though because in general I don’t get much of a vacation and then I break out the Tarte fake tan as well as the st. Tropez- both are lovely. BUT NO FAKE TANNING BEDS.

7. Favorite summer nail polish?

– I like blues and purples in the summer…sometimes light pinks. I change my polish so much that I have no preference….just whatever is there that I like

8. Any summer traditions?

– we try to go to ocean city during the summer…and the pool. But generally we just do dumb trips or hit up concerts. Nothing too crazy.

9. Favorite summer scent?

– I like fresh fruity smells. I do enjoy some Vera Wang…

10. Favorite BBQ food?

– BBQ chicken or pulled pork. Yummmm. Really anything on a grill…southern folks.

11. What’s your favorite summer-proof product?

– I’ve really been liking the Living Proof style extender as well as the frizz cream…aaaand the new living proof serum. I kind of like those for my hair. The urban decay setting spray is also awesome and the benefit they’re real mascara. Oh and the Kat Von D liner marker. But I use all of those most of the time.

12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream summer trip!

I’ve just been to Atlantic City and then I’m currently in Ocean city…next stop- I’m seeing Justin Timberlake and JayZ on Thursday! Woopwoop!

13. Show us your favorite summer dress.
Ugh- summer dress? I’m going to have to think on that one…I found one on the boardwalk at this piercing place that sells a lot of sailor Jerry stuff that had sideshow freaks πŸ™‚ but I’m not sure what brand it was…might have to look it up.

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Well that’s about it! I’m on my last night of vacation with my family and its my nephews 4th birthday! I tagEVERYONE and anyone to join in!

Much love to all of you…

Xx

Week in the photo life πŸ’™ 7/29/13

So this is coming a tad bit late. At the moment I’m in Ocean City Maryland with my family…so I’ve been in the sun…feeling the sea breeze and maybe enjoying a drink or two. Last week was my birthday. I’m currently 29+1 and I plan on talking more about that later, as well as my trip for my big day- but that’s coming. For now you’ll just get a few snippets. Hope these photos find you well and I’ll talk to you all later!

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1- on the 23rd…I had a seriously rough day at work. My phone was going off before I even got out of the house for work and more just kept happening and happening. I felt as thigh I never stopped. There was IT stuff going on…and new stuff getting implemented. Then I had to go to my part time job too. I’m pretty certain there’s no such thing as an easy week before a vacation.

2- blood.orange.margarita. So damn good. Had this at at Mexican restaurant in Atlantic City for my birthday. The made guacamole to order…so fresh and delicious.

3- after dinner we went (back to) gambling and I won a colossal win on the Michael Jackson slot machine…I don’t know exactly what happened but he was singing beat it and moonwalking and I ended up with 59 dollars. Holler!

4- we decided to go to the boardwalk for lunch the next day and found glasses with mustaches. We later wore them to the club and got loads of attention (both good and bad).

5- my friend took this photo of me that we dubbed “majestic native birthday princess”. Apparently when I pushed my glasses up it looked like a hair piece. I dunno- made sense t the time.

6- Saturday I made it home to my parents that had just gotten in from NC to go on family vacation and was surprised with a cake at dinner. I was very tired and should have made my way to my own house…

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Some extras! Clearly my pup missed me but he’s in good hands this week. I’ve been getting photos sent showing him having a good time at my friend Brandon’s house. My eye also swelled up upon entry to my sisters and my house because I’d forgotten my allergy meds on my way to Atlantic City- so I just blew up when I got home. Elphie wasn’t trying to let me go on vacation. She paid n me and meowed at me a lot. She doesn’t meow a lot so it’s a pretty big deal.

And that’s it for now! I’m about to go and probably stuff my face with carnie food and get a belly ache on the boardwalk.

Xx

Collage of life things πŸ’œ7/22/13

Another week has come and gone! Thank.the.lord. It’s been a rough one…I feel that the week(s) right before vacation (yes….I said vaycay) are the longest weeks everrrr. I’ve been working my bum off this week and tomorrow is my last day before vacation bliss. With sun, and maybe a little gambling, some drinks, and most importantly- delicious food! I’m not sure if you can tell but I’m pretty stoked. Not to mention my birthday is coming. Loads to do…any maybe a little something special for you all *wink*.
So here are the things I’ve been up to since last Monday:

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1- Scrappy and I caught up on TrueBlood. I missed it on Sunday because my sister called…and then my parents called…someone called. I just remember being on the phone. I liked the books much better than the show is turning out- but southern vampires? Love. And Mr.Eric Northman….Nordic god much? Love it.

2- I finally got mini propane tanks for our mini grill!! I’ve been grilling like its nobodies business. Here we had chicken (duh), squash with onions and seasons in one packet and asparagus and other seasonings in the other. Yum.

3- my on the go makeup hotmess of a bag. Basically- I don’t wear makeup all day if I’m at my full time job. So around lunch or whenever I just get a minute- I break out my bag and slap a face on before I drive to job number 2.

4- my coworker asked me about my actual birthday for like 2 weeks straight about a month ago.so I stopped telling her and she forgot. So she gave me my gift a week earlier. Mmmm Wawa.

5- I left work excited to head home and pulled my sunnies out of my purse without inspecting….then I realized my vision was funny so I looked in the vanity mirror and this is what I saw- so I took a picture because that’s normal. And it’s funny. Don’t worry I popped the other lens back in. These 25 dollar on sale Betsey Johnson’s aren’t going without a fight.

6- I met up with my friend Liz to shop at Target (terribly awesome idea- always) and grab dinner/discuss my birthday plans. So then we decided we needed drinks to start prepping for nights (yes plural) out. Omg. We went to Houlihans and I got a strawberry basil lemonade (I forget what kinds of alcohol was in it) talk about dang delicious. And pickle fries- I die everytime.

So that’s what has been up. How have you been? Let me know what your week has been like. I also had a hilarious at a “pure romance” party with my eldest sister- which I don’t know if I’ll write about it. It’s basically a “ladies have needs” party of sorts- but it’s pretty hilarious and just an interesting way to hang out with your friends. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing about that.

Well I think I’ve rambled far too long.

Later lovies.
Xx

A collage of life things πŸ’› 7/16/2013

So as I suck at posting like I want to…I thought that this could be a good way to update you guys on thingies going on (because I just know you care) and kind of keep up with myself. I super enjoy these types of posts myself (definitely check out my girl over at cowboys and crossbones if you’re looking for a good hoot!) and they let you get to know people a little bit better…or at least be a creeper at your own leisure (HA!). So here is a pictorial debut of my life as of late.

Enjoy!

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From top to bottom!
1- I busted the hell out of my middle finger at work. Many words were said…it isn’t as bruised anymore, HOWEVER it has constant funny bone syndrome. Can’t do a damn thing without feeling it shoot up my hand.

2- I had to be at work at 8am last Saturday and my alarm went off around 5:45am. My pup was holding my hand…I did not want to get out of bed.

3- dangerous. I found out exactly HOW close Sonic was to my ptj. On top of this I got pissed because if I waited 30 minutes it would have been happy hour and my slush would have been half price. Double dangerous- there’s a really good Walgreens right next door.

4- This is what I wore to one of my really good friends weddings. We’ve known each other since we were 9? Maybe? It’s been a long ass time. All I know is I took this waiting to go to the bathroom because it was NON-STOP-FUN….and I waited a little long. My b.

5- took Scrappy over to my sisters house to finally meet their new dog Chloe. Things got awkward a couple times…I’ll leave it at that.

6-my nephew insisted on reading me a book about poop and show me the photos as he went. He can’t read yet but he was just pointing out the different poops. This is one of his favorite photos of two poops parachuting.

And so that is my life as of this past Sunday. How are things going with you?

Later lovies.

Xx

North Carolina Travels | 2.5 day Pow Wow

I remember when I was little I truly disliked going to North Carolina. Granted by the time I got there I was fine because most of my cousins were there, but still was not a fan. I’d pack up some of my favorite Barbies in a Barbie traveling box (because I was fancy), as well as coloring books, and just a whole bunch of crap. Who knows how much I actually lost while down there but I felt I needed it.

The only time I didn’t go as crazy with it (Barbies always went…) was Powwow. It was a really big deal and I absolutely loved Powwow…still do. PowWow was such a big deal that we got to pick out a new outfit for the occasion…like it was Easter (maybe that’s just my family but Easter church you got new dress, shoes, hat, gloves, and frilly socks…big deal). For Powwow I’d always save up my pennies to buy trinkets that I thought was cool: dream catcher, kid drums, feather hair clips, cheap jewelry…pea shooters. I guess what I’m saying is it was more about being little and shopping around and eating fry bread.

Now it’s more of a chance to visit family (my family is HUGE),to get to know my elders and learn even more about our culture and traditions. To just…understand.

Does that make sense? I sure hope so.

So with that, I look forward to it even more.

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North Carolina Travels | the trip down

Who knows how this post will go…it’s all over the place. Either way this past weekend I headed on my usual pilgrimage (interesting word choice Audrey…) down to North Carolina for my tribes annual PowWow. This is the part that I verify to you all that yes…my lily white complexioned, curly light brown hair, green-eyed self…is, in fact, a full blooded Native American.
100% people.
don’t question it…I’ve had to deal with that my whole life and I have a tribal card and identification number as proof. But I don’t need to prove that to anyone
/rant.
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Oye

So this is what I’m dealing with right now. Dry patches of swollen bumps in the exact location I applied my eye cream/gel.

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It graciously runs under my eyes both my eyes, across the bridge of my nose, and some above my lid. I even spot checked this both on my forearm and behind my ear. No issue, no reaction.
Needless to say- its itching like hell and I want to scratch my eyes out. I’d also like to note that my skin is even MORE dry than usual and AND its flakey and tight and just….it’s being rude is what it is,

How the hell am I suppose to be cute at a conference in DC with some decent looking fellas with the plague ravishing my face.

Just rude.

Needless to say you’ll be getting a review of the product later…actually probably not because I’m not putting it anywhere near me.

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful Tuesday!

Xx