Month: March 2014

Five on Friday

So I am switching it up a little for my Friday link-up this week.  My friend Ashley hosts  Sweet Carolina Belle blog and I have seen her participating in this link-up for several months so thought I’d give it a try.  Hope y’all don’t mind the change!


Tuesday, 3/4/14, was our 9 year “date-versary” (in other words, we started dating 9 years ago).  Where does the time go?! This is one of the first pictures of us together.  We look so young…



It’s Spring Break at the university I work at.  Though I don’t get full week off like the students, it has been a lot less busy, so I have been able to catch up on lot of little projects.  I have also been able to take both Monday and today off, so two 3-day weekends in a row is pretty awesome!


Speaking of spring break, I am ready for it to actually feel like Spring! I am definitely suffering from the “winter blues.” It was beautiful last weekend (like in the low 70s), but then it dropped down in the 20s on Monday and hasn’t gotten warmer than the mid-40s all week.  I usually love winter, but I am ready to put my winter coat away!


I am really drawn to studs lately.  I have always leaned more towards dangle earrings so it’s been a little strange to find myself picking up stud earrings at stores.  This pair from Kate Spade are definitely on my wish list:


Simply Sophisticated is under construction! My hubby has been working on some major updates/changes (including my own URL!) over the past couple of weeks.  I don’t really understand all of that stuff, all I care about is it being pretty haha (which will also be happening soon— no more boring black and white)! Hopefully, everything will be up and running soon!

Hope your week has been fabulous! 

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Favorite Foundations

I am always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. I have several requirements that a foundation must fulfill, so this task can prove difficult, but not impossible. I have found 3 recently that I am in love with and when I find something I love, I have to share!


Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup. This is a liquid foundation that provides a light to medium coverage and stays in place really well. I can put this on in the morning and don’t have to worry about it being gone by lunchtime. It also feels really good. A lot of long-wear foundations can feel heavy and thick on my skin. But this one doesn’t even feel like I have anything on, yet evens out my skin tone (which is red and blotchy) and lasts more than a few hours. Win-win!


Philosophy Hope in a Jar Hydrating Foundation. I picked this up at Ulta a few weeks ago and I am in love! It feels AMAZING on my skin but does a great job evening out my skintone. It doesn’t last as long as the Double Wear, so that is my only qualm with it. It does have a slightly odd smell, which I can’t decide if I like or don’t like.  It’s somewhere between coconuts and tanning lotion, but it’s barely noticeable when you are putting it on, and it goes away almost immediately once it is applied.  I really do love this foundation though and hope as they grow their foundation line, they will come out with a long-wear version.

WPY1_410x410Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup.  If you aren’t much for liquid foundation, this is a great alternative.  I was really impressed with how much this conceals the redness in my skin considering it is a powder.  I’ve used various powders from BareMinerals to Clinique to drugstore brands but none of them were sufficient enough to replace my liquid foundation.  This one actually could!  I keep it in my purse for a quick touch-up at the end of a long day or after going to the gym.  I usually manage to sweat most of my makeup off while exercising.  However, if I need to run errands or meet someone for dinner,  I throw this and a little mascara on and I am good to go!

What are your favorite foundations? I am always looking for new products to try!