The greatest *free* editor

Hello, bloggies. A while back when sitting at work I decided I was in desperate need of a way to crop a photo I had recently saved.  Probably something I was working on for this very blog because this is what I do while at work.    Anyway, I googled “free photo editor” and up popped Picnik.  I have used it for a lot of my pictures and it can do the coolest stuff EVER! See this post, this post and this post. And for free! There is an option to upgrade to premium for a tiny fee, but I have been so pleased with the free version that I haven’t yet upgraded. I know I probably will eventually, though. 

Here’s a picture I’ve been playing around with today.  It’s from a post just a couple days ago so  you can compare the original with this new, spiffy version by scrolling down some.  We are tanner, have whiter teeth, and I put one of my favorite Bible verses on it as well. Good stuff.


The beauty products

So you know that icebreaker question “What three things would you want to have on a stranded island?” – well this post is going to answer that question, but along the lines of beauty products.  I have a few things I simply can’t live without, and if they were the only beauty products available to me, I would get along just fine. 


First, my absolute essential, I-cannot-live-without-this-product, product: Lancome Hypnose mascara. I also use Lancome CILS Booster XL, but if I had to do without that one, I could. I am obsessed with eyelashes. Obbbb.sessed. I think its due to my natural lashes being really light and not very long, so any product that accentuates them is an essential in my book.  The Lancome mascara products have been the best to me, by far, after many years of trying every mascara out there. Yes, they are expensive, but to an eyelash-obsessed girl, its well worth it. I will make concesssions in order to budget for this necessity. For real.


Second, For anyone that has thin, limp hair like myself, this is a miracle worker! I just bought it last week at Sephora because I am a sucker for great marketing. The product is by Living Proof and it is called full thickening cream and it does EXACTLY what it claims! I have loved it so far!


Finally, Pureology’s Nanoworks Luxury Hair Masque.  Admittedly, This stuff was expensive.  And I am pretty sure I purchased it because my hair stylist said “It uses Nano Technology!” and I immediately thought of my iPod and couldn’t buy the stuff fast enough. (I told you I am a sucker for marketing) But it lasted me almost 2 years (yeah, I think it should probably only last 6 months, but I always failed to use it on a regular basis) and it always made my hair feel amazing and shiny like none other, so it was WORTH IT!  It’s the same stuff they use at my salon for Deep Conditioning Treatments.  I am crazy over my hair, and I cannot stand for it to look frizzy or un-shiny (is that a word?)  so this product always fixed those issues. I left it on for around 5-10 minutes after shampooing and allowing my hair to air dry (some, not all the way) so that the moisture didn’t affect the conditioning treatment.  Afterwards my hair always felt amaaaaazing.  I have been out for a few weeks now and I can tell a huge difference in my hair (in a bad way) so my supply will be replenished soon. 

Are you a beauty junkie too? What beauty musts do you have? I will try anything once and store it in my “put in future guest bathroom” if it doesn’t work out for me.  Oh, and I have one more beauty must….

A smile!


The cuuuuteness

While browsing my all-time favorite site Etsy, the Tar Heel found the cutest little Chunky Monkey baby beanie. The Tar Heel’s cousin, G-Rae, is expecting (announced via her birthday cake last Friday, how cute!?) and I think these are going to be a MUST for the new addition.


and I could not resist posting this picture. It’s  the Chunky Monkey beanie but in pink for a little girl and with pom-poms. I think I love it so much because it reminds me of Tipo from the Emperor’s New Groove… See the resemblance?


via here

The sale!


Well my friends, the sale of the season is upon us!! Ok, its probably not exactly the sale of the season but it is one I am sooo excited about.  One Kings Lane is featuring Lily Pulitzer stationary!

Over a year ago I purchased my first set of Lily Pulitzer stationary. I actually purchased the Mix and Match set seen here.


At $15 it was hard to turn down AND I LOVED IT! Needless to say, I found every excuse to write everyone I know a little note and used it all up rather quickly. So, imagine my elation when I saw One Kings Lane is hosting a Lily Pulitzer Stationary and Gifts sale this Friday!

One Kings Lane is an awesome way to get great name home goods at reasonable prices.  They feature certain brands or items and set a date and time of the sale and the items go on a first-come-first-served basis. If you’d like me to invite you, just let me know! Send an email to and I will be happy to let you in on this greatness. Even if you aren’t a fan of Lily stationary, there is something sure to come along  that you will love.

Stationary image from here