classic cars

There was a classic car show last weekend. We were so excited just to get out of the house and walk around! I'm not really into cars, but I love all the colors and finishes and especially the glitter! It's a lot like nail polish, actually. Anyways, we had a blast. The cars were fantastic, so shiny and clean and such creative colors. Alice liked the yellow ones best, of course.

If I had to choose, this would be my favorite classic car. The '57 Chevy. This teal one was so pretty.

This one was a favorite of the kids...and me. I would totally drive a Jurassic Park jeep around everyday.

Byron was partial to the Batmobiles. 

nails of the week: snitch

I saw a great manicure on pinterest this week and I had to try it. The fatter french style is super easy and pretty hard to mess up. I used Avon's Golden Vision, which is my go-to gold. Its smooth and thick and super shiny. It also perfectly matches my current reading material. Yes, I am finally reading the Harry Potter series. I'm on the third book and loving it! I can't wait to re-watch the movies and actually understand what is going on. Hooray! Hooray for Harry! Hooray for gold! Hooray for it being Wednesday. Also, how nerdy of me to match my nails to my reading material. [See also Game of Thrones]. 

a monday smile

This is just my child, pushing my dog in a stroller. Hope this makes your Monday a little better. 

red hair don't care

So, this is my new do. Not what I had planned, but then what in life ever is. Am I right? Long story short... I wanted a cropped blond do like ol' J-Law. Didn't happen. Bad stylist, too much bleach, not enough bleach, etc. It was bad. Like gray hair looking bad. I left. Went somewhere else. Like I said, long story. Anyhew, I am now RED. Like REDREDRED. It's kind of awesome. I kind of love it. The color is a non-permanent stain by Aveda called Elumen. It will eventually lighten and wash out, then I will go with a more natural looking red. But for now, I am bold and bright. I've gotten a lot of compliments from strangers in the past week. One of which really made me think about life and the mistakes we make, intentional or otherwise. This woman was asking me how I got such dimension with the color, so I told her the whole story- bad highlights, red fix. She told me I was lucky to have had such a thing happen and that it's a shame I would never be able to get my hair like this again. I like that point of view. Like if the world doesn't meet our expectations and things don't go as planned, we still end up where we are- which can be a pretty great place. No regrets. More fun. RED.

snow melt

It may be the middle of winter, but the sun is still shining. The cold air and the warm sun make the most beautiful sculptures on the buildings. The icicles shine and sparkle and break like glass when they fall. The more they melt the closer we are to Spring.

love and hearts

Love really is all around. Especially this time of year.
Happy Valentines Day!
Cuddle close with someone you love.

My super creative, patient, caring, wonderfully entertaining husband made me some Breaking Bad Valentines a few years ago. This year I got a Captain Phillips one. So good!

my daughter dresses better than me: bundled up

Look at us all bundled up in pink and grey. This wasn't even planned! Grey coats and rosy cheeks. Sure wish my coat had polka dots.

day trip

We took a little day trip to Cedarburg, WI. It is a beautiful little town to explore. We kept warm by visiting the shops (there were three separate candy shops) and holding hands. Alice did so well, she walked all day, then napped for three hours. 

We ate a late breakfast at this bakery. It was fantastic! For breakfast dessert (yes, that's a thing) we shared a macaron. It was perfect.

I read about this old gas station/ tea house/ jewelry store online. It was tucked away from the main road and we were pretty excited to stumble upon it. 

There were a lot of beautiful houses and buildings to take in. I'm sure we will make our way back to Cedarburg. It was definitely worth the drive.

nails of the week: winter sparkle

Over the weekend, we went on a little drive to escape the winter blahs and cabin fever. The sun shined and the snow sparkled. It was enough to inspire my nails for the week.

The light blue is Formula X for Sephora in Infatuated. The sparkles are an old favorite of mine, Cover Girl's City Lights.

my skincare rountine

Hey, that's me. Just out of the shower, no make-up, no photoshop, no filters (good light though). It's taken me a while to find a skin care routine that is a) cheap b) not drying c) helpful with random breakouts and d) dare I use the word age-approriate (you know, anti-wrinkle and all). These are the products that I love and keep going back to.

This lotion is the best! Seriously, the best! It is gentle enough to use on your face and even babies! It has saved my (and Alice's) sensitive skin from the dry winter air. Even better, you can get it at the drugstore for around $8. 
My BFF told me about the wonders of Vaseline lip therapy. This is the best lip balm I have ever used. It has really saved my lips this winter. It's thick like vaseline and really stays on my lips throughout the day. The cocoa butter flavor is really cozy too. Oh and the sale price, $1!

This is the only face wash I have ever loved. I originally purchased it because it was the cheapest option ($5). I have really sensitive skin and I tend to get lovely little bumps around my jawline, cheeks and chin. The formula is gentle and not drying at all and the little scrubber really removes makeup (even mascara) and icky oils.
Now, lets talk about those pesky bumps. I did a lot of research a few years ago after a not-helpful visit to the dermatologist, a trial of proactive and no solution to my skin issues. Between the internet and a very nice lady at Sephora, I found the combination of ingredients that really fixed my issues. 

Glycolic acid, vitamin A and benzol peroxide seem to be the magic formula to keep my skin clear and smooth. After washing my face at night, I use a toner containing glycolic acid (this is a great one too) and a lotion with retinol (vitamin A). Both of these keep zits away and help with those premature wrinkles. The derma e brand is one I found at a health food store (it was on sale- I don't think I paid more than $6 for the toner and $11 for the cream) and I really love it. If I do have any zits or bumps I put a little benzol peroxide on them before bed.
That's all there is to it!

beauty salon

I am finding all kinds of creative ways to entertain Alice without leaving the house. Most recently, we played beauty salon. 

We washed and curled and blow dried her do. She mostly just likes to look through all the different colored curlers and her hair was a bit of a mess the rest of the day. But, we had fun being girly girls.