National Lipstick Day

I am a big fan of lip products, but I don’t wear them often because my husband is not. However it’s national lipstick day so I though I’d celebrate by wearing my favorite lipstick, Madame Tulip from the Lancome Rouge in Love line. Happy lipstick day!

Fashion and Happy Things!   National Lipstick Day
On my face: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Hourglass Luminous Flush, Lancome Rouge In Love Madame Tulip
Top: Loft
Necklace:Gift from Husband
What’s your favorite lipstick?

Stylish Sundays: Taylor Swift Inspired Shirt Dress

Yesterday I went down the the river with my family to watch some paddle boat races a nearby town was having. When I was getting ready I of course asked myself the question ” What would Taylor Swift Wear?” Because paddle boat races seem like an activity that she would attend.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Taylor Swift Inspired Shirt Dress

H&M Dress, H&M Black Belt, Kate Spade Bag, Coral Keds

I absolutely love this picture. It was my husbands idea and I thought it was going to be weird but it turned out to be my favorite one of the bunch.

It’s been over a year since I last styled this Peach H&M dress for the blog. Last time I wore it I went over the top with it, so I decided to keep it simple this time. I had seen this picture of Taylor Swift when I was looking for something else and I realized that this dress is really similar. Since the weather was so lovely I decided to go ahead and wear this dress. I seriously haven’t worn it since the last time I posted it because it’s a bit of a pain to wear since it’s see through I need to wear a slip underneath it. But I really love how this look turned out.



Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Taylor Swift Inspired Shirt Dress

On My Face: Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, Nars Blush in Deep Throat, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Eye Palette, NYX Eyeliner in Black, Rimmel Eyeliner in Black and Nude, Benefit Bad Gal Lash, Lancome Rouge In Love in Ever So Sweet

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Taylor Swift Inspired Shirt Dress

This necklace was a just because gift from my husband, and I absolutely adore it. It’s delicate and dainty, which is my favorite kind of necklace.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Taylor Swift Inspired Shirt Dress

And of course I wore it with my Coral Keds. I wear these shoes so much I’m actually worried I might wear them to their deaths, so I plan on picking up another pair in a fall friendly color today in the Nordstrom sale. I’m undecided between the Burgandy and the Slate Grey. Or red, or black, or all the colors ever. Let me know in the comments below which color you’d pick.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Taylor Swift Inspired Shirt Dress

We took this picture while I was watching the paddle boats. I wasn’t going to post it because it’s a bit blurry, but I think it looks like it could be a Keds’ ad from the 50′s, which is awesome. I’m not much of a water sports fan, but the paddle boat races were fun to watch because it was just so silly. My favorite boat didn’t win, but I can’t wait to go again next year.




Book Review: The Bridesmaids

I was sent The Bridesmaids by Eimear Lynch from Birchblogger to review. When it arrived on last Wednesday, the cover was so pretty I knew I had to put down the book I was currently reading and read it right then. So I grabbed a frappuccino, snapped some pictures and started reading.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Book Review: The Bridesmaids

And this book totally lives up to the cuteness of it’s cover. But it’s more than just cute, it’s hilarious. And sometimes a little sad, and more than relatable even if you’ve never been a bridesmaid.

This book tells the story of several women and a few men as they help their besties through the most important day of their lives. It covers everything from siblings relationships, new friends being made,  to life long friendships destroyed. Since it’s a collection it’s hard to give a traditional review, but this book definitely holds up. I adored it and I fully recommend it.

In honor of the Bridesmaids that told their stories in this book, I decided to tell you my Bridesmaid story.

I went to high school with Amanda Cannady, but we weren’t really friends. It wasn’t that we didn’t like each other, it was just that we didn’t know each other. Years later when Facebook became popular we added each other and barely interacted.

Then in May of 2010 I mentioned that I wanted to see Letter’s To Juliet which was coming out in a few days and Amanda commented that she wanted to go too.  So we made plans and had a blast. A few months later we went to see Easy A, she had dinner at my house, I got drunk at hers. We bonded over shows like Gilmore Girls and Easy A. Add that to sharing the same name and being born exactly a week a part, and we were destined to be close.

She got engaged in November of that year and she originally had two bridesmaids, girls that she had been life long friends with. But they both had full time jobs, and were super busy. So I volunteered to help out with her wedding as much as I could and to do her makeup. Since I was doing her makeup, I bought a Navy blue dress so I’d blend in when I was doing touch ups.  There was a lot of discussing the wedding in Starbucks, and a lot of discussing the wedding while drunk on her couch watching movies we both loved from high school, but honestly most of the actual doing was done with her mom, so I didn’t think I’d really been that much help.

Then at her Bachlorette party where I disappointingly discovered that I too am a woo girl,  near the end of the night we were at her favorite Drag bar, and absolutely smashed, when she turns to me and says “OMG, you know what you should totally be one of my bridesmaids, because you’ve helped me with everything and your dress already matches” to which I replied tearily “Of Course” and then we wooed, and everyone else wooed and it was awesome. And hilarious to us the next day when we were trying to remember the night.

The night before the wedding, the entire bridal party stayed the night at her mothers house to prepare for the wedding. I stayed up all night putting together her heart garland that was going to hang above her table for the reception, and the next morning is mostly a blur. Probably due to sleep deprivation and Benadryl to treat my allergies. I know at some point I took apart her bridal bouquet and changed it because she was unhappy with it. And I know that I did her makeup, but only because there is photographic evidence of both things.

Amanda was a beautiful bride, the Ceremony was gorgeous, and the Reception was a blast. The whole experience cemented a friendship built on How I Met Your Mother, Movies, Books and Alcohol, and I couldn’t be happier that I got to spend that day supporting her and her husband.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Book Review: The Bridesmaids

photo credit: Photosmith







Summer FOTD

I decided to do my bog standard Summer FOTD for today’s post. I usually keep my makeup the same and only change something like my lipgloss or a blush as the seasons change, and I do the same thing every day, but sometimes it turns out better some days than other days. This was one of those days.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Summer FOTD

I’m wearing Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I kept my eye makeup really simple just using the champagne color from the Marc Jacobs Lolita Palette and I tightlined with Urban Decay’s Bourbon 24/7 liner. I finished my eyes with YSL’s Babydoll Mascara which is my absolute favorite for summer. On my cheeks is The Balms Frat Boy and then Mary Lou Manizer dusted lightly over that and applied more heavily as my highlighter. My lipgloss is Hourglasses Lush, which wasn’t my favorite when I bought them but it has become my favorite.

I like how light and simple this makeup is for summer, but honestly it’s just a really nice everyday look that could work easily in any season.

My shirt is from Sevenly’s Shelterwings Campaign, and the proceeds went to helping victims of domestic violence. My hair was curled with the Conair YouCurl Infiniti and brushed out the day before and all I did today was brush it and add a bit of dry shampoo.

What’s been your go to makeup for this summer?

Stylish Sundays: Ladylike

I know it’s Monday, and not at all Sunday, but yesterday was my dad’s belated birthday party and I forgot to schedule the post to go live while I was gone.

We are finally caught up to now with my outfit photos. These were taken Last Sunday when I was feeling particularly girly. I seriously think it’s the new hair cut. I’ve discovered I don’t like it any other way but wavy/curly and I find that I’m dressing that way more often.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Ladylike

Top: F21 Belt: H&M Jeans: Gap Shoes: Sam Edelman Bag: Kate Spade Bracelet: H&M Necklace worn as a Bracelet

This top is seriously the last thing I ever bought from Forever 21, and I honestly forgot it was from there until I checked the tag.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Ladylike

Makeup: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, YSL Shocking Mascara, Nars Blush, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Ladylike

I curled my hair with the Conair YouCurl Infiniti tapered wand and then brushed it out. This seems to be my go to style, it’s my absolute favorite way of wearing my hair since I cut it off. It it’s straight I feel like it’s a little helmet-ish because of the bangs, and if I put it up I just feel weird because it’s short.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Ladylike

I love these shoes! I’ve had them for a couple years for now, and they remain favorites. I always feel very princessy and ladylike whenever I wear them.

Do you have anything that makes you feel special when you wear it?