benefit cosmetics x birchbox #beautybash

Guys, how fun is this?! Last weekend I may have blown up your Instagram feed a bit with pics from the Beauty Bash I held with Benefit Cosmetics and Birchbox as part of the first ever National Wing Women Weekend! :)

Here’s how it went down: A few weeks ago I entered to win one of 1,500 boxes from Birchbox packed with everything I needed to throw a wicked party, including lots of Benefit Cosmetics samples for five of my besties, or wing women. “Wing women” is a play on Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, a gel eyeliner that’s designed to give you perfect “wings” every time. Anyways, I won! I found out when a box full of fabulous products arrived at my door.

The party needed to take place Sept. 26-28. And after the parties all took place (and photos uploaded to Instagram) 20 of the party hostesses would be chosen to win a whole bunch of Benefit (aka everything sold in the Birchbox shop).

So I started planning! The only problem seemed to be location — my wing women reside in Dothan, New Orleans, Mobile and San Antonio (plus a couple of sisters here in Tuscaloosa). So I decided to host a virtual party.
I packed up the samples in old Birchboxes, and shipped them off!
I asked my wing women to join me Saturday evening via video chat where we could play with our makeup together. I got all my decor ready…
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My map shows where my wing women are! And the cute word bubbles were graphics lent by Benefit for the party. (Ignore the fact that the images didn’t actually show up transparent once I printed it… )
And two of my sisters came in person, so I packed up their samples in the pretty party bags. We played with makeup, ate cupcakes, danced and sipped Shirley Temples (Mine may have been a Dirty Shirley).
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Then the video chat!
It was so fun! I just want to have virtual parties more often. Beauty virtual parties, at that.
My wings! And they’ve actually really improved since this party. Birchbox has a fabulous tutorial that shows you how to use the liner, and it stays all day. I was already a fan of their They’re Real! Mascara (seriously—lotsa volume). I also really like Benefit’s products and branding in general, and you probably already know how I feel about Birchbox.

It would be fab if I were chosen as a Hostess With the Mostest, but if not, this was so fun I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks Birchbox, Benefit and my Wing Women!

on newsstands now: on rounds

Okay, JK — it’s not on newsstands. BUT, I present to you On Rounds, art directed (and a good bit written) by me! On Rounds is the College of Community Health Sciences’ semiannual publication. This is a fresh new look for our magazine, and we’re excited!

Click the image to see the entire issue.
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alosta brewing co.

This post is super delayed, and for that I apologize, but when I was at home (California) awhile back, we had an afternoon of beer tasting. We started at a Stone taproom in Pasadena (a personal fav) and then made our way to Alosta Brewing Co.

I heard about Alosta through my mom — her coworker Brendan is the head brewer there!

The atmosphere is very cool: a simple warehouse feel that I love in taprooms. We ordered a flight of their flagship beers (and even got a preview of their sour before it was a regular on their menu). We really enjoyed them and would absolutely recommend spending an afternoon there!
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I’m not sure what it is that makes me enjoy the silence of not blogging lately. I guess don’t feel as if I have a whole lot to say! But we are entering the time of year where I enjoy life a little bit more — good food, farmers markets, summer beer, beach (beach!!), sun tans, etc.

What has been on my mind the most lately is a thorough deep cleaning and organization of our house. And some decorating updates. I’m planning on re-doing the wall above our couch, better organizing our bedroom so that (hopefully) clutter doesn’t accumulate as easily as it does now, and making our master bath a little less blah and a little more chic. Oh – and adding cactus plants and succulents around the house.

Here’s some inspiration for gallery walls (incorporating antlers!):

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spring break

Last week I got to enjoy what I think is probably my favorite job perk so far—spring break. Seriously, I haven’t gotten a mid-semester vacay since 2010.
I decided to spend it in California. It was a quiet, relaxing, peaceful trip.


Set of Titanic at St. Francis — Brikk’s last high school performance, and she did beautifully!


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Sunday brunch at the Terrace at the Langham in Pasadena.

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Brunch pic! Photo taken by my dad.

While I was at home, my mom reminded me of the neglect this poor blog has received as of late, so I’ll be catching up.


I am blessed to say that I live a life full of people who love. People who I love, and people who love me. My husband is beyond giving. He’s completely selfless and I know he lives and makes choices with me and our future family in mind. (Right now though it’s just me and Leroy.)

I love my family. We are spread out — half of us are in Alabama and the other half are in California. We do soon anticipate that Alabama:California ratio changing  from 3:3 to 4:2. Eee can’t wait!

All four of us together after seeing Brikki in her performance as Commander JoAnne Galloway in St. Francis High School's production of A Few Good Men

All four of us together after seeing Brikki in her performance as Commander JoAnne Galloway in St. Francis High School’s production of A Few Good Men

I love my friends. Life adventures sometimes have prevented us from seeing each other as often we would like, but we still remain close friends.

All four of us together in one place—no one needed to get married for it to happen!

All four of us together in one place—and no one needed to get married for it to happen!

I’m so thankful that this fall allowed for so many instances of love.