Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Favorites!

Today is the last day of March (I can't believe it), which means it's time for my monthly favorites list!  This month, I've starting to get back into the swing of spring with some fun colors and patterns.  I have also included some of my favorite beauty products!

To start, I'm loving these brand new "Lana" pumps from BCBGeneration ($79)!  They are made of pony hair (which is actually just normal calf leather with the hair left on), and are dyed to look like zebra skin!  I love the fun, original pattern, and I also love that they have a slight sheen to them that really makes them pop!  I haven't even worn these out yet, but I just love looking at them!  If zebra isn't your thing, they also come in black, blue, purple, and snake skin (which i also love)!

I also love my Marc Jacobs wallet that I snagged from Loehmann's a while back for about $100! This wallet is great for spring because of the pop of neon green, and it's fun and original!  Marc Jacobs always finds a way to win me over, and this is one accessory that I just couldn't go without!

Next up is my "Spring Greening" palette from Tarte Cosmetics!  This palette was available last year, but now it looks like your best bet to snag this baby is on ebay. I was excited to break this out, as I love the gorgeous spring shadows and the cute coral, pink, and sheer lip glosses!  The bamboo eyeshadow brush is also super cute and very soft!  This is one of the first items that really made me fall in love with Tarte Cosmetics!

Now that it's one again acceptable for me to start sporting a tan in Chicago, I'm excited to break out my signature spring and summer color from OPI!  This color looks great against tan skin, and OPI polishes go on nicely and remain chip-free for several days!  This color is from OPI's India Collection and is called "Elephantastic Pink" ($8)!

Spring also means it's time to show some leg!  Now that it's even more important to keep my legs silky smooth, I've been looking for a shaving cream that help prevent irritation and razor burn.  Recently, I purchased Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel ($4.29), which contains natural colloidal oatmeal, and I have been really happy with the results.  I have very sensitive skin, but this shave gel has definitely helped calm my skin and keep those irritating bumps at bay!

For haircare, I'm loving Living Proof's Full Thickening Mousse ($26).  I reviewed this product in a previous post, but I noticed the price went up a couple dollars since I purchased this mousse.  Although it is definitely expensive, it really helps create volume and holds my style all day!  If you have really fine hair, you might want to consider giving this a shot!

This next fave is not for us ladies, but rather for our men!  Acca Kappa 1869 ($72) is an Eau de Cologne that is unique and sexy!  This cologne has notes of cardamom, geranium, iris, violet, amber, vanilla, and leather.  When my boyfriend wears this I can't stop smelling him!  It's very subtle (which I like- hate it when I can smell people from 10 feet away), and it lasts all day!

My final favorite for March is this super cute soy candle I just got from T-aromas on Etsy!  I actually got this candle for free as a little thank you gift for my order, but I love the scent and how long this candle lasts!  I've probably burned it for 5 hours now, and it's still not even halfway gone.  At $4, this candle is a steal, and I love that it's handmade!

So that wraps up another month of faves!  What are you fabulous ladies loving right now?  Have you picked up any fun new spring items lately?  I'd love to hear all about it!  :)  Have a lovely day- and don't forget to enter my Philosophy gift set giveaway which ends Saturday!

150 Followers Mini-Giveaway Winner!

Good morning, Gorgeous!  Sorry for the lack of post yesterday- I was super busy!  Happy to be catching up on my blog now, though!  To start, I wanted to announce the winner of the 150 Followers Mini-Giveaway.  The winning entry was number 59, which belongs to k. mac!  Kathryn has won a Kings & Queens showergel gift set including five 1oz travel size bottles!

Congrats to Kathryn!  She has been contacted and has 48 hours to claim her prize!  Thank you all for entering this giveaway, and more importantly, thank you for your continued support!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NoMoreRack Free Makeup Referral Event!

Hey ladies!  I just found out about this makeup event on NoMoreRack that starts today!  Basically, you just sign up, invite friends, and then you can redeem free makeup based on the number of friends who sign up (they don't have to buy anything)!  Sounds pretty awesome to me, and the makeup you can choose from includes brands like M.A.C., Lancome, and more!  Sign up by clicking here (which is my invitation link), then start inviting your friends!  It looks like you can get some products if just 7 friends sign up!  Pretty cool!  Have a great day!

Hair Trend: Feather Extensions

Last Thursday I briefly mentioned that I was contemplating getting a feather extension in my hair.  I know some of you haven’t heard about these yet, so I wanted to fill you in on this hair trend!  Feather extensions first started making news this past winter, mostly on the west coast, but now the feather fad is starting to travel east.
Here is a photo of Ke$ha with feather hair extensions.

Normally, I wouldn't want to follow in KeSha's hair footsteps, mainly because of this...

And this...

But, I do think feather extensions can be pretty cute, and a fun way to temporarily change your hairstyle.
The extension process is relatively quick and simple.  Basically, the stylist (or person applying the extension) takes a small strand of hair, slides a tiny bead up the strand near the root, and inserts a feather into the bead.  Then a small tool similar to pliers is used to clamp down the bead and secure the feather to your hair.  In fact, this process is so simple that kits are available for home use.  However, I think it would be difficult to apply to my own hair, so having a friend to help would probably be a good idea.

People have been seen wearing feathers of all sizes and colors.  Personally, I like the more natural colors such as brown, white, and black, but I think the bright colors look good with some girls style.  Men have also been getting in on this trend, but I don’t know too many fellows who would be daring enough to give this a shot!  Since the feathers can be applied fairly easily and also removed easily, you can add , remove, or change the feathers as often as you like.  However, if you want to keep the same look for a while, the feathers can last up to 6-8 weeks, and can be washed and styled just like the rest of your hair.  Salon services cost around $10-$12 per feather, while kits cost between $30-$50.  Kits are also available online.

While the more refined, professional side of me is wary of trying out this look, the hippy/bohemian side of me really wants to give it a shot!  Since I’m not ready to commit to the look, I think I’m going to swing by a local salon (there are currently only a handful of Chicago salons offering this service) to have a single feather added to my hair.  I have a feeling this won’t be a long lasting trend, but I think it would be a lot of fun to give it a shot while the look is still going strong!

So what do you ladies think about this look?  Is this a trend you think will stay around for a while, or will it come and go as fast as slap bracelets and Von Dutch?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mix & Mingle Monday

Although you found out several fun facts about me in my two award posts on Thursday, I definitely want to learn more about you all, so I didn’t want to skip this week’s Mix and Mingle Monday!  This past week I spent some time with my family and went shopping with my mom, which got me even more excited about spring and all the fabulous trends emerging for the season!  Thus, the topic for today will be Spring!  Below are some fun, spring related questions with my answers.
Wide Legs by Derek Lam
1. What current trend are you most excited about?
As a girl with fairly muscular legs (from volleyball), I’m definitely excited about the return of 70’s and the wide leg and flare jeans that go along with it!  While skinny jeans are still going strong, wide legs are definitely more flattering for my calves!

2. What’s your favorite thing to do outside during the spring?
I love putting up my patio lights and planting flowers in the spring.  Sitting on the balcony sipping on cocktails is one of my favorite things to do on a warm night, so getting my space ready is always exciting!

Our Balcony in the Spring
      3. What’s your least favorite thing to do outside during the spring?
Spring cleaning!  As much as I love planting flowers and hanging lights, I hate cleaning all the grime left from winter off my big balcony windows, floor, and railings!  Ugh!

Friends from South Dakota
(I'm in black)
4. What spring event or Holiday are you most looking forward to?
Although I’m not a baseball fanatic, it’s hard to live in Chicago and not look forward to opening day at Wrigley field!  Everyone is so excited for the season to start, and the games are so much fun to attend (even though I’m a Cincinnati Reds fan)!

Cole Haan Crossbody
      5. What do you deem a wardrobe necessity for spring?
This spring, I think a bright colored handbag is definitely a must!  Citrus and jewel tones seem especially hot right now, so I’m going to be looking for a gorgeous orange, turquoise, or emerald bag to tote along with me!

Now it’s your turn!  What are your answers to these fun spring questions?  I love learning more about all my fabulous online friends and am waiting to see what you have to say!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Weekly Preview: Sales on Beauty & Fashion

Hello, Gorgeous! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead! I enjoyed mine, but am dreading going back to school after my week off for spring break! However, there are plenty of awesome sales to look forward to this week, so I’m going to stay positive and think happy shopping thoughts as I write this post! Here are the events I’m most excited about in the week ahead!

Havaianas Flip-Flops - Monday, March 28th @ 11:00am CST on Gilt Groupe

These Brazilian thongs have been around for nearly 50 years and are now available in a plethora of colors and patterns!  Get ready for summer with these high quality flip-flops in this season's most popular shades!

Pietro Alessandro Handbags - Tuesday, March 29th @ 10:00am CST on HauteLook

Pietro Alessandro handbags are both well made and stylish!  They come in a wide variety of fun styles, and several are available in the bright spring hues such as orange, purple, and blue!  I am definitely in the market for a new crossbody bag, so hopefully there will be a few to pick from this Tuesday!

Simone Perele Lingerie - Wednesday, March 30th @ 10:00am CST on HauteLook

Lingerie from Simone Perele is both fashionable and comfortable.  The sophisticated, sexy French style of Simone Perele can be seen in every piece, and each item is made to perfectly fit a woman's body. Check out this sale for gorgeous lingerie and unbeatable prices.

Urban Decay Cosmetics - Thursday, March 31st @ 10:00am CST on HauteLook

This edgy cosmetic company has been turning heads for 15 years now!  Urban Decay offers a huge variety of fun colors and excellent primers, powders, and much, much more! I'm definitely going to check out this awesome sale to see if I can score some fun new cosmetic products!

Kenneth Cole Jewelry & Watches - Thursday, March 31st @ 10:00am CST on Rue La La

I absolutely adore Kenneth Cole jewelry!  I have several pieces in my jewelry armoire, a couple of which you can see in my recent spring break post. Kenneth Cole jewelry and watches are unique and fashionable, and they last for years! I am always impressed by the quality and originality of Kenneth Cole, and I hope to add to my collection on Thursday!

That rounds out my picks for this week’s best online sales! I’m hoping I find an awesome deal at one of these events this week to help bring some excitement to my first week back after spring break! Did any of you go on a trip this week or have one coming up soon? You know I love to hear about what you all have going on! Have a marvelous Monday!

50 Followers Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the 50 Followers Avon & Markwins Cosmetics Giveaway is comment number 84, written by Erin E!

Erin won three lipsticks, Avon Triple Threat cream eyeshadows, Avon True Color eyeshadow quad in green hues, Markwins Professional Series eyelining crayon in black, and the makeup bag (a $40 value total)!  Erin has been contacted and has already confirmed her win!

Thanks to all you fabulous ladies who entered this contest and follow Haute Lunch!  Don't forget to enter my other giveaways, including the 100 Followers Philosophy Giveaway, and the 150 Followers Mini-Giveaway for a Kings & Queens Shower Gel Gift Set!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review: Tarte EmphasEYES Brow High Definition Eyebrow Pencil

I just returned from my visit to my parent’s house, and I’m ready to get back into the swing of things!  For tonight’s post, I’d like to review a new eyebrow pencil I bought while I was away.  First, though, I need to say one thing- GO BULLDOGS!  As you probably know, I’m definitely a girly-girl, but I also love my sports, so I’m very excited that my favorite NCAA men’s basketball team is headed to the final four for the second year in a row!  Ok, enough of the jock talk.

While shopping with my mother earlier this week, I stopped by Sephora to look for a new eyebrow filler.  I’ve been using Benefit’s Brow Zing for a while, but haven’t been very satisfied with the results.  The wax was a bit difficult to apply, and the powder didn’t quite match my brows.  Since I was fed up with struggling to apply this wax/powder combo, I thought I’d try a pencil this time around.  After checking out my options and chatting with one of Sephora’s color specialists, I decided on Tarte’s EmphasEYES for Brows High Definition Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe.

EmphasEYES Brow in Taupe Swatch
This brow pencil is super fine and comes in a clickable dispenser, so you never have to sharpen it, just turn the end.  At the opposite end of the pencil is a small, sturdy brow brush that can be used for softening brows before applying the pencil, or after to perfectly style your brows.  The pencil itself glides on easily without pulling hairs, and the taupe is just the right color for my light brown eyebrows.  Unfortunately, the pencil only comes in two colors (taupe & medium brown), so you ladies with super light blonde brows might have to pass on this product.

I really like that this pencil allows you to fill in your brows without looking like you simply drew in some hairs.  It blends well with your actual hair, and stays on all day.  This pencil is waterproof, so it really does last (even on someone like me who has fairly oily skin)!  Overall, I think this is brow pencil is definitely superior to Benefit’s Brow Zing, and it’s not too terribly expensive ($19.50).  Hopefully this pencil lasts a while as well, but that is yet to be determined.

Haute Lunch Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Trays

I’m glad I found a new brow product to fill in my over plucked eyebrows now that fuller brows are back in fashion.  Hopefully my own eyebrows will grow back in some more, but Tarte’s EmphasEYES Brow Pencil is a great remedy in the meantime!  Are any of you ladies lucky enough to have full, manageable eyebrows, or are you like me and need a little extra help to fill in those babies?  I’ve always had a love-hate (or maybe more of a hate-hate) relationship with my eyebrows, so I’d love to hear about your situations and experiences!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another Stylish Blogger Award!!!

As Chicago legend Harry Caray would say, "Holy Cow!"  I am absolutely ecstatic to receive a second Stylish Blogger Award today from Lia at Smart n Snazzy: Stylish Without Going Broke!  I recently discovered Lia's fabulous blog and can't get enough of it!  Be sure to check it out!

The rules for accepting this award including thanking Lia, sharing 7 more random things about myself (you all are going to know me very well), and passing this award to 3 other deserving ladies!
  1. I am addicted to coffee and drink it 1 to 3 times per day!  I should really cut back. :)
  2. I made my sister's wedding cake back in November, which was one of the most stressful things I've ever done!  Check out my recipes page to see a picture of it.
  3. I played Goldilocks in our kindergarten play and apparently flashed the audience my frilly undies when I "broke" baby bear's chair.  Haha!
  4. My favorite sports teams are the Indianapolis Colts, the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Butler Bulldogs, and the Indiana Hoosiers!
  5. I love fashion in general, but really can't get enough jackets, shoes, and handbags!
  6. I am the jeans queen!  I love all different styles of jeans and probably have 10 pairs in my closet right now!
  7. I'm lucky to have an awesome sister who is a hair stylist and gets me lots of fantastic beauty products at wholesale prices with her stylish discounts!!!
And now for my 3 picks to pass on this award:
Check out these other lovely ladies and thanks again to Lia at Smart n Snazzy! What a fabulous night!!!

Stylish Blogger Award!

Good evening, gorgeous gals!  This has been a fabulous week for me!  I'm on spring break visiting my family, I hit 150 followers on Google Friend Connect, and I was bestowed my second blogger award just a few days after my first! Today, the lovely Syzia at Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog deemed me worthy of the Stylish Blogger Award, for which I am very grateful and flattered!

As the recipient of this award, I must do the following:

  1. Thank and link to the person who gave me this award.
  2. Share 7 facts about myself.
  3. Award 15 other stylish bloggers.
  4. Contact these bloggers to tell them about the award.
So without further ado, here are 7 facts about me you might not know yet:
  1. Some of my favorite brands includes BCBG, Citizens of Humanity, & Marc Jacobs.
  2. I'm currently contemplating getting a feather extension in my hair (if you haven't heard about these, let me know in a comment below- I may write a post about them).
  3. I was the editor of my high school newspaper for a year.
  4. My friends think I'm a human juke box because I know the lyrics to so many songs!
  5. The first record I had was "Different Light" by the Bangles, the first tape was "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block, and the first CD was "Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em" by MC Hammer!  Ha!  :)
  6. One of my favorite things to do on warm evenings is grill with my boyfriend and sip margaritas on the balcony (for my awesome recipe, see the recipes page).
  7. I have a one and a half inch scar on my right shoulder from the rotator cuff surgery I had last January.  I wasn't too happy about it at first, but it kind of makes me look tough.  :)
And now for the 15 awardees:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

150 Followers Mini-Giveaway!

This giveaway has ended.  Please the the giveaways page for current giveaways from Haute Lunch!

If you haven't noticed by now, I love to celebrate making new friends!  To say thanks and welcome to my newest 50 followers, I am running a short, mini-giveaway!  This giveaway is for a fabulous gift set of Kings & Queens Royal Favorites Showergel (a $15 value).  The set includes 1oz travel size bottles of Nefertiti Honey Showergel, Chinese Princess Jasmine Showergel, Queen Isabella Cinnamon Orange Showergel, Sultan of Granada Lemon Flower Showergel, and Emperor Akbar Mango Showergel. Kings and Queens showergels smell fabulous and have a rich, luxurious lather!  I love these and I'm sure you will, too!  Good luck!

This giveaway ends a week from today- Wednesday, March 30th at 11:59pm.

Mandatory Entry- Publicly follow Haute Lunch via Google Friend Connect (see sidebar to follow) and leave a comment telling me your user name.  If you're already following me, please leave a comment as well.

*Your mandatory entry and all additional entries can be included in one comment to save time!

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Rules: Only one of each entry method listed per person/family/household. No entering on behalf of others, using extra identities or others identities, no automated program entries, etc. This giveaway is only open to those in the contiguous 48 United States, ages 18+. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Winning entry will be chosen using and winner will be contacted via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Spring Break 2011!

Hey ladies!  It's Spring Break, 2011, and this time to party!?!  Well, no, if you're spring break (or "real job" equivalent of) is anything like mine, there probably won't be much partying involved.  However, I am excited for my mini-trip I'm taking today to see my family in southern Indiana.  Unfortunately, it's not much warmer there than it is here in Chicago, but I thought I'd show everyone what I'm taking along for the next few days anyway.  Hopefully I will have another trip in the near future that will require a bikini, but for now, I'm still stuck in sweaters and jeans.

Here are the tops I'm brining- from top to bottom: The Limited cardigan (X-mas gift from parents) over a black sequin tank from Tempted; Ann Taylor Loft Cardigan over a Threads sequin and beaded tank; INC International turtleneck with runched 3/4 length sleeves (also a gift from my fabulous parents); Banana Republic square neck sweater (cut-off).

I'm also brining a couple pairs of jeans in addition to the ones I'm wearing today. On the left is a pair of Mek Denim distressted flare blue jeans, and on the right is a pair of Citizens of Humanity wide leg jeans in slate grey. Above that is my workout gear, including my Nike LunarGlide 2 running shoes (birthday gift from parents), some t-shirts, shorts, etc.  Above the workout gear you can see some lingerie (the leopard print set is from Jezebel and was purchased with the BareNecessities gift card I won from Couture Carrie)!  

For jewelry, I'm bringing (left to right) a silver fabric bangle (I can't remember where it's from), my gorgeous multi-strand Kenneth Cole necklace (yet another gift from the parents), a purple and green bangle from Macy's, Kenneth Cole jeweled three-tier earrings (from my awesome sister), pearl drop earrings, my gorgeous blue topaz ring and tanzanite ring (both from my wonderful boyfriend, Kellen), a multi-strand bracelet from The Limited (again, from parents), a lavender freshwater pearl and white gold necklace (from Kellen), my Le Chateau white ceramic and crystal watch, and my Michael Kors resin and rose gold tone watch with crystals from Kellen (which was featured in my February Faves post)!  Whew, that was a lot!  :)

Of course, a girl can't go anywhere without shoes, so I'm brining my BCBG black buckled flats, my brown suede Michael Kors zipper flats, and my brand new grey microsueade booties I got from Sole Society (see my review here)!  Under my booties are some cute PJs from Victoria's Secret my mom got me.  Also, to the left you can see my weekender bag from LeSportsac, as well as my travel makeup bag. What's in my makeup bag you ask?  Well...

In my travel makeup bag you will find a small collection of items, many of which were samples from Sephora, Ulta, etc.  At the top I have Benefit's Get Even face powder in medium, Benefit's Dallas Boxed Blush, Benefits Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Stiletto, Benefit's lust duster, and Sephora's Colorful Mono Eyeshadow in Warm Sand.  The next row includes Smashbox Reflection High Shine lip gloss, Bare Escentuals Prime Time (which I reviewed here), Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in Pearl Plum, Benefit's Miss Congeniality, two eyeliner pencils from Estee Lauder, Bliss Rollerball fragrance, and Estee Lauder Projectionist mascara.  Last but not least are my travel makeup brushes (I only bring the necessities), and an eyeshadow and lipgloss palette from Benefit which has been discontinued.

So that's everything I'm brining with me for my trip!  I will be updating Haute Lunch everyday from Indiana, so be sure to stop by!  I hope you lovely ladies enjoy the rest of your week!  Are any of you going on a fun trip soon?  I'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Get a Grip: Tweezers in Review

I was lucky enough to inherit my wonderful grandfathers unruly, bushy eyebrows (yay!).  Though they are much thinner now due to years of teenage plucking rampages, they still take some time to tame, which is why a good pair of tweezers is a must for my beauty collection.  I've tried several different brands over the years, but here are three of the tweezers I've tried recently, and my thoughts on each:

I'll start off by reviewing the cheapest pair of the bunch, Trim's Slant Tip Tweezer. It is definitely the worst pair of tweezers I've ever tried. While it's available for just $1.99 at most drugstores, it is extremely dull and thus doesn't grip hardly any hairs. I purchased this tweezer on vacation when I forgot mine at home, and it quickly found it's way into the nearest trashcan.

Haute Lunch Rating: 1 out of 5 trays

Revlon's Slant Tip Micro Fine Tweezer is also pretty inexpensive. This tweezer is precise and can grab both fine and coarse hair. I was really impressed with this tweezer when I first purchased it, especially because it retails for just $5.99! While I still think it's a great buy for the price, it did become dull and loose it's gripping ability after a few months, so I am no longer able to use it.

Haute Lunch Rating: 4 out of 5 Trays

The last pair is one I'm sure everyone has heard about, Tweezerman's Slant Tweezer. This tweezer is a best seller and has won numerous awards. For a long time I was hesitant to shell out $20 for a pair of tweezers, but I'm glad I did. The hand-filed slant tip has no trouble grabbing every hair and these babies are still sharp after nearly a year! It's no wonder that makeup artists always recommend Tweezerman. I should have listened to my boyfriend a long time ago- he's been using Tweezerman tweezers for several years and won't buy another brand! The only downside is the price, but since they've lasted a year now, it would be equivalent to buying four pairs of Revlon's slant tweezers (which I would have had to do if I stuck with those)!

Haute Lunch Rating: 5 out of 5 Trays

What tweezer do you ladies use?  I've always gone with a slant tip (as you can probably see), but has anyone had any luck with point tweezers?  I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Baby's 1st Blogger Award

Although my mom probably won't add this achievement to my baby book, I am thrilled to announce that last night I received my very 1st mini blogger award! The fabulous Alyson of The Average Girl's Guide deemed me worthy of the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out her award post here.

As part of the award, I am to link back to the individual who bestowed it upon me, write seven facts about myself, and present it to seven other fabulous bloggers!

Here are my 7 fast facts:

  1. I have a wonderful boyfriend, Kellen, who gives fabulous foot massages and makes the best mocha latte I've ever had!
  2. I was a bartender at a blues club in Chicago for over 4 years, so I can make a mean martini!
  3. I'm currently working on my Master's in Psychology, but my previous degrees include a B.A. in Psychology, and more surprisingly, an A.S. in the Culinary Arts!
  4. The town I grew up in was so small that it didn't have a movie theatre, a mall, or even a chain restaurant other than fast food places!
  5. I love animals and currently have a cat named Noodle, but my previous pets have included Hammie the Hamster, Jamal the Beta Fish, Sneaker, Tiger, & Minor (all cats), Xavier, Jack, & Major (all dogs), and some other fish I can't remember the names of!
  6. I have played volleyball for 16 years now, and was fortunate enough to play in college and on a club team that placed in nationals!
  7. I love making lists- for everything! My boyfriend thought I it was odd that I enjoy list making so much, but then he met my mother, who has since made several lists in his presence! :)
And now for my 7 lovely, versatile awardees:

Congrats to these bloggers, and thanks again to Alyson of The Average Girl's Guide for giving me this fabulous award!

Also, my seven facts listed above will serve as my "Mix & Mingle Monday" for the week, so please feel free to comment about them and tell me some interesting facts about yourself! I love to hear from you all!