Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Weekend Escapades... better late than never!


Now that I have the photos I was waiting for from boyfriend's dad I can recap our weekend!

We did a lot of relaxing and a good amount of boozing, too. His parents live on a lake, so water sports are a must. I can't complain.... unless he tries to drown me. Which he did once. It's cool, I love lake water shooting up my nose. Totally awesome feeling. uhem.

Here we are on a "booze cruise", also known as drinking on the pontoon boat around the lake.

His family dog, Riley, rocks the doggles like nobody's business. Seriously though, does it get much cuter?

He may live in a bigger city now but I think he'll always be a country boy at heart. I dig it.

I think this was before the incident when he attempted to drown me before I turned 25. Either way, I love this fun shot his dad got of us.

Loving on Riley.

They had a (HOLY MOLY DELICIOUS) cake, as well as way too many gifts, for me. Seriously though, they spoiled me rotten. Such great peeps. 

This is his grandma's card to me. 
I cried. In front of the whole fam. So sweet.



And that's about it... unless you want multiple photos of coronas, margs, and very full glasses of wine. See you tomorrow on my actual birthday with a massive box of goods from Jenn... which is supposed to be the polish swap post, but she spoiled me like crazy!



Monday, July 30, 2012

I have to fund my online shopping somehow...


Hellloooo Monday. I'm feeling a bit of writers block today, as I can't update about my weekend yet because I'm waiting on a few more photos to be sent over from the boyfriend's daddio. We had a really fab weekend but you're just going to have to wait until this week to hear about it! I know, don't all cry at once.

So, the writers block was finally put to rest when I found myself on Kate's fabulous blog, reading her post to a link-up about what she actually does at work. It's kind of fun to see that I'm not the only one who is forced to sit my happy ass in an office chair for 8 hours a day, playing grown up. Emphasis on "playing".

Technically I have two jobs. Or, a job and a career, if you want to look at it that way. By day I am an assistant for a commercial real estate photographer, who also dabbles in professional office portraits (the really boring, serious, lawyer photos where they usually look angry). On most days I prefer to classify my job title as "Photoshop expert" because I'm usually being put to the test to digitally fix something that sounds near impossible. Last week I had to replace all of the windows on a glass building with new windows without glare. Equally as tedious as it sounds and I'm pretty sure I developed carpal tunnel in my right hand soon after.

I get to wear whatever I want to wear, hence the whole yoga pants thing... if you're new here... and I listen to a lot of Pandora radio. Usually ridiculous stations containing 90's pop hits.

 This would be my desk. So clean and organized (we're really busy right now, shut it.). It's big and it's all mine. Ah, the perks of being the only employee. 

I get to use a lot of Sharpies, which makes me really happy. Yes, I'm easily amused like that. Usually I'm in the office alone, my boss travels a lot and sends me images as he shoots so we can get them to clients fast enough to stress me out and force me to drink heavily by 5pm. But really, I like it here. I go about my day as I please, most days, and my boss treats me well.



When I'm not being a Photoshop queen for my boss I'm at home being a Photoshop wench for my own clients.

This is when I'm most happy... photographing peoples in good ol' L-O-V-E! Unless, of course, they're a pain in my ass (dammit!) and then I'm back to drinking heavily. And much earlier than 5 pm.

The rest of this job is pretty self explanatory, I believe. I'm not really one to blab about my photography business here on my little blog, it's just not my style. Or maybe I get enough of it from all of the other photographer bloggers on the web to get my fix. Yeah, probably the last one.

What do you do all day long at work? Go link-up with the bargain blonde

Friday, July 27, 2012

It's Friday and I've got some letters to write!


Can I get a freaking AMEN to Friday?! Finally. Frickity frick!
I'm, once again, linking up with Ashley for some Friday letters.

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Dear Boyfriend,
Thank you. Thank you for spending these last 8 months with me. I can't think of anyone else in the world I'd rather fall asleep next to every night and wake up to every morning. I hope for many, many more months (and years) with you. Thank you for drinking boxed wine with me. Thank you for singing me made up country songs when you're in the shower and I'm doing my make up, I proudly provide backup vocals sung in my powder brush. Thank you for always reenacting the construction worker dance from that Cheetos commercial whenever I ask you to. Thank you for putting up with nail polish fumes on a daily basis even though I know they make you cringe. I know one day you will learn to love watching So You Think You Can Dance with me, so thank you for that too. Or maybe you won't. It's ok though, you're still pretty fab.

Dear 25th Birthday,
I really can't believe today is the start of your celebration. I guess I should thank you for falling on a Wednesday, smack dab in the middle of the week, so I have a legit reason to celebrate this weekend and next weekend. I've always loved my birthdays and, I guess, I'm warm to you now. I mean I don't know much about fine wine, considering my version of fine wine comes from a plastic bag housed in a cardboard box, but I've heard it gets better with age and dammit, I'm going to be like the wine that is housed in pretty glass bottles with real corks. Bring it on and let the good times roll, baby!

Dear Bride in the Photo Up There,
Thank you for your patience and your kind soul. I've never had a client make me feel so appreciated before. You are just as beautiful inside as you are on the outside... and you're really, really beautiful on the outside. I would kind of hate you if you weren't so damn nice.

Dear Twitter,
That disappearing act you pulled yesterday was not cute. Not only did you leave me in a slight panic, you made me feel really, really lame. I knew I was addicted to you but now, thanks to that little stunt you pulled, I can see just how addicted I really am. I have nothing to say for myself.

Dear GroopDealz.com,
Stop offering deals on so many cute things. I have little to no self control when it comes to online shopping. Also, please stop offering cute things for babies, causing me to want one. There's no room for baby fever in this 25 year old's life currently. Not to mention, I'm clearly not capable of being responsible for a small human at this point in my life. Seriously, I fear for my future offspring. Anyways, stick to the stuff I can purchase for myself. You know, like that oversized "child's bow" I purchased yesterday. For myself... because I'm 5, not soon-to-be 25.



Alright. Time to whip this workday into shape so I can get out of here and get my drink on with the boyfriend and his family. (no, seriously, his mama and I get down. she's amaze.) Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday with, hopefully, a boatload of pictures from my birthday celebration #1! :)


Thursday, July 26, 2012

If you really knew me...


I see this little blog trend going around and I'm hopping aboard because I've really loved reading others I've seen!

If you really knew me you'd know that...

this is a totally accurate portrayal of my personality. I love to laugh, joke, and be as silly and nerdy as humanly possible. 

most of the time I'm way too loud and say silly, sarcastic things, which some people consider bitchy. Really though, I'm just one of those strange seeds you have to get to know to understand. 

I was adopted by my dad when I was 7 years old. Had my last name changed, the whole shebang. My mom is my birth mom and it was just the two of us in a one bedroom apartment for the first 7 years of my life. She's my hero! 

I quit every sport growing up but dance. In high school I belonged to a competitive dance group, outside of my high school, and we traveled the country doing competitions. Very much like Dance Moms. No joke, psychotic teacher and all. They were some of the best times of my life, crazy devil woman and all.

my boyfriend is the first guy I've let in since I had my heart broken by my high school sweetheart 6 years ago. I've been in a few relationships since but he's the only one that I lifted my guard for. I honestly have no control over it but I'm really glad I finally found someone to let in. It's a really amazing feeling when I felt so shut down for so many years.

I hate to wash my hair and I swear every time I wash it I'm ruining it. Really though, it takes my hair a good 3-4 days to become unwearable so I only wash it 2, maybe 3, times a week.

I once went through a phase where I was obsessed with the liquor Hpnotiq. Yes, the light blue, fruity shit that people like Lil John rap about. It was the summer after I graduated uhemhigh school and I tore that mofo up. Until my 18th birthday when I became violently ill from it before midnight struck and I was being wished "happy birthday" while hugging a potty at my own party. I guess that's what happens when you don't start partying until you graduate high school. Class, class, class. In my defense, I haven't touched the stuff since that night. Even the smell makes me want to vom.

I have this strange OCD against finishing things. Not projects or tasks, nothing like that... but bottles of hair product, body wash, shampoo, drinks. It's really weird and I have no idea why I do it, but it kills me to use the last of anything.

I have my bachelors degree in fashion design and merchandising and I've never used it a day in my life. I loved my classes but I fell in love with photography along the way and it just, kind of, took over.

I hold grudges like nobody's business. If you betray my trust or stab me in the back there's a good chance I will write you off forever. There have been very few times in my life where I have let someone back in.

I only cry (for sad reasons) when no one's looking. If you've seen me cry because I'm sad you truly know me for me. This doesn't count when I get emotional watching a chick flick and shed a glistening tear. I'm talking mascara ruining, ugly face making tears. 


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So What! Wednesday - Merry Christmas to ya!


Well friends, it's another Wednesday and I'm, once again, linking up with my girl Shannon for some So What! action. I can't seem to hop off this link-up lately but it's cool, I'm ok with it.





Saying "So What!" is fun and this week I'm saying it if...


  • I spent my entire work day yesterday streaming Christmas music through Pandora and it was fabulous. The Mariah Carey (Holiday) station, to be exact. It's like Xanex for your soul. Try it, you know you want to. If you don't like it, come over my house with a box of wine and I'll change your mind. Think dance party. 
Xtina's This Christmas... What's not to love about that song?? 
Yes, my inner teeny bopper still lives. Step off! 
  • I don't think I have the "meal planning" gene in me. Seriously though, it seems so simple but all it does for me is make me cop a serious tude. What if I don't effing want chicken parmesan tomorrow night? Or what if I just don't feel like cooking that crap from scratch after my long day at work, dammit?! Just because this cute little graphic tells me to cook it doesn't mean I want to. Go away. Over it. Moving on.
  • I'm fairly sure that I spend more time on the clock at work roaming blogs and other social networks than I do actually working. My boss must really think I'm a very slow worker. My bad.
  • I'm this close to purchasing these adorable pink corduroy TOMS for Fall and Winter right now. I mean, I need time for them to stretch out and get all comfy and stuff, right? I think yes. Yes, definitely. 

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  • I've mentioned wanting Friday to be here already about 20 times on Twitter. I need a vacay - even if it is just going to my boyfriend's parent's place, it's on a lake and so relaxing (not to mention, I adore his parents a tonnnn). I'm ready... and then I need next Friday to come so I can be sippin' on some fruity, alcoholic concoctions (yes, plural, as in many) on a beach in Key West with my boo. 

Seriously though, my man knows how to make a girl feel loved. Can. Not. WAIT!


And that's that. I'm going to go back to my Christmas jams now and continue to wish Friday would stop being such a tease and come to mama already. Have a lovely Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday!

Good morning! Today I'm going all nail polish on you. A lovely group of ladies and myself decided on doing a tutorial Tuesday challenge and that day is today! 


I chose to try out Nailside's cloud tutorial. At first I was really intimidated by this mani but once I got the hang of the basic stroke it was a breeze, which was a nice surprise. In her tutorial she says to literally let the polish drip off the brush. I was skeptical but of course she was right. Worked like a charm!


The polishes I used for this mani are: 
Base: Duri Rejuvacote
Wet n Wild - I need a refresh-mint (love LOVE this color on it's own). 2 coats.
OPI - Your royal shine-ness. 2 coats.
OPI - Alpine Snow. 2 coats.
Top coat: Seche Vite




Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Escapades.


Here we meet again, Monday. Let's hope this week goes by fast, I'm ready for my birthday festivities to begin and they start on Friday! Ok, must stop dreaming. Let's talk about last weekend, shall we?

Friday night was fairly low key. Ok, really really low key. We went to Outback for drinks and a little din din and then we came home and relaxed. It may sound a little lame-ville USA but I was so down with laying low this weekend. Really, it was fantastic having little to no plans. 

This is the only picture I have from Friday night... My bad.

Saturday morning we woke up and decided to head to a little breakfast spot, which happens to be a staple in the little city that we live in. Seriously though, chickens just roam around this place like they own the city. It's real country and real delish. I tore up some biscuits and gravy... which I later learned was a huge mistake once the boyfriend suggested we hang by the pool for a little bit. Oops.

This little beauty showed up in my mailbox on Saturday, which was such a fab surprise! I ordered this case off Etsy a few days ago and it is just as stunning in person as it was online. Love my monograms. L-O-V-E my monograms.

Here's the Etsy store I ordered it from. So many adorable things in that shop!

We ordered Chinese food delivery Saturday night. If you don't know how happy this made me, let me explain that I love nothing more than a relaxing night in with my boyfriend, Chinese delivery, and some boxed vino (don't knock it til you try it).

This would be the fortune that one of us got in our cookie which caused one of our heads to grow too large to fit in our house. (hint: one of us isn't me) ;)

We also snuck in a little season 1 Jersey Shore marathon that was happening on MTV2. Guilty pleasure. Don't judge. 


Yesterday I got to play cheerleader while I watched my good looking boyfriend in his softball game. Who would I be if I didn't do my nails up for the occasion?

1...2...3.... awwwwww! LOVE!!

Ok, done with the obnoxious girlfriend thing... for now. 
PS. How funny is their team name, Pitch Please!? 


Nail polish lovers alert!! Walgreens has Sinful Colors polish on sale for $0.99 this week. Go get your sale polish on... 

I tore it up last night.


Alright, time to pretend I'm a productive employee for another week. Come onnnn, Friday. I'm ready to party like it's my birthday. Because it is, duh. Ok, lame. Sorry. I need to stop now. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Let's write some letters, shall we?


Happy Friday, fabulous friends! Today I'm hoping aboard one of my favorite link-ups I've seen in a while. Friday letters from some of my favorite bloggers keep me amused on Friday's, so I thought I'd jump in a try my luck at them. 

Here we go...
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Dear rude lady at Walgreens, 
Thank you so much for publicly humiliating me yesterday as I was purchasing my bottle of Cupcake Chardonnay. Screaming out for me to get my ID ready when there were still 2 customers ahead of me to check out was like nothing I've ever seen - including when I used to actually buy alcohol underage (Just kidding mom, I never did that...). Also, proceeding to say that I look 15 was the cherry on top. Cue bright red Whitney face.

And no, I don't care that I'll appreciate it when I'm your age.

Dear Boss,
Having yesterday off was really fantastic until you text me telling me I needed to come in today. You're lucky I woke up in an exceptional mood or I would have been a nightmare to deal with.

Dear 25th Birthday,
I really thought I was warming up to you until that Walgreens woman brought to my attention that I am turning 10 years older than 15. If my boyfriend wasn't planning a thousand things to make you fun, I may have ended up crying in a dark corner. I really don't feel 25 and I'm certainly not where I always thought I'd be at 25. Ho hum.

Dear Pumpkin Head Ale sign at Publix,
Seeing you this morning sent a little spark through my core. I can't wait to be reunited with Pumpkin Head. I love you. Seriously, I love you.

Dear Sweet Sebby boy, 
Mommy is really sorry she hasn't got you a haircut yet. If I do say so myself, you are rocking those 80's bangs though.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

MAC False Lash Extreme


Lash lovers, may I introduce my new obsession. False Lash Extreme by MAC.


In this tube you will find the best $20 you may ever spend. Yes, it does sound steep, but I assure you that it is, indeed, falsies in a bottle. 


One coat of this mascara and I was hooked. So much so that if MAC ever decides to take this baby off of the market I will stock up. This, in addition to my daily use of Latisse, and I feel like I have natural eyelashes as fabulous as any celebrity who wears falsies!! Really though, I can't even fathom how it is so amazing. I'm the girl who has tried out every new mascara that comes to market but I've NEVER found one this amazing!


and if you compare my Latisse Journey photos to this, you can see that they look TONS longer!

Seriously though, go pick some of this up. It is worthy every penny! 


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I need some "So What!" in my Wednesday today.


Hello, Wednesday. Today you can called me "Crabby Josephine" because I am in a foul mood. Originally I was going to do a more upbeat link up but I think I'm in need of some serious So What! Wednesday action.






This week I am saying SO WHAT to...
  • This catastrophe on the top of my head, which I'm referring to as a "bun", looks like a small birds nest and I should be embarrassed to be seen with it in public. 
  • My laundry pile is scary and I need to do a load or 6. I hate laundry. It's possible that I will be rocking a towel by Friday because I will have nothing to wear. Coincidentally, I'll have clean towels because I'm OCD about having clean towels. 
  • I am already looking forward to So You Think You Can Dance tonight. Only 12 hours ahead of myself.
  • I am secretly, or not so secretly now, hoping my boss gives me Thursday and Friday off again this week. Last week was so lovely and relaxing. I need some more of that in my life. 
  • I snoozed so many times this morning, I only gave myself a full 10 minutes to get ready for work. Hence SO WHAT numero uno. 
  • I watched Dance Moms for about 3 hours straight last night. And I loved every second. Ah, memories. 




Nail Polish Swap
One last reminder!! Today is the last day to sign up for the nail polish swap Jenn and I are hosting! Don't miss out!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The greatest part of online shopping...

I have a confession to make... I love, love to online shop. Not only is it the greatest place to find fab deals but I get all sorts of happiness running through me when I see a package in my mailbox. Or even better, when the mailman has to give me a special key to one of the overflow boxes. Now that makes this lady tick. 

Well... yesterday would be one of those days where I had to sit down while opening all of my fun mail because I was that excited. 

All of this fun was waiting in an overflow box for me when I got home from work.

I spy a Coco signature on one of my boxesssss! If you're a nail nerd, like myself, you already know why this is exciting. If you are asking "who the eff is Coco and why did she write on your package?!"... Well, she is the daughter of the genius behind Cult Nails and her mom just released a collection that Coco created all on her own. Currently the collection is only on sale as a whole collection, I needed the whole collection (yes, needed), and the rest is history.

This is Cult Nails' Coco Untamed collection! I can't wait to try out 'I Got Distracted' (the 2nd from the left)... It's so beautiful in the bottle, I can't imagine what this polish is going to look like on my nails.

Moving on let's open the big box, shall we?

Hello there, China Glaze neon collection! Well, not all of the collection, but the colors I needed from the collection. (aside from Hang-Ten Toes... because I already own that one.) I have no idea which one of these I'll choose to wear first. They're all ah-ma-zinggggg! 

This is a pretty indie polish by Candy Lacquer called White Wedding and I'm in loveeee. It's white glitter in a clear base, so you can really put this over most any color polish. I also loveeee that there are hearts scattered throughout it, too.


So, yeah. That was way too fun and I didn't even get into my July Birchbox. I'm going to save that one for tomorrow, I think. There's something in it called "roasted nut roll"... Need I say more?






Nail Polish Swap
Speaking of nail polish, have you signed up for the nail polish swap I'm co-hosting with Jenn at Perfectly Imperfect?! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up and I promise you that you don't want to miss out on this fun!! What are you waiting for? Go sign up!!




Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Escapades.

Oh Monday, we meet again. This Monday is much more of a pain because I had one of those really great weekends that you never want to end. I'll get over it though, we're just that much closer to my birthday festivities that will be going down in less than 2 weeks!

Anyways, more on that later. Our weekend... let's take a look, shall we?

Friday night that charming boyfriend of mine took me out for dinner and drinks. I got all fancified for the first time in, what feels like, forever. 


By the way, check out the lashes. MAC's new False Extreme = the bombdotcom. More on that later this week. Really, it deserves it's own post.

Le boyfriend and myself getting our Friday night drink on.

These would be pitchers, yes I said pitchers - with straws in them, full of peach sangria. They were 2-4-1 and they were fantastic. Fabulous start to our weekend, if I do say so myself.

After dinner we were a total old person couple and went home. In our defense we did drink a little more and we played some good ol' Phase 10. If you've never played let me just tell you that it is a total blast and that does not make us old, thankyouverymuch. (no, I'm not at all testy that my quarter of a century birthday is near...)


Ella's way serious about hiding her cards from everyone.

See? Promise we had fun. ;)

My weekend nails, compliments of Make Up Store - Greta and the new Bundle Monster plates. The crazy holo effects of this polish is to dieeeee for.

Saturday was a really bright and sunny Florida day so we decided to make a pool day out of it.


We hung by the pool for a few hours and sipped on some cold brewskis. It was really relaxing and even better because my SPF 30 kept your girl free of sunburn, and free of wrinkles, duh. 

Brew and nails. I couldn't help myself. Bright sun and holo go together like brews at the pool.

Finally, yesterday we made our way downtown to the Farmers Market. I went for one reason and that reason is this bread.

This loaf of deliciousness would be blue cheese and garlic bread and my lawdddd it is heaven in a bag. If you ever go to the Downtown Orlando Farmers Market you need to find the vendor and get enough of this bread to make sandwiches for the rest of your life. Seriously though.


I'm ending this soon, I promise. Before I do, I need to give a big shout out to that phenomenal boyfriend of mine. Yes, it's time for me to go ham on this bad boy.

I have been on the hunt for the new Girl Scout cookie Crunch bars for a little over a week and after about 13 failed attempts at finding them, I found the last bar at a CVS. They only had one. Seriously, my luck. (it was delicious, ps) Ok, so back to the boyfriend. 

He came home with a bag full of all 3 flavors and legit made it rain Girl Scout candy bars on me. 
Ah-freak-ing-ma-zing. You ladies with your flower pictures got nothing on my candy bar picture, ya heard?  

Props to you amazingly fantastical boyfriend of mine, you are the epitome of "a keeper" in my book.