What's in My Makeup Bag

Have you ever heard of Younique? Well, let me tell ya, this stuff is magic. I'm serious! My sister-in-law, Virginia, has introduced me to a whole new world of makeup.

I have always been a drugstore makeup purchaser. Seriously, when it came to mascara, I would buy whatever was on sale at the time. Always shopping with this method means that over the years I've tried lots (and lots) of different brands of mascara.

Recently, Virginia mentioned this 3D mascara stuff. I had no idea what she was talking about. Basically, you have a gel mascara that you apply to your lashes, then you follow that with fibers that add fullness and length, then you finish with the gel. I'll be honest, I was skeptical, but I trust her so I gave it a try. Um. You guys. My eyelashes were HUGE. At first, I thought maybe my eyelashes were TOO big, but now that I've been using this stuff for a little while, I can honestly say I won't go back to the bargain brands.

Well, once I was hooked on the Younique 3D Mascara, I figured I'd try some of their other products. Virginia sent me some of her favorites to try. Right now, I am consistently using their eyeliner, eyeshadow, lip gloss, and mascara, and they are all life changing.

During colder months I like to wear red lipstick. This gloss absolutely does the trick! It's long lasting and is the prettiest color. (I'm wearing Lethal)

The eyeliner goes on extremely smoothly and doesn't run or melt during the day. (I'm wearing Perfect)

The color of eyeshadow that I've been using adds just enough brightness to my eyes without be too extreme (I'm not someone who wears a lot of eyeshadow regularly). It also lasts all day! (I'm wearing Sexy)

Another concern of mine once I applied all this makeup and realized it was pretty durable was that it would be a pain to get off. I was pleasantly surprised that a typical makeup removing wipe did the trick!

Since this makeup is amazing and so is my sister-in-law, if you purchase from her, and then email her, she will enter you into a drawing to win a great Younique gift!

Um. What are you waiting for!?

Here's her website: www.lashlovebyvirginia.com
and her email: lashlovebyvirginia@gmail.com

5 Reasons to Visit Helena, Arkansas

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that I spent this past weekend in Helena, Arkansas. I was invited to visit Helena for the King Biscuit Blues Festival. I'll be honest, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into, however, I was pleasantly surprised by this quaint town that is truly a hidden gem.

Now, I had an amazing time at the King Biscuit Blues Festival moseying from stage to stage listening to many different musicians, eating Fair Food, and getting caught in the rain. (All things that are staples for a good music festival.) However, I also was able to experience the other things the town of Helena has to offer. This lovely town is definitely worth a visit with or without the festival.

Here are five reasons why you should consider taking a trip to Helena, Arkansas:

The first reason is the location. Our drive to Helena took us a little over an hour from Downtown Memphis to Downtown Helena. The drive was super easy and absolutely beautiful passing lots and lots of crop fields. You simply take US-61 South through Mississippi, then cross the river and there you are, the adorable town of Helena.

Helena is the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway, or even a day trip!


The next reason to visit Helena is the Blues. Whether you're there for the King Biscuit Blues Festival or just a regular weekend, the music is a very important part of this city (which I think most Memphians can appreciate). 

Helena is the home to King Biscuit Time, the longest running blues radio show. In 1941, when the show first started, it was the only radio show in the country to feature African-American musicians. Today, you can actually sit in and listen to a broadcast. While there, I actually had the opportunity to meet the host, "Sunshine" Sonny Payne who has been hosting this program since 1951. 

Something that I find so interesting about Southern towns is the history they possess. It seem like no matter where you are, there is incredible Civil War history. This brings me to the third reason you should visit Helena: the history. 

Helena really takes pride in documenting and recognizing the role it played during the Civil War. Throughout the town there are sights and exhibits clearly marked to teach visitors and residents about the events that took place. While there, I visited Freedom Park and Battery C and definitely learned some new things.

In addition to Civil War history, Helena is also sprinkled with several historic homes that have been preserved. I toured the Pillow Thompson House and it was absolutely breathtaking. I also was able to enjoy breakfast at the Edwardian Inn, another historic home, which is now a Bed & Breakfast.

It would be difficult to be in Helena and not notice its beauty. Helena was built on the banks of the Mississippi River and is surrounded by lush forest and the mighty Mississippi offering excursions for any outdoors enthusiast.

I'll be honest, I'm not much of an outdoors-man, however, I had the opportunity to hop in a canoe and paddle the Mississippi River with the Quapaw Canoe Company who offer guided tours of the river, and had a ton of fun. Canoeing, though, is just one of the outdoor activities Helena has to offer. This part of the river is home to many catfish which grow rather large making the fishing in these parts ideal. Also, during the King Biscuit Blues Festival, many visitors pitch a tent for the duration of their stay. I absolutely loved how accessible the river was!

As a (relatively new) Memphian, I've learned that when you visit other places you should focus on the food. So, I couldn't recommend visiting another city without mentioning the cuisine! In the few days that I spent in Helena, I feel like I ate a ton. That's probably because everything we ate was so delicious that I just had to clear my plate.

Some places of note are:
- The Edwardian Inn- the most delicious homemade breakfast
- Granny Dee's- a plate lunch that was southern comfort food at it's finest
- August Moon- a Chinese restaurant known for it's Fried Chicken (yes, you read that correctly)
- Ray's Dairy Maid- ahhhhmazing fried pies!

Each of these places are definitely worth a try!


There you have it! Five reasons you should visit Helena, Arkansas. So, when are you going?

Huge thank you to the city of Helena (especially Julia!!!) for letting me spend the weekend and for showing me the highlights of this beautiful city.

Hocus Pocus

Halloween is almost here!! I've already eaten my weight in candy corn (don't judge), watched Hocus Pocus several times, and, of course, stitched up a cute Halloween themed embroidery hoop!

My Next Big Adventure: #BloggersTakeHelena

Later tonight I embark on my next big adventure: the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Myself, along with two other amazing bloggers, will be spending the weekend exploring Helena!

Helena is located only about an hour down the road from Memphis on the Mississippi River and hosts one of the greatest blues festivals every year. I don't really know what to expect except I know that there will be lots of good music, fun times, and new experiences.

The best part? You can follow along all weekend with the hashtag #BloggersTakeHelena



This past weekend I was in Atlantic City celebrating a family wedding. The church my cousin chose to get married in is located in a small town just north of AC called Brigantine. It's actually where my Aunt and Uncle have a beautiful beach house! Well, the church was riiiiight on the beach, so, of course I needed to take advantage of wearing one of my favorite dresses and take some pictures before the rehearsal dinner.

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

There are about three bazillion Autumn ideas and recipes floating around Pinterest.. and I love it!! This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year so when we had a work potluck, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I found these adorable rice krispie treats and had to give this recipe a try.

They turned out even better than I imagined!! They look impressive, but they were actually pretty simple to make. I followed this recipe and substituted the fruit roll-up leaves (I couldn't find any in green!) for swedish turned into leaves.

Have you had any Pinterest successes lately?

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Wedding weekend is finally here for my cousin Kim and her fiance!

So, this weekend, I'll be in Atlantic City celebrating with the happy couple. Be sure to follow on Twitter and Instagram! I'm sure there will be updates and pretty picture :)

PS. Remember the adorable "Perfect Mix" bridal shower we had for her?? 


Taste of Fall with Seasons 52

Last week, Jeremy and I had the opportunity to try the new Autumn menu at Seasons 52. Um. It was amazing. Even though it still feels like summer outside, eating these hearty warm dishes made it actually feel like Fall.

Let me back up a second. For those who might not know, Seasons 52 (which has locations all over the country) has a special menu that changes with the seasons. They use fresh, seasonal ingredients that pair together perfectly.

For our (super huge) meal, we were able to try a little bit of everything on their new Fall menu. Here's what we had:

Trio of Roasted Mushrooms
garlic confit, spinach, green onions, goat cheese, truffle oil

Butternut Squash Soup

Organic Baby Spinach & Caramelized Pear Salad

Roasted Manchester Farms Quail
mushroom risotto stuffing, leaf spinach, bacon, balsamic demi-glace

Caramelized Grilled Sea Scallops
butternut squash risotto, brocclini, lemon butter

Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon

Autumn Vegetables
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
crispy bacon, garlic, Parmesan crust

Roasted Harvest Squashes
spiced maple-mint glaze

Seasons 52 Signature Mini Indulgences

Yeah. Amazing.

My favorite dishes were the Butternut Squash Soup (which I didn't even know I liked) and the Scallops (which I probably would have never ordered on my own). Something else that was really good that I was surprised about was the Quail. I mean, to be honest, I don't think I had ever eaten quail, but I was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful it was.

I highly suggest Seasons 52 for a seasonal meal that will definitely not disappoint.

So, which dish do you want to try?

Seasons 52 on UrbanspoonThis meal was complimentary, however, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Spark a New Connection with Chocolate

Sparking new connections isn't always easy (at least for me). If you have this problem too, I have a secret. Chocolate. Chocolate is the easiest way to reach out to a new acquaintance and make a connection. For instance, we live in a relatively small apartment building and I'm always that person that is so awkward when I happen to ride the elevator with a new neighbor. So, here's my newly discovered secret:

When new neighbors move into the building, I give them some chocolate and a little note saying hello and welcome.


Just a little bit ago, I noticed a new couple moving into our building. I didn't want to bother them while they were moving (which is never fun), so I just stopped by and dropped off some chocolate and introduced myself. Now, when we happen to pass each other in the hall, we stop and chat rather than just mumbling a short "hi". A friendship in the making!

So yeah, new neighbors? You can expect some chocolate from me!

Plus, does this Lindt chocolate have the perfect packaging for this?? It totally ties into the whole message I'm trying to send. A simple, friendly, Hello.

Can I let you in on another secret? When buying some chocolate to gift to a new acquaintance, buy some for yourself, too! I mean, who can pass up these yummy flavors. These cute Lindt chocolates come in Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Nougat, and Cookies & Cream. Is your mouth watering yet?

Which flavor of Lindt Chocolate do you want to try?

Be sure to check out this fun rom com video series by Lindt Chocolate anddd enter the Sweet Connections Sweepstakes!

This post is sponsored by Lindt and the Linqia Community, but all opinions, as always,  are my own.

In 1492...

... Columbus sailed the ocean blue and this week in Memphis you can hop on board replicas of the Nina and Pinta!

A quick refresher course: Christopher Columbus sailed three ships, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, when he journeyed to the West Indies in 1492.

This week, Memphis has a replica of the Nina and the Pinta docked at Beale Street Landing. Jeremy and I walked down to the river to check them out. I don't know about you, but when I think of Columbus sailing through the Atlantic to the New World, I imagine rather large ships. Well, these ships are really not that big! In fact, the Nina is only about 65 feet long. The ships only carried a little over 20 men and some animals, and I bet it was super tight quarters.

These two ships were built using similar techniques that ship builders would have used in the 1490s so they really give visitors an idea of what it would have been like for early explorers like Columbus.

I definitely suggest stopping by the ships before they leave! They'll be in Memphis until October 6th. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for students age 5-16, and kids under 4 are free!