What I'm Pin To

I've noticed a theme lately: pink. While this may not be surprising to anyone who knows me, this springy weather that has popped up lately is forcing me to love pink even more than usual. Here are a few of my favorite pink pins from Pinterest recently: 

Pink Jewels

Pink Raspberry Macaroons 

Pretty Pink Amoire 

Pink Pots

Pink Vintage Elegance

Pop of Pink 

Summer Sneak Peak

When you can see your breath inside of your car, it is officially too cold. I don't do so well in these frigid temps, and my need for spring and summer is at an all time high. I need the sun, and warmth, and the beach, and less layers! 

This year, I absolutely have to update my spring/summer wardrobe. It's still very "college," and I need something that is much more "professional 20-something." Plus, this goes along excellently with my desire for change in 2014. Follow my Summer Lovin' Pinterest board for some really cute outfit ideas. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

Rope Applique Tunic Dress, Vineyard Vines $198

kate spade Metro Bazooka Pink Leather Watch, $195

Factory jewel-collar oxford shell, $54.50

Nautical Wedges, $39.95 

Target Printed Skirt, $24.99

Target Capri Blue Sailboat Shirt, $19.99

Zigi Soho Swish Sandal Wedge, $59.95

Happy Spring!

"I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face." --Langston Hughes
I hope you enjoy the first day of spring; here are a few of the springtime 
decorations in my house! 

Handmade Easter wreath with glitter eggs from Wal-Mart

Please excuse the teeth marks--eggs are Layla's favorite

Distance Makes the Heart Grow

"Distance makes the heart grow fonder." Of what exactly? Miserable miles on I-16? Being on totally opposite schedules leaving little time to talk? Doing favorite things alone? No, distance makes me irritable and irrational. Unsatisfied with the people and things around me. Distance makes my heart scream, "It's not fair!" while stamping it's foot. Distance makes me question, and makes me feel alone.

     The quote to the left was something I stumbled upon on Pinterest, and I thought it was mostly accurate. Distance may not be for the fearful, but there is still a lot of inevitable fear just like there are a lot of inevitable miles. I think the hardest part of the quote is that distance is not for the bold. It seems as if it is for people who are willing to put things on hold, sometimes indefinitely. But how do you put your life on hold when the world is moving and changing around you? Ultimately, distance changes people, just like visiting a place you haven't been to in years--there are new shops, new roads, new rules--but this time, the change is inside you directing your steps.

      I've stumbled across different articles that say weathering a physical separation proves a relationship's strengths. From what I've seen, it only magnifies it's weaknesses. Whether it be family, friends, or fiances, distance does little to build a foundation for the future. So what does one do when dealing with distance? Ignore, fight, embrace it? I don't want to do any of those things. Those aren't the answers I want to accept. Distance places you in a no-man's land, sometimes rather realistically when dealing with loneliness, that is void of relatively easy logic and understanding. Distance makes people who are so great together, struggle to remain great apart.

So how do you deal with distance?

I Need Summer, Like, Now.

Go! Go now! My favorite romper for summer is on sale now at www.shopentourageclothing.com!

Fresh Off The Runway Romper
Originally $39, now only $27.30!

And wouldn't it look fabulous with this totally amazing coral lipstick?
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche in Volcanic, $8.50
One day 'till spring, y'all. 

e.l.f. Beauty Buys

When I was in the fourth grade, lip gloss became a "thing." Like, a really, big, super important thing. And I loved it. I loved it so much, that I began to hoard it, and line it up meticulously on my dresser in long rows to display my prizes. I even got a lip gloss making kit for Christmas that year. It's pretty obvious, I was... #addicted.

My mother had a rule that I wasn't allowed to wear make-up until I was 13. This was a great point of conflict in our lives as I was always trying to get around that little rule. But from the day I turned 13, and for the rest of my life, I will always love make-up. Especially lip gloss. But anyways...

I'm pretty set in stone on some things, like I always use Maybelline Super Stay Foundation, Loreal Volumnious Mascara, and Milani eye liner. But I like to try things out in the other areas. Urban Decay Naked pallets are wonderful, but it's pretty much all too expensive for me to commit to full time. So when I discovered e.l.f. at Target {and now at Kmart, some Walgreens, and a few grocery stores}, I fell in love. They have two main price points--$1 items, and $3 items. Some really fancy stuff is $6. And they have fantastic gift sets around Christmastime, which is like my favorite thing ever.

These are some of the products I'm using, and love...

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer, $6 
This stuff is the best! It smooths out wrinkles and pores, moisturizes amazingly, and fights oil. I love the way my skin feels after putting this on before my foundation. After checking out the website, I discovered there are more colors than the clear one I've been getting from Target: Tone Adjusting Green, Brightening Lavender, and Radiant Glow! I wonder if I put them all on at the same time if I would have Barbie skin.

e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder, $3
I've been using the e.l.f. HD Translucent Powder for a few months now with good results, but this powder is great! I apply with my e.l.f. Kabuki Brush after my foundation, and it blends and corrects color so well! I used to use a colored loose powder on top of my foundation, but began to feel like it was looking really heavy and diminishing my skin's natural glow. This 4 color pressed powder goes on translucent so you don't even feel like you're adding another layer to your face.

e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush, $6
Just go ahead and buy the $30 11-piece brush set. But if you already have some brushes you love, this is a great addition to your collect. I love the e.l.f. brushes because they are so soft! And they won't leave a single strand on your face like cheaply-made brushes will. This one is great for blending powders.

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, $3
I've never used a setting spray before, but had seen some pins on Pinterest about a few different ones but they seemed kind of expensive. Now that I've used this one, I'm wondering how I went so long without it! I have really long eyelashes, and my mascara {even waterproof} always leaves shadows under my eyes as the day wears on. With this spray, that isn't happening! Its light and refreshing, and can be used to refresh your look throughout the day too. I also think it adds to that dewy, youthful look everyone wants. It's like hairspray for your face!

*I have not been compensated in any way for this review, all opinions are my own. Pictures from eyeslipsface.com*

Lent 2014

Can this be in my Easter basket? 
What are you giving up for Lent?

Growing up Southern Baptist, Lent was one of those things that some people did and some people didn't. I don't really remember it being talked about in church all that often. It wasn't really until I went to college where I saw how this old church tradition crossed denominations, ages, and roles. While I've never had the privileged of participating in a Lent service at a church, seeing my friends proudly walk through campus with the cross of ashes on their foreheads was quiet inspiring.

So what are you giving up for Lent? And what are you going to start doing, giving, serving? I know one time in high school, I gave up Diet Coke. While it may not sound like a lot, for me it was a really big deal. I still remember the sweet sting of that first sip from a Sonic Route 44 after 40 days without my beloved beverage!

This year, I'm giving up sweets. This is going to be so hard, and really no fun. But its something that has always had strong grips in my life. It's cute to joke about a "sweet tooth," but it's not so cute when it starts to affect your body physically. I hope that this refocus on health during Lent will motivate me to continue with my Year of Change and making myself better, happier, and stronger. But I still can't wait to have something yummy on April 17.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. I want to do something that will give back to others, and inspire them for the day. So the question remains...

What are you giving up for Lent?

Pink Dreams

I'm super excited to introduce to you my brand new online jewelry boutique, Pink Dreams! The boutique selection consists of pieces picked out personally that I love, and hope you will enjoy too. Check out my site by visiting pinkdreams.kitsylane.com now! And make sure to visit each Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. to see what the weekly flash sale items will be--these are new items in a limited supply that will be discounted for you to take advantage of for just a short time, so catch them while you can! 

These are some of my current favorites:

Nicole Studs, $34

Evangelina Ring, $42

Flora Necklace, $108
{Wouldn't this be perfect with a Lilly dress?}