Thursday, June 25, 2015

6 Month Blog Anniversary - THANK YOU!


Hello, everyone!  Today's post is going to be a quick one and it's to say THANK YOU.  As of tomorrow, Friday June 26th I will have been blogging for exactly six months.  My blog has come a long way since it first began and it's because of all my amazing readers that keep me going.  

When I decided to start a blog in late December, I had no idea where it would take me, what I'd write about and even how long I'd do this.  Well, 6 months has passed and I'm still here... writing to all of you three days a week.  I started from nothing and now I stand with over 85 published posts and readers from across the globe ranging from the United States, Israel, United Kingdom and Canada.  I even have some viewers from Russia, Brazil and Ukraine!

I find this to be completely AWESOME!

I love chatting with all of you and reading your comments.  I love brainstorming new ideas and planning out new blog posts.  I love staying late sipping on tea while I finish a post for the next day.  And most of all, I love all of YOU.

Whether you're an original follower or the is the first post you've read on my blog, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  I can't wait to see what the future will bring and don't worry, I'll be here to write about it.  If you have an post requests, feel free to leave them down below.  I'd love to hear from you!

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Love ya lots,
Richelle

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pink for Summer - Nail Look


Hello, everyone!  Happy first Tuesday of summer... sorry if that was a bit too cheesy, but I love this time of year!  In celebration of a fresh new season, I wanted to clean up my nails and give them a nice polish.  I wanted something to match with this warm weather we've been having and trust me, in Michigan that's saying a lot!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 320 Fuchsia Power and 100 Invisible (top coat).
For this very simple look, both my color and top coat are from Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Polish Line.  The beautiful bright pink is called 320 Fuchsia Power (find it here) which is very opaque and shimmer-free.  The glossy top coat is 100 Invisible (find it here).  I love wearing hot pink during the summer months, so I think this was a wise choice!  Invisible is also my FAVORITE nail polish top coat... the bottle is over half gone as you can see.  That's definitely an item I would repurchase once it's gone!

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 320 Fuchsia Power one of my favorite pink polishes for summer.  What's yours?  Leave me a comment down below... I'd love to hear from you :)

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Richelle

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summertime Bliss -- 12 Products to Try!



Hello, everyone!  The first day of Summer is this Sunday, so it's the perfect time to share my favorite 12 Summertime Beauty Products.  This was such a fun post to throw together that got me to look through all my makeup and choose products that really suit this time of year.  

I love summer inspired cosmetics for the glow and natural radiance they give.  Plus I'm a sucker for all things bronzy :) It's the time to show off a glossy pedicure, wear a bright orange lip and look like you're glowing from within.  All these products are easy to apply while giving you an effortless beauty that requires hardly any time, especially when you're off to the beach!  Here we go!

FACE

* Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon in Fair 1-- Amazing and I spot conceal instead of using foundation... very soft and blendable!
* NYX HD Blush in Intuition -- Brings a beautiful rosey glow to your cheeks!
* It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer Warm Radiance -- Also use as eye shadow!

Swatches Top Row (L to R): Josie Maran Rio de Rose Gold, NYX Glam in Fairy,
NYX HD Blush Intuition & It Cosmetics Ombre Bronzer
Bottom 2 Rows: LORAC SummerGlo Palette 
EYES

* NYX Glam Shadow Single Eye Shadow in Fairy -- Gorgeous Simple Lid Shade!
* Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Rio De Rose Gold
* LORAC SummerGLO Eye Shadow Palette -- Limited Edition, but Kohls & ULTA releases a similar palette each year.  

LIPS

* Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo Lingonberry & Tangerine
* Pacifica Minerals Devocean Natural Lipstick in Rebel Sol -- Loving Orange Lipstick!
* NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait
* NYX Butter Lip Balm in Macaron -- Moisturizing Tinted Balms!

Swatches Top Row (L to R): NYX Parfait, NYX Macaron & Pacifica Rebel Sol
Bottom Row: Bite Beauty Luminous Lipstick Duo in Lingonberry & Tangerine
NAILS

* Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 175 Pucker Up -- Perfect Classic Red!
* Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 405 Coral Reef -- Lovely Peachy-Coral!



Here are some of my go-to summertime beauty essentials!  What are some of yours?  Share them down below... I'd love to hear them.  If you enjoyed please google+, comment and join this site (follow) for more.  You can also now follow me on Bloglovin' with the button that is on the upper right panel of this page.  You have an amazing rest of your day! 

Love ya lots,
Richelle

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Nail Salon DAY - OPI Malaga Wine (Loving It!)


Hello, everyone!  Happy almost Friday... I hope you're all having a great week and enjoying some nice weather!  Here in Michigan we're having a mix of stormy and warm days.  As I type, it's sunny and 89 degrees!  Man, it's definitely getting the best of me!

Anyways, on today's post about my Nail Salon Day that was a birthday present from my boyfriend's parents.  I got a mani and pedi for the first time in at least a couple years.  I love getting my nails done, but it's something that I often forget about.  This was a really nice treat.  I went matchy-matchy and chose OPI Malaga Wine (find it here) this BEAUTIFUL deep, sexy red shade.  In fact, I'm so in love with this color that I may go on a hunt for it at ULTA.  Because well, I'm that obsessed with it!  Any of you get like that?

Here's the bottle --which I totally sneaked a photo of--shh don't tell!

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Here's the beautiful shade!  OPI Malaga Wine NL L87
Just a peek at my mani & pedi!  I've been LOVING taking photos on my patio.
It just gives a great earthly look, in my opinion!

There's my quick post on my nail salon day :)  I hope you enjoyed.  What's your current go-to summer shade?  Do you match your nails to your toes?  Let me know in the comments!  If you enjoyed please google+, comment and join this site (follow) for more.  You can also now follow me on Bloglovin' with the button that is on the upper right panel of this page.  You have an amazing rest of your day! 

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Richelle

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cozy Home - Handmade Crochet Blanket


Hello, everyone!  I have a unique post today about my latest home decor project.  I've never shared this on my blog before, but I love crafting--jewelry making, home decor, crocheting... you name it, I've probably tried it.  I recently finished my first crocheted blanket and wanted to share it with all of you!

I've crocheted on and off for years, but this is the first time I've created a full size blanket.  I made the pattern myself, keeping simple and used only a couple stitches.  It's super chunky and cozy.. exactly what I was hoping for.  For those non-crocheters, I basically used three strands of yarn together with a large hook, which made this blanket very thick and quick to make.  The ending size was 4' by 5'.  Below is the yarn I used.

Caron Yarn One Pound was perfect for this blanket!  So soft & affordable.
I ended up using all the yarn in this photo.
It took me a few months to make this blanket, but I was taking my time and working on it when I felt like it.  There's something very soothing about crocheting and knitting... those of you that know how, probably know what I'm talking about.  When you're anxious or need to relax, just grab a crochet hook and get to cracking!  It's very enjoyable once you learn.

Close up of the stitches.. the trim was done in Lion's Brand Yarn just a single crochet.

Quick Breakdown if you're interested:  Simple Cozy Crochet Blanket

*Three Skeins of Yarn, your choice (I chose grey, ivory & white)
All are acrylic yarn which is machine washable.

*Large Crochet Hook -- Size US Q-19 15.00mm

*Keeping all strands together I stitched 50-60 chain stitches forming the width of the blanket.  I half crocheted the rest of the way to the desired length.  I made mine about 48" x 60" in size (before trim).

*The trim is in Lion Brand Homespun White Yarn and I just single crocheted once around. Nothing fancy this textured yarn does all the work for me.


I really enjoyed creating this blanket and happy it's finally completed.  I've been updating my home's look to create a more cozy cottage feel, so the ivory and grey color scheme worked well.  Now I get to grab my tea and cuddle up on the couch with it!

 Thanks for joining me for today's crafty themed post!  Do you have an craft projects in the works?  Share them with me down below!  If you enjoyed please google+, comment and join this site (follow) for more.  You can also now follow me on Bloglovin' with the button that is on the upper right panel of this page.  You have an amazing rest of your day! 

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Richelle

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tea Tuesday - My Holy Grail Green Tea!


Hello, everyone!  Welcome back for another Tea Tuesday!  I can hardly believe it, but June marks the 6-month anniversary to this beloved monthly segment.  If you missed May's fruity tea pick, you can check it out HERE. 

For June, I'm pulling out the big guns and sharing a long-time favorite and holy grail tea.  I've been drinking Triple Leaf Green Tea (find it here) for over a year, usually every morning.  I'm completely hooked to it's simple earthy flavor and it's the perfect match for helping me wake up.  I major thing I love about this tea is that although it has a lot of flavor, I've never found it to be bitter or too strong.  Saying that, I don't even add anything extra because I love it on its own. 

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I love green tea for it's array of beneficial qualities, so this tea is beyond just I taste thing for me.  Since I started drinking tea on a daily basis a few years ago, I've noticed many positive changes.  Green tea is amazing for weight loss and it definitely helps with random cravings.  Drinking tea is also a gentle way of helping your body detox.  My skin more clear and overall I feel much healthier.  My boyfriend has even experienced less heartburn.  These are just our personal experiences and the many reasons why we love tea.

You can purchase this tea a couple of ways.  My local meijer carries it in the natural foods section of their pharmacy and normally purchase it there.  If you don't have a meijer like I do or they don't stock it at your location, you can order it at Vitacost.com, which is my FAVORITE online health site and you cannot beat their prices.


 Thanks for joining me for another Tea Tuesday!  If you're a tea lover like me, be sure to share some of your favorites down below and they may be featured in an upcoming Tea Tuesday post!  If you enjoyed please google+, comment and join this site (follow) for more.  You can also now follow me on Bloglovin' with the button that is on the upper right panel of this page.  You have an amazing rest of your day! 

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Richelle

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