Random Wednesday.




Doesn't that smile just brighten your day?

* Every single morning I wake up tired.  And as I hit my {snooze} button once or twice, I promise myself that 'Tonight...I'm going to bed early.  No matter what'.  And then...every single night....'tonight' hits and I stay up late.  Again.  And the cycle continues.  It's not even that I have a valid excuse to stay up late.  I'm usually just watching TV.  But the beauty of it is....it's ME time.  ALONE time.  KID FREE time.  And I seriously savor it.  I guess it's {kinda} worth waking up tired for, no?

* Why is everyone over-reacting about everyone over-reacting about Hurricane Irene?  Isn't it a GOOD thing that we were so prepared??  Shouldn't we be GLAD that it wasn't as bad as they forecasted?  Why do some people seem bugged that there was 'too much hype'?  I personally would be thanking my lucky stars... had I lived back east.

* Hoda Kotb has the most awkward facial expressions.  Don't believe me?  Just try watching her in a Dateline interview.  Like this one. It was HORRIBLE!  

* I treated myself to a pedicure today.  Which reminded me....why on earth do nail salons play the WEIRDEST music ever??? I mean seriously.  I know that they're trying to 'relax' us with their 'special' tunes......but come on!  It's so WEIRD...that no relaxing can ever be done.  Dear Nail Salons across the U.S.  Please play more of THIS and THIS and less of THIS.  And then...we can talk relaxing.

* Speaking of nail salons...is it just me or do their special 'massage' chairs never seem to work right?

* It was 115 degrees at noon today.  NOON!  Which means it got even hotter by 4 PM.  I've likened our AZ summer days to most peoples SNOW days.  When it's this hot...we are pretty much home bound.  Don't even like to leave our house! 

* Is anyone else checking Target around the clock to see when they'll be un-veiling their Halloween stuff?  I am giddy in anticipation.  Please don't let me down this year Target!

* There is nothing and I mean NOTHING good on TV right now.  Desperately awaiting the fall TV lineup to return.  {Does it sound like I need a life maybe?  Nah!}

August favourites



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The last day of August already?! Here are my monthly beauty favourites:-



MAC Formidable nail polish was the best beauty swap this month and I can see myself wearing this shade all A/W long. NOTD here.



Lush Tea Tree Toner - Been using this for about a month now and it seems to be clearing up my skin nicely. I certainly haven't been getting as many breakouts since switching to this one.



Sleek storm eyeshadow palette has been my main go-to palette since I bought it. I've been using it almost as much as my beloved Naked palette. Swatches and looks here.



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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil (what a mouthful!) was the replacement Beauty Box item I chose and it is amazing. Seriously. So far, I've used it on the lengths of my hair as a shiny, leave in conditioner; on my face before going to bed and on my legs after shaving. It leaves my skin wonderfully soft and smells lush. A little goes a long way so I'm hoping this 10ml sample will last until I've saved up to buy the full size product.





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And lastly, I've been impressed with the BareMinerals Flawless Defintion mascara which was in my first Beauty Box. This mascara is my new favourite because it seems to have it all. Sleek, matte packaging, a wand that seperates and volumises lashes, a paraben free formula AND I would say it rivals my other current favourite mascara, Clinique's High Impact. Definitely something I will buy full size.

August empties



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I've decided to make an effort to use up products that I already own and cut back a little on buying new ones (kind of). A bit like a Project Pan if you will, but much less restrictive. So this month I've finished the following:-



1. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer hair mask sachet. This was from my first Beauty Box and I used it last night. I had high hopes for this but I found it very disappointing. It soaks into the hair wonderfully (the 20ml sachet was just enough for my past shoulder length hair) and has a slightly weird glue smell which thankfully didn't linger after washing. My hair felt soft and fluffy whilst it was damp but once it was fully dry, it just felt the same as it normally does. Repurchase? No



2. M&S Fantastic Feet smoothing foot scrub. I was given this travel size tube free with some other M&S purchases at the start of summer. It's a great footscrub for maintaining soft feet on a daily basis, but you'd probably want to use a tougher one if you need some serious exfoliation. Repurchase? Maybe, it would be good for taking on holiday.



3. Avon Super Full mascara. This was also another freebie which I received with some online purchases from an eBay seller. It was brand new and sealed but completely dried out in a few weeks! Luckily it wasn't a great mascara and it was free so I wasn't too bothered by it. It's discontinued so Avon might have had a formula problem with it? Repurchase? No.



4. Lush Happy Hippy shower gel. Love this scent so much, it's nice and fruity, so I always use it in summer. Repurchase? Yes, I've bought this many times and will continue to do so.



5. Avon Skin So Soft replenishing dry oil body spray. I'm a big fan of dry oil sprays, especially in summer because they're so light and easy to use. This Avon one is really good, it has a nice scent and leaves my skin soft and supple. Repurchase? Yes.



6. VO5 Heat protect styling spray. I don't use heat appliances that often so this bottle has lasted me several months. It's a bit of a so-so product and I really don't like the smell of it so I'm glad it's gone now. Repurchase? No.



7. Lush Rub Rub Rub refreshing shower scrub. I got this in a Christmas giftset and have only just gotten around to using it all up! It's a good, effective scrub which smells fresh and clean. I only used this once in a while though as it sometimes annoys my sensitive skin so I wouldn't recommend it if you have the same problem. Repurchase? No.



8. Avon Planet Spa smoothing and toning body clay. I did a post on this a while back and still love this product. Due to it being discontinued though, I'll be looking for something similar. Repurchase? No.



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9. Lush Porridge soap sample.
Last time I popped into Lush, I was given a little chunk of this to try out. It's a perfectly balanced creamy exfoliator, ideal for sensitive skin. May have to invest in a big piece of this! Repurchase? Yes.

August Book List



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Here's a quick recap of what I've read this month:-



The Good Study Guide by Andy Northedge - Great guide which covers everything from writing better essays to variations on note taking and reading methods etc. Something I'll continue to reference from. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist - Loved the film, the book is like a brilliant extended version with lots of character development and added back stories to give it more depth. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah - Interesting young adult novel which looks at racism from the perspective of kids living in the new 'East End' of London. Anyone interested in social work and related fields should read this.



Room by Emma Donoghue - This book has been recommended to me by so many people but I couldn't get past the writing style of the five year old boy. I managed to finish it but I didn't like it much. The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky - Beautiful graphic novel of the same film, stunning artwork. The story is pure escapism. Seven Days To Tell You by Ruby Soames - I won this on Goodreads. I find it hard to find fun holiday reads that are intelligent and this one was just silly and mostly predictable.



The Colossus by Sylvia Plath - Her first volume of published poetry is miserable and full of references of death. I loved it. I'm planning on re-reading her other works soon too. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Loved this so much, definitely one of the best books I've read all year and worthy of being an all time favourite of mine. It's set in Germany in WW2 and the ending will have you in tears. You have to read this. Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace - OK mystery novel, but I'm not compelled enough to read the rest of the series though.



V For Vendetta by Alan Moore - A masked anarchist tries to bring an end to facist rule in England. Coupled with Moore's brilliant prose, this is also one of my all time favourite books. The Crush by Sandra Brown - Another Goodreads win! It was predictable but still an enjoyable escapism novel of the romance/mystery/stalker variety. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes - It was sad reading this emotional collection of poetry. I can't imagine what Slyvia and Ted's marriage must have been like, but this was a painfully close insight.



No Logo by Naomi Klein
- I read this when I was a teenager and thought I'd give it a re-read. It's still depressing as hell but nonetheless an important book. Read it if you haven't already and want to find out more about how the world works and why etc. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - I've been meaning to read this for a while, I ended up enjoying it more than Tom Sawyer, excellent classic. Wither by Lauren Destefano - Great young adult dystopia about men dying at the age of 25 and women at the age of 20 due to a genetic engineering flaw. Incredibly similar to The Handmaid's Tale concept wise about young women being kidnapped and forced to breed to 'save' the human race, but minus the heavy religious/political stuff. Looking forward to the second book in this trilogy.



Add me on Goodreads for more reviews and books :)







This n That around my house.

I love decorating my house.  And it seems like a never ending process.  Which I LOVE...because it always gives me something FUN to focus on.  That is...when I have free time.  My problem is that I won't decorate a certain spot, unless the piece that I am adding, is something that I LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Which is why I still have a few bare spots around my walls.  

A new store recently opened up close to my house though, and it has given me the 'bug' to start filling up some of those empty spots.  I literally LOVE everything in their store.  It's called Rod Works.  For those of you in Utah...it just arrived here in AZ and I am in LOVE.  

I finally found a few things to cover the bare spot between my two family room windows.


The outlining rod iron piece is actually meant to hold a calendar.  But I like to think....that I thought 'outside' the box. Wink! 



The frame matches my kitchen/family room motif perfectly.  LOVE the damask!

I've also been wanting to re-do my kitchen table centerpiece area.  It was feeling pretty drab. {No picture to prove it, but trust me}.  Lucky for me, I have a SUPER talented mom who can sew like there's no tomorrow.  I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out some fabric to match my kitchen {40% off of course.  Woot!}  My mom whipped me up a table runner and I am in love.


While at the Hob-Lob, I also found a cute tin black vase {50% off} and a bouquet of red flowers {also 50% off} and I came up with this:




I love the ball-ed detail on the ends of the runner.  That mom of mine.  There's not much she can't do.


And to top it all off...London approves.  Which is kind of a big deal.  Because if she had it her way...our entire house would be PINK!

Side Note:  I apologize for the repeated use of the word LOVE.  I just can't help myself.

Tip of the Day.


You might not know this about me but...when I throw a party....I almost always have to have matching water bottles.  Whether it be a printable found online, or a piece of scrapbook paper...I love love love to dress up Costco water bottles.  Which is why I keeled over in happiness when I found this little tip from Creative Party Buzz.

Have you noticed that at most stores lately {Wal-mart, Target, JoAnns} they carry TONS of cute Duct Tape?  I mean SUPER cute!  Well, Creative Party Buzz has used this same CUTE duct tape as water bottle labels.  AND....the cool thing about using this is that you can dump the bottles right into the ice bowl...unlike the paper labels.  AND...no glue dots are required since the duct tape sticks right on to the bottle!  I LOVE this!  And I am hightailing it back to Walmart tomorrow to purchase this roll:


...because every party of mine needs a few polka dots here and there!

Speaking of duct tape...my cute nephew makes the most adorable duct tape wallets.  

Like this one:





And this one:



...And you can see MORE of his clever little wallets HERE.

It's a tad early for this but.....

I know, I know.  It's not even September yet.  I just can't help myself though.  I am naturally drawn to all things Halloween starting at this same exact time, every year!  Granted...it's still 115 degrees here in Phoenix, so it feels like nothing NEAR fall time.  But one can dream, right?  Here are my favorite HALLOWEEN Pinterest finds from this week.


Skeleton Cupcakes made out of Marshmallows and white chocolate pretzels.  Adorbable.  Found from Cookies and Cups HERE.




Tootsie Pop Spiders.  Love it!  Found from OhDeeDoh HERE.



Candy Corn Poms.  Have you ever made these?  They are surprisingly easy.  I'm thinking an orange and black combo would be equally as cute.  Found from Nothing but Country HERE.

And last but definitely not least....





Plastic bugs stuck onto your legs.  I am SO going to sport this look for this year's Coombs family Halloween bash.  Found via Martha.

"Sortir Le Soir" : New Fragrance by Susan Tabak

by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief



Author of Chic in Paris, and style guru, Susan Tabak Launched a new sent, Sortir le Soir,a Fragrance celebrating femininity and sensuality. On Wednesday,August 24, 2011, Susan hosted an intimate cocktail at her Chic Manhattan apartment, inviting bloggers and fans to celebrate the launch of the fragrance, which is a first for Susan. A mixture of gardenia white florals with notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, jasmine, freesia, amber and vanilla, that gives it a light, sweet, beautiful scent. Susan Tabak had the help of the "Nose" Francoise Caron,(who also created such scents as Hermes Eau d'orange) to create this enchanting fragrance. Each note works well together, beautifully, balancing each other, making the fragrance chic and ultra feminine.






"Sortir Le Soir" By Susan Tabak, $125 at http://www.susantabak.com/








My favorite Fruit Dip recipe.


I'm a dipper.  And I'll be first to admit that I usually like the dip better than whatever it is that I'm dipping.  Case in point....my fruit dip recipe.  I could eat it by the spoonfuls.  I made this last night for a Board Meeting that I had at my house and it reminded me how much I love it.  It is definitely worth sharing.

Marci's Fruit Dip Recipe

1 package of cream cheese
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tub of Cool Whip

Mix all together.  Add a couple teaspoons of cherry juice and a couple teaspoons of powdered sugar to taste.  I always add a few drops of pink food coloring as well...just to make it pretty!

Super easy. And did I mention....low fat?  Wink!

NOTD: OPI - Party In My Cabana



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Excuse the rushed application, this OPI was delivered this morning as part of a swap and I was eager to try it out. I think I like it, definitely another pink that I'd probably prefer on my toes though.



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(from L-R: OPI Charged Up Cherry, OPI Party In My Cabana, OPI Confuscious Says Coral, Essie Mauving-Along)



Party In My Cabana fits in with this family of pinks. It's not an exact dupe for any of these but I think it's similar by a shade or so.



10 Films list



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1. A Beautiful Mind (2002) - A beautiful film showing Russel Crowe's better side, I'd strongly recommend watching it if you haven't already seen it.

2. Cold Hearts (2000) - Awful, awful trashy vampire flick, AVOID, it's so boring.

3. The Last Airbender (2010) - Budget-tastic supernatural adventure film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. I didn't think this was as bad as some have said it is.

4. Bangkok Dangerous (2008) - Nicholas Cage movies are becoming something of a guilty pleasure for me, no idea why!

5. American Beauty (2000) - I've seen this so many times, a firm all time favourite of mine.

6. Captain American (2011) - Wow, that body! Reason alone to sit through this.

7. Night of the Demons (1988) - Really, really bad 80s horror!

8. Alpha Dog (2007) - Based on the true story of one of the youngest men to make the FBI wanted list, Jesse James Hollywood. If you can tolerate Justin Timberlake being in it, it's quite a decent movie.

9. Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds (2010) - Erm yeah... this is an awful combination of 2 and 7.

10. The Chumscrubber (2007) - Weird suburban satire featuring Jamie Bell. OK but trying a bit too hard to be quirky.

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.


* Enough already with the Kim Kardashian wedding coverage. Did anyone ever really even care?  Don't get me wrong...I'm definitely celeb ob-sessed {Perez and I are practically besties}....but it's Kim Kardashian we're talking about.  Woo.  Hoo.  

* Speaking of celebs....have I told you that I LOVE Jason Bateman?  I find him hysterically charming.  And my fingers are crossed that he will pull through with an "Arrested Development" movie. 

* I'm no germ-a-phobe by any means.  But it really gets my goat when I hear someone close to me in a store practically hacking up a lung. Stay home!

* Wal-mart's produce is nasty.  

* I really really really like the show "Nightline".  It may be the inner {news-ish} geek in me but I am always fascinated with their stories.  Like THIS one.  {There are some WEIRD people out there! If you want a good laugh...just watch this news story.}

* Besides "Nightline", I'm also obsessed with three cable networks.  TLC. TRU TV.  And the Food Network.  True story...the other night Joe and I were watching a Food Network show all about steaks.  I went to bed, and unbeknownst to me, Joe fired up the grill at MIDNIGHT and grilled himself a big fat steak.  Food Network can do that to you.  

* Does anyone else think that eye appointments are slightly awkward?  I went in last week for my yearly check-up and it reminded me of how much I hate it.  It's dark.  The optometrist always stands uncomfortably close.  You can smell their breath.  And then....when they ask on those charts 'which one can you see better?  Better?  Or worse? Better?  Or worse?' ..... can anyone REALLY ever see a difference?  I feel like I'm being tricked with those.  And they ALWAYS look exactly the same to me.  

* Why don't boys flush the toilet?  Seriously.  I always kind of thought it was a myth.  Until I had some of my own.  It is like pulling teeth to get Grant and Carson to remember. And I've got the toilet grime to prove it!

* I think the show "My Babysitters a Vampire" should be axed off of the Disney channel.  It scares the heebie-jeebies outta my kids.  And no show on Disney should do that.  Walt would not be happy if he were alive.

* I got behind an extreme coupon-er at the store today.  I could not have been more bugged.  I'm all for saving a buck or two, don't get me wrong.  But these people really irritate me.  One line open and the customer has seriously 100 coupons.  I'm a one stop shop girl.  If I can't find all my groceries at Frys....it's just too bad.  Because who has the time and patience to run around town with kids in tow and shop for the cheapest dental floss?  Just doesn't seem worth it to me.



Paris Haute Couture Fall 2011: Valentino

by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief







Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's collection for Valentino Couture, Fall 2011, was inspired by a Russian Princess. A fairytale story, has become reality for many women who dream of being a princesses. Princess or not, these clothes were luxury and beauty, the best that has come from the minds of this dynamic duo. Silhouettes where kept simple and minimal, from long sleeve cylinder gowns, to bias cut halters. The work that went into these pieces were evident in the beading and drape, such as the opening dress, composed of tulle with zigzags of gunmetal and gold beads, 750 hours of hand work. The hand used to create this collection was light and soft; best example being the soft wool crepe jackets paired with floor-length pencil skirts (jackets requiring at least 52 hours of work and skirts, 20 hours). The labor and quality of material that go into each piece is impressive, but it all comes down to the vision, a vision that created a dream come true.






















Photo by Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com


Summer sale bargain of the month: BeYu sunglasses



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I don't know how much more sun we'll get this year, if any, (as I type the clear blue skies from this morning have already turned grey, boo!), but I couldn't resist purchasing these BeYu sunglasses from Vision Express in their summer sale. I was supposed to be looking for some new glasses, but the styles I like are way, way out of my price range until my Student grant arrives in October. However, these sunnies were reduced to £5 and are excellent quality. Unlike many of the similar highstreet styles around at the moment, those cool looking metal studs are actually drilled into this pair instead of just being stuck on, so I was more than impressed with the £5 sale tag. Here's hoping we get some sun for the bank holiday weekend :)



Design & Decorating

We've just finished one more design, its a living room - white style. Enjoy!

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This design we created 2 months, its a new build house in Prague 1, the owner of the design asked us not to publish same photos, so we chose similar ones.

Copyright by Katie Feygie Art 2011