31 January 2016

When The Dog Bites!

... Because I'm pretty sure I've used the title "these are a few of my favorite things" already.

Nothing fancy going on here today so I figured I would bombard you with a bunch of random things that I've been feelin' pretty good about lately. #yourewelcome

Mom dates. Seriously, I'm convinced that I would be a more ahem pleasant individual if these were a regular occurrence. Last weekend, Kelsey (Pardon My French) and I met up at Nordstrom for a little decompression session. We spent over TWO hours (thanks Kyle! love ya mean it.) posting up in various departments of Nordstrom just chit-chatting away!  When I got home I felt rejuvenated and ready to tackle the week. It was the best--Mom dates for the win!

Target's dollar section has been particularly lethal recently... to my wallet that is. ;) The other night during a SOLO Target run, I'm pretty sure it took me a solid 30 just to clear the ol' Bullseye's Playground.

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I've been on a major home decor kick recently! MAJOR. Kyle has to be tired of randomly coming home to a completely rearranged house. (Not that he knew where to find anything in the first place, but he sure does notice when the bed isn't where it was the night before. Ha!) Some of my recent finds were this coffee mug rack (40% off!!), a slate serving stand from Nordstrom (also available here) and this "welcome" sign.

one || two || three


- This post from Little Baby Garvin--so damn funny and totally relatable! Harper totally reminded me of Mallory with her "uh, Dad, ya got poop" comment! Toddlers are something else...

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- ColourPop! Namely their lip products because that's all I've tried. My first order consisted of two of their ultra matte liquid lipsticks and one of their lippie pencils. The second order is en route carrying some of their cult favorite lippie stix and a couple more liquid lipsticks for good measure. ;) The price point of these babies? STUPID cheap. (Plus $5 off your first order if you sign up for their emails.) Once you start perusing their site, which has arguable the best swatches ever, you'll want them all! ALL.

- Kitchen table 2.0! Kyle originally built this table when we lived in Georgia but wasn't completely happy with it. He rebuilt the skirt, reconfigured the table top to be more rectangular, and finished it with a fresh stain. I absolutely LOVE it! It is so special to me to have so many pieces that Kyle built in our home. I'm planning to refinish our current chairs in a black chalk paint, but I think I eventually want to get chairs like these or something similar.

farmhouse table

That's pretty much all I've got.
 
OH! More good news, our washing machine is getting fixed (again) tomorrow morning! Doing laundry in the bathtub is on my top ten least favorite chores list. (Clearly going to the laundromat made the top five...)

Over and out.

28 January 2016

My Favorite REDS For Pale Skin

Experimentation is not common place in my beauty routine; simple is the name of my game!  Sharp contour and highlight? Colorful smokey eye? Bold winged eyeliner? Probably not going to happen unless I'm awake in middle of the night with one of my insomniac children trying to pass the time...or I'm getting ready to go someplace fancy. (Haaaaa! "Someplace fancy." Now that's funny right there...) All of that isn't to say that I don't LOVE a bold lip color--I totally do!! Lipstick is a quick and easy way to dress up what would otherwise be a minimalist makeup look. 

best red lipstick for pale skin


Sometimes it can be a challenge to find the right shade of lipstick for lighter skin. We have to factor in our skin type and tone in addition to considering our lipstick color, brand and finish preferences. Phew, it's tough being a girl! ;)

My personal preference tends to be for long wearing, matte lipsticks. I would say my skin is very light/fair and neutral in tone. In theory, having more neutral tone would means I can get away with wearing a wider variety of colors suitable for light skin, but my loyalties definitely lie with shades that cooler in tone. ( Click here if you need help figuring out your skin tone.)

I've been on a major liquid lipstick kick lately, trying any and every product I can get my hands on! When experimenting with a new brand or formula I almost always grab a true red first. (For example, "American Doll" by Anastasia Beverly Hills is on its way to my front door as we speak...) EVERYONE needs a good red lipstick or five, so if the red in a product line sucks...well, things probably aren't going to work out for me. 

Enough of my rambling, lets cut to my red lip classics ... thing that you liiiikke. ;)

Ok, for real. Ready, go!

best red lipstick for pale skin


red lipstick swatches pale skin

mac ruby woo swatch
"Ruby Woo"

lime crime swatch
"Red Velvet"


99.9% of the time, I start my red/orange-y looks with the "Cherry" lip pencil by MAC. It offers an excellent base for my lipstick, not to mention the amazing formula of MAC lip pencils enable me to achieve clean, crisp lines around the edges of my lips. I love how "Cherry" deepens the orange shades for a more custom, cool toned look. 

I wore each product on its own in these photos so you could get the truest sense of each shade. 

Now, I NEED you to tell me your go-to red lipstick...


20 January 2016

It's Grease Lightning!

easy mom look



casual mom fashion


 zara denim 


Shoes || Converse
Jeans || Zara (old, love these and they are on sale for $12.99!)
T-Shirt || Shopbop (old, but have this one and love this one by the same designer)
Jacket || Forever 21 (old, this one is nearly identical AND on sale!)
Sunglasses || Ray-Ban 
 
I don't know about you, but pretty much anytime I wear jeans and a t-shirt topped off with a leather jacket I get some serious Grease vibes. Cuff my jeans, throw on some chucks and you should just go ahead and call me  Danny Zuko! Sandy and I just don't share the same sense of style--well, until that last scene at the carnival where she wore those leather leggings and red heels. YES! 

Anyway, this outfit happened 1000% on accident and I ended up diggin' it.  It started with me throwing on these jeans and my Converse, because really, that is the foundation of my day to day "Mom-Uniform." From there I thought about our day; it was indoor skate park, groceries and cleaning the house... so, t-shirt.

"Hmm, haven't worn this one in a while. Clean, check. Conducive for skate park rescue maneuvers, check. Sold! To the red tee on the far left! Ooo! My new sunglasses will go with this, yessss!"  

*Goes outside to warm up the car* 

"Holy shit it's cold! Jacket. Moto jacket is hanging up right inside the door, perfect."  

*Checks self in mirror* 

"Ha! Hair...You're going up." 

*Goes to grab children. 50% of them have managed to get completely naked in the 3 minutes it took me to carefully curate this ensemble. Redresses rogue child and makes moves towards the car... *

And that's all she wrote.
Style wise, are you a Danny or a Sandy?


19 January 2016

A Simple Sweater and Jeans



free people v neck sweater

free people cable sweater

louis vuitton speedy 35


free people sweater

dark wash denim



JBrand Flare Denim

Sweater || Free People (more than 50% off right now!!!!)
Jeans || J Brand (65% off NOW!!!)
Shoes || Target 
Bag || Louis Vuitton 

Hey hey! How the heck are ya?! I hope your Monday week is off to a good start! So far so good in our house. Mike seems to have turned the corner with his awesome bout with RSV and has been fever free for about 48 hours! (Can I get an amen?!)

Since we quarantined ourselves this weekend, (and it was a long one) we pretty much spent the past four days in our jammies. I rearranged everything in our house...again, Kyle worked on the 385863th iteration of our kitchen table (it looks soooooo amazing!) and the kids conducted a full toy inventory. While we didn't do anything exciting, I think this will go down as one of the rare times when Kyle and I actually feel rested-ish at the start of a new week. 

Switching gears to clothing. You know how when it comes to fashion/wardrobe pieces, I'm a "tried and true, get one in every color" kind of gal? Well I've found a couple new staples recently and have been getting them in multiples! 

Dark wash flared denim and oversized cream colored sweaters. Gimme them ALL! They are both classic and so stinkin' versatile! Now, generally speaking, anything of the white varitety is frowned upon in parenting circles, but so far there is no permament damage to report. #tidepenforthewin!

Do you have any new staples to report?

11 January 2016

Its All Good!

I'm baaaccccckkkk!! Although you probably didn't even know I was gone because my blogging habits are more sporadic than the Alaskan weather... Anyway, I went to Houston last week to have my "regular" cancer scans at MD Anderson Cancer Center. I get to maintain my cancer-free status; scans were all clear!

Pity Purchases were made and plentiful! I swear a small part of me is legitimately excited to visit Texas each year to log some quality shopping hours. There is no denying that Houston is blessed with FANTASTIC shopping.
And food...Oh the food! 

The reason I said "regular" is because it had only been six months since my last visit which isn't the norm for my stage in the game. I should be scanned just one time per year, pending any sketchy symptoms. Last time I saw my oncologist (read about that visit here) we decided to only do an ultrasound of my neck, blood work and chest x-ray and hold off for a few months on my CT scans. We did this because Mike was still so little and I was breastfeeding all. the. time. (Still totally am, but more on that in a second.) We were just trying to minimize radiation exposure. 



Last week we repeated the ultrasound of my neck, blood work and chest x-ray then we got all caught on CT scans. (Even though that is quite a few tests, it is really nothing compared to the number/type of scans I was getting for the first few years following my diagnosis. I try to remind myself of that when I'm feeling overwhelmed.) Here's the catch--I couldn't breastfeed Michael for 24 hours. At almost 9 months old, that shouldn't be a big deal, right? WRONG! Dude is all boob all the time. No bottle. EVER. No interest in solids. Not good. Not good at all!



In preparation for my scans we tried EVERYTHING! Everything to try to get him to a place where we could muscle through those 24 hours without nursing. The dollars spent on bottle experimentation is insane. We pushed solids. I even tried bottle feeding different types of formula! Anything that wasn't breastmilk directly from the source. No dice. 

I literally flew down to Texas with no breast pump, no bottles, nothing. I was that convinced my CT was going to have to be rescheduled because Mike just wasn't ready...


That's a tough call. Do I risk skipping a scan my oncologist recommends? The what-ifs down that rabbit hole are dark and endless... OR do I potentially starve my son for 24 hours for some piece of mind? Ugh.

When we arrived at the hospital, the MD Anderson Magic took over and I gained a little perspective. How freaking lucky am I??!! I'm a 6+ year survivor who is healthy enough to actually loose sleep over not being able to breastfeed for 24 hours. Breastfeed one of the TWO children I was fortunate enough to have after receiving a stage 3 melanoma diagnosis. Come on Amanda. COME. ON.  

I was getting that damn scan. 


Thank goodness my dad was with me and agreed to take over feeding Mike for that 24 hour period. During our pre-scan boot camp the only time he even pretended to eat solids was if I was nowhere in sight, so we were going to work with that. I changed my scan to late in the evening so the last feeding was right before bedtime and we would, in theory, get a solid stretch without nursing right out of the gates. We hit Target and raided the baby section. Any and every food/feeding option in the baby section, we bought it. Armed and ready!

So how did Mike do? He acted like he has been eating solids his entire life... *eye roll*



Kids man... ;)

One of the coolest things that came out of this visit, you know apart from the shopping damage, was a conversation I had with my oncologist...

With melanoma, the "make it 5 years and you're cured" rule doesn't apply. Melanoma patients don't get to be "cured." We see an oncologist for the rest of our lives. That's just the reality of a metastatic melanoma diagnosis.

But guess what my oncologist said!!

"In my specific line of work, I don't get to declare many victories. That is just the nature of this disease. In your case, I'm as comfortable as I could ever be in saying that you've won! A recurrence at this point would be shocking. Not unheard of, but shocking. You should be very proud of yourself. Celebrate this!"

Well, twist my arm why dontcha. ;)

It's a weird thing to be genuinely proud for simply staying alive, but I am!





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