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Beauty Faves.

Happy Wednesday, friends!  {Hope you guys like the new format because my old template straight up just disappeared...}  Here's a round-up of my beauty favorites, which I get asked about from time to time.  My favorite ways to shop my tried and trues are looking for price matching at Nordstrom (they'll give amazing discounts) or at Ulta when there are coupons (both of these stores have an awesome return policy if the colors or formulas don't work for you).  Also, free point systems.  Rewards are the best, you guys.  Click on the images for links (ps - these are totally not affiliate links).

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation -  This is now my go-to foundation.  My melasma (thank you, children) means I typically need more coverage, which this provides,  but doesn't feel heavy or drying.  I always wear the palest shade available. 

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer - The best I've found so far and a tube lasts FORever.

Lorac Porefection Powder to set foundation.


The move.

We've had some questions over the past few weeks as to how the adjustment is going for us.   And I kept meaning to write about it earlier, so here we go.  With a smattering of very high quality photos (kidding). 
Overall, we are doing well.  This is not to say we don't miss people, that everything is absolutely wonderful all the time, etc.   Change is really hard, but it is so good, and so stretching for our lives and our faith.  So, good is my overall answer.

Eloise at the Circle. 
For those of you who don't know the whole story of our move, I'll give you the shortest version possible.  Last fall, Zach was offered a hospital medicine job in Southern Illinois (he had been working at his old engineering job the first few months after graduation from PA school).  This decision was made after much deliberation and prayer and applications were sent out just about everywhere (seriously - we were open to anywhere).  The job in Southern Illinois made the most sense and we de…

Coat vote.

So, one of the things I get asked about often are jackets and coats.  Instead of sending individual texts from now on, I'll refer to this long post.  Where do I find them?  How do I figure out the sizing? Or, if you're my husband, why do I keep buying them?  Except that Zach is basically equally obsessed with jackets and coats, so we're pretty much even.  😛  Also, why am I writing a post on coats when it is still 90 degrees outside?  I have no answer to that one.  
If you want a sleek coat that can be dressed up easily, Zara is your place.  Mostly, their black jackets and coats.  Because they don't break the bank and they are beautiful.  You can wear them every day if you want to be "just a little bit fancy" (one of Eloise's favorite phrases).  I find they run a little bit small.  They are warm, but they are not made for your harshest winter temps.  Also, they surprisingly last for years.  I passed two (yes, TWO) on my way to class when I studied …

Current clothing faves.

Regular blogging, she said, right?  Whoops.  Seriously...I'm trying.  I swear I'll get more consistent.  Anyways...  
Madewell is killing me right now.  The idea of spending more on maternity clothes that won't fit in three months is too much to stand, but I am still running out of stuff to wear, so I decided to try some things on the in the store recently (Holla - store close to home!) and holy cow, they are winning this season.  Madewell is one of those brands that I find doesn't look as cute on the website or hangers as it does in person.  Here were my favorites...Some outer layers to wear over maternity tanks and tees and then a few other tops that can expand. 

This long cardigan.  I typically don't wear long cardigans because of my height, but this one seems to work - I think it must be the weight.  

Look at this you guys.  You are wearing a sweatshirt.  But you look like you are wearing a structured jacket.  BOOM. 

This shirt is incredible. Works with a belly, bu…

Big earring roundup.

On to another post about something fluffy.  Earrings.  Because when everything around us is swirling - new town, new home, new school - for some reason I feel a little bit more in control when I put on some crazy big earrings and do my hair.  Haha.  Here are some I'm currently wearing or loving... Enjoy! 
These from Shop Waiting on Martha

And these from the same shop...

I don't think these Lizzie Fortunate Crater Earrings ever get old.

I wear these from Katie Kime all the time and get lots of compliments on them.  And maybe I'm a little biased, but I also love the Moroccan Pom Pom earrings. 

These from Anthro are pretty fabulous for a nice occasion, but not quite as large.  

These (on sale). 

And these Lisi Lerch ones I got as a gift and loooove them.  So fun.  Love the beaded tassels as well.
Happy Eclipse Day, All!

Candle obsessions.

I'm going to do it, you guys.  I'm going to attempt to blog regularly after a long, long hiatus.  The last 4-5 years of our lives still feel like they were somewhat of a blur and although a lot of the fog lifted after Zach graduated, the past few weeks have been the first time we've all had a regular schedule in years.  It's pretty wonderful, but to be honest, it feels a bit foreign and weird, but I'm going to soak it up.  And, this is one of the ways I plan on doing that.  I do still plan to give an update on our move (a lot of you liked the fact that you knew what was going on in our lives when I blogged :), but for now, I move on to a silly post.  About my favorite candles. 
I really want our new house to feel like a home, and for it to have its own scent that my kids know when they walk in the door. So, I hopped over to Anthro the other day to stock up {the fact that hop and Anthro can now be in the same sentence makes me pretty giddy} and oh, my word, the choic…


You guys.  These are by far these worst videos ever made.  Yet I made them.  That's your first piece of information.  Second - why?  Why on earth would you post these silly, low-quality videos? I've had some people ask about my hair recently, specifically the waves/curls I've been doing. And, we've all talked about getting together, but sometimes it just doesn't work out.  So, here you go.  I can't wait to get my first thumbs down on YouTube.  Also, I am completely aware that there are much more important things going on in the world right now. 🙂
The main product that makes the difference for me is my curling iron, The Beachwaver (I use the S1 most of the time, S .75 less often).  I swear I'm not trying to sell it. I just really, really like it.   I realize it is a lot of money for a curling iron, so it's an investment (the 20 % off coupons from Ulta apply to this product when they're available and you can apply for their points system - I got min…