6/11/18

Bourbon Barrel Painting At The Kentucky Castle!







Hey guys!  I have recently developed a love for all things crafty, especially painting classes.  I recently had the opportunity to attend a bourbon barrel lid painting class at a castle here in Kentucky.  We had SO much fun and I thought I'd share some of the photos with you.


The castle, located in Versailles, Kentucky.





The bourbon barrel lids are authentic, mine is actually a Maker's Mark bourbon barrel lid.  We are the bourbon state!


The finished product, with a coat of polyurethane.  I love it so much!


An authentic Kentucky bourbon barrel lid would be great for anyone to own, especially if you're a Kentuckian.  If you're ever able to visit the castle I highly recommend it.  It's so beautiful!

-Erica

6/4/18

Wine & Canvas Painting And OOTD!


Hey guys!  I have recently fell in LOVE with Wine & Canvas classes and me and my friend Stacy had such a great time at one yesterday!  It's such a fun and relaxing way to spend time with your friends, and you get a keepsake to take home with you to remember the occasion.  I also really loved the outfit I was wearing yesterday too, so I thought I would share all of that with you guys today.


Outfit:
Dress is from the brand A New Day at Target
Earrings - A New Day at Target
Bangles - Forever 21
Sandals - (seen below) Target



My beautiful friend, Stacy!



Our masterpieces :-)



Bob Ross!  LOL!




Thank you guys so much for stopping by!  Have a BLESSED week!

-Erica



5/24/18

A Week's Worth Of Work Outfits!

Hey guys!  I'm so glad so many of you are enjoying my Week's Worth of Work Outfits posts.  I know I always enjoy seeing what other people are wearing, I draw inspiration from so many other people.  Here's what I have worn this past week <3

(Dress is from Target, sandals are Ashley Stewart, statement ring from Avon (old), necklace is Tiffany & Co.)


(Bell sleeve dress is from Meijer, sandals are from Target, earrings are Baublebar, 18K necklace from HSN)

(Dress is from Target, sandals are Jessica Simpson, necklace is Tiffany & Co.)

(Top is Jaclyn Smith, skirt is JC Penney, shoes are Libby + Edelman, necklace is Tiffany & Co., statement ring is Avon, bangles are Alex and Ani)

(Top is Ralph Lauren, skirt is JCrew, shoes are Sam Edelman, bangles are Bourbon & Bowties, necklace is from Hautelook)

(Shirt is from Target, jeans are American Eagle, sandals are from Target, choker is from Bebe, statement ring from Henri Bendel)

(Shirt and pants are from Old Navy, shoes are from JCrew, statement earrings are from Forever 21)


Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderfully blessed Memorial Day weekend with those you love!

-Erica


5/10/18

A Week's Worth Of Outfits For Work!

Hey guys!  I get a lot of requests for OOTD's for a work environment, so I have tried to make it a point to grab a pic of some of  my outfits.  I am usually running late for work (ha!) but when I remember and when I have the time I try to sneak in a snapshot for you.  I am a nurse but I work in an office environment and unless I am doing site visits or have meetings, I am able to dress casually.  Here is what I typically wear to my job <3



(Top is from JCrew, pants are Old Navy, shoes are JCrew, watch is Fitbit)


(Top is from Target, jeggings are American Eagle, shoes are Chuck Taylor)



(Dress is JCrew, sandals are Ashley Stewart, bracelet is Helzberg Diamonds, statement ring is Ann Taylor, watch is Citizen)



(Shirt is Target, pants are Old Navy, shoes are Franco Sarto, sunglasses are Gucci, watch is Citizen, bangles are Target)




(Dress is Old Navy, wedges are Old Navy)



(Dress is Target, shoes are Ashley Stewart, statement ring is Avon, necklace is Tiffany & Co.)



(Top is from JCrew, pants are Old Navy, shoes are JCrew, statement ring is Avon)



(Top is JCrew, skirt is OLD from JC Penney, sandals are Baker, bangles are Alex and Ani, statement ring is Premier)



(Dress is Calvin Klein, sweater is from Target, sandals are Michael Kors)


I am from Kentucky and the last photo is from our Derby celebration at work.  I actually made the hat myself!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope this gives you some ideas on outfits you could wear to work.  Have a great rest of your week! 



E.

3/11/18

Long Time No See!

Hey guys!  I thought I'd do a quick check in with you guys seeing as how it has been several weeks since my last post.  Since my blog really seems to take a backseat to most other things in my life, if you want to see more of what's going on with me on a day to day basis then make sure you check out my YouTube channel.  While videos are definitely a little more time consuming, they just seem to be what I do most often.

At the beginning of the year, I declared 2018 to be MY year.  Not in a selfish way, but in a very honest way.  For as long as I can remember I have lived my life trying to make everyone around me happy.  And while I am a generally happy person, I have decided it is finally time to make myself and my own happiness a PRIORITY.  And that's exactly what I've been doing.  I started a new job (career) the first week of January, I've been eating really healthy and trying to be more active, and I'm trying to not miss church at all if I can help it.  Basically just really trying to take care of myself; physically, emotionally, spiritually, and every other way you can.  You only get one life and I am trying my best to make it the best life I can.

I have received so many messages asking me how my job is going, how my weight loss and health are going, that sort of thing, and I thought it would just be easier to kind of show some photos over the past couple of months so you could see for yourself.  I haven't weighed, but I would estimate my weight loss to be around 25-30 pounds.  I have went from a size 16 to a 12/14 (depends on the clothes).  


This is actually the photo for one of my badges at work.  This would have been taken around the first week of January.


Just a random shot taken in early February.


The hard work and dedication is finally starting to pay off!  Those jeans are now too loose to wear!


Early March..


early March as well...


Early March, last week to be exact.


This past week...


this past week...


...and today :-)

Whatever goals you have set for yourself just remember, be easy on yourself and, as with most things, slow and steady wins the race.  You are a home to a life, be gentle with yourself and be your own best cheerleader.  Surround yourself with people who want to see you accomplish all of the things you have want for yourself.  

Today in church my preacher mentioned the famous scripture:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

That actually happens to be one of my favorite scriptures, as with most people.  But today he was talking about how so many people recite this quote when they've accomplished something major - they won the fight, they finished first in the race, something along those lines.  He reminded us to cling to these words in moments of defeat, and when you are discouraged and feel like a failure.  And I agree.  Even when you stumble and mess up, you can totally jump right back on track and finish.  

I love you guys.
Be happy and be a light in this world.

Erica

12/31/17

My New Year's Eve 2017 Look



Happy NYE!  I can't believe another year has come and gone, and that at the stroke of midnight it will already be 2018.  It seems like 2017 just started!  We are actually staying in tonight, but I had picked up this GORGEOUS sequin romper earlier this month and just HAD to do a NYE look with it.  It's been over 3 months since I've done a blog post (so sorry), so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to both show my outfit AND put out a new post for my blog <3


I actually found this romper on Poshmark and it was about 5 sizes too large.  I put my new sewing machine to work and within just a few minutes was able to alter it enough to fit pretty well!


When I think of a New Year's Eve party I think full glam and glitz.  Anything sparkly and shiny, and this sequin romper totally fit the bill.  It is by the brand Monif C and it was available during the holidays 2016.  If you are interested in this particular romper then just keep your eyes open on any used clothing sites.  But, anything with some sparkle and shine will work just fine.


The makeup look was all about shiny, sparkly eyes and a bold red lip (one of my signature looks).


On the face:
Maybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth Primer
Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer
Revlon ColorStay Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
MAC Fix +
Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer in Tantric
Benefit Posietint Stain
Benefit Dandelion Blush
WNW Highlight in The Sweetest Bling


On the eyes:
Milani Shadow Primer
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Loreal Infallible Paints Shadow in Brass Knuckles
Urban Decay Heavy Metals Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy
Make Up For Ever Setting Spray (on glitter shadow)
Maybelline Skinny Eyeliner (water line and tight line) 
Kat Von D Eyeliner in Trooper (wing)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara (lower lashes)
Essence Lash Princess Mascara (upper lashes)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (upper lashes)
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder in #13 Ivory 


On the lips:
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Little Weapon


What I'm wearing:
Romper:  Monif C
Nails:  Essie I'm Addicted
Earrings:  Forever 21


Thank you so much for stopping by!  Here's to a WONDERFUL 2018!