Wednesday, June 8, 2016

May Favorites

May 2016 Favorites

I remember when I was a kid and I couldn't wait for May to end each year. I wanted summer to begin, school to end, and my birthday to roll around. Now that I'm an adult, it seems like the opposite is true--although I still love summertime more than any other season, it felt like May flew by this year!

Here are some of the things I have been obsessing over for the last month:


This mascara is an awesome volumizing option. It has easily made it into my top 5 high end mascaras! (Post coming on those later on this month.) It has kind of an hourglass shaped wand, lots of thick bristles, and really deposits a lot of product without making your lashes too clumpy. It reminds me a bit of the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced--also a high volume, feathery looking mascara. I've been wearing this anytime I have a fair amount of eye shadow on--it adds a sultry, smoky look. 

This color is awesome! It's a bold coraly-hot-pink shade and I like it best with minimal eye shadow , lengthening mascara, and glowy skin. You may have seen an Instagram post from me a couple of weeks ago in which I was raving about bright coral/pink colors--and this was one of them. I also just really like the butter lipstick formula from NYX. They're super creamy traditional lipsticks, and I'd probably recommend a lipliner for a bright color like this but I often skip it because I'm crazy bold. 

I like to ease up on the high coverage, more matte foundations in the summer time. Heat calls for dewy, fresh skin. This CC cream is more like a foundation than a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, but still gives a really natural looking finish. I probably wouldn't wear it to an outdoor picnic or anything, but it's great for work or church in the summer. It also comes in an illuminating formula that I would love to try!



I am so in love with these. I have both colors that I've shown here and I pretty much live in them on days that I'm wearing pants (as opposed to dresses....not just forgoing pants). They're incredibly soft, hold their shape well, and don't feel too super thin like a lot of jegging-type jeans do. I also like that they don't look like jeggings--they just look like skinny jeans and can be easily dressed up or down. They also come in short, regular, and tall which makes me very happy because many brands offer those for regular jeans but not jeggings and mine are always way too long. #shorty 

My mother-in-law took my sisters-in-law and I here for lunch a few weeks ago and I fell totally in love. As far as I can tell, there isn't a bad item on the menu. It's a little on the fancy-bistro side which I adore--I had a bistro type place in my hometown that I frequented but hadn't found a replacement in Lincoln until now! Hopefully I can eventually get Ricky on board, but so far that hasn't been successful. Oh well--more girls' lunches is fine with me!

Guys, have you heard about the Gilmore Girls reunion coming to Netflix?? I am so super pumped and to celebrate, I have been rewatching some of my favorite episodes. The whole series is available on Netflix, but I've linked the box set in case you a) are one of the few people who haven't gotten on the Netflix bandwagon yet or b) just love the series so much that you feel compelled to physically own it. I have every season at home, so I'm with you!

This month I found out that one of our student workers at my new workplace has never seen Phantom, in any version. Say wha?? Granted, she is 20 so she hasn't had as much time under her belt, but Phantom is a classic and, in my humble opinion, should be required viewing material for every well-rounded person. Okay, that may be a bit dramatic but I told her we had to rectify the situation immediately! And we have now set up a viewing time. :)  The 2004 version is definitely my favorite movie version, but if you have the chance to see it on stage, it's an incredible experience!

This book was amazing. It's told from multiple perspectives about a woman who disappeared when her daughter was three. The majority of the book focuses on the daughter and the people around her who are helping her look for her mom, with flashbacks of the detective who handled the case and the mother herself. All of this would have likely intrigued me on its own, but one of my favorite things about this book is the correlation with elephants. The mother had been an elephant researcher, and she and the father had run an elephant sanctuary. The whole book deals with grief and provides anecdotes and trivia about how elephants experience and deal with their grief when they lose an elephant family member. It was incredibly well written and fascinating.

My connect group at church read through this book this semester and pretty well wrapped up in May. It was a really good read and helped expand my perspective on several different issues. If you're invested in your spiritual journey, I would definitely recommend this one!

Babies!
It seems like so many of our friends are pregnant or recently gave birth! We have two new little friends in our connect group and 3 more on their way at church. Plus we are still loving the aunt & uncle life to our little nephew who just turned 1. It's baby central at church right now and I love it. Helps me live vicariously while we wait for Ricky to graduate and to buy a house. #babyfever #patiencegrasshopper



And there you have it! A round up of the things I've been loving this past month. What have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments below!

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JACLYN

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