Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock and Roll

Happy Hump Day my loves! I hope your weekend gets here quickly from this point on. 
Soo…..We need to talk. Something happened in Vegas that I'm not very proud of. Have you ever  gambled or watched someone gamble? For the most part, someone sits down and 5 minutes later there money is gone. Leaving them with an empty feeling and a thought...
"What the?! What just happened?
And then they are just mad the rest of the day because they can't stop thinking about how quickly their money was taken. 
Little known fact- I almost NEVER spend more than $20 on a shirt. Its all about quantity for me when it comes to my shirts. I need options. If I spent the money on higher quality items.. I would have like.. 5 shirts. Thats just dumb. But, it's your closet. Do what makes your feel good :)
Sorry… back to the story.
At the Party for a Cause they had venders. All different sorts. There was this cute blonde managing a clothing spot. I browsed and didn't see anything I loved, but I LOVED her outfit. I asked her if she sold  the shirt/tunic she was wearing and she told me that she did, but she didn't have any with her. However, she could bring one down for me the next day. DONE I said. Seeing how it was boutique clothing I figured it would probably cost me around $40. The thought was a little cringing but I figured I was on vacation so why not splurge a little. Hey, it was better than sitting down at at a craps table, losing my money, and having nothing to show for it. 
They next day I went to pick it up and this is how the convo went:

Me: Hey! Were you able to get that shirt?
CBG (cute blonde girl) Yes! I only have one left. I'm so glad you came back!
Me: Are you kidding? I love it! Of course I came back! What size is it?
CBG: small
Me: perfect!
(imagine me grinning from ear to ear because I am already picturing how I will wear it, and cookies, and gumdrops, and everything else that fills a girls head with happiness…I hand her my card)
CBG: Ok I'm just going to have to charge your card twice sjdflfjgh…..*mumbling something about price tags*
Me: ok..ya! What did she just say?.. oh well, I am so excited about this shirt!
CBG: K it's $$$
Me: Oh uhh ya … let me use a different card..

And I walked…no it was more like a scurry, away. You guys. It was not $40. It was no where near that. I can't even bring myself to tell you how much it was. That and my husband might be reading this. (If that's the case..well we had a good run friends. I'll see ya around when I get out of shopaholics anonymous)
She told me the price and I was in such sticker shock that I paid it and walked away. I seriously felt like I just sat at a craps table and watched some CBG take my money. Only at least if I had gambled, I wouldn't have this dark secret hanging in my closet screaming at me every time I wore it. To add salt to the wound.. I searched it online. Finding out how much the shirt really was hurt almost as bad as paying what I did for it. Lets just say to get my moneys worth, it will not only be a shirt, but a swimsuit cover up AND a night gown. 
I don't know what was wrong with me. Why didn't I just say "Um.. H-to the-NO" and walk away? 
Moral of the story is… Ask how much a shirt is before your are in too deep. Or you may just end up doing the walk of shame out of a slew of vender shops.


Today's outfit is a little bit Country and a little bit Rock and Roll. 
*Que the Osmonds*
I did have some positive experiences with some of the venders in Vegas and found a couple of favs. 
(I really do love this shirt you guys..I just didn't love getting duped) 







This hat is from Hicktown Couture and I actually bought it for my man. BONUS! I can wear it too. And I love it! The fit is great and $15 the pice is even better. They don't have their hats on their site yet but they are based out of Arizona and GUESS WHAT! They will be here in Utah at Country Explosion. Go check them out there or take a look and their All American- Country- straight out the sticks- clothing line. (I love the mason jar top)

These might possibly be my most favorite bracelets in the history of ever. (Except for my Pandora bracelet. Love you honey!! )
They are from a cute little boutique called "Hippie Chick" straight out of the heart of Texas. ( Or Lubbock, TX …..  ) They only have a Facebook page but I am working on trying to get them available for ya'll to purchase. In the meantime.. Check them out
Or better yet, if you live in Texas, go get ya some guuuurl! 



Blessed Bracelet// Hippy Chick
Aztec Bracelet// SHEsteals.com
Faux Leather Pants// China (not kidding) Similar HERE
Prince Peter Collection Iggy Pop Raglan Dress// CBG ….. buuuuut if you want to pay the normal price for it you can find it HERE
Wild Diva Lorane Ankle Boots// Cara Loren's closet…. also not kidding. Similar HERE


Have you ever been duped? Or paid waaaay to much for something? Please tell me all about it!
PS- Comic Con Starts tomorrow! Eeek! :)

-Sheena



Friday, April 11, 2014

Favsies Friday



It's Favsies Friday time!! Woot Woot!! We are soo ready for summer over here! It has been nice all week, the kids have been running free outside, aaaaand my (Sheena) house has been/stayed clean! Does that happen to you guys? I don't know what it is but when the warm weather hits I get crap DONE. 
So to get ourselves ready for the heat that we all will be complaining about by the end of August, we are talking self tanners. These are our Favs:


Fake Bake self tanners are my favorite at-home products. They have green undertones leaving you with a more natural tan rather than the ever so popular orange. It stays put so I reccommend wearing gloves if you do not purchase the mitt. Always wash your hands immediately after applying any self tanner. 
They are having a great package deal on their website right now that includes the products you see above and a free lipgloss for $27.99. Go HERE



Honestly…Mystic tanning is my FAV. It is the only booth tanner that I have used that does NOT leave me orange. I've been doing them since I was 19 and out of all those years ( betcha wonder just how many that is ;) ) I have only had one wonky application. Pretty excellant results I think.  I prefer a booth over having someone use a spray gun because I can get COMPLETELY undressed. I mean.. I still could with having someone do it, but lets just say I have passed those days where I  would be comfortable with that. (says the woman that's had 3 kids…  makes total sense?) Typically they run anywhere from $20-$25. You can search for your nearest booth HERE

Now it's time for Jamie's picks!

I decided to choose one from Target & two from Sephora.  I really believe you can find great products anywhere.  Don't brush something aside because of price- you might miss out on a potential favorite.  A great perk to buying at Sephora is the guarantee their products: If you don't love it, you can take it back.  Also, you can sample almost anything.  Keep that in mind anytime I recommend a Sephora product.  Go in & get a sample!  You have nothing to lose.

Self Tanner Secret- Ready?  
 Nair Sensitive Skin is a must before I use self tanner.  I love that it takes the hair away & the added bonus of how soft your skin is right after.  Most self tanners will tell you to exfoliate & this does it for you.  Patch test a little area on your skin if you haven't used it before.  You can grab this at Target for around $5. 

My Target suntan pick is Neutrogena's Micro-mist tanner. 
$10

I love it because you don't need to do anything, but spray it.  It's so simple.  Hold the can about 6 inches away from your body and lightly mist.  Be careful when spraying knees, around underarms, & elbows.  Color can pool give your fake tan away!  That applies to any self tan product.  I haven't tried this on my face.  The can says you can spray it on your hands and rub on your face.  If you have tried this-email me!  I would love to know what you thought.
**Tip: This spray comes in 2 colors.  Chose light if you are fair & the medium if you have any color what-so-ever.   

My first Sephora pick is St. Tropez Bronzing Lotion.  
Pronounced: săⁿ-trô-pā′
 
I normally use their tanning mousse, but decided to try the lotion.  Tip 1: buy the mitt for $6.50.  It's key to the perfect application.  This lotion gives you an instant & rich tan.   Do not rub in a circular motion!  Like Sheena's pick, this too has a green undertone so as it cures, it stays brown not orange!  I use this all over my body, except the face.  That leads me into my 2nd pick from Sephora.



 This is a gradual face tanner that smells like almonds!  Love it.  Why did I pick a gradual?  I like that it just gives a little color everyday, instead of a crazy amount to the face.  Make sure you are still exfoliating 1-2 times a week & watch out for color collecting in your brows. 

Well my loves, those are my favsies for self tanners!  Get some samples & stop the skin damage that real tanning causes.


Happy Friday!

a

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ACM's Party For A Cause

*photo ℅ ACM*


WOOO WEEEE What a weekend! This was my second year attending Party for a Cause in Las Vegas, Nevada and it was quite the party. 
Party for a Cause is a Country Music festival that helps support and raise awareness for charity. The two Charities for the past two years have been Outnumber Hunger and Operation Homefront. 
Outnumber hunger is a Charity that is helping to feed families in America
Please take some time to learn more about it here

Operation Homefront offers financial and food assistance, repairs, and all around help to the families of our Service Members and Wounded Warriors. 
Please take some time to learn more about it here
Operation Homefront 

Also in attendance was The Boot Campaign. The Boot Campaign is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to Cultivating Awareness, Promoting Patriotism, and Providing Assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. 
Check them out here and go buy some boots to support our troops!
The Boot Campaign 
I had to get my picture with Joey from The Boot Campaign because those of you who know me well, know that amputees hold a special place in my heart. Look at him rocking those prosthetics! 
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Soo…Let's address the big Horse in the room. Not everyone loves Country Music. (cough cough...Jamie….) 
That's fine. Peace out homes..The rest of this post isn't for you. 
(You can still check out the first part…Unless being charitable isn't for you. In that case, you're a Jerk)

Ahem…sorry. Prolonged exposure to Country artists rocking out makes me a little feisty.

Onto the festival.
Party for a cause is a two-day outdoor music festival that includes multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country and much more.
This was this years lineup:

This year they held it at The LINQ and if I am being honest, It was a much better set up last year at The Orleans. Still a blast though and well worth the trip!
Not only do they give you the opportunity to see all these artists perform for a whopping $65/person, but they also have artist meet and greets throughout the weekend. Here were mine-

 Brantly Gilbert
 Chase Rice
 Andrew Webb
(Who's that hottie photo bombing us?)
 Chuck Wicks
 Jewel 

A lot of the artists are totally cool and a pleasure to meet. Others are complete dirtbags. There are some that will walk right by their fans and pretend they don't exist. I won't name names…. 

We saw almost every artist on the above list and most of them were great! We had to give our old bodies a break and miss a few because you are literally on your feet standing for at least 12 hours watching them perform one after another. Here were the ones that blew my mind- The kind that sounded just as good as their records, if not better. 


These are artists that I never had listened to but because of their performances I am 100% a fan now-

Chase Rice is adorable and he is an up-in-commer to watch. He wrote FGL's hit "Cruise".


The Cadillac Three completely surprised me. They have a little more twang than I typically like but they are insanely talented and won me over right away. Check them out!



P.S. I sincerely apologize for my crap quality pictures. They wouldn't let me bring in my nice camera 
:( (sad face emoji)

All in all this festival is one not to miss. Even if you aren't a big fan, if you give these artists a chance some of them can turn that around. And others…well some of them you start to get worried that they are going to die right there in front of you on that stage and you start to get a little worried if you should run up and save them from themselves. Again… I won't mention names. 

Next year is the big 50th Anniversary of the ACM's so the party is going to be in Dallas. We haven't decided if we are going to go, but you can bet as soon as it comes back to Vegas we will be there as long as it is. 

I should also mention that this is how me and my love started out the weekend...
 Oh Luke….. Lukey Luke Luke…. We had such a good thing. Last year when I got that autograph but NOT the picture I figured it's ok (eeees okay).. I'll get it next year… Next year I told myself.
 While I appreciate the gift of you throwing me your Archery strap… You have snubbed me 2 years in a row now. No picture again. You can imagine how my heart broke as the girl that was standing next to me got the picture and then you were off like a rocket to your Caddy… It's not like you had an Awards show to host or anything….Therefore we are officially on a break and I am replacing you with Brantly Gilbert. All I'm saying… is maybe not winning Entertainer of the Year this year was a little Karma ;)
 (But seriously look at those jeans)
no no no… DONE.

Whoa.. sorry I didn't mean to air all our dirty laundry for you to see..but I had a few things I needed to get off my chest about Luke.  
Until next time folks…

Everythangs Chicken but the Beak


-Sheena