Monday, March 19, 2018

Current Loves

 The things I am loving. I love the positive post of everything that is going great. (Also lets let a moment to sink in that I still try to spell the word "of" like ov) I mean English is hard. You can always keep up with me on insta I try to keep it real as possible over there. 

However, the blog always goes into more detail, so here we go. Everything I am loving over here at the blog. 

Smell// Coming from the girl that can smell nothing, the one thing I have been loving and smells like home is crock pot chicken. It seriously is so great coming home to something that smells home cooked.

Cooking// Which brings me to my next point. I turn on a Youtube video and cook for the week, and I haven't burnt anything in weeks! (I did drop something on a burner, so it did smell like something burnt) Other than that, it is actually extremely relaxing, and it feels nice to come home to something I can eat immediately. 

Listening// I am loving the podcast strategy hour. It is like your life coach screaming at you to get ish done. Their biggest inspiration was them saying, "Just start you business!" Who would have thought that is all it takes to start, by just starting. 

Wearing// I have been wearing nothing cute lately, other than matching PJs. I seriously feel like I have my life together if I have matching cozy PJs. 

Drawling// I pulled the trigger and got the fully loaded Adobe shop. Which I am not a technology person what so ever, but wow. All of their products are so easy to use. I can not even imagine how crazy good your skills would get if you took at class, or tried to teach yourself. Anyways, above is a something I whipped up. It honestly was so easy to use. (ALL OF the audrey vibes for that pic ((except for blonde because... you know;) ))

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Salon Bronze Airbush Tanning Review

Okay here we go, so shout out to Rachel Cruze for talking openly about her spray town obsession. I think it really opened up the door for all of us to admit that, you can be a hell of a business women, and went to be a little more tan.

PLUS, I mean it is the smart way to tan, no consequences. So I had a month of a super cheap tanning sessions. It was the dead of winter, I was not feeling 10/10 so I took it on and at the end of it I got a free spray tan. (which ended up being like 15 dollars #ugh). However it was fire. 

So I liked being a little more tan and wanted to keep it going. I get the Salon Bronze Airbush Tanning. I was at Sally's Beauty and it was 13 dollars and I though why not. The instructions were too easy I thought what could go wrong. 

Well everything.

 I even read the reviews and EVERY other person loved it. I however hated it. The color is amazing. It is darker than I could go, but it was still super bronze and not orange at all. 

I loved the color, but the formula of the actual product was sooooo bad. (Which I am soooooo fair and under tone of yellow, that it is hard to find a good color) It was extremely watery and out of this world streaky. I tried to let it dry and reapply, but the longer I waited the more it became crazy bad.

I have never had a horrible experience with a spray tan (which is wild because I have been using one on and off since 2009), but I ended up washing this off, it was that bad. Overall, color was great, but formula was horrible. 


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blogger Life: The Algorithm

 My take on the Instagram algorithm: okay so Instagram (and Facebook and every other social media) has an algorithm. This is so that based on what you have liked in the past continue to shows and you come back for more to use that social media platform. 

This sounds great in theory, until everyone lost their minds about it. So here is a little tid bit on how I feel about it. 

As a consumer: okay I love Instagram and Pinterest. BUT it is so annoying because I like a picture of a latte or pin a picture of a desk and that’s ALL MY FEED SHOWS. it’s annoying. I want to look at artist, my friends, other bloggers, and magazines! I want to see it all. It is frustrating that my feed is useless so I end up just searching what I want to see. 

As a blogger: as a blogger I think the whole community needs to get over their anger for the algorithms. As a blogger you make money from say Instagram. so Instagram found a way to make money off of you. You don’t own your Instagram platform. Instagram has given it to you. (I mean you can always stop using it. ) 

That being said I feel like the people that have the most issues. Are the people that used to post and leave it. From my understanding these are the people Instagram is trying to weed out. 

Instagram;s main concern is community, so even if you are not on the side of benefiting from the algorithm. If you make an effort to support other blogger or people that follow you, the algorithm will not even phase you. 

This is the harsh truth but I think if you have an issue with social media you have a strategy issue, not a social media issue. I mean think about your favorite bloggers. You go out of you way to see everything they post, algorithm or not. 

That is my little two sense on the issue, and I only bring it up because I keep hearing about it EVERYWHERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Jackets

I am queen of not dressing right for the weather. In fact I get called out on it probably every other week. I am an indoor kind of gal for the most part during the day to day. Honestly, dressing for the ever changing weather is not a top priority. As of lately, feeling even semi organized feels like an accomplishment (traveling kicks my behind) 

So how does this get wrapped into that? I plan my day and night outfit the day before, and who knows what the weather is like. You plan the outfit, you realize that you need a jacket. Then BAMB! Here are a handful of choices that you can grab and go no matter what your outfit is. 


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Link Wrap Up

Alright all the links for the month. I love these from everyone else, there will be a month wrap up so lets just get into this!

Doctor Love// If I had to be a doctor I think I would be this;). It is silly, but I would never be a STEM kind of gal. HOWEVER, I totally envy any person that can do it! I just thought this was funny for allllllll the overly emotional people out there. 

Hunter// I am a hunter sucker and if this is real it will be the best collab ever!

SNL// One way or another I always watch all of SNL's stuff. Weekend update is always my favorite, but this one about the Olympics was hilarious. 

Instagram Updates// I am honestly kind of sick of hearing all of this. I will be doing some blogging updates from here on out. However, here are some changes. 

Update from the Olympics// I feel like if you travel for work, you have this feeling also;) okay just kidding, but i loved this. 


Monday, March 12, 2018

Winter Park Wrap-Up

I am pretty bad a keeping up with the vacation wrap ups. I recently went to Winter Park, Colorado for a long weekend. Let me tell ya, it was stunning. The ride out there not so much. 

We drove out there, but the night before I last minute had to work late. Which I was fine with, but maybe the party, not so much...  I got home so late, I think it was around 10pm and I did not even finish packing the car until about 11.

11 normally would not be too late except, we were waking up at 5:30am the next morning. So we are ready to roll and get into the car, and 45 minutes into the trip A says, "Do you have your military ID". Which side note Winter park does 50% off lift tickets for Military members, so if you have ever gone skiing that is HUGE. That is the best discount I have ever gotten. And I realized that I FORGOT my ID. (A and I were not happy pups). LUCKILY, I have all of my IDs and cards on photo file. So we crossed our fingers that it would work. 

I was pretty upset at this point, so I took a nap. Then I woke up and saw that we were near a city, so I asked if we could run to target because I FORGOT A SWIM SUIT. I packed late and I had it laid out, but somehow forgot it. (1. There is a hot tub at the place we were staying at. 2. I got this swim suit which is super cute, but I'm a B on a good day, and it can have some serious under cleavage if you are not careful.)

So finally we are rolling, we get to Denver. It was announced that there would be no more stops. Naturally, I open a water bottle and it explodes all over me due to the altitude change. My pants were soaking wet, so I forced the car to pull over so I could change into something dry. THEN, we were rolling.

When we finally get to the house, we were so ready to get out of the worst car ride;) When we get out of the car, we go to grab our stuff and Doritos are ALL OVER the back of the car. Needless to say, the car ride could have been way worse, but it was not successful. 

Once that was over we popped some bubbly. (Lets be real, for me red wine), unpacked, explored the house,  and made dinner. We brought most of our own food, because $$$ and I travel a ton, so I am kind of sick of going out to eat. 

What was left of the first night was dedicated to the hot tub. Now this is not just a hot tub, but it is a hot tub with an amazing view. We went to bed early, so we could wake up and head to the slopes. 

LUCKILY Winter Park was sooooo kind and they gave us the military discount. Seriously they are amazing, and on we went! I stuck mainly to the greens because I am not hard core. I love hiking for the views and skiing was fun for that exact reason. 

Winter park is perfect for beginners to life long skiers. My favorite run was Dilly Dally Alley. Almost ever 8 year old loved it too. It was pretty much a super flat bumpy trail. I also found out I am still very afraid of heights. The blues that weaved in and out were super fun, but anything that was super steep, I was terrified of. 

The second day was sandwiched between skiing and watching the MSU/ UofM basketball game. It is a true house divide, so it needed to be watched, it was honestly a ton of fun and one of my favorite parts of the trip (besides MSU LOSING). Also we kept debating if we wanted to keep skiing or go home. Last year I was dying on the second day, and this year I  was ready, but this year I honestly did not care either way. I was ready to go home if we wanted, or keep going. 

We ended up going on and I did not regret a second. I made it super easy by staying on only greens. I remember regretting going on a certain run because it would take a little longer and both A and I took a wrong turn and found each other! It was a fun time, and it was way more fun than I thought it would be.

Our last night there we had leftovers and hung out in the house, as well as take on all the amazing views. The whole trip was so relaxing and I loved ever seconds of this great trip. 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Rose and Thorn

Lets do a rose and thorn for this weeks outfit post! So let me start out with the fact that I wanted the movie American Hustle. Jennifer Lawrence cracked me up and I might just be her character. 
My favorite line from the movie was, "She was the Picasso of Passive Aggressive". That line was great. Personally I feel like I am the opposite of passive aggressive. In fact I might get in a little too much trouble for being a little too blunt. BUT you live and you learn.
Other than that the scene where her husband was like "DO NOT ANSWER the phone." and she picked up the phone immediately, cracked me up. She just did her thing and did not care about anything else. 
Also on another note my dad (really my mom) sent me a Valentine's card. (Which I got it a month later due to the fact that Des Moines Postal system needs a revamp.) Anyways they sent me a card and it said "There was a daughter who lived  by her own rules.." So I guess I am sensing a common theme in my life. #Shrug 

Anyways lets start with the Rose, so this past month I went to Colorado (I am soooooo bad a keeping up with the lifestyle portion of the blog, but there will be more to come). Just hanging out and enjoying life is too fun. I am not good a skiing, but if you play it right it is like fast hiking. Which your girl can get down on that. 

The views in Colorado were out of this world. When I went it was so clear. It was great hanging out with loved ones, and taking in the views!

The thorn: I have a lot of moving pieces in 2018. This is going to be one of the biggest years where I need to step up to the plate and make my own logistical moves (more to come,stay tuned) It just feels that lately it is so hard to keep all of the moving pieces together. I know I am human, and I am a work in progress (BECAUSE all humans are) However, when I drop the ball, or excel in one thing but because of that let something else go, it feels like everything else drops. 

Which, duh. I know is not true, but I think I need to take it back to day by day and make every day ONE priority. 

Which that is being part of being a human. So there we go! The good and bad of the month! Have a great march! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

February Book Club

If I am going to take anything away from my first year of being a young professional it is going to the fact that you need boundaries. I learned this so hard, and so fast this year. In any career (I have two jobs... ((well three if you count the blog)) and I have worked plenty of jobs before this year, so I am not referencing ANY one job, and I never am.) I am talking in generalities. Any career can take as much as you give it. 

Plus, I am a people pleaser. The book Power of a Positive No was life changing. Now this book has a handful of mix reviews, but I loved it. It is sooooo hard to say no, and the book dives into you do not have to say no. You may be saying no a weekend event, but you might be saying YES to spending time with you family. Or you may not being saying no to a last minute week work trip across the country, but you may be saying yes to a trip with loved ones that you have planned for months. 

You get the picture, it is hard to balance everything. This book helps with what is important to you and how to kindly talk about. (google cushion and ask, and that will help you so much in your personal life). 

Anyways, I hope February is going well!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What I Love And Hate About Iowa

Hey, What is up, Hello, My Gal Pals. So for those that do not know, I live in the grand old state of Iowa. Most people have no clue where it even is! 

Love// You get a city feel without the the downfalls of a city. There is always parking, the parking is pennies on the dollar. The rent is one of the most reasonable in the country. You have every chain you could ever want, and there is always something to do. 

Hate// EVERYONE is a bad driver, and you are like "Bmack, if you have a problem with everyone YOU are the problem". No. The thing is I travel a ton, and the only city I have an issue with is Des Moines. Number 1 everyone takes it super personally if you do anything. Number 2 Iowans love to hug the right lane and hate it when you merge in. (They think you are cutting them off). MIDDLE lane is for cruising. Left lane is for passing, Right lane is for exiting nawt driving. There is not even traffic in Iowa and it still manages to be annoying

Love// The people. Everyone loves Iowa. No one is dying to get out, or think the grass is greener on the other side. It is like the best of both worlds whatever you love about the North or South, Iowa has it.

Hate// It is far away from everything, and by everything I mean everything. Michigan you drive about 10 hours and you can get to any of the original 13 colonies aka east coast. In Iowa you can not even fly anywhere for under 300 dollars. It is hard to get from here or there.

Love// Living prices are some of the best in the country. You are not going to buy 20 dollar drinks at the bar. Apartments are cheaper than my college town. It is a win for all. 
It is Small// This is not bad or good, and I feel like no you could live in NYC and still feel this way. I mean what is every rom com theme after? You run into people you semi know ALL THE TIME. I feel like I know 15 people in Iowa, and I always run into people I know. 


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Link Round Up

Happy Sunday! Sunday is my day to relax and I will probably spend most of my day on the computer or relaxing. #NOTGuilty Most Sundays you can find me making brunch from home. Cooking brunch is so much easier than you think it would be (If I can do it anyone can do it). You get to eat in your PJs. THEN you can just sit there all day after your brunch and just ~*relax*~. 

Relatable// I always joked I can deal with a lot of quirks, but as a big traveler, I can not deal with deal with bad airport etiquette

No Theme//  Everything I pick on here is always pretty random. I feel like being in an unhealthy relationship can happen to anyone no matter how strong they are. This is a good reminder that it is okay to be alone, and better to be in no one than a bad one. 

I wish my whole life was one big cocktail party.

No words// BUT am I living up to my stereotype? Also @VioletClair has some great #GirlPower stuff.

Not Big On Scents// BUT I love the smell of this. Also perfect for those dry Iowa Winters. 

Kristen Bell// These are cracking me up. 

OTK// Still a sucker for the over the knee boots. These are perfect with black leggings AND jeans.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

What Is In My Bag: Young Professional

I love a good What is in my bag post. This is everything I could possibly need in one day. I have nothing to say about this because I talked for 20 minutes. (Give a girl a mic and she'll talk for the rest of her life) ((Don't worry I cut it down)) So here we go! 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pulpy Mimosa Interview

Alright, here we go. The first interview for the year! We have two very special guest,  Amanda and Laura from the Pulpy Mimosa!  (This is my favorite post from them) I met thes ladies in college. They were a couple of classes ahead of me, so they were the cool older gals. They had this big blue house and they always had the best get togethers. As college students they even had a full blown real friendsgiving dinner. (This was the first time I ever had mulled wine and I have not looked back since).
These ladies were even there for me and my friends when we went to the ~*bars*~ the first time. (They told us we couldn't order a bloody mary at 9pm, which I am forever grateful they told me this). Then of course you can not forget the New Years Eve where our friend group were the only people to go downtown in our college town, leaving the whole bar to ourselves (or so it felt like). 

Seriously way to much fun with these gals, and they have not toned it down in the slightest. They moved to Italy for their military careers, and you can follow along on all their adventures on their blog. Lets jump into the interview!

1. Who are you and share a fun fact.

I am Laura Chall, a Human Resources Officer in the US Army, living in Italy, married to  the biggest doofus in the world, dog mom to Eleanor Rigby Cadwell Chall, and avid crafter

I'm Amanda Dolsen. I'm a Quartermaster Officer [logistics] in the US Army, been living in Vicenza for the last 3 years, but moving to Richmond for the Captain's Career Course. I have no idea where I will be living this time next year, and I am only mildly freaking out about it.

2. How did you end up in the military?

(Laura) I originally joined ROTC as a way to pay for College, but soon found the military to be a passion of mine. After graduating from Michigan State Universty (Go Green!) in 2015, I commissioned as an Adjutant General Lieutenant and I've been doin' the damn thing ever since

(Amanda) I'm an army brat to an officer dad. He kept trying to get me interested in ROTC when I was in high school, but ultimately it was a decision I made on my own. I ended up signing up for a "general conditioning class" for one more credit my second semester freshman year at MSU. Needless to say, I was super surprised when I showed up on the first day and it was for PT with the ROTC cadets. After the first week or 2, I wanted in.

3. What was the leap to start a blog?

We had been toying around with the idea of beginning some type of creative endeavor for about two years. We wanted to write a book, then it turned into starting a podcast, which evolved into starting a small event catering. We eventually realized that the best starting point would be a blog!  Both of our families have always asked us to share more of our travels, so it was easy to jump into a blog, since is relatively low risk for us, but still encapsulates a lot of creativity. We are able to create and share our travel itineraries, our favorite drink & food recipes, all while developing our writing and photography skills.

4.I love the name pulpy Mimosa, where did it come from?

(Amanda) Honestly, one day in the summer of 2016, I was with our friend Melissa, having a Netflix and chill kinda day (not the creepy kind, the kind where you binge on TV and mimosas with your gal pals all day). We were watching Stranger Things and drinking mimosas we had squeezed the juice for ourselves, so they were super pulpy. I was pretty tipsy, not gonna lie, and I said when I opened the brunch place I have been dreaming of having for the greater part of my adult life, I declared that was what I would want to call my place. So... when Laura and I were brainstorming names for the blog, it ended up sticking.

5. How do you balance a full time career and a blog?

(Laura) Honestly, it hasn't been very hard for me. I don't find much joy in the day to day activities of my job, so the blog has become my creative outlet. Its nice to have something that I (let me put alot of emphasis on IIIIII) get to work on and decide what content I'm putting up and it isn't boring old Human Resources. I like coming up with new drink recipes, or trying out what Amanda has cooked up in her kitchen, or sharing our travel experiences. I also get to hang out with my best friend even more (as if we weren't hanging out enough already), so I aint mad.

6. What have you learned from blogging?

Don't be afraid to try new things or be afraid of failure or looking silly. And don't be afraid to let your freak flag fly.

- What would you tell someone wanting to start a blog, but it is the complete opposite of their career?

Just. Fuggin. Do It. Like Fa Real, just start something and throw it out there and work from there. Who gives a friggin heck if its completely opposite from your career?! As long as its something you're passionate about and you're living it & sharing it in an authentic way, people will share in your enjoyment of whatever it is you love. 

7. Best Advice you have ever gotten?

(Laura) There's three things that have always stuck with me that aren't necessarily advice, but motivation instead:
1. The first draft of anything is Shit
2. Passion never fails
3. Despite what that dumb voice in your head is saying, People WANT to see you succeed.


1. Stop waiting until "the time is right". The time will never actually be right for anything so just go for it and see what happens.

*These are Laura's and Amanda's opinions and in no way does it reflect the opinions of of the military*

Monday, February 12, 2018

Give the Color Red The Blues

Hey, What is up, hello friends. What is going on? So this post is partnering with Cleo Madision. They are a boutique with a lot of classic pieces that are perfect for dressing up. (I kind of went wild with the accessories). 

I love the red for February. I recently look inventory of my closet and I found I only wear blue, so it was time to mix it up. 

I love this outfit for a casual grab dinner with friends on a Tuesday, or grab a late brunch. It is surprisingly comfy, pretty close to leggings and a tshirt. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Life Update: February 2018

Happy Monday, All! January felt like it was 14 years long, and February is flying by. Who needs an into when your post is this long. Here we go:

-Low key obsessed with these leggings
-Love this classic blazer
-It is still freezing in Iowa
-I am a linen hoarder. I love these sheets.

-I love blogging, it is seriously my biggest/most favorite hobby. It brings me so much joy creating and growing. I have an ongoing blog survey Here I love to grow and love feedback. The number one thing I get that I could work on is being more authentic. 

It is wild for me to think that because if I were to brainstorm, it would be along the lines of "better video quality", "more outfit post", "frequency of post", and not one person ever mentions that. Which trust me, I feel like I am always on the line of "am I sharing too much, or too little". So I feel like I have just been in a weird place with blogging. I still love it, but I am still trying to "find myself'" haha. 

-February I am trying to lay as low as possible. I got the flu super bowl weekend #Ugh. Nothing like the flu to put your life in check and show how human you are. I have been so go, go go that for the rest of February I want to lay low. I am so low key sick of traveling. I just want to take in Des Moines and watch the winter Olympics. (Is this the cold weather talking?)

-Health and Fitness- Working out has been easy peasy. I have put no stress on myself to run, so I think that is the biggest thing that has helped motivate me. Now eating healthier is a different story. Making food, I have been sooo on top of. I feel like I am finally getting the hang of doing meal preps. (It helps that I have no burnt anything in a log time) I am actually*gasp* enjoying cooking all of my meals. 

The meals are the easy part. I am having such a hard time with snacking. Sometimes I just grab whatever is in my wake. This week I am working on that + baking snacks to grab an go. It is a work in progress people!

- The plan for Vday is to make dinner. I am going for this for dessert. It is so easy you can not mess it up! Even though we are not going anywhere I will probably still dress up for the occasion because it is an excuse to break out a dress. 

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Valentine's Day For Her

Ah so it is almost here. Good All vday. So if you are an all star sister or daughter here is the list for you. ALSO I mean picking up flowers for your gal pals would also be the nighest thing ever, so keep that in mind this holiday season. Here are a ton of pink and red items to have the best Galentine's Day ever!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Support Team USA

Happy Friday! We made it! So because I was sick all week, I am laying low tonight. Tonight will consist of dinner in and watching the Olympic ceremony! I am super pumped, and here are some cuter choices to wear to support your team. (I still have my team USA hat from 2004). 


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Him

I feel like there is such a bad stigma with Valentine's Day. It does not have to be about romantic love what so ever. It can be about the love for your family, your gal pals, or just over all the people in your life. 

So throw on some red lipstick, curl your hair, make the people in your life come cupcakes (those sound so good right now), and celebrate at the end of the night with a pink cocktail. (Check out this post for one of my most memorable Vday) 

SO what am I doing this year? I am making dinner in with A! We did it last year and it was so much fun. We will turn on some tunes, cook dinner, and enjoy the evening. We did it last year, and it was so much fun so I can not wait to do it this year!

So for Valentines day keep the gifts simple. This gift guide can be for any guy in your life. Also a perfect gift if you really want to keep it simple. Get the guy in your life his favorite six pack, dress it up (tissue paper, heart on cake pop sticks). Simple as that! Here are some other choices.

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