Jul 24, 2014

Little Friday + Bourbon Debut

Another one is in the books!! Have you heard of Bourbon Lipstick and Stilettos? If not, you should go check out Lindsay. She is full of sass and her blog is just the cutest thing to boot! 

Lindsay's design was a blast to work on! This is probably due to how different it was than anything I have ever designed. 

My favorite element of her design was the "logo" I created for her. I tied in every aspect of her blog name and created this little gem! 

Enough with me though - go read what Lindsay is saying after my design introduction! Oh and make sure you link up below!

Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration
Blog Design Inspiration

Hello! I’m Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos. I write about beauty, holidays, lifestyle, and loving yourself and one another. I review a mix of budget-friendly and splurge-worthy products and love makeup, shoes, frugality, festiveness, and a strong drink.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only take one hair product, what would you pick? 
My hair is straight, fine, and oily. I’d definitely require shampoo- better make it a shampoo and conditioner combo. Overexposure makes hair brittle!

If you could describe yourself in one picture- what would it be? 
 I apologize for the poor iPhone photo quality (and goofball gaze), but I love this picture of me, taken by Jason, my boyfriend of over six years. One of our favorite things to do together is bar-hop around Louisville, KY. I’m a big fan of craft beer (as you can see!) and we had a great time that day. Pure happiness.

What inspired you to start blogging? 
 I work as a writer professionally, but was in desperate need of a creative outlet. Plus, I was intrigued by the idea of meeting inspiring women I wouldn't encounter during my day-to-day routine. I love connecting with others and look forward to building lasting friendships!

What are your three favorite posts?
#LoveYourSelfie: Embracing Your “Imperfections”
Try a Little Tenderness
Five Ways to be Nicer (If You’re a Jerk like Me)

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Ash (Follow Here!) // Katrina (Follow Here!) //  Kayla (Follow Here!)

Rules are there are no rules! 

Please link-up to whatever you like! 

All that we ask is, if you wish, please follow us via the links above and that you link back to this blog - so that other's can join in and mingle! 

Happy Little Friday Everyone!

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Jul 23, 2014

20 Things We Unexpectedtly Become Obsessed With Because Of Blogging

I'm teaming up with Ash from The Grits Blog! If you don't already know about this girl, you should. She's honest, she's funny, and she blogs about everything from style, to hair tutorials, to makeup stuff, even wedding details- she's basically as versatile as a blogger gets! And to top it all off she also has her own blog design service! Like I said, she does it all.

And now we present: 20 Things We Unexpectedly Become Obsessed With Because Of Blogging.

Ash says...
1// Twitter. Seriously! I had never realllly used Twitter before blogging. I didn't get what the buzz was all about. Now. I. Do. It's the bomb!! I obsessively check it through out the day and read what's going on with my fellow blogger friends.

2// How to make a cool design. Everything from glitter layers to fonts - I am always on the hunt for some cool layer and font. (P.S. - Custom designs are on sale for 25% off!!! Check out my portfolio here and shoot me an email!)

3// Obsessing over why someone unliked my bloglovin or other social media site. Seriously, I always wonder why and what I could have done differently.

4// Well this isn't exactly unexpected, but it's sure been exaggerated - taking thousands of pictures of my dogs and posting them to instagram. THEN hashtagging them with tags like #chihuahuagram #ilovemyfrenchie and so on. THEN getting depressed when I don't get a ton of likes.

5// This a new one. Wondering if I am being catfished...

6// Not caring if I fit the blogger mold. It seems like there a ton of blogger "rules" - the only one that I really stick to is responding to comments...even though it may take me a while sometimes. HEY! I've got a job and two precious pups at home!

7// The pressure of writing good comments. Now that I blog and understand the whole good comment thing and why it's important, I try to comment in the way that I would like to get comments. Oh. The. Pressure.

8// The self reflection and understanding. Prior to blogging, I was conflicted and emotional. I think a lot of this was due to the fact that I really didn't have a place to get it all out - and get support. It's absolutely amazing at what writing it all out and reflecting on that writing has done for my soul. 

9// I learned how to curl my hair...and thusly, became absolutely obsessed with hair and makeup tutorials. 

10// The community. When I started blogging, I really expected to deal with a bunch of trolls. I was so wrong!! I have never met such awesome ladies and have made so many friends. It's been the biggest blessing.

And compared to Ash's, my list seems a little more shallow... But here it is.

11// Camera accessories.  I just got my first "decorative" camera strap and I suddenly feel really cool about it. If it weren't for blogging I wouldn't even feel the need to have a "fancy camera," let alone a col camera strap.

12//Juicing. I don't technically know what juicing means, or how to do it, but when I see all of the delicious smoothies bloggers are creating because of their juicers I know I NEED ONE.

13//Acquiring a planner. I haven't actually bought one yet, but every time I see new one pop up on a blog I think to myself, "I'm going to get a planner."

14//Having a cool home office. The best I can hope for is a cool desk space because space is limited. I look at gorgeous photos bloggers post of their work areas and I can't help but wonder how they keep it so clean? Are they really working there? Like really? Because where are all of the empty coffee mugs and post-it notes everywhere?

15//Hashtags. It's hard to resist the hashtag when they're getting so fun.

16//Birkenstocks. I haven't owned Birks since the 70s but I'm seeing them all over the place and I really want to get a pair.

17//Floppy hats. I wasn't nearly as into floppy hats until blogging. Luckily they're great for bad hair days.

18// Blogging about blogging... cough cough.

19// Having a morning blog routine. Or trying to at least.

20// Tutorials. Here's a hair tutorial I once did called "The George Washington." Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Jul 22, 2014

What's In My Bag

Hi my name is Julie and I blog over at Artwork by JM about my art, life with my hubby and daughter, and fashion.  Today Ashley is letting me stop by to show you What's in My Bag.

I think seeing inside of a girl's purse is a great way to learn a lot about a new person.  It's a look inside of their soul....okay, it may not be that serious but it sounded good at the time.

Lately I've been carrying a cute studded black bag that I got from Charming Charlie (LOVE that place!! - but my bank account does not).  I bought it about a month ago and I absolutely love it.

As you can see from my pile of randomness, I am a bit of a hoarder. haha just kidding...maybe.  

The wallet doesn't even match the bag but I got it years ago at Target and haven't had the heart to switch it out yet.  I carry a notepad and a planner to help keep my thoughts organized.  I found this cute little notebook at Barnes and Noble a year or so ago and fell in love with the quote on the cover.  I keep all of my bloggy stuff in here, because you never know when you will have an idea on the run!  The planner is a must for me because ever since I had my daughter I can't seem to remember anything.  Another must have, pens and a pencil.

I also always have to have hand sanitizer with me...mostly because sometimes when you are out you have no idea what your daughter has on her hands but it is gross....let's just say it's chocolate because I'm an optimist like that.

I have a little makeup bag for my eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyeshadow, and chapstick/lipgloss.

Inside of my makeup bag:

1. Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow- "Sultry Smoke"
2. Avon true color eyeshadow- "Twinkle"
3. Maybeline blush- "Mauve"
4. Victoria's Secret- Beauty Rush Lip Balm- "Cherry Bomb" (not a huge fan of this one, leaves your lips REALLY sticky)
5. Chapstick- A MUST for me!  I'm addicted to the strawberry
6. EOS- LOVE!  They smell so good and taste amazing...that being said, they don't seem to moisturize as well as the Chapstick though
7. Suave deodorant- I normally get the cocoa butter one but they were out of that kind so I got the Sweet Pea and Violet instead.  It's okay but I will probably go back to my usual
8. Hair ties and bobby pins

Now let's talk about the strange things.  My daughter likes to give me small gifts when I'm not paying attention (she's almost a year and a half old).  Apparently my daughter decided she wanted to share some of her animal crackers with me and put them in my purse....thanks Paige.  If they weren't covered in fuzz I may be tempted.  I threw them away before the pictures.  Sorry! haha! My daughter must have also decided that I needed to have these rocks and this nice pinecone.  Pretty sure they come from the park. She is pretty good at sneaking her toys in my purse when we are in a restaurant.  Aaaand the pocket knife was a gift because you never know when you may need it.  (Don't worry, it's in a hidden pocket that Paige can't get to)

Thanks for hanging around and getting to know me a little better, and a big thank you to Ashley for letting me hang out with her readers today.  I would love it if you would stop in and say hi at Artwork by JM anytime.  

Do you have any of the same things in your bag?  What's the weirdest thing in your bag?

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Jul 21, 2014

A Little Giveaway

SO excited to be apart of this giveaway! Thank you Mary for including me! 

Make sure you guys enter below! 

Have a great Monday!

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